ACROSS AMERICA - Good morning! It's Saturday, Jan. 22. After four months of investigating the death of Gabby Petito, the FBI offered its final comments on her killing and the involvement of her fiance, Brian Laundrie. Here are the other headlines we're following today:
A Texas judge blocked President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal workers.
Standup comedian and actor Louie Anderson died Friday.
You might use Apple AirTags, but did know that stalkers, thieves and other shady people could be using the devices to keep track of you?
A Texas man is facing a federal charge over a threat against Georgia election workers.
After four months of investigating the disappearance and death of Gabby Petito, the FBI offered its final comments on the case Friday afternoon, stating that the only person identified as being involved in her homicide was her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.
Officials also said Laundrie admitted to the slaying before he died.
"All logical investigation steps have been concluded in this case. … The FBI's primary focus throughout the investigation was to bring justice to Gabby and her family," Michael H. Schneider, special agent in charge, said in a statement.
Laundrie, who was reported missing in Florida on Sept. 17, was also later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in a Sarasota County park.
A notebook found near his body included written statements by Laundrie claiming responsibility for Petito's death, the FBI said. » In Notebook Found With His Remains, Brian Laundrie Confessed To Killing Gabby Petito: FBI, via Sarasota, Florida, Patch
Judge Blocks Another Vaccine Mandate
A federal judge blocked President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal workers Friday. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Brown ruled the government can't discipline federal workers for being unvaccinated, according to court documents. It's the latest blow to Biden's efforts to get more Americans to receive the vaccine. » Texas Judge Blocks Biden's Vaccine Mandate For Federal Workers, via Spring, Texas, Patch
Rock Superstar Meat Loaf Dies At 74
Meat Loaf, the rock superstar loved by millions for his "Bat Out of Hell" album and for such theatrical, dark-hearted anthems as "Paradise By the Dashboard Light," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" and "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" has died. He was 74. The singer born Marvin Lee Aday died Thursday. » Meat Loaf, 'Bat Out of Hell' Rock Superstar, Dies At 74, via Across America Patch
Comedian Louie Anderson Dies At 68
Standup comedian, actor and Minnesota native Louie Anderson died Friday. He was 68. Anderson died at a hospital in Las Vegas of complications from cancer, his publicist confirmed. Anderson had non-Hodgkin lymphoma. » Comedian, Minnesota Native Louie Anderson Dies At 68, via St. Paul Patch
Apple AirTags And 'High-Tech Stalking'
Chances are, you know someone who uses Apple AirTags to keep track of their keys, backpacks and other stuff through their iPhone Find My app. What you may not know is that stalkers, carjackers and other criminals may be using these coin-sized devices to keep track of you. » Apple AirTags And 'High-Tech Stalking': What You Need To Know, via Across America Patch
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NFL Awards Grant To Nonprofit Helping Formerly Incarcerated
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Bill Murray Belts 'I Feel Pretty' In New York City Park
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A Texas man is charged with making interstate threats after threatening to kill Georgia election workers, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. » Texas Man Threatened To Kill GA Election Workers: Prosecutors, via Atlanta Patch
A Virginia school district is working with authorities to increase police presence at schools after a mother at a school board meeting appeared to threaten to bring loaded guns to her children's schools on Monday if students are required to wear masks in school. » Virginia Mother Opposed To Masks Threatens To Bring Loaded Guns To School, via Falls Church, Virginia, Patch
More local news:
'Privilege Bingo' Activity Mentioning Military Kids Draws Scrutiny In School Class, via Greater Alexandria, Virginia, Patch
Guns Allowed On School Grounds, Concealed Carry Age Lowered Under WI Bills, via Milwaukee Patch
'SNL' Comics Jost, Davidson Buy Staten Island Ferry Boat, via New York City Patch
Student Shot, Suspect In Custody At Magruder High School In Maryland, via Rockville Patch
Truck Crash Creates Frozen Potato Highway In Minnesota, via St. Michael Patch
2.9 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks North Georgia, via Canton-Sixes Patch
University Of RI Strips Honorary Degrees From Giuliani, Flynn, via Narragansett, Rhode Island, Patch
Missing New Hampshire Girl's Father Suspect In 2008 Murder, via Swampscott, Massachusetts, Patch
Long Island Couple Slung Expletives, Called Riders 'Immigrants', via Sachem, New York, Patch
Mountain Lion Fight In Peninsula Neighborhood Turns Deadly: Video, via Belmont, California, Patch
Intel To Make 'Historic' $20 Billion Investment In Ohio, via Cleveland Patch
California's COVID Gun Store Shutdowns Ruled Illegal, via Across California Patch
"Full House" creator Jeff Franklin has listed his Beverly Hills property for a whopping $85 million, and the over-the-top amenities are hardly the weirdest thing about the 16,000 square-foot house. The house is actually built on an infamous plot of land - atop the now-demolished house where the Manson family killed actress Sharon Tate and others in 1969.
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