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DNA on Vanilla Coke can leads to break in 1981 Colorado murder case



DNA on Vanilla Coke can leads to break in 1981 Colorado murder case

DNA evidence taken from a can of Vanilla Coke helped Colorado police crack a decades-old murder case, according to a report.

Investigators used a relatively new technology, called genetic geneology, to locate the suspect using DNA from family members whose biological information is already on file, either with a federal agency or a private company that has agreed to turn over its records to law enforcement.

In this instance, the FBI partnered with a company called United Data Connect to trace the DNA on a can taken from the crime scene to a Nebraska man named David Anderson, who according to 9News Denver lived a quiet life in the nearly 40 years since cops say he murdered Sylvia Quayle in Cherry Hills, Colorado.

In August of 1981, Quayle was found in her Colorado home after being sexually assaulted and then murdered.

Police found that the phone wire had been cut, and the screen from Quayle’s bathroom window had been removed and thrown into the woods.

Quayle was found by her father covered in blood with several broken fingernails and red marks that were “consistent with the shape of fingers,” according to a police report.

Police have spent decades unsuccessfully trying to piece together the events of that night — and officers say it’s a relief to finally receive some clarity on the brutal murder that rocked the small Colorado town.

“It’s been a journey, and then getting to know Jo, and understanding, being a little sister and what Sylvia meant to her, it’s been a little breathtaking,” CHVPD Police Chief Michelle Tovrea said at a press conference this week.

“Sylvia’s sister and family had the quote ‘beauty seen is never lost’ etched onto her grave marker a very fitting reminder of the beautiful person she was.”

According to the District attorney, Anderson will be tried under laws that were in effect during 1981 — meaning he could be sentenced to life in prison with a chance of parole after 20 years, should he be convicted.

He faces two counts of first-degree murder, according to court records.

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US and China agree to cooperate on new climate agreement



US and China agree to cooperate on new climate agreement

SEOUL, South Korea — The United States and China, the world’s two biggest carbon polluters, agreed to cooperate to curb climate change with urgency, just days before President Joe Biden hosts a virtual summit of world leaders to discuss the issue. 

The agreement was reached by U.S. special envoy for climate John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua during two days of talks in Shanghai last week, according to a joint statement. 

The two countries “are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands,” the statement said.

China is the world’s biggest carbon emitter, followed by the United States. The two countries pump out nearly half of the fossil fuel fumes that are warming the planet’s atmosphere. Their cooperation is key to a success of global efforts to curb climate change, but frayed ties over human rights, trade and China’s territorial claims to Taiwan and the South China Sea have been threatening to undermine such efforts.

Meeting with reporters in Seoul on Sunday, Kerry said the language in the statement is “strong” and that the two countries agreed on “critical elements on where we have to go.” But the former secretary of state said, “I learned in diplomacy that you don’t put your back on the words, you put on actions. We all need to see what happens.”

Noting that China is the world’s biggest coal user, Kerry said he and Chinese officials had a lot of discussions on how to accelerate a global energy transition. “I have never shied away from expressing our views shared by many, many people that it is imperative to reduce coal, everywhere,” he said.

Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, to the April 22-23 summit. The U.S. and other countries are expected to announce more ambitious national targets for cutting carbon emissions ahead of or at the meeting, along with pledging financial help for climate efforts by less wealthy nations.

It’s unclear how much Kerry’s China visit would promote U.S.-China cooperation on climate issues. 

While Kerry was still in Shanghai, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng signaled Friday that China is unlikely to make any new pledges at next week’s summit. 

“For a big country with 1.4 billion people, these goals are not easily delivered,” Le said during an interview with The Associated Press in Beijing. “Some countries are asking China to achieve the goals earlier. I am afraid this is not very realistic.”

During a video meeting with German and French leaders Friday, Xi said that climate change “should not become a geopolitical chip, a target for attacking other countries or an excuse for trade barriers,” the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

On whether Xi would join the summit, Le said “the Chinese side is actively studying the matter.” 

The joint statement said the two countries “look forward to” next week’s summit. Kerry said Sunday that “we very much hope that (Xi) will take part” in the summit but it’s up to China to make that decision. 

Biden, who has said that fighting global warming is among his highest priorities, had the United States rejoin the historic 2015 Paris climate accord in the first hours of his presidency, undoing the U.S. withdrawal ordered by predecessor Donald Trump.

Major emitters of greenhouse gases are preparing for the next U.N. climate summit taking place in Glasgow, U.K., in November. The summit aims to relaunch global efforts to keep rising global temperatures to below 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit as agreed in the Paris accord.

According to the U.S.-China statement, the two countries would enhance “their respective actions and cooperating in multilateral processes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.” 

It said both countries also intend to develop their respective long-term strategies before the Glasgow conference and take “appropriate actions to maximize international investment and finance in support of” the energy transition in developing countries.

Xi announced last year that China would be carbon-neutral by 2060 and aims to reach a peak in its emissions by 2030. In March, China’s Communist Party pledged to reduce carbon emissions per unit of economic output by 18% over the next five years, in line with its goal for the previous five-year period. But environmentalists say China needs to do more. 

Biden has pledged the U.S. will switch to an emissions-free power sector within 14 years, and have an entirely emissions-free economy by 2050. Kerry is also pushing other nations to commit to carbon neutrality by then.

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FedEx shooter Brandon Scott Hole bought guns legally last year: police



Brandon Scott Hole

The former FedEx worker who murdered eight people in Indianapolis legally bought the two weapons he used, police said Saturday night — even though he should have been barred from doing so after a previous gun was seized due to mental health issues.

Brandon Scott Hole, 19, purchased the two assault rifles in July and September, Indianapolis police said Saturday.

Earlier Saturday, police declined to give The Post any further details about the make and model of the weapons, citing the ongoing investigation.

Authorities had seized a shotgun from Hole last year after his mother called police, saying she was worried he would try to commit suicide by cop, according to the FBI. The shotgun was not returned.

But the seizure should have prevented Hole, who killed himself following the Thursday night rampage, from legally buying another weapon, Indianapolis Police Chief Randal Taylor told The New York Times.

Police caution tape blocks the entrance to the site of a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis.
Police tape blocks the entrance to the site of a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis.
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Indiana’s “red flag” laws allow a judge to bar someone deemed dangerous from having a firearm, but it’s unclear if Hole ever had a red flag hearing, Taylor told the paper.

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Man killed in Nebraska mall shooting



Man killed in Nebraska mall shooting

A man is dead and a woman is injured after a shooting at the Westroads Mall in Omaha at noon Saturday, and police were still searching for the suspect into the evening hours.

The shooting happened near a JC Penney on the first floor of the mall, police said in a press release.

The victim died from gunshot injuries he suffered there, and the woman, who is expected to survive, was also treated for bullet wounds, Omaha Police said.

“The investigation indicates this was an isolated incident and not a random attack,” the release states.

“The suspects fled the scene immediately after the shooting.”

The identities of the victims were not immediately released.

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