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March 18, 2018 at 3:27 a.m. | Updated March 18, 2018 at 3:27 a.m.

• Leslie Gibson, a Republican Maine House candidate who was widely criticized for insulting the survivors of last month's deadly Florida high school shooting, calling one survivor a "skinhead lesbian," said he is quitting the race.

• Wade Horton, administrative officer for San Luis Obispo County, Calif., described as a "tragedy" jailhouse footage that shows sheriff's deputies watching and laughing as a schizophrenic man writhes on the floor of his cell until he dies, a case that resulted in the county settling with the man's family for $5 million.

• Sheriff Mike Lewis of Wicomico County, Md., said an investigation had been opened after 25 decaying horses were discovered on a 2-acre farm where the farm's co-owner, Barbara Pilchard, said she saw nothing wrong with leaving the carcasses to decompose.

• Josue Daniel Alfaro of Portland, Ore., a serial bank robber nicknamed the "Great Outdoors Bandit" because witnesses described him as outdoorsy, was sentenced to more than five years in prison.

• The Rev. Alex Santora said that after police deemed safe a suspicious package delivered to Our Lady of Grace Church in Hoboken, N.J., it was opened -- revealing a baby Jesus statue stolen from the church nearly 90 years ago and a note detailing how the sender's grandfather received it in the 1930s.

• Joe Fletcher, 30, of Akron, Ohio, convicted on drug and gun charges and locked up in Georgia, faces a new charge after, prosecutors said, he posted a video online of himself using a contraband cellphone.

• Sgt. Elizabeth Gonzalez of the Bexar County, Texas, sheriff's office said deputies arrested at least 12 people on animal-cruelty charges after finding dead and dismembered animals such as goats and chickens that they believe were used in ritual sacrifices inside a San Antonio-area home.

• Jasmine Henderson, 32, of the Bronx, N.Y., faces felony charges after, New Hampshire police said, she stabbed with scissors a female hotel employee who was assisting her at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, in what appeared to be a random attack.

• Michael Rallings, the Memphis police chief, said authorities are considering filing charges against a woman whose 10-month-old daughter disappeared when the mother's car was stolen, though the girl was found safe in the car the next day.

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