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by Compiled Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports | January 12, 2022 at 5:13 a.m.


• Dusti Talavera, 23, who heard a splash outside her Denver apartment, pulled two children from a frozen pond where the ice had cracked and then fell in herself as more ice gave way but kept a firm grip on a third unconscious child until she was thrown a rope and both were pulled to safety.

• Jennifer Avegno, New Orleans' health director, said the city is reinstituting its indoor mask mandate, including for participants in annual Mardi Gras balls, to fight the spread of covid-19 as visitors flock to the city for Mardi Gras festivities.

• Nancy Mace, 44, a fully vaccinated Republican congresswoman from South Carolina who said she took a covid-19 test after one of her children tested positive, has contracted the disease for a second time, saying the infection is milder than her first.

• Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell, two Los Angeles police officers who were fired for ignoring a robbery call in 2017 so they could chase an imaginary creature from "Pokemon Go," an augmented-reality video game, lost their appeal to be reinstated.

• Cynthia Reyes, a nurse in Waverly, Manitoba, said she "just wanted to shovel" after her husband, Jon, was harshly criticized on social media for posting a picture of her shoveling snow after a 12-hour night shift and writing "God bless her and all our frontliners," and adding that he would be making her breakfast.

• Todd Mayes, 59, of Joplin, accused of fatally shooting his 17-year-old daughter after she threw a bottle at him when the two got into an argument, was charged with murder and other counts, police said.

• Andrew Bradshaw, 32, the mayor of Cambridge, Md., has resigned, saying he no longer had the confidence of his colleagues after being accused of distributing "revenge porn" by posting online nude photos of a woman he once dated.

• August Fons, police chief of Hobbs, N.M., said an 18-year-old woman who told police that she didn't know she was pregnant, faces an attempted murder charge after being accused of abandoning her newborn boy in a trash bin where the baby was found by people who thought they heard a puppy or a kitten.

• Sarah Beam, 41, a Houston high school teacher, was charged with child endangerment after authorities said she confirmed putting her sick 13-year-old son in her car's trunk to avoid exposing herself to the coronavirus to drive him to a testing site.


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