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    A man was arrested after Greek officials said he admitted to raping and killing Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old American scientist who was visiting Greece for a conference. >>Read more trending news The unnamed 27-year-old man was brought in for questioning Monday and was later arrested after confessing to the crime, Maj. Gen. Constantinos Lagoudakis, director of Police General Directorate of Crete, told media outlets at a press conference. Police said they also had DNA evidence linking the man to Eaton. Eaton, a U.S. citizen and group leader at the Max Planck Institute at Dresden University in Germany, disappeared on July 2 near the port city of Chania while attending the conference at the Orthodox Academy in northeast Crete. Her body was found July 8 in a cave that was turned into a bunker by Nazi soldiers during World War II, Lagoudakis told CNN. The suspect told police in his confession that he saw Eaton out running, and 'with sexual assault as a probable motive, hit her twice with his car in order to immobilize her,' Lagoudakis said. The suspect then put Eaton, who was unconscious, in the trunk of his car and took her to the old World War II bunker where her body was found, police said. He raped Eaton and abandoned her body in the bunker's ventilation drain, which he covered with a wooden pallet, police said. It's unclear if Eaton was alive when she was raped. 'Following the criminal proceedings, the perpetrator has been led to the District Prosecutor's Office, while awaiting the results of the forensic, clinical and toxicological results of the examinations,' Eleni Papathanassiou, a spokeswoman for Crete's police department, said in a statement Tuesday. An autopsy determined Eaton died around noon on July 2, ABC News reported. Her body showed signs of 'a violent criminal act and possibly sexual abuse,' Lagoudakis said. She had broken ribs and face bones, as well as injuries to both hands, according to Papathanassiou's statement. Eaton's cause of death was previously reported to be asphyxiation, and her body was reported to have had stab wounds. Eaton's remains will be returned to the United States for burial.
  • The temperature in Phoenix hit a whopping 115 degrees Tuesday, making it the city's hottest day so far this year. The scorching heat prompted an excessive heat warning earlier in the day from the National Weather Service. It remains in effect until 8 p.m. Forecasters are urging people to take several precautions. They include drinking water even when you're not thirsty, cutting down on time in the sun and avoiding outdoor activity in the afternoon. Anyone who has to be outside should try to find shade because the ground can be anywhere from 40 to 60 degrees hotter, the weather service said. Officials also are reminding people to not leave children or pets in their cars. At the Phoenix Zoo, staff members were taking extra measures to keep monkeys, bears and other animals cool. Zookeepers were handing out special treats of big ice blocks with food like sunflower seeds frozen inside. Elephants received a special hose-down. 'At the Phoenix zoo, we consider that whenever we bring an animal in is their temperature requirements in the wild — what they can deal with — and some animals we just won't have here at the Phoenix Zoo because it's too hot for them and we can't keep them as cool as they should be,' said Angela Comedy, the zoo's carnivore collection manager. All of the animal habitats are equipped with pools or misters. In addition, the animals' cooler night-time houses open once the outdoors become too hot. ___ This story has been edited to correct that the excessive heat warning is in effect until Tuesday night, not Wednesday.
  • Beyonce has revealed the tracklist for the companion album she curated and executive produced ahead of the release of Disney's 'The Lion King' remake. 'The Lion King: The Gift,' includes all-new songs from artists across multiple genres, including songs inspired by the film and songs in the 2019 CGI version. >> Read more trending news A series of posts on the singer's official website show Beyonce is on multiple tracks on the album, including the single 'Spirit.' Other musicians on the album include Nigerian singer Yemi Alade, South African singers Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter Blue Ivy Carter, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino -- the musician alter ego of Donald Glover, who voices Simba in the film. 'This is sonic cinema,' Beyonce said in a news release about the album. 'This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn't one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat. >> PHOTOS: Beyonce through the years 'I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline,' she said. 'Each song was written to reflect the film's storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.' 'Spirt' was released last week. The music video for the single was filmed at Havasu Falls in the Havasupai Reservation in Arizona, and will premiere Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on an ABC TV special called 'The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight with Robin Roberts.' 'The Lion King: The Gift' will be released Friday, the day the film is released. Variety reported that primary 'The Lion King' original motion picture soundtrack is out now. “Bigger” by Beyonce “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)” by Beyonce “Don’t Jealous Me” by Tekno, Yemi Alade and Mr. Eazi “Ja Ara E” by Burna Boy “The Nile” by Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar “Mood 4 Eva” by Beyonce, Jay-Z and Childish Gambino “Water” by Salatiel, Pharrell and Beyonce “Brown Skin Girl” by Blue Ivy Carter, SAINt JHN, WizKid, Beyonce  “Keys to the Kingdom” by Tiwa Savage and Mr. Eazi “Otherside” by Beyonce “Already” by Beyonce and Shatta Wale:  “My Power” by Tierra Whack, Beyonce, Busiswa, Yemi Alade and Moonchild Sanelly “Scar” by 070 Shake and Jessie Reyez “Spirit” by Beyonce
  • Authorities say a 6-year-old Utah girl has died after her father accidentally hit her with a golf ball. Police say the ball struck the girl in the back of the head on Monday morning, while the father and daughter were golfing at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem. The ball collided with the base of her neck. Lt. Trent Colledge with the Orem Police Department says she was flown to a hospital in Salt Lake City in critical condition. She died from her injuries later that evening. Colledge said police are investigating but are not planning to pursue charges because it appears to have been a tragic accident. Police have not released the names of the girl or her father.
  • A Texas woman said a photo taken of her family during a camping trip was ruined when an unknown woman unexpectedly entered the frame and flashed the camera. >> Read more trending news Monica Davila told KTRK-TV wants the woman to be found so she can be held accountable. 'We're trying to recreate memories,' Davila said. 'Having some chick's boob isn't allowing us to do that.' Davila said she and her family took a trip to Garner State Park to honor her husband's grandmother, who recently died. She was going through pictures from the trip Monday when she noticed the photo-bomb. In a group picture of the family, a woman sneaked into the background and lifted her shirt, exposing one of her breasts. 'I just feel completely disrespected,' Davila said. 'I just think this person should be held accountable. What she did was wrong. There were kids there watching her.' Davila contacted police, who said they would be in touch with her so she could file a report. She also made a post to Facebook about the incident. 'I've had criticism on both sides. People are like, 'Who cares, it's just a boob,' but I care,' Davila said.
  • West Virginia State Police said residents have begun using wasp spray as an alternative form of meth, and that the new drug contributed to three recent overdoses. >> Read more trending news  Police told WCHS-TV Monday that they're seeing an uptick in the drug trend. 'We're seeing this here on the streets in Boone County,' Sgt. Charles Sutphin said. 'People are making a synthetic type methamphetamine out of wasp spray.' Wasp spray can be abused with methamphetamine or by itself to generate a 'rush,' feelings of deja vu and a hallucinatory sense of smell, according to a 2018 ABC News report. It can be sprayed onto meth or crystallized on hot metal sheets to be inhaled or injected. The drug is most dangerous when it's inhaled. The active ingredient in pesticides is a class of molecules known as pytheroids, ABC News reported. This is deadly to insects. In humans, pytheroids block normal nerve signaling and cause abnormal sensations. In worse cases, they cause seizures or paralysis. 'From what we're being told, if you use it, you know, you might use it one or twice and be fine. But the third time, when your body hits that allergic reaction, it can kill you,' Sutphin said. Wasp spray played a role in at least three recent overdoses in Boone County, West Virginia, police said. On Friday, stores in the area reported selling nearly 30 cans of the spray. State police are working to determine the best treatment for wasp spray and to inform the public of this trend.
  • Police officers in a Minnesota town had their hands full when they had to corral a snake. So forgive them for misidentifying the species. >> Read more trending news  'Anyone missing a python?' officials from the Burnsville Police Department tweeted early Tuesday, including a photograph of an officer holding the reptile. Police are looking for owner of the snake, WCCO reported. And after posting on social media, police officials had to issue a correction. They had not found a python after all, but a Colombian red tail boa constrictor, the television station reported. 'Don’t we have egg on our faces?' department officials tweeted. 'I know this, regardless of what it’s called I wouldn’t be picking it up!
  • A Florida man offered a panhandler a job instead of money Sunday. After the panhandler rejected the offer to do yardwork for $15 an hour, Ryan Bray, of Bradenton, went home made his own sign, and returned to the intersection. Bray then shadowed the panhandler for the next three hours, the Bradenton Herald reported.  >> Read more trending news  'I offered him $15 an hour to do yard work for me and he refused. If we as a community stop paying them, they will leave our neighborhood!' Bray's sign read. Bray said he thought he was doing the man a favor by getting him off the streets. The panhandler had not been receptive to the offer, cursing and kicking Bray's Jeep, WTVT reported. '(He) started getting belligerent,' Bray told the television station. The panhandler, identified by Bradenton police as Terry Walker, complained that 'another man was following him,' the Herald reported. Walker added that he was exercising his constitutional rights of freedom of speech by asking for money. Those same rights of expression belong to Bray, police told Walker. Bray said he had better things to do on Sunday, but he made his point. “I shut down his panhandling business for three hours,” Bray told the Herald. “He didn’t get a dime. “It’s not the way I wanted to spend my Sunday,” Bray told the newspaper. “I care about our homeless veterans and such but these people yell profanities at you if don’t give them money. So the only way to get them to leave is people need to stop giving them money. We’re tired of it.” On Monday, Bray continued to shadow as a panhandler worked the Bradenton intersection, even scoring a few dollars, WTVT reported. 'You can't shut me down, brother,' the man told Bray, according to the television station. The Bradenton City Council is expected to address panhandling at its July 24 meeting, WTVT reported.
  • A man with what officials determined was an ill-fitting wig was arrested in Spain after he allegedly tried to smuggle $34,000 worth of cocaine underneath it. According to the National Police in Spain, the man was detained at Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport in Barcelona, Spain, where he arrived on a flight from Bogota, Columbia, June 18. >> Read more trending news  Reuters reported that police asked the man to remove his toupee when it appeared to be fitting poorly. They found half a kilo of cocaine underneath. “There is no limit to the inventiveness of drug traffickers trying to mock controls,” Spanish police said in a statement, according to Reuters. USA Today reported that the man appeared to be acting nervous, prompting suspicion from police.
  • Police have charged a man in the killing of a teenager. He allegedly posted photos of her body on social media. Police said Brandon Clark, 21, and Bianca Devins, 17, met online through Instagram two months ago, The New York Times reported. The relationship evolved into what police said was a 'personally intimate' one where the couple met each other's families, the Times reported. The night Devins was killed she went to a concert with Clark in New York City. It was a 250-mile drive from Utica, New York, where her body was eventually found. Police said they had an argument at the concert, the Times reported. >> Read more trending news  But online followers said they were not a couple and that Clark stalked Devins, following her to New York City. Police said they have no evidence of the online claims, the Times reported. Police, however, did use information from users of a social media messaging app called Discord that is used by gamers for text and video chatting. Users alerted police that images of Devins' alleged killing appeared on Instagram, the BBC reported. The photos were spread on other platforms, the BBC reported. Police had been searching for Clark thanks to the alerts from social media users, but then he allegedly called the police and made 'incriminating statements' and was 'alluding to the fact that he was going to harm himself,' police said, according to the BBC. When police found him, Clark started to stab himself in the neck, then laid down on a tarp that had been laid on the ground. Police said they found Devins' body under the tarp, CNN reported. Emergency surgery was performed on Clark and he is expected to survive, CNN reported. Clark was charged with second-degree murder, Fox News reported.