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iStock(CHICAGO) -- A Chicago family can’t seem to wake from the nightmare they faced when a young mom was murdered in April and had her newborn -- who died about two months later -- cut from her stomach.

The alleged suspects -- a mother-daughter pair -- have been apprehended and now face two murder charges a piece, but the family of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez struggles to move on, not only as a result of the emotional horror of the situation but because what they described as further insults.

Ochoa-Lopez’s husband had now been sent in excess of $300,000 in hospital bills for the costs of caring for his newborn son after the alleged murderers brought him to a suburban hospital, passing the boy off as their own.

Not only that, but the bills don’t refer to the newborn using the name his family gave him -- Yovanny Lopez, a tweaked version of his father’s name -- and instead refer to him as Figueroa Boy, using the last name of the woman who allegedly killed his mother.

"His belief that his baby is in heaven with the baby's mother is what’s keeping him through this," said Frank Avila, the attorney for Yovany Lopez, Ochoa-Lopez’s husband and the father of Yovanny Lopez.

"He's only 20-years-old, he lost his wife to a gruesome murder... he was not with his baby for the first few weeks of the baby's life," the attorney said, referring to the fact that the alleged murderers passed the child off as their own during the initial weeks of the baby's life.

“It’s like a kick in the gut,” he said. "It's horrific."

Yovanny Lopez died in mid-June, after spending about two months in Adovcate’s Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

The hospital responded to ABC News’ request for comment but would not address specific details about the case beyond acknowledging that the bills were sent in error.

“Our hearts and prayers continue to be with the Ochoa-Lopez family during this difficult time. We have had discussions with the family regarding inadvertent billing and we regret this error. We take our obligation to patient privacy seriously, and therefore are unable to comment further regarding care, services or billing,” the hospital said in a statement to ABC News.

The horrific case has unfolded over the past two months, with more sordid details being released with every change in the case's status.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and Desiree Figueroa, 26, were initially charged with first degree murder in connection to the death of Ochoa-Lopez, who was 19 years old at the time of her death. On Thursday, state officials confirmed that the pair will face a second murder charge as a result of Yovanny Lopez’s death.

Avila said that his client, the grieving husband and father Yovany Lopez, wanted the second murder charge added.

“He believed that was right,” Avila said, "but every time this comes in the media, it’s very difficult for him.”

“I think that he’s going to have things that haunt him forever,” Avila said of Yovany Lopez, who Avila said is 20-years-old and works in construction.

In addition to the updates in the case, Avila said that his client has also received “less than a dozen” bills from the hospital -- even though Avila said that hospital officials had told him that they would not be sending any.

Avila said that “there's negligence and infliction of emotional distress at certain times” by the hospital.

“This broke my heart," Avila said of the case. "This is something that will haunt me forever."

“I’ve held the baby. I was with the baby. I saw the baby in the NICU, and it’s so tragic,” he said, referring to a neonatal intensive care unit.

Avila said that he and his client are in the midst of a probate case “to try and get some more documents because we don’t have all the medical records that were promised.” After that, Avila said that they are planning on filing lawsuits, though none are currently underway.

In May, Assistant State's Attorney James Murphy said that following Ochoa-Lopez's murder, Clarisa Figueroa brought the baby to a nearby hospital, where the child was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. Clarisa Figueroa then allegedly formed a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise money for the baby, who authorities say she was passing off as her own.

Both women had pleaded not guilty to the murder charge in the death of Ochoa-Lopez, ABC Chicago station WLS reported. They have not entered pleas on the new murder charges.

Yovany Lopez isn’t the only one grappling with the death of his wife and newborn son. Ochoa-Lopez was also survived by the couple’s 3-year-old son. Avila said that the toddler “doesn’t fully understand what’s going on.”

The toddler did visit his brother in the hospital while he was being treated, after it was determined that the Figueroas were not related to the child.

“When he saw the baby died,” Avila said of the toddler, “he said ‘wake him up, wake him up, I want to play with him.’”

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iStock(BERKELEY, Calif.) -- Manholes will now be known as maintenance holes and craftsman will be replaced by artisan, after the Berkeley, California, City Council voted unanimously to revise the city’s municipal code with gender-neutral language.

Dozens of terms will be revised and the pronouns “they” and “them” will replace “he” and “she,” according to the new ordinance.

“In recent years, broadening societal awareness of transgender and gender nonconforming identities has brought to light the importance of non-binary gender inclusivity,” Rigel Robinson, a member of the council and a co-sponsor of the ordinance, said in a letter to the mayor and city council.

The ordinance follows the city’s decision in February to allow city employees to add their preferred pronoun to their name badge.

“There is power in language,” Robinson said. “This is a small move, but it matters.”

Other changes include adjusting “sorority and fraternity” to “collegiate Greek residents.” Man-made will become human-made, while pregnant women will be referred to as pregnant employees.

Lori Droste, another co-sponsor, addressed those who objected to the ordinance in a Twitter thread.

“We are not legislating how people talk to us but our message is that we serve people regardless of their gender," Droste said. "We are forgetting what government service is all about. We are here to help and serve and be inclusive. And yes, Berkeley is a beacon of light in some dark times."

Two other members of the council, Cheryl Davila and Ben Bartlett, also co-sponsored the ordinance.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning that Russian agents could seek to further divide Americans by exploiting U.S. passions over whether pineapple belongs on pizza.

It's a cheesy, playful warning -- but it's trying to deliver a serious message. Posted online Wednesday by the department's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the tongue-in-cheek warning aims to help Americans identify and protect against propaganda campaigns from Russia and other foreign adversaries.

After all, the DHS warning says, Russian agents are capable of simultaneously insisting online that "Being anti-pineapple is un-American!" while also pushing out posts saying "Millennials are ruining pizza!"

"Foreign influencers are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to inflame hot button issues in the United States," the new DHS warning says. "They don’t do this to win arguments; they want to see us divided."

According to the warning, foreign interference usually follows certain patterns.

First, foreign agents identify a divisive issue to target -- though likely not an issue as silly as whether pineapple is an appropriate pizza topping.

"No matter how you slice it, Americans disagree on the fruit topping," the DHS document notes with a pun.

After targeting a controversial issue, foreign agents then make sure social media accounts are in place, often reusing or renaming accounts "to pollute those debates with bad information and make our positions more extreme by picking fights, or 'trolling' people online," according to the DHS warning.

The "most extreme version of arguments on both sides of an issue" often then become framed "as legitimate information sources," pushing them "into the mainstream" and carrying them to larger audiences, the DHS warning says.

The final step of foreign interference is for agents to take what started in cyberspace and turn it into something "very real, with Americans shouting down Americans because of foreign interference," DHS warns.

"In the past, Kremlin agents have organized or funded protests to further stoke divisions among Americans. They create event pages and ask followers to come out," according to DHS.

DHS offered this example: If the "war on pineapple" was a more serious issue, a foreign agent might tell unwitting followers to "JOIN YOUR FELLOW PIZZA LOVERS AT THE TOWN CENTER TO MARCH FOR PINEAPPLE!"

Nevertheless, in its warning on Wednesday, DHS made clear -- in jest -- that: "To date, we have no evidence of Russia (or any nation) actively carrying out information operations against pizza toppings."

Russia's wide-ranging interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, from stealing and releasing thousands of Democratic National Committee emails to waging disinformation campaigns online, has U.S. authorities bracing for what could happen in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.

Russian President Vladimir Putin not only wants to "weaken" the United States in the years ahead, but he also wants to keep his grip on power, according to Suzanne Spaulding, a former senior official at DHS who helped lead U.S. efforts to mitigate Russian cyber operations.

"He doesn't want [Russian citizens] to see ... the United States and liberal democracy as something they should long for. So what he wants to portray to them is democracy in chaos," Spaulding said Friday at the annual Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado.

And when it comes to cyber-operations against foreign adversaries, Russia "is practicing jiu jitsu," trying to use the First Amendment and American free speech "against us," Spaulding said.

A DHS spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment for this article.

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iStock(GREENVILLE, N.C.) -- A Greenville, North Carolina, restaurant near the site of President Donald Trump's Wednesday rally plans to donate all of its profits from that day to a non-profit immigration advocacy group.

"One hundred percent of today's sales will be donated to American Immigration Council in order to help with the immigration crisis at our southern border and to celebrate our diverse community," The Scullery restaurant shared in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

Scullery owner Matthew Scully told ABC News that leading up to the rally he was “bothered” by the racially-charged divisive language of the president, and his administration's immigration policy of family separation.

“We have a really vibrant, wonderful community and our restaurant is a part of that, and we have all kinds of people in our restaurant from across the political spectrum, all different races and cultures and beliefs,” Scully said. “I wanted to make a positive statement and not one that divided people but that brought our community together.”

Prior to the rally, a sign in The Scullery's window said that the restaurant would be donating its daily sales, which ended up totaling more than $5,600.

At the rally that night, Trump supporters chanted “Send her back!” after the president launched the latest in a series of attacks against Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.

"Omar blamed the United States for the crisis in Venezuela. I mean, think of that one. And she looks down with contempt on the hard-working Americans, saying that ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country," Trump said to scattered chants of "Send her back."

Scullery said it was extremely disturbing to hear those chants during a rally in the community he loves, knowing that he had friends who were in attendance.

“People look at our city now and see a racial divide and hear people chanting ‘Send her back,’” Scullery said. “There’s no place for that here and she’s an elected congresswoman who's trying her best to make our country better.”

The American Immigration Council works to “brings together problem solvers and employs four coordinated approaches to advance change -- litigation, research, legislative and administrative advocacy, and communications,” according to its website.

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iStock(EL PASO, Texas) -- A 29-year-old Texas mother who went missing after she went on a date last weekend "could be in danger," relatives and police said.

Erika Gaytan, of El Paso, was last seen in the evening of July 13 or the early morning hours of July 14, according to the El Paso police department.

Police did not say where she was last seen, but her family told ABC El Paso affiliate KVIA-TV that she had been on a date at the El Paso County Coliseum for a concert.

Her family told the station it was not like Gaytan to have gone off and leave her 7-year-old son behind.

A spokesman with El Paso police said that the department fears she "could be in danger."

In a photo issued by police, Gaytan is seen on the night she disappeared wearing a white dress and smiling.

Anyone with information on Gaytan’s whereabouts is urged to contact El Paso police at 915-832-4400.

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yokeetod/iStock(NEW YORK) -- You’re not imagining it: This summer has been a really hot one.

Last month was the hottest June ever, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- and it was the overall hottest first half of the year in South America, Mexico, New Zealand, Madagascar and other parts of southern Africa.

As millions of people prepare to face scorching temperatures across the U.S. this weekend, scientists are warning that unless major changes are made, we’d better brace for more heat moving forward.

“The bottom line is the Earth is one degree Celsius or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer today than the pre-industrial time period," said Brenda Ekwurzel, Director of Climate Science at the Union of Concerned Scientists. "What that means is that what used to be a rare hot day or high temp record is now the new normal for our summers.”

“What's worse is we are getting into rare heat temperatures for locations that would not have been possible if it were not for human-induced climate charge,” she said.

Scientists have long stressed that the reason for the uptick in the global temperature stems from human activity, particularly the burning of fossil fuels, which drives up the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, leading to the increased temperatures.

These key statistics illustrate why we're in a period of record heat:

  • June 2019 set a new record for hottest June ever. According to NOAA, the temperature across land and oceans was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average. That’s a big deal because the previous record came in June 2016 and this year’s temperature was 0.04 degrees Fahrenheit above that figure.
  • June marked the 414th consecutive month where temperatures were recorded as being above the 20th century average for that given month, according to NOAA. That’s a trend spanning more than 34 years.
  • Nine of the 10 warmest Junes on record have occurred since 2010, per NOAA.
  • Global sea level has risen about 7 to 8 inches since 1900, and nearly half of that increase -- 3 inches -- has occurred since 1993, according to the latest climate assessment, published last year by the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
  • Heatwaves happen more frequently since the 1960s and extreme cold temperatures or cold waves happen less frequently, according to the climate assessment.

The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a report about the future of dangerously hot days, with a tool that allows users to type in their city and see how many times in the last century they experienced extremely hot days, along with how many of those days they can expect in the middle of this century, from 2036 to 2065, and in the late century, from 2070 to 2099, if current trends continued.

In New York City, for instance, on average there were only two days of 100 degree temperatures per year between 1971 and 2000 -- but the tool shows that by mid-century, if trends continue, there will be an average of 20 such days per year and by late century there will be 42.

Even more dramatically, in Houston, Texas, on average there were 10 days of 105 degree temperatures per year up until the year 2000 -- but by mid-century, the tool predicts that if trends continue there will be an average of 69 such days per year, and by late century there will be 108.

“The hot places are getting hotter and places that weren’t as hot are reaching thresholds that are dangerous for human health,” Ekwurzel said.

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Zolnierek/iStock(NEW YORK) -- An American citizen who allegedly traveled to Syria and became a sniper and weapons instructor for ISIS has been charged by federal authorities with supporting the terrorist organization, prosecutors said Friday.

Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Kazakhstan, was charged with providing and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in Brooklyn federal court.

“The defendant, a naturalized U.S. citizen residing in Brooklyn, turned his back on the country that took him in and joined ISIS, serving its violent ends in Syria and attempting to recruit others to its cause,” stated United States Attorney Richard Donoghue for the Eastern District of New York. “Our counterterrorism prosecutors and law enforcement partners will continue working relentlessly to hold accountable those like the defendant who have supported ISIS’s violent agenda.”

According to the unsealed complaint, Asainov, 42, first traveled to Turkey in late 2013. From there, he entered into Syria and allegedly enlisted to join ISIS as a fighter, according to the charges.

Based on information from a confidential informant who said he communicated with Asainov regularly between August 2014 and March 2015, Asainov said that since joining ISIS his "faith in Islam had been renewed" and would send photos of himself holding a "large-caliber assault rifle, fitted with a scope."

Asainov at one point allegedly tried to recruit the informant, telling him ISIS would give him "a job, housing, food and a $50 stipend per month," according to the filing.

In a message to an associate, Asainov allegedly bragged that ISIS was "the worst terrorist organization in the world that ever existed" and expressed his hopes to die in battle.

Asainov was first detained overseas by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) before being transferred to to the U.S. and into FBI custody.

He's expected to make his first appearance in court later Friday afternoon in Brooklyn.

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Rick Friedman/Rick Friedman Photography/Corbis via Getty Images(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Palm Beach County launched an internal investigation into its sheriff's deputies monitoring of Jeffrey Epstein, following allegations he had "improper sexual conduct" while on work release from jail.

Epstein served a 13-month jail sentence in 2008 after he pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution in a deal with federal prosecutors. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office allowed Epstein to participate in a work-release program wherein he could spend up to 12 hours a day, six days a week, at his office in West Palm Beach, despite being registered as a sex offender.

This week, Epstein was accused of having "improper sexual contact" with young women while on that work release by attorney Brad Edwards, who is representing several alleged victims in a new federal sex trafficking case against Epstein.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that Sheriff Ric Bradshaw "ordered an Internal Affairs investigation into the Jeffrey Epstein matter," according to a statement.

"Sheriff Bradshaw takes these matters very seriously and wants to determine if any actions taken by the deputies assigned to monitor Epstein during his work release program violated any agency rules and regulations, during the time he was on PBSO work release program," the statement said.

"All aspects of the matter will be fully investigated to ensure total transparency and accountability," it continued.

Attorney Edwards claimed Epstein "was able to have visitors that were under the age of 21" while on work release, but he knows none who were under the age of 18.

"What you're going to learn is he was not sitting there conducting some scientific research for the betterment of the community, but he was having office visitors, some who were flown to him from New York and continuing to engage in similar conduct, literally while he was in 'jail,'" Edwards claimed.

Epstein, 66, was arrested on July 6 for alleged sex trafficking of minor girls in Florida and New York. Some of the charges date back to the early 2000s.

On Thursday in New York, he was denied bail. He faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted.

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Rawf8/iStock(PAWTUCKET, R.I.) -- It was just two days after her tenth birthday when Christine Cole disappeared on a chilly evening in Pawtucket, R.I.

She left her home around sunset on Jan. 6, 1988, to buy some things for her mother and never made it back. Her lifeless body washed up on a beach some 15 miles away in the city of Warwick, 54 days later.

The case remained unsolved for more than three decades -- until now.

The Pawtucket Police Department on Thursday announced the arrest of a suspect in Christine's murder, 59-year-old Joao Monteiro of Central Falls, Rhode Island.

Pawtucket Police Det. Susan Cormier reopened the case in August 2018 and discovered evidence that had been submitted for forensics testing years earlier but wasn't included in the case file. The results, which were returned in 2010, revealed there was blood from a male on the inside of Christine's pants, according to the affidavit and arrest warrant.

Cormier requested further testing of the blood sample "in the hopes that newer advances in technology may reveal more," according to an affidavit.

The results produced a larger genetic profile, which was then checked against a DNA database maintained by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

The closest match was a 26-year-old man who had not yet been born at the time of Christine's disappearance. That's when investigators started looking into the man's father, Monteiro.

A background check showed that Monteiro had lived at several addresses in Christine's neighborhood, including in an apartment directly above the market where Christine was last seen in 1988, according to the affidavit.

Cormier obtained a search warrant to collect swab samples from Monteiro, and on Wednesday evening, she was notified that the DNA found on Christine's pants matched Monteiro's. He was arrested that same night.

Monteiro denied ever knowing Christine and said he wasn't responsible for her disappearance and death, according to the affidavit.

Monteiro was arraigned Thursday in district court in Providence. He has not yet entered any pleas and is being held without bail, court records show. ABC News has reached out to Monteiro’s attorney, but there was no immediate comment.

Late Friday, Monteiro was released after posting $5,000 bail, according to ABC News Providence, R.I. affiliate WLNE-TV.

While announcing the arrest at a press conference Thursday, Cormier told reporters that Christine was likely in the wrong place at the wrong time because, so far, there doesn't appear to be any connection between her and Monteiro.

"I'm going to continue to work on this,” the detective said. “I hope that this is a message to the people that are responsible for these crimes that we are coming for you, and we're not giving up.”

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vmargineanu/iStock(STONE COUNTY, Ark.) -- An Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was killed Thursday morning in a shooting that left one other person wounded and the suspected killer dead, police said.

Mike Stephens, 56, was identified as the Stone County Sheriff's deputy who was killed in the incident, Arkansas State Police Spokesman Bill Sadler said at a press conference. Samuel Fullerton, the suspected shooter, was also killed in the incident, but it was not immediately clear whether the 39-year-old took his own life or if he was shot by other deputies.

Stephens was a 20-year veteran of law enforcement and a U.S. Army veteran, Stone County Chief Deputy Sheriff Zach Alexander said at the press conference.

"Every action that he's ever done, he always would be the first guy in somewhere and last one out," Alexander said.

Authorities were called to a home in the rural area of Leslie at 8:02 a.m. over a domestic welfare check, Sadler said. Stephens arrived at 8:39 a.m. and encountered a woman who he began talking to before gunfire quickly erupted. Two other deputies were also at the home when shots were fired.

Stephens was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman, who was not identified, was wounded and taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Sadler.

Sadler noted that the amount of time it took Stephens to reach the scene was because of how far away from the home he was when he got the call to respond. He declined to say whether officials had ever been called to the home before.

Earlier Wednesday, the Stone County Office of Emergency Management said in a tweet that the coroner was headed to the scene. Stephens and the suspect's body were taken to a crime lab to be examined for forensic evidence.

UPDATE: we are sad to report that the coroner has been called to the scene for the deputy involved in the shooting we are asking for prayers for all involved and for the deputies family

— Stone County Office of Emergency Management (@county_of) July 18, 2019

Agents with the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the incident.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Two tornadoes were reported on Thursday in South Dakota and Wisconsin, a waterspout was seen near New Orleans, and the Upper Midwest, especially Minnesota, could see more severe storms on Friday.

This is all happening as most of the rest of the U.S. will be roasting in a heatwave that could produce record highs, especially on the East Coast.

Chicago, Philadelphia and New York are expecting their hottest weather in at least seven years, as Washington, D.C., may see the highest temps in three years.

Denver on Thursday tied a record high at 99 degrees, as 33 states on Friday, from New Mexico to Maine, are under heat alerts for heat index temps ranging from 100 to 115 degrees.

Excessive heat is expected to continue through the weekend.

After the heatwave, temperatures will dip back down next week, with highs struggling to reach the 80s in the Midwest and Northeast.

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400tmax/iStock(CHICAGO) -- Four Chicago police officers have been fired over their alleged cover-up of the 2014 murder of a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, by former officer Jason Van Dyke.

The Chicago Police Board voted on Thursday to discharge Sgt. Stephen Franko and officers Janet Modragon, Daphne Sebastian and Ricardo Viramontes. They have the right to appeal the decision, which went into effect immediately.

"The department is bound by the decision of the board," Chicago Police Department spokesman Thomas Ahern told ABC News in a statement Thursday night. "The affected members have further options they may exercise if they so choose."

The four former officers were accused of making false statements about the shooting, which took place on the night of Oct. 20, 2014. Van Dkye, who fired 16 shots at the 17-year-old McDonald in a span of 15 seconds, was convicted by a jury last year of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.

The Chicago Police Board wrote in its findings and decision that Franko "failed to properly supervise his officers" that night, nearly five years ago. The sergeant reviewed and approved "critical case reports" that contained "several demonstrable and known falsehoods," according to the board.

Meanwhile, Modragon, Sebastian and Viramontes were all present when McDonald was killed. They gave statements that night to a detective and again early the next morning to Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority, according to the board.

"It was their statements that would be used by the investigators to determine whether the fatal shooting of Mr. McDonald was justified -- or whether a crime by their fellow officer had been committed," the board wrote. "As sworn officers, each understood the importance of their statements to that investigation and understood that their statements must be truthful and complete. Each of the three officers failed in their duty -- either by outright lying or by shading the truth."

The Chicago police union, the Fraternal Order of Police, lambasted the board's ruling, saying it will "no doubt lead to more violence in the city and quite likely more violence against the police."

"These officers served the citizens of this city with courage, integrity, and adherence to the rule of law," Martin Preib, second vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said in a statement. "Too bad you couldn’t do the same."

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WPVI-TV(PHILADELPHIA) -- A man seen scaling the outside of a 19-story apartment building to escape a fire in Philadelphia on Thursday night made it to ground level unharmed.

Four residents and three police officers were injured, ABC Philadelphia station WPVI-TV reported.

Fire crews are investigating the cause of the blaze, which began around 9:30 p.m. in the 4400 block of Holden Street.

The fire may have begun in a trash compactor, according to WPVI.

The building was evacuated, but several residents remain unaccounted for.

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groveb/iStock(CHICAGO) -- Three children, all American citizens, were detained for several hours at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Thursday after their adult companion was deemed "inadmissible" by U.S. authorities and their undocumented parents declined to pick them up out of fear of deportation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed that the three children arrived at the airport with a female Mexican citizen that officers determined did not have a valid visa.

"Officers have attempted numerous times today to reach family members to pick up the children," according to a CBP statement. "As of 2 p.m. CST CBP Officers are still awaiting a legal guardian to arrive and pick the children up."

Officials said the mother has since picked up the children "without incident."

A government official familiar with the case told ABC News that the authorities did not know the parents were undocumented when they called them and the children were not detained in an attempt to trap the parents.

CBP has not said, however, why the adult was denied entry.

Iriz Gutteriez Berrios, a staff attorney for the West Suburban Action Project, or PASO, said the children -- girls ages 13, 10 and 9 -- were detained upon arrival from Mexico at 3 a.m. The adult traveling with them was a cousin with a valid visa, the group said.

Berrios said the group became aware of the situation after getting called by the Mexican Consulate, which had been contacted by the parents who were afraid that the detention was a trap to detain and deport them.

Around noon, PASO founder Mony Ruiz-Velasco arrived at the airport with signed permission from the parents, giving her permission to get the kids at the airport, the group said.

That permission was apparently not enough, and the kids were not released until the mother arrived. She was not arrested.

The advocacy group PASO said her fear was founded.

"We’ve seen other scenarios where someone is picking someone else up, in this case the parents had the instinct to call someone else before responding to CBP," said Gutteriez Berrios.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Democratic Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky learned of the situation shortly after landing at O’Hare and went there to help the family.

"I feel that it’s a kind of kidnapping of children by our government and I am really fed up," Schakowsky told the paper.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker tweeted he was in touch with CBP officials about the case, saying "using children as pawns to advance a racist and xenophobic immigration policy is appalling and un-American, and I will not let it stand in Illinois."

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Kuzma/iStock(CHICAGO) -- The mother-daughter duo accused of murdering a pregnant teen and cutting the baby from her body are now being charged in the death of the child.

Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was 9 months pregnant when she was killed, and the baby was cut from her body and taken to a nearby hospital, where it later died.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and Desiree Figueroa, 26, were already charged with the first-degree murder of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and on Thursday, prosecutors announced that they will be charging the pair with the murder of her baby boy as well, officials confirmed to ABC News.

Clarisa Figueroa allegedly passed the newborn off as her own when she brought the child to a Chicago hospital, authorities said. She is alleged to have gotten in touch with Ochoa-Lopez through Facebook after the teen responded to a post about free baby clothes.

The baby boy, which the family later named Yovanny Jadiel Lopez, was treated in the neonatal intensive care unit at a Chicago area hospital.

The child died in mid-June after more than seven weeks in the hospital.

Clarisa Figueroa's 40-year-old boyfriend Piotr Bobak has been charged with helping to cover up the alleged crime.

Both women had pleaded not guilty to the murder charge against Ochoa-Lopez, ABC Chicago station WLS-TV reported.

They have not entered pleas on the new murder charges.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office confirmed that the new first degree murder charges were approved and both Clarisa and Desiree Figueroa appeared for a bail hearing Thursday and were denied bail.

They are due in court on the new charges on Aug. 6.

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