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Ex-agent sentenced for sharing FBI secrets with married mistress

A now-retired Atlanta FBI agent was sentenced to probation on charges that he shared confidential law enforcement information with his married mistress.

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In pleading guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge, Ken Hillman admitted that he allowed the woman and her now-former husband to participate in undercover child sex sting operations.

Hillman ran a joint local-federal Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in northwest Georgia.

He told a federal judge Friday he accepted that he had violated FBI policy, but said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the disturbing images he saw daily.

"It seemed the chatrooms I would go into would routinely become worse and worse and worse," he said.

Hillman pleaded guilty in July to a single charge contained in an “accusation” that federal prosecutors secured just weeks before time would have run out on bringing criminal charges against the veteran agent.

Court documents show that Hillman allowed Angela Russell, with whom he had a sexual relationship, to help lure some would-be child predators online even though she was not in law enforcement. Russell was granted immunity.

The task force Hillman ran has since been disbanded.

Walmart tests ‘in-fridge’ home delivery service for customers who aren’t home

Walmart is testing a new grocery delivery service -- one where you don’t have to be home to receive your order.

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The retail giant announced Friday it has partnered with smart lock startup August Home to create a program where a delivery person can enter a customer’s home and put away groceries.

Delivery drivers would be given a one-time passcode that provides access to the customer’s house if no one is there. Customers would receive an alert notification via the August Home app when a delivery person enters their home and would be able to watch the delivery person through the app. 

The service will be tested in Silicon Valley with a small number of August Home users.

“These tests are a natural evolution of what Walmart is all about -- an obsession in saving our customers not just money but also time,” Sloan Eddleston, Walmart’s vice president of eCommerce strategy & business operations, wrote in a blog post. “This may not be for everyone -- and certainly not right away -- but we want to offer customers the opportunity to participate in tests today and help us shape what commerce will look like in the future.” 

Would you use it?

Read more here.

RELATED: Walmart introduces new options to take on Amazon, but is it better than Prime?

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Funeral home burglar stole, wore dead man’s burial suit, police say

A Kentucky man is accused of burglarizing a funeral home and stealing from a dead man awaiting burial, according to police.

James Neal Sullivan, 35, of Cecilia, is charged with third-degree burglary in the Sept. 13 incident at Watson & Hunt Funeral Home in Leitchfield, a small city about 75 miles southwest of Louisville. The Leitchfield Police reported that a man broke into the funeral home around 10:30 p.m. the night of the burglary and stayed inside for several hours, even taking a nap in the office.

The man, later identified as Sullivan, could also be seen on surveillance footage dressing himself in a suit meant for the burial of a client of the business. Before leaving, he stole the clothes and some jewelry from the dead man, the keys to the funeral home’s hearse and several electronic items, including a Playstation 3 he found in the office, police officials said.

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The investigation into the burglary led to Sullivan’s identification as the man who broke into the funeral home. According to police, investigators from Leitchfield, along with Hardin County narcotics agents and Kentucky state troopers on Wednesday executed a search warrant on a home in White Mills. 

During the search, they found some of the property that had been stolen in the funeral home burglary, Leitchfield police officials said. They also found drugs, drug paraphernalia, a weapon and detonation cords.

Sullivan was not present at the time of the search warrant, but two other people were arrested in connection to the case. 

Gary W. Hawks, 55, of White Mills, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession and distribution of explosives without a permit and possession of marijuana, according to a statement on the Leitchfield Police Department’s Facebook page

Jennifer Kay Wills, 38, of White Mills, also was arrested Wednesday at the home. She is charged with receiving stolen property, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree possession of a controlled substance. 

Police were still looking for Sullivan Thursday morning, but information from the Grayson County Detention Center shows he was booked on the burglary charge there later that day. He remained there Friday afternoon. 

Hawks and Wills also remained jailed, but they were in the Hardin County Jail. 

Man whose body pulled from creek told 911 ‘I’d rather be humiliated than dead’

The 71-year-old man who died and whose body was pulled out of Wolf Creek on Wednesday had called 911 and tried to let police know he needed help. 

“I need a rescue,” Charles Romine told a 911 dispatcher, according to the recording obtained by this news organization. “I’ve been on these rocks for, like, three hours.” 

Romine called 911 at 2:13 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18.

Dayton police issued a missing endangered adult alert the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 20. Romine’s family reported he was blind and had cataracts.

“This is really embarrassing but I’d rather be humiliated than dead,” Romine said, adding he had lost his water bottle and was tired from climbing rocks for hours.

Romine said he had left the Montgomery County Job Center earlier in the day. He had gotten off the bus to get cigarettes before going home for lunch, but lost his bag, cigarettes and keys.

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“I don’t want to be looking embarrassed, that’s the main thing,” Romine said in an almost 8-minute call. “But I don’t want to lose my life, either.”

An entry on the Montgomery County dispatch log at 2:46 p.m. states crews could not locate Romine and attempted to call him back twice without answer. The incident was closed at 2:46 p.m.

At about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Romine’s body was found in Wolf Creek in the area of West Riverview Avenue and Philadelphia Drive — more than three miles from the area he told the dispatcher.

The dispatcher told Romine, “I will have an officer out there as soon as I can,” to which he responded, “Thank you, ma’am.” 

When the dispatcher said, “You’re welcome,” Romine answered, “Alright, bye bye.”

Man thanks officers who saved his life from flesh-eating bacteria

It was an emotional moment when a man got to thank officers for saving his life. 

WSBTV’s Linda Stouffer was there the moment Alan Avery was able to hug and embrace the DeKalb County officers. 

It was a year ago that Avery called to report someone breaking into his home five times.

“It’s not normal for someone to call back to back to back 911,” said DeKalb County officer T.P. Dunn.

Dunn, along with officer J.Q. Kelley and officer M. Poon, did exhaustive searches but there was no burglar, just something more serious going on with Avery.

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“He really believes people are breaking in,” Dunn said.

Avery refused medical treatment so Poon made a decision to call his husband. 

“Asking me if there’s a history of mental illness or drug use, most importantly is he OK,” husband Michael Newton said. 

Avery was not OK. He was hallucinating, in dangerous septic shock from a flesh-eating bacteria infection. 

He spent weeks in a coma, eight painful surgeries and months of rehab. When they finally got him to the hospital, as the officers had been urging, doctors told Avery he could have been dead within an hour. 

At DeKalb police headquarters Wednesday, he brought gift cards and gratefulness.

“Without you, I would not be here today,” Avery said. “I would be dead. Thank you, thank all of you.”

The officers said their crisis intervention training was key to looking beyond the first emergency. 

“I'm just happy we could be a big part of that and do what we love to do, which is protect and serve,” Kelley said.

“Everything happens for a reason,” Poon said.

And that is why in that emotional hug, there was so much joy.

End-of-world prediction interrupts TV broadcasts

Television programming for some California viewers was interrupted for about a minute Thursday with a disturbing message warning of the end of the world.

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“Realize this, extremely violent times will come,” a voice in the alert said, according to the Orange County Register.

The alert interrupted Cox and Spectrum broadcast customers in Orange County around 11:05 a.m.

The cause of the alert was because one or more radio stations conducted an emergency test and did not transmit the end tone which completes the test, Joe Camero, a Cox spokesman told the Register Thursday. Broadcast stations then picked up the audio feed that sent the alert.

“We don’t want to alarm anyone with any false emergency alerts,” Camero said.

Both providers are investigating the cause of the alert and whether it was done intentionally.

It is not known if the alert has anything to do with the end of the world prophecy by David Meade, a numerologist, who claims catastrophic events will occur Saturday, according to the Washington Post.

“I was definitely startled, because the volume increased exponentially,” Erin Mireles told the Register. “I wasn’t alarmed in the sense of thinking something was wrong, because I assumed it was some sort of hack. My channel changed back to Bravo after a couple minutes.”

Equifax apologizes for sending people to fake company website

Equifax linked people to a fake online site that mimicked the link for its own site on its massive Sept. 7 security breach that affected 143 million Americans.

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After the breach, which involved Social Security numbers and other key identifying information, Equifax set up a site, equifaxsecurity2017.com, that directed people to information on the hacking incident and links to sign up for free credit monitoring and other protections the company is offering.

But in several tweets in recent days, a company employee directed people to a fake site that flipped the name of the site and sent people to a similar-appearing site.

>> Related: Clark Howard: 10 things you need to know about the Equifax data breach

Rather than being a phishing site that could have reaped unsuspecting folks’ personal data yet again, it was set up by Nick Sweeting, a software engineer, according to news reports.

People who clicked on the link got this headline: “Cybersecurity Incident & Important Consumer Information Which is Totally Fake, Why Did Equifax Use A Domain That’s So Easily Impersonated By Phishing Sites?”

>> Related: Report: Feds investigating top Equifax executives’ stock trading

Sweeting told the New York Times his site received more than 200,000 hits before he took it down Wednesday evening.

Equifax apologized for the mistake. “All posts using the wrong link have been taken down. To confirm, the correct website is https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. We apologize for the confusion,” the company said in a statement.

The company also warned people to watch for fake websites and emails targeting Equifax customers and people responding to the hacking incident.

“These scams, designed to capture personal information (known as “phishing”) are designed to appear as if they are from Equifax and the emails may link to websites purporting to be operated by Equifax,” said the company.

What is the Graham-Cassidy health care bill and what does it mean for you?

Update 2:13 p.m. ET -- The Associated Press reported that Sen. John McCain says he won't vote for the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law. His statement likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week.

Previous post: Next week, the Senate will likely vote on a new health care bill, one, like the others that failed earlier this year, aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act. 

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, (R-South Carolina), and Dr. Bill Cassidy, (R-Louisiana), would keep a portion of the ACA intact but would restructure the way states get federal funds for health care. 

Republicans need 50 votes for the bill to pass. Cassidy told USA Today he believes the legislation has “probably 48 or 49.” 

Here’s a look at what’s in the plan.

What do I have to buy? Under Graham-Cassidy, you do not have to buy health care insurance.

What does my employer have to do? 

There will no longer be a penalty on large employers that fail to provide insurance to employees. 

The president said he will not sign a bill that ignores those with pre-existing conditions. What does the plan have for those with pre-existing conditions? 

States will be able to waive provisions that cap what insurance companies can charge people with pre-existing conditions. However, insurance companies may not deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. 

States can waive the requirements for certain coverage mandated under the ACA, such as maternity care, mental health services and hospitalization. 

Will I still get a subsidy if I purchase health care insurance on my own? 

No. The bill ends in 2020 the subsidies meant to reduce premiums for people earning up to 400 percent of the poverty level.

What happens to Medicaid? 

The Medicaid program was expanded in 31 states and the District of Columbia under the ACA. Graham-Cassidy would bar any other state from expanding Medicaid. It would also end the expansion in the 31 states and D.C. in 2020. 

Beginning in 2020, Graham-Cassidy would set up states with a “per-capita cap,” meaning states get a fixed amount of money per Medicaid enrollee. States could choose to get federal Medicaid funding as a block grant. 

Those grants could be used for non-disabled adults and children in their Medicaid program. If they choose that option, states would get a fixed amount of federal funding each year – no matter the number of participants in the program.

Other parts of the plan: 

  • States could require adult Medicaid recipients to work. The disabled, elderly and pregnant women would be exempt. 
  • Anyone can buy a catastrophic insurance plan. Under the ACA, it was only available for those under 30. 
  • It would defund Planned Parenthood for a year, then provide money for community health centers. 
  • Individuals can contribute more to health savings accounts – from $3,400 to $6,650 for individuals. For families, the amount would increase from $6.750 to $13,300.  
  • Young people can stay on their parents’ health care plan until age 26, just as with the Affordable Care Act.

Sources: USA Today; The Associated Press; CNN; The Washington Post

Police: Man mistakenly shows officers where he keeps drugs

An Ohio man is facing charges after police said he inadvertently led officers to a hidden stash of drug paraphernalia in his apartment.

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Middletown police on Wednesday executed an arrest warrant for Charles Hogg, 61.

When officers knocked on the door that was ajar, Hogg yelled, “Come on in,” according to the police report.

Hogg was still in his bedroom and he became “very nervous” as officers approached, the report said.

Officers saw three hypodermic needles on Hogg’s nightstand and a large container of used hypodermic needles on the floor, the report said.

When Hogg was told police were there because he owed city income taxes, he told them he had a receipt. He told officers to look for it in a nearby drawer, according to authorities.

Instead, officers found a set of digital scales and a glass pipe used for smoking crystal meth, police said.

Hogg then “lowered his head” after realizing the drug items were still in his drawer, the report said.

He was transported to the Middletown City Jail and is charged with three counts of drug abuse instruments, drug paraphernalia and a warrant for failure to pay city income taxes.

Police have received numerous complaints of drug activity in the residence from the owner of the property and neighbors, according to the report.

1-year-old dies after father attempts to treat cough with steamy shower

A 1-year-old baby has died in New York after his father attempted to treat a chronic cough by leaving the child in a steamy bathroom. 

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Mordechai Halpern, of Brooklyn, New York, was found unresponsive at his parents’ home on Thursday morning after his mother discovered him alone in a bathroom at the residence.

According to WPIX, Mordechai’s father attempted to cure the boy’s bronchitis early Thursday by giving him a mixture of lemon, sugar and water. When that didn’t work, the father put the baby in a stroller in the bathroom, where he turned on hot shower water, hoping it would act as a humidifier.

The 27-year-old father covered the child with a blanket, left the bathroom and went to sleep, according to the New York Daily News

About an hour and a half later, an alarm set for 5 a.m. woke Mordechai’s mother, who found the child unresponsive.

The boy was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. 

At the time of death, Mordechai’s body temperature was 108 degrees, the Daily News reported.

Police said there were no visible signs of trauma, WPIX reported.

Sources said police do not believe Mordechai’s father meant to harm him.

The medical examiner will determine his cause of death.

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