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Suspect Charged with Murder in Slaying of Missing Iowa Student Mollie Tibbetts

Suspect Charged with Murder in Slaying of Missing Iowa Student Mollie Tibbetts

Authorities in Iowa have arrested a suspect in the slaying of Mollie Tibbetts, the 20-year-old University of Iowa student who went missing in late July, police announced at a press conference.

Christhian Rivera, 24, is charged with first-degree murder, authorities said.

Nearly five weeks after Tibbetts was reported missing, her remains were believed to have been found Tuesday morning, dumped in a field in Guernsey, Iowa. The identification of the remains has not been confirmed, however.

Guernsey is about 15 minutes by car from Brooklyn, Iowa, where Tibbetts was last seen alive.

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Tibbetts was last seen on the evening of July 18, while out for her evening run around Brooklyn.

Tibbets, a sophomore at the University of Iowa, was living in the small rural town with her boyfriend, Dalton Jack, in his older brother’s house.

Tibbetts, according to police, was caring for the brothers’ dogs, as both were out of town, working construction jobs.

An intense search for the psychology major ensued, involving hundreds of volunteers.

More than $400,000 in reward money was raised through efforts championed by Tibbetts’ parents, who did countless television interviews, speaking directly to their daughter’s captors, pleading desperately for her life.

Read more: https://people.com/crime/suspect-charged-with-murder-in-slaying-of-missing-iowa-student-mollie-tibbetts/

Mom Speaks Out After Girl, 12, Sets Herself on Fire While Attempting Viral ‘Fire Challenge'

Mom Speaks Out After Girl, 12, Sets Herself on Fire While Attempting Viral ‘Fire Challenge'

A 12-year-old girl is recovering from the severe burns she received to nearly half of her body while she attempted a viral and dangerous internet challenge.

Just minutes into a mid-afternoon nap on Friday, Brandi Owens was awoken by a loud pop that echoed throughout her home. Moments later, Owens saw her daughter, Timiyah Landers, running down their halfway engulfed in a fireball that covered almost her entire body.

“She was running down the hallway past my bedroom on fire from her knees to her hair,” Owens, a mother of five from Detroit, tells PEOPLE. “I just screamed, ‘My baby!’ It was so awful.”

Owens and her fiancé then used towels to extinguish the flames, then placed the young girl in the bathtub and sprayed her down with cold water.

“I burned my hands in the process,” Owens, 35, says. “It was so traumatizing to see her on fire.”

The family rushed Timiyah to Beaumont Health, and she was transported to a nearby children’s hospital by the end of the night. She will stay there for the next several months to recover from the extensive second- and third-degree burns that cover 49 percent of her body.

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“Her vitals are good, but she’s still on a ventilator and feeding tube. They’re slowly trying to wean her off the ventilator,” Owens says. “It will be a long recovery. She had surgery and received temporary artificial skin to her burns, but she’s going to need three or four more surgeries and skin grafts.”

It wasn’t until Owens questioned the two friends who were with Timiyah during the incident that she learned the horrifying truth about what occurred. The girls were engaging in a viral internet trend that sees people douse themselves with rubbing alcohol and then set themselves aflame, known as the “fire challenge.” Videos of the dare have gone viral over Facebook and YouTube.

“After a while, her friends told me what happened,” Owens says. “I was angry, very angry. I couldn’t believe she would do that, she knows better — I don’t know what she was thinking, doing that crazy stuff.”

Stories about young people becoming injured due to viral internet challenges are in no short supply.

In 2017

Read more: https://people.com/human-interest/girl-burned-in-fire-challenge/

Lindsey Vonn Says She Is Still Cheering for Ex Tiger Woods: 'He Will Be at the Top Again'

Lindsey Vonn Says She Is Still Cheering for Ex Tiger Woods: 'He Will Be at the Top Again'

Lindsey Vonn is still team Tiger, years after their split.

The Olympic skier told Extra in a new interview that she and Tiger Woods are “friends” after being asked about liking the golfer’s posts on social media.

“I support him,” Vonn, 33, told the outlet. “We’re friends, we congratulate each other… it’s really nice to see him playing so well again.”

Continued Vonn, “I think It’s only a matter of time before he does actually win another tournament… after all his injuries and surgeries… that he has come back and fought his way back… he will be at the top again.”

Woods , 42, and Vonn dated for nearly three years, before breaking up in May 2015. Woods now dates Erica Herman, while the skier has moved on with NHL star P.K. Subban.

The pair have previously addressed their post-romance relationship, with Vonn telling PEOPLE at the 2018 Winter Olympics that Woods had emailed her good luck before she competed.

At the time, Vonn said the two “stay in touch,” adding, “I’m happy that he’s back competing and we’re supportive of each other.”

RELATED: Who Is Tiger Woods’ Girlfriend Erica Herman? Everything to Know

Vonn also opened up to Extra about Subban, calling her new boyfriend an “amazing guy” as well as “upbeat and spontaneous.”

RELATED: Lindsey Vonn Is ‘Enjoying Every Moment’ with P.K. Subban — But Says ‘It’s Not a Bieber Situation’

Subban, a defenseman for the Nashville Predators, and Vonn first stepped out together in early June at the 2018 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, where they packed on the PDA while posing for photos ahead of the show.

In July, Vonn told reporters of her man, “He’s very energetic. He’s always positive, always smiling.”

Read more: https://people.com/sports/lindsey-vonn-cheering-on-ex-tiger-woods/

Jersey Shore's Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Reveals the Sweet Reason He Skipped the Video Music Awards

Jersey Shore's Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Reveals the Sweet Reason He Skipped the Video Music Awards

When the 2018 Video Music Awards aired Monday night, a famous member of the MTV family was notably missing — and for the sweetest reason.

While Jersey Shore‘s Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio and Vinny Guadagnino were hosting the pre-show, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was at home with his 4-month-old baby girl.

“Everyone keeps asking where I’ve been, Why wasn’t I at the #VMA’s or other #JSFV events with my lovely cast mates. I’ve chosen to take some time off to be a father to my beautiful daughter,” he captioned a photo of his daughter, Ariana Sky, on Tuesday.

“I’ve got to experience everything in my life thankfully because of #JS & #MyFans. There’s nothing that can replace the feeling of being a father,” he said. 

After thanking fans for their love and support, he also set the record straight for those who are questioning if his time on Jersey Shore: Family Vacation has come to an end.

“No I have not quit #jS. I am just choosing to take time so I can watch my daughter grow and be apart of a life not just in her life and be an amazing father,” he explained. “I rather be there for her in person than have to watch her grow through Text messages & IG posts.”

He concluded, “I can give her everything in the world but if I can’t give her a relationship or a bond than all of this is for nothing at the end of the day.”

Everyone keeps asking where I’ve been, Why wasn’t I at the #VMA’s or other #JSFV events with my lovely cast mates. I’ve chosen to take some time off to be a father to my beautiful daughter. I’ve got to experience everything in my life thankfully because of #JS & #MyFans. There’s nothing that can replace the feeling of being a father. Thank you for all the love & support and no I have not quit #jS. I am just choosing to take time so I can watch my daughter grow and be apart of a life not just in her life and be an amazing father. I rather be there for her in person than have to watch her grow through Text messages & IG posts. I can give her everything in the world but if I can’t give her a relationship or a bond than all of this is for nothing at the end of the day. #FeelingOfSeeingThatFaceInTheMorningIsIrreplacable#NeverKnowThatFeelingTillYouLookYourSeedInTheEyes #JSFV2 #PreimereThisJerzday

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Read more: https://people.com/tv/jersey-shore-why-ronnie-ortiz-magro-skipped-2018-vmas-daughter/

Madonna Hits Back at Haters Who Criticized Her for Aretha Franklin Speech: 'People Are So Quick to Judge'

Madonna Hits Back at Haters Who Criticized Her for Aretha Franklin Speech: 'People Are So Quick to Judge'

After raising eyebrows at the MTV VMAs with a speech seemingly dedicated to the late Aretha Franklin, Madonna is explaining her side of the story.

Before presenting video of the year to Camila Cabello on Monday night, the pop star, 60, outlined the role the Queen of Soul — who died Thursday of pancreatic cancer at 76 — had played in launching her own career.

After recalling her years of struggling as an artist and a specific audition during which she sang Franklin’s smash hit “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” the singer concluded: “So you’re probably all wondering why I’m telling you this story. There’s a connection, because none of this would’ve happened — could’ve happened — without our lady of soul. She led me to where I am today and I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight, in this room tonight, and I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen.”

RELATED: Madonna Honors Aretha Franklin at the MTV VMAs — but Twitter Takes Her to Task for Tribute

Madonna was hit with criticism on social media afterwards, with many saying she made the moment about herself instead of about Franklin.

On Tuesday, the star posted a photo of herself posing with Cabello at the awards show and explained her speech was never meant to be a tribute to the late entertainer.

Im with the Winner!! The beautiful @camila_cabello ! So proud of her! 🌈💕🎉. And just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tins

Read more: https://people.com/music/mtv-vmas-2018-madonna-explains-aretha-franklin-speech/

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