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Fugitive yoga instructor Kaitlin Armstrong returned to US from Costa Rica

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Fugitive yoga instructor Kaitlin Armstrong returned to US from Costa Rica

A Texas yoga instructor accused of gunning down a professional cyclist in a love-triangle murder was returned to the US Saturday, days after she was caught hiding out in Costa Rica.

Fugitive Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, had altered her appearance – and may have even gotten cosmetic surgery – after she fled the country last month in the wake of the murder of 25-year-old Anna Moriah Wilson.

In ABC 13 video, a masked Armstrong is seen in cuffs as she’s escorted by US Marshals into a waiting vehicle at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. She doesn’t answer a reporter’s questions and hides her face from the news camera, the video shows.

She was taken to Harris County Jail and will be transferred to Austin, where she’ll face murder charges in Wilson’s death, according to KXAN-TV.

Armstrong is accused of killing Wilson in an Austin home on May 11 after the cyclist spent the day with Armstrong’s boyfriend Colin Strickland, also a pro cyclist. Strickland and Wilson had a romantic fling, and met up when Wilson came to town from San Francisco to prepare for a bicycle race, cops said.

Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, was wanted for killing her boyfriend's alleged lover.
Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, was wanted for killing her boyfriend’s alleged lover.
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Kaitlin Marie Armstrong seen with hair covering her face after arriving in Houston from Costa Rica.
Kaitlin Marie Armstrong seen with hair covering her face after arriving in Houston from Costa Rica.
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Moriah Wilson was allegedly shot dead by Kaitlin Armstrong.
Moriah Wilson was allegedly shot dead by Kaitlin Armstrong.
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After Austin cops questioned her in the homicide, Armstrong sold her Jeep Grand Cherokee that was spotted on surveillance footage outside of the crime scene. She took the $12,200 from the sale and hopped a flight to New York City, then days later used someone else’s passport to fly out of Newark, NJ to Costa Rica.

She was arrested at a hostel in Santa Teresa Beach Wednesday, with her hair dyed darker and cut shoulder length, US Marshals Service officials said. She also had a bandage on her nose and bruises under her eyes, with a witness telling Inside Edition he found a $6,350 receipt for cosmetic surgery that was left behind when she was taken away in cuffs.

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Fugitive Kaitlin Armstrong returned to the U.S. with an altered appearance.
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Suspect Kaitlin Armstrong was taken into custody after she fled to Costa Rica.
Suspect Kaitlin Armstrong was taken into custody after she fled to Costa Rica.
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Another photo of Kaitlin Marie Armstrong looking disheveled after returning to The US.
Another photo of Kaitlin Marie Armstrong looking disheveled after returning to The US.
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Armstrong’s bond will be set at $3.5 million and be subject to GPS monitoring, KXAN reported.

The Wilson family shared a statement with The Post that thanked Austin cops, US Marshals and others for their “diligence” in finding Armstrong.

Fugtive Kaitlin Armstrong was arrested in Costa Rica for allegedly murdering professional cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson in Texas.
Fugtive Kaitlin Armstrong was arrested in Costa Rica for allegedly murdering professional cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson in Texas.
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Colin Strickland was the male member of the love triangle.
Colin Strickland was the male member of the love triangle.
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“We’re relieved to know this phase of uncertainty is now behind us, and we trust that justice will prevail,” the statement said. “We’d like to ask for the media to respect our privacy at this time, as they have over the last six weeks.”

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The wait is over as Powerball finally has a winner for its jackpot worth over $1 billion

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The wait is over as Powerball finally has a winner for its jackpot worth over $1 billion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tiny neighborhood store in downtown Los Angeles sold the winning ticket for the Powerball jackpot worth an estimated $1.08 billion, the sixth largest in U.S. history and the third largest in the history of the game.

The winning numbers for Wednesday night’s drawing were: white balls 7, 10, 11, 13, 24 and red Powerball 24.

The winner can choose either the total jackpot paid out in yearly increments or a $558.1 million lump sum before taxes. Winners don’t have to come forward publicly but their names and the disposition of the money are public records, according to the California Lottery.

The winning ticket was sold at Las Palmitas Mini Market, which will receive a $1 million bonus from the lottery. The owner of the store is Maria Leticia Menjivar, lottery spokesperson Carolyn Becker said.

Lottery officials presented a giant symbolic check to the owner and her family, including her husband Navor Herrera, the manager, and hung signs saying “billionaire made here.”

Asked about the store’s million-dollar windfall, Herrera set his sights on the future.

“I have to make more bigger store, more items, good service for the people. That’s my thing now,” he said.

“The store is small” but the luck there is “big,” Herrera joked.

Located in the city’s Fashion District, the narrow minimarket is a few blocks from Skid Row’s scenes of homelessness and distress where thousands of people live in makeshift shanties that line entire blocks of the neighborhood.

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The 107-block district is both a center of the West Coast apparel industry as well as a low-income area where small stores offer clothing, accessories and fabrics that spill onto sidewalks. Bargain-seekers flock to the district, but many storefronts are shuttered.

The winner must come forward to the California Lottery to claim the prize — and should consider hiring financial and legal advisers, spokesperson Carolyn Becker told reporters.

“And then we have to spend time vetting the winner to make sure it is the right person,” Becker said. “Integrity and transparency are incredibly important to us, so we will probably not know for months and months.”

A crush of reporters descended on the narrow minimarket, creating an early morning stir.

Lucy Jamil, who works nearby, came to the market after hearing the jackpot news.

“I’m very excited — very, very excited,” said Jamil, an employee at a store selling items such as backpacks, strollers and makeup boxes. “This morning when I woke up I was praying to God, you know, God willing it’s gonna be somebody who works over here.”

Final ticket sales pushed the jackpot beyond its earlier estimate of $1 billion to $1.08 billion at the time of the drawing, moving it from the seventh largest to the sixth largest U.S lottery jackpot ever won.

The game’s abysmal odds of 1 in 292.2 million are designed to build big prizes that draw more players.

The largest Powerball jackpot was $2.04 billion in November, also in California, making Thursday the second time in less than a year that someone in Los Angeles County has become a Powerball billionaire.

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The last time anyone won the Powerball jackpot was on April 19 for a top prize of nearly $253 million.

Powerball is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Associated Press writers John Antczak and Amancai Biraben contributed.

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This story has been corrected to fix the spelling of Navor Herrera’s first name. It is Navor, not Nabor. It has also been corrected to show that Herrera is the store’s manager, not the owner.

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Body recovered from Lady Bird Lake Tuesday

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AUSTIN (AustinEnquirer.com) — A somber discovery unfolded on Tuesday morning as the Austin Fire Department retrieved the lifeless body of an unidentified man from the tranquil waters of Lady Bird Lake. The tragic event occurred in the vicinity of 1000 W. Cesar Chavez St., near the convergence of Barton Creek with the lake.

During a press conference, the Austin Police Department revealed that the circumstances surrounding the man’s untimely demise remain shrouded in mystery, prompting an ongoing investigation to uncover the truth behind this unsettling incident.

Prompted by an emergency call at precisely 10:28 a.m., the Austin Fire Department swiftly responded to the distressing scene. Despite their valiant efforts, the man was pronounced dead at 10:59 a.m., leaving the community shaken and searching for answers.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ power grid operator asked residents Tuesday to voluntarily cut back on electricity due to anticipated record demand on the system as a heat wave kept large swaths of the state and southern U.S. in triple-digit temperatures.

On the last day of spring, the sweltering heat felt more like the middle of summer across the South, where patience was growing thin over outages that have persisted since weekend storms and tornadoes caused widespread damage.

In the Mississippi capital, some residents said Tuesday that they had been without power and air conditioning for almost 100 hours, which is longer than the outages caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Entergy Mississippi, the state’s largest electric utility, said its crews had worked 16-hour shifts since Friday, but some officials expressed doubts about its preparedness.

High temperatures in the state were expected to reach 90 degrees (32 degrees Celsius) on Tuesday.

“The delay in restoring power has caused significant hardship for their customers and it is unacceptable,” said Brent Bailey, a member on the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the state’s energy regulator.

The request by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which serves most of that state’s nearly 30 million residents, was its first of the year to cut energy consumption. ERCOT said it was “not experiencing emergency conditions,” but it noted that the state set an unofficial June record on Monday for energy demand.

In the oil patch of West Texas, temperatures in San Angelo soared to an all-time high of 114 degrees (46 degrees Celsius) on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Many Texans have been skeptical of the state’s grid since a deadly 2021 ice storm knocked out power to millions of customers for days. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said improvements since then have made the grid more stable, but those improvement efforts continue to draw scrutiny.

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In neighboring Oklahoma, more than 100,000 customers were eagerly awaiting the restoration of power and air conditioning following weekend storms that downed trees and snapped hundreds of utility poles. Officials say at least one person in Oklahoma has died because of the prolonged outages, which could last into the weekend for some residents.

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday declared a state of emergency because of the weekend’s storms, citing damage from the weather and “numerous” downed power lines.

In Louisiana, more than 51,000 electricity customers were still without power Tuesday because of the storms that damaged more than 800 structures around Shreveport alone, according to Mayor Tom Arceneaux. Officials said more than a dozen major transmission lines were still awaiting repairs.

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Associated Press writers Michael Goldberg in Jackson, Mississippi, and Andrew DeMillo in Little Rock, Arkansas, contributed to this report.

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