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FBI agent, estranged wife dead in apparent murder-suicide outside Md. home

CROWNSVILLE, Md. -- An FBI agent and his estranged wife were killed in Crownsville on Wednesday morning in what Anne Arundel County police say was a murder-suicide on the day the two were expected back in divorce court.

Officers responded to a report of a domestic assault in progress in the 500 block of Arundel Boulevard at 8:05 a.m. Police said the caller had dialed 911 on behalf of another woman who "was being threatened by her recently estranged husband."

Upon arriving at the home, officers found a man and a woman outside a home who had both been stabbed, the department said, adding that the man also had what looked to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Donna Fisher, 54, of Crownsville and FBI Special Agent David Raynor, 52, of Annapolis, were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel.

FBI spokesman Dave Fitz said Raynor had been a special agent with the bureau since 1996, having been stationed at the Baltimore field office since 2003. He declined to comment on what his duties at the bureau were.

Fisher filed for divorce in March 2017, online court records show, and the two appeared in an Annapolis courtroom Tuesday morning. Proceedings were originally scheduled to continue through Thursday.

--Capital Gazette

Police say Conn. man drove stolen car to court to face stolen car charge

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Hartford man due in court to answer a charge of stealing a car apparently stole a car to get to court, police said.

Jonathan Rivera, 25, was at Superior Court in Hartford on Wednesday to answer a charge of first-degree larceny and tampering with a motor vehicle involving the theft of a car in Hartford on Feb. 17.

As he waited to appear before a judge, Hartford Parking Authority agents scanning license plates for parking violators got a hit on a white 2014 Subaru Legacy parked near the courthouse. The license plates had been reported stolen and the car itself had been stolen from Newington, police said.

Police kept an eye on the car, and when Rivera left court, got in and tried to drive away, they moved in and arrested him.

He was charged with second-degree larceny and taking a motor vehicle without the owner's permission.

--The Hartford Courant

Trump to raise money in Beverly Hills next week. Donors can give up to $250,000

LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump will headline a high-dollar fundraiser for his re-election campaign when he visits California next week for the first time in his presidency, according to an invitation obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

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Donors will contribute up to $250,000 each to Trump's campaign and various Republican National Committee accounts to attend the Tuesday evening event at an undisclosed location in Beverly Hills.

The top ticket price includes a roundtable, photo opportunity and dinner. The cheapest ticket, which is dinner only, costs $35,000 for an individual and $50,000 for a couple.

The fundraiser is being hosted by Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, national finance chairman Todd Ricketts and deputy national finance chairman Elliott Broidy.

Earlier in the day, the president will inspect border wall prototypes in San Diego.

The visit is Trump's first to California since becoming president. His administration and the state's Democratic leadership have repeatedly clashed over immigration, environmental, marijuana and other policies. This week, the Department of Justice sued California over state laws that offer protections for illegal immigrants.

--Los Angeles Times

Journalist's death sparks no-confidence move against Slovakian leader

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico is facing a no-confidence vote as the fallout from the murder of an investigative journalist threatens to roil the country's politics.

Multiple opposition parties filed a motion on Wednesday for a no-confidence vote, a move that came as President Andrej Kiska accused the government of ignoring for years reports from the country's SIS secret service about the influence of Italian Mafia organizations in the country.

Earlier in the week, the politically unaffiliated Kiska called for a government reshuffle or fresh elections. No vote, election or reshuffle has been scheduled.

Journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kusnirova, were found dead in their home on Feb. 25, apparently three days after being shot. Kuciak had been investigating corrupt practices and profiteering among politicians.

The slain journalist's work made politically explosive statements connected to Fico himself: It suggested that Mafia members were able to channel their contacts and liaisons all the way into the premier's office, thereby gaining access to top-secret security information and becoming privy to planned security measures.

According to Kuciak, Fico's personal assistant, Maria Troskova, worked for Italian business owners who were allegedly linked to the Mafia and therefore known to the Italian judiciary.


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