21 horses died at a single racetrack in the last 10 weeks. How did it happen?

(CNN)Debbie McAnally’s horse became the 21st to die this season at Santa Anita Park, euthanized after shattering her front leg on a training run. Trainers, owners, track officials, and animal activists are all baffled as to why the death toll is so high. A spokesman for the track, Mark Willman, believes the injuries are “multifaceted,” but that rain is the biggest factor. Why rain could be a factor Southern California has been having its wettest winter in almost a decade. Many people connected with Santa Anita Park believe that the rain is a factor in the horses’ deaths, but not all agree why. “The ground gets too soft,” says Jim Cassidy, president of the Thoroughbred Trainers Association. He says the …

Chris Watts says he didn’t want anyone lying for him after he killed his wife and daughters

(CNN)Sitting in a Colorado prison, Chris Watts recalled feeling confused and having no plans after killing his pregnant wife and two daughters. He pleaded guilty to the killings and is serving five life sentences after prosecutors and Shanann’s family agreed to drop the possibility of the death penalty. Here’s what we’ve learned from the interview: He didn’t know what to do after the murders Watts hadn’t planned the killings and had not thought about what he would do next. He said he was not “some criminal mind type.” “I had no idea what was going to happen … after everything … I mean I don’t even know how I was acting even normal to people that I was around,” he …

Pennsylvania woman accused of killing 5 withdrew her son from school weeks before his death

(CNN)Shana Decree pulled her son out of a Pennsylvania school weeks ago. Then with the help of her 19-year-old daughter, she allegedly killed him and four family members, authorities said. She called the school district two weeks ago, saying her son was not returning to class because she was planning on home schooling him, Harris told CNN affiliate KYW. She was required to provide the superintendent with a home school curriculum, but she never did, he added. The cause and manner of the victims’ deaths won’t be available for several weeks as the coroner waits for toxicology results, authorities said. Decree Sr. is now grieving the loss of his son, allegedly at the hands of his wife and daughter. “I …

Transgender student athletes in South Dakota could face this restriction

(CNN)A bill is making its way through the South Dakota legislature that could prevent transgender students from playing on high school sports teams based on their gender identity. Supporters say HB 1225 is about ensuring fairness for girls in particular, who might face unfair competition from students who were assigned male at birth but now identify as female. Opponents call the proposal an attempt to “codify” discrimination against transgender teens and undermine the authority of the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA), the group that enacted the current policy letting students play on sex-segregated sports teams based on their gender identity. “No one is harmed by allowing transgender people to compete consistent with who they are. House Bill 1225 …

Detective agency report finds no evidence of ‘offensive or racist statements’ by Kentucky students

(CNN)An investigation into an encounter between Kentucky high school students and Native American activists has found “no evidence of offensive or racist statements” by the students, according to a report posted on the Diocese of Covington website. The report, conducted by Greater Cincinnati Investigation, a detective agency retained by a law firm on behalf of the diocese and school, said the students never responded to the Black Hebrew Israelites with racist or offensive statements and they never chanted “Build the Wall,” as was alleged by some at the time. In the video, Nick Sandmann, one of the students, was featured prominently facing off with Phillips. Some of the students wore “Make America Great Again” hats and surrounded Phillips, playing a …