Barbara Bush funeral today: Melania Trump, the Obamas and Clintons among attendees

Barbara Bush will be laid to rest in Texas on Saturday as mourners, including dignitaries from across the nation and around the world, gather to remember the former first lady’s life and legacy.

More than 1,500 guests, including former presidents and first ladies, are expected to fill St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston on Saturday morning for the funeral service. Barbara Bush, who died on Tuesday at the age of 92, had requested in her last wishes a modest funeral at the Gothic-style cathedral, where she and her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, were devoted members for decades.

Barbara Bush’s casket arrived Friday at St. Martin’s, the nation’s largest Episcopal church, where she lay in repose as the public was invited to pay respects from noon to midnight, according to the Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home in Houston.

The Rev. Russell Levenson Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Peter Cheney will be co-officiants of Saturday’s service, which is set to begin at 11 a.m. local time. Barbara Bush’s son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, will deliver a eulogy along with her longtime friend, Susan Baker, and historian Jon Meacham, according to a statement from the Bush family.

Four of the five living ex-presidents will attend Saturday’s funeral service, including former President Barack Obama and his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, as well as former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton. The Clintons’ daughter, Chelsea Clinton, will also be in attendance.

Following the service, a funeral procession will bring Barbara Bush’s casket to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum near Texas A&M University in College Station for a private service, where she will be buried in a family plot beside her daughter, Robin, who died of leukemia at the age of 3 in 1953. The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets are expected to line Barbara Bush Avenue outside the library to pay tribute to the former first lady.

First lady Melania Trump will attend Saturday’s service “on behalf of the first family,” White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement. “To avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service, President Trump will not attend.”

Similarly, in 2016, then-President Obama did not attend the funeral of former first lady Nancy Reagan, while his wife did. Sitting presidents have rarely in recent decades gone to the funerals of former first ladies, according to, a project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center in Philadelphia.

Barbara Bush served as first lady from 1989 to 1993. She died shortly after deciding to forgo further medical treatments for her failing health.

Former President George H.W. Bush is “broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara, his wife of 73 years,” according to Jean Becker, chief of staff at the 93-year-old former president’s office.

“He held her hand all day today and was at her side when she left this good earth,” Becker said in a statement.

Their eldest child, former President George W. Bush, described his mother as a “fabulous first lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions.”

“To us, she was so much more,” he said in a statement after her death. “Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly.”

ABC News’ Bill Hutchinson contributed to this report.

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Man allegedly detonates 2 explosive devices at Sam's Club: Police

A 49-year-old man is in custody for allegedly detonating two explosive devices in a Southern California Sam’s Club on Thursday, police said.

Each device detonated at the Sam’s Club in Ontario — about 40 miles east of Los Angeles — and ignited a small fire, the Ontario Police Department said.

“Sam’s Club employees acted quickly and used fire extinguishers to put out the flames,” police said.

No one was injured, police said.

Witness Norman Svikss described the explosion as a “low sound” with no smoke, reported ABC station KABC in Los Angeles.

“Then the employees start running around and then they slowly said, ‘Hey, we have to evacuate the building,’ because it’s [a] fire or something,” Svikss said.

The suspect, Hugo Gonzalez of Fontana, allegedly fled the scene and was pulled over after a short pursuit, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Gonzalez was then taken into custody. Police said Thursday that a motive was unclear and it appeared he acted alone.

Authorities found more materials similar to those used in the devices in the car Gonzalez was driving, police said. Authorities also responded to an apartment in Fontana — which is near Ontario — believed to be associated with Gonzalez.

It was not immediately clear if Gonzalez had legal representation.

Both the Sam’s Club and Gonzalez’s home have since been cleared, Ontario police spokesman William Russell told ABC News today.

A Sam’s Club spokesperson told ABC News in a statement, “We are relieved that an arrest has been made in this case and thankful that no one in our club was injured. The local authorities have done an outstanding job. We will continue to assist law enforcement however we can and are referring all requests for additional information to them.”

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Death of American college student ruled a homicide: Mexican officials

The death of an American college student who died in Mexico has been ruled a homicide, according to Mexican authorities.

Andrew Dorogi, 21, a senior at Amherst College, was found dead in Mexico City on March 15, authorities said. His body was found at the Camarones Metro train station on the city’s Line 7, according to the Mexico City Attorney General’s Office.

Shortly before 11 p.m. on March 15, an auxiliary police officer of the Secretary Public Security was called to the tracks of the station to investigate a person in an unauthorized area. That’s when the officer noticed a man lying on the tracks, authorities said.

After cutting the power, emergency services were called to the station to treat the man. Staff from the Red Cross, however, determined that the person was already dead, authorities said.

The body, identified by authorities as Dorogi, was claimed by his mother, according to the Mexico City AG’s office.

The cause of death has been ruled as a “culpable homicide,” the office said. It was unclear if any suspects had been identified or if anyone was in custody.

Dorogi’s family declined to be interviewed.

Amherst College president Carolyn Martin released a statement Thursday saying Dorogi “did not die of suicide.”

“The cause of Andrew’s death is still unknown and under investigation,” the statement said. “We know from his family that he did not die of suicide.”

Dorogi was a member of the football team and studied economics, according to the university.

“Andrew was loved for his friendliness, joyfulness, sense of fun, and inclusiveness,” the statement added, “and we will create an opportunity on campus to come together in his memory.”

ABC News’ Anne Laurent and Conor Finnegan contributed to this report.

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Teenagers in love found slain, bound in abandoned mine shaft

They were teenagers in love, bonding after overcoming personal struggles and dreaming of a family and future together. When they vanished days after Christmas, friends and family combed Utah’s west desert for months in search of answers.

What police eventually discovered was more unspeakable than anyone had imagined: The teens’ bound and stabbed bodies were 100 feet (31 meters) down an abandoned mine shaft.

“We had every scenario run through our heads, but for the events that truly took place, words can’t even describe it,” said Amanda Hunt, after learning the fates of her 17-year-old niece, Brelynne “Breezy” Otteson, and 18-year-old Riley Powell.

A man enraged that his girlfriend had welcomed her friends into their home bound, beat and stabbed Powell to death as Otteson watched in horror before he cut her throat, prosecutors said this week.

“It’s as bad as anything I’ve ever seen,” said Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon. “They just seem like decent kids … they never did anything to deserve this.”

Otteson, an outspoken teenager with side-swept hair and bright hazel eyes, had been wrestling for years with her mother’s death in a car crash. But she found something special in Powell, her aunt said. Over Thanksgiving the teen was telling her family she might be pregnant.

“She struggled with that affection, she struggled with feeling that people loved her, and the same with Riley,” Hunt said. “I think they both wanted to be loved.”

Powell had his own challenges. He’d been sent to a boys’ home after bringing a gun to his high school, though Hunt said he only intended to take it rabbit hunting. He changed schools, graduated and found work as a plumber.

The couple was living with Powell’s father in Eureka, a former silver mining town with a wind-swept main street surrounded by sandy-colored hills pockmarked with hundreds of abandoned mine shafts about 75 miles (120 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City.

Sturdily built with glasses and a goatee, Powell often played basketball or went riding off-road growing up. At one point, Hunt said he’d briefly dated a woman named Morgan Henderson.

The two remained friends, and made plans to meet at her house and smoke marijuana at around midnight on Dec. 30, police say, after Powell and Otteson wrapped up Christmas celebrations with her family.

Investigators pieced together a scenario of what happened next, according to court documents and statements Henderson gave to authorities:

The couple met Henderson, 34, at a home she was sharing with a 41-year-old boyfriend named Jarrod Baum near Eureka. He’d been in and out of jail since robbing a Burger King at age 15, said Cannon, who booked him into jail back then.

He had warned Henderson against having male friends over, and when he arrived home and found the teenagers there he exploded, she said. He tied them up, duct-taped their mouths and threw them in the back of Powell’s Jeep. He told Henderson to get in.

They drove a few miles outside town and stopped in front of a mine shaft wide enough to swallow a car and nearly 2,000 feet (609 meters) deep.

Baum pulled the teenagers out of the Jeep and led them to the abandoned mine, at one point congratulating them on her pregnancy. While Otteson had hoped have a baby, investigators later found she wasn’t pregnant. It’s not clear why Baum mentioned it.

He made her kneel and watch as he beat and stabbed Riley Powell to death, police said, before Baum sliced her throat and tossed her down the mine after him.

The bodies stayed there for months as family and friends combed the desert, descending into several of the abandoned mines around Eureka. Searchers even stood over the pit known as the Tintic Standard Mine No. 2, but didn’t go down because it was too deep for their team, Hunt said.

Henderson, meanwhile, told police she hadn’t seen the couple. A break came March 25, when Henderson was pulled over with weapons in her car and arrested. She eventually told police the story of what happened and led them to the bodies.

Baum is facing aggravated murder, kidnapping and other charges that could bring the death penalty, while Henderson is charged with obstruction of justice. No attorneys were available to comment for Baum or Henderson, and there were no working publicly listed phone numbers for them.

At a hearing Tuesday, Baum turned and locked eyes with the teens’ heartbroken families.

“He just looked empty,” Hunt said. “Soulless.”

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'Affluenza teen' Ethan Couch released from jail

Ethan Couch, the young Texas man at the center of the so-called affluenza case, was released from jail this morning.

Couch, now 20, was sentenced to two years in Tarrant County jail after violating his probation conditions for a 2013 fatal drunk-driving accident that killed four people and injured several others.

His case gained national attention when a psychologist involved in the case said then-16-year-old Couch was a product of “affluenza” — a term he used to describe Couch’s irresponsible lifestyle associated with his affluent upbringing. Couch had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit on the night of the crash.

After leaving the Tarrant County jail this morning, Couch was sent to meet with probation officers in a separate building. He was released from the probation office later in the morning.

“[Couch] will now serve the remaining six years of his period of community supervision under the terms and conditions imposed by the court,” his lawyers, Scott Brown and Reagan Wynn, said in a statement to ABC News. “From the beginning, Ethan has admitted his conduct, accepted responsibility for his actions, and felt true remorse for the terrible consequences of those actions.

“Now, nearly five years after this horrific event, Ethan does not wish to draw attention to himself and requests privacy so he may focus on successfully completing his community supervision and going forward as a law-abiding citizen,” the lawyers’ statement said.

Couch pleaded guilty to four counts of intoxication manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years of probation and time in a rehabilitation center.

However, in 2015, he failed to show up to a check-in with his probation officer, sparking a manhunt. Authorities discovered he had fled to Mexico with his mother, Tonya Couch.

Ethan Couch was extradited back to the U.S. and later sentenced to 720 days in jail for violating the terms of his probation.

Meanwhile, Tonya Couch was charged with hindering apprehension of a known felon and money laundering, but released on bond. Last week, though, she violated her probation when she failed her court-ordered drug test. She was arrested and booked into the same jail as her son just days before his release.

Her trial is set to begin in May.

ABC News’ Jim Scholz contributed to this report.

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Tens of thousands of teachers planning massive rallies and classroom walkouts

Tens of thousands of public school teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma plan to attend rallies on Monday at their state capitols in what they hope will be the latest display of muscle by the nation’s educators demanding higher wages and better classroom resources.

The double demonstrations come less than a month after West Virginia teachers went on a nine-day strike that ended with the governor there signing legislation giving them a 5 percent pay hike — their first raise in four years.

“What happened in West Virginia is inspiring for sure,” a spokesperson for the Kentucky Education Association told ABC News Sunday.

The planned rallies also come on the heels of one on Wednesday in which 2,500 teachers in Arizona — who are demanding a 20 percent raise — demonstrated at the state’s capitol in Phoenix. Gov. Doug Ducey didn’t directly address the teachers’ demands, but noted that the state already gave teachers a 4.3 percent raise from 2016 to 2017.

On Monday, thousands of teachers and supporters in Kentucky are expected to descend on the state capitol in Frankfort to demand Gov. Matt Bevin veto a bill that overhauls their pension plan, which they say was forged by lawmakers in secret backroom deals.

Meanwhile, thousands of Oklahoma teachers and advocates for better education are poised to stage a classroom walkout and converge on the state capitol in Oklahoma City to call on lawmakers, including Gov. Mary Fallin, to restore funding for education programs and supplies they say have been drastically slashed over the last decade.

The Oklahoma protest comes after Fallin signed legislation Thursday granting teachers annual pay raises averaging $ 6,100, the largest in state history. Oklahoma teachers had been making an average of $ 45,276 a year, among the lowest wages for educators in the country, according to a 2017 report by the National Education Association.

While teachers in Oklahoma say they appreciate the pay raise, they are upset that state lawmakers shortchanged their students by slating only $ 50 million for education programs and supplies.

Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, said the union had asked that teachers’ pay be raised by $ 10,000 annually and that funding for education be boosted by $ 200 million over the next three years.

“It’s not about teacher pay raises. It’s not about being greedy and needing what I need. It’s me seeing what my kids need and recognizing that I can only do so much in the classroom,” David Walls, a seventh-grade teacher in Moore, Oklahoma, told ABC station KOCO in Oklahoma City.

Despite the pay hike, Oklahoma educators still earn below the national average for public school teachers of $ 58,950 a year, according to the National Education Association report. Only teachers in Mississippi and South Dakota earn less, according to the report.

Teacher union officials in Oklahoma say many educators have left their schools for higher pay in neighboring states. In Arkansas, public school teachers earn an average of $ 48,218 annually, while teachers in Texas make an average of $ 51,890 a year.

In anticipation of the teacher walkout, many Oklahoma public school districts, including those in the largest districts of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, canceled classes for Monday.

Doug Folks, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Education Association, told ABC News that about 200 schools in the state will close Monday due to the teacher walkout.

“There will be teachers from schools that are open who will join us at the Capitol. Those schools will combine classes or get subs where they can,” Folk said in an email, adding that teachers who can’t attend the Oklahoma City demonstration plan to protest in their home districts.

As of Sunday, union officials said they were planning for just a one-day teacher walkout.

In Kentucky, so many teachers staged a sickout on Friday that 29 school districts were forced to cancel classes because they couldn’t find enough substitute teachers.

Up to 10,000 teachers, parents and students plan to attend the demonstration, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday in front of the Kentucky Education Association headquarters in Frankfort, and march around the state capitol building.

Stephanie Winkler, president of Kentucky Education Association and a fourth-grade teacher from Madison County, Kentucky, called for the demonstration on Friday, a day after the state Senate and House passed a bill that was initially meant to address sewage service, but was amended at the last minute to include the measure to overhaul the teachers’ pension plan.

During a news conference Friday, Winkler said the move by lawmakers was “nothing short of a bomb that has exploded on public service.”

The union is asking Bevin to reject the bill, which creates a “hybrid” plan for new teacher and will no longer allow experienced teachers to tack on accrued sick leave pay to their years of service when calculating retirement benefits.

The Republican-dominated legislature says the pension reform bill was crafted to help the state cover a $ 41 billion shortfall in pension costs over the next 30 years. But teachers’ union officials said the pension overhaul would only generate $ 300 million in savings over the next three decades.

“These political shenanigans are unacceptable,” Winkler said. “Anyone who voted yes for this bill will need to start packing up their legislative office.”

Winkler said the union did not have anything to do with organizing the teacher sickout on Friday, saying, “I can’t control what teachers do.”

Bevin, a Republican, has voiced support for the bill and after the legislature passed it Thursday night he tweeted that public workers owe “a deep debt of gratitude” to the state lawmakers.

Anyone who will receive a retirement check in the years ahead owes a deep debt of gratitude to these 71 men & women who did the right thing

The governor has not announced when or if he will sign the legislation.

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