ARIZONA
36-year-old charged in slaying of two girls

A man who is in jail has been charged in the kidnapping and killing of two Arizona girls who went missing in 2012 and 2014, authorities said Saturday.

A grand jury indicted Christopher Matthew Clements, 36, Friday on 21 criminal counts, including murder and kidnapping charges, in the deaths of 6-year-old Isabel Celis and 13-year-old Maribel Gonzalez, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said.

Isabel went missing from her Tucson home in April 2012, and her body was discovered in what was described as a rural area in March 2017.

Maribel’s body was discovered in June 2014 in the Avra Valley community near Tucson.

Magnus and other officials held a news conference to announce the indictment but declined to answer questions from reporters and did not disclose how the girls died or what prompted authorities to investigate Clements.

— Associated Press

NEW YORK
Ballet fires two after nude photo inquiry

Two dancers were fired from the New York City Ballet on Saturday amid accusations that they were part of a ring of male dancers who inappropriately shared nude photos and videos of women.

The ballet company said principal dancers Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro, as well as a third dancer, Chase Finlay, who resigned last month, “engaged in inappropriate communications, that while personal, off-hours and off-site, had violated the norms of conduct that NYCB expects from its employees.”

The firings came after a woman who had dated Finlay, Alexandra Waterbury, said in a lawsuit this month that Finlay had sent explicit videos and photos of her taken without her knowledge to other men, including company dancers.

“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the New York City Ballet’s decision to fire me,” Ramasar said Saturday in a statement. “I am an honest and honorable person, and have always treated everyone, including my colleagues, staff, friends and others at NYCB,” with respect.

— Associated Press

NASA satellite sent into polar orbit: A NASA satellite designed to precisely measure changes in Earth's ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation was launched into polar orbit from California early Saturday. A Delta 2 rocket carrying ICESat-2 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:02 a.m. and headed over the Pacific Ocean.

— From news services