They come from bucolic suburbs like Newtown and Aurora, and the troubled urban neighborhoods of Oakland and Chicago. They are black, white, well-off, poor, young, old. Under normal circumstances, they'd...
They come from bucolic suburbs like Newtown and Aurora, and the troubled urban neighborhoods of Oakland and Chicago. They are black, white, well-off, poor, young, old. Under normal circumstances, they'd never know each other. Instead, they are bound by a shared misfortune: All have lost loved ones to mass shootings or chronic gun violence, and now help guide each other through the dark, lonely months ahead. On Thursday, two days before the anniversary of the schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, many of them will be together in Washington to share stories, perform volunteer "acts of kindness" and participate in a vigil at the National Cathedral.
The South African sign language interpreter denounced as a fraud after he gesticulated gibberish during Nelson Mandela's memorial defended his performance Thursday and said he may have suffered a schizophrenic...
The South African sign language interpreter denounced as a fraud after he gesticulated gibberish during Nelson Mandela's memorial defended his performance Thursday and said he may have suffered a schizophrenic episode while on stage. Thamsanqa Jantjie, 34, told Johannesburg's Star newspaper he started hearing voices in his head and hallucinating, resulting in gestures that made no sense to outraged deaf people around the world. "There was nothing I could do. I was alone in a very dangerous situation. I tried to control myself and not show the world what was going on. I am very sorry. It's the situation I found myself in," he told the paper. He also told The Associated Press he had been seeing "angels" and had been violent in the past. Jantjie had been within feet of President Obama and other world leaders. The South African government said via Twitter that officials were "trying to establish what happened with the sign language interpreter." A spokesman for the ruling National African Congress party told NBC News they were not aware he had been treated for schizophrenia. Footage from two large ANC events last year showed him signing on stage next to President Jacob Zuma.
More than 900 children in the U.S. die in homicides each year – most of them killed by a relative, according to an NBC News analysis of 25 years of homicide reports. Since the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., nearly a year ago, at least 173 children under 12 have died from gunshots in the U.S.,
NBC News reported. But, unlike mass shootings, which are etched in American consciousness, it's easy to forget the daily drumbeat of children killed by family members. "The high profile tragedies that glue us to the TV screen are a very small part of the overall problem, and they're not representative of it," said Garen Wintemute, a professor of emergency medicine and director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. "If you take Sandy Hook and the Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting and Aurora and Virginia Tech and Columbine, 95 people were killed in those shootings. And each of those deaths is horrific. But we lose on average 88 people per day to firearm violence." Click through for NBC News’ analysis of the patterns in homicides of children. Get More at NBC News
For a second day, crowds of mourners were filing past the body of South Africa’s former president, Nelson Mandela, on Thursday as it lay in state in the capital of Pretoria. The casket is in the amphitheater at the Union Buildings - the seat of Government - where Mandela was inaugurated as the country's first black and democratically-elected president in 1994. Friday is the final day of viewing. Mandela will be buried on Sunday in the village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, his childhood home
The director of Hawaii’s Department of Health, who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate, has died in a plane crash, officials said Thursday. The Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft carrying nine people crashed into the water off the Hawaiian island of Molokai, killing Loretta Fuddy, officials said. The eight others on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy made news two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to access certified copies of his birth certificate, signed by the delivery doctor, Obama’s mother and the local registrar. So-called "birthers" opposed to Obama had long questioned why Obama hadn't ensured the long form was released.
An Amtrak train collided with a vehicle that crossed the tracks despite warning lights and an active crossing bar in south central Virginia Thursday morning, injuring the driver of the car and delaying the trip,...
An Amtrak train collided with a vehicle that crossed the tracks despite warning lights and an active crossing bar in south central Virginia Thursday morning, injuring the driver of the car and delaying the trip, authorities said. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya said in a statement that the accident occurred on Route 40 in Waverly around 6 a.m. Thursday, when the driver of a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, Untron Drew, attempted to drive around the functioning crossing bar meant to keep cars off the track while the train passes. None of the 46 passengers on board the train, which was traveling from Norfolk, Va., to Boston, were injured.
Major League Baseball said Wednesday it intends to eliminate home plate collisions by 2015 at the latest, according to The Associated Press. New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the...
Major League Baseball said Wednesday it intends to eliminate home plate collisions by 2015 at the latest, according to The Associated Press. New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, made the announcement at the winter meetings, saying the change would go into effect for next season if the players' association approved. Safety and concern over concussions were major factors — fans still cringe at the thought of the season-ending hit Buster Posey absorbed in 2011. "Ultimately what we want to do is change the culture of acceptance that these plays are ordinary and routine and an accepted part of the game," Alderson said. "The costs associated in terms of health and injury just no longer warrant the status quo."
"The pillar of our family is gone, just as he was away during that 27 painful years of imprisonment, but in our hearts and souls he will always be with us."
— Nelson Mandela's family said Saturday in...
Officials at a Colorado school where a 6-year-old boy was suspended for kissing a girl now call his act "behavioral misconduct" instead of sexual harassment. The change to his record was made after the...
Officials at a Colorado school where a 6-year-old boy was suspended for kissing a girl now call his act "behavioral misconduct" instead of sexual harassment. The change to his record was made after the boy's parents discussed the issue with the principal after insisting the punishment was too harsh. The first grader was also given a two day suspension along with the mark on his record.
A teenage girl who survived the crash of an Asiana Airlines jet in San Francisco only to be fatally struck by a fire truck on the runway was actually run over by two rescue vehicles in the accident's...
A teenage girl who survived the crash of an Asiana Airlines jet in San Francisco only to be fatally struck by a fire truck on the runway was actually run over by two rescue vehicles in the accident's chaotic aftermath, according to documents released Wednesday at a National Transportation Safety Board hearing. Authorities in California confirmed months ago that 16-year-old Chinese student Ye Meng Yuan was alive on the runway and covered in firefighting foam when she was hit by an emergency vehicle at San Francisco International Airport and suffered the multiple blunt injuries that killed her. But an NTSB accident summary and firefighter interviews made public Wednesday disclosed for the first time that the girl was struck twice as she lay motionless near the airplane's left wing. She was hit once by a fire rig spraying foam and again less than 11 minutes later by a second truck that was being turned around to fetch more water.
Sriracha-lovers be warned: The iconic hot sauce could face a shortage. The California-based maker of the beloved condiment says it has been told it can't ship any more Sriracha to distributors until next...
Sriracha-lovers be warned: The iconic hot sauce could face a shortage. The California-based maker of the beloved condiment says it has been told it can't ship any more Sriracha to distributors until next month because the state's Department of Public Health is requiring a 30-day hold on the bottles, as part of stricter enforcement of guidelines. Huy Fong Foods started adhering to them this week, operations manager Donna Lam told the Los Angeles Times — meaning the latest batch of sauces won't arrive in stores and restaurants until mid-January. It's been a rough couple of weeks for the Sriracha makers. The Los Angeles suburb where its factory is located has sued the company, claiming the pepper-grinding that goes on at its plant fills the air with chili smells that burn locals' eyes. A judge has ordered the company to stop producing the smells until experts can figure out how to handle them.
Congress may have a budget deal in the works — but it won't help any of the 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans whose jobless benefits are about to stop. That's because the bipartisan deal, proposed Tuesday, doesn't extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program, which gives federal funds for those who have run out of state benefits. The program is set to end Dec. 28, and Congress must move separately before then to extend it. Among those whose benefits could soon dry up is Alicia Nesbitt, 56, a former college financial aid administrator who was laid off just under a year ago. "If anyone had told me I would be unemployed and uncertain as to my future at my age, I would not have believed it," Nesbitt told CNBC.
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Federal bus safety regulators have shut down 52 companies in what they describe as a major nationwide crackdown, the Associated Press reports.
Among the violations that inspectors discovered were drivers whose licenses were suspended or who drove more than 800 miles without rest.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Wednesday that in April it started checking out 250 companies with poor safety records.
A Southern California city councilman who is paralyzed from the waist down survived a bizarre crash down a 30-foot embankment that left him unconscious for 11 hours with barely any access to emergency help. Rialto Councilman Shawn O’Connell was driving to a friend’s home in the high desert to get some adjustments done on his wheelchair when he careened his specially tailored car off a 30-foot embankment off the 15 Freeway in Devore, police told NBC4. The 2 a.m. crash knocked O’Connell unconscious for 11 hours in the cold. When former police sergeant awoke, he did not have any cellphone service so he drove his smashed vehicle over a fence and into a field of brush until his car became stuck in mud. With just 3 percent battery left on his phone, O’Connell called 911 and was rescued Wednesday.