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 who gesticulated gibberish during Nelson Mandela's memorial defended his performance Thursday, but 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.
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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.
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."
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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Senators braced for long nights Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with a series of all-nighters as part of a planned GOP protest. Heading into an evening of debate on executive nominees, Republicans readied an all-night talkathon to force a rare 1 a.m. ET vote on a federal appeals judge's nomination, then another cloture vote at 9 a.m. — all in protest of Senate Democrats' "nuclear" move last month to change filibuster rules to prevent the GOP from blocking the votes. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has vowed to keep the Senate in session around the clock from now until Saturday in order to ensure that all 10 executive nominations get voted on, even if his GOP rivals make good on their vow to use up all their allowed debate time in the hopes of running out the clock before their Christmas break.
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A detective for the Arizona state police resigned this week after it was revealed she isn't a U.S. citizen and had--perhaps unknowingly--misrepresented where she was born on application documents, according to NBC News. Former detective Carmen Figueroa worked for 13 years for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Figueroa had stated in a required written affidavit when hired that she is a U.S. citizen. She later told investigators her family told her she was born in the U.S. Instead, it turned out that she was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, and came to the U.S. as a young child and was living in the country illegally, NBC station KVOA in Tucson reported. Figueroa’s citizenship status came to light when her brother, a member of the U.S. military, applied with the State Department for a passport and authorities learned he had a sister who was an officer.
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"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...
George Zimmerman won't be charged following his arrest last month in a domestic incident, prosecutors said Wednesday, days after the woman who had accused him of pointing a gun at her recanted her allegations.
George Zimmerman won't be charged following his arrest last month in a domestic incident, prosecutors said Wednesday, days after the woman who had accused him of pointing a gun at her recanted her allegations. Zimmerman had earlier been charged with felony assault, but earlier this week, Samantha Scheibe — who identified Zimmerman as her boyfriend — said she wanted the charges dropped. "I believe that the police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken," Scheibe said in a sworn affidavit that Zimmerman's lawyer attached to a motion to modify the conditions of his bond in the case, in which he had been ordered to stay away from Scheibe. On Wednesday, prosecutors said they were dropping the charges befcuse there was "no reasonable likelihood of successful prosecution" given the conflicting statements and lack of any other corroborating evidence or witnesses.
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The Asiana Airlines captain who crashed a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport in July told investigators he was stressed out and "very concerned" about attempting a visual approach because...
The Asiana Airlines captain who crashed a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport in July told investigators he was stressed out and "very concerned" about attempting a visual approach because the runway's automatic warning systems were out of service due to construction. Lee Kang Kuk, a 46-year-old pilot who was landing the big jet for his first time at San Francisco, "stated it was very difficult to perform a visual approach with a heavy airplane," according to an investigative report released Wednesday. The report was released at the start of a daylong NTSB hearing into the accident that in Washington, D.C. following the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 July 6 crash at SFO on July 6. Three teenage girls were killed, and nearly 200 passengers were injured.
The director of Hawaii's Department of Health, Loretta Fuddy, was killed and eight other people were rescued after a small plane crashed into the water off the island of Molokai, HawaiiNewsNow reported.
The director of Hawaii's Department of Health, Loretta Fuddy, was killed and eight other people were rescued after a small plane crashed into the water off the island of Molokai, HawaiiNewsNow reported. The president of Makani Kai Air told NBC News early Thursday that there was no indication as to why the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:25 p.m. local time (10:25 a.m. ET). The flight was due to travel from Molokai to Oahu. The pilot was among the survivors, who were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The U.S. Coast Guard sent two helicopters and a Hercules plane to the crash site, which was about a mile from the shore. Rescue swimmers were also deployed.
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A lockdown at American University in Washington, D.C., has been lifted, following reports of a man with a gun on campus Wednesday just before 8 p.m. D.C. Police say an AU student noticed a man with a gun in his...
A lockdown at American University in Washington, D.C., has been lifted, following reports of a man with a gun on campus Wednesday just before 8 p.m. D.C. Police say an AU student noticed a man with a gun in his holster on a university shuttle bus, took a picture, then called police. The image was later circulated on social media by AU's official account. Dozens of officers searched AU's campus for just over an hour. The lockdown was lifted around 9:30 p.m. There were no injuries and police confirm no one is in custody. Officials said the man with the gun on the bus is an off-duty officer. It is not known what agency or jurisdiction he works for.
House Speaker John Boehner defended Wednesday the bipartisan budget deal just unveiled in Congress, just as he ripped into the conservative groups pushing GOP lawmakers to oppose. "They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals," Boehner told reporters. "This is ridiculous." The deal, announced Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), calls for spending levels for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years slightly above the cap established by the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester. The Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity and Heritage Action — well-financed conservative advocacy groups that can influence Republican primary voters — have begun lobbying furiously against the modest government funding agreement.
A San Diego parks worker has sued Bob Filner, claiming he sexually harassed her, marking the second such civil lawsuit filed by a city worker against the former mayor. Stacy McKenzie, a manager with the...
A San Diego parks worker has sued Bob Filner, claiming he sexually harassed her, marking the second such civil lawsuit filed by a city worker against the former mayor. Stacy McKenzie, a manager with the city’s Park and Recreation Department, was filing her suit Wednesday, claiming Filner made suggestive comments toward her, grabbed her hands and asked her out on a date during a public event back in April. At one point, Filner allegedly also put McKenzie in the now-infamous “Filner headlock,” approaching her from behind and grabbing her in front of two other city employees at the public event. Before filing the suit, McKenzie's lawyer released a computer animation video that depicts what she says Filner did to her. Click through to read more about the case and to see the video. Read »