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Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league announced its "Deflategate" decision Tuesday, with Goodell saying that the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady's cellphone on or just before March 6. Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells on that day."He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone," Goodell said in his decision. "During the four months that the cellphone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device."
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A 15-year-old boy lured 8-year-old Madyson "Maddy" Middleton inside his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the Santa Cruz housing complex for artists where they lived, the city’s chief of police said Tuesday.
Texas authorities on Tuesday released several hours of video footage of Sandra Bland during her three days in jail to address rumors that she was dead before arriving there.
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Lawyers for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard say the U.S. has granted his parole and he will be released in November. Pollard, sentenced to life in prison, has served 30 years for spying for Israel.
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Wildlife officials on Tuesday accused an American tourist of killing Cecil, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death, Reuters and NBC News reported
The lion was lured out of Hwange National Park using a bait and was shot by the Walter James Palmer with a crossbow, Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, told reporters.
Rodrigues said Palmer paid Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst and Honest Ndlovu, a private game park owner, to lure the 13-year-old Cecil. Bronkhorst and Ndlovu will face poaching charges on Wednesday in Hwange for the killing of the lion on July 1, Rodriguez said.
Palmer told NBC News he had the correct permits, worked with local guides, and had no reason to question the legitimacy of the hunt until after it was over.
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The families of two 14-year-old fishermen who disappeared on a boating trip off the Florida coast Friday continue to hold onto hope that their children will return home safe, saying the teens' skills and experience in the water could help them survive in the open sea.
"If you're not surrounded in this community or you don't have it running through your blood, you'll never be able to understand it, but we can assure everyone that these boys are skilled and knowledgeable and strong enough and have what they need to get through this," Pamela Cohen, whose son is one of the missing boys, told NBC's "Today" on Tuesday.
The U.S. Coast Guard is now in the fourth day of an extensive search for Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, who set off for a fishing trip on Friday from Jupiter and were believed to be headed to the Bahamas.
Two young boys are undergoing treatment for severe sunburns after their day care left them outside all day with little or no sunscreen, their mother said.
Seven-year-old Connor and 5-year-old Trae are currently in a hospital in Galveston, Texas, after suffering second and third-degree burns, NBC affiliate KJRH reported.
Their mother, Shaunna Oxford, said her sons complained of burns after she picked them up from the Happiness is a Learning Center day care in Vinita, Oklahoma, on Friday. She said the boys were taken to a splash pad by the day care and left to play outside with little to no sunscreen all day. WARNING: Images shown in the video are graphic.
As millions of Catholics throughout the country await Pope Francis’s first U.S. visit this September, the steady moves of Hispanics away from the Catholic Church underscores a dilemma for the Church: Despite efforts to attract and retain U.S. Latinos through expansion of lay ministry positions and support for immigration reform, many Hispanics continue to convert to the evangelical church or abandon their faith altogether.
A man described by the FBI as an Islamic State sympathizer has been charged with plotting to detonate a backpack bomb on a Florida beach.
An Albuquerque Fire Department dispatcher has been reassigned after he allegedly refused to help a distraught woman calling 911 as her wounded friend was dying, fire officials said.
In audio released Tuesday, dispatcher Matthew Sanchez appears to get frustrated by a woman tending to Jaydon Chavez-Silver, a 17-year-old who was fatally shot by a gunman who opened fire into a house party on June 26, NBC News reported
Sanchez asks several times whether the victim is breathing, and the caller says, "He's barely breathing. How many times do I have to f---ing tell you?"
Sanchez is heard responding, "OK, you know what, ma'am? You can deal with this yourself, I'm not going to deal with this, OK?" The caller pleads, "No, my friend is dying! I …" and the line disconnects.
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The accuser in the only sex assault case settled by Bill Cosby is questioning his self-described ability to "read" people's cues in sexual situations. Cosby did not recognize that the Temple University employee he had befriended was gay, the woman's lawyer noted Tuesday in a court filing.
An 8-year-old Baltimore boy who lost his limbs to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday. Zion Harvey, a bright and precocious child, contracted an infection years ago that resulted in the amputation of his hands and feet.
The NYPD says internal affairs detectives are investigating after video was posted online showing officers appear to punch a man as they pinned him down inside a Target in Brooklyn over the weekend. The 14-minute video, posted to YouTube on Sunday, shows several officers crowding around a man later identified as Alando Brissett inside the department store in Flatbush. One officer can be seen putting his knee into Brissett's head, and he and at least one other cop then begin punching him. As the 25-year-old Brissett is struck, several customers can be heard yelling, “Don’t hit him!” while others walk toward the cops.