Homo naledi, the ancient human ancestor whose fossils have been retrieved from a South African cave, may have been handy with tools and walked much like a person, according to scientists who examined its well-preserved foot and hand bones, NBC News reported.
Its foot and hand anatomy shared many characteristics with our species but possessed some primitive traits useful for tree climbing, the researchers said on Tuesday. Scientists last month announced the discovery of this previously unknown species in the human linage in a cave northwest of Johannesburg.
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The men guarding Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman were playing solitaire when he escaped from a high-security prison earlier this year, according to a Mexican newspaper.
A pair of security guards had claimed that at 8:48 p.m., four minutes before it is believed the drug lord escaped on July 11, their computer monitors froze, according to Mexican newspaper El Universal.
The guards originally claimed they then made more than two dozen calls to alert Almoloya prison's monitoring center — and that when they finally rebooted their equipment, the kingpin had vanished, according to journalist Carlos Loret de Mola.
Now a judge says, citing security video, the screens never froze but were probably turned off — and that guards Carlos Sanches Garcia and Jose Daniel Aureoles Tabares lied in their initial account of that night, according to the paper.
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A United Airlines flight en route from Houston to San Francisco was diverted to an Albuquerque airport Tuesday after a co-pilot became ill during the flight and lost consciousness.
Airport spokesman Dan Jiron told NBC affiliate KOB in New Mexico that the plane landed safely at Albuquerque International Sunport airport around 8:20 a.m. The airline was working to assist the ill crew member and get the passengers to their final destinations.
It is not immediately clear what made the co-pilot ill, but Jiron told The Associated Press that the co-pilot regained consciousness and was able to walk off the plane to be transported to a hospital.
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A convicted killer in Texas was executed Tuesday for fatally shooting another man in a robbery that yielded just $8.
The deadly American attack on a hospital in northern Afghanistan occurred despite "rigorous" U.S. military procedures designed to avoid such mistakes, the top commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday.
Gen. John F. Campbell also told a Senate committee that he thinks President Barack Obama should revise the current plan to reduce the U.S. force in Afghanistan at the end of 2016. The plan calls for cutting the force from 9,800 to about 1,000 embassy-based security.
Campbell said he had provided his superiors with several options because conditions in Afghanistan have changed significantly since Obama approved that troop-cut plan in 2014.
Testifying three days after the medical clinic strike that killed at least 22 people, Campbell said Afghan forces requested air support Saturday while engaged in combat with Taliban fighters in the city of Kunduz, communicating with U.S. special operations troops at the scene. Those U.S. forces were in contact with the AC-130 gunship that fired on the medical clinic run by Doctors Without Borders, he added.
"To be clear, the decision to provide (airstrikes) was a U.S. decision, made within the U.S. chain of command," Campbell said. "The hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility."
A 20-foot python turned on a north Kentucky pet store owner "like lightning" on Monday, biting him in the arm and wrapping itself around his body while a customer screamed in terror, NBC News reported.
Then the 125-pound snake began to squeeze.
"A horror movie in real life is what that was," the customer, Melissa McElfresh, later told local NBC affiliate WLWT. "Probably the most scariest thing I've ever seen in my life. And I'm still in shock over it."
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Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy faced tough questions at a City Council budget hearing Tuesday afternoon, one day after several city aldermen publicly called for his firing following another violent summer in the city.
"I can't worry about what people say," he said. "I understand their frustration and I am frustrated too. I can only control what I can control, which is working hard and keeping my nose to the grindstone."
The comments come in response to a press conference Monday, where 15 members of the Black Caucus called for Chicago's top cop to be fired. McCarthy has held the top spot for five years.
"Supt. McCarthy has had five years, he has failed," said Ald. Roderick Sawyer, chairman of the Black Caucus.
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Two years ago, Augustus Sol Invictus walked from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying, at times thinking he wouldn't survive. In a pagan ritual to give thanks when he returned home, he killed a goat and drank its blood.
Now that he's a candidate for U.S. Senate, the story is coming back to bite him.
The chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida has resigned to call attention to Invictus' candidacy in hopes that other party leaders will denounce him. Adrian Wyllie, who was the Libertarian candidate for governor last year, says Invictus wants to lead a civil war, is trying to recruit neo-Nazis to the party and brutally and sadistically dismembered a goat.
It's an awkward situation for the small party that's trying to gain clout.
What started out as a $5 pumpkin from Walmart became a viral Internet sensation after an Illinois man painted Donald Trump's face on the pumpkin and dubbed it "Trumpkin."
John Kettman, of La Salle, Illinois, has since painted two more pumpkins with candidates' faces — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The three candidates were chosen in part because the excitement they were generating on his Facebook feed.
The Giants scrubbed down their locker room, meeting areas and training rooms out of an abundance of caution this week after tight end Daniel Fells was diagnosed with MRSA, a potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant staph infection that can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact or sharing towels, the team confirmed Tuesday.
The mother of a 4-month-old said staff with United Airlines at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., suggested she pump her breast milk in the pet-relief area after she flew from Boston and arrived at the airport early Monday. She told WFXT-TV, a FOX station in Boston, that after she left the plane at Dulles, she asked a woman at the counter where she could pump. Cooper, a Boston-area resident, says the woman told her she could use the bathroom, which Cooper rejected as unsanitary. Cooper said the woman then suggested the pet relief area.
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The principal of a Maine high school says the school will not offer any school dances this academic year with the exception of prom, because administrators believe modern dance culture is too suggestive for them to condone. Gorham High School Principal Chris Record said school dances in past years have been "plagued by the culture of grinding," which he called "sexually suggestive."
Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao announced Monday he will run for Senate in the Philippines in 2016, NBC News reported.
Pacquiao, who is currently a member of the Philippine House of Representatives, confirmed his plans to GMA News Online, saying he would formally announce his senatorial bid within the week.
According to GMA News Online, Pacquiao made the announcement during his state of the district address.
The 36-year-old athlete and politician has served in Congress since 2010, after a landslide victory in the district of Sarangani. Pacquiao has also been active in U.S. politics, making endorsements for Nevada Senator Harry Reid and California Governor Jerry Brown in 2010.
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The father of a toddler who contracted E. coli at the Oxford County Fair in Maine says his son has died. Jon Guay told The Sun Journal of Lewiston that his 20-month-old son Colton may have contracted Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome after being exposed to E. coli bacteria while petting farm animals at the fair.
A person was arrested in connection with the posting of a video, initially investigated as a possible threat to police, that shows someone holding a gun in a car parked behind a Los Angeles Police Department patrol vehicle.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced the arrest involving a firearms violation at Tuesday morning's police commission meeting. Details regarding the arrest were not immediately available, but investigators determined that the video, made by members of "an early 1990s rap group no longer in fashion," was made for entertainment purposes and not part of a "credible threat" to officers.
The police statement did not identify the artists.
The person arrested in Downey is considered a "secondary suspect," Beck said. Investigators have identified the primary suspect and are negotiating with the individual's attorney to surrender, the chief added.