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The son of a gunman who fatally shot two Maryland sheriff's deputies before he was killed in a shootout says his father was a heavy drinker with emotional problems, but never spoke poorly of police.
Jeremy Evans told NBC affiliate WBAL he believes his father, David Brian Evans, 68, thought he'd spend the rest of his life behind bars and decided to get away.
David Evans, who had warrants for his arrest, fatally shot a deputy in a Panera Bread restaurant Wednesday and killed another deputy in shootout before he was killed himself, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said.
Inspections performed in the wake of last summer's deadly balcony collapse near the University of California, Berkeley revealed more than 400 buildings with balconies, stairways, decks and landings in need of repair, according to a city report released Wednesday afternoon.
Six students were killed — including five from Ireland — and seven others were injured June 16 when a balcony broke off a downtown Berkeley apartment building during a woman’s 21st birthday celebration.
Wednesday's report notes that Berkeley wanted to respond "swiftly following the tragic collapse of the 4th floor balcony" at 2020 Kittredge Street and develop code amendments to "reduce the likelihood that a catastrophic collapse" could occur again.
Problems ran the gamut from minor water intrusion to major leaks, according to the report.
Eli Manning says that he was thinking about what big brother Peyton's Denver Broncos would do next when TV cameras caught him with a less-than-impressed look on his face after the team scored a Super Bowl 50-clinching touchdown Sunday evening against the Carolina Panthers.
The Giants quarterback told a paparazzo in a video that was posted to TMZ Sports that when cameras captured the Manning family celebrating the final score but showed him with an expressionless gaze, he was thinking about whether the team would opt for a two-point conversion to go up by 15 points.
"I was just focused on whether they’d go for two and, uh, the defense had to step up and make some stops,” Eli Manning told the cameraman as he walked out of an airport.
President Barack Obama will be in California for a weeklong stretch that includes four fundraisers Thursday in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.
The president also is scheduled for a taping of "The Ellen DeGeners Show" during the Southern California stop.
Obama arrived in California late Wednesday after delivering a speech about civility in politics to the Illinois General Assembly. He entered politics as an Illinois state senator.
Obama was last in the Los Angeles area in October, when he attended a series of fundraisers for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic National Committee.
State and local governments would be permanently barred from taxing access to the Internet under a bipartisan compromise the Senate began pushing toward final congressional approval.
The Senate was expected to vote Thursday to send the measure to President Barack Obama as part of a wide-ranging bill that would also revamp trade laws.
The Internet tax provision had broad support, with few senators eager to oppose the bill and open the door to taxing online access during an election year.
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Tens of thousands of Iranians marched in Tehran's Azadi Square Thursday, chanting "Death to America and Israel" and waving anti-Western placards on the 37th anniversary of the country's 1979 Islamic revolution.
"I have a message for Obama, you can't do anything to us and anything you say is a lie," said 37-year-old Ahmad Norouzi, a nurse, wore a bandana on his head that read: "We will not allow foreign influence."
President Hassan Rouhani gave an address, saying that Iranians will "never yield" to outside pressure.
"Our nuclear victory showed to the world that Iranians are capable of winning any battle, including diplomatic battles," Rouhani told the crowds.
Despite the political message, there was an almost carnival atmosphere with face-painted teenagers frolicking in the streets while vendors sold goods.
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The Harris County Sheriff's Office in Texas has fired two deputies accused of having sexual relationships with a slain deputy's alleged mistress, a witness to the killing.
Deputy Darren Goforth was shot in the back and killed last August at a Houston-area gas station. The suspect, 31-year-old Shannon Miles, is facing a capital murder charge. He was ruled incompetent to stand trial earlier this month.
Attention is now shifting to the sheriff's department itself, which has fired two deputies accused of having sexual relationships with a woman who claimed to be Goforth's mistress and was seen crying over his body the night of the killing.
"The leader of any organization would be highly embarrassed for the conduct of an officer that would lead up to termination due to some kind of relationship," said Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control will testify before a senate committee Thursday morning to discuss the threat of the Zika virus.
CDC director Tom Frieden along with Anthony Fauci from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will appear before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services.
Senators will discuss President Obama's request for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat Zika as well as the emerging health threat of the virus.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed a top military chief in his army for corruption and other charges, according to various South Korean officials.
"(Army General) Ri Yong-Gil stopped appearing at important functions and I am getting multiple confirmations from diversified North Korean sources that Ri has been executed," a South Korean assemblyman told NBC News.
The Associated Press quoted an unnamed South Korean official who claimed that the execution was done to strengthen Kim's hold.
Ri's execution would be the latest in a series of killings, purges and dismissals since Kim took power in late 2011.
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Four of five people facing criminal charges in the gas explosion that rocked Manhattan's East Village in 2015 were indicted for manslaughter in the blast, which killed two people and leveled three buildings.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Thursday that the five suspects "weaponized" 121 Second Ave. when they allegedly bypassed a Consolidated Edison gas meter while renovating the apartments above the building.
The blast injured more than two dozen other people and killed Moises Locon and Nicholas Figueroa, whose bodies were both found in the rubble of what had been a ground-level sushi restaurant.
The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse at the center of a nationwide food recall two years ago has been sentenced to federal prison.
The Press Democrat reports that 78-year-old Jesse "Babe" Amaral Jr. of Rancho Feeding Corp. pleaded guilty last year to distributing adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat.
Amaral was sentenced Wednesday to a year in prison and two years of supervised release. He was spared a greater sentence because of poor health.
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A San Francisco Bay Area coffee shop is charging $15 for a cup of joe — and apparently people can't get enough of it.
The not-your-average cup is called Finca Sophia and can be found at Equator Coffee, which has locations in San Francisco and Mill Valley.
The beans are from the Gesha variety, grown way up in the mountains of Panama. It took eight years to produce the first crop, which was not much and prompted a spike in price.
Equator Coffee educator Akaash Saini said when it comes to Finca Sophia, you get what you pay for.
"It's almost like a top-shelf whiskey, or a $40 bottle of wine compared to an $8 bottle of wine," Saini said.
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The city of Boston is trying to rid the streets of unsightly cigarette butts by placing special receptacles in high traffic areas that will allow smokers to vote on a simple question.
The receptacles for cigarette butts have two disposal holes each and will be placed in seven areas of the city. Each receptacle is decorated with a question that has two possible answers.
For example, one receptacle asks smokers: "Which superpower would you want?" Smokers can dispose of their cigarettes in holes marked "Flight" and "Invisibility."
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