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A 30-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a deputy at a suburban Houston gas station, the sheriff's office said Saturday afternoon, NBC News reported.
Shannon J. Miles, 30, was arrested for the murder of Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, who was pumping gas about 8:30 p.m. Friday when he was killed in an "execution-style" shooting.
Miles was charged after being questioned as a person of interest by authorities. Police say they are not looking for additional suspects.
"We haven't been able to exact any details regarding a motive," Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters, calling Goforth's death a "senseless and cowardly act."
In an emotional news conference hours before Miles' arrest was announced, a visibly angry Hickman told reporters that "dangerous rhetoric" against law enforcement had "gotten out of control."
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As the whole country reflects on the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina a decade later, two Coast Guard rescue swimmers who helped save thousands described seeing a submerged New Orleans.
Lt. Benjamin Berman and Aviation Survival Technician 1st Class Robert Williams, who are now stationed at the San Diego Coast Guard sector, said Friday that the images of destruction are still fresh in their minds.
"It was 10 years ago but there are constant reminders of it," Williams said.
Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced appearance Saturday at an important political event in his home state: the Sussex Democratic Jamboree in Lewes, Delaware, NBC News reported.
Local organizers describe the Jamboree as a must-stop for Delaware-based candidates and officeholders. It is an unofficial kickoff of the election cycle mixed with a summer party atmosphere. Tickets are sold to raise funds for the local Democratic Party.
Biden's office had previously told NBC News the vice president did not plan to attend. But on Saturday, an aide to the vice president told NBC News that Biden wanted to "thank the entire Democratic community for their support over the last few months" since the death of his oldest son, Beau Biden, in May.
Aides say there was no expectation that Biden would discuss his consideration of a 2016 campaign.
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A 62-year-old woman who vanished while hiking in California was found alive Saturday — more than a week after she was separated from the group she was traveling with, police said, NBC News reported.
Miyuki Harwood was spotted by members of a search and rescue team not far from where she went missing near the Courtright Reservoir, about 100 miles east of Fresno, according to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.
Police said Harwood was hurt, but they do not yet know the extent of her injuries. She was brought by helicopter to a nearby hospital, police said.
Harwood was last seen on Aug. 20 with a hiking group from the Sierra Club, based near Sacramento
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Pulling up to Jerry Reed's house in St. Roch neighborhood is like stepping back in time to August 2005, when Hurricane Katrina ripped through the area, devastating everything in its path. The house appears very much the same today as then, a decade after the storm, NBC News reported.
The home's foundations are unearthed, its vinyl siding peels along ragged lines that demarcate clearly how high the floodwaters rose. "Ten years after the storm, I didn't ever think it would still be — this bad," said a somber Reed as he reflected on the 10th anniversary of one of the most powerful natural disasters to ever strike a major American city.
Reed, 66, is a Vietnam War veteran who fought for his country and won the Silver Star but feels he has been forgotten here at home. He is just one of thousands of homeowners in and around New Orleans who is unable to pay for damages that remain from Hurricane Katrina.
Four men suspected of being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria were placed under preliminary arrest on Saturday by a Hungarian court. The refrigerated truck with the dead migrants was found Thursday in the safety lane of the main Budapest-to-Vienna highway. The suspects were detained later that day in southern Hungary.
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The Kentucky clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage closed her office Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage licenses.
The protest comes a day after Rowan County clerk Kim Davis asked the U.S. Supreme Court to grant her "asylum for her conscience."
Davis stopped issuing all marriage licenses after the Supreme Court's June ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.
A group of kayakers captured their close encounter with a hammerhead shark off the San Diego coast on Saturday, which prompted lifeguards to close down nearby beaches.
Their incredible video shows the 8- to 10-foot shark circling and swimming under the watercraft off La Jolla Shores.
When San Diego Lifeguard officials saw the footage and noted the shark was exhibiting "aggressive behavior," they took immediate action.
The legacy of the lynching of thousands of black people in America was recalled when the death 60 years ago in Mississippi of just one — Emmett Till — was commemorated Friday at his gravesite in a suburban Chicago cemetery.
The first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of "Les Misérables" has died. He was 21.
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, 21, died after falling from a fourth-floor fire escape at an apartment building in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, police said. He was taken to the Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center where he died.
The actor was an ensemble member of the company and an understudy for Valjean, going onstage as the ex-convict in a history-making appearance July 23. He has been the understudy for the role and usually played Constable and Courfeyrac in the production.
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A construction worker dubbed the "Second Avenue Sinatra," who has been missing for a month, was found dead Friday, hanging from a tree in New York, police said.
Gary Russo, 54, was last seen around midnight July 28 at his home on 90th Street in Howard Beach, Queens, according to the New York Police Department.
A 17-year-old boy was charged Friday with raping a 9-year-old girl inside a barn at the Maryland State Fair, Baltimore County police said.
The teen's family and the 9-year-old girl's family, who are all from Carroll County, Maryland, travel together to show livestock at fairs within and outside of the state, police said.
The suspect, whom NBC News is not naming because of his age, has been charged as an adult with second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense, perverted practice, fourth-degree sexual assault and second-degree assault, police said in a statement.
An investigation by the Baltimore County Crimes Against Children Unit found that the teen may have been sexually abusing the girl since she was about 3 years old.
A pilot who died in a small plane crash in the desert northeast of Los Angeles was giving free glider rides to wounded military veterans.
Sixty-seven-year-old Channing Morse of San Diego died Thursday when his small plane crashed in a field in Llano in the Antelope Valley.
Mors was a volunteer with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Tropical Storm Erika dissipated early Sunday, even as its remnants began drenching parts of eastern Cuba. But it left devastation in its path, killing at least 20 people and leaving another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.
Another four people died in Haiti in a traffic accident that apparently occurred in the rain, and one other person died in a mudslide just north of Port-au-Prince.