An 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War who was detained for several weeks in North Korea arrived home Saturday in California. Merrill Newman landed in San Francisco on a flight from Beijing. Newman was detained in late October at the end of a 10-day trip to North Korea, a visit that came six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas during the 1950-53 war. Last month, Newman read from an awkwardly worded alleged confession that apologized for, among other things, killing North Koreans during the war. Analysts questioned whether the statement was coerced, and former South Korean guerrillas who had worked with Newman and fought behind enemy lines during the war disputed some of the details. North Korea cited Newman's age and medical condition in allowing him to leave the country.
South Africa expects overwhelming crowds and a host of world leaders to attend services honoring late President Nelson Mandela, though with the ceremonies only days away officials acknowledged Saturday...
South Africa expects overwhelming crowds and a host of world leaders to attend services honoring late President Nelson Mandela, though with the ceremonies only days away officials acknowledged Saturday they couldn't offer any specifics yet. Across the country, South Africans already have begun honoring Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95, and officials expect tens of thousands to participate in next week's official services. In their first statement since Mandela's death, his family said they had "lost a great man," just as they had when South Africa's apartheid government imprisoned him for decades. Official services honoring Mandela begin Tuesday with a major memorial planned at FNB Stadium on the edge of Johannesburg's Soweto township.
The jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery will be $344 million for Tuesday’s drawing – the biggest this year -- after a two-week winless streak was extended Friday night, NBC News reported. The 11 p.m. ET drawing could result in a near-record U.S. payout, after no one claimed the top prize of $297 million on Friday. The previous record Mega Millions payout -- $656 million in March 2012 – was split three ways, with each winner taking home $157.8 million after taxes. If a single winner were to claim Tuesday’s prize and chose a cash prize instead of an annuity, it would amount to $184 million, according to the Mega Millions website.
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About 2,500 gathered at Pearl Harbor on Saturday to remember those killed in the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. The crowd observed a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the...
About 2,500 gathered at Pearl Harbor on Saturday to remember those killed in the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. The crowd observed a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the minute the bombing began 72 years ago. A vintage World War II-era airplane — a 1944 North American SNJ-5B — flew overhead to break the silence. The Hawaii Air National Guard has used its fighter jets and helicopters to perform the flyover for many years, but federal budget cuts prevented it from participating this year. About 50 survivors returned to Pearl Harbor for the ceremony. "I come back to be with my comrades — meet the ones who are still alive, and we're going fast," said Delton Walling, who was assigned to the USS Pennsylvania at the time of the attack.
As the world remembers anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, a Southern California family is honoring a historic figure who played a very personal role in their lives. Linda Biehl said after her 26-year-old daughter was killed in South Africa two decades ago, Mandela taught her that no matter how deep the pain, everyone needs to heal. Amy Biehl was a Fulbright Scholar and at her Stanford graduation wrote the words "Free Mandela" on her mortarboard. Her mother said Amy wanted the same thing Mandela and countless South Africans want: equality in South Africa. But she did not live to see it. The Newport Beach woman was killed by a mob in 1993, as she drove through Guguletu, targeted because she was white. The men accused of killing her confessed and then were granted amnesty through the newly established Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The idea came from Mandela's hope that his country could reunite, after apartheid – exactly what Amy Biehl believed as well.
Philadelphia librarian and social justice advocate Marion Marguerite Stokes spent 35 years of her life recording nearly every minute of every program on every local and national news network on VHS and Beta Max...
Philadelphia librarian and social justice advocate Marion Marguerite Stokes spent 35 years of her life recording nearly every minute of every program on every local and national news network on VHS and Beta Max cassette tapes. Now, her commitment to tracking television news may result in a searchable collection of more than 800,000 uninterrupted hours of historical news footage. Stokes' son, Michael Metelits says the creation of the enormous collection was a life-dominating and often arduous task for his mother, who died of lung disease in December, 2012. But despite criticism from observers, Stokes maintained that the time she spent operating as many as 20 recorders at a time, swapping out one 6-hour tape after another, would not be in vain. In an effort to honor his mother's life's work, Metelits has teamed up with non-profit digital archive company The Internet Archive with hopes of converting Stokes' 140,000 video cassette tape collection into a digital, searchable archive that would be made available to the public via the internet.
The life of South African anti-apartheid crusader and democracy icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, was one marked by scores of extraordinary moments. From his earliest involvement in...
The life of South African anti-apartheid crusader and democracy icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, was one marked by scores of extraordinary moments. From his earliest involvement in the black liberation movement via the African National Congress, through his decades in prison and to his successes toppling apartheid in South Africa and leading it as president, here are six such moments. In August 1952, he co-founded the country's first black law practice and organized a campaign of peaceful resistance to apartheid laws — but a March 21, 1960, massacre of protesters would later move him to abandon nonviolence in favor of armed struggle. Four years later, while on trial for treason, he would famously declare that democracy was "an ideal for which I am prepared to die." Almost three decades later, his release from prison would set in place an end to apartheid. Click through for more key moments in Mandela's life. Read »
"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...
A Florida man was arrested after he left an infant inside a locked car in a Fort Myers strip club parking lot, police said. Andrew Sosa, 21, was arrested on a child neglect charge after he left the four-month old girl inside a Kia Optima at Lookers strip club, according to NBC 2. Fort Myers Police said an officer was flagged down after the baby was spotted in a car seat in the back of the vehicle just after 10:30 p.m. The officer couldn't find the car's owner so he smashed the window to get the baby out. The baby was sweating and covered in vomit, and was taken to a nearby children's hospital for mild dehydration, NBC 2 reported. She is expected to be fine. Detectives later discovered the baby girl had been left inside the car for three hours while Sosa was inside the strip club, police said.
Another powerful winter storm hit the West Coast Saturday, causing icy roads and power outages stretching from
Texas to the Rockies, NBC News reported. Much of the nation was expected to feel the advancing freeze by Monday. The storm is set to affect a wide swathe of the nation over the weekend, including areas already pummeled by ice and freezing rain over last week. Winter storm warnings were in effect for parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado with winter storm advisories in Wyoming, New Mexico and Arizona. “It’s very bitter cold air, we’ve had lows in the minus 30s in Montana this morning,” said Chris Dolce, a meteorologist at the Weather Channel. “One place was even down to minus 41.” This storm follows a cold blast that killed 11 people — among them three homeless people who died of hypothermia in the Bay Area and left hundreds of thousands without power.
Before Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora and Newtown, there was the Long Island Rail Road. On Dec. 7, 1993, a gunman opened fire on a train car leaving New York City. By the time passengers tackled Colin Ferguson, his fusillade had left six people dead and 19 wounded. Though other massacres have far superseded it in terms of casualties, there are aspects of the railcar shooting that, even two decades later, make it stand out in the sad pantheon of rampages that have horrified the nation.Ferguson, who boarded the train in Queens, claimed that he waited to open fire until the train crossed over the New York City border out of respect for David Dinkins, the mayor at the time. He fired methodically over several minutes, reloading at least once, before the train arrived at the next station, where terrified survivors ran screaming from the exits.
A Florida Keys man was arrested after he stabbed a couple with a box cutter at an outreach mission facility because they were kissing, authorities said. Andrew Sullivan, 53, was arrested on an aggravated battery...
A Florida Keys man was arrested after he stabbed a couple with a box cutter at an outreach mission facility because they were kissing, authorities said. Andrew Sullivan, 53, was arrested on an aggravated battery charge following the stabbing at the Star of the Sea Outreach Mission on Stock Island Friday night, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said. The couple said they had been watching movies and drinking with Sullivan at the woman's living quarters when Sullivan became angry because they kissed, authorities said. Sullivan pulled out the box cutter and stabbed the man then stabbed the woman when she intervened, authorities said.
Immigration activists, who want the House of Representatives to vote on legislation that would grant some 11 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, have been on a hunger strike for weeks.
Immigration activists, who want the House of Representatives to vote on legislation that would grant some 11 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, have been on a hunger strike for weeks. “Fast for Families,” organized by faith, immigration and labor groups, began on Nov. 12. Four activists who went nearly 22 days without eating ended their fast last Tuesday, but about a dozen other extended their fast ranging from several days to no definite ending. The fasters have set up camp in tents in Washington D.C. and receive support to keep going. House Republicans are opposed to an overarching, comprehensive immigration package, arguing it could end up with the challenges of Obamacare. Immigration activists’ hopes had been raised after the Senate passed legislation in late June that would create a 13-year path to citizenship for those undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. before Dec. 31, 2011.
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