Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been convicted of bribery and extortion charges in a federal corruption trial that increased scrutiny of politicians in Albany, where power has long been concentrated in the hands of the Assembly speaker, the Senate president and the governor.
The jury handed down its decision Monday, less than a month after the powerful 71-year-old Democrat's trial began.
Silver said nothing as the verdict on each count was read in the Manhattan courtroom, his head bowed slightly and a somber expression on his face. The judge polled each juror to confirm their verdict.
A total of 20 decomposing corpses have been found in wooden fishing boats off Japan's coast, authorities said. Eleven vessels were discovered in the past two months, the most recent being towed ashore six days ago, a coast guard spokesman told NBC News on Monday.
Items found on board have fueled speculation in the Japanese press that the boats may have come from North Korea. None of the vessels have carried GPS equipment, but instead many contained fishing nets, hooks and pieces of clothing featuring the Korean hangul alphabet, the spokesman said.
The boat towed ashore in Fukui on Tuesday contained seven bodies, according to the spokesman.
It is not the first time such vessels have been discovered; 80 boats were reported in 2013, 65 in 2014, and 34 so far this year, according to the coast guard. Some of these boats also contained corpses.
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A couple of eagle-eyed NYPD officers are being credited with rescuing a hawk that was in distress in the East River. NYPD Special Operations said in a tweet a pair of officers assigned to the harbor unit rescued a distressed hawk from the river on Sunday. After one officer pulled the bird from the water and dried it off, it jumped onto his arm and stayed for several minutes, police said.
Electronic toymaker VTech was hacked on November 14, exposing the personal information of around 5 million customers, NBC News reported.
Hackers gained access to VTech's Learning Lodge website, where parents can download apps, e-books and other materials for their toys.
While no credit card numbers were stolen, hackers did get access to profile information like names, email addresses, passwords, mailing addresses and IP addresses. The hacked database also included information related to children, including names, genders and birth dates.
VTech did not disclose how many of the 5 million accounts contained children's personal information. The company said it discovered the breach ten days afterwards.
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A University of Illinois at Chicago student was charged in connection with a "threat of violence" at University of Chicago that prompted school officials to cancel classes Monday.
Jabari Dean, 21, of Chicago, has been charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. Dean is scheduled to make an appearance at 3 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.
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Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called "Cyber Monday." But now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday is losing some of its luster.
Still, Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever, with estimates that it will rack up over $3 billion in sales. There were some outages, including Target's site briefly midmorning. An alert said high traffic was causing delays.
"It's no longer about one day, but a season of digital deals," said Matthew Shay, president of retail trade group The National Retail Federation.
Authorities have charged a 20-year-old woman with killing her newborn after she gave birth in an upstate New York convenience store.
State police say Tara Tomlin, of Livingston, was charged with second-degree murder on Saturday, a day after her son's body was found in a plastic bag dumped in a trash bin outside the store in her Hudson Valley hometown.
Troopers say they found the body early Friday during a search that was prompted by a 911 call from someone saying he suspected there was a baby outside the store.
Police say an autopsy conducted at an Albany hospital determined the baby died from asphyxiation.
The 29-year old Iraq War veteran killed in the Planned Parenthood attack ran back inside after being shot to warn others to take cover, his brother told NBC News.
Ke’Arre Stewart was hit after stepping outside the Colorado Springs clinic because he didn’t have cellphone service, brother Leyonte Chandler said.
Chandler said his brother tried to run back into the building and tell the others to take cover. Asked whether Stewart, a father of two, was a hero, Chandler said: “Definitely, definitely.”
Stewart was one of three people fatally shot by Robert Lewis Dear, who allegedly opened fire at the clinic Friday.
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Laquan McDonald’s death has shaken the nation, and as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Chicago Friday to rally in his name NBA star Dwyane Wade paid tribute in a different way.
The Miami Heat guard posted a photo of his shoes on Instagram ahead of the team's game against the New York Knicks Friday night and showed he was standing with in solidarity with protestors, having written “#LaquanMcDonald,” “#Chicago” and “#Justice” on the pair.
Wade grew up in Chicago’s South Side and went to high school at Harold L. Richards in Oak Lawn, just miles where the 17-year-old was shot and killed by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.
The International Monetary Fund says the Chinese yuan will join a basket of the world's leading currencies. The IMF announced that the yuan "met all existing criteria" to be included with the U.S. dollar, euro, Japanese yen and the British pound as one of the currencies used for the global organization's Special Drawing Rights, which is used as the standard for dealing with its 188 member governments. China is the world's second largest economy. Currency traders and economists say the move should encourage the government in Beijing to deliver on promises to make the yuan "freely tradable" and to open up its financial system.
A challenge to Hawaii's campaign finance laws, an attempt to collect damages from BP by three Mexican states over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, and the state of Michigan's appeal to reinstate a murder conviction that was overturned by a federal court were among six cases the Supreme Court of the United States announced Monday it will not take on during the 2015 term.
If you didn’t finish all your holiday shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Monday has some bargains to look out for. This year, many of those sales will last beyond Monday, according to NBC News.
Amazon, which pioneered the shopping holiday, has discounts on select toys, bikes, and more. On eBay, gift cards can be bought at a discount — for example, a $200 Lowes gift card can be purchased for $175. Target is calling this Cyber Monday its “biggest and boldest yet,” marking everything on its sites as 15 percent off. At Kohl’s, there will be mark-downs of up to 50 percent off. The Children’s Place is offering 50 percent to 75 percent off its entire site, plus free shipping.
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As world leaders discussed climate change at the U.N. conference in Paris on Monday, millions in China were choking on the most severe air pollution of the year, NBC News reported.
The air-quality index exceeded 700 — well above the hazardous level — in Baoding, which as classified as China's most polluted, with residents struggling to see through the thick haze of smog on Monday.
Poor conditions were also reported in other parts of northern China, including the capital.
China is the world's biggest emitter of carbon pollutants. According to World Bank, China's emissions amounted to 11 billion tons in 2013, nearly twice as much as America's 5.8 billion tons. The two countries account for almost 40 percent of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions.
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The San Francisco police officer who social media dubbed the "Hot Cop of Castro" last summer was arrested Sunday for a hit-and-run that seriously injured two men whom a family friend said had just left a musical performance.
According to a San Francisco Police Department news release, officer Christopher Kohrs, 38, rammed his Dodge Charger into two men who were crossing near Broadway and Montgomery streets in the city's North Beach neighborhood. Kohrs was off duty at the time, police said.
Authorities say Kohrs ditched the car and fled from the scene after the crash.
Efforts to reach him were not immediately successful.
A dog that went missing in North Texas during a trip from Seattle to Mississippi will be reunited with her owner after airline officials said they found her in Hawaii.
The dog, named Bethany, made a stop at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Nov. 28 on her way from Seattle to Jackson, Mississippi. But her owner, Paul Chen, said she never made it to Mississippi.
Chen reported the Pembroke Welsh Corgi missing Sunday afternoon.
"We are currently working with the owner to reunite him with his puppy as soon as possible," American Airlines officials stated in a news release.