Nearly 100 foreign leaders are expected to descend on South Africa on Tuesday for Nelson Mandela's memorial service. Tens of thousands of local mourners are expected to max out the 95,000 people capacity...
Nearly 100 foreign leaders are expected to descend on South Africa on Tuesday for Nelson Mandela's memorial service. Tens of thousands of local mourners are expected to max out the 95,000 people capacity at Johannesburg's FNB stadium. Many royals from Europe and elsewhere, celebrities and officials were on their way to Johannesburg Monday. The South African government said almost 100 heads of state, government and ministers have confirmed their attendance. Click through to see the full list of world leaders arriving in South Africa this week. Read »
Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is expected to be sentenced Monday morning. In October, he pleaded guilty to three counts involving sexual harassment, including a felony. Under a plea agreement, Filner is expected to get three years of probation and three years of house arrest. Because of the felony count, he will never be able to vote or hold public office again. Gloria Allred, the famed attorney representing one of Filner’s alleged victims in a civil suit, is expected to be in court for Monday’s sentencing. Filner resigned from office Aug. 23 after weeks of recall efforts and women coming forward with sexual harassment claims.
A Sonic Drive-in signboard that carried a "shockingly racist" message about the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins prompted an apology from the restaurant chain on Sunday, NBC News reported.
A Sonic Drive-in signboard that carried a "shockingly racist" message about the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins prompted an apology from the restaurant chain on Sunday, NBC News reported. The uproar began after a photo circulated on Twitter showing the sign in Belton, Missouri. Patrick Lenow, vice president of public relations at Sonic, told NBC News that the sign was created by an employee who is "known for creative use of his signs," but that this sign was done "in poor taste." "The remarks posted on this message board were wrong, offensive and unacceptable," Lenow said in a statement. "In a misguided effort to support his football team an independent franchise owner allowed passion to override good judgment. The owner has reinforced with his employees the boundaries of what is acceptable and unacceptable. On behalf of the franchise owner and our entire brand we apologize for the offensive remarks."
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Thousands of fans and car enthusiasts poured in Sunday to the crash site of Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas to remember the pair in an unofficial memorial rally and car cruise that spread via social media. An
Thousands of fans and car enthusiasts poured in Sunday to the crash site of Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas to remember the pair in an unofficial memorial rally and car cruise that spread via social media. An estimated 5,000 people held silent prayers, wrote notes of remembrance on a banner and took photos as cars drove around the loop where Walker and Rodas died. Nearly 2,000 vehicles drove through the event. People were already gathering at the site Saturday night. A Facebook event page was created for the Sunday afternoon event in the Rye Canyon Loop of Santa Clarita. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said speed was a factor in the crash, but there was no evidence the pair was involved in a street race. Investigators were still trying to determine exactly what caused the crash and whether there was a mechanical reason for Rodas to have lost control of the vehicle.
Wal-Mart has agreed to contribute about $25 million to settle unresolved lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers allegedly injured or killed in explosions involving portable plastic gas cans, according to...
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Wal-Mart has agreed to contribute about $25 million to settle unresolved lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers allegedly injured or killed in explosions involving portable plastic gas cans, according to court documents obtained by NBC News. The money from the nation’s largest retailer amounts to a little more than 15 percent of a proposed $161 million fund that would settle dozens of lawsuits against Blitz USA, the largest manufacturer of these cans, records from U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware show. Blitz is now in bankruptcy and out of business, largely because of the lawsuits and previous payouts to victims of alleged gas can explosions. Individuals burned in alleged gas can explosion incidents have filed at least 80 lawsuits against the can manufacturer in the last decade or so, however, some have targeted retailers that sold the cans. A hearing on the proposed settlement is set for early next year.
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Authorities say an endangered Florida panther has been found dead of a suspected gunshot wound on federal land. The panther was found dead Saturday in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Collier County. Preserve Superintendent Pedro Ramos says the panther's death is "a serious incident." Panthers are extremely rare. The big cats once ranged across the southeastern United States, but now they are found primarily in southern Florida. Wildlife officials estimate that between 100 and 150 adult panthers remain in the wild.
South Africans of all colors and creeds remembered Nelson Mandela in a day of prayers on Sunday, holding him up as the "Father of the Nation" and as a global beacon of integrity, rectitude and reconciliation, NBC News reported. Mandela, South Africa's first black president who steered his nation out of apartheid, died late on Thursday at 95. The day of prayers begins an official program of mourning
that includes a memorial service in a Johannesburg stadium on Tuesday. Mandela's body will lie in state at the Union Buildings, the seat of government in Pretoria, from Wednesday to Friday, followed by a state funeral next Sunday at Mandela's Eastern Cape ancestral home of Qunu - expected to be one of the biggest gatherings of world leaders in modern history. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by former President George W. Bush and his wife, will travel to South Africa for the services.
A 28-year-old Tampa man will be sentenced to prison this week for tricking his pregnant ex-girlfriend into taking a pill that caused her to have a miscarriage. John Andrew Welden is scheduled for sentencing...
A 28-year-old Tampa man will be sentenced to prison this week for tricking his pregnant ex-girlfriend into taking a pill that caused her to have a miscarriage. John Andrew Welden is scheduled for sentencing in federal court Tuesday. Federal prosecutors say Welden forged a signature in March of 2013 on a prescription for Cytotec and relabeled a pill bottle as "amoxicillin" and told his then-girlfriend to take the pills. Cytotec is used to induce labor.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Sunday that it was adding an automatic safety braking system on the curve where a Metro-North commuter train derailed in the Bronx, killing four people, according to NBC News. The authority, which controls public transportation in New York, said it planned to install several new protections, including a signal system that will warn the engineer to slow the train and automatically do so if the engineer fails to in spots where there is a dramatic speed change. The Dec. 1 accident happened on a sharp curve in the Bronx where the speed limit switches from 70 mph to 30 mph. The train was going 82 mph as it approached the Spuyten Duyvil station, officials said. The new system will be fully operational Monday.
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The family of a U.S. Marine who committed suicide inside a U.S. Embassy in Greece says their son was buried without a heart, after the Greek government performed an illegal autopsy on his body and “harvested” the organ. Craig and Beverly LaLoup, of Coatesville, Pa., filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday against the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Navy and U.S. government for negligence, emotional distress and alleged mistreatment of their son’s body. U.S. Marine Sgt. Brian LaLoup, was stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece when he committed suicide. LaLoup's body was brought to a morgue after being pronounced dead at an Athens hospital. The family says it was during an autopsy where LaLoup's heart was removed.
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 »
Two men who pretended to be sheriff's deputies while trying to rob SoCal homes got a shock when they broke into the home a former Los Angeles sheriff's deputy while he was inside, officials said. The men broke into two homes in separate neighborhoods within a matter of minutes Saturday night, according to police. In the first attempted robbery, the men falsely identified themselves as sheriff’s deputies to a man and his son. Upon entering the home, they forced the two down onto the ground, but then left the home, officials said. In the second home invasion just moments later, the men unknowingly forced their way into the home of a former deputy of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Lancaster Station. The former deputy fired shots at the men but missed, officials said. The two fled the scene and are still being sought by authorities.
Ukrainian protesters topple a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Kiev on Sunday, in the latest wave of protests against President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia, Reuters reported. The statue's felling - a symbolic rejection of Moscow's power - came after opposition leaders told hundreds of thousands of demonstrators to keep up pressure on Yanukovich to overthrow his government. A Reuters reporter at the scene witnessed the protesters beating the statue with hammers after using ropes and metal bars to bring it down. The demonstrators are furious with the Yanukovich government for its decision to reject a landmark pact with the European Union in favor of a trade deal with Moscow, Ukraine's Soviet-era overlord. Yanukovich's move provoked the biggest street protests since the 2004-5 Orange Revolution.
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A portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike has reopened tonight after a motorist was hit and killed when he got out of his car following an minor accident on the highway. That accident set off a series of...
A portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike has reopened tonight after a motorist was hit and killed when he got out of his car following an minor accident on the highway. That accident set off a series of other accidents behind him that involved about 50 cars and shut down the Westbound lanes of the turnpike from Downingtown to Morgantown for seven hours. The turnpike crash was the only fatality reported amid a multitude of fender-benders caused as a storm brought much heavier than expected snow to the region. Hazardous conditions caused multiple fender-benders which also shut portions of I-95 in Philadelphia as well as the Platt Bridge which is a major artery to and from Philadelphia International Airport. All planes at PHL were grounded during the worst period of the storm and by nightfall, one of the airports four runways was open. Road conditions were treacherous, despite PennDOT's preparations, which began on Saturday.