A friend of slain Virginia girl Nicole Lovell says the seventh-grader talked of running away and starting a family with the man now charged in her slaying.
Natasha Bryant told The Washington Post that Nicole, 13, had called 18-year-old Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer her boyfriend. Natasha said Nicole described Eisenhauer as "funny and really nice."
On Jan. 27, Nicole apparently climbed out of her bedroom window. Her body was found four days later just across the state line in North Carolina.
She had been fatally stabbed.
President Barack Obama is sending Congress his eighth and final budget, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives. They include launching a new war on cancer, combating global warming and fighting growing threats from ISIS terrorists.
The new spending plan, for the budget year that begins Oct. 1 — just 3½ months before he leaves office — is facing heavy fire from Republicans who hope to capture the White House. The proposal had dim prospects of winning approval in a Republican-controlled Congress.
In all, Obama's budget would increase taxes by $2.6 trillion over the coming decade, nearly double the $1.4 trillion in new taxes Obama sought and failed to achieve in last year's budget.
The International Organization for Migration says 409 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, and migrant crossings in the first six weeks of 2016 are running at nearly ten times the rate of the same period last year.
IOM says 76,000 people have reached Europe by sea, nearly 2,000 per day, since Jan. 1.
More than three-fourths of the deaths have been on the short eastern Mediterranean route between Turkey and Greece — which traditionally has seen far fewer deaths than the much longer central Mediterranean route between Libya and Italy.
The IOM statement Tuesday comes a day after Turkey's coast guard said 27 migrants had died after their boat capsized in the Bay of Edremit while trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.
A 25-year-old woman who had recently moved to Chicago was killed over the weekend when she was hit by a stray bullet outside her apartment in the city's Heart of Chicago neighborhood.
Aaren O’Connor was shot while returning from work around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Police said she was sitting in her car in the 2000 block of West 21st Street when a bullet struck her in the back of the head.
O'Connor’s roommate found her unresponsive in the vehicle. She was rushed to John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County in critical condition and died Sunday, her family said.
"I knew right away that we lost our baby," said her father, David O’Connor. "It’s just absolutely the worst time of my life."
New Hampshire votes Tuesday and billionaire Donald Trump is trying to lose the loser label, while Ted Cruz looks to fashion a win with far fewer Christian evangelicals than in Iowa and Marco Rubio tries to shake off doubts about his disastrous debate performance. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, hopes to hold off a victory by Bernie Sanders.
An alibi witness who was never called, cell phone data that was misrepresented and other legal failures more than justify a new trial for Adnan Syed, his defense lawyer argued Tuesday, closing an unusual hearing prompted by the popular "Serial'' podcast's extensive re-examination of the murder case.
Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah was delivering closing arguments for the state, which maintains that Syed was properly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for the 1999 strangling death of his high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee.
But first, attorney Justin Brown summed up the defense case in closing arguments Monday and Tuesday, telling Judge Martin Welch that "we proved our case. We did exactly what we said we would. I believe we met our burden and that Mr. Syed deserves a new trial.''
Brown argued that cell tower data linking Syed to Lee's burial site was misleading because it was presented to jurors without a cover sheet warning that information about incoming calls was unreliable.
A total of 128 workers reported ill to Cook County Jail on Super Bowl Sunday – about a third more than a typical day of sick calls, NBC5 Investigates has found.
It comes after NBC5 Investigates found that seven of the top 10 sick days at the Cook County Jail, one of the largest county jails in the country, happened either the day of or the day after a major televised sporting event.
Over the past year, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has blamed excessive sick calls at the jail for several lockdowns — and the office has speculated publicly that some of the absenteeism appears to be connected to high-profile sporting events, such as the Super Bowl.
But a spokesman at Teamsters Local 700, which represents jail employees, says it isn't so, claiming jail workers are being unfairly blamed for taking well-earned and much-needed time off.
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Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich picked up the most votes as the first ballots of the first-in-the-nation primary were cast early Tuesday.
Sanders won over all four Democratic voters in the tiny town of Dixville, New Hampshire. The Vermont senator also earned 12 votes in Hart's Location and one in Millsfield. Clinton garnered a total of nine votes.
Kasich, Trump and Cruz picked up nine votes each among Republicans.
Under New Hampshire state law, communities with fewer than 100 voters can get permission to open their polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered voters have cast their ballots. While that happened in three locations, Dixville traditionally gets most of the spotlight due to its media-friendly setup at the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel.
The police department in San Jose, California, has formally banned the use of chokeholds to subdue suspects in the wake of community concern.
The practice came under fire after the 2014 death of Eric Garner, a New York man who was placed in a chokehold by police. His last words — "I can't breathe" — ignited a firestorm around the country.
A grand jury declined to indict officer, but a supervisor at the scene was stripped of her gun and badge and charged internally.
After Garner's death, San Jose's former independent police auditor LaDoris Cordell recommended explicitly banning chokeholds in the department's duty manual.
A man who served more than 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit has been awarded $6 million by the state of Connecticut.
Miguel Roman was released from prison in 2008 after DNA tests pointed to another man in the 1988 slaying of a 17-year-old girl in Hartford.
The Hartford Courant reports Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. on Monday apologized to Roman in the award decision "for the burden that he was forced to suffer" during his imprisonment.
Two commuter trains carrying a total of 150 people crashed head-on Tuesday morning in southern Germany, killing at least ten and injuring 81 others, police said, NBC News reported.
Police spokeswoman Lisa Meier told NBC News that the death toll had climbed to 10 by late afternoon after one person injured in the crash died in the hospital.
The trains were traveling around a curve at around 60 mph on a single-track route when they collided and the the curve meant it was unlikely the train drivers saw each other, German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt told reporters. Officials said it was too soon to say what may have caused the crash but said .
Police initially said 150 people were injured in the crash, but that number was later revised down to 81 — including 18 people listed with "severe" injuries."
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Federal transportation officials might soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend.
Sen. Bill Nelson has called for the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the voyage that forced frightened passengers into their cabins overnight Sunday as their belongings flew about, waves rose as high as 30 feet, and winds howled outside.
"The thing about this storm was that it was forecast for days. So why in the world would a cruise ship with thousands of passengers go sailing right into it?" Nelson said Monday on the Senate floor, according to a news release from his office.
A 3-day-old boy has died from an apparent dog bite in northeast Ohio, authorities said.
Youngstown police said the infant's mother called 911 early Sunday after waking up and finding her son crying and covered in blood.
Lt. Doug Bobovnyik said Aiden Grim-Morelli was apparently bitten on the top of his skull while inside a makeshift crib on the living room floor.
The infant died before paramedics arrived. Bobovnyik said Aiden's only apparent injuries were several small puncture wounds.
The mixed-breed dog is in the custody of the Mahoning County dog warden.
The county medical examiner hasn't ruled on a cause of death.
Authorities grounded a jet taxiing for takeoff to arrest a Long Island doctor accused of illegally prescribing more than 350,000 oxycodone pills in a drug-dealing operation.
Newsday reports that Dr. Noel Blackman was arrested Sunday night at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Federal agents were tipped off that the Guyana native planned to leave the country permanently and ordered a jet bound for the South American country to return as it was taxiing for takeoff.
Officials said $30,000 was stashed in the Far Rockaway doctor's luggage.
Records show he wrote 114 prescriptions in 2014 for about 3,800 oxycodone pills and nearly 2,500 prescriptions for about 365,000 pills last year.
His attorney declined to comment.
A gas station canopy collapsed on two cars in Torrance, California, Monday while maintenance workers were on the roof, checking it out for potential problems. "I heard a noise, something like an earthquake? I ran to the window. And seen that the roof had collapsed!" Giselle Vasquez, who works next door at Green Clean Car Wash, said. No one was seriously injured, including the drivers of the car and the crews on the roof, fire officials on scene said.