A former Millis, Massachusetts, police officer indicted for fabricating a story about a shootout with a mystery gunman in September and calling in a fake bomb threat to the high school has been found dead on Thanksgiving.
The City of Chicago released four new police dash-cam videos Wednesday showing the moments before the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
The videos were released in response to a request by NBC 5 under the Freedom of Information Act and come a day after the city met a judge's order to release 2014 dash-cam video of a Chicago officer shooting McDonald 16 times.
In the newly released videos, McDonald appears to be running in front of the police vehicle of Officer Jason Van Dyke, the officer charged with McDonald’s murder, 30 seconds before the fatal shooting.
As the video continues, officers pursue McDonald until the shooting, which takes place out of the frame of this dash cam.The video goes on to show officers arriving on the scene after the shots were fired.
Pope Francis warned Thursday that it would be "catastrophic" for world leaders to let special interest groups get in the way of a global agreement to curb fossil fuel emissions as he brought his environmental message to the heart of Africa on the eve of crucial climate change talks in Paris. Francis issued the pointed warning in a speech to the U.N.'s regional office here after celebrating his first public Mass on the continent. The joyous, rain-soaked ceremony before 300,000 faithful saw the Argentine pope being serenaded by ululating Swahili singers, swaying nuns, Maasai tribesmen and dancing children dressed in the colors of Kenya's flag.
Pillow fights involving cadets will now be banned at West Point, U.S. Military Academy officials said.
The move comes after a bloody fight left 30 injured this summer. On Aug. 20, the fight escalated into a free-for-all, with plebes being hit from behind and knocked to the ground. Injuries ranged from a broken nose, a fractured cheek and 24 concussions.
Actions are being pursued against many of those involved, according to The Associated Press.
The annual pillow fight is organized by first-year students, known as “plebes,” to build camaraderie after a grueling summer of training.
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President Barack Obama says Thanksgiving is a day for food, football and hoping "the turkey didn't turn out too dry." Even if the White House's thyme-roasted bird didn't turn out to be the moistest, the first family's menu boasted more than enough other choices to fill the stomach. There was honey-baked ham with apricot-mustard glaze, and prime rib and creamed horseradish, according to the White House.
The Chicago teenager shot 16 times by a police officer was a ward of the state when he died, having spent years being shuttled between different relatives' homes and foster care from the time he was 3. School officials and the McDonald family lawyer say there were signs Laquan was trying to get his life in order.
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A man was issued a summons after he was accused of flying a drone over the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday morning, sources tell NBC 4 New York.
The drone was spotted flying near West 77th Street and Central Park West at about 10:30 a.m. Sources say that police tracked down an alleged operator, a Russian man who was with his son, a few blocks away at 81st Street and Central Park West.
Them man's drone was confiscated and he was issued a summons Thursday afternoon, sources say.
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Giant balloons took to the clear, sunny sky over midtown Manhattan on Thursday for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, with spectators lining up along the parade route and a heavy police presence keeping a watchful eye.
The parade, in its 89th year, included marching bands and floats to go along with Hello Kitty, Snoopy, Paddington and other giant balloons.
City officials have said there are no known, credible threats against New York following the recent attacks in Paris and a video purportedly produced by the Islamic State group that contained video clips of Times Square. But Police Commissioner William Bratton said more than 2,500 officers would be stationed along the parade route for the Thanksgiving Day festivities — the largest number of officers the department has ever assigned to the event.
As the parade made its way through midtown Manhattan, helicopters flew overhead and officers stood on top of mobile command center vans to watch the crowds. Police even stood on top of the marquee at Radio City Music Hall.
Four people have met for the first time since a pair of kidney swaps at a Connecticut hospital. The Hartford Courant reports the family of 3-year-old Jeremy Orellana, as well as Fred Ferris, Beth Mix, and Julissa Canales, had an emotional meeting for the first time on Wednesday following the Nov. 10 surgeries. Orellana, of Bridgeport, and Ferris, of Newtown, were both diagnosed with kidney disease and had been undergoing dialysis.
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A homeless veteran has died months after a brutal attack outside a Philadelphia gas station that left him in a coma.
Robert Barnes, 51, died Wednesday.
Barnes was attacked by a group of six people on April 7 outside the Sunoco gas station at 5th Street and Somerville Avenue in the city’s Olney section.
The attack involved a hammer, a piece of wood and mace. The entire attack was caught on surveillance camera.
Three adults -- Aleathea Gillard, 34, Shareena Joachim, 23, and Kaisha Duggins, 24 – are charged in the case. Gillard, Joachim and Duggins all rejected plea deals and will stand trial in January. The charges are expected to be upgraded following Barnes' death.
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Gianna had undergone eight surgeries and numerous chemotherapy treatments on her brain tumor at Philadelphia Children's Hospital in her 15 months of life before she met Pope Francis in September. Doctors had told her parents, Masciantonio and Kristen, that she would likely not survive.
With the help of their friend Donny Asper — an FBI agent who was assigned to guard the pope's route in Philadelphia — the family made it the location on Market Street where the pope was due to pass.
Masciantonio says he held out Gianna and when the pope drove by, his security head spotted Masciantonio hoisting Gianna and grabbed her. The pontiff kissed Gianna on the head and granted her his blessing.
The euphoria of the moment would not last long, however. Gianna still had two pending chemotherapy treatments and an MRI that would show if they were working. Last week, six weeks after her encounter with the Pope, Gianna's MRI results came back, showing the tumor had shrunk significantly, Masciantonio said.
"It [tumor] was basically just a blush on the screen," he said. "It was virtually invisible."
Doctors told them that, although the tumor had not been completely eradicated, the prognosis was life-changing: Gianna would likely survive.
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For Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, an ideal Thanksgiving means watching lots of football, according to his wife.
"He wants to just sit there and not have to move," Jeanette Rubio told NBC News' Natalie Morales in an exclusive interview Wednesday.
Jeanette revealed that despite an initial wariness, she has thrown her full support behind her husband's rise to increasingly higher public office. On Thanksgiving, it's her husband's turn to compromise.
"We're going to his sister's house, and then we're going to my sister's house after," she told NBC News. "Which Marco doesn't really like."
"Cause I miss the games," Rubio sheepishly told NBC News.
Missing a few games seemed like a small price to pay for the candidate's ever rare free time with family. Rubio told Morales that despite a hectic campaign schedule, he tries to always leave his Sundays open to go back home and see his kids.
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A registered sex offender passed through a TSA checkpoint earlier this month using a boarding pass that he stole from a female passenger, officials said.
Michael Reith Salata, 61, was arrested at Salt Lake International Airport on Nov. 5 after attempting to get on a plane, according to the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office.
Salata had checked in to Southwest Airlines Flight 1760, which was headed for Oakland, California, NBC station KSL reported. The woman who the ticket belonged to had misplaced her boarding pass shortly after printing it out at a kiosk, police told KSL.
Salata was arrested on suspicion of fraudulent handling of a recordable writing, a third-degree felony, the station reported.
Records show that Salata, who is homeless, was convicted of lewdness involving a child in Utah in 2012.
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