A Chicago alderman doubled down on his controversial use of a racial slur Friday, after using the N-word in a Facebook post criticizing the reassignment of Blaine Elementary School principal Troy LaRaviere.
"I neither regret nor apologize," 17th Ward alderman David Moore said at press conference Friday. "In this context, the word n----- was purposely used as an evocative metaphor that highlights the pejoratively reality that black people, our community, and our voice has been and continues to be, perceived as less than and irrelevant at the table of power."
A judge on Friday sentenced a Colorado woman to 100 years in prison for cutting a nearly 8-month-old fetus from a stranger's womb.
A jury convicted Dynel Lane, 36, in February of attempting to kill Michelle Wilkins in 2015. Lane also was convicted of assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy after luring Wilkins with an ad for maternity clothes.
Prosecutors said they were unable to charge Lane with murdering the unborn girl because a coroner found no evidence the fetus lived outside the womb.
A former "Power Rangers" actor who was charged with killing his roommate with a sword last year appeared in court Friday.
Ricardo Medina was arrested in January on suspicion of stabbing his roommate, Joshua Sutter, several times in the abdomen a year earlier at their house in Green Valley, California.
Alan Bell, Medina's attorney, said he will plead not guilty when he returns to court in July.
Bell said prosecutors presented him with new evidence that will take time to go through. In the meantime, he said his client remains away from the general population in the county jail because of his celebrity status.
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Two brothers were charged with murdering their parents at their San Jose home last weekend, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney, who also on Friday announced 17-year-old Omar Golamrabbi would be tried as an adult.
The teen is also alleged to be one of the authors of chilling messages found near his parents' bodies, according to prosecutors. NBC Bay Area has not named the high school student until now, as he had been considered a minor.
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Hundreds of birthday cards have poured in over the last few days for Lucas "Bear" Cervone, the 5-year-old Chicago boy battling incurable cancer. Now, one celebrity has joined in on sending the young boy a special greeting for his birthday on May 7.
"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter posted on both her Instagram and Twitter accounts Friday, encouraging her fans to send mail to Lucas.
"Let's use the power of the Internet for good today, spread the word & help give Lucas the best birthday by sending him well wishes," Winter wrote.
Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said Friday. Sixteen military members were given administrative punishments that could stall or end careers, but no one faces a court martial. A senior defense official said one of the disciplined was a two-star general. Doctors Without Borders, the international charity organization whose hospital was destroyed, said Friday that it still wants an "independent and impartial" investigation.
Dangerous storms tore through parts of the Plains and South Friday and early Saturday, knocking out power and prompting disaster declarations in at least two Texas communities, NBC News reported.
A record amount of rain fell on Little Rock, Arkansas, overnight, with the same system expected to drop up to 5 inches in parts of Louisiana and Texas, according to Weather.com. A new round of heavy rain was forecast for the storm-weary South that could linger for two days.
Parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma were under tornado watches Friday evening. Other parts of those states were under flash flood and flood watches and warnings, the National Weather Service said.
The heavy rain, expected to linger over the South until at least Sunday, may trigger flash flooding in areas that have already dealt with widespread flooding damage, according to Weather.com.
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The Zika virus is not usually thought of as a life-threatening virus, but it did kill a man in Puerto Rico. The man, in his 70s, is the first reported U.S. death from the virus, which is spreading across the Americas, according to NBC News.
Zika can lead to complications like immune thrombocytopenic purpura, as in the case of the man in Puerto Rico. In cases like these, patients can suffer internal bleeding.
The virus can also cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, severe birth defects and other dangerous nerve conditions in adults.
There is no specific treatment for Zika infection, and there’s no known way to reverse damage done to a developing baby. A vaccine is in the works, but would be years away from the market.
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Basketball superstar Steph Curry seems to be everywhere these days. At the White House with President Obama, on the cover of a parenting magazine and now on a brand of heroin.
SEPTA police confiscated a set of heroin-filled dime bags emblazoned with Curry's name and face in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood on Tuesday.
The stamp, as the branding is called, is like a logo drug dealers use to market the potent opioid to drug-addicted people. They can be named after companies (like Facebook), objects, feelings, or in Curry's case, people.
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It's one of the physics world's most complex machines, and it has been immobilized — temporarily — by a weasel.
Spokesman Arnaud Marsollier says the world's largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN outside of Geneva, has suspended operations because a weasel invaded a transformer that helps power the machine and set off an electrical outage on Friday.
Authorities say the incident was one of several small glitches that will delay plans to restart the $4.4 billion collider by a few days.
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Protesters trying to prevent Donald Trump from giving the kick-off speech at the California Republican Convention Friday blocked the entrance, jumped over bushes and faced off against police in riot gear.
The mood was mostly peacefully in Burlingame Friday morning, but turned much more tense shortly before noon, when protestors tried to block the entrance to the Hyatt Regency. Raucous crowds formed on Old Bayshore Highway. Police were spotted from the NBC Bay Area chopper running after them in full riot clear. One protester was escorted out of the hotel after she was shouting "Dump Trump."
It wasn't immediately clear if any arrests had been made.
Despite the protests, Trump arrived at the hotel shortly after noon, jumping with his entourage over a highway wall to make his way inside.
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Hillary Clinton’s campaign is preparing to hire staffers in some of the general election’s battleground states, NBC News reported.
A Clinton campaign official told NBC News the first wave of new hires and reassignments will involve state directors and other senior staff. The campaign is setting up state directors in Florida, New Hampshire and Colorado, and will eventually have general election operations in every state.
The aide stressed that Clinton will continue to campaign in remaining primary states.
The news was first reported in USA Today.
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Allison Janney played a White House press secretary on "The West Wing." She got a chance to do the real thing on Friday. She took the podium normally reserved for spokesman Josh Earnest and told reporters she hoped to bring attention to the nation's opioid epidemic.
President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background check system.
Smart guns use various technologies to prevent an accidental shooting or help track down a missing gun.
"These common-sense steps are not going to prevent every tragedy, but what if they prevented even one?" Obama wrote in a Facebook post.
Police have no immediate plans to file charges in a Delaware high school bathroom brawl that left a teen dead, but the Wilmington police chief says the investigation is not over.
Detectives determined no weapons were used in the April 21 fight at Howard High School of Technology, Chief Bobby Cummings said Friday afternoon.
Amy Joyner-Francis, 16, fell unconscious after the brawl and was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died.
"These things take time," Cummings said of the investigation. "We are not at a position at this time to file charges."