The number of migrants found dead in a truck abandoned on the side of a highway in Austria has reached 71, Austrian officials said Friday, NBC News reported.
The victims were 59 men, eight women and four children — including a girl who was no older than two years of age, according to Burgenland Police director Hans Peter Doskozil.
Meanwhile, three suspects believed to be involved in people smuggling have been arrested in connection with the case, and at least one other individual is being hunted, authorities confirmed.
Police originally thought up to 50 refugees had died inside the vehicle, which had been parked up on the shoulder of the busy road, 10 miles from Austria's border with Slovakia and Hungary.
The war in Syria has contributed to record numbers of migrants attempting to cross into Europe from Africa and the Middle East this year, often taking perilous sea crossings and stowing away in trucks.
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The North Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed former college football player in 2013 won't be retried, an official said Friday, a week after a judge declared a mistrial in the case, NBC News reported.
Randall "Wes" Kerrick, 29, killed Jonathan Ferrell, 24, after a traffic accident on Sept. 14, 2013, and was accused of voluntary manslaughter. Kerrick is white; Ferrell was black.
Prosecutors argued Kerrick should have used nonlethal force to subdue Ferrell, a former defensive back for Florida A&M, after Ferrell climbed out of his wrecked car and dragged himself to a nearby house to get help. The woman in the house called 911 to report a possible break-in.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Florida for every county in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika. The storm was expected to dump up to 12 inches (31 centimeters) of rain across portions of the drought-stricken northern Caribbean as it carved a path toward the U.S. Forecasters said Erika might fall apart over Hispaniola or Puerto Rico or possibly strengthen into a hurricane as it nears South Florida early next week.
Former President George W. Bush returned Friday to New Orleans — the scene of one of his presidency's lowest points — to tout the region's recovery from the nation's costliest natural disaster on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
He and Laura Bush visited the oldest public school in the city — Warren Easton Charter High School, which was closed for a year because of storm damage and then reopened as a charter school. Bush visited the same school on the storm's first anniversary, and the library foundation of his wife helped rebuild it.
The Bushes met with students and were greeted by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco, who fought hard to get federal aid during Katrina. Laura Bush wore a purple dress to honor the school's colors.
The school's success is a rare bright spot from what was an extremely trying time for Bush, who was vilified for his administration's lackluster response to the catastrophic storm.
"Hey, Siri, give us a hint.” That’s the cheeky opening Apple has given reporters this morning, sending out an event invitation for the latest update, due Sep. 9.
Of all the transformations Hurricane Katrina left in its wake, the story of one child's journey may be the most striking.
Arianna Evans, who was born male, captured the nation's attention in the days after the devastating storm. Standing outside the New Orleans' Superdome, 9-year-old Evans, known then as Charles, became the face of the tragedy when an NBC News cameraman captured the child eloquently making a plea to the world.
"We just need some help out here," the child said. "It is just so pitiful. Pitiful and shame.... We have over 3,000 people out here with no home, no shelter. What are they gonna do? What we gonna do? Take a look at all of this. Now what they gonna do if the hurricane come again?"
Evans became something of a celebrity, but her story had just begun. In the years that followed, Evans endured more tragedy even as she came to an understanding of being "trapped in the wrong body." In May, she began taking hormones to become a woman. Now, 19, she has traveled a long road from tragedy to triumphant self-realization.
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It's been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, killing at least 1,836 people and demolishing homes, hospitals, schools, roads and any semblance of what had existed before. Scroll through these images to see some of what has been rebuilt in the decade since the storm.
For one family in Sweden, a pioneering procedure has led to a baby being born from the same womb that nurtured his mother, uniting three generations. The new mother, who lost her own uterus to cancer in her 20s, said it was "unimaginable" that she now had her own child, thanks to her mother's donated womb.
The CEO of Avid Life Media, the parent company of adultery website Ashley Madison, is stepping down after a hack that exposed the personal information of millions of users, NBC News reported.
"This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees," Avid Life Media said in a statement Friday about CEO Noel Biderman. "We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base."
The company will be led by the "existing senior management team" until a new CEO is chosen, the company said.
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A 13-year-old put his boy scout training to the test and helped rescue his father after he was hit by a refrigerator-sized boulder during a backpacking trip in Idaho last Monday.
A week into what was supposed to be a 12-day trip at Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, a large boulder fell on David Finlayson, 52, knocking him down 20 or 30 feet, NBC affiliate KTVB reported.
The elder Finlayson broke his left arm and leg. He also started to lose blood because of gash in his shin.
“At first I was freaking out a little bit, but after a few minutes I kind of calmed down and thought, ‘I have to help him out,’" Charlie Finlayson told KTVB.
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You, your mom, your grandma and elementary school buddy Lawrence might have been some of the billion people who logged in to Facebook on Monday — the first time that has happened in a single day. That's right, one billion people, or one-seventh of the Earth's population.
A Northern Virginia teen was sentenced Friday to 136 months in prison for helping another teenager travel to Syria to join the Islamic State and providing other aid to the militant group.
Seventeen-year-old Ali Shukri Amin of Manassas had faced up to 15 years in prison. His sentence of 136 months comes out to 11 years and approximately four months.
Amin was sentenced Friday in federal court in Alexandria. Juveniles rarely face charges in the federal system.
He pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists in June -- around the same time he would have otherwise been graduating from high school with honors.
A TV news reporter and cameraman who were killed during a live broadcast both suffered gunshot wounds to the head, Virginia medical officials said.
WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker's official cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and chest, the medical examiner's office in Roanoke office said Friday. Cameraman Adam Ward's cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and torso.
Homicide is listed as the manner of death for both Parker and Ward.
The medical examiner's office did not specify how many times Parker and Ward were shot during Wednesday's attack.
Jurors will resume weighing the credibility of two teens and other evidence in a case in which prosecutors say an 18-year-old senior raped a freshman as part of a culture of sexual conquest at an elite New Hampshire prep school. Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, faces nine charges, including three felony sex assault charges that carry sentences of 10 to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors say he raped the 15-year-old just days before he graduated last year, in a practice known as Senior Salute.