Six people suspected of having stolen a shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 were released from a Mexican hospital but remain in police custody, according to NBC News. The Hidalgo state Health Department said in a statement that the six males, ages 16 to 38, were reported to be stable. Only the 16-year-old showed signs of radiation exposure however he, too, was in good health, a Health Department spokeswoman told Reuters. The suspects would be turned over to investigators for questioning, an official with the federal prosecutor's office told AP. The radioactive cobalt was stolen from a hospital in Tijuana; It was discovered Wednesday in a rural area about a half-mile from Hueypoxtla, near where the truck that had been used to transport it was found abandoned. Mexican officials said the thieves probably didn't know what they were taking.
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Immigrants that long to legally live and work in the U.S. have been on a hunger strike to reform immigration laws in Congress. The “Fast for Families,” organized by faith, immigration and labor groups, began on...
Immigrants that long to legally live and work in the U.S. have been on a hunger strike to reform immigration laws in Congress. “Fast for Families,” organized by faith, immigration and labor groups, began on Nov. 12, reported NBC News. Four activists who went nearly 22 days without eating ended their fast last Tuesday. About a dozen other extended their fast ranging from several days to no definite ending, hoping they can convince the Republican leadership in the House to bring the bill to a vote. Fasters have set up camp in tents in Washington D.C. and receive support to keep going. House Republicans are opposed to an overarching, comprehensive immigration package, arguing it could end up with the challenges of Obamacare. Immigration activists’ hopes had been raised after the Senate passed legislation in late June that would create a 13-year path to citizenship for those undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. before Dec. 31, 2011.
Donations to the New Jersey waitress who claimed she received an anti-gay note instead of a tip at the restaurant where she worked are being refunded after her story was questioned, NBC 4 New York has learned.
Donations to the New Jersey waitress who claimed she received an anti-gay note instead of a tip at the restaurant where she worked are being refunded after her story was questioned, NBC 4 New York has learned. After the waitress posted her story to Facebook, the incident got national attention and she began receiving money from all over the world. She said that she had planned to donate some of it to the Wounded Warrior Project. This week, three people who sent money to a PayPal account set up in her name say their electronic donations were refunded. The restaurant where the waitress works suspended her from her job last week and says its internal investigation is ongoing.
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 »
"He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages. Madiba transformed South Africa and moved all of us. His journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries...
The World Trade Organization has made significant progress in the agreement to create a level playing field for rich and poor countries, according to The Associated Press. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo shed tears during the summit's closing ceremony Saturday as he thanked host nation Indonesia and his wife: "For the first time in history, the WTO has finally delivered" on large-scale negotiations, he said. To accommodate the differences of the 159 economies in this agreement, the organization awarded developing countries a temporary dispensation from subsidy limits, shelving the issue for negotiations at a later time. Critics of the potential rule say that their priorities in environmental protection, workers rights and food security may be affected. The idea behind the WTO is that if all countries play by the same trade rules, then all countries, rich or poor, will benefit.
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Police discovered about 12 tons of marijuana, worth more than $7 million, hidden inside a tractor-trailer after two men posing as law enforcement officials tried to pull the vehicle over in Orange County Monday,...
Police discovered about 12 tons of marijuana, worth more than $7 million, hidden inside a tractor-trailer after two men posing as law enforcement officials tried to pull the vehicle over in Orange County Monday, officials said. Officers responded to a report of possible attempted cargo theft when the two men pulled over an electronics van. The driver pulled into a lot with armed security guards who then notified police. The two suspects drove off before police arrived. When inventory and inspection of the truck was conducted, about 24,000 pounds of marijuana was found packaged in bricks, hidden inside boxes, officials said. The driver of the big rig is not a suspect in knowingly transporting illegal cargo, police said.
In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death an outpouring of testimonials from U.S. government officials have surfaced, remarking on his impact on the world. However, up until five years ago, the U.S. officially considered Mandela a terrorist along with his political party, the African National Congress; a terrorist group. In August of 1988, the State Department listed the ANC among "organizations that engage in terrorism,” that ''disavows a strategy that deliberately targets civilians.” When President Bush welcomed Mandela to the White House in 1990 when he was newly released from prison, Mandela was still on the terrorism list, which was later described as a “bureaucratic snafu.” Finally, in April 2008, during the last year of the George W. Bush administration, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told a Senate committee that her department had to issue waivers for ANC members to travel to the United States.
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Two northern Virginia women are out of the hospital after a collision with a deer Thursday. But there's a very unusual twist: one of the women was jogging when the deer hit her. A Loudoun County's Sheriff's Department spokesman says the accident happened around 6 p.m. on southbound Clairborne Parkway near the ramp to the Dulles Greenway. A 71-year-old woman was driving an SUV when a deer stepped into the roadway and hit the front passenger side of her car. The impact sent the deer airborne, and it hit a 27-year-old female jogger who was running on a path. Both women were taken to the Lansdowne Campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital for treatment. Both were released from the hospital Friday.
Former President Bill Clinton praised Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at 95, as an inspirational and canny leader who knew how to project a message of unity and cooperation. "He knew his ability to...
Former President Bill Clinton praised Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at 95, as an inspirational and canny leader who knew how to project a message of unity and cooperation. "He knew his ability to inspire people around the world would only endure if he could prove that there was not only freedom and forgiveness, but that it worked better for society. That when people work together, good things happen," he told NBC's Brian Williams. Clinton, who was president of the United States when Mandela rose to power in South Africa decades after he had first been imprisoned for his anti-apartheid work, is reportedly set to join the Obamas in South Africa next week to pay their respects to Mandela and participate in memorial events. After their respective presidencies, Clinton and Mandela met regularly, and Clinton's philanthropic work often involved South Africa.
A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple has been ordered by a judge to do just that. Ruling Friday that it had discriminated against a couple by turning them away, the judge ordered Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver suburbs to stop discriminating or face penalties. A lawyer for the bakery's owner said the judge's ruling forces her client to go against his Christian beliefs in order to make a living, while the ACLU lawyer who filed the complaint on behalf of the couple said that whatever his beliefs, the bakery owner still could not discriminate against a couple for being gay. Meanwhile, a similar case is pending in Washington state against a florist, and in New Mexico, the state's highest court recently ruled against a photography business that refused to shoot a gay couple's commitment ceremony.
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