Five Oakland women sat at a booth in a Washington, D.C. hotel restaurant on Thursday, finishing a quick lunch before heading to the Washington National Cathedral for a service to commemorate America’s...
Five Oakland women sat at a booth in a Washington, D.C. hotel restaurant on Thursday, finishing a quick lunch before heading to the Washington National Cathedral for a service to commemorate America’s gun violence victims — a massive roster that included their own sons or brother. None of them had been to the nation’s capital before, and they were packing everything they could into the visit: meetings with a U.S. senator and staff of two Congress members to talk about gun control, volunteering at a domestic violence shelter as an “act of kindness" and connecting with people around the country just like them, who’d lost loved ones and wanted desperately to keep them from being forgotten. “I had no idea I’d ever be here,” said Davoria Williams, whose son, Clifford Snead, was murdered in October 2012. “When my son was with me, you couldn’t have told me I’d be in Washington D.C. for a national candlelight vigil.” The rims of her eyes grew moist. “But I'm here.”
They come from bucolic suburbs like Newtown and Aurora, and the troubled urban neighborhoods of Oakland and Chicago. They are black, white, well-off, poor, young, old. Under normal circumstances, they'd...
They come from bucolic suburbs like Newtown and Aurora, and the troubled urban neighborhoods of Oakland and Chicago. They are black, white, well-off, poor, young, old. Under normal circumstances, they'd never know each other. Instead, they are bound by a shared misfortune: All have lost loved ones to mass shootings or chronic gun violence, and now help guide each other through the dark, lonely months ahead. On Thursday, two days before the anniversary of the schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, many of them will be together in Washington to share stories, perform volunteer "acts of kindness" and participate in a vigil at the National Cathedral.
The forum was a trial of top tabloid editors in the cell phone hacking scandal that has engulfed the British press, but some testimony Thursday concerned very different accusations — involving British police and...
Getty Images/Flickr RF
The forum was a trial of top tabloid editors in the cell phone hacking scandal that has engulfed the British press, but some testimony Thursday concerned very different accusations — involving British police and their allegedly greedy appetites for nuts. The police guarding Queen Elizabeth were warned to "keep their sticky fingers out" of the bowls of nuts set out for guests, because she was annoyed at how many they were eating, a London court heard Thursday. The nuts laid out at Buckingham Palace, according to an email sent by the News of the World's royal editor, were being "scoffed" — British slang for "scarfed" — by police. Laughter broke out among the jurors at the testimony, and the judge noted that "these are unproven allegations." They came as eight former executives and editors at the tabloid face trial on phone hacking and other charges.
Get More at NBC News
House Speaker John Boehner doubled down Thursday on his criticism of conservative groups that oppose the bipartisan budget deal unveiled Tuesday. “Yesterday, when the criticism was coming, frankly I thought it was my job and my obligation to stand up for conservatives here in the Congress who want more deficit reduction,” he told reporters Thursday, at a press conference dominated by questions about his comments Wednesday slamming outside groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Club for Growth. "Frankly, I just think that they have lost all credibility,” he added. Boehner on Wednesday had lashed out such groups, calling their opposition to the budget deal — which congressional leaders hope will draw down spending cuts and prevent government shutdowns — "ridiculous." The House is set to take up the bill Thursday evening.
The fired chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander was ordered held without bond Thursday after the aide's arrest on probable cause for possession and distribution of child pornography, authorities said.
The fired chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander was ordered held without bond Thursday after the aide's arrest on probable cause for possession and distribution of child pornography, authorities said. In federal court Thursday, a prosecutor said the charge against Ryan Loskarn involved "a crime of violence against a minor." Loskarn was a rising star who had spent the past decade working his way up to increasingly important posts in the U.S. House and then the Senate. He is accused of possessing child pornography videos, and offering one for distribution on a peer-to-peer network. Meanwhile, Alexander — Tennessee's senior Republican senator who is up for reelection next year and for decades has been a major name in the state's politics — named a new chief of staff Wednesday in the wake of the probe.
An Amtrak train collided with a vehicle that crossed the tracks despite warning lights and an active crossing bar in south central Virginia Thursday morning, injuring the driver of the car and delaying the trip,...
An Amtrak train collided with a vehicle that crossed the tracks despite warning lights and an active crossing bar in south central Virginia Thursday morning, injuring the driver of the car and delaying the trip, authorities said. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya said in a statement that the accident occurred on Route 40 in Waverly around 6 a.m. Thursday, when the driver of a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, Untron Drew, attempted to drive around the functioning crossing bar meant to keep cars off the track while the train passes. None of the 46 passengers on board the train, which was traveling from Norfolk, Va., to Boston, were injured.
More than 900 children in the U.S. die in homicides each year – most of them killed by a relative, according to an NBC News analysis of 25 years of homicide reports. Since the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., nearly a year ago, at least 173 children under 12 have died from gunshots in the U.S.,
NBC News reported. But, unlike mass shootings, which are etched in American consciousness, it's easy to forget the daily drumbeat of children killed by family members. "The high profile tragedies that glue us to the TV screen are a very small part of the overall problem, and they're not representative of it," said Garen Wintemute, a professor of emergency medicine and director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. "If you take Sandy Hook and the Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting and Aurora and Virginia Tech and Columbine, 95 people were killed in those shootings. And each of those deaths is horrific. But we lose on average 88 people per day to firearm violence." Click through for NBC News’ analysis of the patterns in homicides of children. Get More at NBC News
"Keeping phone conversations private on commercial flights may not be enshrined in the Constitution, but it is certainly enshrined in common sense"
— Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), pushing for a new law to...
Get your newspaper copy of The Onion while you can. The Chicago-based satirical publication published its last print edition Thursday as it plans to move to an all-digital format. Mike McAvoy, president of Onion
Get your newspaper copy of The Onion while you can. The Chicago-based satirical publication published its last print edition Thursday as it plans to move to an all-digital format. Mike McAvoy, president of Onion Inc., told Crain’s Chicago Business last month it's sad to see the print edition no longer exist, "but it’s important to see the Onion succeed.” While the newspaper form of The Onion remains in circulation in Chicago, Milwaukee and Providence, R.I., it steadily withdrew from multiple markets over the past several years. It also reduced its number of newsprint pages and ran fewer ads. Over the summer, the publication discontinued its print edition in Madison, the Onion's founding city and the site of its first newspaper in 1988.
A Florida woman was arrested after authorities say she brought her two babies to an armed robbery.
Alaina Danielle Johnson, 20, was arrested on a charge of robbery with a firearm in the Wednesday morning incident in Ocala, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
According to the sheriff's office, Johnson, along with 18-year-old Matthew Allison Thomas and a 17-year-old, took cash, marijuana and a paintball gun during the robbery at a home.
Johnson arrived at the home with two babies in her truck, the sheriff's office said. The victims said Thomas and the 17-year-old robbed them at gunpoint, sometimes pointing the gun directly at the head of one of the victims, authorities said.
Deputies found all three suspects after one of the victims recognized Johnson, the sheriff's office said.
Johnson and Thomas were being held on $50,000 bond each and it was unknown whether they have attorneys. The 17-year-old was being held without bond at a juvenile detention center.
The South African sign language interpreter denounced as a fraud after he gesticulated gibberish during Nelson Mandela's memorial defended his performance Thursday and said he may have suffered a schizophrenic...
The South African sign language interpreter denounced as a fraud for gesticulating gibberish during Nelson Mandela's memorial defended his performance Thursday and said he may have suffered a schizophrenic episode onstage. Thansanqa Jantjie, 34, told Johannesburg's Star newspaper he started hearing voices in his head and hallucinating, resulting in gestures that made no sense to outraged deaf people worldwide. "There was nothing I could do. I was alone in a very dangerous situation. I tried to control myself and not show the world what was going on. I am very sorry. It's the situation I found myself in," he said. He told The Associated Press he had been seeing "angels" and had been violent in the past. South Africa's government said officials were investigating, and a spokesman for the ruling African National Congress party told NBC News it was unaware he had been treated for schizophrenia.
A kindergartener performing at a school Christmas concert surprised the audience by using sign language so her deaf parents could understand the lyrics.
While the other kids used rehearsed hand gestures, 5-year-old Claire Koch used American Sign Language to sing a song about Santa's white beard and twinkling eyes set to the tune of "Bingo." Claire's mom Lori Koch captured the performance in a video that was posted to YouTube on Monday.
Lori Koch told Yahoo! News that she was surprised to see Claire sign during the song. Koch said she can speak, sign and read lips, while her husband only uses sign language. She praised her daughter's signing skills and joked that she "is a much better interpreter than Nelson's fake one," referring to the interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial service who was recently panned for his undecipherable hand gestures.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler told members of Congress Thursday there is no longer any technical reason to ban calls on planes, but Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx...
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler told members of Congress Thursday there is no longer any technical reason to ban calls on planes, but Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx may see things differently, The Associated Press reported. In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Foxx said his agency wants to determine if permitting phone calls "is fair to consumers" or if they should be banned. He noted that the FCC proposal has caused alarm among travelers, airlines and airline workers. The FCC proposal comes just weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on using personal electronic devices such as iPads and Kindles below 10,000 feet, saying they don't interfere with cockpit instruments.
A Connecticut man has been arrested, accused of allowing teens to drink alcohol at a party on the night of a crash that killed a high school student in August. Police said the 17-year-old driver was one of more...
A Connecticut man has been arrested, accused of allowing teens to drink alcohol at a party on the night of a crash that killed a high school student in August. Police said the 17-year-old driver was one of more than two dozen minors who had attended a party in the woods of a property owned by Paul Sibiga, 66, of North Parker Road in Marlborough. Paige Houston, a 17-year-old Amston girl who was a cheerleader at RHAM High School, was a passenger in the back seat of the Toyota Tundra that hit a tree in the area of Martin Road early on the morning of August 6, according to state police. She was ejected from the truck and was pronounced dead at the scene. A police investigation determined that 28 teens, including Houston, the driver and two teens who ran from the crash scene, had been at a party in the woods in Marlborough where alcohol was served.
The director of Hawaii’s Department of Health, who approved the release of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, has died in a plane crash, officials said Thursday. The Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft carrying nine people crashed into the water off the Hawaiian island of Molokai, killing Loretta Fuddy, officials said. The eight others on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy made news two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to access certified copies of his birth certificate, signed by the delivery doctor, Obama’s mother and the local registrar. So-called "birthers" opposed to Obama had long questioned why Obama hadn't ensured the long form was released.