Joyous, singing South Africans gathered in the rain Tuesday to honor Nelson Mandela at a massive memorial service that is expected to draw some 100 heads of state and other luminaries, united in tribute to...
Joyous, singing South Africans gathered in the rain Tuesday to honor Nelson Mandela at a massive memorial service that is expected to draw some 100 heads of state and other luminaries, united in tribute to a global symbol of reconciliation. President Barack Obama, who attended the ceremony along with three former U.S. presidents, called Mandela "the last great liberator of the 20th century." He compared Mandela to Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. He compared Mandela to Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. He also spoke in personal terms about how Mandela "stirred something inside me" over 30 years ago and "woke me up to my responsibilities." Crowds had converged on FNB Stadium in Soweto, the Johannesburg township that was a stronghold of support for the anti-apartheid struggle that Mandela embodied as a prisoner of white rule for 27 years and then during a peril-fraught transition to the all-race elections that made him president. Despite the chilly rain, the atmosphere inside Africa's largest stadium was celebratory, with people dancing, blowing plastic horns and singing songs from the anti-apartheid struggle. Tuesday was also the 20th anniversary of the day when Mandela and South Africa's last apartheid-era president, F.W. de Klerk, received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to bring peace to their country. Watch NBC News' live streaming coverage of the memorial. Read »
The memorial service for beloved South African leader Nelson Mandela on Tuesday will be the biggest security event in recent memory, and given that there were only five days' notice in which to plan, it...
An open-air stadium full of 95,000 mourners. Thousands more pushing in from outside. Four U.S. presidents — together overseas for what might be just the second time ever — and a who's-who of world leaders. The memorial service for beloved South African leader Nelson Mandela on Tuesday will be the biggest security event in recent memory, and given that there were only five days' notice in which to plan, it is posing a monumental challenge for organizers. South African police will have thousands of officers directing traffic, protecting people and helping the world dignitaries' bodyguards — "to make sure people are able to grieve in a safe environment," a police spokesman said. Already Monday workers were installing bulletproof glass over a stage where President Barack Obama is expected to speak.
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It turns out that organic milk is actually healthier than conventional milk, according to a new study. Organic milk contains more heart-healthy fatty acids than regular milk; Organic milk has a lower ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids than found in regular milk. A diet containing too many omega-6 fatty acids and not enough omega-3s has been linked to heart disease, as well as cancer, inflammation and autoimmune diseases. That’s because your gut converts omega-6s to arachidonic acid, which can cause inflammation. But the anti-inflammatory powers of omega-3s help to counterbalance that reaction, which is why keeping that ratio low is so important. (An omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 2.3 to 1 is best for heart health, research suggests.) If organic milk is out of your budget, the author of the study says conventional milk is still OK – but choose whole milk, rather than skim or 2 percent.
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Dozens of cities and towns are scrambling for medical transportation options after a private ambulance service that transported more than a half-million patients a year in six states abruptly shut down without a...
Dozens of cities and towns are scrambling for medical transportation options after a private ambulance service that transported more than a half-million patients a year in six states abruptly shut down without a word of warning Monday, according to NBC News. First Med EMS, based in Wilmington, N.C., served medical facilities in more than 70 municipalities in Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. It operated under the names TransMed, Life Ambulance and MedCorp. The company's website was inaccessible Monday, and calls to corporate offices either reached disconnected lines or weren't answered. Company workers said in Facebook posts and tweets that they were told the corporation had declared bankruptcy, but no bankruptcy documents were yet on file Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
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The woman who told Florida authorities last month that George Zimmerman had threatened her with a gun during an argument has recanted her allegation, a signed affidavit released Monday shows. According to the document, Samantha Scheibe wants the assault charges against Zimmerman, whom she identifies as "my boyfriend," dropped. The affidavit was attached to a motion by Zimmerman's lawyer seeking to modify the conditions of his bond in the domestic violence case, in which he has been directed to stay away from Scheibe. "I believe that the police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken about certain facts in my statement to the police. I do not feel that the arrest report accurately recounts what happened," Scheibe said. Prosecutors could continue with the case despite Scheibe's request, the Associated Press reported.
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Tuesday will yield no relief for the East Coast from another fearsome winter storm, this one threatening to dump inches of snow from Washington to New England, just days after the region was hit by a...
Tuesday will yield no relief for the East Coast from another fearsome winter storm, this one threatening to dump inches of snow from Washington to New England, just days after the region was hit by a dangerous mix of rain, sleet and snow. The new blast of arctic air was set to come just days after the Northeast caught the messy tail end of a storm system that had begun by wreaking havoc further south and west, forcing the cancellation of a marathon as far away as Dallas. The new storm, however, will target the Northeast, including New York and Philadelphia, which received more snow this past weekend than it did all last season. "It will be quite a 48 hours for that region," a lead Weather Channel meteorologist said.
Montana State University ordered members of an off-campus fraternity to attend classes on sexual assault prevention and imposed a ban on hard liquor there after a female student reported being raped at a...
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Montana State University ordered members of an off-campus fraternity to attend classes on sexual assault prevention and imposed a ban on hard liquor there after a female student reported being raped at a frat house party where alcohol was served, according to Reuters. Fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha was handed the sanctions Monday. Officials said they wanted to act swiftly in light of a federal probe last year into complaints that the university had mishandled rape reports. Pi Kappa Alpha is one of two fraternities at the center of investigations stemming from allegations by two female students that they were sexually assaulted in separate incidents over one weekend in September. Montana State immediately placed Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Chi fraternities under suspension as it opened inquiries into the two report, and the school's findings were turned over to a state prosecutor, said Matt Caires, the dean of students. The university has not said what further disciplinary action, if any, it might take against Sigma Chi.
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"The pillar of our family is gone, just as he was away during that 27 painful years of imprisonment, but in our hearts and souls he will always be with us."
— Nelson Mandela's family said Saturday in...
A Connecticut woman made a frightening discovery after biting into a Dunkin' Donuts croissant and feeling something sharp cut her mouth. Priscilla Salas said she almost swallowed the razor pieces she discovered...
A Connecticut woman made a frightening discovery after biting into a Dunkin' Donuts croissant and feeling something sharp cut her mouth. Priscilla Salas said she almost swallowed the razor pieces she discovered after biting into a croissant she bought last week at the Dunkin' Donuts on Boston Post Road in Windham. She didn't realize what was inside the pastry until she bit down and cut her mouth on the metal shards, some of which were up to a quarter inch long. “I was just floored completely,” Salas said. After calling the police and the restaurant's corporate office, Salas was told the metal in her food could have been part of a box cutter.
Federal offices in the DC area will be closed Tuesday as a round of snow is expected to hit the region just in time for the morning commute. On its website, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management says non-emergency federal employees will be granted excused absences, but other employees must telecommute Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Eastern Seaboard, including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del. Snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are expected. The new snow comes on the heels of Sunday's wintry weather, which dumped several inches of snow on Philadelphia and northern Maryland.
Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida lost $18 million in a scheme that cheated him and about 120 other investors out of more than $35 million, according to court papers. The Virginia man who ran the scheme, William Dean Chapman, was sentenced Friday in federal court to 12 years in prison. Prosecutors say Chapman used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle including a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and a $3 million home. In most of the court papers, Grayson's identity is protected — prosecutors say only that an elected official with the initials A.G. was the primary victim — but documents twice mention Grayson by name. The Democratic congressman from Orlando confirmed on Monday that he is the A.G. mentioned in the documents. Nothing in the court papers suggests Grayson was anything but a victim of the scheme. Grayson, a former trial attorney, said he has had a long record for picking winning stocks, which formed the basis for his personal fortune.
A staff member at the University of California Riverside has an active case of bacterial meningitis, the school announced Monday. “Although the risk of transmission is low, it is best to take precautions,”...
A staff member at the University of California Riverside has an active case of bacterial meningitis, the school announced Monday. “Although the risk of transmission is low, it is best to take precautions,” UCR said in a statement. The diagnosed employee is off campus, the school said. Further details about the sickened staffer were not immediately available. The news comes one week after an 18-year-old student at UC Santa Barbara had both of his feet amputated after he contracted meningitis in an outbreak that sickened three other students at his university. Bacterial meningitis can be spread through kissing, coughing or prolonged contact. Symptoms can include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting.
A Texas campus police officer shot and killed an honors student after a high-speed chase because the student stole his baton and began attacking him with it, according to NBC News. University of the Incarnate Word police Cpl. Chris Carter shot Robert Cameron Redus, 23, of Baytown, Texas, at least three times in the predawn hours Friday morning at an off-campus apartment complex, authorities said.The university said in a statement Monday that Carter was returning from a break when he saw a driver speeding erratically near the front of the campus. He followed the car to the apartment complex and radioed headquarters for assistance from local police, however the call went out to the wrong police department. It was several extra minutes before Alamo Heights police were called and could respond, the university said. Meanwhile, Redus and Carter were fighting, the university said. Redus managed to get hold of Carter's police baton and started beating on the officer, who drew his gun and fired, it said.
Carter was on paid administrative leave Monday pending the investigation.
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A 13-year-old boy was allegedly behind the wheel of a pick-up truck when it ran a stop sign and collided with a mail truck, ejecting the mail carrier and pinning her beneath her vehicle, authorities said. The boy allegedly took the pick-up truck from his home, a spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division said. It’s not clear how far he made it before running a stop sign and slamming into a mail truck. Police said he initially left the scene of the crash but returned soon after. The mail carrier suffered head trauma, a fractured dislocated hip and internal bleeding. She was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. The boy was booked for felony hit and run and driving without a license, police said.