The death of University of Colorado police officer Garrett Swasey is hitting hard for many not just in the world of law enforcement, but also competitive ice skating.
Friend and fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan tweeted out "my prayers and love go out to Garretts entire family. Remembering a wonderful friend and person whom will be greatly missed!"
While skater Michelle Kwan tweeted "my heart breaks for #GarrettSwasey - father, police officer, Pastor, skating champ. Pray for his family & end of senseless violence in #USA."
Melrose, Massachusetts, is where Swasey grew up. The Mayor of Melrose, Rob Dolan, graduated with Swasey in 1989. Back then, if you knew Garrett Swasey, you knew he was big in to ice skating.
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The day after a gunman killed three people and shot nine others at a Colorado Planned Parenthood office, officials tell NBC News a motive remains unclear, but say the suspect talked about politics and abortion.
Robert Lewis Dear, a North Carolina native who was living in a trailer in Colorado, made statements to police Friday at the scene of the Colorado Springs clinic and in interviews that law enforcement sources described as rantings.
In one statement, made after the suspect was taken in for questioning, Dear said "no more baby parts" in reference to Planned Parenthood, according to two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case.
But the sources stressed that Dear said many things to law enforcement and the extent to which the "baby parts" remark played into any decision to target the Planned Parenthood office was not yet clear. He also mentioned President Barack Obama in statements.
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Migrants on the Greek-Macedonian border attacked police with stones Saturday, enraged by the sight of Macedonian authorities erecting a fence along the border and an accident that injured a young Moroccan man, NBC News reported.
Authorities said 18 Macedonian officers were injured in the brief but intense clashes. Most of them received minor injuries but two were hospitalized in the nearby town of Gevgelija, Macedonia's Interior Ministry said.
There was no official tally of injured migrants, although Macedonian police targeted them with stun grenades and plastic bullets. Doctors from the Red Cross and other non-governmental organizations said they treated 20 people for head injuries and breathing problems.
The accidental electrocution at the top of a train carriage of a 24-year-old Moroccan, who suffered severe burns, sparked the unrest among the migrants, many of whom have been stranded at the border since Macedonia decided earlier this month, along with Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia, to let through only those from the "warzone" countries of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
More than 600,000 refugees and other migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia have entered Europe through Greece this year, many after making the short sea crossing from Turkey.
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A 78-year-old woman who spent more than three decades running a New Jersey luncheonette decided she wanted to spend her final days in the now-shuttered diner.
NJ.com reports the lights dimmed on Chubby's Luncheonette three years ago. But it was so special to former owner Carol "Chubby" Montello that she decided she wanted to die in the Hopewell diner.
Her loved ones say she left the door open 24-7 so regulars could make coffee and heat muffins before she arrived.
A suspected burglar who became stuck in a chimney in Central California died Saturday afternoon after the unsuspecting homeowner lit a fire, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.
The incident occurred at around 3 p.m. and firefighters who responded to the Huron home found a man stuck in the chimney but apparently still breathing, the sheriff's office said, NBC News reported.
But the man, who was not immediately identified, was dead when firefighters broke into the chimney, the sheriff's office said.
The sheriff's office said when the homeowner lit the fire, he heard a man yell from inside the chimney and the house began filling with smoke. The homeowner put out the fire and firefighters were called.
The sheriff's office said its investigation indicates that the man tried to enter the home through the chimney overnight and got stuck, and the homeowner, who was away and returned Saturday, didn't know anyone was inside until lighting the fire.
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President Barack Obama kept up his holiday tradition of supporting small businesses.
Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha visited Upshur Street Books in Washington's Petworth neighborhood Saturday, where he bought nine books.
The Obamas skimmed through books in the fiction section of the dimly lit store with bright green walls. Miniature Christmas lights were hanging on the ceiling and around the front window display.
The president emerged from the store with a brown shopping bag full of his purchases, which the White House said included children and young adult novels such as "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8," ''Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life," ''A Snicker of Magic," ''On Fortune's Wheel," and "Purity: A Novel."
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The Turkish prime minister says Turkey has taken delivery of the body of a Russian pilot who was killed after Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian warplane.
Ahmet Davutoglu says the pilot's body was brought to the border province of Hatay "through Turkey's initiatives" early on Sunday and will be flown back to Russia. He said the local Orthodox church in Hatay performed religious rites for the pilot.
Turkey shot down the plane on Tuesday after it entered its airspace from Syria, ignoring several warnings.
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A student. An art critic. An architect. An engineer. The 130 people killed in Paris during the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks came from all walks of life and represented "youth in all its diversity," according to French President Francois Hollande. Here are their portraits. More names and photos will be added as information is confirmed and available.
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A Kansas man is being held on $10 million bond after police discovered his young son missing and then found human remains on his property.
Kansas City police said officers first responded to reports of an "armed disturbance" Wednesday at the home of Michael A. Jones, 44. During the investigation, "it was alleged that a 7-year-old boy had been missing for an extended period of time and was possibly dead," police said in a news release.
The next day, officers returned with a warrant to search the property and found the human remains, authorities said, NBC News reported.
Officials have not determined if the remains are those of the missing child. The grim finding remains under investigation, police said.
Jones was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and abuse of a child, according to Wyandotte County Detention Center records.
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A New Yorker who rowed alone across the Atlantic Ocean for AIDS awareness is back home in Brooklyn, ending a 21-month journey.
Victor Mooney arrived at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Friday and plans a ceremony at the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday, he said on Saturday.
"I'm happy to be in Brooklyn," he said. "I still haven't absorbed it."
The 49-year-old Mooney rows in memory of his brother who died of AIDS in 1983. He said his goal is to spur people to get tested for HIV.
After failing on three previous attempts to row solo across the Atlantic, Mooney set off from the Canary Islands off the coast of African on Feb. 19, 2014.
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Pope Francis travels Sunday to Central African Republic, making the final stop of his first trip to Africa in a country where violence between Christian and Muslim militants has forced nearly 1 million from their homes over the last two years and created a divided capital.
The precarious security situation in the capital of Bangui had raised the possibility in recent weeks that the pope could cancel his visit. Less than a year ago, mobs were beating Muslims to death in the streets, even decapitating and dismembering their victims. While sectarian clashes have left at least 100 people dead over the last two months, recent days have been relatively free of gunfire.
Many hope that the pope's message of peace and reconciliation can usher in a longer-term stability in a nation of 4.8 million.
While officials have not disclosed a motive in Friday's shooting rampage at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, the president of the healthcare provider's Rocky Mountains network decried "hateful rhetoric" that "breeds acts of violence."
Suspected gunman Robert Lewis Dear, 57, surrendered after a five-hour siege at the Colorado Springs clinic Friday and is being held without bond. Three people, including a police officer, were killed in the attack, NBC News reported.
Law enforcement officials have not disclosed what motivated the attack. A federal official told NBC News it appears Dear may be mentally disturbed.
But Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, said in a statement Saturday that witness accounts indicate it was motivated by opposition to abortion. NBC News has not confirmed those accounts.
"We've seen an alarming increase in hateful rhetoric and smear campaigns against abortion providers and patients over the last few months," Cowart said. "That environment breeds acts of violence. Americans reject the hatred and vitriol that fueled this tragedy."
The shootings raised fears that other Planned Parenthood facilities could be targeted. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday said state police have increased patrols at clinics statewide, and would meet with clinics Monday to discuss security measures.
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A newborn girl was found buried alive near a riverbed in Compton, California, Friday and now officials are seeking the public's help for information on her abandonment.
As deputies canvassed the area, they heard a baby's "muffled cry" and discovered a newborn girl buried alive under pieces of asphalt and rubble inside a crevice located along the bike path, LASD said.
Deputies had to remove pieces of asphalt and debris to rescue the baby, who was wrapped in a blanket and cold to the touch, officials said.