South African of all colors and creeds remembered Nelson Mandela in a day of prayers on Sunday, holding him up as the "Father of the Nation" and as a global beacon of integrity, rectitude and reconciliation, NBC...
South African of all colors and creeds remembered Nelson Mandela in a day of prayers on Sunday, holding him up as the "Father of the Nation" and as a global beacon of integrity, rectitude and reconciliation, NBC News reported. Mandela, South Africa's first black president who steered his nation out of apartheid died late on Thursday at the age of 95. The day of prayers begins an official program of mourning
that includes a memorial service in a Johannesburg stadium on Tuesday. Mandela's body will lie in state at the Union Buildings, the seat of government in Pretoria, from Wednesday to Friday, followed by a state funeral next Sunday at Mandela's Eastern Cape ancestral home of Qunu - expected to be one of the biggest gatherings of world leaders in modern history. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by Former President George W. Bush and his wife, will travel to South Africa for the services.
A powerful winter storm was pounding vast areas east of the Rockies Sunday, after having left hundreds of thousands of people in Texasand Arkansas without power, NBC News reported. The wave of icy and dangerous weather was spreading eastward to Virginia and up to New England on Sunday through Monday.
issued a "snow alert" for Sunday. At the height of the storm, some 267,000 electricity outages were reported in Texas, according to utility provider Oncor. That number was down to about 75,000 late on Saturday. Snow was expected throughout the Mid-Atlantic, followed by sleet and freezing rain. In Virginia, state Emergency Management spokeswoman Laura Southard said the storm had the potential to be an "historic ice event." In the coming days, Baltimore and Philadelphia could also see a few inches of snow, followed by freezing rain and sleet beginning Sunday. By Monday, the wintry mess will extend as far as New York, parts of Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Maine, forecasters said.
Police are investigating after three women were found dead in a Manchester, Conn., apartment Saturday night. According to authorities, officers responded to a report of multiple gunshots. When police arrived, they were met by the suspect outside the apartment building in the parking lot. The suspect, a male, was armed with a handgun and was carrying a 13-month-old child. After a brief confrontation with officers, the suspect placed the child on the ground and shot himself. The 13-month old child was unharmed. Following the confrontation, police began checking the apartment complex. They located three females deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. The identities of the victims is being withheld at this time.
Crowds of fans and car enthusiasts are expected to gather Sunday at the crash site of Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas to hold an unofficial memorial rally and car cruise to remember the pair, and...
Crowds of fans and car enthusiasts are expected to gather Sunday at the crash site of Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas to hold an unofficial memorial rally and car cruise to remember the pair, and officials warned area residents of the massive turnout. A Facebook page for the memorial, “Paul Walker/Roger Rodas Memorial Meet (SoCal),” listed more than 7,000 people who said they planned to attend Sunday afternoon in the Rye Canyon Loop of Santa Clarita. People were already gathering at the site Saturday night. "This is not an event sanctioned by the city (of Santa Clarita) or sheriff’s department," the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said in a news release Saturday. "However, residents need to anticipate the impact that an overwhelming number of cars will have on the area."
The New Jersey waitress whose story was questioned after she claimed she received an anti-gay note instead of a tip is now out of a job. The Gallop Asian Bistro said Saturday that Dayna Morales will no longer be...
The New Jersey waitress whose story was questioned after she claimed she received an anti-gay note instead of a tip is now out of a job. The Gallop Asian Bistro said Saturday that Dayna Morales will no longer be working there. On its Facebook page, the restaurant said it was a "joint decision" with Morales that she move on. Last month, Morales posted a photo on Facebook showing the bill with a line through the tip area. The photo of the receipt showed someone had written, "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle." But days later, a New Jersey couple came forward to NBC 4 New York, claiming the receipt was theirs and that they had left a tip and did not write a note, suggesting it was used for a hoax. The handwriting, they said, was not theirs, and they also supplied what they said was a credit card statement showing they were charged for the total plus the $18 tip.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a possible contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said Sunday that his plan to spur job growth in high unemployment areas like Detroit, is the only politically viable...
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a possible contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said Sunday that his plan to spur job growth in high unemployment areas like Detroit, is the only politically viable plan to help depressed cities, NBC News reported. “My economic stimulus plan for Detroit would leave over a billion dollars in Detroit's economy and would stimulate Detroit,” he said. “There is no other plan on the table and there's not going to be some grand bailout that's going to go through Congress, other than my plan, if my plan would pass. Paul revealed his program in a speech at the Detroit Economic Club on Friday. His plan would set ultra-low tax rates and lift some government regulations in any area where the unemployment rate is more than one-and-a-half times the national average. The national average is now 7 percent. Paul argued on Fox News Sunday that the approach of massive federal spending to create jobs has not worked.
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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 »
"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...
President Barack Obama said Saturday he believes the chances for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran are 50-50 or worse, but he said the recent nuclear deal is the best strategy for preventing...
President Barack Obama said Saturday he believes the chances for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran are 50-50 or worse, but he said the recent nuclear deal is the best strategy for preventing Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, The Associated Press reported. Speaking at a Washington, D.C., forum attended by pro-Israel audience, Obama said the deal prevents Iran from advancing its nuclear program for six months. He said that over that time, the world will test Iran to see if the crisis can be resolved diplomatically. Obama said the agreement halts and rolls back central elements of Iran's program. It compels Iran to eliminate higher-enriched uranium stockpiles, stop adding new centrifuges and cease work at a heavy water reactor that potentially could produce plutonium. The president also acknowledged some tactical differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But Obama said U.S. and Israeli bottom-line goals are the same.
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A Broward, man is facing a sexual battery charge after he raped a physically disabled woman at a Lauderdale Lakes hospital where they were both patients, authorities said. Charles Tarver, 33, was arrested Wednesday at Florida Medical Center, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office report obtained by the Sun-Sentinel. According to the BSO report, Tarver walked into the woman's room at the hospital without her consent and groped her before raping her. The woman, who has a handicap that makes her unable to walk, couldn't fight Tarver off, the BSO said. Neither knew each other, according to the report.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela’s biographer and those who knew him well reflected Sunday on the role that Mandela played in moving South Africa toward the end of its white-minority apartheid regime in the 1990s. In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Rev. Jesse Jackson said that “he was shaped by persecution and an internal will to dignity and… he did not internalize the system. To that extent, he was gracious because of victory. He won the battle over skin color apartheid….” Mandela’s biographer Rick Stengel said his imprisonment was “a crucible that steeled him. He was a tempestuous, compassionate man who went into prison and prison just molded him and forced him not to show any of that emotion. And the man who emerged was a different man.”
Rescue workers are standing down Sunday in their search for a pod of pilot whales that had been stranded in shallow waters in a remote area of Everglades National Park. On Saturday, crews performed aerial surveys of the area where the whales had been spotted but found nothing, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries spokeswoman Allison Garrett said.
If the pod is spotted Sunday, crews will mobilize to check them out and try to assist if needed, Garrett said. A total of 51 whales were discovered stranded Tuesday by fishing guides near Highland Beach, which is the western boundary of Everglades National Park in Monroe County on the Gulf coast.
A 27-year-old man who hit a police officer with a cane and was then was shot by her partner in Brooklyn is now under arrest. According to police, two officers saw Dairon Bledsoe whacking a patrol car with a cane...
A 27-year-old man who hit a police officer with a cane and was then was shot by her partner in Brooklyn is now under arrest. According to police, two officers saw Dairon Bledsoe whacking a patrol car with a cane Saturday night in Bushwick. When an officer confronted him with her baton, Bledsoe hit her in the face with the cane.Police said he moved to hit the officer again, and her partner shot Bledsoe once in the torso.On Sunday, authorities said that Bledsoe had been arrested on charges including assaulting a police officer, attempted criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon.
South Korea has announced that it will expand its air defense zone, countering a recent move made my China. The new area will overlap the zone declared by China and will also include rock and islands that South...
South Korea has announced that it will expand its air defense zone, countering a recent move made my China. The new area will overlap the zone declared by China and will also include rock and islands that South Korea controls in the East China Sea, according to Reuters. South Korea’s zone covers two territorial islands and submerged reef complete with a research station and helipad atop the rock. China’s declaration of its zone led to new tensions with Japan over several uninhabited islands that both countries claim. Beijing has said that aircraft traveling through its zone must provide flight plans and maintain radio contact with Chinese authorities. Japan and the United States have said they will not recognize the Chinese zone and have defiantly flown military aircraft through it. South Korea’s Defense Ministry said that the country's new zone matches southern portions of its broader flight information region, the Yonhap news agency reported.
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