A 17-year-old boy was charged Friday with raping a 9-year-old girl inside a barn at the Maryland State Fair, Baltimore County police said.
The teen's family and the 9-year-old girl's family, who are all from Carroll County, Maryland, travel together to show livestock at fairs within and outside of the state, police said.
The suspect, whom NBC News is not naming because of his age, has been charged as an adult with second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense, perverted practice, fourth-degree sexual assault and second-degree assault, police said in a statement.
An investigation by the Baltimore County Crimes Against Children Unit found that the teen may have been sexually abusing the girl since she was about 3 years old.
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A construction worker dubbed the "Second Avenue Sinatra," who has been missing for a month, was found dead Friday, hanging from a tree in New York, police said.
Gary Russo, 54, was last seen around midnight July 28 at his home on 90th Street in Howard Beach, Queens, according to the New York Police Department.
The legacy of the lynching of thousands of black people in America was recalled when the death 60 years ago in Mississippi of just one — Emmett Till — was commemorated Friday at his gravesite in a suburban Chicago cemetery.
Relatives and civil rights activists gathered in Burr Oak Cemetery, south of Chicago, to listen to speeches and songs, and comfort one another with hugs. A large wreath of white flowers encircled a black-and-white portrait of Till's smiling face.
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush recalled his own mother explaining to him as an 8-year-old the "horrors" of Till's death. He said that memory still inspires him.
A pilot who died in a small plane crash in the desert northeast of Los Angeles was giving free glider rides to wounded military veterans.
Sixty-seven-year-old Channing Morse of San Diego died Thursday when his small plane crashed in a field in Llano in the Antelope Valley.
Mors was a volunteer with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Tropical Storm Erika dissipated early Sunday, even as its remnants began drenching parts of eastern Cuba. But it left devastation in its path, killing at least 20 people and leaving another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.
Another four people died in Haiti in a traffic accident that apparently occurred in the rain, and one other person died in a mudslide just north of Port-au-Prince.
The sudden death four years ago of Knut, the celebrity Berlin Zoo polar bear who ended up on the cover of Vanity Fair, shocked his fans around the world and posed a riddle for veterinarians anxious to keep other animals from suffering the same fate.
What killed Knut?
The answer turned out to be even more useful than scientists could have hoped for.
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Hundreds of feet beneath the Black Hills, a team of scientists and researchers snake through dark, narrow and silent corridors of ancient rock to reach their goal: what is thought to be some of the purest water on Earth. The crew of National Park Service scientists that's anchored by microbiologist Hazel Barton travels sporadically to the lowest reaches of South Dakota's Wind Cave National Park to study a series of underground lakes, which were discovered in the 1960s and aren't home to any animal life or even easily detectable microscopic organisms.
State officials have closed trails at a Connecticut wildlife area after a hiker came dangerously close to a brazen black bear Friday afternoon.
Hiker Stephanie Rivkin captured video of her close encounter and shared her footage with NBC Connecticut.
"I had no idea whether or not I was supposed to be scared," she said. "I just felt if I ran, I would be attacked."
A 61-year-old bystander who was shot Friday by undercover police chasing after alleged an illegal firearms dealer near New York City has died, authorities said.
The shooting occurred at about 4 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in Mount Vernon after an undercover NYPD officer met with a suspected illegal-gun dealer in the Bronx and the two men drove to the Westchester County city to conduct the transaction, investigators said.
An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in prison in a long-running trial criticized by press freedom advocates worldwide.
Judge Hassan Farid said he issued his verdict in the retrial because the three journalists were not registered with the country's journalist syndicate, brought reporting equipment into the country without permission and were spreading "false news," Reuters reported.
The case against Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed was opened in the wake of the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
Greste, who was deported in February and sentenced in absentia, wrote on Twitter that he was shocked, outraged, angry and upset.
Mostefa Souag, acting director general of Qatar-based Al Jazeera, said that the "verdict defies logic and common sense."
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Andy Parker's resolve to fight for gun control formed in the hours after his daughter was shot and killed on live television. In his first interviews after the tragedy, he briefly mentioned the issue as he eulogized Alison. By Friday, he was pledging a full-scale fight for tougher gun laws on national TV.
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Police in Thailand arrested a suspect in the deadly Bankok bombing that killed 20 people at a crowded Shrine earlier this month.
National police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri told Reuters that the suspect fit the description of a man seen on a surveillance video leaving a backpack at the scene.
Thavornsiri added that police raided an apartment used by the suspect in northern Bangkok and discovered possible bomb-making materials.
The bomb detonated at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok's commercial center on Aug. 17, killing 20 and wounding dozens more.
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The suspect in the shooting deaths of a southwest Virginia television reporter and photographer “closely identified” with mass murderers and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said.
Investigators learned this through writings and evidence seized from Vester Flanagan’s apartment.
Flanagan killed himself after the Wednesday slayings of Alison Parker and Adam Ward.
Donald Trump spoke Friday evening during a fundraiser at the home of a famed New England car dealer.
More than 1,000 guests were charged $100 to attend, but outside the iron gates of the sprawling mega mansion that hosted Trump, dozens of protesters gathered, hoping to point out that Trump is pro-life.
Turkey says its jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria. After months of wavering, Turkey agreed to be more actively engaged in the fight against IS. It granted U.S. jets access to a key air base close to the Syrian border to be used in the campaign.