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A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck in the Pacific off the Northern California coast Sunday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor was recorded at 10:18 p.m. PT about 50 miles west of Eureka, the USGS said. It struck at a depth of 4.3 miles. At least 10 aftershocks were recorded, including a magnitude-4.6 one about half an hour later. The Eureka Police Department said the initial temblor was felt for about 20 to 30 seconds. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, according sheriffs and fire officials in Humboldt County.
Police announced an arrest Monday in the case of a slain retired Mexicana Airlines employee whose remains were found in 2012 on a hiking trail near Los Angeles' Hollywood sign.
Gabriel Campos Martinez, 38, was arrested Sunday in connection with the remains, found by two women who were walking their dogs on a Griffith Park trail in January 2012 just below the sign. More body parts were found with assistance from a cadaver dog.
The remains were identified as 66-year-old Hervey Coronado Medellin, a Los Angeles resident who had been reported missing.
The arrest came after Los Angeles police worked with members of the San Antonio (Texas) Police Department to identify Martinez. He was arrested Sunday in San Antonio and is awaiting extradition proceedings, according to Los Angeles police.
Local, state and federal agencies were on hand to unveil the latest security measures that will be in place for the Boston Marathon.
Runners are asked to drop gear off, such as a change of clothing, on Boston Common the morning of the marathon in a B.A.A.-provided clear plastic bag before getting on a bus to Hopkinton. However, the B.A.A. says runners can still have a fanny pack and standard "fuel belt."
Spectators along the route are discouraged from bringing backpacks, over-the-shoulder bags and large coolers to the event. Personal items should be carried in small, clear plastic bags, officials said.
Several new policies have already been released, including checkpoints for spectators and prohibiting unregistered "bandit" runners from joining the race.
Police are expecting about 36,000 runners and up to a million spectators.
Oscar Pistorius appeared to become physically ill during his murder trial Monday, as the expert who conducted the autopsy on the Olympic “Blade Runner’s” shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp testified in court, NBC News reported.
“Pistorius retching loudly, possibly vomiting, as graphic postmortem details are delivered,” tweeted reporter Rohit Kachroo after Gert Saayaman, head of the forensic medicine department at the University of Pretoria, took the stand.
The judge in the murder trial banned live broadcasting and tweeting of Saayman's graphic testimony.
The suburban Chicago father accused of shoplifting millions of dollars in toys and other merchandise with his family and then selling the goods on eBay was ordered detained Monday after prosecutors said he is a serious flight risk.
Bogdanov, his wife, Lela Bogdanov, 52, and daughter Julia Bogdanov, 34, are accused of stealing from the shelves of stores in at least six states in the last five months, according to a federal complaint announced last week.
The trio is accused in a recent string of thefts that began on Feb. 17 in Oklahoma, continued two days later at malls in Texas and wound through Louisiana Feb. 20. But officials allege the three are connected to similar instances that have occurred over the last 10 years, and have sold stolen property on eBay for a combined total of $4.2 million.
Investigators are trying to piece together what led to a gruesome discovery in southern California: A body set on fire. Just before 5 a.m. Sunday, San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies got a report of a body lying on a dirt road in San Diego's East County. When they arrived, deputies found the body still smoldering. It had been discovered and reported by a Sweetwater Authority employee. The sheriff’s homicide, bomb arson and crime units were called out to the scene to investigate. "At this point, we don't know if it's a homicide or a suicide or some other type of death, but we're here to find that out," said sheriff's Lt. Glen Giannantonio. The next big piece of the investigation is identifying the victim. The difficulty of that task depends on the condition of the body, Giannantonio said.
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American Airlines and US Airways canceled more than 14,000 flights last month -- more than double the rate from a year earlier -- as winter storms disrupted air travel.
American Airlines Group Inc. said Monday that the cancelations hurt first-quarter profit, but it didn't give a figure. The company said it expects to give more details in early April.
Despite the storms, the company said, a key figure of revenue for every seat flown one mile rose between 2 percent and 4 percent in the first quarter. That statistic rises when an airline fills more seats or raises average fares.
American and US Airways canceled about 28,000 flights in the first two months of the year, up 164 percent from the same period in 2013 as storms hit hubs in Chicago, Dallas and elsewhere.
North Korea's state media confirmed a 100 percent for leader Kim Jong Un in the country's stage-managed parliamentary election. Every single registered elector had turned out to vote, the state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, "except for those on foreign tour or working in oceans."The nation was "seething with election atmosphere" on polling day, according to a headline on KCNA's English-language website. Illustrating the excitable mood, the agency distributed a photo of soldiers dancing in the streets after casting their ballots.
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With time, wind and the current not on their side, searchers have few clues as they struggle to find the missing Malaysian Airlines jet. "In other crashes, you might have good radar contact and see the altitude drop and drop until it crashes," Commander Williams Marks told NBC News from the U.S.S. Blue Ridge in the South China Sea, where his U.S. fleet is helping to search. "This one just kind of disappeared." Authorities are not sure why the plane disappeared from radar, and in their search, the U.S. Seventh Fleet is coordinating with the Malaysian government and other national governments to comb two areas in the Gulf of Thailand, where the ship was last spotted on radar, and the Strait of Malacca, where the plane might have turned around. "There is a sense of pressure," Marks said. "Time is not on our side. But this is what we trained for and we will do it for as long as we are needed."
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Shares of Chicago-based Boeing were down more than two percent in Monday morning trading, the first business day after one of its aircraft disappeared over the South China Sea.
As of midday, shares of Boeing were down $3.24 to $125.31.
It's been nearly three days since a Malaysia Airlines'-branded Boeing 777-200 vanished with 239 people on board. Despite an intense, international search, authorities still have not found any wreckage of the aircraft.
The Boeing 777 is regarded as one of the industry's safest planes. The National Transportation Safety Board has logged fewer than 60 incidents involving the aircraft since mid-1997, most of them minor.
"Taken" star Liam Neeson took on the role of activist Sunday, touring one of Manhattan's stables in support of the city's maligned horse-drawn carriage industry. “I know some of the drivers and I’ve seen the joy these tourists get,” Neeson said at Clinton Park Stables. “We can’t put a dollar amount on what that does for the tourist industry.” The “Non-Stop” actor went on to say that the horses are all well cared for and shouldn’t be replaced with electric cars, calling the carriages a “connection with our history.” Neeson came out late last month
against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to replace the horses near Central Park with replica antique electric cars.
The owner of a lavish Long Island wedding venue shot last month on the sprawling grounds of his mansion released a video statement Monday thanking supporters and saying he is making progress on recovering from his wounds.
Gary Melius, owner of Oheka Castle, the upscale catering hall and hotel in Huntington, said in the statement that he believes God was watching out for him after he was shot in the head while sitting in his car outside the venue on Feb. 24.
His daughters drove him to the emergency room, and he was released from the hospital last week.
Wearing a lavender shirt, with a bandage over his left eye and another on the side of his head, Melius tells the camera: "I want you to know I'm healing and getting better and looking forward to just starting over again."
The Rev. Al Sharpton has led hundreds of people on a march to the state Capitol to protest Florida's "stand your ground'' law. Trayvon Martin's father also joined in the event. Florida law says people who are not involved in illegal activity have the right to stand their ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if they reasonably believe it's necessary to avoid death or great bodily harm. Marchers planned to attend House and Senate criminal justice committee meetings later Monday.
Pizza restaurant chain Sbarro filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, reported Reuters. For the second time in less than three years Sbarro and more than 30 affiliates filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan. The Melville, New York-based company has between $100 million and $500 million in both assets and liabilities, according to court papers. Moody's Investors Service in January said Sbarro has also struggled with high food, labor and occupancy costs. The company had previously filed for protection from creditors in April 2011, and emerged from Chapter 11 the following November.
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