An ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra has been destroyed, a monitoring group with the United Nations said Monday after an explosion sparked speculation that ISIS had blown up the historic site, NBC News reported.
Witnesses told The Associated Press Monday that ISIS militants, who captured Palmyra in May, significantly damaged the 2,000 year old Temple of Bel by bombing it. And an ISIS operative, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the AP over Skype on Monday that militants had detonated explosives near the temple.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research said that satellite analysis confirmed that the main building at the temple has been demolished.
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The black bear that prompted state officials to block off hiking trails in Connecticut last week after it was caught on camera circling a hiker has a history of aggression, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Wildlife biologist Jason Hawley said the bear, which is tagged, caused problems in the past while living near Bradley International Airport.
At one point, the animal chased a woman into her workplace and put its paws up against the glass, according to Hawley.
The Virginia Tech Hokies will honor slain journalist Adam Ward and his colleague Alison Parker by placing stickers on their helmets during the season opening football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Labor Day, NBC News reports. The team will wear stickers that feature the number 7 between a teal and a maroon ribbon, according to a statement from the team. Ward, a cameraman, and Parker, a reporter, who worked for WDBJ7, were shot and killed last week during a live television broadcast. The gunman, Vester Lee Flanagan, died of self inflicted gunshot wound hours after the attack, authorities said. According to the release, teal was Parker's favorite color. Ward, a 2011 graduate of Virginia Tech, will be represented by the school's maroon color.
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An Arizona woman told investigators that she drowned her 2-year-old twin sons and tried to kill her 3-year-old stepbrother in the same way because she didn't want them to live with the difficulties she faces.
Court records released Monday say 22-year-old Mireya Alejandra Lopez told investigators that she takes medication for depression, schizophrenia and psychosis. Still, investigators say it's unknown whether her mental condition was linked to the deaths or whether the difficulties she cited were psychological issues.
A settlement was not reached after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a final face-to-face meeting before a judge rules on the "Deflategate" case.
"The parties tried quite hard, I think. I have no qualms with how much each party tried. But in this case, it didn't happen," U.S. District Judge Richard Berman told necn.
Berman said he expects to make his decision Tuesday or Wednesday.
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A Houston-area sheriff's deputy police officer who was ambushed at a gas station Friday night was shot 15 times, authorities said Monday.
Shannon J. Miles, who is charged with capital murder in the shooting, appeared briefly in state District Court on Monday. He is being held without bond and was appointed two attorneys.
Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said Deputy Darren Goforth was shot 15 times in the head and back and the shell casings match the handgun that was found at Miles' home. She also said a witness saw the shooting.
Goforth, a 10-year veteran, was pumping gas about 8:20 p.m. Friday when he was ambushed and fatally shot. He died at the gas station in Cypress.
Anderson would not comment to reporters after the hearing regarding a motive.
Garland Police Dept.
A North Texas police officer is credited with helping save a woman from a burning car, and the rescue was caught on video.
Garland police officer Michael Mallison was headed to court in Dallas on the morning of Aug. 21 when he came upon a serious crash along U.S. Highway 80.
A handful of people were already gathered around a smoking vehicle near Big Town Boulevard in Mesquite, with some using fire extinguishers to stop the entire car from catching fire. Mallison grabbed yet another extinguisher and ran to help.
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Prosecutors say six of the seven football players accused of hazing and sexually assaulting four other teammates in a New Jersey high school locker room have been placed on probationary terms.
Each of the Sayreville War Memorial High School players will also have to serve 50 hours of community service. But they will not have to register as sex offenders.
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A man who bought a California Lottery ticket with money he just happened to find on the floor has won $1 million.
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Hondas were the most stolen vehicles across the United States last year, with Honda Accords topping the list and Honda Civics coming in second, according to the annual Hot Wheels report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The tally, which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles, found Accords topped the list, followed Civics. Two full-sized pickup trucks, Fords and Chevrolets, came in third and fourth.
The 29-page opinion held that March for Life could be exempt from the requirement, known as the contraceptive mandate, even though it is a non-religious organization that opposes abortion on ethical grounds rather than religious ones.
Hundreds of thousands of people signed up for affair-seeking website Ashley Madison in the last week, parent company Avid Life Media said on Monday, even after a massive hack that leaked clients' information, Reuters reported.
"Last week alone, women sent more than 2.8 million messages within our platform," Avid Life said, adding that 87,596 women had also signed up for Ashley Madison last week.
The company also struck back at reports that the site had few genuine female users, saying internal data released by hackers had been incorrectly analyzed.
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White supremacist Frazier Glenn Cross was convicted Monday of capital murder in the killings of three people at two Kansas Jewish centers last year — convictions he'd predicted and told jurors he expected, NBC News reported.
Cross, 74, pleaded not guilty even though he defiantly admitted having killed Dr. William Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, outside Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Terri LaManno, 53, outside the Village Shalom retirement center in April 2014. None were Jewish.
The verdicts came after a wild morning in Olathe, Kansas, that saw District Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan eject Cross — a former leader of the defunct White Patriot Party of North Carolina who is also known as Glenn Miller — from the courtroom after he denounced all of the court officers as Jewish sympathizers.
A third extreme-skydiving enthusiast convicted of reckless endangerment, BASE jumping and other charges after parachuting off of the World Trade Center in September 2013 escaped jail time at his sentencing Monday, authorities say.
Marko Markovich, 28, was sentenced to conditional discharge with 300 hours of community service and a $2,000 fine, more than two months after he was found guilty of the misdemeanors along with 33-year-old James Brady and 34-year-old Andrew Rossig.
Brady, an iron worker who helped construct 1 World Trade Center, and Rossig, were each sentenced earlier this month to conditional discharge with a $2,000 fine and 250 and 200 hours of community service, respectively,