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,
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The Titanic's last lunch menu — saved by a passenger who climbed aboard the so-called "Money Boat" before the ocean liner went down — is going to auction, where it's estimated it will bring $50,000 to $70,000.
The online New York auctioneer Lion Heart Autographs is offering the menu and two other previously unknown artifacts from Lifeboat 1 on Sept. 30. The auction marks the 30th anniversary of the wreckage's discovery at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
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The world fell in love with him when he played a pint-sized Darth Vader in a 2011 Super Bowl commercial.
He was a force to reckon with. Donning a black cape, black mask and bigger-than-life personality, Max Page tries to use "The Force" to start the family car, turn on a washing machine and wake the family dog in a 60-second Volkswagen ad that went viral overnight. It garnered more than 8 million views by the time a 30-second version of it aired during the the big game.
What millions of people didn't know when they watched Max use "The Force" is that the now 10-year-old has been fighting for his life since birth.
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will remain free while appealing his corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court granted McDonnell's request to stay out of jail while justices decide whether to review his case. McDonnell argued he would suffer "irreparable harm'' if he served most or all of his two-year prison term and his 11 convictions were later overturned. U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. argued McDonnell has not demonstrated that the Supreme Court is likely to take his case and, if it does, that he is likely to succeed.
Officials are preparing for the huge security challenge of Pope Francis' visit to New York City in several weeks, figuring out not only how to deal with the crush of visitors to a pope who likes to get close to people but doing so amid the United Nations General Assembly with 160 world leaders in town.
"It's going to be an unprecedented challenge for this department that has dealt with many precedents in the past," said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Adding to that security challenge is the news that Pope Francis may be adding another stop to his New York visit: a motorcade through Central Park so tens of thousands more people can get a chance to see him.
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor became Taliban's new chief last month after the announcement that longtime leader Mullah Omar had been dead for two years.
The announcement sparked a leadership battle. While the Taliban hashes out the dispute over Mansoor's appointment, those loyal to Mansoor on Monday released an in-depth biography of the man. NBC News cannot confirm the veracity of the document's contents as the Taliban's media arm is notoriously unreliable.
According to the bio, Mansoor "speaks less and tries to listen more to other people," he wears "neat and clean clothes" and "is fully conscious of the delicacy and complexity of all contemporary regional and international politics."
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A 46-year-old woman angry over alleged infidelity has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting her boyfriend twice and then lighting him on fire, leaving his body to burn in the street over the weekend, police said.
Firefighters were called to 12th Street in Astoria shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday after getting a call about a fire and found the Shawn McWhorter, 43, ablaze. They put out the fire and McWhorter was pronounced dead at the scene.
A fingernail was found on his body.
McWhorter lived in the area, so detectives began to interview people he knew as part of their routine investigation, including his girlfriend, Dawn Mcintosh. Mcintosh told police she hadn't seen him that day, they had been supposed to meet but he stood her up, authorities say she told detectives.
He sat in the upper deck, basically unrecognized amid a sea of happy baseball fans. He let out a cheer when the best hitter on his favorite team smoked a home run and diligently scanned the out-of-town scoreboard to consider playoff implications. And he waited his turn in the long Citi Field men's room line, just one more fan spending a hot summer day watching the Mets and the Red Sox play. Except this fan had four bodyguards standing nearby.
The U.S. Supreme Court this week faces the first religious objection to reach the justices since the decision declaring a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, NBC News reported.
A county clerk in Kentucky is asking for relief from a lower court order directing her to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Her lawyers filed an emergency application directed to Justice Elena Kagan, who handles such requests from that part of the country.
Kim Davis, the clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, "holds an undisputed sincerely held religious belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, only," her lawyers say in their application.
The requirement to issue same-sex marriage licenses "demands that she either fall in line or leave office."
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Donald Trump — the two biggest anti-establishment candidates in the Democratic and Republican presidential primary fields, respectively — have seen their support surge, according to NBC News, citing a new survey of voters likely to participate in the Iowa caucuses.
In the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll, Sanders is now polling just seven points behind Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, nearly doubling his share of the vote since the last survey was conducted in May.
Sanders takes 30 percent support, while Clinton draws 37 percent, marking the first time she's dropped below 50 percent in the poll.
Trump, meanwhile, has seen a remarkable reversal in both his support and popularity in the state since May. Back then, he was polling at just 4 percent support and his favorability was at -36 points; now, he leads the pack with 23 percent support and his favorability is at +26 points.
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An elaborate, three-story tree house in Orange County has gotten a temporary reprieve from building inspectors, but the high rise hide-out may not be out of the woods just yet. Rossmoor resident Dr. Joni Doherty spared no expense to build the $16,000 tree house that features solar panels, redwood floors, handmade chairs and a top-floor club house. The tree house was a dream she and her husband Jack Chen — a renowned surgeon — shared before he died in a surfing accident in 2013. Her two sons wanted their father's memory to live on in the tree house.
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A fish native to South America being caught in Peru isn't unusual — unless it happens in Peru, Indiana.
Glen Salyer of the northern Indiana community tells the Kokomo Tribune he caught a fish with human-looking teeth Monday on Mississinewa Lake. He took the fish to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and was told it was a red-bellied pacu, which is related to the piranha. The fish are common in rivers and streams around the Amazon River.
Indiana conservation officer Jerry Hoerdt said it's likely the fish was dumped in the reservoir by its owner, who may have given up taking care of it.
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Broadway is mourning the loss of one of its risings stars. “Les Misérables” actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste died tragically on Friday after falling from a fire escape at his mother's home following the show's evening performance. He was 21 years old. Jean-Baptiste made history on July 23, when he went on as Jean Valjean in the Broadway revival -- the youngest actor and first African-American to have performed the role on Broadway.
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It's a panda! The National Zoo's nine-day-old panda cub is beginning to get his black and white markings. A pair of newborn cubs were born Aug. 22 to the zoo's female giant panda, Mei Xiang, but the smaller of the two died Wednesday. The zoo has said that the larger, surviving cub is doing well. Panda cubs are born tiny, nearly hairless and blind. What little fur the newborns have is white. But on Sunday, the zoo released three images captured on its panda cams, showing the cub's new markings are beginning to show up. Two of the images feature the cub on his own; the other shows him cradled in his mama's arms.
President Barack Obama is heading to Alaska and taking cameras–and Bear Grylls–with him. The adventure will air as a special edition of NBC's "Running Wild with Bear Grylls."