The discovery of a piece of aircraft wing on an island in the Indian Ocean sparked an air, land and sea search, with investigators hoping to connect the debris to the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, NBC News reported.
Beaches were being combed and boats were scouring the waters off Reunion Island as helicopters flew overhead the French territory, east of Madagascar off the southern tip of Africa.
Boeing investigators have looked at photos of the barnacle-covered plane piece found by a crew cleaning the coastline on Wednesday and say that they believe it is from one of their 777s, sources told NBC News. "This is obviously a very significant development," Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told a news conference in Sydney early Thursday.
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The arrest and death of Sandra Bland is bringing top state officials to the Texas Capitol to testify about jail standards and police officer protocols. The hearing Thursday in Austin is the first time lawmakers are meeting to discuss the circumstances surrounding the death the 28-year-old black woman from suburban Chicago. Authorities say Bland on July 13 hanged herself in jail, a finding that her family has questioned.
Police have found a torso in a vacant building almost two weeks after finding two dismembered legs and two arms in New Haven, Connecticut.
Four Confederate battle flags were found on the grounds of the Ebenezer Baptist Church near the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta on Thursday, and police and federal authorities were investigating.
Officer Gary Wade said a maintenance worker discovered the flags at 6 a.m. Thursday and notified the National Park Service, which operates The King Center.
Groundskeepers were disturbed to see the flags in the morning, the Rev. Shannon Jones of Ebenezer Baptist said.
"Our grounds men were so upset, they took pictures and then they moved them," Jones said. But Park Service police later told workers the flags should be treated as evidence and not handled, he said.
The Santa Cruz 15-year-old charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting and raping an 8-year-old girl made his first court appearance on Thursday in a brief hearing. Adrian Jerry "AJ" Gonzalez was led into the courthouse by an attorney, looking down, and mostly sullen. He did not enter a plea and spoke only to answer questions from a judge, saying a simple "yes" when asked if he understood aspects of his case. He wore a green T-shirt and khaki pants. His hands were bound in front of him in cuffs. A woman who appeared to be his mother was in the courtroom, too upset to speak. The teen's defense attorney, Larry Biggam, spoke briefly to reporters, but didn't offer any insight into the case.
Police say someone servicing television equipment found a young girl's badly decomposed body in a crib at a northeast Ohio apartment, and her father was arrested.
Medina police say the remains discovered Wednesday are believed to be a girl born in October 2013. An autopsy was planned to determine how she died.
Police say her father, Eric Warfel, was arrested without incident in Westlake. The Medina man remained jailed Thursday pending a court appearance on a felony corpse abuse charge.
Employment among young people has bounced back from Great Recession lows, but you wouldn’t know it by their living arrangements, according to a new Pew Research Center study. Young people are more likely to live at home now than they were in 2007, a trend that could have major implications for the nation's housing industry.
Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article's author Wednesday, court records show.
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Using an unprecedented search technique, the California National Guard has launched a drone to help look for a missing San Francisco teacher after he was last seen almost two weeks ago while riding a motorcycle in the El Dorado National Forest. The drone, formally called a “remotely piloted aircraft,” was set off into the air to look for 45-year-old Edward Cavanaugh Wednesday, the National Guard said in a statement. The Guard previously tried out the use of drones to help firefighters battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite in 2013.
The FBI is now leading the investigation into an explosion on a government campus in Maryland that police have said could be tied to the manufacture of drugs. Chemicals and a recipe to make meth were found at the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Building 236, the special projects facility on the Gaithersburg campus, following the July 18 explosion, federal law enforcement sources said.
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Fans of a newborn giraffe don't have to go to the Virginia Zoo to see it.
The male Masai giraffe was born at the Norfolk zoo last week. Zoo officials said Wednesday they have set up a live video feed from the zoo's giraffe barn.
Masai giraffe are native to Kenya and Tanzania and are known for their jagged spots. Males can reach heights of up to 18 feet tall.
As millions of Catholics throughout the country await Pope Francis’s first U.S. visit this September, the steady moves of Hispanics away from the Catholic Church underscores a dilemma for the Church: Despite efforts to attract and retain U.S. Latinos through expansion of lay ministry positions and support for immigration reform, many Hispanics continue to convert to the evangelical church or abandon their faith altogether.
An Ohio company is recalling about 90,000 SUV tires because the tread can separate, causing a loss of air and increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall covers certain 15- and 16-inch Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. All Trac A/T tires made from June of 2008 to May of 2010.