Two bodies were found in the rubble Sunday at the site of the East Village explosion that sparked a massive fire and caused three buildings to collapse last week, according to officials.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Sunday continued to try to counteract the deluge of criticism against a controversial law aimed at protecting people's religious freedoms, saying it was not intended to make it easier for them to discriminate against same-sex couples, NBC News reported. "There's been shameless rhetoric about my state and about this law and its intention all over the Internet," Pence said on ABC's "This Week."
"We are determined to make it clear that what Indiana has done here is strengthen the foundation and the constitutional First Amendment religious rights of our people." The new measure prohibits legislation that "substantially burdens" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. Opponents argue the law could give legal cover to businesses that refuse service to members of the LGBT community.
Two people were confirmed dead after a small plane crashed near a suburban Philadelphia airport Sunday afternoon, police said.
The plane crashed into a wooded area near Saunders Ln. and Andrews Dr. in West Goshen, Chester County, about two miles from the Brandywine Airport.
Smoke could be seen billowing from the plane.
The legendary Coney Island Cyclone gave passengers a scare Sunday when it got stuck on its first public run of the season, forcing a number of riders to climb down the wooden structure on foot.
A Germanwings co-pilot is believed to have deliberately crashed his plane into a mountain in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing 150 people, including a mom and her daughter from northern Virginia and an American man reportedly living in Barcelona. Germanwings flight 4U 9525 was less than an hour into its route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, alone in the cockpit, locked the pilot out of the cockpit and crashed it, officials said Thursday. He appeared to want to “destroy the plane,” a prosecutor said. Here is a brief look at the crash by the numbers.
Germanwings crash co-pilot Andrea Lubitz was suffering from a "psychosomatic" illness and police found numerous prescription medications in searches of his home, local media reported Sunday, according to NBC News. The Sunday edition of Germany's leading Die Welt newspaper reported that police found "clear" evidence of the illness and quoted a high-ranking investigator as saying that Lubitz, 27, had been treated by several psychiatrists and neurologists. NBC News was not immediately able to confirm the report. An illness that is psychosomatic is caused by mental or emotional irregularity rather than a physical problem. French investigators have said they believe Lubitz deliberately slammed Flight 479525 into the French Alps while his captain was locked out of the cockpit on Tuesday, killing all 150 aboard.
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A Boston police officer honored for his role in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings remains in critical condition after he was shot in the face in the city's Roxbury neighborhood Friday night. Officer John T. Moynihan, 34, had been in a medically induced coma at Boston Medical Center since the shooting. He was scheduled to enter surgery at 8 a.m. Sunday morning; however, his current condition has not been released.
The pilot of the doomed Germanwings plane desperately struggled to get into the cockpit that the co-pilot had locked him out of before the plane crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 on board, a German newspaper reported Sunday. "For God's sake, open the door," the captain, Patrick Sonderheimer, can be heard demanding in cockpit voice recordings salvaged by investigators probing Tuesday's crash, according to the German publication Bild am Sonntag. The 27-year-old co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, didn't reply, even as the pilot's pleas are accompanied by screams of terrified passengers, Bild am Sonntag reported. Lubitz also ignored bangs on the door, as Sonderheimer apparently fought to break down the cockpit door.
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The tense, international negotiations aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons are headed down to the wire, NBC News reported. The March 31 deadline has been set to reach a basic deal, with another three months scheduled in to craft a more detailed agreement. The deadline has been moved twice before, but the Obama administration has said it doesn't want to postpone it again. A senior U.S. official on Sunday told reporters in Lausanne, Switzerland, that the talks involving the so-called P5+1 — the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France and Germany — and Iran remain focused but not panicked as the deadline loomed. The official seemed prepared for meetings to last right up until midnight Wednesday.
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A young jaguar cub will be the newest addition to the family at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, zoo officials said. Mother Nindiri welcomed the cub on March 12 at 8:30 p.m. inside the jaguar den at the Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey exhibit.
A 12-year-old boy was shot to death in Quincy early Saturday morning. Police identified the victim as Rayshone D. Humphrey Jr. He was killed at about 1 a.m. Police Chief Rob Copley told the Quincy Herald-Whig that the boy's death is being investigated as a homicide and that investigators "do not believe this to be a random crime."
The police department of Darby Borough, Pennsylvania, lost a "shining star" on Saturday when an off-duty officer was shot in his Delaware County home and died a short time later.
Darby Borough Police Chief Robert Smythe says one of his officers was shot at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday in his Magnolia Street home in Darby Township.
He says the 26-year-old officer had worked for the department for four years.
"He was a shining star in the department," said Smythe. "An even tempered nice guy. Anybody that met him had a good word for him."
A house party that dissolved into a hail of gunfire and left seven young people hurt has officials on the Florida Panhandle pondering what to do with a spring break season they say has gotten out of control. The raucous parties in the spring break capital of Panama City Beach have, for years, had politicians, police and businesses tussling over how much to crack down on a key economic force. That debate was revived again when a packed gathering of dancing 20-somethings turned into a sprawling crime scene early Saturday.