Wreckage from a commercial jetliner carrying 116 people, including 50 from France, that disappeared over west Africa has been found in Mali, NBC News reported. Algeria-bound Air Algerie Flight AH5017 vanished from radar about 50 minutes after it took off
from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, according to the Algerian Press Service. Burkina Faso's Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedraogo told reporters its pilots had asked to change route about 21 minutes after takeoff after reporting heavy rains. Conflicting reports had earlier emerged mid-morning when an airport official told NBC News that the wreckage was located earlier, a claim the French president debunked when he spoke to reporters.
Convicted murderer Joseph Wood died while his attorney and an Arizona judge were in the middle of an emergency phone hearing trying to decide whether or not stopping his execution would cause him more pain. The emergency hearing was prompted by the fact that Wood was still "gasping, snorting, and unable to breathe and not dying" well into his execution, his lawyer said. Wednesday's execution took nearly two hours to complete, with a member of the medical team checking eight times to see if the double-murderer was still alive, state officials said.
Three plane crashes over the past week in Ukraine, Taiwan and Mali have likely killed over 450 people. So is this one of the deadliest years in aviation history? While this year's death toll — 703 fatalities — is far ahead of last year, when 256 people died in plane crashes worldwide, there have been far deadlier years, according to the Aviation Safety Network database.
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A female case worker was killed and a doctor shot when a psychiatric patient opened fire on them in a wellness center on the campus of a Delaware County, Pennsylvania, hospital. Officials say that patient was then shot by the doctor, who returned fire from his own gun. The DA said the gunman, identified as Richard Plotts, of Upper Darby, had come to the unit with his 53-year-old case worker. They then went behind closed doors in the doctor's third floor office when a confrontation occurred.
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Police on Thursday identified a suspected burglar who told a homeowner she was pregnant before he fatally shot her outside his home in Long Beach.
Tom Greer appeared to have no regret when he told NBC4 Wednesday night that he shot a woman, twice in the back with his .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver as she was fleeing with a male accomplice.
The woman was identified as Andrea Miller, in her 20s, from Long Beach. The male suspect was identified as Gus Adams, 26, of Long Beach.
Somebody is leaving china dolls on the doorsteps of Southern California homes — dolls, the families say, that each bear a striking and creepy resemblance to their young daughters. At least eight families in San Clemente have found the dolls on their doorsteps. The dolls began appearing on July 16, and multiple dolls were found this week.
A woman who witnesses said appeared to be in labor was prevented from crossing a Los Angeles street Wednesday afternoon because the road was closed for President Barack Obama’s motorcade. According to witness Carrie Clifford, the woman in labor had to wait at least 30 minutes before she could cross the street. Clifford tweeted updates and pictures from the location.
"Ironically, Obama is going to @shondarhimes. This could be #GreysAnatomy - woman in labor can't get to Cedars cuz of O," she posted. The pregnant woman eventually made her way to the hospital.
At least 15 people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in Gaza were killed on Thursday when an Israeli missile struck a compound housing a United Nations-operated school, officials said. At least 150 people were injured at the school in Beit Hanoun. The latest strike is the fourth time a U.N. refugee agency has been hit in fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants.
Two people are dead and dozens of others were injured after a tornado touched down at a campground on the Eastern Shore of Virginia Thursday morning. A couple from New Jersey died when a tree fell on their tent. Their 13-year-old son has been hospitalized with serious injuries, State Police said. Troopers identified the couple as Lord Balatbat, 38, and Lolabeth Ortega, 38.
A sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to reject Christianity met Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday, hours after she fled Sudan. Meriam Ibrahim, her American husband and two young children arrived in Rome accompanied by Italy’s vice minister of foreign affairs, officials told NBC News. Ibrahim had been jailed in February and sentenced to death and 100 lashes after refusing to renounce Christianity, before later being freed. She had been sheltered at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum for nearly a month, and the State Department negotiated with officials to secure her release.
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Two women were convicted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday in the beating death of a 23-year-old woman outside a Santa Ana nightclub. Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 26, and Candace Marie Brito, 27, were also found guilty of assault with force to produce great bodily injury in Annie Hung "Kim" Pham's fatal beating, but were acquitted of felony second-degree murder. The two are accused of killing Pham by kicking her in the head as she was on the ground fighting their friend outside the Crosby Restaurant and Nightclub on Jan. 19, officials said.
American Airlines on Thursday said it will resume flights to Israel after federal authorities lifted a ban that had been in place for 48 hours. CEO Doug Park said the airline would not resume those flights unless it was certain it's safe. Other domestic airlines followed suit, with a United flight embarking from Newark International Airport Thursday -- the first U.S.-based flight to land in Israel since the ban was enacted.
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The violence in Gaza between Israel and Hamas continues to escalate...
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