Smithsonian's National Zoo
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."
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
A 22-year-old mother intentionally drowned her twin toddlers in a bathtub Sunday, according to police in Arizona, NBC News reported.
Mireya Alejandra Lopez also allegedly told investigators that she attempted to drown another child but was stopped by family members.
Police and firefighters responded to a call at a home in the Phoenix suburb of Avondale and found the twin 2-year-old boys lying unresponsive on a bed, the Avondale Police Department said in a statement.
Officers tried to save their lives but both were pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.
Lopez would be charged with two counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide, the statement said.
Get More at NBC News
More than 1,000 police officers in D.C. say they have "no confidence" in Police Chief Cathy Lanier. The D.C. Police Union released the result of the weekend vote Monday morning. Lanier and the union have become increasingly at odds over a solution for the recent spike in crime. Rank-and-file officers are questioning the dismantling of vice units and taking issue with fixed posts that prevent officers from leaving designated areas.
Salem High School in Salem, Virginia, will open its doors to the community Monday to commemorate the life of an alumnus — Adam Ward, the 27-year-old cameraman for a Roanoke television station who was slain on live TV last week.
The family of Ward, a 2007 graduate of the school, has asked visitors to wear colors of his favorite teams, Virginia Tech and Salem High, where he played football for the Spartans on two state championship teams. His funeral is set for Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Roanoke.
"He was truly a Salem Spartan, born and bred. From childhood, he loved Salem sports, especially football," his obituary says. Ward's father, Charles, is a guidance counselor at the school, which Adam chose to attend even though he lived in another district.
The Ward family has stayed out of the spotlight since Wednesday when he and reporter Alison Parker were gunned down by a former co-worker.
The mother of a man accused of fatally stabbing a co-worker in the kitchen of a P.F. Chang's in Peabody, Massachusetts, says her son "snapped" and had been just one week away from taking anger management classes.
On Saturday evening, 38-year-old Elivelton Dias was working in the restaurant at the Northshore Mall when he was attacked. Police say 23-year-old Jaquan Huston is responsible for the homicide and is charged with murder.
"Just like the show called 'Snapped,' my son snapped," said Shawn Maron-Huston. "That is not him. He's not a murderer."
NY Daily News via Getty Images
The court artist whose sketch of Tom Brady during the first "Deflategate" civil suit went viral has unveiled a new portrait of Brady and says she plans to focus more on Brady during the next hearing Monday.
During his trip to Alaska this week, President Barack Obama will tread gingerly on a receding glacier, talk to coastal villagers whose homes are threatened by eroding shorelines and salmon fishermen whose livelihoods are endangered — all in an aggressive and high profile effort to highlight the impact of global climate change, NBC News reported.
The visit to the Alaskan Arctic — the first by a sitting president — is the culmination of an increasingly forceful climate change policy push over the past two years by the Obama administration.
This week alone Obama invoked climate change during visits to the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas and New Orleans to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
With these trips, Obama is attempting to set the stage for a major international climate change agreement he hopes will come from a summit in Paris in December.
That agreement could help secure his legacy as the first sitting president to address global climate change in a substantive way, environmental policy experts said.
Get More at NBC News
Three neglected and emaciated horses were discovered earlier this month with over-grown hooves after Maryland officials called animal welfare workers to check on the horses, NBC News reported.
A new Target store set to open in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood is on track to become the first ever Target store to serve alcohol to customers. A spokesperson for the Minnesota-based retailer confirmed to NBC Chicago that Target is seeking a liquor license for the store, but declined to elaborate on any future plans. The new Streeterville location is scheduled to open in October. The store was expected to be a TargetExpress location and is smaller than most regular Target stores.
Two Southwest Airlines planes clipped wings Sunday at Oakland International Airport, according to the airport spokesperson.
No injuries have been reported.
An Instagram photo taken by passenger Manas Gowd shows the tip chipped off. On his photo, Gowd commented that his flight was on the ground taxiing when the accident took place.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Erika continued to push toward Florida Monday, threatening to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the region, NBC News reported.
Though the storm weakened after wreaking havoc on the Caribbean over the weekend, flood warnings remained in effect through much of Florida Monday morning, while rip currents were expected all the way to the Carolinas.
Meanwhile, in the Pacific, Hawaii residents were preparing for high winds, heavy rain and ocean swells as Hurricane Ignacio, downgraded to a Category 3 storm, makes its way toward the islands. It is scheduled to pass about 200 miles northeast of the Big Island and Maui, Monday and Tuesday, sparing the state a direct hit.
Get More at NBC News
The mother of the suspect in the execution-style killing of Texas sheriff's deputy Darren H. Goforth said her son cannot be the gunman because he was out shopping with her at the time of the shooting.
Before Shannon Jaruay Miles, 30, was charged with capital murder, his mother told NBC station KPRC that the two had had trouble getting home from their shopping trip because police has surrounded their street.
Miles was brought in for questioning and arrested and charged after ballistics tests indicated that the weapon used in the gas station shooting matched a gun belonging to Miles, Sheriff Ron Hickman said Saturday.
Miles is being held without bond pending his arraignment Monday morning in Harris County District Clerk.
Get More at NBC News
Self-help guru Dr. Wayne Dyer died Saturday at the age of 75, his family and publisher said on Sunday. The cause of death was not immediately reported.
The media sensation was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2009 and controversially claimed that he was fighting the illness with positive thinking, daily exercise and "psychic surgery" performed remotely by a Brazilian medium.
Dyer's writing — including best-seller "Your Erroneous Zones," which built on ideas espoused by Krishna Rau, the founder of Siddha Yoga — made him a regular on the talk show circuit. Oprah Winfrey was one of the media giants to embrace Dyer, featuring the writer and spiritualist on her show numerous times.
Last year, spiritualist magazine Mind Body Spirit listed Dyer as the eighth most spiritually influential people in the world.
Get More at NBC News