From once rampant sexual harassment to their new role of eyes and ears in hallways, hotel housekeepers are revealing secrets of the job and debunking myths.
Five housekeepers at downtown Chicago hotels, who asked us to only use their first names and not reveal their workplace, sat down with NBC 5 Investigates and Telemundo Investiga.
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It wasn't grand theft. It was tiny.
But the snatching of a baby meerkat from a zoo has not only become a major story in the Australian city of Perth, it has led to the arrest of three people.
In September, Perth Zoo was ready to publicly show off its new month-old meerkitten to the public and media, but a day before its planned debut, it was gone.
Worried zoo staff said the male baby, who hadn't yet been named, had apparently got out of its nest box, and feared it may have been snatched by a bird of prey.
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Tamara Breeden spent 10 years captive in what came to be known as Philadelphia’s basement of horrors.
Her body still bears the scars.
Born developmentally disabled, Breeden was forced to urinate in a bucket and then empty it herself. She wore clothes found in trash cans and did not bathe regularly. She was pistol-whipped across the head more times than she could count.
The now-36-year-old was one of several people trapped inside the Tacony basement dungeon.
The awarding of Amazon's second headquarters to two affluent localities has fanned intense speculation around a key question: For the winning cities, will the economic payoff prove to be worth the cost?
Amazon's decision will bring to Arlington, Virginia, and the Long Island City section of New York a combined 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment over the next two decades. But the influx is sure to swell already-high home prices and apartment rents and could overwhelm public transportation systems. And the two areas combined are providing over $2 billion in subsidies to one of the world's richest companies — a bounty that many analysts say probably wasn't necessary to sway Amazon.
The decision to bring those jobs, which Amazon says will pay an average of $150,000 a year, to the New York and Washington areas will also exacerbate U.S. regional inequalities, economists say.
The 2020 presidential election may seem far away, but hopeful candidates are already starting to host small events and engage their supporters in states with early primaries. New Hampshire is one of the earliest and most-watched primaries, which means that candidates from both parties begin to travel to it before they even officially declare that they're running. NBC10 Boston and necn are keeping track of which hopefuls have visited the Granite State, and what they do when they are here, so explore the interactive below to see some of our findings and check back as we continue to update it in the months leading up to the 2020 primary.
Two students told investigators they reported the suspect in the Florida high school shooting to an administrator for making threats but felt they were not taken seriously.
Detective Chris Lyons told the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School commission Tuesday about threats, animal cruelty and odd behavior allegedly committed by suspect Nikolas Cruz in the years before the February shooting that left 17 dead.
Lyons said most witnesses never reported Cruz to the school or law enforcement before the shooting, but when some did, nothing happened.
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Survivors of California's deadliest wildfire in state history say a combination of belated warning from public officials and reluctance of residents who had survived previous fires to leave home were among the factors that contributed to the delayed and chaotic evacuations, NBC News reported.
Much attention has been focused on the search for dozens of people who are still missing, as well as the possibility that power equipment belonging to the electric utility PG&E may have sparked the deadly Camp Fire. But some residents wonder why notice was not given sooner prior to the fire, which has killed at least 48 people and destroyed an estimated 7,600 single-family homes — both records for California.
"They definitely didn't do enough," Christina Taft, whose 67-year-old mother has been missing since the fire, said. "She didn't expect it to be that bad. She expected someone would be calling, or something, if it got bad. But they didn't."
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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffed criticism from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and other leaders Wednesday over her government's treatment of its ethnic Rohingya Muslims.
In a meeting on the sidelines of a regional summit in Singapore, Pence told Suu Kyi that he was anxious to hear about progress in resolving the crisis, which stems from a violent military crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.
"The violence and persecution by military and vigilantes that resulted in driving 700,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh is without excuse," Pence said.
In a hard-won victory, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday persuaded her Cabinet to back a draft divorce agreement with the European Union, a decision that triggers the final steps on the long and rocky road to Brexit.
But she still faces pitfalls and threats from her domestic opponents as she tries to navigate the U.K.'s orderly exit from the EU.
May hailed the Cabinet decision as a "decisive step" toward finalizing the exit deal with the EU within days. It sets in motion an elaborate diplomatic choreography of statements and meetings.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier declared there had been "decisive progress" — the key phrase signaling EU leaders can convene a summit to approve the deal, probably later his month.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman abruptly resigned his post Wednesday in protest over a cease-fire reached with Gaza militants, in a move that rocked the Israeli political scene and seemed likely to bring about early elections.
Lieberman termed the cease-fire ending two days of intense fighting "surrender to terrorism," and said he could no longer serve a government that endorsed it. Lieberman had demanded a far stronger Israeli response to the most intense round of rocket fire against Israel since a 50-day war in 2014, but appeared to have been overruled by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
His resignation delivers a major blow to Netanyahu's coalition government and sparked immediate calls for early elections. Lieberman said he hoped that in the coming days a date would be set for a new vote. The opposition parties joined his call.
One was a veteran police officer who didn't hesitate to run toward danger. Another had survived the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Others include two friends who loved off-roading, a Marine veteran who dedicated his life to service and a recent college graduate who worked with children with special needs.
They were among a dozen people killed in a shooting at a country music bar in suburban Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Authorities believe the gunman, Ian David Long, ultimately killed himself.
Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks.
After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was "possibly worth a try." But in the end, the CIA decided not to ask government lawyers to approve its use.
The existence of the drug research program — dubbed "Project Medication" — is disclosed in a once-classified report that was provided to the American Civil Liberties Union under a judge's order and was released by the organization Tuesday.
Arizona authorities say a family's "code word" set up for emergencies likely thwarted a possible kidnapping.
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White House chief of staff John Kelly may soon depart the Trump administration amid an array of conflicts, seven people familiar with the discussions told NBC News.
Among those being considered to replace Kelly is Nick Ayers, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, three of the people said. Kelly is Trump's second chief of staff, joining the White House after serving as secretary of Homeland Security.
Kelly's tenure has been clouded in controversy and disagreements with Trump and aides. He recently clashed with national security adviser John Bolton over how Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is doing on border security. Nielsen, a close confidante of Kelly's, is expected to leave her job as soon as this week, two sources told The Associated Press.
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You've heard of Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard, but ... National Landing?
National Landing is where Amazon and Virginia officials announced Tuesday morning that the tech giant will open a new headquarters. The site is comprised of parts of Crystal City and Pentagon City in Arlington County, and Potomac Yard in the City of Alexandria.
National Landing is not a place name in wide use in the D.C. area, as locals and Twitter users were quick to point out.