A commercial jetliner carrying 116 people disappeared over west Africa after losing contact with air traffic controllers early Thursday, a Spanish charter company said. Air Algerie Flight AH5017 vanished from radar about 50 minutes after it took off from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, according to the Algerian Press Service. The jet took off at 1:17 a.m. local time (9:17 p.m. ET on Wednesday) bound for Algiers, Algeria. France's transport minister said the flight disappeared over northern Mali, The Associated Press reported. Swiftair said 110 passengers and six crew were aboard the jet, NBC News reported.
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An Arizona death row inmate who unsuccessfully fought his execution by secret lethal injection drugs has died, almost two hours after his execution began, the state attorney general said Wednesday afternoon. Earlier, an hour after his execution got underway, Joseph Wood was still "gasping and snorting," his lawyers said, in a plea to a federal court to halt the apparently botched execution. "It was an excruciating experience," said Mauricio Martin, who was a media witness. "What's excruciating is seeing your family in a pool of blood," said Geannie Brown, whose father and sister were killed by Wood. In a statement, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said that she is concerned by the length of time it took to administer the drug and that she has directed a full review of the process.
A Long Beach homeowner has no regrets after shooting and killing a woman who said she was pregnant after he got into a confrontation with her and another man who were ransacking his sprawling home. "When I went in there, they tackled me," Tom Greer, 80, said. They threw him to the ground, not knowing he had a revolver. "She says, 'Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant! I'm going to have a baby!' And I shot her anyway," Greer said.
The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel late Wednesday, NBC News reported. The agency said it made the decision to end the prohibition after assessing security in Israel and reviewing measures the Israeli government was taking to lessen risks to civilian aircraft. The ban was issued Tuesday after a rocket from Gaza struck a mile from the Tel Aviv airport.
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A mother put on death row for refusing to reject Christianity fled Sudan on Thursday, ending an almost year-long struggle that drew outrage across the world, NBC News reported. Meriam Ibrahim, her American husband and two young children, arrived at Rome's Ciampino airport accompanied by Italy’s vice minister of foreign affairs, officials told NBC News. Ibrahim had been sentenced to death and 100 lashes after refusing to renounce Christianity until she was released by Sudan last month after international scrutiny.
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A Minnesota man and his two children were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight in Denver after he tweeted about a boarding disagreement he had with the gate agent. Duff Watson told NBC affiliate KARE in Minneapolis that he tweeted that the gate agent was rude after she wouldn't allow his two children, ages 6 and 9, to board with him Sunday. Watson and his kids were called back to the gate. Watson says the agent felt threatened and that his family could not return to the plane until he deleted his tweet.
A person caught the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya in the United States this month, health officials say — marking the first time mosquitoes in the U.S. are believed to have spread it. Other cases of the illness, which is relatively new to the Americas, have been reported in travelers returning home to Florida, New York, Texas and elsewhere, often after trips to the Caribbean. Click through for some key information about chikungunya and the virus that causes it.
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A Pompano Beach man fishing golf balls out of a lake around the Bonaventure Country Club in Weston ended up with a lot more than he bargained for when an alligator bit him.
General Motors reported a lower second-quarter profit on Thursday due to thousands of recalls and the high cost of its victims' compensation fund for those injured or killed by the company's defective cars, CNBC reported. GM expects to pay a minimum of $400 million in compensation. The company's profit fell to 11 cents a share this quarter, compared to 75 cents a share a year earlier.
A man heard discussing “spies” aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in a phone call allegedly intercepted just after the jet was shot down is the leader of a band of Russian Cossacks and may be linked to the firing of the fatal missile that killed 298 aboard the jetliner, U.S. officials told NBC News. Technical analysis has confirmed that the voice on the audiotape is that of Nikolai Ivanovich Kozitsyn, according to the intelligence officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also has also vouched for the authenticity of the intercepted calls.
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Five businesses were destroyed, but no one was injured, when a raging fire ripped through a row of buildings on a Long Island street early on Thursday, fire officials say. The fire broke out at a bar at about 2:45 a.m., fire officials say. The blaze spread quickly, jumping to four neighboring businesses and causing the bar's roof to collapse. No injuries have been reported.
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Disturbing new details on the conditions of decaying bodies found in a Fort Worth funeral home emerged Wednesday with the release of arrest warrant affadavits for two of the mortuary's managers. Police who went to the Johnson Family Mortuary, weeks after its landlord had evicted it, found a gruesome scene, found evidence of insect infestation, as well as fly pupa on or near the bodies, they said. One corpse was mummified in a casket, while another that appeared mummified was wrapped only in a sheet and left on a coffee table.
A new video showing the arrest of an alleged New York subway farebeater purports to show a police officer using a chokehold to subdue the suspect, a tactic that's sparked outrage since a Staten Island man died after being put in a similar position last week. The suspect was arrested on July 14, just three days before Eric Garner of Staten Island died.
Hundreds of friends, family members and advocates gathered in Brooklyn for the wake of 43-year-old Eric Garner, the man who died last week after the NYPD allegedly put him in a chokehold while making an arrest. The Rev. Al Sharpton is scheduled to speak at Garner's 7 p.m. funeral at a church on Bergen Street following an afternoon wake amid intensifying outrage and growing debate over police protocol. He will be laid to rest Thursday after his family says their private goodbyes at the funeral home.