Amanda Knox said she was "incredibly grateful" after Italy's highest court on Friday overturned the murder convictions of Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 stabbing death of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, NBC News reported. Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in 2009, then acquitted and freed in 2011. An appeals court overturned the acquittals and ordered a new trial, and they were convicted again last year. Knox was sentenced in absentia to 25 years in prison. Sollecito was sentenced to 28 1/2 years. Knox said in a statement Friday she is "relieved and grateful" after the court's decision. "I'm incredibly grateful...for the justice I've received, for the support that I've had from everyone," an emotional Knox, flanked by her family, told reporters Friday night outside her home. "You've saved my life and I am so grateful that I have my life back."
A man driving a car with "We Support Our Local Police" scrawled on the back windshield led police on a dramatic car chase through city streets and down the wrong side of freeways near Disneyland before finally surrendering on Friday afternoon.
The Toyota Corolla was rammed by a police car in a shopping center's parking lot, but evaded immediate capture. The vehicle slammed through shopping carts before exiting back onto the street.
After racing through red traffic lights and making a U-turn around a street median, the driver and passengers surrendered in the middle of a street in Anaheim just after 1 p.m., police said.
Lufthansa will make initial payments of up to 50,000 euros, or $54,450, to the families of those who died when a co-pilot apparently purposely crashed a Germanwings jet with 150 aboard into a mountain, a company spokesperson confirmed to NBC News on Saturday. The airline emphasized that the figure was a maximum amount for preliminary expenses, and did not say how the company would arrive at the payout amounts for each person. The announcement came as investigators tried to determine why the 27-year-old pilot may have hidden a sickness from his employer.
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A Boston Police officer is in critical condition after a shootout that followed a traffic stop in the city's Roxbury neighborhood Friday evening, police said. The suspect was killed in the shooting on Humboldt Avenue after police returned fire. The officer was transported to Boston Medical Center. "One of the occupants of the pulled over motor vehicle came out, he turned, he fired, he shot one of our officers under the right eye," Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters Friday. The commissioner did not identify the injured officer, but said that he is a military veteran.
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 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside. As German prosecutors sought to piece together the puzzle of why Lubitz locked his captain out of the cockpit and crashed the Airbus A320, police in the French Alps toiled to retrieve the shattered remains of the 150 people killed in Tuesday's crash, including a Virginia woman and her mother and an American man reportedly living in Spain.
Florida International University is offering a 14-year-old high school student a full scholarship, after school administrators were wowed by her science fair projects.
A JetBlue Airways pilot who scared passengers by yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida during a 2012 trip from New York to Las Vegas sued the airline for more than $16 million Friday, saying the airline jeopardized the flight by failing to recognize he was ill.
Clayton Osbon's lawsuit in Manhattan federal court was filed exactly three years after his March 27, 2012, flight, hours before the statute of limitations would have expired.
The suit came the same week European prosecutors said a Germanwings co-pilot crashed an Airbus A320 commercial flight into a mountainside in the French Alps, killing 150 people. That crash has drawn scrutiny to procedures in place to protect flights when pilots are disabled.
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Residents of the Bay Area held vigils Friday night for San Jose Police Officer Michael Johnson, who died in a shootout that also claimed the life of a suspect, Scott Dunham.
Dunham, who authorities said killed Johnson, suffered from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, depression and alcoholism, according to his niece, Amber Golart.
Golart was one of 100 people who attended a vigil Friday night near the scene of Tuesday's fatal shooting.
"We are sorry for the loss of the officer. This is a tragic accident," Golart said. "No one meant for this to take place. But as a family, we feel like we're caught in the middle. We're mourning for the officer, but we're mourning for our uncle."
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Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple and one of America's most prominent gay CEOs, joined several tech industry titans in decrying Indiana's new "religious freedom" law that they say could allow companies to deny services to gay people, NBC News reported. "Apple is open for everyone. We are deeply disappointed in Indiana's new law and calling on Arkansas Gov. to veto the similar #HB1228," Cook tweeted Friday. Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman wrote an open letter criticizing discrimination laws, as did Michael Gregoire, the CEO of CA Technologies. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which could let businesses and individuals turn away customers by citing "religious freedom," was signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday.
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Nigeria's attempt to battle Boko Haram by postponing elections has backfired, with the Islamist militant group increasing its suicide attacks against Nigerian civilians amid the new election season, according to poll data provided exclusively to NBC News. Nigeria said that it has reclaimed around 30 towns and liberated two of three states previously controlled by militants since it postponed elections. An analysis of a database from IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Center, however, indicates that Boko Haram merely switched tactics from fast raiding skirmishes to guerilla suicide attacks. A suicide bombing attack in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri in early March killed more than 50 people and wounded 140 others, NBC News reported.
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The U.S. Air Force and navy rescued two Saudi fighter pilots after they ejected themselves from their F-15 fighter during combat operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Pilots were forced to eject into the Gulf of Aden after the Saudi jet suffered from mechanical problems. A U.S. Air Force Pave Hawk special operations helicopter and crew dispatched from Djibouti to rescue the Saudi pilots where reported their conditions as ambulatory. The entire operation took two hours.
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U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, along with Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka, arrived on the International Space Station after taking off aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule on Friday, marking the start of an orbital stay that could set two records. Kelly and Kornienko will spend almost a year on the station, which in Kelly's case will best the U.S. record for longest-duration spaceflight by more than 100 days. The men will undergo intense medical monitoring for studies aimed at determining how ultra-long-term spaceflight affects the human body. Russian cosmonauts have been in space continuously for as long as 437 days, so Kelly and Kornienko won't set a world record. But Padalka has his own record to set: If he stays in orbit until his scheduled return in October, he'll chalk up an unprecedented cumulative total of nearly 900 days in space.
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