We all have unique voices - with their pitches and their tones, they belong to us.
But for Max Plansky, a Massachusetts teen who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant, the voice he uses is not his own.
"I have 'Perfect Pete' on my device because it was the only American male voice on my device," Max said. "I chose it, but there were not many choices."
Most of the country will wake up to rain, snow, ice or any combination of them on Thanksgiving morning, according to forecasters.
Ice could cause travel problems across the central United States from Kansas City, Missouri, to Texas. Major flooding is predicted for large parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas through Friday.
Winter storm warnings are in effect for parts of Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, while Rock Springs, Wyoming, was under a blizzard warning.
Wyoming — especially near Interstate 80 across the state — is "going to get hit very hard," said Danielle Banks, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, while parts of northern New Mexico could get as much as 18 inches of snow.
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Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle and his wife finalized their divorce days before the disgraced pitchman was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for trading in child pornography and paying for sex with underage girls, court records show.
A Boone County judge granted Fogle and Kathleen McLaughlin a divorce on Nov. 16, three days before a federal judge in Indianapolis sentenced Fogle, according to court documents.
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Christian Gooden's 20 years in photojournalism still didn't prepare him for what he saw near his hometown of St. Louis one year ago this week.
On Nov. 24, 2014, a St. Louis County grand jury announced that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The suburban city of Ferguson erupted, and the massive protests began to resemble a warzone. Police officers in combat gear "were no joke," Gooden remembers.
Police and demonstrators clashed, with the police firing tear gas at the crowds. Gooden, a 45-year-old married father of two, says that two residents threatened his life in five minutes.
"I had run behind this commercial building trying to get away from the tear gas fumes, but I got pushed back into the private backyards of some nearby homes," he recalled, adding that two homeowners "pulled pistols on me" and told him to get out of their yards.
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A thief had a change of heart and returned a little boy's iPad that deputies say he stole from a table at a McDonald's restaurant in Tamarac, Florida.
In a news release, the Broward Sheriff's Office said the iPad was taken on Nov. 6 while the little boy was distracted. The thief snatched the tablet and walked out of the restaurant.
The iPad was returned to the Tamarac McDonalds on Tuesday, a day after the sheriff's office released surveillance footage of the man taking the tablet.
A man who sold brain tissue to a San Diego resident has admitted stealing the human brain samples and other tissue from a medical museum.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that 21-year-old David Charles pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to four years in jail, with three years suspended.
Charles was arrested in December 2013 after a San Diego man who purchased about six jars of brain tissue on eBay for $600 alerted authorities.
After weeks of criticism from patients, doctors and other drugmakers for hiking a life-saving medicine's price more than fifty-fold, Turing Pharmaceuticals is reneging on its pledge to cut the $750-per-pill price.
Instead, the small biotech company is reducing what it charges hospitals, by up to 50 percent, for its parasitic infection treatment, Daraprim. Most patients' copayments will be capped at $10 or less a month. But insurers will be stuck with the bulk of the $750 tab. That drives up future treatment and insurance costs.
Daraprim is a 62-year-old pill whose patent expired decades ago. It's the preferred treatment for a rare parasitic infection, toxoplasmosis, which mainly threatens people with weak immune systems, such as HIV and organ transplant patients, and pregnant women, because it can kill their baby.
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A gun police recovered in the shooting death of a muralist in Oakland, California, was traced back as a weapon stolen from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in San Francisco, according to police sources.
The ICE agent's weapon, a Glock, was reported stolen in September from a vehicle being used by the officer, police sources said. The suspect in that case, Sean Claude Gibson, 24, of San Francisco was booked on more than two dozen charges on Oct. 20, police said. Gibson declined a jail house interview.
How the gun found its way into the hands of the alleged killer of the slain muralist is unknown at this point.
Lifeguards pulled four people from the chilly Pacific Ocean off the Southern California coast on Wednesday after their boat capsized.
For an hour and a half, the four were in the water, clinging onto the side of their boat. They said they held onto their faith, and a flashlight.
"Rough water, high winds," said Kevin Frentescu, who was thrown overboard. "Tide was coming in hard, very hard."
President Obama said Wednesday that the government is taking "every possible step" to keep Americans safe from terrorism — but new video is raising questions about whether that's the case at the nation's airports.
At New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, used by more than 50 million passengers a every year, NBC News' cameras captured employees simply swiping their electronic key cards to get into the facility this week. NBC News also obtained video from earlier this year that showed the same thing.
Unlike passengers, airline crew and employees who work in the terminal, the ramp agents in the videos did not undergo ID checks or bag checks, walk through metal detectors or get scanned for explosive materials, sources said.
And that, some say, is cause for concern — especially amid worries that an airport insider could have been involved in the bombing of a Russian Metrojet over Egypt three weeks ago.
"The insider threat is real," Marshall McClain of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association told NBC News.
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A Florida man who killed his wife and posted a photo of the bloody corpse on Facebook was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder after failing to convince a jury that he shot her eight times in self-defense.
The jury verdict came in the third week of Derek Medina's trial in the August 2013 killing of 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso at their South Miami home. Medina told police in a videotaped statement he shot his wife during an altercation in which she threatened him with a knife.
Medina, who did not testify in his own defense, admitted in the police statement taking a cellphone photo of his dead wife's body and uploading it on Facebook.
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The U.S. commander in Afghanistan says some of those most closely involved in the mistaken air attack on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz have been suspended from their duties, NBC News reported.
Gen. John Campbell, speaking during a news conference in the Afghan capital, did not provide the names or specify how many people have been temporarily removed from their jobs, only stating that those individuals will be subject to investigation under the military justice or administrative discipline systems.
"The bombing of the hospital is a direct result of avoidable human error compounded by electronic malfunctions," Gen. Campbell said.
Investigators found no evidence that the crew or the U.S. Special Forces commander on the ground who authorized the strike knew the targeted compound was a hospital at the time of the attack and were not "properly briefed" before their mission.
The attack on Oct. 3 on the medical charity's hospital killed at least 31 civilians and injured 28 others.
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A north San Diego woman is on a mission to honor the legacy of a man she barely knows - all because he did something nice for her. Matthew Jackson offered to pay for Jamie-Lynne Knighten groceries, which came out to more than $200 but couldn't pay for because of a hold on her credit card. Days later, she called the gym where he worked to say what an amazing person she had on staff. "That's when [the manager] started crying," Knighten said.
Students at a middle school in Melrose, Massachusetts, could face disciplinary action and possibly even criminal charges following a bullying incident Friday that school officials say was inspired by an episode of the show South Park.
The incident occurred Friday when students at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School chose to imitate a 2005 South Park episode called "Ginger Kids," in which they target and kick red heads, according to a statement posted on the school's website.
School officials called the incident "unacceptable," saying the students used "poor judgment." They said the incident did not involve the entire seventh grade, and for the most part didn't include students in grades six and eight.
Hundreds of people filled a Minneapolis church on Wednesday for the funeral of a black man whose death in a confrontation with police has sparked days of ongoing protests, while charges were pending against four men suspected in a shooting that wounded several of the protesters.
Impassioned speeches from pastors and Jamar Clark's relatives were occasionally interrupted by shouts and applause inside the cavernous Shiloh Temple International Ministries. Several relatives wore white T-shirts that read, "I matter," with Clark's picture on the back.
Programs also adorned with a photo of Clark described the 24-year-old as a man who "liked to swim, fish, listen to music, play basketball, be with family and take trips to Charlotte, North Carolina."