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Disgraced former Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm has asked a judge to allow him to travel to Europe for a job interview. He filed a letter in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday requesting modification of his bail conditions. Grimm is free on $400,000 bond and is limited to travel within the United States. The Republican resigned after pleading guilty
to federal tax evasion in December.
Iran's foreign minister told NBC News Wednesday his country has no intention of building a nuclear weapon, and the sooner the world recognizes that, the sooner there will be a deal aimed at curbing its nuclear capabilities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Mohammad Javad told Ann Curry in an exclusive interview, Iran is "prepared to work round the clock in order to reach an agreement. We believe that we are very close, very close and we could be very far." He said "there are details that need to be worked out." Javad spoke a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared before the U.S. Congress, warning against a deal, which he said "paves Iran's path to the bomb."
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A teenager from Woodbridge, Virginia, is in custody accused of helping another young man travel to Syria to join ISIS.
A prayer vigil was held Wednesday night for a homeless man who was fatally shot by Los Angeles Police officers on Skid Row on Sunday, an incident caught on cellphone video that prompted community outrage.
The vigil was held "so that people could come and pray and grieve, without the other stuff," said Pastor Tony Stallworth from Community Church of the Nazarene.
The man shot by Los Angeles police was a Cameroon national, according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The federal agency didn't release his name.
The Ferguson Police Department has fired one officer and suspended two others over racist emails uncovered in a Justice Department investigation conducted in the aftermath of last year's fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said Wednesday. "This type of behavior will not be tolerated in the Ferguson Police Department or any other department," Knowles said, hours after Attorney General Eric Holder slammed Ferguson police for disproportionately targeting blacks and creating a "highly toxic environment defined by mistrust and resentment."
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Mohammed Emwazi, the man believed to be the ISIS executioner known as "Jihadi John," escaped from Britain in the back of a truck because he believed authorities had placed him on a watch list, U.K. security sources told NBC News. Once Emwazi, 26, had escaped the U.K., he managed to travel across Europe and into Turkey unhindered, sources said. Media reports unmasked "Jihadi John" as Emwazi last week.
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Police in Ferguson, Missouri, disproportionately targeted blacks, creating a "highly toxic environment defined by mistrust and resentment" that primed the city to burst like a "powder keg" when unarmed black teen Michael Brown was killed last year by Officer Darren Wilson, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday. In unveiling the findings of two Justice Department investigations on Wednesday, Holder agreed with a local grand jury's decision to not indict Wilson
, stressing that "Michael Brown's death, though a tragedy, did not involve prosecutable conduct on the part of Officer Wilson." But Holder excoriated the Ferguson Police Department for what he called illegal practices, including constitutional violations, money-grubbing tactics, and excessive and dangerous use of force disproportionately targeted against African Americans. Ferguson PD fired one officer and suspended two others
over racist emails uncovered in the investigation, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said Wednesday. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch TEXT
later said in a press conference that he didn't feel any need to be vindicated by the Justice Department's decision. McCulloch admitted, however, that "we've all got a long way to go to restore and to build that trust in the community."
The mother of an infant found dead near the Sacramento River was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter and abusing or endangering the health of a child. Samantha Green, 23, of Woodland was arrested Saturday in the death of 20-day-old Justice Rees, whose body was found Feb. 25 near the rural town of Knights Landing, about 30 miles west of Sacramento.
The U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was slashed in the face and arm by a knife-wielding man Thursday morning local time in Seoul, NBC News reported. The envoy was on his way to attend a morning lecture in central Seoul when the attack took place. Lippert, 42, was rushed to a local hospital where he underwent a successful three-hour surgery Thursday morning and was was reported to be in stable condition, Yonsei Severance Hospital chief Chung Nam-sik told reporters. The assailant, identified as 55-year-old Kim Ki-jong was tackled and arrested at the scene. President Obama and Secretary Kerry called Lippert after the attack to offer well wishes and a "speedy recovery."
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went on trial for his life Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing with his own lawyer bluntly telling the jury he committed the crime. But she argued that he had fallen under the influence of his older brother. "It WAS him," Judy Clarke, one of the nation's foremost death-penalty defense attorneys, said of Tsarnaev in a startling opening statement in the biggest terrorism trial in the U.S. since the Oklahoma City bombing nearly 20 years ago.
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A 53-year-old woman who won $1 million from the lottery has been slapped with a lawsuit by the Northern California liquor store owner who sold her the winning Emerald 10 scratch-off ticket.
Laxmi Bhardwaj, owner of USA Liquors in Milpitas, claims Eva Reyes promised to evenly split the prize — which is $350,000 each after taxes — because he fronted her the money to buy the tickets, court documents show.
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A Waterbury church leader has pleaded guilty to federal charges after he persuaded a 14-year-old to send him sexually explicit photos and videos, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Miguel Torres, 55, offered to mentor the girl and gave her his cell phone number after meeting in a church they both attended. Federal prosecutors said Torres started asking her for sexually explicit photos and videos in June 2013. He will be sentenced May 27 and could face anywhere from 10 years to life in prison.
Drivers who filled their tanks at a particular Valero station in South Windsor, Conn., founds themselves stranded on the side of the road Wednesday, thanks to an apparent bad batch of gas. South Windsor police said they were called out to help drivers whose cars broke down after filling up at a Valero station on Sullivan Avenue. It's not clear just how many cars were affected or exactly what was wrong with the gas.
A 1-year-old beagle mix is recovering at a New York City animal clinic after being rescued from a burning apartment in Queens, officials say. The dog, named Duke, was taken to BluePearl Veterinary Partners after the fire at his home in St. Albans Tuesday, the clinic said. The dog’s fur was matted with soot, but he wasn’t burned. Firefighters were initially not able to find the pup's owner, but later located the owner in the hospital. “When we saw the dog, he was covered with soot and he was shaking,” said Det. Tara Cuccias. “It was clear that he was in distress.”