Spanish fashion retailer Inditex, the owner of Zara, said Wednesday it has withdrawn a children's shirt that triggered an outcry from people who said it was reminiscent of the clothes Jews were made to wear at Nazi concentration camps.
Just days after making his in-ring debut, a pro boxer from Atlantic City has been accused of fatally shooting a man earlier this year. The Press of Atlantic City
reports that 24-year-old Omar Curry faces murder and weapons charges stemming from the fatal shooting of Nelson Viera, a 32-year-old Atlantic City resident who was killed in January.
Community activists are protesting the arrest of a Hartford teen who police shot with a Taser last week and demanding that the officer be charged instead. They gathered to march on Hartford police headquarters Wednesday evening. “Drop those charges! They tased him!” protesters shouted during the rally. Community members are urging police to drop the charges against 18-year-old Luis Anglero, who was tased Aug. 19 while police were breaking up an unruly crowd in an event captured on video.
John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he has caused. Mark David Chapman was denied release during his eighth appearance before a parole board last week. New York state corrections officials on Wednesday released the transcript from the hearing at the Wende Correctional Facility. Chapman told the parole board he's sorry for "being such an idiot" and seeking notoriety the way he did.
A flight from Miami to Paris was diverted to Boston's Logan Airport because of an unruly passenger Wednesday night, Massachusetts Port Authority confirmed. Authorities say the plane is safely on the ground and that no one was injured.
A Pomeranian from Los Angeles has set the world records for the fastest running on two back legs and on two front legs, Today.com reported. Jiff the dog can run 10 meters on his hind legs in 6.56 seconds and 5 meters on his front paws in 7.76 seconds, according to Guinness World Records, who announced Jiff's entry into the latest “Guinness World Records 2015” book on Wednesday. “When Jiff first walked into our offices, we weren’t even sure he was real," said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday, who said the dog looks like "a living, breathing cuddly toy."
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All four people aboard a small plane were killed Wednesday night when the twin-engine craft crashed shortly after takeoff near the Southern New Mexico Fair Grounds in Las Cruces, state police said. The plane, a twin-engine fixed-winged aircraft flying from Las Cruces to Phoenix, was fully engulfed in flames after it crashed about a mile south of Interstate 10, state police said. There were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground in the crash.
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The defense for Virginia's former first lady rested its case Wednesday afternoon in the public corruption trial against the former first couple of Virginia. Bob and Maureen McDonnell's eldest daughter took the stand in her mother's defense Wednesday morning. Jeanine McDonnell Zubowsky portrayed a difficult relationship between her parents as she grew up -- one that didn't improve over time -- and said her mother had a "mild obsession" with businessman Jonnie Williams.
Federal authorities are investigating hacking attacks against JPMorgan and other banks, according to Bloomberg.com. The FBI is investigating whether or not Russian hackers were the ones that attacked the U.S. financial system earlier this month — possibly in retaliation for U.S. government-sponsored sanctions against Russia. Hackers stole data from JPMorgan Chase and at least four other banks in the cyberattack, according to The New York Times.
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A fire was under control after an explosion at the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana Wednesday night. Fire crews were called to the scene after a loud explosion was reported at the BP refinery at about 9:15 p.m. According to the NWI Times
, a compressor in one of the refinery's units exploded.
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A San Jose family is grieving the loss of their Chihuahua mix, Sparky, who was brutally bludgeoned to death with a golf club after police say two boys broke into the home in an attempt to burglarize it. Police said Wednesday that the boys, ages 13 and 14, were arrested and booked into juvenile hall on residential burglary charges. One was also charged with animal cruelty. "We're devastated," homeowner Eric McKenzie told NBC Bay Area.
A sister of the two Boston Marathon suspects has been arrested for allegedly threatening a New York City woman over the phone, police say. Ailina Tsarnaev, 24, of North Bergen, New Jersey, called the mother of her husband's child and threatened her, according to the NYPD. She allegedly told the woman, "I have people who can go over there and put a bomb on you," police say.
As a train barreled into a Washington Metro station toward a man who'd thrown himself onto the tracks, two police officers and stunned onlookers desperately worked to save him -- and they did, with no time to spare. He had jumped onto the track bed as the platform lights began to blink, indicating a Red Line train was pulling into the station. He changed his mind and desperately tried to lunge back onto the platform, and the officers pulled him from the train's path just in time.
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Sunday’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake caused an estimated $300 million in damages to homes and private buildings, according to Napa city leaders’ most recent assessment released Wednesday. The dollar figure includes only private structures, and not the damage to public buildings or general economic loss, according to the city report. City leaders also said 113 buildings have been added to the red-tag list of buildings deemed uninhabitable, and 83 water lines still need to be fixed.
A new video released by Islamic militants Wednesday features an interview with the Floridian who fled to Syria last year to wage jihad, eventually dying in a suicide bombing there, NBC News reported. In the video, Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, a 22-year-old Palestinian-American, says that he was aware of FBI surveillance and that he was betrayed by a friend who told of his plans to join up with militants. Abu-Salha was killed this year after he drove a massive truck bomb into a restaurant in Syria filled with government soldiers.
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