Smithsonian's National Zoo
It's a boy! The panda team at the National Zoo say the surviving giant panda cub born last weekend is a boy, and his father is the National Zoo's own Tian Tian. The zoo made the announcement at a press conference Friday, revealing details about the cub and the death of his fraternal twin, a boy also sired by Tian Tian. Zoo officials determined the smaller cub likely died from pneumonia he developed after breathing in food material.
Danbury Police Department
A Connecticut man is accused of kidnapping a man he thought was homeless, then feeding him in his home. The 77-year old victim said he'd been pushing a carriage of cans and bottles down the street when another man approached him, and insisted that the man follow him, police said. The victim said the man, identified as David Pope, grabbed him by the arm, escorted him back to Pope's residence and then brought him inside, police said. Pope later told police he thought the victim was homeless and was offering him food. Authorities said the suspect appeared drunk at the time.
U.S. AIR FORCE
The two NATO troops killed in an ambush in Afghanistan Wednesday were identified as U.S. special tactics airmen, NBC News reported.
Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, of Lexington, Kentucky, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, of Pensacola, Florida, died after gunmen wearing Afghan security forces uniforms opened fire on their vehicle while it was stopped at a checkpoint near Camp Antonik, the Air Force said.
"These two combat controllers were incredible warriors who not only volunteered to join our nation's Special Operations Forces, but earned their way to the tip of the spear in defense of our nation," Col. Wolfe Davidson, 24th Special Operations Wing commander, said in a statement.
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A college junior died after being shot Thursday night in Savannah State University’s student union building.
Christopher Starks, a junior from the Atlanta area, died at a local hospital, the college said in a statement.
According to two women who were in the union, there was a fight that ended in one person being shot in the collarbone area, NBC affiliate WSAV reported. The station said that other students applied pressure to the wound before first responders arrived.
The shooting prompted a lockdown at the Georgia campus. It wasn't immediately clear whether a suspect was in custody. No further details were immediately available.
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The failed TV reporter who shot two journalists during a live broadcast lived in a sparsely furnished $600-a-month apartment decorated with pictures of himself, a video provided to NBC News shows.
According to an inventory of items found in a search warrant return, Vester Flanagan also had a wig, six magazines of ammunition, a brief case that contained three license plates, and a to-do list in the car he was fleeing in before he killed himself.
Police said Flanagan texted a friend "making reference to having done something stupid" following the shooting of WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, cameraman Adam Ward, and local chamber of commerce director Vicki Gardner — who was also shot and survived.
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The former FEMA chief who became the face of the botched federal response to Hurricane Katrina is out of the public sector now — but he's not always out of trouble.
In the 10 years since his resignation following the storm and its chaotic aftermath, Michael Brown has become an author, a consultant, and a radio talk-show host. Throughout it all, whenever an opportunity to voice an honest opinion has presented itself — even if that opinion ruffles feathers — he's taken it.
Now living in Denver, the 60-year-old Brown hosts a daily show on 630 KHOW, his city's radio station that is also home to shows by Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and other fiery conservative figures.
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A former franchisee alerted a Subway advertising executive in 2008 about her concerns about pitchman Jared Fogle, according to her lawyer.
Frank E. Petersen Jr., who made history twice as the first African-American aviator in the Marine Corps and then as the Corps' first African-American general, has died. He was 83.
Frank E. Petersen III said his father died Tuesday at his home in Stevensville, on Maryland's Kent Island, of complications from lung cancer.
A woman was arrested after breaking into a dance and taunting officers at the end of a pursuit Wednesday night near downtown Los Angeles.
Spike strips were used to destroy the car's tires, but the woman continued driving on the vehicle's wheels. The pursuit began around 10 p.m. in the downtown area.
Two people are dead and four first responders have been hospitalized in a dangerous hazardous materials situation in unincorporated Des Plaines, Illinois.
Around 3:30 p.m., police were called to a northwest suburban townhome in the 9400 block of Harrison Street after receiving a report of three people in distress.
Upon entering the home, four Cook County sheriff's officers were unexpectedly exposed to a dangerous material and transported to area hospitals to be treated. The extent of their injuries is unclear.
A Texas judge has told lawyers for an Australian woman and her publishing company to set aside $10 million for a former business partner who says she was defrauded out of her rightful share from the sale of the erotic best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey" and two companion novels. Jennifer Pedroza and Amanda Hayward were partners in an e-book publishing firm that initially issued the blockbuster erotic trilogy. A jury earlier this year determined that Hayward cut Pedroza out of her share of royalties from the $40 million sale of the EL James trilogy to Random House.
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A North Texas who jumped to his death Tuesday night from the 9th floor of the D/FW Airport Hyatt Regency faced charges of stealing more than $1.6 million from a teacher’s group.
Police said Eugene Dickey, 65, was due in an Austin courtroom this week on charges he took the money between 2006 and 2014 serving as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer for the Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA).
The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring.
But don't fret, blimp fans. That big, cigar-shaped thing you've seen floating over sports events all your life will still be there. It will also remain instantly recognizable with its blue-and-gold Goodyear logo emblazoned across the side.
It just won't be, well, technically, a blimp.
Just one day after two of their own crew members were killed during a live broadcast, the news team at Virginia station WDBJ-TV regrouped, gathered together and leaned on one another for the live broadcast of its "Mornin'" show.
"We march together, putting one foot in front of the other, mourning our loss, never forgetting Alison and Adam and realizing they died in the performance of their duty. And we are not going to shirk that duty going forward, “WBDJ-TV General Manager Jeff Marks said during a press conference on Thursday.
Marks said Thursday staff were wearing ribbons in honor of Parker and Ward: teal for Parker — her favorite color — and maroon for Ward's alma mater of Virginia Tech.
Manspreading is so widespread it's now a word.
The term, coined by commuters, refers to men on public transport who splay their legs wide apart and encroach on neighboring seats. It's now been added to OxfordDictionaries.com.
The free online dictionary of current usage, created by the publishers of the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, issued its quarterly update Thursday of new words that have gained widespread currency in the English language.