Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatle John Lennon, has died of cancer at her home in Spain. She was 75. The news was announced Wednesday on the website of her son, Julian Lennon, and was confirmed by his representative.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson called Wednesday for changes to a religious objection bill that was criticized as anti-gay, saying he won't sign it in its current form. Hutchinson held a news conference to discuss the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill passed by the state's legislature that is similar to the Indiana law that has sparked a storm of criticism over fears it could be used as a cover for discrimination, NBC News reported. Hutchinson previously told NBC affiliate KARK that the bill is meant to strike a balance between religious freedom and equal protection of the law and he would sign it. Sexual orientation is not covered by anti-discrimination laws in Arkansas, and legal experts have said the measure could open the door to the discrimination of gays and lesbians. Wal-Mart, which is headquartered in Arkansas, said in a statement that the bill "sends the wrong message about Arkansas" and runs counter to the company's belief in "respecting differences and being inclusive of all people."
A man who sued Aaron Hernandez over being shot in the face in Florida is due to take the stand in the former New England Patriots player's murder trial. But prosecutors will not be allowed to ask Alexander Bradley Wednesday about the shooting, which happened a few months before the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.
The NYPD says its Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating a video that appears to show a police officer verbally abusing an Uber driver in an at-times xenophobic roadside tirade in the West Village Monday. Police confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that the plain-clothed man seen screaming in the now viral video is a member of the NYPD, but they did not identify him. A spokesman said the department is "aware of the incident and video and it is under review."
Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in southern Oregon.
Dahl's wife, Marguerite Dahl, confirmed Tuesday that her husband of 40 years died March 23 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The smooth stones came packed in a cardboard box containing a tongue-in-cheek instruction pamphlet for "care and feeding." Dahl estimated he had sold 1.5 million of them at roughly $4 each by the time the fad fizzled. The Pet Rock required no work and no time commitment.
An Alabama woman who blamed the death of her infant son on her toddler daughter has been sentenced in Pennsylvania to 15 to 30 years in prison. Wendi Stanford, of Florence, wept and trembled in court on Tuesday as she again professed her innocence in the November 2003 death of 2-month-old Christopher Harbin in Allentown, where she used to live. She called herself "a mother who has suffered, not a violent monster."
Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Iranian counterpart again Wednesday in Switzerland, hours after an earlier deadline passed without an agreement. President Barack Obama on Tuesday evening convened a video teleconference with U.S. officials trying to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, after talks were extended. U.S. diplomats — alongside their counterparts from Iran and China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany — are scrambling to agree on the framework of an agreement that would see Iran limit its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Remaining sticking points include how to deal with Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium and a timeline for removing sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy, NBC News reported.
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While many are looking forward to milder spring temps following a winter that saw record cold and snow, some experts warn the seasonal shift could bring bad news for allergy sufferers. Allergists say the majority of the country can expect higher pollen this year thanks to a cold winter, leading to an uptick in allergy-related symptoms.
Andrew Getty, the grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, died at his Hollywood Hills home Tuesday, a spokesman for his parents confirmed in a written statement. Police are investigating his death. Getty was 47. LA County Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter said the cause of death appeared initially to be "natural or an accident" and not criminal. Forbes last year listed the Getty family as No. 54 on a list of America's Richest Families.
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Authorities say the explosion that leveled three buildings and killed two men in the East Village last week may have been caused by an attempt hide illegal gas siphoning, utility workers confirmed to NBC 4 New York Wednesday. The public revelation comes several days after NBC 4 New York first reported source-based information that gas-line tampering was being eyed as a possible cause in the blast.
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A woman was arrested after she allegedly trespassed on airport property at Mineta San Jose International Airport, officials said. A UPS employee spotted the female trespasser and alerted San Jose Airport police, authorities said. Police said the woman resisted arrest, but was eventually detained by officers. The woman did not have identification and refused to identify herself to officers, San Jose Police Officer Albert Morales said.
A New York City man killed in last week's building explosion in the East Village will be remembered during a memorial service being held at his state college alma mater in Buffalo. Nicholas Figueroa was a 2014 graduate of Buffalo State. He and another man were killed and 22 other people were injured when an East Village apartment building exploded last Thursday afternoon
A courageous K-9 overcame pepper spray and being thrown down a ravine to help bust a suspected burglary ring. German Shepherd Bo gave chase after four suspected burglars caught in the act by officers fled the scene in Glendora just after 3 p.m. Wednesday, a Glendora Police Department spokesman said.