Joyous, singing South Africans gathered in the rain Tuesday to honor Nelson Mandela at a massive memorial service that is expected to draw some 100 heads of state and other luminaries, united in tribute to...
Joyous, singing South Africans gathered in the rain Tuesday to honor Nelson Mandela at a massive memorial service that is expected to draw some 100 heads of state and other luminaries, united in tribute to a global symbol of reconciliation. Crowds converged on FNB Stadium in Soweto, the Johannesburg township that was a stronghold of support for the anti-apartheid struggle that Mandela embodied as a prisoner of white rule for 27 years and then during a peril-fraught transition to the all-race elections that made him president. "What a fantastic gift God gave to us in this Mandela, who quickly became an icon, a global icon of forgiveness, of generosity of spirit," Archbishop Desmond Tutu told a gathering Monday at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. Despite the chilly rain, the atmosphere inside Africa's largest stadium was celebratory, with people dancing, blowing plastic horns and singing songs from the anti-apartheid struggle. Tuesday was also the 20th anniversary of the day when Mandela and South Africa's last apartheid-era president, F.W. de Klerk, received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to bring peace to their country. Watch NBC News' live streaming coverage of the memorial, with remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama and others. Read »
The memorial service for beloved South African leader Nelson Mandela on Tuesday will be the biggest security event in recent memory, and given that there were only five days' notice in which to plan, it...
An open-air stadium full of 95,000 mourners. Thousands more pushing in from outside. Four U.S. presidents — together overseas for what might be just the second time ever — and a who's-who of world leaders. The memorial service for beloved South African leader Nelson Mandela on Tuesday will be the biggest security event in recent memory, and given that there were only five days' notice in which to plan, it is posing a monumental challenge for organizers. South African police will have thousands of officers directing traffic, protecting people and helping the world dignitaries' bodyguards — "to make sure people are able to grieve in a safe environment," a police spokesman said. Already Monday workers were installing bulletproof glass over a stage where President Barack Obama is expected to speak.
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Dozens of cities and towns are scrambling for medical transportation options after a private ambulance service that transported more than a half-million patients a year in six states abruptly shut down without a...
Dozens of cities and towns are scrambling for medical transportation options after a private ambulance service that transported more than a half-million patients a year in six states abruptly shut down without a word of warning Monday, according to NBC News. First Med EMS, based in Wilmington, N.C., served medical facilities in more than 70 municipalities in Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. It operated under the names TransMed, Life Ambulance and MedCorp. The company's website was inaccessible Monday, and calls to corporate offices either reached disconnected lines or weren't answered. Company workers said in Facebook posts and tweets that they were told the corporation had declared bankruptcy, but no bankruptcy documents were yet on file Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
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Tuesday will yield no relief for the East Coast from another fearsome winter storm, this one threatening to dump inches of snow from Washington to New England, just days after the region was hit by a...
Tuesday will yield no relief for the East Coast from another fearsome winter storm, this one threatening to dump inches of snow from Washington to New England, just days after the region was hit by a dangerous mix of rain, sleet and snow. The new blast of arctic air was set to come just days after the Northeast caught the messy tail end of a storm system that had begun by wreaking havoc further south and west, forcing the cancellation of a marathon as far away as Dallas. The new storm, however, will target the Northeast, including New York and Philadelphia, which received more snow this past weekend than it did all last season. "It will be quite a 48 hours for that region," a lead Weather Channel meteorologist said.
The woman who told Florida authorities last month that George Zimmerman had threatened her with a gun during an argument has recanted her allegation, a signed affidavit released Monday shows. According to the document, Samantha Scheibe wants the assault charges against Zimmerman, whom she identifies as "my boyfriend," dropped. The affidavit was attached to a motion by Zimmerman's lawyer seeking to modify the conditions of his bond in the domestic violence case, in which he has been directed to stay away from Scheibe. "I believe that the police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken about certain facts in my statement to the police. I do not feel that the arrest report accurately recounts what happened," Scheibe said. Prosecutors could continue with the case despite Scheibe's request, the Associated Press reported.
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Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida lost $18 million in a scheme that cheated him and about 120 other investors out of more than $35 million, according to court papers. The Virginia man who ran the scheme, William Dean Chapman, was sentenced Friday in federal court to 12 years in prison. Prosecutors say Chapman used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle including a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and a $3 million home. In most of the court papers, Grayson's identity is protected — prosecutors say only that an elected official with the initials A.G. was the primary victim — but documents twice mention Grayson by name. The Democratic congressman from Orlando confirmed on Monday that he is the A.G. mentioned in the documents. Nothing in the court papers suggests Grayson was anything but a victim of the scheme. Grayson, a former trial attorney, said he has had a long record for picking winning stocks, which formed the basis for his personal fortune.
A staff member at the University of California Riverside has an active case of bacterial meningitis, the school announced Monday. “Although the risk of transmission is low, it is best to take precautions,”...
A staff member at the University of California Riverside has an active case of bacterial meningitis, the school announced Monday. “Although the risk of transmission is low, it is best to take precautions,” UCR said in a statement. The diagnosed employee is off campus, the school said. Further details about the sickened staffer were not immediately available. The news comes one week after an 18-year-old student at UC Santa Barbara had both of his feet amputated after he contracted meningitis in an outbreak that sickened three other students at his university. Bacterial meningitis can be spread through kissing, coughing or prolonged contact. Symptoms can include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting.
"The pillar of our family is gone, just as he was away during that 27 painful years of imprisonment, but in our hearts and souls he will always be with us."
— Nelson Mandela's family said Saturday in...
A 13-year-old boy was allegedly behind the wheel of a pick-up truck when it ran a stop sign and collided with a mail truck, ejecting the mail carrier and pinning her beneath her vehicle, authorities said. The boy allegedly took the pick-up truck from his home, a spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division said. It’s not clear how far he made it before running a stop sign and slamming into a mail truck. Police said he initially left the scene of the crash but returned soon after. The mail carrier suffered head trauma, a fractured dislocated hip and internal bleeding. She was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. The boy was booked for felony hit and run and driving without a license, police said.
One at a time, family members of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre stepped up to a podium and said they will each light a candle in memory of their loved ones who died in the school...
One at a time, family members of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre stepped up to a podium and said they will each light a candle in memory of their loved ones who died in the school shooting nearly one year ago.
"Our family will be lighting a candle on the eve of 12-14, the last night we spent with our sweet Charlotte," said JoAnn Bacon, whose daughter was killed in the shooting.
The moving tribute on Monday afternoon will be the only official memorial in Newtown to the victims of the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting in which gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother at home, then drove to the school, where he shot to death 20 children and six educators before turning a gun on himself.
The families also unveiled a new website, mysandyhookfamily.org, to honor victims and communicate with victims' families.
The 85-year-old U.S. veteran who was detained for weeks by North Korea said Monday that the videotaped confession in which he apologized for killing North Koreans during the war was given involuntarily and under...
The 85-year-old U.S. veteran who was detained for weeks by North Korea said Monday that the videotaped confession in which he apologized for killing North Koreans during the war was given involuntarily and under duress. Merrill Newman, of Palo Alto, Calif., said Monday that he tried to show that the words he read on the recording were not his own by emphasizing the apology's awkward phrasing and poor English grammar. "Anyone who has read the text of it or who has seen the video of me reading it knows that the words were not mine and were not delivered voluntarily," Newman said. He said that while the North Koreans treated him well during his detention at a Pyongyang hotel, an interrogator told him repeatedly that if he did not apologize for his alleged crimes during the Korean War and during his visit to the communist nation, he would be sentenced to 15 years in jail for espionage. Reading the document, he said, "seemed to be the only way I might get home."
San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain has pledged a $50,000 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation after seeing the success of the organization's "Batkid" visit to San Francisco last month. The ballplayer and his wife, Chelsea, will give $50,000 to the organization once its Bay Area executive director Patricia Wilson raises the same amount. Make-A-Wish grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses, such as 5-year-old Miles Scott who became the San Francisco superhero, Batkid, on Nov. 15. Wilson has raised more than $20,000 for her part in the annual "Brave the Bay" charity event for the organization held last Saturday at Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Wilson has until 8 p.m. Wednesday to raise the remaining money to trigger Cain's matching donation. Those who want to participate in the matching challenge can make donations here.
A former chief operating officer of the online file-sharing service Napster was killed when he was struck by a sheriff’s patrol car while riding a bicycle, authorities said Monday. Milton Everett Olin, Jr., a 65-year-old entertainment lawyer died in the Sunday crash. Olin died at the scene and the deputy involved was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Michael Williams said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Olin and the patrol car were traveling in the same direction on Mulholland Highway in suburban Calabasas when the collision occurred. The cause of the crash was under investigation. Napster was a pioneer in online music sharing, leading to lawsuits by Metallica and other acts in 2000. The suits eventually forced a settlement that required Napster to evolve into a pay-for-use service that became something of a model for today’s streaming companies.
Congress has extended a ban on plastic guns for another decade — but the new ban won't be any stronger than the old one, despite some Democrats' efforts to update the ban to keep up with new 3-D printing technology. The Senate approved an extension of the ban, already passed by the House, by unanimous consent on Monday, and now President Barack Obama is expected to sign it into law. That ban bans the sale or possession of guns that aren't detectable by X-ray machines and metal detectors. But some gun control advocates say the ban doesn't go far enough, because it doesn't require 3-D printed plastic guns to have permanent metal components — meaning that a person trying to sneak a plastic gun through a metal detector could simply remove a non-permanent metal strip and then reattach it afterward, they say. It's still not clear just how advanced 3-D printed guns can get, and regulators are still struggling to keep up with the technology.
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Florida State's Jameis Winston, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Alabama's AJ McCarron, Auburn's Tre Mason and Boston College's Andre Williams are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Six finalists invited to Saturday's ceremony in New York are the most since 1994. Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award Saturday night in New York now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., has been closed without charges being filed. He could also become the second freshman to win the award. Manziel was the first last year. The Aggies quarterback is trying to join another exclusive Heisman club by becoming the second player to win the award twice. Ohio State's Archie Griffin won the award in 1974 and '75.