A 3-year-old boy was probably saved from death when a blanket he was wrapped in stopped a bullet that came through the wall of his California home, investigators said.
The bullet hit Dylan Hernandez in the back Sunday as he slept in his crib, but his blanket slowed down the bullet, so he only suffered a large bruise and a small burn, family members said.
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A 40-year-old Plainfield man is facing charges after pulling children on a sled behind his pickup truck while "traveling at a high rate of speed" Monday evening, according to police.
Morgan Blum Schneider, Director of Education, JFCS Holocaust Center
Helen Farkas is one of a dwindling group of Holocaust survivors still alive to relay the horrors she experienced. At 94, the Romanian-born woman is still an active speaker, telling children and civic groups how she scrambled for scraps of bread and escaped the Auschwitz death camp march with her sister in 1945, during a guard shift in the middle of the night. "We just slipped away," she told students this spring. "Very slowly." Farkas is one of about 40 regular speakers at the Jewish Family and Children's Services Holocaust Center in San Francisco still around to tell her story. On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of 7,000 Auschwitz prisoners in Poland, Farkas's eyewitness accounts are even more poignant.
A 31-year-old Northern Virginia man is accused of trying to kiss his Uber driver then stealing her phone when she resisted.
Siblings with autism often have DNA mutations that are very different from each other, which suggests that autism is often genetic happenstance, according to a new study. An analysis of the DNA of 170 people with autism spectrum disorder shows that 69 percent of brothers and sisters with autism had different DNA mutations underlying their disorders. "It's random mutation in these families. It just happens to be lightning striking twice," said one of the study's authors.
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The parents of a one-month-old Delaware County, Pennsylvania, girl have been charged with endangerment after the family's ferrets severely mauled the baby's face. The baby's nose, upper lip and cheek were eaten away in the attack that took place in a Darby home last Thursday, police said. Burnie Fraime and Jessica Bernales were each charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, court documents show. The couple has five children, including the one-month-old girl.
Yariv Becher said he almost didn’t put on his running shoes Sunday morning, but his decision to run in the snow near Belmont Harbor for the first time in a few weeks helped save the life of a woman who fell through he ice into Lake Michigan. The father of three, originally from Israel, was jogging near the harbor when he said he heard noises. A woman in her 30s, who may have been out for a run as well, had slipped and fallen into the arctic water surrounded by ice, police said. She had managed to use a belt to strap herself to the dock to keep from going under. Becher said he tried to lift her out, but her legs were stuck in the ice. He called 911 and kept her head above water until police and fire rescuers arrived.
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Two bodies have been found near the car belonging to a Georgia couple who disappeared last week while on a day trip to buy vintage Mustang they found on Craigslist, police told NBC News. The car belonging to the couple — Elrey "Bud" Runion, 69, and his wife June Runion, 66 — was found submerged in a body of water, the unidentified bodies nearby. Suspect Ronnie "Jay" Towns, 28, who was wanted for making false statements to investigators and for criminal intent to commit theft by deception, turned himself in on Monday, police told NBC News. The couple planned to drive 300 miles to buy a 1966 Mustang that they had seen on Craigslist and return the same night.
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A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other aircraft shortly after takeoff during NATO training exercises in Spain on Monday, killing at least eight French and two Greek military personnel, Spain's prime minister told NBC News. Another 21 people of unknown nationalities were hurt in the accident at Spain's Los Llanos, NBC News reported. The exercise was undertaken through NATO's Tactical Leadership Program, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement.
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Kaiser Permanente nurses in California approved a new contract that boosts pay and improves patient care along with health and safety protections for nurses, a union official said Monday. Registered nurses and nurse practitioners who work at 21 hospitals and 65 clinics across Northern and Central California voted last week to approve the new three-year deal, the California Nurses Association said. The deal includes a 14 percent pay raise over three years, the union said. About 18,000 Kaiser nurses in the state went on a two-day strike in November, and another walkout had been planned for last week but an agreement was reached.
Harpoon Brewery is suspending brewing for the first time in its 28-year history due to the blizzard expected to blanket the Boston area with up to two feet of snow, according to The Boston Globe.
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Flu is widespread across the United States, in a season made even more severe by a disappointing vaccine that's not very effective at battling the predominant strain that's now making people sick. This year's vaccine is only 23 percent effective because the H3N2 strain of influenza A, a different strain from the one the vaccine protects against, began circulating just after the vaccine was created. When H3N2 is the dominant strain, it can cause more serious illness than other types of flu. With several weeks of flu season left, here are some myths about the flu, and what you should know about them.
Meteorologists and government officials spent the greater part of Monday detailing the massive snowstorm on its way to the Northeast. The storm is likely to break records. Memes immediately popped up on social media, turning the dreadful news of #Blizzardof2015 into fun.