Some schools in the Pocono, Pennsylvania, area will be closed for the third consecutive day as authorities continue to search for Eric Frein, who allegedly shot and killed a Pennsylvania State Trooper before going on the run. The Pocono Mountain School District canceled Friday classes "due to safety concerns for our students," a school spokeswoman said.
A northern New Jersey high school teacher has been charged with having sex with three 15-year-old male students, authorities say. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray said Thursday that 34-year-old Nicole Dufault, of Caldwell, was arrested Wednesday night for the incidents that happened inside Columbia High School in Maplewood and in her car since last year. Prosecutors say Dufault is a language arts teacher and has worked at the school for nine years.
The U.S. Justice Department investigation into New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie’s role in “Bridgegate” has thus far uncovered no information he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, federal officials tell NBC 4 New York. The September 2013 closures -- where several entrance lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Ft. Lee were shut down causing a traffic nightmare for commuters -- has been the subject of several federal and state investigations.
Congress voted Thursday to approve a plan for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels, giving the Obama administration the go-ahead on its plans to fight ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria and capping a brief but fiery debate on the Senate floor. The legislation now heads to President Obama, who said he was "pleased" by the votes, for his signature. “The strong bipartisan support in Congress for this new training effort shows the world that Americans are united in confronting the threat from [ISIS]," Obama said. The Senate's 78-22 vote, which crossed party lines, also provides money to keep the government operating through Sept. 30.
More than half of Americans, and a slightly higher percentage of football fans, disapprove of how the NFL has handled the recent reports about domestic violence by several of its players, a new NBC News/Marist Poll has found. But just 29 percent of adults and 32 percent of football fans say Commissioner Roger Goodell should resign, while an overwhelming 85 percent say the recent news hasn't changed how much football they'll watch. The poll also found, regarding the child abuse charges against star Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, that 60 percent of Americans believe it's wrong to discipline their children by hitting them with a paddle, switch or belt, while just 34 percent think it's right. In the South, however, 51 percent of Americans say it's right.
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The man charged with killing a Pennsylvania state trooper during an ambush has been added to the FBI's 10 most wanted list.
Officials describe the suspect, 31-year-old Eric Frein, as a self-taught survivalist who hates police.
Authorities say putting Frein on the most wanted list will allow the FBI to use more resources in the manhunt. The agency is also offering a $100,000 reward.
Police said Thursday they believe the shooter is still in the rural area where the attack occurred.
ISIS released a haunting propaganda video on Thursday, showing a British captive promising to show “the truth” behind the militants’ network and criticizing how his government and the U.S. are dealing with hostage negotiations, NBC News reported. The video, titled “Lend Me Your Ears,” has not been verified by NBC News. In it, a man who identifies himself as British is shown in an orange jumpsuit – the same style journalist James Foley and subsequent hostages wore in their beheading videos. The man says he was taken captive in Syria in 2012 and promises that more “programs” are coming.
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The massive five-month data breach that hit Home Depot affected as many as 56 million payment cards, the home improvement retail giant said Thursday, in a hack even bigger than the mammoth breach that hit Target during the holiday season last year. The do-it-yourself retail giant said that criminals using malware had outpaced the company's own efforts to beef up its security by fully encrypting its payment terminal data. The five-month breach affected payment systems in Home Depot's brick-and-mortar stores in the U.S. and Canada but did not appear to have affected purchases made on its website.
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Alibaba has priced its initial public offering at $68 per share, near the upper end of its expected range, ahead of its Friday IPO. The e-commerce giant is expected to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "BABA" on Friday. The IPO values Alibaba at $167.6 billion — bigger than the current market value of Amazon, Cisco and eBay, the Associated Press reported.
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A 37-year-old man has been arrested on an arson charge and is being held on $10 million bail stemming from the King Fire near Pollock Pines in California, according to Cal Fire. At a Thursday news conference, Cal Fire announced that Wayne Allen Huntsman had been taken into custody on Wednesday. He was formally arrested on one count of arson on forest land and was in custody in the Placerville jail. His last known address was in Aptos, about nine miles from Santa Cruz.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford released an audio message to the city hours before beginning chemotherapy for an aggressive form of cancer, NBC News reported. In the message from his hospital bed, he campaigned for his brother, who is now running for Toronto mayor, and thanked people for their well wishes, saying: "I will beat this!" Doctors announced Wednesday that Ford, who has admitted to various misdeeds while in office, will undergo two cycles of intense chemotherapy to try to battle a tumor in his abdomen.
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last week have been released. A day after a reality television star shared a photo depicting the alleged assailants online, four of those individuals, along with their lawyers, arrived at Philadelphia Police Headquarters. All were questioned by investigators.
The professor who reconnected a man with a photo that was once sitting on his desk on the 77th floor of the World Trade Center says that even after thirteen years, she would have kept going on her mission to track down the story behind the picture.
"It was just something I committed myself to," Elizabeth Stringer Keefe said in an interview with NECN.
Officials are investigating after a dog was found floating in a canal with a chain and cinder block around its neck on Long Island. There was no sign of trauma on the dog, the SPCA said. Investigators are looking into whether it was already dead before it was put in the water, perhaps for a burial at sea.
A 6-year-old boy died after being stabbed multiple times early Thursday morning in South LA, sheriff’s officials said. The suspect is believed to be the boy's father, who was covered in blood when deputies responded to the scene, sheriff's officials said.