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The two young daughters of an internationally known pianist likely died of asphyxia, according to a medical examiner in North Texas.
The Tarrant County medical examiner's office released the autopsy reports Thursday on the bodies of 1-year-old Michela Kholodenko and 5-year-old Nika Kholodenko, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Their mother, Sofya Tsygankova, 31, has been charged in their deaths. Tysgankova allegedly told police "she didn't want to live" and "didn't see any future" for her or her children.
Tsygankova pleaded not guilty to two counts of capital murder. She remains in the Tarrant County Jail with bail set at $2 million.
Her attorney declined to comment on the specific allegations during Tsygankova's arraignment last month.
The man shot and wounded by police after walking into a Baltimore TV station wearing an animal costume and a fake bomb will be charged with two felonies and several other crimes, authorities announced Friday.
Baltimore Police have issued an arrest warrant for 25-year-old Alex Michael Brizzi of Elkridge, Maryland, charging him with second-degree arson, malicious burning felony and six misdemeanors.
Brizzi was shot after spending two hours in a glass vestibule inside the TV station. As he left the station and walked toward SWAT officers, they gave him "many, many verbal commands" to stop, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.
Hillary Clinton has created a "woman's card," but it's not the card Donald Trump has been talking about. Clinton supporters can now get a hot pink "Official Woman Card" with a donation to her campaign.
The Official Woman Card was announced on Clinton's Facebook page, where a post mentioned the continuing tension between Clinton and Trump, who said this week the Democratic candidate has been using the "woman card."
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Spontaneity was on display in nature Tuesday as a live web cam caught the food chain in action.
A bald eagle brought food to a nest with two eaglets in Pittsburgh. The Hays Bald Eagle Nest web cam captured a cat being served to the baby birds and the incident caused quite a stir for some observers.
The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania issued a statement on Facebook after they were inundated with numerous questions about the bald eagle's food choice.
Some early-morning Subway customers will be walking away with free breakfast sandwiches in May, the company announced this week.
Any customer who purchases a regular sub before 9 a.m. also will receive a free, 6-inch breakfast sandwich, the company said Thursday.
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Casting cancer as a scourge with no boundaries, Vice President Joe Biden came to the Vatican on Friday to call for a global commitment to fund cancer research rooted in appreciation for the real people's lives that doctors and researchers hold in their hands.
Biden, who lost a son to cancer last year, used his appearance at a Vatican conference on regenerative medicine to urge philanthropists, corporations and governments to increase funding and information-sharing in a bid to "end cancer as we know it." He said the world is on the cusp of unprecedented breakthroughs but said the world still has not done enough.
The earth shook in western Pennsylvania Friday morning during an apparent gas-well explosion that injured one person and could be felt up to 6 miles away.
The blast was reported around 8:30 a.m. Friday in Salem Township, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh in Westmoreland County. One person was burned at the scene and flown to a hospital for treatment.
Emergency crews were working to figure out the source of the gas.
Some residents called for help, saying they thought an airplane had crashed, while others said it felt like an earthquake.
"I didn't know if it was a plane or what," said Scott Filipiak, who was driving in the area. "It darn near blew me off the highway!"
A pregnant woman who unexpectedly went into labour and gave birth to a baby boy onboard a Jetstar Asia flight has named her son after the airline, NBC News reported.
The baby, Saw Jet Star, was delivered safely on Flight 3K583 on April 22, thanks to three doctors on board the plane who stepped forward to help.
"Both mother and son are in good health and have been discharged from the local hospital in Yangon," the airline said in a Facebook post this week.
The airline donated approximately $744 of baby supplies to the family.
Jetstar recognized crew member Saw Ler Htu, who "exercised utmost care and concern for the passenger," and visited the mother and child after they were admitted to a hospital.
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Raucous protesters and supporters of Donald Trump took to the streets in California, leading to nearly 17 arrests, as the Republican presidential contender brought his campaign to conservative Orange County after sweeping the Northeast GOP primaries.
Dozens of protesters were mostly peaceful Thursday as Trump gave his speech inside the Pacific Amphitheater. After the event, however, the demonstration grew rowdy late in the evening as hundreds of people swarmed Fair Drive and Fairview Road outside the grounds of the Orange County Fair & Event Center.
Approximately 20 people were arrested by Costa Mesa police, according to a tweet from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
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A helicopter carrying Statoil workers from an offshore rig in the North Sea crashed Friday on an island off western Norway, killing all 13 people on board, rescuers said.
The Airbus EC-225 helicopter shattered into pieces as it slammed just after noon into the rocky shoreline of Turoey, a tiny island outside Bergen, Norway's second-largest city.
"We do not believe anyone can be found alive," said Boerge Galta of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center. The rescue operation was called off Friday at 5 p.m. after 11 bodies were found on land but divers were still looking for the other two bodies.
Two women who work in the advertising department at The New York Times have filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the newspaper, its chief executive and chief revenue officer.
The Times reported that in a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Manhattan, account managers Ernestine Grant and Marjorie Walker claim the workplace is "rife with discrimination based on age, race and gender."
"Unbeknownst to the world at large, not only does The Times have an ideal customer (young, white, wealthy), but also an ideal staffer (young, white, unencumbered with a family) to draw that purported ideal customer," the lawsuit said.
Both women are black and in their 60s. Grant has been with the paper for 16 years and Walker for eight years, the Times said.
The U.S. Supreme Court approved a measure on Thursday that would allow judges to issue warrants for computer searches in any jurisdiction. Civil liberties groups say it unnecessarily expands the FBI's hacking capability, while the Justice Department says it is a minor change necessary to modernize the criminal code.
Judges are normally only able to issue warrants within their own jurisdictions, which are typically small and limited to a few counties. A Justice Department spokesperson said the change is necessary due to the "anonymizing" capabilities that criminals use to conceal their identity and location, and that remote searches are the only way to track the suspects down.
Google and civil liberties groups said that the change is an attack on American's privacy and is counter to the U.S. Constitution's protections against illegal searches and seizures.
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The Food and Drug Administration approved the first commercial U.S. test Thursday to diagnose the Zika virus, NBC News reported.
Quest Diagnostics will use the same method that government labs use to look for Zika virus in a patient's blood.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends testing pregnant women with Zika symptoms, those who have traveled to areas where Zika is spreading while they are pregnant and women who have had sex with someone who has Zika.
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A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from a drug overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before his death.
The official says that among the things investigators are looking at is whether a doctor was on a plane that made an emergency landing in Illinois less than a week before Prince died.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz personally told NBC News he had not met John Boehner, when he addressed comments made about him by the former House Speaker.
But the two men do have a past: Ted Cruz was once Boehner’s lawyer, when Boehner sued Washington state Democrat Jim McDermott over a leaked recording. Boehner filed the lawsuit in 1998 involving the illegal interception of an embarrassing phone call in which Boehner discussed House leadership business. He said his personal privacy was violated.
Boehner won the case — part of which was handled by Ted Cruz. Sources close to Boehner told NBC News the two met during the lawsuit, but likely never had contact after Cruz arrived on Capitol Hill in 2013.
For Boehner, Cruz led the political charge against him, when he was effectively a “player coach” in the move to oust the former speaker last year.
Through the government shutdown in 2013, Cruz helped influence House members in the dissent that made the former speaker choose to step aside in 2015.
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