A Brooklyn centenarian celebrated her 116th birthday Monday by being certified as the world's oldest living person. Guinness World Records presented Susannah Mushatt Jones with a certificate naming her the world's oldest person on Friday, three days ahead of her birthday. Jones takes the title for oldest woman from Jerlean Talley, a Michigan woman who died in June at 116.
A huge fire consumed a Texas playground Sunday, NBC affiliate KPRC reported.
Officials are investigating what caused the blaze, and have not ruled out fireworks as a potential cause.
No one was at the playground at the time of the fire, fire officials told KPRC.
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis announced his resignation on Monday, a day after Greeks delivered a resounding 'No' to the conditions of a rescue package. In a statement, Varoufakis said he had been "made aware" that some members of the euro zone considered him unwelcome at meetings of finance ministers. The euro fell sharply on Monday (local time) in Asia-Pacific trading after the vote against austerity measures
demanded in return for bailout money. The Greek government said 61.3 percent of those voting in the referendum had backed the government's Syriza party and rejected the bailout conditions. "This does two things: it legitimizes the stance of the Greek government and it leaves the ball in Europe's court," ANZ Bank analysts said in a note. "Europe either folds or Greece goes bankrupt; over to you Merkel." The next step was unclear, with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras saying his government had a mandate to reach a viable solution and was ready to resume talks, while Germany and France were seeking a euro zone summit on Tuesday. The euro initially fell about 1.4 percent against its U.S. counterpart but trimmed its losses slightly to last trade at $1.0992.
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Abby the bulldog and Turner the bullmastiff are the latest adorable pets to have their 15 minutes of viral fame. The video of the dogs shows Turner seemingly blaming Abby for making a mess by gesturing toward her with his paw.
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They show up in court every day, a visible reminder to jurors that even a killer has parents who love him and who don't want him to die. But more than two months into his mass-murder trial, James Holmes has yet to turn around in his seat and acknowledge them. They called him Jimbo. He called them Goober and Bobbo. But the relationship Arlene and Robert Holmes had with their son had been strained since he was a young boy.
Lawyers for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have filed a preliminary motion for a new trial. The motion was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston. "A new trial is required in the interests of justice and judgments notwithstanding the verdict are required as a matter of evidentiary insufficiency," the motion reads. In May, a federal jury condemned Tsarnaev to die for bombing the 2013 marathon with his brother, Tamerlan. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when the brothers detonated two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line. He was sentenced to death.
Florida State has dismissed freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson from the team shortly after prosecutors released security footage showing him punching a woman at a bar near the campus.
The accused killer of a woman who was shot to death while strolling along Pier 14 in San Francisco with her father said he doesn't remember anything about the evening because he was high on drugs. In a brief jailhouse interview Monday that was cut short by his defense attorney, Francisco Sanchez, 45, told Telemundo that he had been taking sleeping pills and smoking pot on the evening he is accused of shooting 32-year-old Kate Steinle. Appearing disheveled and confused, Sanchez told the reporter from the San Francisco County jail that he believes he was taken into custody on July 1 is because police told him he killed someone. "They say I attacked someone," he told Telemundo, which is owned by NBC Universal, in Spanish. "If that's what they say, I say it's good because I've never been the type to contradict."
A horrific last-lap accident that left drivers fearing for Austin Dillon's safety muted Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s victory in the rain-delayed race at Daytona International Speedway. Dillon's car sailed upside down into the fence then shot back onto the track. Daytona President Joie Chitwood said 13 fans were attended to in the grandstands. Eight declined treatment, four were seen at the track and one was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. Dillon said he had a bruised arm and tailbone.
The bullet that struck a 7-year-old Chicago boy on the Fourth of July while he was watching fireworks was meant for the boy's father, according to Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy. Antonio Brown, whose son Amari Brown was one of nine people killed by gun violence across Chicago over the weekend, is a documented gang member who has been arrested 45 times on gun and theft charges, McCarthy said. His most recent arrest was in April on a gun charge. In a press conference to address the Fourth of July weekend violence in Chicago, McCarthy charged that tougher gun laws could have prevented the tragedy that killed Amari. "If Mr. Brown was in custody, his son is alive. That's not the case," McCarthy said.
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will return as a partner at Covington & Burling, the law firm he had exited more than five years ago to join the Obama administration, according to a statement from the firm. Holder ran the Justice Department from 2009 to 2015. He was previously a partner there from 2001 to 2009, according to the firm. He will "focus on complex investigations and litigation matters, including matters that are international in scope and raise significant regulatory enforcement issues and substantial reputational concerns," the firm said in the statement. Holder said returning to the firm is "like coming home." Holder is the third longest-serving attorney general in American history and the first black person to hold the post.
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An Iraqi military plane mistakenly dropped a bomb on a Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, killing or wounding at least 16 residents, an official said. The plane was returning from a raid on ISIS positions, and technical problems caused the bomb to drop by mistake, Iraqi security spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan told NBC News. "The bomb fell out and destroyed three houses," he said. Maan said that women and children were among the victims but did not specify how many people had been killed. Police who spoke to Reuters in the Ni'riya neighborhood of eastern Baghdad put the death toll at five. According to Maan, the plane's pilot was considered one of the best in the country.
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Nine people have died and 46 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago this Fourth of July weekend.
Among those who died was a 7-year-old boy who was shot while watching fireworks in Humboldt Park with his father just before midnight Saturday.
The United States defeated Japan 5-2 to win the 2015 World Cup in Vancouver.
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For a brief time Sunday night, Carli Lloyd's Wikipedia page listed her position as "President of the United States."