Juno the beluga stole the show Wednesday at a press event with Gov. Dannel Malloy.
A suburban Chicago woman allegedly lied to police when she reported seeing two suspicious men in a far northern suburb, prompting a massive police response as authorities continue their search for three suspects in the fatal shooting of a Fox Lake police officer.
Dozens of armed officers, canine units and air support descended on a fielded area in Volo, Illinois, about 5 miles north of Fox Lake, Wednesday after receiving reports of suspicious activity. Officials searched for about five hours before investigators determined Kiefer "lied about the entire account of her events." "She fabricated this story because she was looking for attention from a family that she nannies for," Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's office said.
A San Diego couple who lost a camera bag at Disneyland Saturday is hoping the power of social media will compel someone to return five lost memory cards filled with baby photos. “It’s all gone,” said San Diego resident Andrew Heintz. “There’s not a single video…Everything was on there.” Heintz and his wife, Victoria, were at Disneyland with their 21-month-old daughter when their large black bag carrying their Canon Rebel EOS T3i SLR camera, Sony Handycam camcorder, USB plug-ins, battery chargers and several SD cards, went missing. Only one of the memory cards was backed up.
Seeking to avert a 2016 disaster, the Republican National Committee on Wednesday challenged every GOP presidential candidate to sign a pledge not to undertake a third-party bid under any circumstances. The challenge, confirmed by multiple campaigns, is aimed squarely at Donald Trump. And the timing of the pledge suggests an agreement has been reached. While he is leading the packed Republican field in early polls, the billionaire businessman last month repeatedly threatened to launch a third-party bid should he fail to claim the Republican presidential nomination. Such a decision would make it all but impossible for the Republican Party to win the White House in 2016. RNC officials have been working privately with Trump's campaign for several weeks to avert such a scenario.
An iPhone in the pocket of a Central California college student blocked a bullet during an armed robbery near Fresno State. Fresno Police Lt. Joe Gomez says officers responded to a 911 call Sunday night at apartments near the campus. Gomez says detectives located the victim, who told them he had been walking home and nearly reached his front door when a man approached him from behind and pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at him. The suspect grabbed the student's computer bag and fired one shot, which shattered the iPhone in the victim's pants pocket.
A Turkish government official says two Vice News journalists who were arrested on terror-related charges have been released from prison.
The official said Thursday that their assistant remains jailed pending the conclusion of an investigation.
The two British journalists and their Turkey-based assistant were detained last week in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey's mostly Kurdish southeast, where renewed fighting has killed scores of people.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with Turkish government rules.
Hundreds came together Wednesday night to honor Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, who was on the brink of retiring after a 30-year career in law enforcement when he was gunned down in the line of duty Tuesday.
At 52, the tattooed police officer could be tough and intimidating if the job called for it. But he was remembered for his sweet side that endeared him to the suburban Chicago village he had served for decades, a place where he was a constant presence at community events and a role model.
Now the people of Fox Lake are mourning the officer known affectionately as "G.I. Joe" after he detoured on his way to work to pursue three suspicious men into a swamp. He ended up with a fatal gunshot wound and died.
The Iran nuclear deal strongly backed by President Barack Obama and just as ardently opposed by the GOP is now on track to get through Congress.
In the Senate, Democratic supporters now claim a decisive 34 votes in favor, after Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland called the pact "the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb."
That will allow backers to uphold Obama's veto, if necessary, of a resolution of disapproval Republicans are trying to pass this month. GOP lawmakers who control the House and Senate say Iran got too many concessions in the agreement, which aims to curb the country's nuclear program in exchange for hundreds of billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions.
Gallatin Police Dept
Dozens of people were held hostage at a jail's visitors' center after a suspect broke free from his handcuffs, commandeered a police car and took an officers' shotgun, officials said.
James Richard McCutchen, 40, allegedly attempted the dramatic escape while being transported to the county jail in Gallatin, Tennessee, on Wednesday on charges of domestic violence, vandalism, and resisting stop, halt, frisk.
Upon his arrival at the Sumner County Jail, McCutchen managed to escape his handcuffs and got into a struggle with his accompanying officer, according to a statement from the Gallatin Police Department.
He got in a police car and then took a police officer's gun at the jail's security gate. McCutchen then ran into the jail's visitors' center, according to police, where he ordered 30 people to get on the ground at gunpoint before being tackled by the civilian and a correctional officer.
Get More at NBC News
President Obama visited the remote villages of Dillingham and Kotzebue in Alaska for the first time Wednesday, but also posted an online travelogue of his journey and used a GoPro to shoot it himself, selfie style.
He's also taken over the White House Instagram feed, posting only photos he takes himself, like a selfie with reality TV star Bear Grylls.
It's President Obama unleashed — relishing his final 15 months in office as a chance to tick off items from his policy to do list and bucket list at the same time.
Get More at NBC News
A police officer in eastern Pennsylvania was hospitalized following an assault Wednesday night. Police West Penn Township officer Melissa Ruch saw a vehicle on the side of the road Wednesday night and stopped to check it out. They said she started to approach the vehicle when a man came around the car, picked her up and threw her down an embankment. The man fled the scene. Ruch was flown to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. State police are investigating.
A wooden boat crammed with migrant workers who were headed back to Indonesia capsized Thursday off Malaysia's western coast, leaving at least 14 people dead, a maritime official said.
The boat was believed to be carrying 70 people and not 100 as reported earlier by fishermen, said First Adm. Mohamad Aliyas Hamdan, the district chief of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.
He said that 13 women and one man are confirmed to have died, and 19 people have been rescued.
Agency official Mohamad Hambali Yaakup said the boat sank in bad sea conditions not far from the coast and several vessels and an aircraft were searching for survivors near the coastal town of Sabak Bernam in the central Selangor state
Former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose personal information was posted online last year after a massive data breach have reached a settlement in a proposed class action lawsuit, their attorneys said Wednesday.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Police
A Florida woman is charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill a homeless man who she said was giving her grandkids lice, according to police and court records.
Pamela King Vanorsdale, 50, of New Smyrna Beach — who's also referred to in Volusia County court records as "Vanarsdale" — is free on $25,000 bond pending her arraignment Sept. 17 on a second-degree charge of solicitation to commit murder.
According to the charging affidavit, Vanorsdale called her ex-son-in-law to ask him to "pop" the intended victim with a gun and ammo she would provide.
Referring to a 22-year-old homeless man she said was having an affair with one of her married daughters, Vanorsdale asked the would-be gunman, identified as Daniel E. Dionne of Daytona Beach, to "get him out of here" because the man was "messing with" her grandchildren, according to the affidavit.
She specifically complained that the children were "coming home with lice," investigators said.
Get More at NBC News
Bloomberg via Getty Images
Tesla Motors says it will reveal its lower-cost Model 3 electric car in March and will start taking orders then. In a tweet Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the car will start at $35,000, or about half the starting price of its current Model S sedan. Musk said the Model 3 will start production in about two years. Musk also said deliveries of the Model X SUV — the company's third vehicle — will begin Sept. 29. Tesla wouldn't reveal pricing details. Musk said each trim level of the Model X will be around $5,000 more than the equivalent trim level of the Model S because of the SUV's greater size and complexity.