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New Zealand's stricken residents reached out to Muslims in their neighborhoods and around the country on Saturday, in a fierce determination to show kindness to a community in pain as a 28-year-old white supremacist stood silently before a judge, accused in mass shootings at two mosques that left 49 people dead.
Brenton Harrison Tarrant appeared in court amid strict security, shackled and wearing all-white prison garb, and showed no emotion when the judge read him one murder charge. The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow. Tarrant, who posted an anti-immigrant manifesto online and apparently used a helmet-mounted camera to broadcast live video of the slaughter, appeared to make a hand sign, similar to an OK sign, that is sometimes associated with white nationalists.
The massacre during Friday prayers prompted a heartfelt response from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who pronounced it "one of New Zealand's darkest days" and said the shooter, an Australian native, has chosen to strike in New Zealand "because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion."
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A Florida woman has been sentenced to life in prison for killing her 9-year-old cousin sitting on her as a form of punishment.
The Pensacola News Journal reports that 66-year-old Veronica Green Posey was sentenced Friday after jurors convicted her of first-degree felony murder.
Prosecutors say Dericka Lindsay had suffered horrific beatings from Posey, and Lindsay's adoptive parents, James and Grace Smith. Officials say Posey sat on Dericka for more than five minutes in October 2017, causing the girl to die from lack of oxygen.
A South Florida woman says she opened her heart and her home to a stray dog, only to have that animal turn into a total terror -- first killing her cat, then attacking her and leaving her with severe physical and mental wounds.
"Something had switched in his mind," Sabreena Deen said. "It seemed like he just saw red and started attacking me."
At the beginning of the year, Deen found Zeus, a 90-pound American bulldog, wandering the streets. The dog was microchipped, so Deen was able to find the owner, who had recently moved to Peru and left the dog to a friend.
A four-month-old Chihuahua is on the rebound after he was thrown into a trash chute.
Accused mail bomber Cesar Sayoc Jr will enter a guilty plea at a March 21 hearing in Manhattan.
At least 49 people were shot to death at two mosques during midday prayers Friday — most if not all of them gunned down by an immigrant-hating white supremacist who apparently used a helmet-mounted camera to broadcast live video of the slaughter on Facebook.
One man was arrested and charged with murder. Brenton Harrison Tarrant appeared in court Saturday morning amid strict security and showed no emotion when the judge read him one murder charge. The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow.
A veteran found guilty of violently abusing his neighbors' huskies was sentenced to nearly a decade behind bars Friday.
David Herbert, 36, an honorably discharged disabled Navy veteran, was arrested after a months-long investigation led police to his home. He was found guilty on six animal cruelty charges involving disfiguration and torture related to the brutal torture of two Huskies and the death of a golden retriever.
Prosecutors said he dumped acid on the dogs, gouging out one of their eyes and taking a Golden Retriever named Lala from another family.
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U.S. business groups said Friday they are encouraged by China's approval of a new law that loosens restrictions on foreign investment and said it could help smooth the way to a substantive trade agreement between the two countries.
China's ceremonial legislature passed a measure Thursday seeking to prevent Chinese officials from forcing U.S. and other foreign companies to turn over proprietary technology, a key sticking point in the trade fight between the two countries.
The U.S. has imposed tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods in an effort to force changes to a range of China's economic policies. China has retaliated by slapping duties on most U.S. imports.
Unbowed by a congressional rebuke, President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday in a demonstration that he is not through fighting for his signature campaign promise, which stands largely unfulfilled 18 months before voters decide whether to grant him another term. Trump rejected an effort by Congress to block the emergency declaration he'd used to circumvent lawmakers as he tried to shake loose funds for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The monthslong confrontation now moves to the courts, but not before marking a new era of divided government in Washington and Republicans' increasing independence from the White House. "Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution," Trump said, "and I have the duty to veto it."
From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they see as the failures by their governments to take tough action against global warming.
Friday's rallies were one of the biggest international climate change actions yet, involving hundreds of thousands of students in more than 100 countries around the globe.
The coordinated "school strikes," were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year.
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In some ways, the college-admissions bribery scheme newly revealed by federal prosecutors seemed almost inevitable. Ethics experts say Americans these days are barraged with accounts of corruption, greed and amoral behavior to the point that many likely wonder, "Why should I play by the rules?"
The gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings in New Zealand that left 49 people dead on Friday tried to make a few things clear in the manifesto he left behind: He is a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist who hates immigrants. He was angry about attacks in Europe that were perpetrated by Muslims. He wanted revenge, and he wanted to create fear.
The U.S. State Department said Friday that it is eliminating a coveted five-year tourist visa for Cubans, dealing a heavy blow to entrepreneurs and Cuban members of divided families, who used the visas to see relatives in the United States and buy precious supplies for their businesses on the island.
The elimination of the visa cuts a vital link between the U.S. and Cuba by forcing Cubans to make a costly and complicated trip to a third country like Mexico or Panama every single time they want to visit the U.S.
Residents who evacuated the Orient Heights area of East Boston were allowed to return to their homes Friday night after firefighters spent hours battling a massive 9-alarm fire.
Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn said three buildings suffered collapses during the fire, which was reported shortly after 3 p.m. at the New England Casket Company on Bennington Street.
Crews fought flames and hazardous chemicals while dealing with water supply issues. Heavy flames were knocked down by around 10:30 p.m.
"We got a bit of a handle on the fire," Finn said Friday night. "We have multiple collapses of three buildings. We have some fire that's trapped throughout the three buildings."