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Gunfire in Baltimore that killed a man and injured two other adults Saturday night was part of a "mass casualty incident," the city's top police leader said. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison described a chaotic scene in the city's Upton community, where ShotSpotter sensors alerted police to gunshots at 6:39 p.m. The vehicle, also carrying children ages 2 and 3, struck a pole and came to a stop, the commissioner said. The children suffered head trauma and lacerations in the vehicle crash, according to the statement. In their overnight statement, Baltimore police said it appeared the vehicle crashed "when the driver was shot."
Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin spoke publicly for the first time since his heart went silent Jan. 2 in the middle of a Monday Night Football game viewed by millions. It shocked fans when he stayed down after his first-quarter hit on host team Cincinnati's Tee Higgins, and then team health personnel began CPR on the field. The Buffalo Bills player said he was in no rush. A fund-raising account that Hamlin had set up in 2020 to support a toy drive in his home neighborhood in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, was flooded after he was hospitalized. The safety appeared to have his greatest gratitude for children — "to all the kids who sent me letters and heartwarming gifts," Hamlin said.
Remains found last week have been identified as those of a missing 4-year-old Oklahoma girl, authorities said Thursday. The state bureau said Thursday that the Oklahoma Office of Chief Medical Examiner positively identified the remains as Athena. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation via FacebookOn Jan. 16, investigators said their search had shifted to a “recovery operation” to find her remains. The remains were found outside of Rush Springs, about 16 miles southeast of Cyril, in neighboring Caddo County, the state bureau said. Cyril is a town about 65 miles southwest of Oklahoma City in Caddo County.
An airline worker killed in a Dec. 31 incident at an Alabama airport was exposed to multiple warnings about the dangers of being near running jet engines, the National Transportation Safety Board said. It noted examples of when workers were warned to stay clear of running jet engines when planes are stopped on the ground. The worker was not named in the NTSB report. An excerpt from American Eagle’s ground operations manual that was included in the NTSB report echoed those points. During that walk along the wing, the employee got too close to the running engine and was killed, the NTSB said.
All five inmates who escaped from a Missouri jail this week were in custody as of Saturday morning, the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department said. The five escaped from St. Francois County Detention Center in Farmington early Tuesday night, they said. All of the escapees were being held based on felony allegations, the sheriff’s department said. St. Francois County Detention Center in Farmington, Mo. The others were found hours later in Ohio, the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department said Saturday.
Six additional items, including documents with classified markings, were found in President Joe Biden's Delaware home after Department of Justice officials searched the residence Friday, the president's personal attorney said Saturday. Joseph D. Fitzpatrick, assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, said FBI agents conducted the search of Biden's personal property. In June, Trump’s lawyers turned over 38 classified documents, including 17 marked top secret, as well as other material. Special counsel Jack Smith is heading the FBI’s criminal investigation into the handling of the Trump documents. There’s no indication a criminal investigation has been launched into Biden's handling of sensitive documents.
A woman and a boy were fatally attacked by a polar bear in Alaska on Tuesday, authorities said. The bear went on a rampage in the small community of Wales, and a resident fatally shot the polar bear as it attacked the woman and the boy, the state Public Safety Department said in a dispatch. Troopers and state Department of Fish and Game officials will travel there when weather conditions allow it, according to the dispatch. Fatal polar bear attacks have been rare in Alaska’s recent history. In 1990, a polar bear killed a man farther north of Wales in the village of Point Lay.
Eight people were injured, one critically, in a shooting Monday during a holiday car show in Fort Pierce, Florida, authorities said. NBC affiliate WPTV of West Palm Beach reported one of those four is a child. Sheriff's officials said it wasn't a mass shooting where victims were struck randomly by gunfire. WPTV reported the shooting was preceded by an argument between two people. The car show was listed as part of the city's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.
A father spent most of the weekend in jail after his young boy was seen on security video waving a loaded handgun around an Indiana apartment complex, authorities said Monday. At first, the boy moves rapidly to a staircase and points the gun down its slope for a beat, the video shows. Officers responding to the report of the boy with a gun were being recorded for immediate broadcast on "On Patrol: Live" on cable network Reelz. The neighbor said she looked through her front door peephole and saw the boy standing above with the gun held behind his back. A woman with the same last name as the suspect lives in a separate apartment, according to the report.
Police in Albuquerque on Monday announced the arrest of a failed candidate for state Legislature in a string of shootings at locations associated with high-profile Democratic leaders. Republican Solomon Peña is accused of conspiring with and paying four men to carry out four shootings at the homes of two Bernalillo County commissioners and two state legislators. But on Monday, Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina described Peña as the initiator of the shootings. Ballistics evidence from one of the shootings connected the case to the suspect, Medina said. The Albuquerque Journal describes the suspect as unsuccessful candidate for New Mexico House District 14, which represents the Albuquerque area's South Valley.
A former University of Alabama basketball player was behind bars Sunday night after he was arrested in connection with a fatal shootout near campus, authorities said. He was booked on suspicion of murder and was being held without bail, the office said in a statement. Miles' name wasn't on the institution's basketball roster online late Sunday. The sheriff's statement addressed his status with the university in past tense. The other suspect, also booked on an allegation of capital murder, was identified as Michael Lynn Davis, 20, of Charles County, Maryland.
A Maine resident purchased the winning ticket ahead of Friday $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot drawing — the second-largest in the game's history, lottery officials said. The lotto winner matched all six numbers in the game, which hasn't crowned a jackpot winner since Oct. 14. Some state lottery officials do not identify winners out of concern for their privacy and security. With no winner earlier this week, Friday’s top prize grew to surpass the $1.35 billion jackpot won in July 2022. Friday's winner can choose between accepting 30 annuity payments worth the $1.35 billion, or a one-time cash payment of $724.6 million.
You still have a shot at becoming a Mega Million billionaire. Nobody matched the six numbers — 7, 13, 14, 15, 18 and Mega Ball 9 — Tuesday night to win the $1.1 billion jackpot, which means the prize will keep growing. When the numbers are drawn again Friday night, the jackpot will be worth about $1.35 billion, the second-highest top prize in the game's history, according to the Mega Millions website. Tuesday's $1.1 billion was the third-highest amount for a Mega Millions jackpot, bested only by the $1.5 billion won in October 2018 and the $1.3 billion in July 2022. Under that “lump sum” choice, the most money a winner was likely to see from the jackpot was very close to one-third of the $1.1 billion, $363.4 million, the publication said.
SAN DIEGO — In a La Niña year, usually associated with dry and warm weather, California has been displaying elements of El Niño: big waves, snowcapped mountains and flooded coastal streets. La Niña this year looks like the El Niño he used to know. "This storm pattern in Southern California is not what we typically expect for a La Niña year," Yu said. "It is more like a winter rainfall pattern we would expect in Southern California during an El Niño year." That's La Niña.
Diamond of the pro-Trump entertainers Diamond and Silk has died, the former president as well as the duo's verified Twitter account announced Monday night. Both women, sisters whose names are Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, were born in 1971, with Diamond making her debut on Thanksgiving Day, according to their 2020 book, "Uprising." Then-President Donald Trump hugs conservative social media figures Lynnette Hardaway, known as Diamond, and Rochelle Richardson, known as Silk, in 2019. In late November, the Diamond and Silk Twitter account made a plea for prayers for Diamond. Diamond and Silk soon landed at fringe network Newsmax with "Diamond and Silk: Crystal Clear."
A 12-year-old girl was in custody at a juvenile facility after she fatally stabbed her 9-year-old brother, police said. The stabbing was reported just before midnight on Thursday at a residence in the St. Thomas Square community south of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tulsa police said in a statement released Friday. "Officers learned the children's parent was upstairs asleep when the 12-year-old daughter woke the parent up and said that she had stabbed her 9-year-old brother," the Tulsa Police Department said. The girl was taken into custody at Tulsa's Family Center for Juvenile Justice and remained there at least through Friday, according to police statements. Under Oklahoma law, she may be held for five work days pending filing of a petition that outlines potential allegations.
A suspect was in custody Monday in a string of shootings that may have targeted Democratic leaders in Albuquerque, officials said Monday. "Those elected officials deserve to be able to do their jobs as part of American democracy without fear, and especially without fear in their homes." Last week, after the other shootings were widely reported, Martinez asked officers to investigate the incident, police said. The Democratic Party of New Mexico said in a statement it is "deeply troubled" by the shootings. "I share the anger of my fellow elected officials and all those who have been targeted by such senseless acts of violence," he said.
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who is continuing to recover from cardiac arrest, thanked fans Saturday in his first public statement since he collapsed and asked them to keep their prayers coming. ... On a long road keep praying for me!”Damar Hamlin #3 of the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Sept. 19, 2022. A painted 30-yard line honoring Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, #3, at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday. Buffalo players plan to wear jersey patches with Hamlin's number, 3, to express support for his recovery, according to the NFL. For pregame warmups, Bills players planned to wear t-shirts emblazoned with the statement, "Love for Damar 3," the league said.
Southwest Airlines, which canceled thousands of flights last week and infuriated passengers, said Tuesday it was making "solid progress" on processing refunds even as another problem caused more travel woes. The reports of delays Tuesday came just days after the airline said it resumed normal operations following the holiday travel chaos. The flight-tracking website FlightAware showed 138 Southwest cancellations — or 3% — and around 1,560 delays Tuesday. There were 24 Southwest cancellations and 115 delays for Wednesday, according to the website. Southwest canceled thousands of flights, stranding passengers and their luggage and leading to what has been called a meltdown that enraged travelers.
Two men have been charged in the Christmas Day attacks on four power substations near Tacoma, Washington, that left about 14,000 homes and businesses without power, officials said Tuesday. While federal authorities have long said the country's power grid is vulnerable to terrorists domestic and foreign, the suspects may have been motivated by the spoils of burglary, prosecutors said. The federal public defender's office for Western Washington didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The attacks appeared to successfully target the substations' high-side switches, devices that can connect or disconnect a potent power source, authorities said in court filings. The Graham and Elk Plain substations are operated by Tacoma Power; the Kapowsin and Hemlock substations are operated by Puget Sound Energy.
Sunday afternoon, mandatory evacuations were activated for residents of the Point Pleasant community south of the city of Sacramento, Sacramento County officials said. "Flooding in the area is imminent," the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services said in a statement. NBC affiliate KCRA of Sacramento reported that dozens of motorists have been rescued from vehicles stranded in high waters in Sacramento County. Nearby Oakland, however, set its one-day record by scoring 4.75 inches of rain, the National Weather Service said. "Precipitation chances will ramp up again Monday and Tuesday as a series of Pacific Storm systems continues to impact the region," the National Weather Service said.
A worker on the ground at Alabama's Montgomery Regional Airport was killed in an industrial accident Saturday, leading to flights being temporarily stopped, officials said. The incident happened about 2:20 p.m. on an airport ramp near an American Airlines Embraer E175, which was was parked, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a preliminary statement. The worker was employed by Piedmont Airlines, an American Airlines regional carrier, the parent company said in a statement. "We are focused on ensuring that all involved have the support they need during this difficult time," American said. Air traffic was halted after the accident and the local ground stop lasted until 8:30 p.m., the airport said in a statement.
Three electricity substations in the Tacoma, Washington, area were attacked Sunday, leaving an as many as 14,000 customers affected, authorities said. The agency estimated the number of homes and businesses affected by the attacks was 14,000 at one point Sunday. In a statement, TPU said, "Two of our substations were deliberately targeted by physical attacks." On Dec. 3, vandals attacked two Duke Energy substations in Moore County, North Carolina, leaving 45,000 customers in the dark for more than three days straight, officials said. Investigators probing the North Carolina attacks were looking at online conspiracy theories to determine whether any played a role, two senior law enforcement officials briefed on the matter told NBC News earlier this month.
Twenty people who were on a Hawaiian Airlines flight near Honolulu suffered significant injuries when the jetliner bucked violently in a patch of turbulent air Sunday, officials said. The aircraft was at capacity, with 278 passengers, eight flight attendants and two pilots on board, when the incident shook it enough to damage interior panels and cause head injuries for multiple people, Hawaiian Airlines officials said. Flight 35 was at a cruising altitude of 36,000 feet when it hit the patch, Hawaiian Airlines Chief Operating Officer Jon Snook said at a news conference Sunday. Fasten seat belt lights were on at the time, but at least some of the injured were not restrained properly, airlines officials said. Such a level of turbulence has not affected a Hawaiian Airlines flight since the century began, Snook said.
"Saturday Night Live's" final show of 2022 doubled as a send-off for Cecily Strong, who exited amid her 11th season and as one of the longest-tenured female cast members. Amid speculation she would depart before the 48th season started in fall, Strong stayed on. Her original characters on the show included Cathy Anne, "Weekend Update" anchor Michael Che's chain-smoking neighbor, which she reprised Saturday in a goodbye sketch. "Actually, I’m a little emo here tonight because truth is I’m here to say goodbye," Cathy Anne said. Cecily Strong as Cathy Anne on "Saturday Night Live."
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