A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of felony rape but convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses Friday against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a campus tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with.
A jury of nine men and three women took eight hours to reach its verdict in the case against 19-year-old Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, who was accused of forcing himself on the girl in a dark and noisy mechanical room at St. Paul's School in Concord two days before he graduated in 2014.
He wept upon hearing the verdict, and his mother sobbed into a tissue.
Labrie, who was bound for Harvard and planned to take divinity classes before his arrest put everything on hold, was acquitted of the most serious charges against him - three counts of felony rape, each punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison - but was found guilty of three counts of misdemeanor sexual assault and other offenses. Each count carries up to a year behind bars.
The father of slain TV reporter Alison Parker says he will make it his mission to try to change gun laws.
Andy Parker said outside of WDBJ-TV on Friday that he supports stronger gun laws and says people at gun shows should have to a background check before they can make purchases.
"All we wan to do is keep crazy people from getting guns," Parker said.
He said he has talked with Gov. Terry McAuliffe about gun laws, but was disappointed that he hadn't heard from Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner.
Certain diabetes drugs can cause severe and disabling joint pain, the Food and Drug Administration warned patients on Friday.
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the type 2 diabetes medicines sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, and alogliptin may cause joint pain that can be severe and disabling," the agency said in a statement.
These are generic names for Januvia, Onglyza, Tradjenta, and Nesina, which are all in the same calss and work by making more insulin for the body.
The drugs are already linked with some potentially severe side-effects. Januvia, for instance, can cause a severe inflammation of the pancreas called pancreatitis that's not only excruciating but that can be deadly. Onglyza has been linked with a higher risk of heart failure.
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A man sits in a Michigan jail while his 1-year-old daughter awaits her next round of chemotherapy.
Brian Randolph, 23, told police he robbed a bank to help pay for his baby daughter’s cancer treatments because her insurance had been canceled. He was charged with armed robbery and bank robbery following an arrest on Aug. 14 in Detroit.
"As a parent, I can understand. I want the best for my child too. If all this was supposed to go towards the child's care, why is he is spending money on nice things for himself?” Lt. Chris Sovik of the South Lyon Police Department told NBC Owned Stations.
Randolph is accused of robbing the Vibe Credit Union in South Lyon of $8,173 on Aug. 12. He allegedly entered the bank with glasses and a baseball cap, passed a note to a teller that stated he wanted $20,000 and had a shotgun in his pants, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, the highest-ranking Holy See official to ever be charged with sexually abusing young boys, was found dead Friday as he awaited trial, the Vatican said.
In a statement, the Vatican press office said preliminary checks on Jozef Wesolowski, 67, "indicated that the death was from natural causes."
A Franciscan priest who works as a confessor in St. Peter's Basilica found Wesolowski dead at 5 a.m. with the television on in the Vatican room where has been held in modified house arrest for several months, it said.
The statement said the Vatican prosecutor ordered an immediate autopsy and that Pope Francis was duly informed. The Vatican said the cause of death would be released.
Two treasure hunters who claim to have found a Nazi train filled with gold in Poland discovered it by following a map drawn up by one of the people who hid it around 70 years ago, a Polish government minister said Friday, NBC News reported.
The map was drawn by a man who helped conceal the train at the end of World War II and passed it on "on his deathbed," Poland's Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski said.
The deputy minister said officials had been able to locate the 100-yard-long military train using ground-penetrating radar. He stopped short of confirming the claim the train was filled with gold, weapons and valuable art.
According to a local rumor rumor, a German train filled with gold, gems and armaments went missing around the city of Walbrzych while it was fleeing the Red Army advancing towards Berlin in the spring of 1945.
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The number of migrants found dead in a truck abandoned on the side of a highway in Austria has reached 71, Austrian officials said Friday, NBC News reported.
The victims were 59 men, eight women and four children — including a girl who was no older than two years of age, according to Burgenland Police director Hans Peter Doskozil.
Meanwhile, three suspects believed to be involved in people smuggling have been arrested in connection with the case, and at least one other individual is being hunted, authorities confirmed.
Police originally thought up to 50 refugees had died inside the vehicle, which had been parked up on the shoulder of the busy road, 10 miles from Austria's border with Slovakia and Hungary.
The war in Syria has contributed to record numbers of migrants attempting to cross into Europe from Africa and the Middle East this year, often taking perilous sea crossings and stowing away in trucks.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Florida for every county in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika. The storm was expected to dump up to 12 inches (31 centimeters) of rain across portions of the drought-stricken northern Caribbean as it carved a path toward the U.S. Forecasters said Erika might fall apart over Hispaniola or Puerto Rico or possibly strengthen into a hurricane as it nears South Florida early next week.
Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley speak at the DNC summer meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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For one family in Sweden, a pioneering procedure has led to a baby being born from the same womb that nurtured his mother, uniting three generations. The new mother, who lost her own uterus to cancer in her 20s, said it was "unimaginable" that she now had her own child, thanks to her mother's donated womb.
Former President George W. Bush returned Friday to New Orleans, where he was vilified for his administration's lackluster response to Hurricane Katrina, to praise the city's comeback 10 years after the catastrophic storm.
"Isn't it amazing? The storm nearly destroyed New Orleans and yet, now, New Orleans is the beacon for school reform," Bush said at the city's oldest public school, which was badly flooded and almost abandoned before it reopened a year later as Warren Easton Charter High School.
The school's success is a rare bright spot from historians consider a low-point for Bush's presidency.
Brookfield Zoo in Illinois has announced the birth of two snow leopard cubs.
The cubs, which are currently off exhibit bonding with their 4-year-old mother Sarani, are scheduled to make their public debut in mid-October.
The two females, which each weigh about 10 pounds, were born on June 16, zoo officials said.
The North Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed former college football player in 2013 won't be retried, an official said Friday, a week after a judge declared a mistrial in the case, NBC News reported.
Randall "Wes" Kerrick, 29, killed Jonathan Ferrell, 24, after a traffic accident on Sept. 14, 2013, and was accused of voluntary manslaughter. Kerrick is white; Ferrell was black.
Prosecutors argued Kerrick should have used nonlethal force to subdue Ferrell, a former defensive back for Florida A&M, after Ferrell climbed out of his wrecked car and dragged himself to a nearby house to get help. The woman in the house called 911 to report a possible break-in.
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A Transportation Security Administration screener at LaGuardia Airport has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 22-year-old foreign exchange student when she arrived in Queens this week, Port Authority police sources tell NBC 4 New York. The student, who is from Korea, lives in Salt Lake City but had come to New York to visit friends Tuesday. The TSA did not immediately respond to phone or email requests seeking comment.