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The City of Denton’s Swift Water Rescue team north of Dallas is used to saving people caught in bad situations, but this time, they had to add some big animals to their expertise.
On Friday just before 9,a.m., heavy rains caused a pasture to flood and look more like a lake, and right in the middle of that water were two horses named Mia and Bubba.
Kim Caples and Dee Gentry, who own the horses with their families, say the animals were grazing in the field and got stuck behind a fence when the waters quickly took over.
The horses and their families sat frantic looking for a way out of the mess and Caples said she even contemplated riding out into the waters to try and save them herself.
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Two men have died after a pontoon boat carrying seven people capsized in an inlet in New Jersey, officials say.
Multiple agencies responded with choppers and boats in the search-and-rescue operation when the boat flipped in the Manasquan Inlet, near Point Pleasant Beach, when it flipped into the water Friday afternoon, according to New Jersey State Police.
All seven men on the boat were recovered. Police said they're investigating but believe the strong currents were a contributing factor in the boat overturning. It's not clear if the men were wearing life vests.
Hundreds of protesters descended on Michigan Avenue on Black Friday, marching up the major shopping strip in Chicago in response to the release of the dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer.
The demonstration, organized by Rev. Jesse Jackson and several community activists and church leaders, began at 11 a.m. Friday. It started at Michigan and Wacker and proceeded to Water Tower Place, where some protesters attempted to block store entrances at Neiman Marcus, Victoria's Secret and Macy's.
Carrying signs that read "Stop police terror" and chanting "Rahm Emanuel has to go" and "Garry McCarthy must step down," protesters blocked traffic on both sides of the Mag Mile. Guided by police, the protest along the Mag Mile remained peaceful.
"This is what it should be about," one protester told NBC 5. "This is Chicago. This is an international city. We can't afford to let the embarrassments of other places happen here. We have to be the example. Justice in Chicago, I believe that."
A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the brutal killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, who was lured from a Chicago park to a nearby alley where he was "assassinated," authorities said Friday.
Corey Morgan, who was earlier considered a "person of interest" in the case, was arrested and charged with murder, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. Police believe he was one of three people involved in the young boy's execution in Chicago earlier this month.
Authorities have said Tyshawn was lured from a park into an alley near his grandmother’s house in the 8000 block of South Damen. The grade-schooler was shot multiple times at close range with a .40-caliber weapon in what authorities have said was a gang-related incident.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy called the shooting "a crime that shook our city" and said the "targeted and calculated" killing was gang retliation to get back at Tyshawn's father.
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Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle and his activist girlfriend Eireann Dolan, both natives of Illinois, hosted 17 Syrian refugee families for a Thanksgiving meal in Chicago on Wednesday night with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a special guest.
The idea of whether to accept Syrian refugees has become controversial as of late, as some critics fear that terrorists could slip in as desperate families seek safe shelter out of their war-torn homeland.
But the couple shunned those worries, and instead decided to act how they think all Americans should.
“Chicago is so lucky to have 17 Syrian refugee families now officially calling it home,” Dolan wrote on Instagram. “We thought we'd officially welcome them with one of our greatest American traditions, Thanksgiving.”
The Secret Service says a man who jumped the White House fence draped in an American flag on Thanksgiving has been charged.
Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback says 22-year-old Joseph Caputo of Stamford, Connecticut, scaled the north fence on Thursday afternoon and gained access to the north grounds, but was immediately arrested. Hoback said in an email Friday that Caputo was charged with unlawful entry.
The intrusion prompted a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving.
Victoria Pena of Houston, a witness, says the man was standing with other people visiting the White Housecompound when he rushed toward the fence carrying what appeared to be a binder. She says he then lay on the grass awaiting security personnel and guard dogs.
The official White House Christmas Tree - an 18.5-foot Fraser fir - was presented to First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday.
The Marine Band played as the horse-drawn wagon carrying the tree pulled up to the North Portico. Glenn and Jay Bustard of Bustard's Christmas Trees of Pennsylvania, the growers of this year's tree, presented the tree to the first lady.
"It's beautiful. It's going to work," said Obama, who was holding the first family's dogs, Bo and Sunny, on a leash.
The slaying of a Venezuelan opposition leader at a campaign rally is becoming an international flashpoint a week before critical congressional elections.
The United Nations' human rights office called on Venezuela's government Friday to protect opposition leaders following the shooting death of a politician campaigning against the ruling socialist party ahead of the Dec. 6 elections.
Opposition leader Luis Diaz was shot Wednesday night at a rally in central Guarico state. His party, Democratic Action, is part of an opposition coalition that is mounting the strongest challenge in 16 years to the socialist government amid worsening economic problems in this oil-producing country.
France on Friday honored the 130 lives lost two weeks ago in coordinated terror attacks in Paris and the president pledged to "destroy the army of fanatics" responsible for the massacre, NBC News reported.
Each name and age was read aloud inside the Invalides national monument. French President Francois Hollande noted that most were under the age of 35, killed while enjoying a mild Friday night of music, food, drinks or sports.
"The ordeal has scarred us all, but it will make us stronger," Hollande said. "I have confidence in the generation to come. Generations before have also had their identity forged in the flower of youth. The attack of Nov. 13 will remain in the memory of today's youth as a terrible initiation in the hardness of the world. But also as an invitation to combat it by creating a new commitment," he said.
Throughout Paris, French flags fluttered in windows in uncharacteristic displays of patriotism. The mood remained grim, however, and the locked-down ceremony lacked the defiance of January, when a million people poured took to the streets to honor those killed by Islamic extremist gunmen, according to The Associated Press.
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Armed attackers abducted five Polish seamen from a cargo ship in Nigerian waters, Poland's government said Friday.
Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said the five, including the captain and three officers, were abducted Thursday night from the ship Szafir. A further 11 crew members who barricaded themselves inside the ship were safe and in contact by phone, he said.
The Polish EuroAfrica company, the ship owner, said the ship was "attacked by armed pirates from two boats, some 35 nautical miles off the Nigerian coast."
The five crew members were "most probably abducted by the pirates" who left after having "ransacked the crew's cabins," EuroAfrica said.
Shoppers looking to score some Black Friday deals on the Neiman Marcus website, instead encountered an error message.
"We're currently making improvements to you shopping experience," the message said. "For immediate assistance, simply call 1.888.888.4757."
The luxury brand's homepage has been mostly down since 8 a.m. ET., according to Catchpoint Systems, which monitors retailers' web performance, CNBC reported.
Ginger Reeder, a spokeswoman for Neiman Marcus, said in a statement, "We are working fervently to get the site back up. I don't have an estimated time it will be back up."
According to Catchpoint Systems, Neiman Marcus' outage was the first significant outage of the day.
Belgian authorities have charged a man with involvement in "terrorist attacks" as investigations continue into the massacre in Paris two weeks ago.
The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement on Friday that the unidentified man was "charged with terrorist attacks and taking part in the activities of a terrorist group."
The unidentified man was arrested in Brussels on Thursday. The prosecutor's office declined to provide more details.
Meanwhile, a man who drove Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam through Brussels after the massacres is being kept in custody for at least a month.
Belgium's federal prosecutor's office said Friday that a court had confirmed the continued detention of the man, identified in official documents as Ali O.
Iraqi legislator Vian Dahkil is seen by many as the last and only hope for Yazidis, an ancient religious minority reviled by ISIS and driven from their historic homeland on Mount Sinjar in August 2014.
ISIS has captured thousands of women and children, around 2,500 of whom are still in the militants' hands, Dakhil told NBC News.
The 42-year-old regularly fields calls from captured women and girls begging for help, then she works with Kurdish security forces and an underground network of activists to try and rescue them. The activists are often forced to pay smugglers to help hostages escape.
"Sometimes I hear some things I can't imagine — girls, maybe 15 years old, with two or three ISIS men raping [them]," said Dahkil. "The Yazidi girls those terrorist [are] buying and selling, Yazidi girls sometimes [for] $100, sometimes one cigarette — they sell the girls and nobody does anything."
Her international campaign, which includes efforts to help the nearly half-a-million families living in camps, has put her on the extremists' hit list so she travels with an armed guard.
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Federal prosecutors are seeking a maximum 580-year prison sentence for a man who sexually abused six children, including two Amish girls he kidnapped in northern New York.
Stephen M. Howells, 40, and Nicole Vaisey, 26, admitted in May that they sexually exploited children. Authorities say victims were drugged and recorded during sex acts.
The abuse ended after the couple was arrested for kidnapping two young Amish girls at a farm stand in northern New York in August 2014. The girls were released after a day.
"It is overwhelming to imagine the sheer terror inflicted on these young girls, taken from their family and their community, held captive for more than 24 hours, drugged, and subjected to degrading and unspeakable brutalities," read the sentencing memorandum by assistant U.S. attorney Lisa Fletcher.
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The Super Bowl of shopping had an early start again this year, but the game isn't over yet.
Early numbers aren't out yet on how many shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving, but it's expected that more than three times the number of people will venture out to shop on the day after the holiday known as Black Friday.
Sabrina Rajkumar, 36, a writer from New York, started shopping with her stepmom at Macy's at 7:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving and was just wrapping up at 5:30 a.m. Friday. She found a $50 bedding set and a dress for her niece marked down to $25 from $74 and Godiva chocolates for $8.
"I'm from New York and I've never done Black Friday before," she said. "We just wanted to experience the madness."
She said she didn't think she'd like it since she usually buys personalized gifts at places like Etsy, but she had fun. A highlight was free samples of espresso from machines on sale.
"It was crazy, not as crazy as I expected, but there were still a lot of folks there up to the wee hours," she said.