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A Houston-area couple is accused of forcing a Nigerian woman to care for their five children and home without pay during a two-year period in which she was physically and verbally abused, made to work nearly 20 hours a day and told to sleep on the floor, federal authorities say.
Chudy and Sandra Nsobundu were arrested Monday on charges of forced labor, withholding documents, conspiracy to harbor an illegal immigrant and visa fraud. Authorities say the couple seized the nanny's passport, so she was unable to leave.
The 38-year-old nanny, whose full name is not given in the criminal complaint, told authorities she was promised $100 per month but has never been paid in her two years working for the Nsobundus in their home in the Houston suburb of Katy.
Investigators still have not been able to access the contents of one of the cell phones used by the San Bernardino shooters two months ago, the director of the FBI said Tuesday, NBC News reported.
James Comey cited that problem as an illustration of authorities' frustration with technology that allows cellphones to lock with no apparent means to override that default position, from terror investigations to more ordinary criminal investigations — and even with a judge's ruling that the phone contained useful data.
The killers, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, gunned down 14 people at the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2. Before dying in a shootout with police, they tried to destroy their cell phones, investigators say. Getting into those cell phones, to figure out how and why they attacked, has been difficult.
Cell phone and tech companies commonly use encryption to protect customers' data, features that terrorists have used to communicate secretly
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Hundreds of burrito-seeking people have mistakenly inundated the cell phone of a D.C.-area lawyer after a Chipotle giveaway listed a phone number only one digit different from his.
On Monday, Chipotle announced a free burrito promotion as they opened their restaurants late for a safety meeting. Entrants simply had to text the word "raincheck" to 888-222. Yes, that's a six-digit number.
But lawyer Hank Levine -- who, ironically, specializes in telecommunications -- has a seven-digit number very similar to the one that the burrito chain publicized.
And so the texts started coming.
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The mayor of Hawaii's Big Island has declared a state of emergency to deal with an outbreak of dengue fever, spread by infected mosquitoes, with 250 cases confirmed over the past four months, NBC News reported.
As a result of Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi's order people on the Big Island will be allowed to resume disposing of old tires in landfills, since tires left lying around are a known breeding spot for mosquitoes.
There have been 250 confirmed cases of dengue on the island since Oct. 29, making it the largest outbreak in the state since the 1940s, according to the mayor's declaration and Hawaii health officials.
Dengue is not endemic to Hawaii but has occasionally spread after being imported by infected travelers. The outbreak on the Big Island is the first cluster of locally acquired dengue fever since a 2011 outbreak on Oahu, the Hawaii Department of Health said.
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Residents of Syria's besieged city of Aleppo are witnessing "deaths everywhere," as the U.N. warned that 300,000 people could be cut off from vital aid, NBC News reported.
"It's war," Aleppo resident Hussam — who would only give his first name out of fears for his safety — told NBC News in a phone interview. "There is shelling, there are deaths everywhere."
Government forces battling to regain full control of Aleppo from rebels have cut off aid supplies to the city from the north, triggering a flood of refugees towards neighboring Turkey. Hussam said, however, that reports of reports an exodus were "an exaggeration" but that many thousands had fled amid intensified fighting.
Hussam said the city has been in the dark since power lines were damaged in October and water supplies have been cut off for almost four weeks, with locals drawing from wells with water unfit for drinking.
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New Hampshire on Monday is hosting the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, featuring candidates for the Republican and Democratic nomination. Of the state's 1.33 million residents, more than 870,000 residents are registered to vote. Polls started opening at 7 a.m., except for a handful of communities that begin voting just after midnight. In Dixville Notch, voters in that tiny town gave Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich two votes, Republican Donald Trump got two and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won four votes for his Democratic bid. Click through for snapshots of voters who went to the polls Tuesday.
A transit police officer who was shot and critically injured during a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers is retiring.
Richard Donohue Jr. nearly died during a chaotic gun battle in Watertown four days after the 2013 bombing as police closed in on the suspects, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. A 2015 report found it "highly likely" that Donohue was hit by friendly fire.
The bullet that struck Donohue severed a major artery, and he nearly bled to death.
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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz took the high road Tuesday in his response to rival Donald Trump's use of profanity to describe the Texas Republican.
Trump, the GOP frontrunner, derided his opponents while addressing about 5,000 people at a rally Monday. He contrasted his recent statements on bringing back waterboarding to those of Cruz.
"You know he's concerned about the answer because well, some people," Trump said pointing to a woman in the audience, "she just said a terrible thing. ... She said, 'He's a p---y.'"
When asked about the comment Tuesday in New Hampshire, Cruz shrugged.
"Oh, listen. Nothing Donald says surprises anyone. Donald does not handle losing very well."
A judge on Tuesday dismissed model Janice Dickinson's defamation claim filed against Bill Cosby's former lawyer for denying her allegations that the comedian had drugged and raped her in 1982.
A man and woman who allegedly tried to board a plane at New York's LaGuardia Airport with a razor blade and straight razor artfully hidden in their clothes have been arrested, authorities said.
Miguel Munoz, 40, of the Bronx, was found with a straight razor hidden in the removable sole of one of his shoes, according to authorities. A small tube of cologne was also found tucked in the compartment.
Lizbeth Esteras, 18, also of the Bronx, was found with a razor blade hidden inside her hat, in the band near the size label of the cap, the Transportation Security Administration said.
Attorney information for Munoz and Esteras wasn't immediately available.
More than two dozen Texas counties are now eligible for federal help following deadly end-of-December blizzards and tornadoes.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared 25 counties federal disaster areas. Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 26 requested the disaster designation to provide expanded government assistance.
"Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding," the White House said Tuesday. "Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide."
Indiana health officials say the state has its first case of Zika virus.
The Indiana State Department of Health announced Tuesday the person with the virus is "a non-pregnant resident" who recently traveled to Haiti.
There have been about 50 cases of the mosquito-spread virus reported in the United States, most in travelers returning from affected countries.
Many people infected do not get sick. For those who do, it is usually a mild illness with symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.
A friend of slain Virginia girl Nicole Lovell says the seventh-grader talked of running away and starting a family with the man now charged in her slaying.
Natasha Bryant told The Washington Post that Nicole, 13, had called 18-year-old Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer her boyfriend. Natasha said Nicole described Eisenhauer as "funny and really nice."
On Jan. 27, Nicole apparently climbed out of her bedroom window. Her body was found four days later just across the state line in North Carolina.
She had been fatally stabbed.
President Barack Obama is sending Congress his eighth and final budget, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives. They include launching a new war on cancer, combating global warming and fighting growing threats from ISIS terrorists.
The new spending plan, for the budget year that begins Oct. 1 — just 3½ months before he leaves office — is facing heavy fire from Republicans who hope to capture the White House. The proposal had dim prospects of winning approval in a Republican-controlled Congress.
In all, Obama's budget would increase taxes by $2.6 trillion over the coming decade, nearly double the $1.4 trillion in new taxes Obama sought and failed to achieve in last year's budget.