A Thai man is recovering from a bloody encounter with a 10-foot python that slithered through the plumbing of his home and latched its jaws onto his penis as he was using a squat toilet.
Attaporn Boonmakchuay was smiling as Thai television stations interviewed him in his hospital bed about the intimate intrusion, and doctors said he would recover. But photos of his blood-splattered bathroom in Chachoengsao province, east of Bangkok, were testimony to his ordeal.
The 38-year-old told Thai TV Channel 7 that he struggled to remove the snake for 30 minutes Wednesday before he managed to free himself with help from his wife and a neighbor.
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A 4-year-old boy died Thursday after he fell down an elevator shaft at a private parking garage in Brooklyn, authorities say.
FDNY responded to 841 Union St. in Park Slope at about 8 p.m. Wednesday and found the boy at the bottom of the shaft, officials said.
Police said the boy was on the third floor of the garage with a parking attendant and his parents before he fell.
The parents lost sight of the boy for just a moment and he somehow fell through a 10-inch gap between the elevator and the third floor.
A school in Chicago's far southwest suburbs is investigating after a student recorded a bus driver apparently texting while driving.
Noah LaBarge, a sophomore at Ottawa Township High School, captured the video that was posted to Facebook Tuesday, claiming he caught the driver texting while taking students home from school.
"So we had a sub today and i caught her texting 4 times when she was taking us home," LaBarge wrote in the caption.
In a statement, superintendent Michael Cushing said the school is investigating the incident.
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After an investigation spanning nearly two years, a South Florida man has been arrested in the killing of a well-known Florida State University professor.
But the arrest of a 34-year-old man on drug charges hasn't answered a long line of questions about why Daniel Markel was gunned down in the garage of his Tallahassee home in July 2014. Top police officials in Tallahassee are releasing scant details about how they linked the Miami Beach-based suspect to the slaying or whether others are involved.
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A day before the first anniversary of the shooting death of local news reporter Charnice Milton, the D.C. police chief said investigators "just need a little more" to catch her killer.
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier and Milton's stepfather, Ken McClenton, spoke Thursday afternoon near the bus stop in Southeast D.C. where Milton was shot the night of May 27, 2015, as she headed home.
Lanier said the investigation is ongoing and police have received a steady stream of tips.
"We've got a lot of momentum going in this case," she said.
A U.S. Justice Department report prompted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre urges police chiefs around the country to put mental health programs in place in to help officers cope with on-the-job trauma, including the aftermath of mass shootings.
The report, offered as a best practices guide, was prepared with help from officials including retired Newtown police chief Michael Kehoe, who led the response to the 2012 school shooting and worried over the following weeks that some of his officers might kill themselves. Most police departments train to respond to mass shootings, but few prepare officers for the psychological fallout, the report says.
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The mother of a North Texas teen whose lawyers used an "affluenza" defense in a deadly 2013 drunken driving crash has been indicted on two felony charges by a Tarrant County grand jury.
Because of a gag order, the Tarrant County district attroney's office could say little about the case Thursday other than confirm Tonya Couch had been indicted on charges of hindering the apprehension of a felon and money laundering.
She was accused of taking $30,000 and fleeing to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in her pickup truck with her son Ethan Couch in December 2015.
The NYPD's top cop called rap artists "basically thugs" a day after a shooting at a hip-hop concert left one person dead and three others injured.
In an interview Thursday with WCBS radio, William Bratton cited "the crazy world of these so-called rap artists who are basically thugs that basically celebrate violence they did all their lives." He says, "Unfortunately, that violence often times manifests itself during their performances."
Shots rang out Wednesday night at a venue where rapper T.I. was getting ready to perform. Performers Maino and Uncle Murda were on stage at the time.
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A powerful image of a West Point cadet standing at attention, tears streaking his face, has come to symbolize the raw emotion surrounding graduation from the prestigious military academy.
"At this moment, I was overwhelmed with emotions," 2nd Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache, who came to the U.S from Haiti in 2009, wrote in a comment on West Point's Instagram post.
Idrache was one of nearly 1,000 cadets honored at West Point commencement on May 21. The academy's top-ranking physics graduate, Idrache will attend the Army Aviation Center for Excellence in July to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot.
That dream was born years ago in Haiti, where Idrache watched in awe as Chinooks on humanitarian missions descended on his native Port-au-Prince, according to the Army.
Two months after a Southern California barber cited scripture as a reason for denying a haircut to a transgender Army veteran, Kendall Oliver has filed suit, alleging a violation of civil rights.
Oliver, an Army reserve sergeant who served in Afghanistan, filed a lawsuit against The Barbershop in Rancho Cucamonga, citing an incident last March when the shop refused to cut Oliver's hair.
"What I'm looking for today is to make sure this never happens again to someone else," said Oliver, who was born female but identifies "more as male."
Owner Richard Hernandez said in March that his Christian religious beliefs forbid him from cutting a woman's hair.
A construction project in Boston has led to the discovery of a nearly 200-year-old shipwreck.
The remains of a wooden vessel from the mid- to late-19th century were discovered Wednesday by construction crews on Seaport Boulevard. They are at least 50 feet long.
"It's in pretty good shape considering it's been somehow avoiding construction for the past couple of weeks," said Joe Bagley, a city archaeologist.
"This is actually highly unusual for Boston," said Vic Mastrone, an underwater archaeologist. "We know a lot of vessels were wrecked and abandoned and this is an abandoned vessel. But typically you don't find them in the fill tidelands. They're usually gone or they're not even noticed."
Archeologists said the ship is in good condition because it has been buried in clay, which helped preserve it. They believe the ship may have been carrying lime and that it burned before it sank.
Mississippi plans to join 11 other states that filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block the Obama administration's transgender bathroom policy at public schools, Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday, NBC News reported.
"Our office has talked to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office and I intend, as soon as possible, to join the lawsuit against this latest example of federal overreach," Bryant, a Republican, said in a Facebook post.
Texas is leading the lawsuit. Governors from Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Utah have jumped on board.
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A 19-year-old leaped into action when a man fell onto the subway tracks as a train was approaching in lower Manhattan, jumping down to move him out of the way before barely escaping the oncoming train.
Police said a man in his 30s was waiting for the 6 train at Canal and Lafayette streets at around 8 p.m. Wednesday when he apparently became ill and began staggering, then fell.
"All of a sudden, before I knew it, he fell down on the track. He was sort of splayed across the track in the middle and wasn't moving," 19-year-old Nicholas Buxton told NBC 4 partner station Telemundo-47.
A Facebook account claiming to be that of slain North Texas fitness instructor Missy Bevers sent friend requests to Bevers' family and friends after her death, investigators said.
Bevers, 45, was found dead April 19 inside Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, where she had planned to host an exercise camp. Surveillance video captured a person wearing what appeared to be tactical gear inside the church just before the mother of three arrived.
After her death, a fake Facebook account was created using Bevers' name and image, police said. The fake account sent friend requests to people Bevers knew, including students of her Camp Gladiator fitness class and her mother-in-law, police told NBC News.