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The mother of a New Jersey escort whose 2010 disappearance led to the discovery of 10 butchered bodies on a Long Island beach has been killed, and her other daughter has been charged in the slaying.
The Ellenville Police Department said in a release on Facebook that Mari Gilbert, 52, of Ellenville, New York, was killed sometime Saturday morning. Gilbert is the mother of Shannan Gilbert, a 24-year-old escort who vanished while on a call in 2010, sparking a massive search that led to the discovery of 10 sets of human remains believed to be linked to at least one serial killer.
Rejecting calls by anti-doping officials for a complete ban on Russia, Olympic leaders on Sunday gave individual sports federations the task of deciding which athletes should be cleared to compete in next month's Rio de Janeiro Games.
Citing the need to protect the rights of individual athletes, the International Olympic Committee decided against taking the unprecedented step of excluding Russia's entire team over allegations of state-sponsored doping. Instead, the IOC left it to 27 international sports federations to make the call on a case-by-case basis.
"Every human being is entitled to individual justice," IOC President Thomas Bach said after the ruling of his 15-member executive board.
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Tilda the pug terrier mix, Charizard the iguana, Rose the Huskie and more than 20,000 other animals found new homes on Saturday as NBC’s pet adoption drive emptied shelters across the country.
More than 45,000 pets in all were adopted this month as part of the second annual Clear the Shelters campaign, after more than 40 local NBC and Telemundo television stations teamed up with more than 680 animal shelters in states across the country and in Puerto Rico. The shelters offered no-cost or reduced-fee adoptions, or they waived spaying and neutering fees to help families bring home dogs, cats and unusual animals like the iguana.
Pet owners who mentioned the campaign during the adoption process were included in NBC's 2016 count, which was more than twice the number of animals given forever homes during last year's event.
"Our entire division of NECN, Telemundo and NBC stations and our corporate staff are overwhelmed and thrilled with the extraordinary results of this year's Clear The Shelters event,” said Valari Staab, the president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. "We want to thank all of our shelters, NBC and Telemundo affiliates that joined us this year and our partners, including Petco and VIP Petcare. Together, we emptied at least 13 shelters and found more than 45,000 animals new loving homes."
Donald Trump pushed back against critics who called his speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night too pessimistic, telling NBC's Chuck Todd he offered an optimistic message because "we're going to solve the problems."
In an interview on "Meet The Press," the GOP nominee said he intended to portray only a choice between himself and Hillary Clinton.
Asked about his statement that "I alone can fix it" — a sentiment blasted by critics as a flirtation with totalitarianism — Trump said his ability to solve America's problems is a binary contrast with the Democratic nominee.
"I am running against Hillary. It's not like I'm running against the rest of the world. I know people that are very, very capable that could do a very good job, but they could never get elected," he said.
Trump called critics of his address "haters," saying that the latest round of violence in the Middle East justifies the grim view of world affairs he presented in his speech.
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The mother of the U.S. ambassador killed in the 2012 attack in Benghazi has asked that Donald Trump and the Republican Party to stop the "opportunistic and cynical" use of her son's name and death.
"As Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens's mother, I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican Party," Stevens' mother, Mary Commanday, wrote in a letter published in The New York Times online Saturday.
Trump, in a speech accepting his party's nomination Thursday, referred to the four victims of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, who he claimed were "left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers" by Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time, NBC News reported.
"I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection. I hope that there will be an immediate and permanent stop to this opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign," she added.
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The chief financial officer of the Democratic National Committee apologized Saturday for the "insensitive" contents of an email leaked by the website WikiLeaks, which appears to refer to Bernie Sanders but does not name him directly.
The internal email, one of more than 19,000 emails released Friday, showed Brad Marshall questioning Sanders' Jewish faith, and suggested that painting the candidate as an atheist "could make several points difference" with his "Southern Baptist peeps [who] would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist."
In a Facebook post Saturday, Marshall said the emails were written in the heat of the moment.
"I deeply regret that my insensitive, emotional emails would cause embarrassment to the DNC, the chairwoman, and all of the staffers who worked hard to make the primary a fair and open process," Marshall said. "The comments expressed do not reflect my beliefs nor do they reflect the beliefs of the DNC and its employees. I apologize to those I offended."
NBC News reached out to the DNC Saturday but did not receive a response.
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The autistic man who was the intended target of a police bullet is suffering from emotional distress, not eating and traumatized following the shooting of his caretaker.
Arnaldo Rios' mother, Gladys Soto, said during a Saturday news conference that she is worried about the safety of her son, who wandered back to the site of the Monday shooting a day later, threw himself on the ground and shouted: "I hate the police, I hate the police," The Miami Herald reported Saturday.
A man who walked for five months from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean finished his trek Saturday in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ben Davis started his walk as a personal goal but along the way became an inspiration to people. Davis left from Los Angeles, California, on February 27 with a budget of $40 a day and a stroller packed with supplies. A real life Forrest Gump of sorts — his reasoning was simple. He could, so why not?
One person was killed after a car crashed into a Virginia home Friday afternoon, Prince William County police said.
The driver crashed into a garage attached to a home in the 13200 block of Catharpin Valley Drive in Gainesville, officials said. Responding firefightes arrived to find the car and residence fully engulfed in flames.
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A 43-year-old man was crushed to death by a freight elevator Saturday in Manhattan, police said.
The man apparently was loading merchandise into the elevator at about 5:45 p.m. when it started to ascend and pinned him to the ceiling, investigators said.
A new movement is emerging among Republican candidates and officeholders, contrasting the liberal-dominated Black Lives Matters movement, according to NBC News.
“Blue Lives Matter” has already become a rallying cry for some conservatives. The recent shootings of police officers, particularly the in Dallas, have pushed conservatives to insist there is a war on police officers.
The implication that Americans are overly hostile to law enforcement is the latest illustration of the debate over race, policing and criminal justice, as Trump’s popularity rises and the end of Barack Obama’s presidency comes to an end.
A group of GOP House members say they will push for a so-called "Blue Lives Matter" bill in September that would make the intentional shooting of a police officer a hate crime. Some liberal groups argue such a provision is unnecessary since many states impose additional penalties on those who kill police officers.
According to a 2013 Gallup survey, 68 percent of Republicans viewed police officers as having “high” or “very high” standards of ethics, compared to just 44 percent of Democrats.
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An experimental solar-powered airplane took off from Cairo for Abu Dhabi early Sunday on the last leg of its globe-circling voyage, mission organizers said.
The Mission Control Center tweeted that the Solar Impulse 2 is expected to land in Abu Dhabi after a 48-hour flight. Mission Control said it had identified a weather window that could allow the plane to overcome the challenging high temperatures across Saudi Arabia.
A witness to the shooting spree in Munich, Germany, recalled scenes of terror and panic Saturday as a memorial grew outside the shopping center where the rampage took place, NBC News reported.
Huseyin Bayri, 29, who was at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum when the 18-year-old gunman opened fire Friday evening, told reporters that he held a teen who was shot and comforted him as the victim succumbed to his wounds. Bayri said he was thinking he could be next as the shooter approached.
Bayri said he’s haunted by the boy’s final words: "I can't get those words out of my head: 'Please help me, please help me.'"
The witness said he heard the shooter yell “I will kill you all” and “I am German” before the first shots rang out.
The rampage paralyzed Munich, as police conducted a manhunt for what was initially believed to be multiple gunmen. Police later said the shooter acted alone. The gunman shot himself in the head when police made contact with him, according to authorities.
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A shooting at a Texas apartment complex on Saturday left four people dead including the suspected shooter, police said.
Bastrop Police Det. Vicky Steffanic said at a news briefing that the dead were one man, two women and a child.
Another child was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening, she said.
"The shooter is among the dead and there is no further threat to the public," Steffanic said.
Support for migrants is so central to Pope Francis' vision for the church that he has made welcoming them a potential test for those seeking entry to Heaven on Judgment Day.
The pontiff's advocacy for refugee rights faces a diplomatic test Wednesday when he begins a five-day visit to Poland, where a populist government has slammed the door on most asylum-seekers.