A drug suspect said he didn't "want to have to do this" before opening fire on a Philadelphia Police bicycle officer in West Philadelphia Thursday night, said Philadelphia Police.
"They're having a brief discussion... the male turns to him and says, 'I don't want to have to do this' and then he fires at Officer Kostick. Kostick returns fire, striking the male," Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross explained.
Originally police said Officer Daniel Kostick was hit in the thigh, but they later clarified that the officer was hit in the right arm.
A man's dog was stolen from his home by two women who posed as Los Angeles Police Department officers and said they were there to confiscate the animal because it had been neglected, authorities said.
"The women represented themselves as Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty Task Force officers," according to a release from the LAPD. "The women told the victim that there had been multiple complaints about a dog at the residence being neglected."
A woman stole a New York City fashion executive's identity, withdrawing thousands of dollars from her bank account and opening credit cards in her name as she was dying in the hospital, state police and relatives say.
State Police say the woman pictured in the bank surveillance images fraudulently withdrew $9,200 from Kate Sullivan's account from Chase branches at Commack and Freeport on Long Island, and then opened several store cards in New Haven, Connecticut, to make nearly $4,000 in merchandise purchases.
A woman identifying herself as Sullivan's sister posted the suspect's photos on her Facebook page, detailing how she uncovered the alleged fraud a week before Sullivan died last September.
On April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched aboard the space shuttle Discovery, beginning a new chapter in space exploration. Though it was named for pioneering astronomer Edwin Hubble, the telescope was the brainchild of astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer, who lobbied for decades to build the Hubble program. Unbound by clouds and light pollution, the Hubble has beamed brilliant photos of galaxies and nebulae back to "the pale blue dot," revolutionizing humankind's understanding of our place in the universe.
Loretta Lynch won confirmation to serve as attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 vote installs Lynch, now U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement post. She will replace Eric Holder, a perennial lightning rod for conservatives who was once held in contempt of Congress. The vote total for Lynch was the lowest for any attorney general since Michael Mukasey won confirmation with 53 votes in 2007 after Democrats decried his refusal to describe waterboarding as torture.
The family of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrived Thursday afternoon at Boston's Logan Airport, the aviation director of Massport confirms. The aviation director said that Tsarnaev's mother was among the family members; however, several senior law enforcement sources tell NBC News that's not true.
Zubediat Tsarnaev, or Tsarni, has a shoplifting warrant out for her arrest. Multiple senior officials told NBC News that Tsarnaev's family members are in the Boston area and are staying at a local hotel.
A South Carolina transgender teen has won the right to wear makeup in her driver's license photo as part of a settlement with the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. Chase Culpepper, 17, was born a male and identifies as female, filed a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina DMV in 2014 for sexually discriminating against after she was forced to remove her everyday makeup before taking a driver's license photo. According to the lawsuit, because Culpepper was born male, as indicated by her driver's license, the supervisor said it was up to her discretion whether Culpepper's makeup counted as a "disguise" and she was forced to remove it. The DMV is also changing its policy to include that regular, everyday makeup is acceptable on any person "regardless of gender," according to the settlement.
Comcast could drop its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable as early as Friday, a source told CNBC on Thursday. Time Warner Cable declined to comment to CNBC on an earlier report of an intent to drop the bid. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission also declined to comment. A spokesman for the Department of Justice told CNBC the agency would continue its review of the proposed deal and it was "not aware of anything" related to a dropped merger bid. Earlier on Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported the deal had hit a possible snag after the FCC's staff recommended that agency set up a hearing over Comcast's proposed acquisition. Comcast owns NBC Universal, which is the parent company of CNBC, NBC News and this site.
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An 8-year-old boy from Vermont born with a rare condition is getting the chance of a lifetime with the help of the Make-Wish-Foundation and Los Angeles police officers and firefighters.
Noah Cohen was born with VACTERL association, a rare condition that prevents his organs from functioning properly. He's had nearly two dozen surgeries since birth due to his condition, says his mother Amy Cohen. Having so much exposure to medical personnel may be one of the reasons he loves to watch reruns of "Emergency" that aired on NBC in the 1970s. The show has him excited about LA, he plays a lot of video games that are emergency related and taking place in LA, his mother says. It's also one of the reasons he's choosing to hang with LA cops and firefighters for his two-day Make-A-Wish adventure.
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Blue Bell Ice Cream on Monday will begin an intensive cleaning program at all four production facilities in Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas after a number of listeria illnesses were linked to the ice cream. The company recalled all of its products Monday after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria in March. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday the number of listeria illnesses nationwide linked to Blue Bell products has risen to 10. At the same time they begin the intensive cleaning, the Texas-based ice cream maker will start a new training program for employees at those facilities.
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A Pembroke Park, Florida, woman has been arrested and charged with intentionally burning a child's arm and hands on a stove allegedly because the child wouldn't stop playing with her iPad, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office. According to an arrest form, the child was playing with Angelina Garcia's iPad on March 8th. The child told police that Garcia told the boy that if he didn't stop playing with the device, she would burn his hand. The child continued playing with the iPad, and claims that Garcia put his hand on the hot stove as punishment.
A San Diego man was charged Thursday with lying about his links to Islamic militants fighting in Syria after Facebook photos, posts and other evidence contradicted statements he made to federal agents, the Justice Department said. Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati, 24, was arrested Wednesday and faces two charges of making false statements to federal officials in a terrorism investigation. Saeed, who was born in Syria and is a naturalized U.S. Citizen, traveled to Turkey from San Diego in late 2012. He is accused of making false statements during interviews with the FBI and other U.S. authorities at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, in March, the Justice Department said.
A Columbia University student has sued the school, saying it failed to protect him against harassment after a female student went public with claims he raped her after the school and police rejected her case.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court by Paul Nungesser. The German citizen says the student's campaign to muddy his name by dragging a mattress around campus and demonstrating has isolated him and hurt his job prospects and ability to stay in the U.S.
The lawsuit said the Ivy League school effectively sponsored his gender-based harassment and defamation, causing an intimidating and hostile learning and living environment.
Chipotle fans rejoice! You can now get your chicken bowl delivered right to you. The fast-casual Mexican food chain has announced a new partnership with Postmates, making them their official third-party delivery service. The Chipotle delivery will be available in all markets where Postmates operates, including Chicago, New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Dallas and Seattle. Postmates said the delivery will start at $4.99 and is capped at $7.99, depending on distance.
City air pollution could create a high risk of mini-strokes and a smaller brain in seniors, Harvard researchers suggested. Brain scans showed seniors exposed to higher levels of the small particle pollution that can come from car exhaust were at higher-risk than those living in less-polluted areas, according to the study published in the journal Stroke.The new findings are "provocative," said the study's lead author, Elissa Wilker, an instructor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School and a researcher at the Cardiovascular Epidemiological Research Unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In fact, dirty city air seems to cause the equivalent of a full year's worth of aging inside the brain. "It suggests that subtle but potentially harmful effects are going on: The effect on the brain of being one year older is similar to the effect of pollution," she said.
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