The mother of a missing California teen is pleading for her daughter’s safe return days after her friend’s body was found in a ravine behind the teen’s house. Twelve-year-old Nelly Espinosa and 14-year-old Anna Hernandez disappeared Nov. 13, families and friends said. The two girls were friends and lived in the same San Diego neighborhood, but Anna’s mother is not sure the girls were together the night they disappeared. A few days later, on Nov. 18, Anna’s beaten body was found naked and wrapped in a blanket, the girl’s aunt told NBC7 San Diego. The ravine where the body was found was just behind Nelly’s house. San Diego police issued a news release Monday afternoon, saying the investigation into the homicide is ongoing. They said investigators determined Anna died from a gunshot wound to the torso.
Have your favorite businesses been naughty or nice this year? Consumer Reports has issued its sixth annual "Naughty & Nice" list for 2015, ranking the "not-so-friendly and consumer-friendly policies" of companies where you spend your hard-earned dollars. The list is based on input from Consumer Reports experts, and according to a company press release, is "neither an endorsement nor criticism of an overall company." "This year, we took companies to the woodshed for gouging, annoying fees, and sneaky marketing practices," the company said in a news release. "Conversely, we lauded others for transparency, generosity, and stand-up behavior that improves and enhances health, safety, and the overall quality of life."
A military helicopter crashed Monday in Fort Hood, Texas, killing all four crew members on board, the U.S. Army said.
The chopper went down in the northeast portion of the Fort Hood Range according to a statement released by the Army.
NBC News said victims’ names were not being released until next of kin could be notified.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, NBC News reported.
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The U.S. State Department has updated its travel alert, saying that increased terrorist threats abroad are a possible risk to American citizens traveling abroad.
The alert, updated Monday and expiring on February 24, warns that terrorist groups including the Islamic State, al Qaeda and Boko Haram are planning attacks in "multiple regions." It cites as continuing threats the ISIS members returning from active fighting in Syria and Iraq and people inspired by, but unaffiliated with, terror groups planning their own attacks. No specific threats are mentioned in the alert.
Two Italian journalists who wrote books detailing Vatican mismanagement face trial on Tuesday in a Vatican courtroom along with three people accused of leaking them the information in a case that has drawn scorn from media watchdogs.
The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and the OSCE, among others, have all called on the Vatican to drop the charges against Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi. The two reporters face up to eight years in prison if convicted of charges they violated Vatican law by publishing news based on confidential Holy See documents.
A man shot and killed a couple and their 7-year-old son and wounded their 12-year-old daughter in their Columbus, Ohio, home Monday before being fatally shot by police responding to the scene, police said.
The suspect was shot by three officers after a short chase outside the home where the shootings happened, Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said.
It was unclear what led to the shooting in the Hilltop neighborhood on the city's west side.
Donald Trump's recent claim that "thousands and thousands of people were cheering" in Jersey City when the twin towers came down on 9/11 is drawing the ire of Muslim residents there.
Trump made the remarks in Alabama Saturday, saying, "I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down."
Hamed Elshanawany, president of the Hudson County Islamic Council in Jersey City, said it never happened.
The sister of a woman who died in an anti-terrorism raid in Paris last week told NBC News on Monday that she believes her sibling was emotionally troubled and "manipulated" — not a hard-core terrorist.
Hasna Aitboulahcen, 26, the daughter of a Moroccan immigrant, was killed Wednesday during a raid by Paris law enforcement on a suburban apartment building. Police initially said Aitboulahcen detonated a suicide vest as police stormed the apartment in the suburb of Saint-Denis, but they later said she was killed by another suspect's explosion, NBC News reported.
Speaking to NBC News in French via text message on Monday, Hasna's 25-year-old sister, Myriam Aitboulachen, revealed that she had tried to "protect her from herself."
"She did not grow up in a stable home. She was not happy in her life," said Myriam, who noted that she had last spoken to her sister at the beginning of November.
"Most often it was she who contacted me when she went wrong," said Myriam. "She was sad in her life."
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Hours after Ben Carson told reporters he remembers seeing American Muslims celebrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, his campaign said the GOP presidential candidate was "thinking something differently" and does not remember such reaction in the U.S.
"Dr. Carson does not stand by the statements that were reported today. He was hearing and thinking something differently at the time," Carson communications director Doug Watts said in a statement on Monday.
Watts added that Carson apologizes to "anybody offended by that."
Earlier in the day, Carson said that he, like fellow GOP candidate Donald Trump has claimed, has seen "newsreels" of American Muslims celebrating the attack in New Jersey, NBC News reported.
Monday, after many questions about his claim, Trump tweeted a link to a Washington Post article from 2001 that mentions law enforcement questioning "a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attack and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops." Law enforcement has since said these were unproven claims.
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A former construction worker charged with kidnapping and killing a 7-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Monday in a court hearing broken by the anguished sobs of the girl's mother.
Gabriella Doolin's mother, Amy Doolin, sobbed and held her hand over her mouth as a judge read the charges against Timothy Madden, 38, of Scottsville, Kentucky. Allen County District Judge Martha Blair Harrison's voice appeared to shake with emotion as she read the counts: murder, kidnapping, first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy. A plea of not guilty was entered.
Madden wore an orange jail jumpsuit and was bound at the hands and feet. The father of five showed no emotion and quietly replied "Yes, ma'am" when the judge asked if he understood his rights.
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A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was credited with saving the life of an infant when he rushed to perform CPR on the baby, sitting unresponsive and pale in the backseat of his mother's car. A mother driving in La Puente last Monday evening frantically called 911 to report that her 7-month-old baby was not breathing and hunched over in the car seat, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Deputy Erik Nava used an air pump and his first aid training to CPR on Sebastian until paramedics arrived. "I said, Come on Sebastian, start crying," when the baby started showing signs of life, Nava said. "Give me a sign, give me more."
Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, this time against Texas, where the organization says health care access to 13,500 women is on the line.
The lawsuit filed in Austin begins another legal showdown between Texas and abortion providers. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear arguments over a 2013 law that abortion rights groups say would leave about 10 abortion clinics open statewide.
Planned Parenthood is now trying to hang onto Medicaid reimbursements at its Texas clinics, including those that don't perform abortions.
A man left a hoax explosive device at a mosque last week in Falls Church, Virginia, fire investigators say. Chester H. Gore, 27, was charged with using a hoax explosive device on Thursday at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center. Gore, who has no fixed address, caused an estimated $200 damage to a gate at the mosque, officials said. According to the mosque's outreach director, Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, an intruder tried to enter the iron fence around the mosque about 2 a.m. and threw two smoke bombs and a Molotov cocktail toward the building. Young members of the mosque who live in the neighborhood saw him, confronted him and he left, Abdul-Malik said.
Southern California scientists have created a genetically modified batch of mosquitoes capable of blocking malaria, a development that could help eradicate the disease, UC San Diego officials announced Monday.
Biologists at UC San Diego worked with their colleagues at UC Irvine used a gene editing technique to modify the mosquitoes, which can then quickly introduce the modified genes into the general population.
As an officer in the Ocean Gate Police Department in New Jersey, it’s Jonathan Whitney’s job to serve and protect members of the community, even if that member runs on four legs rather than two. That’s why Ptl. Whitney didn’t hesitate to help when he spotted a skunk with its head stuck inside a Burger King orange juice carton earlier this month in Ocean Gate. “I wanted to help it,” Whitney told NBC10. Ptl. Whitney recorded himself as he tried to figure out how to help the animal.