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Family members of the 28 Americans aboard a container ship believed to have sunk when Hurricane Joaquin swept the Bahamas are sharing the stories of their missing loved ones. El Faro's American crew members range in age from 23 to 53 and include the ship's captain, second mate, several engineers and merchant marines and a cook, among others, NBC News reported. Many live in Florida but have ties to other areas of the eastern seaboard, including Maine, Massachusetts and New York. Authorities have only recovered one body so far, and family members are holding out hope that the others are still alive. Click through below for more on their stories.
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Mexico's Attorney General's Office
The men guarding Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman were playing solitaire doing when he escaped from a high-security prison earlier this year, according to a Mexican newspaper.
A pair of security guards had claimed that at 8:48 p.m., four minutes before it is believed the drug lord escaped on July 11, their computer monitors froze, according to Mexican newspaper El Universal.
The guards originally claimed they then made more than two dozen calls to alert Almoloya prison's monitoring center — and that when they finally rebooted their equipment, the kingpin had vanished, according to journalist Carlos Loret de Mola.
Now a judge says, citing security video, the screens never froze but were probably turned off — and that guards Carlos Sanches Garcia and Jose Daniel Aureoles Tabares lied in their initial account of that night, according to the paper.
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Students at Philadelphia's community college sheltered in place Tuesday morning after police said a man threatened a student with a gun and then ran into a campus building.
The deadly American attack on a hospital in northern Afghanistan occurred despite "rigorous" U.S. military procedures designed to avoid such mistakes, the top commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday.
Gen. John F. Campbell also told a Senate committee that he thinks President Barack Obama should revise the current plan to reduce the U.S. force in Afghanistan at the end of 2016. The plan calls for cutting the force from 9,800 to about 1,000 embassy-based security.
Campbell said he had provided his superiors with several options because conditions in Afghanistan have changed significantly since Obama approved that troop-cut plan in 2014.
Testifying three days after the medical clinic strike that killed at least 22 people, Campbell said Afghan forces requested air support Saturday while engaged in combat with Taliban fighters in the city of Kunduz, communicating with U.S. special operations troops at the scene. Those U.S. forces were in contact with the AC-130 gunship that fired on the medical clinic run by Doctors Without Borders, he added.
"To be clear, the decision to provide (airstrikes) was a U.S. decision, made within the U.S. chain of command," Campbell said. "The hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility."
Authorities say a mother is under investigation by the Department of Social Services after writing "bad" on her son's head, dressing him in women's clothes and parading him around a Wal-Mart store as punishment. The mother told police she was punishing her son for fighting and making homophobic remarks.
A 50-year-old supervisor at a Michigan fiberglass factory is the winner of a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot.
Julie Leach of Three Rivers said she was having a "bad night" at her third-shift job when she took a lunch break. She checked the numbers while waiting in a McDonald's drive-thru.
"It’s crazy, unreal," Leach said during a press conference on Tuesday. "Never thought it would happen. I’m still in disbelief."
Leach said she "automatically" quit her "nasty, dirty" job of 20 years and plans to build houses in Michigan for her and her partner of 36 years, their three children and 11 grandchildren.
"I’m going to take care of my kids... Just want to make it a good life for them," she said.
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The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to government figures obtained by The Associated Press.
Deportations of criminal immigrants have fallen to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, despite his pledge to focus on finding and deporting criminals living in the country illegally. The share of criminal immigrants deported in relation to overall immigrants deported rose slightly, from 56 percent to 59 percent.
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A woman wanted on identity theft charges has been arrested in Oregon after a construction worker lifted the lid of a portable toilet to find her hiding inside.
The Register-Guard reports that 27-year-old Treasure Dawn Shockey, who had two warrants for her arrest, ran when police in Eugene tried to talk to her Saturday morning.
A man who maintains he was wrongly convicted in a notorious 1990 tourist killing deserves a new trial, a judge said Tuesday, throwing out a verdict in a case that helped crystallize an era of crime and fear in the nation's biggest city. Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Eduardo Padro overturned Johnny Hincapie's conviction after a hearing that spanned months and delved into the 1990 death of Brian Watkins of Provo, Utah. But Padro stopped short of declaring Hincapie innocent, as he and his lawyers had hoped the judge might.
What's a phone? What's a computer?
The lines blur with Microsoft's new Lumia 950 phones. With an optional dock, you can attack a regular monitor, keyboard and mouse and work with apps on the phone just like you would on a Windows 10 desktop.
Microsoft has struggled with making phones running Windows. Over the summer, the company wrote down the value of Nokia's phone business, which it bought just a year earlier, by $8.4 billion. It also announced 7,800 job cuts in the phone business.
A Montana bow hunter is recovering after he survived a grizzly bear mauling by remembering a tip from his grandmother and shoving his arm down the animal's throat. Chase Dellwo, 26, was hunting with his brother northwest of the town of Choteau on Saturday when he came face-to-face with a 350- to 400-pound male grizzly, the Great Falls Tribune reported.
Volusia County Sheriff's Office
Police in Daytona Beach, Florida, have arrested a 52-year-old convicted sex offender after a homeless pregnant woman was tied up and tortured in a recreational vehicle.
John Lytus remained in the Volusia County Jail on Tuesday after his arrest last week on charges that include sexual battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and failure to register as a sex offender. It's not known whether he has a lawyer.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Lytus was convicted of first-degree rape in Rockland, New York, in 1982.
A food truck at the University of Connecticut is now serving up roasted crickets.
The Daily Campus reports that the school's dining services are advertising the insects as organic, not genetically modified and earth friendly.
They also are high in protein, low in fat and a source of B vitamins, iron and zinc.
The school says the farm that supplies the crickets uses carbon dioxide to kill them and then roasts them.
Cook County Sheriff's Office
A Chicago man accused of fatally hitting a person on the Eisenhower Expressway over the weekend was pulled over after police spotted him driving with the victim’s body still on his car. Adrian Harris, 33, appeared in court Monday, where a judge set his bail at $400,000. Harris was charged with reckless homicide in the death of Jess Rodriguez, who was fatally hit while trying to cross Interstate 290.