A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries.
Malaysia's prime minister said Thursday the debris found on the French island of Reunion will be sent to the French city of Toulouse for investigation.
"We have had many false alarms before, but for the sake of the families who have lost loved ones, and suffered such heartbreaking uncertainty, I pray that we will find out the truth so that they may have closure and peace," Najib Razak said on his personal blog.
Najib promised to make any new information public quickly.
University of Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing is set to be arraigned in court after a grand jury in Ohio indicted him on murder charges for the killing of Samuel Dubose earlier this month.
Two high-ranking Afghan Taliban officials have confirmed the death of their leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, and say the group's council has elected a successor.
The two told The Associated Press that the Taliban Shura, or Supreme Council, has chosen Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new leader. He has been acting as Mullah Omar's deputy for the past three years.
The two Taliban officials say the seven-member-council has been meeting in the Pakistani city of Quetta.
The FBI is now leading the investigation into an explosion on a government campus in Maryland that police have said could be tied to the manufacture of drugs. Chemicals and a recipe to make meth were found at the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Building 236, the special projects facility on the Gaithersburg campus, following the July 18 explosion, federal law enforcement sources said.
The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, as well as for visitors to the iconic beaches of Rio de Janeiro.
An Associated Press investigation found dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from sewage in venues where athletes will compete in the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic water sports.
In the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites, the AP conducted four rounds of tests starting in March. The results have alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already have fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.
The American dentist who shot a lion during what officials allege was an illegal trophy-hunt in Zimbabwe, has apologized — but only for the disruption caused to his dental patients, NBC News reported.
Life-long hunter Walter James Palmer received a barrage of condemnation for killing Cecil, who was popular with tourists and was tagged by researchers in 2008 as part of a study at the U.K.'s Oxford University. Protests forced Palmer to shut his Minnesota dental practice doors and disappear from public view.
In a letter sent to his patients Palmer said: "I apologize profoundly for this inconvenience and promise you that we will do our best to resume normal operations as soon as possible."
Zimbabwe wildlife officials allege Palmer paid $50,000 to guides who used meat to lure the animal out of a protected wildlife reserve. He then shot and injured the lion with a bow, before tracking it for 40 hours and killing it with a gun, according to officials.
Wilmer Flores wiped away tears as he warmed up at shortstop for the eighth inning, thinking he was being traded from the organization he joined as a teenager.
Presidential contender Donald Trump arrived at his Turnberry golf resort in western Scotland on Thursday for the first day of the Women's British Open, and was grilled about his provocative remarks on immigration in the U.S. by a combative pack of British reporters, NBC News reported.
Trump, wearing a red hat emblazoned with his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again," was asked if he represented the Hispanic population of America.
"A poll came out two days ago where I am number one with the Hispanics," Trump said. "I know you are surprised to hear that. But I am number one with the Hispanics. And I said that if I get the nomination I will win with the Hispanics."
The real estate mogul was also asked whether Lizette Salas, the American golfer currently ranked 29th in the world whose parents are Mexican, was "not too pleased you're here?"
He replied: "Don't know who she is."
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With Boston now out of the 2024 Olympics race, Los Angeles is exploring a new bid that could include Bay Area cooperation.
The United States Olympics Committee has reached out to San Francisco’s Olympics bid committee regarding a joint bid with Los Angeles, multiple sources within the San Francisco 2024 Olympic Bid and the USOC told NBC Bay Area.
“Discussions are taking place,” one of the sources said, but "a lot will have to happen in the next six weeks."
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Cincinnati officials said a university police officer who shot a driver to death during a traffic stop probably would not have been indicted for murder if it wasn't for the video from a camera worn by the cop.
"We're glad that we did have it," Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said on MSNBC on Wednesday.
University of Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing claimed he was dragged by Samuel Dubose's car during the July 19 stop, officials said. Tensing, 25, said he was "almost run over by the driver of the Honda Accord and was forced to shoot the driver with his duty weapon."
Bodycam video, however, shows the officer approach Dubose's car after pulling him over for missing a front license plate. Tensing asks Dubose, 43, for his license, which the driver says he doesn't have on him.
The stop escalates when Tensing asks him to get out of the car, and a scuffle ensues. Without warning, the officer shoots Dubose in the head while he is still behind the wheel, and the car accelerates down the road.
As millions of Catholics throughout the country await Pope Francis’s first U.S. visit this September, the steady moves of Hispanics away from the Catholic Church underscores a dilemma for the Church: Despite efforts to attract and retain U.S. Latinos through expansion of lay ministry positions and support for immigration reform, many Hispanics continue to convert to the evangelical church or abandon their faith altogether.
Chinese relatives of passengers on board missing Flight MH370 said Thursday the discovery of possible debris from the missing plane would mean nothing until their loved ones were found, NBC News reported.
"I have no reaction yet because it's not confirmed," Wang Le, whose mother was aboard the plane, told NBC News. "There have been too many updates before and many were not reliable, so I think I'd rather wait for confirmation."
Of the 239 people on board the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared on March 8 last year, 153 were Chinese citizens.
The piece of debris was found off the southern tip of Africa. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said he has been in contact with other countries regarding the debris, and they are all watching for progress.
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A man found with three guns was arrested near the Capitol Building early Tuesday after he stopped an officer to ask for directions to the White House. Steve Randall Oney approached an officer about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and asked where the White House was located, according to court documents. Oney told the officer he was visiting the area for the night and that everything he owned was in his pickup truck. Oney gave the officer permission to search the vehicle. According to prosecutors, officials found a .44 caliber revolver, a loaded .22 rifle and a 7 mm Remington rifle. The truck also contained a knife and three boxes of ammunition.