Oscar Pistorius appeared to become physically ill during his murder trial Monday, as the expert who conducted the autopsy on the Olympic “Blade Runner’s” shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp testified in court, NBC News reported.
“Pistorius retching loudly, possibly vomiting, as graphic postmortem details are delivered,” tweeted reporter Rohit Kachroo after Gert Saayaman, head of the forensic medicine department at the University of Pretoria, took the stand.
The judge in the murder trial banned live broadcasting and tweeting of Saayman's graphic testimony.
The suburban Chicago father accused of shoplifting millions of dollars in toys and other merchandise with his family and then selling the goods on eBay was ordered detained Monday after prosecutors said he is a serious flight risk.
Bogdanov, his wife, Lela Bogdanov, 52, and daughter Julia Bogdanov, 34, are accused of stealing from the shelves of stores in at least six states in the last five months, according to a federal complaint announced last week.
The trio is accused in a recent string of thefts that began on Feb. 17 in Oklahoma, continued two days later at malls in Texas and wound through Louisiana Feb. 20. But officials allege the three are connected to similar instances that have occurred over the last 10 years, and have sold stolen property on eBay for a combined total of $4.2 million.
Investigators are trying to piece together what led to a gruesome discovery in southern California: A body set on fire. Just before 5 a.m. Sunday, San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies got a report of a body lying on a dirt road in San Diego's East County. When they arrived, deputies found the body still smoldering. It had been discovered and reported by a Sweetwater Authority employee. The sheriff’s homicide, bomb arson and crime units were called out to the scene to investigate. "At this point, we don't know if it's a homicide or a suicide or some other type of death, but we're here to find that out," said sheriff's Lt. Glen Giannantonio. The next big piece of the investigation is identifying the victim. The difficulty of that task depends on the condition of the body, Giannantonio said.
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American Airlines and US Airways canceled more than 14,000 flights last month -- more than double the rate from a year earlier -- as winter storms disrupted air travel.
American Airlines Group Inc. said Monday that the cancelations hurt first-quarter profit, but it didn't give a figure. The company said it expects to give more details in early April.
Despite the storms, the company said, a key figure of revenue for every seat flown one mile rose between 2 percent and 4 percent in the first quarter. That statistic rises when an airline fills more seats or raises average fares.
American and US Airways canceled about 28,000 flights in the first two months of the year, up 164 percent from the same period in 2013 as storms hit hubs in Chicago, Dallas and elsewhere.
North Korea's state media confirmed a 100 percent for leader Kim Jong Un in the country's stage-managed parliamentary election. Every single registered elector had turned out to vote, the state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, "except for those on foreign tour or working in oceans."The nation was "seething with election atmosphere" on polling day, according to a headline on KCNA's English-language website. Illustrating the excitable mood, the agency distributed a photo of soldiers dancing in the streets after casting their ballots.
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Shares of Chicago-based Boeing were down more than two percent in Monday morning trading, the first business day after one of its aircraft disappeared over the South China Sea.
As of midday, shares of Boeing were down $3.24 to $125.31.
It's been nearly three days since a Malaysia Airlines'-branded Boeing 777-200 vanished with 239 people on board. Despite an intense, international search, authorities still have not found any wreckage of the aircraft.
The Boeing 777 is regarded as one of the industry's safest planes. The National Transportation Safety Board has logged fewer than 60 incidents involving the aircraft since mid-1997, most of them minor.
"Taken" star Liam Neeson took on the role of activist Sunday, touring one of Manhattan's stables in support of the city's maligned horse-drawn carriage industry. “I know some of the drivers and I’ve seen the joy these tourists get,” Neeson said at Clinton Park Stables. “We can’t put a dollar amount on what that does for the tourist industry.” The “Non-Stop” actor went on to say that the horses are all well cared for and shouldn’t be replaced with electric cars, calling the carriages a “connection with our history.” Neeson came out late last month
against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to replace the horses near Central Park with replica antique electric cars.
The owner of a lavish Long Island wedding venue shot last month on the sprawling grounds of his mansion released a video statement Monday thanking supporters and saying he is making progress on recovering from his wounds.
Gary Melius, owner of Oheka Castle, the upscale catering hall and hotel in Huntington, said in the statement that he believes God was watching out for him after he was shot in the head while sitting in his car outside the venue on Feb. 24.
His daughters drove him to the emergency room, and he was released from the hospital last week.
Wearing a lavender shirt, with a bandage over his left eye and another on the side of his head, Melius tells the camera: "I want you to know I'm healing and getting better and looking forward to just starting over again."
The Rev. Al Sharpton has led hundreds of people on a march to the state Capitol to protest Florida's "stand your ground'' law. Trayvon Martin's father also joined in the event. Florida law says people who are not involved in illegal activity have the right to stand their ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if they reasonably believe it's necessary to avoid death or great bodily harm. Marchers planned to attend House and Senate criminal justice committee meetings later Monday.
Pizza restaurant chain Sbarro filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, reported Reuters. For the second time in less than three years Sbarro and more than 30 affiliates filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan. The Melville, New York-based company has between $100 million and $500 million in both assets and liabilities, according to court papers. Moody's Investors Service in January said Sbarro has also struggled with high food, labor and occupancy costs. The company had previously filed for protection from creditors in April 2011, and emerged from Chapter 11 the following November.
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The U.S. Supreme Court will announce whether it will hear the case involving the Easton Area School District's desired ban on the "I (heart) boobies!" cancer awareness bracelets Monday.
William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, a South Philly native and World War II vet who was portrayed on the television miniseries, “Band of Brothers,” died Saturday at age 90. Guarnere was a non-commissioned officer with the legendary Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. In 2007, Guarnere wrote the national best-seller "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends: Two WWII Paratroopers from the Original Band of Brothers Tell Their Story" with fellow unit member and Philly native Edward “Babe” Heffron as well as journalist Robyn Post. Heffron died last December, also at the age of 90.
The Peruvian government has ruled the Dutchman suspected of murdering teenager Natalee Holloway will not be extradited to the United States to face trial for another 26 years, reported NBC News. Joran van der Sloot, the main suspect in the 2005 death of the Alabama teen in Aruba is currently serving a 28-year sentence in a Peruvian jail for another murder - and will not be sent to the U.S. until he serves his whole term, according to a government ruling published in Peru's state newspaper, El Peruano on Sunday. Van der Sloot has not been charged with murder in Holloway's case. Instead U.S. prosecutors have indicted him on counts of extortion and fraud, alleging he accepted $25,000 from Holloway's mother for false information he said would lead a lawyer to the body, which has never been found.
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The brothers of a North Texas man who was aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing over the South China Sea said Sunday their family is leaning on faith and holding out hope for good news about the man they last saw about a week ago.
"God is getting us through this," said Philip Wood's brother Tom. "People need God. We all need God."
Wood, an IBM executive who had been working in Beijing over the past two years, had recently returned home from Asia before his next assignment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Communities along the Rio Grande see potential to win back some of the tourists and revitalize an industry that has gone dormant since drug cartel violence erupted south of the border. A new tourism director in Matamoros is pouring $2 million into luring Mexican visitors for Holy Week in April, with an eye toward implementing a similar plan next year that would focus on spring breakers who flock to South Padre Island, Texas. The city previously attracted thousands of spring breakers from South Padre Island for the "Two Nation Vacation," but the number of such visitors began dwindling in 2005 as drug violence started making international headlines and U.S. authorities later began warning against traveling into northern Mexico. By 2010, it became rare to see a young American vacationer visiting this city's tourist district.