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Family, friends and an entire community mourned a 12-year-old Norristown, Pennsylvania, boy who died while trying to save his father from a house fire.
A memorial service for 12-year-old Sanford Harling, III was held late Saturday morning at the Christian Network Outreach, United Church of Christ in Norristown.
Harling died in a fire at his home back on February 5. Harling and his family were inside when the fire started on the first floor of the twin home. Flames quickly spread to the second floor and were so intense that windows burst. While Sanford escaped, he realized that his father, who was recovering from a recent surgery, hadn’t made it out. The boy ran back into the home but never returned, family members said.
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose to record levels for the seventh year in row in 2015, as violence spread across the country following the withdrawal of most international troops, the United Nations reported Sunday.
At least 3,545 noncombatants died and another 7,457 were injured by fighting last year in a 4-percent increase over 2014, the international organization said in its annual report on civilian casualties.
Increasingly desperate fighting between Western-backed government forces and insurgent groups meant more noncombatants are being caught in the crossfire, investigators wrote, pointing to two developments in particular which pushed casualties up.
"The harm done to civilians is totally unacceptable," Nicholas Haysom, the head of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, said in a statement.
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The tens of thousands of pythons pulsating through the Everglades have essentially no natural predators in Florida to keep them in check.
Except for right now — as more than 600 human hunters scatter across the subtropical wilderness to bag as many Burmese pythons as they can, NBC News reported.
It's all part of Florida's Python Challenge 2016, which began in mid-January and wraps up Sunday. During this period, people who register with Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are encouraged to hunt the creatures — and for good cause.
Scientists fear the invasive species might wipe out certain native mammals. Raccoons, rabbits, foxes and even the Florida panther could all be at risk.
"This is the hardest thing that anybody's going to hunt," python pursuer Dusty Crum told NBC News. "It's a 2-foot needle in a 100 million-acre haystack."
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Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died. He was 79.
The U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed Scalia's death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of West Texas. Spokeswoman Donna Sellers said Scalia had retired the previous evening and was found dead Saturday morning after he did not appear for breakfast.
Scalia was the longest-serving current justice on the High Court, having been appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. The married father of nine was also the first Italian-American on the court.
His death sets up a likely ideological showdown during a presidential election year as President Barack Obama vowed to nominate a successor to the justice during the remainder of his White House term.
"I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time," Obama said in brief remarks Saturday evening.
The succession issue came up in a GOP presidential debate later Saturday that began with a moment of silence for Scalia. Candidates either said that Obama should wait for the next president to make a nomination or called on the Senate to hold off on confirmation — "delay, delay, delay," as Donald Trump put it.
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A video that Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine filmed of a confrontation he had with a Federal Express driver who was double parked is gaining attention online.
Double parked delivery trucks are one of the mayor's pet peeves so when he spotted one Thursday, he took matters into his own hands.
"Hey, so let me ask you a question, what’s the reason you have your FedEx truck parked in the middle of our most busy road?" Levine said to the driver in the video that he posted to Facebook.
President Barack Obama said he would nominate a successor following Justice Antonin Scalia's death at 79 on Saturday.
Obama read a statement praising the influential conservative Supreme Court Justice as "one of the towering legal figures of our time," but went on to say he'd fulfill his constitutional responsibilities and nominate a successor in "due time."
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With a cartoony name like "Ace," this service dog seemed destined to one day meet his Disney hero, Pluto.
Ace got to pay a visit to his canine idol while on a training outing to Disneyland, according to Guide Dogs of America volunteer Sandy Steinblums, the Today show reported.
The result? Probably the cutest thing we've seen this week. The young pup can barely contain his excitement as he nuzzles with Mickey Mouse's famous pooch.
"This puppy is one I raised (as a volunteer) for Guide Dogs of America," Steinblums wrote. "He is training to be a guide dog for the blind. We went to Disneyland for a few hours as a socialization experience — what you didn't see after the 14-15 seconds video where he settled in a down was his down/stay for a few minutes while Pluto tried to break his stay."
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Republican White House hopefuls insisted that President Barack Obama step aside and allow his successor to nominate the next Supreme Court justice, in a raucous Saturday night debate that also featured harshly personal jousting over immigration and foreign policy.
The debate was shaken by the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia hours before the candidates took the stage. Among the contenders, only Jeb Bush said Obama had "every right" to nominate a justice during his final year in office.
The waterways surrounding New York City are a soup of plastic, ranging from discarded takeout containers down to tiny beads that end up in the food supply, according to a new report by an environmental group.
The study, by the group NY/NJ Baykeeper, estimated there are at least 165 million plastic particles floating in New York Harbor and nearby waters at any given time. The report was based on samples collected by trawlers that plied the city's East River, the mouth of the Hudson River and New Jersey's Passaic River and Raritan Bay between March and August 2015.
The average concentration of plastics was 256,322 particles per square kilometer, according to the report.
Serious issues are facing the Republican presidential candidate in their debate Saturday night in South Carolina. The state has a deep-rooted military culture and is still reeling from the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston church in June.
But style is going to beg for attention alongside pressing matters of policy.
Foremost, how will Marco Rubio do after his disastrous turn on the stage in New Hampshire?
And will Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, after carping at each other bitterly from a distance, do it face to face?
Can Ben Carson finally make a mark?
Republican White House hopefuls called for President Barack Obama to step aside and allow his successor to nominate the next Supreme Court justice, as they opened a debate jolted by Saturday's death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
Only Jeb Bush said Obama had "every right" to nominate a justice during his final year in office. The former Florida governor said there should be "consensus orientation on that nomination" — but added that he didn't expect Obama would pick a candidate in that vain.
Justice Antonin Scalia's death immediately sparked a heated election-year fight over whether President Barack Obama should try to fill the court vacancy. Republicans on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail insisted the choice should fall to the next president.
"The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. "Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president."
Pennsylvania State Police are moving wrecked vehicles off the highway after a snow squall led to a massive crash on I-78 involving more than 50 cars outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Saturday morning. The pileup shut down both sides of the highway in Bethel Township, Lebanon County.
Three people are dead and there were multiple injuries including more than a dozen people trapped, according to reports on PennLive.com. Some first responders had to walk more than a mile to get to victims.
Trooper Justin Summa said an unknown number of critically injured patients were flown to six or seven hospitals and 70 more were transported by ambulance to other facilities.
Tributes for larger-than-life Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia poured in Saturday from both sides of the political aisle after the conservative judge's death at age 79, NBC News reported.
President Barack Obama said Scalia was "one of the towering legal figures of our time." Former President George W. Bush called Scalia "a brilliant jurist."
And Chief Justice John Roberts called him "an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues."
"His passing is a great loss to the Court and the country he loyally served. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his family," Roberts said in a statement on behalf of the high court and retired justices.
Scalia, the court's most influential conservative, was known for his fiery dissents and colorful use of language. He was nominated in 1986 under President Ronald Reagan, and was confirmed unanimously.
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