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.
Senior military and defense officials who refuse to provide details because the information is classified tell NBC News that officials at United States Central Command possibly "manipulated" intelligence regarding ISIS in Iraq.
The allegations, which were first reported by the New York Times, involve possible manipulation or outright dismissal of some intelligence analysis that determined ISIS posed a more serious threat in Iraq than had been previously reported. The accusation is that senior military or civilians officials at CENTCOM in Florida altered or ignored the analysis and downplayed the threat from ISIS.
Several defense officials who stress they personally have seen no evidence they say "it is possible" CENTCOM could have manipulated the data, NBC News reported.
At the same time, the officials say CENTCOM would not be the only source of intelligence regarding ISIS in Iraq — that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), CIA, and Director of Intelligence, would normally provide input or review much of the intelligence passed on to the White House.
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A man who was dressed up as a popular superhero is accused of acting more like a villain on Halloween. Police say a man in a "Mr. Incredible" costume punched a Philadelphia cab driver after refusing to pay his fare, and he hasn't been caught. The 62-year-old cab driver picked up the suspect as well as an unidentified woman, dressed up as "Mr. Incredible," and "Mrs. Incredible," early in the morning on Oct. 31. The cab driver said he would call police after they walked away without paying the fare, then "Mr. Incredible" allegedly punched him in the face and fled the scene, police said.
American women are starting to drink more and more like men — and men are starting to drink a little more like women, U.S. researchers reported Monday.
A survey of U.S. drinking habits found men were drinking a little less and women are drinking a little more. It's an especially clear trend among college students, the team at the National Institutes of Health found, NBC News reported.
"Males still consume more alcohol, but the differences between men and women are diminishing," said Aaron White of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), who looked at data from 2002 to 2012 for the study.
Over that time, the percentage of women who had an alcoholic drink in the past 30 days went from 45 percent to 48 percent, while the percentage of men went from 57.4 percent to 56 percent.
And women consumed alcohol slightly more days a month — from 6.8 days to 7.3 days on average, while men drank on just slightly fewer days, down from 9.9 days to 9.5 days.
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Sergeant Tayyib Rashid, a former Marine from Chicago, knew he had an important message to share with Donald Trump, but he had no idea his message would turn into a social media movement. Rashid said Trump "really touched a nerve" when the Republican presidential hopeful called for a mandatory database to track Muslims in the U.S., an idea some have compared to the identification of Jews in Nazi Germany. "As Muslims, we're told that loyalty to our nation is part of faith and it was for that reason that I served in the Marine Corps," Rashid said, "and for Trump to say that it just really hit me the wrong way."
An explosive belt has been found in a suburb south of Paris on Monday, a spokesperson for the city's prosecutor told NBC News.
The discovery in the Montrouge neighborhood triggered new worries as investigators continued an international manhunt for suspects in a series of coordinated attacks on Nov. 13 in which 130 people died. At the same time, French authorities are scrambling to prevent other attacks from taking place, NBC News reported.
Montrouge's mayor said the belt was not active.
A cell phone was found near the belt, the prosecutor's spokesperson said.
French police told The Associated Press that the belt was found by a street cleaner in a pile of rubble. Investigators are analyzing it to see if it may have been used in the earlier attacks, an unnamed official for the judicial police told The AP.
Authorities cordoned off a street in Montrouge, a witness told NBC News.
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Two men were charged Monday with murder in the fatal shooting of a pastor's pregnant wife during an apparent break in of their Indianapolis home, court records show.
Murder and several other charges have been filed against 21-year-old Jalen E. Watson of Indianapolis and 18-year-old Larry Jo Taylor Jr., and Marion County court records state they are co-defendants.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry was holding a Monday afternoon news conference to announce criminal charges in Amanda Blackburn's killing.
Indianapolis police announced earlier Monday the arrest of Taylor on murder charges in Blackburn's killing. Blackburn was shot in the head during the Nov. 10 attack at the couple's home and died the next day.
A Texas woman said Monday that she's suing a federal agency to force the return of a film shot by her grandfather that shows a portion of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Gayle Nix Jackson, who lives in the Fort Worth area, is seeking $10 million in compensation for the film shot by Orville Nix on Nov. 22, 1963.
In the days after the killing, he gave the film to the UPI news agency with the understanding that after 25 years it would be returned to the family. However, it was obtained by the Warren Commission and another federal panel that investigated the shooting and assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.