<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - National & International News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:54:18 -0400Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:54:18 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Abedin to Separate From Weiner]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:04:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/weiner-abedin-split-0829.jpg

Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin announced Monday that she was separating from her husband, former congressman and onetime New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.

"After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband," Abedin said. "Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy."

The announcement by Abedin, who currently serves as the vice chairwoman of Clinton's presidential campaign, comes hours after a New York Post report that Weiner was again sending sexually suggestive messages with at least one woman.

The photos and messages were published in the Post late Sunday and showed shots of Weiner either shirtless or in his underwear. One photo shows a child that the Post reports was his toddler son. NBC 4 New York has not been able to independently confirm the photos.

Weiner told the Post he had been "friends for some time" with the woman and that the conversations were private. He deleted his Twitter account hours after the Post hit newsstands on Monday.

NBC 4 New York has reached out to Weiner for comment. 

Abedin and Weiner have been living separate lives for some time, a close friend of hers told NBC News. 

“This did not happen overnight. This has been brewing,” the friend said. 

Notably, in recent months, Abedin has not been seen wearing a wedding ring. 

A second friend told NBC News that Abedin, who has been in the Hamptons for several days already, will likely lay low and focus on spending time with her family. She is not expected to Hillary Clinton to her fundraisers in the area Monday.

Weiner's congressional career was derailed when he tweeted an explicit photo of himself to a woman in 2011. He initially denied he had posted the image but later admitted to sexting with "about six women over the last three years" before resigning from Congress.

Weiner attempted to re-enter the political fray in 2013 as a candidate for New York City mayor and briefly polled as the leading Democratic candidate that summer. But Weiner revealed that he had sent explicit photos and messages to three more women since 2012, some under the alias "Carlos Danger," and his candidacy floundered. He lost the Democratic mayoral primary with less than 5 percent of the vote.

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton's opponent in the presidential election, praised Abedin's decision to separation on Monday, calling it a "very wise decision" in a statement to The New York Times

"I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information," the statement reportedly said.

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<![CDATA[10,000th Syrian Refugee to Arrive in US Monday]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:22:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/topNews-AP_16125631189870.jpg

The 10,000th Syrian refugee will arrive in the U.S. on Monday — meeting a humanitarian goal the Obama administration set last year.

"On behalf of the President and his Administration, I extend the warmest of welcomes to each and every one of our Syrian arrivals, as well as the many other refugees resettled this year from all over the world," National Security Advisor Susan Rice said in a statement.

Rice did not announce the name of the refugee or where in the U.S. that person will be resettled. But she said the feds reached President Obama's goal to admit 10,000 Syrians this fiscal year — a month ahead of deadline.

More than 4.8 million Syrians have fled since a civil war began tearing their homeland apart — but less than two percent of them have landed in the U.S., according to the State Department, NBC News reported.

Almost half of the new Americans are 14 and under and 62 percent are under age 20, the feds said. The top two destinations in the U.S. for the Syrians are Michigan, which has long been a destination for Syrian immigrants, and California.

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<![CDATA[Trump Ad Credits Tax Plan He Doesn't Support]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:32:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trump-AP_778476028199.jpg

Donald Trump's new $10 million TV ad cites two contradictory tax plans — one that Trump has explicitly ruled out and another that he has yet to endorse — raising more questions about what policies the GOP presidential nominee supports, NBC News reports.

Trump's new ad seems generic enough for a Republican politician. In it, he promises lower taxes, more jobs, and growth for small businesses.

But an examination of the fine print supporting the claims provides confusion, not clarity. The ad cites four claims, two from a House Republican proposal similar to one he announced, two from his old tax plan from last year, which had drastically different rates.

So does Trump support the House Republican plan? Does he support his old plan? A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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<![CDATA[Dramatic Images: Deadly Quake Rocks Central Italy]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:04:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16238629738584.jpg Searchers scrambled to rescue people in central Italy where a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck early Wednesday, collapsing homes as residents slept and killing dozens.

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<![CDATA[Woman Takes 48K Pieces of Mail]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:34:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/mailman2.jpg

Federal prosecutors in Southern California have charged dozens of postal workers and others with theft, fraud and other crimes — including a mail carrier who allegedly hoarded 48,000 pieces of mail.

The U.S. attorney's office announced Friday that it has charged 33 people with theft, possession of stolen mail, conspiracy, embezzlement, bank fraud, making false statements and use of stolen credit cards.

One case alleges that a former Mail Handlers Union executive stole more than 150 mobile phones at a distribution center in the Moreno Valley and traded them through a website.

Another charges that a Los Angeles mail carrier was involved in a scheme that created pre-paid PayPal debit cards using stolen identities. Prosecutors say the scheme caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.

A third case alleges that a postal carrier from delayed mail delivery by hoarding more than 48,000 pieces of mail at her home. In another case, a worker allegedly stole mail that contained veterans' medication.

U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker said in a statement that mail theft, which has increased significantly across Southern California recently, is a precursor to other crimes such as identity theft and drug offenses.

"The mail system plays an important role in our country's commerce and social communication," she said. "Maintaining its integrity is vital. As a result, we are stepping up enforcement activities, including dealing aggressively with corruption within the Postal Service."

U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Brian Washington said most Postal Service employees are honest and dedicated.

"However, when employees engage in criminal activity, our agency will aggressively investigate these matters to protect the overall integrity of the Postal Service," he said.

According to the United States Postal Service's Office of Inspector General, OIG special agents completed 781 official misconduct investigations, resulting in 52 arrests, 34 indictments, 65 convictions, 622 administrative actions, and $766,500 in recovered funds for the Postal Service in fiscal year 2015.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Horrifying Details Emerge In Girl's Murder]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:31:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GirlMurdered0825_MP4-147224262542600001.jpg An Albuquerque Police Department report reveals horrifying details about the rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl early Wednesday morning.]]> <![CDATA[Two Existing Drugs Might Stop Zika Infection]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:47:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BabyZika-AP_698041135257.jpg

A drug already on the market to treat worm infections and another being tested against liver diseases may also help treat Zika virus infections, researchers reported Monday.

The findings are a rare bit of good news about Zika, which has caused epidemics across Latin America and the Caribbean, and smaller outbreaks in Florida, the Pacific and southeast Asia, NBC News reported.

Zika has caused smaller epidemics of birth defects, notably brain damage that can cause miscarriages or profound developmental injuries in babies.

The team at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Johns Hopkins University and Florida State University looked first in a library of existing drug compounds for products that might act to stop Zika from killing brain cells and perhaps stop it from replicating itself.

One of the drugs is Nicosamide used to treat worm infections, and the other is Emricasan to treat hepatitis C.

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<![CDATA[Top News Photos of the Week]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:31:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16241472083710.jpg View weekly updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Pokemon Players Find Possible Murder Victim in Cemetery]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:32:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_pokemonbody0829_1500x845.jpg "Pokemon Go" players stumble upon a man's body in a historic Texas cemetery. WOAI's Andrew Lofholm reports.]]> <![CDATA[Therapy Dog Takes the Stand With Witness in SC ]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:24:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_courtdoga0829_1920x1080.jpg A therapy dog named Roma became the first dog in South Carolina to take the stand with a witness during the trial of Robert Joe Frost, who is accused of killing his stepfather. The Labrador-golden retriever mix sat hidden beneath the stand next to the witness. "Roma helped me out a lot yesterday, the witness said afterward. "I never had to do something like that before."]]> <![CDATA['Zorro' Detained Ahead of LAX Chaos]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:45:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/08-29-2016-ZORRo-lax-1.JPG

A man dressed as the character Zorro and carrying what turned out to be a plastic sword was briefly detained Sunday before a night of evacuations, flight delays and chaos at Los Angeles International Airport.

Airport police encountered the man at about 8:40 p.m. outside an LAX terminal just minutes before authorities received several false reports of an active shooter. Officers approached the man with weapons drawn "out of an abundance of caution," airport police said in a statement.

The man was briefly detained and questioned by police before he was released Sunday night, police said. Investigators found no connection between the two incidents.

"Apparently, he was here to pick up a passenger," said LAX Assistant Chief Dave Maggard.

The man told officers he often performs on Hollywood Boulevard, where costumed characters take photos with tourists near Highland Avenue.

Twitter user Sam Macon captured the Zorro confrontation on camera.

"Before things got really crazy - a man in a Zorro costume with a plastic sword was arrested," Macon tweeted.

Minutes after the encounter on the lower level of Terminal 7, police began receiving the first reports of shots fired at the airport. The reports turned out to be false, but led to evacuations and a ground stop as travelers flooded from terminals.

During the 30-minute ground stop, 23 arriving flights were diverted to other airports, including 12 to Ontario. About 120 arriving and departure flights were delayed and six cancellations occurred during the response.

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<![CDATA[Lester Holt Describes Chaos at LA Airport]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:30:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/08-29-2016-LESTER-holt-lax.JPG "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt had just arrived at LAX Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, when passengers flooded out of a terminal after a report of an active shooter. The report turned out to be a false alarm.

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<![CDATA[Florida Braces for Rain, Floods as Tropical Depression Forms]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:48:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hurricane-gaston.jpg

A storm system in the Florida Straits strengthened to a tropical depression Sunday, NBC News reported. 

The tropical depression was south of the western tip of the Florida Keys and was moving west late Sunday afternoon. It was expected to move back east and travel over Florida by Thursday and Friday, the National Hurricane Center said. 

Gov. Rick Scott has warned South Florida residents to have an emergency plan in place in the event of flooding. Between 1 and 4 inches of rain could fall over the southern half of Florida through Wednesday, and some parts could get 6 inches, the hurricane center said. 

Any heavy rains could also pose a setback to control mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus, which has been detected in areas of the state, forecasters said.

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<![CDATA[MTV VMA Red Carpet Looks]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:55:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/vma-red-carpet-6.jpg Take a peek at stars strutting their stuff on the red carpet at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Highlights From the 2016 Campaign Trail]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:39:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/AP_16240677113635.jpg The 2016 presidential race has been contentious and full of surprises, with candidates fighting to the finish in superdelegate states. Check out scenes from the campaign trail and keep track of the candidates as they vie for a spot on the ballot on Nov. 8, 2016.

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<![CDATA[MTV Video Music Awards 2016: Best Moments]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:25:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-597574376_master.jpg The best pictures and moments from the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Officer Pulls Man Off Tracks Before Train Arrives]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:33:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NJ-Transit-Rescue.jpg

A New Jersey Transit Police officer is being hailed a hero after he pulled a man off the tracks seconds before a train arrived.

Surveillance video shows NJ Transit officer Victor Ortiz struggling to pull a man to safety at the Secaucus Junction station in Secaucus, New Jersey, Friday.

In the clip, the man is lying on the tracks and resists Ortiz’s efforts to pull him away. Ortiz finally gets the man off the tracks seconds before a speeding train arrives.

“Officer Ortiz’s selfless and heroic actions demonstrated a level of bravery and a true sense of compassion and purpose that often goes unrecognized but is ever present in our law enforcement community,” a New Jersey Transit spokesperson wrote in a released statement.

“NJ Transit could not be more proud of Victor Ortiz and of the New Jersey Transit Police Department and we hope this serves as a stark reminder of what these men and women do every single day to keep us safe throughout this state.”

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<![CDATA[Trump Could Win Big Even If He Loses Election]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:39:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trump-immigration.jpg

With recent polls showing Hillary Clinton maintaining a sizable lead over Republican rival Donald Trump, many Democrats are predicting a landslide win in November.

But if Trump does lose, he's unlikely to just go away, NBC News reports.

Instead, with his ever-tighter ties to former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes (who is now reportedly advising the Republican candidate) and his recent hiring of former Breitbart chairman Steven Bannon, there's a growing chorus, propelled by a recent report in Vanity Fair, saying that Trump's endgame is not the nation's highest office — but to have a right-wing media outlet of his own.

If Trump lost in November and then launched his own media operation — a plan his campaign has repeatedly denied — what would it be exactly? And would it be a success?

"Losing in November would be the best thing that could happen, from a business standpoint," said Jon Klein, former president of CNN's U.S. operations.

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<![CDATA[Man Dies in Struggle with Off-Duty Officer: Officials]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:24:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Alfred-Toe.jpg

An off-duty Trenton police officer's altercation with a man Saturday night ended with the man dead of a gunshot wound to the chest, New Jersey authorities said.

Officials with the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office said the incident unfolded about 9:50 p.m. on Roosevelt Street near West Ingham Avenue. Alfred Toe, 34, his brother Constantine Toe, 30, and the off-duty officer were attending a repast celebration following a funeral earlier in the day, according to witnesses.

"He was with us drinking," said James Alpha, Toe's friend. "Nobody knew he was an officer."

Officials say Alfred Toe got in a dispute with someone else at the party. He then allegedly went into his brother Constantine's car to grab a gun. That's when Constantine Toe confronted him and tried to wrestle the gun out of his hand, officials said. During the struggle, Constantine was shot in the hand but managed to get the gun away from his brother, according to investigators.

Witnesses say the off-duty officer then confronted Constantine Toe and took the gun away from him. He then pulled out his own service weapon and held Constantine Toe on the ground. Witnesses say that Alfred Toe, who did not know the man was a police officer, then jumped in and tried to grab the officer's gun. That's when the off-duty officer opened fire, according to the witnesses.

"Next thing, pow! Everybody dropped!" Alpha said. "What's that for? How can I tell this man in sneakers is a regular police officer when you don't have your badge on? How can I tell?"

Alfred Toe was struck once in the chest. He was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Friends of Toe told NBC10 they believe he would have acted differently if he had known the man was a police officer.

"Did you make it known to him that you were an officer? A peace officer in the city of Trenton?" asked George Weah. "You did not make it known to him. He sees you in civilian clothes on top of his brother. Mind frame? I have to get you off my brother. You have a gun at the back of my brother's head."

Officials have not identified the officer. Toe's friends are demanding a full investigation and want to know whether or not the officer was legally drunk during the incident.

"It's not only when a white cop shoots a black guy that everybody's eyes should be all over the place," said Michael Blidi, a friend of Toe's. "This is a black on black thing."

The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office is investigating the shooting.

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<![CDATA[Driver in Fatal La. Bus Crash to be Charged: Police]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:31:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/LSPBusCrashShots.jpg

Authorities plan to charge the man driving a charter bus carrying flood relief volunteers that crashed in Louisiana Sunday, NBC News reported.

Denis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez, 37, will be charged with two counts of negligent homicide, reckless operation and other crimes, according to Matey. Additional charges were expected. She said Rodriguez was in the country illegally and driving without a license. 

Two people were killed and 41 were injured in the crash. Spencer Chauvin, 36, a fire chief from St. John the Baptist Parish, was among the fatally wounded, Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Melissa Matey said.

The bus was headed to Baton Rouge Sunday morning to aid in flood relief effort when the crash occurred on Interstate 10 west of New Orleans, NBC affiliate WDSU reported.

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<![CDATA[Caught on Cam: NJ Transit Officer Pulls Man Off Tracks Seconds Before Train Arrives]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:33:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016854719_1200x675_753159747693.jpg Surveillance video captured NJ Transit Police officer Victor Ortiz pulling a man off the train tracks at Secaucus Junction seconds before a speeding train arrived.]]> <![CDATA[Shooting Victim Crashes ]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:49:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chicago+police+GettyImages-181382362.jpg

A shooting victim trying to drive himself to the hospital caused a car crash that left four others, including two children, wounded on Sunday, according to Chicago police.

Just after 12 p.m., authorities said a 37-year-old man was driving in the 10100 block of South State St in the Roseland neighborhood on Chicago's Far South Side when he struck another vehicle.

Two adults and two children were in the car, according to police.

A 5-year-old girl and a 1-month-old boy were taken to hospitals in serious condition, according to police. A 24-year-old woman and a 45-year-old woman were taken to area hospitals and listed in good condition, authorities said.

The shooting victim was also taken to a local hospital in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Police did not release any further information on the location or circumstances of the shooting, and the investigation is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[2 Charged in Wade Cousin Shooting]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 21:05:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sorrells+brothers+cpd+0828.jpg

Two adult brothers have been charged with the murder of 32-year-old Nykea Aldridge, Chicago police announced Sunday morning. 

Aldridge, a mother of four and the cousin of Bulls star Dwyane Wade, was fatally shot while pushing a stroller on the city's South Side Friday afternoon.

Police identified the brothers as Derren Sorrells, 22, and Darwin Sorrells, 26. It wasn't immediately clear if they had an attorney.

Derren Sorrells, of the 6000 block of South Indiana Ave, is a documented gang member and was on parole for motor vehicle theft and for escaping custody, police said.

He had a total of six felony arrests in his background and was on his daily break from an electronic monitoring bracelet at the time of Friday's shooting, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during a news conference Sunday. 

Derren Sorrells was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, both felonies, according to police.

Darwin Sorrells, of the 7500 block of South Wentworth Ave, was a co-conspirator in the crime, police said, and was also on parole for a gun charge. He was sentenced to six years in prison in January 2013 and released early in February 2016, according to police. 

The elder Sorrells brother was charged with one felony count of first-degree murder and one felony count of attempted murder, authorities said, as well as one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to land.

Aldridge was shot and killed after registering her children for school on Friday afternoon, walking in the 6300 block of South Calumet Ave in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood, according to police.

"When Nykea Aldridge registered her child at school on Friday afternoon, she wasn’t aware she’d be the subject of national headlines just hours later. She wasn’t aware that her short life would stand as an example of the clear failure of the criminal justice system here in Chicago," Supt. Johnson said Sunday, addressing the case and the city's violence from police headquarters.

"She was just another mother who wanted her children to get an education just like any good parent would," he added.

Johnson said the Sorrells brothers approached another man nearby and opened fire, targeting an individual who "was driving females from a suburb to Chicago in a fair exchange program."

Johnson said the driver was cooperative throughout the investigation. 

Aldridge was not the intended target, but was struck in the arm and head. She was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

"She loved God, loved her family," family spokesperson Pastor Edward Jones said Friday. "Just like everyone else, just wanted a better life, to live a better life. This is tragic because now it struck home with us. Something has to be done. This has got to stop."

"She wasn't bothering anybody, just going to register her kids in school — and bullets that fly around and have no name decided to find its way to her head," said Aldridge's aunt Pastor Jolinda Wade, Dwyane Wade's mother, outside the hospital on Friday.

Dwyane Wade issued an impassioned plea for help in combating the city's violence following the shooting Saturday, tweeting, "The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!"

Aldridge's death also became politicized when Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, tweeted that her shooting is a reason why black people will vote for him, initially misspelling Dwyane Wade's first name. The tweet prompted a harsh backlash on Twitter, and Trump later tweeted his condolences for the family.

"This tragedy isn’t just noteworthy because Miss Aldridge has a famous family member," Johnson said Sunday. "It’s noteworthy because these two offenders are the prime example of the challenge we face here in Chicago with repeat gun offenders that don’t care who they shoot, don’t care whose life they take, and clearly, clearly don’t fear the consequences of their actions."

A special prayer vigil was held in Aldridge's honor at Jolinda Wade's New Creation Church in the city's West Pullman neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.

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