Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday defended how his office responded to an email flagging a potential link between a surge in Legionnaires' disease and Flint's water, saying an aide asked for further investigation but a state agency did not bring forward the issue again.
The governor, who has come under criticism for not publicly disclosing the spike in Legionnaires' cases until 10 months later, told The Associated Press that his director of urban initiatives, Harvey Hollins, asked the Department of Environmental Quality to look into it after getting the March email.
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A former Rowland Heights doctor convicted last fall of second-degree murder for the drug overdose deaths of three of her patients was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in California prison.
Prosecutors asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli to hand down that sentence to Hsui-Ying "Lisa" Tseng for the deaths of Vu Nguyen, 28, of Lake Forest; Steven Ogle, 24, of Palm Desert; and Joseph Rovero III, a 21-year-old Arizona State University student from San Ramon, between March and December 2009.
Tseng's attorney, Tracy Green, asked the judge to sentence her 46-year-old client to the minimum 15-year-to-life term.
Tseng was convicted Oct. 30 of three counts of second-degree murder.
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"Kill her," he said. Those were the words that Noela Rukundo heard come through the speakerphone. The voice on the other end of the line was her de facto husband, the BBC reported.
Rukundo's partner, Balenga Kalala, had allegedly paid a group of professionals to kill Rukundo after she attended the funeral of her stepmother in her native Burundi, according to the Australian Broadcasting Company. Kalala was back at their home in Melbourne, Australia.
But the would be killers, some of whom knew Rukundo's brother, didn't do their job. She was released 7,500 miles from her home.
"We give you 80 hours to leave this country," Rukundo recalled the gang told her, according to the BBC.
She did. Getting assistance from both the Belgian and Kenyan embassies as well as a local pastor in Melbourne, Rukundo was able to get back just in time to surprise Kalala — at her own funeral.
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Family of the man crushed to death when a crane collapsed on his car Friday morning say he was a Harvard-educated immigrant who worked tirelessly to succeed in life.
Lisa Guttman told The Associated Press on Friday her brother-in-law David Wichs as "the most brilliant person ever."
She says Wichs was born in Prague, immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager and took every opportunity he could, graduating with a degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
Fears over the Zika virus are reopening the debate over abortion in Brazil, where the procedure is illegal under most cases, NBC News reported.
Brazilian bishops opposed a petition seeking to expand abortion laws to cover women infected with Zika. In a statement, the bishops said the situation doesn’t advocate abortion “for cases of microcephaly.”
Groups that want to change the laws say advising women to avoid pregnancy is not enough. Activists want the government to provide pregnant women with Zika virus testing, and the option to choose whether they wish to continue with their pregnancy.
Abortion is legal in Brazil in cases of rape or incest, if it endangers the woman’s life of if the fetus is developing anencephaly — a rare condition where the baby is missing parts of its brain and skull.
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Apple for the first time is accepting banged up iPhones as a trade-in from those wanting to upgrade.
Until now, Apple offered credit to iPhone owners only if the device had an intact screen and working buttons. Apple hopes that with more leeway, applicable only to iPhone 5 and later models, more people will upgrade to new iPhones.
Apple has told investors that it may book its first revenue decline in 13 years when it reports quarterly earnings in April due in part to weakness in the global economy. But the smartphone market has matured as well after a yearslong streak of blistering hot demand.
As the San Francisco 49ers’ new home, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, gets ready to host Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, the development company building a new mixed-used complex released time-lapse video of Candlestick Park being torn apart. The video, provided on Thursday to NBC Bay Area by Lennar Urban and shot by OxBlue, shows about two minutes of the ‘Stick being taken down, seat by seat, and 19 seconds of what the future site should look like, including sweeping views of the San Francisco bay.
Tiny sea lion, party of one. A 20-pound sea lion pup was found sleeping in a booth at a popular seaside restaurant in San Diego, likely searching for a cozy nook and, fittingly, a bite to eat.
One of the police officers shot in the stairwell of a Bronx public housing project Thursday night was released from the hospital Friday, authorities said.
Donald Trump continues to lead Tuesday's New Hampshire primary after his second-place finish in Iowa, but Marco Rubio has gained ground on him, according to a new NBC/WSJ/Marist poll conducted after the Iowa results.
Trump gets support from 30 percent of likely Republican primary followers — followed by Rubio at 17 percent, Ted Cruz at 15 percent, John Kasich at 10 percent, Jeb Bush at 9 percent and Chris Christie at 4 percent.
Last week — before the results in Iowa, where Cruz finished first and Rubio third — Trump was at 31 percent, Cruz 12 percent, Rubio 11 percent, Kasich 11 percent, Bush 8 percent and Christie 7 percent.
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The Vatican says Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in a major step to heal the 1000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, announced the meeting with Patriarch Kirill, saying it will take place in Cuba on Feb. 12.
Francis is due to travel to Mexico Feb. 12-18. He will stop in Cuba on the way and meet with Kirill at the Havana airport, where they will sign a joint declaration.
The search for a Missouri couple suspected in a series of robberies and abductions in Alabama and Georgia ended in the Florida Panhandle early Friday with authorities there saying the man is dead and the woman taken into custody.
Blake Fitzgerald died and Brittany Nicole Harper was wounded and taken to a local hospital, according to a statement from the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.
According to NBC affiliate WPMI, Fitzgerald and Harper were shot after a police chase.
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An elderly woman was killed and her husband seriously hurt when a tree toppled onto the bedroom of their Delaware County home, trapping them for hours, fire officials said.
The tree crushed the back portion of the home in Broomall, Pennsylvania, early Friday.
Broomall Fire Dept. incident commander Carl Drake said neighbors heard a crash around 6 a.m., but no one realized the tree fell until a man leaving for work saw the aftermath and heard screams for help.
A winter storm threatened to snarl the morning commute for millions of Americans from the Mid-Atlantic to New England Friday, dumping up to 8 inches of snow on parts of the Northeast.
Heavy, wet snow will lead to messy conditions on roads across the region during the morning, forecasters said.
Parts eastern Long Island could see as much as 8 inches of heavy, wet snow by mid-morning, NBC New York reported. Up to 5 inches could fall on Brooklyn, Queens and possibly Manhattan and the Bronx.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Molloy said the state's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) would be monitoring the impact of the storm. "We are monitoring this winter weather diligently," he said, according to NBC Connecticut.
The snow was expected to clear in coastal New England by Friday evening.
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