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Airstrikes believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens more on Sunday in a northern Syrian town held by insurgents, Syrian opposition media reported.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes struck the town of Ariha, killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens more. The Local Coordination Committees, an activist collective, said the airstrikes struck a busy market, inflicting heavy casualties.
The Observatory, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria, said the airstrike destroyed three buildings in the center of Ariha.
Migrants on the Greek-Macedonian border attacked police with stones Saturday, enraged by the sight of Macedonian authorities erecting a fence along the border and an accident that injured a young Moroccan man, NBC News reported.
Authorities said 18 Macedonian officers were injured in the brief but intense clashes. Most of them received minor injuries but two were hospitalized in the nearby town of Gevgelija, Macedonia's Interior Ministry said.
There was no official tally of injured migrants, although Macedonian police targeted them with stun grenades and plastic bullets. Doctors from the Red Cross and other non-governmental organizations said they treated 20 people for head injuries and breathing problems.
The accidental electrocution at the top of a train carriage of a 24-year-old Moroccan, who suffered severe burns, sparked the unrest among the migrants, many of whom have been stranded at the border since Macedonia decided earlier this month, along with Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia, to let through only those from the "warzone" countries of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
More than 600,000 refugees and other migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia have entered Europe through Greece this year, many after making the short sea crossing from Turkey.
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A 78-year-old woman who spent more than three decades running a New Jersey luncheonette decided she wanted to spend her final days in the now-shuttered diner.
NJ.com reports the lights dimmed on Chubby's Luncheonette three years ago. But it was so special to former owner Carol "Chubby" Montello that she decided she wanted to die in the Hopewell diner.
Her loved ones say she left the door open 24-7 so regulars could make coffee and heat muffins before she arrived.
A suspected burglar who became stuck in a chimney in Central California died Saturday afternoon after the unsuspecting homeowner lit a fire, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.
The incident occurred at around 3 p.m. and firefighters who responded to the Huron home found a man stuck in the chimney but apparently still breathing, the sheriff's office said, NBC News reported.
But the man, who was not immediately identified, was dead when firefighters broke into the chimney, the sheriff's office said.
The sheriff's office said when the homeowner lit the fire, he heard a man yell from inside the chimney and the house began filling with smoke. The homeowner put out the fire and firefighters were called.
The sheriff's office said its investigation indicates that the man tried to enter the home through the chimney overnight and got stuck, and the homeowner, who was away and returned Saturday, didn't know anyone was inside until lighting the fire.
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President Barack Obama kept up his holiday tradition of supporting small businesses.
Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha visited Upshur Street Books in Washington's Petworth neighborhood Saturday, where he bought nine books.
The Obamas skimmed through books in the fiction section of the dimly lit store with bright green walls. Miniature Christmas lights were hanging on the ceiling and around the front window display.
The president emerged from the store with a brown shopping bag full of his purchases, which the White House said included children and young adult novels such as "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8," ''Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life," ''A Snicker of Magic," ''On Fortune's Wheel," and "Purity: A Novel."
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A Kansas man is being held on $10 million bond after police discovered his young son missing and then found human remains on his property.
Kansas City police said officers first responded to reports of an "armed disturbance" Wednesday at the home of Michael A. Jones, 44. During the investigation, "it was alleged that a 7-year-old boy had been missing for an extended period of time and was possibly dead," police said in a news release.
The next day, officers returned with a warrant to search the property and found the human remains, authorities said, NBC News reported.
Officials have not determined if the remains are those of the missing child. The grim finding remains under investigation, police said.
Jones was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and abuse of a child, according to Wyandotte County Detention Center records.
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A New Yorker who rowed alone across the Atlantic Ocean for AIDS awareness is back home in Brooklyn, ending a 21-month journey.
Victor Mooney arrived at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Friday and plans a ceremony at the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday, he said on Saturday.
"I'm happy to be in Brooklyn," he said. "I still haven't absorbed it."
The 49-year-old Mooney rows in memory of his brother who died of AIDS in 1983. He said his goal is to spur people to get tested for HIV.
After failing on three previous attempts to row solo across the Atlantic, Mooney set off from the Canary Islands off the coast of African on Feb. 19, 2014.
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A newborn girl was found buried alive near a riverbed in Compton, California, Friday and now officials are seeking the public's help for information on her abandonment.
As deputies canvassed the area, they heard a baby's "muffled cry" and discovered a newborn girl buried alive under pieces of asphalt and rubble inside a crevice located along the bike path, LASD said.
Deputies had to remove pieces of asphalt and debris to rescue the baby, who was wrapped in a blanket and cold to the touch, officials said.
Police in Connecticut and Florida have been inundated with messages of outrage and concern over a Facebook post showing a dog muzzled with duct tape that has gone viral on social media.
A Facebook account under the user name "Katie Brown" posted a photograph Friday of a dog that looks like a chocolate lab with duct tape wrapped around its mouth. The image was captioned with the message: "This is what happens when you dont (sic) shut up!!!" According to the page, the woman lives in South Daytona, Florida. It is not clear if the photo is Brown's.
A subsequent post, published only a minute later, attempted to justify the controversial image by explaining that the duct tape was only left on the dog for "a minute."
"Don't panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasnt barked since...POINT MADE!!! (sic)," the caption read.
The post was shared over 280,000 times, on Saturday afternoon and has sparked an outcry from animal lovers criticizing the Facebook user who posted the image.
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Two Canadian brothers who rescued a bald eagle from a trap took the rare chance to snap a selfie with the stately creature before setting it free.
Michael Fletcher, 29, said he was hunting with his brother, Neil, near Ontario's Windy Lake on Tuesday, when they stumbled upon the majestic bird caught in a hunting trap.
They knew they had to do something, but freeing the animal was no easy task. "When we got close to the bird, it tried to fly away. So I took my hoodie off and put it around its head, it calmed it right down," Fletcher told NBC News on Saturday.
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Authorities say a man faces charges in Louisiana accusing him of killing his father and stabbing his mother because they ordered fast food and didn't get any for him.
Ronald Pritchett, 32, of Purvis, Mississippi, faces charges of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and auto theft in the New Orleans suburb of Jefferson Parish, said Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the sheriff there.
Fortunato Percival Pritchett, 58, and his wife, Renitta Pritchett, 57, were stabbed Wednesday at their home in unincorporated Gretna. Renitta Pritchett was treated and released, University Medical Center spokeswoman Aleis Tusa said.
The holiday shopping season is underway and there are deals galore on the Web. But those deals could give hackers more entry points to access online shoppers' personal information, NBC News reported.
Online shoppers can take a few simple steps to make sure they don't end up as identity-theft victims this holiday season.
Michael Bruemmer, Experian's vice president of consumer protection, said shoppers should use prepaid credit or debit cards to limit their exposure while shopping online.
"The easiest thing you can do is have a throw-away credit card or debit card that you only use for shopping as well as potentially an email address," Bruemmer told CNBC's "Tech Bet."
Experian also advises shoppers to avoid public Wi-Fi hot spots because many aren't secure, recommending that shoppers make all online purchases from home.
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The federal government's collection of bulk data from the telephone calls of virtually every American stopped at midnight Saturday, ending a raging controversy that began two and a half years ago with disclosures about the secret program by whistleblower Edward Snowden, NBC News reported.
Beginning Sunday, if the government wants to check on a specific phone number in a potential terrorism case, a request must be made to the relevant telephone company for a check of its own data. The government will no longer retain the information.
Except in emergencies, the records can be obtained only with an individual order from a special federal intelligence court.
President Obama said in January that the bulk data collection would end, and Congress in June formally banned it but allowed for a six-month transition period that ended Saturday.
For now, the National Security Agency, which ran the massive government data collection program, will retain access to the data it collected before the program ended.
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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Saturday, after visiting a camp for Syrian refugees, that the displaced should be absorbed by Middle Eastern countries, with the international community sending aid and "encouragement" to the host nations.
Carson toured the Azraq camp in northern Jordan under heavy Jordanian security, with journalists barred. Carson's campaign also limited access, not providing his itinerary and releasing only a short statement after the camp visit.
The candidate has repeatedly struggled to discuss international affairs as they become a greater focus in the 2016 presidential contest. Advisers have conceded that his foreign policy fluency isn't where it needs to be and have expressed hope missions like his two-day trip to Jordan will help change that.
A man who came face-to-face with a gunman at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic Friday said he felt "helpless" as he watched the shooter, who killed three people and injured nine others, NBC News reported.
Ozy Licano, 61, of Manzinola, Colorado,had driven some friends to the Colorado Springs clinic and was at a nearby Costco while they waited for their appointment.
When Licano returned, he was shocked to find bullets flying into the clinic's entry way as the the gunman shot "up and down," shattering the glass door.
"I just kind of lost it there. I tried to get out of my car and run. I thought about that, and I said no. I got back in the car, started it, put it in reverse," he said.
The shooter, identified as 57-year-old Robert Dear, turned his focus away from the clinic and took aim at Licano as he frantically tried to back up.
"He was looking directly at my face, and he was aiming for my head. I could see it in his eyes," Licano said.
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