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Parents and teachers raised concerns about an elementary school volunteer and youth choir director accused of recording "vile sexual acts" between children on school grounds, but the principal took no action, claiming the teachers lacked proof, according to a lawsuit filed by the guardian of a victim.
The family that alerted police about possible sex abuse at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School last week is suing the school district and the suspect.
The civil complaint claims a 9-year-old boy was told by the accused teacher's aide, 22-year-old Deonte Carraway, that he was part of a "club."
For the 15th time, officials denied parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, after hearing Wednesday from another person who was shot that night and called for the release of Sirhan.
The decision came after Sirhan answered questions from the California parole panel for about three hours in a small, windowless conference room.
Commissioners said Sirhan did not show adequate remorse or understand the enormity of his crime.
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Police arrested a young man accused of shooting and decapitating his grandmother and her husband in Oklahoma City, police said Wednesday.
Police found Quinton Deshawn Laster outside the home of Sharon Reed and James Earl Reed when they went to do a welfare check on Tuesday, NBC News reported.
Police said three young children were in a covered garbage bag in the home that was being used as a daycare at the time of the murders, but they weren’t injured. They weren’t related to the victims, according to the victims’ relatives.
Laster, 20, was arrested on two counts of first-degree murder.
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An Omaha man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing his mother and his 4-year-old half brother, avoiding the death penalty.
Roberto Martinez-Marinero, 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the May deaths of 45-year-old Jesus Ismenia Marinero and 4-year-old Josue Ramirez-Marinero. After entering the plea in Douglas County District Court, he was sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison.
Prosecutors say Martinez-Marinero stabbed and beat his mother with a baseball bat on May 5 at his home in a fit of rage over an ongoing dispute over money. Her body was found the next day in a southeast Omaha ditch.
Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has obeyed orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the months since she spent five nights in jail for refusing to do so, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
United States District Judge David Bunning denied the American Civil Liberties Union's request to order Davis to reissue licenses she had altered to remove her name and title or face the possibility of further punishment. He found that Davis has allowed her deputies to issue licenses to anyone eligible since September and that the altered licenses are likely valid under Kentucky law.
A Tennessee mother is planning to sue after she says the hospital where she went into delivery accidentally performed a frenulectomy — an incision in the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth — on her 1-day-old son, NBC News reported.
Jennifer Melton, 31, of Hartsville, says a nurse encouraged the mother to put her baby in the nursery for a few hours so she could get some rest.
"The nurse brought our son back into the room, and she began to explain the care process for the procedure that [the doctor] had done while he was away," Melton told NBC News on Wednesday. "I was like, what are you talking about? What procedure?"
Melton said she panicked and demanded an explanation. The pediatrician explained to Melton that he did perform the procedure, and had asked for her baby "in error."
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College-bound students will have the option to take the SATs next year in August, as the standardized test will be offered over the summer, NBC News reported.
The College Board shared the news earlier this month when it rolled out test dates for 2017. It also revealed the elimination of the January SAT test date as of 2018.
The move comes after the Assessments for The College Boards added a September exam date before college applications are due.
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Eric Lee was surprised when the "check engine" light came on in his brand-new Lexus.
He was even more surprised when his mechanic told him the cause of the problem: Rats had nested in his engine and eaten through his wiring. They’d gnawed through the foam in his engine cover, bitten though parts of the machinery, even left little footprints on the metal.
Lee has lived in Chinatown for the last 40 years — and he parks his car on the local streets. He said he’s always seen an occasional rat in the neighborhood, but lately things seem to be getting worse.
His neighbors seem to agree. The I-Team did some digging and found that 311 complaints about rodents in the area have increased by 140 percent over the last five years – from 228 in 2010 to 549 last year.
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Now officially a winner after clinching New Hampshire, Donald Trump faced a fresh test for his once-improbable campaign as the Republican presidential race careened into more conservative territory in South Carolina.
The billionaire political novice posted a decisive victory in the nation's first primary, leaving in his wake a still-crowded field of Republicans struggling to break out of the pack. Restive Democrats had their own act of anti-establishment defiance, lining up behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders while delivering a New Hampshire rejection of Hillary Clinton's second bid for the White House.
With no clear rival to Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for the Republicans, the candidates headed south Wednesday with little clarity about a nomination battle that seemed likely to stretch into the spring. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, bruised from a demoralizing defeat, nixed a planned event in South Carolina and headed home to mull whether to stay in the ra
President Barack Obama arrived in Springfield on Wednesday morning prepared to make history, becoming the fourth U.S. president to address the Illinois General Assembly.
Nine years ago was Obama’s last time in Springfield for the frigid February announcement of his candidacy for president. Springfield was just as bitter cold for his arrival Wednesday as it was then, but the welcome for the president was warm.
"It's great to see so many old friends," Obama said at the start of his address to a standing ovation. "I missed you guys."
Obama spoke on unity and bipartisanship before a body in Illinois that has been criticized for exhibiting neither characteristic.
The address comes amid a historic state budget impasse in Illinois, something the president did not ignore in his speech.
The Rev. Al Sharpton and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shared breakfast tea at a Harlem landmark a day after the Democrat's New Hampshire victory.
During their meeting Wednesday at Sylvia's restaurant, they discussed issues that affect the African-American community around the country.
Sharpton says they talked about affirmative action, police brutality and the water disaster in Flint, Michigan.
Sharpton adds that he and various heads of national civil rights organizations plan to meet with Hillary Clinton next week.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign a bill stripping government money from Planned Parenthood, a move that might help him with conservatives who dominate the upcoming Republican presidential primary in South Carolina.
The legislation cleared the state legislature and was headed to Kasich on Wednesday, a day after the primary in New Hampshire, where a tough stance against Planned Parenthood might have been received with less enthusiasm by its many moderate Republican voters. Kasich finished second in the New Hampshire race behind Donald Trump but ahead of a group of mainstream GOP candidates who vied for moderate support.
The House on Wednesday approved legislation to clarify the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to notify the public about danger from lead in their drinking water — the first action by Congress to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
The bill, approved 416-2, would direct the EPA to notify residents and health departments if the amount of lead found in a public water system requires action, in the absence of notification by the state.
Flint stopped using treated water from Detroit and switched to the Flint River in 2014 to save money. Regulators failed to ensure the water was treated properly and lead from aging pipes leached into the water supply, contributing to a spike in child lead exposure.
A cruise ship battered by rough seas and powerful winds in the Atlantic Ocean cut short its voyage and docked at its New Jersey port Wednesday night, as thousands of weary passengers streamed out of the ship what one woman called "a cruise from hell."
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas pulled into Bayonne's Cape Liberty at 9 p.m. Passengers were seen on the decks waving and cheering as the ship docked.
"This was the most unbelievable trip, it was just something you can't even imagine," said a Bronx woman named Elaine who took the trip with her husband Freddy.
Norovirus may have sickened 100 Ursinus College students, 22 of whom were sent to the emergency room or urgent care late Tuesday and early Wednesday, according to school officials and the local health department.
Officials with the eastern Pennsylvania college said most students fell ill after dinnertime Tuesday and exhibited similar symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration.
They were taken to various hospitals, including Einstein Medical Center and Phoenixville Hospital. Officials from the Center for Disease Control and the Montgomery County Health Department responded to the hospitals.