The white University of Cincinnati police officer who shot unarmed black man Samuel Dubose during a traffic stop has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor announced Wednesday, saying the cop "purposely" killed the motorist and "should never have been a police officer," according to NBC News. In announcing the murder charge against officer Ray Tensing, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters lambasted the cop over the death of Dubose, 43, saying the fatal shooting was "the most asinine act I've ever seen a police officer make." Dubose was pulled over July 19 for having a missing front license plate. The president of University of Cincinnati announced that the school has terminated Tensing.
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The Santa Cruz District Attorney on Wednesday charged a 15-year-old boy with murder and kidnapping in the death of an 8-year-old girl who vanished while riding her scooter near her apartment on Sunday afternoon.
The decision to charge Adrian Jerry Gonzalez as an adult in the death of Madyson "Maddy" Middleton was announced by Jeffrey Rosell at a news conference on the Santa Cruz County courthouse steps.
Gonzalez is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday. He is being housed at a juvenile detention facility.
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Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday. The head of Zimbabwe's safari association said the killing was unethical and that it couldn't even be classified as a hunt, since the lion killed by an American dentist was lured into the kill zone.
A professional hunter identified by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority as Theo Bronkhorst and his co-defendant, farm owner Honest Trymore Ndlovu, are accused of helping Walter James Palmer hunt the lion. Zimbabwean police said they are looking for Palmer, the American dentist who reportedly paid $50,000 to track and kill the animal.
Defense lawyer Givemore Muvhiringi said Wednesday that Bronkhorst and Ndlovu, were released on $1,000 bail.
Zimbabwean prosecutors' documents accuse Bronkhorst of failing to "prevent an unlawful hunt." Court documents say Bronkhorst was supervising while his client, Palmer, shot the animal.
A man has been fatally shot in Chicago nearly three years after he was released from prison, having spent 17 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit.
Alprentiss Nash, 40, was fatally shot in the chest Tuesday afternoon in the 1600 block of West Van Buren on the Near West Side, according to his attorney and police.
Police said Nash was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he was later pronounced dead.
Donald Trump said he'd "love" to have former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as a member of his cabinet if he is elected president.
Asked on Sarah Palin's Mama Grizz Radio's "The Palin Update with Kevin Scholla" whether he'd include Palin in his administration, Trump responded "I'd love that."
"She really is somebody that knows what's happening. She's a special person, she's really a special person," he said. "She's got a following that's unbelievable."
Trump said he's always admired the former Alaska governor's talent for taking criticism in stride.
"One of things I most admire so much about her is that she took so much nonsense, lies, disgusting lies," he said. "And she handles it so well. She's tough and smart and just a great woman."
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The Afghan government announced Wednesday that longtime Taliban leader Mullah Omar was dead.
"I can confirm that Mullah Omar is dead," the spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security Abdul Hassib Sediqi told NBC News. "According to our intelligence Mullah Omar has died in a hospital in Pakistan a couple years ago."
Rumors have circulated for years that the leader of the militant group that ruled Afghanistan until being toppled by U.S.-backed forces in 2001 had died.
Afghan intelligence officials told NBC News earlier that the government came to the conclusion Omar had died about two years earlier during a high-level national security meeting Wednesday morning.
The government had sufficient information to conclude that Omar died of hepatitis B about two years ago, and his death was kept secret to keep the group together, a second intelligence source told NBC News.
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Nearly three dozen cases of Legionnaires' disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the Bronx over the last two weeks in what the Health Department is calling a concerning "unusual increase" in cases.
A Gary, Indiana lifeguard has been fired after she was caught on video lying in the shade while on duty over the weekend.
Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign says she will call for lifting the embargo with Cuba in a Florida address on Friday.
In the speech, Clinton will side with President Barack Obama, who normalized relations with the island nation in December, and deride her Republican presidential opponents for pushing what her campaign calls the "failed policies of the past."
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick addressed the media a day after the NFL's decision to uphold Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game. "The decision handed down by the league is unfathomable," Kraft said. He added: "I was wrong to put my faith in the league." Belichick dodged questions about the Deflategate controversy, saying there's "nothing really to talk about there." He said the team will continue to get ready for the 2015 season
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One of the last five northern white rhinoceroses in the world has died.
Nabiré, a 31-year-old female northern white rhino, died of a ruptured cyst, authorities at the Dvůr Králové Zoo announced. Nabiré's death leaves only three females and one male left of her species.
Because of poaching and habitat loss, northern white rhinos have been on the brink of extinction for years.
Out of the only three female northern whites left behind, none are able to carry babies due to uterine conditions or being past the reproductive age.
As millions of Catholics throughout the country await Pope Francis’s first U.S. visit this September, the steady moves of Hispanics away from the Catholic Church underscores a dilemma for the Church: Despite efforts to attract and retain U.S. Latinos through expansion of lay ministry positions and support for immigration reform, many Hispanics continue to convert to the evangelical church or abandon their faith altogether.
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A former State Department official pleaded guilty Wednesday to nearly a dozen charges of voyeurism and stalking for recording as many as 25 women in their homes around D.C. The ex-counterterrorism official, 45-year-old Daniel Rosen, is also facing charges for allegedly soliciting a minor online. In the D.C. cases, the women were recorded in the areas in their bathrooms and bedrooms, while having sex, communicating using Facetime, performing personal hygiene and engaging in other private moments. Prosecutors say Rosen targeted women who lived in basement-level apartments that faced back alleys in the areas of Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant and U Street. Rosen's lawyer said his client is getting treatment for being a sexual deviant.