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-- The lone survivor of a notorious 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four black girls is seeking millions in compensation and says she won’t accept a top congressional award to honor the victims. Sarah Collins Rudolph tells The Associated Press she feels forgotten 50 years after the Sept. 16, 1963 blast at Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Rudolph lost an eye in the bombing and says she never got restitution. Congress is considering whether to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Rudolph and four girls who died: 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, and 11-year-old Denise McNair. The brother of Wesley, Fate Morris, says he’s also not interested in the award, which is Congress’ highest honor.
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Suwanee, Georgia (CNN) -- A gunman in apparent financial distress took several firefighters hostage Wednesday in suburban Atlanta, then was killed in an exchange of gunfire hours later after law enforcement authorities determined he might lash out at his captives. "It got to the point where we believed that (the firefighters') lives were in immediate danger," Gwinnett County police spokesman Ed Ritter said Wednesday night. "And our SWAT team made the decision to go in there and neutralize the situation." All four Gwinnett County firefighters who were being held hostage suffered "superficial" injuries after authorities used explosives "to distract the suspect to get in the house and take care of business," Ritter explained. Their injuries were the result of the explosions, not gunfire, and all four were expected to go home by night's end. One law enforcement officer was shot in the incident, but his injury is not considered life-threatening, according to Ritter. All those involved in the incident -- including the Gwinnett County police officer -- were in good condition as they were treated at Gwinnett Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Beth Okun said. Several have been released, she said. "They are simply relieved that the situation is over," said Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Thomas Rutledge. "The firefighters are glad to be getting treated ... and really work on getting their lives back to normal." Neighbors embrace after a hostage situation ends in Suwanee, Georgia, on Wednesday, April 10. A gunman in apparent financial distress took several firefighters hostage the Atlanta suburb, then was killed in an exchange of gunfire hours later after law enforcement authorities determined he might lash out at his captives. A Gwinnett County police officer clears the road after an explosion and gunshots were heard near the home in Suwanee. Authorities used explosives to distract the suspect and get in the house. A Gwinnett County Fire Rescue ambulance rushes from the scene after the hostage situation ended. The four firefighters being held hostage suffered "superficial" injuries as a result of the explosions. A SWAT team member heads to his car after the standoff. One law enforcement officer was shot in the incident, but his injury is not considered life-threatening, officials said. Gwinnett County police spokesman Ed Ritter, center, addresses the media Wednesday night. "It got to the point where we believed that (the firefighters') lives were in immediate danger," he said. "And our SWAT team made the decision to go in there and neutralize the situation." A police officer stands guard in the Walnut Grove subdivision in Suwanee, where the incident took place. s: Georgia firefighters rescued Hear call from firefighter taken hostage Police: Firefighter hostage suspect dead Neighbor: SWAT explosions rocked house The hostage situation began around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday when the firefighters went to a residence in Suwanee "for some type of medical call," Ritter said. Four hours later, he noted authorities still weren't sure whether that call was for a "fake heart attack" or the gunman was actually suffering from a medical condition. One fire engine and an ambulance were sent to the scene, as is customary, Rutledge said. He explained that the firefighters involved are cross-trained as paramedics so they can provide aid to county residents in purported medical emergencies like this, which happen "hundreds of times throughout the year." "This is what they do, it's what they do very well," said Rutledge, saying the firefighters had no reason to think this situation would turn violent. "This call seemed to be no different ... They were caught off guard." Five firefighters had gone inside the home -- a two-story structure, one of many in the neighborhood about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta -- with a stretcher, then a single firefighter ran out about 30 minutes later, according to neighbors. Rutledge said one firefighter was let go so he could move the fire truck from in front of the house. The house was foreclosed upon in November and was being prepared for sale, said Brad German, a spokesman for Freddie Mac. It was not clear what, if anything, that fact had to do with what unfolded Wednesday. Jake Major, an 18-year-old neighbor who used to mow the alleged hostage taker's lawn, said he seemed "really nice, ... like a normal guy." His yard, though, "was a mess (and) inside it was just as bad," Major said. Ritter, the police spokesman, said that the unidentified gunman started making demands related to the house after taking the firefighters hostage. "The power was turned off along with the cable and cell phone and so on, and he wanted all those things turned back on," said Ritter, adding that "apparently he was going through some financial issues." Hostage negotiators were on site, as were agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to Richard Coes, a spokesman for that agency. As scores of law enforcement officers converged on the site, Major said his only hope was that everything he was hearing about the situation "was wrong." "I knew that (once) it had escalated to this level, ... it wasn't going to end well," said Major, who lives about a block away. "Whatever happened, it wasn't going to end well." Explosions rang out around 7:30 p.m., and soon after ambulances rushed away from the scene. "Thirty seconds later, I knew everything was OK," said Wesley Gossan, who lived two doors down, of the sequence of big and small explosions, followed by a flurry of gunfire. "Because the (firefighters) walked out, they took their hard hats off." Ritter explained later that there had been an exchange of "gunfire between officers and that individual." "This was his call, his decision, this was the result of his actions," the police spokesman said. "We didn't want it this way. But he was calling the shots." Shooter who ambushed firefighters left note showing intent Firefighter arrives to find own house in flames Philly fire captain dies near anniversary of fire deaths
ttawa, Canada (CNN) -- A Canadian teenager, who was allegedly gang-raped and bullied, has died, her family said. Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, was hospitalized after she tried to hang herself Thursday. The high school student from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was taken off life support Sunday. The teen was bullied for more than a year after the alleged sexual assault in November 2011 when she was 15, her family said. In addition to the sexual assault, a photo taken during the incident was circulated to friends via text and online, and she developed suicidal thoughts as a result, according to her family. How to talk to your son about rape She struggled emotionally, especially after a police investigation ended without criminal charges, her mother, Leah Parsons, wrote on her Facebook tribute page. "Rehtaeh is gone today because of the four boys that thought that raping a 15-year-old girl was OK and to distribute a photo to ruin her spirit and reputation would be fun," her mother wrote. "All the bullying and messaging and harassment that never let up are also to blame. Lastly, the justice system failed her. Those are the people that took the life of my beautiful girl." How to help young rape victims The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said charges will not be filed. "An investigation was conducted into the alleged sexual assault," said Cpl. Scott MacRae, a spokesman for the police. "In consultation with the crown, the decision was made that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with charges." Healing process after rape never ends Authorities confirmed that a photograph allegedly showing Parsons having sex with one of the boys was circulated to friends' mobile phones and computers. Disseminating such a picture even if the sexual encounter was consensual is considered child pornography. However, police said, they did not have enough evidence to bring charges. "There are factors in determining other than the picture itself; ages, who sent the material, computers, so it's complex," MacRae said. "We do understand people want the answers and the big question here is why was it done or why weren't there charges and we understand that. We're not trying to deflect blame or not be accountable." The teen's relatives said they hope their story helps families going through the same pain. Her funeral will be Saturday, her mother said.
Members of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., came together this weekend to pray and worship, and "to be real" in facing the death of the 27-year-old son of their pastor, Rick Warren, after a lifelong struggle with mental illness. The service at the church began with Tom Holladay, teaching pastor at Saddleback, praying for Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, on Saturday, the day the internationally known Christian leader announced that his youngest son, Matthew, took his own life after struggling with mental illness, deep depression and suicidal thoughts throughout his life. After praise and worship, Holladay told the congregation that Pastor Warren had called him earlier during the week to request him to preach to the church during the weekend. When Holladay asked what he should preach about, and what was on Warren's mind, Warren said he wanted the teaching pastor to preach about what to do on the worst day of your life – not knowing that later that week he would face Matthew's death. Holladay's sermon was based on 1 Samuel 30, which is about David coming back from the battle and finding out that the entire town of Ziklag had been wiped out. The response of David and his people is a model for us to deal with a situation where hope seems distant, he said. Holladay shared five things they did, and requested the audience to pray for Rick and Kay to walk through those steps. The teaching pastor said the first thing they did was they wept, stressing the importance of not denying emotions as human beings. Jesus also wept, he said. Cry out to God, and share emotions with others, he added. The second thing to do is, do not get bitter, Holladay said. Forgive others. The third thing, he shared, is encourage yourself in God. Get around God's people, and read the Word and find hope in Jesus, he explained. The fourth thing is to look toward the future with hope; don't just look to the past. Jesus is about life, He wants to give us life in its fullness, Holladay said. The fifth thing to do is to attack evil. The best way to defeat evil is to attack evil, he said. Holladay told the congregation that if they wanted to do something for Pastor Warren and Kay, they should attack evil in their own lives, apart from praying for their grieving pastor. In an email sent to his staff early on Saturday, Pastor Warren wrote, "No words can express the anguished grief we feel right now. Our youngest son, Matthew, age 27, and a lifelong member of Saddleback, died today." About 30,000 people "liked" the message on Pastor Warren's Facebook page, where the church wrote, "We appreciate all of your prayer and support for Pastor Rick and Kay during this difficult situation. Show your support through prayer, commenting, liking, or sharing this post." Around 3,800 people commented on Pastor Warren's page, offering condolences. "Heavenly Father, place Your Comforting arms round about the Pastor Rick and Kay during this time of loss. In Jesus Name. AMEN!!!!!!!!!" wrote Cheryl Ullery Smith. "Prayers for comfort and peace that passes all understanding," said Becky Arellano Washington. In his email, Warren described Matthew as "an incredibly kind, gentle, and compassionate man." "He had a brilliant intellect and a gift for sensing who was most in pain or most uncomfortable in a room. He'd then make a bee-line to that person to engage and encourage them," Warren, the author of the multimillion-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, continued. "But only those closest knew that he struggled from birth with mental illness, dark holes of depression, and even suicidal thoughts. In spite of America's best doctors, meds, counselors, and prayers for healing, the torture of mental illness never subsided. Today, after a fun evening together with Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life." Warren recalled that many years ago, after another approach had failed to give relief, Matthew said, "Dad, I know I'm going to heaven. Why can't I just die and end this pain?" But he kept going for another decade, Warren wrote. Matthew's death sparked outpouring of prayers from Christian leaders, including evangelist Greg Laurie, Pastor Mark Driscoll, Bishop T.D. Jakes, evangelist Will Graham and Mike Huckabee. Warren said he was grateful to church members and supporters for their "love and prayers," saying "we love you back."
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Wendy and Randall Casey don't talk much over breakfast these days. Or lunch. Or even dinner. Truth be known, even though the mother and son share a home in Dixmoor, Illinois, they usually just pass each other in the night. After all, one doesn't want to reveal too much campaign strategy to your opponent. "Our relationship hasn't been as strong as it normally was," Wendy Casey conceded, in a room festooned with family photos of Randall at a much younger age. "We just interact, saying, 'Good morning,' and, 'Good evening,' when he comes in from work." The two Caseys are running against each other for village president in Dixmoor. Although Randall said he prefers to put it this way: "I'm not running against my mom. I'm running for the people of Dixmoor." Advertise | AdChoicesBy all counts, the poor south suburban community could use some help. Abandoned buildings stand like rotting trees citywide. The elder Casey says a fire engine was recently repossessed. The community famously missed payroll for city employees not once, but twice. Against that backdrop, mother and son say they both want the job. And they both want to win. "I feel, in my honest opinion, that he is not mature mentally to take on the responsibility of running a community," she says. "If I win, I think he will be very supportive." More news from NBCChicago.com Randall prefers not to talk about the contest against his mother, saying he doesn't want what some might perceive as a humorous sideshow to detract from the genuine problems Dixmoor faces. "I don't want to embarrass the people of Dixmoor," he said. "The people of Dixmoor have had enough embarrassment." Indeed, Dixmoor seems almost comically at odds with itself. Incumbent mayor Keevan Grimmett was thrown off the ballot earlier this year after he was accused of being effectively homeless and living in his city hall office. "He has no gas, no electricity, and no running water," the elder Casey said. 'The town is split' Grimmett denies that, and after an appeal managed to get reinstated to the ballot. "I have all the amenities that anyone would have," he said. "And I guess the biggest thing I have is a lot of electricity for the village of Dixmoor." The town could use more than electricity. Stories of unpaid bills are legendary. A would-be community center, started with a federal grant, sits half finished and open to the elements, seemingly abandoned. Per capita income for the town's 3,500 residents is just under $13,000. Warring factions have led to walkouts by trustees during village board meetings. "The town is split," agrees write-in candidate David McWilliams, a local merchant. "I'm here to pull both sides together." At times, it's difficult to tell the players without a scorecard. Trustee Dorothy Armstrong is also seeking the post. Michael Smith, a former trustee, is running for his old job on the village council. He lost it after he was accused of stealing gasoline, and it was Smith who initiated the investigation of the mayor's residency. Advertise | AdChoicesEven Randall Casey brings a complicated linage. His father, Donald Luster, is a former mayor who was forced to step down after he was convicted of fraud. Luster has endorsed his son. Wendy Casey says if her son wins, she will be respectful. "I will hold him accountable," she says. For now, that accountability includes collecting rent from her son, once a month. "Of course," she says. "I can't let him live here rent-free. I wouldn't be a good mother if I did that."
By M. Alex Johnson, staff writer, NBC News
While political and military analysts sound pretty confident that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's threats are just bluster, you can't get around the fact that the region encompassing the Korean peninsula is one of the most heavily militarized places on Earth, home to three of the world's six-largest militaries. If the unthinkable were to happen, how would it play out? Leon Panetta, who stepped down as President Barack Obama's defense secretary in February, warned this week in an interview with CNBC that "we don't have as much insight as we should with regards to the inner workings of what happens in North Korea." But based on declassified U.S. and U.N. assessments and independent analyses by military scholars, we can make some educated guesses:
By Melissa Pamer and Tony Shin, NBCSanDiego.com
A family is asking questions after a 24-year-old man died following an oral surgeon's operation to remove his wisdom teeth late last month. Marek Lapinski, of Murrieta, Calif., went into cardiac arrest during the common surgery, according to medical records provided by a friend of the family. Lapinski died three days after the March 21 surgery at a clinic run by Dr. Steven Paul in Temecula, Calif. Thomas Keiser, the friend of Lapinski's family, called the death a "senseless tragedy."