Attackers stormed a restaurant Friday night in Bangladesh’s capital, taking about 40 people hostage and killing four security personnel, according to officials, NBC News reported.
A team of seven or eight attackers entered the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan area Friday night and were holding customers and staff at gunpoint, Assistant Superintendent Fazle-e-Elahi told NBC News by phone from Dhaka.
The ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency reported that ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the terror research firms Flashpoint Intelligence and Site Intelligence Group. The claim has not been confirmed.
Fazle-e-Elahi said most of the police casualties occurred when a hostage escaped. As officers rushed to help him, a grenade was tossed at them from a balcony. The dead included the assistant police commissioner, he said.
A doctor at a nearby hospital told NBC News the facility received 26 people wounded, most of them security personnel, six of whom were in critical condition.
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The Obama administration says between 64 and 116 civilians have been killed by drone and other U.S. strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.
Friday's disclosure was the administration's first public assessment of the number of civilians killed in these types of operations. Some human rights advocates say the number is significantly higher.
Attention focused Friday on whether a Chechen extremist known to be a top lieutenant in the Islamic State group was involved in the suicide attacks that killed 44 people at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport.
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, told CNN that Akhmed Chatayev directed Tuesday night's attack at one of the world's busiest airports. The CIA and White House declined to comment on McCaul's assertion and officials said the investigation of the bombing is still ongoing. McCaul could not be reached for further comment.
Turkish officials also were not able to confirm Chatayev's role. The Sabah newspaper, which is close to the government, said police had launched a manhunt for him.
The FBI is being sued by survivors of the shooting inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, who say federal mistakes enabled Dylann Roof to buy the .45-caliber handgun he used.
Lawyers for three people who survived the attack and the estates of five who were slain say the FBI negligently failed to conduct a thorough background check before Roof bought the gun last year.
If the agency had done its job, Roof's prior drug arrest would have shown up, and the bureau would have denied his purchase, the lawsuits filed Thursday allege.
President Barack Obama's top lawyer said Friday she "fully expects to accept" the findings of an FBI-led investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.
Speaking at a summit in Aspen, Colorado, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she's not recusing herself from being briefed on the case but won't overrule recommendations from agents, and career prosecutors who have been working on the case.
The pledge by Lynch seems aimed at tamping down criticism that the investigation is politically tainted. Earlier this week, Lynch met privately with Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, aboard her plane on the tarmac at a Phoenix airport in what Lynch described as an impromptu social call.
Every year, Americans honor the country's independence on the Fourth of July by celebrating freedom with fireworks, barbecues and beach getaways.
July Fourth has only been a federal holiday since 1941, but Americans have celebrated Independence Day since the 18th century. During the summer of 1776 some colonists held parades and fired canons to accompany reading of the newly signed Declaration of Independence.
The following year Philadelphia hosted the first annual independence celebration on July 4.
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About a dozen people were on a roller coaster that became stuck on the tracks at Six Flags Over Texas Friday morning.
The New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster — formerly known as The Shockwave — stopped on the tracks during ride's initial ascent about 11 a.m.
Park officials said a sensor indicated a possible problem with the ride and stopped the train at a "safe place."
While the issue was investigated, crew members brought water to the stranded passengers. Passengers were escorted down the emergency ramp at 11:25 a.m.
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A former Ohio seminary student, who pleaded guilty to trying to adopt and buy baby girls in Mexico so he could molest them, was sentenced in San Diego Friday to more than 15 years behind bars.
In April, Joel Alexander Wright, 23, admitted to seeking sex with infants he wanted to adopt from Tijuana. He will serve 188 months in federal custody, the office of U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy, of the Southern District, confirmed.
Four young children in suburban Memphis were fatally stabbed Friday and their mother was taken into custody, authorities said.
Deputies were called to an apartment complex in the county shortly before 1 p.m. Friday, said Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham, who did not specifically allege that the mother had stabbed the children.
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About $25 million was dispensed by federal health officials Friday to help states at risk from Zika defend against its spread — cash taken from other programs because Congress has not approved fresh funding to fight the virus, NBC News reported.
New Zika funding has been deadlocked in Congress, despite demands from President Barack Obama for increased funding to the tune of $1.9 billion.
"I expect Congress to get this funding done before they leave for vacation, before they adjourn. That's part of their basic responsibility," Obama said.
Republicans in the Senate presented a $1.1 billion spending plan with provisions that Democrats said were unacceptable.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at there are 935 confirmed cases in at least 45 states and Washington D.C. Another 2,000 cases were reported in Puerto Rico, Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Hillary Clinton begins July with $44 million in cash to continue hammering Republican Donald Trump in the race for the White House.
The presumptive Democratic nominee raised $40.5 million in June. Her campaign announced the numbers Friday.
Katie Ledecky set herself up to swim a third individual event in Rio, qualifying fastest for the 800-meter freestyle at the U.S. trials Friday.
The Maryland teenager's time of 8 minutes, 10.91 seconds in the preliminaries was third fastest in the world this year. She owns the 10 leading times in the event's history. Ledecky made a name for herself by winning the 800 free four years ago in London.
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is offering a first-ever assessment of his own pontificate in a book that recounts his decision to resign, his surprise at his successor and his attempts to dismantle what he calls the Vatican's "gay lobby." "Benedict XVI: The Final Conversations," is due out in September, the latest book-length interview that Benedict has conducted with German journalist Peter Seewald.