Maine Gov. Paul LePage issued a partial apology on Friday after unleashing an obscene tirade on a state legislator, leaving him an expletive-laden and threatening message and telling reporters he wished it were 1825 so he could point a gun "right between his eyes." Rep. Drew Gattine, a Westbrook Democrat, told The Associated Press that LePage sounded unhinged in the Thursday morning voicemail. The governor, known for his bombastic comments, told Gattine that he wanted to talk to him about allegedly calling the governor a racist. Gattine has denied calling LePage a racist.
Donald Trump's personal physician said he wrote a letter declaring the Republican nominee would be the healthiest president in history in just five minutes while a limo sent by the candidate waited outside his Manhattan office. Dr. Harold Bornstein, who has been Trump's doctor for 35 years, told NBC News on Friday that he stands by his glowing assessment of the 70-year-old's physical state. "His health is excellent, especially his mental health," he said in an exclusive interview at his Park Avenue office. In his letter, Bornstein said there were no "significant medical problems" in Trump's history and that a recent examination "showed only positive results." The letter was written and released in December but has drawn fresh scrutiny in recent days as Trump's allies have questioned Hillary Clinton's health.
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On the first anniversary of the deadly shooting of two journalists on live television, the TV station they worked at held an on-air moment of silence to remember them.
Friday marks one year since reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were gunned down at close range during a broadcast. Ward was 27. Parker was 24.
"Our hearts are heavy today and I'm sure your hearts are too. It was exactly one year ago that we lost our dear friends Alison Parker and Adam Ward," WDBJ anchor Kimberly McBroom said.
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A federal judge has temporarily ruled that the University of North Carolina can't block two transgender students and an employee from using bathrooms that match their gender identity. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder on Friday partially granted a preliminary injunction to the students and the employee in response to their lawsuit challenging a state law limiting protections for LGBT people. The judge says the injunction only applies to the plaintiffs, but said he also expects them to succeed in their claim that the law known as H.B. 2 violates the federal Title IX law, which bars sex discrimination in schools.
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Fire officials say several bystanders held up a kiddie roller coaster that had begun to collapse in Georgia, allowing six children and one adult to escape.
Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner spokesman Glenn Allen says the group held the Oriental Express roller coaster in place Thursday evening until wood or cement blocks could be put in place to stabilize it.
A video posted on social media shows more than a dozen people holding up the coaster at the Bartow County Fair in Cartersville.
Anita and Wolf Gottschalk have been inseparable throughout their 62 years of marriage. But for the past eight months, the elderly couple has been forced to say a heartbreaking goodbye over and over again.
A backlog in the Canadian health care system has made it impossible to move Wolf, 83, out of his transitional nursing home and into the care facility where Anita, 81, is living, their granddaughter Ashley Bartyik says.
Every other day, Bartyik drives Anita the 30 minutes from her Surrey, British Columbia, care complex to Wolf's so she can see her ailing husband. The visits always end in tears for the couple, Bartyik said.
In a Facebook post published Tuesday, Bartyik says her grandfather was diagnosed with dementia and appeals to users to share their story in hopes that it will attract the attention of policymakers, who can help not just her grandparents, but other elderly Canadians who are waiting for subsidized beds, she tells NBC News.
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Four-year-old Jackson Scherlen didn't have his father at his side on the first day of pre-K in Texas this week. But he did have about 20 of his father's brothers and sisters from the Amarillo Police Department to give him a hug and wish him the best. Officer Justin Scherlen never missed the first day of school for his four children, according to the Amarillo Independent School District, but he died recently from complications of an on-duty vehicle crash that took place last year. He left behind his children and wife, Jessica, and to help fill the void as the kids when back to school, nearly two dozen of his fellow officers escorted them to school on their first day, the school district said.
A federal appeals court decided by a 2-1 vote Friday that Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped as a child and held by a parolee for 18 years, cannot hold federal parole officials liable for failing to supervise her abductor. Dugard received a $20-million settlement from California and sued the federal government for similar compensation. The ruling was made seven years to the day she was rescued - on Aug. 26, 2009.
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Dean Green supports Donald Trump partly because of the GOP presidential nominee's tough, deport-them-all stance on illegal immigration. But the 57-year-old Republican paused as he complained about U.S. immigration policy and acknowledged that deporting all 11 million people in the U.S. illegally would separate families.
"I don't want to break up families," Green said.
It has been 30 years since the country embarked on an immigration overhaul, and the ambivalence of voters like Green is one reason why. Polls often show that majorities favor letting people illegally in the U.S. stay and also back tougher laws to deport them.
"The electorate is conflicted and that's a fundamental problem," said Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster. "This is such an emotional issue that reason and facts have very little to do with how people stand."
A human rights lawyer says the decision by France's top administrative court to overturn a ban on burkini swimsuits should set a legal precedent for the whole country.
The oldest orangutan at the Miami zoo has died after an emergency surgical procedure following a miscarriage.
Zoo Miami spokesman Ron Magill said in a press release that 31-year-old Bonnie had been pregnant for several months and was scheduled for a full exam with an OB-GYN on Monday. She started experiencing elevated distress Thursday and needed an emergency surgical procedure to remove a full-term, non-viable fetus that she was unable to deliver naturally.