It is too early to determine who was responsible for the digital attacks that darkened much of the internet in the United States Friday, cyber experts and intelligence officials told NBC News. Some said evidence points to Russia, others proposed it was "internet vandalism." One clue could be a similar attack mounted against the Republic of Georgia eight years ago by Russian cybercriminals enlisted by a Russian intelligence agency. Twitter, Amazon, PayPal, Spotify and Reddit are some of the sites that were knocked out in the three "denial of service," or DDoS, attacks at about 7 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. Eastern Time. The attacks came largely via "smart" household appliances linked to the web, hit websites with more than 150,000 requests for information per second and were largely aimed at one company's internet infrastructure rather than specific websites.
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Donald Trump is pushing ahead with a to-do list for the first 100 days of a Trump administration even as his path to the White House narrows.
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President Barack Obama said he's sad that one of his and the first lady's favorite traditions, musical night at the White House, ended Friday. Obama and his wife, Michelle, have reserved certain evenings over the past eight years to celebrate music that has helped shape America. They held big blowout concerts spotlighting classic, country, blues, Broadway, gospel, Motown, Latin and jazz either inside the White House or out on the lawn. The tradition ended Friday as Obama kicked off his final musical night, BET's "Love and Happiness" event in a tent on the South Lawn. He joked that he wouldn't be singing any Al Green — despite the concert title.
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Police in New York say preliminary tests on a white powdery substance contained in an envelope that was sent to Hillary Clinton's campaign, forcing an office to be evacuated, is not harmful.
A spokesman for the New York Police Department says the envelope was found at Clinton's Manhattan office, were mail is received, around 5:30 p.m. Friday. It was then taken to the 11th floor of her Brooklyn headquarters.
The discovery of the suspicious substance caused that floor to be evacuated. The police spokesman says there have been no reports of illness or injury.
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Iraqi forces pushed into a town to the southeast of the Islamic State-held city of Mosul on Saturday after a wave of militant attacks in and around the northern city of Kirkuk set off more than 24 hours of heavy clashes, with ongoing skirmishes in some areas.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter meanwhile arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit to meet with Iraqi commanders to discuss the offensive to retake Mosul, which the U.S. is supporting with airstrikes and advisers on the ground.
The Iraqi army said the 9th Division has pushed into the town of Hamdaniyah, also known as Qaraqosh and Bakhdida, and raised the flag over its central government compound, but the troops were likely still facing resistance in and around the town. Similar past announcements have often proved premature.
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Abortion became a topic in the debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the first time Wednesday night when moderator Chris Wallace focused on access to “late-term” procedures.
“Well, I think it’s terrible,” Trump said. “If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.
“And, honestly, nobody has business doing what I just said, doing that, as late as one or two or three or four days prior to birth,” he said. “Nobody has that."
Abortion is one of the most polarizing social issues in America. A May 2016 Gallop poll showed that 29 percent of respondents believed it should be legal under any circumstances, 50 percent only under certain circumstances, and 19 percent illegal in all circumstances. Only 2 percent of those surveyed had no opinion.
A Jack in the Box employee died after he was shot Friday night by a masked man who attempted to rob the fast-food restaurant in El Monte.
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A model from Mexico last seen leaving her Brooklyn apartment has been missing since Sunday, sparking a desperate search by family and friends in New York City.
Geraldine Mendez, 20, arrived in New York City in August to do some fashion shows, according to her father, who flew in from Mexico to help find her. She was last seen leaving her Bushwick apartment Sunday morning.
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Hacked emails show Hillary Clinton's campaign wrestled with how to announce her opposition to construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline without losing the support of labor unions that supported to project.
Emails published this week by WikiLeaks show debate and confusion within the Clinton camp as it faced down the unexpectedly strong primary challenge by liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders, who opposed the pipeline.
As Clinton prepared to come out against the pipeline last year, her aides worried about how her shift in position would be perceived.
Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon asked in an email whether the candidate's "newfound position on Keystone" would be "greeted cynically and perhaps as part of some manufactured attempt to project sincerity?"
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An unlikely enrollee was caught on camera trying to make its way into a New Jersey school.
Students captured cellphone video, obtained by NBC 4 New York, of the deer trapped inside a lobby at Ramapo Indian Hills High School Friday morning.
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In the wake of the fatal shooting of his 15-year-old daughter Trinity, Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay pledged Friday to help mentor youth in Lexington, Kentucky. Trinity Gay was caught in crossfire last Sunday between two vehicles in a restaurant parking lot in Lexington. The high school student and sprinter was shot in the neck and killed.
“The death of my daughter as an innocent bystander is devastating,” Tyson Gay said in a statement, “but I am determined that it not be senseless.”
The Olympian asked for support from the community in his efforts to give young people “the tools they need to resolve their conflicts and lead successful lives — the kind that Trinity was well on her way to living.”
“In the coming weeks we will be exploring ways to help mentor and support the youth of Lexington over the long term,” he said, “so that the spirit of Trinity will sprint on long after we say goodbye to her this weekend.”
Four men have been arrested in connection with the shooting. Trinity Gay was a sprinter at Lafayette High School in Lexington, where her father still holds the state record in the 100-meter event. The funeral for Trinity Gay is scheduled for Saturday.
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Donald Trump held three rallies in North Carolina and Pennsylvania on Friday in which he compared the inaccurate early predictions of Britain's "Brexit" to his own presidential campaign.
The Republican nominee, down in the polls, told crowds the U.S. presidential election would be "beyond Brexit," "Brexit plus" and even “Brexit times five." In June, voters in the U.K. voted to leave the European Union in a result that defied predictions.
Trump over the summer and in early fall has been fond of telling crowds he correctly predicted the outcome of that referendum, NBC News reports.
Trump also took aim at the media again Friday, calling them out for perpetuating a "rigged system" designed to keep him from the White House. "They're the most dishonest people," Trump said of the media. The crowds’ boos turned to chants of "CNN sucks."
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State troopers say an emu crossed a Phoenix road, got to the other side and narrowly avoided getting hurt. Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr says the agency received reports Friday around 10 a.m. that an emu was on the loose on Interstate 10. According to Mehr, a responding trooper found the bird in the median.