Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on Friday, using the moment to call for a world without nuclear weapons, NBC News reported.
Some 140,000 people were killed when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city on Aug. 6, 1945.
Obama spent a short time at the Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial Museum and then placed a wreath at the arched monument at the memorial park.
Obama reflected on the day "death fell from the sky and the world was changed," telling a gathering of survivors and officials that a "wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself."
Obama did not apologize for the U.S. actions and instead paid tribute to "all the innocents killed across the arc of that terrible war," saying that "their souls speak to us" and "mere words cannot give voice to such suffering."
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"Miss Trans Israel 2016" beauty pageant begins Friday and it will be the first of its kind in the country.
The competition in Tel Aviv brings together Jews, Christians and Muslims in a region known more for its deep divisions, NBC News reported.
"Here I don't feel Muslim, Jewish, Christian," Caroline Khouri, an Arab, said. "All of the people are together and the transsexual [people], they love together."
Pageant judge Efrat Tilma agrees that the event is "bonding people."
"We can show the world that we are really for peace, this competition is for peace," the 70-year-old added.
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Soldiers placed nearly a quarter of a million U.S. flags at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday as part of a Memorial Day tradition.
The event is known as "flags in.'' It marks the beginning of Memorial Day weekend activities at the cemetery.
"Every person I walk by, I like to look at their name and understand who they are where they came from," said Cpl. Jonathan Little.
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An Appalachian Trail hiker whose remains were discovered last year survived at least 26 days after getting lost, kept a journal of her ordeal and ultimately resigned herself to the idea she was going to die and it could be years before her remains were located, according to investigatory documents.
Geraldine Largay, who was from Brentwood, Tennessee, hiked to higher ground in a failed attempt to get a cellphone signal, and text messages sent to her husband went undelivered, the documents show.
"When you find my body, please call my husband George ... and my daughter Kerry," Largay, who was 66 years old, wrote.
The IOC says 23 athletes have tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee announced the results Friday after retesting 265 London samples with improved techniques.
The IOC says the athletes represent five sports and six countries. It did not name them.
The London athletes are in addition to the 31 caught in retests of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Russian Olympic Committee has confirmed that 14 of those athletes were Russians.
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The words were tougher. The final rounds lasted longer. The result was the same.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie for the third consecutive year Thursday night, with Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga declared co-champions after a roller-coaster finish.
Thirteen-year-old Jairam is the younger brother of the 2014 co-champion, Sriram Hathwar. Nihar, at age 11, is the youngest winner of the bee on record.
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Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer and his wife Karen Spencer are opening the Althorp family home for guests to stay a couple of nights in order to raise money for orphanages around the world, NBC News reported.
Diana grew up in the 500-year-old mansion with a priceless art collection, 88 fireplaces and bedrooms named for the royalty who slept there, and Althorp also serves as her final resting place.
Wannabe aristocrats willing to pay between $25,000 and $40,000 to stay in the 100,000-square-foot home about 75 miles north of London. For $250,000, a group of up to 18 people can take over the stately spread.
Proceeds will benefit the Whole Child organization, which worked with or advised 85 orphanages in Nicaragua and is undertaking a new project in El Salvador that will involve 365 children's centers.
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A prank by a San Jose, California, teen has gone viral and made news around the world.
TJ Cruda and his friends put a pair of glasses on the floor at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art earlier this week. The reaction from museum attendees was something Cruda and his friends could not believe.
Visitors pondered the glasses as if they were part of the exhibit and some even took photos.
Donald Trump said he believes the Republican National Committee will help him in his ground game and his plans to turn 15 blue states red, NBC News reported.
"As far as building the infrastructure for campaign, the RNC has been doing it for many years, Reince [Priebus, the RNC chairman] has really upped it, all over the country, and part of the benefit is that we get to use those people," Trump said Thursday, noting they were staffing themselves but suggesting that the RNC could build a ground game better than he could in just a few months.
The RNC has historically helped in the campaigns of presidential candidates, but they’re also helping Senate and House elections as well. So could the RNC do the majority of planning for Trump’s ground game?
"No," former RNC Chairman Michael Steele said. "Those duties and responsibilities have to be split."
Trump’s staff told The Associated Press that teams are being sent into 15 states by the end of May. While a Trump campaign source who spoke to NBC News on the condition of anonymity said that plan is “non-existent,” Trump’s spokesperson declined to discuss staffing or offer any information about new hires.
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The leaders of the Group of Seven advanced economies have pledged to "collectively tackle" major risks to global growth, including direct political threats to the international order from terrorist attacks, violent extremism and refugee flows.
Navy divers and other rescuers searched Friday for two foreigners still missing after a speedboat packed with tourists capsized near the popular island resort of Koh Samui that left a British and a German woman dead, officials said.
The boat, carrying 32 tourists and four crew members, was traveling from Anghong island to Samui Thursday afternoon when it capsized because of strong winds and high waves, said Pichet Sudduan, a port official. The occupants were thrown overboard and some were trapped under the capsized vessel.
At least one person was pulled out after rescuers used hammers to smash a hole in the vessel's hull.
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The 19-year-old man suspected of abducting a teenage girl Wednesday in Northern California has died following a shootout, authorities said Thursday afternoon, but the girl remains missing.
The California Highway Patrol had issued an Amber Alert for 15-year-old Pearl Pinson, whom investigators believe was kidnapped at gunpoint as she walked to a school bus in Vallejo Wednesday morning. Officials also said the teen never arrived at school that day.
Authorities said the suspect, identified as Fernando Castro of Vallejo, was involved Thursday afternoon in a pursuit and shootout in Santa Barbara County, about 300 miles from the scene of the suspected abduction.