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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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.
Stephen Bannon's appointment as chief executive of Donald Trump's campaign has drawn scrutiny to his personal history, including a 1996 arrest in a domestic-violence case that was ultimately dismissed, NBC News reported. Court records show that Bannon was charged with three misdemeanors in Santa Monica, California, on Feb. 22, 1996, after his then-wife claimed he attacked her. A police report obtained by Politico and confirmed by NBC News details a New Year's argument about finances that allegedly became physical. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, and about six months later the case was dismissed after prosecutors said they could not find his wife, court documents show. Asked about the old charges, a personal spokeswoman for Bannon noted they had been dismissed, while the Trump campaign did not comment.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the U.S. and Russia are close to a deal that could end the fighting in Syria, NBC News reported.
"Today I can say we achieved clarity on the path forward," Kerry said in Geneva, where he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have been negotiating on a way to reach a ceasefire. Kerry cautioned there is more work to do, but added, “we are close.”
Sources close to the negotiations told NBC News the framework of the agreement being discussed includes a nationwide ceasefire and unrestricted access given to humanitarian groups.
Still, some of those involved in the negotiations expressed concern that even if a deal was reached, it would not hold for long.
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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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U.S. health officials on Friday reported the first case of Zika spread through sex by a man with no symptoms of the disease. In the other 21 U.S. cases of sexual transmission, the virus was spread by someone who at some point had symptoms. The report details the case of a Maryland man who went to the Dominican Republic, where there is a Zika outbreak. He didn't get sick during the trip or when he returned. But his sex partner, who hadn't traveled, did get sick with Zika and recovered.
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An ultra-marathon runner has been reunited with the stray dog that accompanied him through part of a grueling desert race in China and then went missing. Dion Leonard says the stray befriended him as he took part in the 155-mile Gobi March race, part of the 4 Deserts race series. The dog followed him for much of the race. He vowed to take the dog, named Gobi, home to the U.K. Leonard, who lives in Scotland, says the dog was preparing to go into quarantine in China before traveling to the U.K. when she disappeared.
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A federal judge ruled Friday that two students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses, and he said they have a strong chance of proving the state's bathroom-access measure violates federal law. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder temporarily blocked the University of North Carolina from making the three plaintiffs follow the restroom provision of the so-called HB2 law as the larger case makes its way to trial in November. His final decision on the law won't come until after trial.
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.
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.
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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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.
Clean-up will take months following deadly and devastating flooding in and around Baton Rouge.
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.