Smoke and ash from the wildfires in Northern California are prompting severe air quality concerns around the Bay Area. Experts estimate the amount of pollution produced by the wildfires is equivalent to...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan is traveling to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico Friday as President Donald Trump assured residents that he "will always be with them."
Ryan and other members of a congressional delegation met at the airport briefly with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday.
He and other members of the delegation then boarded helicopters with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello to see some of the areas that the storm hit hardest Sept. 20.
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The Florida Legislature finds itself dealing with not only the aftermath of Hurricane Irma but also the impact of Hurricane Maria.
State economist Amy Baker told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday that damage from Irma is forecast to be anywhere from $25.4 to $45.9 billion.
Baker said the state's Office of Economic and Demographic Research arrived at that figure by taking the damage costs from Hurricanes Andrew in 1992 and Wilma in 2005 and forecasting what those would have been had those storms happened this year. At $26.5 billion in damage, Andrew was the fourth costliest hurricane to hit the United States.
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A major swath of Northern California is burning under a reddened sky and blanket of smoke. It’s been a time of darkness – both literally and figuratively – for thousands for five anguished days.
Yet uplifting hashtags and heartfelt posts on social media from multiple hard-hit fire zones are sharing signs of resilience amid the devastation.
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A New Jersey man says a television news report led him to check lottery tickets he had stuffed in an old shirt, and one was a $24 million winner.
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The area around North Korea's nuclear test base may be destabilized after recent tremors and landslides, Reuters reported, and experts say it may not be used for tests much longer.
A small, magnitude 2.7 tremor took place near the Punggye-ri nuclear site, according to South Korea's weather agency, and it did not appear to be man-made, like two others since Pyongyang's powerful Sept. 3 nuclear test. That test was measured with a magnitude of 6.3.
"The explosion from the Sept. 3 test had such power that the existing tunnels within the underground testing site might have caved in," said Kim So-gu, head researcher at the Korea Seismological Institute. "I think the Punggye-ri region is now pretty saturated. If it goes ahead with another test in this area, it could risk radioactive pollution."
A Washington-based monitor of North Korea has also detected numerous landslides throughout the site, more than after any previous test.
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Outbursts by the parents of a 17-year-old Muslim girl who was slain as she walked to a mosque with friends delayed a court hearing for the man accused of the crime.
Her father was restrained by deputies as he moved toward Martinez Torres at a preliminary hearing Friday. The courtroom was cleared.
Hassanen was out late with friends and was walking back to a mosque for pre-dawn Ramadan services on June 18. Police say she was bludgeoned with a baseball bat.
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Unarmed, worn out and ready to give up, the suspect in the fatal shootings of three adult relatives and a 7-year-old boy didn't try to flee when officers arrested him Friday as he walked along a road in far southern Ohio, a sheriff said.
Officers were acting on a tip from a resident who spotted 23-year-old Arron Lawson. Authorities had said he fled into the woods Thursday, shortly after midnight.
Lawson is an outdoorsman and hunter who liked being in the woods, but "I think he was just plumb worn out from being out in the elements" during a manhunt that spanned two cool nights, Lawrence County Sheriff Jeffery Lawless said.
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A New Orleans police officer was shot and killed early Friday, ambushed while getting out of a patrol car on the city's east side, police said.
The accused shooter was also shot when officers returned fire, Police Superintendent Michael Harrison told reporters at an early morning news conference.
At least one — possibly two — officers returned fire "and our officer collapsed right there on the scene," Harrison said.
"They were on routine patrol," he said. "They saw something that aroused their suspicion. They were exiting the vehicle and upon exiting the vehicle what we have learned is that this perpetrator fired at our officer, striking our officer."
The suspect surrendered to a SWAT team after hiding inside an apartment for a time, Harrison said. The accused gunman was taken to a hospital where he was being treated Friday morning, he said.
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Nearly 26 million people around the world die each year with serious suffering in part because of a huge gap in pain relief: The U.S. may be awash in opioid painkillers, but they're rare or unavailable in dozens of poor countries, says a new report.
The challenge is to improve palliative care in low-income countries while avoiding mistakes that led to the U.S. addiction crisis.
The report to be published Friday in The Lancet says one key is using off-patent morphine that costs pennies a dose — not profitable for drug companies that push pricier, more powerful opioids in rich countries, but critical to easing a health emergency.
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Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts pledge to be friendly and helpful. But their parent organizations may find that promise hard to keep as they head into a potentially bitter competition triggered by the Boy Scouts of America's dramatic move to admit girls throughout its ranks.
The BSA's initiative, announced Wednesday, has already chilled what had been a mostly cordial relationship between the two youth groups since the Girl Scouts of the USA was founded in 1912, two years after the Boy Scouts.
"We have always existed in a space with competitors," the Girl Scout's chief customer officer, Lisa Margosian, said Thursday in an interview. "What happened yesterday is that we have another new competitor."
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It’s happened again: A powerful, famous man is accused of improper sexual behavior and says he's seeking therapy to deal with it.
"Guys, I'm not doing OK," Harvey Weinstein said Wednesday in a video licensed to NBC News. "I'm trying. I've got to get help."
While there's no official confirmation of where Weinstein is headed or what type of therapy he may be getting, experts contacted by NBC News said that whatever Weinstein may have done, he’s not a sex addict. And most say there’s no such thing as sex addiction.
Psychiatrists debated whether to include sex addiction as a diagnosis in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), and opted not to.
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North Tonawanda, a city just north of Buffalo, is getting attention for a new law that lets authorities send parents of bullies to jail for up to 15 days and fine them up to $250.
The City Council voted unanimously Oct. 3 to amend an existing law to add bullying, harassment and underage drinking to the existing curfew violations parents already could be held accountable for. Lawmakers also removed a provision that prevented anything more than a warning for a first offense, meaning parents can face a fine or jail right away.
A community coalition begun by Crago and his wife, Victoria, after the May 8 attack on their son pushed for the change, which was supported by police and schools in the 31,000-person city.
A pit bull suffering from dozens of wounds and found stuffed in a suitcase in Hollywood, Florida, earlier this week has died.
A veterinarian at the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital confirmed to NBC 6 that “Ollie” passed away Thursday night around 8:30 p.m.
Police are still investigating the incident after someone called around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning to report finding the animal inside that suitcase on the 1900 block of Lee Street. Officers rushed the dog to a veterinary clinic, where it was determined the creature had been beaten and stabbed multiple times.
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Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees are getting another small increase in benefits next year.
The annual increase is 2 percent, which means an extra $25 a month for the average beneficiary. The Social Security Administration announced the cost-of-living adjustment, the biggest increase since 2012, Friday morning.
The COLA affects benefits for more than 70 million U.S. residents, including Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees — about one in five Americans. The average monthly Social Security payment is $1,258, or about $15,000 a year.