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President Donald Trump urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the matter said. Democrats condemned what they saw as a clear effort to damage a political rival, now at the heart of an explosive whistleblower complaint against Trump.
It was the latest revelation in an escalating controversy that has created a showdown between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration, which has refused to turn over the formal complaint by a national security official or even describe its contents.
The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Thursday that at least part of the complaint involves Ukraine. The newspapers cited anonymous sources familiar with the matter. NBC News has not independently confirmed that Ukraine is at the center of the issue.
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Democratic presidential candidates made a colorful and often loud pitch to Iowa Democrats at the Steak Fry fundraiser in Des Moines on Saturday as a new poll showed Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden in a close race in the state.
The event, a fundraiser for the Polk County Democratic Party and one of the biggest remaining opportunities for candidates to flex their organizing muscles in Iowa before the caucuses, came as a number of candidates are facing an uncertain future in the race and shaking up and ramping up their campaigns in an effort to break out of the pack.
With thousands of Iowa Democrats braving ominous gray skies and intermittent rain, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, punctuating a summer-long buildup in Iowa, drew one of the most robust receptions.
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Fresh off the climate strike that took hundreds of thousands of young people out of classrooms and into the streets globally, youth leaders gathered at the United Nations Saturday to demand radical moves to fight climate change.
"We showed that we are united and that we, young people, are unstoppable," Swedish 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who started the climate strike movement with her lone protest in front of her country's parliament about a year and a half ago.
More than 700 mostly young activists attended the first of its kind Youth Climate Summit, according to Luis Alfonso de Alba, the U.N. special climate summit envoy.
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Iran's president said Sunday his country should lead regional security in the strategic Persian Gulf and criticized the presence of foreign forces, as the country's nuclear deal with world powers collapses and the U.S. deployed more troops to boost security for its Arab allies.
The U.S. has said Iran is behind a series of attacks on the region's energy infrastructure, including a major drone-and-missile hit on Saudi Arabia's oil industry that shook global energy markets. Iran has denied the allegations and said any retaliatory strikes from the U.S. or Saudi Arabia will lead to "all-out war."
Speaking during a military parade, President Hassan Rouhani warned that the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf could cause problems for the world's "energy security."
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Greek police said Saturday they have arrested a suspect in the 1985 hijacking of a flight from Athens that became a multi-day ordeal and included the slaying of an American.
Police said a 65-year-old suspect in the hijacking was arrested Thursday on the island of Mykonos in response to a warrant from Germany.
Lt. Col. Theodoros Chronopoulos, a police spokesman, told The Associated Press that the hijacking case involved TWA Flight 847. The flight was commandeered by hijackers shortly after taking off from Athens on June 14, 1985. It originated in Cairo and had San Diego set as a final destination, with stops scheduled in Athens, Rome, Boston and Los Angeles.
People around the world gathered on Friday to demand action on Climate Change.
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Young protesters, many wearing masks to disguise their identity, filled the open area of a Hong Kong shopping mall Sunday and folded paper "origami" cranes in the latest twist in a pro-democracy movement that has stretched into a fourth month.
They first chanted slogans and sang a song that has become their anthem, backed by a small group playing on woodwind and brass instruments through their masks. Many lined the balustrades of the three higher floors overlooking where others gathered in the wide space below.
Transit authorities closed the two stations on the airport express train to guard against a possible disruption of transportation to the transportation hub.
When the lights come on for Friday night football at Walt Whitman High School, the smile of one coach shines just as bright.
Assistant Head Coach Ramon De Paula is celebrating 20 years with the team. He was born with Down syndrome but says he will never let it stop him from following his dreams.
"Being out there on the football field — anyone else who has disabilities, they also can do the same," he said.
A 12-year-old girl born with a degenerative brain malformation was given a traditional bat mitzvah, complete with unicorns and rainbow cupcakes.
Numa Beron was born with Lissencephaly, and she spends much of her time at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her condition is degenerative and she is unable to speak or stand.
However, when she was wheeled into the Medical Center Chapel, her eyes lit up at what she saw.
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Scientists say Hurricane Dorian washed out to sea more than 8,000 sea turtle nests from a Florida wildlife refuge.
The University of Central Florida said Friday that a recent survey conducted at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach shows the storm that brushed Florida's east coast earlier this month washed away 45% of green turtle nests.
Researchers say other turtle species dodged a bullet because the peak of their seasons passed before the storm, unlike green turtles. Dorian washed away 20% or 2,260 of the loggerhead nests from this season, and one leatherback nest.
Lagging in polling and fundraising, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker said Saturday said he may end his run unless donations from supporters increase quickly.
"If you believe in me, this is the time to help because without it we shouldn't be in this race," he told CNN.
His campaign manager, Addisu Demissie, said in a memo made public that the New Jersey senator needed to raise an additional $1.7 million by Sept. 30 to remain competitive in the crowded field of candidates seeking the nomination.
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A man with Down syndrome who police said was nonverbal and had the cognitive ability of a 1-year-old died in a hot van while his caregiver slept in the driver's seat after taking drugs, authorities in Florida said.
Joshua D. Russell was arrested Friday and charged with one count of aggravated manslaughter in connection with the death of 35-year-old John LaPointe, NBC News reports.
LaPointe, a resident of Crossroads of Pinellas group home, was found in the backseat of a van on May 9 after he was left in the vehicle without air conditioning for several hours as Russell napped in the front.
"Let's just call it what it is, this poor guy baked in that car," Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said at a news conference Friday. "I'm sure he had to suffer. ... It had to be absolutely horrific in that car for that man."
Russell was booked into the Pinellas County jail on a $50,000 bond. The Crossroads of Pinellas group home did not immediately return a request for comment.
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A 48-year-old school bus driver is facing charges of reckless endangerment and driving under the influence after a young student in Longview, Washington, called 911 to report that she was intoxicated, NBC News reports.
"She was drunk," the 5th grader told a 911 dispatcher. "She passed three red lights ... and there’s still kids on there."
The driver, Catherine Maccarone, was arrested after the call on Sept. 12.
Longview police officers smelled "an obvious odor of intoxicants coming from Maccarone" before arresting her, police said in a statement. "There were no children on the bus at the time of the arrest, however Maccarone had recently completed two afternoon bus routes."
On Friday, Longview Public Schools said in a statement that Maccarone remains on administrative leave pending completion of an internal investigation.
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The former chief makeup artist at Charlie Rose's interview show is suing him, saying the disgraced television journalist ran a "toxic work environment" for women.
Gina Riggi said in her harassment lawsuit filed Thursday that she worked for 22 years for Rose and Bloomberg, the company where his Manhattan studio was located. She lost her job in 2017 after Rose was fired by PBS and CBS News for sexual misconduct.
Her lawsuit seeks unspecified damages "and equitable relief for the harm she has endured," it says.
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It had all the makings of a massacre. Six guns, including a Colt AR-15 rifle. About 1,000 rounds of ammunition. A bulletproof vest. And an angry Southern California man who threated to kill his co-workers at a hotel and its guests.
But a concerned colleague intervened, alerting authorities who arrested 37-year-old Rodolfo Montoya, a cook at the Long Beach Marriott hotel, the next day and discovered the arsenal where he lived in a rundown motor home parked near industrial buildings.
In the weeks since three high-profile shootings in three states took the lives of more than two dozen people in just one week in August, law enforcement authorities nationwide reported a spike in tips they are from concerned relatives, friends and co-workers about people who appear bent on carrying out the next mass shooting.