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The U.S. is expelling two Cuban diplomats and is restricting travel of members of Cuba's permanent mission to the United Nations days before world leaders gather for the annual U.N. General Assembly.
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus says the Cuban diplomats who are being expelled are attached to the U.N. mission.
Ortagus says in a statement that the diplomats tried to "conduct influence operations against the United States." The statement gives no details and the diplomats' names weren't released.
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An outbreak of a deadly vaping-related lung disease has sickened 530 people — mostly young men — and killed eight, federal health officials said Thursday, adding that investigators still haven’t found a cause.
Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services announced the eighth national death — and the state's first — Thursday when a Missouri man in his mid-40s succumbed to the vaping-related lung illness.
The number of people who have fallen sick so far has dramatically risen from 380 patients identified last week, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters on a conference call Thursday. Patients have been found across 38 states and one territory, they said.
A scout for the militant group Hezbollah was looking at locations for attacks in New York, Boston and Washington and sending target information back to leadership in Lebanon, federal prosecutors said.
They unveiled charges in Manhattan on Thursday against Alexei Saab of Morristown, New Jersey, who has been in custody since July. The government alleges that Saab has been a Hezbollah member since 1996 and has extensive firearms and bomb-making training.
Among Saab's dozens of alleged New York City targets, prosecutors said, were the George Washington Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.
He also surveiled targets in Boston and Washington, including Fenway Park and the Washington Monument.
The chairman of the House intelligence committee said the Department of Justice is involved in the decision to withhold from Congress the contents of a whistleblower complaint that reportedly concerns President Donald Trump making an unspecified promise to a foreign leader.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaking to reporters after a closed-door meeting with the intelligence community’s inspector general, said the acting director of national intelligence is being blocked by the DOJ, and possibly the White House, from sharing the complaint with Congress.
He said that a claim of privilege is in play, suggesting that "the president or people around him" are involved.
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The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda dangerously flooded parts of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, scrambling rescue crews and volunteers with boats to reach scores of stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes during a relentless downpour that drew comparisons to Hurricane Harvey two years ago. Officials in Harris County, which includes Houston, said there had been a combination of at least 1,000 high-water rescues and evacuations to get people to shelter. More than 900 flights were canceled or delayed in Houston, and further along the Texas Gulf Coast, authorities warned that a levee could break near Beaumont in Jefferson County.
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The grandmother of a 5-year-old girl now missing for the last 72 hours from a park in Bridgeton, New Jersey, pleaded for the public's help Thursday. Norma Pérez asked members of the Cumberland County community, which consists of many Mexican immigrants, to tell investigators of any details they may know about the afternoon disappearance of Dulce Maria Alavez.
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Young climate change activists are trying to force global warming to the forefront of the 2020 presidential race, which has so far been dominated by other topics.
While candidates have released plans to curb climate change, they have been more focused on universal health care, gun control, race, criminal justice and President Donald Trump. One Democratic contender who made climate change a centerpiece of his race, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, dropped out at the end of August.
Any attack on Iran by the U.S. or Saudi Arabia will spark an "all-out war," Tehran's top diplomat warned Thursday, raising the stakes as Washington and Riyadh weigh a response to a drone-and-missile strike on the kingdom's oil industry that shook global energy markets.
The comments by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif represented the starkest warning yet by Iran in a long summer of mysterious attacks and incidents following the collapse of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, more than a year after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from the accord.
They appeared to be aimed directly at U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who while on a trip to the region earlier referred to Saturday's attack in Saudi Arabia as an "act of war."
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A plane full of passengers bound for Fort Lauderdale was forced to make an emergency landing after a mechanical issue forced oxygen masks to drop down and the plane to descend rapidly.
Delta Airlines Flight 2353, which took off from Atlanta on Wednesday, was forced to land at Tampa International Airport in the evening after an unknown issue in the cabin area caused the masks to drop according to airport communication director Emily Nipps. The plane descended from 39,000 feet to 10,000 feet in approximately eight minutes.
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Federal authorities announced criminal action against prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck Thursday, who was already charged in state court in connection with the drug overdose of a man in his West Hollywood apartment, multiple law enforcement sources told NBC News.
Authorities said that Buck has been charged in U.S. District Court with distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death.
Felony charges were filed Tuesday against Buck, who is accused of causing the drug overdose of a man inside his West Hollywood apartment last week. The charges made public Tuesday evening come after two men overdosed on illegal drugs and died inside Buck's apartment.
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At a time when bigotry seems on the rise around the world and doors are being shut, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has become known as a champion of diversity. Now, amid his bid for re-election, that reputation is under attack in a furor triggered by a photo of him in brownface at a costume party two decades ago.
On Thursday, the 47-year-old Trudeau struggled to contain the uproar, begging forgiveness and confessing he failed to grasp how offensive his actions were.
"I have always acknowledged I came from a place of privilege, but I now need to acknowledge that comes with a massive blind spot," the son of the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said to applause from a large crowd at a park in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The stage was set Thursday for music and other space-themed entertainment as Earthlings descended on the Nevada desert for events inspired by an internet hoax known as "Storm Area 51."
"It started as a joke, but it's not a joke for us," Alon Burton, guitarist and member of the group Wily Savage, said as he and several other men wrestled a tarp over a makeshift stage near the Little A'Le'Inn motel and cafe in Rachel.
Gusts of wind billowed the white canopy like a sailboat spinnaker as they tied it down.
Crews have rescued more than 1,000 people in Houston after the storm caused heavy rain and flash flooding across Texas.
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The U.S. government will spend $3 million to find out if marijuana can relieve pain, but none of the money will be used to study the part of the plant that gets people high.
Nine research grants announced Thursday are for work on CBD, the trendy ingredient showing up in cosmetics and foods, and hundreds of less familiar chemicals. THC research was excluded.
The federal government still considers marijuana an illegal drug, but more than 30 states allow it use for a range of medical problems, some without good evidence.
A flying taxi transportation service is being tested in Paris.