An explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean sent molten rock crashing through the roof of a sightseeing boat off Hawaii's Big Island, injuring 23 people Monday, officials said.
They were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean from the long-erupting Kilauea volcano that has been vigorously shooting lava from a new vent in the ground for the past two months.
The U.S. Geological Survey says explosions of varying sizes happen whenever 2,000-degree (1,093-degree Celsius) lava enters much colder seawater. Some of those explosions can be so tiny they are hard to see. But when the conditions are just right, much larger explosions send molten rock and other debris high into the air, according to USGS geologist Janet Babb.
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Major League Baseball teams are leading the way in cutting ties with Papa John’s after the company’s chairman of the board admitted to using a racial slur on a conference call in May.
The Marlins, Nationals, Yankees and Orioles have all suspended their relationships with the company, the teams confirmed to NBC. The Rangers have also suspended their Papa John’s promotion, according to The Dallas Morning News.
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New documents set to be released could reveal whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh misled Congress during his confirmation hearing for his job as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, something two Democratic senators accused him of in 2007, according to NBC News.
While under oath in 2006, Kavanaugh said he wasn’t involved in creating a terrorism detainee policy during his stint working under the Bush administration. However, a media report that later surfaced prompted two Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to claim that Kavanaugh “misled me, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the nation,” Sen. Dick Durbin wrote in a letter.
Kavanaugh’s involvement in the policy has been questioned again as soon-to-be released documents are expected to detail the nominee’s work in the Bush White House as it attempted to respond to terrorism threats after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
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A British diver involved in the Thai cave rescue mission that saved 12 boys and their soccer coach is reportedly considering legal action against Tesla head Elon Musk for having called him a "pedo guy."
Spelunker Vernon Unsworth got on Musk's bad side after he dismissed a submarine made by Musk's team from a SpaceX rocket part as a "PR stunt," CNBC reported.
The submarine wasn't used in the resuce and Unsworth told CNN the idea "had no chance of working."
“He can stick his submarine where it hurts,” Unsworth said.
In response, Musk alleged in a now-deleted series of tweets that Unsworth was a "pedo guy."
When Unsworth was asked by The Guardian whether he would consider pursuing legal action against Musk over the baseless claim that appeared to label him a pedophile, Unsworth said, "Yes, it's not finished."
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A Texas fisherman in Corpus Cristi caught a 14-foot female Greater Hammerhead Shark on Saturday, which died after the fisherman took photos and measurements before trying to release her back into the water.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama Monday praised Kenya's president and opposition leader for working together but said this East African country must do more to end corruption.
Obama, on his first visit to Africa since stepping down as president, commended President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga for cooperating following last year's disputed presidential election which were marked by violence.
"Despite some of the tumultuous times that seem to attend every election we now have a president and major opposition leader who have pledged to build bridges and have made specific commitments to work together," said Obama, speaking in Kogelo in Siaya County, the rural birthplace of his late father.
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As part of the Trump administration's broader crackdown on immigration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently tightened the restrictions on the types of cases that can qualify someone for asylum, making it harder for Central Americans who say they're fleeing the threat of gangs, drug smugglers or domestic violence to pass even the first hurdle for securing U.S. protection.
Immigration lawyers say that's meant more asylum seekers failing interviews with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to establish credible fear of harm in their home countries. They also say that immigration judges, who work for the Justice Department, are overwhelmingly signing off on those recommendations during appeals, effectively ending what could have been a years-long asylum process almost before it's begun.
"This is a direct, manipulated attack on the asylum process," said Sofia Casini of the Austin non-profit Grassroots Leadership.
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Special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment against 12 Russian intelligence officials helps shed light on how the Trump campaign actively seized on outside interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to the NBC Political Unit.
Wittingly or unwittingly, associates of the campaign communicated with members of Russian intelligence, which posed as independent hackers when stealing and sharing documents stolen from Democrats, according to Mueller's indictment, previous reporting and the public record.
Among those contacts is a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and a Kremlin-connected lawyer, after Trump Jr. was told the Russian government had dirt on Hillary Clinton.
While Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Friday that "there's no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime," the NBC Political Unit asks what to call the contacts, if not collusion, coordination or conspiracy. A coincidence? Ignorance?
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Authorities say a woman is in critical condition after being stung hundreds of times by a large swarm of bees outside a Southern California home.
Orange County fire officials say four firefighters also were stung trying to help the woman Monday morning at a home in Lake Forest.
Fire Capt. Tony Bommarito says a cleaning woman at the home was attacked when she went out to her car to get something from the trunk. The hive was hidden by bushes.
Bommarito says the woman's face was covered with bees.
President Donald Trump accepted the gift during the leaders’ joint news conference before tossing it to first lady Melania Trump.
The man, who had a press credential, had a sign that read, “Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty.”
Sunday afternoon, the Cape May Police Department took to Facebook after finding a pug wandering through New Jersey.
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Media organizations asked a judge Monday to order public release of much of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz's statement to investigators after the Valentine's Day massacre that killed 17 people.
Attorneys for media outlets asked Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer to allow disclosure of the statement under public records law. Attorneys for the 19-year-old Cruz wanted the entire statement suppressed, contending it would improperly influence jurors in his trial. The judge did not immediately rule.
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Two CVS Health employees are out of their jobs after a black customer said white store managers in Chicago accused her of trying to use a phony coupon.
"We have completed our investigation, and as a result the two colleagues who were involved are no longer employed by CVS Health," the company said in a statement.
The announcement comes after Camilla Hudson posted cellphone video of her experience of having the police called on her at one of the Chicago stores.
An app that sent alerts about a child sex ring conspiracy theory called QAnon stayed in Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store for months, raising revenue for the conspirators and the tech giants, NBC News reported.
The fringe QAnon conspiracy purports that a secret police task force put assembled by President Donald Trump has arrested world politicians in a murderous child sex ring and forced them to wear ankle bracelets. It's an offshoot of the "pizzagate" fiction and has led to real-world actions, like a follower who blocked an entrance to the Hoover Dam last month.
The 99-cent QDrops app was launched in April and sends alerts when new details about the supposed investigation are posted on the anonymous social media site 4Chan.
QDrops peaked at No. 10 among all paid Apple apps, though Apple removed it from its app store Sunday after it was contacted by NBC News. The app remains live on the Google Play Store; Google has yet to respond to a request for comment.
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