During his address to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the controversy over the speech, saying he “regretted” that his being before the legislative body has been seen as political. ”I know that no matter what side of the aisle you sit, you stand with Israel," Netanyahu said. At least 40 Democrats are skipping the speech, including Vice President Biden, who would have been seated behind Netanyahu. House Speaker John Boehner broke diplomatic protocol by unilaterally extending an invitation for the prime minister to speak without consulting with the White House, a move many Democrats called a GOP-led effort to undermine President Obama’s foreign policy. Boehner has countered that Congress wants to hear from its trusted ally Israel before the framework for the possible nuclear deal with Iran is due later this month.
Three men in ski masks shot at police officers in South Los Angeles early Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police department said. At least one of the suspects fired at the cops on West Florence Avenue in Vermont-Slauson at 5:50 a.m, however no one was hit, police said.
The U.S. State Department said Monday that Hillary Clinton had recently provided the agency with emails from her time as Secretary of State after the New York Times reported
the former first lady had only used a personal email address to conduct government business while at the State Department — a possible violation of federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record. The Times reported that Clinton, widely expected to run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, never even used a State Department email address during her four years there. Further, aides did not act to preserve her emails on government servers as required by federal law, the Times reported.
A new recording purportedly of "Jihadi John" has emerged in which the suspected ISIS executioner recounts how British spies accused him of extremism. In the audio extracts, which could not be verified independently by NBC News, Mohammed Emwazi also described how a British agent asked his thoughts on the 9/11 terror attacks. "He started telling me 'What do you think of 9/11?' and I think I told him 'This is a wrong thing … what happened was wrong," the voice purportedly belonging to Emwazi recounts. The edited recording was released
by controversial U.K. rights group, CAGE, which interviewed Emwazi in 2009. CAGE has accused Britain's security services of driving him to extremism — a claim the British government has decried as reprehensible.
A former son-in-law of screen legends John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands has been arrested in California, accused of kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old New York City teenager, authorities say. Buck Wylde Murphy, the 49-year-old ex-husband of actress Xan Cassavetes, was arrested in a San Bernardino trailer last week after allegedly forcing the girl to fly across the country, then keeping her captive from Feb. 22 through Feb. 26, according to a criminal complaint and to the private investigator who worked on the case.
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that Iran should commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on its nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but that the odds were still against sealing a final agreement, NBC News reported. In an interview with Reuters at the White House, Obama said that a rift over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress opposing the Iran deal on Tuesday was a distraction that would not be "permanently destructive" to U.S.-Israeli ties. But he said there was a "substantial disagreement" between his administration and the Israeli government over how to achieve their shared goal of preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
The lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving accused Boston Marathon bomber, filed a fourth motion to change the trial venue on his behalf Monday afternoon, just days before opening statements are slated to begin in the trial.
Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to planting two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a shooting between authorities days later in nearby Watertown.
Opening statements are slated to begin Wednesday at 9 a.m.
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A GOP state lawmaker from East Texas says God didn't create marijuana by mistake and is pushing to remove all offenses related to the plant from Texas statutes. Texas State Rep. David Simpson filed a bill Monday that would repeal the state's ban on growing, possessing and selling marijuana. "I don't believe that when God made marijuana he made a mistake that government needs to fix," Simpson wrote in an editorial on Trib Talk. "Civil government should value everything God made and leave people alone unless they meddle with their neighbor."
Georgia postponed the execution of Kelly Gissendaner on Monday, citing problems with its execution drug, after a state parole board denied a last-minute clemency appeal from Gissendaner, NBC News reported. Gissendaner, Georgia's first woman to be executed in 70 years, waited Monday evening to hear if the U.S. Supreme Court would grant her appeal ahead of her execution scheduled for 7 p.m. ET in Jackson. Hundreds of clergy rallied in support of Gissendaner on Sunday, pointing out that she earned a theology degree and transformed her life in prison.
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An line of grim-faced Russian mourners almost a mile long waited to pay their respects Tuesday to the most prominent opposition figure to be murdered during President Vladimir Putin's rule. Well-wishers clutched flowers as they lined up outside the Sakharov Center in eastern Moscow where Boris Nemtsov's body lay in state. "Boris Nemtsov stood for the best in Russia," said American Ambassador John Tefft as he delivered condolences from "the president and from all the American people."
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Virginia mom of three Brooke Taheri opted to spend her Valentine’s Day working on her taxes, never imagining the holiday could get any less romantic. Then she discovered her identity had been stolen.
The sister of the man former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing is due back on the stand in his murder trial. Shaquilla Thibou is the younger sister of Odin Lloyd, who was shot to death in an industrial park near Hernandez's home on June 17, 2013. Prosecutors say Hernandez and two other men, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, picked Lloyd up at his home in Boston's Dorchester section and took him to an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, where he was shot to death.