The last people remaining at a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp prayed and set fire to a handful of wooden structures on Wednesday, hours ahead of a deadline set by the Army Corps of Engineers to close the camp.
Some of the praying protesters said burning the structures — which appeared to include a yurt and a teepee — was part of the ceremony of leaving. As heavy rain turned to snow, some said they expected no trouble during the eviction, despite a heavy law enforcement presence. "People are being very mindful, trying very hard to stay in prayer, to stay positive," said Nestor Silva, 37, of California. "I am not aware of any plans for belligerence."
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Nearly two-thirds of Americans are worried that the United States will become engaged in a major war in the next four years, according to results from the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll.
NBC News reported that nearly nine in 10 Democrats and Democratic-leaning Americans say they are worried about a major war, but only about four in 10 Republicans and Republican-leaners say they are.
An overwhelming majority of Americans, 80 percent, say that NATO is good for the United States, according to the poll, conducted online from Feb. 13 through Feb. 19 among a national sample of 11,512 adults.
When it comes to allies, about 60 percent of Americans think the U.S. should take their interests into account, even if it means making compromises. And the same amount think Russia is either unfriendly to the U.S. or not an ally.
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Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could be popping up along their northern border under the Trump administration's plan to start deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the U.S. illegally through this country.
Previous U.S. policy called for only Mexican citizens to be sent to Mexico. Migrants known as "OTMs" — Other Than Mexicans — got flown back to their homelands.
Now, under a sweeping rewrite of enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, migrants might be dumped over the border into a violence-plagued land where they have no ties while their asylum claims or deportation proceedings are heard in the United States. U.S. officials didn't say what Mexico would be expected to do with them.
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Video released Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a Southern California airport.
The 45 seconds of soundless video show the 74-year-old "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" star's potentially serious mishap at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
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Across America, hundreds of thousands of school children are suspended, expelled or arrested each year. An NBC investigation shows that black students with disabilities are arrested, suspended or expelled far more often than other children.
In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem.
A Minnesota state senator whose daughter died of a heroin overdose in a Burger King parking lot — a friend hid the needles instead of calling for help — spearheaded a law that grants immunity to 911 callers. In Wisconsin, a state representative has introduced more than a dozen opioid-related bills in the years since his daughter went from painkillers to heroin to prison. A Pennsylvania lawmaker whose son is a recovering heroin addict championed a state law that expanded availability of an antidote that can reverse an overdose.
The 175-acre campus includes a 2.8 million-square-foot main building in the shape of a giant ring. Apple says the building will run entirely on renewable energy.
NASA will present new findings on planets beyond our solar system at their headquarters in Washington D.C. Wednesday.
NASA scientists will present new findings on exoplanets—planets that orbit stars other than our sun.
Presenters will include: NASA Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen, University of Liege astronomer Michael Gillon, NASA Spitzer Science Center manager Sean Carey, Space Telescope Science Institute astronomer Nikole Lewis, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor of Planetary Science and Physics Sara Seager.
Rising floodwaters sent at least 14,000 residents fleeing inundated homes in San Jose, California, and forced the shutdown of a major freeway Wednesday.
Officials say U.S. 101 is closed in both directions south of San Francisco early Wednesday because of water across lanes. There is no estimate when the key commuter artery into Silicon Valley will reopen.
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Twenty-three new sex abuse charges were filed Wednesday against a Michigan doctor already accused of molesting dozens of former patients, NBC News reported.
It's the latest development in a scandal that has rocked USA Gymnastics, which fired Dr. Larry Nassar as team doctor in 2015, and Michigan State University, which fired Nassar in the fall, over allegations he sexually abused patients during treatment for sports injuries.
Nassar's attorneys declined to comment on the new charges, filed in Michigan district court, that are linked to at least a half-dozen women, some of them under age 13. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette was scheduled to release more details at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
"Based on the access he had to young girls over the last 20 years, the numbers are staggering," said James White, a Michigan attorney who represents 13 victims and believes the number of accusers will continue to climb.
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On New Year's Eve, some 1,200 inmates enjoyed funk music and danced with family members inside the walls of Complexo Penitenciario Anisio Jobim, the largest prison complex in Brazil's northern state of Amazonas
Shortly after midnight, fireworks, paid for by gangs that dominate the prison system, lit up the sky in Manaus, an increasingly violent and gritty city of 2 million people that is the jumping off point to the Amazon jungle and central to Brazil's growing drug trade.
The frolicking, conjugal visits and revelry continued well into New Year's Day, until the last family member left at 4:09 p.m. What happened next, while feared by authorities since October last year, would go beyond any imagined worst case scenario, unleashing a level of brutality that laid bare a failed prison system and a bloody battle between gangs for influence in the north of Latin America's largest nation.
Protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline spent the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, preparing to leave their camp before an afternoon deadline to clear out. They prayed and set fire to a handful of wooden structures as part of a departure ceremony.
A massive cleanup effort has been underway for weeks, first by protesters. Now the Army Corps of Engineers is moving in to remove debris left from several months of occupancy, citing the fear of upcoming floods.
Here's a look at the people who will be closest to Donald Trump in the White House, his advisers and his picks for the top jobs in his administration. The nominees for Cabinet positions will need Senate approval.
The Obama Foundation says it has hired the firm that helped shape the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington to lead the exhibition design for the Obama Presidential Center's museum.
New York-based Ralph Appelbaum Associates will head a team of several firms and individuals with expertise in media, lighting and acoustics in designing exhibits.
The foundation says almost half of the exhibition design work for the museum to be located in Chicago's Jackson Park will be performed by minority- and women-owned businesses.