Marco Rubio, a first-term senator on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night's Republican debate, with rivals vigorously challenging his readiness to be president and depth of his expertise as they sought to salvage their own White House hopes.
Sen. Ted Cruz, fresh off his victory in the Iowa caucuses, also came under withering criticism for controversial political tactics, with rivals disparaging him for having "Washington ethics" and being willing to test the campaign's legal limits.
Donald Trump was back, Carly Fiorina was out and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was drawing attacks after his strong showing in Iowa. The GOP presidential candidates were on stage Saturday night for the final debate before the New Hampshire primary, where some of the Republicans must do well if they are to continue. Trump, who finished second behind Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the Iowa caucuses, returned after skipping the last debate. Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, was excluded by the rules of host ABC News. Here are some of the liveliest moments of the evening.
North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland.
The rocket was fired from North Korea's west coast and tracked separately by the governments Japan and South Korea, which immediately convened a an emergency national security council meeting. South Korean media reported that the rocket may have failed, but provided no other details. The South Korean government couldn't immediately confirm the reports.
Rescuers on Sunday found signs of life within the remains of a high-rise residential building that collapsed in a powerful, shallow earthquake in southern Taiwan that killed at least 19 people, as families anxiously waited on site.
The emergency center in Tainan, the worst-hit city, said Sunday that 171 people had been rescued from the building following the magnitude-6.4 quake that struck at dawn Saturday.
Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said in TV interviews from the site of the building collapse that there was an estimated 124 still trapped, many at the bottom of the wreckage. Lai said that they had been able to rescue many people by using information from residents who got out on the possible locations of those still inside.
The Republican debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, got off to a bit of an awkward start on Saturday.
It began on a high note, when ABC moderator David Muir introduced New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Ben Carson's name, drowned out by applause, was called second. But instead of making his way onto the stage, he stood off to the side as the moderators continued on down the candidate list.
Carson then started to make his way out, but suddenly stopped short when the moderators called out Ted Cruz’s name.
Investigators scoured the site of a fatal crane collapse for clues Saturday, removing the built-in computer that is believed to have tracked the movements of the 15-story rig in the moments surrounding its fall onto a Lower Manhattan street. Officials warned it would take weeks and perhaps even months to determine what caused the construction crane to plummet as it was being lowered to safety in a snow squall on Friday. A Harvard-educated Wall Street worker was killed and three others, including a firefighter, were injured, officials said.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright slammed Bernie Sanders on Saturday, expressing concerns over the Democratic presidential contender's "lack of knowledge" about foreign policy.
"I've been very concerned about his lack of knowledge," Albright said, citing his answer to a question about which country poses the biggest threat to the U.S. right now.
"We have to have a president that is ready on Day 1 to deal with problems," she told NBC News in an exclusive interview. "I have never seen such a complicated international situation, and we can't afford learning on the job."
New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people's sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday, joining other states that have acted against what's known as gay conversion therapy. The move comes as gay rights advocates have tried to ban a practice that major mental health organizations have repudiated. Cuomo announced planned regulations that would bar insurance coverage for the therapy for minors and prohibit mental health facilities under state Office of Mental Health jurisdiction from offering it to minors.
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A 21-year-old male student at Cornell University from New York City has been charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault at a fraternity house.
Wolfgang Ballinger faces felony charges of attempted rape, criminal sexual assault, and sex abuse, all felonies. He was arraigned Thursday evening in Ithaca City Court and sent to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.
The alleged assault reportedly occurred around 2 a.m. last Sunday. Following the incident, the Ithaca chapter of Psi Upsilon was suspended, according to a statement on the fraternity's website.
Parents of kindergartners at a Southern California elementary school were stunned to learn a stranger planned to pay for their children's college tuition. Fullerton lawyer Marty Burbank and his wife offered to pay the college tuition of 26 kindergarten students at Rio Vista Elementary School. Burbank said he considered buying himself a boat, but decided to give the children the guarantee of an education instead.
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The girlfriend in the “modern-day Bonnie and Clyde” duo is being held on a bond worth more than $1 million, NBC News reported.
Brittany Nicole Harper was taken into custody early Friday in Escambia County, Florida, after a confrontation with police. She is charged with robbery, home invasion robbery, false imprisonment and grand theft auto.
Officers shot and killed her boyfriend, Blake Edward Fitzgerald, in the shootout, after he used her as a human shield when police opened fire, according to officials.
Authorities say the two went on a multi-state crime spree that may have started a week ago. They are suspected of multiple kidnappings and robberies.
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Federal authorities have arrested a Michigan man they say is an ISIS supporter who wanted to carry out an attack on a 6,000-member Detroit church, NBC News reported.
Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, of Dearborn Heights, allegedly had guns and a large knife and told an undercover FBI agent that he "tried to shoot up a church one day."
"I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced reloading and unloading," he said in an online conversation, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court.
Investigators did not specify which church Abu-Rayyan allegedly was eyeing but the FBI had been monitoring him for months because of his "increasingly violent threats" about committing acts of terror and martyrdom against churchgoers and police officers on behalf of ISIS.
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