Seeking to end confusion over his aggressive but recently muddled language on immigration, Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to remove millions of people living in the country illegally if he becomes president, warning that failure to do so would jeopardize the "well-being of the American people."
But Trump didn't address what he would do about millions more who might remain under his approach — the major question that has frustrated past congressional attempts at remaking the nation's immigration laws.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Wednesday to reinstate North Carolina's voting restrictions for the November election, NBC News reported.
The high court deadlocked 4-4 on whether to let the state reimpose key provisions of the 2013 Republican-backed voting law, seen by many experts as the strictest in the country.
The state could be pivotal in the presidential race, and also hosts tight Senate and governor's races.
Last month, a federal appeals court blocked the law's voter ID provision, its reduction of the early voting period from 17 days to ten, and its elimination of a popular pre-registration program for high-school students. The appeals court found that those provisions targeted African-Americans "with surgical precision," and violated the Voting Rights Act.
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Portraying a vote for her as a patriotic act, Hillary Clinton made a vigorous appeal to Republican voters Wednesday, arguing that she would best uphold American values, care for the military and protect national security interests.
At the American Legion's annual convention in Cincinnati, the Democratic presidential nominee called the United States an "exceptional nation," and accused Republican rival Donald Trump of thinking that approach is "insulting to the rest of the world."
Multiple reports that menacing clowns are lurking in the woods — sometimes, allegedly, offering kids cash to follow them — have the residents of Greenville, S.C., looking over their shoulders and even brandishing guns, NBC News reported.
The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said it has boosted patrols around the Fleetwood Manor apartment complex after it learned that men opened fire into woods behind the complex last week. Residents told a deputy that the men were spooked by what an incident report described as "recent clown activity."
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A few years into Roger Goodell's tenure as NFL commissioner, a grad school professor polled students on who was the most effective leader in the major sports. Goodell romped. That was before the league locked out the players in 2011. Before the Saints' bounties scandal. Before the behavior of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson — and so many others — led to a stricter player conduct policy. Before game officials were locked out. Before Tom Brady's suspension in "Deflategate." And before issues over head trauma and concussions brought player safety questions to the forefront.
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A woman who was kidnapped at gunpoint by her husband while he was under home confinement on charges he beat and abducted her two months earlier was found dead inside a barn, and he was hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Pennsylvania state police said Wednesday.
Police found the couple Tuesday night after searching most of the day for them. Tierne Ewing, 48, was abducted from a home in West Finley Township by Kevin Ewing at about 12:30 a.m., authorities said, and the car they'd been in was found abandoned near a wooded area eight hours after that. The case has raised questions about the way authorities handled charges pending against Kevin Ewing, who was out on bond awaiting trial on charges he abducted her and held her captive from June 26 to July 8.
Cynthia Tipton was having dinner with her family at a restaurant outside St. Louis when her son had a meltdown.
Noland, 10, has high-functioning autism, and his older sister Sophie had been lightly teasing him, Tipton told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Tipton was surprised and grateful when an anonymous family paid for their dinner, and left a heart-warming note of encouragement on the receipt.
Brazil's Senate on Wednesday voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the culmination of a yearlong fight that paralyzed Latin America's largest nation and exposed deep rifts among its people on everything from race relations to social spending.
While Rousseff's ouster was widely expected, the decision was a key chapter in a colossal political struggle that is far from over. Rousseff was Brazil's first female president, with a storied career that includes a stint as a Marxist guerrilla jailed and tortured in the 1970s during the country's dictatorship. She was accused of breaking fiscal laws in her management of the federal budget.
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A Florida woman is charged with stealing almost $85,000 from the Girl Scouts. Detectives say the suspect, a Sarasotan who worked for the organization for 10 years, admitted to stealing the money. Deputies with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office started investigating in May because the CEO of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida discovered more than $75,000 missing from the organization’s account. Stephanie Person, member services coordinator, was “identified as a possible suspect since she handled troop funds and banking,” investigators said. Jail records didn't list an attorney for Person, 41, who is charged with grand theft and scheme to defraud.
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After spending the last week keeping the state of Florida on guard, Tropical Storm Hermine officially formed Wednesday afternoon, with sustained winds at 40 miles per hour. Hermine is traveling at 2 miles an hour to the northeast and is still projected to hit Florida's Big Bend region sometime late Thursday or early Friday. Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 42 Florida counties as the storm threatens to move across the state.
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The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War.
Cheers broke out in the cabin of JetBlue flight 387 as the plane touched down. Passengers — mostly airline executives, U.S. government officials and journalists, with a sprinkling of Cuban-American families and U.S. travelers — were given gift bags with Cuban cookbooks, commemorative luggage tags and Cuban flags, which they were encouraged to wave.
Florida prosecutors are investigating the voter registration of Donald Trump's campaign chief, though a local election official said there appeared nothing obvious in the record that suggested fraud, NBC News reported. Miami-Dade County election officials confirmed that the local state attorney's office requested Stephen Bannon's voter records last week. Rosy Pastrana, executive assistant to the county's election supervisor, told NBC News Bannon had not voted in Miami-Dade since registering there in April 2014. "There is nothing here that I see that he did wrong," she said. Bannon, who lived in California for many years, had no immediate comment. A person registering to vote in Florida must swear that they are a legal resident in the county where they register. The Guardian newspaper reported last week Bannon was registered at a Miami home that he rented for his ex-wife. Prominent Trump supporter A.J. Delgado told NBC News she visited Bannon there, but an owner of the home said it had been empty for months.
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Chris Brown was released on $250,000 bail Tuesday night after he was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, following an hours-long standoff earlier that day between the singer and officers at his Los Angeles home, police said.
Brown's attorney Mark Geragos tweeted that the singer was "out and well" and
"allegations against him are demonstrably false."
Officers responded to the property in the typically quiet Tarzana neighborhood around 3 a.m. following a 911 call from a woman requesting help.
The woman who made the call told authorities Brown pointed a gun at her, NBC News reported.