Presidential candidates in both parties battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters Friday as the race shifted toward states with more minority voters.
Republicans crisscrossed South Carolina looking to derail billionaire Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who each came to the state with a burst of momentum after the first two nomination contests. Several candidates embraced the chaos as they felt out the best strategies to survive South Carolina and advance into a grueling March primary schedule, when 58 percent of the party's delegate total will be at stake.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush defended his decision to bring his brother, former President George W. Bush, to South Carolina to help him campaign. Speaking to ABC's Good Morning America on Friday, Bush said recruiting the former president wasn't a sign of desperation, as Trump suggested has suggested. George W. Bush left the White House in January 2009 with low approval ratings.
Two students were shot and killed Friday at a high school in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale but the danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to await word on their children.
Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters that both were 15-year-old girls and were shot once at Independence High School. Authorities were not searching for any suspects, and a weapon was found near the bodies, she said.
She did not say who fired the shots and had no information on the relationship between the girls, who died at the scene. They were found near an administration building.
She told parents awaiting word on their kids that "your children are safe."
The pope and the patriarch are meeting for the first time Friday in Cuba and the event will mark a slight closing of one of Christianity's most enduring divisions.
The historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill marks the first time the heads of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches are meeting after Christianity split between east and west close to 1,000 years ago.
The churches split over theological disputes in the year 1054, and formally separated in the year 1438.
Friday's meeting in Havana could serve as a crucial step towards healing the rift, as Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill will sign a joint accord.
Syrian President Bashar Assad says he supports peace talks in his country and will not stop taking control from rebel forces, according to NBC News.
Speaking exclusively to news agency AFP, Assad promised to regain control of his country, and that he “fully believed in negotiations and in political action since the beginning of the crisis.” But he warned that peace will take “a long time and will incur a heavy price.”
He said he felt there was a risk that Turkey and Saudi Arabia, both backers of the opposition, may decide to bring military forces to Syria.
Marathon discussions in Munich with Russia and a dozen other countries led to calls for a “cessation of hostilities in Syria,” which will start in a week.
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Forecasters warned Friday that the Northeast would experience what could be the coldest temperatures in over a decade this Valentine's Day weekend, NBC News reported.
Several Cities are facing the prospect of subzero temperatures, the productcof a weather system called the polar vortex, a large cyclone that sits above the North Pole all year round. The National Weather Service said the "life threatening" icy blast was set to arrive in the region Saturday, but the coldest air would not arrive until Sunday morning.
Boston's forecast low of -2 looked relatively balmy compared to the outlook for -9 in Hartford, Connecticut. Albany was forecast to experience -10 with -11 possible in Worcester, Massachusetts, according to The Weather Channel.
Meanwhile, New York City is forecast to have 2 degrees on Saturday.
"For people stepping outside on Sunday morning, it's going to be like walking into a freezer," said Weather Channel Lead Forecaster Michael Palmer.
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a new campaign ad Thursday that prominently features the daughter of Eric Garner, a New York man who died in 2014 after being placed in a chokehold by a police officer.
"People are dying. This is real; this is not TV. We need a president that’s going to talk about it," Erica Garner says in a voice-over in the four-minute campaign ad titled "It’s Not Over."
Her father died in July 2014. His death was ruled a homicide, but the officer who restrained him in a chokehold was not indicted by a Staten Island grand jury and argued he was using a different, department-approved take-down maneuver called "the seatbelt."
Anne Marie Hochhalter's life was forever altered when Dylan Klebold and Ryan Harris opened fire at Columbine High School in 1999. She was paralyzed in the shooting and has had a long, difficult road to recovery since. But her message now is one of forgiveness.
"I have forgiven you and wish you only the best," Hochhalter wrote in a Facebook post directed to Klebold's mother, Sue.
Hochhalter's posting came one day before ABC will air Sue Klebold's interview on 20/20 Friday night, the first such interview she has given since the shooting.
The interview is synced with the release of Kelbold's book, "A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy". All proceeds from the book, after publisher's costs, will go to assisting those with mental illness.
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With an icy blast of arctic air set to sweep the Northeast this Valentine's Day weekend, millions are bracing for what forecasters warned could be the coldest temperatures in over a decade.
The polar vortex is expected to send temperatures plunging into single digits. Wind and other factors will translate to 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit lower then the actual temperatures at times, according Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist at Accuweather.com.
The frosty air will be hazardous for those spending time outdoors. Prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures may cause serious health problems such as trench foot, hypothermia and frostbite.
Click through for 10 cold weather safety tips to help protect you and your family this winter season.
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A playful new political attack ad that compares Donald Trump to a child joins a long political tradition of using kids to make a presidential point.
Called "Playing Trump," Sen. Ted Cruz's ad features three boys playing with a Trump action figure who "pretends to be a Republican," listing Democratic politicians that Trump has supposedly supported: "Hey Hillary, I'll give you money to be my friend," one says.
It culminates with one boy imitating Trump, who's telling a woman he's taking her "lousy" house using eminent domain – another charge his rivals are using against Trump – and the boys gleefully destroying a doll house as two terrified parents look on.
The chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Friday he has invited Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy to testify about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah said he appreciates Snyder's willingness to appear before the committee and looks forward to McCarthy's testimony as well.
No date for the hearing has been set.
Snyder said in a statement that he asked for the opportunity to testify about how local, state and federal governments have failed Flint. The Republican governor has come under heavy criticism for the Flint crisis, which occurred after a state-appointed emergency manager switched the city's water supply to the Flint River in 2014 to save money.
A public overdose in South Jersey shows the raw reality of the heroin epidemic and the power of an antidote that's saving lives, even as people fail to take advantage of programs geared toward kicking the habit.
Cellphone video shows a woman unconscious and in the depths of a heroin overdose — dying on the side of Crowne Point Road in West Deptford. Her face is blurred to protect her identity.
Bystanders rush to save her, with one woman performing chest compressions.
"Her lips are blue," a person can be heard saying in the video.
A woman says, "She needs Narcan."
Officers from the West Deptford police station — just down the street — flocked to the scene and administered a dose of Narcan, a nasal spray used as an emergency treatment during an opioid overdose.
The Senate on Friday moved to confirm a handful of ambassadors and State Department officials, including the American ambassadors to Sweden and Norway after Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, lifted his months-long hold on the nominations, NBC News reported.
An aide to Cruz said that he decided to lift his hold, which were in place because of his objection to the Iran nuclear agreement, because he feels the American people "are very aware of the negative consequences of this deal."
In the Senate any one senator can put a "hold" on a nomination, and Cruz had been blocking the speedy consideration of a number of nominations for the past seven months.
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