Health experts on Friday urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak.
The 150 experts — including a former White House science adviser — issued an open letter to the U.N. health agency, calling for the games to be delayed or relocated "in the name of public health."
The letter cited recent scientific evidence that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects, most notably babies born with abnormally small heads. In adults, it can cause neurological problems, including a rare syndrome that can be fatal or result in temporary paralysis. The authors also noted that despite increased efforts to wipe out the mosquitoes that spread Zika, cases in Rio have gone up rather than down.
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Former “Glee” actor Mark Salling was indicted on child pornography charges by a federal grand jury Friday.
Salling was charged with receiving and possessing child porn on his laptop computer and a flash drive, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office of the Central District of California.
The images, depicting young girls, were allegedly seized from Salling’s Shadow Hills home in December.
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More than 80 cats and several dogs were found stacked inside cages inside a New Jersey home in what officials called one of the worst animal cruelty cases they've seen.
A neighbor contacted town officials in West New York to report a foul odor coming from a nearby apartment, and responding animal control officers found "horrific, deplorable" conditions inside, according to West New York Commissioner Susan Colacurcio.
Eighty-one cats were in cages from floor to ceiling covering an entire 12-foot wall, according to Director of Health Dr. Gina Miranda-Diaz. Ten dogs were found hiding in closets, "emaciated and filthy."
A U.S. airstrike has killed a local leader of the terror group ISIS in Iraq, a spokesman for an American-led coalition fighting the group said, NBC News reported.
The Wednesday strike on ISIS headquarters in Fallujah killed local commander Maer al-Bilawi, according to U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren.
Warren said the attack was one of more than 20 airstrikes that killed 57 ISIS fighters over the past few days.
Thousands of Iraqi military, police and Sunni tribal fighters are poised to launch an assault on Fallujah to retake the largely Sunni city from ISIS control. Fallujah was the first Iraqi city to fall to ISIS. Retaking it promises to be a major challenge for the country's beleaguered security forces.
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Over the months, Hillary Clinton misstated key facts about her use of private email and her own server for her work as secretary of state, the department's inspector general reported this week.
According to the findings, she claimed approval she didn't have and declined to be interviewed for the report despite saying "I'm more than ready to talk to anybody anytime." Scrutiny of her unusual email practices appeared to be unwelcome, despite her contention those practices were well known and "fully above board."
A look at some of Clinton's past claims about her unusual email set-up and how they compare with the inspector general's findings.
A Chinese national living in Virginia made more than $1 million returning fake designer handbags to high-end department stores for refunds, according to charging documents.
Praepitcha Smatsorabudh, who lives in Arlington on a student visa, is charged with wire fraud.
Smatsorabudh bought pricey, designer handbags from department stores, then bilked those stores out of money by returning fake, less expensive handbags to the same stores for refunds, according to prosecutors. Smatsorabudh’s attorney declined to comment to News4 after her court appearance Friday.
The girls of Jupiter High School proved their point Friday night, at least for now — that they can play tackle football as safely as boys and have as much fun.
Three months after administrators at the Florida school tried to kill the nation's only tackle powder puff football game after 50 years, citing safety concerns, the Jupiter juniors defeated the seniors 18-0 in the 51st contest. And though that result might spur some razzing over the summer and at future class reunions, the more important tally for the game's future: no serious injuries. One girl left the game with a limp.
"I hope this will keep the game going," senior Megan Mendoza said.
Just as tourists are expected to flock to the Statue of Liberty over the Memorial Day weekend, a new report warns of the threat from climate change to the symbol of freedom and other landmarks across the world. The report focuses on the risks to 31 World Heritage sites from rising seas, drought, wildfires, coastal erosion and other results of a changing climate. Also included: Yellowstone National Park and Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, both facing more frequent and more severe wildfires.
The world's first surviving septuplets are now high school graduates.
The McCaughey septuplets — Alexis, Brandon, Joel, Kelsey, Kenny, Natalie and Nathan — graduated from Carlisle High School in Carlisle, Iowa, on Sunday.
Kelsey, Nathan, Natalie and Joel will be attending Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri, which offered full scholarships to all the McCaugheys in 1997, the year they were born.
Kenny and Alexis will live at home and attend Des Moines Area Community College, where Alexis will major in early childhood education and Kenny will work toward a degree in building trades/construction.
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The courtroom fight between former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and news-and-gossip site Gawker is becoming a battleground of sorts for Silicon Valley tycoons as well.
First Look Media, a news organization financed by Pierre Omidyar, philanthropist and the co-founder of eBay, says it is reaching out to other media outlets to file supportive briefs about Gawker. The briefs could be used for the site's appeal of a $140 million invasion-of-privacy verdict Hogan won two months ago because Gawker posted a sex tape of him.
On Wednesday, Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel revealed that he has been secretly bankrolling Hogan's case against Gawker. There's no indication that Omidyar might fund Gawker's defense.
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A second round of U.S. Coast Guard investigative hearings into the sinking of the freighter El Faro ended Friday, closing a sometimes contentious proceeding during which the disaster was characterized by one investigator as "a colossal failure" of management before he apologized and took back the comment.
The testimony in Jacksonville, Florida, ended after two weeks, during which a National Transportation Safety Board investigator said "few would dispute" that the loss of the El Faro represented a management failure by Tote Services, Inc., the company that owned and operated the vessel.
The 790-foot El Faro sank in 15,000 feet of water after losing propulsion in Hurricane Joaquin on Oct. 1. All 33 aboard died.
Relatives and friends of 15-year-old Pearl Pinson are asking their community to keep looking for a teen missing from Northern California, a day after the man thought to have kidnapped her at gunpoint was killed.
Investigators believe the teenager was kidnapped Wednesday morning as she walked to a school bus stop in Vallejo. Her suspected abductor, a 19-year-old whom she knew, was killed in a shootout 300 miles away in Santa Barbara County Thursday, authorities said.
"Pearl if you're out there fight your way home, find a way. Do whatever you can to get out of wherever you are," sister Rose Pinson said in an interview with NBC Bay Area on Friday. "I love you so much Pearl we're here praying for you."
Donald Trump's best ally in winning over skeptical Republicans is turning out to be Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump is "a small man" for accepting $150,000 from a federal fund for small businesses hurt by the Sept. 11 attacks and should return the money or donate it to charity, a New York Democratic congressman said.
Striking Verizon employees may be back to work next week after the company and its unions reached an agreement in principle for a four-year contract.
About 39,000 landline and cable employees in nine Eastern states and Washington, D.C., have been on strike since mid-April, one of the largest strikes in the U.S. in recent years.
Verizon had trained other workers to step in but there were still delays in installations for Fios customers.