President Barack Obama dined in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Monday with CNN personality Anthony Bourdain, whose "Parts Unknown" food travelogue is one of the network's most popular nonfiction series.
Bourdain met with Obama to discuss the purpose of Obama's trip to Asia and his interest in the people, food and culture of Vietnam, CNN said.
A huge crowd gathered outside the restaurant Bun cha Huong Lien, then let out a cheer when the president came out. Obama shook a lot of hands and waved repeatedly before vanishing into the motorcade.
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An 18-year-old was convicted of murder Monday in the killing of an Iraqi man who was taking photos of his first snowfall in Texas.
Nykerion Nealon faces up to life in prison in the death of Ahmed Al-Jumaili, 36, who was outside his Dallas apartment complex taking pictures of snow with his wife and brother on the night of March 4, 2015, when he was fatally shot.
Police said at the time that Nealon told officers he had been hunting for people he thought had shot at his girlfriend's nearby apartment complex that evening. Police said they didn't believe Nealon knew Al-Jumaili.
Federal laws will no longer include outdated and offensive terms used to describe minority groups.
President Barack Obama signed a bill striking the several terms, including "Negro" and "Oriental" on Friday, the White House said.
Those terms will be replaced with "African American" and "Asian American."
The bill removing the terms passed the House in February and the Senate last week. No one in either chamber objected.
The language targeted by the bill had appeared in laws dating to the 1970s that attempted to define minorities.
A man who was badly injured during last year’s Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia finally met the group of first responders who saved his life.
“Finally, I know the identity of these brave individuals and have been able to thank them – even have lunch with four of my guardian angels,” said Robert Hewett.
On May 12, 2015, Hewett, 58, was sitting in the first car of Amtrak 188 when it derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people and injuring more than 200 others.
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A puppy found to be under the influence of heroin and meth in a motel drug bust in Southern California was recovering from his drug addiction Monday.
During a May 5 drug bust officers arrested two people possessing large amounts of drugs in a Tustin, California, motel, and found a pup named Bubba under the influence, Tustin police said.
Orange County Animal Car officials took Bubba in and began treating the pup, who had nicotine, heroin and methamphetamine in his system due to living with his "drug-using owners," police said, citing toxicology results.
The terrier mix was doing "excellent" and was still being treated, police said.
The nation seems to be kicking its smoking habit faster than ever before.
The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to 15 percent last year thanks to the biggest one-year decline in more than 20 years, according to a new government report.
The rate fell 2 percentage points from 2014, when about 17 percent of adults in a large national survey said they had recently smoked.
The smoking rate has been falling for decades, but it usually drops only 1 point or less in a year.
The way Terry Neilen sees it, lifting the ban on U.S. arms sales to Vietnam makes sense in the face of China's growing influence in the region.
Fellow Vietnam veteran Ned Foote said Americans long ago forgave Germany and Japan for World War II, so there's no reason not to do the same with Vietnam.
"We're actually acting as a team in a sense," said Neilen, of Saratoga Springs, New York, who served in the Army infantry in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. "They're joining together to give a show of strength."
Foote, who heads the New York State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, noted that the Vietnamese have helped account for missing American service members.
The Transportation Security Administration on Monday replaced its head of security and created a centralized incident command team, moving dramatically to address the issue of long lines at the nation's airports.
Kelly Hoggan, the agency's assistant administrator for security operations since 2013, will be replaced by Darby LaJoye, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger said in an internal memo obtained by NBC News.
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A former Fairfax County, Virginia, police public information officer pleaded guilty Monday to possession of child pornography.
A judge accepted the pleas from William "Bud" Walker, who was arrested in April 2015 after Fairfax County police began tracking an account depicting underage children in sexual acts with other children.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of a federal investigation into contributions to his 2013 gubernatorial campaign, according to a U.S. law enforcement official.
Speaking after a public event in northern Virginia on Tuesday, McAuliffe said he knew nothing about the probe and was shocked to learn of it through news reports.
"No one had reached out to us," McAuliffe said.
The FBI is specifically looking at campaign donations from Chinese politician Wang Wenliang, federal officials told NBC News. Contributions from foreign nationals are prohibited.
A spokesperson for Wang, however, said Wang is a permanent U.S. resident and that the contributions were legal.
McAuliffe said Tuesday "there is no wrongdoing," citing Wang's status as a board member at New York University and his frequent donations to Harvard. He said the politician had been "fully vetted" by campaign lawyers.
One of six officers charged in connection with the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore last April was acquitted Monday.
Officer Edward Nero, 30, faced one count of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and one count of reckless endangerment in the case. The assault charge would have carried up to 10 years in prison; the other charges carried five-year maximums.
Nero opted for a trial by judge rather than by jury. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams announced his verdict shortly before 11 a.m. Monday. As Williams spoke, Nero appeared to wipe away a tear.
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Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a "trending topic" on the giant social network, a move adopted after a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views.
Facebook's General Counsel Colin Stretch outlined the change in a 12-page letter sent Monday to Republican Sen. John Thune, chairman of the commerce committee, which oversees the Internet and consumer protections.
The move comes less than a week after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with Glenn Beck and more than a dozen other conservative commentators to address concerns stemming from a report in the tech blog Gizmodo.
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Tom Brady's lawyers asked a federal appeals court for a new hearing before an expanded panel of judges, telling them Monday that the principle at stake is not just a silly dispute over underinflated footballs — it's the basic right to a fair process that is shared by all union workers.
Setting the stage for the "Deflategate" scandal to stretch into its third season, and putting Brady's four-game suspension back in the hands of the courts, the players' union asked that all 13 judges of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hear the case that a three-judge panel decided in the league's favor.
"As a union that believes in its obligation to fight for its members, it's an easy call to fight on this," NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith told The Associated Press.
Oscar-winning actress and activist Angelina Jolie has been appointed a visiting professor at one of Britain's most prestigious universities.
The London School of Economics announced Monday that Jolie will be working with students studying for a master's degree in Women, Peace and Security.
Among others appointed to teach the course is former British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
The commissioner of the IRS said Monday that Republican allegations that he misled congressional investigators probing his agency "are without merit," and said he would not appear at a congressional hearing this week examining whether he deserves to be impeached.
In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., IRS chief John Koskinen said he has not had time to prepare for Tuesday's hearing because of travel and work required for an unrelated hearing. Koskinen, who was not subpoenaed to appear, said he would be willing to testify in the future.
In an attached seven-page statement, Koskinen denied charges lodged against him in an impeachment resolution filed last October by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. Chaffetz, whose resolution is co-sponsored by 73 GOP lawmakers, accuses Koskinen of hindering congressional investigators trying to gather evidence about how the IRS mistreated conservative groups earlier this decade, actions the agency has acknowledged and apologized for.