During the third day of a sentencing hearing for ex-Olympic Dr. Larry Nassar, a prosecutor read a statement from three-time Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney.
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President Donald Trump on Thursday pledged "total support" for a Pennsylvania lawmaker trying to keep a House seat in Republican hands in the first congressional race of the year, tweeting his endorsement hours before visiting the state.
Trump said Rick Saccone "is a great guy" and that "We need more Republicans to continue our already successful agenda!" The 59-year-old state representative faces Conor Lamb, a 33-year-old lawyer and former Marine, in the March 13 special election as Democrats look to build on their Senate victory in conservative Alabama and lay the groundwork for gains in the midterm contests in November.
The president's official mission during the trip to the Pittsburgh area was to hail the recently enacted tax cuts. Trump planned to appear with Saccone, although the White House said the president didn't intend to mention the candidate in his remarks. Also, the event won't take place in the 18th Congressional District, where the GOP incumbent, Tim Murphy, resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair.
A 10-year-old boy who was held hostage for 30 hours is being hailed as a hero after talking to the man who held him captive and telling him not to kill himself.
Last Friday, Sincere Trammell said he and his mother were home alone inside their Liberty Township, Ohio, apartment when the nightmare began to unfold.
Dozens of former U.S. ambassadors to African countries have written to President Donald Trump expressing "deep concern" over his comments about the continent and warning that respectful engagement is crucial to protecting American interests.
The letter to Trump is signed by 78 former envoys including former assistant secretaries of state for African affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Johnnie Carson. The letter, dated Tuesday, asks the president to "reassess" his views on the 54-nation continent, which it calls blessed with "almost unparalleled natural resources" and with which the U.S. has deep historical ties.
Trump referred to African nations as "shithole countries" last week in dismissing a bipartisan immigration proposal, according to those at the meeting. The president has denied using that language, but others present insist he did.
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A lesbian veteran who was expelled from the Air Force in 1955 finally received her "honorable discharge," more than 60 years later, NBC News reported.
Helen Grace James received a FedEx delivery on Wednesday notifying her of her status upgrade to "honorable." The 90-year-old vet said she is "still trying to process it. It was both joy and shock. It was really true."
James entered the military in 1952 as a radio operator in New York and was investigated by the military after she was suspected of being gay. After being arrested, James signed a document and was discharged as "undesirable," with no severance pay, insurance or other benefits.
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Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds.
Leading Democrats and LGBT groups immediately denounced the move, saying "conscience protections" could become a license to discriminate, particularly against gay and transgender people.
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Amazon announced Thursday the 20 locations it will consider for its new $5 billion facility, a project estimated to add 50,000 jobs and deliver a billion-dollar boost to the winning locale’s regional economy.
Most of the short-list finalists, narrowed down from an applicant pool of 238, were thought to be major contenders from the start, according to CNBC, though a few dark horse cities made the cut.
The company has said it will choose the location for the project, called HQ2, sometime this year. CNBC has been compiling and analyzing data on the top 20 competitors, looking at how the city or region stacks up against Amazon’s list of criteria.
No one outside of Amazon knows for certain how the company will score things, but CNBC’s data offers some insight into which finalists have the best chances.
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A group of prominent friends, including a key Zimbabwean opposition leader and a Texas-based investor and philanthropist, was heading to a ranch in the U.S. state of New Mexico when their helicopter crashed and burned in a remote area, killing five people aboard.
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Lawmakers would be required to pay for sexual harassment settlements themselves under a new bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday, part of an effort to overhaul Capitol Hill's decades-old secretive system, NBC News reported.
The legislation, known as the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act, would give victims more rights and resources when they file a sexual harassment complaint, simplify the process and provide more public transparency.
The most consequential proposal would prohibit lawmakers from using taxpayer funds to settle claims. The accused must reimburse the U.S. Treasury within 90 days of a settlement, and if they do not their wages will be garnished.
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A serial killing suspect shot and killed nine people, including his own mother, and used a victim's gun in some of the slayings that unfolded in a three-week span late last year, authorities said Thursday.
Shell casings, DNA, stolen jewelry and a cellphone taken from a victim were among the pieces of evidence that investigators used to tie Cleophus Cooksey Jr., 35, to the killings, according to court documents.
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A Chinese space station that hasn't hosted any astronauts since 2013 is expected to plunge to Earth in late March. The Tiangong-1 station will mostly burn up during reentry and experts say that while it's hard to predict where any fragments might land, the risk to humans on the ground is small, NBC News reported. An Aerospace analysis found that “the risk that an individual will be hit and injured by a piece of debris is estimated to be less than one in a one trillion.” “It’s much more common to be hit by lightning,” said Dr. William Ailor, principal engineer for the Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies at Aerospace.
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Southerners shoveled, scraped and plowed their way Thursday out of a snowy deep freeze that caused a standstill across much of a region accustomed to mild winters.
At least 15 people died, including a baby in a car that slid off an icy street outside New Orleans, and a 6-year-old boy who sledded onto a roadway in Virginia.
Authorities across the South urged drivers to stay off treacherous roads. Louisiana highways remained closed much of the day and New Orleans residents were avoiding showers to restore pressure to a system plagued by frozen pipes.
Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency, the nation's governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs, which are killing more than 90 Americans a day.
The list of more than two dozen recommendations made Thursday by the National Governors Association is the first coordinated, bipartisan response from the nation's governors since Trump's October declaration.
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Two teenagers struggling in rough surf off the coast of New South Wales, Australia, Thursday were able to swim to shore after a new rescue drone dropped a life raft from the sky.
Officials deployed the Lifesaver drone after beachgoers noticed the pair was caught in 9-ft. swells, according to a statement from Westpac Little Ripper, which made the drone. The device located the boys within 35 seconds and dropped a flotation device, which they used to swim back to the beach.
Westpac Little Ripper is calling it "the world-first drone rescue."
Video of the incident shows the boys wading in the rough tide as the drone drops a bright yellow raft in between them.