Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tangled over the price tag and practicality of his plans for expanded government programs in Thursday night's Democratic debate, with Clinton accusing her rival of making promises "that cannot be kept."
Clinton and Sanders split the first two states in the Democratic primary battle, potentially setting the stage for a long fight for the party's nomination. After contests in overwhelmingly white states, the race now turns to states with more racially diverse populations.
Major world powers reached an agreement on a cease-fire to end the conflict in Syria, NBC News reported.
The deal, announced in Munich, calls for a nationwide cease-fire, expansion of humanitarian aid and resumption of peace talks in Geneva.
The U.S. and Russia would lead a task force for a "cessation of violence of hostilities," according to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Russia must also halt air strikes against the opposition if a cease-fire is to be successful.
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A rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man dead in a darkened public housing stairwell was convicted Thursday of manslaughter in a case closely watched by advocates for police accountability.
The courtroom audience gasped and Officer Peter Liang, who had broken into tears as he testified about the 2014 shooting of Akai Gurley, buried his head in his hands as the verdict came after 17 hours of jury deliberations. The manslaughter charge carries up to 15 years in prison. The shooting happened in a year of debate nationwide about police killings of black men, and activists have looked to Liang's trial as a counterweight to cases in which grand juries have declined to indict officers.
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The cruise ship that cut its voyage short after getting battered by rough seas and powerful winds during a storm in the Atlantic Ocean sustained damage to a key part of its propulsion system and officials are ordering it be fixed before the ship returns to sea for its next cruise this weekend, authorities say.
Royal Caribbean insisted for days that the damage to the Bahamas-bound Anthem of the Seas was "cosmetic" and "superficial" after it got caught in a storm off the Carolinas Sunday. The ship returned to its New Jersey port Wednesday, bringing back 1,600 crew members and 4,500 passengers, one of whom declared it a "cruise from hell."
Royal Caribbean said Wednesday that superficial damage to the 1,141-foot ship had been repaired and that the ship will resume its planned itinerary for next week's cruise.
Congressional leaders hope to move on legislation to increase funding to fight the Zika virus, NBC News reported.
President Obama requested $1.8 billion from Congress on Monday to speed up research on a vaccine.
House Speaker Paul Ryan told NBC News that bipartisan action is expected “because it’s a problem we want to get ahead of.” He said the emergency spending would need to be offset, which means savings would have to be found elsewhere.
The need for funding has become urgent as the first miscarriages were reported in the U.S. because of the virus.
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The four remaining occupiers at an Oregon wildlife refuge surrendered Thursday morning after hours of tense negotiations, bringing an end to the weekslong protest over land rights and personal liberties.
Federal officials said Jeff Banta, Sean Anderson, Sandy Anderson and David Fry were taken in without incident after FBI agents surrounded the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge overnight. A total of 25 people, including the holdouts, have been indicted on a charge of conspiracy to interfere with federal workers.
The occupation came to an emotionally heated conclusion as Fry, the last to leave, threatened suicide in a phone conversation that streamed live on YouTube.
"Unless my grievances are heard I will not surrender," Fry screamed. "Liberty or death."
All four arrested are expected to face an arraignment before a magistrate judge in Portland on Friday. The ring leaders, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and other protesters were arrested last month.
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A California lawmaker turned heads at a House of Representatives hearing Thursday when he pulled out his vape pen and took a big puff, blowing out a large plume of vapor.
The unconventional move came while the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was debating an amendment that would ban e-cigarettes on passenger airplanes. California Rep. Duncan Hunter, a former smoker, was arguing against the ban.
“There’s no combustion. There’s no carcinogens,” Duncan said to his colleagues in the chamber, who chuckled. “This has helped thousands of people quit smoking. It’s helped me quit smoking.”
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Police say a school bus driver was driving drunk when he crashed with 11 students on board Thursday afternoon in Dudley, Massachusetts. Police responded around 3 p.m. to find the bus on Hayden Pond Road with wires from a utility pole on the roof. None of the children were injured. Police spoke with the driver, 42-year-old Scott Poirier of Dudley, and determined he was drunk. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.
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A New York high school art teacher comforting a grieving student is being disciplined for taking her off campus for a hot cocoa.
Janice Graf, who has taught art for 30 years on Long Island, is now barred from her classroom at Center Moriches High School for her act of kindness.
"I was helping a student, helping a child," she told NBC 4 New York.
Graf accompanied Maddy Ziminski, a senior who was trying to deal with the deaths of two friends, to a nearby convenience store. The problem: students aren't allowed to leave the campus during school hours.
Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters.
His "Cruz Crew" mobile app is designed to gather detailed information from its users' phones — tracking their physical movements and mining the names and contact information for friends who might want nothing to do with his campaign.
That information and more is then fed into a vast database containing details about nearly every adult in the United States to build psychological profiles that target individual voters with uncanny accuracy.
A 94-year-old former SS sergeant went on trial Thursday in western Germany on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, based on accusations that he served as a guard in the Auschwitz death camp as hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews and others were gassed to death there.
Reinhold Hanning seemed in good condition for his age, walking into the court in the city of Detmold without even the help of a cane and appearing to listen attentively as the indictment against him was read aloud.
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The mayor of Cleveland apologized Thursday to the family of Tamir Rice, a black 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer, for the city having sent the administrator of the boy's estate a "decedent's last dying expense" claim of $500 for ambulance services.
Mayor Frank Jackson said at a news conference that filing the claim was part of a routine but that supervisors should have been alerted and the claim never filed.
"It was a mistake in terms of us flagging it, but not a mistake in terms of the legal process," Jackson said.
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