The Pentagon will Friday announce the official end of its failed program to "train and equip" Syrian rebels and replace it with a far less ambitious program, defense officials said, NBC News reported.
The "training" part of the program — which managed to field only "four or five" Syrian rebels into the battle against ISIS in Syria at a cost of about $50 million — will be halted, according to senior defense officials.
"Instead of combat training for the rebels, they will now be used as "enablers" to identify targets and call in airstrikes for U.S. and coalition warplanes.
Get More at NBC News
One student was killed and three others were wounded after a gunman opened fire at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, early Friday, following a confrontation between two separate groups of students, police said Friday morning.
The suspected gunman, who was identified as eighteen-year-old Steven Jones, a freshman at the school, was take into custody at the scene “without further trouble."
The three victims, all male, are being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center after being shot multiple times. Officials did not provide updates on their condition.
The shooting occurred outside Mountain View Hall on the northeast end of the Flagstaff Campus, according to the University. The first call of gunfire came in at 1:20 a.m. PDT Friday. Police said it's not clear what caused the confrontation.
Classes will go on as scheduled on Friday, but “this is not going to be a normal day at NAU. Our hearts are heavy," University President Rita Cheng said.
Get More at NBC News
A Tunisian coalition of workers, employers, human rights activists and lawyers won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for pulling the country that sparked the Arab Spring back onto a path toward democracy and preventing it from descending into civil war.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy" in the North African country following its 2011 revolution.
"It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war," the committee said in its citation.
The prize is a huge victory for small Tunisia, whose young and still shaky democracy suffered two extremist attacks this year that killed 60 people and devastated the tourism industry.
When President Barack Obama arrives here Friday, he will find a timber town still in mourning over the shooting that killed eight community college students and a teacher. But he will also find another deeply held emotion — seething anger over his calls for new gun restrictions.
Only a week after a gunman strode into a writing class and opened fire on classmates, many people in the region known as Oregon's Bible Belt are quick to reaffirm their opposition to stricter gun laws. At least one parent of a shooting survivor says his family will not meet with the president, although his daughter said she hopes to do so. And gun-rights supporters plan to protest during Obama's visit.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
A former California beauty queen was in jail Thursday on suspicion of creating child pornography with a 4-year-old relative and selling it to a Marine stationed in Southern California, authorities said. Meghan Breanna Alt, 25, of Irvine, is accused of sending sexually explicit images of a 4-year-old girl to the Marine in exchange for cash and gifts, according to Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock. She is also suspected of advertising unspecified services online that sometimes led to her having sex with clients in exchange for money with her children present, Hallock said. Alt won the Mrs. Orange County pageant last year and competed in the Mrs. California contest in June of 2014, according to Hallock.
A new tally shows last month's crush and stampede at the Saudi hajj was the deadliest event to ever strike the annual pilgrimage.
The Associated Press count Friday shows at least 1,453 people died Sept. 24 in Mina near the holy city of Mecca. That figure comes from statements and officials' comments from 19 of the over 180 countries that sent citizens to the five-day annual pilgrimage.
Saudi officials have said their official figure of 769 killed and 934 injured in the disaster remains accurate. Their investigation is ongoing.
The previous deadliest-ever incident happened in 1990, when a stampede killed 1,426 people.
The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, winner of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize...
See Full Gallery »
Amtrak says it will now allow passengers on some Northeast routes to bring along their pets. Under the program announced Thursday, passengers can take a cat or small dog on trips up to seven hours long. The service is available on the Boston to Lynchburg, Newport News, and Norfolk, Virginia, on the Northeast Regional service lines, as well from Boston to Brunswick, Maine, on the Downeaster route. Pet owners will have to pay an extra $25 to make a reservation. The service begins Oct. 12.
A tenured professor at the University of Texas says he will not teach next year because the new law allowing for concealed handguns at public universities has left him fearing for his safety. Economics professor Daniel Hamermesh said he teaches required courses that draw hundreds of students and it would be difficult to identity one who may be disgruntled or has a mental disorder. The Austin American-Statesman reports that some faculty have threatened to leave over the law that takes effect Aug. 1, but Hamermesh appears to be the first to have followed through. The law allows campuses to carve out "reasonable" gun-free zones, provided they don't effectively ban guns entirely.
A central Florida judge is under fire for sentencing an emotionally distraught domestic violence victim to three days in jail for failing to show up in court to testify against her alleged abuser.
A newly released video shows Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins harshly criticizing the victim in a July 30th contempt of court hearing. The victim was scheduled to testify in court against Myles Brennan, the father of her 1-year-old son, NBC News reported.
The victim had reportedly asked to drop charges against Brennan, who was arrested back in April for choking the victim and threatening her with a knife as she held their infant, according to officials.
Brennan was sentenced to 16 days in jail after pleading no contest to simple battery.
A driver has died after his tractor-trailer crashed over a Beltway overpass and onto the Suitland Parkway below.
Maryland State Police say the driver of the truck was travelling on the Outer Loop of the Beltway early Friday before losing control. The truck went over the overpass and landed on Suitland Parkway.
Jolted by political lightning for the second time in two weeks, House Republicans are staring at turmoil and uncertainty after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's astonishing decision to abandon his campaign to become the chamber's next speaker.
GOP lawmakers, who lately have acted more like feuding relatives than a unified party, were meeting Friday to discuss their next move. On Thursday, Republicans munching barbecue at a closed-door meeting where they seemed ready to coronate McCarthy as their candidate for speaker were aghast when the Californian rose and told them he wouldn't seek the job.
Facing opposition from a band of hard-right conservatives, some McCarthy supporters said he concluded he would have fallen short of the 218 votes needed when the full House formally elects the speaker. Others said he could have won but GOP lawmakers backing him would have infuriated conservative constituents back home, jeopardizing their own careers.
A British nurse who recovered from Ebola early this year was flown back to a secure hospital unit Friday after suffering "an unusual late complication of her illness," health officials said.
Pauline Cafferkey contracted the virus while working with a charity in Sierra Leone and was discharged from London's specialist Royal Free Hospital in January. But Friday she was flown to the Royal Free Hospital, which houses the U.K.'s only high-level isolation unit following the unspecified "complication." A spokesman for Scotland's NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health authority confirmed to NBC News on Friday that Ebola had been detected in Cafferkey, but because the nurse had suffered the virus before this was "not a new infection."
Dr Emilia Crighton, director of public health at NHSGGC, said the risk to the public was "very low," but that officials were still following up with people Cafferkey had been in contact with, as a precaution.
Get More at NBC News
Multnoma County Sheriff's Office
The three suspects arrested in connection to the homicide of a popular tantra teacher in Marin County have been linked to the death of Audrey Carey, a 23-year-old woman found dead in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Federal prosecutors are accusing a celebrity chef of producing and sharing child pornography after meeting a boy on a dating app and allegedly enticing him to engage in sex acts. The 53-year-old Matthew Tivy, who owns Cafe du Soleil on New York City's Upper West Side and has appeared on the Food Network, is charged with child porn after authorities found videos of him having sex with a Bronx teenager, prosecutors said. The boy was in junior high school between December and January when it allegedly happened, a criminal complaint states.