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.
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Several people were injured when a car plowed into a group of people at an auto auction on Friday morning in Framingham, Massachusetts. It happened around 9:40 a.m. at an ADESA vehicle auction house at 63 Western Avenue, according to The MetroWest Daily News. Framingham police Lt. Stephen Cronin said the incident occurred inside the building, when a person who was driving a vehicle at the auction mistakenly accelerated, striking seven or eight people and five vehicles that were parked inside.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested the Holocaust would have been "greatly diminished" if German Jews had been armed with guns.
Carson was asked Thursday by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about an excerpt from his book "A More Perfect Union," in which Carson links the disarming on German citizens with the killing of 6 million Jews by Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.
The retired neurosurgeon said, "the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed."
The candidate said "there is a reason that these dictatorial people take the guns first."
One student was killed and three others were wounded after a freshman at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, opened fire during a confrontation between two separate groups of students early Friday, police said.
The alleged gunman, who was identified as eighteen-year-old Steven Jones, was take into custody at the scene “without further trouble," campus police chief Greg Fowler said.
The three victims, identified by the University as Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring, are being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center. The deceased student is Colin Brough.
The shooting occurred outside Mountain View Hall dormitory, where most of the school's fraternity members live. Fowler 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," Rita Cheng, the university's president said. "Our hearts are heavy."
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As President Obama heads to Roseburg, Oregon, for meeting with families of the victims of last week's deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College, the White House is considering taking up the issue of gun control, NBC News reported.
The administration is reconsidering a major gun control proposal that would establish new guidelines for who is legally defined as a licensed gun dealer and therefore required to conduct background checks on potential buyers, administration officials tell NBC News. The proposal would define anyone that sells more a certain number of guns each year "in the business" of selling guns and therefore subject to laws for gun dealers.
According to sources, the administration has considered 50 or 100 guns a year as the threshold to trigger these requirements, although they have not formally settled on a number.
In the wake of the Oregon shooting, the president pledged to have staff "scrub" existing gun laws in search of ways to push for reform.
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The pressure is on Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2012, to run for House speaker in the chaotic aftermath of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's sudden decision to abandon his campaign for the post.
"I've talked with Paul Ryan. He's talking to people. I think he'd make a great speaker," McCarthy, R-Calif., said Friday morning as he entered a closed-door Republican meeting. "It's a big decision. He's got to talk to his wife and everybody else, and it's got to be his decision."
Ryan has insisted he's not interested in the post, preferring to focus on his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee. In addition, any presidential aspirations the 45-year-old Wisconsin lawmaker might have could be undercut by holding the chamber's top job and managing its unruly caucus.
Republicans met Friday morning to discuss their next move, and even before that session several potential candidates for the top post surfaced. But lawmakers said nothing was decided at Friday's gathering.
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Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian demonstrators along the Gaza border Friday, killing five of them, as a rash of stabbing attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories, including the first apparent revenge attack by an Israeli, raised fears of wider unrest.
Recent days have seen a string of attacks by young Palestinians with no known links to armed groups who have targeted Israeli soldiers and civilians at random, complicating Israeli efforts to contain the violence, which has been linked to tensions over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site.
Gaza-based Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh applauded the recent Palestinian stabbing attacks across Israel at a speech in Gaza Friday morning and called the surge in violence an "Intifada" or uprising.
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Call them "The Buzzing Dead." Honeybees are being threatened by tiny flies that lead them to lurch and stagger around like zombies. The afflicted bees often make uncharacteristic night flights, sometimes buzzing around porch lights before dying. Well-documented on the West Coast, some zombie-bee cases also have been detected in eastern states by volunteers helping track its spread. This comes as honeybees have already been ravaged in recent years by mysterious colony collapse disorder, vampire mites and nutritional deficiencies. "We're not making a case that this is the doomsday bug for bees," said John Hafernik, a biology professor at San Francisco State University. "But it is certainly an interesting situation where we have a parasite that seems to affect the behavior of bees and has them essentially abandoning their hive." Hafernik in 2012 started a project to enlist people to track the spread of zombie bees called ZomBee Watch.
Apple said on Thursday that it had removed "a few" applications from its App Store, expressing its concern that the security of some users' personal data could be compromised in certain circumstances. The company said the apps threatened users' security by installing certificates that can expose data to monitoring by third parties. The company did not specify the precise number of apps at issue. Among the apps removed was Been Choice, which has attracted attention for its ability to block advertising in apps. "We are working closely with these developers to quickly get their apps back on the App Store, while ensuring customer privacy and security is not at risk," an Apple Spokeswoman said in a statement.
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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.
Apple is the "Tesla graveyard" where failed employees go to work, the electric carmaker's boss said in fiery comments hitting out at the iPhone maker's ambitions in the auto space, NBC News reported. "They have hired people we've fired. We always jokingly call Apple the 'Tesla Graveyard'. If you don't make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I'm not kidding," Elon Musk told German newspaper Handelsblatt, while touring Berlin. Musk shrugged off fears about Apple being a new competitor and said that any Tesla employees it had hired were not important.
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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.
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.
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A Navy vet visiting San Francisco during Fleet Week had his skull crushed when a 16-pound seed pod fell on his head. He's now suing the federal government.