The first arctic blast of the season has hit mainland United States, blanketing parts of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and the Dakotas with temperatures as low as minus 14 overnight, NBC News reported.
But meteorologists are warning about a second, perhaps even colder freeze that could spread into the East Coast and possibly portions of the South late next week. A shift in a weather system known as the Polar Vortex may be partially to blame, according to The Weather Channel.
By Friday evening these frigid temperatures were expected to have swept most of the U.S. with temperatures in the 20s from Albuquerque to Buffalo, and from Atlanta to Seattle. New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston were also expected to flirt with freezing temperatures Friday night.
"It's going to be a shock," said Kevin Roth, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel.
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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 struck Thursday morning about 100 miles of the coast of Ferndale, in Humboldt County, California. There were no immediate reports of damage. The US Geological Survey originally reported the 6:50 a.m. PT quake as having a magnitude of 6.8. An area police dispatcher told NBC Bay Area that she barely felt it on land, and a USGS "did you feel it" map shows light shaking was felt in Eureka and the nearby California coast.
Donald Trump is going to try to show a more sensitive side Thursday, meeting with victims of last week's Ohio State University attack, before taking his "thank you" road show to three more states that supported him in the election.
Trump is taking on a grim task that President Barack Obama has faced numerous times over the last eight years: consoling the survivors after an attack of mass violence. Trump is flying Thursday to Columbus, Ohio, where Ohio State student Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, stabbed students before being fatally shot by police.
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A 32-year-old man was on the run Thursday after shooting two law enforcement officers near Georgia Southwestern State University, Wednesday morning, NBC News reported.
Authorities said Minquell Kennedy Lembrick shot and killed Americus police officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr, 25, and critically injured university police officer Jodi Smith, 26, at an apartment complex near the campus in Americus. Lembrick was described as being 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. There's a $30,000 reward for this capture.
Smarr and Smith went to the apartment complex after receiving a domestic disturbance complaint. Both officers attended Americus-Sumter High School, and were best friends, NBC's affiliate WXIA reported.
"Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families," Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said. "This is a devastating loss to our family here in Americus. It's just unbelievable."
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The investigation into last week's devastating Oakland warehouse blaze has yet to reveal what caused the inferno, which claimed 36 lives and has been deemed the United States' deadliest fire in 13 years, federal officials said Wednesday. City officials revealed that the building, which was used for artist's studios and illegal living spaces, hadn't been looked into by city building inspectors in over 30 years. And the NBC Bay Area I-Team found that there is no record that Oakland fire inspectors had been inside the warehouse in the last decade. An electronic music party was in full swing at the so-called Ghost Ship warehouse when a three-alarm fire sparked around 11:30 p.m. Friday. City officials identified two more victims — Jason McCarty, 35, and Wolfgang Renner, 61, both of Oakland — on Wednesday, bringing the total number of names released to 28.
A teenager accused of producing a racist video of a black classmate eating chicken and posting it online could face criminal charges, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said Wednesday. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said he's considering ethnic intimidation and harassment charges against a 14-year-old white student at Saucon Valley High School. The teenager recorded a 16-year-old black boy eating chicken wings and in narrating the video called the older boy the N-word and made references to "being broke and on welfare," said Morganelli, who called the video "reprehensible" and "repulsive."
Here's a look at the people who will be closest to Donald Trump in the White House, his advisers and his picks for the top jobs in his administration. The nominees for Cabinet positions will need Senate approval.
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A Christmas tree farmer has found and returned a wedding ring a New Jersey man lost roughly 15 years ago. David Penner says his wedding band slipped off his finger during a visit to Wyckoff's Tree Farm in White Township with his wife years ago. Penner thought he had lost the ring forever. But in April, John Wyckoff, a third-generation tree farmer, found it by chance in the soil.
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Hyundai is recalling more than 41,000 older minivans because the hoods can fly open while they're being driven.
The recall covers the Entourage minivan from the 2007 and 2008 model years. Hyundai says a secondary hood latch can rust and remain in the unlatched position. So if the primary latch is released, the secondary latch may not keep the hood in place.
The company says it has no reports of crashes or injuries caused by the problem.
The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth.
In a report being released Thursday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy acknowledged a need for more research into the health effects of "vaping," but said e-cigarettes aren't harmless and too many teens are using them.
"My concern is e-cigarettes have the potential to create a whole new generation of kids who are addicted to nicotine," Murthy told The Associated Press. "If that leads to the use of other tobacco-related products, then we are going to be moving backward instead of forward."
Battery-powered e-cigarettes turn liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor without the harmful tar generated by regular cigarettes. Vaping was first pushed as safer for current smokers. There's no scientific consensus on the risks or advantages of vaping, including how it affects the likelihood of someone either picking up regular tobacco products or kicking the habit.
They were artists, musicians, students and teachers, as young as 17 and most with long lives ahead of them. But those lives, at least 36, were cut short when an Oakland warehouse-turned-residence went up in flames as it hosted a concert. Here are their portraits and what we know about them.
Amid social, political and environmental tumult around the world, the Pantone Color Institute on Thursday plucked fresh and zesty "greenery" as the color of the year for 2017.
The vibrant green with yellow undertones is an answer, of sorts, to bruising 2016, signaling a yearning to rejuvenate, and to reconnect to both nature and something larger than oneself, said Laurie Pressman, the institute's vice president.
"It's a realization for many people," she said in an interview Wednesday. "This country is politically divided, and we see that around the world. It's not just us. There's a real division in terms of globalization and this desire to pull back from globalization. It's Brexit. It's what we just saw in Italy."
Facebook has faced backlash after fake news sites used the platform to spread misinformation about the nominees during the 2016 presidential election. But the social media giant's chief operating officer said Thursday the impact fake news had on the election has been exaggerated.
“There have been claims that it swayed the election, and we don't think it swayed the election,'' Sheryl Sandberg said in an interview on NBC's "Today" show.
Sandberg added that Facebook takes its responsibilities seriously and is looking into ways to keep fake news from spreading online without compromising freedom of expression.