Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley launched his presidential campaign Saturday
in Baltimore. O'Malley has been trying to cast himself as the alternative to Hillary Clinton for Democrats who either are tired of the Clinton family or prefer a more liberal candidate, NBC News reported. O'Malley is probably the strongest person in the Democratic field to take on Clinton for the 2016 nomination, but she remains the overwhelming favorite to win. However, if one of her rivals is somehow able to win a few primaries and make Clinton work hard in the Democratic nomination process, O'Malley may be able to drum up more support. As governor, O'Malley has the kind of record of liberal accomplishments even Clinton would dream of, having signed a repeal of Maryland's death penalty, an increase in the state's minimum wage, and laws that allowed some undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses and in-state tuition at Maryland's public colleges. Click to read a full NBC analysis of O'Malley's challenge to Clinton.
Rain moved across North Texas once again on Saturday morning flooding roads and adding to the already rising lake and creek levels. For the second day in a row, flash flood warnings were activated for many of the bigger counties including Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin. From Dallas to Lewisville, Denton and beyond, police departments, cities and residents reported high water and road closures. President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration amid the severe weather, offering federal funding to affected people in Harris, Hays and Van Zandt counties, the White House said in a statement early Saturday.
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Thousands of sites are blocking Congress from viewing their webpages in an online demonstration against data-collection provisions of the Patriot Act, NBC News reported. The websites — nearly 15,000 of them as of Saturday morning — are redirecting computers from Congress to BlackOutCongress.org, where users are greeted with a stark black and white warning that reads, "We are blocking your access until you end mass surveillance laws." The controversial provisions of the Patriot Act that allow the National Security Agency to justify bulk data collection are set to expire on Monday. The Senate must renew them by Sunday at midnight if it wants to ensure the NSA can continue legally collecting millions of phone records.
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Long Beach police this week shot and killed an unarmed 20-year-old man after officers say he jumped through the glass of a second-story window following a fight — a man described by his family as a national debate competitor and student soon to begin classes at California State University, Long Beach.
Police in Philadelphia are investigating the death of a newborn baby whose body was found inside a duffel bag.
The infant was found inside a house on the 5800 block of Norfolk Street at 5:28 p.m. Friday, according to police. He was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was pronounced dead at 5:59 p.m.
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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley entered the Democratic presidential campaign with a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination with his announcement Saturday in Baltimore.
O'Malley picked a park in Baltimore, where he served as mayor before winning two terms as governor. Aides decorated the front of the stage with signs that read, "O'Malley for President 2016 New Leadership.''
A powerful but extremely deep earthquake struck off Japan's Ogasawara islands on Saturday, but officials say there is no danger of a tsunami, NBC News reported. Japan's Meteorological Agency says the offshore earthquake struck Saturday at 8:24 p.m. at a depth of 370 miles. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 421 miles. Public broadcaster NHK said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The meteorological agency did not issue a tsunami warning because the quake struck so far beneath the earth's surface. The Ogasawara islands are about 620 miles south of Tokyo.
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Tar balls and clumps of oil have washed up on Ventura County beaches in Southern California days after mysterious petroleum globs and "tar patties" arrived to the South Bay.
All Ventura County beaches were open as of Saturday afternoon, but the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said several beaches from Faria Beach to Hollywood Beach are impacted by the substance.
Beachgoers should avoid contact with any petroleum on the beach. The substance spotted Saturday was described as ranging from small tar balls to disk-shaped clumps of oil.
Hundreds of small turtles have washed up dead on the eastern end of Long Island in the last month, a die-off scientists blame on waterborne toxins that have reached unprecedented levels for reasons that aren't entirely clear.
Former U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert has resigned from the board of the Christian school's public policy and government center that bears his name, a Wheaton College spokesperson said.
The resignation was the latest fallout from a federal indictment accusing Hastert of violating banking laws. The indictment alleges Hastert was paying hush money to keep someone silent about "prior misconduct."
A woman was under arrest Friday, accused of murder for striking and running over a motorcyclist on a busy San Diego highway at rush hour.
Imperial Beach resident Darla Renee Jackson, 26, was driving a black Nissan Altima northbound on Interstate 5 near E Street in Chula Vista at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers said Jackson and a man on a red Ducati motorcycle got into some type of disagreement on the roadway.
A man died Saturday morning when he lost control of his SUV and became wedged underneath a Los Angeles freeway ramp, officials said.
The crash happened just after 3 a.m. at the transition road from the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway to the eastbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway in Boyle Heights, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A warning to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power consumers eager to earn a rebate for replacing their grass with drought-friendly landscaping: application mistakes could cost you thousands of dollars. The "Cash In Your Lawn" program offers $3.75 per square foot of lawn replaced with "California Friendly Landscaping." But the LADWP warns that utility customers should proceed with caution if they participate in the program: misunderstandings and mistakes could cost them their rebates.
In interview with a Swiss broadcaster, FIFA President Sepp Blatter criticized U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and an American federal investigation into soccer corruption which could yet lead directly to his door, The Associated Press reported.