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A grandfather killed his six grandchildren and his daugher before turning the gun on himself Thursday evening in the tiny town of Bell, Florida, authorities say. Don Spirit, 51, killed his adult daughter and her six children before committing suicide, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz said at a news conference. The children were between the ages of 3 months and 10 years old.
Congress voted Thursday to approve a plan for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels, giving the Obama administration the go-ahead on its plans to fight ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria and capping a brief but fiery debate on the Senate floor. The legislation now heads to President Obama, who said he was "pleased" by the votes, for his signature. “The strong bipartisan support in Congress for this new training effort shows the world that Americans are united in confronting the threat from [ISIS]," Obama said. The Senate's 78-22 vote, which crossed party lines, also provides money to keep the government operating through Sept. 30.
Decision time is up for Scots. Polls closed Thursday night in Scotland's independence referendum — a vote that will decide whether Scotland splits from the United Kingdom after a union more than three centuries old. Polling stations were bustling
right up until the close of voting at 10 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET), with early turnout figures as high as 91 percent. The final results, which have been too close to call, will be made at a media center on the outskirts of Edinburgh after 5 a.m. on Friday local time (midnight ET).
The U.S. Justice Department investigation into New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie’s role in “Bridgegate” has thus far uncovered no information he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, federal officials tell NBC 4 New York. The September 2013 closures -- where several entrance lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Ft. Lee were shut down causing a traffic nightmare for commuters -- has been the subject of several federal and state investigations.
A northern New Jersey high school teacher has been charged with having sex with three 15-year-old male students, authorities say. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray said Thursday that 34-year-old Nicole Dufault, of Caldwell, was arrested Wednesday night for the incidents that happened inside Columbia High School in Maplewood and in her car since last year. Prosecutors say Dufault is a language arts teacher and has worked at the school for nine years.
More than half of Americans, and a slightly higher percentage of football fans, disapprove of how the NFL has handled the recent reports about domestic violence by several of its players, a new NBC News/Marist Poll has found. But just 29 percent of adults and 32 percent of football fans say Commissioner Roger Goodell should resign, while an overwhelming 85 percent say the recent news hasn't changed how much football they'll watch. The poll also found, regarding the child abuse charges against star Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, that 60 percent of Americans believe it's wrong to discipline their children by hitting them with a paddle, switch or belt, while just 34 percent think it's right. In the South, however, 51 percent of Americans say it's right.
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The massive five-month data breach that hit Home Depot affected as many as 56 million payment cards, the home improvement retail giant said Thursday, in a hack even bigger than the mammoth breach that hit Target during the holiday season last year. The do-it-yourself retail giant said that criminals using malware had outpaced the company's own efforts to beef up its security by fully encrypting its payment terminal data. The five-month breach affected payment systems in Home Depot's brick-and-mortar stores in the U.S. and Canada but did not appear to have affected purchases made on its website.
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Alibaba has priced its initial public offering at $68 per share, near the upper end of its expected range, ahead of its Friday IPO. The e-commerce giant is expected to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "BABA" on Friday. The IPO values Alibaba at $167.6 billion — bigger than the current market value of Amazon, Cisco and eBay, the Associated Press reported.
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ISIS released a haunting propaganda video on Thursday, showing a British captive promising to show the “the truth” behind the militants’ network and criticizing how his government and the U.S. are dealing with hostage negotiations, NBC News reported. The video, titled “Lend Me Your Ears,” has not been verified by NBC News. In it, a man who identifies himself as British is shown in an orange jumpsuit – the same style journalist James Foley and subsequent hostages wore in their beheading videos. The man says he was taken captive in Syria in 2012 and promises that more “programs” are coming.
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A bus driver in Akron, Ohio is being called a hero after she died saving a 10-year-old girl from a rolling bus, Today.com reported. Laura Zborowski, 51, was leading 40 students in a drill to practice evacuating a bus when the bus began to roll backwards towards the girl. A longtime neighbor of Zborowski told local NBC station WKYC in Cleveland that he was not surprised by her selflessness. "Your character comes through when the chips are down," he said.
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The man charged with killing a Pennsylvania state trooper during an ambush has been added to the FBI's 10 most wanted list.
Officials describe the suspect, 31-year-old Eric Frein, as a self-taught survivalist who hates police.
Authorities say putting Frein on the most wanted list will allow the FBI to use more resources in the manhunt. The agency is also offering a $100,000 reward.
Police said Thursday they believe the shooter is still in the rural area where the attack occurred.
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state must honor a Democratic Senate candidate's request that his name be removed from the November ballot, NBC News reported. Democrat Chad Taylor withdrew from the race after a recent FOX News poll showed his Republican rival, incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts, trailing an independent candidate, Greg Orman, in a head-to-head matchup. But the Republican Secretary of State argued that Taylor should remain on the ballot. The court's decision means Roberts must now face a tougher general election against Orman.
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A Silicon Valley icon -- Oracle CEO Larry Ellison -- is stepping down, effective immediately, the Redwood Shores company announced on Thursday.
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