The public must "come together" to figure out how to keep deadly mass shootings from happening, President Barack Obama said Friday. But he emerged from a private meeting with family of the victims of last week's shooting in Oregon to declare: "Today is about the families."
Addressing reporters briefly after the approximately hourlong meeting, Obama said occasions like these always remind him that any child or parent or family member could suffer such a loss.
Immediately after a gunman killed eight students and a teacher at a community college last week, a visibly angry Obama said thoughts and prayers are no longer enough in the aftermath and that the nation's gun laws needed to be changed. He pledged to "politicize" the issue.
The high cost of sending your child to college weighs heavy on the minds of many parents, but a new study reveals another financial burden many Americans families are facing — unaffordable child care. Child care costs for families with two children exceed rent in four out of five communities across the country, according to the Economic Policy Institute’s study “High Quality Child Care Is Out of Reach for Working Families.” The EPI, a non-profit workers’ advocacy group, found that child care costs for two-child families range from about half as much as rent in San Francisco to nearly three times rent in Binghamton, New York. The report points out that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that child care cost no more than 10 percent of a family’s income. But according to the EPI analysis, nowhere in the United States does infant care or child care for a 4-year-old cost less than 30 percent of a minimum-wage worker’s annual wages. The finding, published Tuesday, reveal child care costs for a 4-year-old exceed the average cost of in-state tuition at public 4-year institutions in 24 states, as well the nation’s capital. Infant care expenses, meanwhile, exceed the average in-state tuition for public colleges in 33 states and D.C.
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NBC News correspondent Kate Snow says that bringing 29 women who have accused Bill Cosby of assault together for a "Dateline NBC" special Friday took on an importance beyond the individual cases.
Snow said that many of the women who participated sensed an opportunity to educate others about the need to talk forthrightly about sexual assault.
"That was important, not just in the context of Bill Cosby but for every woman, every American," she said.
The NBC broadcast was timed to coincide with Cosby's scheduled deposition Friday in the case of a woman who accused Cosby of molesting her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15.
A Texas Southern University student was killed and another person was hurt during a shooting outside a student-housing complex at the edge of campus in Houston, and two people have been detained for questioning, according to police. University president John Rudley said in a news conference Friday the student was a freshman at the school. Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said the other victim, who was shot in the upper torso and back, is hospitalized in stable condition. Police said the shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. in a parking lot outside the University Courtyard Apartments. Afterward, three or four suspects, all men, ran inside the building and up to the fourth floor. Silva said two people are now in custody. According to the university president, the shooting may have been the result of an argument.
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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One student was killed and three others wounded after a freshman at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff opened fire during a confrontation between two separate groups of students early Friday, police said.
The alleged gunman, who was identified as 18-year-old Steven Jones, was taken into custody at the scene “without further trouble," campus police chief Greg Fowler said. Jones was a pledge for Sigma Chi and was removed from the chapter’s pledge program after his arrest, the fraternity said in a statement.
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," said Rita Cheng, the university's president. "Our hearts are heavy."
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Tortilla Coast has been around for more than 20 years, but in Washington, everyone wants a seat at this table.
The Capitol Hill Tex-Mex restaurant is the chosen hangout for a group of about 40 conservative Republicans called the House Freedom Caucus.
The caucus -- which the White House has dubbed the Tortilla Coast caucus -- meets in the restaurant's private basement dining room every week. Capitol Hill oral history has it that this is where strategy was plotted during the 2013 government shutdown.
And recent reports indicate the caucus has been meeting here as John Boehner announced he is stepping down as House speaker and majority leader Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the race to replace him.
The caucuses in Iowa are less than four months away, and Vice President Joe Biden’s long will-he-run-won’t-he-run drama may be hurting his chances in the early battleground state as his rivals are progressively solidifying their campaign infrastructures
As Biden mulls whether to jump into the presidential race, the rest of the Democratic field are securing commitments from activists around Iowa, NBC News reported.
"I'm for Hillary because Joe Biden hasn't started raising money, and he hasn't said anything about a platform," Gloria Gardner, 63, a retired Wal-Mart clerk in Council Bluffs, said on Wednesday. "I think it's too late for him if he even tried. And I don't know if his heart is really in it."
The Draft Biden effort has just two paid staffers on the ground compared to Hillary Clinton's 78 and Sanders' 60 organizers.
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Two young boys were duct-taped to a chair to watch the movie "Mommie Dearest" after the children called their own mother the "meanest mommy," according to police.
Mary Lucas, 28, told Nebraska City police the movie was "Hollywood's perfect representation of a mean mother," the arrest affidavit obtained by the Smoking Gun said.
Lucas' boyfriend, Glenn Oliver, 29, allegedly duct-taped her sons, a 4 year old and a 7 year old, to chairs after the mother instructed him to make the kids watch the movie, police said in the affidavit.
With all of the superhero movies showing up on the big screen, it's nice to hear about some local heroes cleaning up our streets. Or in this case, cleaning up our lawns.
Firefighters from Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 94 in Lakewood were called to assist a man in his 60s on Thursday. The man was busy trimming his trees when he fell off the ladder and broke his arm.
"After we took care of him and made sure that his wife was taken care of and she knew what hospital he was going to, we started just cleaning up his yard," said Captain Mark Lepore.
The injured man was barely in the ambulance when the firefighters started finishing the cleanup job.
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SeaWorld says denying orcas' their ability to breed is cruel, but it was unclear Friday whether the corporation will fight such a ban at its California park and risk further hurting attendance.
Company officials said they were reviewing their options a day after the California Coastal Commission approved a $100 million expansion of the tanks SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego -- but banned breeding of the captive orcas that would live in them. The panel's decision raised an array of questions, including whether the company would proceed with the project or raise a legal challenge, possibly on whether the commission overstepped its authority.
Deciding the next step could be tricky for SeaWorld. The company has been struggling with falling stock prices and park attendance numbers since the release of the 2013 documentary "Blackfish," which suggests SeaWorld's treatment of captive orcas provokes violent behavior.
Hours after visiting with grieving families in Oregon, where a school shooting took the lives of nine students last week, President Barack Obama will hop on Air Force One and touch down in San Francisco on Friday to attend a couple fundraising events for the Democratic National Committee
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A man in South Florida has been sentenced to nine months in jail for nearly starving a pet pit bull to death.
Thirty-eight-year-old Anthony Herring, of Palm Beach County, was convicted in July of allowing the dog, named Bella, to become almost skeletal while in his care.
Herring was sentenced Thursday.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Assistant State Attorney Judy Arco called it one of the worst animal abuse cases in the county in recent years.
The Pentagon will announce Friday the official end of its failed program to "train and equip" Syrian rebels and replace it with a far less ambitious program, NBC News reported.
The "training" part of the program — which managed to field only "four or five" Syrian rebels in 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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