Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image
The federal government's collection of bulk data from the telephone calls of virtually every American stopped at midnight Saturday, ending a raging controversy that began two and a half years ago with disclosures about the secret program by whistleblower Edward Snowden, NBC News reported.
Beginning Sunday, if the government wants to check on a specific phone number in a potential terrorism case, a request must be made to the relevant telephone company for a check of its own data. The government will no longer retain the information.
Except in emergencies, the records can be obtained only with an individual order from a special federal intelligence court.
President Obama said in January that the bulk data collection would end, and Congress in June formally banned it but allowed for a six-month transition period that ended Saturday.
For now, the National Security Agency, which ran the massive government data collection program, will retain access to the data it collected before the program ended.
Get More at NBC News
Colorado Springs Police Department
A man armed with an AK-47-style weapon burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs and opened fire, killing three people, including a police officer, and injuring nine others during the ensuing five-hour standoff, NBC News reported.
Police identified the gunman as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina, the Associated Press reported.
Dear began firing in the parking lot of the facility on Centennial Boulevard and then entered the building, a law enforcement official told NBC News. The shooting unfolded Friday during a regular working day, as patients waited for appointments and staff members attended to them.
The gunman "seemed calm, but crazy," Kentanya Craion said, describing the man in a hunter's jacket and hat as "mumbling and ranting while he was shooting."
The slain officer was identified as Garrett Swasey, 44, of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs police department. The nine wounded were taken to area hospitals and reported in good condition, Colorado Springs Police Department Lt. Catherine Buckley said.
President Obama condemned the violence in a statement Sunday and called for action on gun control.
"Enough is enough," he said.
Get More at NBC News
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Saturday, after visiting a camp for Syrian refugees, that the displaced should be absorbed by Middle Eastern countries, with the international community sending aid and "encouragement" to the host nations.
Carson toured the Azraq camp in northern Jordan under heavy Jordanian security, with journalists barred. Carson's campaign also limited access, not providing his itinerary and releasing only a short statement after the camp visit.
The candidate has repeatedly struggled to discuss international affairs as they become a greater focus in the 2016 presidential contest. Advisers have conceded that his foreign policy fluency isn't where it needs to be and have expressed hope missions like his two-day trip to Jordan will help change that.
The holiday shopping season is underway and there are deals galore on the Web. But those deals could give hackers more entry points to access online shoppers' personal information, NBC News reported.
Online shoppers can take a few simple steps to make sure they don't end up as identity-theft victims this holiday season.
Michael Bruemmer, Experian's vice president of consumer protection, said shoppers should use prepaid credit or debit cards to limit their exposure while shopping online.
"The easiest thing you can do is have a throw-away credit card or debit card that you only use for shopping as well as potentially an email address," Bruemmer told CNBC's "Tech Bet."
Experian also advises shoppers to avoid public Wi-Fi hot spots because many aren't secure, recommending that shoppers make all online purchases from home.
Get More at NBC News
A mortar attack on a United Nations base in northern Mali's Kidal early Saturday killed at least three people, including two U.N. peacekeepers and a contractor, said the mission spokesman.
The attack also injured 20 people, of which four are in serious condition, said Olivier Salgado, spokesman for the U.N. mission in Mali known as MINUSMA.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack in the country's restless north but Islamic extremists are suspected. In 2013, the French pushed Islamic militants out of Mali's northern cities and towns although jihadists continue to carry out attacks on U.N. peacekeepers.
The Gazette via AP
Even before the deadly standoff at a Colorado Planned Parenthood was over, messages of support poured in for the health care provider, which itself released a message that was defiant in the face of violence.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted "Today and every day, we #StandWithPP" after shooting broke out at the health center in Colorado Springs, in which police said a gunman killed three people and wounded nine before giving himself up at about 7 p.m. ET. While it wasn't immediately clear if Planned Parenthood was the target of an attack, the head of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains released a statement Friday afternoon saying that the group will never stop doing its work.
Millions of people attended the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on Nov.
View gallery »
Donald Trump, as many people on the left and even some on the right agree, is undoubtedly and intentionally making controversial remarks on cultural, racial and religious issues.
But what's emerged as the more complicated question is whether Trump's supporters agree with all of his remarks. In interviews, Trump supporters often say they like the mogul's blunt approach, that he "tells it like it is," without always detailing what "it is" that Trump is explaining so clearly.
Pollsters, who have asked Trump supporters a number of questions over the last few months that help explain the perspectives of his base, found that the real-estate mogul's backers are nearly all white — like the base of other GOP candidates — and want to deport undocumented immigrants more than any other Republicans.
Get More at NBC News
Facebook/LinkedIn/Families of Valentin Ribet and Michelli Gil Jaimez
A student. An art critic. An architect. An engineer. The 130 people killed in Paris during the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks came from all walks of life and represented "youth in all its diversity," according to French President Francois Hollande. Here are their portraits. More names and photos will be added as information is confirmed and available.
NBC 5 News
Heavy rain and icy conditions are likely to stick around through most of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in parts of the central U.S. due to a slow-moving, complex weather system that's being blamed for at least 3 flash-flooding deaths. The National Weather Service issued ice storm warnings in the Texas Panhandle and central Oklahoma that will remain in effect through noon Saturday, with up to a quarter or half-inch of ice expected to accumulate. Freezing rain and strong winds have been blamed for several fatal accidents in Kansas and Texas since Thursday. The eastern half of Kansas is under a winter weather advisory until Saturday morning, with freezing rain and sleet expected. Much of central and western Arkansas could see 5 to 7 inches of rain through Sunday, the weather service said, while the Ouachita Mountain region could get more than 8 inches.
Get More at NBC News
Turkey's president has told supporter that he was saddened by the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish forces.
Addressing supporters on Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again defended Turkey's action and criticized Russia for its action in Syria before expressing his regrets.
Erdogna said: "We wish it hadn't happened, but it happened. I hope something like this doesn't happen again."
He says both sides should approach the issue in a more positive way. He says a meeting in Paris would be an opportunity to overcome tensions.
Earlier, Turkey issued a travel warning urging its nationals to delay non-urgent and unnecessary travel to Russia.
New England Cable News reached out to each presidential campaign for its positions on education, gun policy, healthcare, taxes, the economy, immigration, and other issues. Click through to compare candidates’ responses on major issues facing the nation.
Pope Francis paid his respects Saturday to Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renounce their faith, the latest group of martyrs from around the world honored by Francis in hopes of giving today's faithful missionary role models.
A somber Francis prayed at shrines dedicated to the 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic martyrs who were killed between 1885 and 1887 on the orders of a local king eager to thwart the influence of Christianity in his central Ugandan kingdom.
At Namugongo, outside the capital, Kampala, where most of the martyrs were burned alive, he celebrated Mass in their honor to mark the 50th anniversary of the Catholics' canonization.
Connecticut state police dashboard camera footage captured a wild crash Friday morning where a car plowed into another vehicle that pulled over following a previous crash on Interstate 95 south in Fairfield, narrowly missing two people standing alongside the highway.
The driver, Yoni Rojas, 21, of Bridgeport, was arrested and is facing charges of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, misuse of plates, failure to meet minimum insurance coverage and failure to maintain a lane, according to state troopers.
State police shared the dashcam video on social media, reminding drivers to move over if emergency vehicles are parked on the side of the road.
A 12-year-old and a baby were killed when the car they were riding in with their parents was hit by a speeding driver, Dallas County Sheriff's Department said.
The crash occurred at about 1:20 p.m. Friday along the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 175 in east Dallas County.
Deputies said the driver of a SUV, identified as 23-year-old Kelvin Walker, was speeding on rain-slicked streets when he collided with a sedan.
A mother, father and their three children were inside the car when it was hit, deputies said.
Two of the children were ejected from the vehicle.