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In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday withdrew his candidacy for speaker of the U.S. House, shocking fellow Republicans just before voting was to begin and plunging Congress' GOP leadership into chaos.
GOP lawmakers said McCarthy told colleagues at the start of a closed meeting that he was not the right person for the job. He recommended that the election be postponed and Speaker John Boehner delayed it.
"I have never seen anything like this," said Rep. Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania.
The election was postponed, as may be the scheduled Oct. 29 vote for speaker by the full House, Democrats as well as Republicans.
Sometimes "Like" just doesn't cut it. So how about Love or Angry? Haha or Sad? Or just Yay or Wow?
Facebook is going "Inside Out" on the Like button, adding a range of new emotional reactions to the iconic thumbs-up icon it launched in 2009.
You won't see the new emoji right away unless you live in Ireland or Spain, the two locations the Menlo Park, California-based social network chose to begin testing them on Friday.
New York City's hottest new restaurant isn't in a restored factory loft in Brooklyn or a tony high rise in Tribeca -- it's in a Columbia student's dorm room.
Pith, a small bistro created by Columbia senior Jonah Reider and run out of his dorm room's communal kitchen, opened two weeks ago, according to the New York Post. The prix fixe restaurant, which features a five- to eight-course New American dinner, has already been booked through the school's winter break.
"I think of myself as better than the average college student but definitely not an amazing cook so I'm pleasantly surprised by all the positive feedback," he told NBC 4 New York.
A perfect storm of holiday traffic and foggy weather led to an epic traffic jam on one of China's busiest highways.
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Dozens of people in the U.S. are engaged in conversations with overseas supporters of ISIS that the FBI cannot monitor, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday, NBC News reported. Comey has been warning for months that when ISIS supporters find someone in the U.S., through messages on social media, they then employ software that encrypts their communications, making it impossible for the FBI to follow them, even with a court order. While Comey has discussed the "going dark" challenge before, his comments Thursday represent the first time he has put a number on the size of the problem. Over the past three years 250 people have traveled to areas controlled by ISIS from the U.S.
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Though South Carolina's historically heavy rains have subsided, the state's governor issued a stark warning that more possible flooding is likely, threatening to raise the rain-related death toll in the state over 17.
"The problem is, more is coming," Haley said Thursday, according to NBC News.
Swollen rivers are expected to deliver more water to low-lying and coastal areas, with areas south of Givhans Ferry, northwest of Charleston, bracing for possible flooding over the next three days. Once the water comes, areas could remain flooded for up to 12 days, Haley said.
"If someone comes and knocks on your door and tells you to leave — I know you've lived there a long time, I know that all your belongings are there, I know that you might have been through weather related issues before — this is different," Haley said.
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The California Coastal Commission is expected Thursday to consider a $100 million proposal to greatly expand the tanks SeaWorld San Diego uses to hold killer whales.
Under the proposal, SeaWorld would demolish portions of a 1995 facility that included a 1.7-million gallon pool and replace it with a 5.2-million gallon tank and 450,000-gallon pool.
SeaWorld says its animals are well treated and park shows help generate support for conservation, but the Coastal Commission has been flooded by tens of thousands of emails against the project that opponents also say represents a marketing ploy to boost plummeting park attendance.
Thirty-three people remain unaccounted for five days after the deadly U.S. bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital, the charity's representative in Afghanistan said Thursday, NBC News reported.
Speaking to reporters in Kabul, Guilhem Molinie said 24 of the 461 hospital staff members working in the Kunduz trauma center are still missing.
He added that 105 patients were inside the hospital when the airstrike hit and nine of them were still unaccounted for on Thursday.
Saturday's airstrike killed 22 people. A further 37 people were injured.
Molinie told the press conference that a hotline has been created to ensure that family members and relatives could call in with information about those still missing.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton pushed hard dozens of times for the Pacific Rim trade deal she now opposes as a presidential candidate.
But she also urged caution, reserved judgment and called for a "trade timeout" the last time she ran for president. Then, as now, she sought the support of critical labor groups who oppose free trade.
President Barack Obama defeated her in in 2008 Democratic presidential primary, and as president named Clinton his secretary of state. She toured the world on her boss's behalf selling the Trans-Pacific Partnership he championed. From Japan to Australia and Washington, Clinton repeatedly praised the agreement as one that would set a "gold standard" for lawful, fair international trade accords.
Click through for a selection of Clinton's quotes over the years in support of the so-called TPP.
Senate Democrats unveiled plans on Thursday for gun control reforms that include closing background check loopholes, expanding the background check database, and tightening regulations on illegal gun purchases, NBC News reported. The push is being led by Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, who on Wednesday sent a letter to their Senate colleagues outlining the proposals. During the press conference the lawmakers recounted deadly mass shootings across the nation over the past several years and stressed that personal conversations with the victims' relatives and friends helped underscore the need for "sensible gun reform legislation."
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Volkswagen's top U.S. executive apologized Thursday as the emissions-rigging scandal engulfing the world's largest automaker deepened and members of Congress said the company violated the public's trust. Calling his company's admission "deeply troubling," Horn distanced himself from the company's behavior, saying he felt personally deceived by actions he said were taken by unknown individuals. "This was not a corporate decision. There was no board meeting that approved this," Horn said. Lawmakers were skeptical of the explanation from Horn, who testified that three unidentified employees had been suspended since the EPA announced Sept. 18 that VW rigged its diesel cars to bypass U.S. emissions standards for clean air.
Sepp Blatter is out of a job at FIFA. Michel Platini might never even get there.
Two of the most powerful men in soccer were handed 90-day suspensions by the FIFA ethics committee on Thursday, essentially ending Blatter's 17-year reign as president and likely stunting Platini's chances of replacing him.
Both Blatter and Platini, former allies who turned into rivals in the buildup to the most recent FIFA presidential election, have become embroiled in a Swiss criminal investigation. Blatter has been labeled a suspect and questioned by authorities, while Platini was said to be somewhere between a witness and a suspect.
Both maintain their innocence.
Police say a man has was pulled into a wood chipper and killed in Stonington, Connecticut.
A resident at 117 South Anguilla Road called 911 just before 3 p.m. on Thursday to report a person had been partially pulled into the wood chipper, according to Stonington Police Capt. Todd Olson.
Arriving officers determined the man was dead.
Fantasy sports betting sites DraftKings and FanDuel have been hit with a federal class action lawsuit.
The suit, which lists the plaintiff as Adam Johnson, alleges DraftKings and FanDuel fraudulently misrepresent contestants’ chances of making money and the fairness of the games, don’t disclose the possibility of employees using inside information to improve their odds of winning jackpots and violate Massachusetts, New York and Kentucky consumer protection laws.
Testimony got underway Thursday in the triple murder trial of Charles Severance where his poetry was read by the prosecutor and the only eyewitness to one of the three fatal shootings told jurors about the day she was shot and wounded while rushing to help another victim.
Severance looks like the man who shot her, Janet Franko testified.
Franko was the caregiver for the mother of murder victim Ruthanne Lodato, who was fatally shot while answering her front door Feb. 6, 2014 in Alexandria, Virginia.
"I heard the doorbell ring. I heard a noise and a scream so I dashed to the door," Franko said.
Then Franko was shot. "That's when I hear [the] boom again and feel pain right there," she said.