The surprise rivalry between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will be at the forefront as Democrats take the stage Tuesday in Las Vegas for the party's first debate of the 2016 campaign. The senator and the former secretary of state will be joined by a trio of candidates who occupy the basement of early polls, each looking to change their fortunes with a breakout moment in prime time.
A man was electrocuted while working on a boat dock at the site of the HGTV Dream Home giveaway in central Florida, authorities said. Paramedics responded to the Merritt Island home, about 55 miles southeast of Orlando, Monday afternoon and pulled the unresponsive man out of Indian River Lagoon, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue. The man was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The sheriff's office was investigating the death as an accident. The worker's name wasn't immediately released. Florida Today reports that the home was chosen as part of the show's 20th annual design project and remodeling effort. A national contest later this year will determine who will win the home.
WARNING: Some viewers may find this video disturbing.
Graphic video obtained by NBC News shows sheriff's deputies tasing a mentally ill Georgia man in the groin while he was restrained in a chair.
Two Georgia sheriff's deputies and a health care worker are currently being tried for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Matthew Ajibade, 22, who died after being taken into police custody on New Year's Day.
A Chatham County grand jury also charged Jason Kenny, the deputy who used the taser, with aggravated assault and cruelty to an inmate. Defendants Cpl. Maxine Evans and Gregory Brown, a nurse at the Chatham County jail, were also charged with reckless conduct for failing to monitor Ajibade's status.
The video, which was shown in court Friday, comes from a camera attached to the taser. It shows Ajibade in the restraint chair, and a red dot on his thigh and groin area where the taser is pointed. The red dot stops in the groin area as the camera comes closer to Ajibade. He is heard screaming after the discharge of the stun gun against his flesh.
Get More at NBC News
Officials said a disabled second-grader was left alone on an empty school bus for hours in South Florida. The Palm Beach Post reports that the child was supposed to be dropped off at J.C. Mitchell Elementary in Boca Raton Monday morning. School district officials said the driver and aide didn't notice the student was still on board when they left the bus at a depot in Boynton Beach. The district's transportation director said the child was presumably alone on the bus for about three hours before being discovered by a mechanic. The student didn't appear to be injured, according to officials. Officials said the bus driver was fired immediately, and the aide is facing an investigation that could lead to eventual termination.
Thousands of inmates who committed their crimes as juveniles could have their mandatory life sentences reduced, NBC News reported.
But that would depend on the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case that is under review on Tuesday.
The court ruled three years ago that mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders in murder cases were unconstitutional and that they violated the ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
The ruling barred future mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles. The court will consider whether that rule applies to juveniles sentenced before its 2012 ruling.
Get More at NBC News
A Burbank, California, woman with a disability that affects her mobility contends she has been turned away from numerous motels because of her service dog, despite federal law that says service animals are protected and cannot be subject to the same rules as pets. It's happened so many times to Lisa Stover, her son decided he would use his cellphone camera to record the next time she entered a motel to check in. Not many years ago, Stover wrestled professionally and did Hollywood film stunts. She appeared in the Jim Carrey film, "Man on the Moon." But that was before the illness that restricted her mobility, a condition she overcomes with the help of a Labrador-Shepherd mix named Sammy, a certified service dog. Stover had a prepaid reservation last week for a motel in Hollywood. But when she and her son walked up to the counter with Sammy to check in, the clerk shook his head no. "No dogs," the clerk seems to say in cellphone video recorded by Stover's son, his voice somewhat muffled by the glass security wall in front of him.
Palatine's District 211, Illinois' largest high school district, says it has no plans to give transgender students unrestricted access to school locker rooms, despite a finding by federal officials calling the school's current policy "inadequate and discriminatory." "What they are asking us to do is have opposite sex students in the same open area of the locker room and that we do not do," District 211 Supt. Dan Cates said Monday. "This is a matter we take very seriously and this policy would undo that." The district's announcement comes after a transgender student filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, claiming she was discriminated against and not allowed into the girls’ locker room for gym and competitive sports. "It's really surprising and unfortunate, this blatant discrimination against my client," John Knight of the ACLU of Illinois, who represents the student, said in a statement. "Kids want to belong. If you are part of an athletic team, you want to be fully incorporated into that team and that is what the school is denying her." District 211 said the district is "sensitive to the challenges facing transgender youth" and provides private accommodations for transgender students in all five of its high schools.
Two firefighters died as they battled a massive apartment fire in Kansas City, NBC News reported.
"They did not die in vain," Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi told NBC affiliate KSHB. "They saved two civilians, carried them out of the second floor on ladders before the wall collapsed."
Two people were rescued before the building collapsed.
Officials declined to identify the two firefighters.
Get More at NBC News
Authorities say 911 calls from concerned viewers led to the arrest of a Florida woman who was streaming live video of herself while driving drunk.
Lakeland police report 23-year-old Whitney Beall was using the social media app Periscope as she was driving Saturday. The video shows her saying several times that she was drunk. She also said she had a flat tire and didn't know where she was.
California has more craft breweries — small, independent beer makers that use traditional ingredients — than any other state. More than 570 are in operation and another 240 are slated to open, according to the California Craft Brewers Association. Craft breweries contributed $6.5 billion to the state economy last year alone, producing 3.5 million barrels.
A typical craft brewery uses up to 7 gallons of water to make 1 gallon of beer. Some in California have decreased that ratio to less than 5-to-1, but they are still being asked to cut back to meet the state mandate, which aims for California's overall urban water use to go down by 25 percent when compared with 2013.
Police are searching for the man who sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl in a portable bathroom Sunday night steps away from the Miami Beach oceanfront. The incident happened at Altos de Mar, a private gated community, on 79th Street and Collins Avenue. The homes back right up to the beach. Neighbors said they saw police at the scene about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. One resident said a security officer told her a man lured the 7-year-old girl off the beach and into the bathroom, which was on a construction site. According to a Miami Beach police incident report, the girl's father told investigators he was with his four kids at the boardwalk on 79th Street when he realized his daughter was missing. He spotted her coming out of some bushes holding hands with the suspect. He yelled out to her and the suspect took off running, the report said. The victim told officers her attacker held a knife to her and took her to a bathroom at the construction site. The report is redacted but said the suspect performed a sexual act on the girl.
Hillary Rodham Clinton went to Donald Trump's doorstep Monday to mock the Republican presidential front-runner on the eve of the first Democratic presidential debate, the Associated Press reported. Clinton was the only one who showed up, clad in a red pantsuit that matched the crimson union shirts. She urged the workers to "say 'No' to Donald Trump."
Get More at NBC News
Bloomberg via Getty Images
The world's two biggest beer brewers are one step closer to a merger deal Tuesday which would lead to the world’s most dominant brewing company, NBC News reported.
The agreement states that Belgium's Anheiser-Busch InBev would buy South Africa-based brewer SABMiller.
A press release on Tuesday said that there can be no certainty that a formal offer will be made, adding that a further announcement will be released when appropriate.
InBev brews beers such as Budweiser and Stella Artois while SABMiller has famous brands such as Fosters, Grolsch, Miller, Peroni.
A San Diego couple getting married at one of the United States' most storied golf courses had the surprise of their lives when they stumbled upon the nation's president.
Brian and Stephanie Tobe were at The Lodge at Torrey Pines Sunday morning getting ready for their wedding when they first got word President Obama was in the area, playing golf.
When the two woke up that morning, they had heard rumors that the president would be at the same San Diego golf course as their wedding was taking place, but didn't think much of it.
"We're stacked up against the window, looking out as we see him coming down across the green," Stephanie said, recalling how they watched the president head to the 18th hole.
President Barack Obama sat down for an interview last month, the Associated Press reported. But instead of being the one to answer the questions, this time he sat in the interviewer’s seat.
Obama interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Marilynne Robinson about faith, democracy, education and writing, the Associated Press reported.
The president is a longtime fan of the author and her novel “Gilead,” which he read while he visited Iowa as a candidate. Obama said he wanted to have a conversation with “somebody I really like.”
Get More at NBC News