President Barack Obama has signed a rescue package for financially strapped Puerto Rico, which is facing more than $70 billion in debt and a major payment due Friday.
Obama signed the bill Thursday, hours after it won final passage in the Senate on Wednesday night.
Obama says the bill isn't perfect but is an important first step to help the U.S. territory and its 3 1/2 million citizens avoid plunging into an even deeper crisis.
An American contractor at a military base on Okinawa was charged Thursday with murdering a local woman — a case that has inflamed anti-American anger on the Japanese island, NBC News reported.
Kenneth Shinzato is accused of stabbing the 20-year-old victim multiple times in the neck in April, according to indictment documents seen by Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.
Local reports, quoting anonymous sources, said the retired marine was working as a contractor in IT services before the alleged crime, the Associate Press reported.
The incident has sparked fresh anger and mass protests by locals, flared in the past over a high crime rate linked to American troops. Okinawa has been home to U.S. military bases since the end of World War II.
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Born in the ashes of the smoldering South after the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan died and was reborn before losing the fight against civil rights in the 1960s. Membership dwindled, a unified group fractured, and one-time members went to prison for a string of murderous attacks against blacks. Many assumed the group was dead, a white-robed ghost of hate and violence. Yet today, the KKK is still alive and dreams of restoring itself to what it once was: an invisible white supremacist empire spreading its tentacles throughout society. As it marks 150 years of existence, the Klan is trying to reshape itself for a new era.
Police are investigating whether a serial killer is on the loose in Phoenix after five people were murdered in the Maryvale neighborhood since April, NBC News reported.
All the victims were shot dead outside their homes, near their cars, on weekend evenings in the working-class neighborhood.
Those details and the lack of obvious motive in each case led investigators to link the slayings, but multiple law enforcement sources confirmed there is also physical evidence tying them together.
Phoenix Police Sgt. Jon Howard told NBC News that investigators can't say for sure if it's a single killer or a group working together. There are no known links between the victims, so police have not determined how the shooter chooses the targets.
Victims include Horacio de Jesus Pena, 32, Diego Verdugo-Sanchez, 21, Manuel Castro Garcia, 19, Angela Linner, 31, Maleah Russell, 12.
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The content, which will be presented on delay during the games running Aug. 6 to Aug. 22, will include opening and closing ceremonies, men's basketball, gymnastics, track and field, and other sports.
The all-clear has been issued at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland after reports of an active shooter were deemed unfounded, the base said Thursday morning.
Joint Base Andrews was locked down just after 9 a.m. after someone mistook an active shooter drill for the real thing, senior law enforcement officials told NBC News. All personnel were directed to shelter in place.
Officials said first responders received reports of an "real-world active shooter situation" around the same time the base was conducting an active shooter exercise.
Someone on the third floor of the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility saw two people walking across the base with long guns, law enforcement officials told NBC News' Pete Williams. The person didn't know a drill had been planned and reported an active shooter.
Some athletes are opting out of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro...
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This year's Prime Day will kick off at midnight PT (3 a.m. ET) and Amazon says it will launch new deals as often as every five minutes over the 24 hours of the sale. Overall, there will be more than 100,000 deals worldwide.
No one was injured when a roller coaster at an Oklahoma City amusement park stalled out and stranded eight people, including seven children.
Oklahoma City Fire Department District Chief Benny Fulkerson says firefighters walked the stranded riders down a catwalk to safety Wednesday afternoon after the Frontier City ride became stuck.
The riders, which included children aged seven to 15, were stranded on the coaster for about an hour Wednesday.
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Michael Phelps is heading back to the Olympics.
So is Missy Franklin.
Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, held off a stiff challenge from Tom Shields to win the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials Wednesday night. Phelps whipped around to look at his time — a bit slower than he probably would've liked — and held up all five fingers on his right hand.
Yep, it's Olympics No. 5, making him the first male swimmer to compete in that many Summer Games.
A Texas woman who fatally shot her two daughters did not target her estranged husband because she "wanted him to suffer" the memory of their deaths, a sheriff said Wednesday.
Christy Sheats, 42, "had ample time" on Friday to shoot Jason Sheats after she called a family meeting at their home west of Houston, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said during a news conference. Jason Sheats, 45, thought his wife was going to discuss a possible divorce with the couple's daughters, Nehls said, but she instead shot Madison Sheats, 17, and Taylor Sheats, 22.
The children and Jason Sheats ran outside, but Christy Sheats followed them out and shot her eldest daughter again. A responding officer later shot and killed her when she refused orders to drop her gun.
A suburban Chicago gun shop is raffling off an AR-15 rifle to raise funds for victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre.
The weapon being offered by Second Amendment Sports in McHenry is similar to the gun used to kill 49 people and wound dozens more in a gay night club on June 12.
Bert Irslinger Jr., who owns the shop with his father, said their intent is not to offend or make a political statement, but to help the Orlando victims.
Kathleen Larimer said she considers the raffle inappropriate, The Chicago Tribune reports. Her son, John Larimer, a 27-year-old Navy sailor from Crystal Lake, was among the 12 people shot to death at an Aurora, Colorado theater.
Second Amendment Sports plans to announce the raffle's winner on July 31.
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USA Swimming, in an effort to ease some of the anxiety accompanying such a major meet, has partnered with Domesti-PUPS — a nonprofit organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska, that is providing four-legged companions for the athletes lounge at CenturyLink Center. Given their gentle, soothing nature, "therapy dogs" have become more and more familiar around hospitals, retirement homes, hospice centers and disaster areas. They've provided comfort to veterans and those suffering from autism. They've even done time in prisons, nudging inmates along the road to rehabilitation.
Rodrigo Duterte, a firebrand who has drawn comparisons to Donald Trump for his coarse defiance of the traditional ruling class, was sworn in as president of the Philippines on Thursday.
The 71-year-old said the U.S. ally "will not be dependent on America," while signaling his readiness to expand economic ties with Beijing, citing a Chinese offer to build a railway project in the Philippines.
Duterte wants to bring back the country's death penalty and said he would pardon himself for mass murder and kill any of his children if they were involved with drugs. He also jokingly threatened to cut off the penises of men who don't use birth control.
He has been likened to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, although he detests the comparison and says the American billionaire is a bigot and he's not.
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