With one presidential election contest over and the next three days away, there was a new sense of urgency for the Republican candidates ahead of Saturday night's final debate before New Hampshire voters have their say.
Seven candidates were set to meet at Saint Anselm College in Manchester; some won't be viable after Tuesday's primary.
For those on the edge of relevancy, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the debate offered a last and best chance to rescue their White House ambitions.
The stakes were high, too, for Donald Trump. The billionaire businessman finished second in Iowa's caucuses last Monday, and looked to reclaim his role as his party's undisputed front-runner.
Federal authorities have arrested a Michigan man they say is an ISIS supporter who wanted to carry out an attack on a 6,000-member Detroit church, NBC News reported.
Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, of Dearborn Heights, allegedly had guns and a large knife and told an undercover FBI agent that he "tried to shoot up a church one day."
"I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced reloading and unloading," he said in an online conversation, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court.
Investigators did not specify which church Abu-Rayyan allegedly was eyeing bu the FBI had been monitoring him for months because of his "increasingly violent threats" about committing acts of terror and martyrdom against churchgoers and police officers on behalf of ISIS.
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The six family members whose bodies were found inside a Southwest Side Chicago home Thursday were identified Saturday by the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The victims are 62-year-old Noe Martinez Sr., 58-year-old Rosaura Martinez, 38-year-old Noe Martinez Jr., 32-year-old Maria Herminia Martinez, 13-year-old Leonardo Cruz, and 10-year-old Alexis Cruz. The cause of death for all six victims was ruled a homicide.
Water Defense, the anti-fracking and safe-water activist group headed by actor Mark Ruffalo, collected samples from Oscar and Elizabeth Brown's Flint, Michigan, home last weekend and brought them to an independent lab in Cincinnati for analysis.
The results, which the group shared with NBC News, show that the water coming out of the kitchen faucet, where a filter was installed after state officials finally confirmed the lead crisis this fall, didn't contain any of the heavy metal.
But a sample of the water from the bathtub, which is unfiltered, contained 16 parts per billion, higher than the threshold of 15 ppb that federal regulators say is the point at which a water system must take action to protect public health.
"I'm over it. I really just want to leave," said Denettra Brown, who is Oscar and Elizabeth's great-granddaughter and lives in the house with her 3-year-old son, Dana, who is suffering from unexplained health problems.
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As daily fantasy sports websites face increased legal scrutiny, the world's biggest credit-card lender is blocking transactions by New York residents on the country's two biggest sites.
The New York Times reports Citigroup Inc. says it will start blocking debit and credit card payments on New York-based FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings.
Citigroup says it will block the payments until New York courts rule on the legality of daily fantasy sports.
Police say they're searching for two pranksters who allegedly broke into a conductor's booth aboard an R train in Manhattan and announced over the public address system the train had been hijacked by ISIS and they were going to "blow up the train," according to a published report.
For a mere $3,000, you can attend the Super Bowl.
That's the lowest price of a ticket to the big game on Sunday, according to an executive from the online ticket marketplace StubHub.
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The headlines hit in a persistent stream this season, and the onslaught only grew steadier as the Super Bowl approached.
Concussions scrambling the brains of current and former players.
Fantasy football under siege.
Poor officiating. Ugly football.
A commissioner still not fully trusted by the players and public to handle it all.
And yet, with the 50th edition of the NFL's title-game extravaganza on tap Sunday, the league has never looked in better shape.
A powerful earthquake struck southern Taiwan Saturday, toppling buildings, killing at least 14 people dead and leaving hundreds more injured, officials said, NBC News reported.
The 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck about 30 miles east of Tainan, a city of around 2 million, just before 4 a.m. local time (3 p.m. Friday E.T.), the U.S. Geological Survey said. At least 484 people were hurt, Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center said.
Nine building collapsed in the temblor, which also caused at least five to tilt at alarming angles. Eight people were still missing, Taiwan's National Fire Agency said.
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President Barack Obama said Saturday that he will ask the Republican-led Congress to double spending on research and development into clean energy by 2020. But the request is unlikely to be fulfilled. Obama on Tuesday plans to send to Congress the spending blueprint for the budget year that begins Oct. 1. GOP lawmakers scoff at the science behind climate change and dismiss Obama's pleas for the issue to be dealt with urgently. The release will come on the day when New Hampshire voters get their say in the first presidential primary of the 2016 race to succeed him.
Tampa police say a shooting at a strip club has left one person dead and seven others injured.
Lt. Ruth Cate said early Saturday that one person among those shot at Club Rayne had died. She also said that in addition to the injured that police initially knew about, another person arrived at a hospital separately.
Officer William Copulos of the Tampa police said police were on the scene investigating. He said he believed there may have been a disagreement in the club but did not have specifics. No other details were immediately available.
Illinois State Rep. Andre Thapedi introduced a new bill this week that could make President Barack Obama’s birthday a state holiday. The proposed legislation, House Bill 4654, would close schools and state offices on Aug. 4, Obama’s birthday. If the date falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be observed instead. "As President Obama serves his final year in office, the timing to make his birthday a state holiday is critical to recognizing his accomplishment and the legacy that he will leave behind for future presidents, Illinois officials and young people who aspire to serve their community," Jones said in a statement.
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