Presidential candidates in both parties battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters Friday as the race shifted toward states with more minority voters.
Republicans crisscrossed South Carolina looking to derail billionaire Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who each came to the state with a burst of momentum after the first two nomination contests. Several candidates embraced the chaos as they felt out the best strategies to survive South Carolina and advance into a grueling March primary schedule, when 58 percent of the party's delegate total will be at stake.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush defended his decision to bring his brother, former President George W. Bush, to South Carolina to help him campaign. Speaking to ABC's Good Morning America on Friday, Bush said recruiting the former president wasn't a sign of desperation, as Trump suggested has suggested. George W. Bush left the White House in January 2009 with low approval ratings.
Two students were shot and killed Friday at a high school in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale but the danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to await word on their children.
Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters that both were 15-year-old girls and were shot once at Independence High School. Authorities were not searching for any suspects, and a weapon was found near the bodies, she said.
She did not say who fired the shots and had no information on the relationship between the girls, who died at the scene. They were found near an administration building.
She told parents awaiting word on their kids that "your children are safe."
A public overdose in South Jersey shows the raw reality of the heroin epidemic and the power of an antidote that's saving lives, even as people fail to take advantage of programs geared toward kicking the habit.
Cellphone video shows a woman unconscious and in the depths of a heroin overdose — dying on the side of Crowne Point Road in West Deptford. Her face is blurred to protect her identity.
Bystanders rush to save her, with one woman performing chest compressions.
"Her lips are blue," a person can be heard saying in the video.
A woman says, "She needs Narcan."
Officers from the West Deptford police station — just down the street — flocked to the scene and administered a dose of Narcan, a nasal spray used as an emergency treatment during an opioid overdose.
Four Republican presidential hopefuls are among those expected at a discussion on faith issues in South Carolina, a week before the state's first primary election. The Conservative Leadership Project says Wednesday former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are expected to attend its 2016 Faith and Family Presidential Forum.
Do you enjoy travel? A fan of technology? How about camping? If you said yes to these questions, you might want to think about a career as an astronaut.
NASA is accepting applications, for the first time in four years, for the next crop of astronauts. One of them might eventually crew a mission to Mars.
Although that mission is at least 20 years away, NASA has already received over 6100 applications for the 8-14 spots available for the program.
NASA is looking for people with an engineering, science or math background and strong leadership skills. Military experience is a plus, too.
The ability to work in a team and getting along with your crew are a must. After all, would you want to spend up to three years on a mission to Mars with someone you didn't like?
Get More at NBC News
See photos of candidates running for president for the 2016 election.
View gallery »
World powers began work Friday on the details of a temporary truce in war-ravaged Syria, but rebels and aid groups on the ground were skeptical that the "ambitious" deal could be implemented, NBC News reported.
The agreement, which followed talks between U.S., Russia and more than a dozen other countries, calls for a "cessation of hostilities" within one week and the immediate expansion of humanitarian supplies.
Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the results but noted "the real test is whether or not all the parties honor those commitments and implement them in reality."
Opposition groups welcomed the agreement with caution, there must be a visible different on the ground before they could work towards a permanent peace deal in Geneva.
"We have no faith in words any longer, it's only concrete action that will make a difference to Syrians' lives at this dark time," Issam al-Reis, spokesman for the Free Syrian Army's southern front said.
Get More at NBC News
If the Zika virus — or fear of it — keeps spreading, the head of a sports travel agency handling tour packages for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics fears for her business.
"It could be catastrophic," Jerri Roush, director of operations of Cartan Tours, told The Associated Press. "It's uncharted territory."
Hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors are expected for the Olympics in August, and there are concerns that some may stay away, frightened off by the mosquito-borne virus that is being linked to birth defects.
With an icy blast of arctic air set to sweep the Northeast this Valentine's Day weekend, millions are bracing for what forecasters warned could be the coldest temperatures in over a decade.
The polar vortex is expected to send temperatures plunging into single digits. Wind and other factors will translate to 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit lower then the actual temperatures at times, according Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist at Accuweather.com.
The frosty air will be hazardous for those spending time outdoors. Prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures may cause serious health problems such as trench foot, hypothermia and frostbite.
Click through for 10 cold weather safety tips to help protect you and your family this winter season.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a new campaign ad Thursday that prominently features the daughter of Eric Garner, a New York man who died in 2014 after being placed in a chokehold by a police officer.
"People are dying. This is real; this is not TV. We need a president that’s going to talk about it," Erica Garner says in a voice-over in the four-minute campaign ad titled "It’s Not Over."
Her father died in July 2014. His death was ruled a homicide, but the officer who restrained him in a chokehold was not indicted by a Staten Island grand jury and argued he was using a different, department-approved take-down maneuver called "the seatbelt."
Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign has pulled an attack ad against Marco Rubio after it was revealed that it featured a former softcore porn actress, NBC News reported.
Cruz's campaign said in a statement Thursday that it was swapping the commercial with a new one after learning about actress Amy Lindsay's background.
"The actress responded to an open casting call," the campaign said. "She passed her audition and got the job. Unfortunately, she was not vetted by the casting company."
Lindsay has said she's a supporter of Cruz's conservative Christian values.
Get More at NBC News
One person was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood on Friday morning, authorities said.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said a suspect who refused to drop a gun was shot and killed by police at Laredo and Stanwood streets around 10:30 a.m. Evans said it came after two other people were hurt in a shooting inside a house on Devon Street that injured two others.
Authorities have not publicly identified the person killed, but Evans said he was well known to police, having several past firearms offenses.
Boston EMS said four officers were taken to local hospitals. Evans said they were transported as a precaution due to the stress involved.
NBC Bay Area chopper
The most popular and dangerous surfing contest in the world is named for a dog — specifically, for a white-haired German Shepherd named Maverick, whose personality must have embodied the unorthodox spirit of the fierce surfing competition.
Touted as "the greatest show on earth," the Titans of Mavericks contest kicks off Friday morning. The 24 surfers from around the globe will be judged for their maverick spirit and must "possess fearless character and endless passion," the organization says on its website.
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.