Click to see dramatic game action photos from professional football, hockey... View gallery »
President Barack Obama rejected a bill Friday that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, arguing it undermined national security and setting up the possibility Congress may override his veto for the first time in his presidency.
Obama's move escalates the fight over an emotional issue that has overlapped with the campaign debate over terrorism and the Middle East. The bill had sailed through both chambers of Congress with bipartisan support, clearing the final hurdle just days before the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
Illinois Department of Corrections
In a plot twist that seemed to be straight from a movie, a man confessed in court on Thursday to a murder for which his identical twin brother had been convicted, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Karl Smith, 38, was on the witness stand at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago when he testified that he was the gunman in a 2003 shooting that left one man dead and another injured, the Tribune reports.
Ted Cruz says he's voting for Donald Trump for president — a shocking about-face after he rocked the Republican convention by dramatically refusing to do so. The Texas senator says on Facebook that he made the decision for two reasons. First, his promise to support the Republican nominee. And second, his belief that Democrat Hillary Clinton is "wholly unacceptable."
The flip-flop was a stunner since the Texan was booed lustily during a floor speech at his party's convention for urging Republicans to "vote your conscience" without naming Trump.
Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were granted immunity deals in exchange for their cooperation in the now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, says a Republican congressman.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told The Associated Press on Friday that Mills gave federal investigators access to her laptop on the condition that what they found couldn't be used against her.
The bodies of 115 migrants were pulled out of the waters off the Egyptian coast on Friday, an official said, three days after hundreds of migrants heading to Europe, drowned when their overcrowded boat capsized.
An Associated Press reporter near the Nile Delta city of Rosetta saw between 20 to 30 bodies early Friday morning, brought in by fishing boats and delivered to a group of waiting ambulances lining up at the coast guard pier.
Many of the dead are women and children who were unable to swim away when the boat sank on Wednesday.
The UNHCR estimated that the boat was packed with some 450 people, while the state news agency MENA said earlier that the number might be as high as 600.
The three-page letter - which is being auctioned off next week - is addressed to Capone's son, Albert "Sonny" Capone. The mobster signed it, "Love & Kisses, Your Dear Dad Alphonse Capone #85," which was his number at the Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay.
Indiana State Police
A man whose girlfriend died when the SUV he was driving plunged into an embankment was trapped with her body for three days before he was able to crawl for help. Shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to a crash on U.S. Route 50 near the Jennings-Ripley County line in southeast Indiana, according to Indiana State Police.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has received death threats and the dubious title of the most disliked player in the NFL this week.
But there are plenty of people who like what Kaep's been doing, too -- not standing during the national anthem over issues of equity and police brutality.
And now, the QB has an Oakland artist who's got his back.
Federal authorities issued a subpoena for Anthony Weiner's phone amid allegations that he traded sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl, a source familiar with the matter told NBC 4 New York.
The U.S. Attorney's office also asked for other records as it opens a preliminary inquiry following a DailyMail.com story where a teenage girl claimed the erstwhile congressman and mayoral candidate asked her to undress and touch herself in online text and video exchanges earlier this year.
The Daily Mail also published screen grabs of texts provided by the girl, whose identity it didn't disclose. The outlet reported she told a father and teacher about the exchanges in the spring.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York had no comment.
A North Carolina congressman has apologized for saying the violent demonstrations that have rattled Charlotte stems from protestors who “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not,” NBC News reported.
During an interview with the BBC broadcast in the United Kingdom late Thursday, Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Republican, said: “The grievance in their mind, the animus, the anger — they hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.”
In a series of tweets two hours after giving the interview, Pittenger apologized "to those I offended" and said the anguish he feels over what is taking place in his hometown "led me to respond to a reporter's question in a way that I regret."
He claimed he was "quoting statements made by angry protesters last night on national TV" and that his "intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African-Americans because of failed policies."
Joe Raedle/Getty Images
A Swede who wrote a trilogy about collecting bugs, an Egyptian doctor who put pants on rats to study their sex lives and a British researcher who lived like an animal have been named winners of the Ig Nobels, the annual spoof prizes for quirky scientific achievement.
NBC 4 New York
A New York Islamic group is suing the City of Yonkers for landmarking a house in, what they claim, is an alleged attempt to stop it from being converted to a mosque, NBC News reported.
The Islamic Community Center for Mid Westchester accuses the city of religious discrimination and constitutional violations for landmarking a 108-year-old mansion in June, after the group purchased it last year.
"The landmark designation denies [the center] the right to have a house of worship bearing all relevant Islamic characteristics,” the lawsuit reads.
The Islamic group wants the court to block the City of Yonkers from enforcing the landmark designation, and to award attorneys' fees as well as compensatory damages no less than $25 million.
Get More at NBC News
Cathy Mardis/Louisiana State Police
A deputy city marshal charged with murder in the shooting of a 6-year-old boy is asking a Louisiana judge to throw out his indictment, saying he acted in self-defense by opening fire on a car driven by the boy's father.
A court filing by Derrick Stafford's attorneys says a police body camera video lacks audio for the first 27 seconds, making it impossible to determine if Stafford started shooting before or after Jeremy Mardis' father raised his hands inside the car.