<![CDATA[NBC New York - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpgNBC New Yorkhttp://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usTue, 22 Aug 2017 21:08:15 -0400Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:08:15 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Afghan Taliban 'Happy to Continue' War After Trump Vows Win]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:35:33 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-817801856.jpg

The Taliban had called for special prayers prior to President Donald Trump's Monday night speech, hoping he would announce complete withdrawal in Afghanistan, members of the group told NBC News.

Trump ended up taking the opposite path, promising a continued military presence that centered around empowering his generals and squeezing neighboring Pakistan, a U.S. ally that has often been accused of harboring and enabling terror groups.

Monday's speech angered many in Pakistan, with several lawmakers denouncing Trump for calling them out on the world stage. But the Taliban claimed that despite Trump going against their wishes they were happy to keep fighting in America's longest war.

"If we could fight this war for 16 years with limited resources against the world's well-equipped armies, we are happy to continue this fight against the enemy," one of the commanders told NBC News, who, like many of the militants, spoke on condition of anonymity.



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<![CDATA[Did US Homeowner Help N. Korea Evade Sanctions?]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:35:19 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/great_neck_house_2_e0893cae0d37c0fd8ae849e4f24a73b6.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

A five-bedroom house in New York's Long Island suburbs, listed for nearly $1.3 million, boasts a southern exposure and proximity to a country club.

But, as NBC News reports, there's something about the property that's even more interesting: The seller, a Chinese national named Sun Sidong, has been linked by American security experts to a network of Chinese companies under Treasury sanctions for helping companies and individuals who support North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

According to Chinese corporate filings, Sun is the listed owner of Dandong Dongyuan Industrial Co., which has shared an email address with another Chinese company, Dandong Zhicheng Metallic Material Co., a coal exporter suspected of helping North Korea evade sanctions.



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<![CDATA[Patriots Thank Trump for WH Visit With Super Bowl Ring]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:11:02 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Robert+Kraft+and+Donald+Trump.jpg

President Donald Trump has made no secret about being a New England Patriots fan, now he has the hardware to cement the relationship — a Super Bowl ring.

Trump is the proud owner of a custom New England Patriots Super Bowl LI ring, courtesy of his longtime friend, team owner Robert Kraft.

Patriots’ Vice President of Media Relations Stacy James confirmed to NBC News that Kraft gave the president the commemorative ring following the Patriots White House visit in April.

At the time, Trump told the team he was so proud the Patriots were the first championship team to visit the White House during his presidency, he planned on displaying the custom #45 jersey he received in his presidential library one day. Kraft offered him a better exhibit: a personalized Super Bowl ring.

News of the ring finding a home 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. was first leaked on social media by Anthony Scaramucci. In a direct message with a Twitter user who asked Scaramucci whether Trump could ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to give Kraft back his stolen 2005 Super Bowl ring, the former White House communications director replied that Kraft had given Trump the Super Bowl 51 ring.

James said the president "over-delivered" on his promise to make it a special trip for the team, giving them a private White House tour that included the Oval Office and the residence. Every team member got their photo with the president as well. 

The NFL covers the cost of 150 rings for the Super Bowl-winning team, which includes players, coaches, staff members and team executives. Additional rings and any extra costs for commemorative rings are accounted for by the team, according to league rules. Teams are allowed to customize their rings.

The Patriots' ring is encrusted with 283 diamonds, a nod to the 28-3 deficit the Patriots overcame to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. It also features five marquise-cut diamonds representing the franchise's five Vince Lombardi trophies. Engraved inside the ring are the quotes "Greatest Comeback Ever" and "We Are All Patriots."

Though the value of the ring is unknown, what is clear is that if it exceed $350 in value, Trump won't be able to keep it. According to federal guidelines, personal gifts from a member of the American public that exceeds $350 in value "is considered accepted on behalf of and property of the United States, and in the case of such a gift for the President or the President's family, is handled by the National Archives and Records Administration."



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<![CDATA[Eclipse From Space: See the Moon's Shadow Race Across Earth]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:52:57 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/iss052e056222.jpg

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<![CDATA[Flash Mob Robbers Hit NYC Shops, Steal Thousands in Seconds]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:57:14 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GROUP+OF+ROBBERS+HIT+STORES+ON+THIRD+AVENUE+-+01003405_WNBC_000.jpg

Police are looking for a group of 10 young men in a series of quick-hitting thefts at sneaker stores on the Upper East Side. 

The group of alleged thieves, believed to be in their late teens to early 20s, have hit a Nike store and a Jack Rabbit store on Third Avenue at least three times since June, swiping up to $2,500 in merchandise each time.

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Surveillance video from one of the shops shows the group flooding the store while carrying shopping bags, then grabbing stuff and running out the door. 

Residents described the crime spree as "shocking." 

"For them, they see it as, do it by the masses and it probably gives them a higher probability of getting out," said Jaryd Lindheim, who lives in the neighborhood.

"It rattles you a little bit, you want to make sure you're living in a safe area," he added.   

On June 20, the thieves went to the Jack Rabbit store at 1051 Third Ave., grabbed about $2,000 worth of merchandise and fled, police said.

On July 10, the same group went to the Nike Store at 1131 Third Ave. and grabbed about $1,200 worth of merchandise and ran away. 

The thieves returned to the Nike store on July 14 and grabbed about $2,500 worth of merchandise, then fled. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

 



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<![CDATA[Only 1 County Remains Without an Obamacare Insurer for 2018]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:23:29 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/obaAP_17209088630969.jpg

The entire United States, with the exception of a single small county in Ohio, is now on track to have at least one insurer offering Obamacare health coverage next year, CNBC reported. 

That's a big change from earlier this summer, when at different times a total of 82 counties lacked commitments from insurers who sell individual health plans for 2018.

And the continued decline in "bare counties" provides more ammunition for Obamacare advocates arguing against Trump administration claims that the health-care program is failing and needs to be replaced immediately.

Insurance regulators in Ohio are trying to get an insurer to step in and offer individual health plans in the lone "bare" area, Paulding County.





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<![CDATA[Bei Bei the Panda Celebrates 2nd Birthday at National Zoo]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:00:43 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pandabday.jpg

Bei Bei the panda cub celebrated his second birthday at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 22, with an ice cake and some new toys.

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<![CDATA[White Supremacists Unwelcome at Anti-Marxism Rally: Organizer]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:30:19 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-668959702.jpg

The organizer of an upcoming Berkeley rally showed up unexpectedly at a Tuesday news conference and refuted Bay Area leaders' condemnation of her event's alleged ties to white nationalists.  

Amber Cummings, who identifies as a transgender female, emphasized that white nationalists are not welcome at her anti-Marxism rally Sunday at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.

Asked to comment about being lumped with hate groups, she responded: "I do not support white supremacy. White supremacy is not allowed at our rally. We do not want racists there. We do not want hateful people there. We do not want violent people there. If anybody is coming with the intent of violence, do not come to my rally."

Along with a repudiation of hatred and violence, Cummings, who wore sunglasses and covered her face with a bandana, pointed out that Sunday's gathering had been created in June, months before a destructive rally in Charlottesville, Va. drew Klu Klux Klan members, white supremacists and neo-Nazis and led to three deaths.

At Tuesday's news conference, however, Rep. Barbara Lee, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Sen. Nancy Skinner, assemblymen Rob Bonta and Tony Thurmond, and Supervisor Keith Carson decried bigotry, racism and intolerance. Despite Cummings' impassioned explanation otherwise, they continued to refer to Sunday's rally as a white nationalist event.

When asked why, Arreguin replied: "From what we’re seeing, people like Richard Spencer and Kyle Chapman — very sort of 'alt-right leaders' — that have been in Berkeley have said that they intend to come this weekend. We don’t know how many people are going to come, we just have to be prepared as a community and keep our community safe and we’ll do that this weekend."

According to Cummings, an estimated 300 people plan to rally Sunday.

Although the event isn't permitted by the city, it will go on as planned in the name of the First Amendment. That isn't stopping Berkeley officials from encouraging people to avoid the area due to concerns about outbreaks of violence and destruction, similar to what the city has seen multiple times this year. 

President Donald Trump's supporters faced off with protesters at a "Patriots Day" free speech rally on April 15 in Berkeley. More than a dozen people were arrested after fistfights broke out. 

University of California, Berkeley students are also concerned because Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial "alt-right" speaker, is expected back on campus in September. His scheduled appearance in February was canceled after it led to fiery, destructive protests.

"There is such a thing as too far left and too far right, so I think it's going to be a little dangerous around campus during that time," student Cindy Kreck said.

Still, the university says it will allow all speech on campus, even if it's filled with hate.

"We contest speech that we don't like with more speech, and the best disinfectant is sunlight," university spokesman Dan Mogulof said.

Mogulof said UC Berkeley officials will do the needful to keep people safe.



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<![CDATA[Who's Who in the Trump-Russia Investigation]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 18:29:15 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/russiathumb2.jpg


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<![CDATA[President Trump Got His Own Super Bowl LI Ring]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:27:09 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_PATS_RING_TRUMP_2_082217-150342869686900001.jpg

The New England Patriots gave President Donald Trump his own ring from Super Bowl LI, a gift from longtime friend, owner Robert Kraft.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 16:02:14 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Trumpthumb.jpgWhat Donald Trump's presidency will look like is unclear to many observers. He has not previously worked in politics, and has made contradictory statements on policy issues in several areas during his campaign. Despite the unknowns, Trump has an extensive public profile that, along with his real estate empire and the Trump brand, grew domestically and internationally over the last few decades. Here is a look at the president-elect's personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[33 Hurt After Train Crash in Pennsylvania]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:19:36 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SEPTA+Norristown+HSL+Crash+Skycam+Shot.jpg

A high-speed train barreled into a parked train at one of SEPTA's busiest terminals overnight, injuring more than 30 people and causing what one passenger described as a bloody scene.

SEPTA officials say the Norristown High Speed Line train 155 was arriving at the 69th Street Transportation Center on Market Street in Upper Darby around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday when it crashed into a train 148 rail car that was unoccupied and sitting in the terminal.

"I stood up to get off to get ready to get to my bus on time and smack, it hit the other trolley, parked," Ronnie, a passenger who asked us only to use his first name, told NBC10.

SEPTA officials initially said 42 people were injured in the crash. During a press conference at 5 p.m. however, Ruben Payan, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, said that while 42 people were on board the train, 33 people — including the conductor — were hurt in the crash. While four of the victims are in critical condition, all of the victims are expected to survive.

It's not clear how fast the train was traveling when the crash happened, but passengers described a violent collision. Upper Darby Mayor Thomas Micozzie said the train came into the station "hot."

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"My face hit the wall, put a big hole in the wall and I went straight down and I blacked out," Ronnie said. "There was blood everywhere. The driver is all banged up and there was this one girl bleeding out of her face pretty bad."

Three of the victims were taken to the Lankenau Medical Center and the conductor was taken to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He was treated and later released, according to SEPTA.

The other victims were taken to other area hospitals including Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Misericordia Community Hospital, Springfield Hospital and Taylor Hospital.

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Ronnie claimed that prior to the crash, the train had twice overshot stops during the trip.

"I was waiting at Gulph Mills. The train came by, it blew past us about three or four train lengths, stopped, backed up, picked us up," Ronnie said. "The same thing happened at Bryn Mawr."

SEPTA officials have not confirmed the allegations. NTSB officials arrived at the terminal Tuesday around 7 a.m. to start an investigation. More officials will arrive Tuesday night.

"The NTSB has brought in an eight-member go team. Each team member is an expert in different fields," Payan said. "They will be collecting evidence in their specific disciplines which include mechanical operation, signal and train control, crashworthiness, emergency response and human performance."

Payan said that onboard video recordings from the two trains involved in the crash were downloaded and will be sent to the NTSB vehicle recorder lab in Washington, DC for further analysis.

"Throughout the next few days NTSB investigators will work on scene to gather the details of this accident," Payan said. "Our mission during this accident investigation is to understand not just what happened but why. Why it happened and to recommend changes to prevent it from occurring again."

This is the second major train incident at the 69th Street Terminal this year.

In February, an out-of-service Market-Frankford El train collided with two others on a loop track. The impact caused several cars to derail and tip to the side. Four people were hurt in that incident.

Micozzie said he's concerned about safety at the terminal. He plans to call U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the Philadelphia Democrat, Tuesday and ask for help in improving track safety.

SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said the Norristown High-Speed Line uses Automatic Train Control, a safety system that's been deployed on rail lines nationwide for decades.

With ATC, a train operator will get an in-cab warning when they violate a speed limit. If they fail to slow the train within a few seconds, the system takes over.

Experts say ATC is an effective technology for preventing crashes, but Amtrak has said it's not as advanced as a newer technology called Positive Train Control (PTC).

PTC can halt a train when it fails to comply with a stop signal and prevent derailments at curves, the rail service wrote in the wake of the 2015 derailment of Amtrak 188 in Northeast Philadelphia.

The Amtrak line Train 188 was traveling on didn't have ATC activated when the derailment happened. PTC was not yet installed on the line. It's since been deployed.

In May, U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, a Republican, and Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey announced nearly $6 million in federal funding for SEPTA to improve regional rail — SEPTA's commuter train lines — including the enhancement of PTC on those lines.

Norristown High Speed Line service between 69th Street and Norristown resumed as regularly scheduled at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday. One of the tracks is not operational however so passengers should expect delays. Express service is also shut down for the day.

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<![CDATA[Watch the Moon Eclipse the Sun in Under 3 Minutes]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:21:14 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/TIMELAPSE+GIF.gif

See a time-lapse of the 2017 solar eclipse in less than three minutes.

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<![CDATA[Trump's Awful Poll Numbers May Not Be So Bad: Analysis]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:03:30 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/831967292-Charlottesville-Trump-Press-Conference.jpg

By any historical standard, President Donald Trump's approval rating, typically in the mid- to high-30s, is politically catastrophic. Yet his polling during the presidential campaign was just as bad, NBC News reported.

Trump's election victory in the face of awful polling numbers raises the prospect that, while polls appear to show support from his base crumbling, it may not be.

It's possible Trump's come-from-behind win was due to Hillary Clinton's weaknesses, and he may have reason to worry that supporters will be disappointed by his lack of follow-through on specific, tangible campaign promises.

But the man who was at the center of several extinction-level campaign crises may actually have won because of coverage of the ensuing chaos, according to one theory promoted by conservative radio host and MSNBC commentator Hugh Hewitt. And that would cast the bad polling in a very different light.



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<![CDATA[Top News Photos: People Protest Trump Rally in Phoenix]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:15:39 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17234829252633.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Bail Reform: The Justice System Turns to Algorithms]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:10:08 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Jail+Cell.PNG

Counties around the country are using “risk assessment tools” to help them decide which suspects should remain behind bars, as some states have found that the bail system discriminates against the poor, NBC News reported.

Created by data scientists and criminal-justice researchers, one risk assessment tool — an algorithm used in New Jersey — promises to use data to scrub the system of bias by keeping only the most dangerous defendants behind bars, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Six months into this venture, New Jersey jails are already starting to empty, and the number of people locked up while awaiting trial has dropped.

But it’s also become clear that data is no wonder drug.



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<![CDATA[Woman in Labor Delivers Her Own Baby on Illinois Tollway]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:48:19 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Lisa+AM+Live+-+06413122_28567191.jpg

A woman in labor was on her way to the hospital when she was forced to pull over on the side of a suburban Chicago tollway and deliver the baby herself, authorities said Tuesday.

The pregnant woman pulled over just after 1 a.m. on the Edens Spur Toll Plaza in Northbrook, according to Illinois State Police.

The woman was alone in the car when she gave birth, police said. 

Authorities said the mom and baby were taken to North Shore Hospital in Evanston, where they are doing "fine." The gender of the baby was not immediately known. 

Further information wasn't immediately released. 



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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:03:32 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-8255876241.jpgTake a look at significant events from President Donald Trump's time in office, including the signing of the travel ban, Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court, the launch of 59 missiles at Syria's government-held Shayrat Airfiled and more.

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<![CDATA[Signs of Potential Eye Damage After Watching Eclipse: Expert]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:04:17 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-835902046.jpg

Experts have long warned that watching a solar eclipse without proper eyewear can lead to potential damage in your eyes. 

But what might that damage look like? 

Dr. Linda Chous, chief eye care officer for UnitedHealthcare, helps answer that question. 

If you’ve looked at the eclipse without glasses, do you feel the adverse effects immediately or over time?
It is unsafe for anyone to look directly at the sun for any length of time or during an eclipse, as damage can occur within seconds of exposure. The sun is incredibly bright – some 400,000 times brighter than a full moon. Any amount of exposure can cause short-term and long-term damage.

If immediately, what are the signs?
Short-term issues can include solar keratitis, which is similar to sunburn of the cornea (the front part of the eye). This can cause eye pain and light sensitivity, with symptoms often occurring within 24 hours after exposure.

If over time, what are the things you should look for?
Long-term issues can include solar retinopathy, which is when the sun burns a hole in the retinal tissues, usually occurring at the fovea. This can cause loss of central vision, with symptoms occurring immediately to two weeks after exposure. Depending on the severity of the retinopathy, vision problems can last for months or be permanent.

How do you know if you might have damaged your retina/vision?
There are often no immediate signs of eye damage after viewing an eclipse without proper eye protection. Symptoms can occur immediately, within several hours or even weeks after exposure. Potential signs of damage include sensitivity to light, eye pain and loss of vision in one or both eyes.

Is there anything you can do immediately following viewing without the glasses?
Visit a local eye care professional for a comprehensive exam if you or a family member experience discomfort or vision problems following the eclipse. It is important to note there can be a delayed response to any damage incurred during an eclipse, with symptoms showing up hours later.



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<![CDATA[Fla. Judge Denies Postponing Trial So Witness Can See Eclipse]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:37:27 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/220*120/Philly+Solar+Eclipse+258p.JPG

A federal judge in Florida ruled a trial couldn't be postponed just because one of the key witnesses — a federal agent — had travel plans to see the solar eclipse.

In a droll, three-page ruling issued Friday, Judge Steven Merryday denied the motion filed by an assistant U.S. attorney.

Recalling popular dialogue from the TV classic "Star Trek," the judge wrote that an "Assistant United States Attorney boldy moves (where no AUSA has moved before)."

"The solar eclipse is no longer mysterious, supernatural, foreboding or ominous," wrote Merryday. "An eclipse is just another astral event, precisely predictable since the day the Babylonians discovered the governing formula."

Prosecutors wanted Monday's trial postponed because an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent had booked a trip to see the eclipse on a day when defendant Joseph Bishop was to stand trial for unlawfully transporting firearms.

Merryday chalked it up to a "cruel fate" that allowed the trial and the eclipse to happen on the same day. The prosecutor's motion "proposes to subordinate the time and resources of the court, of the opposing counsel, of the witnesses and of the jurors to one person's aspiration to view a 'total' solar eclipse for no more than two minutes and forty-two seconds."

A large chunk of the ruling cited lyrics from singer Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," which contains a line about flying to witness an eclipse.



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<![CDATA[The War in Afghanistan: By the Numbers]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:47:26 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Afghanistan-US-troops-2017.jpg

The 16-year conflict in Afghanistan has cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, as NBC News reports, and it has now spread across three presidential administrations.

Then-President Barack Obama ended the combat mission “Operation Enduring Freedom” in 2014, but the two countries eventually agreed that the U.S. would keep some troops in Afghanistan even after the combat mission concluded.

The cost to the United States could creep as high as nearly $2 trillion, according to Brown University’s Cost of War Project.



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