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Two shark researchers who came face-to-face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii.
Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and conservationist, told The Associated Press that she encountered the 20-foot (6-meter) shark Tuesday near a dead sperm whale off Oahu.
The event was documented and shared by her fiancé and business partner Juan Oliphant on social media.
The white Chicago officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison, ending an explosive case that arose from a graphic dashcam video and added fuel to debates about race and policing and law enforcement's "code of silence."
Jason Van Dyke was convicted last year of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each bullet fired at Laquan McDonald. Attorneys on both sides agreed that if he behaves in prison, Van Dyke could be released in less than three and a half years.
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A woman who said she interned at Epic Records when she was a teen alleges that R.Kelly sexually abused her beginning when she was 16 years old.
Tracy Sampson said she met Kelly in the summer of 1999 when she was a 16-year-old intern at the famous label.
Sampson, speaking to NBC's Dateline in her first on-camera interview, claimed Kelly allegedly tried to kiss her when she was underage and began a sexual relationship with her.
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A good Samaritan who found $8,000 on the side of the road has returned it to a woman whose husband was one of the 20 people who died in a stretch limousine crash in upstate New York last year.
Terry Brubaker says she was driving through Gloversville Monday when she saw money floating through the air.
Brubaker stopped to collect it, and then turned it in at the Fulton County Sheriff's Office just as Kim Steenburg was filing a report about the missing money.
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Maine's giant ice disk is spinning again thanks to one man's efforts.
The formation in the Presumpscot River in Greater Portland stopped rotating Wednesday, two days after a video of its mesmerizing movement was widely shared on social media.
The roughly 100-yard (91-meter) wide disk became lodged against the river's edge, preventing it from moving.
Andrew Sims says he saw what happened and decided he had to do something about it.
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In his demands that Congress set aside $5.7 billion for a border wall, President Donald Trump has insisted that a new physical barrier would stop heroin entering the U.S. from Mexico.But U.S. statistics, analysts and ongoing testimony at the New York City trial of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman show that most hard drugs entering the U.S. from Mexico come through land border crossings staffed by agents, not open sections of the border.
"We've been gradually beefing up physical barriers along the border for 20 years and have not seen any demonstrable difference in drug flows," said David Shirk, a University of San Diego political science and international relations professor who specializes in U.S.-Mexico relations and border politics.
More than 68,000 pounds of Perdue Foods ready-to-eat chicken nugget products are being recalled because they may be contaminated with wood, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday.
The recalled products are 22-oz. packages of gluten-free chicken breast nuggets with the brand name “Perdue SimplySmart Organics.” They were shipped to stores nationwide.
There have been no confirmed reports of anyone getting sick because they consumed the products.
A 22-year-old California officer killed weeks into the job was a dedicated daughter and sister who represented the best of the police community, family and fellow officers said Friday at a packed memorial service.
Loved ones and officers from across the country packed about 8,000 seats at an indoor arena at the University of California, Davis, to pay tribute to Natalie Corona, who had dreamed from a young age of going into law enforcement like her father.
Thousands of people turned up for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Organizers this year had estimated half a million people could attend but the turnout was expected to be much lower.
The four Americans killed Wednesday in an explosion in Syria were a soldier, a sailor, a civilian member of the Department of Defense and a contractor supporting the department, NBC News reported.
Three have been publicly identified: Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan R. Farmer, 37; Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent, 35, and Scott A. Wirtz. The contractor has not been identified.
The deaths of two U.S. service members made Wednesday the deadliest day for Americans in Syria.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming it was a suicide bombing, though it did not immediately produce evidence to support the claim. American defense officials said that ISIS has not been present in the city for months and cautioned the group sometimes falsely claims credit for attacks.
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Prosecutors in Minnesota have charged a woman whose 2-year-old child tumbled from the back seat of a moving vehicle while still strapped in a car seat.
Forty-year-old Maimuna Hassan of Mankato was charged Thursday with child endangerment, failing to properly secure a child passenger restraint and a misdemeanor driver's license violation.
Dashcam video captured the moment the car seat and toddler rolled out of the vehicle Monday as the car turned a corner in Mankato. Police say the child was properly strapped into the car seat, but the car seat wasn't fastened in the vehicle. The child was OK.
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According to a new report from BuzzFeed, President Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
The report, published late Thursday evening, cited two federal law enforcement officials involved in investigating the matter. NBC News has not independently confirmed the report.
Cohen, who served for years as Trump's personal lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump real estate project in Russia and the extent of the president's involvement in and knowledge of that deal. The project never came to fruition.
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A wayward cat is safe after it was rescued from a dam in Indiana.
The Huntington County Sheriff's Department writes on Facebook that a fisherman spotted the feline stranded on the spillway at the J. Edward Roush Lake dam.
Officers could not reach the animal, so Army Corps of Engineers workers decided to help.
A typo in an email address connected total strangers — and will result in an unlikely guest at a party in Vermont this weekend.
“I try to be open to things in life,” said Will Novak of Arizona, who was accidentally invited to the bachelor party of a man he never met.
A typo meant the invitation went to Will instead of to Bill Novak of Brooklyn, because their email addresses — like their names — are just a single letter off from one another.
“He’s a really nice guy,” Bill Novak said of Will Novak.
Monday's observance of what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 90th birthday is emerging as an important moment for Democrats eyeing the White House to talk about one of the most divisive issues in American politics: race.
At least a half dozen declared or potential presidential candidates will attend events and talk about what King's legacy means to Americans in 2019.
Among them is former Vice President Joe Biden, who, amid intense speculation over whether he'll seek the presidency, will make his first public appearance of the year at the National Action Network's annual King breakfast in Washington with its founder, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and Martin Luther King III.