Five Democrats vying to be President Barack Obama's successor meet Tuesday night for their first televised debate of the 2016 election, a confrontation between one of the best-known women on the planet and four men seeking to unseat her as the party's front-runner.
But that quartet of rivals may not be Hillary Rodham Clinton's most immediate challenge. Instead, it's whether she can change the focus from emails she sent and received over a private server as secretary of state to the policies she's proposed to close the gap between rich Americans and everyone else.
Responding to a furor over undercover videos, Planned Parenthood says it will maintain programs at some of its clinics that make fetal tissue available for research, but will no longer accept any sort of payment to cover the costs of those programs.
Anti-abortion activists who recently released a series of covertly filmed videos have contended that Planned Parenthood officials sought profits from their programs providing post-abortion fetal tissue to researchers. Planned Parenthood said the videos were deceptively edited and denied seeking any payments beyond legally permitted reimbursement of costs.
The new policy — forgoing even permissible reimbursement — was outlined in a letter sent Tuesday by Planned Parenthood's president, Cecile Richards, to Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health.
Investigators who concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down by a Russian-made missile also revealed harrowing details of the final moments of the doomed flight, NBC News reported.
The 298 passengers and crew had no warning that the flight was about to turn into one of the worst air disasters for almost 20 years, according to investigators.
There was no mayday call or attempt to maneuver before the warhead exploded less than one yard from the aircraft's cockpit, the Dutch report said.
The explosion caused the cockpit to instantly separate from the rest of the aircraft but the rest of the plane continued to fly for more than five miles before breaking into further pieces, according to the report. The passengers and remaining crew members would have been exposed to some extreme conditions inside the cabin. Some people suffered "probably fatal" injuries and others would have had little idea what was going on, experiencing "reduced awareness or unconsciousness within a very short time," the report said.
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A photo of an emergency medical technician wearing her wedding gown while responding to a car crash on her wedding day has gone viral.
Sarah Ray and her husband were on their way to their wedding reception when they learned her grandma, grandpa and father were injured in a car wreck that left their vehicle totaled. The newlyweds, who both work for the Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services (MCEMS) in Tennessee, raced to the scene.
"The first thing my grandmother said to me when I stepped into the back of the medic unit was 'Oh Sarah, I am so sorry, I've ruined your wedding day,'" Sarah told NBC affiliate WSMV. "I told her that she hadn't ruined anything. I was just glad that she was ok."
Ray's mother took a photo of her at the scene of the accident with the ambulance and a firetruck visible in the background. By noon on Tuesday, the photo had more than 13,000 likes and more than 5,600 shares.
Representatives from a Whole Foods store in New Jersey say they have fired the security company responsible for detaining a 70-year-old woman and banning her from any of the supermarket chain's tri-state area locations after she accidentally left without paying for some cheese. Margaret Dooley bought about $60 worth of items at the Millburn-Union Whole Foods on Oct. 4, but she forgot to ring up the cheese hiding underneath her bag in the cart. Officials say loss prevention agents brought Dooley to the back of the store where she was questioned, photographed and eventually banned. Spokesman Michael Sinatra says the firm previously contracted at the location has been "removed and replaced." It's unclear what security company was the prior contract holder. Sinatra says attempts to reach Dooley haven't been returned.
Presidential hopeful Donald Trump will be back in NBC's studio 8H as host for "Saturday Night Live" on November 7.
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A new viral video features a four year old girl serenading her mom who is battling cancer. In the video, daughter McKenna Stanchak is seen singing "I'm Gonna Love you Through It," a Martina McBride song. Her mom Dianna Stanchak, wipes the tears from her eyes throughout the performance which ends with a big hug shared by mother and daughter. The Ellen DeGeneres fan page shared the heartwarming video which now has over 400,000 likes on Facebook. On the post, a Dee Silvernail claimed to be the mother and grandmother of the two shown in the video. She stated that Diana had been diagnosed with a stage four Hodgkin Lymphoma since Christmas eve in 2013. According to Silvernail, McKenna sings the song to her mom everyday to give her mom hope.
Ah Las Vegas, home of Celine Dion, the soft 17 in blackjack and … labor unions. Often lost in all the glamour and the flashing lights on the strip is the fact that about 20% of the workforce in Las Vegas is covered by organized labor. That's a big reason why the Democrats will be holding their first debate there Tuesday night.
Las Vegas' union number is higher than the figures for Boston, Boulder, Denver or even Detroit. Las Vegas and, in a larger sense, Nevada are in many ways the capitals of the new labor movement, full of construction and service jobs covered by unions. And that makes Nevada prime real estate for the Democratic Party, NBC News reported.
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Democrats booked six presidential primary debates and Republicans scheduled nearly twice as many for the 2016 cycle. With each debate there's the possibility that a moment could still be talked about years from now. Take a look at past memorable debate moments to see that anything really does go.
A proposal to erect a monument to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. atop Georgia's Stone Mountain is getting a chilly reception from some of the civil rights groups that King worked with.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which King co-founded, and the Atlanta and DeKalb branches of the NAACP say they oppose placing a tribute to King near the figures of three Confederate leaders engraved on the mountain outside Atlanta.
Jury selection in the trial of a Massachusetts teen accused of raping and killing his high-school teacher has been halted amid concerns about his mental competency.
Philip Chism, 16, is accused of raping and murdering Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer in 2013. Ritzer, 24, was found dead in the woods near the school. Prosecutors said her throat had been slit with a box cutter. Chism was 14 at the time but will be tried as an adult. Jury selection began last week in Essex Superior Court in Salem. A psychiatrist brought in to examine Chism in court Tuesday tried twice to speak with him, and both times he refused to acknowledge her. Court officers reported Chism banged his head on the floor of a padded room where he was held. The psychiatrist will examine Chism again briefly on Wednesday, according to the judge's ruling. Defense attorneys have said they plan to use a mental health defense but haven't revealed specifics.
Volkswagen plans a complete makeover of its diesel technology in the wake its emissions cheating scandal. The new versions of its high-mileage engines should go into production "as soon as possible," according to VW brand chief Herbert Diess, NBC News reported.
The maker's current 2.0-liter diesel was surreptitiously programmed to produce low levels of smog-causing nitrogen oxides (NOx) during emissions tests, but in a trade-off apparently meant to improve performance and mileage, those TDI engines were allowed to produce significantly higher levels of pollutants in real-world use.
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A Mississippi man formerly serving in the Army in West Texas has been charged in the stabbing death of an El Paso woman 45 years ago. El Paso police said 70-year-old Willie James Johnson was arrested Sept. 28 in Madison County, Mississippi, on a murder charge and faces extradition. Police said 21-year-old Doris Rivers was found slain at her home on Nov. 12, 1970. Her granddaughter contacted detectives in 2013. Investigators still had fingernail clippings from Rivers. Police say Johnson was among several Fort Bliss soldiers who knew Rivers and were potential suspects. Police said Johnson may have wanted to date the victim, but she declined. Johnson recently provided a DNA sample, which police said matched the victim's fingernail clippings. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.
McDonald’s officially rolled out its long-awaited all-day breakfast menu last week, and some calorie conscious consumers have figured out just how hard it is to burn off those fast food calories.
The fitness, nutrition and wearable technology company Matchup wanted to “put things in perspective,” so they calculated the most popular menu items and drilled down exactly what you’ll need to do after indulging before the meal makes its way to your belly or backside. Find out how many miles you might have to walk to burn off a McMuffin, Hash Brown or other snack.