Calling it a moral obligation, President Barack Obama unveiled the final version of his plan to dramatically cut emissions from U.S. power plants, as he warned anew that climate change will threaten future generations if left unchecked. Touting the plan at a White House event on Monday, Obama said the unprecedented carbon dioxide limits are the "the single most important step" America has ever taken to fight climate change. He warned that because the problem is so large, if the world doesn't get it right quickly, it may become impossible to reverse, leaving populations unable to adapt. "There is such a thing as being too late when it comes to climate change," Obama said.
Puerto Rico defaulted on its full payment of its bonds for the first time in the commonwealth government's history, NBC News reported.
"Due to the lack of appropriated funds for this fiscal year the entirety of the PFC payment was not made today," said in a statement Melba Acosta, head of Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank.
Puerto Rico paid $628,000 out of a $58 million payment on its Public Finance Corp bonds which were due August 1st.
The default comes as Puerto Rican leaders of both main political parties have asked Congress to allow them to restructure some of its debt that way states can do, as in the case of Detroit.
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Comedian Amy Schumer spoke tearfully of two women who were shot to death during a screening of her movie, "Trainwreck," and asked lawmakers Monday to support a gun control bill sponsored by her second cousin, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.
"I've thought about these victims each day since the tragedy," she said at a news conference at the senator's office in New York.
"People say, 'Well, you're never going to be able to stop crazy people from doing crazy things,' but they're wrong. There is a way to stop them," she said.
Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial declined to rule out the death penalty Monday as they move toward sentencing James Holmes, finding his defense failed to persuade them to show him mercy.
Holmes, 27, entered an Aurora, Colorado theater at 12:15 a.m. on July 20, 2012 and opened fire upon defenseless moviegoers gathered for a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."
The decision clears the way for a last plea from both sides, including what is expected to be gripping and emotional testimony from victims about the harm and suffering Holmes caused with his slaughter.
After those arguments, the jury will make its final decision on whether the 27-year-old should die by lethal injection or spend the rest of his life in prison.
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The former police officer whose killing of Michael Brown sparked riots in Ferguson, Missouri, a year ago, says he hasn't read the U.S. Justice Department's report detailing the city's systemic racism and has no plan to, according to a profile of him in the New Yorker, NBC News reported.
"I don't have any desire," Darren Wilson told the magazine. "I'm not going to keep living in the past about what Ferguson did. It's out of my control."
The article is the first in-depth look at Wilson's life since the Aug. 9, 2014, shooting, for which he was exonerated of criminal wrongdoing but remains the target of a wrongful death lawsuit. It marks his first public remarks since last November, when he was interviewed by ABC News.
Wilson, 29, declined to talk about his shooting of Brown, citing the pending lawsuit. He repeated what he told ABC, saying: "I did my job that day."
Wilson also said that he saw instances of biased policing in Ferguson, but denied it was systemic.
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A central Florida woman is set to appear in court Monday after authorities say she shot and stabbed her father and 6-year-old daughter and left their bodies in plastic bins in her landlord's shed. According to a report from NBC affiliate WFLA, 25-year-old Cheyanne Jessie, of Lakeland, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence in death of her father, 50-year-old Mark Weekly, and her 6-year-old daughter, Meredith Jessie. Weekly and the girl were last seen on July 18th at his Lakeland home. According to reports, Meredith was left in her grandfather's care. The two were reported missing Saturday by a family member.
Former President Jimmy Carter underwent an elective surgical procedure Monday to remove a small mass in his liver, The Carter Center announced. "His operation proceeded without issues, and the prognosis is excellent for a full recovery," the center said. Carter, the nation's 39th president and a former Georgia governor, had the operation at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
The families of more than a dozen victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting would split $1.5 million under proposed settlements of lawsuits against the estate of the gunman's mother.
The lawsuits accuse Nancy Lanza of failing to properly secure her legally owned Bushmaster AR-15 rifle. Her son, 20-year-old Adam, used the rifle to kill 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 after fatally shooting his mother.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has claimed a new top ranking, but not for its academics.
Three in four Latinos have a negative view of Donald Trump and more than half judged his comments about Mexican immigrants as racist, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll. Seventy-five percent of 250 Latinos polled viewed the GOP presidential candidate negatively, with 61 percent describing their view as "very negative." Just 13 percent had a positive view. Trump has claimed that Latinos "love" him despite his comments that Mexico was sending rapists and criminals to the U.S. Trump leads the field of Republican presidential candidates, with 19 percent support, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. The poll of Latinos' views was conducted from July 26 to 30 and has a margin of error of 6.2 percent.
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The 16-month mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may soon be solved, and barnacles encrusted on a piece of plane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion may provide the missing piece of the puzzle.
Malaysia said on Sunday that the piece of debris, a wing surface known as flaperon, had been identified as being from a Boeing 777, the same model as the missing Malaysian plane.
Investigators in France are expected to determine whether the piece came from MH370 or not by Wednesday. MH370 is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, about 2,300 miles away from Reunion.
"Barnacle shells... can tell us valuable information about the water conditions under which they were formed," said Ryan Pearson, a PhD student at Australia's Griffith University who is studying the shell chemistry of barnacles to determine migration patterns of endangered loggerhead turtles.
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Delta Air Lines is having a major change of heart about shipping hunting trophies.
The carrier announced Monday afternoon that it would no longer accept lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies.
As recently as May, the Atlanta-based airline had said that it would continue to allow such shipments — as long as they were legal. At the time, some international carriers prohibited such cargo.
Police have identified a suspected in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer during a traffic stop, authorities said Sunday. The suspected shooter, identified as 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn, remains at large and a warrant for first degree murder has been issued for his arrest, officials said. The slain officer, Sean Bolton, 33, was shot multiple times during the traffic stop on Saturday evening. The driver of the vehicle turned himself into police before being released. Wilbourn was the passenger of the vehicle. Police said he had been out on supervised release following a 10-month sentence for bank robbery.
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The National Baseball Congress is suspending the use of bat boys and girls during its World Series in Kansas following the death of a 9-year-old boy who was hit by a bat. Kaiser Carlile died Sunday after he was hit in the head with a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle during the Liberal Bee Jays' game a day earlier. He was wearing a helmet.