All but three of the 17 major Republican candidates for president participated in what was essentially a debate lite, which - unlike Thursday's nationally televised debate in Cleveland - didn't have a cut-off for participation.
The candidates focused their criticism at Democrats instead of each other, yet Monday's meeting offered a prime-time practice round for the GOP's most ambitious, who appeared on stage one at a time. They addressed several contentious issues, immigration topping a list that included abortion, climate change and foreign policy.
Two people are in critical condition after being shot outside the PNC Bank Arts Center in Central New Jersey following a hip hop concert Monday night, police said.
NJ State Police said the unidentified victims were shot sometime around 11 p.m. outside the arena, which is in Holmdel after a performance by artists J. Cole and Big Sean.
The victims were transported to Jersey Shore Hospital where they are listed in critical condition.
Police say they are looking for a lone shooter in a wooded area near the arena.
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A Beijing policeman rescued a newborn baby who was stuck face-down in a public toilet, reaching his arm down into the pipe to gently pull out the infant, police and reports said Tuesday.
A sheriff's deputy in Kentucky illegally shackled two disabled children in a school after they misbehaved, a lawsuit filed Monday in federal district court claims, NBC News reported. Video posted by the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the children, showed one of the encounters, which involved an 8-year-old boy and a sheriff's deputy who was working as a resource officer at Latonia Elementary School, just south of Cincinnati. Video footage from the office shows the deputy, Kevin Sumner, placing the boy's hands behind his back and handcuffing his biceps. The lawsuit, which names Sumner and the Kenton County Sheriff's Office as defendants, is requesting policy changes and unspecified damages. Pat Morgan, chief deputy with the Kenton County Sheriff, declined to discuss specifics of the suit, saying he had only just learned of it. "We're going to talk to our attorney," he told NBC News.
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Pakistan executed a young man Tuesday whose case touched off an international outcry amid claims he was tortured into a murder confession and convicted as a juvenile, NBC News reported
Shafqat Hussain was hanged on Tuesday morning in Karachi Central Jail. Hussain was arrested in 2004 at the age of 14, and convicted by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court of kidnapping and killing a child. The charges were later reduced to involuntary manslaughter.
The young man's lawyers at the Justice Project Pakistan said Hussain's "confession" came after nine days of torture.
Amnesty International's South Asia research director David Griffiths said it was a "deeply sad day" for Pakistan.
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Authorities on Monday searched a rugged, five-square-mile area east of Bakersfield, California, as part of a six-day manhunt involving a killing, kidnapping and the wounding of two deputies.
Investigators haven't confirmed the crimes were committed by the same man, said Kern County sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt.
Dozens of deputies and helicopters combed the high desert area 30 miles from Bakersfield in 100-degree heat. The area is challenging for searchers because it's sparsely populated with mobile homes, trailers, unoccupied homes, cabins, ranches and outbuildings.
The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes — a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year's presidential and congressional elections.
The derailed legislation was the Republican response to videos, recorded secretly by anti-abortion activists, showing Planned Parenthood officials dispassionately discussing how they sometimes provide medical researchers with tissue from aborted fetuses. Those videos have led conservatives to accuse the group of illegally selling the organs for profit — strongly denied by Planned Parenthood — and inserted abortion and women's health into the mix of issues to be argued in the 2016 campaign.
The Rocky Fire racing across Northern California had burned 62,000 acres and was 12 percent contained as of Monday evening, according to Cal Fire. At least two dozen homes were destroyed over the past few days, and more than 13,000 people were urged to flee.
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 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 Aug. 1.
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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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.
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.
Three more people have died of Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx in an outbreak that has claimed seven lives in total and hospitalized more than 60 people, the New York City Health Department said Monday.
Eighty-one cases of the disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the south Bronx since July 10, city officials said. That's 23 new cases since Friday, when 57 cases were announced. The seven patients who died had underlying health conditions, authorities said.
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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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