Dozens of people in the U.S. are engaged in conversations with overseas supporters of ISIS that the FBI cannot monitor, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday, NBC News reported. Comey has been warning for months that when ISIS supporters find someone in the U.S., through messages on social media, they then employ software that encrypts their communications, making it impossible for the FBI to follow them, even with a court order. While Comey has discussed the "going dark" challenge before, his comments Thursday represent the first time he has put a number on the size of the problem. Over the past three years 250 people have traveled to areas controlled by ISIS from the U.S.
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The California Coastal Commission is expected Thursday to consider a $100 million proposal to greatly expand the tanks SeaWorld San Diego uses to hold killer whales.
Under the proposal, SeaWorld would demolish portions of a 1995 facility that included a 1.7-million gallon pool and replace it with a 5.2-million gallon tank and 450,000-gallon pool.
SeaWorld says its animals are well treated and park shows help generate support for conservation, but the Coastal Commission has been flooded by tens of thousands of emails against the project that opponents also say represents a marketing ploy to boost plummeting park attendance.
Thirty-three people remain unaccounted for five days after the deadly U.S. bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital, the charity's representative in Afghanistan said Thursday, NBC News reported.
Speaking to reporters in Kabul, Guilhem Molinie said 24 of the 461 hospital staff members working in the Kunduz trauma center are still missing.
He added that 105 patients were inside the hospital when the airstrike hit and nine of them were still unaccounted for on Thursday.
Saturday's airstrike killed 22 people. A further 37 people were injured.
Molinie told the press conference that a hotline has been created to ensure that family members and relatives could call in with information about those still missing.
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Shoppers who opt for warehouse clubs like Costco and Walmart over traditional grocery stores are buying food with more fat, sugar and sodium, according to a new study.
People are turning to mass-merchandise retailers to buy their food along with other essentially bulk items like a 30-pack of toilet paper and clothes, according to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine study published this week.
Packaged foods at these wholesale retailers are usually filled with more calories, sugar, sodium and saturated fats than packaged foods from grocery stores, the study found.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton pushed hard dozens of times for the Pacific Rim trade deal she now opposes as a presidential candidate.
But she also urged caution, reserved judgment and called for a "trade timeout" the last time she ran for president. Then, as now, she sought the support of critical labor groups who oppose free trade.
President Barack Obama defeated her in in 2008 Democratic presidential primary, and as president named Clinton his secretary of state. She toured the world on her boss's behalf selling the Trans-Pacific Partnership he championed. From Japan to Australia and Washington, Clinton repeatedly praised the agreement as one that would set a "gold standard" for lawful, fair international trade accords.
Click through for a selection of Clinton's quotes over the years in support of the so-called TPP.
Senate Democrats unveiled plans on Thursday for gun control reforms that include closing background check loopholes, expanding the background check database, and tightening regulations on illegal gun purchases, NBC News reported. The push is being led by Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, who on Wednesday sent a letter to their Senate colleagues outlining the proposals. During the press conference the lawmakers recounted deadly mass shootings across the nation over the past several years and stressed that personal conversations with the victims' relatives and friends helped underscore the need for "sensible gun reform legislation."
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Volkswagen's top U.S. executive apologized Thursday as the emissions-rigging scandal engulfing the world's largest automaker deepened and members of Congress said the company violated the public's trust. Calling his company's admission "deeply troubling," Horn distanced himself from the company's behavior, saying he felt personally deceived by actions he said were taken by unknown individuals. "This was not a corporate decision. There was no board meeting that approved this," Horn said. Lawmakers were skeptical of the explanation from Horn, who testified that three unidentified employees had been suspended since the EPA announced Sept. 18 that VW rigged its diesel cars to bypass U.S. emissions standards for clean air.
Sepp Blatter is out of a job at FIFA. Michel Platini might never even get there.
Two of the most powerful men in soccer were handed 90-day suspensions by the FIFA ethics committee on Thursday, essentially ending Blatter's 17-year reign as president and likely stunting Platini's chances of replacing him.
Both Blatter and Platini, former allies who turned into rivals in the buildup to the most recent FIFA presidential election, have become embroiled in a Swiss criminal investigation. Blatter has been labeled a suspect and questioned by authorities, while Platini was said to be somewhere between a witness and a suspect.
Both maintain their innocence.
Police say a man has was pulled into a wood chipper and killed in Stonington, Connecticut.
A resident at 117 South Anguilla Road called 911 just before 3 p.m. on Thursday to report a person had been partially pulled into the wood chipper, according to Stonington Police Capt. Todd Olson.
Arriving officers determined the man was dead.
Fantasy sports betting sites DraftKings and FanDuel have been hit with a federal class action lawsuit.
The suit, which lists the plaintiff as Adam Johnson, alleges DraftKings and FanDuel fraudulently misrepresent contestants’ chances of making money and the fairness of the games, don’t disclose the possibility of employees using inside information to improve their odds of winning jackpots and violate Massachusetts, New York and Kentucky consumer protection laws.
Testimony got underway Thursday in the triple murder trial of Charles Severance, as the only eyewitness to one of the three fatal shootings told jurors about the day she was shot and wounded while rushing to help another victim. Severance looks like the man who shot her, Janet Franko testified.
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A Star Wars fan is regretting the scheme that got him arrested on charges of impersonating a federal officer while pretending he was an Air Force fugitive-hunter to get into a fantasy convention.
Utah-resident Jonathan Wall, 29, was indicted Wednesday. He told NBC News he "made a stupid mistake."
Wall made it into the VIP area of the convention, but was arrested after raising a security guard's suspicions. He was also charged with making a false statement to a federal agent at Salt Lake Comic Con in Salt Lake City, which drew 120,000 devotees of comics, science-fiction and anime.
"I had this bright idea to tell them I was with the [Air Force Office of Special Investigations] and that we were looking for a certain person," said Wall, an Air Force refrigerator mechanic, in a telephone interview.
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A nurse accused of reusing syringes while giving flu shots to 67 patients at a pharmaceutical company voluntarily surrendered her license, New Jersey officials said Thursday. The state Attorney General's office said the nurse's license is temporarily suspended and she isn't able to practice pending a further ruling from the state's board of nursing. The board said in a consent order that it was informed the nurse "administered an inadequate amount of the flu vaccine" to patients at Otsuka Pharmaceutical in West Windsor using two single-use syringes. If proven, the board said the allegations would demonstrate that she engaged in acts of gross negligence, malpractice or incompetence.
The sky over Pluto may not be sunny but it's undoubtedly blue.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft discovered Pluto's blue sky during the historic flyby of the icy dwarf planet in July. The images of Pluto's atmospheric haze were beamed down last week and released by NASA on Thursday.
The particles in the atmospheric haze are actually red and gray, according to scientists. But the way the particles scatter blue light is what has everyone excited about the dwarf planet orbiting on the far fringes of our solar system, a twilight zone known more formally as the Kuiper Belt.
Netflix announced it will be increasing its standard monthly price by $1 to $9.99 a month.
The price hike will only immediately affect new customers while existing customers will continue paying $8.99 a month until October 2016.
"The dollar increase for new members is to help us bring more great content, original and licensed, to the service," Netflix said in a tweet.
The standard streaming plan allows one account to have two users stream movies and TV shows at the same time and in high definition (HD).
New accounts in the United States, Canada and Latin America will be affected immediately.