Republican Donald Trump said Wednesday he wants to "shake the rust off" American foreign policy and place a new, unyielding focus on what's best for the U.S.
"America first will be the major and over-riding theme of my administration," Trump said at the start of his highly anticipated foreign policy speech in Washington.
Trump is speaking from prepared remarks with the assistance of teleprompters — a rarity for the billionaire businessman who is known for his off-the-cuff style.
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An adorable otter pup and endangered fruit bats are the newest additions to a New York City zoo.
The Bronx Zoo announced this week that an Asian small-clawed otter pup and a colony of Rodrigues fruit bats are now in JungleWorld, an exhibit that highlights Asian jungle habitats.
Both the otter and the bats belong to species that are considered threatened by habitat loss.
The bats, which are also known as Rodrigues flying foxes, are considered “critically endangered.” They’re only found on the island of Rodrigues in the western Indian Ocean.
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison for breaking federal banking rules in a hush-money scheme attempting to cover up decades of sexual abuse.
He was also fined $250,000, Judge Thomas Durkin ruled, saying there's nothing worse than using "serial child molester" and "Speaker of the House" in the same sentence.
"I want to say sorry to those I've hurt," Hastert said in court just before learning his fate. "What I did was wrong and I regret it. They looked up to me and what I did was wrong."
He pleaded guilty last year to a crime known as "structuring," an effort to mask payments to an unnamed individual he had wronged decades ago when he was a wrestling coach.
A new study shows the Zika virus was circulating in Haiti in 2014, long before it became obvious that it was spreading in Brazil, NBC News reported.
The team checked out three mysterious infections in Haiti caused by the Zika virus. Their study raises questions about when and how Zika arrived in the Americas.
"We know that the virus was present in Haiti in December of 2014," said Dr. Glenn Morris, a professor of medicine and the director of the University of Florida's Emerging Pathogens Institute. "And, based on molecular studies, it may have been present in Haiti even before that date."
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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has tapped former technology executive Carly Fiorina to serve as his running mate.
The Texas senator unveiled his pick for vice president Wednesday afternoon during a rally in Indianapolis, calling Fiorina "an extraordinary leader."
"After a great deal of consideration and prayer, if I win the nomination, I will run on a ticket with Carly Fiorina as my vice president," Cruz said to a round of applause.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's claim that Hillary Clinton is playing "the woman's card" drew intense backlash Wednesday, from the Democratic front-runner herself as well as tens of thousands of critics on social media.
"If fighting for women's health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the 'woman card,' then deal me in," Clinton said in Philadelphia as she celebrated wins in four out of five of Tuesday's Democratic primaries.
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The U.S. Secret Service plans to raise the height of the White House security fence by 5 feet and add a new concrete foundation to reduce the risk of fence-jumpers, according to a copy of an agency report obtained by NBC Washington's News4 I-Team.
The agency, along with the National Park Service, said it intends to begin building a “taller, stronger” fence to protect the White House grounds by 2018.
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Lawyers for a man with permanent brain damage are suing a driver and social media platform Snapchat, alleging that the app's speed tracker caused the car crash that injured him, NBC News reports.
Uber driver Wentworth Maynard was hurt when a Mercedes Benz, allegedly going 107 mph, collided with his vehicle. The Mercedes' driver, Christal McGee, was using a Snapchat filter that tracks how fast users are moving, the lawsuit alleges.
Snapchat's speed tracker rewards users who submit photos of their speed by giving them points, the suit notes, and attorney Michael Lawson Neff told NBC News "the issue really is about distracted teenage drivers."
In a statement to NBC News, a Snapchat spokesperson said, "No Snap is more important than someone's safety. We actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving."
It's not clear if McGee is facing any criminal charges in the crash. NBC has reached out to Loveyjoy, Georgia, police department.
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Police in one small Wisconsin city are going to new lengths to prevent bullying: fining parents if their child is caught picking on others.
The new ordinance in Shawano means parents of children acting as “bullies” could be fined hundreds of dollars if they don’t intervene, according to NBC affiliate NBC26 in Green Bay.
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A former San Francisco police lieutenant incriminated in a racist texting scandal was charged Wednesday with obstructing the rape investigation of a subordinate officer.
The San Francisco district attorney's office charged Curtis Liu with a felony count of lying to investigators and two misdemeanors charges of obstruction.
In August, a woman reported that then-Officer Jason Lai raped her. Liu is accused of discussing the report with Lai before investigators knew the officer was the suspect. His attorney said "to charge him with a felony seems excessive."
A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year was convicted of second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday.
Jurors handed down the verdict in the case of 74-year-old Robert Bates, a wealthy insurance executive accused of fatally shooting Eric Harris while working with Tulsa County sheriff's deputies last year during an illegal gun sales sting. Harris, who had run from deputies, was restrained and unarmed when he was shot.
Bates faces up to four years in prison.
Bradford Cat Watch Rescue
Two black-and-white kittens in Britain were found colored with permanent marker – one green and one blue – according to the animal rescue that's taking care of them.
The kittens are being called Shrek and Smurf by the Bradford Cat Watch Rescue, which received them from police, the rescue wrote on its website on Tuesday.
"Thus is a dreadful act of cruelty and who knows what untelling damage this may have caused," the rescue's post reads.
Tennessee's Republican governor said Wednesday he signed a bill that allows mental health counselors to refuse to treat patients based on the therapist's religious or personal beliefs.
The American Counseling Association called the legislation an "unprecedented attack" on the counseling profession and said Tennessee was the only state to ever pass such a law.
Health care prices vary in different parts of the U.S., according to a new study that digs into the pattern of costs around the country, NBC News reported.
The report from the Health Care Cost Institute finds prices for the same procedures vary even within the same state.
Some differences make sense: Prices in Alaska are high because medical costs there are 2.6 times the national average. But other differences are hard to explain — a knee surgery in New Jersey costs $24,000, while the same procedure in Oregon can cost $43,000.
Unlike others, this report looked at the price people paid with private health insurance. Most Americans — more than 60 percent — are covered by private health insurance, usually through their employer, while 32 percent have government health insurance.
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