Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
A few days after President Donald Trump announced his get-tough approach to Iran, one of its top military commanders helped engineer the seizure of an important Iraqi city from a U.S. regional ally, Iraqi, Kurdish and American officials told NBC News.
Iran brokered seizure of oil-rich Kirkuk from the Kurds by the Iraqi government and the Shiite militias it partners with, according to former U.S. national security officials. The move heightens the risk of civil war in Iraq, and amounts to an embarrassing strategic blow for the United States.
"It is a catastrophic defeat for the United States and a fantastic victory for Iran's Revolutionary Guard, proving that Qassem Soleimani gets his way once again," said Ali Khedery, a senior adviser on Iraq policy in the Bush and Obama administrations.
Get More at NBC News
Google's new Pixel 2 phone sets itself apart with promises to bake in Google's powerful artificial-intelligence technology for quick and easy access to useful, even essential information. But much of the neat stuff will come later. The phone coming out Thursday is more of a teaser.
To be sure, the Pixel 2 is a solid phone. It's not as elegantly designed as an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy phone. But it delivers a strong tie-in to Google's services, including those intended to fetch what you need automatically.
If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major "Obamacare" health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and making upper-tier plans more affordable.
The unexpected assessment comes from consultants, policy experts, and state officials, who are trying to discern the potential fallout from a Washington health care debate that's becoming even more complicated and volatile.
What's driving the predictions? It's because another subsidy that's part of the health law would go up for people with low-to-moderate incomes, offsetting Trump's move.
"It's a kind of counter-intuitive result," said Kurt Giesa, a health insurance expert with the Oliver Wyman consulting firm.
Think of pushing down on one end of a see-saw and the other end goes up.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has developed a new crash test program to address passenger-side airbag systems.
Automobile manufacturers were not prioritizing the safety of front-seat passengers as much as drivers.
Going forward, a good or acceptable passenger-side rating will be required to qualify for the Institute’s 2018 Top Safety Pick award.
The new, small overlap front crash test resulted in 10 out of the 13 midsize vehicles earning good ratings. Among them were the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.
President Donald Trump is giving himself a "10" for the hurricane response in Puerto Rico while meeting Thursday with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello at the White House.
More than half a million plush toys that wind up to play music have been recalled because the wind-up handle can detach from the toys — sold nationwide at Walmart, Target and other stories — posing a choking hazard.
No injuries have been reported as of the Thursday recall, but six instances of the handle detaching have been reported to the toys' maker, Kids Preferred.
The recall affects 587,000 units, which came in a variety of characters and colors, sold between January 2016 and August 2017, which should be taken away from young children immediately. Kids Preferred is offering a free replacement.
A Massachusetts man was convicted Wednesday of plotting to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller and kill other Americans on behalf of the Islamic State group.
Jurors found David Wright guilty of all charges, including conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.
The 28-year-old faces up to life in prison.
Prosecutors said Wright, his uncle and a third man conspired to kill Geller because they were upset she organized Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas in 2015. During the contest, two other men opened fire outside and wounded a security guard before they were killed in a shootout with law enforcement assigned to guard the event.
AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File
A majority of Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, say North Korea is the greatest immediate threat to the country, according to a new NBC News/SurveryMonkey poll.
That 54 percent is up from July, when only 41 percent saw North Korea as the greatest immediate threat. ISIS is seen as the greatest threat by 19 percent of Americans, putting it in second place, followed by Russia, China and Iran.
Americans, however, are even more decided about their desired path to resolution, with a 64 percent majority saying the U.S. should mostly use diplomacy when dealing with North Korea — up 5 points since July.
The NBC News|SurveyMonkey National Security poll was conducted from October 13 through October 17, 2017, among a national sample of 5,047 adults. Respondents for this non-probability survey were selected from the nearly 3 million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day. Results have an error estimate of plus or minus 2.0 percentage points.
Get More at NBC News
A gunman who allegedly shot five people Wednesday morning inside his workplace in Edgewood, Maryland, killing three, has been apprehended in Delaware, police said. The suspect is also accused of shooting a sixth person more than 50 miles away in Wilmington, Delaware.
Radee Labeeb Prince, 37, was captured on foot along Four Seasons Parkway near Clover Mill Drive in Newark, Delaware, about 7 p.m., police said.
Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images, File
Scientists say an "alarming" drop in the number of flying insects in Germany could have serious consequences for ecosystems and food chains.
Using insect traps placed in 63 nature protection areas, researchers recorded a 76 percent decline in bug numbers over a 27-year period. The midsummer loss was up to 82 percent.
The drop in airborne insects over Germany was higher than the global estimated insect decline of 58 percent between 1970 and 2012, the scientists said in a paper published Wednesday by the journal PLOS ONE.
U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris delivered a scathing letter to the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday evening, criticizing the agency for its failure to develop an effective cell phone emergency alert system. This comes after Sonoma County emergency officials told the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit that that the current wireless emergency alert system is unsuitable for evacuations because it cannot be geo-targeted to specific areas and can only be sent out to all of the county’s 500,000 residents.
A judge has thrown out the remaining counts of a civil lawsuit filed by a New Jersey couple who say they were scared away from their home after receiving anonymous creepy letters from someone named "The Watcher."
Derek and Maria Broaddus had filed a lawsuit against the former owners of the Westfield home, saying they knew about the "The Watcher" before they sold them the home in 2014.
Art Institute of Chicago
French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s "Two Sisters (On the Terrace)" has been hanging in the Art Institute of Chicago for nearly 100 years, the museum confirmed Wednesday, despite a recent report that President Donald Trump claims to be in possession of the original. In an interview on Vanity Fair’s podcast "The Hive," Trump biographer and Chicago native Tim O’Brien said Trump claimed during an interview that the Renoir painting hanging in his plane was authentic. "Donald, it's not. I grew up in Chicago, that Renoir is called 'Two Sisters on the Terrace,' and it’s hanging on a wall at the Art Institute of Chicago,” O’Brien recalled telling Trump. Trump insisted his was the real deal and refused to yield.
Ann Borden/Emory University via AP
A young Barack Obama questioned his place in the world and his racial identity, agonized over whether he'd make enough money as a community organizer, and lamented his incompatibility with his ex-girlfriend in 30 pages of letters he wrote to her that are now being archived by Emory University in Atlanta.
The nine full letters, sent by Obama to his college girlfriend, Alexandra McNear, are being made public to researchers through Emory University's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library. The university has had the letters since 2014 but could only make them public now, officials said.
Written in the 1980s, the letters give a peek into Obama's psyche as he sought out the path that would eventually land him in the White House as the United States' first black president, Emory University officials said Wednesday.
When Michella Flores hopped off the plane in Oakland, she thought the worst was over. The Santa Rosa woman had just escaped the Las Vegas massacre at a country music festival that left 58 dead and another 500 wounded — the deadliest mass shooting in the country’s history.
She had survived by running as fast as she could, taking shelter in a nearby hotel's conference room. The next morning, with the sounds of gunfire etched in her memory, she was desperate to leave Sin City.
"After that, I couldn’t wait to be home," Flores, a flight attendant, said. "I was obsessed with it. That was all I cared about; all I wanted was to be home with my family and my dog."
But her reprieve would be short-lived.