President Donald Trump implored his supporters Friday to get behind an establishment-backed incumbent in a Republican runoff race in Alabama, arguing that Sen. Luther Strange will "drain the swamp" and doesn't know the Senate Majority Leader "at all."
At a raucous rally in Huntsville, Alabama, the president insisted to thousands of cheering fans that backing Strange — who was appointed in February to temporarily fill the seat that opened up when Jeff Sessions became attorney general — would help further the Trump agenda.
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Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez are suing the NFL and the New England Patriots over his death after a brain study showed the former football star suffered from a "severe case" of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
"Not only were the results positive, but we're told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron's age," Hernandez's lawyer Jose Baez said in a news conference Thursday at his office.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Boston on behalf of Hernandez's 4-year-old daughter. It claims the team and the league deprived Avielle Hernandez of the companionship of her father.
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, whose family is from Puerto Rico, said she hasn't yet heard from half her family after Hurricane Maria walloped the island.
The high court's first Hispanic justice was speaking Thursday at an event at the Newseum in Washington. She said Puerto Rico "is suffering a great tragedy right now."
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A photographer is desperately trying to locate a backpack filled with wedding photos that was lost on the subway over the weekend, and he's enlisting New Yorkers' help through a social media campaign.
Kurt Sneddon says he's devastated that the only copy of the wedding photos he shot at his friends' ceremony in Mamaroneck over the weekend is gone, and has been putting up flyers all over the subway asking people to help find them in a campaign he's calling #findourweddingpicsnyc.
"It's awful," he told News 4 New York, saying that having to tell his friends that all their wedding photos were gone was "the hardest thing of my life."
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Megyn Kelly says she left Fox News Channel to bring more joy to her life. NBC hopes that starting Monday, she can spread some to the network and its viewers.
The former Fox News Channel star and Donald Trump foil debuts her talk show at 9 a.m. EDT, nestled into the four-hour "Today" show block and competing in most of the country with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest's "Live!"
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Puerto Rico's government has asked people who have not been able to determine the status of friends and family who live in the island to reach out to its staffers.
The territory's Federal Affairs Administration on Thursday provided a phone number and an email address.
Those communicating with the agency are urged to provide contact information and as many details about the person whom is sought as possible, including name, age and possible locations.
The PRFAA is experiencing a high email volume, so officials have urged people not to send more than one email until the status of their loved one is updated.
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Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: "It's happening."
The move sparked social media celebrations from current and former students, with many recalling how they had hauled their own 2-liter bottles of caffeinated sodas in their backpacks to keep awake for long study sessions.
The university never banned having caffeinated drinks on campus, but held firm to the ban on sales even when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 2012 clarified that church health practices do not prevent members from drinking caffeinated soft drinks.
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On the surface it seems like more of the same: North Korea responds to another threat by U.S. President Donald Trump by calling him a "deranged" old man who will "pay dearly" for his insults.
These words, however, carry the weight of an unprecedented personal rebuke from North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un.
Behind Kim's colorful language released Friday is a remarkable window into the thinking — albeit filtered through state media — of the leader of a country that, despite opposition by the world's sole superpower, stands on the brink of nuclear weapons mastery.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in an extraordinary and direct rebuke, called President Donald Trump "deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon.
Kim said Trump is "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country." He also described the U.S. president as "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire."
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Iran's Revolutionary Guard has unveiled its latest ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers — about 1,250 miles— capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel.
The unveiling came during a military parade on Friday in Tehran. The parade commemorates the 1980s Iran-Iraq war.
The state-run IRNA news agency quoted chief of the Guard's airspace division, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, as saying that the new missile, named Khoramshahr, "can carry several warheads for various uses."
The agency did not provide further information on the missile.
Former Mafia hit man Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano has been released early from federal prison after serving most of a 20-year sentence for drug-related convictions in Arizona and New York, his attorney said Thursday.
Thomas Farinella said his 72-year-old client was released Monday, but wouldn't disclose where Gravano served his time or where he plans to live now that he's a free man.
"He's very upbeat, very positive," Farinella said from his New York office. "It's been 17 1/2 years. A lot has changed. It takes a little bit of getting used to. He's trying to figure out what he wants to do and he's in no hurry."
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The use of hearsay testimony to convict former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson in the death of his third wife was proper, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in upholding the conviction.
The high court, in a unanimous decision, found that hearsay testimony from Peterson's dead third wife and missing fourth wife did not violate his constitutional right to confront his accusers because of evidence that Peterson killed them to prevent their testimony.
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CVS Pharmacy will limit opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply for certain conditions, becoming the first national retail chain to restrict how many pain pills doctors can give patients, NBC News reported.
When filling prescription for opioid pills, pharmacists will also be required to talk to patients about the risks of addiction, secure storage of medications in the home and proper disposal, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.
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Rescuers fanned out to reach stunned victims Thursday, and millions of Puerto Ricans faced the dispiriting prospect of weeks or even months without electricity after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island.
Maria's death toll across the Caribbean climbed to at least 19, nearly all of them on the hard-hit island of Dominica.
The storm slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday with 155 mph (249 kph) winds, the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. territory in over 80 years.
Hurricane Maria caused widespread flooding and damage after pounding Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm. Rescue crews have fanned out across the U.S. territory as it tries to rebuild amid an economic crisis.