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Hundreds of civilians streamed out of a town in Syria's besieged, opposition-held enclave of eastern Ghouta on Thursday, crossing on foot to government-held territory near the capital, Damascus, according to footage on state-run Syrian television.
Al-Ikhbariya TV showed men, women and children walking out of the town of Hamouria, some carrying their belongings, including clothes and mattresses, over their heads. According to the footage, there were hundreds, if not thousands of civilians.
The mass exit came as Syrians marked seven years since the popular uprising that sparked their country's vicious civil war — and hours after Syrian government forces blanketed the town with airstrikes and rocket fire.
It’s been nearly six months since Hurricane Maria barrelled through Puerto Rico, and families continue to put their lives back together, with some still doing it in the dark. Three million people were left without power and dozens died when Maria cut through the territory in September — and while most of the island is rebuilding, people from all over the country continue to help.
Celebrity chef Jose Andres has spent weeks in Puerto Rico with his nonprofit World Central Kitchen, and the owner of Miami's Bazaar and Bazaar Mar restaurants has his own recipe for recovery, starting one plate at a time.
“I don’t think anybody was prepared for what came,” Andres said. “I saw what was happening and I began feeding hospitals, we began getting phone calls.”
In 2015, U.S. Navy pilots intercepted a high-speed unidentified aircraft somewhere off of the East Coast.
We're getting our first look at what is only the third official government release of unidentified aerial phenomena three years later.
The previously undisclosed footage was analyzed by field experts at To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science and packaged in the above video, titled "Go Fast". It was reviewed by multiple government agencies for approval prior to being published.
Russia will "certainly" expel British diplomats in a tit-for-tat response to Britain's decision to send 23 Russians home over the poisoning of a former spy, Russia's foreign minister said Thursday.
Sergey Lavrov, speaking in remarks carried by the RIA Novosti news agency, said the move would come "soon," but added that Moscow would inform London through official channels before publicly announcing its countermeasures.
British and Russian officials traded barbs as diplomatic relations plunged to Cold War-era levels of iciness following the nerve-agent poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Britain blames Russia for the March 4 attack, which has left the pair in critical condition and a police officer seriously ill.
A 7-year-old Siberian Husky who was taken from her owner's New Mexico residence five years ago and ended up in Riverside, California, will be heading home for a happy reunion with the family that had given her up for dead.
According to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, "Azula" was abducted from her Albuquerque-area property in 2013 and was located last month in a Riverside neighborhood.
Agency spokesman John Welsh said the canine was wandering aimlessly when she was picked up by a good Samaritan, who dropped her at the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley.
The 65-pound Husky, who outwardly appears to be in good health, had been microchipped, and that data was scanned by shelter employees, leading to the identification of the dog's owner -- Jezus Vigil.
Many of them had already endured their share of heartache. Some had been trying for years to get pregnant, suffering through multiple miscarriages. Others had undergone cancer treatments that destroyed their fertility.
Now, hundreds of these women and couples have learned that the eggs and embryos they froze for eventual use in starting or expanding a family may have been destroyed by storage tank failures March 4 at two fertility clinics in suburban Cleveland and San Francisco.
Authorities are investigating what went wrong to cause the biggest such loss in the U.S. since in vitro fertilization began nearly four decades ago. But some of these patients at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and the Pacific Fertility Clinic fear their last, best chance of having children may be gone.
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is expected to be greeted at the White House next week as a reformer who's expanded women's rights as he amassed power, but 14 current and former senior U.S. officials tell NBC News he's blocked his mother from seeing his father to protect his position.
The officials believe, based on several years of intelligence, that the prince took the action against his mother over concerns she would oppose his plans to grab power, because it could divide the royal family, by talking to the king. She was placed under house arrest for at least some time without the king's knowledge, officials said.
The Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington denied that Prince Mohammed's mother, Princess Fahda bint Falah Al Hathleen, is under house arrest or separation from her husband. NBC News did not accept offers to meet with the princess because the Saudi government wouldn't allow it to disclose that a meeting took place or use information from the meeting.
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United Airlines said Wednesday the flight attendant who ordered a passenger to put a dog in a carrier in an overhead compartment on a New York City-bound flight earlier this week "did not hear or understand" the mother's pleas not to put the pup in the bin.
The airline reiterated that it is taking full responsibility for the death of the 10-month-old French bulldog named Kokito, but added that the flight attendant didn't knowingly put the dog in an overhead compartment before the 4-hour, 25-minute flight from Houston to LaGuardia Airport Monday evening.
"We have learned that the customer did tell the flight attendant that there was a dog in the carrier," the airline said. "However, our flight attendant did not hear or understand her, and did not knowingly place the dog in the overhead bin."
The Republican Party will watch the final vote-counting in a tightly contested U.S. House race in Pennsylvania before deciding whether to seek a recount or sue over perceived election irregularities, officials said Thursday, even as they scrounged for votes to whittle away at Democrat Conor Lamb's lead.
But changing a final count by hundreds of votes, such as Lamb's lead over Republican Rick Saccone, is unheard of in Pennsylvania on electronic voting machines like ones used in Tuesday's election, county officials and election law specialists say.
The U.S. Navy said two aviators died after an F-18 Super Hornet fighter jet crashed off the coast of Key West on Wednesday.
"We are sad to report both aviators have passed away," U.S. Naval Air Force Atlantic Comdr. Dave Hecht said in a statement late Wednesday.
The names of the deceased will not be released until next-of-kin notification.
The Iran nuclear deal was in near terminal condition and on life support even before President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Tillerson's dismissal this week may hasten its demise.
As CIA chief and Iran hawk Mike Pompeo prepares to run the State Department, the Trump administration is weighing a speedier withdrawal from the agreement than even the president has threatened, according to two U.S. officials and two outside advisers briefed on the matter. They were not authorized to discuss the sensitive negotiations publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
While such a scenario is unlikely, the fact it is being floated as an option may give U.S. officials more leverage in negotiations with European signatories to salvage the accord by toughening it. Two such negotiating sessions have already been held and a third is set for Thursday in Berlin.
It was 1934. Mobsters armed with fully automatic "Tommy guns" had left a trail of bloodstained sidewalks and pockmarked walls across the country, and the new president had narrowly escaped assassination the year before. It was time for action on gun control. And the National Rifle Association seemingly agreed.
"I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns," then-NRA President Karl T. Frederick told members of the House Ways and Means Committee. "I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses."
The resulting National Firearms Act — passed five years after the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago — taxed, rather than banned, machine guns. But it was a pivotal moment in America's history, marking the first comprehensive federal gun-control law.
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The House overwhelmingly approved a bill to improve school safety Wednesday, the first gun-related action by Congress since the shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school.
The bill authorizes $500 million over 10 years for grants to improve training and coordination between schools and local law enforcement and help identify signs of potential violence before they occur.
Lawmakers approved the bill, 407-10. It now goes to the Senate, where a similar measure is being considered.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the bill "provides a multi-layered approach" to identify threats so authorities can stop violence before it occurs.
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President Donald Trump has chosen Larry Kudlow to be his top economic aide, elevating the influence of a long-time fixture on the CNBC business news network who previously served in the Reagan administration and has emerged as a leading evangelist for tax cuts and a smaller government.
Kudlow told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he has accepted the offer, saying the U.S. economy is poised to take off after Trump signed $1.5 trillion worth of tax cuts into law.
"The economy is starting to roar and we're going to get more of that," he said.
Kudlow will join an administration in the middle of a tumultuous remodeling as a wave of White House staffers and top officials have departed in recent weeks. Trump on Tuesday dumped via Twitter his secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson.