Parts of North Texas are under a Flash Flood Emergency and authorities have performed dozens of high-water rescues Friday morning after overnight rain that set a record for the wettest May in Dallas-Fort Worth history. The most recent rain added to the damage inflicted by thunderstorms that have killed at least 23 people statewide, including two overnight in North Texas, and left 13 missing.
A powerful but extremely deep earthquake struck off Japan's Ogasawara islands on Saturday, but officials say there is no danger of a tsunami, NBC News reported. Japan's Meteorological Agency says the offshore earthquake struck Saturday at 8:24 p.m. at a depth of 370 miles. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 421 miles. Public broadcaster NHK said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The meteorological agency did not issue a tsunami warning because the quake struck so far beneath the earth's surface. The Ogasawara islands are about 620 miles south of Tokyo.
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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was making payments to a man in order to conceal a sexual relationship they had while the man was a student at Yorkville High School, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News on Friday.
Hastert was indicted Thursday with making regular withdrawals from his bank accounts below a limit that would require reporting and then lying to federal officials when asked about those withdrawals.
The Department of Justice and IRS allege Hastert, 73, withdrew $1.7 million from various banks between 2010 to 2014 and provided the funds to an unnamed person "to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct."
Martin O'Malley is returning to the state that introduced him to presidential politics three decades ago, when he played guitar and knocked on doors for Gary Hart. The former two-term Maryland governor is expected to enter the Democratic campaign Saturday in Baltimore.
A woman was under arrest Friday, accused of murder for striking and running over a motorcyclist on a busy San Diego highway at rush hour.
Imperial Beach resident Darla Renee Jackson, 26, was driving a black Nissan Altima northbound on Interstate 5 near E Street in Chula Vista at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers say Jackson and a man on a red Ducati motorcycle got into some type of disagreement.
After the two drivers transitioned from I-5 to eastbound State Route 54 and passed National City Boulevard, Jackson hit the Ducati from behind and ran over the rider, CHP officers say.
The motorcyclist — a 39-year-old man — died about an hour later at a hospital. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's office has not yet released his name, but said he was an active duty Navy service member. CHP officials said the man lived in Santee.
Jackson was arrested and now faces one count of murder in what officers are calling a road rage incident. She was booked into Las Colinas Detention and Re-entry Facility and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
In interview with a Swiss broadcaster, FIFA President Sepp Blatter criticized U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and an American federal investigation into soccer corruption which could yet lead directly to his door, The Associated Press reported.
The Pentagon on Friday said it has identified five more potentially live anthrax shipments inadvertently shipped to laboratories, and has instructed labs which received inactive samples to stop working with the materials until further notice. A total of 24 laboratories in 11 states and two foreign countries — Australia and South Korea — are believed to have received suspect samples, the Department of Defense said in a statement. Defense officials tell NBC News the anthrax spores had been irradiated to kill them in 2008.
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About 500 people, many of them carrying guns and cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, rallied outside a Phoenix mosque Friday, where they were met by hundreds of counter protesters railing against what they called bigotry and racism.
The two sides exchanged heated rhetoric for hours, hurling insults and slogans as a thin line of police officers in riot gear stood between them.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter condemned China's recent land grab in the South China Sea on Saturday after China's military reportedly placed two large artillery vehicles on one of the artificial islands it's creating to bolster its territorial claims in the disputed territory, Reuters reported. Speaking at an international security conference, Carter told a room full of Asia-Pacific leaders that the U.S. opposes "any further militarization" in the South China Sea, earning a rebuke from a Chinese military officer in the audience. "Turning an underwater rock into an airfield simply does not afford the rights of sovereignty or permit restrictions on international air or maritime transit," Carter told the audience at the International Institute for Strategic Studies summit.
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Several prominent politicians defended Dennis Hastert on Friday after federal prosecutors charged the former U.S. congressman and house speaker with allegedly lying about paying a man to conceal sexual misconduct.
"The Denny I served with worked hard on behalf of his constituents and the country," House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said in a statement. "I'm shocked and saddened to learn of these reports."
A new program in Dallas is aiming to cut down on deadly domestic violence by collecting guns from convicted abusers — and advocates are hoping the program could become a model for cities nationwide, NBC News reported. The program marks the first time the Texas government is partnering with a private gun range to collect firearms from convicted abusers, who must hand over their guns or give them to an authorized third party. There were 38 domestic violence homicides in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2013, the worst of any metro area in the U.S., the Texas Council on Family Violence said in its latest survey last fall.
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Controversy is shaking up a Southern California apartment complex after a flier appeared in community elevators specifically asking African-American residents to speak quietly and to turn down music levels at night. The fliers were posted in at least two of the elevators at the Toscana Apartments, located near the campus of University of California, Irvine, and advised and reminded residents about the appropriate noise levels, citing several recent complaints. And, at the bottom left, this: "We would like to remind our African-American residents to keep conversation volume down and reduce music levels between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.”
To honor the college graduates saying farewell to campus and into their next big adventures, NBC News compiled some of the best bits of advice from commencement speeches addressed to the class of 2015 around the U.S. "It is my responsibility as a commencement speaker to prepare you for what awaits you in the future," comedian Stephen Colbert told graduates of Wake Forest University. "Here it is: No one has any idea what's going to happen." Michelle Obama told graduates at Tuskeegee University
to "seek out the most polarized...places you can find." And at Rutgers University - Camden, Jon Bon Jovi did what he does best: break out his guitar
A would-be thief who tried to grab a 22-year-old mother's iPhone at a Bronx laundromat punched the woman's 6-year-old son in the face when the boy stepped in his way as he tried to flee the mother's grasp, authorities said.