After a “thorough” investigation, the Pentagon concluded the attack on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan was caused by a combination of "unintentional human errors, process errors and technical errors."
Gen. Joseph Votel said the crew aboard the U.S. AC-130 gunship did not have a 'ready access' to the no-strike list of which the hospital was on and relied on a physical description of the compound provided by Afghan forces, leading the crew to attack the wrong target.
"The fact that this was unintentional takes it out of the realm of being a war crime," Votel said at news conference Friday ahead of the expected release of more than 3,000 pages of a Pentagon report on the investigation.
Raucous protesters and supporters of Donald Trump took to the streets in California, leading to nearly 17 arrests, as the Republican presidential contender brought his campaign to conservative Orange County after sweeping the Northeast GOP primaries.
Dozens of protesters were mostly peaceful Thursday as Trump gave his speech inside the Pacific Amphitheater. After the event, however, the demonstration grew rowdy late in the evening as hundreds of people swarmed Fair Drive and Fairview Road outside the grounds of the Orange County Fair & Event Center.
Approximately 20 people were arrested by Costa Mesa police, according to a tweet from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
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Casting cancer as a scourge with no boundaries, Vice President Joe Biden came to the Vatican on Friday to call for a global commitment to fund cancer research rooted in appreciation for the real people's lives that doctors and researchers hold in their hands.
Biden, who lost a son to cancer last year, used his appearance at a Vatican conference on regenerative medicine to urge philanthropists, corporations and governments to increase funding and information-sharing in a bid to "end cancer as we know it." He said the world is on the cusp of unprecedented breakthroughs but said the world still has not done enough.
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An oil-rig helicopter crashed Friday on an island off the coast of western Norway, killing 11 people and leaving two others missing, a rescue official said.
Jon Sjursoe, a spokesman for Norway's Joint Rescue Coordination Center, said the Eurocopter EC-225 helicopter was carrying 11 Norwegians, one Briton and one Italian from the Gullfaks B oil field in the North Sea to Bergen, 120 kilometers (74 miles) away on the Norwegian mainland. He did not know who was among the confirmed victims.
Norwegian broadcaster NRK said 11 on board were employed by the Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil ASA. The company didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz personally told NBC News he had not met John Boehner, when he addressed comments made about him by the former House Speaker.
But the two men do have a past: Ted Cruz was once Boehner’s lawyer, when Boehner sued Washington state Democrat Jim McDermott over a leaked recording. Boehner filed the lawsuit in 1998 involving the illegal interception of an embarrassing phone call in which Boehner discussed House leadership business. He said his personal privacy was violated.
Boehner won the case — part of which was handled by Ted Cruz. Sources close to Boehner told NBC News the two met during the lawsuit, but likely never had contact after Cruz arrived on Capitol Hill in 2013.
For Boehner, Cruz led the political charge against him, when he was effectively a “player coach” in the move to oust the former speaker last year.
Through the government shutdown in 2013, Cruz helped influence House members in the dissent that made the former speaker choose to step aside in 2015.
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Two women who work in the advertising department at The New York Times have filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the newspaper, its chief executive and chief revenue officer.
The Times reported that in a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Manhattan, account managers Ernestine Grant and Marjorie Walker claim the workplace is "rife with discrimination based on age, race and gender."
"Unbeknownst to the world at large, not only does The Times have an ideal customer (young, white, wealthy), but also an ideal staffer (young, white, unencumbered with a family) to draw that purported ideal customer," the lawsuit said.
Both women are black and in their 60s. Grant has been with the paper for 16 years and Walker for eight years, the Times said.
Which countries have the most gold medals? And how much does it cost to host an Olympic Games? Get ready for the Rio Olympics – and the answers to those and many other Olympic-related questions – with this series of graphics.
The U.S. Supreme Court approved a measure on Thursday that would allow judges to issue warrants for computer searches in any jurisdiction. Civil liberties groups say it unnecessarily expands the FBI's hacking capability, while the Justice Department says it is a minor change necessary to modernize the criminal code.
Judges are normally only able to issue warrants within their own jurisdictions, which are typically small and limited to a few counties. A Justice Department spokesperson said the change is necessary due to the "anonymizing" capabilities that criminals use to conceal their identity and location, and that remote searches are the only way to track the suspects down.
Google and civil liberties groups said that the change is an attack on American's privacy and is counter to the U.S. Constitution's protections against illegal searches and seizures.
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A pregnant woman who unexpectedly went into labour and gave birth to a baby boy onboard a Jetstar Asia flight has named her son after the airline, NBC News reported.
The baby, Saw Jet Star, was delivered safely on Flight 3K583 on April 22, thanks to three doctors on board the plane who stepped forward to help.
"Both mother and son are in good health and have been discharged from the local hospital in Yangon," the airline said in a Facebook post this week.
The airline donated approximately $744 of baby supplies to the family.
Jetstar recognized crew member Saw Ler Htu, who "exercised utmost care and concern for the passenger," and visited the mother and child after they were admitted to a hospital.
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Two Florida teens who vanished on a fishing trip over the summer remain missing months later, and one of their mothers now suspects foul play may have been a factor, according to a lawsuit filed in connection with the case.
Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, were lost at sea while fishing off the coast of Jupiter last July. Their boat was recovered near Bermuda almost eight months later, along with Stephanos' iPhone, which the families hope will provide valuable insight into what went wrong. The teens were never found.
Pamela Cohen, Perry's mother, has said the teens shared Austin Stephanos' phone because her son's was broken. The suit claims she "will continue to suffer irreparable harm if the iPhone is not properly handled as material evidence in a possible maritime crime or homicide."
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first commercial U.S. test Thursday to diagnose the Zika virus, NBC News reported.
Quest Diagnostics will use the same method that government labs use to look for Zika virus in a patient's blood.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends testing pregnant women with Zika symptoms, those who have traveled to areas where Zika is spreading while they are pregnant and women who have had sex with someone who has Zika.
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A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from a drug overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before his death.
The official says that among the things investigators are looking at is whether a doctor was on a plane that made an emergency landing in Illinois less than a week before Prince died.
The earth shook in western Pennsylvania Friday morning during an apparent gas-well explosion that injured one person and could be felt up to 6 miles away.
The blast was reported around 8:30 a.m. Friday in Salem Township, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh in Westmoreland County. One person was burned at the scene and flown to a hospital for treatment.
Emergency crews were working to figure out the source of the gas.
Some residents called for help, saying they thought an airplane had crashed, while others said it felt like an earthquake.
"I didn't know if it was a plane or what," said Scott Filipiak, who was driving in the area. "It darn near blew me off the highway!"
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A bizarre video that was posted on Laremy Tunsil's Twitter account minutes before the start of the NFL draft showed a person smoking from a mask equipped with a bong.
The approximately 30-second video was posted to Tunsil's verified Twitter account before quickly being deleted. The entire account was deactivated about 30 minutes later but the video added to the perception that Tunsil has off-the-field problems.
While it is unclear if it was Tunsil in the video, or what was actually going on, it appeared to impact the left tackle's draft stock. The three-year starter at Mississippi was drafted No. 13 overall.