There have been no higher stakes on a Republican debate stage in the 2016 campaign for president than there were Saturday night.
Seven GOP Republican hopefuls faced off just three days before a make-or-break New Hampshire primary that some of them are not likely to survive.
Coming off a strong Iowa finish, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tripped up early under attack from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who are jockeying for the same Republican voters.
Donald Trump was back, Carly Fiorina was out and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was drawing attacks after his strong showing in Iowa. The GOP presidential candidates were on stage Saturday night for the final debate before the New Hampshire primary, where some of the Republicans must do well if they are to continue. Trump, who finished second behind Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the Iowa caucuses, returned after skipping the last debate. Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, was excluded by the rules of host ABC News. Here are some of the liveliest moments of the evening.
North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland.
The rocket was fired from North Korea's west coast and tracked separately by the governments Japan and South Korea, which immediately convened a an emergency national security council meeting. South Korean media reported that the rocket may have failed, but provided no other details. The South Korean government couldn't immediately confirm the reports.
The murders of three Muslim-American college students almost one year ago devastated their families, but it didn't stop their loved ones from an important mission: making sure the trio's legacy of service lives on, NBC News reported.
A tweet that was written more than a year before Deah Barakat, 23, was killed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Feb. 10 with his wife and sister-in-law has served as the inspiration for the opening of a new community center meant to honor their legacy.
A neighbor is accused of fatally shooting Barakat and his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, following a dispute.
"I have a dream one day, to have a unified and structured community," Barakat tweeted in July 2014. "Have a voice in our society and support the youth with their projects."
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Rescuers on Sunday found signs of life within the remains of a high-rise residential building that collapsed in a powerful, shallow earthquake in southern Taiwan that killed at least 19 people, as families anxiously waited on site.
The emergency center in Tainan, the worst-hit city, said Sunday that 171 people had been rescued from the building following the magnitude-6.4 quake that struck at dawn Saturday.
Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said in TV interviews from the site of the building collapse that there was an estimated 124 still trapped, many at the bottom of the wreckage. Lai said that they had been able to rescue many people by using information from residents who got out on the possible locations of those still inside.
The Republican debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, got off to a bit of an awkward start on Saturday.
It began on a high note, when ABC moderator David Muir introduced New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Ben Carson's name, drowned out by applause, was called second. But instead of making his way onto the stage, he stood off to the side as the moderators continued on down the candidate list.
Carson then started to make his way out, but suddenly stopped short when the moderators called out Ted Cruz’s name.
A former New Jersey corrections officer has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman who was detained in a cell under his supervision.
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement Friday that Shawn Shaw, of Newark, faces a sentence of up to life in prison on the charge of depriving the victim of her rights and up to 20 years on an obstructing justice charge.
Officials say that in December 2010 Shaw, who was an Essex County Correctional officer, was the only guard on duty in the female unit.
Investigators scoured the site of a fatal crane collapse for clues Saturday, removing the built-in computer that is believed to have tracked the movements of the 15-story rig in the moments surrounding its fall onto a Lower Manhattan street. Officials warned it would take weeks and perhaps even months to determine what caused the construction crane to plummet as it was being lowered to safety in a snow squall on Friday. A Harvard-educated Wall Street worker was killed and three others, including a firefighter, were injured, officials said.
Marco Rubio, a first-term senator on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night's Republican debate, with rivals vigorously challenging his readiness to be president and depth of his expertise as they sought to salvage their own White House hopes.
Sen. Ted Cruz, fresh off his victory in the Iowa caucuses, also came under withering criticism for controversial political tactics, with rivals disparaging him for having "Washington ethics" and being willing to test the campaign's legal limits.
Authorities on Saturday called off the search for survivors of a midair collision that sent at least one plane plunging into the ocean near the Port of Los Angeles. A small debris field was located after a plane was reported down about 3:14 p.m. near the Point Fermin Lighthouse, according to Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The discovery was part of a large-scale search for two men and a woman that was suspended Saturday morning. "The rescue operation has transitioned to a recovery operation," according to a statement Saturday from the Coast Guard. The LA County Sheriff's Department plans to conduct diving and sonar searches to located wreckage, according to the statement.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright slammed Bernie Sanders on Saturday, expressing concerns over the Democratic presidential contender's "lack of knowledge" about foreign policy.
"I've been very concerned about his lack of knowledge," Albright said, citing his answer to a question about which country poses the biggest threat to the U.S. right now.
"We have to have a president that is ready on Day 1 to deal with problems," she told NBC News in an exclusive interview. "I have never seen such a complicated international situation, and we can't afford learning on the job."
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New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people's sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday, joining other states that have acted against what's known as gay conversion therapy. The move comes as gay rights advocates have tried to ban a practice that major mental health organizations have repudiated. Cuomo announced planned regulations that would bar insurance coverage for the therapy for minors and prohibit mental health facilities under state Office of Mental Health jurisdiction from offering it to minors.