The annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a white-tie gala in New York that is often the last time the two presidential nominees share a stage before Election Day, is traditionally a time when campaign hostilities are set aside.
Not this year.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded sharp barbs and brutal takedowns Thursday, the night after their final debate, with many in the well-heeled crowd turning on the Republican nominee midway through his remarks and showering him with jeers.
Militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early on Friday in an assault quickly claimed by the Islamic State group and likely aimed at diverting authorities' attention for the battle to retake IS-held Mosul.
At least 11 workers, including two Iranians, were killed when IS militants stormed a power plant north of Kirkuk and then blew themselves up.
Multiple explosions meanwhile rocked the city and gun battles were underway, said witnesses in Kirkuk, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were concerned for their safety. Much of the fighting was centered on a government compound in the city.
A deep-pocketed environmental group aligned with Hillary Clinton will blanket 1.1 million households in battleground states with mailers warning millennials that a vote for a third-party candidate only helps Donald Trump, the group told NBC News.
The League of Conservation Voters plans to spend $2.6 million before Election Day, most of which will go towards their efforts to prevent Libertarian Nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein — polling at about 7 percent and 3 percent, respectively — from siphoning votes away from Clinton.
"There are high stakes for young voters in this election, including the opportunity to meet the climate crisis head-on, and they overwhelmingly dislike Trump. But some may still be leaning towards a third-party candidate instead of Hillary," said LCV National Campaigns Director Clay Schroers. "This is a group of young people who don't want to risk a Trump presidency, and it's important that they know that a vote for anyone but Hillary is a vote for Trump."
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Donald Trump said at a rally Thursday that he will "totally accept" the results of the presidential election "if I win."
"I will accept a clear election result, but will also reserve my right to contest or file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result," Trump declared at a campaign stop now in Delaware, Ohio.
The latest comments came after Republicans slammed Trump for his refusal at the final presidential debate Wednesday night to say he will honor the results of the November election should he lose and braced for a fresh political headache with less than three weeks left until Election Day.
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A theoretical, distant and undiscovered planet in the solar system may be why the sun is tilted, according to a new study released this week by Caltech scientists.
It's called Planet Nine, NBC News reported, and it is said to be lurking deep in the Milky Way, tilting the planets in our solar system by as much as six degrees — or so the calculations say.
"Because Planet Nine is so massive and has an orbit tilted compared to the other planets, the solar system has no choice but to slowly twist out of alignment," said Elizabeth Bailey, lead author of the study announcing the discovery.
Planet Nine remains a mystery. It was proposed through computer and mathematical modeling, but one has actually seen it yet, far beyond Pluto, which used to be thought of as the ninth planet.
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A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 shakes western Japan, but there is no danger of a tsunami being caused.
The Meteorological Agency said the earthquake occurred Friday at 2:10 p.m. (0510 GMT) in Japan's western prefecture of Tottori, about 700 kilometers (430 miles) west of Tokyo, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) underground.
The agency said there was no danger of a tsunami from the inland temblor.
The Syrian government on Friday opened a new corridor for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, a move that's part of a Russia-announced pause in the fighting and which the rebels in the city have already dismissed.
Residents in eastern Aleppo have said many won't go since there are no guarantees that the evacuees won't be arrested by government forces.
Even as the corridor opened along Aleppo's main artery to the north, the Castello Road, intense clashes and shelling erupted in the Jobar neighborhood in the capital of Damascus, activists and residents said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were casualties both among the rebels and the government forces.
South Africa will soon submit a bill in parliament to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, its justice minister said Friday, making the country the second this week, after Burundi, to move to leave the tribunal that pursues the world's worst atrocities.
The bill will propose that South Africa repeal the Rome Statute that created the court because the statute is "in conflict and inconsistent with" the country's diplomatic immunity law, said Michael Masutha, the minister of justice and correctional services.
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The shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald two years ago, on Oct. 20, 2014, has become the defining moment of a mayor, his police force, the criminal justice system and a city that for decades resisted with all its might the notion that a code of silence dictated who got justice and who did not.
Even Jamie Kalven, the independent Chicago journalist who first broke the story of the 2014 killing of the teenager, shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke, admits being stunned at it's impact.
"It is extraordinary," he said this week. "I’ve never seen anything like it. I couldn’t have imagined it."
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A 50-year-old woman was killed by a Takata air bag inflator in California, the 11th confirmed fatality tied to ruptures in the company's air bags in the United States, officials said Thursday.
The woman was driving a 2001 Honda Civic when she was killed Sept. 30 in Riverside County, according to a news release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The air bags can inflate with too much force, which can cause their metal interiors to rupture and spew shrapnel into the vehicle.
With less than 20 days until voters choose the next president of the United States, the current commander-in-chief was in Miami on Thursday talking about health care and stumping for his party’s nominee.
And President Barack Obama also took Donald Trump to task for "dangerous" comments at Wednesday's debate, which he doubled down on Thursday, refusing to say he'd accept the results of the presidential election if he loses.
"When you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people's minds about the legitimacy of our elections," Obama said at a Hillary Clinton rally in Miami Gardens, "you're doing the work of our adversaries for them, because our democracy depends on people knowing that their vote matters."
British American Tobacco has offered to buy Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion cash-and-stock deal.
The London-based company offered Friday to buy the 57.8 percent of Reynolds it doesn't already own for the equivalent of $56.50 per share. Reynolds shareholders would receive $24.13 in cash and 0.5502 of a BAT share for each Reynolds share.
BAT says the deal values the Winston Salem, North Carolina-based company, at $93 billion and that the offer price represents a 20 percent premium over Reynolds' closing price Thursday.
First lady Michelle Obama has emerged as perhaps the most effective Donald Trump critic in the Democrats' lineup, and she's done it without ever uttering two key words: Donald Trump.
In her six campaign trail speeches for Hillary Clinton, the first lady has never said the Republican nominee's name. She's talked about "this candidate" and dedicated much of her time to a searing indictment of his words and positions. But throughout her buzzworthy takedowns, Trump remains the man who shall remain nameless.