Paul White/AP, File
The Spanish government moved decisively Saturday to use a previously untapped constitutional power so it can take control of Catalonia and derail the independence movement led by separatist politicians in the prosperous industrial region.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said after a special Cabinet session that he wants the Senate to allow central ministers to take over functions from all the regional Cabinet members and give him the power to call regional elections — something that only Catalonia's top leader can do now.
Rajoy said he is using Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution in order to "restore normalcy" in the country, which faces its most grave institutional crisis in decades with Catalonia's independence movement. He said a new regional election in Catalonia should be held in the next six months.
Munich Fire Department
A manhunt was underway in Munich after a knife-wielding attacker injured four people early Saturday, police told NBC News.
The suspect, described as a large unshaven man in his forties with light-brown hair, appeared to choose his victims at random, police said. Some victims suffered stab wounds but none were believed to be life-threatening.
Police said they had made an arrest but that the search was still underway.
FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson granted the company's request for a new trial, saying there were errors and jury misconduct in the previous trial that ended with the award two months ago.
Nelson also ruled that there wasn't convincing evidence that Johnson & Johnson acted with malice and the award for damages was excessive.
San Mateo County Sheriff
Prosecutors say the founder of a Northern California startup tech company was arrested and charged with assaulting and sexually abusing a toddler.
Zain Jaffer, the founder of mobile advertising company Vungle, was also charged with battery of a police officer and emergency personnel.
The 29-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this week in San Mateo County.
Getty Images file
California billionaire Tom Steyer announced Friday that he will dump at least $10 million into a national television advertising campaign calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment.
In the ad, Steyer argues Trump should be ousted from office because he has edged the country toward nuclear war, obstructed justice at the FBI and threatened to shut down news organizations he does not like. He urges viewers to call their members of Congress and tell them to bring articles of impeachment.
Former President Barack Obama returned to the political spotlight Thursday for the first time since leaving office by campaigning for the Democratic nominees for Governor in New Jersey and Virginia.
A special counsel is overseeing the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which is also examining whether anyone in President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians.
Here's a look at some of the Americans whose names come up often in connection with the investigation.
A Georgia state lawmaker who is married to former U.S. health secretary Tom Price asked during a legislative committee meeting about the possibility of quarantining people with HIV.
State Rep. Betty Price, a Republican whose district includes parts of Atlanta's northern suburbs, asked the head of the Georgia Department of Public Health's HIV Epidemiology Section at Tuesday's meeting about stopping the spread of HIV — the virus that causes AIDS.
Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images
Google's parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria.
Two of the search giant's "Project Loon" balloons are already over the country enabling texts, emails and basic web access to AT&T customers with handsets that use its 4G LTE network.
The balloons — called HBAL199 and HBAL237 — are more than 60,000 feet (18,000 meters) above land, according to FlightRadar24.com . They navigate using an algorithm that puts them in the best position to deliver signal by rising and falling to ride wind currents. They are also solar-powered and only provide signal during the day.
AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta
The federal judge in Hawaii who stopped President Donald Trump's travel ban from taking effect this week has extended the order.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson on Friday converted the temporary restraining order to a preliminary injunction.
The ban was was announced in September.
AP photo/Luis Andres Henao, File
A team of international scientists said Friday that Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer or malnutrition, rejecting the official cause of death but not laying to rest one of the great mysteries of post-coup Chile.
While saying what the poet and Communist Party politician did not die of, the forensic experts didn't say what he did die of or end the debate over whether he was murdered by agents of Gen. Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship shortly after the country's 1973 military takeover.
What Donald Trump's presidency will look like is unclear to many observers. View gallery »
Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson said White House chief of staff John Kelly lied when he said she took credit two years ago for securing funding for an FBI field office in south Florida. Wilson also accused Kelly of using a "racist term" in describing her as an "empty barrel."
The Miami Gardens congresswoman said in an interview with CNN on Friday that she wasn't in Congress in 2009 when the money for the building was secured. Wilson said she named the building after two slain FBI agents at the request of then-FBI Director James Comey.
“I feel sorry for Gen. Kelly. He has my sympathy for the loss of his son. But he can't just go on TV and lie on me,” Wilson told CNN.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, FIle
President Donald Trump has claimed that under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies have “taken advantage of this country” and “made a fortune,” which he “stopped” by ending payments for cost-sharing subsidies on the ACA marketplaces. That’s misleading, at best, for several reasons.
AFP/Getty Images, File
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that will allow the Air Force to address what the Pentagon says is a serious pilot shortage.
The order amending a post-9-11 emergency declaration will allow the Air Force to recall pilots from retirement.