Former President Bill Clinton was in Australia the day before the September 11 attacks when he described a chance he passed up to take down Osama bin Laden. "I nearly got him. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him. And so I just didn't do it," he said on tape. The recording was lost and forgotten about until last week, when Michael Kroger, the former head of the Liberal Party in the Australian state of Victoria, remembered he had the tape, and Sky News in Australia played it on Thursday.
The news that thousands of unaccompanied children are crossing the U.S. border is just making headlines, but it has been brewing for months, even years. President Obama is asking Congress for $3.7 billion to tackle the issue, which has become a flashpoint in the debate over immigration.
A guest’s attempt to silence his phone after it rang in the middle of a live broadcast was not as subtle as he may have hoped.
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A 68-year-old Illinois man was jailed without bond Thursday after being accused by federal prosecutors of inserting sewing needles into packaged meat "just for the hell of it" at a grocery store in his hometown at least seven times over more than a year.
The criminal complaint filed Wednesday against Ronald Avers said one buyer of boneless chuck roast at the Shop 'n Save store in Belleville just east of St. Louis later bit into one of the needles, and a needle slipped into a steak stuck another customer.
SuperValu Inc., the Minnesota-based corporate parent of the Shop 'n Save chain, stressed that none of the cases resulted in serious injury, and that the alleged tampering was isolated to only the meat section of one store.
Twenty allegedly abused pit bulls were taken from a Queens home Thursday as the NYPD's newly formed Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad helped bust an alleged dog-fighting ring. Members of the squad found 20 starved and scarred pit bulls inside the home as part of their dog-fighting investigation. The dogs were all taken to the ASPCA's main office for medical care.
Parents' groups and a California lawmaker are pushing for a statewide proposed legislation to ensure baby changing stations are available to both men and women in public facilities, in what they say is an effort to promote gender equality. Sen. Ricardo Lara is backing SB 1350, also known as the Potty Parity for Parents Act, the first proposition of its kind in the country. If passed, it would require baby changing stations to be installed in men’s restrooms if one is installed in an adjacent women’s restroom.
President Barack Obama on Friday slammed House Republicans for blocking his plans to improve the economy and for the impasse in the border crisis, as the GOP was still working to pass a revised bill that will add $35 million for states to address the influx of undocumented immigrants. Obama said the GOP was trying to pass the "most extreme and unworkable bills" on immigration. Speaking from the White House Friday as Congress started its five-week summer break, the president also praised the advances in the U.S. economy, but called on lawmakers do more to accelerate its growth. He also called for the unconditional release of the Israeli soldier captured in Gaza, if Hamas wants to resolve the conflict.
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Senior and disability advocates blocked two tech buses for half an hour in San Francisco Friday morning to protest rising eviction rates of vulnerable residents. Holding banners sporting phrases like "Eviction Free San Francisco," protestors said the tech buses, which transport employees of companies like Google and Apple to their campuses in Silicon Valley, have caused property values to skyrocket, leading to a sharp increase in evictions of people who can least afford them. "They're a symbol of the arrogance and takeover of the city," one activist said.
The city medical examiner has ruled the death of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old father whose death in police custody sparked national outrage, a homicide, saying a chokehold killed him. The medical examiner said compression of the neck and chest, along with Garner's positioning on the ground while being restrained by police during the July 17 stop on Staten Island, caused his death.
The Southern California firefighter who went missing during a mountain camping trip and was later found dead had Ecstasy and alcohol in his system when he died, according to a toxicology report obtained by NBC4 Friday. Arcadia firefighter Mike Herdman, 36, disappeared June 13 in the Los Padres National Forest with a friend and fellow firefighter. His body was found June 27 on a cliff in rugged terrain less than a mile from where he was last seen.
One of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged as an adult with stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character "Slender Man" is mentally incompetent and can't stand trial, a judge said Friday. The judge also ordered that she be committed for treatment, and said attorneys have a year to restore her to competency. He acted after receiving reports from two doctors and hearing from attorneys.
Facebook was down on Friday for many users, who received an error message instead of access to the social networking service.
“Sorry, something went wrong,” the message on Facebook said. “We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can."
The hashtag FacebookDown was trending on Twiter.
An amazing new video showing a previously isolated indigenous Amazonian tribe emerged this week years after a government organization started studying the group. Brazil's National Indigenous Foundation said it has been monitoring the group since 2008, but direct contact was not made until June. The footage shows the tribesmen's contact with members of the Ashaninka community in the state of Acre in northwestern Brazil near the Peru border. Some of the tribesmen in the video are armed with weapons, but their interaction appears to be mostly peaceful.
A safety expert for a national skydiving association says a "mini tornado" caused the accident that killed a correction officer and injured his instructor during a tandem jump.
Gary Messina died in the accident at Skydive Long Island in Calverton Wednesday afternoon, a day before his 26th birthday. His instructor, Christopher Scott, was critically injured.