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A fire that burned 18 homes and forced evacuations at around 10,000 residences continued to flare up Tuesday in the Santa Clarita Valley north of Los Angeles.
But the fire, which had been increasing by about 10,000 acres per day since it broke out Friday, did not grow signficantly overnight and was at about 58 square miles Tuesday morning. Aggressive efforts by about 3,000 firefighters helped slow the spread of the blaze that burned through the dry terrain, parched after five years of drought in Southern California.
Containment, at just 10 percent on Monday, increased to 25 percent Tuesday morning.
A young Japanese man went on a stabbing rampage Tuesday at a facility for the mentally disabled where he had been fired, officials said, killing 19 people months after he gave a letter to Parliament outlining the bloody plan and saying all disabled people should be put to death.
When he was done, Kanagawa prefectural authorities said, 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu had left dead or injured nearly a third of the almost 150 patients at the facility in a matter of 40 minutes in the early Tuesday attack. It is Japan's deadliest mass killing in decades. The fire department said 25 were wounded, 20 of them seriously.
A father and son from Chicago have been charged in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a woman visiting Illinois State University during orientation for incoming students.
The Bloomington Pantagraph reports 19-year-old Shawn Childs Jr. is charged with four counts of criminal sexual assault. Shawn Childs Sr. is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver for allegedly putting ecstasy in the woman's soda during the alleged incident Tuesday.
McLean County Assistant State's Attorney Adam Ghrist said Thursday when the alleged victim went to her room after feeling ill, she was followed by Childs Jr. and sexually assaulted. She reported the attack the following morning.
Without mentioning Donald Trump by name, first lady Michelle Obama stood before the Democratic convention on Monday and drew a sharp sketch of the Republican nominee that stood in harsh contrast to her gauzy portrait of Hillary Clinton as a woman who has looked out for children and the disadvantaged all her life.
Delivering a mother's impassioned call to action, Mrs. Obama offered Clinton to the nation as a woman with a heart and as a future president who never "buckles under pressure" or takes the easy way out.
Mrs. Obama told delegates and a national television audience that when she thinks of "the kind of president that I want for my girls and all children," it's someone who takes the job seriously — "someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters."
Olympic champion Alexander Dyachenko and four other Russian canoeists have been barred from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after being named in a recent report alleging a state-sponsored doping cover-up.
The International Canoe Federation said Tuesday that the five were mentioned in World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren's report last week, which specifically detailed how Russian state officials allegedly intervened to cover up hundreds of failed drug tests.
"This is a bitter blow for the Olympic movement and we are saddened that our sport in implicated," ICF general secretary Simon Toulson said in a statement. "The ICF will continue its strong zero-tolerance stance and remove all athletes that contravene its rules in anyway ... If you step out of line you won't make the start line."
Comic Sarah Silverman joined Sen. Al Franken Monday night to urge Democratic National Convention delegates to unite — then stirred up Bernie Sanders die-hards with some choice words: "To the Bernie or bust people, you're being ridiculous."
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First came the hack, then the leak. Now, the Clinton and Trump campaigns are fighting over Russia's role in the release of thousands of internal Democratic National Committee emails.
At least one thing is clear: The email uproar is an unwelcome distraction at the launch of the Democratic National Convention, inflaming the rift between supporters of Hillary Clinton and primary rival Bernie Sanders just when the party was hoping to close it.
As the Philadelphia convention got underway Monday, developments in the email story rolled out in rapid sequence.
Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren took the stage at the Democratic National Convention Monday night, two liberal firebrands speaking amid tumult that exposed deep tensions between the party's left wing and its center.
Sanders' followers greeted him with a lengthy ovation, and he thanked them in a speech in which he was expected to back Hillary Clinton, his opponent in the sometimes bitter primaries. Acknowledging the disappointment his supporters felt, he urged them to vote for Clinton anyway.
"Hillary Clinton will make a great president and I am proud to stand with her tonight," he said, concluding remarks that went on at length about what qualified her to be president over Donald Trump.
Historians of the presidential horse race have plenty of mud to wade through, from Watergate to railroad bribery, and plenty of sex scandals in between.
But this year's election offers something new: Donald Trump appears to be the first nominee of a major political party in modern memory to be the subject of ongoing litigation, according to presidential experts.
"I don't know of any other litigation involving a major candidate for election," Columbia University scholar Henry F. Graff told NBC in an email, when asked about the fraud lawsuit over Trump University that's set to be heard in November.
Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden cars on Tuesday outside the U.N. Mine Action Service offices and a Somali army checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing 13 people, including seven U.N. guards, Somali police officials said.
The two blasts took place near the African Union base, Somali police chief Gen. Mohamed Sheikh Hassan said at a press conference.
Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the bombings, according to the group's Andalus radio station.
Unlike previous attacks by al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaida, gunmen did not accompany the suicide bomber, said police Capt. Mohamed Hussein.
Flora fans will get a rare chance to see -- and smell -- a rare occurrence this week at the New York Botanical Garden.
The NYBG announced that the its Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the corpse flower, is expected to bloom on Tuesday after more than 10 years of growth.
It was originally expected to start blooming on Saturday and then Monday, but it's now believed that it will open up and emit its ferocious smell at any moment Tuesday.
It'll be the first time that the flowering plant, known for its deep burgundy petals and corpse-like smell, will bloom on display since 1939.
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A North Texas girl is taking her cancer fight to Washington, D.C.
Nine-year-old Sadie Keller is battling leukemia. For the last year NBC 5 has covered how she video-blogged her cancer treatment and raised more than 1,000 toys for sick kids at Christmas.
In a new video, Sadie is calling on Vice President Joe Biden to help make childhood cancer research a national priority.
Through an organization called The Truth 365, which documents children fighting cancer, Keller is sharing the video and urging the vice president to attend an upcoming event called CureFest in Washington, D.C. The event is aimed at uniting the childhood cancer community.
Republican Donald Trump slammed Democrat Hillary Clinton's choice for a running mate Monday, calling U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine a "weird little dude."
Trump made the comment in Roanoke, Virginia, where he appeared with his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, at their first campaign event since last week's GOP convention.
General Mills widened its recall of potentially contaminated flour Monday, and health officials said 46 people have been made sick so far by raw flour.
The flour was contaminated with toxic E. coli bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
"Four more ill people have been reported from two states. The most recent illness started on June 25, 2016," the CDC said. Two different types of E. coli have been found in the flour. The total: 46 people made sick in 21 states, NBC News reported.
"Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicate that flour produced at the General Mills facility in Kansas City, Missouri is a likely source of this outbreak," the CDC added.
General Mills has a complete list of the affected flours on its website.
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