An expert panel commissioned by Japan's capital city has warned that the total cost for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics could exceed 3 trillion yen ($30 billion) unless drastic cost-cutting measures are taken.
The panel on Thursday said the ballooning costs reflect an absence of leadership and a lack of governance and awareness of cost control.
Philadelphia police shot and killed a man who injured five people, including his son and daughter, during a stabbing spree in the Cobbs Creek section of the city, officials said Wednesday.
Donald Trump's debate performance did not help his standing among among women likely to vote in the election in November, according to a new NBC News|SurveyMoney poll taken after Monday’s debate.
NBC News reported that 27 percent of likely female voters said the debate caused them to think worse of Trump, while just 12 percent said their views on Clinton worsened. Eleven percent of women voters said their views on Trump improved while 30 percent said their views on Hillary Clinton improved.
The poll found that overall, 52 percent of likely voters who watched the debate or followed coverage on it thought Hillary Clinton won, and women named Clinton the winner of the debate by a 10-point margin over men.
"I'm undecided, but I'm leaning more towards Hillary than I ever have before because of the debate," said Joan Hume, a 71-year-old retiree from Ohio who said she voted for Trump in the primary.
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Death Valley National Park
Miles of tire tracks left behind by someone out for a joyride mark the latest act of vandalism in California's Death Valley National Park.
The tracks in the hottest, driest place on earth extend for about 10 miles, including looping patterns likely created by doughnuts from the sport utility vehicle's tires, on the fragile surface of the park's "Racetrack Playa." The scars will likely remain on the surface for years because exposed loose silt can be blown away by strong winds, causing a depression in the dry soil.
The remote dry lake is known for unusual tracks, but not the man-made kind.
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A new type of artificial bone shaped with a 3-D printer can repair deformed bones and help heal some spine, skull and jaw injuries, researchers say in a new report printed in the journal Science Translational Medicine. When the bone material was tested in a monkey, the bone fused to the animal’s skull and new blood vessels grew into it, NBC News reports. “Within four weeks, the implant had fully integrated, fully vascularized with the monkey’s own skull,” researcher Adam Jakus said. “And there is actually evidence of new bone formation.” The hyper-elastic bone can be shaped with a 3-D printer to customize individual implants. Scientists hope to be able to test the implants in humans within the next five years.
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A majority (52 percent) of voters who followed the first presidential debate said Hillary Clinton won, according to an NBC News/Survey Monkey post-debate poll.
Twenty-one percent of those polled thought Trump was the winner, while 26 percent said neither candidate emerged victorious.
Fifty percent of Democrats said their impression of Clinton changed for the better after watching the debate. About a quarter of Republicans polled said their impression of Trump changed positively.
The first face-off of the 2016 presidential election cycle broke debate viewership records and about three-quarters of respondents said they watched the debate live.
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The emotional stories of women who say they were sexually assaulted more than a decade ago by Bill Cosby prompted California state lawmakers to approve a bill to eliminate the state's 10-year limit on filing rape and related charges. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he has approved the legislation to revoke that limitation. Beginning next year, the bill will end the statute of limitations in certain rape and child molestation cases. It will also end the time limit on older cases in which the statute of limitations has not yet expired.
Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus.
The House cleared the measure by a 342-85 vote just hours after a bipartisan Senate tally. The votes came after top congressional leaders broke through a stalemate over aid to help Flint, Michigan, address its water crisis. Top Republicans gave renewed guarantees that Flint will get funding later this year to help rid its water system of lead.
The hybrid spending measure was Capitol Hill's last major to-do item before the election.
Appalled by the continued bombing of a besieged Syrian city, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the United States is on the verge of ending negotiations with Russia over a cease-fire in the nation, NBC News reported.
The announcement comes weeks after the two nations reached a cease-fire agreement that has since been repeatedly breached, and the White House has said it holds Russia responsible as Syria's military launched a new offensive to take the city from rebels.
"The bombing of Aleppo right now is inexcusable," Kerry said at an event in Washington, D.C., adding that roughly 400 civilians in the city have been killed there in the last eight days.
U.S. Ambassador to the the U.N. Samantha Power said Thursday that "what [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad and Russia are doing in Aleppo is soul-shattering."
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Hillary Clinton sought Wednesday to build on her widely praised debate performance by making a direct appeal to younger voters whose enthusiasm drove Bernie Sanders' unlikely campaign.
Clinton was joining Sanders on the campaign trail for the first time since they held a "unity" rally in July in an attempt to unify the Democratic Party. Since then, Clinton has continued struggling to win over young Americans who formed a critical pillar of the coalition that twice elected President Barack Obama.
The setting for the latest display of unity between Clinton and her primary rival — New Hampshire — was indicative of the areas where Clinton's campaign believes she still has the most work to do. Sanders, from neighboring Vermont, resoundingly defeated Clinton in the February primary in New Hampshire, a battleground state in the November election.
Congress has rejected a veto by President Barack Obama for the first time since he became president.
The House voted 348-77 Wednesday to override his veto of legislation and allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the attackers.
The Senate had voted 97-1 to override his veto.
The lawsuit legislation now becomes law despite elements that Obama and top Pentagon officials warn could put U.S. troops and interests at risk.
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Congress has approved legislation outlining a federal bill of rights for survivors of sexual assault.
The bill would ensure that survivors in federal criminal cases have the right to a sexual assault evidence collection kit, to be told of the results and to be notified in writing before the kit is destroyed.
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A state law that prohibits voters from posting photos of their ballots online suppresses a large swath of political speech and is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.
The law, which took effect in September 2014, made posting a photo of a completed ballot a violation punishable by a fine of up to $1,000. It was struck down a year ago, but the state appealed to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, which heard arguments this month and issued a decision Wednesday upholding the earlier ruling.
Rebels in Colombia from the National Liberation Army say they are ready to overcome outstanding differences with the government and initiate stalled peace talks.
The announcement Wednesday by the ELN on its Twitter account comes two days after Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a peace deal with the far-more powerful Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
The ELN and government announced in March they would start peace talks. But the talks never got going after Santos demanded the group renounce kidnapping after its fighters took a prominent politician captive.