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President Barack Obama signed a rescue package on Thursday for financially strapped Puerto Rico, which is facing more than $70 billion in debt and a major payment due Friday.
Obama signed the bill hours after it won final passage in the Senate on Wednesday night. Obama said there is still tough work to do to get Puerto Rico out of the hole that it's in.
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte did their part.
The longtime rivals are headed to another showdown at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
Phelps and Lochte cruised through the semifinals of the 200-meter individual medley Thursday night, each of them winning their heats in dominating fashion.
Police in Turkey arrested 13 for a possible connection to the attack on Istanbul's airport as the death toll as the death toll climbed to 44 on Thursday and funerals continued for the victims, NBC News reported.
Along with the dead, more than 200 were injured when assailants with guns and explosives hit the airport on Tuesday.
Officials have said the coordinated assault on Ataturk airport bore the hallmarks of ISIS, but there has been no official claim of responsibility. Turkish officials have not publicly identified the attackers. Police sources told NBC News that assailants were Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz.
Police carried out 16 raids targeting ISIS suspects in Istanbul overnight. The state-run Anadolu Agency said 13 people were taken into custody — including three foreign nationals.
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In an attempt to block the "Stop Trump" movement that aimed to upend the Republican National Convention, delegates began circulating a draft rule that would effectively lock-in Donald Trump as the GOP nominee.
Anti-Trump forces have talked up rules that could let delegates vote against Trump, regardless of the primary results. But the first proposed rule for this year's convention in Cleveland, obtained by MSNBC, proposes to freeze 2012 rules so that no new amendments can take effect until after this year's convention.
If the proposal passes, it guarantees that if amendments designed to stop Trump, such as a "conscience clause" that would function as a delegate escape hatch, are also passed, they would only go into effect at "the 2020 National Convention."
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved Apple's patent for a technology that could prevent iPhone cameras from recording or photographing live shows.
According to the patent, which was filed in 2009 and granted earlier this week, an infrared device could be set up on stage at live events.
Former Vice President Al Gore's daughter was among 23 people arrested during a protest of a pipeline under construction.
The arrests happened Wednesday at the site of Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral pipeline in Boston.
Karenna Gore was among demonstrators who tried to block construction activity on the site by lying in a trench dug for the pipeline and refusing to move until firefighters removed them, said protest group Resist the Pipeline & Stop the West Roxbury Lateral.
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The 10 U.S. sailors captured and humiliated by Iran after mistakenly steering their boats into Iranian waters in January were beset not just by poor judgment and faulty equipment. They also showed a remarkable lack of curiosity about potential dangers in one of the world's more dangerous waterways, according to an in-depth Navy investigation. In deviating from their planned Persian Gulf route from Kuwait to Bahrain -- without asking approval or notifying superiors -- they passed an island to their east and wondered whether it might be Saudi territory, rocks or oil platforms. The crews of both boats consulted their navigation systems, which depicted the mass as a small purple dot. If they had investigated the dot, they would have seen that it was labeled Farsi Island, a well-known base for the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy.
A Palestinian youth sneaked into a fortified Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Thursday, broke into a home and stabbed to death a 13-year-old Israeli-American girl as she slept in bed before frantic security guards arrived and killed him.
The girl, identified as Hallel Yaffa Ariel, became the youngest Israeli victim of a nine-month wave of violence that has seen dozens of Palestinian attacks.
The early-morning stabbing, carried out by a 17-year-old Palestinian high school dropout, was among the most brazen attacks so far, drawing angry accusations and calls from Israeli leaders for the world to condemn the incident.
The race to become Britain's next prime minister took a dramatic, unexpected turn Thursday as former London Mayor Boris Johnson — popular with the public and widely considered to be a front-runner — ruled himself out of contention after the defection of a key ally.
In a morning of political machinations and high-stakes treachery that had commentators reaching for Shakespearean parallels, Justice Secretary Michael Gove abruptly withdrew his support for Johnson and announced he would run for the Conservative Party leadership himself.
Johnson, a prominent campaigner for Britain's withdrawal from the 28-nation European Union, then told a news conference that the next Conservative leader would need to unite the party and ensure Britain's standing in the world.
After spending 16 years in prison, a man convicted of murder who was at the center of the podcast "Serial" has won a new trial in Baltimore.
Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 and burying her in a park. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch ruled Thursday that Syed deserves another trial because his attorney failed to cross-examine a cell tower expert about the reliability of data that placed Syed's cellphone near the burial site.
Jane Fonda, Lady Gaga, Caitlyn Jenner, and other celebrities are paying tribute to the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in a video released by gay-advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.
In the 18-minute video released Wednesday, the celebrities read the name, age and a biographical sketch of each shooting victim.
Lawyers for the contractor hired to renovate a Stamford, Connecticut, home where three young girls and their grandparents died in a 2011 Christmas Day fire said their client will be available for deposition in a civil case.
Michael Borcina, the main contractor who was working on the home, was supposed to turn over construction documents that could shed light on the fire, NBC News reports, but some attorneys in the case said he is nowhere to be found.
On Thursday morning, Borcina's attorney, Rob Laney, said his client was never missing and they were able to work out a date for deposition.
"We worked through the issues and we're going to make him available for his deposition. He just sat through three days of testimony and he'll sit for fourth and work the issues out," Laney said.
Authorities have found most of the nearly 80,000 bottles of beer that were stolen from an Atlanta brewery last week, but the company says every last drop will have to be thrown away. SweetWater Brewing Co. spokeswoman Tucker Berta Sarkisian said in a news release that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Southeastern Transportation Security Council on Wednesday returned 30 of the 40 pallets of beer that had been stolen, minus a few cases.
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Police are looking for a man captured on video violently shoving a bag of feces down the pants of a woman walking on Manhattan's Upper East Side Monday.
The 27-year-old woman was walking at about 6 p.m. when the man approached her from behind, grabbed her waist and shoved a bag of feces down her pants, police said.
He grabbed her buttocks, then ran away.
Surveillance video released by police Wednesday shows the suspect catching up to the victim as she walks while on her cellphone. He quickly grabs her from behind, and the startled victim tries to yank herself out of his grasp and pivots away from him.
After a brief struggle, the suspect chucks off a pair of latex gloves, then flees, the video shows.
Police said the attack was random and the woman did not know the suspect.
Zika virus causes different types of brain damage in babies, not just microcephaly, according to two new reports.
Brazilian researchers found as many as one in five babies born with brain damage caused by Zika had normal-sized heads, NBC News reports. That means babies who may seem normal may in fact suffer from serious conditions that parents and doctors may not notice until they get older.
Worse, one study confirms that many of the pregnant women whose babies were affected didn't have the obvious symptoms of Zika, such as a rash. The virus is known to cause invisible infections in most people who catch it — usually good news, but that's bad news for pregnant women who may not know anything is amiss until their babies start showing symptoms as they grow.
And the study also found that even late in pregnancy, babies can suffer brain damage caused by Zika. In other words, there's no stage of pregnancy that's safe.
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