A federal judge threw out multiple aspects of Wisconsin's voter ID law on Friday, leaving the law itself intact but ruling unconstitutional many restrictions on voting passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Two liberal groups filed a lawsuit in May challenging the laws, including a requirement that voters show photo identification. U.S. District Judge James Peterson agreed with arguments that the laws were enacted to benefit Republicans and make it harder for Democratic supporters to vote, and ordered a range of changes.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine seemingly contradicted the assertion, made by Hillary Clinton's campaign and his own spokesperson, that he would work with the nominee on restoring Medicaid funding for abortion, NBC News reported.
Clinton has come out strongly in favor of repealing the Hyde Amendment, which bans public funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest and life endangerment. The current Democratic platform contains the strongest language yet against Hyde.
In an interview with CNN Friday, Kaine said, "I have been for the Hyde Amendment. I haven't changed my position on that." He then repeated it: "I have not changed my position. Have not changed my position on that."
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Two social media powerhouses joined together for a business lunch at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters on Thursday, no doubt striking a few business deals, comparing notes on the best brands of dog food, and arguing over who really is the internet's favorite dog.
The dress code was, ahem, collar optional.
Beast Zuckerberg, sporting a professional top-knot (or is it a dogbun?), invited social media star Doug the Pug for a sit down chat. The meeting's minutes and agenda were not released to the public, so there's no way to know for sure what the pooches were plotting.
The co-founder of Autism Speaks and wife of a former NBC CEO, Suzanne Wright, died Friday afternoon in her Fairfield, Connecticut, home, the organization's website said.
"Suzanne sparked a global conversation with one question: How can we help people with autism live their best possible lives?" Autism Speaks Chairman of the Board of Directors Brian Kelly and CEO Angela Geiger said in a joint statement.
"Persuading the world to see the potential in each child and adult on the vast autism spectrum is her greatest legacy."
A 14-year-old girl in Wisconsin has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly cutting another teen’s throat, NBC News reported.
The attack happened in the town of New Richmond on Wednesday. The victim survived.
The attacker allegedly rode her bike to the 15-year-old victim’s house and broke bowls over her head, using the shards as knives.
According to court documents, the attacker told her victim she was a psychopath committing her first kill and that she would likely kill again. She allegedly asked the victim if she wanted to “die now” or “bleed out.”
The 14-year-old is being held in the county’s juvenile jail, according to police. NBC News is not identifying her because of her age.
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A Florida Panhandle woman has pleaded no-contest and accepted a 40-year prison sentence for killing her boyfriend and living in a house with his body for several days.
Authorities say 42-year-old Melissa Kristine Kennedy accepted the plea deal Thursday. She was arrested last October after Bay County sheriff's deputies found her in a truck outside the home where she had been caring for her 59-year-old boyfriend Clifford Lewis. Lewis had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
Authorities say Lewis was shot twice and his body was decomposing. Kennedy told investigators he had abused her for years.
Authorities say searchers have found the wreckage of a small medical transport plane in remote Northern California and that at least two people are dead.
A pilot was taking a flight nurse, a transport medic and a patient from Crescent City, near the Oregon border, to Oakland. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office didn't immediately release information about the fates of the other two people aboard.
Rescue teams found the crash site Friday on land owned by a private timber company in Humboldt County, about 280 miles north of San Francisco.
A police officer in Windham, Maine, attempted to "pull over" two cows after they were reportedly menacing cars on Thursday afternoon.
In a video the police department posted on its Facebook page, Officer Ernest MacVane attempts to deal with the cows by asking them to "pull over."
The cows, however, continue walking down the road, leading the officer to call out to the cows and ask them to "stop resisting arrest."
A spokeswoman says a central Indiana couple won the $536 million Mega Millions jackpot drawn this month, but they've chosen to remain anonymous.
The couple's spokeswoman, Lauren Littlefield, attended a news conference Friday with Hoosier Lottery officials. Lottery director Sarah Taylor confirmed the couple purchased the sole winning ticket for the July 8 drawing.
Littlefield says the couple and their two children live just north of Indianapolis.
A North Carolina voting law was struck down Friday by a federal appeals court, finding that Republican lawmakers intentionally discriminated against African-Americans, NBC News reported.
According to the federal appeals court, the measure’s provisions "target African-Americans with almost surgical precision." The court found that African-American registration and turnout rates reached parity with those of whites by 2013.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, signed and championed the law, which imposed a voter ID requirement, cut early voting opportunities, eliminated same-day voter registration and banned voting from outside precincts.
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Donald Trump was vigorously tweeting the morning after Democrats finished their presidential nominating convention.
His targets? A few choice people who criticized him from the stage at the Democratic National Convention.
The Republican presidential nominee on Friday referred to former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, also a billionaire, as "Little Michael Bloomberg," who "never had the guts to run for president" and whose final term as mayor was "a disaster."
A massive drop of red, white and blue balloons capped off four days of Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia late Thursday night.
But once the balloons dropped and the delegates began to leave the arena, the arena operations crews -- used to normally transition the arena from Sixers to Flyers games -- armed with sharp points began cleaning up by popping the patriotic balloons.
Police say a Pennsylvania woman laced her baby's formula with a drug that helps heroin addicts kick the habit so he would sleep.
Allentown's The Morning Call reports 28-year-old Corinne Barndt told police she drugged her son's formula six or seven times with buprenorphine, a painkiller also used to wean addicts off heroin.
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The lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano vent has attracted thousands of visitors since it began oozing down in May and finally reached the ocean this week.
Keaka Hunter, a security guard patrolling the area, said about 2,000 people came to see the flow Monday night, hours before the lava entered the ocean for the first time in nearly three years. Previous days drew an average of about 1,000 people.
The U.S. Geological Survey is cautioning visitors about safety risks, which include flying debris and acidic plume containing fine volcanic particles that can irritate the eyes, skin and lungs. The new land may also be unstable because it's built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand, which can easily be eroded by surf.
The Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula had a seagull problem that was solved by turning to some of nature's most intimidating "bouncers."
Joe Roy III and his birds of prey specialize in getting rid of the large seagull populations using non-lethal methods.
He flies his birds, including an 18-year-old hawk, around the resort just as the sun comes up as a part of his typical day. This keeps the gull population away, intimidated by the fearsome bird of prey.
He describes his birds as the bouncers of the resort, making sure the gulls recognize that the area as unfriendly and dangerous.
Roy has been practicing falconry since he was 9 years old.
"Falconry is an art form. I don't know anything about zen, but it's a self-perfecting art," he said.