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President Barack Obama enjoys the highest approval from Americans since his second term began, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.
Fifty-one percent of registered voters say they approve of the job Obama is doing as president, compared to 46 percent who disapprove. Obama's approval rating remains dismal with self-described Republicans, who disapprove of his performance by an 88 percent to eight percent margin.
But Americans haven't always been so pleased with him. His approval rating sunk as low as 40 percent before the 2014 midterm elections but subsequently rebounded, particularly since primary voting in the 2016 presidential race got underway at the beginning of this year.
The president's relative political strength could be a significant boon for Hillary Clinton, whose 2016 candidacy is largely focused on preserving key aspects of his Democratic policy-making.
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In the 40 years since lightning fires have been allowed to burn unabated in a section of Yosemite National Park, ecologist Scott Stephens has watched extensive conifer forests grow back as a patchwork of not thinned woods but also meadows with wetland plants. Places in the Illilouette Creek Basin that were typically dry are now covered with four inches of water, said Stephens, a professor of fire science at the University of California at Berkeley. Those wet fields are assuming even more importance as the severe drought persists and parts of California face a heightened risk of fire this summer.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in a speech to union workers in Detroit on Monday, railed against Donald Trump on everything from wages and immigration to paid family leave.
"He could bankrupt America like he's bankrupted his companies," Clinton warned during remarks at the Service Employees International Union's annual convention. "Ask yourself: how could anybody lose money running a casino? Really."
Clinton also unleashed on the presumptive Republican nominee for his charged rhetoric, NBC News reported.
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Donald Trump wants to build another huge wall, this time to keep out the rising seas threatening to swamp his luxury golf resort in Ireland.
The Republican presidential candidate has called climate change a "con job" and a "hoax." But in an application filed this month in County Clare, Ireland, the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel cites the threat of global warming in seeking a permit to build a nearly two-mile-long stone wall between it and the Atlantic Ocean. The beach in front of the 18th green is disappearing at a rate of about a yard each year.
An Okmulgee, Oklahoma, high school student who was born with cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair, took his first steps in public during his graduation ceremony on Friday, Today.com reported.
Micah McDade stepped out of his wheelchair and walked across the stage to accept his diploma as the crowd cheered him on.
His classmates had no idea that McDade, who had countless surgeries and a lot of rehabilitation, has been practicing the walk for months, according to Okmulgee News Network.
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Police in Orlando have helped save a puppy that was stolen from a pet shop.
The Orlando Sentinel reports the Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix puppy was taken from The Puppy Shop on Sunday.
Police spokeswoman Michelle Guido says three teenagers walked into the store, nabbed the dog from its pen and then ran away.
Officers searched the area before finding one of the suspects, a 16-year-old girl, hiding in a yard with the puppy.
Police in Connecticut's capital city helped rescue a fawn after the baby deer’s mother was hit by a car.
A resident found the fawn on the highway Sunday next to its mother, which had been struck by a car, according to police. The resident brought the baby to the front door of the Hartford Police Department.
Images of the encounter show the fawn curled up in the back of a squad car and being held by officers.
FBI agents probing whether Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server imperiled government secrets appear close to completing their work, a process experts say will probably culminate in a sit-down with the former secretary of state.
The FBI has already spoken with Huma Abedin, a Clinton confidant who was among the Democratic presidential front runner's closest aides at the State Department. Former chief of staff Cheryl D. Mills is also cooperating with the investigation, according to her lawyer.
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A class action lawsuit against Fitbit may be bolstered by the release of a new study claiming the company's popular heart rate trackers are "highly inaccurate," CNBC reports.
Researchers at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona tested the heart rates of 43 healthy adults with Fitbit's PurePulse heart rate monitors. Results found that the Fitbit devices miscalculated heart rates by up to 20 beats per minute on average during more intensive workouts.
The study, commissioned by the law firm behind a class action suit taking aim at three Fitbit models that use the PurePulse heart monitor, found the trackers "cannot be used to provide a meaningful estimate of a user's heart rate."
But Fitbit said in a statement posted by the blog Gizmodo that the study is "biased, baseless, and nothing more than an attempt to extract a payout from Fitbit."
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National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease, according to a senior House Democrat in a report issued Monday.
New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone says the league tried to strong-arm the National Institutes of Health into taking the project away from a researcher that the NFL feared was biased.
The NFL had agreed to donate $30 million to the NIH to fund brain research but backed out after the institutes refused to take a $16 million grant away from prominent Boston University researcher Robert Stern. He's a leading expert on the link between football and brain diseases such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Taxpayers are instead bearing the cost.
The NFL denied Pallone's finding.
Former vice president and climate change activist Al Gore is concerned that a potential Donald Trump presidency could roll back progress in the fight against climate change.
"He has said some things on the climate crisis that I think should concern everyone,'' Gore said in an interview with NBC's "Today" show.
Trump has called climate change a hoax created by China.
In the Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," Gore used charts and graphs to make the connection between increasing carbon emissions and the changing climate.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the film's release on Tuesday, Paramount is offering free downloads of it on Amazon, XFINITY on demand, iTunes and other digital retailers.
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Hazmat teams responding to the Planned Parenthood in Sarasota, Florida, found cleaning chemicals and baby powder formula after some people at the clinic fell ill Monday, police said.
Sarasota Police Department spokeswoman Genevieve Judge said in a news release the clinic was evacuated at 10:45 a.m. Two hazardous materials teams responded.
Forty-two people were evacuated, seven of whom were hospitalized for shortness of breath, Judge said. One other person declined medical assistance.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a decades-old arms export embargo for Vietnam during his first visit to the communist country, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner even as he pushes for better human rights from the one-party state.
Obama announced the full removal of the embargo at a news conference, saying the move was intended to step toward normalizing relations with the former war enemy and to eliminate a "lingering vestige of the Cold War."
"At this stage both sides have developed a level of trust and cooperation," Obama said, adding that he expected deepening cooperation between the two nation's militaries.
The Supreme Court ruled decisively in favor of a death-row inmate in Georgia on Monday, chastising state prosecutors for improperly keeping African-Americans off the jury that convicted him of killing a white woman.
The justices ruled 7-1 in favor of death row inmate Timothy Tyrone Foster in underscoring the importance of rules they laid out in 1986 to prevent racial discrimination in the selection of juries.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court that Georgia "prosecutors were motivated in substantial part by race" when they struck African-Americans from the jury pool.
Controversy brewed at Saturday's San Diego Padres game when a recording of a woman singing the national anthem played instead of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, which had just taken the field to sing on Pride Night at Petco Park.
A technical error silenced the chorus, which was scheduled to perform the Star Spangled Banner at the game between the Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers. The chorus was set to sing along to a pre-recorded track of the national anthem.
Saturday marked Pride Night at Petco Park, an event hosted in conjunction with the San Diego Pride organization's annual "Out at the Park" event to support the LGBT community.