The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates unchanged while noting that near-term risks to the economy have diminished.
The Fed says that the U.S. job market has rebounded, with strong job gains in June following weak growth in May. But it says in a statement after its latest policy meeting that it still plans to monitor global economic threats and financial developments to ensure they don't slow the economy.
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Donald Trump falsely claims that Tim Kaine signed a letter recently asking to bring in even more Syrian refugees to the U.S. than Hillary Clinton has proposed. But Kaine recently only asked President Obama to honor his commitment to bring in 10,000 Syrian refugees. Trump made his claim at the VFW National Convention on the night before Kaine is scheduled to accept the vice presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Bill O'Reilly said the slaves who helped build the White House "were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government."
The Fox News commentator was responding to first lady Michelle Obama's remarks in her speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, when she praised social progress in the United States.
"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," Mrs. Obama said. "And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn."
O'Reilly said on his show Tuesday that "Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well."
Politifact has rated Michelle Obama's comments true, saying that slaves were "significantly involved in the construction of the White House."
President Ronald Reagan's would-be assassin will live full-time outside a mental hospital for the first time in over 35 years, NBC News confirmed.
A federal judge granted John Hinckley Jr. permission to live with his elderly mother in Williamsburg, Virginia, Wednesday.
Hinckley must live with his mother for at least the first full year, the judge ruled. After that, he can live in a separate home alone or with roommates provided that members of his treatment team approve.
The judge said he is confident Hinckley's family can continue to pay for Hinckley's treatment and care. Hinckley will be able to apply for government benefits once he becomes a resident of Virginia.
Prosecutors have dropped all remaining charges against the three Baltimore police officers awaiting trial in the death of Freddie Gray.
The cases against officers Garrett Miller, Alicia White and William Porter were dismissed.
Wednesday's decision came after a judge acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case, including the van driver and another officer who was the highest-ranking of the group.
A jury deadlocked in the case of a fourth officer, William Porter, and the judge declared a mistrial.
Gray, a black man, died April 19, 2015, a week after his neck was broken in the back of the police van. Of the six officers charged in the case, three were black and three were white.
All officers charged in the case pleaded not guilty.
Ninety-six years after women won the right to vote, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic Party's nominee for president on Tuesday, the first woman to represent a major political party.
"When women succeed, America succeeds," said U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi became the first woman to serve as speaker of the House of Representatives in 2007 and served in that role until 2011.
Here was that historical moment and others on the second day of the Democratic National Convention.
The estimated Powerball jackpot has soared to $422 million thanks to nearly three months without a winner of the big prize.
If anyone matches the five balls and red Powerball in Wednesday night's drawing, it will be the game's first jackpot winner since May 7.
A jackpot winner could opt for a $422 million annuity paid out over 29 years or a $291 million lump sum. The prize would rank as the nation's 11th largest.
The chance of winning Powerball is incredibly small, at 292.2 million-to-1. But players have much better odds, of about 1 in 25, of winning smaller prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million.
Bill Clinton took the stage Tuesday night for his 10th address to a Democratic convention, the ex-president, husband and party standard-bearer stepping into a singular role in American history: potential first gentleman.
The former president's speech was by far his most personal, reminiscing about "a girl" he met on the Yale campus and detailing Hillary Clinton's lengthy career in public office.
"She's the best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life,” Bill Clinton said. "This woman has never been satisfied with the status quo on anything. She always wants to move the ball forward. That's just who she is."
A Wisconsin state appeals court has ruled that two girls accused of trying to kill their classmate in an attempt to please the fictional horror character Slender Man should be tried as adults.
The 2nd District Appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's determination that it was reasonable to try both girls as adults. The girls could appeal the rulings to the state Supreme Court.
The girls were 12 years old in 2014 when, authorities say, they lured their classmate into woods in Waukesha after a birthday sleepover and repeatedly stabbed her. The victim, who was also 12, was found along a road, bleeding from wounds that nearly killed her.
Russian president Vladimir Putin's admiration for Donald Trump is rivaled by his passionate hate for Hillary Clinton, adding credence to the accusations that Russia is behind the damaging Democratic Party email leaks, former U.S. officials and experts told NBC News.
Putin carries a grudge against Clinton because she has publicly compared him to Hitler and expressed doubts that he has a soul.
Michael McFaul, the U.S. ambassador to Russia from early 2012 to 2014 said Putin "sees some of Clinton's remarks as a personal attack against him and the way he governs his country and how he conducts his foreign policy."
Like other former Obama administration Russia policy experts, McFaul said Putin-sponsored hackers were the most likely culprit in the hacking of 20,000 DNC emails that were posted last Friday by WikiLeaks. Cybersecurity experts also say mounting evidence all points in one direction.
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Comedian Sarah Silverman said Wednesday on Twitter that her account had been hacked, after an earlier message linked to a YouTube video criticizing Hillary Clinton.
"MY TWITTER ACCT GOT HACKED THIS IS NOT ME," Silverman wrote in response to a tweet from 8:48 a.m. ET.
The since deleted post had said "America, are you awakening?" It also included language in the Cyrillic alphabet and linked to a YouTube video from the hacker group Anonymous on April 9 in opposition to Clinton.
Silverman, a former Bernie Sanders supporter, joined Sen. Al Franken Monday night to urge Democratic National Convention delegates to unite behind Clinton.
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Police said nearly four dozen people were arrested at two Guns N' Roses concerts in New Jersey over the weekend on a variety of charges including assaulting police and selling items without a permit.
Police told The Record newspaper on Tuesday that state troopers arrested 29 people on Saturday, including a woman accused of assaulting two officers, and 18 more on Sunday. The shows took place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
Twenty-two of those arrested were charged with disorderly conduct.
Initially, police announced about 30 arrests at the rock concert Saturday night.
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