Hundreds of mourners gathered Thursday to celebrate the life of an American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after being returned home to Ohio in a coma.
Otto Warmbier's brother, sister and friends were among the scheduled speakers for the funeral Thursday at a high school in his hometown of Wyoming, near Cincinnati. A rabbi was officiating at the public service, which was closed to the news media.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican from the Cincinnati area, told the throng of reporters stationed outside that Warmbier was "an amazing young man" from a resilient family and that North Korea must be held accountable for what happened to the 22-year-old University of Virginia student, who died Monday.
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Americans disapprove of the House plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by a 3-to-1 margin, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that comes as the Senate reveals its plan to replace Obamacare.
NBC News reports that 16 percent of adults believe that the American Health Care Act, supported by President Donald Trump and passed by House Republicans last month, is a good idea. Forty-eight percent say the plan is a bad idea. The poll surveyed 900 adults between June 17-20.
Obamacare continues to be viewed in a more positive light, with 41 percent supporting the 2010 Affordable Care Act, versus 38 percent who say it’s a bad idea.
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In the three years since fatal police shootings of unarmed black people launched the Black Lives Matter movement, few officers have been charged and none has been convicted by juries in the highest-profile deaths that inspired protests across the country.
Experts cite a confluence of factors, including racial bias, attitudes toward law enforcement and the challenge of showing precisely what an officer was thinking in a high-pressure situation.
French authorities are investigating the death of a fitness blogger reportedly hit by an exploding whipped cream canister that was withdrawn from the market in 2013, officials and the company that makes the product said Thursday.
The prosecutor's office in the eastern city of Mulhouse said an investigation is underway into Sunday's death of Rebecca Burger and whether a faulty siphon on a high-pressure canister used to make and dispense whipped cream was at fault. The prosecutor would not comment pending further investigation.
Consumer magazine 60 Million Consumers reported that the exploding canister hit Burger violently in the chest, causing her to suffer a heart attack. The magazine said it had been warning for years of such risks after dozens of incidents, but this was apparently the first death reported.
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The head of the Church of England has said that the institution "colluded" with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops.
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, made the statement Thursday as the church published a review of how it handled the case of former bishop Peter Ball, who was convicted and imprisoned in 2015 after pleading guilty to offenses including two counts of indecent assault.
Welby said the report was "harrowing reading" and that the church didn't help those who were brave enough to come forward.
A suspected tornado near Birmingham, Alabama, flattened businesses and injured one person Thursday, while the mayor of a coastal Louisiana town urged residents to evacuate ahead of a rising tide -- two lingering effects of a weakening Tropical Depression Cindy that was fueling harsh weather across the Southeast.
The walls of a liquor store and an oil-change service in Fairfield, west of Birmingham, collapsed in the apparent twister. A fast-food restaurant also was among the damaged businesses. Dean Argo, a spokesman for the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said one employee of the liquor store was hurt.
To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle.
Top scientists say it was already likely that Earth's temperatures and the world's seas will keep rising to a point where some island states may not survive through the next 100 years. That likelihood increases, they say, if the United States doesn't follow through on promised cuts in heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions.
President Donald Trump this month said he'd withdraw the United States from the climate deal , prompting leaders of vulnerable islands to talk about their future with a mixture of defiance, hope and resignation.
The Frenchman killed when he drove a car packed with arms and explosives into a Paris police convoy in a failed attack had pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group and asked his family to remember him as a martyr, France's anti-terrorism prosecutor said Thursday.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, citing a letter resembling a will that was dated Monday, the day of the attack on the French capital's famed Champs-Elysees Avenue, said the man had pledged his allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and practiced shooting "to prepare for jihad."
The letter to his loved ones asked that his attack plan be treated not as a suicide attack but as a "martyrdom operation," Molins said.
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Sheriff's deputies say a North Texas mother charged in the drowning of her infant daughter had been distracted by Facebook when she left the girl unattended in a bathtub.
A repo man says he didn't see a child sleeping in the back row of minivan when he repossessed it overnight — setting off a brief abduction scare.
"This tow truck driver just thinks he has a car on the hook," Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. "But what he doesn't realize is that he has a car and a 7-year-old in that vehicle, which makes it a whole different scenario."
The 7-year-old girl's mother works for the Domino's Pizza location in West Philadelphia and had stopped there for about five minutes around 2:30 a.m. Thursday when she saw her van being towed. The pizzeria is open until 3 a.m.
The 26-year-old woman and bystanders screamed as the tow truck drove off with her child and the vehicle, which had tinted windows.
Police then reunited the mother with her daughter.
After 52 hours of tense deliberations, two holdouts in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial refused to convict the 79-year-old comedian, a juror told ABC News.
The juror, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 10 of the 12 jurors agreed that Cosby was guilty on the first and third felony counts. And only one of the jurors thought he was guilty on the second count.
The two holdouts were "not moving, no matter what," the juror told the network.
Jurors initially voted overwhelmingly to acquit Cosby on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault, the juror said.
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President Donald Trump said Wednesday he'll pursue legislation that would bar immigrants from being eligible for welfare for at least five years — though most already are.
Trump said at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that "the time has come" for "new immigration rules" that would require those seeking admission to the country to be able to support themselves financially and would bar the use of welfare for a period of at least five years.
He said his administration would be "putting in legislation to that effect very shortly."
It is unclear, however, how Trump's proposal would change the current situation.
Women across the country are using creative methods to get their message on reproductive rights to their local and state legislative bodies by channeling the characters from the dystopian novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," NBC News reported.
Groups of women gather in legislative rooms and during discussions dressed in long red robes and white bonnets.
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FBI agents raided a Hallandale Beach, Florida, business Wednesday morning that specializes in providing pregnant mothers from foreign counties the option to have their babies born in America to obtain citizenship.
Agents were seen at the offices of Miami Mama LLC, located inside an office building at 1250 E. Hallandale Beach Boulevard, Wednesday morning. The FBI confirmed that they were conducting "law enforcement activity in the vicinity" of the Broward County building but gave no other information.
An NBC 6 viewer said members of the agency had the hallway blocked off leading into the company’s offices. Agents were seen coming out of the building with boxes of files and paperwork.
The company’s website says they have been operating in Miami since 2009 and are are the first in Miami for “Russian women who want to give birth to their child in the best climate and with the best quality of health care."
One of President Donald Trump's newest appointees is a registered agent of Saudi Arabia who earns hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby on the kingdom's behalf, according to U.S. Department of Justice records reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity.
Longtime Republican lobbyist Richard Hohlt was appointed by Trump to the Commission on White House Fellowships, a part-time advisory body responsible for making final recommendations to the president of candidates for the prestigious White House fellowships.
Since January, the Saudi Arabian foreign ministry has paid Hohlt about $430,000 in exchange for "advice on legislative and public affairs strategies," according to The Center for Public Integrity.
Trump's decision to appoint a registered foreign agent clashes with the president's vow to clean up Washington and limit the influence of special interests, The Center for Public Integrity reports.
Trump singled out lobbyists for foreign governments for special criticism, saying they shouldn't be permitted to contribute to political campaigns. Hohlt is himself a Trump donor, though his contributions came before he registered to represent Saudi Arabia.
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