President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that adds exploration of Mars as a NASA goal.
The new law also authorizes $19.5 billion in space agency funding for the 2017 budget year, which began Oct. 1. Trump recently sent Congress a budget proposal that authorizes $19.1 billion for the space agency next year, down slightly from the current year.
The new law amends current law to add human exploration of Mars as one of NASA's objectives.
The mayor and police chief in Hartford are condemning U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who they said posed as police officers to try to detain an undocumented woman earlier this month.
Mayor Luke Bronin and Chief James Rovella said ICE agents attempted to lure a an undocumented woman to the city's public safety complex building on March 12 so they could detain her.
Bronin said two ICE agents arrived in the lobby with "no visible indication of their affiliation with ICE." The agents were wearing clothing that said "Police" on it, appearing to try to "create the impression that they were, in fact, local police."
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Lawyers for a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving crash have turned to the Texas Supreme Court in an effort to secure his release from jail.
One of Christianity's holiest sites has been restored to its former glory, and just in time for Easter, NBC News reported.
After a yearlong restoration, the Jerusalem tomb that Christians believe is where Jesus was buried and resurrected is finally free of a cage-like structure that's propped up the walls for 70 years.
The Holy Edicule, inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, is also free of years of accumulated soot after work by the team that restored the Acropolis in Athens.
"Now you can see the colors, the texture of the stone, you can see the letters of inscriptions, the frescos, the different styles of mural paintings," restorer Antonia Moropoulou. "So here is a monument that was worshipped through the centuries and will be worshiped forever."
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The Labrador retriever is America's best best friend, according to the American... View gallery »
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Labrador retrievers extended their record run last year as America's most popular dog breed, leading the American Kennel Club's new rankings Tuesday for a 26th straight year. But Rottweilers are enjoying renewed favor, and some other dogs have been striding up the popularity ladder.
They've been in the top spot for longer than any other breed. Affable, relatively easy to train and eager to please, they're popular partly because "you don't have to be an expert dog owner to own a Lab," says AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo.
As Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch enters his first day of questioning in the Senate, whether he's confirmed depends upon the support of several Democratic senators who are embroiled in partisan fighting over the politics of the high court, NBC News reported.
Democrats' concerns and hard feelings after Republicans blocked Barack Obama's nominee to the open seat could lead to an explosive fight on the Senate floor. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., one of Gorsuch's most outspoken critics, has said that the nominee must prove that he would truly act independently from the president.
If Republicans can't get 60 votes to confirm him, they may enact the so-called "nuclear option," a procedural move that would blow up Senate rules to pass President Donald Trump's nominee.
NBC News took a look at the major factors at play.
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Cameras rolled as two pranksters rode their horses through a Walmart in southwest Houston, Texas, over the weekend. One of the riders said they were just trying to make people smile. "I wasn't trying to hurt nobody," Woody Fields said. Walmart called the stunt reckless.
El Nino rains that followed a terrible drought in Peru led to mudslides, flooding and overflowing rivers. The floods have displaced more than 100,000 people and have killed scores across the country. Meteorologists worry that it could get worse, as more rain is expected through April.
Environmental activists who tried to disrupt some oil pipeline operations in four states last year to protest the Dakota Access pipeline said Tuesday that they aren't responsible for any recent attacks on that pipeline.
The remarks came in response to allegations that Texas-based Dakota Access developer Energy Transfer Partners made in court documents late Monday. The company said there have been "recent coordinated physical attacks along the pipeline that pose threats to life, physical safety and the environment," but did not say who was responsible for those alleged attacks.
Company spokeswoman Vicki Granado and company attorney William Scherman didn't immediately respond to requests Tuesday from The Associated Press for more details. Scherman did say in the court documents that ETP still plans to have oil flowing this week through the $3.8 billion pipeline that will carry North Dakota crude to a shipping point in Illinois.
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Chicago police are searching for five or six men or boys suspected of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on Facebook Live.
Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Tuesday that detectives found the girl and reunited her with her family. She went missing on Sunday.
Guglielmi says about 40 people viewed the attack on Facebook while it was happening, and none of them reported it to police.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said that President Donald Trump was "being a gentleman" when he was photographed holding her hand during May's January visit to the White House, NBC News reported.
"We were about to walk down a ramp, and he said [the step down the ramp] might be a bit awkward," May told Vogue.
The hand-holding was panned as awkward by the British press.
A former U.K. cabinet minister described optics suggesting May was being led along by the U.S. president as "disastrous."
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During Hurricane Katrina, Master Sergeant Michael Maroney was a pararescue jumper, flying over New Orleans picking up survivors in the devastating aftermath of the 2005 disaster, when he saw a little girl -- LaShay Brown -- below.
Brown was stranded without food or water when Maroney found her. On Saturday at her Junior ROTC Ball in Waveland, Mississippi, she reuinted with her rescuer.
Cementing her role as a powerful White House influence, Ivanka Trump is working out of a West Wing office and will get access to classified information, though she is not technically serving as a government employee, according to an attorney for the first daughter.
Since President Donald Trump took office, his eldest daughter has been a visible presence in the White House, where her husband, Jared Kushner, already serves as a senior adviser. On Friday, she participated in a meeting on vocational training with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Another day has passed and still no labor for April the giraffe. But why?
In a Dr. Seussian Facebook post on Animal Adventure Park's page late Monday, the veterinarian caring for the now world-famous April wrote, "Unlike a dog, cat, human, horse, cow, goat, etc., there simply isn't enough consistent data to say, 'Tomorrow she'll go into labor.'"
"Vets and zoo staff say they go by physical and behavioral changes to determine if labor is near.
"That helps us kind of hone in on a window where she could go into labor," the post said. "Predicting these things is next to impossible."