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Two U.S. service members were killed on Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said without providing more details.
The statement said the cause of the crash is under investigation but that preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire.
However, the Taliban promptly claimed to have shot down the helicopter in eastern Logar province, causing many fatalities.
Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union who took on a central role in events related to President Donald Trump's request that Ukraine's new president investigate a political rival, is testifying before House Democrats' impeachment inquiry on Wednesday.
Sondland's prepared statement said "at all times, I was acting in good faith. As a presidential appointee, I followed the directions of the President. We worked with Mr. Giuliani because the President directed us to do so."
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A fundraising campaign to install an equine MRI at Santa Anita has been successful, and it’s expected to be in place during the troubled track’s winter-spring meet that begins on Dec. 26. A total of 37 horses have died in racing and training at Santa Anita since last December, including Mongolian Groom in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at the track earlier this month.
The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.
The group adopted the sweeping stance at a policy-making meeting in San Diego. It aims to lobby for state and federal laws, regulations or legal action to achieve a ban, but the industry is sure to fight back.
Benjamin Netanyahu's chief rival announced Wednesday that he had failed to form a new government, dashing his hopes of toppling the long-time Israeli prime minister and pushing the country closer toward an unprecedented third election in less than a year.
The announcement by Benny Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue and White party, prolongs the political paralysis that has gripped the nation for the past year. It also provides a new lifeline for the embattled Netanyahu, who is desperate to remain in office as he prepares for an expected indictment on corruption charges, possibly as early as Thursday.
Gantz, a former military chief, was tapped to form a government last month after Netanyahu failed to cobble together a coalition in the wake of inconclusive September elections. But during four weeks of intense negotiations, Gantz was unable to muster the support of a required 61-member majority in the 120-seat parliament by Wednesday's midnight deadline.
Three years after a Massachusetts jury acquitted William Palmer on murder charges in the death of 23-year-old Chanelle Pickett, who was killed on Nov. 20, 1995, another black transgender woman was found dead in nearby Allston, a suburb of Boston. Rita Hester, 35, died on Nov. 28, 1998, after being stabbed 20 times, according to NBC News.
Across the continent, San Francisco-based transgender activist Gwen Smith was surfing America Online. “I was talking in a chatroom that evening that Rita Hester was murdered, and when I talked to people about it, they said they had never heard of the Chanelle Picket murder,” Smith told NBC News. “It made me realize we really weren’t looking at the issue of people getting killed.”
Hester’s murder led to Smith creating the Remembering Our Dead web project, where candles are lit beside digital obituaries for murdered transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Then the next year, in 1999, Smith observed the very first Transgender Day of Remembrance.
This year, the somber annual event is 20 years old, and it continues to draw attention to the worldwide epidemic of anti-transgender violence.
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Austrian authorities say the house where Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 will become a police precinct, ending years of uncertainty over the building that's become a pilgrimage site for people who glorify the Nazi dictator.
Interior Minister Wolfgang Peschorn said late Tuesday that the "the future use of the house by the police should send an unmistakable signal that this building will forever be removed from the commemoration of national socialism."
Nazi Germany annexed Austria in 1938, shortly before launching a campaign of military conquest and racist extermination across Europe that cost tens of millions of lives.
More than half of the students in American public schools are minorities, but the teaching force is still 80% white, according to statistics from the U.S. Education Department. As mounting research highlights the benefits minority teachers can bestow on students, the gap has received renewed attention, including from Democratic presidential candidates who have endorsed strategies to promote teacher diversity.
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Uber will let passengers and drivers record audio of their rides in an attempt to improve its safety record.
The ride-hailing company plans to pilot the feature in cities in Brazil and Mexico in December. It eventually hopes to launch it in other markets including the United States, although it has no timeline for possible expansion.
The feature will allow customers to opt into recording all or select trips. Recordings will be encrypted to protect privacy, and users can later share the recording with Uber, which will have an encryption key, if they want to report a problem.
Dashcam video from a West Windsor Police Department patrol car captured the moment an Amtrak train slammed into an alleged drunk driver's car stuck on the tracks Tuesday night.
The harrowing event began when police responded to a report of a disabled car on the west bound train tracks beneath the Route 64 Bridge at the Princeton Junction Station, just north of Washington Road shortly before midnight.
Myles Garrett looked composed and casual, a stark contrast to the last time he was seen in public.
Stylishly dressed in a bright blue suit and black turtleneck, the Cleveland Browns’ star defensive end met Wednesday with an appeals officer in New York in hopes of getting a reduction to an indefinite NFL suspension that has temporarily ended Garrett’s season and tarnished his career.
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Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has filed a countersuit against the city of Chicago and wants a jury trial to decide his case.
Smollett, who Chicago officials alleged faked a racist and homophobic attack on himself, filed his counterclaim Tuesday, naming the city, high-ranking members of the Chicago Police Department, Jane Does and the two brothers accused of helping him stage the attack.
The claim is in response to a lawsuit from the city seeking for Smollett to pay for the costs of the police investigation into his alleged attack.
Here are the key moments from Tuesday’s public impeachment hearings, which included testimony from NSC staffer Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, former U.S. diplomats Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison,...
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Hong Kong schools reopened Wednesday after a six-day shutdown, but students and commuters faced transit disruptions as the last anti-government protesters remained holed up on a university campus, surrounded by police.
City officials tried to restore a sense of normalcy as primary and secondary classes resumed. Workers began cleaning up debris blocking a major road tunnel, but it was unclear when it would reopen. Officials warned protesters not to disrupt elections scheduled for the weekend.
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PG&E said it will begin shutting off power Wednesday to about 375,000 people in 18 Northern and Central California counties, including three in the Bay Area, because of the wildfire threat from another round of dry, windy weather.
The state's largest utility decreased the number of people who could be affected from an original estimate of about 660,000 based on updated forecasts and said it will closely monitor the weather and could further reduce that number if it improves.
At the same time, PG&E officials said it wasn't taking any chances when, in the middle of November, the usual rain hasn't fallen in some areas, brush remains bone-dry and winds that could gust to 55 mph might knock tree branches or other debris into power lines, causing sparks that could set catastrophic fires.