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  1. Foster Dad in Hot-Car Tragedy 'Wants to Die'

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm MDT

    Police were questioning the two foster parents, and two other children were taken into protective custody.








  2. More than 250 Homes Burned in Washington Wildfires

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm MDT

    The total damage from the fires is expected to grow as fire crews contain the blaze, the largest in Washington state history.


  3. More than 250 Homes Burned in Washington Wildfires

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm MDT

    The total damage from the fires is expected to grow as fire crews contain the blaze, the largest in Washington state history.


  4. Texas Official Accused of Accepting $950k in Bribes

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm MDT

    Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and associates took money, cars and land in exchange for contracts, according to indictment.


  5. Hot School Bus: Driver Allegedly Left 2 Kids Inside

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm MDT

    A school bus driver left two developmentally disabled kids, ages 7 and 9, on a bus with no air conditioning for more than an hour, officials say.








  6. Gun Ban May Have Sparked Philly Hospital Shootout

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm MDT

    Authorities are investigating what caused a psychiatric patient to open fire in a Philadelphia hospital, killing a nurse and wounding a doctor.


  7. Foster Dad in Hot-Car Tragedy 'Wants to Die'

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm MDT

    Police were questioning the two foster parents, and two other children were taken into protective custody.








  8. Sneaky Restaurant Patron Steals Painting Off Wall

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm MDT

    Security camera footage shows a woman stealing art off the wall of a Rhode Island restaurant. WJAR’s Olivia Fecteau reports.








  9. Woman Says 'Alcohol' Caused Her Bad Behavior

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm MDT

    A remorseful woman says she doesn't remember slapping flight attendant, forcing the flight she was on to return, then later kicking a police officer. KVLY's Nicole Johnson reports.








  10. Serial Flamingo Bomber Strikes Again

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm MDT

    Someone is blanketing a St. Louis neighborhood with pink plastic flamingos- 41 have been left so far. KSDK's Art Holliday reports.








  11. NYC Street Renamed for Young Lords

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm MDT

    Over four decades after fighting for social justice, New York’s Young Lords will have a street in El Barrio named in their honor.


  12. 'Forgotten': Foster Baby Dies in Hot Car in Wichita

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm MDT

    Police were questioning the two foster parents, and two other children were taken into protective custody.








  13. 'Didn't Know' Gun Was Loaded When Renisha McBride Was Shot

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm MDT

    Theodore Wafer says he didn't realize shotgun was loaded during a fatal confrontation, when car accident victim Renisha McBride was on his front porch. WDIV's Roger Weber reports.








  14. Repeat Hero: 'I Like to Help People Out'

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm MDT

    A Florida man pulls a victim from a car crash, just months after saving neighbors from fire. WBBH's Lindsey Fry reports Tony Strong humbly says he considers himself to be lucky to be at the right place, at the right time.








  15. Family Pleads To Drivers: Our Yard's Not A Bathroom

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm MDT

    A family says their backyard, which runs along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, has become a very public restroom for truckers and car drivers. WJAC's Maria Miller reports.








  16. Phoenix Zoo Animals Beat the Heat With Frozen Treats

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am MDT

    Popsicles, frozen melons and frosty kegs help animals at the Phoenix Zoo stay cool during the hot Arizona Summer. KPNX’s Bruce Cooper reports.








  17. NYPD Collects DNA to Find Brooklyn Bridge Pranksters

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am MDT

    Investigators are also running license plate numbers, scouring social media and examining cellphone transmissions as part of their investigation.








  18. Is the Pope Coming to Philadelphia?

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am MDT

    The Philadelphia Archbishop said Pope Francis has expressed a desire to attend a conference in the U.S., but the Vatican has not confirmed the visit.


  19. Couple Finds Fallen Marine's Lost Flag at Flea Market

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am MDT

    After finding a flag dedicated to a fallen marine, a Texas couple tracks down the marine’s family in hopes of returning the tribute. KPRC’s Jennifer Bauer reports.








  20. Drone Captures Stunning Space Needle Video, Lights Up Twitter

    NBC News U.S. News | 25 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am MDT

    A drone, operated by an Amazon employee, captured stunning footage of Seattle’s Space Needle and prompted a humorous conversation on Twitter.








  21. Mystery of porcelain dolls on doorsteps solved

    Top videos | 25 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am MDT

    After porcelain dolls were found on the doorsteps of homes in San Clemente, California, neighbors feared it was a practical joke. Instead, the dolls turned out to be the result of some goodwill from a neighborly churchwoman. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.








  22. Deadly protests follow UN school strike in Gaza

    Top videos | 25 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am MDT

    At least 16 were killed and 200 injured during a march in a night of protests and clashes in response to a strike on a UN-run school that was being used as a shelter. NBC News’ Richard Engel reports.








  23. 'Unexpected': Dentist's Surprise at Teen's 232 Teeth

    Top videos | 25 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am MDT

    An Indian teenager suffering from a rare condition had 232 teeth removed by dental surgeons. The boy's father said he had experienced "burning pain".








  24. Iraq Militants Blow Up Jonah's Tomb

    Top videos | 25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am MDT

    ISIS militants blew up a revered mosque in Mosul said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale in a biblical story.








  25. Huge Palestinian Demonstrations Turn Deadly

    Top videos | 25 Jul 2014 | 2:57 am MDT

    Clashes erupted overnight as thousands protesting Israel's military strikes on Gaza marched to a key checkpoint between the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.








  26. 45 Years Later: Remembering the Apollo 11 Homecoming

    Top videos | 24 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm MDT

    The three men who made a giant leap for mankind returned home from their mission to the moon 45 years ago.








  27. Washington State Wildfires From a Bird’s Eye View

    Top videos | 24 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm MDT

    NBC News’ Jacob Rascon captures the extent of the devastation in Washington state from the perspective of a helicopter.








  28. Tornado Kills at Least 2 at Virginia Campground

    Top videos | 24 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm MDT

    An EF-1 tornado tore through a campground in Virginia filled with families on vacation, leaving at least 35 injured. 


  29. Shells Hit U.N. School Sheltering Evacuees in Gaza

    Top videos | 24 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm MDT

    The Israeli military is investigating after a strike on a U.N. school in Gaza crowded with displaced civilians killed more than a dozen people.








  30. Somber Day in the Netherlands As More MH17 Victims Arrive

    Top videos | 24 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm MDT

    The Dutch continue to mourn those lost on MH17 as the bodies of more victims arrive in the Netherlands.








  31. 2-hour Arizona execution stirs controversy

    Top videos | 24 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am MDT

    The execution of a convicted murderer went on for hours, with some witnesses saying the inmate was gasping and snorting before finally dying. NBC’s Hallie Jackson reports.








  32. Whale Lifts Kayakers Out of the Water

    Top videos | 23 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm MDT

    Watch what happens when kayakers paddling off the coast of Argentina cross paths with some gentle giants of the sea.








  33. Day of Mourning in the Netherlands as MH17 Victims Arrive

    Top videos | 23 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm MDT

    The first remains of the crew and passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have arrived in the Netherlands, where an entire nation gathered to pay tribute.








  34. What is the Six Californias Plan?

    Top videos | 23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm MDT

    Silicon Valley-based tech entrepreneur Tim Draper has a plan to fix all of California's problems by dividing it up into six new states.


  35. Somber Scene as Plane Holding MH17 Victims’ Bodies Lands

    Top videos | 23 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am MDT

    A plane holding some of the victims from the downed Malaysia Airline flight arrives in Eindhoven where families, officials and military meet them.








  36. TODAY anchors test the ‘selfie toaster’

    Top videos | 23 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am MDT

    Burnt Impressions, a Vermont-based company, has created a toaster that will burn your image into a piece of toast. TODAY anchors reveal toast with images of Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker imprinted into the bread.








  37. California Restricts Tackling in School Football Practice

    Top videos | 22 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm MDT

    In the latest effort meant to help reduce concussions and brain injuries, California has passed a law that will limit full-contact practices for youth players.








  38. Happy Birthday, Prince George! A Look Back at His First Year

    Top videos | 22 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm MDT

    In honor of Prince George’s first birthday, we take a look back at the future king’s finest moments.








  39. California limits tackling in school football practice

    Top videos | 22 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am MDT

    In the latest in a nationwide effort to minimize concussions and brain injuries, California passes a law that will limit practices with full-on tackling during the playing season for middle and high school students.








  40. Baltimore parents protest strict curfew, fines

    Top videos | 22 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am MDT

    Some insist the city’s mayor is overreacting to crime with plans to enforce one of the strictest curfews in the country. NBC national correspondent Peter Alexander reports.








  41. Tunisia court sentences rapper over insults

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 7:16 pm MDT

    TUNIS — A Tunisian court sentenced a local rap singer on Thursday to six months in jail for a song insulting the police and government in a case likely to fuel debate over free speech under the Islamist-led government, his lawyer said.TUNIS — A Tunisian court sentenced a local rap singer on Thursday to six months in jail for a song insulting the police and government in a case likely to fuel debate over free speech under the Islamist-led government, his lawyer said.




  42. Rouhani: Iran should avoid new tension with the US

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 7:08 pm MDT



  43. Deal reached on Syria's chemical weapons

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 4:07 pm MDT

    World powers have reached a deal to compel Syria to hand over its chemical weapons — a resolution that includes enforcement language but is not explicit on military action, diplomatic sources told NBC News on Thursday.

  44. 1 room, 5 bunk beds, 10 kids: Chinese students protest 

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 2:25 pm MDT

    BEIJING – “Smash the cafeteria! Smash the supermarket! Smash the gate!” chanted thousands of Chinese high school students during a violent protest at their school on Sept. 14.

  45. Why can't anyone sue the UN?

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 11:13 am MDT

    Haitian protesters gathered outside U.N. headquarters Thursday to demand that the international body admit its role in the worst outbreak of cholera in modern history and provide compensation, but experts said the protesters may find it hard to hold the U.N. accountable.

  46. Frozen treasure found amid Alps plane wreckage

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 11:00 am MDT

    A treasure of precious jewels has been found by a young alpinist on the ice caps of Mont Blanc, where it likely was lost decades ago amid the wreckage of a crashed airliner.

  47. 'False pretenses': Village hall bans bondage class

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 9:45 am MDT

    A bondage and spanking workshop complete with tea and cookies has been banned by the trustees of a genteel British village hall after they discovered the true nature of an event described as a "relationship support meeting" on the booking form.A bondage and spanking workshop complete with tea and cookies has been banned by the trustees of a genteel British village hall after they discovered the true nature of an event described as a "relationship support meeting" on the booking form.




  48. Interpol issues alert for Britain's terror widow in Kenya

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 9:11 am MDT

    Interpol has issued a “Red Notice,” or internationally wanted persons alert, for the British mother of three dubbed the “White Widow” at the request of authorities in Kenya.

  49. Kerry, Iran FM pleased with tone of nuke talks

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 8:09 am MDT

    U.S. and Iranian officials emerged from high-level talks on Iran’s nuclear program Thursday pleased with the positive tone of the negotiations – but noted that a lot of work lies ahead to resolve a standoff with Tehran.

  50. 'Forest Boy' sentenced in $40K fraud case

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 7:56 am MDT

    BERLIN -- A hoaxer known as "Forest Boy" who duped authorities into believing that he'd lived in the German wilderness for years was sentenced to 150 hours of community service on Thursday after reaching a settlement amid fraud allegations.BERLIN -- A hoaxer known as "Forest Boy" who duped authorities into believing that he'd lived in the German wilderness for years was sentenced to 150 hours of community service on Thursday after reaching a settlement amid fraud allegations.




  51. Divers find bodies near Costa Concordia

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 7:51 am MDT

    Divers on Thursday found what they believe to be the last two missing bodies from the sea where the Costa Concordia cruise liner sank last year off the Italian island of Giglio.Divers on Thursday found what they believe to be the last two missing bodies from the sea where the Costa Concordia cruise liner sank last year off the Italian island of Giglio.




  52. Afghanistan's Hillary Clinton? Woman eyes presidency

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 7:02 am MDT

    KABUL, Afghanistan -- A political pioneer and outspoken lawmaker took her first steps toward running for president of Afghanistan Thursday, promising to take the country out of its "days of darkness.KABUL, Afghanistan -- A political pioneer and outspoken lawmaker took her first steps toward running for president of Afghanistan Thursday, promising to take the country out of its "days of darkness.




  53. Dawn raids smash alleged slavery ring in Wales

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 6:08 am MDT

    LONDON -- Seven people were arrested following a series of raids targeting a slavery ring in Wales, police said.  One of the alleged victims vanished about 13 years ago while on holiday in a seaside town.

  54. Video: Pilot stunt-flies plane feet from people’s heads

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 5:33 am MDT

    Sept. 26: Video from an airbase in Antarctica shows an Argentine pilot doing a “fly-by” stunt where his Lockheed C-130 Hercules plane soars just a few feet from people on the ground. TODAY’s Natalie Morales reports.  (Today Show)Video from an airbase in Antarctica shows an Argentine pilot doing a “fly-by” stunt where his Lockheed C-130 Hercules plane soars just a few feet from people on the ground. TODAY’s Natalie Morales reports. (TODAY)




  55. Video: Runner’s wrong turn helps her win marathon

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 5:32 am MDT

    Sept. 26: Canadian runner Meredith Fitzmaurice took a wrong turn on a half-marathon course and mistakenly continued the full marathon. She ended up winning, and even qualified for the Boston Marathon. TODAY’s Natalie Morales reports.  (Today Show)Canadian runner Meredith Fitzmaurice took a wrong turn on a half-marathon course and mistakenly continued the full marathon. She ended up winning, and even qualified for the Boston Marathon. TODAY’s Natalie Morales reports. (TODAY)




  56. Militants target relief chopper in Pakistan quake zone

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 5:12 am MDT

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Militants fired rockets at a helicopter carrying senior relief aid officials Thursday as the extent of destruction from the strong earthquake in Pakistan became clear.ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Militants fired rockets at a helicopter carrying senior relief aid officials Thursday as the extent of destruction from the strong earthquake in Pakistan became clear.




  57. Kenya mall attack group vows 'long-lasting war'

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 5:02 am MDT

    NAIROBI, Kenya - The leader of the al Qaeda-lined militant group behind the massacre of at least 72 people at a shopping mall has threatened Kenya with “long-lasting war, blood, destruction” over its peacekeeping role in neighboring Somalia.NAIROBI, Kenya - The leader of the al Qaeda-lined militant group behind the massacre of at least 72 people at a shopping mall has threatened Kenya with “long-lasting war, blood, destruction” over its peacekeeping role in neighboring Somalia.




  58. Ex-Army translator jailed for Taliban missile sale plot

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 4:26 am MDT

    A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former translator for the U.S. Army in Iraq to 25 years in prison for trying to sell anti-aircraft missiles and other military weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

  59. US-Egypt relations 'unsettled': foreign minister

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 3:55 am MDT

    Egypt's relations with the United States are "unsettled" as the country struggles to redefine its national interests vis-à-vis other countries, the foreign minister said.  Egypt's relations with the United States are "unsettled" as the country struggles to redefine its national interests vis-à-vis other countries, the foreign minister said. 




  60. Somalia to world: We need weapons, cash to fight terror

    NBCNews.com: World news | 26 Sep 2013 | 12:29 am MDT

    Somalia's defense minister made an international plea to aid its struggling government, saying it cannot fight the terrorist group behind Kenya's mall massacre without more funding and weapons from the global community.Somalia's defense minister made an international plea to aid its struggling government, saying it cannot fight the terrorist group behind Kenya's mall massacre without more funding and weapons from the global community.






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