Donald Trump on Thursday secured the number of GOP delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, NBC News has confirmed.
Trump passed the 1,237 mark after unbound delegates from North Dakota pledged their support for him. NBC News declared Trump to be the presumptive Republican nominee after his GOP rivals dropped out of the race in early May.
There are still 303 delegates at stake in five state primaries on June 7. Trump will not officially become the nominee until he accepts the nomination at the Republican convention in Cleveland in July.
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Two Navy jet fighters crashed off the coast of North Carolina during a training mission Thursday, and their four crew members were airlifted to a hospital with minor injuries after being plucked out of the Atlantic Ocean by a commercial fishing vessel and Coast Guard rescuers, officials said.
The F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters, based in Virginia Beach, crashed about 10:40 a.m. off the coast of Cape Hatteras, following an "in-flight mishap," said Lt. Cmdr. Tiffani Walker, a spokeswoman for Naval Air Force Atlantic. Walker did not have any further details. Earlier Thursday, the Coast Guard had said the two aircraft collided in the air before crashing.
Baylor University intends to dismiss head football coach Art Briles, university president Ken Starr will transition from president to chancellor, and athletic director Ian McCaw is being put on probation, the school's board of regents said on Thursday.
The regents said Briles was "suspended with the intent to terminate" and announced the other changes in a statement released shortly after 11 a.m.
The moves come after multiple reports of sexual assault incidents involving Baylor players. Briles and Starr have faced criticism about possibly ignoring the incidents.
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Chances are likely slim, but what about a Donald Trump-Bernie Sanders debate heading into the crucial June 7 California primary?
That possibility surfaced Wednesday, even if in a jocular tone, in an indirect exchange between the Republican billionaire real estate mogul and the senator who Hillary Clinton hasn't been able to bump from the Democratic presidential sweepstakes.
On ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Trump said he enjoyed watching Clinton's increasingly heated sparring with Sanders.
"I had no idea it was going to be so nasty," said Trump, who said he'd be happy to engage Sanders in a one-on-one debate — as long as significant money goes to charity.
Sanders said on Twitter he'd welcome that. "Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary."
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A Thai man is recovering from a bloody encounter with a 10-foot python that slithered through the plumbing of his home and latched its jaws onto his penis as he was using a squat toilet.
Attaporn Boonmakchuay was smiling as Thai television stations interviewed him in his hospital bed about the intimate intrusion, and doctors said he would recover. But photos of his blood-splattered bathroom in Chachoengsao province, east of Bangkok, were testimony to his ordeal.
The 38-year-old told Thai TV Channel 7 that he struggled to remove the snake for 30 minutes Wednesday before he managed to free himself with help from his wife and a neighbor.
Which countries have the most gold medals? And how much does it cost to host an Olympic Games? Get ready for the Rio Olympics – and the answers to those and many other Olympic-related questions – with this series of graphics.
The finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee were already off to an agonizing start Thursday, with 20 out of 40 spellers hearing the dreaded bell before Tejas Muthusamy stepped to the microphone. But he was supposed to be OK. The 13-year-old from Glen Allen, Virginia, made the top 10 the past two years. His word was "salele," a Samoan-derived word for a small, dusky silver fish. He asked all the questions he could. It was time to spell. But he still didn't know.
For most of the 200-plus students who participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee each year, the highfalutin vocabulary words prove more vexing. See if you could have outspelled the studious contestants who made it to the finalist round with this quiz. All the words featured in the quiz knocked out participants in recent years.
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A 4-year-old boy died Thursday after he fell down an elevator shaft at a private parking garage in Brooklyn, authorities say.
FDNY responded to 841 Union St. in Park Slope at about 8 p.m. Wednesday and found the boy at the bottom of the shaft, officials said.
Police said the boy was on the third floor of the garage with a parking attendant and his parents before he fell.
The parents lost sight of the boy for just a moment and he somehow fell through a 10-inch gap between the elevator and the third floor.
A school in Chicago's far southwest suburbs is investigating after a student recorded a bus driver apparently texting while driving.
Noah LaBarge, a sophomore at Ottawa Township High School, captured the video that was posted to Facebook Tuesday, claiming he caught the driver texting while taking students home from school.
"So we had a sub today and i caught her texting 4 times when she was taking us home," LaBarge wrote in the caption.
In a statement, superintendent Michael Cushing said the school is investigating the incident.
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After an investigation spanning nearly two years, a South Florida man has been arrested in the killing of a well-known Florida State University professor.
But the arrest of a 34-year-old man on drug charges hasn't answered a long line of questions about why Daniel Markel was gunned down in the garage of his Tallahassee home in July 2014.
A Utah man said he was allegedly assaulted by another customer for taking his young daughter with him to the men’s room at a Wal-Mart, NBC News reported.
Christopher Adams told NBC affiliate KSL a confrontation ensued at a Clinton, Utah, Wal-Mart over the weekend when he took his 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter, Emery, to the restroom.
Adams said the other man said he objected to Emery being in the men’s room. The man then allegedly punched Adams in the face and kicked him in the knee multiple times.
Police said the “aggressor” was cited at the scene for disorderly conduct. The city attorney was screening a potential assault charge, according to KSL.
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A day before the first anniversary of the shooting death of local news reporter Charnice Milton, the D.C. police chief said investigators "just need a little more" to catch her killer.
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier and Milton's stepfather, Ken McClenton, spoke Thursday afternoon near the bus stop in Southeast D.C. where Milton was shot the night of May 27, 2015, as she headed home.
Lanier said the investigation is ongoing and police have received a steady stream of tips.
"We've got a lot of momentum going in this case," she said.