New Hampshire votes Tuesday and billionaire Donald Trump is trying to lose the loser label, while Ted Cruz looks to fashion a win with far fewer Christian evangelicals than in Iowa and Marco Rubio tries to shake off doubts about his disastrous debate performance. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, hopes to hold off a victory by Bernie Sanders.
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Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich picked up the most votes as the first ballots of the first-in-the-nation primary were cast early Tuesday.
Sanders won over all four Democratic voters in the tiny town of Dixville, New Hampshire. The Vermont senator also earned 12 votes in Hart's Location and one in Millsfield. Clinton garnered a total of nine votes.
Kasich, Trump and Cruz picked up nine votes each among Republicans.
Under New Hampshire state law, communities with fewer than 100 voters can get permission to open their polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered voters have cast their ballots. While that happened in three locations, Dixville traditionally gets most of the spotlight due to its media-friendly setup at the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel.
Federal transportation officials might soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend.
Sen. Bill Nelson has called for the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the voyage that forced frightened passengers into their cabins overnight Sunday as their belongings flew about, waves rose as high as 30 feet, and winds howled outside.
"The thing about this storm was that it was forecast for days. So why in the world would a cruise ship with thousands of passengers go sailing right into it?" Nelson said Monday on the Senate floor, according to a news release from his office.
President Barack Obama is unveiling his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that's freighted with liberal policy initiatives and new and familiar tax hikes — all sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress that simply wants to move on from his presidency.
The budget will be released Tuesday morning, the same day as the New Hampshire primary when it's likely to get little attention. It comes as the deficit, which had been falling over the duration of Obama's two terms, has begun to creep up, above the half-trillion mark.
The White House is countering the worsening deficit outlook with a proposed $10-per barrel tax on oil that would finance "clean" transportation projects. It also is sure to propose taxes on the wealthy and corporations.
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Authorities grounded a jet taxiing for takeoff to arrest a Long Island doctor accused of illegally prescribing more than 350,000 oxycodone pills in a drug-dealing operation.
Newsday reports that Dr. Noel Blackman was arrested Sunday night at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Federal agents were tipped off that the Guyana native planned to leave the country permanently and ordered a jet bound for the South American country to return as it was taxiing for takeoff.
Officials said $30,000 was stashed in the Far Rockaway doctor's luggage.
Records show he wrote 114 prescriptions in 2014 for about 3,800 oxycodone pills and nearly 2,500 prescriptions for about 365,000 pills last year.
His attorney declined to comment.
Two commuter trains carrying a total of 150 people crashed head-on Tuesday morning in southern Germany, killing at least nine and injuring 81 others, police said, NBC News reported.
Two passengers were still missing more than six hours after the incident, officials said.
The trains were traveling around a curve at around 60 mph on a single-track route when they collided and the the curve meant it was unlikely the train drivers saw each other, German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt told reporters. Officials said it was too soon to say what may have caused the crash but said .
Police initially said 150 people were injured in the crash, but that number was later revised down to 81 — including 18 people listed with "severe" injuries."
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A gas station canopy collapsed on two cars in Torrance, California, Monday while maintenance workers were on the roof, checking it out for potential problems. "I heard a noise, something like an earthquake? I ran to the window. And seen that the roof had collapsed!" Giselle Vasquez, who works next door at Green Clean Car Wash, said. No one was seriously injured, including the drivers of the car and the crews on the roof, fire officials on scene said.
Donald Trump became the first presidential contender in recent memory to use an epithet for female anatomy to describe a Republican rival on stage at a rally on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, NBC News reported.
Addressing about 5,000 people at Manchester's Verizon Center on Monday Trump derided his opponents and contrasted his recent statements on bringing back waterboarding to those of Sen. Ted Cruz.
"You know he's concerned about the answer because well, some people," Trump said pointing to a woman in the audience, "she just said a terrible thing. You know what she said? Shout it out 'cause I don't wanna."
Then he said it anyway: "She said, 'He's a p---y.'"
The crowd laughed and cheered and Trump faux-chastised the woman, saying, "That's terrible! Terrible."
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Formerly conjoined twins Owen and Emmett Ezell are now 2 1/2 years old, and their family says the boys are running, jumping and now learning to talk.
It's an exciting milestone for the twins, who were separated in a risky surgery more than two years ago. The boys were born connected from the chest to the belly button, sharing a liver and intestines.
NBC 5 has followed their journey since birth and recently visited the family at their North Texas home.
Mother Jenni Ezell said she's noticed a big difference in her sons since the removal of the tracheotomy tubes in their necks, which helped the boys breathe as they healed and grew.
A Michigan state board has approved circulation of a petition to recall Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder — but not over the water crisis in Flint.
The petition approved Monday seeks to remove Snyder, a Republican, from office over his decision last year to take control of the state office to reform schools, which organizers say disregards local prerogatives, according to The Detroit News and The Associated Press.
The Board of State Canvassers, part of the secretary of state's office, rejected nine other recall petitions, six of them based on Snyder's widely criticized handling of lead from corroded pipes that began leaching into Flint homes following a cost-saving move to pump water from the Flint River.
The vote gives organizers 180 days to gather enough signatures to add a ballot measure later this year asking voters to oust Snyder, who has no intention of resigning, NBC News reported.
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A Connecticut state trooper was killed in a hunting accident in Texas over the weekend when he was struck by a bullet meant for a wild hog, authorities said.
Trooper Stephen Davis, of Hebron, was shot Saturday. Deputies from the sheriff’s office in Maverick County, Texas, responded to the Cinco Ranch just after 6:30 p.m. after receiving the report of an accidental shooting.
U.S. Border Patrol agents led deputies to Davis, who had been shot in the left side of his torso and was unresponsive in the brush, authorities said. Davis was pronounced dead at 7:22 p.m.
A man from Warren, Maine, told authorities he had shot at a wild hog and accidentally struck Davis, according to police.
There are plenty of stories about professional athletes behaving badly, but if you’re seeking out an example of a player who goes the extra mile, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling seems to be a good candidate.
The goaltender, who has been with the Blackhawks since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, made quite the impression on an Uber driver in the Phoenix area recently.
Kane Van Gate shared the story on Twitter of how Darling went out of his way to help a stranger.
To his credit, Darling responded, saying he’s fortunate to be able to help people in need.
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