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The Taliban had called for special prayers prior to President Donald Trump's Monday night speech, hoping he would announce complete withdrawal in Afghanistan, members of the group told NBC News.
Trump ended up taking the opposite path, promising a continued military presence that centered around empowering his generals and squeezing neighboring Pakistan, a U.S. ally that has often been accused of harboring and enabling terror groups.
Monday's speech angered many in Pakistan, with several lawmakers denouncing Trump for calling them out on the world stage. But the Taliban claimed that despite Trump going against their wishes they were happy to keep fighting in America's longest war.
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Navy divers searching a flooded compartment of the USS John S. McCain found remains of some of the 10 sailors missing in a collision between the warship and an oil tanker, the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander said Tuesday as he promised a full investigation.
Adm. Scott Swift also said at a news conference in Singapore, where the McCain is now docked, that Malaysian officials had found one body, but it had yet to be identified and it was unknown whether it was a crew member.
The collision before dawn on Monday near Singapore tore a gaping hole in the McCain's left rear hull and flooded adjacent compartments including crew berths and machinery and communication rooms. Five sailors were injured.
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A dangerous Takata air bag should have been recalled before going from a wrecked car to a salvage yard, eventually ending up in a 2002 Honda Accord and nearly killing a Las Vegas woman, a lawsuit alleges.
The Accord had been fixed up and sold in March of 2016 to the family of Karina Dorado, a 19-year-old woman whose trachea was punctured by shrapnel spewed by the faulty air bag. The family claims it was never informed that the air bag was subject to a recall.
How that air bag got into the Accord is detailed in the lawsuit filed Friday in Nevada. It highlights the sometimes suspect world of auto parts recycling and shows how dangerous recalled parts can find their way into used cars that are sold to unsuspecting buyers.
Two of the four surviving Barcelona suspects have identified an imam who was killed in an explosion as the ideologist of the extremist cell responsible for carrying out the attacks and planning others, a Spanish judicial official said.
Only one of the four suspects accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort acknowledged being part of the 12-member cell during proceedings at Spain's National Court on Tuesday.
The official said Mohamed Houli Chemlal told a judge that the cell was preparing to attack Barcelona monuments with explosives and the imam intended to blow himself up when they did. The official is not authorized to speak about ongoing cases under court rules and requested anonymity.
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Law enforcement officers surprised the daughter of a slain Florida police officer by wishing her a happy birthday.
Unique Howard turned 17 two days after the death of her father, Kissimmee Police Sgt. Richard "Sam" Howard. Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter were shot Friday night while patrolling a neighborhood known for drug activity. Baxter died Friday and Howard died on Saturday.
Police spokeswoman Stacie Miller said they'd planned to surprise Unique Howard at her home. But her mother told them her daughter had insisted on going to her job at Publix supermarket.
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Trying to recapture the Republican fervor that helped put him in office, President Donald Trump travels to Arizona on Tuesday to visit the nation's southern border and to rally thousands of supporters in a state where he's trashed both Republican senators.
The two-day trip, which also includes a stop in Reno, Nevada, on Wednesday to speak to veterans at an American Legion conference, marks his farthest journey west since taking office in January.
It comes at a politically turbulent time for the president. On Monday night, he addressed the nation about his decision to maintain a U.S. presence in Afghanistan, an action at odds with his repeated promises on the campaign trail to end the country's longest war. And last week he touched off a firestorm by saying that "both sides" were to blame for violence that erupted at a rally organized by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Powerball jackpot just keeps growing and growing — this time without a game being played.
Already at $650 million after no grand prize winner was drawn Saturday night, the jackpot for Wednesday night rose to $700 million on Tuesday — the second largest in U.S. history.
No one has matched all six balls in more than two months, so the jackpot has grown after every drawing. It sometimes grows in between drawings.
A high-speed train barreled into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal early Tuesday, injuring dozens of passengers and the train's operator
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials say a Norristown High Speed Line train was arriving at the 69th Street Transportation Center on Market Street in Upper Darby around 12:10 a.m. Tuesday when it crashed into an unoccupied train that was sitting in the terminal. It's not clear how fast the train was traveling when the crash happened, but passengers described a violent collision. Upper Darby Mayor Thomas Micozzie said the train came into the station "hot."
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By any historical standard, President Donald Trump's approval rating, typically in the mid- to high-30s, is politically catastrophic. Yet his polling during the presidential campaign was just as bad, NBC News reported.
Trump's election victory in the face of awful polling numbers raises the prospect that, while polls appear to show support from his base crumbling, it may not be.
It's possible Trump's come-from-behind win was due to Hillary Clinton's weaknesses, and he may have reason to worry that supporters will be disappointed by his lack of follow-through on specific, tangible campaign promises.
But the man who was at the center of several extinction-level campaign crises may actually have won because of coverage of the ensuing chaos, according to one theory promoted by conservative radio host and MSNBC commentator Hugh Hewitt. And that would cast the bad polling in a very different light.
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George and Amal Clooney are donating $1 million to fight hate groups.
The couple announced Tuesday that their Clooney Foundation for Justice is supporting the Southern Poverty Law Center with a $1 million grant to combat hate groups in the United States.
George Clooney says in a statement Tuesday that they wanted to add their voices and financial assistance to the fight for equality.
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A Virginia priest is taking a leave of absence after he admitted Monday that he was previously a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Father William Aitcheson, a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington, wrote about his past Klan affiliation Monday in The Arlington Catholic Herald, the diocese's newspaper.
Aitcheson, 62, is currently an associate pastor at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Fairfax, Virginia.
Aitcheson apologized for his actions and said images from violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, inspired him to speak out.
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The Civil War lessons taught to American students often depend on where the classroom is, with schools presenting accounts of the conflict that vary from state to state and even district to district.
Some schools emphasize states' rights in addition to slavery and stress how economic and cultural differences stoked tensions between North and South. Others highlight the battlefield acumen of Confederate commanders alongside their Union counterparts. At least one suggests that abolition represented the first time the nation lived up to its founding ideals.
The differences don't always break down neatly along geographic lines.
"You don't know, as you speak to folks around the country, what kind of assumptions they have about things like the Civil War," said Dustin Kidd, a sociology professor at Temple University in Philadelphia.
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An online auction of 264 rhino horns will start Wednesday after a South African court ordered the government to hand over a permit allowing the sale to proceed, according to lawyers for a rhino breeder who is conducting the legal sale.
A law firm representing breeder John Hume said he believes a legal trade in rhino horn will help to protect the threatened species, an argument based on the idea that a regulated market would undercut poaching that has occurred at record levels in the past decade.
Some leading conservation groups, however, believe it would have the opposite effect, spurring demand and encouraging poachers to more actively target rhinos whose horns could be laundered into the legal trade.