The United States is assembling an Olympic swimming team that Michael Phelps hardly recognizes.
Nearly halfway through the eight-day trials, the team bound for Rio de Janeiro next month has as many as 17 first-timers. Left in their wake so far are such stalwarts as Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Matt Grevers, Tyler Clary and Jessica Hardy.
Phelps, who turns 31 this week, and teenager Katie Ledecky appear to be the only sure things at a meet described by Phelps as more pressure-packed than the Olympics. "It's harder here," he said.
Tennis star Serena Williams said she will be attending the Olympics in Rio despite concerns about the spread of Zika and is "sad" some have pulled out because of the virus.
“[That’s] something that's been on my mind,” Williams told USA Today over the weekend. “I'm really just gonna have to go super protected maybe. I don't know.”
Williams also told USA Today that she thinks it's "sad" that some athletes are choosing to stay home.
“At the same time I obviously understand where they're coming from and how they feel," she said. "Part of me feels that way, too, which is why I'm going in, you know, with a whole mindset of how do I protect myself, how do I prevent and also raise awareness for this. That's kind of how I'm looking at it.”
The attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport on Tuesday was the latest in such incidents at major airports in recent years. Click through to see a list of some of those attacks.
Nike has come under fire over the tennis dress it designed for its sponsored female athletes at this year's Wimbledon tournament.
The Championships at the All-England Club started Monday, and the dress named "Premier Slam" immediately courted controversy after players were spotted wearing them.
The dress, retailing for $100 on Nike's website, is standard Wimbledon white, but its loose fit and length has some players and fans complaining it reveals too much. Some players have also complained that the dress flies above the waist and gets in the way during plays, NBC's "Today" show reported.
A cuddly kitten escaped its enclosure at a pet shop in Taiwan and leaped into the neighboring booth of an equally cute little puppy.
Adorable video of the rogue kitty's break-out and subsequent break-in at JoLinn Pet House is making the rounds on social media and has already been viewed more than 2 million times since it was posted Sunday.
The video shows the black and white furball leap to the top of the plastic edge of its enclosure, back paws wildly trying to grip the partition as it hoists itself to the top.
The Marine Corps is doing away with the word "man" in 19 job titles, making them gender-neutral, NBC News confirmed.
The move was ordered by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the Marine Corps Times first reported, and comes nearly six months after the Pentagon opened all military combat roles to women.
The names of several so-called military occupational specialties, or MOSs, will not be changed following the review, an official told the Marine Corps Times.
"Names that were not changed, like rifleman, are steeped in Marine Corps history and ethos," the official told the publication. "Things that were changed needed to be updated to align with other MOS names."
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The Mega Millions jackpot rolled once again on Tuesday night, reaching an estimated $415 million after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn.
The numbers were 15, 17, 20, 35, 55 plus Mega Ball 7.
The jackpot rose to $390 million ahead of Tuesday's drawing. But with no winning tickets sold, a $415 million or $286 million cash jackpot is up for grabs on Friday, July 1, just in time for the holiday weekend.
It's the third largest prize in Mega Millions history and the biggest prize offered in the game since Dec. 17, 2013, when two tickets sold in California and Georgia shared a $648 million jackpot.
Three officers poised to stand trial in the case of a 25-year-old black man who died after his neck was broken in police custody are asking for their cases to be dismissed.
Sgt. Alicia White and Officer Garrett Miller filed motions to dismiss their cases on Monday, citing defects in the prosecution's case. The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that Lt. Brian Rice had also filed a similar motion, but that motion was not publicly available. Rice is the highest-ranking officer charged in the case. He also is asking prosecutors to disclose grand jury minutes and testimony.
The officers are each facing identical charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in the case of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19, 2015, a week after suffering a critical spinal injury in the back of a police transport wagon. Gray's death last year sparked protests and civil unrest that resulted in looting, rioting and millions of dollars in property damage.
Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport reopened on Wednesday morning, hours after a coordinated terror attack left dozens dead and scores wounded in the international arrivals hall, NBC News reported.
Istanbul's governor said Wednesday that the death toll had climbed to 41 — including at least 10 foreigners and 3 dual nationals. More than 230 people were injured, the governor added.
Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said three terrorists had arrived in a cab, opening fire and setting off at least two explosions.
"People were wounded, people fell down in front of me ... They were torn to pieces," airport worker Hacer Peksen told The Associated Press.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Yildirim said it appeared ISIS was to blame.
There were no immediate details on what if any additional security measures were in place Wednesday as the airport reopened.
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A man caught on home security video beating a mother in front of her 3-year-old daughter during a 2013 break-in was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday.
Shawn Custis will have to serve at least 63 years and nine months of the 75-year term before he is eligible for parole in the attack in Millburn, New Jersey, on Aug. 16, 2013.
Custis was charged with attempted murder in the case; he was later found guilty of aggravated assault, child endangerment, burglary, criminal restraint and theft but was acquitted of the top charge.
The harsh sentence was levied in part because of Custis' prior criminal convictions. He sobbed openly in court as the sentence was announced.
A Milwaukee woman accused of killing a pregnant woman is now on the FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" list.
The bureau on Tuesday announced the addition of 24-year-old Shanika Minor.
Minor is wanted in the March shooting death of 23-year-old Tamecca Perry. Perry's unborn child also died in the shooting.
According to NBC affiliate WTMB, Perry also had two children.
Authorities say Minor shot Perry, who was within a week of giving birth, after a confrontation over loud music at the duplex where Minor's mother also lived.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump boils down his foreign policy agenda to two words: "America First." For students of U.S. history, that slogan harkens back to the tumultuous presidential election of 1940, when hundreds of thousands of Americans joined the anti-war America First Committee. That isolationist group's primary goal was to keep the United States from joining Britain in the fight against Nazi Germany, which by then had overrun nearly all of Europe. But the committee is also remembered for the unvarnished anti-Semitism of some of its most prominent members and praise for the economic policies of Adolf Hitler.
European Union leaders spelled out stark conditions for a new relationship with a departing Britain on Wednesday, warning that if British business wants to keep access to Europe's single market, the country must accept European workers, too. The leaders produced no clear rehaul for their shaken union after an unusual and emotionally charged summit, but agreed they must make it more relevant to citizens and keep it from disintegrating after Britain's unprecedented vote to leave. The 27 remaining presidents, chancellors and prime ministers said they're "absolutely determined to remain united," EU Council President Donald Tusk said.
Witnesses and experts praised Turkish security forces — and one still-unidentified officer who gave his own life — for their composed, professional handling of Tuesday's terrorist attack on the main airport in Istanbul, which killed 41 people and injured scores.
Authorities at Ataturk International Airport, the third busiest in Europe and the 11th busiest in the world, quickly converged on the attackers while shepherding thousands of passengers, staff and visitors to safety Tuesday night.
Mohamed Ali, who told national broadcaster TRT that he was traveling from Zurich, Switzerland, to Aqaba, Jordan, said authorities calmly and swiftly conducted him and about 200 other people out of the airport from the area of their gate.
"Everything was under control," he said. "They were very polite."