Three U.S. Army Chinook helicopters the size of city buses ascend higher and higher in the Alaska Range, following the 44-mile long Kahiltna Glacier, which from above resembles a frozen, mile-wide white ribbon of ice cutting through craggy mountains.
At 7,200 feet, they land light as a feather at the base of North America's tallest mountain, below a few brightly colored tents, temporary shelters for early season climbers dotting the white landscape.
There's nothing military about this mission. Instead, these Chinooks are delivering potentially lifesaving food and medical equipment for two base camps, one at 7,200 feet and the other at 14,000 feet, to assist those attempting to climb the 20,310-foot Denali.
The Islamic State attack on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq that killed U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Keating was a surprise that, if anticipated, might have turned out differently, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday.
"Obviously, had we had the forces there, been able to see this attack coming, they would have responded differently to it," Peter Cook, the Pentagon press secretary, said. "Perhaps this could have been avoided. That's certainly something that we're looking at carefully. This particular attack was not anticipated and we were forced to respond."
Keating is the third U.S. service member to be killed in combat in Iraq since U.S. forces returned there in 2014.
Russia and the Syrian government marked the liberation of the Syrian city of Palmyra from ISIS with a musical concert, NBC News reported.
An associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin implicated in the "Panama Papers" performed a classical piece on the ruins of the historic city on Thursday.
"The event is ... a sign of memory, hope and a sense of gratitude," Putin said, speaking from his office.
Palmyra was captured by ISIS in 2015.
The jihadists committed one of their most outrageous crimes on the record when they attacked Palmyra's historical heritage, destroying antique temples and statues depicting "false gods."
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Several hours after a stranger abducted an 11-year-old Navajo girl as she played near her home, few outside the reservation knew she was missing.
Cellphone alarms jolted New Mexico residents at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, giving the first warning beyond the Navajo Nation to keep watch for Ashlynne Mike and the man who lured her into his van. He took the girl and her brother Monday afternoon soon after they got off the school bus in a desolate stretch of the reservation.
A New York City jail inmate duped guards and walked out of the Brooklyn courthouse by capitalizing on a case of mistaken identity.
Police on Thursday released a photo of Layquan Johnson, who was brought to the Brooklyn Supreme Court on Tuesday in connection with his arrest for a shooting that occurred in December.
Johnson was sitting in a holding cell with other defendants, including a friend who was scheduled to be released. When guards called the name of the man to be released, Johnson answered the call, law enforcement sources told NBC 4 New York.
He brazenly strolled out of the courthouse at about 10:15 p.m. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt, dark-colored pants and light-colored sneakers at the time.
A massive fire at a warehouse complex in Houston spewed black smoke and hazardous materials Thursday, forcing neighbors to shelter in place as nearly 200 firefighters worked to beat back the blaze.
The four-alarm fire ignited just before 10 a.m. in the back yard of a nearby home, then jumped to an industrial area at 1700 Laverne Street, NBC affiliate KPRC reports. Fire officials told KPRC the home served as an auto service company.
Authorities declared a "hazardous material incident" as flames ripped through the industrial complex, which houses several businesses, including a gun store, fire officials said. Aerial footage showed explosions erupting as plumes of smoke poured from the roof.
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A Maine couple is fighting to open a "cannabis club" where people in Section 8 housing can gather and smoke medical marijuana, which is illegal in their federally funded homes.
While medical marijuana is legal in Maine, it is not legal at the federal level. Because Section 8 housing is federally funded, it is not legal to have or use marijuana in these units.
Shanon and Vince Gogan have asked the city of Lewiston for a permit to open a lounge in the back of their smoke shop. People would have to show proof of ID and show their medical marijuana card in order to smoke in the cannabis club.
But the director of code enforcement, Gil Arsenault, denied the permit application.
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Every minute of every day, usually without thinking, thousands of New Yorkers reach across the counter at shops and supermarkets and accept a disposable plastic bag. The city's sanitation department estimates 10 billion bags a year are tossed in the trash — roughly 19,000 per minute.
Now, city officials are poised to test whether a 5-cent charge can wean New Yorkers from the convenient but environmentally unfriendly sacks.
City Council approved a bill Thursday that would require most merchants to charge customers at least a nickel for each bag, including those made of paper.
New York City joins more than 150 other municipalities around the country that have passed ordinances either to ban single-use plastic bags or to charge a fee for them.
The mother of Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV, killed fighting ISIS in Iraq, spoke about her son’s life and death Wednesday.
Krista Keating-Joseph said she had a sick feeling about her son Charlie the night before the news broke, perhaps a mother's intuition.
“I woke up in the morning and saw one U.S. soldier was killed and I knew it was him,” she said.
Keating, a 31-year-old Navy petty officer 1st Class, died Tuesday about 14 miles north of Mosul in a complicated attack launched by 125 ISIS forces, Pentagon officials said.
Protesters gathered Thursday in the streets and on the campus of East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, where former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Supporters of Clinton's Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, confronted Clinton's backers outside the college as a cordon of police kept watch.
"She would do absolutely nothing to help the middle class," said Cilena Aziz, a Sanders supporter.
The Democratic front-runner said she will push for a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws and end "raids and roundups" of immigrants.
Pakistani police say they have arrested 13 members of a local tribal council who strangled a local girl and set her body on fire for helping one of her friends elope.
Khurram Rasheed, police chief for the northern district of Abbottabad, said Thursday that the charred body of 17-year-old Ambreen Riasat was found in a burned van in the tourist resort of Donga Gali on April 29.
An airstrike hit a crowded refugee camp in Syria on Thursday close to the border with Turkey, killing at least 28 people, according to Syrian pro-opposition activists. Images posted on social media said to be of the aftermath of the strike showed at least a dozen tents burned to the ground and bloodied women and children being loaded onto a pickup truck.
The camp in Sarmada, in rebel-held territory the northwestern Idlib province, is home to between 1,500 and 2,000 internally displaced people who fled the fighting from the surrounding Aleppo and Hama provinces over the past year, according to activist Mohammad al-Shafie in the town of Atareb, about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from the camp.
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Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush will refrain from endorsing or commenting on Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
The senior Bush has enthusiastically endorsed the party's nominee in the past five election cycles. But the 91-year-old's spokesman confirmed to NBC News that President Bush will not endorse Trump and "is retired from politics."
George W. Bush is also staying out of politics this year and "does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign," his personal aide, Freddy Ford, told The Texas Tribune.
Trump repeatedly attacked Bush 43's administration on the campaign trail, saying it failed to prevent the 9/11 attacks and lied to get the U.S. involved in the Iraq War.
Neither Bush attended the 2012 or 2008 Republican conventions.
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