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Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 at 4:46 AM

Kuwait Identifies Mosque Bomber as Saudi Citizen

Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 at 2:10 AM

Analysis: Iran Nuclear Talks Reach Critical Stages


After years of terse negotiations and internal political wrangling, crunch time has finally arrived for Iran's nuclear talks with the United States and five other world powers, writes Ali Arouzi of NBC News. Diplomats on both sides of the negotiating table have made huge strides just to reach a rough accord. Iran — and many Iranian citizens — wants to remove its burdensome economic sanctions and rejoin the international community, while the so-called P5+1 powers are trying to ensure Iran cannot produce a nuclear weapon. But hardliners in Iran, led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, have defied any attempts at military inspections, just as senior figures in Congress have warned they could block a pact that does not ensure the West can conduct those inspections. Get More at NBC News

Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 at 12:41 AM

Investigators Reach Deadly Alaska Plane Crash


A team of investigators is trying to determine what caused a sightseeing plane with nine people aboard to crash in remote southeast Alaska on , The Associated Press reported Saturday. Seven investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board ventured to the crash site, where strong winds and rain often rip through the steep, mountainous terrain. The DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter turboprop floatplane crashed Thursday, killing experienced pilot Bryan Krill and eight tourists who were traveling aboard the Holland America Line cruise ship Westerdam. "It's way too early to speculate" about the cause of the attack, Johnson said. "We can't speculate out of respect to the families." Get More at NBC News

Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 at 11:42 PM

1 Dead, 8 Rescued After Boat Goes Over Maryland Dam

Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 at 1:22 AM

NASA Pinpoints Where Mars Astronauts Will Touch Down

Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 at 5:31 PM

Teen Involved in Second Shark Attack in Two Days on NC Beach

Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 at 4:51 PM

Huckabee on Gay Marriage Ruling: "Unwrite the Laws of Nature"

Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 at 1:50 PM

French Terror Suspect Took Selfie With Beheaded Victim

The top suspect in the beheading of a businessman that French authorities are calling a terrorist attack took a "selfie" photo with the slain victim and sent the image via WhatsApp to a Canadian mobile phone number, officials said Saturday, The Associated Press reported. French investigators were working to determine the recipient's identity, but weren't able to immediately confirm media reports that it was an unspecified person now in Syria, where the radical ISIS group has seized territory, the security officials said. Top suspect Yassine Salhi, a truck driver with a history of radical Islamic ties, as well as his sister and wife remained in police custody in the city of Lyon, a day after he allegedly crashed a truck into a U.S.-owned chemical warehouse and hung his employer's severed head on a factory gate, officials said. Read »
Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 at 12:20 AM

Up to 516 Injured in Fiery Explosion at Taiwan Concert


Up to 516 people were injured, with more than 180 still in intensive care, after a fiery explosion rocked a crowded concert at a water park in northern Taiwan on Saturday, local media reported on Saturday, according to Reuters. The fire broke out at the center of the stage when up to 1,000 people were having a color play party — a festival of dance and music where revelers are sprayed with clouds of colored powder. An explosion of the powder is suspected to have caused the blaze, although the explosion is still under investigation, local government official Lin Chieh-yu told Reuters. Flames reaching into the sky as concertgoers tried to escape, according to footage from television stations. "There was blood and people were on fire," one injured man said. Get More at NBC News

Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Tunisia Terror Attack: Tourists Recount Beach Massacre

Western tourists described the gun massacre on a Tunisia beach that left dozens dead - an attack claimed by ISIS, NBC News reported. "There was just a lot of screaming … absolutely horrid screaming," tourist Matthew Kenyon, 21, told NBC News. Keith Scandrett-Whitlam, who witnessed the carnage from a boat offshore, said that “there was panic, just sheer panic,” adding that "it's not something you experience or you expect when you go on holiday." At least 39 people - mostly British, German and Belgian vacationers - were killed as they sat on sun loungers in Sousse, a popular resort about 90 miles south of the capital, Tunis. A gunman disguised as a tourist opened fire on foreigners at the Imperial Marhaba hotel on Friday with a black Kalashnikov rifle he had hidden in an umbrella. Blood was being cleaned away at the beach on Saturday, as ISIS claimed responsibility and identified the attacker as Saif Rezgui, a 24-year-old student who was not on any terrorism watch list. Read »
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 at 10:06 AM

2 Arrested For Removing S.C. Confederate Flag

Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 at 10:14 AM

Greece Debt Crisis: Finance Ministers Refuse Extension

Greece cannot have an extension to its bailout program, euro zone finance ministers decided Saturday, as the country's financial future spiraled into uncertainty, NBC News reported. In a surprise television address in the early hours, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras proposed a national referendum on austerity demands from foreign creditors. But eurozone finance ministers later said the bailout program could not be extended until after the popular vote, and would expire on Tuesday as planned. With the debt crisis looming large, thousands of Greeks lined up to withdraw cash from ATMs Saturday after Tsipras' referendum proposal, fearing the country was closer than ever to defaulting on its massive loans. Read »
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 at 3:19 AM

Stonewall to Supreme Court: The March to Marriage Equality


The Supreme Court's landmark decision in favor of marriage equality on Friday capped a decade of rapid change in American attitudes towards same-sex marriage. But that sudden shift in public opinion was preceded by decades of slow, hard-fought progress from gay rights advocates, NBC News reported. The decision comes just days before the anniversary of a 1969 police raid on the recently landmarked Stonewall Inn, a New York gay bar, that set off riots and galvanized gays and lesbians into action. The first gay pride parades were held a year later in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, bringing the issue of gay rights to the fore of American culture. It also sparked decades of legal battles aimed first at de-criminalizing gay relationships, and then gaining legal rights to same-sex marriage. Get More at NBC News

Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 at 4:36 AM

Cities Worldwide Step Up Security Amid ISIS Strikes

Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 at 2:00 AM

"Desperate" Fugitive Now More Dangerous: Expert