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Advocates raise funds for Congressional Gold Medals honoring Filipino WWII vets

Advocates raise funds for Congressional Gold Medals honoring Filipino WWII vets

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Veterans' advocates are raising funds to cover the cost for replicas of a Congressional Gold Medal that is expected to be presented to Filipino and Filipino-American World War II veterans later this year. Former President Barack Obama signed the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act into law in December 2016, honoring the more than 260,000 recognized Filipino veterans who served the United States in World War II. The legislation culminated a decades-long fight by advoc

ates for the veterans, who were stripped of benefits promised to them for their military service after the Rescission Act of 1946. “Literally, [these veterans] have been waging an additional battle after World War II for over 70 years for the simple dignity of recognition,” Ben de Guzman, program manager of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP), told NBC News. “Now that this Congressional Gold Medal legislation has afforded them some degree of recognition, we think that the least we can do as a grateful community is to make sure that they don't have to pay the additional $52 to get their replica of that medal.” Mahalo to each veteran, family member & advocate who worked with us to see this effort through @FilVetsREP pic.twitter.com/LCPkt1Golc A presentation of the medal has been scheduled for Oct. 25, according to the office of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who with Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hi), sponsored the legislation in Congress. “The United States is indebted to the service, bravery, and perseverance of Filipino veterans of World War II," Gabbard said in a statement. "I am proud that we can correct the record today, and finally honor the service and sacrifice of these heroes and their families, and ensure they are never forgotten.” America is finally correcting the record to honor the service & sacrifice of Filipino World War II veterans w/ the Congressional Gold Medal pic.twitter.com/xINQqKWxjM “These veterans and their families overcame many challenges in their fight for compensation, family reunification, and verification of wartime service," Hirono said. "I look forward to participating in the ceremony to provide this long overdue recognition next month.” RELATED: Forgotten: The Battle Thousands of WWII Veterans Are Still Fighting The mint has designated FilVetREP, which works to increase awareness about the service of Filipino and Filipino-American World War II veterans, the official liaison to work with the agency to design the medal. In the meantime, FilVetREP is looking to raise $150,000 over the next few months to cover the cost of the presentation. It has made an initial order of 1,000 replicas, and is aiming to eventually raise enough money for 20,000, de Guzman said, bringing the amount needed for the medals to approximately $1 million. An estimated 18,000 veterans and their surviving next of kin will be eligible to receive replicas, Luisa Antonio, executive director o ... read more

Presidential advisory commissioners question educational initiatives' futures

Presidential advisory commissioners question educational initiatives' futures

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The groups charged with supporting the White House’s efforts to expand educational opportunities to communities of color are facing an unknown future without a renewed direction from the Trump administration. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, and the White House Initiative on Asian Amer read more

Protests Turn Violent in St Louis Following Not Guilty Verdict

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Protesters yell at law enforcement officers outside the old courthouse steps on Sept. 15, 2017 in downtown St. Louis, after a judge found a white former St. Louis police officer, Jason Stockley, not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a black man, Anthony Lamar Smith, who was fatally shot following a high-speed chase in 2011.Protesters march through the city streets following a not guilt read more

Man questioned about deadly shootings of black men is freed from jail

Man questioned about deadly shootings of black men is freed from jail

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BATON ROUGE, La.— A 23-year-old white man whom police call a "person of interest" in the fatal shootings of two black men in Baton Rouge has been released from jail after his arrest on drug charges over the weekend. Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola, a department spokesman, said Monday that Kenneth Gleason "has not been cleared" and remains a "person of interest" read more

Dylann Roof wants to fire Jewish, Indian lawyers

Dylann Roof wants to fire Jewish, Indian lawyers

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A white supremacist who was sentenced to death in the 2015 massacre of nine black worshippers has told a federal appeals court he wants to fire his appellate attorneys because one of them is Jewish and the other is Indian. Dylann Roof filed the handwritten request himself Monday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. Roof further wrote that his attor read more

A quiet protest amid days of unrest in St. Louis

A quiet protest amid days of unrest in St. Louis

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Bruce Franks Jr. wanted a quiet protest. So the 33-year-old rapper and state representative sent out a few messages on Twitter and Facebook late Sunday and early Monday: Meet him first thing at 16th and Market streets in downtown St. Louis. From there, they'd begin their roughly half-mile silent march to City Hall. "What better way to show force?" Franks said. The arrest-free event read more

OpEd: Increasing opportunities that allow HBCUs to thrive

OpEd: Increasing opportunities that allow HBCUs to thrive

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In 1837, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania became the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the United States of America. Today, there are 106 HBCUs across our nation, enrolling over 300,000 students each year. Throughout history, many of our nation’s greatest leaders have received degrees from HBCUs. Amongst the esteemed alumni are legendary authors, like Maya Angelou and read more

Study finds Asian-American characters 'tokens' on TV

Study finds Asian-American characters 'tokens' on TV

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LOS ANGELES — TV's Asian-American characters are so frequently slighted that even programs set in the biggest, most diverse cities leave them out of the picture, a new study found. For "Tokens on the Small Screen," professors and scholars at six California universities looked at 242 broadcast, cable and digital platform shows that aired during the 2015-16 season and tallied the number read more

Designer Yuna Yang’s New York Fashion Week runway is a platform for climate change

Designer Yuna Yang’s New York Fashion Week runway is a platform for climate ch

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For her collection in this season's New York Fashion Week, designer Yuna Yang didn't want to focus on just creating beautiful clothes. She also wanted to raise awareness about climate change. “When [Trump] decided to exit out of the Paris Agreement, I was very confused,” Yang told NBC News. “Many people can argue about whether the President is good or bad, but climate change, that issue is read more

Widow of Kansas shooting victim temporarily lost resident status after husband's death

Widow of Kansas shooting victim temporarily lost resident status after husband's

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The wife of a man from India killed earlier this year in an alleged hate crime can stay in the United States for now after she initially lost her residency rights following her husband’s death. Sunayana Dumala, whose 32-year-old husband Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed at a Kansas bar in February, fell out of status because her permission to reside in the U.S. was tied to Kuchibhotla through mar read more

Writing helped save this former juvenile offender. Now he's helping jailed youth.

Writing helped save this former juvenile offender. Now he's helping jailed youth

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Jimmy Wu had been behind bars for nearly a decade when he received heartbreaking news in 2005: His younger brother had developed a severe case of pneumonia that doctors said he was unlikely to recover from. “When I returned to my cell after that phone call, it was with an extremely heavy heart,” Wu, 37, told NBC News. “Being in that cell literally was driving me crazy with my own thoughts, read more

Six designers make U.S. debut at New York Fashion Week's 'Indonesian Diversity'

Six designers make U.S. debut at New York Fashion Week's 'Indonesian Diversity'

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Teti Nurhayati and Dina Fatima wanted to highlight the diversity and quality of fashion in their home country when they started Indonesian Fashion Gallery, a brick-and-mortar store in New York City last year. This New York Fashion Week (NYFW), the pair went a step farther, curating a fashion show featuring six Indonesian designers as part of NYFW’s First Stage, a new program for international d read more

Family of man killed by police just before graduation to sue sheriff

Family of man killed by police just before graduation to sue sheriff

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The family of a man shot dead by police in June plans to file a $20 million lawsuit against the Washington state sheriff’s office they say is responsible. Jeffrey Campiche, an attorney representing the family of Tommy Le told NBC News that Le’s family does not believe there was reason to use deadly force on the night Le, who was 20, was killed. At around midnight on June 13, the King County read more

Nonprofit merges hi-tech and high fashion to make clothes for people with disabilities

Nonprofit merges hi-tech and high fashion to make clothes for people with disabi

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Seven years ago, Christina Mallon started to experience creeping paralysis in both her arms, which she said doctors have been unable to diagnose. Living alone in New York City, Mallon has been looking for things that could help her in her day-to-day life. “I need tools to allow me to be independent and keep up in this fast-paced environment,” she told NBC News. “The world isn’t set up fo read more

On Hispanic Heritage Month, what's there to celebrate? Latinos weigh in

On Hispanic Heritage Month, what's there to celebrate? Latinos weigh in

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WASHINGTON –The month that the nation celebrates its Latino roots is underway, but with the strained relationship between President Donald Trump and many in the Latino community, are people feeling celebratory? Hispanic Heritage Month began Friday a little over a week after hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, the majority of them Latino, were told the president was ending the deportation read more

#NBCLatino20: The Crusader, Desireé Hernández

#NBCLatino20: The Crusader, Desireé Hernández

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Her clients are not rich or powerful. She works in a basement office. Her team represents some of the most vulnerable people in our society. But Desireé Hernández is not afraid to take on the U.S. government when she believes a child has the legal right to remain in this country. As Director of Legal Services for the Safe Passage Project, Hernández manages a team providing free legal represen read more

Cuba mystery: What theories U.S. investigators are pursuing

Cuba mystery: What theories U.S. investigators are pursuing

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WASHINGTON — There must be an answer. Whatever is harming U.S. diplomats in Havana, it has eluded the doctors, scientists and intelligence analysts scouring for answers. Investigators have chased many theories, including a sonic attack, electromagnetic weapon or flawed spying device. Each explanation seems to fit parts of what's happened, conflicting with others. The United States doesn't eve read more

#NBCLatino20: Broadway's Professor, John Leguizamo

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He is a theater sensation, a movie star, a popular animated character, and a New York Times op-ed contributor. Now John Leguizamo is ready to teach audiences on the Great White Way all about Hispanic heritage. His latest one-man show, “Latin History for Morons” debuts on Broadway October 19. The inspiration for his show came, in part, from his son having been bullied at school, which reminded read more

Opinion: Under Trump, the Worst Hispanic Heritage Month Ever

Opinion: Under Trump, the Worst Hispanic Heritage Month Ever

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Last Wednesday, the White House issued a proclamation announcing the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15. But this year, some Latinos are wondering what we have to celebrate. For many Latinos, it is unsettling to approach Hispanic Heritage Month knowing that President Donald Trump generally holds us in low regard. Latinos’ relationship with Trump can per read more

Many DACA recipients face looming deadline with a steep fee, so donors step in to help

Many DACA recipients face looming deadline with a steep fee, so donors step in t

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WASHINGTON – Groups and individuals are urgently raising money to help young immigrants meet an Oct. 5 Trump administration deadline to renew their permission to stay in the U.S., which costs $495 each. All across the country, immigration and community groups, and in the case of Rhode Island its governor, are providing “scholarships” and loans to cover the fee for immigrants to renew their read more

#NBCLatino20: The Park Ranger, Miguel Marquez

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For years, nature was Miguel Marquez’s escape from the rough streets of Oakland, California. Then it became his life. Marquez is a ranger with the U.S. National Park Service. He has worked at Kennilworth Aquatic Gardens and Anacostia national parks in Washington, D.C. and at Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. Sporting a wiry, mountain man beard, Marquez embraces the nation’s system of ca read more

Harvard withdraws invitation to Chelsea Manning after CIA leaders revolt

Harvard withdraws invitation to Chelsea Manning after CIA leaders revolt

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The dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government said the college was withdrawing its invitation for Chelsea Manning to be a visiting fellow and apologized for extending the offer, which prompted a former CIA director and the current one to distance themselves from the university. Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell earlier Thursday announced his resignation as a senior fellow at Harvard read more

Harvard withdraws invitation to Chelsea Manning after CIA leaders revolt
Harvard withdraws invitation to Chelsea Manning after CIA leaders revolt

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The dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government said the college was withdrawing its invitation for Chelsea Manning to be a visiting fellow and apologized for extending the offer, which prompted a former CIA director and the current one to distance themselves from the university. Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell earlier Thursday announced his resignation as a senior fellow at Harvard read more

New York Fashion Week’s "largest LGBTQ runway show" gets political
New York Fashion Week’s "largest LGBTQ runway show" gets political

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It was a night of tailored suits, briefs paired with clear rain coats, harnesses mixed with lace and plexiglass shawls. The 10 designers who presented at Thursday night’s dapperQ fashion show highlighting “queer style” represented an ethos of inclusion: Come as you are, in whatever style suits you best. For the fourth year in a row, the show boasted that it was the biggest LGBTQ-centric fas read more

Analysis: We must better address the needs of LGBT people with disabilities
Analysis: We must better address the needs of LGBT people with disabilities

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LGBT people with physical disabilities face unique challenges as compared to their able-bodied peers. Throughout their lives, these individuals are subjected to increased rates of childhood bullying, a lack of proper sexual education as teenagers and difficulties in receiving proper medical care as adults. Childhood Bullying “Homophobic, biphobic or transphobic (HBT) bullying is any form of bu read more

LGBTQ people are "nearly invisible" at the box office, a new report finds
LGBTQ people are "nearly invisible" at the box office, a new report finds

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer characters were "nearly invisible" in the films released by the seven major studios over the summer," according to a new report released by LGBTQ media advocacy group GLAAD. In an end-of-summer update to its annual Studio Responsibility Index, which gauges the presence and substance of LGBTQ characters in major studio films, the organiz read more

Chelsea Manning says she's not a traitor and tried to "make an ethical decision"
Chelsea Manning says she's not a traitor and tried to "make an ethical decision"

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NANTUCKET, Mass. — Chelsea Manning told a crowd at a "creative thinkers" conference in Nantucket that she's not a traitor as her critics have claimed and she did what she thought was the right thing to do. Manning is attending the annual conference for The Nantucket Project on Sunday in Massachusetts. The Nantucket Project is a venture founded to bring together creative thinkers to un read more

Opinion: "San Junipero’s" Emmy win says queer people can live happily ever after
Opinion: "San Junipero’s" Emmy win says queer people can live happily ever after

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Warning: For those who have not yet seen "Black Mirror: San Junipero," this op-ed includes spoilers! Girl meets girl in “San Junipero,” an episode in the third season of the Netflix dystopian sci-fi anthology series “Black Mirror.” In it, a shy bespectacled nerd named Yorkie meets the outgoing, vivacious Kelly in a club in San Junipero, a beach town where sometimes it’s the '8 read more

Georgia Tech student-activist shot dead by campus police
Georgia Tech student-activist shot dead by campus police

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An engineering student who was an LGBTQ activist was shot and killed by Georgia Tech campus police on Saturday night, officials said Sunday. The school identified the victim as Scout Schultz, 21, a fourth-year engineering student from Lilburn, Georgia, who police said was armed with a knife. Schultz, president of Georgia Tech's Pride Alliance, identified as non-binary and intersex and preferred t read more

"Shame List": Campus Pride names 2017's "absolute worst" schools for LGBTQ students
"Shame List": Campus Pride names 2017's "absolute worst" schools for LGBTQ students

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Nearly 140 colleges across the country have been identified as the “absolute worst campuses” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students by Campus Pride, a national organization that advocates for LGBTQ inclusivity and safety at U.S. colleges and universities. The organization released its second annual “Shame List” to bring negative attention to schools that are “not saf read more

Serbia's first openly gay prime minister attends Belgrade pride march
Serbia's first openly gay prime minister attends Belgrade pride march

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BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia's first openly gay prime minister joined several hundred gay activists Sunday at a gay pride march that was held amid tight security in the conservative Balkan country. Holding rainbow flags, balloons and a banner reading "For change," pride participants gathered in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, before setting off on a march through the city. Many approached read more

Mike Flynn's son is subject of federal Russia investigation
Mike Flynn's son is subject of federal Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON — Michael G. Flynn, the son of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, is a subject of the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, according to four current and former government officials. The inquiry into Flynn is focused at least in part on his work with his father's l read more

Huge Russian war games seek to highlight NATO's 'cracks'
Huge Russian war games seek to highlight NATO's 'cracks'

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LONDON — Russia kicked off what Western powers expect to be the country's largest military exercise since the Cold War on Thursday, a massive mobilization of forces that has triggered unease among U.S. officials and their allies in Eastern Europe. Land, sea and air units will be taking part in war games across a huge area encompassing western Russia, Belarus, the Baltic Sea and the Russian excl read more

Trump administration plans new sanctions against Iran
Trump administration plans new sanctions against Iran

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to announce new sanctions against Iran as soon as Thursday while also taking steps to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran for now by extending the sanctions relief in the accord, senior administration officials familiar with the matter said. The moves come in advance of President Donald Trump's first appearance at the United Nations General Ass read more

Despite Trump promises, still no plans for a Mexico border wall
Despite Trump promises, still no plans for a Mexico border wall

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WASHINGTON — President Trump made clear Thursday he is determined to get his wall. But his demands, and occasional threats to shut down the government over funding it, belie the stark reality facing his administration: Nine months into his presidency, there is no plan for constructing the kind of wall the president promised his voters for two years. A study Trump ordered in January on how to fu read more

Washington high school shooting suspect claims he was bullied
Washington high school shooting suspect claims he was bullied

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The teenager accused of gunning down a classmate and wounding three others at a Washington state high school told police he wanted "to teach everyone a lesson about what happens when you bully others." In court records released Thursday, 15-year-old Caleb Sharpe also divulged the last words Sam Strahan, the sophomore he is accused of killing Wednesday at Freeman High School in the town read more

U.S. calls ISIS fighter enemy combatant, reviving Bush-era term
U.S. calls ISIS fighter enemy combatant, reviving Bush-era term

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WASHINGTON — Almost nothing is publicly known about the American ISIS fighter who is now in the custody of the U.S. military, but one fact has already made the case extraordinary: The Trump Administration has declared him an enemy combatant, according to a military spokesman. Legal experts say it appears to be the first time that designation has been used since 2009, when the Obama administrati read more

Despite court order, DHS release names of just 22 Mar-a-Lago guests
Despite court order, DHS release names of just 22 Mar-a-Lago guests

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security on Friday released the names of only 22 visitors to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago property, despite being ordered to make its full visitor list public after being sued by watchdog groups. A judge had ordered that the names of all visitors to the club in Palm Beach, Florida, since Trump's inauguration be released by noon on Friday, a deadlin read more

Trump administration wants to increase CIA drone strikes
Trump administration wants to increase CIA drone strikes

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WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump visited CIA headquarters in the first weeks of his presidency, he toured the secure floor where agency officers direct drone strikes against suspected terrorists, current and former U.S. officials told NBC News. Impressed by what he saw, Trump conveyed to incoming CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the assembled agency officers that he wanted them to take a mo read more

Meet the Latina who's gone to the ends of the Earth and knows everything about Latin American peppers
Meet the Latina who's gone to the ends of the Earth and knows everything about Latin American peppers

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It’s common when referring to an acclaimed contemporary food writer to compare them to Julia Child. But while eminent food historian and cultural anthropologist Maricel E. Presilla has certainly earned the accolade, she’s closer to a culinary Indiana Jones. Whether journeying to the basin of the Orinoco River to make casabe, preparing chuño (freeze-dried potatoes) with Andean women by the sho read more

What's your guess for the No. 1 killer globally?
What's your guess for the No. 1 killer globally?

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Heart disease is by far the No. 1 killer around the world, and much of it is caused by poor eating and other bad habits, researchers reported Thursday. The latest look at what is killing people around the world has a lot of good news, however. Infectious diseases such as the AIDS virus and malaria are killing fewer people and childhood death rates have hit a new low, the international team, led b read more

Equifax's ex-security head was college music major, scrutiny heightens
Equifax's ex-security head was college music major, scrutiny heightens

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Equifax's feet are being held to the fire — and that fire keeps getting higher. The beleaguered company announced Friday evening that its chief information officer, David Webb, and chief security officer, Susan Mauldin, had retired. A statement said Mark Rohrwasser would serve as interim CIO and Russ Ayres would be interim CSO. Since the breach, the now retired Mauldin's internet presence has read more

Icelandair has the answer to boredom on long flights: Live theater
Icelandair has the answer to boredom on long flights: Live theater

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Even with a kooky safety video and a variety of film offerings, long flights can still be boring. But Icelandair is trying something new: An 11-hour immersive theater production took place last week on a flight from London to New York, with an on-the-ground bonus performance during the layover in Reykjavik. “We’ve made theater in unusual places but never made a show that started in one count read more

"Big Little Lies" flexes femme muscle with eight Emmy wins
"Big Little Lies" flexes femme muscle with eight Emmy wins

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LOS ANGELES — The "fierce tribe" behind "Big Little Lies" has flexed some serious Emmy muscle as voters showered eight trophies on HBO's star-studded limited series. "Big Little Lies," shepherded by the production banners of stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, offered a remarkable display of female clout in a project that touched a nerve with viewers in deal read more

Welcome to Shondaland: Rhimes partners with Hearst to launch new lifestyle website
Welcome to Shondaland: Rhimes partners with Hearst to launch new lifestyle website

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Ahead of the new seasons of her ABC #TGIT drama series “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder,” prolific producer Shonda Rhimes and her team at Shondaland have partnered with Hearst and launched a new website, aptly called shondaland.com, to expand their brand in the digital space. Shondaland will be hosted by Hearst Magazines Digital Media’s proprietary cont read more

Rolling Stone for sale, legendary co-founder Jann Wenner says
Rolling Stone for sale, legendary co-founder Jann Wenner says

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Rolling Stone, the bible of rock 'n' roll for a half-century, is for sale, Jann Wenner, the magazine's swaggering co-founder, said Sunday. The New York Times first reported the intended sale of Wenner's 51 percent stake on Sunday. Wenner's company, Wenner Media, confirmed the report Sunday night, saying in a statement that it was looking at "strategic options ... to best position the brand f read more

Sean Spicer crashes Emmys to show he's in on the joke
Sean Spicer crashes Emmys to show he's in on the joke

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LOS ANGELES — Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer popped up on Sunday night's Emmy Awards to poke fun at himself. Spicer, the target of widespread ridicule after he insisted in January that the crowd at President Donald Trump's inauguration "was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe" — despite news reporting and read more

Black comedians Lena Waithe, Donald Glover make Emmy history
Black comedians Lena Waithe, Donald Glover make Emmy history

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LOS ANGELES — It was a night of firsts for black comedians at the Emmys on Sunday. Lena Waithe made history as the first African-American woman to win for comedy writing, while Donald Glover became the first to win for comedy series directing. Waithe won for co-writing the "Thanksgiving" episode of "Master of None" with series co-creator and star, Aziz Ansari. Waithe has al read more

Cable viewers could lose ESPN and ABC in another contract dispute
Cable viewers could lose ESPN and ABC in another contract dispute

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Some cable subscribers may lose access to ESPN and the ABC network this fall if talks between Disney and cable company Altice USA break down. Altice, a French company, acquired the Cablevision systems in the New York tri-state area in 2016. Talks are getting down to the wire as the contract with Disney, which owns ESPN, ABC and several other channels, expires on Sept. 30, according to sources cl read more

New 'Fuller House' trailer for 3rd season will give you all kinds of nostalgia
New 'Fuller House' trailer for 3rd season will give you all kinds of nostalgia

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"Fuller House" fans, the Season 3 trailer is here — and this one marks a pretty major milestone. When the series returns to Netflix this Friday, it will mark 30 years to the day that the original "Full House" premiered on ABC. The trailer gives some hints of how the season kickoff will honor the anniversary. For starters, Uncle Jesse (John Stamos read more

Selena Gomez's kidney transplant a common risk with lupus
Selena Gomez's kidney transplant a common risk with lupus

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Pop star Selena Gomez revealed on Thursday that she recently underwent a kidney transplant because of her battle with the autoimmune disease lupus. The 25-year-old singer and actress shared the news on Instagram to explain to fans who may have been wondering why she was “laying low” over the summer. “So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It read more

"Someone dropped the ball": Loved ones outraged at nursing home deaths
"Someone dropped the ball": Loved ones outraged at nursing home deaths

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Carolyn Eatherly and Linda Horton were like sisters. Eatherly, an only child who never married, lived with Horton for 20 years. But when Eatherly was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a decade ago, she had to move into a nursing home. She ended up in one in the town of Hollywood, Florida, about 20 miles north of Miami. For a year, Horton called Eatherly every week. Horton once visited the Rehabilitation read more

Man loses 80 pounds to donate part of liver to mom
Man loses 80 pounds to donate part of liver to mom

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After years of trying to slim down, Brian Bolduc suddenly had a powerful motivation to lose weight: his mother’s life depended on it. Rose Bolduc needed a new liver, but when Brian offered to be a living donor, he was stunned to find out he was too obese to qualify. Determined to help her — even as doctors were skeptical he could do it — Brian set out to become lighter and hea read more

White House names former NFL player Johnathan Holifield HBCU initiative director
White House names former NFL player Johnathan Holifield HBCU initiative director

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WASHINGTON — The White House announced Monday that former Cincinnati Bengals running back and tech entrepreneur Johnathan Holifield will lead its initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a move that garnered praise from some who had expressed concern over the Trump administration's commitment to those schools. Speaking to a packed room of over 200 students, college presidents read more

Alabama GOP Senate candidate uses racial slurs in speech
Alabama GOP Senate candidate uses racial slurs in speech

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WASHINGTON — Roy Moore, the Republican front-runner in next week’s special Senate election in Alabama, referred to "reds and yellows fighting" in a campaign speech, a video shows. Moore, the ultra-conservative former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, lamented racial divisions in his remarks on Sunday. "We have blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, De read more

First Read's Morning Clips: A State Department Adrift
First Read's Morning Clips: A State Department Adrift

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TRUMP AGENDA: A State Department that’s adrift NBC’s Vivian Salama: “As President Donald Trump faces a collection of world leaders at his first United Nations General Assembly this week, U.S. officials are working behind the scenes to allay fears among foreign delegations that America's foreign policy decisions have become too dominated by the West Wing, and that the U.S. State Department, read more

Republicans Set to Give Obamacare Repeal One Last Try
Republicans Set to Give Obamacare Repeal One Last Try

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First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter WASHINGTON — If we've learned anything from the health care debate over the last several months, it's that the GOP's Obamacare repeal efforts never die — like (take your pick) a Bruce Willis action hero or a horror villain. And ahead of the Senate’s Se read more

Puerto Rico stares down what could be its worst hurricane since 1928
Puerto Rico stares down what could be its worst hurricane since 1928

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Hurricane Maria was strengthening fast into a monster storm Monday as it barreled toward Puerto Rico and other Irma-battered Caribbean islands. Maria grew — in less than 24 hours — from a tropical storm into a Category 4 hurricane that the National Hurricane Center called an "extremely dangerous" system. At 5 p.m. ET, it was just 45 miles east-southeast of Dominica, an island of 72, read more

The U.S. and Seoul have discussed the possibility of nuclear weapons in South Korea
The U.S. and Seoul have discussed the possibility of nuclear weapons in South Korea

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WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense James Mattis and his South Korean counterpart have “discussed the option” of putting nuclear weapons in the country to deter North Korea, Mattis told reporters Monday. Mattis declined to elaborate further on his discussions with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo, but the two countries have revisited previous weapons agreements amid escalating ten read more

Trump to target 'menace' North Korea in first U.N. speech
Trump to target 'menace' North Korea in first U.N. speech

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President Donald Trump will make his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, projecting his "America First" platform onto the world stage with an appeal for "burden sharing" in the face of global challenges and putting North Korea squarely in his sights. Trump will call on nations "to do their part in confronting" the threat of "rogue re read more

Violence erupts after vigil for slain student-activist in Georgia
Violence erupts after vigil for slain student-activist in Georgia

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A protest at Georgia Tech over the police killing of an LGBTQ activist turned violent Monday, with a university police cruiser being set aflame and officials warning students to seek shelter. Two officers were injured and three people were charged with inciting a riot and battery on a police officer, a university spokesman, Lance Wallace, said. Wallace identified those arrested in a statement Tu read more

Trump threatens to 'total destroy' N. Korea
Trump threatens to 'total destroy' N. Korea

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UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump, in his first address to the United Nations, derided Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, as a “rocket man” on Tuesday as the president warned that he may be forced to "totally destroy" the rogue nation. "If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph," Trump said, as he detailed the horrors of what he read more

Sunday Night wrap-up: Falcons putting up familiar offensive numbers
Sunday Night wrap-up: Falcons putting up familiar offensive numbers

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The 49ers are 0-2. The Falcons are still scoring points at a remarkable rate.There will possibly come a time when the Falcons miss former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan — who helped them lead the league in scoring last year. That time was not Sunday night against Green Bay, when they cruised to a mostly comfortable 34-23 win.Matt Ryan threw for 252 yards and a touchdown and Devonta Freeman read more

Kyrie Irving says he doesn’t care if LeBron James took trade request personally

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Kyrie Irving wasn’t really pressed about the role LeBron James played in his exit from the Cavaliers.That changed when the Celtics guard spoke with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN today:.@KyrieIrving on why he didn't inform LeBron James that he wanted out of Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/WF9GlCA54o— First Take (@FirstTake) September 18, 2017 OK then.Irving doesn’t necessarily owe his coworker a heads read more

San Diego restaurant offering free tacos for Chargers losses
San Diego restaurant offering free tacos for Chargers losses

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The Chargers may be having a hard time winning hearts in Los Angeles.But at least they’re still filling stomachs in San Diego.According to ABC 10 in San Diego, the owner of El Pollo Grill will give away a free taco of he day every day after the Chargers fail to win.“My main purpose is so the Chargers hopefully lose,” Victor Lopez said. “They lose 16 games that means 16 times that you can c read more

Report: Dolphins filed missing persons report on Lawrence Timmons

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The Dolphins have waited to say anything about the Lawrence Timmons situation, but apparently filed a missing persons report with police in Los Angeles this weekend.According to TMZ, the Dolphins were concerned when Timmons wasn’t in his hotel room Saturday night at bed check, and began looking for him.When a round of calls to friends and family turned up nothing, they filed a missing persons re read more

Did Kevin Durant send third-person tweets criticizing Billy Donovan, Thunder supporting cast?
Did Kevin Durant send third-person tweets criticizing Billy Donovan, Thunder supporting cast?

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Kevin Durant cares what people thinks about him. That much is clear.We also know fan also tweeted at the Warriors star:@KDTrey5 man I respect the hell outta you but give me one legitimate reason for leaving okc other than getting a championship— h (@ColeCashwell) September 18, 2017 Did Durant respond with third-person tweets critical of Billy Donovan and the Thunder’s supporting cast for him a read more

LaDainian Tomlinson rips Ezekiel Elliott, says he quit
LaDainian Tomlinson rips Ezekiel Elliott, says he quit

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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had by far the worst game of his career on Sunday, managing just nine carries for eight yards in a blowout loss to the Broncos. And Elliott is hearing it today for what appeared to be a lack of effort. Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson was particularly vocal in his criticism of Elliott.“I didn’t like the way he quit today. I didn’t like that. read more

Jimmer Fredette has signature shoe line in China, and they are outstanding
Jimmer Fredette has signature shoe line in China, and they are outstanding

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Jimmer Fredette was the leading scorer in China last season, averaging 37.6 points a night and dropping 73 in one game. He’s big time.And big time guys get their own shoe lines.Jimmer got a signature shoe line teaming up with 361 shoes out of China, as ESPN’s Nick DePaula reports.Over in China, Jimmer Fredette just unveiled his own signature shoe with Chinese brand 361, and they're kinda fire. read more

Hulu made internet streaming history.
Hulu made internet streaming history.

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At Sunday's 2017 Emmy Awards, a show originally created to honor television, studios that don't even air their shows on TV continue to command center stage. Netflix and Amazon may have generated the bulk of the buzz, but by the end of the night, it was Hulu and its hit "The Handmaid's Tale" that came out the big — and historic — winner. Hulu became the first internet streaming serv read more

Kim Jong Un's missiles may be final nail for Japan's pacifism
Kim Jong Un's missiles may be final nail for Japan's pacifism

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TOKYO — The two ballistic missiles that North Korea fired over Japan in the past three weeks sent ordinary Japanese citizens scrambling for cover, rattled financial markets and shocked a region long accustomed to a tense peace. But amid the crisis, one man’s stock appears to be rising. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s public approval ratings have surged along with his prospects for revi read more

Tillerson's State Department is adrift, diplomats say
Tillerson's State Department is adrift, diplomats say

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WASHINGTON — On his first day as secretary of state, Rex Tillerson vowed to try to get to know everyone at the State Department. But senior diplomats say they never saw him again. As President Donald Trump faces a collection of world leaders at his first United Nations General Assembly this week, U.S. officials are working behind the scenes to allay fears among foreign delegations that America' read more

Big brands set up college programs to teach students how to work for them.
Big brands set up college programs to teach students how to work for them.

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So long white collar and blue collar. Now it's all about the "new collar" job. In the current technological economy, where factories and production plants are closed or workers are replaced by computers, those computers need to be maintained and programmed. Enter "new collar" jobs — positions that require some specialized education (typically in a technical field), but not a read more

Fraternity formally suspends LSU chapter after suspected hazing death
Fraternity formally suspends LSU chapter after suspected hazing death

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A Louisiana State University fraternity chapter has been formally suspended four days after the organization launched an investigation into the suspected hazing death of a student. Preliminary results from an autopsy showed that prospective Phi Delta Theta member Maxwell Gruver, 18, had a "highly elevated" blood alcohol level and the chemical found in marijuana in his system when he die read more

Victim of Cuba embassy 'attacks' frustrated by response
Victim of Cuba embassy 'attacks' frustrated by response

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Staffers at the U.S. embassy in Cuba who have been victims of suspected health attacks include both top officers and lower-level employees whose duties range from diplomacy and security to medical services and maintenance, according to a list of the personnel obtained by NBC News. At least 21 Americans have suffered headaches, hearing loss, memory issues and other symptoms after the baffling soni read more

This discovery may change the history of the world's most popular beer
This discovery may change the history of the world's most popular beer

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TEMUCO, Chile — Unearthed 1,000-year-old pottery remains could settle a bubbling debate and prove lager beer has its origins in South America. Archaeologist Dr. Alberto Perez excavated ceramic pottery remains in southern forests near the Chile-Argentina border in 2016, just north of Patagonia. A new genetic analysis of the ceramics has shown they contain traces of a yeast called Saccharomyces read more

Apple's iOS 11 update is here. Check out these key features.
Apple's iOS 11 update is here. Check out these key features.

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Apple's free iOS 11 update launches on Tuesday, packed with some cool new features, ranging from augmented reality apps to a more natural Siri and improved navigation. While some Apple customers may still be deciding whether to order the new iPhone 8 or the premium iPhone X — and the 10th anniversary edition is reportedly way ahead in that race — iOS 11 will be available as of 10 a.m. PT for read more

Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy ahead of holiday season
Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy ahead of holiday season

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Toys 'R' Us, the largest U.S. toy store chain, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the latest sign of turmoil in the retail industry struggling with the growth of online shopping and discount chains. The Chapter 11 filing is among the largest ever by a specialty retailer and casts doubt over the future of its about 1,600 stores and 64,000 employees. It comes just as Toys 'R' Us is gearing up f read more

Puerto Rico's economy is already on life support, can it survive another hurricane?
Puerto Rico's economy is already on life support, can it survive another hurricane?

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Puerto Rico, already trying to dig itself out of a historic financial crisis, is now facing a direct hit by a major hurricane that could destroy any progress the U.S. territory has made under a year-old economic rehab plan ─ and set it back further. Hurricane Maria is forecast to hit Puerto Rico early Wednesday, testing the local government's ability to respond to a humanitarian disaster. While read more

Senate cancels meeting with Trump lawyer Cohen
Senate cancels meeting with Trump lawyer Cohen

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WASHINGTON — Senate investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election canceled an interview on Tuesday with longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen because they believe Cohen broke an agreement by speaking with the media. The committee will now subpoena Cohen, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told NBC News. By mutual agreement, according to the source, neithe read more

Obamacare is suddenly in grave danger. Here's why.
Obamacare is suddenly in grave danger. Here's why.

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WASHINGTON — A last-ditch Republican effort to repeal Obamacare picked up steam on Monday as a key senator opened the door to supporting the bill, which is popularly known as Graham-Cassidy. The GOP got a boost when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was one of three Republican "no" votes in July that derailed the last GOP health care effort, said he might "reluctantly" vote for read more

Fox Business guest says rape allegation got her kicked off air
Fox Business guest says rape allegation got her kicked off air

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A former Fox Business Network guest analyst has accused the network in a lawsuit of removing her from air after alleging over the summer that she was raped by host Charles Payne four years ago. Scottie Nell Hughes, who had appeared on Fox Business and Fox News and was at one point hoping to join the Trump administration, filed the suit two weeks after Fox cleared Payne of any wrongdoing and retur read more