With one presidential election contest over and the next three days away, there was a new sense of urgency for the Republican candidates ahead of Saturday night's final debate before New Hampshire voters have their say.
Seven candidates were set to meet at Saint Anselm College in Manchester; some won't be viable after Tuesday's primary.
For those on the edge of relevancy, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the debate offered a last and best chance to rescue their White House ambitions.
The stakes were high, too, for Donald Trump. The billionaire businessman finished second in Iowa's caucuses last Monday, and looked to reclaim his role as his party's undisputed front-runner.
Federal authorities have arrested a Michigan man they say is an ISIS supporter who wanted to carry out an attack on a 6,000-member Detroit church, NBC News reported.
Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, of Dearborn Heights, allegedly had guns and a large knife and told an undercover FBI agent that he "tried to shoot up a church one day."
"I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced reloading and unloading," he said in an online conversation, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court.
Investigators did not specify which church Abu-Rayyan allegedly was eyeing but the FBI had been monitoring him for months because of his "increasingly violent threats" about committing acts of terror and martyrdom against churchgoers and police officers on behalf of ISIS.
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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright slammed Bernie Sanders on Saturday, expressing concerns over the Democratic presidential contender's "lack of knowledge" about foreign policy.
"I've been very concerned about his lack of knowledge," Albright said, citing his answer to a question about which country poses the biggest threat to the U.S. right now.
"We have to have a president that is ready on Day 1 to deal with problems," she told NBC News in an exclusive interview. "I have never seen such a complicated international situation, and we can't afford learning on the job."
The six family members whose bodies were found inside a Southwest Side Chicago home Thursday were identified Saturday by the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The victims are 62-year-old Noe Martinez Sr., 58-year-old Rosaura Martinez, 38-year-old Noe Martinez Jr., 32-year-old Maria Herminia Martinez, 13-year-old Leonardo Cruz, and 10-year-old Alexis Cruz. The cause of death for all six victims was ruled a homicide.
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The headlines hit in a persistent stream this season, and the onslaught only grew steadier as the Super Bowl approached.
Concussions scrambling the brains of current and former players.
Fantasy football under siege.
Poor officiating. Ugly football.
A commissioner still not fully trusted by the players and public to handle it all.
And yet, with the 50th edition of the NFL's title-game extravaganza on tap Sunday, the league has never looked in better shape.
Carly Fiorina told a crowd of supporters on Saturday morning that "the game is rigged," assailing ABC News for not inviting her onto Saturday's GOP debate stage because of her low polling numbers nationally, NBC News reported.
"Sorry, I thought votes counted in elections. Sorry, I thought delegates counted in elections," Fiorina said during a campaign town hall in Goffstown, adding that she "will go all the way to Cleveland," referencing the site of the Republican National Convention this summer.
ABC News announced on Thursday that Fiorina - who is garnering roughly two percent of support, nationally, in polling averages - was not invited to participate in the final debate before Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO called ABC the "Anybody But Carly" network.
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A 21-year-old male student at Cornell University from New York City has been charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault at a fraternity house.
Wolfgang Ballinger faces felony charges of attempted rape, criminal sexual assault, and sex abuse, all felonies. He was arraigned Thursday evening in Ithaca City Court and sent to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.
The alleged assault reportedly occurred around 2 a.m. last Sunday. Following the incident, the Ithaca chapter of Psi Upsilon was suspended, according to a statement on the fraternity's website.
The girlfriend in the “modern-day Bonnie and Clyde” duo is being held on a bond worth more than $1 million, NBC News reported.
Brittany Nicole Harper was taken into custody early Friday in Escambia County, Florida, after a confrontation with police. She is charged with robbery, home invasion robbery, false imprisonment and grand theft auto.
Officers shot and killed her boyfriend, Blake Edward Fitzgerald, in the shootout, after he used her as a human shield when police opened fire, according to officials.
Authorities say the two went on a multi-state crime spree that may have started a week ago. They are suspected of multiple kidnappings and robberies.
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For a mere $3,000, you can attend the Super Bowl.
That's the lowest price of a ticket to the big game on Sunday, according to an executive from the online ticket marketplace StubHub.
Water Defense, the anti-fracking and safe-water activist group headed by actor Mark Ruffalo, collected samples from Oscar and Elizabeth Brown's Flint, Michigan, home last weekend and brought them to an independent lab in Cincinnati for analysis.
The results, which the group shared with NBC News, show that the water coming out of the kitchen faucet, where a filter was installed after state officials finally confirmed the lead crisis this fall, didn't contain any of the heavy metal.
But a sample of the water from the bathtub, which is unfiltered, contained 16 parts per billion, higher than the threshold of 15 ppb that federal regulators say is the point at which a water system must take action to protect public health.
"I'm over it. I really just want to leave," said Denettra Brown, who is Oscar and Elizabeth's great-granddaughter and lives in the house with her 3-year-old son, Dana, who is suffering from unexplained health problems.
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As daily fantasy sports websites face increased legal scrutiny, the world's biggest credit-card lender is blocking transactions by New York residents on the country's two biggest sites.
The New York Times reports Citigroup Inc. says it will start blocking debit and credit card payments on New York-based FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings.
Citigroup says it will block the payments until New York courts rule on the legality of daily fantasy sports.
Police say they're searching for two pranksters who allegedly broke into a conductor's booth aboard an R train in Manhattan and announced over the public address system the train had been hijacked by ISIS and they were going to "blow up the train," according to a published report.
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