A Washington D.C. man expected a quick ride and a small bill when he got into an Uber driver's car -- but he woke up to a steep charge, because the driver cruised as the rider snoozed. The Uber rider, Mekele Baucom, told News4 he was billed $171 for a 71-mile ride when he asked to be taken home 1 mile away but fell asleep in the car. The driver drove back and forth on the Capital Beltway, Baucom's receipt shows. "This dude literally just took me on a ride," he said. "Anything could have happened." Uber refunded Baucom his money but declined to specifically address the incident to News4.
Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, offered this year's hopefuls advice about a hard-learned lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. But the top three Republicans leading in national polls don't appear to be listening.
Even as other candidates -- most notably Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush -- have already disclosed years' worth of private tax returns to dispel questions about their personal finances, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have failed to do the same despite promises to do so, sometimes after events that have now come and gone. None of the campaigns will say why they've delayed or when the candidates will release their returns.
As Hillary Clinton traveled to a black community in South Carolina, her African-American allies in Congress seized upon comments the Vermont senator made at the debate insinuating that race relations would "absolutely" be better under a future Sanders administration.
One questioned the allegiances of Sanders, who is the longest serving independent in congressional history but running for president as a Democrat.
"He was never a Democrat. He is only a Democrat for convenience," Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in an interview with The Associated Press. He accused Sanders of "dismissive and disrespectful behavior toward the president."
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Donald Trump has long questioned whether Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, is eligible to be president. Now, Trump is threatening to sue Cruz over it.
Trump says Cruz may not be a natural born citizen, one of three qualifications to be president that are listed in the Constitution. Trump tweeted Friday he has standing to sue Cruz over the issue.
Cruz has defended himself from the "birther" claim that he's disqualified from the office, including in a presidential debate in January. But Trump's latest remark, coming after a week of negative campaigning between the candidates, is the first time he's threatened to take action over it.
Presidential candidates in both parties battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters Friday as the race shifted toward states with more minority voters.
Republicans crisscrossed South Carolina looking to derail billionaire Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who each came to the state with a burst of momentum after the first two nomination contests. Several candidates embraced the chaos as they felt out the best strategies to survive South Carolina and advance into a grueling March primary schedule, when 58 percent of the party's delegate total will be at stake.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush defended his decision to bring his brother, former President George W. Bush, to South Carolina to help him campaign. Speaking to ABC's Good Morning America on Friday, Bush said recruiting the former president wasn't a sign of desperation, as Trump suggested has suggested. George W. Bush left the White House in January 2009 with low approval ratings.
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Republican Jim Gilmore has suspended his longshot bid for the presidency, the former Virginia governor announced on his Facebook page Friday.
Gilmore, 66, entered the race last summer but found himself in a crowded field of candidates who had more money and greater name recognition. He finished a distant ninth in the Republican primary in New Hampshire, with fewer than 200 votes, according to unofficial results.
Born in Virginia, Gilmore served as a prosecutor and attorney general in that state before he was elected governor. He was barred by state law from seeking a second consecutive term.
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Eight on-duty police officers have already been killed by gunfire this year, including five this week, NBC News reported.
The five were shot in Colorado, Maryland, North Dakota and Georgia. The most recent was Officer Greg Barney, who was shot Thursday at an apartment complex in Riverdale, Georgia. He was serving a “no-knock” warrant, when the suspect ran and opened fire, striking the 25-year veteran.
Only one officer was shot dead between Jan. 1 and Feb. 11 last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. A total of 13 officers were killed in this time period last year; most of them traffic-related. That’s compared to 11 officers killed so far in 2016.
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A 70-year-old Massachusetts man shot another 70-year-old man 10 times, killing him in the victim's Wareham home earlier this week over a love triangle with the arrested man's dead girlfriend, prosecutors allege.
John Witty of Berkley was arraigned in Wareham District Court Friday on one count of murder in the shooting death of John Williams, who was found dead in his Glenn Charley Road home on Tuesday.
Investigators say they believe Wittey shot Williams 10 times in the head and back after allegedly learning the two men had been involved in what's described as something of a love triangle. It wasn't immediately clear if Witty had an attorney.
Police say two more children were victims of a school volunteer and youth choir director who they say made child pornography in a Maryland school -- bringing the total number of alleged victims so far to 14. Police say one of the locations where Deonte Carraway victimized the children was a church. Police have not yet identified the church or said what they believe Carraway did there. They said he's also accused of victimizing children in a school, an aquatic center and other locations. Carraway, 24, is accused of having filmed "vile sexual acts" between children ages 9 to 13. On Friday, Carraway's family released a statement expressing their "extreme shock and deepest sorrow."
A father and his 2-year-old son were shot and injured Friday afternoon when three masked men stormed into a barbershop near the Washington Navy Yard, police said. The toddler and his father were rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, D.C. police said. The little boy was asleep in his father's lap, waiting to get his hair cut, when three men wearing masks entered the business and one man opened fire, police and witnesses said.
Ammon Bundy made a jailhouse recording to convince the last holdout in the standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge to surrender Thursday, NBC News reported.
"Please come out of there and let us work this out," Bundy told David Fry in the audio message, which was provided exclusively to NBC News by Bundy's attorney.
The attorney said the FBI played the recording to Fry, who threatened suicide. He was the last of the occupiers taken into custody.
Twenty-five people have been indicted on federal charges for taking over the bird sanctuary.
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The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Thursday placing a permanent ban on states’ taxing Internet access, NBC News reported.
The bill was approved with a 75-20 vote. It would toughen enforcement of U.S. duties on foreign goods and would ban some taxes on digital goods and services, according to Reuters.
"Most Americans pay $0 in taxes to connect to the Internet. And thanks to a bill that passed today, you will never have to pay taxes just to get online, or pay more taxes for goods and services just because they're bought online," Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said in a statement.
The legislation doesn’t address better enforcement of state sales tax collections on Internet purchases. Separate legislation could be considered by Congress later this year.
The measure will go to President Barack Obama for signing into law.
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A selfie stick is not only useful for tourists on vacation or surfers showing an inside look of crashing waves – now sea lions are getting in on the fun.
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The New Jersey escort whose 2010 disappearance led to the discovery of 11 butchered bodies on a Long Island beach may have been strangled, a newly released autopsy report found.
The family of Shannan Gilbert announced that an autopsy performed by famed forensic pathologist Michael Baden didn't conclude how the 24-year-old escort died, but noted that she had been the victim of some violence.
"Michael Baden comes to disturbing conclusions," family attorney John Ray said.