A mysterious light that streaked across the sky Wednesday night, igniting a social media firestorm from California to Nevada and Utah, was a Chinese rocket re-entering Earth's atmosphere, according to U.S. Strategic Command.
Videos and photos from across Southern California poured into NBCLA's Twitter feed after the light went streaking across the sky. The light was seen in skies around 9:30 p.m. PST over the Inland Empire, Ventura County, Orange County and beyond. Social media users also reported seeing it in Nevada and Utah.
For over a decade and a half, Warren Sapp was a force to be reckoned with in both the college game with the University of Miami Hurricanes and later during his Hall of Fame career in the NFL.
This week, the former defensive lineman met something with just as much bite as he had on the field – all while trying to catch his dinner.
Sapp posted a photo on his Facebook page showing a bite he received from a shark while fishing for lobsters in the Florida Keys.
Jack Carlson, the captain of the charter company Two Conchs that Sapp used for his mission, said the boat was about seven miles away from Marathon in nine feet of water. Sapp reportedly reached into the water for a lobster when the shark, believed to be a nurse shark about four feet long, attacked.
Carlson told the Tampa Bay Times that Sapp may need some stitches, but the group kept fishing after the incident.
A New Jersey teenager has died after tumbling over a Hudson Valley waterfall.
State police say 17-year-old Ezra Kennedy, of Westfield, New Jersey, fell off Kaaterskill Falls on Wednesday. Troopers say the victim was deceased when responding patrols located his body near the base of the falls, located about 40 miles south of Albany.
A preliminary investigation indicates that Kennedy had been hiking with a group of relatives and friends when he made it to the top of the lower falls. But as he neared the edge, he lost his footing on the wet rock, causing him to accidentally slip and fall approximately 50 feet to the rocks below.
The Democratic Party may be losing the beloved goofiness of "Uncle" Joe Biden, but they could be gaining a new cult hero.
Tim Kaine, who was tapped by Hillary Clinton as her running mate, introduced himself to the Democratic Party at large Wednesday night at their national convention. And upon doing so, he struck a chord with many for what they interpreted as his ability to crack a corny dad joke.
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Turkey was riding high in 2010, casting its brand of Islamic piety, Western-style democracy and economic growth as a regional model amid popular upheavals in the Mideast and North Africa.
Six years later, it is mired in tension with neighbors and allies, dominated by a president seeking to increase his constitutional powers and now enmeshed in a purge of large sectors of society after an uprising by renegade military officers.
The changes that led to this turn in Turkey's fortunes include internal rifts — the collapse of a Kurdish peace process and the alleged erosion of democratic rights under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are among them — as well as the war in Syria and other regional chaos in which Turkey has taken sides.
As the Democratic National Convention prepared to receive President Barack Obama Wednesday, Republican nominee Donald Trump jumped online for an appearance of his own, answering questions from some of his most ardent supporters on Reddit.
The platform is extremely popular among young people — it's one of the most visited sites on the internet — and Trump was asked what he thinks is the greatest issue facing young people in the United States.
"The question most young people ask me is about the rising cost of education, terrible student debt and total lack of jobs," Trump wrote in response.
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The New York City man whose cellphone video captured the fatal police chokehold of unarmed black man Eric Garner is suing the city for $10 million over a drug arrest that he says was police retaliation.
Ramsey Orta was arrested last June after authorities say he sold an undercover officer $40 worth of the party drug known as Molly. The charges were later dropped.
Lawyer Andrew Plasse tells the Daily News Orta feels he was "unjustly singled out for arrest." The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court claims it was an effort by the NYPD to "discredit" Orta's video.
Facebook is once again getting pushy about how people message one another.
Two years ago, the social-media giant forced its users to adopt its Messenger app for direct communication, a change it enforced by deactivating messages in the main Facebook app and steering users to the app. There was an uproar ; some users thought Messenger violated their privacy, while others just resented having to add yet another app.
Still, the plan worked; more than 900 million people use the app, roughly four times the number in 2014. But some continued to resist, exploiting a loophole to avoid Messenger. All they had to do was log into Facebook's mobile website using a smartphone browser like Safari or Chrome.
President Barack Obama joined a chorus of Democrats at the party's convention imploring voters to elect Hillary Clinton, casting her as a candidate who believes in the nation's future and warning against the pessimism of Republican Donald Trump.
"America is already great. America is already strong," he declared to cheering delegates. "And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump."
For Democrats, the night was steeped in symbolism, the passing of the baton from a barrier-breaking president to a candidate trying to make history herself.
Forrest E. Mars Jr., the billionaire scion of the Mars Inc., died Tuesday at the age of 84, the company confirmed in a statement Wednesday.
Mars is survived by his wife, four children, eleven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
He inherited the business together with his brother and sister and grew it into a confectionery empire.
According to federal prosecutors a $3 million lottery winner pleaded guilty to using his prize to invest in a crystal meth ring, NBC News reported.
Ronnie Music Jr., 45, bought the drugs with his 2015 winnings and wanted to supply them to others who would resell them at a profit, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Georgia.
More than $1 million worth of methamphetamine was recovered, along with firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition and $600,000 in cash.
He will be sentenced after the state's probation office conducts a pre-sentence investigation.
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Tuesday marked a historic moment as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominated for president by a major political party. Clinton joined good company when she claimed the "first" title. Here are 13 powerful women who chipped away at the glass ceiling by achieving historic firsts.
Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman nearly killed in a 2011 shooting, told the Democratic National Convention Wednesday that she believes Hillary Clinton will reform gun laws in the U.S.
"Speaking is difficult for me. But come January, I want to say these two words: Madam President," Giffords said.
Joining Giffords on the convention stage was her husband, Mark Kelly, as they talked about the need to challenge the gun lobby and place new restrictions on firearms.