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A New York City condominium tower will be the world's tallest predominantly residential building when it opens next year, though it will be competing with other ultra-luxury buildings for billionaire buyers
Every morning, students at Melba Passmore Elementary School in Alvin, Texas, file into the cafeteria for breakfast. For fourth grader Kenlee Bellew-Shaw, who has autism, it can be a bit overwhelming.
“She really struggles with being in the cafeteria,” Kenlee’s mom, Hollie Bellew-Shaw told TODAY Parents. “There’s just so much commotion and noise."
Last week, the 9-year-old was in an especially bad place.
Weeks shy of his 95th birthday, former President Jimmy Carter said he doesn't believe he could have managed the most powerful office in the world at 80 years old.
Carter, who earlier this year became the longest-lived chief executive in American history, didn't tie his comments to any of his fellow Democrats running for president in 2020, but two leading candidates, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, would turn 80 during their terms if elected.
Biden is 76. Sanders is 78.
"I hope there's an age limit," Carter said with a laugh as he answered audience questions on Tuesday during his annual report at the Carter Center in Atlanta. "If I were just 80 years old, if I was 15 years younger, I don't believe I could undertake the duties I experienced when I was president."
A chilling new PSA by Sandy Hook Promise that debuted on TODAY Wednesday depicts students showing off their new school gear like backpacks, binders and jackets as a school shooting erupts, prompting the items to take on unintended uses.
"These new sneakers are just what I needed for the new year," a student running from a shooter says.
"These new socks? They can be a real lifesaver," another student says as she uses them for a tourniquet on a classmate wounded by a bullet.
The New York City Department of Education has proposed eliminating chocolate milk from school menus in favor of options that contain less sugar
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Felony charges were filed Tuesday against prominent Democratic political activist and noted donor Ed Buck, who is accused of causing the drug overdose of a man inside his West Hollywood apartment last week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.
The charges made public Tuesday evening come after two men overdosed on illegal drugs and died inside Buck's apartment. No charges have been filed in direct connection with those cases.
Buck was charged with operating a drug house and providing methamphetamine to a third man who survived an overdose Sept. 11.
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The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday.
The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted 862,000 abortions in the U.S. in 2017. That's down from 926,000 tallied in the group's previous report for 2014, and from just over 1 million counted for 2011.
Guttmacher is the only entity that strives to count all abortions in the U.S., making inquiries of individual providers. Federal data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention excludes California, Maryland and New Hampshire.
When an explosion destroyed a building, killed a firefighter and injured seven more people Monday in Farmington, Maine, it battered a local fire department with a tight-knit "brotherhood" and family ties that run deep.
Captain Michael Bell was killed in the blast, while his brother, Farmington Fire Chief Terry Bell, remained in critical condition Tuesday night. So did Captain Scott Baxter and his father, firefighter Theodore Baxter, according to the Maine Medical Center.
While his own son, also a Farmington fire captain, was recovering in the hospital, Acting Fire Chief Tim Hardy spoke at a news conference Tuesday to assure the community that their 911 calls would still be answered.
Powerful winds from Hurricane Humberto began hitting Bermuda on Wednesday as the government urged people to stay off the streets during the British territory's close brush with the powerful Category 3 storm. And another growing storm threatened tourist resorts along Mexico's Pacific.
Bermuda Gov. John Rankin called up 120 members of the Royal Bermuda Regiment to prepare for possible storm recovery efforts and National Security Minister Wayne Caines cautioned everyone to stay inside. Authorities ordered early closings of schools, clinics and government offices.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said hurricane-force winds began to hit the island of some 70,000 people by late afternoon and would probably last into early Thursday.
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An Amber Alert has now been issued for a young girl who went missing while visiting a South Jersey park.
Police and volunteers in Bridgeton, New Jersey, spent Tuesday searching for 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez after releasing her photos on Monday. The search was called off for the night around 7:30 p.m. but an Amber Alert was later issued with information on a possible suspect.
The girl, who has dark hair tied back in a ponytail and stands around 3-foot, 5-inches tall, was last seen in Bridgeton City Park Monday afternoon while wearing a yellow shirt, black and white checkered pants with a flower design and white dress sandals, police said Tuesday morning while updating her description.
The first impeachment hearing held by House Democrats Tuesday quickly turned hostile as their sole witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, stonewalled many of their questions and declared they were "focusing on petty and personal politics."
Lewandowski, a devoted friend and supporter of President Donald Trump, was following White House orders not to discuss conversations with the president beyond what was already public in former special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Trump was cheering him along as he testified, tweeting that his opening statement was "beautiful."
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A woman who ran a Southern California "birth tourism" business that charged Chinese clients to help them give birth in the United States has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit immigration fraud.
Dongyuan Li of Irvine also pleaded guilty to federal visa fraud Tuesday.
Prosecutors say Li, a Chinese national, was among 19 people charged with operating a company that helped wealthy Chinese citizens and even government officials give birth in America so their children would be U.S. citizens.
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The tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma would raise money to help clean up the opioid mess by ... selling more OxyContin.
That would amount to blood money, in the opinion of some critics. And it's one reason two dozen states have rejected the deal.
"The settlement agreement basically requires the settlement payments to be made based on the future sales and profits of opioids. That doesn't really feel to me like the right way to do this," Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said this week.
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A car smashed into the lobby of a Trump building in New Rochelle, New York, police said.
The Mercedes plowed into the lobby of the 40-story Trump Plaza on Huguenot Street just before 9 p.m. Tuesday.
The posh lobby is directly across from Lecount Place, where police believe the car was coming from it smashed into the building.
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"The best way to clear my name was to get myself out,” said Michael Robinson, who was released on parole from prison in Queens, New York, last March. Robinson, now 52, served 26 years for murdering his ex-wife Gwendolyn Samuels. A jury in 1993 convicted Robinson of fatally stabbing Samuels, who worked in the Bayside neighborhood as a home health aide to an elderly woman who was stabbed in the attack but survived, making her the only witness to the killing.
Robinson, a former NYC correction officer, has maintained his innocence. There was no physical evidence linking him to the crime scene, and he passed a polygraph test. Recently, his fight to clear his name has taken a new turn; a judge ordered a hearing to assess the impact of newly discovered DNA evidence that could have affected the trial's outcome.