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Republican Sen. John McCain left no doubt Monday that he was thinking of President Donald Trump as he criticized the draft system during Vietnam for forcing low-income Americans to serve while the wealthy could avoid war with a doctor's note.
McCain, a former Navy pilot and prisoner of war, stopped short of labeling Trump a "draft dodger" for getting five draft deferments. But the senator's comments came with Trump already immersed in controversy over how he honors U.S. troop deaths, and underscored the remove between the billionaire president and the military system he now controls as commander in chief.
McCain's criticism also continued a long-running clash between the two men on the eve of a visit by Trump to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to court Senate GOP votes for his tax plan, a meeting that could contain more than a few awkward moments.
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The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings and fire weather watches in Southern California after tempratures are expected to reach in the triple-digits along with gusty winds, NBC News reported.
The red flag warnings and fire weather watches were issues for areas across Southern California, stretching from San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties through Wednesday evening. The service said temperatures hovering around 100 degrees on Monday and Tuesday could break records for some areas.
The fire warnings comes as Californians are bearing the weather phenomenon known as the Santa Ana winds.
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South Korea's Olympic organizers played down concern over ongoing tensions with North Korea on Monday and also said that work has been completed on all venues for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.
Lee Hee-beom, president of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, said the International Olympic Committee has made it very clear that the Feb. 9-25 games will go ahead as scheduled.
"There is no Plan B," Lee said, speaking at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics shortly after the last rehearsal for Tuesday's official flame-lighting ceremony.
With Halloween a week away, members of Team USA talk about their favorite Halloween candy - and the worst things to get when trick-or-treating.
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Cambridge University has put Stephen Hawking's doctoral thesis online, triggering such interest that it crashed the university's website.
Completed in 1966 when Hawking was 24, "Properties of Expanding Universes" explores ideas about the origins of the universe that have resonated through the scientist's career.
The university says the thesis was already the most-requested item in its online repository.
A special counsel is overseeing the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which is also examining whether anyone in President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians.
Here's a look at some of the Americans whose names come up often in connection with the investigation.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that he has designated MS-13, the violent street gang, as a top priority for a Justice Department task force that focuses on organized crime.
"Now they will go after MS-13 with a renewed vigor and sharpened focus," Sessions said at gathering of police chiefs in Philadelphia. "I am announcing that I have authorized them to use every lawful tool to investigate MS-13."
The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces involve federal prosecutors from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as other agencies.
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Three unexplained killings have rocked Tampa over the last two weeks, and as fear grips local residents, police say the slayings are linked, NBC News reported.
The first apparent victim, a 22-year-old college student named Benjamin Mitchell, was shot dead while waiting for a bus on Oct. 9. Sign language teacher Monica Hoffa, 32, was shot on Oct. 11. And 20-year-old Anthony Naiboa was killed on Oct. 19. His body was found 300 yards from Mitchell's.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or determined a motive but said the killings are believed to be linked to each other. However, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan has declined to describe the string of deaths as the work of a serial killer, saying too little is known about the crimes.
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It wasn't unusual that brothers Nicholas and Anthony Robone were together at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1 when a gunman opened fire on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, striking Nick, 28, in the upper chest and forcing firefighter and paramedic Tony, 25, into the role of his big brother's rescuer.
They are the only two kids in their family, born and raised in Las Vegas. Nick and Tony share a passion for ice hockey, and as boys used their tape-wrapped hockey sticks to knock a puck around the street.
Nick was at the country music festival with a three-day pass his parents gave him for his September birthday. "It was going to be a fun night to hang out," he said.
A person of interest is in custody in connection with the disturbing apparent stalking case involving a 12-year-old boy and his 8-year-old sister in Brooklyn, authorities say.
No charges had been filed against the person, whom authorities would only describe as a male, as of early Monday afternoon. It's not clear if he is the person believed to have left a note in the siblings' family's mailbox reading: “Watch out. I am watching you!! Your daughter is cute.”
Cops have been looking for the alleged stalker for several days. On Friday morning, the 8-year-old girl was walking with her friend to the school bus stop near Eastern Parkway and Brooklyn Avenue in Crown Heights when she noticed a bald stranger hiding between cars. He followed her from home to the stop.
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Southern California resident Jovita Mendez doesn’t speak English. She can’t read or write, in any language. But she longed for a better future for herself and, this week, she achieved that by finally becoming a U.S. citizen.
“I didn’t think that I would be able to accomplish this, but I did it,” Mendez told NBC 7 in Spanish, holding back tears after being naturalized in a ceremony alongside 700 immigrants in downtown San Diego on Thursday.
“I did it because my kids are here. They told me I needed to do this for myself, to have a future here,” she added. “I’m happy.”
Mendez, originally from Mexico, has lived in the United States for 20 years. She has always wanted to become a U.S. citizen but illiteracy and the language barrier have held her back.
“I don’t know how to read, I don’t know how to write,” Mendez explained.
Until recently, she had never had the confidence to take the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization test, which consists of 10 civics questions randomly selected from a list of 100 questions.
Funeral services were held Saturday in Atlanta for two toddlers killed when their mother allegedly placed them in a hot oven. Ja'Karter Penn, 1, and Ke'Yaunte Penn, 2, were laid to rest after services were held...
FBI Director Christopher Wray says federal agents haven't been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices they've tried to access in a year.