George Washington University will no longer require that students submit their ACT or SAT scores for most freshman admissions.
Dean of Admissions Karen Stroud Felton said in a statement Monday that university administrators were concerned that below-average test scores were leading some otherwise strong students to not apply to the school.
Defense attorneys plan to call more witnesses Tuesday who can testify about James Holmes' character as jurors consider whether he should serve life in prison without parole or be executed for killing 12 people and injuring 70 others during a crowded midnight movie in July 2012.
Expected to take the stand are Holmes' parents, Robert and Arlene Holmes, who have been sitting behind him in the courtroom every day of his 12 -week trial.
Could President Barack Obama win a third term in office? He's convinced that he could, but would really rather not.
Obama used his own history of electoral success to rib African leaders who overstay their welcomes by refusing to leave office after their terms expire. In his speech Tuesday at the African Union headquarters, he conceded unfamiliarity with that concept because as a second-term U.S. president, he's constitutionally barred from running again.
"I actually think I'm a pretty good president," Obama said. "I think if I ran, I could win. But I can't!"
That's just fine with the president. Obama said he's looking forward to leaving behind the trappings of office, including his presidential security detail, and having more flexibility to do things like travel to Africa after he leaves the White House. He said although he's still relatively young, he knows a new president with new insights will be good for the U.S.
A 20-year-old woman and her 11-month-old son were kidnapped and held captive for five days while the woman was allegedly tortured by the baby's father and grandmother after the mother and child went to their Long Island apartment for a visit, authorities say.
A company that ships to specialty grocers nationwide is issuing a recall of its caramel popcorn because it contains butter, a milk product that wasn't declared on the packaging and can cause severe reactions in people who are allergic or have sensitivities to the ingredient.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who is being treated for cancer, shared a photo of his new bald head on Facebook on Tuesday, donning a pair of dark shades and a big grin. "It looks like there is another white dome in the Annapolis State House!" he posted on Facebook. "Thanks to my treatments, I'm sporting a new aerodynamic look." Hogan wrote that he's saving time by not having to wash or comb his hair, and he no longer needs to shave his face. "The First Lady says I'm still sexy," he wrote. "I may be losing hair follicles, but I'm winning the battle as we kill cancer cells like crazy. So yes - the new look is a bit of a shock at first, but to me, bald is beautiful!"
Researchers may never solve the recent deaths of 18 endangered whales whose carcasses were found floating near Alaska's Kodiak Island, a scientist working on the case said Monday.
Samples taken from one of the 10 fin whales were at least a week old, which could throw off test results, said Kate Wynne, a marine mammal specialist for the University of Alaska Sea Grant Program. The carcasses of eight humpback whales also were found.
The carcasses of the marine mammals were discovered between Memorial Day weekend and early July. Most of the animals were too decomposed for sampling.
Police say people in a white van drove off with a bag filled with $150,000 in cash after two employees who were replenishing ATM machines mistakenly left the money on a lawn in northern New Jersey. Mahwah police said the ATM employees had stopped on a road when one of them placed the satchel on the front lawn of the business while moving items around in the vehicle. The duo drove off, forgetting the bag, and realized the money was missing 20 minutes later, police said. Police said the ATM employees work for a family-owned business, and authorities do not believe the theft was an inside job. The employees are cooperating with the investigation.
Police investigating the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann have contacted authorities in Australia following the discovery of a child's remains in a suitcase, NBC News reported.
The British girl was three years old when she disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal. No one has been charged with her disappearance and there have been no confirmed sightings.
Earlier this month, South Australia Police found what they believed were the remains of a girl, aged between 2 ½ and 4 years old, dumped in a case on the side of a highway near the city of Adelaide.
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Donald Trump is making headlines again Tuesday, this time over something his lawyer said while trying to defend the Republican presidential candidate against decades-old allegations of rape, NBC's "Today" show reported. Michael Cohen, a lawyer for the Trump Organization reportedly told the Daily Beast: "You're talking about the front-runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual who never raped anybody...And of course, understand that by the very definition, you can't rape your spouse. The comments, which went viral overnight, came in response to an article published Monday that resurfaces allegations that Trump raped his then wife Ivana Trump in 1989. Trump has denied those accusations in the past. His campaign said in a statement overnight, "This is an event that has been widely reported on in the past, it is old news and it never happened. It is a standard lawyer technique, which was used to exploit more money from Mr. Trump especially since he had an ironclad prenuptial agreement. It is just a way for the badly failing and money losing Daily Beast, which has been reporting inaccurately on Mr. Trump for years, to get some publicity for itself." Previously, Ivana Trump issued a statement saying that she felt "violated"- treated without the usual love and tenderness- by Trump, and that she did not mean to use the term "rape" literally or criminally.
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Santa Cruz police via Middleton school photo. Photographer unknown.
Santa Cruz police late Monday said they found a young girl's body believed to be that of Madyson Middleton, an 8-year-old girl who went missing late Sunday. The body was found in a dumpster, police said. Police also said they have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection to the case. Madyson, who goes by “Maddy,” was riding her white Razor scooter, wearing a purple knee-high dress with black leggings, helmet and long dark hair pulled to the side in a braid. The girl, standing at 4 feet tall and weighing 48 pounds, was captured on video surveillance, which Santa Cruz police shared with the public."She was in the courtyard where she was supposed to be," her mother, Laura Jordan told NBC affiliate KSBW. "I already fell apart. Now, I'm just in survival mode. I can't explain how difficult this is." Jordan added that her daughter has never run away, and that she's checked with all her friends, and assisted police in knocking on every door in the area.
A family of treasure hunters has found more than $1 million worth of gold artifacts off the coast of Florida.
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee reiterated his comments on the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday, saying if he was president, he would use the same language when referring to potential deals with Iran.
"We need to use strong words when people make strong threats against an entire group of people as the Iranians have made toward the Jews," the former Arkansas governor said on NBC's "Today" show.
On Monday, Huckabee refused to apologize for criticizing President Obama's nuclear weapons deal with Iran by comparing it to the Holocaust.
"He would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven," he said in a recent interview about the plan.
Huckabee said the response from Jewish people to his comments has been "overwhelmingly positive" and that he even heard from Holocaust survivors and their children.
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ISIS fighters forced to retreat from the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah have left “thousands” of land mines in their wake, according to the Kurdish fighters battling to unseat the militants, NBC News reported.
One local commander told NBC News that the Kurdish forces have 1,000 of the militant group's fighters surrounded, but those who have fled have laid so many land mines that at least 15 villages around Hasakah are now uninhabitable.
"There are thousands of mines," said the commander, who goes by the nomme de guerre Lawant Rojava. "They plant large mines that are easily detonated so young boys are blown to pieces."
Some mines have been planted in objects like soda cans, which children are likely to pick up, Rojava said. Fifteen of his fighters have been killed attempting to defuse the mines in just four months, he added.
"We need help," said Rojava. "We don't have the technology or techniques to defuse them."
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Neal Falls, the Oregon man who may be linked to 10 or more missing or murdered women, was carrying a list of six other women when he was killed last week by a West Virginia sex worker, police said Monday.
Charleston, West Virginia, police released a Post-It-like note they found in Falls' pocket July 18 after the sex worker, who hasn't been publicly identified, shot him with his own gun as he tried to strangle her. A copy of the note was obtained by NBC station WSAZ of Charleston, NBC News reported
The list includes the names, ages and phone numbers of six other women he met on the same website as the sex worker who killed him.
Police previously have said they found a "kill kit" in the trunk of Falls' car — including handcuffs, knives and another gun.
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