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USA Swimming, in an effort to ease some of the anxiety accompanying such a major meet, has partnered with Domesti-PUPS — a nonprofit organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska, that is providing four-legged companions for the athletes lounge at CenturyLink Center. Given their gentle, soothing nature, "therapy dogs" have become more and more familiar around hospitals, retirement homes, hospice centers and disaster areas. They've provided comfort to veterans and those suffering from autism. They've even done time in prisons, nudging inmates along the road to rehabilitation.
Rodrigo Duterte, a firebrand who has drawn comparisons to Donald Trump for his coarse defiance of the traditional ruling class, was sworn in as president of the Philippines on Thursday.
The 71-year-old said the U.S. ally "will not be dependent on America," while signaling his readiness to expand economic ties with Beijing, citing a Chinese offer to build a railway project in the Philippines.
Duterte wants to bring back the country's death penalty and said he would pardon himself for mass murder and kill any of his children if they were involved with drugs. He also jokingly threatened to cut off the penises of men who don't use birth control.
He has been likened to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, although he detests the comparison and says the American billionaire is a bigot and he's not.
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Iraqi warplanes and helicopters destroyed around 200 vehicles believed to be transporting ISIS fighters fleeing one of their former strongholds, a senior official told NBC News on Thursday.
Brig. Yahya Rasool, a spokesman for Iraq's Joint Operation Command, said the convoy was targeted on a road about 12 miles south of Fallujah on Wednesday.
"All ISIS militants traveling in these vehicles were killed," he said without providing a number of people who died.
The Iraqi military released video of the airstrikes. The Pentagon said Wednesday that it did not have details about the airstrikes.
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Hershey's board of directors said Thursday it has unanimously rejected a bid by Mondelez to aquire the chocolate-giant in what would have united two of the world's largest candy-makers.
The company said in a statement that it turned down the offer from Mondelez, the maker of Oreo cookies and Cadbury chocolate bars, after determining "that it provided no basis for further discussion between Mondelez and the company."
Hershey's stock hit a 52-week high intraday amid reports of the takeover bid.
People familiar with the matter say talks between two companies have been on-going. But, any deal would need to be approved by the trust that controls Hershey's through a special class of stock.
Although the Hershey Trust only owns 8.4 percent of the company's common stock, it controls 81 percent of its voting power.
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Donald Trump said last Thursday he was forgiving over $45 million in personal loans made to his campaign, an announcement that drew plenty of coverage.
But a week later, NBC News has learned the FEC has posted no record of Trump converting his loans to donations.
Trump's campaign has also declined requests to share the legal paperwork required to carry out the transaction, though they have suggest it has been submitted.
Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said last week the presumptive Republican nominee was submitting formal paperwork on Thursday, according to the Wall Street Journal. But when asked by NBC News, Hicks said it "will be filed with the next regularly scheduled FEC report.
In his most recent FEC filing, posted June 20, Trump treated all his spending on the campaign as loans. Until Trump formally forgives the loans, he maintains the legal option to use new donations to reimburse himself.
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A YouTube personality and LGBT activist who says he was attacked after leaving a gay bar in West Hollywood has been charged with making a false police report and faking his injuries.
Calum McSwiggan, 26, of London, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of falsely reporting to a peace officer that a felony was committed, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
"I did not fake this attack and am absolutely appalled that anyone would suggest or think that I did," he wrote on Twitter Wednesday.
McSwiggan reported to deputies on Monday that three men had beaten him. Deputies said they could not substantiate his claims and took him into custody after seeing him vandalize a car. He was seen hitting himself with a jail payphone after his arrest, according to the sheriff's department.
Donald Trump is once again taking on former Republican rivals and traditionally conservative allies, NBC News reported.
The GOP presumptive nominee, less than three weeks from the party's convention, told a crowd on Wednesday that he isn't happy that some of his former rivals aren't endorsing, saying him there should be consequences.
Without naming specific politicians, Trump called those 2016 candidates who have yet to endorse him in accordance with the RNC pledge "sore losers" who "should never be allowed to run for public office again." Among those names yet to officially endorse Trump are Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Names that could, come next election cycle, be back in play once again.
For his part, Trump says he "would have honored the pledge" if the roles were reversed. "I wouldn't have gone crazy, I wouldn't have had 'Let's yell it from the loudest building,' but you know what, I would have honored the pledge."
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A short-lived, cult soda from the ‘90s returns this summer.
PepsiCo announced the comeback of Crystal Pepsi this week. The Purchase, New York-based soda company said the translucent soda will be available in the U.S. and Canada later this summer.
Crystal Pepsi was sold for a brief time — from 1992 to 1994 — before it was pulled from store shelves because of lagging sales. But the soda ultimately developed a cult following over the years, with a hashtag #BringBackCrystalPepsi movement gaining steam online.
The return of Crystal Pepsi comes as Pepsi's sales are lagging behind Coca-Cola. Just this week, PepsiCo said that it’s reintroducing aspartame to some of its beverages less than a year after pulling the artificial sweetener as part of a marketing move. There was a backlash from fans who said the new soda didn’t have the same flavor.
A grizzly bear attacked and killed a 38-year-old mountain biker Wednesday as he was riding along a trail just outside Glacier National Park, Montana authorities said.
Brad Treat and another rider were in the Halfmoon Lakes area of the Flathead National Forest when they apparently surprised the bear, Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said.
The bear knocked Treat off his bike, and the second rider left to look for help, Curry said.
Donald Trump's break with conservative economic thinking on free trade comes as Republicans are increasingly relying on older, struggling white voters who are the most skeptical of trade deals and have lost out during an age of globalization.
Polls on the complex issue of trade are mixed, but many show that Republican voters, more than Democratic ones, oppose trade deals. A Pew Research Center survey in March found that 52 percent of Republicans viewed trade deals as bad, while only 30 percent of Democrats did. A Bloomberg poll found that 53 percent of Republicans said the North American Free Trade Agreement was bad, while only 36 percent of Democrats did.
Part of the divide may be Republican distrust of President Barack Obama, who has made cementing an Asian trade agreement a top priority. But the shift against free trade may also reflect a political realignment that Trump's candidacy, which draws its greatest support from whites who have not graduated from college, is accelerating.
The deadly attack on Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday was just the latest in the last year, with bombs ripping through central Istanbul’s tourist areas and in the capital, Ankara. Kurdish militants were blamed for some of the attacks and the Islamic State for others. Here is a list of recent attacks.
Alvin Toffler, the far-seeing futurist who predicted humanity's rising anxiety with digital and technological progress in his hugely influential 1970 book "Future Shock," has died at the age of 87, his consulting company confirmed Wednesday.
Toffler — who is also credited with having coined the term "information overload" to describe people's struggle to keep up with exponentially expanding data — died Monday night at his home in Los Angeles, Toffler Associates said in a statement it released at the request of Toffler's widow, Heidi Toffler. No cause of death was given.
"Future Shock" sold millions of copies at a time when society was in churn, amid riots over the Vietnam War, the maturation of the civil rights movement and the growth of centralized mass media. Toffler defined the phenomenon as "too much change in too short a period of time."
The book was the fruit of five years of work that began in 1965 with the publication of a magazine article titled "The Future as a Way of Life." It posited that human society was in transition to a globalized "post-industrial" age in which the majority of human activity was devoted to services, scholarship and creativity, as opposed to agrarian and manual labor.
With U.S intelligence increasingly confident that Tuesday's Istanbul airport attack was the work of ISIS, officials are stepping up security at American airports — some concerned about possible plots coinciding with the Fourth of July holiday and the Muslim Ramadan holiday, others seeking to reassure travelers with a visible show of force, NBC News reports.
ISIS has specifically called for more attacks on the West during Ramadan, which ends July 5. Officials are concerned that after battlefield setbacks in Syria and Iraq, the terror group is more determined than ever to attack inside the U.S.
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Preliminary data from an Egyptian airliner that plunged into the Mediterranean last month showed "messages of lavatory smoke and avionics smoke," Egyptian investigators said Wednesday.
The data, obtained from a recorder found this month by a naval survey vessel, "showed a consistency" with earlier messages from the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, the investigators said in a statement.
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Vice President Joe Biden threatened Wednesday to pull federal funding for cancer studies that fail to publicly disclose their results, putting pressure on researchers, clinicians and drug companies to speed up progress toward cancer cures.
Hosting a cancer summit in Washington, Biden said the culture in the cancer research world is stifling progress, and he said was "committed to doing everything in my power" to change that culture. He cited concerns that prominent medical institutions that receive millions in taxpayer dollars are flouting a federal rule that says they must submit their results to a publicly accessible database within a year.
"Doc, I'm going to find out if it's true, and if it's true, I'm going to cut funding," Biden said. "That's a promise."