The 2016 general election race is now a virtual tie. The most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows the Democratic front-runner clinging to a narrow lead in a head-to-head match up with the Republican nominee.
But an analysis of data from the poll shows that Clinton is still the more likely candidate to emerge as the winner when the voting's all over on Nov. 8, 2016.
The advantage for a generic Democratic candidate over a generic Republican is 4 percentage points. And though both parties are unpopular, the Democratic Party is nearly breaking even on favorability, while the GOP is under water.
The poll also shows President Barack Obama's approval rating is at 51 percent, meaning he'll be a powerful surrogate for Clinton after the primary.
Meanwhile, Trump is under-performing with white women by 10 points and showing a nine-point drop in the suburbs, according to the poll. Clinton has a 10-point advantage on the commander-in-chief test.
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The endangered Persian leopard is being reintroduced to Sochi, Russia, nearly a century after they were hunted to the brink of extinction, NBC News reported.
Today, there are fewer than 400 Persian leopards in the wild, with the only sustainable wild populations in Iran and Turkmenistan.
The Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Center in Sochi, created in 2012, has helped the population make a modest recovery in recent years. The project is bankrolled by the Russian government.
Conservationists will release two 3-year-old animals within the next few weeks, followed by another pair later this year. Officials hope a leopard colony will again take root in the southeastern corner of Europe and spread eastward. But vital migration routes the animal needs to thrive are under threat from expanding ski resorts.
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Eight children and three adults were struck by lightning Saturday in a Paris park after a sudden spring storm sent a bolt crashing down upon a children's birthday party, a spokesman for Paris' fire service said. He credited an off-duty firefighter with playing a critical role in getting immediate medical help to the victims, but one child remains in critical condition.
Another group of people at a children's soccer match in western Germany were also hit by lightning Saturday afternoon, leaving three adults seriously injured.
Officials removed a small vintage World War II fighter plane that crashed in to the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey Friday evening, killing the pilot onboard.
The Army Corps of Engineers lifted the aircraft out of the river Saturday. The plane is being taken to the Downtown Manhattan Heliport near Wall Street.
Police said Friday that they have identified and are searching for four of the more than 30 men suspected in the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl, a case that has rocked Latin America's largest nation and highlighted its endemic problem of violence against women.
The announcement came as acting President Michel Temer called an emergency meeting of the security ministers for each of Brazil's states to consider gender-related crimes.
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Donald Trump will not be debating Bernie Sanders after all, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee announced Friday, but he was nothing but complimentary to the senator from Vermont at a rally in San Diego.
Trump had provisionally agreed to debate Sanders, but announced Friday afternoon in a news release that it would be inappropriate to debate the second-place candidate in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. It prompted a quick retort from Sanders, who was also in California ahead of the state's June 7 primary.
Trump didn't mention the debate at the rally an hour later, but said Sanders is great and decried political pundits for counting him out after he wins Democratic primaries.
The World Health Organization says there is "no public health justification" for postponing or canceling the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the Zika outbreak.
The assessment, in a statement early Saturday, came after 150 health experts issued an open letter to the U.N. health agency calling for the games to be delayed or relocated "in the name of public health."
Seeking to defuse tensions, the Democratic National Committee said Friday it will hold public hearings around the country to develop the platform for its summer convention, a focal point for supporters of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, announced that a 15-member platform drafting committee will hold hearings in Washington on June 8-9, Phoenix on June 17-18, St. Louis on June 24-25 and Orlando, Florida, on July 8-9, about two weeks before the Philadelphia convention.
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A veterinary intern and student worked together to save the life of a fluffy sheltie after they realized he didn't need to be euthanized just moments before the procedure was to take place, the "Today" Show reported.
The 10-year-old pup, Ollie, was experiencing a temporary paralysis due to a paralyzing tick behind his ear, but his owner, Falline Fate Meteney, had no way of knowing that. Instead, Meteney assumed that Ollie, who could not stand, walk, or control his bladder, needed to be put to sleep.
Meteney dropped off Ollie at the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon, where luckily veterinary student Neena Golden and intern Dr. Adam Stone were assigned to take care of the pup. The doctors discovered a tick behind Ollie's ear, despite the fact that he had been wearing a tick collar.
Instead of prepping Ollie to be put down, the doctors prepared to remove the tick and hoped that it would stop the paralysis. And luckily it did.
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Travelers who were dreading long airport security lines ahead of the Memorial Day weekend instead reported moving quickly through checkpoints Friday after authorities opened extra screening lanes and used bomb-sniffing dogs to give some passengers a break from removing their shoes.
"Wow. I mean, wow," said Mike Saresky, who flew into Chicago from Philadelphia, where he breezed through airport security in 12 minutes and got to leave his shoes on. "I thought it was going to be a lot worse."
The extra dogs were concentrated at the nation's largest airports, but they were not used for all screenings, meaning that many travelers still had to observe the usual procedures.
Tropical storm Bonnie was downgraded Sunday morning as it headed toward the South Carolina coast, packing maximum sustained winds of 35 mph as of 8 a.m. Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said, NBC News reported.
The tropical depression was forecast to drench the Carolinas with up to six inches of rain, the latest bad weather to hit the nation over the long holiday weekend.
Whipping winds and dangerous waves as high as 13 feet could also hit the two states, as well as Georgia and Florida over the coming days, forecasters said.
Elsewhere in the nation, flooding and heavy rain were wreaking havoc. In Texas, at least four people were killed and a 10-year-old boy who fell into the Brazos river remains missing. The state was bracing for more rain through Memorial Day.
In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency ahead of expected heavy rains Saturday, and warned that levees could be breached.
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Police escorted an 18-year-old merit scholar out of his Elk Grove, California, high school graduation Tuesday for refusing to remove his Kente cloth, a traditional Ghanaian silk and cotton fabric.
Nyree Holmes, now a graduate of Cosumnes Oaks High School, explained on Twitter that he was approached by Matt Mason, the school's director of student activities, just before he walked on stage, the Atlanta Black Star reported.
Mason demanded that Holmes hand over his Kente cloth. When the student declined, Mason sought police assistance.
The grand opening of the Centennial Wheel got off to a rocky start Friday night, when a power outage briefly halted the running of the new Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago.
Shortly after 8 p.m., Navy Pier officials confirmed that a power outage had caused the wheel to stop. Electricians worked to fix the issue, a spokesperson said, with the priority of keeping people comfortable and getting them down.
Missouri's governor declared a state of emergency ahead of expected heavy rains, and warned that levees could be overtopped, NBC News reported.
"Areas along the Missouri River and its tributaries in west-central Missouri are of particular concern because more rain could cause some levees to overtop," Gov. Jay Nixon said in a statement issued on Friday evening.
Since Tuesday, storms in the state have caused high winds, heavy rains and flash flooding — with more rain predicted into the weekend.
Meanwhile, warnings were issued for South Carolina's coast Friday after a weather system that could become a tropical storm formed in the Atlantic, the National Weather Service said.
Heavy rain, whipping winds and dangerous waves could hit the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida over the holiday weekend, forecasters said.
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Former “Glee” actor Mark Salling was indicted on child pornography charges by a federal grand jury Friday.
Salling was charged with receiving and possessing child porn on his laptop computer and a flash drive, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office of the Central District of California.
The images, depicting young girls, were allegedly seized from Salling’s Shadow Hills home in December.