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    Authorities say a cyclist will be fined and could have to pay the full cost of extinguishing a 73-acre fire he inadvertently set in the foothills of Boise, Idaho, when he tried to burn his toilet paper after relieving himself in a ravine Wednesday, NBC News reported.

    The cyclist, who wasn't identified, thought he was doing the right thing by disposing of the soiled paper so he wouldn't be littering, the Boise Fire Dispatch Center said Thursday. But an ember flew into some dry grass and quickly spread out of control.

    "I guess when you gotta go, you gotta go," Carrie Bilbao, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Land Management, told NBC station KTVB of Boise.



    Photo Credit: Boise Fire Department

    An aircraft drops water on a brush fire in Boise, Idaho, that authorities say was inadvertently set by a cyclist who tried to burn used toilet paper on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.An aircraft drops water on a brush fire in Boise, Idaho, that authorities say was inadvertently set by a cyclist who tried to burn used toilet paper on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

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    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal called for prayers for the victims' families in the deadly movie theater shooting in his state Thursday night, NBC News reported.

    Three people were killed, including the gunman, and seven injured in the shooting in Lafayette, police said.

    "This is an awful night for Lafayette. This is an awful night for Louisiana. This is an awful night for the United States. But we will get through this," Jindal said at a late-night news conference.

    Jindal told a local news station that two of the patrons in the theater were schoolteacher friends, one of whom may have shielded the other from a bullet "in an act of braveness," and that the other pulled a fire alarm and helped save other lives.



    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Denny Culbert

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks with the media following a deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, La., Thursday, July 23, 2015.Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks with the media following a deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, La., Thursday, July 23, 2015.

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    A silent 911 call led police to a gruesome discovery in an Oklahoma home Thursday— five relatives stabbed to death, a wounded 13-year-old girl, a toddler who had escaped harm, NBC News reported. 

    Two teens were taken into custody, police said. The suspects, aged 18 and 16, allegedly ran out the back door when officers arrived at the scene in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow. 

     

    The suspects, the dead, the surviving teen and the unharmed two-year-old girl were all relatives, and all lived at the home, Broken Arrow Police Sgt. Thomas Cooper said. The 13-year-old was taken to the hospital with stab wounds in serious but stable condition. 

     

    Broken Arrow Police Cpl. Leon Calhoun told The Associated Press that police were having a hard time notifying next of kin because so many relatives were entangled in the stabbing.



    Photo Credit: AP

    An investigator photographs behind a tarp in the front yard of a home in Broken Arrow, Okla., Thursday, July 23, 2015, where five people were discovered stabbed to death. Two teenagers were taken into custody.An investigator photographs behind a tarp in the front yard of a home in Broken Arrow, Okla., Thursday, July 23, 2015, where five people were discovered stabbed to death. Two teenagers were taken into custody.

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    A 21-year-old man is in serious condition with burns on the entire right side of his body after he was shocked and thrown to the ground while climbing a utility pole in Willimantic on Thursday evening.

    Police said Mikail Jesus Arroyo, of Willimantic, touched an electrical wire while scaling a phone pole around 8:15 p.m. near the intersection of Jackson and Bolivia streets.

    He was shocked and thrown to the ground from about 25-30 feet up in the air, according to police. First responders found him unconscious but breathing and said the right side of his body was badly burned.

    Arroyo was rushed to Windham County Memorial Hospital and subsequently airlifted to Rhode Island Hospital, which is both a burn unit and Level 1 trauma center. Police said Arroyo is alive but in grave condition.

    Willimantic police are investigating and ask anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to call the department at 860-465-3135.

    Check back for updates on this developing story.


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    Three people, including the gunman, were killed and nine others injured in a shooting Thursday night at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, authorities told NBC News.

    Lafayette police told NBC News that the shooting occurred at the Grand Theatre on Johnston Street about 7:30 p.m. Witnesses described hearing about six shots in a screening of the movie "Trainwreck." 

    Police said Thursday evening that the shooter, a 58-year-old man who used a handgun, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

    Some of the wounded were in "very critical" condition with life-threatening injuries, Lafayette Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley told MSNBC. Reports of the number of wounded varied as officials released more information.

    Katie Domingue told The Daily Advertiser newspaper that "an older white man" began shooting about 20 minutes into the movie. "He wasn't saying anything," Domingue said. "I didn't hear anybody screaming, either."

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke in Lafayette, aksing for prayers for the victims.

    Check back for updates on this breaking news story.



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     Hillary Clinton is confident that no emails marked as classified entered her personal account while she was secretary of state. 

    "I did not receive anything that was marked as classified," Clinton told reporters after a campaign even in Winterset, Iowa.

    The Department of Justice has been asked by two inspectors general to investigate whether classified information was mishandled in relation to Clinton's use of a private email account. 

    The Democratic presidential candidate said "there was a disagreement between various agencies" as to whether four emails in question should have been classified at the time they were sent. 


    Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks, Friday, July 24, 2015, at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York.Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks, Friday, July 24, 2015, at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York.

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    The brother of the man who opened fire at a Louisiana movie theater this week, killing two and injuring nine before taking his own life, said Saturday that the family saw signs of mental illness but did not know he was capable of such violence, NBC News reported.

    "We're in shock just like everybody else," Rem Houser, the older brother of gunman John Houser, told NBC News from outside his Columbus, Georgia, home. "The focus of our family has just been thinking about the mental illness issue. Did we miss something was there something we didn't see?"

    "We say no. We saw no sign of this," Houser said, admitting that he rarely talked to or saw his brother over the last 20 years.

    But that's not the way it always was, Houser, 61, said.


    This undated photo provided by the Lafayette Police Department shows John Russel Houser, in Lafayette, La. Authorities have identified Houser as the gunman who opened fire in a movie theater on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette.This undated photo provided by the Lafayette Police Department shows John Russel Houser, in Lafayette, La. Authorities have identified Houser as the gunman who opened fire in a movie theater on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette.

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    A New Jersey man brandished a samurai sword and waved it at a fellow driver Saturday while stuck in traffic at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, police said.

    Richardson Rosius, 32, of Eatontown, became enraged as cars were merging near the tunnel's entrance and pulled out a 10 1/2-inch blade, according to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police.

    He hopped out of his vehicle in traffic at about 2 p.m. and pointed the weapon at the other driver, police said. He was arrested when he drove out of the tunnel in New Jersey.

    Rosius was arrested on a weapons charge, said officers, who added that they found the sword on his front seat. The sword, a wakizashi, was typically worn by the samurai class in feudal Japan.

    It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer who could comment about the charge.

    Last month, police arrested a man who hacked at a vehicle with a machete in a congested Holland Tunnel. 


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    A new instagram account is throwing shade on apathetic drivers who make you stop and say, "Seriously!?"

    Los Angeles based makeup-artist Andria Farrell started the @parkingspotshaming social media account on the visual app, allowing people to voice their frustrations on just how horrible that parking job really was.

    An array of photos shows single cars taking up two parking spots and even making up their own spots at times.

    One photo shows a family van parked the wrong way in two spots with part of the caption reading, "Not even sure how this made sense."

    To shame those clueless drivers, Ferrell created the ParkingSpotShaming@gmail.com account for all your parking woes.



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    A small airplane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Tokyo Sunday, setting buildings ablaze and leaving three people dead, public broadcaster NHK reported, according to NBC News.

    Live aerial images on Japanese television showed the wing and the body of the plane amid the charred homes, one of which appeared to be gutted by the fire.

    The plane took off from an airfield in Chofu at around 11 a.m. local time (10 p.m. Saturday ET) and the aircraft crashed about a third of a mile away, NHK said, citing the Tokyo Fire Department.

    Tokyo Metropolitan Police did not officially release any figures on the numbers of casualties, but NHK, citing a police source, said two of the five people onboard the plane were killed, while one person in the home that caught fire also died.



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    A light plane crashed into a residential area in Tokyo early on July 26, setting fire to several houses and reportedly killing three people, according to officials and local media.A light plane crashed into a residential area in Tokyo early on July 26, setting fire to several houses and reportedly killing three people, according to officials and local media.

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    At least seven people were injured when a children's swing ride tipped over at a Kentucky amusement park on Saturday, police told NBC News.

    Emergency personal responded after the ride, which suspends riders in the air as it spins around, malfunctioned and toppled over at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green Saturday evening, according to the Warren County Sheriff's department.

    Some children were among the injured, police confirmed. The extent of the injuries was not yet known, but no fatalities have been reported.

    The cause of the malfunction remains unclear.



    Photo Credit: Jimmy Falls

    A children's swing ride tipped over at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Saturday, July 25, 2015.A children's swing ride tipped over at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

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    President Barack Obama nudged African nations Saturday to treat gays and lesbians equally under the law, a position that remains unpopular through much of the continent. Obama's Kenyan counterpart responded by calling the matter a "non-issue" for his country, NBC News reported.

    Obama tackled the sensitive issue on his first full day in Kenya, the country of his father's birth. He drew on his own background as an African-American in the U.S, saying he is "painfully aware of the history when people are treated differently under the law."

    "That's the path whereby freedoms begin to erode and bad things happen," Obama added during a joint news conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. "When a government gets in the habit of treating people differently, those habits can spread."

    Kenyatta was unmoved, saying gay rights "is not really an issue on the foremost mind of Kenyans. And that is a fact."

    A number of Kenyan politicians and religious leaders had warned Obama in outspoken terms that any overtures on gay rights would not be welcomed in Kenya, where gay sex is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

    Obama's visit to Kenya — the first by a sitting U.S. president — has been long sought by this East African nation where he is widely considered a local son.



    Photo Credit: AP

    President Barack Obama, right, arrives with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for a bilateral meeting at State House, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama heralded Africa as a continent President Barack Obama, right, arrives with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for a bilateral meeting at State House, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama heralded Africa as a continent "on the move" Saturday as he opened a U.S.-sponsored business summit in Kenya, the East African nation where he has deep family ties. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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    Hearing reports of a "lion-like animal," police closed off streets near a park in north Milwaukee on Saturday night, days after people said they saw a lion prowling city streets, Reuters reported.

    Milwaukee police and the Department of Natural Resources responded to the area, at 30th and Fairmont streets, for what a police statement called "a confirmed sighting of a lion-like animal."

    The animal was not located, it added. Local residents reported earlier on Saturday they had seen a lion and her cub in a creek in the park.

    On Tuesday a white pit bull dog was shot in the paw after apparently having been mistaken for the lion reported to have been prowling city streets. It was expected to fully recover.



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    DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20:  A male and female lion are seen at Taronga Western Plains Zoo on April 20, 2012 in Dubbo, Australia. The popular 35 year old Dubbo zoo is set in 3 square km of bushland and is home to over 700 animals.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20: A male and female lion are seen at Taronga Western Plains Zoo on April 20, 2012 in Dubbo, Australia. The popular 35 year old Dubbo zoo is set in 3 square km of bushland and is home to over 700 animals. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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    Newly-released photos show Vice President Dick Cheney, President George Bush and other members of the administration reacting on the day of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

    The photos were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and were taken by Cheney's staff photographer.

    The photos show the country's leaders mulling what to do after the attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

    NBC News collected 13 photos.



    Photo Credit: David Bohrer / National Archives

    Smoke rises from the towers of the World Trade Center on a television in Vice President Dick Cheney's office as he watches coverage of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.Smoke rises from the towers of the World Trade Center on a television in Vice President Dick Cheney's office as he watches coverage of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

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    President Barack Obama spoke proudly of his Kenyan heritage before a raucous and affectionate crowd in Nairobi on Sunday.

    "I am proud to be the first American president to come to Kenya, and of course I'm the first Kenyan-American to be president of the United States," he told the packed sports hall in Nairobi. It is the time he referred to himself as such, NBC News reported.

    The president recalled his first trip at the age of 27 when he arrived at the airport and tried to find his luggage. The personal quickly gave way to the practical and political, with Obama pledging to stand by Kenya as it battles terrorism and calling on all Kenyans to stamp out corruption.



    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ben Curtis

    President Barack Obama delivers a speech, in front of American and Kenyan flags, at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in the Kasarani area of Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, July 26, 2015. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia.President Barack Obama delivers a speech, in front of American and Kenyan flags, at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in the Kasarani area of Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, July 26, 2015. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia.

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    Donald Trump is running strong in the early nominating states of New Hampshire and Iowa, according to two new NBC News-Marist polls

    Trump leads the Republican presidential field in New Hampshire, getting support from 21 percent of potential GOP primary voters. He's followed by Jeb Bush at 14 percent, Scott Walker at 12 percent and John Kasich at 7 percent.

    Chris Christie and Ben Carson are tied at 6 percent in the Granite State, and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are at 5 percent each.

    In Iowa, Walker and Trump are in the Top 2 - with Walker at 19 percent among potential Republican caucus-goers and Trump at 17 percent. They're followed by Bush at 12 percent, Carson at 8 percent, Mike Huckabee at 7 percent and Rand Paul at 5 percent.

    The polls were conducted July 14-21 - so before and after Trump's controversial comments belittling John McCain's war record on July 18. And they suggest the comments didn't affect Trump in Iowa (he was at 16 percent before the comments and 18 percent after), but they did hurt him in New Hampshire (26 percent before, 14 percent after).



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    Republican presidential hopeful businessman Donald Trump speaks to guests gathered for a rally on July 25, 2015 in Oskaloosa, Iowa.Republican presidential hopeful businessman Donald Trump speaks to guests gathered for a rally on July 25, 2015 in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

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    In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Ohio Gov. John Kasich suggested that presidential candidates typically make "ridiculous" promises and focus less on solutions than on running "just to get elected."

    "If we're running for these offices just to get elected, I mean, we're not running for class president," the 2016 hopeful said. "We're running to be the commander-in-chief and the leader of the United States of America. Grow up."

    Kasich did not specifically name which 2016 candidates he believes to be leading offenders. But he suggested that he's willing to work across the aisle and focus on "problem solving" over rhetoric.

    "We're not in this to get elected, we're in this to do the right thing," he said of his campaign.

    Kasich, who is struggling to gain traction in national polls, isn't shying away from talking about his experience in Congress, and he's running on his ability to govern.



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    File - Ohio Gov. John KasichFile - Ohio Gov. John Kasich

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    For the second year in a row, New Haven hosted a basketball tournament that participants say was a slam dunk.

    The event is called Hoop it Up! and is part of a nationwide tournament recognized as part of the USBA basketball league. Organizers of the New Haven event say they hope the event fosters the spirit of competition between kids who live in the cities and towns across the shoreline, and the capital city.

    “It gives them time to actually get to know kids from other cities, because a lot of times they don’t get to mingle,” said Asad Rufus, whose children participated in the tournament. “ It’s good to get them together and show some positive energy.”

    Nearly a dozen hoops were set up along Church Street outside City Hall for kids eight years and older who had a shot to win a trip to Atlantic City to play in the national Hoop it Up competition.

    “It shows that we can have some vision and we can have some fun when we put our minds to it,” says Jason Bartlett, New Haven Youth Services Director.

    Parents and kids alike expressed excitement at the event.

    “I get to meet new people and play with them,” said 12-year-old Kimah Davis, of New Haven.

    “I think they did very well,” said Jemesia Everett of New Haven. “They’re coming in to do something positive for the children these days.”

    The tournament continues on Sunday at 10 a.m. outside City Hall.
     


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    After a comfortable and sunny day on Saturday, there could be some showers in the evening.

    It will likely be mid-60s overnight and then scattered storms and showers arepossible morning to evening on Sunday.

    Any storms are not expected to be severe.

    The warmer air will then start to take over for another hot week, with possible temperatures in the 90s.


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    The Somali militant Islamist group al Shabaab attacked a Mogadishu hotel on Sunday, driving a car packed with explosives through the hotel gate and killing at least 13 people, a first responder and the rebel group said.

    A Reuters witness said blood and pieces of flesh were spattered around the site of the blast targeting the Jazeera hotel. Nearby was the wreckage of four cars.

    "We have carried 13 dead people and 21 others who were injured, some seriously," an ambulance worker Abdikadir Abdirahman told Reuters.

    A police officer, Major Nur Osoble, told Reuters a suicide car bomb had rammed the gates of the hotel, damaging the facade.

    Al Shabaab, which said it was behind the blast, frequently stages bomb and gun attacks in the capital in its bid to topple Somalia's Western-backed government. The nation is trying to rebuild after two decades of conflict and chaos.



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    Somalis observe the destruction as security forces secure the scene of a suicide car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Sunday, July 26, 2015.  Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber has rammed his car into the protective perimeter outside a well-known hotel in the Somali capital Sunday, killing at least four people. Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the blast has caused an extensive damage on the Jazeera Hotel, which is often frequented by government officials, diplomats and foreigners. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)Somalis observe the destruction as security forces secure the scene of a suicide car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Sunday, July 26, 2015. Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber has rammed his car into the protective perimeter outside a well-known hotel in the Somali capital Sunday, killing at least four people. Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the blast has caused an extensive damage on the Jazeera Hotel, which is often frequented by government officials, diplomats and foreigners. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)

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