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Apple Agrees to Examine iPhone of Florida Teens Lost at Sea: Lawyer

Apple has agreed to analyze the cellphone used by the two teenagers who vanished off the coast of Florida last summer, a lawyer for one of their families said Friday.<p>During a court hearing on how to preserve the iPhone 6 — which was found inside the boys' boat last month after it was recovered 100 …


Will Ferrell Walks Away From Controversial Reagan Project

Before it even went into production, a planned satire of Ronald Reagan to be produced by and starring Will Ferrell inspired an outpouring of criticism from conservatives and members of the former president's family.<p>And by Friday, according to <i>The</i> <i>New York Post</i>, the actor backed out of the …

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Clinton Team Shifting Staff to General Election Swing States

In another sign that Hillary Clinton is setting her sights on the general election, her campaign is preparing to hire staffers in some of the battleground states that will be most competitive in November.<p>A Clinton campaign official tells NBC News that the first wave of new hires and reassignments …


Protesters and Police Face Off Outside Trump Speech in California

Police pushed back protesters outside a state GOP convention in Burlingame, California, where Donald Trump was expected to speak Friday.<p>Several hundred protesters gathered outside a hotel near San Francisco while awaiting the Republican presidential front-runner. The protests were mostly peaceful.<p>A …

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Army Reverses Expulsion of Charles Martland, Green Beret Who Hit Afghan Rapist

The Army will not discharge a Green Beret who beat up an Afghan police commander for raping a boy, a reversal that followed allegations that U.S. troops have been discouraged from intervening in sexual abuse among locals.<p>The Army Board for Correction of Military Records confirmed to NBC News Friday …


Security Guard Praised for 'Grace Under Pressure' in WBFF-TV Bomb Scare

The quick-thinking security guard who stopped a disturbed man claiming to have a bomb from barging into a Baltimore TV newsroom was hailed Friday as a hero.<p>Jourael Apostolides' "grace under pressure" was applauded while 25-year-old Alex Brizzi was formally charged with felony second-degree arson, …


U.S. Reports First Zika Virus Death in Puerto Rico

A man infected with Zika virus in Puerto Rico has died from complications of the infection, health officials said Friday.<p>The man, in his 70s, died from internal bleeding caused by a rare immune reaction to the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.<p>It's the first death in the …

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'John Wayne Day' Resolution Fails in California Amid Race Furor

Tough guy screen legend John Wayne took on dozens of desperadoes in his storied career — but he was no match for the California state assembly.<p>A resolution to honor Wayne got shot down Thursday after opponents raised an uproar over remarks they deemed racist.<p>The "John Wayne Day" resolution snagged …

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Are Smart Guns the Answer to America's Gun Problem?

The White House hopes new technology can finally launch smart gun technology — childproof weaponry aimed at stopping accidental shootings and increase gun safety.<p>The administration is for the first time, trying to put in place the requirements needed so law enforcement could eventually use smart …


Pentagon Punishes 16 for Afghan Hospital Airstrike

A military investigation into the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan in October found that human errors, fatigue, process and equipment failures were at fault in the deadly airstrike, defense officials said Friday.<p>"These factors contributed to the 'fog of war,' which is …


Source: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to Endorse Ted Cruz

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will endorse Ted Cruz on Friday ahead of the Hoosier State's critical primary, a source familiar with the announcement told NBC News.<p>The endorsement comes four days before the primary contest that is essential for Cruz if he hopes to prevent Donald Trump from securing the …

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'Bathroom' Protests Will Likely Leave Target Unscathed, Experts Say

Conservative groups are taking aim at Target, but retail analysts don't think they'll leave a mark.<p>The company's announcement on its website a week ago saying that transgender employees and customers could use the restroom (or fitting room) that corresponds to their gender identity, in response to …


Flights Grounded at Philadelphia Airport After Plane Makes Emergency Landing

Flights were temporarily halted at Philadelphia International Airport on Friday morning after a plane had to make an emergency landing, federal aviation officials said.<p>The Piedmont Air Flight 4801 from Richmond, Virginia, had declared an emergency due to smoke in the cabin and cockpit.<p>It landed …


Prince investigation now focusing on possible overdose

The investigation into Prince's death is now focusing on who provided the music icon with powerful painkillers. NBC News has learned police were called to the pop star's home at least twice last year for "medical" reasons. Stephanie Gosk has the details.


First Read: What Boehner vs. Cruz Reveals About Trump's Success

<i>First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p><b>How Boehner-vs.-Cruz reveals why "Stop Trump" has been stopped in its tracks</b><p>The back-and-forth over former House Speaker John Boehner's comments about …

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McDonald's Opens in Quetta, Pakistan — Taliban Isn't Lovin' It

The Taliban now has access to Big Macs and McNuggets.<p>McDonald's opened its first restaurant in Pakistan's western city of Quetta, the reputed home of the fearsome militant group's ruling council.<p>But the extremist fighters weren't impressed — with one telling NBC News "we don't even consider it as a …


Supreme Court Approves Rule Change to Expand FBI Hacking Power

The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI's hacking authority.<p>U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts …


KNOW IT ALL: Friday's Top 7 Stories at NBC News

Good morning. Here are some of the headlines we're following this morning:<p>1. 20 Arrested as Crowd Turns Violent Outside Trump Rally<p>2. Foul Play Possible in Florida Teens' Disappearance at Sea<p>The families of two teenagers who disappeared off the Florida coast during a fishing trip last year suspect …

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Stunning Video Shows 'Mother Ship' Storm Supercell

Spectacular time-lapse images captured a rotating mesocyclone in Oklahoma on Thursday.


Belgium Issues Iodine Pills to All Citizens in Nuclear Emergency Plan

Belgium is to issue iodine tablets to its entire population as part of a revised nuclear emergency plan, a measure unveiled just months after it emerged that ISIS-linked bombers spied on a top scientist and hoped to build a "dirty bomb."<p>A dose of iodine, which helps to limit the effects of …


Abortion in Europe: Dr. Rebecca Gomperts Takes Entrepreneurial Approach

<i>There's one thing that both anti-abortion and abortion-rights activists agree on. A shift is underway in Europe — in politics, prosecution and protest. Battle lines are drawn for what threatens to be a nasty fight, with both sides taking cues from the U.S. In the final installment of a five-part</i> …


North Korea Sentences U.S. Citizen Kim Dong Chul to 10 Years of Hard Labor

PYONGYANG, South Korea — North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.<p>Kim Dong Chul had been detained in the North on suspicion of engaging in spying and …


Baby Born Aboard Jetstar Asia Flight Is Named After Airline

This flight passenger wasn't willing to accept a delay.<p>A woman gave birth on a Jetstar Asia flight and the mother named the child after the airline.<p>Saw Jet Star was 6 pounds, 7 ounces when he was born on the Flight 3K583 after it landed in Yangon, Myanmar, on April 22.<p>"Both mother and son are in …


Man Shot With Fake Bomb at Baltimore TV Station Feared World's End: Father

The man who was shot four times by a sniper Thursday after saying he had a bomb inside a Baltimore TV station believed the world is soon going to end and wanted a message broadcast, a man who said he was the suspect's father told NBC News.<p>Alex Brizzi, 25, was set to undergo exploratory surgery …


Protesters Block Traffic Near Trump Rally in California

Protesters outside a Donald Trump rally in California Thursday blocked traffic in the streets surrounding the event and in one case a crowd smashed a police car.<p>Several hundred people, many presumed to be anti-Trump protesters, flooded streets near the Trump event in Costa Mesa, south of Los …

American West

First Commercial Zika Virus Test Gets FDA Approval

The first commercial U.S. test to diagnose Zika virus won emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration Thursday.<p>It's a rare piece of good news as states and the federal government struggle to get out ahead of the Zika virus epidemic as it makes its way north to the U.S.<p>Quest …

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Les Waas, Creator of the Mister Softee Jingle, Dies at 94

PHILADELPHIA — Les Waas, the advertising legend behind the Mister Softee jingle heard in hundreds of ice cream trucks for more than half a century, has died. He was 94.<p>Waas died April 19 at Abington Hospice in Warminster, according to Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks funeral home.<p>The Mister …

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The Week in Pictures: April 21 - 28

A kiss for John Kerry, a whale's stench, a late visitor for a little prince and more of the week's best pictures.

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Mom Suggests Foul Play in Florida Teens' Disappearance at Sea

The mother of Perry Cohen, one of two Florida teenagers who disappeared off Florida coast during a fishing trip last year, suspects foul play may have been involved, court documents show.<p>The fishing boat used by Perry and his longtime friend Austin Stephanos, both 14, was discovered off Bermuda …

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Do Celebrity Endorsements Help or Hurt?

Celebrities have been ubiquitous on the campaign trail this season. Even the GOP front-runner himself, Donald Trump, has been a famous personality for decades.<p>Celebrity surrogates have frequently been driving the 2016 news cycle — and in some cases, forcing their preferred candidates off …