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John Kerry Awarded France’s Legion of Honor

John Kerry

ISIS militants re-enter Syria's historic Palmyra

BEIRUT — ISIS militants re-entered the historic city of Palmyra in central Syria on Saturday for the first time since they were expelled by Syrian and Russian forces nine months ago.<p>The activist-run Palmyra Coordination network said the militants had nearly encircled the city and entered its …

Palmyra

Explosions, gunfire heard near Istanbul soccer stadium

ISTANBUL — Two loud explosions have been heard near a soccer stadium in Istanbul and witnesses say police have been deployed.<p>Photos and videos taken at the scene showed smoke rising from behind the newly built Besiktas Stadium.<p>Witnesses at the scene said gunfire could be heard in what appeared to …

Turkey

Girlfriend of Oakland Fire victim tracks down cherished photo

They were just another couple enjoying a night on the town in New York City. First they saw "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway where they laughed while reciting their favorite lines. Next they haggled with a street vendor for a $1 pretzel, "the most disappointing" pretzel they ever had. Eventually, …

Photography

ISIS Fighters Retake Ancient Syrian City of Palmyra

Middle East

Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson will be named as Trump's secretary of state: sources

Donald Trump is expected to nominate Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, two sources close to the transition process told NBC News on Saturday.<p>Tillerson, 64, became president of the Texas-based oil company in 2004 and has a close business relationship with Russian President …

Politics

Toll rises to 57 in suicide bombings in northeast Nigeria

YOLA, Nigeria — An official says the toll from a double suicide bombing in a marketplace in northeast Nigeria has risen to 57 dead and 177 wounded.<p>Yusuf Muhammed, chairman of the Madagali local government, says 120 children are among those wounded when two women suicide bombers blew themselves up …

Africa

Trump team dismisses Russian government interfered to help trump win

Donald Trump's transition team appeared to take a public swipe at the Central Intelligence Agency Friday, calling the spy agency "the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction."<p>Trump's team was responding to a Washington Post article published online Friday night that …

Russia

Millions face heavy snow, deep freeze over weekend

A wintry mix was making a mess Saturday in pockets of the northern Plains and Midwest — a snowy and bitter blast that will move eastward into Monday, allowing for a potentially treacherous commute for millions.<p>About 25 million people are bracing for the storm system as it marches across the Midwest …

Weather

The Week in Pictures: Dec. 2 - 9

Pipeline protesters brave winter weather, Eiffel Tower disappears in Paris pollution, Cuba bids final farewell to Castro and more.

Cannonball

South Koreans rally again, this time to celebrate impeachment

SEOUL, South Korea — The previous time South Korea's parliament voted to impeach a president, ruling party lawmakers bawled and hurled ballot boxes, a man set himself on fire in front of the National Assembly, and thousands glumly held candlelight vigils night after night to save late liberal …

Korean Peninsula

Trump on new "Apprentice" season says he will devote "zero time"

President-elect Donald Trump hopped on his favored form of communication Saturday morning to distance himself from the program that helped cement his reality show stature.<p>After reports this week that he will remain an executive producer of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" — even after he takes …

Republican Party

How to compliment your friends and family

Health & Wellness<p>By nature, human beings are self-centered — thinking about ourselves was crucial to survival for thousands of years.<p>Since we evolve slowly, we are still fairly self-centered. Even when we try to compliment, our gratitude is about us instead of the other person.<p>Let's say you attend …

Wellness

Here’s a better way to say ‘no’ around the holidays

New research says there is apparently a right way to say no to things, and it depends on how your phrase your statements.

Research

Key Syrian opposition stronghold looks set to fall into government hands

They Syrian government and its Russian backers say they've recaptured more than 90 percent of eastern Aleppo from the opposition, which has held it since 2012.<p>Much of the ancient city, which was once the country's larges, is now leveled. Just this week tens of thousands fled rebel-held areas to the …

Russia

Millions face heavy snow, deep freezing this weekend

Bitter cold conditions are gripping much of the country, from Seattle to Texas to cities in the Northeast seeing temperatures well below average. Snow is expected to continue, becoming a headache for cities across the country. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports for TODAY and Dylan Dreyer has the latest …

Cities

US sending 200 more troops to Syria to help in fight against ISIS

MANAMA, Bahrain — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday that as many as 200 more American troops are being sent to Syria to help Kurdish and Arab fighters capture the ISIS key stronghold of Raqqa.<p>The extra troops will include special operations forces and are in addition to 300 U.S. …

Islamic State (ISIS)

International students leery of Trump could cost U.S. billions

Talal Al-Johani, a high school student in Saudi Arabia, couldn't imagine going to college anywhere else but the United States. For the last two years, the 17-year-old has been collecting university applications and making connections with admission counselors in an effort to land at a leading …

Students

Arctic Blast Dropping Temps Below Normal in 45 U.S. States

The Arctic

Oldest African American in U.S. Celebrates 112th Birthday

African-American News

Trump says blacks with doubts stayed home, 'that was almost as good'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Donald Trump at a rally on Friday said African-American voters who didn't show up to the polls were "almost as good" for him as those who went out and voted for him.<p>"The African-American community was great to us," Trump said. "They came through big league."<p>"If they had any …

Republicans

Senate passes funding bill to prevent government shutdown

Congress on Friday passed a stopgap funding measure to keep the government funded through April despite strong opposition from coal-state Democrats.<p>The Senate passed the short-term funding bill 63 to 36. The bill will go to the president's desk for his signature.<p>The government would have partially …

Government

Veteran finds forgiveness, peace in Standing Rock fight

CANNON BALL, N.D. — For months, Dustin Monroe has made the 11-hour drive from his home in Missoula, Montana, to this remote part of the frozen North Dakota plains to bring supplies and support to the thousands protesting the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.<p>The Oceti Sakowin camp has become a …

Standing Rock Reservation

Michigan Supreme Court denies Jill Stein recount appeal

The Michigan Supreme Court has turned down an appeal by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein to restart a vote recount in the state.<p>The state high court denied the appeal Friday by a vote of 3-2. Earlier, two judges who made Republican President-elect Donald Trump's list of possible U.S. …

Green Party

Andrew Liveris to Head American Manufacturing Council

Manufacturing

Trump: 'If They Had Any Doubt They Didn't Vote'

Republican Party

Trump Dismisses 'Lock Her Up' Chant

Republican Party

Nightly News Full Broadcast (December 9th)

Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Speaks at Trump Rally

Education

Veterans Stand Ground with Pipeline Protesters at Standing Rock

Protest