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WHO says Zika threat not enough to postpone Rio Olympics

The World Health Organization said there is "no public health justification" for postponing or canceling the Rio Summer Olympics because of the Zika outbreak in Brazil. Continue reading...

Obama mourns in Hiroshima

He implores world to get rid of nukes

Subscriber only President Barack Obama paid tribute Friday to the "silent cry" of the 140,000 victims of the atomic bomb dropped by the U.S. 71 years ago on Hiroshima. Continue reading...

First-quarter growth up a smidge

GDP gain now 0.8%, still tepid; analysts expect rebound

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. economy's slow growth in the new year wasn't quite as bad as first reported. Continue reading...

Trump says no to Sanders debate

Democratic candidate responds: ‘What are you afraid of?’

Subscriber only Donald Trump put an end to proposals for a debate between him and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, calling it "inappropriate" to spar with a second-place candidate. Continue reading...

More aboard suit on bathroom policy

Subscriber onlyKentucky's Republican governor said Friday that he will join a lawsuit challenging a federal order to allow students to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identities. Continue reading...

VA plan adds to nurses' powers; doctors opposed

Subscriber onlyThe Department of Veterans Affairs would dramatically expand the authority of nurses to treat patients without a doctor's supervision in a proposal by the country's largest health care system. Continue reading...

Air travelers see quicker lines

Security checkpoints at some major airports expanded

Subscriber onlyTravelers in airport security lines ahead of the Memorial Day weekend 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. Continue reading...

Forecasters predicting typical hurricane season

Subscriber onlyU.S. government forecasters expect a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, after three relatively slow years. But they also say climate conditions that influence storm development are making it difficult to predict how many hurricanes and tropical storms will arise over the next six months. Continue reading...

ISIS forces seize villages in Syria

Rebels pushed out near Turkish border; thousands trapped

Subscriber only Islamic State militants on Friday seized a string of villages from Syrian rebels near the Turkish border in rapid advances that forced the evacuation of a hospital and trapped tens of thousands of people amid heavy fighting, Syrian opposition activists and an international medical organization said. Continue reading...

Perilous escape from cave leads to ideas for next time

Subscriber onlyOne day after 19 people trudged through neck-deep water in a harrowing escape from a flooded Kentucky cave, the operator of the spelunking attraction says he is analyzing the incident for any possible safety lessons. Continue reading...

2nd hearings end on frigate’s sinking

Subscriber onlyA second round of U.S. Coast Guard investigative hearings into the sinking of the freighter El Faro ended Friday, closing a sometimes contentious proceeding during which the disaster was characterized by one investigator as “a colossal failure” of management before he apologized and took back the comment. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyFlooding in Texas kills 1; 3 missing BRENHAM, Texas — At least one person died in Texas and three are missing after torrential rain caused floods that closed roads and schools, prompted evacuations and damaged homes, officials said Friday. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyNBC's live variety show Red Nose Day Special on Thursday mixed comedy and musical performances with heartfelt pleas for children in need, raising more than $30 million in pledges that will benefit children's charities around the world. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber only Henry Heimlich, the 96-year-old surgeon credited with developing his namesake Heimlich maneuver, used the emergency technique for the first time himself to help an 87-year-old woman choking on food at his senior-living center in Cincinnati. Continue reading...

Police: Retired officer kills his 2 sleeping kids, then himself

WALLKILL, N.Y. — Authorities say a retired police officer shot his two children to death as they slept in their New York home before he turned the gun on himself. Continue reading...

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