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A bird flu outbreak that has led officials to euthanize more than 200,000 animals in three Southern states already is the nation's worst since 2015 and new cases are still popping up, an expert said Wednesday. Agriculture officials are trying to limit the damage, but it's unclear whether quarantines, transportation bans and mass killings will stop the spread, said Joseph Hess, a poultry science professor at Auburn University. The disease was first confirmed in southern Tennessee earlier this month and has since been detected in northern Alabama and western Kentucky.
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A British foreign minister bloodied his hands attempting to save the life of a police officer who was stabbed on the grounds of Britain's Parliament in what was described Wednesday as a "terrorist incident."
After an individual drove a 4x4 through a crowd outside the Palace of Westminster, shots were fired and a police officer was stabbed. Tobias Ellwood, a conservative member of Parliament and former soldier who was close to the incident, rushed to the officer's side.
The officer later died of his wounds.
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A unanimous Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. The court struck down a lower standard endorsed by President Donald Trump's nominee to the high court.
Chief Justice John Roberts said that it is not enough for school districts to get by with minimal instruction for special needs children. The school programs must be designed to let students make progress in light of their disabilities.
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The NCAA Tournament's first weekend closed with a flourish, a Sunday full of scintillating games after three days of good-not-always-great basketball.
That put the madness back in March and should carry over into a regional round filled with great matchups and big-name programs.
Here's a rundown of the top games, players, coaches and interesting story lines for the Sweet 16:
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Goldman Sachs may be about to get another friend in Washington.
Jay Clayton, a well-connected Wall Street lawyer who is President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, is sure to face sharp questions from Democrats at his confirmation hearing Thursday over his years of work for Goldman and other financial giants.
Trump has already drawn upon Goldman alumni for key financial posts in his administration — notably for Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, and the head of the National Economic Council, Gary Cohn. Clayton, a partner in the white-shoe law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, has done significant legal work for the Wall Street giant.
A personal injury attorney representing dozens of survivors and victims' relatives from the Orlando nightclub massacre filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the gunman's employer and wife, claiming they could have stopped Omar Mateen before the attack but didn't.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in South Florida on behalf of almost five dozen of the survivors and family members of those killed at Pulse nightclub last June. Forty-nine people were killed at the gay nightclub in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Dozens more were injured.
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A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a "sick and depraved terrorist attack."
Lawmakers, lords, staff and visitors were locked down after the man was shot by police within the perimeter of Parliament, just yards (meters) from entrances to the building itself and in the shadow of the iconic Big Ben clock tower. He died, as did three pedestrians on the bridge, and the police officer.
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Black lawmakers emerged from a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday saying the president was at least willing to listen to their concerns that his policies and positions could hurt their African-American constituents.
However, beyond a promise of future dialogue and a discussion about "divisive rhetoric," it seemed that there was little change in either the White House's mind or the minds of the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus on issues like the president's approach to health care, police misconduct investigations, criminal justice, education or funding for historically black colleges and universities.
Tyrannosaurus Rex and his buddies could be on the move as a new study proposes a massive shake-up of the dinosaur family tree.
Scientists who took a deeper look at dinosaur fossils suggest a different evolutionary history for dinosaurs. Their research moves the theropods such as T. Rex to a new branch of the family tree and hints at an earlier and more northern origin for dinosaurs.
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A new rule banning some electronics on United States-bound flights from certain airports in Muslim-majority countries is a result of fears that ISIS could plant explosive devices in electronic devices, officials told NBC News.
Officials did not confirm or deny a recent New York Times report that ISIS was developing an explosive that could be hidden in laptop batteries.
But law enforcement sources said that longstanding concerns about al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an affiliate that has sought to hide bombs in aircraft for a long time, was a factor in the development of the new rule.
A senior law enforcement source also said that intelligence suggests that a Qaeda could be helping ISIS develop smaller explosives.
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The suspect in a fatal Manhattan stabbing of a 66-year-old man told detectives he specifically traveled to New York City to attack black people, police said.
James Harris Jackson, a 28-year-old white man, told police officers that he taveled to New York City to commit the crime because of its reputation as "the media capital of the world", NYPD's Chief of Detectives for Manhattan William Aubrey said at a press conference Wednesday.
"He knew what he was doing when he was coming up here," Aubrey said.
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Pope Francis has described Europe's refugee and migrant crisis as the biggest tragedy since World War II. Francis urged tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Wednesday during his weekly public audience "not to forget" the problem but instead welcome and help refugees. He also encouraged efforts to integrate them in society. He said integration should keep in mind "the reciprocal rights and duties of those who welcome and those who are welcomed."
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A New York man allegedly threw his girlfriend's dog off the balcony to its death during an argument, police say.
Reports of sexual assaults and domestic violence among Los Angeles' Latino population have plummeted since the beginning of the year, amid fears that immigrants in the country illegally could face deportation if they interact with police or appear in court, the city's police chief said.
Since the beginning of 2017, sexual assault reports have dropped 25 percent and domestic violence reports have decreased by 10 percent among Latinos, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday. Similar decreases weren't seen in other ethnic groups, he said.
"Imagine your sister, your mother, not reporting a sexual assault for fear that their family will be torn apart," Beck said Tuesday.
Around the nation, President Donald Trump's efforts to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S. have sparked fear and anxiety, leading many people to try to avoid any contact with law enforcement.
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House Republicans could lose the vote for their party's signature health care bill, according to a tally by NBC News.
As of Tuesday afternoon, with 48 hours to go before the vote, at least 27 Republicans have said they are voting against or are leaning toward voting against the American Health Care Act, which would defeat the bill and deal a huge defeat to the GOP and President Donald Trump.
The tally comes after Trump traveled to Capitol Hill Tuesday morning attempting to seal the deal with undecided members of his party.
The key vote is expected Thursday. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Louie Gohmert of Texas are just a few of the Republicans who are either against the bill or leaning against it.
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