At least 235 people were killed when gunmen opened fire and bombed a mosque in Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula on Friday. Government officials said 109 more had been injured in the attack — among the deadliest in Egypt's history.
Police sources told the Associated Press that men in four off-road vehicles opened fire on worshippers inside the mosque during a sermon. NBC News could not immediately independently verify that account.
Images from inside the building showed dozens of bodies wrapped in blood-socked cloth lined up on the carpeted floor.
Three police officers told the AP that militants attacked the al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, which is located about 25 miles from the North Sinai provincial capital of el-Arish.
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Shoppers were out before dawn in the U.S. for fun and for deals, as retailers that have had a tough year were hoping to bring customers to their stores and websites for Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
Black Friday has morphed from a single day when people got up early to score doorbusters into a whole season of deals, so shoppers may feel less need to be out. Some love the excitement, even if they've already done some of their shopping online.
Friends Yeshica Jeffers and Stacey Rhodes-Sofer hit a Walmart in suburban Albany, New York, early Friday.
"We always do it. It's a tradition," said Jeffers, the mother of four children, including twin 7-year-old girls. "It's fun. It used to be a lot more fun before stores started opening on Thanksgiving."
British police said Friday they have found no evidence of any shots being fired after reports of gunfire sparked panic in the heart of London.
Police descended on the area around Oxford Circus, one of London's busiest subway stations, after reports of shots being fired.
Thousands of people ran in panic or took shelter in stores along busy Oxford Street.
About an hour after the first reports, the Metropolitan Police force said "police have not located any trace of any suspects, evidence of shots fired or causalities."
The burned body of a person believed to be a young man was found on top of a SEPTA Regional Rail train when it pulled into Philadelphia's Center City station during the Friday morning rush hour.
The remains were burned beyond recognition, making it impossible for police to immediately identify the person killed, Philadelphia police said.
The "charred body," as police described it, was found about 7:30 a.m. at Jefferson Station, with the person's legs dangling off the side of the top of the train.
Investigators do believe the person was 16 to 20 years old.
Everyone knows Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals sometimes seem too good to be true -- a recent study put the average discount at 37 percent. There are tons of savings to be had, of course, but in some cases, the deals may not be what they seem.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman put out a list of consumer tips for those shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to help protect against fraud.
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Dramatic footage from the National Fire Protection Association is warning holiday makers from using turkey fryers for this holiday season. (Video courtesy National Fire Protection Association)
A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man after she ran out of gas on an interstate in Philadelphia has raised more than $315,000 as of Friday afternoon for the good Samaritan.
Kate McClure, 27, started the Gofundme.com campaign on Nov. 10 after she said she ran out of gas on I-95 and a homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., walked a few blocks and bought her some with his last $20.
"He told me to get back in the car and lock the doors," McClure wrote in a GoFundMe campaign titled "Paying it Forward." "A few minutes later, he comes back with a red gas can."
McClure said she didn't have any money to repay him at the time but returned to the road several times to give him cash, clothes and food.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart that the United States will no longer supply arms to Syrian Kurdish fighters.
Cavusoglu said Trump relayed his decision during a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Erdogan. Cavusoglu said he was present in Erdogan's office during the telephone call.
Turkey considers the Kurdish Syrian fighters, known by the initials YPG, to be terrorists because of their affiliation to outlawed Kurdish rebels in Turkey.
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Craig Richard Coley has spent more than 38 years behind bars for a double homicide he did not commit. On Thanksgiving Day, he tasted freedom.
On Thursday morning, Coley woke up in Carlsbad, California, just blocks from the beach, a free man for the first time since Nov. 11, 1978.
During an hour-long exclusive interview with NBC 7, the 70-year-old Vietnam veteran broke down and cried while reading details of the horrific crime that put him away.
“In the early morning hours, of November 11, 1978, Rhonda Wicht was beaten and strangled to death in her apartment. Her 4-year-old son...”
Coley paused as he read from Governor Jerry Brown’s pardon, issued late Wednesday night. He choked back tears for the young boy he raised as a son.
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How easily a stolen gun can be matched to one used in a crime depends on laws that can either speed or impede the trace.
Making the job easier: mandatory reporting of lost or stolen guns and background checks, measures opposed by the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups but favored by gun control organizations. But these regulations are limited because although federal laws govern licensed gun dealers, they do not apply to private individuals and the majority of states have not extended their laws to close the gap.
Making it more difficult: the federal Tiahrt Amendments and the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986, which impede the dissemination of records to researchers or others outside of law enforcement or forbid the creation of a registry of guns, gun owners or gun sales.
William Rosen, the deputy legal director of Everytown for Gun Safety, accused the gun lobby of stoking fears that the government would use a registry for a mass seizure of guns.
A woman was accidentally shot to death by a hunter who mistook her for a deer while she was walking her dogs in a rural field in Upstate New York, authorities say.
Rosemary Billquist, 43, took her dogs for a walk in her hometown near the Pennsylvania border around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say she was walking in a field when a man hunting nearby mistook her for a deer and shot her once with a pistol.
The hunter heard her scream, called 911 and stayed with her until emergency crews arrived.
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Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence was more than doubled to 13 years and five months on Friday, a surprisingly dramatic intervention by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal in the Olympic athlete's fate after the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
In an announcement that took a matter of minutes, Supreme Court Justice Willie Seriti said a panel of judges unanimously upheld an appeal by prosecutors against Pistorius' original six-year sentence for shooting Steenkamp multiple times in his home in 2013.
Under that initial sentence, which the court called "shockingly lenient," the double-amputee runner could have been released on parole in mid-2019. Now, the earliest he'll be eligible for parole is 2023.
Exuberant Zimbabweans greeted the swearing-in Friday of new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who takes power after an extraordinary series of events that ousted the world's oldest head of state.
Mnangagwa, fired earlier this month as vice president, will lead after the resignation of 93-year-old Robert Mugabe, who succumbed to pressure to quit from the military, the ruling party and massive demonstrations amid fears his unpopular wife would succeed him.
A smiling Mnangagwa greeted a stadium crowd of tens of thousands with a raised fist, and he promised to devote himself to the well-being of the people. The military, fresh from putting Mugabe under house arrest just days ago, quickly swore its loyalty to the new leader.
Mnangagwa, a former justice and defense minister, was a key Mugabe confidant for decades until they fell out because of the presidential ambitions of Mugabe's wife, Grace.
The U.S. Navy has called off search and rescue operations for three sailors not immediately recovered after a C2-A Greyhound plane crashed into the Philipine Sea, the 7th fleet said in a statement.
Search and rescue efforts from the crash of the transport aircraft on Wednesday afternoon Japan time were suspended at 10:00 a.m. local time Friday (8 p.m. Thursday ET).
Eleven people were on board the plane. Eight sailors were rescued within 45 minutes of the crash and transferred to Ronald Reagan for medical evaluation. All are in good condition at this time.
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North Korea appears to have replaced all of its guards at a jointly patrolled border area where a North Korean soldier defected last week under a hail of gunfire, according to South Korean media. Military officials said Friday they could not confirm the report.
Yonhap news agency cited an unnamed intelligence source saying there were "signs" the North had replaced its entire security force of 35 to 40 men at the Joint Security Area. South Korea's Defense Ministry and the U.S.-led United Nations Command said they couldn't confirm it.
The source also told Yonhap the North seems to have temporarily closed a bridge over which the defector drove a military jeep to reach the border before his dramatic escape on foot last Monday. The source said the North could be preparing to install a security gate at the bridge for strengthening its screening of personnel coming in and out of the area.