MSNBC: Top Stories

Syndicate content NBC News Top Stories
NBC News Top Stories
Updated: 29 min 4 sec ago

West, Texas, Marks One Year Since Devastating Explosion

10 hours 6 min ago
A year after a fertilizer plant explosion rocked the tight-knit city of West, Texas, a lot of the physical damage is cleaned up, but the emotional scars still run deep.






Categories: MSNBC

South Korean Ferry Text Messages Convey Teens' Fear

10 hours 6 min ago
Heartbreaking text messages from high school students on board the sinking ferry off South Korea painted a picture of terror and tragedy on board as the hunt for survivors continued Thursday.






Categories: MSNBC

Real-Life 'Jaws': Australians Track 16-Foot 'Joan of Shark'

10 hours 53 min ago
A massive great white shark has been spotted swimming close to an Australian beach, scaring the locals and forcing the beach to close, according to news reports.The female shark, nicknamed "Joan of Shark"by local fisherman, is more than 16 feet (5 meters) long and weighs about 1.8 tons (1.






Categories: MSNBC

A Biden Running in 2016: Beau Biden Plans Gov Run

10 hours 53 min ago
At least one member of the Biden family is running in 2016.Beau Biden, the attorney general of Delaware and the son of Vice President Joe Biden, won't seek reelection to his AG post and will instead run for governor in 2016, he announced Thursday.






Categories: MSNBC

Landfill on the High Seas: Why's the Ocean Full of Trash?

10 hours 53 min ago
The search for flight MH370 that has now entered its second month and covered tremendous swaths of ocean has brought attention to a pressing environmental issue: the tons of trash floating in the sea.Searchers have found hundreds of objects floating in the remote waters.






Categories: MSNBC

Pick Up Your Pencils: Get A Sneak Peek of the New SAT

11 hours 8 min ago

The College Board released the sample test questions, offering clues to how the revised college entrance exam will look when it rolls out.








Categories: MSNBC

Sluggish Home Prices Leave Millions Underwater

11 hours 39 min ago
For millions of Americans still stuck in homes with mortgages bigger that the house is worth, the long slog back to dry land is getting longer.






Categories: MSNBC

Meet the Wal-Mart of Money Transfer Services. It's Inside Wal-Mart.

11 hours 39 min ago
Wal-Mart Stores said Thursday it will partner with Ria Money Transfer to launch Walmart-2-Walmart Money Transfer Service, a program that will allow customers to transfer money to and from more than 4,000 of its stores.Through the service, customers can transfer as much as $50 for $4.






Categories: MSNBC

Tornado-Ravaged Moore, Oklahoma Toughens Building Codes

12 hours 10 min ago
It's been almost a year since a massive tornado hit Moore, Okla., killing 24 people and injuring almost 400.Thursday, the city became the first in the country to adopt rules specifically to prevent extensive tornado damage with tough new residential building codes.






Categories: MSNBC

Pistorius Trial a Battle of Bigwig Lawyers

12 hours 10 min ago

As the trial of Oscar Pistorius continues, prosecutor Gerrie Nel, also known as “The Pitbull,” and lead defense lawyer Barry Roux, one of South Africa’s most expensive attorneys, are the focus of public attention. NBC national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reports.








Categories: MSNBC

America Must Rev Up to Stay Ahead of China: Commentary

12 hours 10 min ago
In real terms, the U.S. economy expanded by a total of $290 billion dollars in 2013. With some minor adjustments, that's essentially the amount of extra income created by the nation as a whole. It also represents the increase in the purchasing power of its residents.






Categories: MSNBC

Lie Back and Relax: Orangutan Submits to Exam After Shooting

12 hours 26 min ago
A staff member conducts a medical exam on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun pellets embedded in his body at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Center in Indonesia on Wednesday. The orangutan was rescued the day before.






Categories: MSNBC

'Beer Can Race' Turns Deadly as Yacht Hits Buoy

12 hours 41 min ago

Other boats in the area struggled to reach the damaged boat due to the shallow water, official says.








Categories: MSNBC

Experts: Pistorius Trial a Battle of Popular Lawyers

12 hours 41 min ago

As the trial of Oscar Pistorius continues, prosecutor Gerrie Nel, also known as “The Pitbull,” and lead defense lawyer Barry Roux, one of South Africa’s most expensive attorneys, are the focus of public attention. NBC national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reports.








Categories: MSNBC

Whale Meets Grisly End in New York City

12 hours 57 min ago
A 55-foot-long whale is being dissected after it was found dead on the bow of a container ship in New York harbor.The finback whale was towed to an Army Corps of Engineers station in Jersey City, N.J., after it was found at the weekend.






Categories: MSNBC

Prince Peers Over Precipice, Aussies Hold Breath

12 hours 57 min ago
Prince William stood on the edge of a 300-foot cliff Thursday as he and his wife Catherine visited Australia’s Blue Mountains. The pair observed a group abseiling near the town of Katoomba."I think he made everyone a bit nervous.






Categories: MSNBC

Nuns 'Just Want to Have Fun' on 'Voice of Italy'

12 hours 57 min ago

The Battle round pitted the 25-year-old nun against 23-year-old Luna Palumbo, and the ladies dueled to Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."








Categories: MSNBC

Is America Ready For Hillary the Hawk?

12 hours 57 min ago
Hillary the HawkAs the violence and rhetoric escalates in Ukraine, associates and allies of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- with 2016 on the horizon -- are making the case that she’s a bigger hawk than the president when it comes to using military power.






Categories: MSNBC

Taliban Talks at Standstill as Pakistani Militants Cancel Truce

12 hours 57 min ago
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The Pakistani Taliban has formally ended a 40-day truce, saying the government had stepped up attacks during the cease-fire and refused to release hundreds of prisoners as the militants demanded.






Categories: MSNBC

Lorde Meets 'Royals' Inspiration: Former Ballplayer George Brett

12 hours 57 min ago

The New Zealand pop star wasn't inspired by kings and queens for her mega hit; instead, a Kansas City baseball player caught her attention.








Categories: MSNBC