nbcnews In the name of journalism, NBC News’ Kevin Tibbles took one for the team and slid down Verrückt, the world's tallest water slide ever made, which opens Thursday at @schlitterbahnwaterparks in Kansas City. Riders must climb 264 steps to reach the top of the 17-story attraction, which sends them plummeting on three-person rafts more than 60 mph down a steep ramp and back up a 55-foot hill. See more at nbcnews.com/nightly-news. (video:@NBCNightlyNews) #NBCNewsVideo #Summer #WaterSlide #Selfie #Kansas 3d

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nbcnews Aya, a 14-year-old Syrian refugee, was seriously injured when a bomb fell on her family’s home in mid-March. Her skull was broken and she lost her memory. But she survived, and each week her condition improves. “[She] can remember me and her father, and her brother,” Aya’s mother, Ibtesam, said. But she doesn’t recall anything about the bombing. “I told her what happened to our home, about the helicopter, the barrel bomb.” Aya still does not know that her little sister Iman was killed in the same bombing that injured her.

Search “Syrian Family” on NBCNews.com to learn more about their struggles. (Image: @ivorprickett / @panospictures for NBC News) #NBCNewsPics
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nbcnews Do you have what it takes to play professional baseball? Every June through late July, the Major League Scouting Bureau organizes a series of come one, come all events for hopefuls of any age. It’s an opportunity for under-privileged, overlooked players to be evaluated by some of the game’s most accomplished prophets. “It doesn’t happen much,” says Tim Osborne, who runs the bureau’s scouting operation in the southeast, “but it does happen.” Search “open tryouts” on NBCNews.com and read “Wanna Play for the Major Leagues?” for the complete story. (Video: John @Makely/NBC News) #NBCNewsVideo 1w

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nbcnews Today, 73 immigrants from 39 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Venezuela, celebrated America’s birthday by being sworn in as U.S. citizens. The naturalization ceremony at Monticello, the former home of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been an Independence Day tradition for 52 years. NBC News asked America’s newest citizens, all Virginia residents, about their journeys to citizenship and hopes for the future. (John Brecher / NBC News) #NBCNewsPics #IndependenceDay 1w

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nbcnews A thunderstorm dazzled New York City with lightning strikes back-dropped by a vivid sunset on Wednesday. See more photos from last night’s storm at NBCNews.to/Photo. (Video: Carissa DiFazio / courtesy @nbcnewyork) #NBCNewsVideo #NYC 1w

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nbcnews Israeli police fired at a crowd of Palestinian protesters and four journalists in east #Jerusalem including #NBCNews correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin’s team. The police fired rubber bullets and hurled stun grenades at the four who wore protective gear labelled "press” and shouted that they were journalists in Hebrew, English and Arabic. Search “Crossfire” on NBCNews.com for more. (Video:@AymanM/NBC News) #NBCNewsVideo 2w

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nbcnews NBC News visits Main Street in Circle, Mont., population 615, for a new special series exploring the meaning of Main Street in America today. The town has been in decline for years, but tax dollars from the proposed Keystone pipeline could inject new life if built. Go to nbcnews.to/photo for more.
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nbcnews Month in Space: Brazil's Sao Simao Reservoir bursts with color in this image photographed by an Expedition 16 crewmember on the International Space Station. This patchwork image marked a milestone of 300,000 images of Earth downlinked from the space station. (Image:@NASA) #NBCNewsPics

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nbcnews Meet Hoda and her children: Saga,6, Norhan, 8, and Rahman, 3. A year ago, she and her husband, Mohammed, fled Syria to Turkey. In Kelis, a Turkish border town, they pitched a tent in a park in the town’s center — determined to keep their family safe despite tragedy. Search “Syrian Families” on NBCNews.com to learn more about their struggles. (Image: @ivorprickett / @panospictures for NBC News) #NBCNewsPics 4w

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nbcnews THE WEEK IN PICTURES: Soldiers seek shade in Rio, Comanche Indians visit Utah Beach, and Vegas police react to the scene of a shooting spree. See the week’s 12 most compelling images at nbcnews.to/Photo
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nbcnews Cameras surround U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel as he prepares to testify before the House Armed Services Committee about the prisoner exchange that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. “War is a dirty business,” he said. “And we don’t like to deal with those realities, but realities they are.” Read the complete story on NBCNews.com. (Image: @frankthorpv/NBC News) #NBCNewsPics 1mon

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nbcnews Hillary Clinton told NBC’s Cynthia McFadden she refused to go along with a request by the 2008 @BarackObama presidential campaign to attack Sarah Palin immediately after she was tapped as Sen. John McCain’s Republican running mate. “I said, ‘Attack her for what — for being a woman? Attack her for being on a ticket that's trying to draw attention? There'll be plenty of time to do what I think you should do in politics, which is draw distinctions.’” Watch the full interview tonight on @NBCNightlyNews and go to NBCNews.com throughout the day for more. (Image:@mrubee / for NBC News) #NBCNewsPics #HillaryClinton #BehindtheScenes 1mon

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nbcnews On the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, Tom Brokaw reflects on how he secretly reported behind the scenes in #Beijing for @NBCNightlyNews from a bicycle. Go to nbcnews.to/flashback to see the complete interview. (Video: NBC News) #NBCNewsVideo #Flashback #TomBrokaw 1mon

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nbcnews Nine-year-old Najua writes in a textbook while her sister sits beside her. Her school in #Syria was bombed, her teacher killed. She and her family fled to Turkey and since then, Najua has not been to school. Right now she can barely read or write... She deserves the chance to have an education.

Follow @Keirsimmons and @ivorprickett of @PanosPictures as they track displaced and anguished Syrian families coping with the violence and fallout of civil war. (Image: @Keirsimmons/NBC News) #NBCNewsPics
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nbcnews Edward Snowden, in an exclusive interview with @NBCNightlyNews anchor Brian Williams, is fighting back against critics who dismissed him as a low-level hacker — saying he was “trained as a spy” and offered technical expertise to high levels of government.

Watch the extended, wide-ranging interview with Williams, his first with a U.S. television network, tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBC, and go to NBCNews.com/InsideSnowden anytime for the complete story. (Video: NBC News) #NBCNewsVideo #InsideSnowden
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nbcnews “Peace, My Brother. Peace, My Sister, Peace, My Soul,” recited Dr. Maya Angelou from her poem, “Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem” in a 2005 appearance on the Today Show.

Angelou, the renowned poet, author and civil rights activist with the unmistakably regal voice, has died. The author of the celebrated autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" was 86 years old.
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nbcnews Alicia Stillman holds a photograph of her daughter, Emily, who died in 2013 at age 19 after contracting a rare meningitis B infection not covered by U.S. vaccines. Stillman says she’ll take a busload of kids to Canada this weekend to make sure they get the shots that could save their lives. Search “Vaccine Vacation” on nbcnews.com/health and read the full story. (Image: Stephen McGee for NBC News) #NBCNewPics #portrait 2mon

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nbcnews Fire crews in Southern California battled nine wildfires ravaging mainly San Diego County for a third day on Thursday after flames whipped by dry winds and intense heat scorched more than 9,000 acres and forced 21,000 people from their homes. See more images @nbcsandiego. (Video: NBC News) #NBCNewsVideo #wildfires 2mon

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nbcnews After years of delays, the museum at ground zero will have a preview opening today, offering a glimpse of the artifacts and stories that mark America’s darkest day. NBC News toured the museum, which includes the antenna from the North Tower of the World Trade Center, fragments from Flight 11 and a fire truck that raced to the chaos. Go to NBCNews.to/photo to see more images from the museum. (John @Makely/NBC News) #NBCNewsPics #Latergram #neverforget #remember911 2mon

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