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    “He says ours is an insult-driven campaign,” Mike Pence said at the vice presidential debate about Tim Kaine, noting the time Hillary Clinton called Trump supporters “a basket of deplorables.”

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    Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence speaks during the vice-presidential debate with Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence speaks during the vice-presidential debate with Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.

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    The vice presidential candidates had center stage Tuesday night for their only debate of the campaign — and Donald Trump was right there with them. On Twitter.

    The Republican presidential candidate, famous for unleashing searing and often self-destructive insults in the early morning hours, live-tweeted the match-up between his running-mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, the Democrat of Virginia. His tweets, though, were relatively restrained.

    Clinton, whose Twitter account before the debate featured barbs directed at both Pence and Trump, planned to watch the debate at her home in Chappaqua without Twitter, according to her aides. 

    The event at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, came a week after the first debate between Trump and Clinton and a bad stretch for the New York businessman. He was criticized for a poor debate performance and prolonged attacks — on Twitter — on a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, over her weight. Then tax records obtained by The New York Times showed a $900 million loss on his 1995 returns, which could have allowed him to avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years.

    The tweets on Clinton’s Twitter page reminded people of those problems.

    "Number of times Trump has tweeted at @Rosie: 65," read one, a reference to his put-downs of Rosie O’Donnell, whom he has called a slob with a fat, ugly face. "Number of times Trump has tweeted in support of Mike Pence, his running mate: 21."

    Pence was portrayed in a short video as a mirror of Trump, "Mike Pence: a divisive, anti-woman, anti-LGBT, anti-worker extremist. No wonder Trump picked him."

    As the debate began, Trump quickly referenced a tweet that called Kaine a liar, and said that Marines and the military were scared of "the liar running," using the hashtag Benghazi. Both men have sons who are Marines and Kaine had said he trusted his son's life to Clinton.

    "The thought of Donald Trump as commander-in-chief scares us to death," Kaine said.

    Trump, responding to others, agreed that Kaine looked like a fool — and like an evil crook out of the Batman movies.

    Clinton, he said, "sneers at millions of average Americans," he said, linking to her comment at a fund raiser that half of Trump's supporters could be put into a "basket of deplorables."

    He tweeted a link to reporters' observations that Pence was dominating the start of the debate with his quiet demeanor — though not to others that noted Pence did not try to defend Trump.

    And Trump leaped on Clinton's "careless" use of a private email server while secretary of state, repeating his assertion that she put the national security of the country at risk.

    The debate, more acrimonious than many expected, was characterized by the men often talking over each other — with Kaine in particular interrupting at the start. Kaine frequently repeated Trump's words to Pence, which Pence often denied.

    Clinton's team meanwhile was tweeting some of Kaine's debate zingers.

    "Donald Trump can't start a Twitter war with Miss Universe without shooting himself in the foot," it tweeted. 

    And in response to Trump having said that not paying taxes made him smart, "Guess that makes all the rest of us stupid."



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    The vice presidential candidates took the stage for their only debate of the campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in Fairfax, Virginia. Republican nominee Donald Trump live tweeted the match-up between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine.The vice presidential candidates took the stage for their only debate of the campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in Fairfax, Virginia. Republican nominee Donald Trump live tweeted the match-up between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine.

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    A page on the Republican National Committee's website declared Mike Pence the winner of the vice presidential debate Tuesday — before the match-up even began.

    "The consensus was clear after the dust settled, Mike Pence was the clear winner of the debate," read a version of the page saved by Google.

    Pence's top moments from the debate, according to the web pages, which have since been taken down? The economy and highlighting Hillary Clinton's scandals.

    The other clear winner of the evening was Donald Trump, the GOP declared.

    The RNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the pages. It was not clear why and for how long the pages were live online.

    The pages were no longer live by 7:30 p.m. ET and the URLs linked to an error page, featuring a wisecrack about Hillary Clinton.

    Other headlines on the site offered more apparent talking points: "It's Clear Who Lost the VP Debate, Hillary Clinton," "5 Questions Tim Kaine was NOT Asked," and "10 Things Voters are Saying About the Debate."

    Google periodically saves versions of web pages as a backup in case the page goes down, and keeps the pages accessible to searches. According to NBC News, reporters spotted the web pages on GOP.com on Twitter shortly after 7 p.m., two hours before the debate was to begin.



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    A page on GOP.com, cached by Google on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2016, at 4:55 p.m. ET., showed article titled, A page on GOP.com, cached by Google on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2016, at 4:55 p.m. ET., showed article titled, "Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate," that appeared to have been posted before that debate began.

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    A day after Bill Clinton slammed the Affordable Care Act as the "craziest thing in the world," he the former president reversed course, NBC News reported, saying Tuesday that President Obama's signature legislation did a "world of good."

    "Look, the Affordable Health Care Act did a world of good, and the fifty-something efforts to repeal it that the Republicans have ... were a terrible mistake," Clinton said at an event in Athens, Ohio.

    Clinton's initial remark came Monday, when he criticized the law for the effect flooding the health care market with new customers had on small businesses and people who didn't qualify for government subsidies.

    Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, tweeted Tuesday that Bill Clinton's comments were "just delicious."



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    In this Sept. 21, 2016, file photo, former President Bill Clinton delivers a speech during the annual Clinton Global Initiative in New York City.In this Sept. 21, 2016, file photo, former President Bill Clinton delivers a speech during the annual Clinton Global Initiative in New York City.

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  • 10/04/16--12:01: Hurricane Matthew in Photos

  • Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, as Category 4 storm and was expected to cause major damage. It was headed for southeastern Cuba and then into the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for South Florida.

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    Waves crash against a seawall in Baracoa, Cuba, Oct. 4, 2016, before the arrival of Hurricane Matthew.Waves crash against a seawall in Baracoa, Cuba, Oct. 4, 2016, before the arrival of Hurricane Matthew.

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    With the first presidential debate in the books, all eyes turned to the candidates for vice president. Tim Kaine and Mike Pence faced off Tuesday night in their one and only debate, and FactCheck.org and PolitiFact fact checked the candidates' statements in real time.



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    Vice presidential nominees Tim Kaine (left) and Mike Pence on stage at Longwood University on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, in Farmville, Virginia, when the pair debated for the only time in the 2016 presidential campaign.Vice presidential nominees Tim Kaine (left) and Mike Pence on stage at Longwood University on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, in Farmville, Virginia, when the pair debated for the only time in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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    A boy in Sterling Heights, Michigan,was scratched by knife-wielding clown. Shortly after that attack, a group of women reported another incident less than two miles away.

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    Contrary to Donald Trump’s claims that he understands the tax code “better than anyone,” an attorney who worked with the Republican presidential candidate said he had little interest in the laws, NBC News reported.

    Jack Mitnick, a former tax advisor for Trump, said Trump had no time nor patience to learn the tax codes during the time he worked with the billionaire, through late 1996. Mitnick oversaw the 1995 tax filing, a portion of which was published by The New York Ties, showing a $916 million loss. He claimed that Trump had no involvement in the filing. 

     

    detailing a $916 million loss. He claimed that Trump had no involvement in the filing.detailing a $916 million loss. He claimed that Trump had no involvement in the filing. 

     

    "He was interested in the bottom line, not the detail," Mitnick said on NBC's "Today" show. "Staff under my supervision did his returns - he had no involvement in the preparation."

    It is still unclear whether Trump used his 1995 filing to avoid paying any federal income taxes. Mitnick could not comment.



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    In this file photo, republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of supporters during a campaign rally on Oct. 4, 2016, in Prescott Valley, Arizona.In this file photo, republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of supporters during a campaign rally on Oct. 4, 2016, in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

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    A Lexington, Kentucky woman is facing charges after allegedly abusing a disabled 4-year-old boy left in her care. Tiffany Fields' son Luke has Down's Syndrome, heart defects, and epilepsy. He needs constant care, so Tiffany said that a woman from a local home health care service, Lillian D. White, started watching Luke back in June. The family's attorney, Dale Golden, said that they noticed behavior changes with Luke, so Tiffany set up a nanny cam. "Once she looked at it, to her shock, she saw that her child was not only being physically abused but also verbally abused," said Golden.

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    A simple act of kindness caught on camera has captured hearts across the internet. Indiana State Capitol Police Sgt. Precious Cornner-Jones was at a high-five rally put on by her pastor when a small boy caught her eye. "He just came through looking all sad and I was, like, 'What's wrong, buddy?' Then I just went up, hugged him and twirled him around and put him down and I noticed he was, like...then he just fell to the ground," she said. She gave her phone to the pastor who, unbeknownst to her, captured the touching moment.

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    A cruise ship destined for Turks and Caicos turned into an unexpected, unplanned and unwanted trip to New York City for 1,600 passengers when Hurricane Matthew began barreling into the voyage's path. 

    The Carnival cruise was scheduled to head to the archipelago southeast of the Bahamas from Baltimore on Sunday, but the ship instead docked in New York City when the hurricane hit the islands. From New York, Carnival planned an alternate trip north to Canada, but because of the weather, that too was canceled.

    The ship now plans to return to Baltimore, but passengers say if they're going home anyway, they'd rather get there sooner rather than later, especially if it means they need to prepare for the hurricane possibly hitting the mid-Atlantic coast. 

    But the ship isn't leaving Pier 88 off the West Side Highway until Wednesday evening, angering passengers who want to get home sooner and also want a refund. 

    "I cannot afford to pay $3,500 to ride from Baltimore to New York," said Fred Loney, 74, who had been looking forward to the trip he'd planned with his wife for a year. "That's basically what I've done." 

    Another woman wrote to NBC 4 saying, "Everybody would like to get home to Baltimore and get back to their properties to protect them and prepare for the hurricane, especially since we have the time now that we're not sailing anywhere."  

    Carnival told NBC 4 New York in a statement that prior to the start of the trip, "guests had the option of canceling and receiving a full refund. Those who opted to sail on the cruise are receiving a $250-per-person shipboard credit and a 50-percent future cruise discount." 

    But Loney said, "I want my money back and to be clear of this, and if you cannot provide the service, you need to provide the funds that we paid you back." 

    Loney said he now plans to rent a car Wednesday morning and drive back down to Baltimore instead of waiting for the ship to depart New York Wednesday evening and return to Baltimore Sunday morning. The company says passengers have the option to leave on their own if they want. 

    "We sincerely apologize for this disruption to our guests' vacation plans. Given the unpredictability of tropical weather systems, and with guest and crew safety as our foremost priority, we are taking a prudent course of action to keep the ship out of harm's way and provide our guests with a safe and enjoyable vacation experience," a Carnival spokeswoman said. 



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    Carnival cruise ship docked at Pier 88 in NYCCarnival cruise ship docked at Pier 88 in NYC

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    Farmers across eastern North Carolina are in the fields trying to get a jump on Hurricane Matthew. The storm comes at a crucial time for peanut farmers like Lee Swinson. The Duplin County farmer says harvest for his crop begins at the end of September to early October. He said each year they fill 300 trucks of peanuts, but because they just began harvest, only 12 trucks have been topped off.

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    A Southwest Airlines flight was evacuated Wednesday morning after a Samsung Note 7 phone started smoking in the cabin, passengers and crew say.

    The crew on-board the Boeing 737 noticed the smoke while parked at a gate Louisville International Airport about 9:20 a.m., about 10 minutes before they were to depart for Baltimore, the FAA confirms.

    "You hear about the phones having these issues, you wonder how likely is it to happen?" Brian Green said in Louisville, after he said his Samsung phone started smoking in his pocket. "You just never think those things are going to happen to you."

    Wednesday morning Green said he was listening to instructions from the flight crew who were asking passengers to turn off Galaxy Note 7 phones.

    "They asked everyone with a Note Seven to power down their phones, I was powering it down, I hit the button on the side, the menu came up, I shut down the phone, saw it was going through the power down cycle," he recalled.

    "So I put the phone in my pocket, and within a few seconds I heard a pop, kind of like a Ziploc bag popping open," he said. "I looked around to see what was going on, and I had smoke just billowing out of my clothes and out of my pocket."

    He said he took the still-smoking phone out of his pocket and quickly threw it on the floor, where it badly burned the carpeting and filled the cabin with thick smoke.

    "It was probably filling up two rows in front of us, and two rows behind us, with pretty thick smoke," he said.

    Green said it’s the first time he powered down the phone since he picked it up as a recall replacement phone a few weeks ago.

    “Especially with this being a recalled device, or a replaced device, I should say, it’s definitely more concerning to me,” Green said.

    All 75 passengers and crew of SWA Flight 944 to Baltimore were evacuated without incident and re-booked on other flights.

    Wednesday afternoon at Dallas Love Field, the warnings about the Samsung Note 7 started at the gate.

    "Folks, if you have a Samsung Note 7, we've all heard about those," said a Southwest gate agent over the speaker system. 

    The warnings did not appear universal, though, with some gate agents making the announcement and others not.

    "They specifically say, 'The Note 7s, you have to turn off,'" said passenger Scott Kupferberg, as he waited for his Southwest flight. "I don't think it's going to blow up the plane. It might catch the person who owns it on fire." 

    In September, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission urged all consumers who own a Samsung Galaxy Note7 to power them down and stop charging or using the device after a number of the devices caught fire during charging or normal use.

    In a statement Wednesday, Southwest encouraged all travelers to comply with the FAA Pack Safe guidelines -- which stipulate a product subject to a safety recall related to a hazardous material (battery) must not be carried aboard an aircraft or in baggage unless the recalled product/component has been replaced or repaired or otherwise made safe per manufacturer/vendor instructions.

    Plenty of passengers at the airline's hub at Dallas Love Field want the TSA to begin refusing to allow passengers through security if they see a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone; and they want airline gate-agents to make an announcement saying those devices are banned from their flights.

    They say Wednesday's incident is proof enough that the current policy doesn't keep passengers safe.

    "If something goes wrong on a flight, there’s generally very little you can do to correct the situation. It’s going to be disastrous," said Dallas Southwest customer Vino Vitthala.

    For nearly a month, Southwest gate-agents make an announcement asking passengers about to board on a flight to turn off their Galaxy Note 7 Phones.

    "I personally think they should just ban the Galaxy 7 from all flights. They should at least come out and say, if you have a Galaxy 7 you can’t board the flight. That’s it," Vitthala said in Dallas, noting that it wouldn't be a fool-proof system but that it would make an immediate impact.

    A Southwest spokeswoman told NBC 5 late Wednesday afternoon: “Safety is our top priority and we will continue to monitor this situation and follow the FAA guidelines.”

    Spokeswoman Lori Crabtree added, “at this time, our Operations Agents will continue to make PA announcements in the gate areas during the boarding process and, prior to each flight, our Flight Attendants will continue to make announcements before leaving the gate regarding the Samsung recall.  

    The FAA said it’s looking into NBC 5’s questions on whether its federal guidance to airlines will soon change.

    Passengers also noted that when they go through TSA security there are no warnings or reminders about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone problems.

    TSA Public Information Officer Carrie Harmon said it is an “FAA issue” and deferred questions to them.

    The current FAA guidance says: “The FAA strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge”  the Galaxy Note 7 phones . The guideline also asks passengers not to put their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones in checked luggage, either.

    An FAA spokesman said there’s only been “two or three” incidents like this over the last month and that they are still investigating the flight 944 incident.

    Samsung issued a voluntary recall and exchange program on certain Galaxy Note 7 devices with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The affected devices were sold in the U.S. before Sept. 15, 2016. To determine if your Galaxy Note 7 needs to be replaced, click here.

    NBC 5's Noelle Walker contributed to this report.


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    A Utah couple was confused after receiving a $39.95 charge for "skin-to-skin contact" on a bill from their hospital after the birth of their child. Though it first seemed like a charge for holding the baby, the hospital told NBC's "Today" show the charge was to cover the cost of having an additional caregiver in the operating room.

    The hospital issued a statement, saying they can't comment on a specific bill without consent from the patient due to privacy laws but added that, "in general, Utah Valley Hospital is an advocate for skin-to-skin contact between a mother and newborn directly after birth."

    "In the case of a c-section, where the bedside caregiver is occupied caring for the mother during surgery, an additional nurse is brought into the OR to allow the infant to remain in the OR suite with the mother," the statement said. "This is to ensure both patients remain safe. There is an additional charge associated with bringing an extra caregiver into the OR. The charge is not for holding the baby, but for the additional caregiver needed to maintain the highest levels of patient safety."



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    Image of the Utah family that was charged to hold the baby.Image of the Utah family that was charged to hold the baby.

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    Donald Trump's charitable foundation made many financial contributions to several conservative nonprofits that are important to winning the GOP nomination, NBC News reported.

    The foundation, which Trump initially financed with his own money but has been funded by outside donors since 2008, gave $286,000 to these prominent groups, according to tax filings first reported by RealClearPolitics. The groups included Iowa's Family Leader, South Carolina Palmetto Family Council, the American Conservatives Union and Citizens United.

    Together, the donations paint a picture of the wealthy businessman using charity-earmarked money to build relationships with conservative activists in early voting states.

    The donations are the latest window into a foundation that is already being investigated for possible wrongdoing: The New York Attorney general sent a cease-and-desist letter to the foundation last week, saying it didn't have the proper certification to solicit donations in the state.



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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a rally on Sept. 29, 2016, in Bedford, New Hampshire. New reports show that his foundation made donations to important nonprofit group's within the conservative movement.Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a rally on Sept. 29, 2016, in Bedford, New Hampshire. New reports show that his foundation made donations to important nonprofit group's within the conservative movement.

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    The U.S. Secret Service investigated a Virginia military veteran for making threats in February to shoot Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to a police investigation released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General.

    The man acknowledged having firearms, including a 12-gauge shotgun, in his home and told a neighbor he intended to see Trump at a Virginia event days before he was investigated, according to the police report obtained by the News4 I-Team under the Freedom of Information Act.

    While under questioning, the veteran told investigators he was “messing around” and did not truly intend to shoot Trump, the police report said.

    The name of the veteran and details on criminal charges have been withheld from the report.

    According to the report, the veteran told investigators, “Trump is creating problems instead of helping people." The report also said the veteran told investigators, “He was going to see Trump when he was in Virginia last week, but as he was leaving with his gun, his neighbor stopped him and asked what he was going to do ... and he replied 'shoot Trump,' thought about it and then told himself ‘I can’t do this’ and went back inside his house.”

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    Trump has made multiple campaign visits to Virginia in 2016.

    According to the report, the U.S. Secret Service responded to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond in less than an hour after being notified about the veteran’s threat. An agency spokesman declined to offer immediate comment on the incident.



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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Radford University's Dedmon Arena in Radford, Virginia, Feb. 29.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Radford University's Dedmon Arena in Radford, Virginia, Feb. 29.

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  • 10/05/16--12:53: Child Born Without Ears

  • A young girl is thriving, despite being born without external ear structure.

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    Internet retail giant Amazon could soon offer beer and wine delivery service in two Ohio locations.

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    The nation's largest shopping mall has officially taken a stand against Thanksgiving Day shopping, as Mall of America announced Wednesday it will be closed for the holiday. 

    The mall tweeted Wednesday morning that it will be closed for Thanksgiving, saying it is "pleased to give this day back to our 15,000 employees and their families."

    "See you Black Friday," the mall wrote. 

    Last year, stores like Target and Wal-Mart announces they would open their doors for the November national holiday.

    Meanwhile, companies like Nordstrom have remained closed. 

    “We've been talking about this for months, looking at the numbers, looking at the pros and the cons,” Jill Renslow, the mall's senior vice president of marketing and business development, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We're excited to give this day back to our employees so they can celebrate with their families.”



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    In this Oct. 27, 2010 file photo, an entrance to the Mall of America is seen in Bloomington, Minn.In this Oct. 27, 2010 file photo, an entrance to the Mall of America is seen in Bloomington, Minn.

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    In the fiscal year 2016, from Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016, the U.S. welcomed a record number of Muslim refugees, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the State Department's Refugee Processing Center, NBC News reported.

    Of the 85,000 refugees who entered the country, 38,901, or 46 percent, were Muslim, Pew found. Similarly, 44 percent of refugees were Christian. This was the first time in a decade that there was a larger percentage of Muslim refugees than Christian. More than half of the refugees originated from Syria and Somalia.

    The Obama administration set the goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the fiscal year, and its goal was met by the end of August. The administration has faced opposition from a number of states that fear the admittance of refugees could spur terroristic ties.



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    File photo: Syrian refugee children play as they wait with their families to register their names at the U.S. center for refugees during a media tour held by the US embassy in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, April 6, 2016.File photo: Syrian refugee children play as they wait with their families to register their names at the U.S. center for refugees during a media tour held by the US embassy in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

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