February 10, 2016
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With Rand Paul out of the running, the Kentucky senator's former campaign manager is joining up with another Republican presidential candidate: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Both Paul and Rubio's campaigns confirmed Wednesday that Chip Englander will now serve as a senior political adviser for the Midwest to Rubio's campaign. Paul suspended his presidential bid last week.

The announcement follows Rubio's disappointing fifth-place finish in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday after a shaky performance in the Granite State's GOP debate Saturday. With the addition of Englander to the team, Rubio's campaign hopes to capitalize on his connections to Paul's supporters. Becca Stanek

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On Monday's Full Frontal, Samantha Bee lit into Great Britain for voting to leave the European Union — or at least the parts of the UK that did vote to leave. "What were you thinking England and Wales?" she asked. "Screwing over the rest of the world by voting stupidly? That's our job." She sourly noted that anti-immigration fervor seemed to be the deciding factor for the Leave campaign, and saved some special scorn for leading Breixt advocate and "insufferable frog-faced wanker" Nigel Farage.

Then she noted that Donald Trump immediately waded into the Brexit melee, landing in Scotland — which voted heavily to Remain in the EU — and congratulating it on taking its country back. "Oh boy, you just confused England and Scotland — they love that," Bee said. "Trump immediately got dragged by British Twitter — it's like Black Twitter, except 87 percent not," she added. "Gee, I wish I had a real Scotsman to read their tweets to you." David Tennant, the previous regeneration of Doctor Who, stepped up, and his recitation of some choice 140-character invectives was like the Jimmy Kimmel "mean tweets" bits, but with a Scottish brogue, without the sad music, and much more NSFW. Watch below. Peter Weber

2:09 a.m. ET

"While the Brits were waking up in the ruins of their nation and saying, 'Oh god, what have we done?'" said Samantha Bee on Monday's Full Frontal, "a lot of Americans were looking over and saying 'Oh god, what are we about to do?'" The warning rant from Van Jones about how Brexit equals President Trump was a little over-the-top for Bee, but she saw where he was coming from: "The Brexit vote was driven by angry, less-educated white voters who feel screwed by globalization and the establishment, and have been fed a chip buddy of xenophobia slathered in slogan sauce."

Bee told America to calm down. "American shouldn't be complacent, but you also shouldn't panic and move to Canada — Canada asked me to say that," she said. "America is not Britain. Being not Britain is pretty much central to the whole America brand." First, America has been doing immigration for centuries, while Britain, until the late 20th century, hadn't really dealt with a big influx of foreigners since 1066. Second, Britain is much whiter and more homogenous than the U.S. "And you know the other thing America has that Britain lacks?" she asked. "A butt-ton of evangelical Christians. Thank God! Yeah, you heard that right."

"So take heart," Bee said. "I mean, we can still wreck everything if we forget to vote — it wouldn't be the first time — but Trump's brand of right-wing, racist, anti-immigrant demagoguery isn't American, it's a European import. And if we're smart, we'll stop it at the border and send it back where it came from." And it's important that America arrest this now, and definitively, she added, noting the uptick of racist bullying in Britain after the Brexit vote. "That really is the worst outcome of Brexit — not the breakup of the EU or the fact that you can now use the British pound as loo paper; it's that the vote made these hateful morons think that over half the country agreed with them," Bee said. "This is why it's not enough for Trump to lose. It has to be a f—ing landslide, 50-state repudiation." Watch Below. Peter Weber

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IKEA is recalling 27 million dressers and chests from its Malm series of products after three children were killed by pieces that tipped over onto them.

Because they "could be a danger," the products are no longer being sold at IKEA stores, IKEA USA President Lars Peterson told NBC News. He also urged people who already own pieces to "please take them out of the room." Last year, the company started a campaign to bring awareness to anchoring furniture, and says it sent out 300,000 anchor kits to customers. Anyone who has purchased a Malm piece is eligible for a free kit, and refunds will also be offered.

The statistics are scary: The Consumer Product Safety Commission says every 24 minutes, a child goes to the emergency room after being hit by a falling piece of furniture or TV, and every two weeks, a child dies. A Malm dresser killed 2-year-old Cullen Collas; his mother, Jackie Collas, found him in his room pinned between the dresser and his bed. The dresser was not anchored to the wall, and Collas told NBC News she "had never heard of that before." Her goal now is to "just spread the word about anchoring anything that could fall." Catherine Garcia

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Researchers at Stanford University uncovered some good news deep underneath California: groundwater in aquifers 1,000 to 3,000 feet underground.

With this discovery, the team found that the state has three times more groundwater than earlier estimated, the Los Angeles Times reports. "It's not often that you find a 'water windfall,' but we just did," study co-author Robert Jackson told Stanford News Service.

Because the water source is so much deeper than traditional aquifers, it would likely cost a lot of money to get to it and require special engineering. The researchers also said that the quality of the water is questionable, and desalination might be necessary. The study was published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Catherine Garcia

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On Monday, Turkey restored full diplomatic relations with Israel, a former ally estranged for six years, and apologized to Russia for shooting down a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border last November. There are financial reasons for both acts of rapprochement: Restoring ties with Israel cleared the way for natural gas deals that will move gas from Israel to Turkey, and from Turkey to Europe; and Russian President Vladimir Putin had demanded the apology before he would consider lifting sanctions on the import of Turkish goods and exports of Russian tourists to Turkey.

Last Nov. 24, Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian Su-24 in the mountainous Turkish-Syria border area; the pilot was killed, and a Russian marine was shot dead in a helicopter rescue attempt. On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent Putin a letter apologizing for the downing and informing "the family of the deceased Russian pilot that I share their pain and to offer my condolences to them," according to a statement from Erdogan's spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that "the letter states, in particular, that Russia is a friend to Turkey and a strategic partner, with which the Turkish authorities would not wish to spoil relations."

Turkish-Israeli ties were greatly strained after Israel launched a military raid in 2010 on Turkish aid ship the Mavi Marmara, en route to Gaza, killing 10 Turkish activists. Erdogan has since alienated Europe over his hardline on Syrian refugees and increasingly authoritarian policies, the U.S. over Turkey's attacks on Kurdish fighters aiding the U.S. to battle the Islamic State, and Iran by demanding the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"Turkey had been going through a deep sense of isolation for the past few years, having switched from its famous 'zero problems with neighbors' policy to a place where they had no neighbors without problems,” Asli Aydintasbas at the European Council on Foreign Relations tells The New York Times. "This was the loneliest point in the history of the republic — Qatar and Saudi Arabia looking like the government's only real friends." Erdogan is also dealing with a domestic insurgency and economic downturn, she added. "At the core of the decision to mend ties with Israel and Russia is an existential need for survival." Peter Weber

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Under Virginia state law, party delegates must vote for the candidate who received the most votes in the primary, and that's a problem for Republican Beau Correll, who would rather vote for literally anyone other than Donald Trump.

Correll filed a federal lawsuit on Friday, seeking the freedom to vote for someone besides Trump during next month's Republican National Convention. A Ted Cruz supporter, Correll told CBS News that Virginia's law violates his First Amendment rights. "The government should not compel members of a private association how to vote in that association," he said.

After Cruz dropped out of the race, Correll said he gave Trump a chance, but he's made too many blunders. "Donald Trump does not exhibit the judgment, the competency for the highest office in the land," he said, adding that both his poll and fundraising numbers are "anemic." A former general counsel to the Republican National Committee, David Norcross, doesn't see the lawsuit as changing anything. "There is no other person involved," he told CBS News. "And [there's] the old saying — 'You can't be somebody with nobody.'" Catherine Garcia

June 27, 2016

Key evidence in a Michigan murder trial could come courtesy of the victim's 19-year-old African grey parrot, Bud.

Prosecutor Robert Springstead said he is studying the bird's words to see if they can be admissible in court. "It's an interesting novelty and it's been a great opportunity for me to learn about African parrots," he told the Detroit Free Press. Bud's owner, Martin Duram, was shot and killed in May 2015, and ever since, the parrot has repeated the phrase, "Don't f—ing shoot," The Guardian reports. Duram's ex-wife, Christina Keller, now owns Bud, and she told WOOD TV he is "using Marty's voice. It imprinted in his brain, and he can't let it go." Duram's wife, Glenna, is on trial for the murder, and she survived a self-inflicted gunshot to the head sustained on the day he was killed.

In 1993, the public defender of a man accused of murdering his business associate in Santa Rosa, California, wanted the court to hear that her parrot, Max, was in the house at the time of her murder and had started to repeat the phrase, "No, Richard, no, no, no." The suspect's name was Gary Rasp, and the public defender, Charles Ogulnick, told The Guardian he made the argument that it "wasn't hearsay, it was a recording device." An expert said it's likely the bird would accurately repeat words heard during a stressful situation, but it didn't matter — the judge said no, and Rasp was convicted and is serving a life sentence. Catherine Garcia

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