<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Breaking]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usWed, 24 Aug 2016 18:09:45 -0700Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:09:45 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[ISIS Claims Deadly Airport, Subway Attacks]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:52:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_501781042631.jpg

At least 31 people were killed and scores wounded Tuesday after two explosions rocked the check-in zone of Brussels airport and a third blast hit a metro station in the Belgian capital, in what appeared to be a coordinated attack, NBC News reported.  

Florence Muls, a spokeswoman for the Brussels Airport, said a third bomb has been neutralized at the airport, The Associated Press reported.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to a post by its affiliated Amaq Agency that was deemed legitimate by NBC News counterterrorism consultancy Flashpoint. 

Brussels Mayor Yvan Majeur said an explosion at Maalbeck metro station killed 20 people and injured scores of others. According to the country's ministry of health, 11 people were also killed at the airport. Belgian fire and rescue services said 212 people have been injured, including 30 critically wounded or burned. Three American Mormon missionaries were among the injured and were listed in critical condition after suffering non-life threatening injuries. U.S. military officials said a U.S. service member and four members of his family were also injured in one of the blasts. 

The attacks followed a raid in Brussels on Friday that captured Europe's most wanted man — Salah Abdeslam — in connection with the Paris terror attacks.



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<![CDATA[Heat Wave Causing West LA Outages]]> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 09:19:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/10-10-15-Power_line.jpg

Residents were plagued with power outages in the West Los Angeles area Saturday after intense weekend heat.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported an estimated 4,365 customers without power in West LA near the Sawtelle and Westwood areas Saturday evening.  

At its peak, 6,320 residents had no power as crews worked to make permanent repairs.

Power was restored in the area Sunday morning, the LAWDP said.

At 1:48 p.m. Saturday, most customers had power back, but the station continued to overheat, resulting in the 4,365 customers losing power.

Problems began Friday evening when 10,000 customers in West LA were without power.

Extreme heat conditions caused the equipment at the local substation to lose power.

The LADWP reported that it anticipates continued intermittent outages while these repairs are underway. LADWP said it was necessary to protect the existing equipment from being overloaded and failing, which could trigger larger and longer lasting outages.

There was no estimated time for full restoration, according to the LADWP.

Residents in El Segundo also saw outages affecting traffic signals, residents and businesses, according to the El Segundo Police Department. 

The cause of the outage was unknown, but Southern California Edison was working to restore power, police said. 

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<![CDATA["The Shield" Actor Arrested on Suspicion of Murder in Wife's Death]]> Tue, 20 May 2014 04:14:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/web-stringer-jace_1200x675_261113411553.jpg Actor Michael Jace was arrested on suspicion of murder after his wife, April, was found shot to death in their Los Angeles home.]]> <![CDATA[Downey Building "Total Loss" After Blaze]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:47:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/DOWNEY+FIRE+ONSCENE+CAP.PNG

A commercial office building in Downey is destroyed after a massive fire ripped through it early Thursday morning.

The building's owner told NBC4's Ted Chen that the structure is a "total loss." Firefighters were able to remove two computers in the hopes of salvaging them, but little else appears savable.

The structure was home to the offices of a chiropractor, a few accountants and a real estate agency among others.

The fire, which might have been caused by a gas leak, was reported just after 2 a.m. at the 10000 block of Paramount Boulevard, Battalion Chief Bruce English said. Firefighters reported a partial roof collapse during the attack.

When units arrived on scene, they had a "fully involved north side of the structure with fire through the roof," English said. "We had units go into the structure and had an aggressive firefighter attack."

Firefighters were evacuated from inside the structure when the roof and interior structure of the building were close to collapsing, officials said.

The cause was being investigated by arson investigators on scene, English said. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

Neighbors told NBC4's Adrian Arambulo and Ted Chen that they heard a loud explosion prior to the start of the fire.

Because the cause of the fire may be gas-related, all gas in the area has been shut off.

A SigAlert was issued for Paramount Boulevard between 5th Street and 6th Street for an undetermined time.

There is no estimate on the total amount of damage yet.

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<![CDATA[One Dead In South Los Angeles Home Fire]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:34:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/Fatal+Fire.PNG

A body was found after firefighters put out a blaze to a one-story home in South Los Angeles Saturday night.

The fire was reported about 10:40 p.m. at 323 East 106th Street, officials said. A man was found beyond medical help, said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Arson investigators said the house fire appears to be suspicious

Smoke alarms were present in the home but it was unknown whether or not they were operational, Main said.

Neighbors said the man who died lived at the home with a woman he called his wife and their two children.

 

Fire officials said it will take a week to determine the official cause of this house fire.

LAFD returned to the neighborhood Sunday morning to distribute smoke alarms, batteries and fire safety information to residents.

Firefighters were going to distribute smoke alarms, batteries and safety information around 9:30 a.m. in the area. House fires in Los Angeles County have spiked this year, with more than 10 deaths in just four months. Last year, a total of 20 people died in fires.

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<![CDATA[Egyptian Forces Clear Cairo Mosque of Protesters]]> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:29:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/egypt+protests1.JPG
Egyptian security forces cleared a Cairo mosque Saturday where protesters had taken refuge and organized an open-air morgue and makeshift field hospital for injured supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. As military forces encircled the al-Fath mosque in Ramses Square, gunman positioned on the mosque's minaret fired on the forces below, triggering the ouster of pro-Morsi protesters, The Associated Press reported. Security officials said the raid was prompted by fears that the Muslim Brotherhood planned to stage a sit-in at Ramses Square similar to those broken up by the military on Wednesday. Also Saturday, disturbing video emerged showing an apparently unarmed protester being shot with his arms raised as he walked toward armored vehicles. With Egypt's death toll rising to 800 over four days of violence, the country's interim government said it was mulling whether to ban the Brotherhood. The group, which rose to power in Egypt's first democratic elections a year ago, has been banned for most of its 85-year history, the AP reported.
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<![CDATA[5 Women Die in Limousine Fire on Calif. Bridge]]> Mon, 06 May 2013 03:34:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/limofirenew.jpg

Five women in their 30s died Saturday night when a stretch limousine burst into flames on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge over the San Francisco Bay, police confirmed to NBC News.

Four other people in the limo escaped with burn and smoke inhalation injuries, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said. The car's driver was unhurt. 

Montiel said the women were "probably killed by the fire," though the cause of death has not been confirmed, NBC News reported.

Witnesses told NBC Bay Area the white Lincoln Town Car was not involved in an accident prior to catching on fire. It was not clear what could have sparked the flames. 

The car was driving from Alameda to Foster City, Montiel said.

When asked if an "explosion" had occurred, Montiel told NBC News it was unconfirmed, however he did say the "vehicle was partially engulfed."'

A viewer named David Solomon sent in the picture above that he said of was of the limo.

The fire was first reported around 10 p.m. in the third lane of westbound state Highway 92, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

The bridge, located about 20 miles southeast of San Francisco, connects San Mateo and Alemada counties. The westbound lanes were closed for several hours.

 

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<![CDATA[White House Press Secretary Discusses Conn. School Shooting]]> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 09:55:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/whitehouse4.jpg White House Press Secretary Jay Carney discusses Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

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<![CDATA[911 Call in Seau Suicide Released]]> Sat, 05 May 2012 19:09:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Seau-1_0502.jpg

The 911 call in the suicide of former San Diego Charger Junior Seau was released Friday.

The call details the moments after Junior Seau was discovered dead in his Oceanside home by his girlfriend Megan. Listen to 911 call: Warning graphic

Seau's girlfriend can be heard screaming hysterically, "Oh my God! I  need an ambulance. Oh my God!"

"My boyfriend shot himself," she continued.

Seau, 43, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest Wednesday officials said. A day later, the county's medical examiner confirmed the death was a suicide.

At the beginning of the call, Megan said she had just returned to the home on South Strand Boulevard after working out.

"The gun is just next to him in the bed," she said.

Breathing heavily and crying throughout the call, Seau's girlfriend asks twice "What do I do?

Emergency dispatch workers ask the girlfriend to move the 260-pound linebacker and start CPR.

She puts the phone down and moves Seau. Soon after, you can hear emergency responders arrive to the home and question her about what time she found Seau's body.

Seau was found in one of the bedrooms of the home around 9:30 a.m. Megan told the 911 operator it appeared Seau had shot himself "in the heart."

A handgun was found next to Seau's body however no suicide note was found according to Oceanside police.

Seau became a Charger in 1990 and was voted to 12 consecutive Pro Bowls from 1991 to 2002.

The former Charger got his start at Oceanside High School, where he played football as a linebacker. Seau then became a star linebacker at the University of Southern California before he playing for the Chargers. He was with the Chargers until 2003, and then played for the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots.

He retired from football in 2009, according to the NFL.

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<![CDATA[Nelson Mandela Leaves Hospital]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 06:34:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP071006064407.jpg Former South African President and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, 93, has reportedly left the hospital where he stayed overnight for minor diagnostic surgery to pinpoint the root of a recurrent abdominal complaint. According to NBC News, Mandela underwent a laparoscopy Saturday, a routine procedure in which surgeons make a small incision in the belly to insert a thin, lighted tube to inspect stomach organs. In a statement, the office of sitting South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed that Mandela has gone home and that there is nothing "seriously wrong with him."
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<![CDATA[More Crimes Linked to OC Murder Suspect]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 00:14:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Itzcoatl+Ocampo+AP120114175140.jpg

The suspect in a string of transient murders in Orange County has been linked to additional crimes, according to Anaheim police.

Itzcoatl Ocampo, 23, has been connected with the suspect of another fatal stabbing in Orange County, police said Thursday during a news conference.

Detectives are investigating Ocampo's link to the fatal stabbings of a Yorba Linda woman and her son in October, said Lt. Julian Harvey of the Homeless Homicide Taskforce.

Another man, Eder Herrera, has been charged with those murders, but police suspect Ocampo was also involved.

Police would not comment on the connection between Ocampo and Herrera, but based on the location of the crime, the proximity to his residence and the modus operandi (MO), they are linking the two incidents previously thought to be separate, Harvey said.

Ocampo, an Iraq War veteran, was arrested Jan. 13 and charged with the murders of four homeless men in OC, including Anaheim, Placentia and Yorba Linda.

Police at the time said they were "extremely confident" that they had taken into custody the man responsible for the slayings.

Shortly after his arrest, prosecutors said they would consider seeking the death penalty against. He has been charged in the stabbing deaths of four transients.

"In each of these cases, the violence, the number of stab wounds increased," OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told NBC LA.

An arraignment scheduled for Jan. 18 was postponed, pushing Ocampo's arraignment to Feb. 17. He remains jailed without bail.

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<![CDATA[Tribute Grows for Victims of Seal Beach Massacre]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 15:18:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/7627244_N5PPKGSEALBEACHSALON_722x406_2155386024.jpg Flowers, candles and photographs line the sidewalk outside of the Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, where eight people were killed on Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[SAT Reading Scores Fall to Lowest Level on Record]]> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:00:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-teacher-school-education-15.jpg
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<![CDATA[School Districts Adopt 4-Day School Week]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 11:15:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/classroom+desk+%5Bgenericsla%5D.jpg
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<![CDATA[Rihanna Concert Cut Short by Fire]]> Sat, 09 Jul 2011 15:39:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/179*120/117606867.jpg

R&B star Rihanna's Dallas concert was cut short Friday night by a fire.

The show at the American Airlines Center went off without a hitch until a pyrotechnics display high above the singer caught fire, Dallas Fire-Rescue said Saturday.

Rihanna, dressed in a floor-length canary-colored gown with a bejeweled black and white neckline, quickly exited at stage left as sparks fell to the floor.

Many fans who were lucky enough to score front-row tickets quickly moved toward the exits.

Shortly thereafter, smoke started to fill the arena, the lights came on, and sirens began to go off.

Fans cheered when the fire was put out, but concert-goers were evacuated from the AAC.

Dallas Fire-Rescue said it received calls saying the curtains and part of the stagework caught fire, but the fire was out by the time firefighters arrived.

"DALLAS!!! We set the stage on FYAH tonight!!! LITERALLY!!! I'm so pissed, I was havin so much fun wit yall too!!! I gotta come back man!!" Rihanna tweeted after the stadium was evacuated.

Later on Twitter, she said she was heading into a meeting to find out what happened.

Rihanna also promised on Twitter that she would be back to Dallas.

Dallas Fire-Rescue confirmed that no one was injured in the fire and no citations were issued.



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<![CDATA[Live: Casey Anthony Murder Trial Closing Arguments]]> Sun, 03 Jul 2011 07:35:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CaseyAnthony.C.jpg

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<![CDATA[Japan to Nationalize Nuke Plants: Report]]> Sun, 03 Jul 2011 14:46:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fukushima+Daiichi+plant.jpg Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, may be broken up, The Mainichi Daily News reported Sunday. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku has hatched a plan that would slash the company's holdings from 7 trillion to 1.6 trillion yen. It calls for a sale of the company's power distribution business and for state control of its operations. TEPCO chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata already knows about the proposal, though it has otherwise been kept secret in order not to disrupt markets. Last month, the government helped draft legislation to help TEPCO compensate those impacted by the nuclear plant.
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<![CDATA["500-Year" Flood Overwhelms N.D. City]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2011 14:38:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/minotflooding.jpg

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<![CDATA[Syrians Flee to Lebanon as Army Approaches]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2011 15:45:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/060811+syria+refugees.jpg Hundreds of Syrians fled into Lebanon Saturday as the Syrian regime's military overtook a town near that border and another near the Turkish border. A day earlier, security forces opened fire on demonstrators protesting Bashir Assad's rule. Activists said that 20 people, including two children, were killed, and a Lebanese security official said at least six Syrians who crossed the border had gunshot wounds. Most of those who entered Lebanon came from the town of Qusair, which Syrian forces moved into Friday, according to activists. Meanwhile, BBC News reported that Syrian tanks have also entered the village of Najia, near the already-occupied Jisr al-Shughour.
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<![CDATA[Car Bomb Kills at Least 35 at Afghan Medical Center]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2011 16:48:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/062511+Afghanistan+car+explosion.jpg An SUV carrying explosives blew up in front of a clinic in the Logar province of Afghanistan Saturday, killing at least 35 people. "The driver didn't stop, and he entered the compound and reached the main building of the health center, where the truck detonated," said provincial health director Dr. Mohammad Zaref Nayebkhail. The clinic collapsed as a result, and over 53 people were wounded. Din Mohammad Darwaish, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said that many more could have died, too, as people were buried in the rubble, BBC News reported. The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack; its spokesperson said that it did not target public places and that the bomb was detonated by “someone with an agenda."
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<![CDATA[American Pilot Jailed Over Pirate Ransoms]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 15:10:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/somalihandcuffs_06192011.jpg A Somali court in Mogadishu sentenced six foreigners to prison sentences and handed them fines over charges they illegally brought money into the country. Among the six were two pilots, one of whom is American. Authorities seized two aircraft purported to carry $3.6 million, which the pilots said was a ransom to be paid to Somali pirates. "We sentenced the two pilots, who are American and British nationals, to 15 years imprisonment and a $15,000 fine each," Judge Hashi Elmi said.
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<![CDATA[Yelena Bonner, Rights Activist and Sakharov's Widow, Dies]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 03:33:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Bonner_06192011.jpg Yelena Bonner, a Russian rights activist and the widow of Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov, died of heart failure in Boston Saturday. She was 88 years old. As a tireless advocate for human rights, Bonner rose to prominence through work with her husband in the Russian dissident and human rights movement. In the 1970s and '80s, the couple's apartment was the headquarters for Russian opposition. As she once wrote in her memoir, as noted in The Guardian: "I hope to live out my life until the end worthy of the Russian culture...and I am proud that mine has been the difficult lot and happy fate to be the wife and friend of academic Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov."
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<![CDATA[8 NATO Troops Killed In Afghanistan]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 15:10:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Afghanistan_06192011.jpg NATO experienced a deadly day in Afghanistan, announcing early Sunday that a service member was killed by an insurgent attack, The Associated Press reported. Three NATO soliders were killed in fighting Saturday and four more died in a vehicle accident. These casualties brought the death toll to eight for the day, 38 for the month, and 244 for the year. The nationalities of the dead have not yet been released.
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<![CDATA[Hundreds Of Thousands Displaced In Sudan]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2011 23:47:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Sudan_06192011.jpg Violence along Sudan's north-south divide is raising concerns for the Nuba people, under attack once again by government forces and militias. Half a million are said to be displaced as a result, and a Nuba leader says 3,000 people have simply disappeared, The Guardian reports. Fighting erupted in South Kordofan as Khartoum officials prepared to disarm the Nuba on June 5. Fighting has since worsened in the country's northern mountains. The Sudanese Comprehensive Peace Agreement put in place six years ago is at risk of collapsing and the entire Nuba population is on the verge of disappearance, as tensions from Sudan's 22-year civil war may reemerge.
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<![CDATA[Libya: More Civilians Killed by NATO]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 18:27:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP11061901893.jpg

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<![CDATA[More Flooding Expected In Plains Areas]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 15:12:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/missouri-flooding.jpg Federal officials increased water releases from two of five dams in South Dakota to alleviate increased water levels along the flooded Plains. Already-drenched areas near the Missouri River are expected to worsen, with a "widespread heavy rainfall event," said a senior National Weather Service forecaster. Already, the water released from dams to alleviate flooding is more than double that of previous record water flows. The Daily Republic reported South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard as worrisome about the impact of increased water flow on levees the state and private citizens have put in place. “Now that the initial work is complete," Daugaard said, "the time has come to ask the corps why this happened and ascertain if we can prevent it from happening again.”
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<![CDATA[Syrian Troops Storm Border Town: Witnesses]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2011 14:10:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/061811+Syrian+refugees.jpg In the latest round of unrest in Syria, troops and gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad entered the town of Bdama near the Turkish border and arrested dozens and burned down houses, witnesses told Reuters. "They came at 7 a.m. to Bdama. I counted nine tanks, 10 armored carriers, 20 jeeps and 10 buses. I saw shabbiha [pro-Assad gunmen] setting fire to two houses," a lawyer in the Jisr-al-Shughour region said. Bdama is one of the centers that provide food and supplies to Syrians fleeing the chaos elsewhere. The reports of the spread of violence come in the wake of Friday protests where activists say security forces shot and killed 16 protesters. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian foreign minister held discussions about a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Syria’s violent crackdown on the protesters, Al Jazeera reported.
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<![CDATA[Karzai: U.S. Talking with Taliban]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2011 13:46:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/karzai-6402.jpg Afghan President Hamid Karzai publicly announced for the first time that his government and the U.S. are negotiating a peace settlement with the Taliban to end the decade-long war in Afghanistan, The Associated Press reports. He told reporters Saturday that "peace talks have started with [the Taliban] already and it is going well." Karzai also said: "The foreign military and especially the United States itself is going ahead with these negotiations." The U.S. Embassy in Kabul did not comment. Reuters reported that many Afghans, including activists and women’s groups, are concerned that talks with the Taliban may reverse the gains made after the Taliban government was forced out of power in 2001.
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<![CDATA[S. Korea Accidentally Fires at Passenger Jet]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2011 14:04:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/061811+Asiana+Airlines.jpg South Korean Marine Corps troops mistakenly fired at a commercial aircraft flying near the sea border with North Korea, thinking it was one of the North’s fighters, said military sources Saturday. The plane was later identified as one operated by South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines; it was descending into Incheon International Airport in Seoul. Two soldiers fired at the plane, which carried 119 passengers, with their K-2 rifles for about 10 minutes around 4 a.m. Friday; a defense ministry source said the plane suffered no damage, as it was out of range from the rifles. The West Sea—which includes the maritime border—has been the scene of tension following two attacks on the South in 2010, BBC News reported.
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<![CDATA[N.Y. Target Workers Vote Down Unionization]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2011 14:07:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/061811+Target+Valley+Stream.jpg Efforts to make a Target store in Valley Stream, N.Y., the chain's first union shop have hit a snag: employees voted against joining the union, the company said Saturday. The union president said United Food and Commercial Workers would contest the results of the vote, which he said was marred by a "campaign of threats, intimidation and illegal acts by Target management." A Target spokeswoman denied that claim, saying the company had complied with federal labor law when it distributed flyers critical of unionization and suggested it might close the store if workers organized. Pay rates, hours and union membership among retail workers have all fallen in recent years.
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<![CDATA[Computer Glitch Strands United Fliers]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2011 07:37:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/061811+United+Airlines+computer+glitch.jpg

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<![CDATA[Tainted Water Cleanup at Fukushima Halted]]> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:17:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fukushima-nuclear-plant-reactor-4.jpg Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant was dealt another setback as a dramatic rise in radiation levels forced a halt to the ongoing cleanup of radioactive water. The plant's operator announced that the operation had been stopped because of a radiation rise in a part of the system that was supposed to draw in cesium. About 110,000 metric tons of contaminated water—about the equivalent of 40 Olympic-sized swimming pools—have accumulated since the March 11 earthquake-tsunami disaster and posed a risk of leaking into the sea, BBC News reported. A plant official said that the company doesn’t foresee a delay in bringing the Fukushima plant under control by the end of this year; three of the unstable reactors are expected to shut down by January 2012.
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<![CDATA[Chile Volcano Grounds Flights in Australia, New Zealand]]> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 14:59:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/puyehue.jpg An ash cloud from an erupting volcano in Chile, drifting all the way to the Atlantic and Indian oceans, has grounded dozens of flights and affected thousands of passengers in Australia and New Zealand. Australia’s own Qantas Airways canceled 56 flights, while Virgin Australia suspended 34 domestic flights. Air New Zealand didn’t cancel or delay service but adjusted its routes to steer clear of ash, said a company representative. New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority said that the ash could interrupt flights for a week. Southern Chile's long-dormant Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano chain, whose eruption has continued for over a week, has disrupted flights and grounded planes throughout South America, BBC News reported.
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<![CDATA[Syrian Troops Enter Northern Town]]> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 14:58:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/syrianrefugees.jpg Syrian forces and tanks crossed into the town of Jisr al-Shughour Sunday morning as heavy gunfire was reported. The government said the town was under the control of “armed men” who killed 120 police officers last week; state TV claimed the groups in the area carried out a “massacre.” Residents of Jisr al-Shughour, which has been the scene of demonstrations, spoke of a mutiny by security forces who they said battled with other troops to halt the killing of citizens. The latest action by the government has forced more people to flee towards the Turkish border, which 4,000 had already crossed, BBC News reported. In response, the U.S. has called on Syria to allow the International Committee for the Red Cross to aid the refugees and wounded.
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<![CDATA[First New Photos of Giffords Released]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 05:47:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/061211+Gabrielle+Giffords.jpg

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<![CDATA[Japanese Hold Anti-Nuke Protests on Quake Anniversary]]> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 16:29:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/061111+Japan+protest+nukes.jpg Japanese demonstrated against nuclear power Saturday, the three-month anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 23,000 and triggered a nuclear crisis. Some of the marchers urged the immediate shutdown of all nuclear plants and demanded stringent government radiation tests. "Since the earthquake, I've realized that nuclear power is just too dangerous for use," one shipping worker who marched told The Associated Press. Outside of protest-clogged Tokyo, residents of coastal towns destroyed by the tsunami bowed their heads at 2:46 p.m. local time, when the earthquake struck on March 11. That earthquake crippled the Fukushima power plant, whose reactors workers are still trying to bring to a cold shutdown. A recent government report stated that the amount of radiation leaked has now doubled previous estimates.
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<![CDATA[String of Attacks Leaves 21 Dead in Afghanistan]]> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 13:31:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/061111+Afghanistan+bomb+explosion.jpg Violence continued Saturday in Afghanistan as several bomb attacks left at least 21 people dead. In Kandahar, 16 people traveling by minibus were killed by a roadside bomb that the Taliban had planted and was intended for NATO or Afghan forces, a provincial police chief said. In Khost, a suicide bomber killed three policemen and a child, according to another police chief. And in Ghazni, another suicide bomber killed one child and injured three others. The news of the violence came on the heels of a United Nations report that found May the deadliest month for Afghan civilians since 2007. That report faulted the Taliban and other insurgents for 82 percent of last month's civilian deaths and NATO or Afghan forces with 12 percent of them.
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<![CDATA[Three Joplin Victims Had Rare Fungal Infection]]> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 03:29:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/052811+joplin+american+flag.jpg The death toll from the Joplin tornado disaster has now risen to 151--and three of the recent victims carried a rare fungal infection, caused when dirt is embedded under the skin, authorities said yesterday. Coroner Rob Chappel said it is uncertain whether the fungus was the cause of the deaths because the infected also had other severe injuries. According to a Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services spokeswoman, the department received eight reported cases of fungal infections and that the victims had multiple injuries and developed infections from secondary wounds. Officials said the deep skin fungal infections do not transmit between humans, CNN reported.
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<![CDATA[Sprouts Linked to Deadly German E. Coli Outbreak]]> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 03:30:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/061111+Contiminated+Vegetables+Europe.jpg Investigators in Germany announced yesterday that vegetable sprouts were the cause of the deadly E. coli outbreak that killed 31 people and sickened over 3,000. The head of Germany’s national disease control center, Reinhard Burger, said that the pattern of the outbreak had yielded sufficient proof that led to the conclusion, although no tests of sprouts from an organic farm in Lower Saxony had yielded a positive reading for the E.coli strain. Burger also said that the tainted sprouts may have either been eaten or discarded already, but he cautioned that the crisis is not over yet. Meanwhile, the warning against eating cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce are being lifted, and Russia is also removing the ban on European vegetable imports.
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<![CDATA[2 Troops Killed in Afghanistan Chopper Crash]]> Sun, 05 Jun 2011 07:27:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/060511+Military+helicopter+generic.jpg The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force confirmed that two service members died in a helicopter crash Sunday that occurred in eastern Afghanistan, Reuters reported. British Major Tim James, ISAF spokesman, said: "We have no indication of any enemy activity in the area at the time." A representative for the Taliban said one of its fighters used a shoulder-fired rocket to bring down the chopper in eastern Khost province’s Sabari district. According to Reuters and www.icasualties.org, there have been so far 230 foreign troop casualties in Afghanistan this year.
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<![CDATA[Syria Blocks New Protest At Israeli Border]]> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 11:40:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/060511+Israel+border+clash.jpg A day after as many as 23 people died in clashes with Israeli troops, Syrian police blocked pro-Palestinian marchers from breaching the border with the Israeli-held Golan Heights on Monday. Security forces set up two checkpoints and told people not to cross, The Associated Press reported. As many as 325 people were wounded on Sunday, Al Jazeera reported. An Israeli military spokesman gave no casualty numbers but said soldiers had fired warning shots first. Hundreds of protesters had gathered at the border on the anniversary of the start of the Six-Day War in 1967, which ended in Arab defeat. Israel has accused Syria of orchestrating violence at its borders in order to deflect attention from its own uprising.
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<![CDATA[Gates Backs Patience in Afghanistan]]> Sun, 05 Jun 2011 20:38:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/060511+Robert+Gates+and+Hamid+Karzai.jpg In his final visit to Afghanistan before he retires, Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Sunday against pulling combat troops out of the country too soon. "If it were up to me, I would leave the shooters for last," he said, referring to combat troops. He visited with junior soldiers while he wasn't assessing the situation. A day earlier, he urged patience with the war, recommended only moderate reductions and hinted that a turning point in the war could occur, should Osama bin Laden's death pave the way for peace talks with the Taliban. Also on Saturday, in a news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Gates expressed regret over the civilian deaths caused by airstrikes.
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<![CDATA[Six Dead in NW Pakistan Bombing: Police]]> Sat, 04 Jun 2011 23:27:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/060511+Pakistan+bombing.jpg At least six people were killed today when a bomb exploded at a bus stop in northwest Pakistan, according to police. The bombing, which occurred in Matani, is the latest to hit the country since the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden last month; it also comes in the wake of a report that al-Qaida operative, Ilyas Kashmiri, was killed by an American drone. BBC News reported that at least 10 people were injured from the incident and that there is no indication of who launched the attack.
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<![CDATA[Police Break Up Indian Guru’s Hunger-Strike Camp]]> Sun, 05 Jun 2011 06:56:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/060511+Baba+Ramdev.jpg Baba Ramdev, a yoga guru who launched a hunger strike to protest government corruption in India, was removed along with thousands of supporters by police officers from a yoga function today, The Associated Press reported. Authorities detained Ramdev but later released him, according to a police spokesman in New Delhi. The guru and his supporters went on hunger strikes in India and across parts of the U.S., Europe and Africa yesterday. According to The Press Trust of India news agency, about 30 people were injured from the incident, which television channels showed police using tear gas and canes to break up the crowd. On Saturday, Ramdev had said that the government had consented to his demands and that he was anticipating a written pledge before calling off the strike.
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<![CDATA[U.S. Drone Kills Top Al-Qaida Operative]]> Sat, 04 Jun 2011 17:04:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/060411+karachi.jpg A U.S. drone attack killed senior al-Qaida commander Ilyas Kashmiri in Pakistan, Pakistani intelligence officials and a militant group said Saturday. Kashmiri was said to have succeeded Osama bin Laden in al-Qaida leadership. Neither U.S. nor Pakistani officials have publicly confirmed his death. BBC News reports that, according to locals, Kashmiri was one of nine people who died Friday in an attack on the village of Laman. Kashmiri was accused of orchestrating the 2008 Mumbai bombings, which killed more than 160 people. The Associated Press reports. Thousands of supporters of Pakistan's main Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, rallied in Karachi against the attack.
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<![CDATA[4 NATO Troops Killed in Afghanistan]]> Sat, 04 Jun 2011 04:09:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/060411+NATO+ISAF.jpg Four members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan today, said the force. ISAF spokesman Maj. Tim James was quoted by CNN saying: "They were traveling in a routine patrol when an (improvised explosive device) hit their vehicle"; the fallen troop members’ nationality was not disclosed to the public. The attack marks the latest spike of the number of foreign troop casualties killed in Afghanistan this year, which has been so far 220.
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<![CDATA[Thousands Flee Yemen’s Capital After Attack on Saleh]]> Sat, 04 Jun 2011 13:12:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/042311+saleh+yemen.jpg In a sign of possible civil war, thousands left Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, Saturday following an attack that had wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh. In retaliation, Yemeni forces shelled the homes of the leaders of a tribal federation opposed to Saleh, according to MSNBC. Meanwhile, BBC News reported that Saleh, along with four other officials, had left Yemen for Saudi Arabia for hospital treatment, though it is uncertain for how long he will be there. Though he hadn’t appeared in public, Saleh offered an audio message in which he saluted the armed and security forces for confronting “an outlaw gang” for the attack. The unrest in Yemen has claimed almost 200 lives.
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<![CDATA[9-Year-Old Completes Solo Balloon Flight]]> Sat, 04 Jun 2011 13:16:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/060411+Bobby+Bradley.jpg Bobby Bradley set a record Saturday high above the ground. In central New Mexico, the 9-year-old became the youngest trained pilot to fly solo in a hot air balloon, The Associated Press reported. He was joined by three other balloon flyers, and he landed after about 25 minutes. The son of experienced balloonists, Bobby has accumulated nearly 30 hours of flight time in a standard hot air balloon; a smaller balloon was built for him as an ultra-light aircraft. He is not eligible for his pilot’s license until he turns 16.
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<![CDATA[S.Dakota Residents Fault Corps Over Flood Danger]]> Sat, 04 Jun 2011 01:54:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/060411+Missouri+River+flooding.jpg As South Dakotans brace for potential heavy flooding from the Missouri River, some residents blame the Army Corps for not releasing the water through the river’s six dams until it was too late. “It’s human error,” 82-year-old resident Helmet Reuer told The Associated Press. Former Gov. Mike Rounds added his criticism of the Corps: “"I think they screwed up royally. I think they forgot their No. 1 mission, and that's flood protection." Corps officials defended themselves, saying that unexpected heavy rains of eight inches or more fell in May in parts of Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas. South Dakota Gov. Dennis Dugard warned people from Dakota Dunes to evacuate if the levees don’t hold; and in North Dakota, 400 people in neighborhoods on the river in Bismarck were leaving.
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