Joseph Kaczmarek, Special to NBC10
Tilda the pug terrier mix, Charizard the iguana, Rose the Huskie and more than 20,000 other animals found new homes on Saturday as NBC’s pet adoption drive emptied shelters across the country.
More than 45,000 pets in all were adopted this month as part of the second annual Clear the Shelters campaign, after more than 40 local NBC and Telemundo television stations teamed up with more than 680 animal shelters in states across the country and in Puerto Rico. The shelters offered no-cost or reduced-fee adoptions, or they waived spaying and neutering fees to help families bring home dogs, cats and unusual animals like the iguana.
Pet owners who mentioned the campaign during the adoption process were included in NBC's 2016 count, which was more than twice the number of animals given forever homes during last year's event.
"Our entire division of NECN, Telemundo and NBC stations and our corporate staff are overwhelmed and thrilled with the extraordinary results of this year's Clear The Shelters event,” said Valari Staab, the president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. "We want to thank all of our shelters, NBC and Telemundo affiliates that joined us this year and our partners, including Petco and VIP Petcare. Together, we emptied at least 13 shelters and found more than 45,000 animals new loving homes."
A witness to the shooting spree in Munich, Germany, recalled scenes of terror and panic Saturday as a memorial grew outside the shopping center where the rampage took place, NBC News reported.
Huseyin Bayri, 29, who was at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum when the 18-year-old gunman opened fire Friday evening, told reporters that he held a teen who was shot and comforted him as the victim succumbed to his wounds. Bayri said he was thinking he could be next as the shooter approached.
Bayri said he’s haunted by the boy’s final words: "I can't get those words out of my head: 'Please help me, please help me.'"
The witness said he heard the shooter yell “I will kill you all” and “I am German” before the first shots rang out.
The rampage paralyzed Munich, as police conducted a manhunt for what was initially to believed to be multiple gunmen. Police later said the shooter acted alone. The gunman shot himself in the head when police made contact with him, according to authorities.
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A shooting at a Texas apartment complex on Saturday left four people dead including the suspected shooter, police said.
Bastrop Police Det. Vicky Steffanic said at a news briefing that the dead were one man, two women and a child.
Another child was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening, she said.
"The shooter is among the dead and there is no further threat to the public," Steffanic said.
Historians of the presidential horse race have plenty of mud to wade through, from Watergate to railroad bribery, and plenty of sex scandals in between.
But this year's election offers something new: Donald Trump appears to be the first nominee of a major political party in modern memory to be the subject of ongoing litigation, according to presidential experts.
"I don't know of any other litigation involving a major candidate for election," Columbia University scholar Henry F. Graff told NBC in an email, when asked about the fraud lawsuit over Trump University that's set to be heard in November.
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The autistic man who was the intended target of a police bullet is suffering from emotional distress, not eating and traumatized following the shooting of his caretaker.
Arnaldo Rios' mother, Gladys Soto, said during a Saturday news conference that she is worried about the safety of her son, who wandered back to the site of the Monday shooting a day later, threw himself on the ground and shouted: "I hate the police, I hate the police," The Miami Herald reported Saturday.
Suicide bombings in the capital of Afghanistan Saturday killed at least 80 people and injured more than 230, many of whom were taking part in a political demonstration, authorities said.
The blasts occurred in Dehmazamg Square near the Kabul Zoo on the main road to Parliament, Health Ministry spokesperson Ismail Kawosi told NBC News.
Three suicide bombers worked in tandem in the attacks, according to the Ministry of the Interior. While one bomb was detonated, a second bomb exploded prematurely and a third bomber was shot dead by police.
The protesters, mostly ethnic minority Hazaras, were marching to demand that their impoverished home province be included in a major new electricity line, according to The Associated Press.
A branch of the terror group ISIS claimed responsibility, according to NBC News consultant Flashpoint Intelligence. That claim has not been verified.
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A new movement is emerging among Republican candidates and officeholders, contrasting the liberal-dominated Black Lives Matters movement, according to NBC News.
“Blue Lives Matter” has already become a rallying cry for some conservatives. The recent shootings of police officers, particularly the in Dallas, have pushed conservatives to insist there is a war on police officers.
The implication that Americans are overly hostile to law enforcement is the latest illustration of the debate over race, policing and criminal justice, as Trump’s popularity rises and the end of Barack Obama’s presidency comes to an end.
A group of GOP House members say they will push for a so-called "Blue Lives Matter" bill in September that would make the intentional shooting of a police officer a hate crime. Some liberal groups argue such a provision is unnecessary since many states impose additional penalties on those who kill police officers.
According to a 2013 Gallup survey, 68 percent of Republicans viewed police officers as having “high” or “very high” standards of ethics, compared to just 44 percent of Democrats.
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An experimental solar-powered airplane took off from Cairo for Abu Dhabi early Sunday on the last leg of its globe-circling voyage, mission organizers said.
The Mission Control Center tweeted that the Solar Impulse 2 is expected to land in Abu Dhabi after a 48-hour flight. Mission Control said it had identified a weather window that could allow the plane to overcome the challenging high temperatures across Saudi Arabia.
Miami Police Department said two adults are dead and a child injured in a shooting on Saturday.
Police responded to reports of multiple people found shot. A male and a female were confirmed dead, while a 7-year-old child sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to police.
No other details were made available.
Hillary Clinton introduced running mate Tim Kaine as "a progressive who likes to get things done," joining the Virginia senator in the crucial battleground state of Florida to help kick off next week's Democratic National Convention.
Clinton said Kaine cares more about making a difference than making headlines, and is "everything that Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not." She also described Kaine as a fighter.
"Make no mistake. Behind that smile, Tim has a backbone of steel. Just ask the NRA," said Clinton in reference to Kaine's fights against the gun-lobbying group "in their own backyard."
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The WNBA has withdrawn its fines for teams that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shootings by wearing black warmup shirts before games.
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Police said there were “no indications” the teenage gunman who killed nine people and then himself at a mall in Munich, Germany, had any links to terror groups including ISIS, NBC News reported.
"There is no indication that there is a link to ISIS," Police Chief Hubertus Andrae said.
Searches revealed the 18-year-old, born and raised in the Bavarian capital, "looked intensively" at the subject of "shooting rampages," Andrae said. Officials said they found a book called “Rampage in the Head: Why Students Kill” among his belongings.
It appeared the attacker hacked a young woman’s Facebook account and posted a message to lure people to the mall for a free meal, according to police.
Police searched the gunman’s home, which he shared with his parents and his brother. Family members were not questioned because they were “too affected,” Andrae said.
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Russia has invited secessionists from Northern Ireland, Scotland, and those from Spain and Italy for a conference, according to NBC News.
“Our goal is to consolidate efforts based on international legal standards [and] to achieve the very democracy the European Union and the United States talk about, but [the democracy] in its true meaning," Alexander Ionov, head of the Anti-Globalist Movement of Russia, which is organizing the event, told NBC News.
One of the international standards he referred to is a nation’s right for self-determination — part of the United Nations’ chapter.
Western leaders and Russia experts say the Kremlin supports separatist parties to destabilize groupings such as NATO and the EU to thwart U.S. missile installations that Moscow sees as a threat to security.
They say Moscow also uses these movements as leverage in its political agenda and to push for the lifting of Western sanctions against Moscow after its annexation of Crimea.
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