<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - National & International News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:35:53 -0700 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:35:53 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Children Likely Given Wrong Shots at Clinic: Audit]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:38:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/vaccine-OTSstock.jpg

An audit found five South Jersey children were likely given the wrong immunizations during a Salem County-sponsored "Shots for Tots" clinic, health officials said. The most egregious error, officials said, was when a toddler boy was likely given an excessive dose of a cervical cancer vaccine.

The free clinic was operated by the Salem County Health Department at Memorial Hospital of Salem County in Mannington Township, officials said. It has since been shut down.

Officials reviewed 22 patient records during an annual audit and found irregularities with shots given to at least five children between July 2014 and June 2015.

A nurse was fired after officials learned a 2-year-old boy was injected with a high dose of Gardasil, the cervical cancer vaccine. The child's mother and pediatrician were notified late last month, officials said.

Health officials are not sure whether the child would suffer negative effects, but said he may be at risk of neurological damage. Shots of the HPV vaccine are given to boys and girls starting at age 9.

The audit also found $20,000 worth of vaccines were not properly refrigerated. The drugs were thrown away.

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<![CDATA[NY Woman Is World's Oldest]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:44:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/world%27s+oldest+person+brooklyn+1.jpg

A Brooklyn centenarian celebrated her 116th birthday Monday by being certified as the world's oldest living person. 

Guinness World Records presented Susannah Mushatt Jones with a certificate naming her the world's oldest person on Friday, three days ahead of her birthday. Jones takes the title for oldest woman from Jerlean Talley, a Michigan woman who died in June at 116.

The recordkeeping organization said that Jones is celebrating her milestone Monday with family and again on Tuesday with members of her housing community. 

Jones was born July 6, 1899. At that time, the Spanish-American War had just ended, William McKinley was president and "automobile" was still a new term.

Jones was the daughter of Alabama sharecroppers and the third of 11 children, all of whom she has outlived. She moved to New York City during the Roaring Twenties and has more than 100 nieces and nephews.

"Are you an old lady or a young lady?" asked her niece Lois Judge during an interview earlier this year with NBC 4 New York's Roseanne Colletti.

"I'm old," Jones said.

Judge said Jones credits her longevity to not drinking, smoking or partying.

<![CDATA[WATCH: Fire Consumes Tx. Playground]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:31:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/KATY+PLAYGROUND+FIRE.jpg

Officials are investigating a massive fire at a Texas playground.

The playground equipment caught fire at Falcon Landing Boulevard and Falcon Drive in Katy Sunday, according to NBC affiliate KPRC.

The cause the of the fire has not been determined, but fireworks have been ruled out.

Fire officials told KPRC that no one was at the playground at the time of the fire.

There were no injuries.

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<![CDATA[Top Photos: U.S. Wins 2015 World Cup]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 03:43:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479605440.jpg The United States defeated Japan 5-2 to win the 2015 World Cup in Vancouver.

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<![CDATA[Bullmastiff Tattles on Toilet Paper-Stealing Friend]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:22:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477854228TP7615.jpg

Abby the bulldog and Turner the bullmastiff are the latest adorable pets to have their 15 minutes of viral fame.

In a YouTube video uploaded on July 2, Abby is seen covered in an unraveled roll of toilet paper as she looks up guiltily at the camera.

“Did you make this mess?” the dogs’ owner says. She then asks Turner if Abby made the mess, to which Turner responds by gesturing his paw toward his fellow dog.

As of Monday afternoon, the video has more than 1.9 million views on YouTube. 

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<![CDATA[Boston Marathon Bomber Files Preliminary Motion for New Trial]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:47:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP8930819036281.jpg

Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has filed a motion for a new trial, despite personally admitting his guilt in court as he was formally sentenced to death for his role in the bombings and manhunt that left four people dead.

The motion was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston.

"A new trial is required in the interests of justice and judgments notwithstanding the verdict are required as a matter of evidentiary insufficiency," the motion reads.

Tsarnaev's lawyers said the motion was filed following the court's suggestion at a status conference, as a placeholder to address the court's concerns about ensuring compliance with time and preservation requirements.

Necn legal analyst and Massachusetts School of Law Associate Dean Michael Coyne says it's not unusual that this initial filing does not give specific grounds for the request for a new trial.

"I don't think they're suggesting there's newly discovered evidence, but they are suggesting that justice requires a new trial because of the insufficiency of the evidence as they see it with respect to the charges that the defendant was convicted of," Coyne said.

The court had given Tsarnaev until Aug. 17 to submit any post-trial motions and supporting material. Additional filings are expected before that date.

Tsarnaev was formally sentenced to death on June 24.

In May, a federal jury condemned Tsarnaev to die for bombing the 2013 marathon with his brother, Tamerlan. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when the brothers detonated two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line.

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<![CDATA[Suspect in SF Pier Slaying Says He Can't Remember Shooting]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:25:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SF+EMBARCADERO+SUSPECT+JAIL+INTERVIEW+-+22354321.jpg

The accused killer of a Pleasanton woman who was shot to death while strolling along Pier 14 in San Francisco with her father said he doesn't remember anything about the evening because he was high on drugs.

In a brief jailhouse interview Monday that was cut short by his defense attorney, Francisco Sanchez, 45, told Telemundo that he had been taking sleeping pills and smoking pot  on the evening he is accused of shooting 32-year-old Kate Steinle.

Appearing disheveled and confused, Sanchez told the reporter that he believes he was taken into custody on July 1 at the San Francisco County jail because police told him that he killed someone.

"They say I attacked someone," Sanchez told Telemundo, which is owned by NBC Universal, in Spanish. "If that's what they say, I say it's good because I've never been the type to contradict."

He also told the reporter that he often confuses capital letters with lowercase letters and didn't get enough schooling because he never had money to pay for the school fees.

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Archdiocese held a brief prayer service Monday morning for Steinle, as it does for all homicide victims in its jurisdiction. Relatives have also launched an effort to raise money to support her family and favorite charities in her memory. 

Sanchez, who was identified by the many witnesses at the scene, was taken into custody and is awaiting arraignment. A police source told the San Francisco Chronicle that Sanchez said he was shooting sea lions and hit her by mistake.

And in a longer jailhouse interview with KGO-TV over the weekend, Sanchez said he found a gun wrapped up in a T-shirt at the pier under a bench. Sanchez also told the station he kept re-entering the United States and making San Francisco as his adopted home because it is a sanctuary city, meaning he knew officials would not deport him back to Mexico. According to immigration officials, Sanchez had been deported to Mexico five times, the last time in 2008.

Sanchez also told KGO that he felt sorry for Steinle's family and that he should be given the strictest punishment so that he can tell her parents in court that he no longer wants to live.

The Steinle family has mixed emotions after learning that federal immigration agents had wanted to deport Sanchez once he finished a jail sentence for a marijuana offense, which the San Francisco County Jail did not do. The sheriff's legal counsel, Freya Horne, told NBC Bay Area on Friday that's because city, county and state law gives San Francisco the right to refuse immigration detainers if the suspect has no other outstanding warrants. Sanchez had none, Horne said, which is why ICE was never notified.

Steinle's family, however, is trying to stay away from the politics of the case, and instead, focusing on the memory of their loved one. Her brother, Brad Steinle, described his sister as the “most loving, beautiful and amazing” person with a “special soul, a kind and giving heart.”

Brad Steinle set up a GoFundMe page on July 4, asking that people support their family and also raise money for his sister's two favorite charities, the Challenged Athlete’s Foundation and PAWS. A separate page was set up by her work colleagues at Medtronic to raise money on behalf of her family.

The day before Steinle was killed, her brother said she changed her Facebook cover photo with a saying that read, “Whatever’s good for your soul….do that.”

He asked that anyone who knew his sister, and even those who didn't, honor her memory by living life by those words.

Telemundo's Cristina Londono and Gisela Crespo contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Bullet That Killed Chicago 7-Year-Old Watching Fireworks Was Meant for Father: Police]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:45:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/amari+brown+new2.jpg

The bullet that struck 7-year-old Amari Brown on the Fourth of July while he was watching fireworks was meant for the boy's father, according to Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

Antonio Brown, Amari's father, is a documented gang member who has been arrested 45 times on gun and theft charges, McCarthy said. His most recent arrest was in April on a gun charge.

In a press conference to address the Fourth of July weekend violence in Chicago, McCarthy charged that tougher gun laws could have prevented the tragedy that killed Amari.

"If Mr. Brown was in custody, his son is alive. That's not the case," McCarthy said.

Amari was watching fireworks with his father in the Humboldt Park neighborhood just before midnight Saturday when gunfire erupted, striking the boy and a 26-year-old woman, who survived the shooting. Police said the two victims were not related.

The boy's father said he thought the noise was the fireworks, and he didn't realize his son had been shot until Amari called out to him.

Friends and family held two vigils on Sunday in memory of Amari, who they say wanted to be a dancer or a police officer.

"Tell them you love them every day," the boy's mother said.

A $1,000 reward will be offered to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of the shooter.

Amari was one of nine people killed in shootings across Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend.

<![CDATA[9 Dead, 46 Wounded in Chicago]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:52:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fourth+of+july+shooting+victims.jpg

Nine people died and 46 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago this Fourth of July weekend.

Among those who died was a 7-year-old boy who was shot while watching fireworks in Humboldt Park with his father just before midnight Saturday.

Amari Brown and his father were standing on the sidewalk in the 1100 block of North Harding when gunfire erupted around them, striking Amari and a 26-year-old woman, who was transported to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital in stable condition, police said. Both were shot in the chest.

The boy's father said he thought the sound of gunfire was just fireworks, and he didn't realize Amari had been shot until the boy called out for him.

Amari's family say the little boy was a "jokester" and acted like a typical 7-year-old who loved to run and play. They say the best way to describe him is "a sweet, sweet little boy."

No one is in custody for the shooting. Activist Pastor Ira Acree, of Greater St. John Bible Church on the West Side, said he will offer a reward for any information leading to the offender's arrest.

Another victim of a fatal shooting was a 17-year-old boy who was shot near recently named Hadiya Pendleton Park in the 4300 block of South King. The teen, identified as Vonzell Banks, a junior at Dunbar Vocational High School, was likely not the intended target, police said.

Banks and a 19-year-old man were standing outside the park at about 4:45 p.m. Friday when a vehicle approached them and someone inside opened fire, police said. The 19-year-old was shot in the right foot and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where his condition stabilized.

Banks' aunt, LaShanda Childs, told the Chicago Sun-Times that her nephew was playing basketball with his older brother and some friends when the shooting took place. Childs described Banks as a "church boy," who loved playing the drums and who attended Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer.

The park in which Banks was fatally shot was named after Hadiya Pendleton, a King College Prep honor student who was gunned down just days after performing at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony with her high school band.

The first homicide of the long holiday weekend happened Thursday evening in the Little Village neighborhood. A 20-year-old man was riding a bicycle in the 2700 block of South Karlov when someone ran up to him and began to shoot him repeatedly in his upper body, police said.

The victim was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Another man, 46, was killed in a shooting in the South Side Washington Heights neighborhood early Friday morning, police said.

The man and a 43-year-old woman were walking in an alley in the 9100 block of South Ashland when someone in a passing car fired shots at them, killing the man and injuring the woman.

Early Saturday, a  26-year-old man was sitting on a porch at about 12:05 a.m. in the 4800 block of South Justine in the Back of the Yards neighborhood when someone walked up to him and shot him in the back, police said.

The victim was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

A 23-year-old man was killed and two other injured in a shooting early Sunday morning in the North Side Albany Park neighborhood.

The three victims were sitting inside a van in an alley near Sunnyside and Kimball when a gunman walked up to them and fired shots.

The victims who survived the shooting were identified as a 26-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy.

In another fatal shooting incident, two men were sitting inside a car at about 6:10 a.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of West 89th Street in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood when another man walked up to them and opened fire, police said.

One of the men, age 25, was shot multiple times and was later pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The second victim, whose age was not known, was found unresponsive in the car and pronounced dead on the scene.

The most recent fatal shooting happened Sunday afternoon in the Calumet Heights neighborhood. A 48-year-old man was shot in the chest at about 4:55 p.m. in the 9200 block of South Harper, police said.

The man was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

The holiday weekend is often marked by an uptick in violence in Chicago. Last year, there were a total of 67 people shot — 11 fatally — throughout the long weekend.

At least 41 other people were wounded in shootings since Thursday, including the following incidents: 

  • A 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were shot at about 12:10 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of North Hudson in the Old Town neighborhood.
  • A man was shot in the arm and chest at about 12:10 a.m. Sunday near the Chicago Blue Line station in West Town.
  • A 19-year-old man was shot in the abdomen at about 10:05 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of East Ohio Street, just a few blocks from Navy Pier, following the Fourth of July fireworks show.
  • A 24-year-old man was shot in the foot at about 11:45 a.m. Saturday in the 6600 block of South Bell in the West Englewood neighborhood.
  • Two men, ages 23 and 21, were shot at about 6 a.m. Saturday in the 4700 block of West Addison in the Portage Park neighborhood.
  • A 41-year-old man was shot in the back and arm while sitting in a car at about 3:20 a.m. Saturday. The incident happened in the 4200 block of West Cermak in the North Lawndale neighborhood.
  • A man was shot in the shoulder and leg at about 11:45 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of East 44th Street in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood.
  • A 19-year-old man was shot at about 11:40 p.m. Friday in the 200 block of West 104th Street in the Roseland neighborhood.
  • A 33-year-old man was shot in the chin, arm and stomach at about 7:45 p.m. Friday in the 3500 block of West 24th Street in the Little Village neighborhood.
  • A 25-year-old man was shot in the foot at about 12:15 a.m. Friday in the 2100 block of West Randolph on the Near West Side.
  • A 19-year-old man was injured at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday when a gunman on a bicycle approached him and began firing shots. The incident happened in the 11800 block of South State in the West Pullman neighborhood.

<![CDATA['Oreo Thins': Cookies Get Slimmer, 'Sophisticated' Look]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:56:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP88321729079oreothins7615.jpg

Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a "sophisticated" snack for grown-ups that isn't meant to be twisted or dunked.

Mondelez International Inc. says it will add "Oreo Thins" to its permanent lineup in the U.S. starting next week. The cookies look like regular Oreos and have a similar cookie-to-filling ratio, except that they're slimmer. That means four of the cookies contain 140 calories, compared with 160 calories for three regular Oreos.

And since they're for adults, Oreo says they weren't designed to be twisted open or dunked. That's even though about half of customers pull apart regular Oreos before eating them, according to the company.

"If people want to do that, it's clearly up to them," said Janda Lukin, senior director of Oreo for North America at parent company Mondelez International.

In explaining what exactly made them more grown-up, she said that if regular Oreos are like pancakes, then Oreo Thins would be like crepes.

Despite having fewer calories per serving, Mondelez says the new cookies aren't meant to be a diet snack. Still, the "Thins" name could be a stealth way to appeal to people who want to watch their weight, without the stigma of being seen as a diet food.

Although the original Oreos started in the U.S. in 1912, Americans won't be the first to taste the Thins. The slimmer cookies were rolled out last year in China to address the company's tumbling cookie sales in the country.

Lukin said the slimmer cookies helped win back "lapsed users" in China, or younger women who wanted something that wasn't quite as rich. In the first eight months, she said Oreo Thins generated $40 million in sales.

During a conference call in April, Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld had noted the success of the Thins in China and said the company would make them available "around the world."

The Thins could help the company's North American cookie business, which declined in the first three months of this year. Mondelez said the Thins will be available starting July 13, and that they'll cost the same as regular Oreos.

Lukin noted that it took months for the company to perfect manufacturing for the Thins. Early on, she said 60 percent of the cookies were breaking, but that the rate eventually came down to 3 percent. 

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<![CDATA[2 Man-of-Wars Wash Up on NJ Beaches in 2 Days]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:49:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/more+manofwars.jpg

More Portuguese man-of-wars turned up at a Jersey Shore beach Monday amid a spate of disturbing sightings along the coast and a day after another one of the potentially deadly purple jellyfish-like creatures washed up at a different New Jersey beach 20 or so miles up the coastline.

Derek Goss was at Strathmere Beach on Prescott Avenue in Cape May County Monday afternoon when a surfer noticed one of the floating terrors in the water. It was safely brought to shore, Goss said, and lifeguards buried it in the sand. He said no one was hurt.

Goss' photos showed a moon-shaped creature that appeared like it may have been partially eaten by other marine life. Authorities with Upper Township Beach Patrol confirmed Goss' sighting, and said it marked the third or fourth sighting this week alone. All were dead, officials said.

The finding comes a day after another Portuguese man-of-war was found on 26th Street Beach in North Wildwood, another Jersey Shore town. In that case, the man-of-war was also removed and authorities said no one was injured.  

Man-of-wars were also spotted in Ocean City and Long Beach Island last month. 

The first recent sighting of a man-of-war was June 21 in Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island. 

Officials say the northeast wind brings warm water from the Gulf Stream to shore, and along with it, seaweed and sea animals.

Portuguese man-of-wars have tentacles that grow from 10 to 30 feet long and marine biologists say their potentially deadly sting is far worse than what one would get from jellyfish normally found at the Jersey Shore.

Stings from man-of-wars can cause abdominal pain, changes in pulse, chest pain, collapse, headache, muscle pain and spasms, numbness and weakness, pain in the arms or legs, a raised red spot on the skin, runny nose and watery eyes, difficulty swallowing and sweating.

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<![CDATA[Vietnamese Teens Planned to Split From Group at LAX]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:17:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150705-tourists-missing-lax.jpg

Officials called off a search for two teenage Vietnamese girls who went missing at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night after police learned they planned to leave their tour group upon arrival in the U.S.

The girls, ages 12 and 17, willfully left the airport and family members knew of their plan to leave the school group, airport police said.

Earlier, police reported the two girls did not speak English and have no connections in Los Angeles. They were last seen with a man, but authorities had no further information.

The investigation was being turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, airport police said in a tweet.

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<![CDATA[Mom Arrested After Baby Found]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 21:47:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/abandoned+pasadena+baby.jpg

Police in Maryland have charged the mother of an abandoned baby girl with child neglect and reckless endangerment after her child was found on the side of a road in Pasadena late Saturday night.

Police believe Sandra McClary, 26, of Baltimore, took the baby out of her car and left her in a car seat carrier in the 900 block of Druid Hill Avenue shortly before midnight. Police said remnants of a diaper bag were found near where the car seat with the baby was recovered.

Anne Arundel police said McClary called police herself at about 10 a.m. Sunday morning, saying the baby was hers and that claiming that the baby's father was supposed to have the child. 

But police traced McClary's movements after tracking a part of a car's license plate spotted in the area where the child was found. 

It was the end of a mystery that had stunned the D.C. area since the baby was found by a bishop in a local church on the way home on July 4. However, police said, the investigation will continue. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-222-4700.

The baby girl, believed to be 2- or 3-months-old, was taken to a local hospital and then released to the Department of Child Protective Services.

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<![CDATA[Man Steals, Crashes Police Cruiser ]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:37:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/172*120/7515chase.jpg

A carjacker managed to steal a police cruiser in New Jersey Sunday and ram several patrol cars during a chase that ended when he crashed the vehicle at a car dealership, authorities said.

The afternoon chase began when a woman stopped her car to help a man lying on the ground in an intersection in Englewood Cliffs, borough Mayor Joseph Parisi Jr. told NBC 4 New York. When she got out of her car, the man ran to the driver's seat, he said.

The women's two children were in the back seat, but quickly bolted from the car when their mother frantically shouted at them to run, Parisi said. The children weren't injured, he said.

The carjacker drove off followed by police.

At some point, the suspect, whose identity hasn't been disclosed, abandoned the stolen vehicle and snatched a squad car from an Englewood Cliffs police officer who had exited the cruiser to confront the suspect.

The suspect drove off in the stolen squad car and headed north toward Alpine, police said. The suspect rammed other patrol cars during the pursuit and attempted to run down a police officer, officials said.

An Alpine police officer was injured when his patrol car was rammed, officials said.

Officers pursued the stolen squad car through nine communities in Bergen County.

The suspect crashed the cruiser near a Dodge dealership in Paramus and was captured after a brief foot chase, police said.

The two injured officers were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

<![CDATA[Ice Cream Truck Rollover Crash]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:17:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Ice+Cream+Truck+Rollover+1200.jpg

State police and Hartford firefighters are responding to a crash involving an ice cream truck on Interstate 91 southbound in Hartford.

There are no lane closures currently due to the ice cream truck rollover near exit 33.

State police said to reduce your speed when traveling through that area.

No one was injured.

No further information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Bus Catches Fire on Turnpike]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 03:22:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Academy-Bus-Fire-Lead.jpg

A bus caught fire on the NJ Turnpike in Salem County Sunday.

The fire started on an Academy bus at 5:25 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the Turnpike in Oldmans Township, New Jersey. 

A video and photo posted by witnesses show passengers standing in a wooded area as flames rise from the bus. No injuries have been reported and the flames were placed under control around 5:45 p.m. 

The fire caused major traffic delays on the Turnpike. Officials continue to investigate. 

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<![CDATA[Illegal Fireworks Spark Fires]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:17:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/fireout1.JPG

Before July 4, Bay Area law enforcement agencies reminded people that it is illegal and dangerous to set off fireworks. Still, many didn’t heed their warnings.

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<![CDATA[Bond Set at $100K for Stowaway]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 15:30:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/08-05-2014-marilyn-hartman.jpg

A judge set bond for the woman known as the "serial stowaway" at $100,000 Sunday after the woman was arrested two more times in the last 48 hours.

Marilyn Hartman, 63, was released from the Cook County Jail Thursday after spending nearly two months behind bars for trying to board planes without a ticket. 

A day after her release, Hartman was arrested again at Midway International Airport for causing a "disturbance" inside the cabin of a Southwest Airlines flight headed for LaGuardia Airport, officials said. She was charged with one count of misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Airport officials said Hartman did have a ticket to board the plane. It is unclear what kind of "disturbance" she caused.

On Saturday, Hartman was arrested again in Terminal One at O'Hare International Airport for violating her bail bond, which was given after the disturbance at Midway. She was charged with criminal trespassing to state land and violation of bond.

During her bond hearing Sunday, Cook County Judge Adam Donald Bourgeois Jr. told Hartman, "I'm trying to help you. Jail is not where you belong."

"I agree," Hartman replied.

"But you won't stop your conduct," Judge Bourgeois said.

The public defender's office was defending Hartman in court. They said they were "doing everything we can" to monitor her behavior, but they "can't force anyone to take her in."

Hartman was nicknamed the "serial stowaway" after she made five attempts to get past security at O'Hare and Midway Airports in late April and early May. As she left jail Thursday, she insisted her stowaway days were over.

Hartman is next due in court July 9.

<![CDATA[Boy, 7, Shot to Death in Chicago]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:45:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/amari+brown.jpg

A 7-year-old boy was shot and killed on Chicago's West Side during a Fourth of July celebration Saturday night, police said. 

Amari Brown was standing on the sidewalk with his father watching a fireworks spectacle just before midnight in the 1100 block of North Harding in the Humboldt Park neighborhood when gunfire erupted, striking Amari and a 26-year-old woman, police said. Both victims were shot in the chest.

The boy's father said he thought the sound of gunfire was just fireworks, and he didn't realize Amari had been shot until he called out for him.

The bullet that struck Amari was intended for his father, a documented gang member who has been arrested 45 times on gun and theft charges, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in a press conference Sunday.

Amari and the 26-year-old woman were transported to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital, where the 7-year-old was pronounced dead, according to police. The woman was listed in stable condition. 

The two victims were not related, authorities said. 

Amari's family say the little boy was a "jokester" and acted like a typical 7-year-old who loved to run and play. They said the best way to describe him is "a sweet, sweet little boy." 

No one is in custody for the shooting. 

Activist Pastor Ira Acree, of Greater St. John Bible Church on the West Side, has called for the killer to turn himself in and offered a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the offender's arrest. 

"This is a travesty of epic proportions when an innocent baby loses his life," Acree said. "We need all hands on deck to get to the bottom of this. We must not become immune to this madness."

<![CDATA[2 Children Killed in Crash Off Mountain Road]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 13:08:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/192*120/07.04.15_Azusa-Ravine-Crash.JPG

Two children were killed and three other victims injured Saturday when their sport utility vehicle veered into a steep ravine off a Southern California mountain road.

Several people called the Azusa Police Department around 7:30 p.m. to report that they had seen a vehicle crash off the edge of Highway 39 near the U.S. Forestry information booth. The SUV landed on its roof, about 40 feet down from the road above the San Gabriel Valley community of Azusa.

A 12-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy were found dead inside the vehicle, according to police.

The parents, a 32-year-old man and woman, were found injured outside the vehicle with a 13-year-old girl. At least one victim suffered critical injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation and police do not yet know if alcohol played a role. Coroner's officials are withholding the names of the children pending notification of family.

Anyone with information is asked to call Azusa police at 626-812-3200.

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<![CDATA[10 Hurt in Md. Boat Explosion]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:51:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ambulance_generic_ambulance_stock.jpg

Ten people were injured — three of them children — in a flash fire on a boat that was refueling at a marina on Solomons Island in Maryland.

The 38-foot cabin cruiser was fueling at Spring Cove Marina at around 6 p.m. Saturday when something ignited the vessel, according to a statement from Solomons Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

Five victims were taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, Maryland, including one of the young victims. The other five were taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, including two other young people.

Police for Maryland's Department of Natural Resources tweeted that the victims sent to MedStar were being treated for burns.

None of the injuries was life-threatening, the fire department said.

The Maryland fire marshal and the Department of Natural Resources are investigating. 

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<![CDATA[2 of Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivors Reunite]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:31:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Pearl-Harbor-Reunion-KNSD-3.JPG

Two of Pearl Harbor's oldest known survivors, veterans Ray Chavez, 103, and Jim Downing, 102, share an unbreakable bond.

The two met for the first time Friday, sharing the same eyewitness moments and deep memories of the horrific, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 74 years ago. Still, for Downing, “most of what happened is just as clear as if it were last week.”

Downing, who lives in Colorado Springs, believed he was the oldest survivor of the attack until he read a news article about Chavez, who lives in Poway and is 103 years old.

“Well, I’m not going to check your birth certificate, so I’ll take your word for it”, Downing joked after meeting with Chavez.

Downing was asked to speak during a Fourth of July celebration in San Diego and decided to take the opportunity to meet with Chavez. Each of the men have an incredible story of service and bravery.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941, when the waters and skies surrounding Pearl Harbor were still quiet, Quartermaster First Class Chavez and his crew were out on the water.

“We were sweeping restricted water. Nobody was supposed to be there except us” Chavez remembers.

Somewhere near the harbor they spotted a Japanese submarine and immediately notified others. A short time later, another ship bombed and sank the sub and Chavez went back to his Navy housing nearby to sleep.

But it was just a couple of hours later that Chavez’s wife shook him out of a deep sleep. She told him the Japanese were invading and that the “whole harbor was on fire."

“The first thing was surprise. Then I was scared. I thought the next plane would get the right angle, then I was angry,” Downing says of the experience.

Downing was 28 years old at the time and served on the USS West Virginia, though the morning of the attack he wasn’t on board the ship. If he had been he says he wouldn’t be here today.

“The saddest thing I saw that morning was sailors being blown off the ship, come up out of the water, feel the oil on their bodies...and they just became human torches.”

He and the other survivors did their best to defend the harbor but he says the power quickly went out and “they couldn’t even get off one shot.”

“Once the Japanese had sunk our ship they didn't care so all we had to do was fight the fires and take care of the wounded,” Downing says.

But it's what Downing did after the initial attack that’s had more of a lasting impact.

He began memorizing the name tags of the dead and wrote letters to as many of their families as he could to let them know what had happened to their son.

He says it was so “gratifying” that he decided to go to where many of the wounded were being treated and offered to write their families letters also.

Downing and Chavez shared many memories from decades ago. But all of the stories make celebrating the birth of their country so much more meaningful.

The lesson Downing learned from Pearl Harbor is: “Weakness invites aggression...keep America strong.”

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<![CDATA[Fourth of July: What You Should Know]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 03:59:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP863047613399.jpg

There will no doubt be plenty of beer and fireworks this Fourth of July.

Although we celebrate Independence Day on July 4 every year, that may not be the correct date of America's independence from Britain. In fact, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail hailing July 2 as the day people would celebrate America for generations to come.

That's because on July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution for independence. However, America celebrates July 4 because that was the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.

Here's a look at other things to know this July 4:

15,000 - The approximate number of July 4 fireworks shows that took place in 2014, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association.

41.9 Million - The number of travelers AAA predicts will travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday weekend.

150 Million - The approximate number of hot dogs to be consumed on the Fourth of July, according to Marketresearch.com.

61 - The number of hot dogs San Jose native Joey Chestnut ate in 10 minutes to win the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn last year for the eighth time in a row. He also proposed to his girlfriend, fellow competitive eater Neslie Ricasa. She said yes.

69 - The hot dog eating record Joey Chestnut set in 2013.

6.8 Million - Number of singles sold of Katy Perry's "Firework" from her third studio album "Teenage Dream," according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

- The percentage of consumer fireworks that are made in China, according to The New York Times.

3 - The number of U.S. presidents who have died on July 4. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826. James Monroe also died on July 4, five years later.

1870 - The year Congress passed a bill to make July 4 a national holiday, though it has been celebrated as early as 1977, according to Time.

$55.84 - The average cost of a barbeque cookout this summer for 10 people, according to a survey of grocery stores in 30 states.

201.6 Million - The number of pounds of fireworks consumers used in 2014, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association.

15 - The number of seconds San Diego's fireworks show lasted in 2012 when tens of thousands of fireworks were accidentally shot off at the same time.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Best NASCAR Photos of 2015]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:41:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479627876.jpg Take a look at some of the top rubber-burning, flag-waving and cork-popping moments of the 2015 NASCAR season.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[9 Hurt as Fireworks Hit Crowd in Colo.]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:50:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fireworks-Show-Avon-Colorado-3-July-2015.jpg

A set of fireworks malfunctioned at a Colorado fireworks show Friday night, sending fireworks into a crowd of people and injuring nine spectators, fire officials said.

About 17 minutes into the "Salute to the USA Fireworks Show" in Avon, a shell in the middle of a rack of fireworks exploded in its tube instead of shooting into the air, the town confirmed to NBC News.

The explosion then caused the rest of the shells to tip over, sending "two or three" fireworks over Nottingham Lake and toward the tightly-packed spectators.

"There was not a lot of room in between groups of people, so when it happened no one could really get up and run," a spectator, Jane Imber, told NBC News. "It was so scary."

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The nine injured people suffered "minor abrasion burns" at the scene, and were quickly helped by police and medical teams who were at the event, the town said in a statement.

"This is Avon's 29th year of presenting one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in Colorado, and we have never had any failure in the production," said Deputy Chief Greg Daly, who oversaw the response. "It is wonderful news that the injuries were very minor."

The town also said the "safety distance" between the crowds and the fireworks, as well as the firework crew's rapid shutdown of the show, likely prevented any further harm.

Photo Credit: YouTube / Jesus Ramirez
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