<![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 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 20:24:34 -0800 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 20:24:34 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Victims of Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooting Identified]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 16:28:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/151129-jennifer-markovsky-victim-622p_e54ef28cbb37c6a3a137f2a6c180df86.nbcnews-ux-320-320.jpg

The two victims of an attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs were identified Sunday as an Army veteran and a lovable mother.

Officials said Jennifer Markovsky, 36, and Ke'Arre Marcell Stewart, 29, were killed along with police Officer Garrett Swasey in the hours-long attack Friday. Each of the victims had two children.

Family members said Markovsky was originally from Hawaii, according to NBC affiliate KHNL of Honolulu. Markovsky was at Planned Parenthood on Friday supporting a friend, her family said, when suspected gunman Robert Dear rushed in and started shooting.

Stewart was an Iraq war veteran who had recently left the military, a friend, Amburh Butler, told The Associated Press.

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<![CDATA[Threat Cancels Ill. College Classes]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:40:18 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/u+of+c+hyde+park.jpg

Classes at University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus are canceled Monday after an unknown individual posted an online threat of gun violence, according to the University.

President Robert Zimmer sent a letter to the campus community Sunday to announce the cancellation of all classes and activities on the Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday.

In the letter, which was also posted online, Zimmer wrote that the University was informed by FBI counterterrorism officials that someone posted a threat of gun violence online. The individual reportedly mentioned specifically “the campus quad” on Monday morning at 10 a.m., according to the letter.

“Based on the FBI’s assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country, we have decided in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling all classes and activities on the Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday,” Zimmer wrote.

All non-medical faculty, students and non-essential staff are asked not to come to the Hyde Park campus on Monday. The letter also asked those who will be on campus to remain indoors as much as possible, including students in College Housing.

The University of Chicago will have an increased police presence on and around the campus, according to President Zimmer.

U of C security personnel are working closely with the FBI, which is continuing to investigate the threat.

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, the University libraries, the Quadrangle Club, and other campus facilities will also be closed on Monday.

The University of Chicago Medical Center will remain with added security measures, according to the University.

The school expects to resume normal University operations on Tuesday.

Anyone who sees anything unusual should contact University of Chicago Police at 773-702-8181.

<![CDATA[Turkey Recovers Body of Pilot From Downed Russian Jet]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 14:42:27 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_252547677973.jpg

Turkey recovered the body of a Russian pilot from northern Syria and presented it to Russian diplomts on Sunday, five days after shooting down his warplane in an incident that wrecked relations between two of the main powers invovled in Syria's war. 

A coffin carrying Oleg Peshkov arrived by ambulance on the tarmac of Hatay Airport in southern Turkey near the Syrian bordder, a Reuters photographer said. 

The shooting down of the Russian fighter jet by NATO-member Turkey, the first known incident of its kind since the Cold War, has damaged efforts to forge a united front against ISIS in the weeks since militants claimed responsibility for mass killings in Paris and blowing up a Russian airliner.

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<![CDATA[Rice Family Attorneys Want Own Experts to Testify]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:49:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/AP_534461744962.jpg

Upset over a series of experts' reports commissioned by Cleveland prosecutors that conclude the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice was justified, attorneys for the boy's family released reports from its own experts that say deadly force shouldn't have been used, NBC News reported.

"We think it is important that the grand jury be given the opportunity to consider the testimony and findings of true experts to explain why this killing was unjustified," attorneys for the Rice family say in a letter to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty dated Friday.

The attorneys want their experts to testify before a grand jury deciding whether to bring charges against the officer who shot Tamir. They called the reports that found the shooting justified "utterly biased and deeply flawed" and object to the use of experts' reports in the grand jury proceedings.

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<![CDATA[Bus Transporting Va. Students Overturns, 33 Injured]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:39:21 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CVBr4PPWsAEauo4.jpg.jpg

A bus full of college students overturned Sunday night in Virginia, injuring 33 people, one of them critically, authorities said.

The nature of the critically wounded patient's injuries wasn't disclosed.

None of the 32 other injuries was believed to be life-threatening — mainly bumps, bruises and other injuries "that would be consistent with a vehicle accident" — Lt. Jason Elmore, a spokesman for Chesterfield County Fire and Emergency Medical Services, told reporters Sunday night.

The bus was carrying 49 passengers — many of them students from Virginia Tech and Radford universities and the University of Virginia — when it flipped on Powhite Parkway near the city of Chesterfield, said Sgt. Steve Vick, a spokesman for the Virginia State Police. 

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<![CDATA[Best of 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:43:12 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_797372372594-parade.jpg Millions of people attended the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on Nov. 26, 2015, in New York City. Floats graced the skies and musical and theatrical performances entertained on street level.

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<![CDATA[Man Hid Roommate's Body in Suitcase]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:57:57 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/midlothian+suitcase.jpg

A man faces criminal charges after police were tipped off to a "foul odor" coming from the basement of an apartment building in Midlothian, Illinois, only to discover his roommate's body hidden in storage, according to police. 

On Friday night, Midlothian police were flagged down by a resident of an apartment building in the 14500 block of Keystone Ave. The resident reported a foul odor from the storage area and escorted police downstairs. 

There, the police found a suitcase inside a storage unit that contained the decomposing body, later identified as Kimberly Putterlik. Her official cause of death is pending the results of a toxicology report, but when officers interviewed her roommate, 23-year-old Alexander Acevedo, he stated that Putterlik died of an overdose on or around Nov. 13. 

Acevedo said he was afraid of calling the police and being kicked out of the apartment, so the following day he placed Putterlik in the suitcase downstairs where authorities found her. 

Acevedo has been charged with concealment of death and obstructing justice.

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<![CDATA[Bats Tied To Poles With Chains]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:31:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bat6.jpg

San Francisco police are investigating why a set of spiked baseball bats were chained to telephone poles around San Francisco on Thanksgiving, which a spokesman said was "very strange."

As many of 27 of these bats, some of which had nails protruding from them, were found in a number of locations around the city, Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

The bats were discovered throughout Thursday, beginning in the morning. The last one was found at around 4:45 p.m. at 19th Avenue and Buckingham Way, Andraychak said. Gerrie Burke snapped a photo of the odd sight -- a bat attached to a pole meter as if it were a sleeping dog.

"I thought it was someone trying to be sick, then I thought it's an art project," Burke said. "And then I thought maybe they are trying to freak people out."

Andraychak said there are no indications currently of who placed the bats or why. Police are investigating various aspects of what Andraychak described as a "very strange" episode.

Police said possession could be considered a probhibited deadly weapon with a felony charge.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Gerrie Burke]]>
<![CDATA[4 People Dead in Apparent Louisiana Murder-Suicide]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 16:40:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

Four people, including boys ages 2 and 4, were found dead Sunday morning inside a home in Marrero, Louisiana, authorities said.

The bodies were discovered about 11 a.m. (noon ET) when an 18-year-old woman returned home from a hunting trip, Jefferson Parish sheriff's Col. John Fortunato said Sunday afternoon.

All of the victims had stab wounds, Fortunato said. They were identified as David Mata, 46; Kelli Mata, 40; Caden Mata, 4; and Liam Mata, 2.

The woman who found them wasn't immediately identified, and sheriff's officials wouldn't provide any further details early Sunday night. 

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<![CDATA[Trump Stands by 9/11 Cheering Claims]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:22:59 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_429666502119.jpg

Despite a lack of evidence, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sunday kept pushing the claim that he saw cheering from Muslims in New Jersey on September 11, 2001.

Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press", the Republican frontrunner said, "I saw it. So many people saw it ... So, why would I take it back? I'm not going to take it back."

Asked where he witnessed this, Trump replied, "I saw it on television. I saw clips."

While citing the Washington Post for his assertion there were "tailgate parties" following 9/11, Trump conceded, "We're looking for other articles. And we're looking for other clips. And I wouldn't be surprised if we found them…but for some reason, they're not that easy to come by."

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<![CDATA[Plains, Midwest Brace for Snow After Deadly Ice Storms ]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 06:55:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/AP_487424761544.jpg

At least fourteen deaths have been blamed on a series of storms that brought freezing conditions across the nation's midsection since Thursday, and despite an increase in temperatures on Sunday, the relief was not expected to last long, forecasters said, NBC News reported.

Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota could see solid swaths of snow, according to Michael Palmer, lead meteorologist at the Weather Channel. Some areas in southern Minnesota could see a foot of snow, Palmer said.

Meanwhile, up to four inches of rain was forecast for Northeastern Texas and central Arkansas Sunday, adding to the threat of flooding in those states.

In Oklahoma, authorities were working to restore power to more than 91,000 after broken, ice-covered tree limbs downed power lines.

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<![CDATA[Carson: Syrian Refugees Satisfied With Facilities in Jordan ]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:05:29 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Carson+Jordan+MTP.png

Fresh off of a visit to the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson came away thinking the United States needs to do more to support the country that is housing thousands of refugees.

"The facilities that have been offered to them [refugees] here in Jordan are very satisfactory. And when I asked them what Americans could do, they said, 'If Americans could support those facilities to a greater degree,' because they have much more capacity here in Jordan," Carson said in an interview via satellite on NBC's "Meet The Press" Sunday.

As for defeating ISIS, he repeated his calls for removing their oil revenue and their ability to move money. 

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<![CDATA[Planned Parenthood Decries 'Hateful Rhetoric']]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Police-PlannedParenthodd-AP.jpg

While officials have not disclosed a motive in Friday's shooting rampage at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, the president of the healthcare provider's Rocky Mountains network decried "hateful rhetoric" that "breeds acts of violence."

Suspected gunman Robert Lewis Dear, 57, surrendered after a five-hour siege at the Colorado Springs clinic Friday and is being held without bond. Three people, including a police officer, were killed in the attack, NBC News reported.

Law enforcement officials have not disclosed what motivated the attack. A federal official told NBC News it appears Dear may be mentally disturbed.

But Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, said in a statement Saturday that witness accounts indicate it was motivated by opposition to abortion. NBC News has not confirmed those accounts.

"We've seen an alarming increase in hateful rhetoric and smear campaigns against abortion providers and patients over the last few months," Cowart said. "That environment breeds acts of violence. Americans reject the hatred and vitriol that fueled this tragedy."

The shootings raised fears that other Planned Parenthood facilities could be targeted. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday said state police have increased patrols at clinics statewide, and would meet with clinics Monday to discuss security measures.

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<![CDATA[Man Takes Selfie With Stolen Phone]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 17:17:42 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/112915selfed.jpg

A man provided police with a helpful lead in the reported theft of a mobile phone: a selfie taken with the stolen device.

Police released the photograph of the alleged suspect and are asking for the public's help in identifying him.

The victim, a 36-year-old man, was texting on his phone while riding a southbound Q train at about 5:45 a.m. on Oct. 24, when the phone was snatched from his hand as the train entered the Beverley Road station in Brooklyn.

The suspect fled the train when the doors opened.

The suspect eventually used the phone to take a photo of himself, which turned up on the victim's Google account, police said. Some phone users set up their devices to back up photos automatically to their Google photo libraries.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. 

<![CDATA[Bill Gates to Launch Clean Energy Initiative]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 03:21:21 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Gates-Hollande-India-PM-AP_484055781574.jpg

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multibillion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative with heads of state on Monday, the opening day of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, the French government said Friday.

Gates and a group of developing and developed countries will launch the Clean Tech Initiative, in which countries will commit to doubling their clean energy technology research and development budgets by 2020 and private investors will boost their own investments in the sector, NBC News reported.

Access to clean energy technology will play a key role in a global agreement to combat climate change. More than 190 countries will negotiate a new pact in Paris from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 at the 21st U.N. Conference of the Parties summit. France, the United States, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Canada and Norway have said they will join, a source close to the conference presidency told Reuters.

Gates will join Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande to announce the initiative on the opening day of the two-week summit, according to an agenda released Friday.

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<![CDATA[Remembering Officer Garrett Swasey]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:49:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*164/TMD-Garrett-Swasey-policia-de-colorado-asesinado.JPG

The death of University of Colorado police officer Garrett Swasey is hitting hard for many not just in the world of law enforcement, but also competitive ice skating.

Friend and fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan took to Twitter to offer her condolences, tweeting: "My prayers and love go out to Garretts (sic) entire family. Remembering a wonderful friend and person whom will be greatly missed!"

Two-time Olympian figure skater Michelle Kwan also turned to social media to express grief over the loss of Swasey.

"My heart breaks for #GarrettSwasey - father, police officer, Pastor, skating champ. Pray for his family & end of senseless violence in #US," she tweeted.

Swasey grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts. The mayor of Melrose, Rob Dolan, graduated with Swasey in 1989. Back then, according to Dolan, if you knew Garrett Swasey, you knew he was big in to ice skating.

"He trained, he was tired and he wanted to be in the Olympics and make a big mark," said Dolan.

His high school yearbook echoed those sentiments, captioning his graduation photo: "Hampton Beach class of 89, watch 96 Olympics. See you there."

Swasey chased his Olympic dream to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where U.S. figure skating is headquartered.

U.S. Figure Skating released a statement saying in part, "the figure skating community mourns the tragic loss of Officer Garrett Swasey, a former U.S. junior ice dance champion. Garrett is remembered as a kind and selfless man who was well liked by friends and competitors alike."

Sawsey even competed at "Nationals" in the early 90s, winning the National Junior Ice Dance title with partner Christine Fowler at the 1992 U.S. National Figure Skating Championship.

But like for so many, the Olympic dream faded though a love for skating remained. Swasey became a police officer and a leader at his church. It was in those roles at the age of 44 he died a son, husband and a father of two.

Melrose is working to send a few police officers to Swasey's funeral.

Photo Credit: UCCS
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<![CDATA[Migrants Clash With Police on Macedonia Border]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 23:24:18 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Migrants-Macedonia-EU-AP_204263323884.jpg

Migrants on the Greek-Macedonian border attacked police with stones Saturday, enraged by the sight of Macedonian authorities erecting a fence along the border and an accident that injured a young Moroccan man, NBC News reported.

Authorities said 18 Macedonian officers were injured in the brief but intense clashes. Most of them received minor injuries but two were hospitalized in the nearby town of Gevgelija, Macedonia's Interior Ministry said.

There was no official tally of injured migrants, although Macedonian police targeted them with stun grenades and plastic bullets. Doctors from the Red Cross and other non-governmental organizations said they treated 20 people for head injuries and breathing problems.

The accidental electrocution at the top of a train carriage of a 24-year-old Moroccan, who suffered severe burns, sparked the unrest among the migrants, many of whom have been stranded at the border since Macedonia decided earlier this month, along with Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia, to let through only those from the "warzone" countries of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

More than 600,000 refugees and other migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia have entered Europe through Greece this year, many after making the short sea crossing from Turkey.

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<![CDATA[Suspected Burglar Dies in California Chimney]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 01:29:17 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Chimney-Fresno-cu8ouj8ukaaxvmt_0e1162e6f5871613323b9b367f14870c.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

A suspected burglar who became stuck in a chimney in Central California died Saturday afternoon after the unsuspecting homeowner lit a fire, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.

The incident occurred at around 3 p.m. and firefighters who responded to the Huron home found a man stuck in the chimney but apparently still breathing, the sheriff's office said, NBC News reported.

But the man, who was not immediately identified, was dead when firefighters broke into the chimney, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office said when the homeowner lit the fire, he heard a man yell from inside the chimney and the house began filling with smoke. The homeowner put out the fire and firefighters were called.

The sheriff's office said its investigation indicates that the man tried to enter the home through the chimney overnight and got stuck, and the homeowner, who was away and returned Saturday, didn't know anyone was inside until lighting the fire.

<![CDATA[Kansas Man Held on $10M Bond, Son, 7, Missing]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 01:50:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Michael-Jones-capture_94750e2c06b66e4f80733943276a763e.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

A Kansas man is being held on $10 million bond after police discovered his young son missing and then found human remains on his property.

Kansas City police said officers first responded to reports of an "armed disturbance" Wednesday at the home of Michael A. Jones, 44. During the investigation, "it was alleged that a 7-year-old boy had been missing for an extended period of time and was possibly dead," police said in a news release.

The next day, officers returned with a warrant to search the property and found the human remains, authorities said, NBC News reported.

Officials have not determined if the remains are those of the missing child. The grim finding remains under investigation, police said.

Jones was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and abuse of a child, according to Wyandotte County Detention Center records.

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<![CDATA[Newborn Found Buried Alive Near Compton Riverbed ]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:13:30 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/newborn+baby+riverside+riverbed+1128+2015.jpg

A newborn girl was found buried alive near a riverbed in Compton, California, Friday and now officials are seeking the public's help for information on her abandonment.

Two women described the moments when they heard the cries as they walked on a bike path near the riverbed.

"She said, 'I hear a baby crying,'" Angelica Blount said of her sister Evangelina McCrary. "I saw the baby, but not 100 percent of the baby's face."

Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a baby heard crying near the riverbed located between 136th Street and Slater Avenue at 4 p.m. Friday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"Anytime you have a helpless newborn child who can't help themselves, it is frustrating," Blount said.

As deputies canvassed the area, they heard a baby's "muffled cry" and discovered a newborn girl buried alive a foot deep under pieces of asphalt and rubble inside a crevice located along a bike path, LASD said.

Deputies had to remove pieces of asphalt and debris to rescue the baby, who was wrapped in a blanket and cold to the touch, officials said.

The newborn was treated at the scene and transported to a hospital. She was in stable condition and remained at the hospital for observation.

According to the Safe Surrender law, parents can drop off their newborn at any hospital or fire station confidentially within 72 hours without fear of prosecution, said Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla of the LASD.

The newborn was 24 to 36 hours old when she was found.

As of Saturday she was two to three days old, which is within the Safe Surrender window.

"They could have done the right thing, and instead they came and dumped it here," said Angel Flores, a nearby resident. "I don't know the situation they have or what's going on, but this is not right. This is not human."

The person who did this, if found, could be charged with attempted murder and child endangerment, detectives said.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-LASD (5273).

Information on the Safe Surrender law can be found at the following sites:

Safe Surrender in Los Angeles at BabySafeLA.org

Safe Surrender in the state of California at BabySafe.CA.gov

Photo Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department]]>
<![CDATA[FB Post of Dog Muzzled With Duct Tape Sparks Investigation ]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 08:43:30 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/112815+dog+mouth+new.jpg

Police in Connecticut and Florida have been inundated with messages of outrage and concern over a Facebook post showing a dog muzzled with duct tape that has gone viral on social media.

A Facebook account under the user name "Katie Brown" posted a photograph Friday of a dog that looks like a chocolate lab with duct tape wrapped around its mouth. The image was captioned with the message: "This is what happens when you dont (sic) shut up!!!" According to the page, the woman lives in South Daytona, Florida. It is not clear if the photo is Brown's.

A subsequent post, published only a minute later, attempted to justify the controversial image by explaining that the duct tape was only left on the dog for "a minute."

"Don't panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasnt barked since...POINT MADE!!! (sic)," the caption read.

The post was shared over 280,000 times by Saturday afternoon and has sparked an outcry from animal lovers criticizing the Facebook user who posted the image. The post and photo have not been authenticated.

South Daytona Beach police initially told NBC Connecticut that the alleged incident was believed to have happened in Florida but that the woman wasn't at her residence in the state. They also said she may live in Torrington, Conn.

South Daytona Police Lt. Dan Dietrich later said they made contact with the woman's adult son, who lives in Florida, and he confirmed the his mother moved to Connecticut over a year ago and has been living in Avon with a boyfriend, possibly a fiancé. She doesn't own any vehicles registered in Florida but does have rental properties in the state, Dietrich said.

The son also said his mother is en route back to Florida and was passing through the Carolinas Saturday morning. Her son told police he hasn't heard from her and believes she may have shut her cell phone off after getting threatening calls when her phone number began circulating online in connection to the Facebook post.

According to police, the legal name of the woman they are looking to speak with is different than the one listed on the Facebook account. 

South Daytona police said they don't plan on taking any further action until they can speak with the woman believed to be behind the Facebook post and check on her dog's well-being, as well as any other animals she may have.

Daytona animal control officials reported receiving tens of thousands of calls about the Facebook post, including calls from Canada and Australia.

South Daytona Police, a department that covers a jurisdiction of four square miles, said they had to bring in 20 percent of their off-duty workforce to handle the high volume of calls about the Facebook photo of the dog. According to the department, their entire switchboard crashed at one point after being overwhelmed with calls about the alleged incident 

"Please help us out by not flooding our emergency phone numbers, which may impact other emergency calls. We appreciate your concerns," city of South Daytona officials said.

Most recently, city of South Daytona officials posted on Facebook that the woman in question hasn't lived there for about one and a half years despite the fact that the Facebook page under her name says she lives there.

Avon police dispatchers say they have been bombarded with numerous calls about the controversial post over the holiday weekend as well, as messages circulated on social media reporting the Facebook user also lives in the town.

However, police responded to the "home of the alleged abuse and determined that the case did not occur in Avon," city officials said. They also said that the woman whose name is on the account no longer lives in Avon and hasn't for awhile.  

"While we share your concern with the abuse of animals we want to assure all concerned individuals that we have fully investigated this case," Avon Police Chief Mark Rinaldo said.

Avon police said they have closed the investigation at this time and have contacted Florida authorities about the case because they believe she lives there.

Meanwhile, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office in Florida reported being "inundated with hundreds of Facebook messages" from across the country and world at its communications center.

"Please rest assured that we're aware of the photo and, as the dispatch center for all of Volusia County, have notified the appropriate local police department of the incident," the sheriff's office said. "We appreciate your concern for the welfare of all the members of our community! We've attempted to respond to as many individual messages as we can, but we hope this post will help put minds at ease in case we didn't reply to every last one. Have a great night and rest of your Thanksgiving weekend!"

The Facebook post has also been brought to the attention of Torrington Animal Control officials in Connecticut, who said there is an animal cruelty investigation underway after being flooded with messages about the incident.

"Be assured that there is an active animal cruelty investigation in progress. We are taking this very seriously. Please don’t send further emails or messages as our email system is overwhelmed. We thank you for your help," Torrington Animal Control officials said on Facebook. ".... Thank you everyone for sending us info and links to help the Chocolate Lab. We are actively investigating this case and searching for the individual involved."

Just before 3 p.m. Saturday, Torrington Animal Control posted an update on Facebook, stating their "inbox is not currently working" and requesting patients while they "try to read through all of your messages."

"We are still diligently working on tracking down the owner who posted that dreadful picture to Facebook earlier this morning but it appears that she is no longer residing in Avon ... or Connecticut for that matter. All new, and pertinent information that we get is being immediately forward to Daytona PD as that is where the suspect is believed to be living/heading," the post read. 

The woman whose name is on the Facebook account hasn't been located at this time. The Facebook account list's Brown as self-employed and a former Central Connecticut State University student, but that has not been confirmed.

A Change.org petition began circulating online, asking Torrington, Avon and South Daytona police to charge the woman with animal abuse. It has garnered over 25,000 supporters since its creation early Saturday morning.

South Daytona police said that if they verify the duct-tape incident with the dog occurred, then they would contact the police in the town where it occurred.

"We just want to get eyes on her first and figure this whole situation out," Dietrich said.

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<![CDATA[Brothers Take Selfie With Rescued Bald Eagle]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:43:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/12274514_10153767094985948_8246360514611169966_n_188ad7ec63c97311a3ffd23d663cd64f.nbcnews-ux-320-320.jpg

Two Canadian brothers who rescued a bald eagle from a trap took the rare chance to snap a selfie with the stately creature before setting it free.

Michael Fletcher, 29, said he was hunting with his brother, Neil, near Ontario's Windy Lake on Tuesday, when they stumbled upon the majestic bird caught in a hunting trap.

They knew they had to do something, but freeing the animal was no easy task. "When we got close to the bird, it tried to fly away. So I took my hoodie off and put it around its head, it calmed it right down," Fletcher told NBC News on Saturday. 

Photo Credit: Michael Fletcher via Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[How to Keep Your Data Safe While Shopping Online]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 02:09:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_31488411400.jpg

The holiday shopping season is underway and there are deals galore on the Web. But those deals could give hackers more entry points to access online shoppers' personal information, NBC News reported. 

Online shoppers can take a few simple steps to make sure they don't end up as identity-theft victims this holiday season.

Michael Bruemmer, Experian's vice president of consumer protection, said shoppers should use prepaid credit or debit cards to limit their exposure while shopping online.

"The easiest thing you can do is have a throw-away credit card or debit card that you only use for shopping as well as potentially an email address," Bruemmer told CNBC's "Tech Bet."

Experian also advises shoppers to avoid public Wi-Fi hot spots because many aren't secure, recommending that shoppers make all online purchases from home.

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<![CDATA[NSA's Bulk Phone Data Collection Program Ends]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:52:47 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nsa1.jpg

The federal government's collection of bulk data from the telephone calls of virtually every American stopped at midnight Saturday, ending a raging controversy that began two and a half years ago with disclosures about the secret program by whistleblower Edward Snowden, NBC News reported. 

Beginning Sunday, if the government wants to check on a specific phone number in a potential terrorism case, a request must be made to the relevant telephone company for a check of its own data. The government will no longer retain the information.

Except in emergencies, the records can be obtained only with an individual order from a special federal intelligence court.

President Obama said in January that the bulk data collection would end, and Congress in June formally banned it but allowed for a six-month transition period that ended Saturday.

For now, the National Security Agency, which ran the massive government data collection program, will retain access to the data it collected before the program ended.

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<![CDATA[Survivor: Colorado Gunman 'Was Aiming for My Head']]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:14:53 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_271813232552.jpg

A man who came face-to-face with a gunman at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic Friday said he felt "helpless" as he watched the shooter, who killed three people and injured nine others, NBC News reported.

Ozy Licano, 61, of Manzinola, Colorado,had driven some friends to the Colorado Springs clinic and was at a nearby Costco while they waited for their appointment.

When Licano returned, he was shocked to find bullets flying into the clinic's entry way as the the gunman shot "up and down," shattering the glass door.

"I just kind of lost it there. I tried to get out of my car and run. I thought about that, and I said no. I got back in the car, started it, put it in reverse," he said.

The shooter, identified as 57-year-old Robert Dear, turned his focus away from the clinic and took aim at Licano as he frantically tried to back up.

"He was looking directly at my face, and he was aiming for my head. I could see it in his eyes," Licano said.

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<![CDATA[What Trump Supporters Think About Race and Religion]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 08:18:07 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_415061301186+%281%29.jpg

Donald Trump, as many people on the left and even some on the right agree, is undoubtedly and intentionally making controversial remarks on cultural, racial and religious issues.

But what's emerged as the more complicated question is whether Trump's supporters agree with all of his remarks. In interviews, Trump supporters often say they like the mogul's blunt approach, that he "tells it like it is," without always detailing what "it is" that Trump is explaining so clearly.

Pollsters, who have asked Trump supporters a number of questions over the last few months that help explain the perspectives of his base, found that the real-estate mogul's backers are nearly all white — like the base of other GOP candidates — and want to deport undocumented immigrants more than any other Republicans. 

And, although Trump's immigration remarks have defined his campaign and drawn more attention of late after his controversial comments about potentially investigating mosques and creating a "database" of Muslims, most polls have not analyzed whether a distinction exists among his supporters' views specifically on Islam.

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<![CDATA[King Tut's Tomb May Conceal Egypt's Lost Queen]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:41:27 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_205435125768.jpg

Chances are high that the tomb of Ancient Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun has passages to a hidden chamber, which may be the last resting place of the lost Queen Nefertiti, experts said on Saturday.

There is huge international interest in Nefertiti, who died in the 14th century B.C. and is thought to be Tutankhamun's stepmother, and confirmation of her final resting place would be the most remarkable Egyptian archaeological find this century.

New evidence from the radar imaging taken so far is to be sent to a team in Japan for analysis. The results are expected to be announced in a month. 

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<![CDATA[Thief Disguised as Security Guard Steals $500,000]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:24:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/AP_051222013479.jpg

A Detroit thief armed with nothing more than a convincing costume stole over half a million dollars from an armored truck Friday — and is still on the run, police said, NBC News reported.

The man, who was dressed as a security guard, approached a Loomis armored van that was parked in front of a casino in Detroit's Greektown district at around 8 a.m. ET, reported NBC affiliate WDIV.

Sources told the station that the thief asked the Loomis driver to open the van, which the driver did willingly after assuming the man was a co-worker based on his uniform. 

The brazen thief then walked away with several money bags stuffed with more than $500,000 in them, WDIV reported.

<![CDATA[Putin Orders Economic Sanctions Against Turkey After Downing of Plane]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:16:07 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_187574577692.jpg

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for sanctions against Turkey, following the downing this week by Turkey of a Russian warplane.

The decree published on the Kremlin's website Saturday came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had voiced regret over the incident, saying his country was "truly saddened" by the event and wished it hadn't occurred.

The decree includes a ban on some goods and forbids extensions of labor contracts for Turks working in Russia. It doesn't specify what goods are to be banned or give other details, but it also calls for ending chartered flights from Russia to Turkey and for Russian tourism companies to stop selling vacation packages that would include a stay in Turkey. 

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<![CDATA[Man Robs Store After Refund Denied]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 10:27:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bronx+variety+shop+robbery.jpg

A man wearing a hardhat robbed a store in the Bronx after he was denied a refund for shoes he had purchased there, police said.

The robbery happened at the Forever 99 variety store at 1560 Westchester Avenue in Soundview around 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Police say the suspect demanded a refund for a pair of sneakers that he had purchased at the store. When he was told that he could only exchange the sneakers, he allegedly walked behind the counter and stole $600 in cash from the register.

A 36-year-old man tried to prevent the suspect from leaving the store by blocking an exit, but was shoved to the ground, police said. The suspect then got in a white Nissan Altima and took off down Westchester Avenue.

The man who was shoved to the ground was not injured.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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