<![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 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:15:19 -0700 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:15:19 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dispatcher Who Hung Up on 911 Caller Before Friend Died Resigns]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:15:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/150728-jaydon-chavez-silver-plane-314p.jpeg

An Albuquerque Fire Department dispatcher who allegedly hung up on a distressed 911 caller seeking help as her friend was dying from a gunshot wound has resigned, officials said. 

"Driver Matthew Sanchez tendered his resignation of employment from the Albuquerque Fire Department effective immediately," fire department Chief Administrative Officer Rob Perry said in a statement.

Sanchez allegedly hung up on a distraught women who was tending to a 17-year-old who was shot after the woman used explicit language.

"OK, you kow what, ma'am? you can deal with yourself, I'm not going to deal with this, OK?" Sanchez supposedly said before the line disconnects. 

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<![CDATA[Boy Who Asked For Junk Mail Gets Hundreds of Books]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:04:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-539749513.jpg

Matthew Flores asked his mailman for junk mail to read since he had no books at home or money for a bus fare to the library. 

After the mailman's plea went viral, the 12-year-old boy received hundreds of books.

"A young man was standing here reading junk mail and asked me if I had any extra," Ron Lynch told NBC News.

Flores has a passion for reading and asked Lynch for junk mail so he would have anytime of literature to read.

"I like using my imagination. It's super fun and it's interesting plus it gets you smarter," Flores told NBC News. 

<![CDATA[Charges in Maddy Middleton Death]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:31:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/T5A+VIGILIA+MADDY+SANTA+CRUZ+KATHERINE+VO+-+00002316.jpg

The Santa Cruz County District Attorney on Wednesday charged a 15-year-old boy with murder and kidnapping in the death of an 8-year-old girl who vanished while riding her scooter near her apartment on Sunday afternoon.

The decision to charge Adrian Jerry Gonzalez as an adult in the death of Madyson "Maddy" Middleton was announced by Jeffrey Rosell at a news conference on the county courthouse steps.

Rosell said he couldn't remember any similar cases in recent history.

Gonzalez is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday. He is being housed at a juvenile detention facility.  Gonzalez, a minor, is being named publicly because he is charged as an adult.

Rosell would not go into the specifics of the case. But he said the charges are: one count of murder that includes special circumstances of lying in wait, kidnap and sexual assault, and other counts related to sexual offenses and kidnapping. The maximum penalty for the crimes is life in prison, Rosell said, as the death penalty is not applicable to minors.

Because of his age, authorities have declined to say whether the teen had a record.

A motive in the case has never been offered.

"People do things things for all sorts of reasons," Rosell said. "Sometimes we understand them and sometimes we don't."

A call to the Santa Cruz County Office of the Public Defender for comment on the case wasn't immediately returned. Gonzalez could be assigned a public defender at an upcoming court appearance.

Attempts to speak to the teen and his mother have not been successful. A woman who appeared to be his mother wailed in front of a bank of TV cameras on Monday night as the boy was led off in a patrol car calmly.

Some neighbors who know the boy, however, said that he is a good kid who comes from a loving family. Even the boyfriend of Maddy's mother, Kirby Scudder, told NBC Bay Area that Gonzalez is a "great kid." Others knew him for throwing a yo-yo around the complex.

On Tuesday, Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said that Gonzalez “lured” Maddy up to his apartment on Sunday afternoon or evening, and killed her, before carrying her body down to a recycling bin at the apartment complex where both lived. Police didn't find her body until about 8 p.m. Monday.

Vogel also said that evidence, including the girl’s belongings, witness statements and video surveillance, links Gonzalez to Maddy's death. He also said the “suspect went to great lengths” to disguise and conceal the body left in the dumpster.

The 8-year-old's death has left many near and far in shock and disbelief. Santa Cruz residents held a vigil for her on Tuesday night and the Rio Theatre dedicated its marquee to her.

Neighbors at the Tannery Arts Center said they were stunned by the death. The center is a public-private nonprofit that includes 100 affordable loft apartments for artists and their families. About 250 people live in the complex, including about 50 children.

A memorial has been set up in Madyson's honor, overflowing with dozens of bouquets, stuffed animals, balloons, candles and notes.

On Wednesday, a group of girls about Madyson's age were crying at the memorial. One girl was walking Madyson's dog, Lucy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Minnesota Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion Closes Practice]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:47:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_716454610724.jpg

Life-long hunter Walter Palmer closed his practice today and said he was willing to cooperate with any investigation, as guides he used in the hunt face charges in Zimbabwe. 

<![CDATA[Fire Truck Crashes Into Shuttle Bus]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:21:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/casino+bus+fire+truck.jpg

A fire truck slammed into a shuttle bus in front of a Westchester casino Wednesday evening, hurting 10 people in both vehicles, authorities say. 

Yonkers Fire Commissioner John Darcy said the fire department received a call to head to 41 Maple Pl. at about 6 p.m. Engine 313 pulled out of its fire station and about a half-block away, struck the Empire Casino shuttle bus, at Yonkers and Kimball avenues. 

The shuttle bus appeared to have been heading west when it was hit by the fire truck, Darcy said. It was a few blocks away from Empire Casino. 

"A lot of people were bleeding badly, mostly the people on the bus," said witness Tony Finar of Yonkers. "Taken out on stretchers, definitely not conscious." 

Six civilians on the bus were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and Westchester Medical Center with varying degrees of injury, Darcy said. The extent of their injuries and their ages were not immediately clear, but at least some of them were elderly. 

All four firefighters in the truck suffered back and neck injuries and were taken to Jacobi Hospital. They're expected to be OK. 

Darcy said there was damage to the fire truck and "it looked like a pretty significant impact." 

Both police and fire departments are investigating the crash. 

<![CDATA[At Least 1 Killed in Milwaukee Plane Crash]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:19:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/plane+crash+fire.png

At least one person was killed when a small plane crashed at Milwaukee's Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport Wednesday evening. 

Emergency responders received initial reports of the crash at 9305 W Appleton Ave. on the Wisconsin city's northwest side just after 6 p.m., officials said.

Milwaukee firefighters and police crews could be seen working to put out what looked like a fire that was sparked from the crash just after 6:30 p.m.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner was placed on standby before confirming one fatality.

No further details have been released.

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<![CDATA[Despite Latino Pope, U.S. Hispanics Drawn to Evangelicalism]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:34:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lamb22.jpg

Despite growing up in the Catholic Church and attending parochial school, Gladys Verdejo said that for years her faith didn't extend much beyond attending Sunday Mass.

But an invitation to a worship service at the Lamb's Church of Nazarene in New York City seven years ago changed that. 

"I fell in love," said Verdejo, who was born in Puerto Rico, of her experience visiting an evangelical church. 

On a recent Sunday at the Lamb’s Church, Verdejo was among a large number of Latino congregants worshipping to gospel songs in Spanish. When the Rev. Gabriel Salguero took to the pulpit, he began his sermon with a fiery message: “Education is power! Ignorance is slavery!”

According to Verdejo, it was this message of empowerment and a direct connection to the gospel she felt she was lacking in the Catholic Church. “I feel more comfortable and at home here. I have a lot to learn still, but it's great,” she said.

Shifting Denomination

As millions of Catholics throughout the country await Pope Francis’s first U.S. visit this September, the steady movement of Hispanics, like Gladys Verdejo, away from the Catholic Church underscores a dilemma for the church: Despite efforts to attract and retain U.S. Latinos through expansion of lay ministry positions and support for immigration reform, many Hispanics continue to convert to an evangelical church or abandon their faith altogether.

The pope is expected to speak about immigrant rights at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia later this fall. In a nod to U.S. Hispanic Catholics — who comprise 17 percent of the population and 38 percent of U.S. Catholics — the pope will also offer a historic canonization Mass in Spanish for the Junipero Serra, a Franciscan missionary who established mission churches in California. 

Addressing Latinos in Spanish “will be an unquestioned acknowledgment of the importance of Latino communities and Latino Catholics in the United States,” said Professor Luis Fraga, director of the Institute for Latino Studies and professor of Transformative Latino Leadership at the University of Notre Dame.

After the pope's 2013 inauguration, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, presumed the evangelical church's success in drawing in U.S. Latinos would diminish.  

“We [Latino Evangelicals] expected Pope Francis to, in a very measurable manner, slow down the exodus from Catholicism to Evangelicals in Latin America and here in America. But guess what? He’s not slowing down the exodus,” he said.

In fact, Pew Research Center polling from last year notes that among Latinos between 30 to 49, “the net movement has been away from Catholicism and toward both evangelical Protestantism and no religious affiliation.”

"I Experienced the Presence of God"

After the service at the Lamb’s Church of Nazarene in Manhattan, Katira Castro de Lopez, 34, of Queens, New York, chatted with parishioners as her two children played.

Born in Puerto Rico and baptized in the Catholic Church, Castro de Lopez said she was a teenager when she first visited an evangelical church.

“I experienced the presence of God. It was tangible. I’ve never experienced that feeling in my life ever before,” she said.

The Catholic Church has experienced a net loss of members for decades, and evangelical Protestantism has woven its way into Latino immigrant communities since the 1940s. While the greater part of Latinos in the U.S. still belong to the Catholic Church, the Pew data show that this majority continues to shrink as evangelical Protestant and unaffiliated groups rise among U.S. Latinos. According to the research, nearly one-quarter of U.S. Latinos are now former Catholics.

Evangelical Community-Building

Rodriguez’s Sacramento-based organization, which encompasses over 40,000 member-churches representing millions of Latino Evangelicals, is the largest Latino Christian organization in the country. Rodriguez said intense community-building efforts continue to draw Hispanics to the evangelical church.

“You’re Salvadoran; we prepare your food and we sing your songs. You’re Mexican; we sing your music at church. You don’t have to abandon your culture when you come to our parish,” Rodriguez said.

The church isn’t just offering cultural affirmation. Rodriguez said it’s a message of personal and spiritual empowerment, including a message of financial prosperity, that’s attracting an increasing number of Latino immigrants who have experienced poverty.

“We validate the American dream. The Catholic Church is very ambiguous — almost silent, if not antagonistic — to the idea that America does represent social economic vertical mobility,” Rodriguez said.

Penance and Power

Rodriguez said the evangelical church’s inclusion of spiritual, social, and financial empowerment in gospel teachings resonates with Latino churchgoers.

Among the ways the evangelical church empowers, said Rodriguez, is by mobilizing congregants around social and political movements, and by using its leverage to persuade Congress on immigration reform.

For its part, the Catholic Church has worked to empower U.S. Latinos for decades, Luis Fraga said. One successful way, he said, is the Church continues to affirm its Latino base is by expanding the appointment of Latino deacons.

“There is an explicit attempt to appoint individuals who have language knowledge, cultural capital, life experience directly related to Latino communities, and give them very important roles in ministering to Hispanic communities,” he said.

Fraga added that Catholic social charities, local parishes and organizations like the Catholic Campaign for Human Development — the Church’s domestic anti-poverty program which works to address immigration reform and assist low-income communities — have been highly responsive to the needs of immigrant communities. Initiatives by Latino dioceses across the U.S. are anchoring the Catholic Church, according to Fraga.

“The growth in the Catholic Church — at least the slowing of the decline — of strong Catholic congregants is directly related to the increased presence of Latino immigrant communities,” he said.

Mar Muñoz-Visoso, executive director of Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, describes the Catholic Church’s efforts to minister to Hispanic communities as all-embracing.

“We have close to 5,000 parishes in the United States that do have some kind of ministry for Hispanic immigrants,” she said.

Muñoz-Visoso also said that 47 percent of lay ministry positions in the U.S., including youth ministers, parish managers, and religious educators, are filled by Latinos.

“[T]here is something very impressive there because it really means that we’re preparing the next generation of Latinos for the Church,” she said.

On Immigration

As trends in American Christianity continue to indicate a decline in membership, both Catholic and evangelical church leaders agree the future of Catholic and evangelical churches alike are intimately linked to Latinos in the U.S.

Rodriguez said for the better part of a decade he has been putting pressure on conservatives in Congress as well as assuaging the concerns that he said many white Evangelicals have about comprehensive immigration reform. “You need to support immigration reform because if not, you’re actually deporting the very future of your church,” he said.

Echoing the official views of the Catholic church, Muñoz-Visoso describes the Catholic church’s approach to immigration reform as comprehensive. “There has to be a grassroots movement to make sure that human dignity is respected, that due process is respected, and to understand the root causes of immigration,” she said.

Pope Francis has been vocal about the plight of immigrants worldwide. In a message for the 2014 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, he addressed the need for thorough reform. “Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more,” he wrote.

Pope Francis is expected to address immigration in a speech in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families. The event's theme is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”

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<![CDATA[Family of Man Killed by Ohio Cop Calls For Peace]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:20:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Ray-Tensing-mug.jpg

The family of Samuel DuBose, the Cincinnati man shot and killed during a traffic stop, is calling for peace following the release of the body camera video that captured the moment when DuBose was killed. 

DuBose family attorney Mark O'Mara called for a "peaceful and nonaggressive" response from the community after University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing was indicted on murder charges.  

The white University of Cincinnati police officer who shot the unarmed black man during a traffic stop has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor announced Wednesday, saying the cop "purposely" killed the motorist and "should never have been a police officer," according to NBC News.

In announcing the murder charge against officer Ray Tensing, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters lambasted the cop over the death of Dubose, 43, saying the fatal shooting was "the most asinine act I've ever seen a police officer make."

Dubose was pulled over July 19 for having a missing front license plate.

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<![CDATA[Man Wrongfully Jailed Shot Dead]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:27:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Alprentiss-Nash.jpg

A man has been fatally shot in Chicago nearly three years after he was released from prison, having spent 17 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit.

Alprentiss Nash, 40, was fatally shot in the chest Tuesday afternoon in the 1600 block of West Van Buren on the Near West Side, according to his attorney and police.

Police said Nash was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he was later pronounced dead.

Nash’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, said Nash was murdered during a failed robbery attempt. Police could not immediately confirm that information but said a person of interest was being questioned in his death.

Nash was previously sentenced to 80 years in prison for murder in connection with the 1995 death of Leon Stroud of Chicago's South Side.

He spent 17 years in prison before being released in August 2012 after evidence indicated he might not have committed the crime.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said at the time that new DNA evidence and a collective investigation showed there was not enough evidence to convict Nash.

Nash said in 2012 that while he was shocked, he wasn’t angry. He just wanted to get on with his life.

"The time is now. I'm a free man and I'm going to move forward," he said.

According to court records, Nash was arrested shortly after the April 30, 1995, crime in Chicago's West Pullman neighborhood. He was convicted on witness testimony.

The killer wore a black ski mask during the crime. One was recovered from a gate post near Stroud's home. During a post-conviction appeal, Nash sought DNA testing of the mask. That was opposed by the state's attorney's office and subsequently dismissed by a circuit judge.

An Illinois Appellate Court later reversed that decision, ordering the DNA testing that in 2010 came back with a genetic profile matching another man.

<![CDATA[New Donut-Ice Cream Hybrid Food Craze: Milky Buns]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:36:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/milkybun.jpg

There's a new food crazy that is kicking Cronuts to the curb: the Milky Bun.

"When [customers] tried the Milky Bun for the first time, that's when the wild fire started," Scott Ngheim, co-found of Afters Ice Cream in Los Angeles, said. "We did not expect the scale of how large everything went."

Ngheim and his partner Andy Nguyen put a new twist to classic sweets: stuffing homemade ice cream inside a warm glazed donut. 

When Ngheim and Nguyen started the ice cream shop, they knew the frozen dessert wouldn't be enough.

"We needed something more in order to get people really excited," said Nguyen. The two said they "tried anything and everything" that could hold ice cream, including shells, waffles and breads.

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<![CDATA[Trump: I'd 'Love' to Pick Palin for Cabinet Spot]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:58:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/114965052_10.jpg

Donald Trump said he'd "love" to have former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as a member of his cabinet if he is elected president. 

Asked on Sarah Palin's Mama Grizz Radio's "The Palin Update with Kevin Scholla" whether he'd include Palin in his administration, Trump responded "I'd love that."

"She really is somebody that knows what's happening. She's a special person, she's really a special person," he said. "She's got a following that's unbelievable."

Trump said he's always admired the former Alaska governor's talent for taking criticism in stride.

"One of things I most admire so much about her is that she took so much nonsense, lies, disgusting lies," he said. "And she handles it so well. She's tough and smart and just a great woman."

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<![CDATA[Taliban Chief Mullah Omar Is Dead: Afghan Official]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:07:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP120428025635.jpg

The Afghan government announced Wednesday that longtime Taliban leader Mullah Omar was dead.

"I can confirm that Mullah Omar is dead," the spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security Abdul Hassib Sediqi told NBC News. "According to our intelligence Mullah Omar has died in a hospital in Pakistan a couple years ago."

Rumors have circulated for years that the leader of the militant group that ruled Afghanistan until being toppled by U.S.-backed forces in 2001 had died.

Afghan intelligence officials told NBC News earlier that the government came to the conclusion Omar had died about two years earlier during a high-level national security meeting Wednesday morning.

The government had sufficient information to conclude that Omar died of hepatitis B about two years ago, and his death was kept secret to keep the group together, a second intelligence source told NBC News. 

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<![CDATA[Earbud Redesign]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:02:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/apple-mac-generic.jpg

Apple has patented an earbud design that experts say should actually help keep the product in your ears.

Business Insider discovered that the corporation has been working on this for more than a year, filing a patent in March 2014 for "invertible ear tips for an ear piece."

While a common consumer complaint of the current earbud design is that they tend to fall out easily, especially during exercise, Ubergizmo noted that the patent's description of a new and flexible outer section that conforms to a user's ear will help keep them in place and should provide a more comfortable experience.

There is no current forecast on when the new headphones might come to market.

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<![CDATA[Man Steals iPad from Toddler's Hand]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:41:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/072915+tamarac+grace+salon+ipad+theft.jpg

Police are looking for a thief who was caught on camera stealing an iPad from a young boy inside a Tamarac beauty salon.

The incident happened on July 24 at Grace Salon at 5449 N. State Road 7, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

Officials said the 4-year-old boy was watching cartoons on the iPad while he waited for his mother when the thief ripped the device out of his hands and ran out the store. The boy wasn't injured.

Witnesses said the teen suspect was about 5-foot-6 with a thin build. His hair was shaved on the side with twists on top and he was wearing a purple shirt with "INVS" written on the front.

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Meanwhile, 1976 Boxing Olympic Gold Medalist Howard Davis, Jr. stopped by the salon on Wednesday and donated a new iPad to the toddler.

"We should give when somebody needs," Davis said.

He told NBC 6 that helping others has become a hobby in his retirement years.

When asked whether success created his desire to give, he responded, "Winning is one thing but losing teaches you more."

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<![CDATA[2 Dead, 31 Sick Amid 'Unusual' Legionnaires' Outbreak in NYC]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:36:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/legionnaires+outbreak.jpg

Nearly three dozen cases of Legionnaires' disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the Bronx over the last two weeks in what the Health Department is calling a concerning "unusual increase" in cases.

Thirty-one cases have been reported in south Bronx neighborhoods, primarily in High Bridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point and Mott Haven, since July 10, the Health Department said. Two of the people stricken with the condition died.

Legionnaires' disease is caused by exposure to the bacteria Legionella; in most cases, people are exposed to the bacteria by inhaling contaminated aerosols from cooling towers, hot tubs, showers and faucets or drinking water.

Officials are testing water from cooling towers and other potential sources in the area to determine the source of the outbreak.

Legionnaires' disease usually sets in two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria and has symptoms similar to pneumonia, including shortness of breath, high fever, chills and chest pains. People with Legionnaires' also experience appetite loss, confusion, fatigue and muscle aches.

It cannot be spread person-to-person and those at highest risk for contracting the illness include the elderly, cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung or immune system disease and those receiving immunosuppressive drugs. Most cases can be treated successfully with antibiotics.

The Health Department urges anyone with symptoms to seek immediate medical attention.

"We are concerned about this unusual increase in Legionnaires' disease cases in the south Bronx," Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said in a statement. "We are conducting a swift investigation to determine the source of the outbreak and prevent future cases."

At a news briefing on hot weather Wednesday afternoon, Bassett said the investigation was in its early stages, and reiterated early treatment was crucial.

"We have our disease detectives out in the field, scanning the environment and looking for places to take samples," Bassett said.

"We know a lot about Legionnaires', we know a lot about outbreaks -- this particular outbreak is still under investigation. We have an evolving situation," she added. "This is a common and readily treated pneumonia and we want to make sure people get care."

Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx confirmed it had received Legionnaires' patients, but declined to say how many and referred questions to the Health Department.


John Dudley, district manager of Bronx Community Board 3, said the Health Department hadn't notified him about the outbreak and he wanted more information to spread to residents in his neighborhoods.

"I'm shocked," Dudley said, adding he was at least glad to know the disease couldn't be spread through person-to-person contact.

James Rouse, 42, died of Legionnaires' three months ago; he's not one of the two deaths linked to the more recent Bronx outbreak, but his family wonders if it's connected. He lived in Manhattan but taught music to children in the South Bronx. On April 30, he went to the hospital with a 104-degree fever, was diagnosed with Legionnaires' and then died 10 days later. 

"If it turns out those two people died and it's related to my brother's death, and something could have been done about it -- that kind of tragedy, I couldn't put into words," said brother John Rouse of Coram. 

An outbreak last hit the Bronx in December. Between then and January, 12 people in Co-op City contracted the potentially deadly disease. Officials said a contaminated cooling tower was likely linked to at least 75 percent of those cases. No one died in that outbreak.

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<![CDATA[Cecil the Lion's Death May Result in 10 Cubs Killed: Experts]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:59:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_463227356214.jpg

The American dentist who hunted and killed a well-known lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe may have jeopardized the livelihood of 10 cubs in the animal's family, experts told NBC News.

"Because lions have such complicated social lives, when one male from a coalition of males is killed, that can destabilize the whole coalition," said Professor David MacDonald, whose team at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, have been tracking Cecil by GPS since 2008. 

This cascade could lead to "the deaths of his brothers and the overthrow of his weakened coalition, and subsequently the death of his cubs," said MacDonald, who is the founding director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the university.

<![CDATA[Experts Say Dispatchers Need More Training]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:35:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2015-07-29-at-4.18.23-PM.jpg

 An investigation into the Alburquerque dispatcher who allegedly hung up on a 911 caller has brought up the importance training practices when it comes to important emergency job.

"You have to be the one to provide assistance in a calm, cool and professional way," Chris Carver, an operations director for the National Emergency Number Association, told NBC News.

Dispatchers have to handle difficult situations and it's critical to not become emotionally involved in what's happening on the other end, Carver said. 

While training on policy, technology, and operations is integral for the job, hiring the right people can sometimes be more important than the training, Carver notes.

"The unfortunate truth is that for the vast majority, the amount of training required [for dispatchers] is no where near being close to what you need to cut hair," Carver said. "That requires much more training."

<![CDATA[Lifeguard Lying in Sand on Duty]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:02:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/gary+lifeguard+video.jpg

A Gary, Indiana lifeguard has been fired after she was caught on video lying in the shade while on duty over the weekend.

The three-minute video, which was taken at Marquette Park Beach, was posted to YouTube Saturday and shows a lifeguard lying in the sand below her chair at the beach. The woman is seen still wearing pants and socks in the footage.

“I used to be a lifeguard for five years,” a beachgoer says in the video. “I just want to know why you’re lying down on the job. Aren’t you supposed to be watching the water?”

The woman in the video says she was resting there because it was in the shade.

LaLosa Bent Burns, the director of communications for Gary, told NBC Chicago that the lifeguard’s actions “inexcusable” and said she has been fired.

"It's inexcusable conduct and we addressed the situation as soon as we became aware of it,” he said.  

<![CDATA[Patriots Owner on Brady Decision]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:50:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-461747308.jpg

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick addressed the media Wednesday morning as the team officially kicked off training camp. 

The media availability came a day after the NFL's decision to uphold Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game.

"The decision handed down by the league is unfathomable," Kraft said. He added: "I was wrong to put my faith in the league." 

Belichick dodged questions about the Deflategate controversy, saying there's "nothing really to talk about there." He said the team will continue to get ready for the 2015 season. 

Kraft said that "Tom Brady is a person of great integrity and a great ambassador of the game." 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady's cellphone on or just before March 6. Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells on that day.

Brady released a counter-statement Wednesday morning saying, "I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January."

Calling the appeal process "a sham," Brady's agent, Don Yee, said Goodell "failed to ensure a fair process" in upholding the quarterback's four-game suspension.

The Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks. 

Kraft said he regrets not appealing the NFL penalties against the team. 

Devin McCourty says Robert Kraft speaks for the Patriots. They all support Tom Brady. Wide receiver Matthew Slater says the Patriots are a family and stand behind each other, including Tom Brady.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said "I think the NFL needs to get their priorities straight."

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<![CDATA[Only 4 Northern White Rhinos Left]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:28:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_760306698482.jpg

One of the last five northern white rhinoceroses in the world has died.

Nabiré, a 31-year-old female northern white rhino, died of a ruptured cyst, authorities at the Dvůr Králové Zoo announced. Nabiré's death leaves only three females and one male left of her species.

Because of poaching and habitat loss, northern white rhinos have been on the brink of extinction for years. 

Out of the only three female northern whites left behind, none are able to carry babies due to uterine conditions or being past the reproductive age. 

<![CDATA[Kerry Testifies on Iran Deal at Senate Hearing]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:10:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/jonh-kerry.jpg

Secretary of State John Kerry was back on the Hill on Wednesday testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey on the Uran nuclear Deal. 

They answered questions on the nuclear agreement with Iran as well as what it means for military balance in the Middle East.

"Let me underscore — the alternative to the deal we've reached isn't a better deal — some sort of unicorn arrangement involving Iran's complete capitulation. That's a fantasy plain and simple," Kerry said on Wednesday during his opening statements. "The choice we face is between a deal that will ensure Iran's nuclear program is limited, rigorously scrutinized, and wholly peaceful or no deal at all."

For days, the Obama administration has vigorously defended the historic deal aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program to deeply skeptical GOP lawmakers. 

<![CDATA[Greenpeace Protesters Dangle From Portland Bridge]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:24:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150729-portland-bridge-greenpeace-1045a_560147613e0dbba71fcb0de19ea27d4a.nbcnews-ux-760-520.jpg

At least a dozen climbers with Greenpeace were dangling from a Portland, Oregon, bridge on Wednesday morning — and threatened to do so for days — in protest of Shell's scheduled launch of a ship for Arctic oil exploration, NBC News reported.

"The climbers have enough supplies to last several days, and are prepared to stay in Shell's way as long as possible," the environmental organization said in a blog post.

The stunt on the St. Johns Bridge comes after protesters gathered in a Portland park Tuesday evening, and planned to drop kayaks in the water in a bid to stop the Royal Dutch Shell from leaving port. The ship was scheduled Wednesday to depart for Alaskan waters.

Following the lead of protesters in Seattle who tried to block ships headed for Shell's planned oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea, the Portland "kayaktivists" also planned to conduct a vigil overnight Tuesday on the Willamette River, which runs through downtown Portland.

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<![CDATA[Woman Dies in Police Holding Cell]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:47:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/raynette+turner.jpg

A 44-year-old mother of eight arrested on a shoplifting charge for the third time in recent weeks died in a Westchester County holding cell Monday, according to officials and a published report.

Police say the woman, identified as Raynette Turner, was found unresponsive in her cell in the Mount Vernon Police Department, where she was being held pending arraignment.

Turner, who had eight children, according to Westchester News 12, had been arrested Saturday afternoon in Restaurant Depot, a wholesale cash and carry foodservice supplier, on Columbus Avenue. She was brought to the Mount Vernon holding facility and processed.

On Sunday, around 7:30 p.m., authorities say Turner complained of feeling ill and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Turner was treated at the hospital and released by doctors; she returned to the holding cell shortly before 10 p.m.

Less than 24 hours later, she was dead. Authorities say Turner was found unresponsive in the holding cell around 2 p.m. Monday when authorities went to take her to a court hearing. She had last been seen conscious, sitting up in her cell, some time between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., authorities said.

Inmates at the Mount Vernon facility are continually monitored on surveillance video and police log their behavior on an hourly basis. Authorities say the last note on Turner indicated she was laying on her side and appeared to be sleeping.

Officials say nothing appeared out of the ordinary; Turner was the only one in her cell.

Turner likely died between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., officials said, though the investigation is preliminary. The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine her cause of death.

Police say the woman had previously undergone bariatric surgery and had a history of hypertension. They say there is no indication of foul play.

The woman's husband, Herman Turner, told Westchester News 12 he wanted answers -- and he said he wasn't getting any.

"I can't get any answers from detectives, anyone," Herman Turner told the website. "She was a wife. She was a mother. She was mine."

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<![CDATA[Feared 'Symbol of Terror' Killed in Pakistan Ambush, Gunbattle]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:13:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_110715143258.jpg

One of Pakistan's most-feared Islamist militant leaders and 13 of his associates were gunned down during an assault on a police convoy that was transporting him from prison on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.

Malik Ishaq, who directed the operations of the Taliban- and al-Qaida-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, was so notorious in Pakistan that frightened judges hid their faces from him and even offered him tea and cookies in court. He is believed to be behind the killing of scores of minority Shiites.

Ishaq, who is believed to be either 55 or 56, had been detained by police two days earlier on suspicion of being involved in the slaying of two Shiites, police officer Bakhtiar Ahmed said.

Early Wednesday, as officers tried to transfer Ishaq from a prison in the eastern city of Multan, gunmen ambushed the convoy in an attempt to free him, Ahmed said. The ensuing gunbattle killed Ishaq and at least 13 of his associates, including two of his sons and his deputy, Ghulam Rasool, Ahmed said.

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<![CDATA[Officials Release Identity of Studio City Gunman]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:55:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-seth-raines-studio-city-shooting.jpg

The alleged gunman who was killed by police after firing several shots outside of a popular Los Angeles Studio City shopping district last week was identified on Tuesday.

The gunman was identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department as Seth Raines. No other details about the shooter was released.

The shooting incident involving Raines was reported in the 12000 block of Ventura Boulevard on July 24. The shooting scared shoppers and prompted a strong response from LAPD officers.

Police temporarily closed Ventura Boulevard between Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Laurelgrove Avenue. 

There were no reports of injuries.

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<![CDATA[Millions Brace for Summer Scorcher Across U.S.]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:28:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-481481458.jpg

Around 35 million people will be under a heat advisory Wednesday, facing blazing temperatures and thick humidity which will make the summer scorcher only feel worse, NBC News reported.

Excessive heat warnings were in effect from St. Louis down the Mississippi River and past Memphis — into northeastern Louisiana and including Philadelphia. The sweltering heat is expected to last unusually long, Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth said.

The northwest will see temperatures 10-20 degrees above average, with record-setting heat likely on Thursday and through the weekend. The northeast will see highs 5-10 degrees above average, Roth said.

The most dangerous heat is forecast for Missouri and Memphis, with predictions that the heat index could climb to 110. Texas and Florida, too, will see temperatures top 100 degrees.

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