<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - National & International News]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Sat, 13 Feb 2016 01:02:51 -0800 Sat, 13 Feb 2016 01:02:51 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ohio Machete Attacker Watched by FBI 4 Years Ago]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:19:29 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/OhioMacheteAttack-AP_297086039208.jpg

The Ohio man who attacked four restaurant patrons with a machete and was later killed by police was under the attention of the FBI, NBC News reported.

Agents watched Mohamed Barry four years ago for making radical comments, but moved on, officials said. They did not elaborate on the nature of the radical comments.

Barry, 30, attacked patrons at Nazareth Restaurant and Deli in Columbus on Thursday. He was shot and killed by police after a chase following the rampage.

The survivors of the attack were identified as William Foley, 54, Neil McMeekin, 43, Gerald Russell, 43, and Debbie Russell, 43.

Police are still unclear as to what motivated the attack.



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<![CDATA[Officer Assigned to President's Motorcade Crashes on Fwy]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:42:45 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/02-12-2016-chp-motorcade-obama-1.jpg

A motorcycle officer assigned to President Barack Obama's motorcade was involved in a crash Friday morning on the 405 Freeway.

The crash occurred near the Olympic Boulevard exit on the southbound side of the West Los Angeles freeway. The officer, who was walking around after the crash, was transported to a hospital.

Details regarding injuries or the crash were not immediately available. The officer was either part of the motorcade or just arriving to join the security detail as it escorted President Obama to Los Angeles International Airport during his weeklong California visit.

One southbound lane was closed for the emergency response.

The motorcade included motorcycle officers, other CHP vehicles, sport utility vehicles and the president's limo.

The crash was reported at about 10:30 a.m. as President Obama was departing Los Angeles for the Palm Springs area, where he is scheduled to spend the weekend and host a meeting of Asian leaders next week. Obama arrived Thursday in Southern California for fundraisers and a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," scheduled to air Friday.



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<![CDATA[Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:41:53 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/129310646.jpg

A former Hartford, Connecticut resident has been sentenced to ten and a half years in prison for recruiting five children for sex trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Wellington “Jamal” Brown, 26, a Jamaican citizen who lived in Hartford, is accused of luring five children into prostitution between June 2013 and February 2014, according to the release.

Police said Brown and Sheena Dume were involved in the scheme together.

Brown drove expensive vehicles, showed  the victims jewelry and cash and lured them with the idea of making a lot of money, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He also recruited some of the victims with the fake prospect of a modeling career.

Brown took pictures of the children and used them to advertise prostitution services on websites such as backpage.com, officials said.

He rented hotel rooms, provided transportation and condoms, bought food for the victims and sometimes gave them marijuana.

The victims engaged in prostitution at various hotels in Stratford and Milford and gave Brown tens of thousands of dollars, receiving only a small portion of the money people paid them, officials said.

“This defendant recruited and manipulated vulnerable young girls luring them into the cruel world of sex trafficking,” U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said in a statement. “He exploited these girls for months, having them commit sex acts for money, and keeping most all of the profits for himself.”

Brown and Dume were arrested in Maryland on July 30, 2014. 

On March 26, 2015, Brown pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor, and five counts of sex trafficking of a minor.  He has been detained since his arrest and was sentenced to 126 months in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release.

He also faces immigration proceedings after he serves his prison term.

On Feb. 18, 2015, Dume pleaded guilty to the same six offenses. She had not yet been sentenced.



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<![CDATA[Highlights From the 2016 Campaign Trail]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:43:17 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP_406451209396-trump.jpg See photos of candidates running for president for the 2016 election.

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<![CDATA[Stolen Netflix Log-in Credentials For Sale in Black Market]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:21:17 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-508078635.jpg

People who don't want to pay full price for Netflix can procure stolen log-in credentials on the black market for rock-bottom prices, Symantec reports.

The online security company said it found advertisements and software aimed at cheapskate streamers, though it didn't mention the names of the shady sites and forums, NBC News reported.

The ads, which show Netflix logins for sale for as little as a quarter each, proudly display guarantees of "freshly cracked" accounts. They also ask their "customers" not to spoil the fun by changing passwords or messing with payments, either of which would alert the paying user to the fact that their account has been breached.

It is, of course, illegal — these are stolen accounts, gathered through nefarious means like malware and phishing. But since Netflix takes a laissez-faire approach to sharing accounts, paying users could easily be watching shows at the same time as someone who bought the login for a quarter on the Dark Web.



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<![CDATA[Icy Blast: 10 Cold Weather Safety Tips]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:00:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503474834.jpg

With an icy blast of arctic air set to sweep the Northeast this Valentine's Day weekend, millions are bracing for what forecasters warned could be the coldest temperatures in over a decade.

The polar vortex is expected to send temperatures plunging into single digits. Wind and other factors will translate to 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit lower then the actual temperatures at times, according Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist at Accuweather.com.

The frosty air will be hazardous for those spending time outdoors. Prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures may cause serious health problems such as trench foot, hypothermia and frostbite.

Such low temperatures can also cause unprotected pipes in homes to burst and deadly black ice on roadways.

Though taking preventive action is your best defense against extreme cold-weather conditions, knowing what to do in case of emergency is just as important.

Below are 10 cold weather safety tips to help protect you and your family this winter season:

Dress in Warm Layers: Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Be sure the outer layer of your clothing is tightly woven — preferably wind resistant — to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton.

Know Signs of Hypothermia: Uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion are all signs of hypothermia. If your body temperature is below 95 degrees, get medical attention immediately. The CDC advises to warm the center of the body first — chest, neck, head, and groin — using an electric blanket, if available. Or, use skin-to-skin contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, towels, or sheets. Warm beverages can help increase the body temperature, but do not give a victim of hyporthermia alcoholic beverages, the CDC warns.

Guard From Frostbite: The National Weather service says you should cover exposed skin, but do not rub the affected area in an attempt to warm it up. Place hands under your armpits and get indoors as quickly as possible. Once indoors, don't walk on a frostbitten feet as you could cause more damage. Get in a warm, not hot, bath and wrap your face and ears in a moist, warm, not hot, towel. Drink plenty of warn liquids.

Avoid Exertion: Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, the American Heart Association says consult with your doctor about shoveling snow or performing other strenuous work in the cold. If you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Remember, your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don’t overdo it.

Fire Safety: If you're using a space heater, place it on a level surface and keep it at least three feet from anything flammable, including furniture, draperies, rugs and papers.

Freezing and Bursting Pipes: Let faucets drip to prevent freezing water from causing pipes to burst. Leave cabinet doors open around pipes to ensure they receive warmth from the air flowing through your home. The Department of Homeland Security advised homeowners to learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts. Keep your house heated to a minimum of 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature inside the walls where the pipes are located is substantially colder than the walls themselves, according to the Insurance Information Institute. A temperature lower than 65 degrees might not keep the inside walls from freezing.

Fill 'Er Up: Keep your gas tank near full to prevent ice from forming in the fuel lines.

Black Ice: Black ice forms when the temperature is 32 degrees or colder outside and since cars can't gain traction on ice, AAA says it's even more dangerous than snow. Drive only if it is absolutely necessary and pack essentials listed on the CDC's car emergency checklist. on hand an emergency . If you must drive, travel during the day preferable with a passenger. Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. Do not slam on the breaks. And never slam on the breaks. 

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Each year, an average of 430 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, and there are more than 20,000 visits to the emergency room with more than 4,000 hospitalizations, according to the CDC. Carbon monoxide-related deaths are highest during colder months. Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Keep these devices at least outdoors, in a well ventilated area, at least 20 feet from doors, windows, and vents. Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide, Ready.gov says.

Man's Best Friend: Bring pets inside. If it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet. Exposure to winter's dry, cold air can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin. The ASPCA advices to massage petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going for a walk to help protect it from salt and other chemical agents. Thoroughly clean your pups paw and belly after the walk. Chemicals from ice-melting agents is a lethal poison for dogs and may be licked off of paw paws.
 



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<![CDATA[What to Know: Zika Virus Spreads in Americas]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:11:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg The spreading of the Zika virus has caused worldwide concern. Health officials think Zika might be connected to the rise in birth defects in the Americas, though it has not yet been proven. WHO has declared the crisis a global emergency.

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<![CDATA[Obama 'Could Have Done Better' on Hotel: Guest]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:31:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/obama_hotel_split.jpg

When President Barack Obama visited the Bay Area this week on a Democratic fundraising jaunt, he could have stayed at a five-star hotel in San Francisco with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Or he could have stayed in San Jose, the bustling Silicon Valley metropolis, or even in Oakland, home of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, who recently paid him a visit at the White House.

Instead, the president and his entourage stayed Wednesday night at the Sheraton San Jose Hotel in Milpitas, California, which online reviewers say has spotty Wi-Fi and dated furnishings and is within sniffing distance of the pervasively stinky Newby Island Landfill

"He could have done better," Sheraton guest Robert Hasbon said Friday morning, laughing out loud when he was informed the president had graced the same hotel where he was staying.

Sure, the Seattle business traveler said, the digs were fine for him. But Hasbon thought the leader of the free world could have probably picked a slightly fancier place to rest his head, without a view of a freeway nicknamed "the Nasty Nimitz." 

The White House did not respond to a request for comment Friday on why he stayed at the hotel, which is more modest than the luxurious Fairmont hotels in San Jose and San Francisco where Obama has stayed on previous Bay Area visits.

The Sheraton's best feature is arguably its outdoor swimming pool, with cascading water spouts in the background. Otherwise, the feeling of the hotel is clean, but underwhelming by presidential standards. Gold carpeting with brown accents and shiny faux-leather couches, complete with alligator print, flank the first-floor hallways.  

The general manager of the Sheraton on Barber Lane in Milpitas, which means "little corn fields" in Spanish and is home to about 70,000 residents, declined to speak to a reporter with NBC Bay Area on Friday, though he told the San Jose Mercury News that the staff was determined to send guacomle and chips to Obama, despite security restrictions, and that the president found them to be "excellent."

Staff also refused on record to discuss the presidential visit. Two employees in the hotel restaurant did say that while they knew Obama was at the hotel, they did not personally see him or serve him. The president did not eat hotel food, they said, or have room service sent up to him. One of the waiters said: "He had his own people do that." 

A representative from the Fairmont hotel in San Jose declined to elaborate on why Obama wouldn't have stayed there at one of the Fairmont facilities this time, saying all guests are entitled to their privacy. 

Still, onlookers in Milpitas had their theories on why Obama chose their city, and this hotel in particular, to rest his head in.

"Well, it's close to the airport," said Dustin Dong, who works across the street and saw the presidential caravan outside his office early Thursday morning. "And well, it's not that top end, so I guess it wouldn't be that big of a target." 

NBC Bay Area's Kris Sanchez and NBC Universal's Asher Klein contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Man Helps Solve Own Disappearance]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:18:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/160212-edgar-latulip-larger-yh-1022a_828608684cca8b71cca091f66e86fbef.nbcnews-ux-600-700.jpg

A man missing nearly 30 years has been found alive, living just 80 miles away from where he disappeared. He had reportedly been suffering major memory loss due to a head injury.

Edgar Latulip vanished in September 1986 from a group home in Kitchener, Ontario. He was 21. According to local news reports at the time, Latulip, who had developmental delays, was being treated after attempting suicide.  

In January of this year, Latulip told a social worker in St. Catherines, Ontario, that he had a flashback and remembered his name.



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<![CDATA[Feds to Investigate Safety of Crumb Rubber Turf]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:27:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-05-12-22h17m06s253.png

Three federal agencies are teaming up to investigate the safety of crumb rubber artificial turf used in playing fields and playground all across the country — the subject of a series of NBC News reports.

The Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced an "action plan" on Friday to answer questions raised about synthetic turf made from recycled tires and possible risks for young athletes.

"Some of the government's best and brightest scientists are working to identify what is in recycled tire crumb, identify ways in which people may be exposed to it, and determine if it is harmful," CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye said.

While critics and supporters of crumb rubber turf don't agree on whether the surface poses a health risk — the industry says studies have shown no link with illness, while some parents and activists demand more testing — all sides want federal regulators to take a clear public position.



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<![CDATA[Flying Manhole Cover Kills Art Teacher in Boston]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:22:57 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Caitlin+Clavette+Thumb.jpg

An elementary school teacher was struck and killed by a dislodged, 200-pound manhole cover while driving on I-93 south in Boston on Friday morning.

Caitlin Clavette, an art teacher in Milton, was on her way to school when the tragic accident happened.

Clavette was currently working at three elementary schools in town, including Glover School, Collicot School and Cunningham Elementary School. She was a triathlete and was beloved by her students.

"She always had a smile and lots of encouragement for others," said Anne Traer of the Wheelworks Multisport Triathlon Team.

The accident occurred around 7:50 a.m. near the O'Neill Tunnel in Boston. An adult woman was killed, but police said they are not releasing her name, age or hometown pending notification of family.

According to Massachusetts State Police, a manhole cover that normally rests in the left lane of I-93 became dislodged and hit the windshield of the car. After impact, the vehicle continued southbound in the left lane of I-93 before hitting the wall on the left shoulder in the area of East Berkeley Street and coming to a stop.

"This is a terrible loss for our community," the school district said in a statement. "Caitlin's death is a tragic loss, not only for our faculty and staff, but also for the students and families whose lives she has touched over the past four years."

Parents and guardians are invited to attend a meeting Saturday at the Glover School on how to help children deal with Clavette's death. It will take place between 11 a.m. and noon, and parents are asked not to bring their children.

“Our sympathy goes out to the family of the victim involved in this horrific incident this morning," a statement from the MassDOT read today. "This tragedy is leading us to take several steps immediately out of an abundance of caution.

"This afternoon MassDOT crews, including welders, will be joined by Massachusetts State Police to examine all travel lane highway infrastructure on the metropolitan highway system in Boston to make sure the hardware is seated properly. This hardware includes manhole covers, grates, and covers for electrical panels. Lane closures will be required during this process.

"If crews discover hardware which is not determined to be secure, the hardware will be tacked and welded immediately."

The equipment was last inspected on June 12, 2014. 

State police are also investigating. 



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<![CDATA[Top News Photos of the Week]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:52:47 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Pope-Francis-Mexico-509887378.jpg View weekly updates on the very best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Shoplift Suspect Hid Trout in Pants While Urinating: PD]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:15:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/wylie-%282%29.jpg

A Tennessee man who allegedly urinated on the floor of a Walmart while trying to conceal a package of trout in his pants was arrested Wednesday, police said.

A store employee told the reporting officer that the man took $130 worth of merchandise, and he was seen urinating on the floor near the alcohol section while trying to hide the trout, according to the Clarksville Police Department.

David Wylie, 56, of Clarksville, was arrested on charges of shoplifting, vandalism and public indecency and intoxication, NBC affiliate KSDK of St. Louis reported. Jail records didn't indicate whether he had retained an attorney.

Wylie allegedly attempted to leave the Walmart without paying for the merchandise he had concealed, according to the incident report.

He allegedly told the reporting officer that he had consumed alcohol, and "was not concerned because it was a misdemeanor," the report said. The officer noted that he was able to detect an odor of alcohol on Wylie. 

Wylie was booked into Montgomery County Jail on a $2,000 bond, according to jail records.

Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



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<![CDATA[No FEMA Aid for Tornado Victims]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:40:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/storm-debris.jpg

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday it will not cut a check to any North Texans who lost their homes in the Christmas weekend tornadoes.

Hundreds of residents lost their homes entirely, while hundreds more have homes with serious or significant damage.

FEMA's decision was immediately met with a wave of outrage and shock from local and state leaders, and also from victims themselves.

"We're going to be suffering from this for years to come," said Richard Tullius, who lost his Rowlett home in the tornado.

"It's disappointing, and it's sad to see that our government spends money in so many places, but when you look at this and you see what's going on here, people here need money," he added.

FEMA has certain criteria that states have to meet for individual assistance. In the category of damaged, under-insured homes or uninsured homes, North Texas was off the mark by 8 percent.

Tornado victims like Tullius are shocked FEMA doesn't have some flexibility.

Almost nothing survived Tullius' home after the tornado. His son, daughter-in-law, and his two grandchildren survived the storm together.

Volunteers day-in and day-out help him with the cleanup, and it's an ongoing project more than a month later.

"It's sad, it's very sad. It's hard to look at this and see the loss," he said. "It's overwhelming."

Tullius knew FEMA was evaluating how much money to send to North Texas, and he assumed individual homeowners would get something, too.

On Friday, came a decision. FEMA will send money to help cities like Garland, Rowlett, Glenn Heights and others to help them offset their clean-up costs and infrastructure repairs. But individual victims will get nothing.

"Absolutely, it's disappointing that the government isn't here to help us out when we need them," Tullius said. "It's not enough that you're doing something to roads, it's people on the individual level."

The tornadoes damaged or destroyed more than 1,000 properties. The debris piles in Rowlett alone are still 15-feet high.

Still, not enough properties were uninsured or under-insured to get an individual aid package.

"The number that we were looking to hit was 801, and if I recall correctly, we hit about 740 or so," Rowlett City Manager Brian Funderburk said.

Funderburk said he's disappointed by the results.

"We knew we'd be right at the cusp of the threshold, that realistically it would be a close call," he said. "But the individual assistance helps homeowners and renters. The level of assistance can provide just enough gap money for you to get back into a home."

He said they'll do a new damage assessment in the next few weeks.

"I think our job is to try and tie down the numbers better. There were people we couldn't reach. We couldn't find during this time period who also may be uninsured or under-insured," Funderburk said. "I think we'll do everything we can to tie up those numbers better and hopefully achieve that threshold."

Richard Tullius thinks that's the right course of action.

"I think a lot of homes have more damage than they even know at this point. And, look, that number is not going to get less, it's only going to grow," he said.

Gov. Greg Abbott has 30 days to file an appeal. He's indicated he plans on doing that.



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<![CDATA[Dog Found With Paws Frozen to Ground in NYC Park]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:39:09 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dog+left+in+cold.jpg

A woman found an abandoned dog chained to a tree in a New York City park Friday morning, the animal's paws frozen to the ground amid the day's bitterly cold temperatures.

Jennifer Williams told NBC 4 New York that she was walking her dog in Brooklyn's Prospect Park on Friday morning when her pet broke free of its harness ran toward a tree. When she caught up, she found the neglected animal sitting on the ground, unable to move.

"She wouldn't stand up for me so I just wrapped the coat around her and picked her up," Williams said.

When she picked up the lab-pit mix, she noticed blood, apparently from the dog's paws, which had been frozen to the ground.

Williams said that afterward she called Sean Casey, who owns an animal rescue in Windsor Terrace. Casey said he took the female dog to a veterinarian.

"The bottom of her paws were pretty bloody," Casey said. "She carried the dog home and ultimately saved the dog's life."

Vets are treating the dog's paws and are trying to treat several other ailments, and it's not clear if the animal will make a full recovery.

Casey said the dog's story should serve as a warning to pet owners leaving their pets outside in this weekend's extreme cold. A bill working through the New York legislature would also increase penalties for leaving animals out in the cold or heat.

"Any dog can suffer from the cold some can tolerate it a little bit better than others but no dog, animal or person should be left out in that weather," Casey said.

It's not clear if the dog, which hasn't been named yet, will be up for adoption. People interested in helping the animal should call Sean Casey Animal Rescue at (718) 436-5163.

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<![CDATA[Shelter Dog's Dazzling Dance Moves Go Viral]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:02:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-dancing-dog-orlando-shelter.jpg

This barker could hit Broadway, the way she dances.

The rescue dog's moves, caught on camera at a central Florida animal shleter, earned her the name Ginger Rogers, star of dance movies like "Top Hat," "Swing Time" and "The Barkleys of Broadway," which co-starred Fred Astaire.

Ginger hops on her hind legs when a shelter worker asks "Whatcha doing?" and sashays from side to side.

The short video, posted by on Orange County Animal Services, has been seen more than 250,000 times. The shuffling pup is up for adoption, or "looking for a new partner," as the shelter's video put it.

Ginger, who's 1 year old, was brought into the Orlando shelter on Monday, according to country records, and tested positive for heartworms.

At least one person has already applied to whisk Ginger out of the shelter, the records say, and staff later posted on Facebook that someone had adopted her.

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<![CDATA[Albright Didn't Mean to Condemn Women Supporting Sanders]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:01:46 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Madeleine+Albright+Sanders.png

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said on Friday that she regretted the way her support for Hillary Clinton was perceived, NBC News reported.

"I have spent much of my career as a diplomat. It is an occupation in which words and context matter a great deal. So one might assume I know better than to tell a large number of women to go to hell," Albright said in an op-ed published in the New York Times, in which she renewed her call to women to support each other.

Albright said earlier that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” a line she has used many times in the past.

During the Democratic debate on Thursday, Clinton shrugged off the comment and said she is running on her own experience.  



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<![CDATA[Uber Passenger Billed $171 After Falling Asleep]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:11:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Uber+Ride.gif

A Washington D.C. man expected a quick ride and a small bill when he got into an Uber driver's car -- but he woke up to a steep charge, because the driver cruised as the rider snoozed.

The Uber rider, Mekele Baucom, told News4 he was billed $171 for a 71-mile ride when he asked to be taken home 1 mile away but fell asleep in the car. The driver drove back and forth on the Capital Beltway, Baucom's receipt shows.

Baucom said he summoned an UberX car about 2 a.m. Feb. 5 on 7th Street NW, in the Shaw neighborhood, after a night out with friends. He said he told the driver his home address near NoMa, rather than entering it into the app, and then dozed in the backseat.

"I think I must have fallen asleep in the car pretty fast," he said.

He woke up about 4 a.m. and was stunned to realize he had been in the car for so long.

"This dude literally just took me on a ride," he said. "Anything could have happened."

According to Baucom's receipt, the driver picked him up on 7th Street NW in D.C., drove into Bethesda, Maryland, cruised on the Beltway to Prince George's County and then backtracked to D.C.

Two hours and 6 minutes, 71 miles and $171 later, he was home.

Baucom, who works in retail, said the experience made him uneasy.

"I was asleep -- granted, my fault -- but I was asleep for two hours," he said.

Uber refunded Baucom his money but declined to specifically address the incident to News4.

"Uber expects riders and drivers alike to have a shared standard for respect, accountability and common courtesy during rides," the company said in a statement. Uber suggests that passengers enter their destinations into the app before their trips.

Asked whether he fell asleep because he was drunk, Baucom said no, that he just had been tired.

"I was the designated friend," he said.

Baucom said he doesn't think he'll ever have a repeat of his 71-mile ride.

"I definitely don't think I'm going to use Uber anymore," he said.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Threatens 'Birther' Lawsuit Against Ted Cruz]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:39:59 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Ted-Cruz-Donald-Trump-GettyImages-505043546.jpg

Donald Trump has long questioned whether Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, is eligible to be president. Now, Trump is threatening to sue Cruz over it.

Trump maintains Cruz may not be a natural born citizen, one of a few qualifications to be president     listed in the Constitution. Trump tweeted Friday he has standing to sue Cruz over the issue. 

Cruz has defended himself from the "birther" claim that he's disqualified from the office, including in a presidential debate in January. 

But Trump's latest remark, coming after a week of negative campaigning between the candidates, is the first time he's threatened to take action over it.

"If @TedCruz doesn’t clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen," Trump tweeted Friday afternoon.

There was no immediate response on Ted Cruz's Twitter feed, and his campaign did not reply to a message requesting comment.

The president must be a "natural born citizen,"  35 years old and a 14-year resident of the nation, according to Article II of the Constitution. The 25th Amendment establishes the two-term limit.

Cruz was born a U.S. citizen because his mother was an American living in Canada. Some constitutional scholars – and Trump – have questioned whether the circumstances of Cruz's birth meet the "natural born citizen" requirement.

A veteran attorney in Houston, Cruz's hometown, has already challenged the senator's eligibility in a federal court, one of several suits brought against Cruz.

At the Jan. 17 debate, Trump suggested Cruz voluntarily submit the question to the court system, saying "there's a big question mark over your head." Trump said he wouldn't sue, but Democrats surely would if Cruz became the Republican nominee for president.

But Cruz countered that he was born a citizen, and that two Republicans born outside of the country had already run for president, including John McCain.

"I'm happy to consider naming you as vice president," Cruz quipped at the time. "And if you happen to be right you can get the top job at the end of the day." 

Harvard Law professor Einer R. Elhauge wrote in a January op-ed that Cruz is ineligible to run, based on a straight reading of the Constitution, but said a fixed rule should be implemented to clarify.

In an interview Friday, Elhauge said it's unlikely Trump would have standing to sue the Cruz campaign in federal court, because "federal standards are pretty narrow."

"A candidate would have to have a unique injury to them in order to sue," he said.

But the rules for standing in state courts are broader, he said, so "any candidate or voter can challenge" Cruz.

Now that the field of Republican contenders has narrowed to six, each candidate may constitute a threat to the others' vote totals, and therefore a "unique injury," according to Elhauge. Trump would probably need a state election official to speak up for his claim.

Professor Rick Hasen of the University of California at Irvine told NBC News that it would be unlikely that Trump would have standing in a direct case against Cruz, but that he could sue election officials for allowing Cruz on the ballot.

"And certainly if Cruz were excluded from the ballot by a registrar who said Cruz is ineligible, Cruz would have standing to sue over that," Cruz said.

Patrick Smith contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Officers Killed by Gunfire Jumps Compared to Last Year]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:21:47 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jason+Moszer.jpg

Eight on-duty police officers have already been killed by gunfire this year, including five this week, NBC News reported.

The five were shot in Colorado, Maryland, North Dakota and Georgia. The most recent was Officer Greg Barney, who was shot Thursday at an apartment complex in Riverdale, Georgia. He was serving a “no-knock” warrant, when the suspect ran and opened fire, striking the 25-year veteran.

Only one officer was shot dead between Jan. 1 and Feb. 11 last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. A total of 13 officers were killed in this time period last year; most of them traffic-related. That’s compared to 11 officers killed so far in 2016. 



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<![CDATA[Celebs at New York Fashion Week]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:57:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/th-GettyImages-509576348.jpg See photos of celebrities on the front row of New York Fashion Week.

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<![CDATA[Septuagenarian Slays Another: DA]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:51:07 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/John+Witty+021216.jpg

A 70-year-old Massachusetts man shot another 70-year-old man 10 times, killing him in the victim's Wareham home earlier this week over a love triangle with the arrested man's dead girlfriend, prosecutors allege.

John Witty of Berkley was arraigned in Wareham District Court Friday on one count of murder in the shooting death of John Williams, who was found dead in his Glenn Charley Road home on Tuesday.

Investigators say they believe Wittey shot Williams 10 times in the head and back after allegedly learning the two men had been involved in what's described as something of a love triangle.

"His girlfriend of 25 years passed away in late January and he had recently discovered that she and the victim, unbeknownst to him prior, had been involved romantically," Plymouth Assistant District Attorney Joseph Janezic said.

It wasn't immediately clear if Witty had an attorney.

Williams was a father, grandfather and long-time pilot who worked at the Salvation Army Family Store.

"He was a great guy, he was a guy that worked hard in the community that everybody knew, he was the guy that you'd kind of like to go out with and have a drink or so with him," District Attorney Timothy Cruz said.

Investigators says they were able to link Wittey to the crime through Beck's beer bottles found at the scene, as well as a GPS device allegedly showing he had driven to the victim's home.

"Preliminary forensics revealed the presence of human blood on interior portions of Mr. Wittey's vehicle and on Mr. Wittey's hands," Janezic said.

Cruz called this a brutal homicide with jealousy as the only motive.

"When you're a 70-year-old man, in your own home and you are completely taken down in your home and murdered in a vicious fashion like that, there's no excuse for that and we're going to make sure that he's held accountable," he said.

Wittey is being held without bail. He is due back in court March 14.



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<![CDATA[14 Victims in Child Porn Case: PD]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:20:07 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Judge+Sylvania+Woods+Elementary+School.jpg

Police say two more children were victims of a school volunteer and youth choir director who they say made child pornography in a Maryland school -- bringing the total number of alleged victims so far to 14.

And, police say, one of the locations where Deonte Carraway victimized the children was a church.

Police have not yet identified the church or said what they believe Carraway did there. They said he's also accused of victimizing children in Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary, the Glenarden Municipal Center, the Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatic Center and in private homes.

Carraway, 24 and of Glenarden, is accused of having filmed "vile sexual acts" between children ages 9 to 13. Earlier Friday, sources told News4 that Carraway had a juvenile sex offense record from his early teens, sources say.

Sources told News4 on Friday about his apparent juvenile sex offense record. It wasn't immediately clear what the offense entailed.

Nothing criminal was found in Carraway's background check before he started working for the school in November 2014, officials have said.

Carraway was arrested Feb. 5 after after the uncle of a 9-year-old boy saw a disturbing image on the child's phone, in the app Kik, police said. Carraway admitted to being involved in producing child pornography, police said. 

On Friday, Carraway's family released a statement expressing their "extreme shock and deepest sorrow."

"As a family who loves him dearly, we must stress that we do not condone the behaviors in question that has victimized numerous families and brought unimaginable fear and sadness to our community as a whole. Our prayers and thoughts are with the innocent victims and their families during this trying time," the statement read in part.

The family said they were "in complete support of the ongoing legal investigation" and they will help law enforcement however they can.

Michelle Williams, the principal at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary, has been placed on leave.

The family of the 9-year-old boy filed a lawsuit Wednesday, claiming the child was told by Carraway that he would be part of a "club" if he participated in sex acts the school volunteer filmed. 

The boy's family said misconduct by Carraway had been reported but that Williams took no action, saying teachers had no proof.

Prince George's County Public School officials told parents on Thursday officials will work to ensure children's safety.

"I, like many, was shocked, appalled, disgusted, and disheartened by the allegations that a former PGCPS employee harmed students and vulnerable children," school district CEO Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell said.

The family of another alleged victim, an 11-year-old boy in the choir at Judge Sylvania Woods named only as John Doe 2, filed for a class-action lawsuit on Thursday against the Prince George's County school board and the school's principal.

The family's lawyer, David Simpson, said the case against Carraway seems to be growing.

"Unfortunately, the more we keep looking, the more we keep finding and the broader the whole matter seems to be getting," he said.

Parents flocked to the school Thursday night for a meeting with administrators.

"We go to work hoping that everything is safe, and we don't feel any safety now," one father said.

Carraway's pastor, Dr. Henry Davis of First Baptist Church of Highland Park, said that looking back, he sees some red flags in the young man's behavior.

"The strange part was that I never knew his family. He used to come by himself," Davis said.

Carraway was always alone at the church, the pastor said.

Parents at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary said at the school he was often surrounded by kids.

"He was just always around children -- at the playground, walking to and from school with them," mother Monique Ganntte previously said.

Anyone aware of other possible victims should call Prince George's County police at 301-772-4930, or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Carraway's family released the following statement:

"First and foremost, we would like to express our extreme shock and deepest sorrow over the actions of Deonte Carraway that have been reported over the last few days. As a family who loves him dearly, we must stress that we do not condone the behaviors in question that has victimized numerous families and brought unimaginable fear and sadness to our community as a whole. Our prayers and thoughts are with the innocent victims and their families during this trying time. We ask that the media takes into account that we are also victims of what has transpired and respect our privacy as we continue to cope with this new reality. Lastly, we want the public to know that we are in complete support of the ongoing legal investigation and will continue to assist law enforcement in any way we can. Please keep our family in your prayers."

Here's what PGCPS officials said in an update Thursday that they will do to keep students safe:

At the administrative level, PGCPS leaders met with the Judge Sylvania Woods community to share information on the incident and review policies and procedures for reporting abuse and suspicious activity. Counseling and psychological support will be provided to students and families upon request, and those services will remain in place as long as they are needed. A second meeting will take place at the school this evening.

Dr. Maxwell will also convene a taskforce of internal and external partners to review current policies and procedures and identify areas of immediate improvement. The district will also consult with national experts in this field to ensure the taskforce recommendations are aligned with best practices from across the country.

Next week, staff from the PGCPS Office of General Counsel will address principals during a systemic principals' meeting and review all laws, policies, and procedures related to an employee's obligation to report abuse and suspicious behavior.

At the school level, principals will hold mandatory meetings with staff to review the August 2015 training materials and October 2015 memorandum on procedures for reporting abuse and suspicious activities. Professional school counselors will reach out to students and conduct lessons in the classroom that address the differences between appropriate and inappropriate physical contact; personal body safety rules and when to use them; and how to identify trusted adults to whom they can report when they feel unsafe.

"We will work closely with our community partners and use all possible resources to foster a safe and supportive environment for all students and families," added Dr. Maxwell. "It goes without saying that these type of acts are intolerable and unacceptable."

If parents or community members have any additional information regarding this case, they should call 1-800-CALL-FBI.



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<![CDATA[Boy, 2, Shot at DC Barbershop: PD]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:09:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/021216+child+shoe+barbershop+3.jpg

A father and his 2-year-old son were shot and injured Friday afternoon when three masked men stormed into a barbershop near the Washington Navy Yard, police said.

The toddler and his father were rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, D.C. police said. 

The man and his son were shot about 2 p.m. in Wrenn's Barbershop at 1005 8th St. SE, just south of the busy Barracks Row strip of restaurants and shops. 

The little boy was asleep in his father's lap, waiting to get his hair cut, when three men wearing masks entered the business and one man opened fire, police and witnesses said. Both the father and his son were hit. 

"At this time, we do believe this was not a random event," D.C. Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham said.

Officers are seeking three men who drove off in a white SUV. No additional information on the suspects was immediately released. 

The little boy's socks, shoes and cartoon backpack still lay on the barbershop floor Friday evening. A bullet hole could be seen in the chair where he and his father sat.

"The boy is alert and I'm told he was able to talk at the hospital," Newsham said.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[Bundy Recorded Message to Last Oregon Holdout]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:53:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AmmonBundy-AP_724216155937.jpg

Ammon Bundy made a jailhouse recording to convince the last holdout in the standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge to surrender Thursday, NBC News reported.

"Please come out of there and let us work this out," Bundy told David Fry in the audio message, which was provided exclusively to NBC News by Bundy's attorney.

The attorney said the FBI played the recording to Fry, who threatened suicide. He was the last of the occupiers taken into custody.

Twenty-five people have been indicted on federal charges for taking over the bird sanctuary.



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<![CDATA[Congress Approves Permanent Internet Tax Ban]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:51:23 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/InternetTaxBan-GettyImages-509586236.jpg

The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Thursday placing a permanent ban on states’ taxing Internet access, NBC News reported.

The bill was approved with a 75-20 vote. It would toughen enforcement of U.S. duties on foreign goods and would ban some taxes on digital goods and services, according to Reuters.

"Most Americans pay $0 in taxes to connect to the Internet. And thanks to a bill that passed today, you will never have to pay taxes just to get online, or pay more taxes for goods and services just because they're bought online," Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said in a statement.

The legislation doesn’t address better enforcement of state sales tax collections on Internet purchases. Separate legislation could be considered by Congress later this year.

The measure will go to President Barack Obama for signing into law.
 



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Sea Lion Leaps in Aquarium Selfie Video]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:56:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Sea_Lion_Selfie_web_1200x675_621865539747.jpg

A selfie stick is not only useful for tourists on vacation or surfers showing an inside look at crashing waves - now sea lions are getting in on the fun.

Milo, a sea lion at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, used a custom-made selfie stick with a GoPro camera attached at the end to show off his underwater digs in video shared by the aquarium.

The contraption was made by longtime aquarium volunteer Hugh Ryono. Ryono had Milo try out the rig during an early morning training session by holding the pole in its mouth, the aquarium said.

This isn't the first time Ryono has helped marine animals document their adventures. He made a selfie stick out of a target pole with a GoPo attached to the end for sea otter Charlie.

Target poles are poles with a plastic buoy at the end used to train an animal by using positive reinforcement each time it follows or touches the pole.

Ryono began volunteering with the aquarium in 1998 and writes regularly about his training time with the sea lions and otters on his blog.



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<![CDATA[NJ Escort May Have Been Strangled]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:09:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gilgo+beach+shannan+gilbert.jpg

The New Jersey escort whose 2010 disappearance led to the discovery of 11 butchered bodies on a Long Island beach may have been strangled, a newly released autopsy report found.

The family of Shannan Gilbert announced that an autopsy performed by famed forensic pathologist Michael Baden didn't conclude how the 24-year-old escort died, but noted that she had been the victim of some violence.

"Michael Baden comes to disturbing conclusions," family attorney John Ray said.

Family members said the findings — which showed no evidence Gilbert died of natural causes, a drug overdose or by drowning — should spur authorities to open a murder investigation into Gilbert's death, which has never been ruled a homicide. 

"We're demanding they activate a homicide investigation for Shannan Gilbert," Ray said.

The findings' release comes years after Suffolk County medical examiners said the autopsy was inconclusive. Police had suggested Gilbert possibly drowned or succumbed to the elements not long after she vanished in May 2010. 

Gilbert was on a call on Long Island and was last seen screaming and running from a home in the Oak Beach complex, where she met her client. Before she disappeared, she called 911 from a client's home and told an operator someone was trying to kill her.

It was during the massive search for Gilbert that authorities discovered 11 sets of human remains believed to be linked to at least one serial killer. The first of those remains was found by a K-9 unit in December 2010.

Nine sets of remains — eight women and a man — belonged to prostitutes, authorities said. Another set of remains belonged to a baby girl. Five of them, including the infant, have not been identified. 

Gilbert's remains were found 18 months later, in December 2011, in a marshy area near Gilgo Beach, on the island’s south central shore. The client she was with the night of her disappearance has been ruled out as a suspect in her death. 

Gilbert’s family is involved in a civil suit with a doctor who lives on Gilgo Beach. They believe he may know more about her disappearance. 

No one has been charged or named as a suspect in the killings. Police don’t believe Gilbert's death is connected to the deaths of the others. 

Last month, it was announced that two FBI agents would assist Suffolk County police in their 5-year-old investigation into the human remains found along Gilgo Beach and Ocean Parkway.



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<![CDATA['I Have Forgiven You': Columbine Survivor to Shooter's Mom]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:23:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ann-marie-hochhalter.jpg

Anne Marie Hochhalter's life was forever altered when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris opened fire at Columbine High School in 1999.

She was paralyzed in the shooting and has had a long, difficult road to recovery. But her message now is one of forgiveness.

"I have forgiven you and wish you only the best," Hochhalter wrote in a Facebook post directed to Klebold's mother, Sue, who sent Hochhalter a letter while she was recovering in the hospital.

It comes the day before Sue Klebold's first television interview since the shooting and the release of her new book, "A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy." 

CorrectionAn earlier version of this story misidentified Harris’s first name.



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<![CDATA[Ted Cruz's New Ad Lets Kids Dump on Trump]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:57:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_548795612767.jpg

A playful new political attack ad that compares Donald Trump to a child joins a long tradition of using kids to make a point in a presidential race.

Called "Playing Trump," Sen. Ted Cruz's ad features three boys playing with a Trump action figure who "pretends to be a Republican," listing Democratic politicians that Trump has supposedly supported: "Hey Hillary, I'll give you money to be my friend," one says.

It culminates with one boy, imitating Trump, telling a woman he's taking her "lousy" house using eminent domain, and the boys gleefully destroying a doll house as two terrified parents look on.

"We wouldn't tolerate these values in our children. Why would we want them in a president?" the narrator concludes.

Trump's campaign didn't respond for a request for comment, though Trump did tweet Friday that if Cruz didn't stop "doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen."

Some of the best known ads of all time have featured children, including "Daisy," which President Lyndon B. Johnson used to cast doubt on his 1964 opponent Barry Goldwater's ability to wield American military power.

That ad opened with a girl in a field counting the petals of a daisy. The ad moved to a close-up of her face as a military-sounding countdown tracked back to 0, before a bomb exploded into a mushroom cloud. "These are the stakes," Johnson said.

According to one political observer, the new Cruz ad is notable for letting the kids do the mudslinging, rather than merely pointing out the stakes in political spats.

"Children were not used to attack in the past," professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center told NBC Owned Television Networks. 

Jamieson said older political ads featuring children fall into two categories. Some show that the United States is vulnerable, including "Daisy" and a 1984 Walter Mondale ad in which the song "Teach Your Children" played over footage of missiles launching.

Others serve to show the president as part of a family, whether his own - as Franklin D. Roosevelt and George H. W. Bush did - or the broader American family, as Ronald Reagan did in his famous 1984 "Morning in America" ad. Reagan's ad prominently featured children looking up at an American flag being raised.

The Cruz ad, with more than 236,000 views on YouTube, leaves almost all the talking to the children. Whether it gets its message across across is another question. 

"The diction in the ad is pretty bad, making it unlikely that the `message' (such that it is) will get across," said Stanford political science professor Shanto Iyengar in an e-mail.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified which school hosts the Annenberg Public Policy Center.



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<![CDATA[Assad Vows to Take Control, Warns Will Take Time]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:48:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/BasharAssad-GettyImages-509763142.jpg

Syrian President Bashar Assad says he supports peace talks in his country and will not stop taking control from rebel forces, according to NBC News.

Speaking exclusively to news agency AFP, Assad promised to regain control of his country, and that he “fully believed in negotiations and in political action since the beginning of the crisis.” But he warned that peace will take “a long time and will incur a heavy price.”

He said he felt there was a risk that Turkey and Saudi Arabia, both backers of the opposition, may decide to bring military forces to Syria.

Marathon discussions in Munich with Russia and a dozen other countries led to calls for a “cessation of hostilities in Syria,” which will start in a week.  



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<![CDATA[Northeast Braces for Coldest Air in More Than Decade]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:19:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/160212-weather-forecast-jpo-409a_9ea4db3e03a31b840d54be61456c8022.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

Forecasters warned Friday that the Northeast would experience what could be the coldest temperatures in over a decade this Valentine's Day weekend, NBC News reported. 

Several cities are facing the prospect of subzero temperatures, the product of a weather system called the polar vortex, a large cyclone that sits above the North Pole all year round. The National Weather Service said the "life threatening" icy blast was set to arrive in the region Saturday, but the coldest air would not arrive until Sunday morning.

Boston's forecast low of -2 looked relatively balmy compared to the outlook for -9 in Hartford, Connecticut. Albany was forecast to experience -10 with -11 possible in Worcester, Massachusetts, according to The Weather Channel.

Meanwhile, New York City is forecast to have 2 degrees on Saturday.

"For people stepping outside on Sunday morning, it's going to be like walking into a freezer," said Weather Channel Lead Forecaster Michael Palmer. 



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<![CDATA[Eric Garner's Daughter in Bernie Ad]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:11:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Erica+Garner+II.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a new campaign ad Thursday that prominently features the daughter of Eric Garner, the New York City man who died in 2014 after being placed in a chokehold by a police officer.

"People are dying. This is real; this is not TV. We need a president that’s going to talk about it," Erica Garner says in a voice-over in the four-minute campaign ad titled "It’s Not Over."

Her father died in July 2014. His death was ruled a homicide, but the officer who restrained him in a chokehold was not indicted by a Staten Island grand jury and argued he was using a different, department-approved take-down maneuver called "the seatbelt."

Eric Garner's final words — "I can't breathe" — became a focal point for the movement against police brutality, a hot-button issue in the country that both Democratic candidates have taken up on the campaign trail.

Sanders' ad begins with Erica Garner discussing how her father's death influenced her decision to become an activist. She then explains the heartbreaking conversations she has with her 6-year-old daughter.

"She just learned about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. She asked me, 'Did Rosa Parks not give up her seat for a white man?' She said, 'But those are in the old days, right, Mommy?' And I had to explain to her it’s not really over," Erica Garner says. 

The ad ends with stirring music played over Sanders pushing to hold law enforcement accountable for deaths in police custody.

"When a police officer breaks the law, that officer must be held accountable," the Vermont senator proclaims to a packed rally.

Erica Garner continues talking about the candidate, calling the 74-year-old a "protester".

"I'm behind anyone who's going to listen and speak up for this," she says. "I think we need to believe in a leader like Bernie Sanders."

As the ad ends, Erica Garner gives her endorsement, saying "that's why I'm for Bernie."

The Garner family, however, is divided in their support this election season. Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, publicly endorsed Sanders' rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, last month.



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<![CDATA[Driver Had .22 BAC When He Hit Officer, Police Say]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:44:58 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Officer-Noah-Leotta.jpg

A Maryland man had a blood alcohol content of .22 -- almost three times the legal limit -- when he fatally struck a Montgomery County police officer, police said Friday.

On Thursday, 48-year-old Luis Gustavo Reluzco, of Olney, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of manslaughter by automobile, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years, and failing to move over for an emergency vehicle, a $500 fine. A circuit court judge set bond at $250,000 Friday.

“He’s not somebody who cared about anybody else on the road,” Rich Leotta, Officer Noah Leotta's father, said in furious remarks he delivered after Reluzco's bond hearing. "All he cared about was having drinks and getting drunk. He didn’t care about any human life that was on the road. All he wanted to do was get his high or whatever he was doing. And we know that he has done this before in the past.”

Any charges relating to driving under the influence are covered by the manslaughter charge, State's Attorney John McCarthy said. 

“The charge manslaughter is based on grossly negligent conduct as defined by law,” he said.

The use of substances is part of that negligent conduct, he said.

Rich Leotta called the liquor lobby accomplices in his son's death, along with Maryland state legislators, for blocking the passage of a bill that would require drivers convicted of driving under the influence to use interlock devices, which require drivers to blow into a device to get a blood alcohol content reading before their vehicles will start. Named for Leotta, “Noah’s Law” calls for mandatory interlock devices for all drivers convicted of driving under the influence. Right now, only people convicted of driving with a particularly high blood alcohol content and repeat offenders have to use the lock.

“Zero point eight is the limit in Maryland,” Rich Leotta said, visibly angry. “It’s not 0.15; it’s not 0.09. That’s when the interlock device needs to be implemented. One sip over or I don’t care if it’s one drop over. You’re over the limit, you’re drunk. You don’t drive drunk. That puts everybody at risk. My son is dead because of that. That’s the liquor lobby. They don’t care about the people. They just care about selling their damn alcohol.”

Noah Leotta, 24, was critically injured the evening of Dec. 3, 2015, after he had volunteered to work on a special holiday alcohol-enforcement patrol. He had stopping a suspected drunken driver at Rockville Pike and Edmonston Drive in Rockville, Maryland, and was outside his cruiser when Reluzco smashed into the police car and then struck him, police said.

“My hero son was out there trying to stop drunk drivers,” Rich Leotta said.

Leotta, who would have been with the Montgomery County police department three years in January, was rushed to a hospital with significant trauma. He died Dec. 10, 2015.

Reluzco admitted drinking beer and bourbon for about three hours Dec. 3, police said. There was also the presence in his blood of a depressant that should not be taken with alcohol. He had at least three previous alcohol-related arrests, police said.

“I believe this is an individual who displayed an absolute indifference for lives and safety of drivers on the road,” Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said after Friday's bond hearing.

Reluzco turned himself in to the county sheriff about 1 p.m. Thursday. 

“My client is destroyed by what occurred on the night of Dec. 3,” said Reluzco’s attorney, John Roth. “He makes absolutely no excuse for his actions on that night.”

Manger issued a statement after the indictment was announced that reiterated his call for stronger penalties for drunk and impaired driving, especially for repeat offenders.

“I believe these changes are important and will make travel safer for everyone on Maryland roadways; these changes will save lives," Manger said in the statement, encouraging Maryland residents to tell lawmakers they support "Noah's Law" and two other laws to stiffen drunken-driving penalties.

Another of the laws would increase penalties for anyone convicted of driving while impaired and causing the death of another person; Manger says Maryland has one of the lowest penalties in the nation.

A third law would increase penalties for adults who provide alcohol to underage drinkers.

“There are many other people in this county and in this state that think nothing about taking drugs, drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel of a car,” Manger said. “It’s time for the people of this state to say enough is enough. When a repeat drunk driver continues to get behind the wheel of a car with an absolute callous indifference for other people’s lives, and even when someone is driving drunk and kills someone else, the penalties in this state are disgraceful.”



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<![CDATA[Video: Heroin Antidote Saves Woman]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:03:42 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Narcan-Antidote-Video.jpg

A public overdose in South Jersey shows the raw reality of the heroin epidemic and the power of an antidote that's saving lives, even as people fail to take advantage of programs geared toward kicking the habit.

"It's a problem in every neighborhood... from Winslow to Camden, from Haddonfield to Cherry Hill," said Camden County Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli.

Cellphone video shows a woman unconscious and in the depths of a heroin overdose — dying on the side of Crowne Point Road in West Deptford. Her face is blurred to protect her identity.

Bystanders rush to save her, with one woman performing chest compressions.

"Her lips are blue," a person can be heard saying in the video.

A woman says, "She needs Narcan."

Officers from the West Deptford police station — just down the street — flocked to the scene and administered a dose of Narcan, a nasal spray used as an emergency treatment during an opioid overdose.

"It's not the strength of what the doctors have or anything like that, but it's strong enough to reverse all the symptoms and bring you right back from death," said Chief Samuel DiSimone.

That's what happened in this case. The woman still had to be taken to the hospital, but she survived.

Cappelli co-chairs the Opiate and Heroin Addiction Awareness Task Force in Camden County. This year, the county initiated "Operation Sal," which provides intense counseling to patients who are given Narcan.

So far, no one has joined the program.

"Even after you're clinically dead — brought back to life by Narcan — folks aren't convinced that they should go get help," said Cappelli.

Last year alone, Narcan saved 450 people in just Camden County. It's the antidote for heroin overdoses but not the solution to the growing problem.

"The video is reality," said Cappelli. "That's what's out on the streets of all of our municipalities."

The woman who overdosed declined NBC10’s request for an on-camera interview. She said she is fine and her biggest concern was for her young daughter, who has seen the video and has read the comments.


Stay tuned: A Generation Addicted, an NBC10 digital exclusive report exploring the tragic world of heroin and opiate addiction in the Philadelphia area and beyond, is coming March 21.



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<![CDATA[Sen. Cruz Relents, Ambassadors to Sweden and Norway Confirmed]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:37:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-505046612.jpg

The Senate on Friday moved to confirm a handful of ambassadors and State Department officials, including the American ambassadors to Sweden and Norway after Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, lifted his months-long hold on the nominations, NBC News reported.

An aide to Cruz said that he decided to lift his hold, which were in place because of his objection to the Iran nuclear agreement, because he feels the American people "are very aware of the negative consequences of this deal."

In the Senate any one senator can put a "hold" on a nomination, and Cruz had been blocking the speedy consideration of a number of nominations for the past seven months. 



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