<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.pngNBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usFri, 15 Dec 2017 15:43:30 -0800Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:43:30 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Lauer Faces New Inappropriate Workplace Relationship Claim]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:53:07 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_178972_0027.JPG

A former "Today" show production assistant says she had a brief, consensual relationship with Matt Lauer nearly two decades ago, explaining she felt too intimidated by his stature to turn down his advances after reaching out to NBC's star anchor for career advice. 

Her account of a secret workplace affair when she was 24 years old and Lauer in his 40s is the latest accusation of sexual misconduct against Lauer, who was terminated from NBC News in November after a colleague's complaint of inappropriate sexual behavior. Other women have come forward with other alleged incidents of sexual misconduct. 

Addie Zinone said that Lauer flirted with her by instant message, asked her to lunch when she asked for career advice then invited her to his dressing room for a quick encounter, the first of several, including one at the 2000 Democratic National Convention — a relationship that began a few weeks before she was scheduled to leave the show.

She said in an account in Variety, which was corroborated with a friend she told at the time and records she kept of the instant messages, that, "even though my situation with Matt was consensual, I ultimately felt like a victim because of the power dynamic." She said she left her subsequent job as a local news anchor in part because she "didn't want to start my career being known one of Matt Lauer’s girls."

"I was in shock," Zinone told NBC News. "One day I'm just a normal, hardworking PA ... and now I'm walking in a cloud of confusion."

Zinone confirmed to NBC News the account she provided to Variety. NBC News also confirmed that she worked at "Today" during the time in question.

A representative for Lauer had no comment on Zinone's account. Lauer has previously said he is "embarrassed and ashamed" and sorry for what he did to hurt people, though he also said some of what he's been accused of is "untrue or mischaracterized."

The Variety report includes print-outs of messages sent between Lauer and Zinone, who arrived at "Today" as an intern in 1999 and said she was close with the other anchors, Katie Couric, Al Roker and Ann Curry. She said she got the following message from Lauer out of the blue, after she accepted a position as an anchor for her hometown station.

"hey … i hope you won't drag me to personnel for saying this. but you look fantastic. i don't know what you have done, or what is going on in your life … but it's agreeing with you. just thought i would mention it," Lauer purportedly wrote. 

He complimented her appearance in another message, then invited her to his room after their lunch, she said.

Zinone later left her job to become a journalist in the Army Reserve, then joined "Access Hollywood." She said that on a day when she was featured on the "Today" show for Veteran's Day years later, Lauer didn't come to work.

Her account of meeting with Lauer in his dressing room is consistent with what others told Variety, which previously reported that Lauer made use of a button under his desk that locked the door to give him privacy for such liaisons.

NBC News management declined to comment on Zinone's account to Variety. A representative has previously said that "current NBC News management was never made aware of any complaints about Matt Lauer's conduct" before hearing from the woman whose account on Nov. 27 resulted in Lauer's termination later that week. 

An attorney for that woman, whose identity NBC News has not reported, told Stephanie Gosk that the network has not done enough to protect the confidentiality of his client. He wrote in a Washington Post op-ed Friday that he's received many questions about her identity, but that she wants to maintain her privacy.

NBC News responded with this statement: "The network has protected the victim's anonymity all along and will continue to do so."

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<![CDATA[Breaking Down the New GOP Tax Plan]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:15:14 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/taxplan.jpg

The Senate and House have an agreement upon new tax legislation. AP Reporter Stephen Ohlemacher looks at some of the key takeaways.

<![CDATA[Video Shows Coyote Attack Terrier in Illinois Family's Backyard]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:21:53 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/COYOTE+ATTACK+-+00000624_30079233.jpg

An Illinois family is issuing a warning to other pet owners after their dog was attacked by a coyote in their backyard.

Surveillance video captured the moment a stray coyote charged at Boozer, the Dinges family's cairn terrier, just steps from their back door in Northfield.

"My wife and I were actually on the phone and literally within seconds a coyote that had been in our backyard, but we hadn't seen, pounced on Boozer," Barnaby Dinges said in a phone interview.

Video shows the coyote clamping down on the dog's head and dragging it around the backyard. 

Dinges said his wife rushed outside and scared the coyote away.

The encounter lasted just seconds, but it was long enough for Boozer to suffer substantial injuries.

"He's got a major gash on his head that had to be stapled closed," Barnaby said, listing numerous other gruesome injuries.

Boozer has been a beloved member of Dinges family for 14 years — and they never thought this would happen.

"You look at that video and he is flat-footed in his backyard and minding his business and a very aggressive coyote came out of nowhere," Barnaby said.

After the attack, village officials warned residents in a Facebook post of the uptick in coyote sightings in the winter months and provided safety tips. 

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources estimates there are more than 30,000 coyotes in the state.

"These coyotes are hungry, aggressive and they're looking for older animals that they can prey upon," Barnaby warned.

Dinges noted these coyotes are "hungry, aggressive' and looking for older animals to prey on. He is warning other families to be careful.

"These coyotes are getting more and more comfortable," Dinges added. "[They're] beautiful to look at, but can do tremendous damage in about five seconds."

The University of Illinois Extension recommends not leaving small pets unattended outdoors and installing tall fences in areas particularly prone to coyotes.

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<![CDATA[Former Aide Accuses Virginia Rep. Scott of Sexual Misconduct]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:31:54 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_163068116341251.jpg

A former aide to Rep. Bobby Scott on Friday accused the Virginia Democrat of sexual misconduct and said he fired her after she rebuffed his alleged advances.

At a press conference, Macherie Reese Everson, who goes by Reese, said that Scott touched her inappropriately on two occasions in 2013 and that he flirted with her. Everson said that when she declined the overtures, she was "retaliated against" by being fired.

Everson said the conduct occurred when she was a Congressional Black Caucus Fellow working in Scott's office, when she was "touched inappropriately" by the lawmaker on her back and knee on two separate occasions and that he once invited her to join him at an event in California.

Scott strongly denied Everson's allegations in a statement: "I absolutely deny this allegation of misconduct. I have never sexually harassed anyone in my 25 years of service in the United States Congress, or in my 40 years of public service, or at any other time."

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<![CDATA[Rubio Says He Won't Support Current Tax Bill Without Changes]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:45:46 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_taxesam1215_1920x1080.jpg

Senate Republicans can only afford to lose two votes, and five are in question.

Senators Mike Lee and Marco Rubio are holding out to make more of the child tax credit refundable to low and middle income families.

"Unless they can figure out a way to add to the $1100 figure, I won't support the bill," Rubio says.

<![CDATA['Here We Go Again': Passenger Captures Viral Tarmac Dancer 'Back at It']]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:06:43 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/southwest+airlines+plane.JPG

The airport worker who captured millions of hearts across the nation when he was captured on now-viral video dancing, animatedly, as he directed a plane several months ago is at it again. 

Kyran Ashford made headlines back in October when a Southwest Airlines traveler departing Greater Rochester International Airport en route to his home in Nashville recorded the five-year airport employee's moves from his window seat. 

"This guy rocks! #TarmacDancer #EmployeeOfTheMonth #TGIF #Southwest," Terry McBride posted on Facebook along with the video, which has since been viewed nearly 13 million times. 

At the time, Ashford told ABC News his goal was to give at least one traveler "30 seconds of positive vibes." 

He certainly did that for more than a few -- and he's continuing to do so. McBride captured Ashford on video once again last week, on Dec. 8, rotating his hips and swinging his orange equipment, skipping adeptly on the tarmac as he directed the plane down the runway. 

''Here we go again. Leaving New York this morning on my way back to Nashville and the Tarmac Dancer is back at it," McBride wrote on Facebook.

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<![CDATA[Activists Warn Tax Bill Could Hurt Puerto Rico Even More]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:42:00 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/puerto-rico3.jpg

A coalition of Puerto Rican and Latino groups have told members of Congress that any tax increases on U.S. corporations operating on the island would devastate an already battered economy, NBC News reported.

The group #Power4PuertoRico went to the offices of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as well as the offices of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., as congressional negotiators hammered out a tax bill they hope to sign into law next week.

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At issue are several tax proposals; the House proposal included a 20 percent excise tax on companies manufacturing under "foreign" jurisdictions. Puerto Rico was included in that definition, even though its citizens are American citizens. As a territory, Puerto Rico is taxed differently than states.

"If this becomes law," said Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) in a recent statement, "you can expect to see more than 200,000 manufacturing jobs disappear from the Island. And the government of Puerto Rico could lose one-third of its revenue." 

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<![CDATA[ Three Openly Gay Men Compete for a Spot on US Olympic Team]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:19:36 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/johnfennellgay2018olympics_1200x675.jpg

An openly gay man has never competed for the U.S. in a Winter Games, and it's been 14 years since one did in a Summer Games, NBC News reported. 

John Fennell is one of three publicly out male athletes competing to qualify for the Pyeongchang Games. He is joined by figure skater Adam Rippon and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who came out publicly after winning the silver medal in Sochi in 2014, NBC News reported.

Fennell will find out in December if he makes the U.S. Olympic luge team, and Rippon and Kenworthy will know their 2018 Olympic status by January.

Since 2004, gay men from Great Britain, the Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and Tonga have competed, reported NBC News. 

The U.S. is not liberal as it seems when pushing for gay rights. For example, the U.S. enacted legislation in 2015 that allows same-sex couples to marry, but gay marriage has been widely accepted in several other countries — like Netherlands (2000), Belgium (2003), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009) and Argentina (2010) — for years now, reported NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Second Swimmer Attacked by Sea Lion in San Francisco Bay]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:32:53 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/111617+sea+lions+returned+florida+keys.JPG

The Golden Gate National Park Service on Friday closed San Francisco's Aquatic Park to swimmers after a second sea lion attack.

Fire officials told the public to avoid the area after a second sea lion reportedly attacked a swimmer in the park's waters. Swimmers are forbidden from entering the water at least through Monday "due to multiple marine animal bites," a sign at the scene read.

Multiple public safety agencies are working together with the NPS - the lead agency - on a safety plan, SFFD said.

Fire officials tweeted around 9 a.m. Friday that a 60-year-old man was taken to a trauma center after reportedly being bitten by a sea lion on his arm.

SFFD said in a tweet: "Avoid the area, swim at your own risk at Aquatic Park."

The attack took place at 8:13 a.m. Fire crews were called to 500 Jefferson street where they took care of the victim's injuries. He was then transported to a hospital.

Fire officials said that city agencies were working together to mitigate the incident.

This was the second sea lion attack in as many days.

On Thursday, police said a 56-year-old man was charged by a sea lion. After frantic efforts to splash and distract the animal, the man was bitten on the arm.

People onboard a nearby sailboat saw the attack and rescued the man, taking him on their boat and calling the United States Coast Guard.

The San Francisco Fire Department also responded to the attack and took the victim to Pier 45 to be treated by paramedics. A San Francisco police officer also applied a tourniquet.

The swimmer has a "severe extremity injury" that required immediate medical attention. The man was taken to the trauma center at San Francisco General Hospital, where his vital signs were reported as stable. 

Dave Schreibman was swimming in the bay during the attack.

"I saw a sailboat with a wounded swimmer on it," he said. "They were waving at me and screaming at me to not go out there. The wounded swimmer had deep puncture wounds in his upper arm, and there was blood running down. There was a Coast Guard there, too."

Michael Reiter, of the SFPD marine unit, was the officer who applied the tourniquet.

"I mean, the boat saved his life," Reiter said. "If the boat hadn’t been there, who knows what would have happened They had rented the boat for the day, I believe, and they were on their way back when they saw this."

Some swimmers said they’ve had their run-ins with sea lions. Arnie Thompson, a Dolphin Club member recalled being charged by a sea lion.

"And, of course, I swam across the top of the water like you wouldn’t believe," he said.

Sergei Khorochev added: "It’s happened like a few times over the past few days. One guy on the sound told us that he was swimming, and he got bumped like five times by the sea lion, right here in the cove."

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<![CDATA['Today' Show Puppy Wrangler Joins Explosive Detection K-9 Unit]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:02:09 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Wrangler+is+a+Connecticut+Police+Dog.JPG

Wrangler, the Yellow Labrador who joined the "Today" show in 2016 to help educate the public on service dogs, is making a career change.  

The original "puppy with a purpose" has graduated from the Connecticut State Police canine training program and is now joining a K-9 unit focused on detecting explosives. 

Wrangler has been assigned to the Mass Transit Unit with Trooper First Class Kevin Reed. The "Today" show reports that Wrangler will be patrolling trains and stations between New Haven, Connecticut, and New York City. 

Wrangler set out to raise awareness about the role of service animals and the training that goes into preparing them when he first joined the "Today" show in 2015. He worked as a guide dog for a year after graduating from training in March 2016. 

In July, Wrangler, along with seven other Labradors donated by Guiding Eyes for the Blind, joined the Connecticut State Police program, according to "Today."

"At Guiding Eyes, we always look to place dogs in the career that's right for them," Thomas Panek, President and CEO of Guiding Eyes told "Today."

Panek said detection work fits Wrangler's personality because he "always loved to sniff and follow his nose."   

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<![CDATA[Ambulance Use Drops as Uber's Popularity Grows: Study]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:26:48 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/uberDiptych.jpg

Ambulance use is dipping as Uber and other ride-hailing services continue to permeate an ever-growing swath of the United States, a study found.

The trend was examined in 766 cities in 43 states where Uber began service from 2013 to 2015, in a study co-authored by David Slusky, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Kansas, and Dr. Leon Moskatel, an internist at San Diego’s Scripps Mercy Hospital.

Despite using research methodologies to arrive at the “most conservative” numbers, Slusky and Moskatel found the entry of UberX into the market resulted in "at least" a 7 percent decline of ambulance volume.

“My guess is it will go up a little bit and stabilize at 10 to 15 percent as Uber continues to expand as an alternative for people,’’ Moskatel told the Mercury News.

A cost-benefit analysis may play into people’s decision to search for an Uber driver — often a cheaper option — instead of dialing 911, according to the researchers.

“Even as it provides a critical service in the emergency medical services (EMS) framework, modern ambulance transportation has grown ever costlier,” the researchers wrote. “Emergency medical transport in an ambulance can easily exceed over a thousand dollars, usually with great surprise to the patient — and with insurance often only partially covering the expense or outright refusing to pay for transport deemed not medically necessary.”

It’s also likely that patients assess their conditions and, determining how sick they feel, either call an ambulance or an Uber, according to the Mercury News.

However, Paul Kivela, an ER doctor at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, California and medical director of a Solano County ambulance company, said that move is a risky one.

“A paramedic has the training and the ability to deliver life-saving care en route,” Kivela told the newspaper. “What I really have a hard time believing is an Uber driver is going to attend to you.”

Uber did not participate in this study, and a company spokesman echoed Kivela’s point.

“We’re grateful our service has helped people get to where they’re going when they need it the most,” Uber spokesman Andrew Hasbun told the Mercury News. “However, it’s important to note that Uber is not a substitute for law enforcement or medical professionals. In the event of any medical emergency, we always encourage people to call 911.”

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 04:45:00 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Trumpthumb.jpgWhat Donald Trump's presidency will look like is unclear to many observers. He has not previously worked in politics, and has made contradictory statements on policy issues in several areas during his campaign. Despite the unknowns, Trump has an extensive public profile that, along with his real estate empire and the Trump brand, grew domestically and internationally over the last few decades. Here is a look at his personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[House Ethics Committee Investigating Nev. Rep. Kihuen]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:55:09 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_16319813812226.jpg

The House Ethics Committee said Friday that it has opened an investigation into Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen after reports of sexual harassment against the Nevada congressman. 

"The Committee notes that the mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publically disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee," a statement from the committee said.

Two women have accused the Democrat of misconduct. His former finance director told Buzzfeed in a Dec. 2 story that Kihuen repeatedly propositioned her for dates and sex during the 2016 congressional campaign, offers she rejected. The woman, who withheld her last name, also claimed he touched her thighs without her consent on two occasions.

A second woman spoke to The Nevada Independent in a Dec. 13 story, claiming Kihuen made repeated sexual advances while he was a state senator in 2015 and she was a lobbyist. The woman, who remained anonymous, also said he touched her thighs and buttocks on several occasions.

In a statement to the Independent, Kihuen said he would not discuss the allegations.

"During my 10 years in the legislature, I dated several different women. Out of respect for their privacy, I won't discuss my communications or any other details of those relationships," the statement said.

In a statement to NBC, Kihuen said, "I intend to fully cooperate, and I welcome an opportunity to clear my name."

Both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, called for Kihuen's resignation.

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<![CDATA[SpaceX First Recycled Rocket Soars With Recycled Capsule]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:51:05 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/spacexrecycledrocket_1200x675.jpg

SpaceX, Elon Musk's rocket company, launched the first recycled rocket with a recycled capsule Friday in Florida to deliver groceries to the International Space Station for NASA, CNBC reported.

It was NASA's first use of a reused rocket and it holds nearly 5,000 pounds of goods, including mice for a muscle-wasting study, a first-of-its-kind impact sensor for measuring space debris as minuscule as a grain of sand and barley seeds for a germination experiment, CNBC reported. 

SpaceX — one of two private shippers contracted by NASA — has been making station supply runs since 2012.

Musk's company is at the forefront of a global shift in rocket launches, with this year the first in history that commercial launches will outpace government-sponsored ones, CNBC reported.

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<![CDATA[Three NYC Sisters Complete Ivy League Sweep]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:14:07 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rowan+sisters+ivy+league.jpg

It really must be all in the family.

Democracy Prep Charter High School student Xaviera Zime was surrounded by her screaming classmates when she found out she was accepted to Harvard University on Tuesday – she follows in the footsteps of her two older sisters who both graduated from the Harlem school and currently attend Ivy League colleges.

Two years ago, her oldest sister Chris got into Dartmouth College, and a year later her sister Ella got into Yale University. Chris said she was ecstatic when she found out her younger sister's news.

“I was so excited,” she said. ”I was the one who lifted her up from the chair and almost body slammed her.”

Even more impressive, the three sisters from the Bronx were immigrants from Cameroon and couldn’t speak any English besides what they learned watching television shows.

“We started learning English, going to the library, reading books and using dictionaries,” Xaviera said.

Chris added, “We essentially had to learn English within a period of six months before standardized exams.”

The sisters attribute their college acceptances to their experience at Democracy Prep and their parents for encouraging them to prioritize education, even during tough times.

“I think that’s what motivated us to keep working and striving to work hard because it’s easy to get discouraged."

In the meantime, Xaviera says her Harvard acceptance has yet to set in.

“It still hasn’t processed,” she said.

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<![CDATA[In Photos: Total Devastation in Puerto Rico After Maria]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:19:36 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP_17271040483244.jpgThe island territory of more than 3 million U.S. citizens is reeling in the devastating wake of what Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello called "the most devastating storm in a century."

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<![CDATA[What to Know Before Traveling With Pets During the Holidays]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:28:08 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tips_for_Safe_Holiday_Travel_with_Pets.jpg

News4's Sheena Parveen talks with a spokesperson from the Humane Rescue Alliance who shares tips for traveling with your pets this holiday season.

<![CDATA[NY Woman Used Bitcoin in Attempt to Send Money to ISIS: Feds]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:20:22 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/890098478-Bitcoin.jpg

A Long Island woman has been charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars to send to Islamic State fighters in Syria using Bitcoin.

But her lawyer says she was simply collecting money to help Syrian refugees.

Zoobi Shahnaz, 27, is accused of giving banks phony financial information so she could get credit cards and a loan totaling value at more than $85,000 before trying to send that money to ISIS overseas, according to a statement released Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's office in Central Islip.

Shahnaz, of Brentwood, had also done extensive internet research on moving to Syria to join ISIS, including "tips and reminders" on making the move, and had read articles on the "top female jihadis," prosecutors say. 

Shahnaz was charged in a grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday with bank fraud and money laundering to support a foreign terrorist organization. She appeared in court later that evening where she pleaded not guilty to the charges. Defence lawyer Steve Zissou said his client was not helping ISIS, but was instead collecting money for humanitarian means. 

The Pakistani-born woman worked as a lab technician at a hospital in Manhattan until June, prosecutors said.

In January of 2016, she traveled to Jordan to volunteer with the Syrian American Medical Society, and provided medical aid to Syrian refugees in Amman and in a refugee camp where ISIS exercises significant influence.

Between March and July, Shahnaz engaged in a scheme to defraud multiple financial institutions netting over $85,000, through fraudulently obtaining credit cards and a loan, prosecutors allege. From there, she used the funds to purchase $62,703.71 in Bitcoin and other similar cryptocurrencies that according to the court filings provided her an additional layer of privacy for her scheme to funnel money to the terror group. 

Shahnaz bought cryptocurrency with the credit cards, converting it to U.S. dollars and then transferring it into a bank account in her name, court filings said. She then allegedly transfer the laundered funds out of the country to support ISIS, prosecutors allege.

They say that on July 31 she then tried to fly out of John F. Kennedy International Airport to Pakistan and Istanbul -- a common point of entry for Westerners trying to reach ISIS in Syria. But law enforcement agents stopped her at the gate and arrested her, according to the filings.

Shahnaz was held without bail. 

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<![CDATA['We'll See': Trump Doesn't Rule Out Michael Flynn Pardon]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:55:25 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_17349543819533.jpg

President Donald Trump on Friday refused to directly say whether he would pardon former national security adviser Michael Flynn, NBC News reported.

"I don't want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet. We'll see what happens," Trump told reporters as he departed the White House to deliver a speech to FBI academy graduates.

"Let's see. I can say this: When you look at what's gone on with the FBI and with the Justice Department, people are very, very angry."

Flynn, who pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of making false statements to the FBI about his communications with Russia earlier this month, is the first senior White House official to be charged in the special counsel’s investigation into Moscow's alleged meddling into the 2016 presidential election and the first to officially agree to cooperate.

"For the record there is no consideration at all for a pardon for Michael Flynn at this time," White House lawyer Ty Cobb told NBC News following the comments.

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<![CDATA[Trump Doesn't Rule Out Pardon for Michael Flynn]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:36:42 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trump+speaks.jpg

When asked if he would pardon former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, President Donald Trump said, "We'll see what happens."

<![CDATA[Frantic NYC Subway Track Rescue Caught on Camera]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:29:52 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/subway-unconscious-man-1214.jpg

Riveting cellphone video catches frantic straphangers shouting down an approaching Q train so they could save a man passed out with his body strewn across a snowy train trestle in Brooklyn Thursday morning.

Video captured by Liliana Vicente as she was waiting for a train at the Avenue H station in Flatbush shows an unconscious man slumped over in the track bed.

"Sir?" Vicente asks.

The man doesn't move. The woman then runs down the tracks, asking others to "please, help to stop" the train.

Other straphangers start yelling "Stop!" with palpable panic in their voices at the train approaching the station. 

Vicente, meanwhile, presses the button on one of the station's emergency call boxes and goes back to trying to rouse the man. 

"Sir? Sir, please wake up," she says, becoming increasingly distressed. "Sir! Please wake up! Sir, wake up!"

Other straphangers, meanwhile, continue shouting "Stop!" at the train barreling in their direction.

Eventually, the train, still out of the frame, comes to a stop. Vicente says "at least she stopped."

Then, she sprints down the platform toward a service ladder. Without ever dropping her phone, she climbs down into the track bed and runs toward the man. By the time she reaches him, other straphangers have also pitched in trying to pull him to safety.

A man in a North Carolina Tar Heels sweatshirt can be seen grabbing the man by the waist and hoisting him back onto the platform. Vicente and at least one other commuter help him and then walk back toward the ladder.

"My God," she says. "Thank God the train has stopped."

A few minutes later, firefighters arrive on scene and the man has come to. It's not clear from the footage whether he has been injured in the fall or how he got there.

The man was taken to Kings County Hospital in serious condition.

Within a few seconds, the Q train that Vicente and others had tried so desperately to stop arrives at the platform — and in true New York fashion, the straphangers all get on and head their destination. 

"Thank God, he's better," Vicente says as they take their seats.

Other straphangers can be heard telling her, "You ran so fast!" The straphangers all then talk with one another about what had just happened before the car returned to its normal morning commute din. 

"He was very lucky," she tells other riders. "He was very lucky. It was a good thing it didn't happen worse."

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:51:41 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-872519720.jpgTake a look at significant events from President Donald Trump's time in office, including the signing of the travel ban, Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court, the launch of 59 missiles at Syria's government-held Shayrat Airfiled and more.

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<![CDATA[Friday Is Free Shipping Day for Hundreds of Retailers]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:31:17 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/package-delivery.jpg

Online retailers are bringing some much-needed relief for late shoppers: free shipping.

Friday is the 10th annual Free Shipping Day. More than 960 retailers, including Macy's, Nordstrom, Amazon, Kate Spade and ASOS, are offering the service with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. Many of the participating retailers are also offering additional deals and sales.

The complete list of all participating retailers can be viewed here.

Deals and guidelines vary from company to company, and free shipping is only guaranteed for items that are currently in stock and may exclude certain purchases.

FedEx and UPS are gearing up for last-minute cyber purchases and have advice for frantic consumers on their websites. FedEx encourages preparation and planning to ensure a stress-free delivery and even has a hotline for consumers to keep tabs on their packages. FedEx and UPS also have holiday calendars that explain the last days to order so the gifts arrive by Dec. 24. 

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<![CDATA[Omarosa’s Departure Raises Questions About WH Diversity]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:39:48 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Omarosa-file.jpg

Before her departure this week, Omarosa Manigault Newman, along with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, stood as the only black voices among more than 30 Cabinet secretaries and senior White House staff around President Donald Trump.

The announcement Wednesday that Newman, a former "Apprentice" contestant and aide to the president, was leaving her post has brought with it new questions about diversity — or lack of it — in the Trump White House.

Asked by NBC News on Thursday how many black senior staffers remained at the White House in the wake of Newman's departure, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to cite a number or specify who would take over Newman's outreach to African-American communities.

In a Thursday interview with ABC, Newman referred to herself as "the only African American woman in this White House," adding that she had "quite a story to tell" in the future about her time in an administration that has struggled with racial issues and outreach to minority communities.

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