<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - National & International News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usMon, 24 Oct 2016 16:09:30 -0400Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:09:30 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Highlights From the 2016 Campaign Trail]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:51:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-617720724.jpg The 2016 presidential race has been contentious and full of surprises. Check out scenes from the campaign trail.

Photo Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Get Ready for Girl Scout Cookie Cereals, Starting Next Year]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:54:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/girl+scouts+cookie+cereal.jpg

Attention all Thin Mints fanatics: Two flavors of Girl Scout Cookies are coming to cereal boxes this winter.

General Mills is teaming up with the Girl Scouts to launch limited edition Girl Scout cookie cereals, the company says.

Thin Mints and Caramel Crunch (you know them as Samoas, in cookie form) are the featured cereal flavors. Starting in January 2017, the Girl Scout cookie cereals will be available nationwide, according to General Mills spokesman Mike Siemienas. 

It will come out as the Girl Scouts mark 100 years of selling their world famous cookies in 2017. 

From the Girls Scouts website: "It started in 1917 when Girl Scouts in Muskogee, Oklahoma, did what Girl Scouts everywhere always do. They had a great idea. The girls of Mistletoe Troop hit upon the clever idea to fund their projects by selling cookies they made themselves in their kitchens at home."

Over a million girls have sold the signature cookies to help teach empowerment and life skills. 

Photo Credit: General Mills
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Dramatic Images: Europe's Migrant Crisis]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:19:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-617669782.jpg Migrants fleeing war in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have encountered resistance at European borders, where many face danger and an uncertain future. March 15, 2016, marked five years since the start of the uprising against Syria’s President Bashar Assad, and the flow of refugees hasn't abated as violence continues to intensify. Over the course of the last week in May, 880 people were killed in Mediterranean shipwrecks, according to the United Nations.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Students Beaten in Philly U. Mob]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:35:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Temple+University+Roving+Student+Attacks+Skyforce.jpg

Four juveniles were arrested in a series of flash mob-style attacks on Temple University's campus this weekend that left students and police officers hurt, police and university officials said.

Groups of young people, estimated to number between 20 to 100, roved the school's North Philadelphia campus Friday night for nearly two hours causing havoc, authorities said.

Students were punched and kicked, an officer tossed to the ground and stones were thrown at passing cars, police said. Officers from three agencies — the Philadelphia Police Department, Temple University police and SEPTA police —responded to the incidents.

As many as six Temple students hurt in the attacks as they walked around campus between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. that night., along with a university police officer and a Philadelphia police horse. 

One student, who was not identified, told the college news site The Tab she was walking with her boyfriend near 16th and Oxford streets around 8 p.m. when they were attacked by two kids.

The student told the news site her boyfriend was able to run away but she was grabbed by the ahir and beaten on her head and back. Her name was not given.

“I somehow got to the other side of Oxford Street by the time they got me to the ground. I remember shoes coming for my face and after that I heard other kids from the group saying ‘Yo chill, yo chill, it’s just a girl’ and they pulled my attackers off me," she reportedly said.

Police a 20-year-old man also fell victim to an attack by kids from this group.

At 9 p.m., a Temple police officer was tossed to the ground, landing on top of her patrol bike, while trying to apprehend a 15-year-old boy who was seen throwing rocks at cars driving along Broad Street, police said.

The teen was running from officers when he attacked the patrolwoman, police said. She suffered bruises to her leg and a scrape to her knee. The teen was apprehended a block away.

About 10 minutes later, a 15-year-old teen walked up to an equine officer and punched the animal in the head and face at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, police said. The mounted officer had been dispatched to help disperse as many as 100 kids at that corner.

He was arrested following a short chase.

Another attack happened about 10 minutes after that, around 9:20 p.m., along the 1700 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Three teens, an 18-year-old girl and two 19-year-old boys, were beaten down by as many as 30 young people, police said.

The girl suffered scrapes and cuts to her legs. Her cellphone was smashed and debit card stolen. Between the boys, an iPhone, wallet, backpack and Bluetooth wireless speaker was taken, according to police.

The suspects in this attack have not yet been arrested.

In all, as many as 50 juveniles were taken into custody and four — ranging in age from 15 to 17 years old — were charged with crimes. The charges include aggravated assault, robbery and assaulting a police officer.

Temple spokesman Ray Betzner said Friday the juveniles played a "cat-and-mouse game" with officers. A campus alert warning students and staff was sent around 9:30 p.m.

Joe Lauletta, the father of one of the apparent victims, posted an angry message to Facebook about his daughter's attack.

He said the youth who attacked his daughter "held her down and kicked and stomped on her repeatedly," referring to the attackers as "sick animals." The attack landed her in the hospital, he added.

NBC10 reached out to Lauletta for an interview.

Lauletta said his daughter and two male friends were exiting the subway, coming home from the Temple football game when they were beaten.

Philadelphia police, Temple police and the university are all investigating the incidents.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Walmart Scraps 'Suicide Scar' Makeup Kit Amid Outrage]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:02:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/walmart_north_las_vegas.jpg

Outraged mental health advocates petitioned Walmart to stop selling a "Suicide Scar Wound" makeup kit offered on the retailer's website.

Walmart, one of the leading retailers in the United States, can be a one-stop shop for Halloween necessities like candy, costumes, and decorations.

This year the site featured a "Razor Blade Suicide Scar Wound" latex costume makeup kit. The product, according to Walmart, was not something they put up for sale online, but rather a third-party vendor, that Walmart did not identify.

The title and photo of a razor blade with two bloody slash marks instigated outrage from the community.

"I would like to know which part of this is a suitable costume for anyone," one person said on Twitter. "Self harm isn't a 'scary costume' for all to wear."

A group called Revolving of Doors launched a change.org petition.

"This is not just a disgrace to the sensitivity to those who suffer from self-harm, but a shame on Walmart for making light of the situation," the petition stated.

"This 'costume' is real life for many people, many people who are contemplating volumes higher than self-harm," the petition added. "Suicide is not a joke, not a costume, and not funny."

The controversy prompted Walmart to remove the costume from their site over the weekend, telling Facebook followers they too thought it was "unacceptable."

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255.

This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Infants, Parents Should Share Room: New Guidelines]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:35:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NC_sleepstandards1024_1920x1080.jpg The American Academy of Pediatrics has released updated guidelines for new parents on infant sleep safety. Experts say room sharing could reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by half and recommend babies sleep in a crib or bassinet in the parent's bedroom for at least the first six months and up to age 1. ]]> <![CDATA[Michelle's Style Shines Through 8 Years of State Dinners]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:28:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/01shmobama20.jpg First Lady Michelle Obama has been a fashionista for the eight years she’s been in the spotlight. Here are some of her iconic looks during various state dinners that the Obamas have hosted.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Clown Masks, Gun Spotted at Mall]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:43:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/clownfile.jpg

Three men clutching two clown masks and a gun were spotted by a security guard at the Westfield San Francisco Centre Sunday, police said.

The guard was conducting a routine sweep outside one of the mall's entrances near Market and Powell streets when he approached the men before one flashed a gun, police said.

The men, who police say are between the ages of 20 and 30, immediately took off on foot and exited the mall without pointing the weapon at the security guard, according to police.

San Francisco police were dispatched to the scene around 3:15 p.m., but were unable to locate the suspects.

With Halloween just around the corner, San Francisco police are issuing a warning to folks.

"Keep your eyes open for anything that's out of the ordinary and looks suspicious," San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Carlos Manfredi said.

It is unclear if the three men are connected to the recent "creepy clown" hysteria that has been sweeping the nation.

As part of that phenomenon, people sporting clown masks have been discovered scaring people and even threatening Bay Area schools. Although much of the behavior has turned out to be pranks or hoaxes, local law enforcement agencies around the country and the FBI have been keeping a watchful eye.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, File]]>
<![CDATA[A Quick and Dirty Guide to Polls for the 2016 Election]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:15:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/split2-template-new-trump-clinton.jpg

This election, polls have been center stage and often come under fire.

Donald Trump has mentioned online polls, for example, only to have them be contested as falsified, irrelevant, unethical, or out-of-context. But even more respected polls have been all over the map, with most showing a Clinton lead but by vastly different margins.

[[397119801, C]]

What explains this variation? How are polls conducted, and what makes for a trustworthy survey? Here's a look into polling during the 2016 election season. 

But first, an introduction.

How Are Polls Conducted?
In 2016, most polls are done either online or over the phone. Pollsters use a sample size — a group meant to represent the larger population — to project how American citizens will vote in November. They come up with unique definitions of their populations: some survey registered voters, others likely voters, and others the adult population. "Likely voters" is an especially tricky category, as pollsters have to define what that means by measuring the enthusiasm of their respondents. 

And low response rates make it difficult for pollsters to get a truly random sample, experts said. 

"No poll is perfect," said Andrew Gelman, political science and statistics professor at Columbia University. "Response rates are typically less than 10 percent. So every poll needs to adjust the sample to match the population in some way."

Because the polls aren’t random, biases based on the sample taint the data.

Polls often differ because their samples vary.

"Who responds to a poll changes from one day to a next," Gelman said. "Different people are home. Different people are likely to respond."

When one of the parties is especially mobilized, its candidate will often experience a bump in the polls that doesn’t necessarily represent a change in public opinion. For example, after the Republican National Convention, Trump saw a perceived increase in support, and Hillary’s lead jumped immediately after the DNC. 

Polling can also prove a self-determining process because if a candidate is thought to be winning, more of his or her followers will take the time to answer a survey, which changes the polling summary.

"Recently, there’s been a big shift towards Hillary Clinton in the polls, and I think that does represent a real shift in public opinion, and I think there are people who have changed their vote intention," Gelman said. "But also, now that the news is looking better for Clinton, I think more Clinton supporters are likely to respond to polls. And now that the news is not looking so good for Trump, I think Trump supporters are less likely to respond." 

Gelman said this year's elections have proved different than those from the past. With Trump’s leaked 2005 video footage about sexual assault and subsequent Republican fall-out, things are becoming increasingly unclear.

"It’s really very hard for me as a political scientist to try to identify how important things like a split of the Republican party would be because historically, when we’ve had these kinds of splits, it’s typically been when the economy was going so strongly that basically everybody wanted to stay with the incumbent," Gelman said. "All sorts of things could happen. Presumably the most likely thing is that Clinton will win by a little bit more than 4 percent, but not a landslide. But it’s just hard to know because this is not something that we’ve really seen before."

And now, a deeper look at 2016 polling data, broken into three types: aggregated predictions, statistically relevant polls and unscientific surveys.


1. Aggregated Predictions 
Aggregated predictions are not polls, but analysis of available polling data to predict who is most likely to win the election.

Example: FiveThirtyEight
How It's Done: Nate Silver aggregates polling data to predict the outcome of the elections based on a model set months before. He forecasts the probability that each candidate will win in November and offers three options to interpret his predictions.

"It’s one way of us telling readers, 'Hey, we don’t have all the answers on this. Here’s a couple of different ways you can do it,'" said Micah Cohen, politics editor at FiveThirtyEight.

As of Oct. 14, all three of FiveThirtyEight's models give Hillary Clinton more than an 80 percent chance of winning the election.

The three forecasts are based on all polling data that the FiveThirtyEight team considers legitimate. They've banned a few pollsters because of "really compelling evidence that they’re faking polls or that they’re doing something else really shady," according to Cohen.

But FiveThirtyEight doesn't treat all polls equally. Silver has rated each poll, and those with higher grades are weighted more in the model. Cohen explained that grades are based on "how accurate… the pollster (has) been in the past" and "how methodologically sound" the pollster is. Silver relies more heavily on state polls because historically they've been right more often. 

The model makes predictions based on likely voters, a category Silver lets the pollsters define for themselves.

Strengths: According to Cohen, "The most basic strength is it does in a systematic and unbiased way what everyone is doing anyway."

Decades before FiveThirtyEight was conceived in 2008, politically active citizens were still trying to combine and decipher polls to predict who would win elections. Silver’s model is impartial, and so it should be more on point than subjective interpretations.

Silver was one of the most accurate pollsters during the 2012 elections, predicting every state in the union correctly.

Weaknesses: Statistical models improve with more data. Because presidential elections only happen every four years, FiveThirtyEight doesn’t have a ton of historical data to determine its model.

"We don’t know that much about how presidential elections work, and so we’re kind of limited by the sample size," Cohen said.

And then there’s the fact that, like many analysts, Silver was blindsided by a Trump Republican nomination. As Gelman said, this isn’t your typical election, and the polling data might not play by the same rules that led to correct FiveThirtyEight predictions in 2008 and 2012. 

Similar resources: The Upshot by The New York Times

2. Statistically Relevant Polls 
The most common polls during election season are conducted by polling organizations, often with a media partner, to predict the outcome of a race. The polls have a stastical basis, and pollsters typically release details on methodology and an expected margin of error. 

Example: Marist Institute for Public Opinion Poll
How It’s Done: Marist conducts both state and national polls, with live callers phoning both mobile phones and land lines. Lee M. Miringoff, the institute’s director, said that his team is in the field nearly every day.

Used by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, the Marist poll earned an "A" on FiveThirtyEight’s pollster rankings, correctly predicting 88 percent of the 146 polls Silver’s team analyzed.

A new poll released on Oct. 10 had Clinton up by 14 points in a two-party race and leading Trump by 11 points when third and fourth party candidates were introduced.

Each poll starts with a sample size of approximately 1,100 adults 18 and older. For national polls, Miringoff determines how many voters to call in each state from the state’s population and relative weight in the election. His probability model is based on likely voters, so first he must find out if the person on the line is registered to vote. Then, he asks a series of questions to gauge how likely they are to cast a ballot. Even if someone is unlikely to vote, they’re included in the model — their vote just weighs less. 

"In polling, not all opinions are created equally," Miringoff said. "The ones who are going to vote are the ones you are most interested in finding out about."

Miringoff can ensure that his data is fitting with the U.S.’ demography by comparing census calculations with his own. He emphasized that the polls represent how the American people feel in the moment. A poll before and after one of the debates might not look the same.

"It’s all about timing. When you’re dealing with an election, it’s a moving target," he said. "This campaign has been one of ups and downs at different times, usually after an important event."

Strengths: By using two different methods — landlines and cellphones — Miringoff offsets bias from both (though not bias from only using calling). Younger people are more likely to pick up their iPhones, whereas older voters might still have a landline, so Marist’s polling takes into account different demographics based on the media they use. The team is also able to take note of how many people own cell phones versus landlines in each state and distribute polling to reflect that — one state may be 80 percent cells and 20 percent landlines, while another is 60 percent and 40 percent.

Weaknesses: The model takes time and costs money. A post-debate poll, for example, might last four days. Meanwhile, some pollsters are releasing data the night of the debate. Miringoff said that those polls will be skewed, as most responses will come from those impassioned to weigh in after 10:30 p.m. on the East Coast. But they’re fast.

Also, refusal rate (which includes people who aren’t home or whose numbers don’t work) is pretty high. These days, it’s hard to get someone to agree to take a survey over the phone. “Clearly it’s become a more difficult process,” Miringoff said.

Similar resources: Quinnipiac University, Gallup, CBS News/New York Times 

Example: UPI/CVoter Poll
How It’s Done: The UPI/CVoter poll is one of two mainstream polls that has often predicted a Trump victory or shown a nearly tied election (the other is the University of Southern California/ Los Angeles Times poll). Both polls use last vote recall, where pollsters ask respondents who they voted for in the last presidential election to gauge how many voters are switching parties or won’t vote at all after participating in the last election. According to Yashwant Deshmukh of CVoter, last vote recall accounts for the Trump lead in his past predictions. However, UPI’s latest data shows Clinton with a comfortable lead

CVoter has a "C+" on Silver’s pollster ratings. 

After using a phone model in 2012, CVoter has moved online for 2016, experimenting with multiple platforms (like SurveyMonkey, Google, etc.) to garner about 250 responses per day. Internet users are incentivized to answer. Boosters focus on specific demographics — for example, one survey is in Spanish, exclusively targeting Latino voters. 

CVoter measures likely voters by simply asking, "How likely are you to vote?" Its cut-off model removes unlikely and undecided voters from the equation. Like Marist, CVoter polls nationally based on population per state. 

Strengths: It’s fast. UPI can update predictions with the data from 250 responses every day.

Weaknesses: Because the poll is online and compensated in some way, it’s tainted with participation bias — tendencies that skew the data.

"It is not a random probability sample," Deshmukh said. "Nobody claims that."

Deshmukh conceded that he’s "not a big fan of online samples," and if possible, he would have chosen a calling model with both landlines and mobiles. However, using automated dialers to call cells is illegal in the United States, and hand-dialing each number would make the process too expensive, he said. 

Also, there’s a reason why most pollsters don’t use last vote recall — it relies on people remembering actions from four years ago, and respondents may misreport.

Deshmukh did not directly address his company's "C+" rating on FiveThirtyEight.

Similar resources: YouGov, Reuters/Ipsos, Google Consumer Surveys

3. Unscientific Surveys
Unscientific surveys are Internet-based polls that ask the user - anyone who comes to the site - to indicate their preference. They can quickly get feedback on a real-time event, such as a debate or a political convention. 

Example: The First Debate

[[397115931, C]]

The day after the first 2016 presidential debate, Trump tweeted out that his "movement" had won the night before. He included an image with 10 polls all showing him as the victor. However, national polls conducted during the week following the debate implied a bump in Clinton's overall popularity. 

So why did 10 polls indicate that she had lost the debate?

Websites like Drudge Report and CNBC launched surveys to try to monitor how each candidate performed. They were unscientific, in that they didn't use any controls. Forget categories like "likely" or "registered" voters -- anyone from around the world could respond, and if someone used proxies, the user could get into the survey multiple times. Also, as Miringoff noted, the East Coast respondents would only be those who were fired up and and would not be representative of national opinion. 

Strengths: Unscientific polls yield nearly immediate results. As Gelman said, “People want to click every day, so you have to have something new."

Weaknesses: There is absolutely no evidence that they're believable.  

[[397093151, C]]

What It All Means
According to Cohen, data from the last 15 presidential campaigns indicate that polls don't move much between October and Election Day. So based on current polls, the U.S. is is more likely to elect its first female president on Nov. 8. 

But the final tally will probably be close, Gelman said. In the end, what matters is which "likely voters" turn up to the voting booths. 

“There is evidence that there’s higher turnout in close elections," Gelman said.

And polls are subject to human error and can be wrong, as Cohen pointed out. 

“These are tools built by very fallible people,” he said. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Top News Photos of the Week]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:35:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-616268712-news.jpg View daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['Weed World' Bridge Truck Fire]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:03:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Memorial-Bridge-Fire.jpg

A vehicle carrying marijuana-laced candy caught fire on the Delaware Memorial Bridge Sunday, causing lane closures and a massive backup.

The Weed World Candies truck was traveling from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia when it caught fire on the northbound side of the bridge around 6 p.m. Two northbound lanes were closed, causing heavy traffic as firefighters responded.

[[398124751, C]]

Firefighters were eventually able to bring the flames under control and no injuries were reported, according to bridge authority officials.

Weed World Candies is an organization that launched in 1999 that uses tour vehicles to promote the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. The company also sells marijuana-laced candy.

"Dr. Dro," the owner of 'Weed World Candies,' told NBC10 in Philadelphia that more than $50,000 in merchandise was lost in the fire. The company is visiting colleges on the East Coast.

[[398124701, C]]

Photo Credit: Kim Turner / ‏@KimTurnerInDE
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Cyber Attacks Now Closer to Home Than Ever]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:35:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/GettyImages-107793027.jpg

The cyber attack that slowed many popular websites to a crawl last week is considered unprecedented in its ability to hit so many Americans, NBC News reported.

The attack used a new type of malware that takes control of tens of millions of personal devices connected to the internet — including home routers, baby monitors and cameras — without their owners' knowledge.

The Chief Strategy Officer of the New Hampshire tech company that was targeted by the attack called the attack "absolutely unprecedented."

"What we discovered [was that] it was a part of an botnet attack called the Mirai botnet, which basically goes into folks' homes and takes over Internet of Things devices and literally turns them into attack vectors," Dyn's Kyle York said.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, File]]>
<![CDATA[Gunfire Breaks Out on Ride-Along]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:59:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/maderapolice.jpg

Bullets narrowly missed a civilian taking a ride in a police cruiser in central California early Sunday morning, when a traffic stop turned into a police chase. 

Many citizens who want to understand the job of police officers and get a sense of the excitement of the job go on ride-alongs, like the woman in Madera. But her morning was anything but routine after a suspect ended up firing 14 rounds at the patrol car, leaving the passenger scratched by broken glass and crying in fear, but safe, Police Chief Steven Frazier recapped Monday at a news conference. Originally, police had said nine rounds were fired.

The story, and especially the dashcam video police posted of the shootout and chase, has been seen nearly 1 million times on the department's Facebook page, and made its rounds on the TV morning talk shows, including the "Today" show.

"By the grace of God," Frazier told reporters, "this officer and this civilian ride-along are with us today."

Officer Julian Garcia, who was on his second week of the job and spotted a Mazda with a broken headlight, wasn’t injured and the woman on the ride-along suffered minor scratches, Frazier said. She is part of the department's volunteer citizen's academy. She declined to be interviewed or identified.

Madera is in San Joaquin County near Yosemite National Park.

The ride-along started off normally on Sunday about 4:30 a.m., police said. Garcia tried to stop a Mazda SUV traveling west on Howard Road because the car had a broken headlight and the driver failed to stop at a stop sign, according to the dashcam video and the chief. 

"He's not stopping," the woman is heard asking in the video, before a chase ensued.

When the Mazda turns onto Lighthouse Drive, its front passenger is apparently seen sticking a gun out the window, prompting the officer's passenger to say, "He has a gun! No, no, no, no!"

Approximately 14 rounds were fired at the police car, Frazier said. The patrol car was struck by three bullets, two of them through the windshield, and the patrol car was disabled. Frazier said that one of the bullets even landed inside someone's home in a pile of laundry.

The Mazda sped away, and the police cruiser pulled over. "You OK?" the officer is heard asking the woman, who begins sobbing in the car.

The Mazda was later found abandoned on Krest Street, and police found an AR 15-style pistol and other evidence, which they didn’t detail. Det. Sgt. Johnny Smith told NBC Bay Area there were paper license plates on the car, which was stolen from Fresno.

Police have not announced any arrests, and the chief said they were looking for at least two suspects.

Frazier said that he believes this video should be a prerequisite for all ride-along candidates so they can see what officers face day to day. He doesn't think the department will change its ride-along policy in any way, but he expects some citizens might refuse to participate after what happened this weekend.

"I think what occurred," he said, "is that at any time, any situation can go sideways. And this young lady experienced that."

Photo Credit: Madera police Facebook page
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[NYC Wheelchair Gunman Suspect]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:56:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/surveillance+video+suspect.jpg

Police are searching for two men, including an alleged gunman in a wheelchair, seen on surveillance video after another man was gunned down in the Bronx over the weekend.

Kevin Thomas, 28, was found on East 143rd Street in the Mott Haven Houses early Sunday. Police said he had been shot multiple times in the torso.

Thomas was rushed to Lincoln Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No arrests had been made as of Monday morning.

Police released surveillance images of two men they are looking for. They said they believe that the gunman was in a wheelchair when he opened fire. 

The NYPD asks anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Photo Credit: NYPD Handout]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Makes Push for Down-Ballot Republicans]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:48:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/trump_donald_campaign_Naples_Florida.jpg

While Hillary Clinton is making an explicit push for Democratic down-ballot candidates, Donald Trump is taking a more subtle approach, NBC News reported.

Sunday evening in Florida, Trump repeatedly pushed his supporters to help keep Republicans in control of Congress.

Asking voters to cast their votes for him in 16 days, Trump said, "That includes helping me re-elect Republicans all over the place," adding that it would be "nice if they helped us, too, right? To enact my first 100 days."

At three other points in the speech, Trump slipped in mentions of a Republican House and Senate as essential to enacting his agenda.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Tribe Asks DOJ to Intervene in Dakota Access Pipeline]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:06:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16250708115990-north-dakota-oil-pipeline-protest.jpg

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to immediately intervene in the escalating situation between protesters and law enforcement over construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the tribe's chairman told NBC News on Sunday night.

"The DOJ should be enlisted and expected to investigate the overwhelming reports and videos demonstrating clear strong-arm tactics, abuses and unlawful arrests by law enforcement," Chairman Dave Archambault II told NBC News.

The tribe's request comes after a weekend in which the months-long protest entered a new and more chaotic phase. On Saturday, 127 protesters were arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing on private property, according to new figures released Sunday by the Morton County Sheriff's Office.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[13 Killed, 31 Injured in Tour Bus Crash in California]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 03:09:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tour-bus-crash-102319.PNG

In a horrific early morning crash, a tour bus slammed into the back of a truck on Interstate 10 north of Palm Springs before sunrise Sunday, killing 13 and injuring 31, authorities said.

The Riverside County Coroner's office confirmed 13 people aboard the bus were killed, including the driver, in the disastrous crash that shut down the entire westbound 10 Freeway west of Indian Canyon Road. Traffic was being diverted off the freeway at the Indian Avenue offramp. The freeway reopened around 4:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Rescuers continued to search the wreckage for more victims in the early stages of the crash. The first images from the scene showed firefighters using ladders to get into the passenger compartment of the bus, which had been peeled back from the vehicle's undercarriage about one third of its length. 

The front of the bus was demolished as the back of the semi was shredded from the monstrous force of the crash.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the collision, but the tour bus was traveling much faster than the semi, CHP Chief Jim Abele said at a news conference.

The trailer of the semi was lodged 15 feet into the front of the bus, Abele said.

The bus, owned by LA-based USA Holliday Bus, had departed the Red Earth Casino in Salton City and was en route to a location in Los Angeles when the crash was reported to CHP at 5:17 a.m.

The CHP said there was no indication that the bus slammed on the brakes before plowing into the back of the semi-truck, leading investigators to believe fatigue may have been a factor. They were not ruling out some type of medical emergency on the driver's behalf, such as a heart attack.

The driver, along with the deceased passengers, were not yet identified to the public.

It appeared that all passengers aboard had been asleep at the time of impact. While they had likely all been seated properly, many ended up in the front end of the bus due to the force of impact, Abele said.

Abele said it was not likely that the bus had seat belts.

"In almost 35 years, I've never been to a crash where there's been 13 confirmed fatal accidents," Abele said. "It's tough for all of us," he added. 

CHP reported that 31 people had been injured. Desert Regional Medical Center, Eisenhower Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital all received and treated patients from the crash, ranging from five critical patients to others with minor injuries.

A trauma surgeon said the injuries included facial trauma but few broken bones, which is unusual for a high-speed vehicle wreck.

Dr. Ricard Townsend of Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs told reporters Sunday that the bus struck the collapsible trailer of a semi-truck, sending many of the likely unrestrained passengers flying through the air.

He called the widespread facial injuries a hallmark of those not wearing seat belts. He says the injuries indicate the bus was slowing down at the point of impact.

Crews used tow trucks to pry the bus from the back of the semi-truck before clearing the bus from the area. 

The semi-truck driver also suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

He told CHP he wasn't sure at first what had happened, and that he felt a "thump" in the back of the trailer, which was hauling food products. 

The bus had been inspected as recently as April 2016, in addition to being inspected in 2014 and 2015, and did not have mechanical issues, CHP said.

Because the investigation was still in its early stages, not all of the victims had been identified. CHP encouraged family members to reach out if they had not heard from their loved ones. 

Family members were directed to the Riverside County Fire Department facility at 800 S. Redlands Ave. in Perris, or to call (951) 443-2300. The fire department was setting up a crisis response center there.

NBC4's I-Team has investigated tour bus companies in 2014, and Hollywood tour bus companies in 2016. 

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Donald Trump To Accept Election Result 'If It's Fair': Son]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:17:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Trump+Kids_Ivanka_Eric_Donald.jpg

As the presidential election heads into the final two weeks, Donald Trump's son Eric Trump clarified his father's position on the forthcoming election results and allegations of sexual assault by more than a dozen women. 

"I think what my father is saying is 'I want a fair election,'" Trump told ABC's "This Week," reiterating his belief that the election could be "rigged." "If it's a fair outcome he will absolutely accept it, there's no question about it."

Eric Trump also said he believes that the women who have accused his father of sexual misconduct are part of a coordinated attack by Democrats.

"The day the Hillary WikiLeaks comes out, all of a sudden people start coming forward. I think you have to be really naïve to think that one and the other weren't coordinated together," Trump said.

Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Tweets Cubs Congrats]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:59:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/obama+sox+GettyImages-102211309.png

Chicago Cubs fans are still in a state of gleeful delirium after the team advanced to the World Series on Saturday night, and even some Chicago White Sox fans were willing to offer congratulations to their North Side rivals.

Perhaps the most famous White Sox fan in America was one of those that congratulated the Cubs on getting to the World Series, as President Barack Obama offered his congratulations on Twitter Sunday morning:

President Obama isn’t the only famous White Sox fan to lend his support, as others like Chance the Rapper have also been adamant about supporting the Cubs during their current playoff run, which will continue on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Abortion Becomes Debate Flashpoint With 'Late-Term' Question]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:34:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16294052406753.jpg

Abortion became a topic in the debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the first time Wednesday night when moderator Chris Wallace focused on access to what he called "late-term, partial-birth" procedures.

"Well, I think it’s terrible," Trump said. "If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.

"And, honestly, nobody has business doing what I just said, doing that, as late as one or two or three or four days prior to birth," he said. "Nobody has that."

Abortion is one of the most polarizing social issues in America. A May 2016 Gallup poll showed that 29 percent of respondents believed it should be legal under any circumstances, 50 percent only under certain circumstances, and 19 percent illegal in all circumstances. Only 2 percent of those surveyed had no opinion.

[[397693651, C]]

"Late-term abortion" is a non-medical term that varies in definition. Most laws agree that it encompasses abortions near the end of the second trimester, when viability -- the fetus' ability to exist independently of the mother -- comes into question. There are three methods used in "late-term" abortion: dilation and evacuation, where the contents of the uterus are surgically removed after dilating the cervix; early labor induction; and intact dilation and extraction, in which the fetus is taken out as it appeared in the womb and which is widely prohibited.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of reproductive rights, only 1.2 percent of abortions in the United States occur after 21 weeks gestation. Despite their infrequency, Columbia University professor Rachel Adams said that "late-term" abortions have been a hot topic in the political sphere and have served as a means for conservatives to promote an anti-abortion agenda.

"It allows you to make a more viable argument that you're talking about a baby and not a fetus, which I think is a more dividing ethical line," said Adams, who specializes in gender and sexuality studies.

[[397919921, C]]

Americans' attitudes toward late-term abortion seem to be changing as a result of microcephaly, the birth defect that can be caused by the Zika virus. A July poll from Harvard University and STAT, the Boston Globe's publication about health and medicine, found that 61 percent did not think a woman should be able get an abortion after 24 weeks, while 23 percent did. But if the respondents were told that there was a serious possibility that the fetus had microcephaly caused by Zika, the numbers flipped: 59 percent favored allowing a woman to get an abortion and 28 percent disapproved.

Adams criticized Trump's incendiary language of "rip(ping) the baby out of the womb" for its violence toward women and the use of the charged word "baby" for an unborn fetus.

[[397689031, C]]

Others took exception to Wallace referring to "partial-birth abortion" in his question.

"Partial-birth abortion is a political term, it's not a medical term," said Laura Ciolkowski, the associate director at Columbia’s Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. "The language that we use to talk about abortion really matters."

Terminology aside, Trump's comments revealed a lack of knowledge of gynecological medical practice, according to experts.

"First of all, there’s no such thing as ninth-month abortions," Ciolkowski said. "We call that Cesarean sections."

Lisa Perriera, a staff physician at Philadelphia Women's Center and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University, called Trump's comments at the debate "completely medically inaccurate."

"Abortion procedures are usually performed until viability, which is nowhere near complete nine-months of pregnancy," she said.

Daniel Grossman, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, has also told Politifact that if there was a risk to a mother's life on her due date "the treatment for that is delivery, and the baby survives.”

[[397785551, C]]

In Pennsylvania, "viability" is legally defined as 23 weeks and six days, but almost all of Perriera's patients have abortions within the first trimester. Among those who don't, it's usually due to a problem with access to healthcare. Because many are on government-issued Medicaid, their procedures aren't covered by insurance and they have to save to be able to afford an abortion, which takes time.

[[397919761, C]]

In the rare event of an abortion after 23 weeks and six days, it's often a situation when "the baby is incredibly sick," and the mother finds out late in the pregnancy, Perriera said.

In the debate, Trump said that if his nominees were appointed to the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade would be reversed "automatically" and issues of abortion would be legislated by the states.

Overturning Roe v. Wade would just make abortion unsafe, according to Perriera.

"It will have really dramatic health outcomes for women," she said. "You will see more women try to self-induce abortion and possibly have an increase in deaths from unsafe abortion."

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, said Donald Trump would block access to Planned Parenthood, attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade, and believed women should be punished for having an abortion.

The comment was a reference a March 30 town hall event when Trump told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that women who had abortions should receive "some form of punishment." He walked back those remarks the same day to say that women should not be punished.

"Make no mistake, Donald Trump would ban abortion in this country," Richards told NBC. "And that's why women will be the reason he's not elected this November."

[[397920301, C]]

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the moment the candidate mentioned reversing the 1973 Supreme Court case "was literally when Donald Trump support bottomed out with independents... His willingness to say that puts him on the wrong side of the vast majority of Americans."

After pushing hard for moderators to ask candidates about abortion access since the primary debates, NARAL activists were thrilled to see Wallace highlight the issue.

"The voters were able to hear a pretty stark contrast in the two candidates," Hogue said.

Some conservatives were annoyed Trump did not directly answer the question of whether he wanted Roe v. Wade overturned.

Evan McMullin, the independent presidential candidate, tweeted: "Why can't @RealDonaldTrump actually say the words 'I want Roe v Wade overturned?' I'm the only pro-life candidate in the race."

[[397836251, C]]

Others denounced Clinton’s position.

"Hillary is an extremist on abortion and admitted last night that she is part of a very small, extreme minority of Americans who believe there should be zero restrictions on abortion throughout all nine (months) of pregnancy for any reason," Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, wrote to NBC, emphasizing that she was commenting in a personal, and not official, capacity as a Christian and mother of four.

[[397920771, C]]

"While demanding that crimes against children in war torn countries must stop and touting her pro-toddler agenda, she clearly stated that she thinks everyone is worthy of life except children still in their mothers' womb," Hawkins wrote. "You can't claim you are for all rights of women while simultaneously demanding the right to kill pre-born children, half of which are female."

Matt Batzel, national executive director at American Majority Action, tweeted, "Trump: Ripping the baby out the womb, may be okay with Hillary, but is NOT OKAY WITH ME #debatenight #prolife #neverhillary."

[[397837011, C]]

However, few pro-life organizations have directly addressed Trump's comments during the debate.

Clinton has taken a position that abortions should be "safe, legal, and rare." In the debate, she emphasized that abortion policy has to take into account the life and health of the woman, especially during "late-term" procedures.

"You should meet with some of the women that I have met with, women I have known over the course of my life," Clinton said on Wednesday night. "This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make. And I do not believe the government should be making it."

Many abortion-rights supporters were cheered by Clinton's performance.

"Hillary did a wonderful job of bringing it back to the real crisis of access in this country," said Hogue with NARAL Pro-Choice America. "We have now a presidential candidate in Hillary Clinton --partly because she's a woman, partly because she's an excellent leader -- (who) has chosen to listen to real stories of women."

Photo Credit: Mark Ralston/AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[ISIS Working to Establish Afghanistan Caliphate: U.S. Gen.]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:29:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/AP_817556148506.jpg

ISIS is trying to establish a caliphate inside Afghanistan, the country's top U.S. commander said. 

"Right now we see them very focused on trying to establish their caliphate, the Khorasan caliphate, inside Afghanistan," General John Nicholson said in an exclusive interview with NBC News. 

The push is "principally a non-Afghan movement," Nicholson said. 

According to Nicholson, the U.S. has seen foreign fighters, particularly Uzbeks from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, joining the Islamic State Khorasan, or IS-K. The U.S. also sees many Pakistani Pashtun from the Pakistani Taliban who joined IS-K moving into Afghanistan to fight, he said.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[11th Woman Accuses Trump of Inappropriate Sexual Conduct]]> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:59:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jessica-drake-and-allred.jpg

An adult film performer came forward Saturday alleging Donald Trump kissed her without permission 10 years ago and offered her money and the use of his private jet, becoming the 11th woman to accuse the Republican presidential candidate of inappropriate sexual behavior since the leaked footage of Trump making inappropriate comments. 

Jessica Drake appeared with prominent attorney Gloria Allred, who warned Trump at the start of a press conference that if he sued all of the accusers as he pledged hours earlier, the women involved would have the option to file cross complaints. 

"Be careful what you wish for, Mr. Trump," Allred said. "If you sue the accusers, the lawyers who represent these woman will have the opportunity to depose you." 

Drake who worked for Wicked Pictures as an adult performer and director, accused Trump of grabbing her and kissing her without permission in a California hotel room in 2006. She showed a photo of herself with Trump at the time they met.

"I understand I may be called a liar or an opportunist but I will risk that in order to stand in solidarity with women who share similar accounts that span many, many years," Drake said. 

She said she met Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe and alleged that he flirted with her, asked her for her number and invited her to his penthouse suite. She said she "didn't feel right going alone" so she took two colleagues with her. 

Trump grabbed all of the women "tightly in a hug" and kissed them without their permission when they entered the room, she said. 

Drake said after she left, several invitations that night to meet with Trump followed that she declined. First a man called her; then the businessman did, she said.  

"Donald then asked me, 'What do you want? How much?'" Drake said of a phone conversation. 

After that, Drake claims another call came from "either Donald" or someone on Trump's behalf offering her $10,000 which she also declined. 

She also claimed that Trump even offered her the use of his private jet so she could return to work in Los Angeles afterward. 

Drake said she told some friends afterward what happened and that she might be a "tiny grain of sand but clearly this is an enormous beach." 

"I am choosing to share my personal exchange in light of the recently released tapes in order to lend my voice, my strength and my support to the other women who are coming forward," Drake said. 

Trump, who has has denied all past claims of sexual misconduct, said Drake's story "is totally false and ridiculous."

"The picture is one of thousands taken out of respect for people asking to have their picture taken with Mr. Trump," Trump's campaign said in a statement. "Mr. Trump does not know this person, does not remember this person and would have no interest in ever knowing her. This is just another attempt by the Clinton campaign to defame a candidate who just today is number one in three different polls."

The statement went on to reference Trump's claims that Hillary Clinton was allegedly involved in paying people to cause fights at a Trump rallies. An Associated Press fact check found that a selectively edited video released by conservative activist James O'Keefe showed a Democratic operative appearing to boast about provoking a violent reaction. But the activist was not directly employed by the Clinton campaign or Democratic National Committee and both have denounced the comments.

"Anyone who would pay thugs to incite violence at a rally against American citizens, as was released on video, will stop at nothing," Trump's statement said. "Just another example of the Clinton campaign trying to rig the election."

Allred, who previously held news conferences with two other Trump accusers, served as an elected delegate during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia for Clinton in July. 

A Trump campaign representative last week alleged a "coordinated" attack between Allred and the Clinton campaign, which Allred denies. 

Earlier on Saturday, Trump threatened legal action against every woman who has accused him of sexual misconduct. 

"All of these liars will be sued once the election is over," Trump vowed during a speech in in Gettysburg, adding, "I look so forward to doing that." 

Allred in return vowed an "army of lawyers" would come forward to defend the women should he file a lawsuit and predicted members of the public would fund a campaign on the women's behalf.

Clinton, speaking on her campaign plane on Saturday, called it "not accurate" that her campaign or Democrats were encouraging women to come forward with accusations, The Associated Press reported. 

"I saw where our opponent Donald Trump went to Gettysburg, one of the most extraordinary places in American history, and basically said if he's president he'll spend his time suing women who have made charges against him based on his behavior," Clinton said.

Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>