<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - National & International News]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:26:32 -0400 Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:26:32 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Celebs, Politicians Meet at Correspondents' Dinner]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 21:14:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Obama0GettyImages-526658182.jpg

President Barack Obama is getting one more chance to poke fun at fellow politicians, the press and himself at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. 

The dinner Saturday night comes amid a fierce presidential campaign that should provide plenty of material for after-dinner remarks by Obama and this year's professional comic, TV host Larry Wilmore. 

Republican front-runner Donald Trump, a regular in recent years, isn't expected to be among the host of Hollywood stars, athletes and government officials at the ballroom of the Washington Hilton. 

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined Secretary of State John Kerry and other government officials taking a seat in the ballroom. Film and television stars at the event included Oscar winners Helen Mirren and Jared Leto, "Breaking Bad" actor Bryan Cranston, "Independence Day" stars Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, and actress Rachel McAdams. 

Obama has described the dinner as Washington celebrating itself. Others call it the nerd prom. 

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama enjoys the opportunity to speak at the event, in part, because so many of the other speeches he gives deal with such serious topics, and this is the unique event that allows him to share some laughs about the political process and those who participate.

Wilmore also likes to make fun of Washington. He is best known for appearances as the "senior black correspondent" on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is now host of "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore." 

Proceeds from the dinner go toward journalism scholarships and awards.

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<![CDATA[Cruz Responds to Caitlyn Jenner's Bathroom Break]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:00:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/CruzMTP-Screen-Shot-2016-04-30-at-7.53.59-PM.jpg

Sen. Ted Cruz doubled down on his criticism of Donald Trump and others who are against so-called “bathroom bills,” and responded to reality TV star and transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner. 

In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Cruz claimed Trump, president Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton want to pass a law “that says any adult man can go into a girls’ restroom if he feels like a woman at that minute.”

Trump was asked on the “Today” show about the legislation — like the one passed in North Carolina last month — and he said Jenner can use any bathroom she wanted at Trump Tower. Jenner took his offer and posted a video to Facebook, and reference Cruz by saying: “By the way Ted, nobody got molested.” 

"The real danger is not people who are transgendered. It's people who are predators,” Cruz responded, calling it a “common sense” issue. "People who are predators…use that law as an excuse to go target our kids. And that is a real danger," he said.

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<![CDATA[Storms Threaten Southeast, Wreak Havoc in Texas]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:54:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Palestine-Victims-Inset.jpg

Officials are searching for a missing person near the same area where a woman and her four great-grandchildren were killed in heavy rain and flooding in east Texas, NBC News reported.

A task force was searching for the person who went missing outside the city of Palestine as floods hit Anderson County, a spokesperson said. 

The bodies of 64-year-old Lenda Asberry and her great-grandchildren Jamonicka Johnson, 6; Von Anthony Johnson Jr., 7; Devonte Asberry, 8, and Venetia Asberry, 9, were discovered dead after floodwaters receded. She was their legal guardian, her son told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

Eastern Texas, southeastern Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and west Tennessee remained under flash flood watches on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

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<![CDATA[Visualizing the Olympics: Medal Counts & More]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:05:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-149332217-edited.jpg

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<![CDATA[Tx. Cop Helps NYPD Arrest Suspect]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 21:28:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/polic+chief+sean+ford+texas.jpg

A Texas police chief vacationing in New York City intervened in a fight between an alleged thief and a store security officer on the street, and helped arrest the suspect, the NYPD said. 

Sean Ford, chief of the Sunset Valley Police Department in the Austin area of Texas, says he was strolling along Fifth Avenue and headed to Central Park when he encountered a scuffle near 58th Street, in front of the Plaza Hotel. 

Police said a store employee followed the suspect out of the Abercrombie & Fitch store after he allegedly swiped a fragrance bottle and chased him down Fifth Avenue. 

The suspect was swinging at the employee and no one appeared to be helping, even as the struggle became more violent, Ford said.

"Everybody was standing around taking pictures," he said. 

Ford's instincts kicked in and he helped break up the fight, holding down the suspect until police arrived, he said. 

"I got the guy, told him I was a police officer and took him to the wall, held him there until NYPD could get there," Ford said. 

"The officers that responded were amazing, as usual. Just what we would expect and what the rest of the nation looks up to." 

The NYPD tweeted a message of thanks to Ford, who now says he feels a little bit more like a New Yorker.

"I probably would not have wanted to do it this way," Ford said, laughing. "But I'm glad I was there and then I got to meet some of the great guys from New York." 

The alleged 26-year-old shoplifter was taken to the Midtown North precinct stationhouse on a larceny charge. He's expected to be arraigned overnight or on Saturday morning. 

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<![CDATA[Ariz. Officials Still Pursuing Merritt in Freeway Shootings]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:01:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/LeslieMerrittJr-AP_234296691936.jpg

Arizona officials said they are still gathering evidence against Leslie Merritt, Jr., who was arrested in connection with 11 shootings that took place over two weeks last summer, NBC News reported. 

Prosecutors said they intend to proceed in the case against Merritt, who had been charged in four of the shootings on or near Interstate 10 in the Phoenix area that left drivers on edge. The shootings took place in late August and early September, but authorities say at least one was a “road rage” incident and others may have been copycats. No one was seriously hurt. 

"I believe that we have enough evidence to develop probable cause to believe that he is the correct suspect," Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead told reporters Friday. "Our job was to develop probable cause, the county's job is now to build a case beyond a reasonable doubt." 

Merritt’s lawyers say he is “100% innocent” and that police made a rush to judgment. 

Prosecutors and police this week have faced questions about the investigation and arrest since a judge first reduced Merritt's bail to $0 and ordered him released — and after prosecutors moved to dismiss all charges without prejudice late last week.

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<![CDATA[White House Correspondents' Dinner 2016]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 21:13:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WhiteHouseDinner-GettyImages-526658212.jpg President Barack Obama hosts the 102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, also known as the "Nerd Prom." The biggest names in politics and entertainment will come out to watch the event, also known as the "Nerd Prom." This is the president's last chance to throw out the zingers at politicians, the press and himself. Obama's final dinner comes amid a heated and frenzied presidential campaign.

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<![CDATA[Kenya Burns $150M Worth of Ivory]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:42:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/KenyaIvory-AP_521535328955.jpg

Kenya’s president torched more than a hundred tons of ivory from about 8,000 animals on Saturday, sending a message that trade in animal parts must be stopped, according to NBC News.

"Kenya is making a statement that for us, ivory is worthless unless it is on our elephants," President Uhuru Kenyatta told dignitaries before setting light to the first of almost a dozen pyres. 

The ivory piles, which included elephant tusks and rhino horns, would have been worth a fortune to smugglers.

The country, which staged its first such burning in 1989, is seeking a total world ban on ivory sales as poaching poses an increased risk to endangered species. The call for the ban has been backed by Ali Bongo, president of Gabon, which is home to the forest elephant. 

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<![CDATA[1 Killed in Boston Duck Boat Crash]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:01:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Duck+Boat+2+043016.JPG

One rider of a motorized scooter was killed and another was injured in a crash with a duck boat in Boston Saturday, police confirm.

Authorities confirm a woman in her early 20s was operating the scooter, with a male passenger riding behind her.

Both victims were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where the woman was pronounced dead. The passenger is expected to survive.

"Heart goes out to the family," said Morgan Ralph of Boston. "I heard she was young, so, you know, it's even tougher."

Including the driver, there were 30 people on board the duck boat at the time. They have been taken to the Boston Police Department for questioning.

Police say the incident appears to be a tragic accident. According to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, both vehicles were apparently on Charles Street, turning right onto Beacon Street when the crash took place.

"We'll conduct an investigation to see why the contact took place here," said Evans.

The duck boat, named Fenway Fanny, is operated by Boston Duck Tours.

"We are still trying to learn what happened," spokesperson Cindy Brown said. "It is very early in the investigation. We are cooperating fully with Boston Police and everyone involved."

This is not the first deadly crash involving a duck boat. Back in September, a duck boat crash killed five people in Seattle. In May of 2015, a Texas woman was struck and killed by a duck boat in Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[7 Tons of Pot Seized From Truck]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:01:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/7-Tons-Marijuana-San-Diego-1.jpg

Authorities discovered more than seven tons of marijuana stashed inside a truck passing through a cargo checkpoint in south San Diego Thursday – a huge haul valued at $7.1 million.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said officers were working at the Otay Mesa cargo facility when, at around 9:40 a.m., a man driving a Freightliner pulling a trailer entered the port of entry for routine inspection.

The Freightliner was alleged carrying a shipment of furniture. However, when a CBP officer referred the driver to another area for a more in-depth inspection, much more was discovered inside the trailer.

Officers ran the truck through the checkpoint’s imaging system, which revealed anomalies with the shipment. Officers opened the trailer and began sifting through the cargo. At that point, they discovered many boxes scattered throughout the trailer.

When officers opened the boxes, they discovered large, wrapped packages that tested positive for marijuana.

Package after package, CBP officers removed a total of 587 packages of pot from the trailer. Combined, the marijuana weighed 14,219 pounds.

The driver — a 47-year-old Mexican citizen — was turned over to agents with Homeland Security Investigations for further processing. The drugs, tractor and trailer were seized by officers.

Otay Mesa cargo port director Rosa Hernandez said this large-scale seizure demonstrates the commitment of her officers to “keeping our community safe from dangerous contraband.”

The Otay Mesa cargo facility is located less than 23 miles south of downtown San Diego.

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<![CDATA[Feds Investigating Dole After Listeria Outbreak]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:44:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/2096932.jpg

Dole Food Co Inc said on Friday the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to packaged salad products from its processing plant in Springfield, Ohio.

Dole, the world's largest fruit and vegetable producer, said in a statement the agency recently contacted the company and "we will be ... cooperating with the DOJ to answer questions and address any concerns."

Listeria, a common bacterium that can be either harmless or pathogenic, can enter a processing facility via raw produce or other materials, and form colonies. Thirty-three people in the United States and Canada fell ill in the outbreak from May 2015 to February 2016. All were hospitalized and four died, NBC News reported.

Dole said on Jan. 22 it had temporarily suspended operations at the Springfield plant. It also issued recalls on all salad products packaged at the facility.

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<![CDATA[Truck Driver Flees Scene of Crash]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:31:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/209*120/vernon+semi+4.3016.PNG

A search was underway for a semi-truck driver who apparently detached the cab from its trailer and took off after a deadly hit-and-run crash early Saturday morning in Vernon, California, officials said. 

The crash was reported just after 3 a.m. near the intersection of East 37th Street and South Santa Fe Avenue, according to the Vernon Police Department. 

Police believe the driver was involved in another minor crash, about a block away from the scene, before running a red light and colliding with the Chevrolet pickup truck.

When rescue crews arrived at the scene, the pickup truck was found lodged underneath the trailer and the cab was missing from the 18-wheeler.  

Police said the driver apparently detached his cab from the trailer and took off.

Two people were trapped inside the pickup truck. The driver of the pickup was rescued and taken to USC Medical Center in unknown condition. The second victim was pronounced dead at the scene, Vernon police said. 

There was no immediate information regarding the driver of the semi-truck at this time, officials said. 

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<![CDATA[Toddlers Found Tied Outside Texas Home]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:28:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Porucha+Phillips+Mug.jpg

A mother of six was arrested Friday after two toddlers were found chained and tied in the backyard of a Texas home late Thursday, authorities said.

Deputies went to the home Thursday night after a neighbor reported hearing a crying child and found the toddlers tied up in the backyard with no adults around. One was chained to the ground and another tied to a door with a dog leash, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

"To describe this as disturbing is an understatement," sheriff's office spokesman James Keith told NBC affiliate WOIA. "This is a sick, disturbing, horrific crime."

The mother, Porucha Phillips, was taken into custody as she and another person came home Friday morning, the sheriff's office said.

The toddlers, 2 and 3 years old, were transported to a local hospital and the six other children are in the care of Texas Child Protective Services, according to the agency.

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<![CDATA[Kasich: Gay People 'Probably' Born That Way]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:41:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/John-Kasich-AP_16119805722401.jpg

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday distanced himself from discriminatory laws passed recently by some states and said some people are "probably" born gay during a heated exchange with a man challenging the Republican Party’s stance on gay rights.

During a town hall-style event hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California, a 62-year-old San Francisco resident, who said he came out to his parents at age 19, asked Kasich if he believes people are born gay.

"You know Sir, probably," the governor replied. "I don’t know how it all works. Are they? In all probability they are. Okay?"

Kasich told the audience member he doesn't believe in discrimination but said "there is a balance, however, between discrimination and people’s religious liberties."

"But I think we should just try to...relax and try to get along with one another a little bit better instead of trying to write some law to solve a problem that doesn’t quite frankly exist in big enough numbers to justify more lawmaking,” he added.

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<![CDATA[Did Obama's Correspondents' Dinner Burn Ignite Trump 2016?]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:50:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Trump-GettyImages-503927392.jpg

In the spring of 2011, Donald Trump showed up to the White House Correspondents' Dinner as a potential Republican presidential candidate furiously pushing the conspiracy that President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States.

Obama and comedian Seth Meyers skewered Trump at the famed dinner, mocking his hair, his taste, his reality television show, and his fixation on the "birther" movement.

Less than a month later, Trump announced he would not run in 2012. The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik reported in September Trump vowed that night to have the last laugh, "perhaps even pursue the Presidency after all, no matter how nihilistically or absurdly, and redeem himself."

Trump dismisses Gopnik's account, telling the Washington Post this week: "It's such a false narrative. I had a phenomenal time. I had a great evening."

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<![CDATA[Tunsil Attends Press Conference After 'Allergic Reaction']]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:11:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042916+laremy+tunsil+presser.jpg

The Miami Dolphins think they got the second best player in the NFL draft with the 13th pick. But there's a catch. A big, bizarre, controversial catch.

Just before Thursday's NFL Draft, a video was tweeted from the official account of Ole Miss Offensive Linemen Laremy Tunsil. The video shows him smoking from a gas mask bong.

The tweet and account were subsequently deleted, and Tunsil's agent has stated that the OT's account was hacked.

As the video went viral, team after team passed on drafting Tunsil, who was previously projected to be the first overall pick by some analysts. It's estimated the drop cost him millions in salary.

That is, until it was the Dolphins' turn. The Fins selected Tunsil with the 13th overall draft pick.

Miami said they were comfortable with Tunsil's character, saying they'd researched him and had him take personality tests.

"We did not expect him to be there (at #13)," said Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier.

At the Dolphins official draft party at Nova Southeastern University, fans were stunned they got Tunsil too. But many of them didn't realize why he slipped until we showed them the gas mask video.

He was asked if he has a drug problem he said no. And to those who question if the Dolphins can trust him? "Don't question my character," Tunsil said. "You can't judge a book by its cover. I'm a good person"

Tunsil said he was hacked on Twitter and did not specify who did it, adding he does not intend to press charges.

At a Friday press conference where the Dolphins were expected to introduce him, Tunsil was a no-show. Team officials said he couldn't attend due to an allergic reaction.

"There were some mistakes he had made in his past, we were comfortable with that, all the research we had done," Dolphins VP of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said. " We are comfortable with his character, very comfortable with Laremy, the player and the person."

Tunsil attended a later press conference where he said he was feeling better.

"The doctors took care of me so I'm good," he said.

Tunsil mostly avoided questions about the controversy surrounding the video.

"I'm excited to be here, it's a blessed opportunity just to be in the NFL, just to be a part of the Miami Dolphins organization," he said.

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<![CDATA[Alderman Defends Use of Racial Slur]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:58:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/david+moore+laraviere+presser.jpg

A Chicago alderman doubled down on his controversial use of a racial slur Friday, after using the N-word in a Facebook post criticizing the reassignment of Blaine Elementary School principal Troy LaRaviere. 

"I neither regret nor apologize," 17th Ward alderman David Moore said at a press conference Friday. "In this context, the word n----- was purposely used as an evocative metaphor that highlights the pejoratively reality that black people, our community, and our voice has been and continues to be, perceived as less than and irrelevant at the table of power."

Moore, who was elected in 2015, published the post using the racial slur on April 21, saying he was "appalled" by LaRaviere's reassignment. 

"All I hear is, stay in your place N-----, and don't you dare challenge the DICTATORIAL AUTHORITY designed to put corporate profits over effective public education," the post reads. 

LaRaviere, an outspoken critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS policies, was reassigned on April 20. He told NBC5 he was given "no explanation," though a Board of Education official said at a community meeting on Monday that his removal "was not a political decision" but a "disciplinary, legal issue."

CPS spokesperson Emily Bitner said LaRaviere's removal involves a total of 12 charges, including ethics violations, insubordination and wrongful use of equipment. 

"I have had a front row seat to this my entire life, as a child, and a man growing up in Chicago, working in city government, and as a father," Moore said Friday. "As I listen to the voices of many constituents, the Troy LaRaveiere saga is yet another plot in the 'N-----, stay in your place' book of short stories to which many black people can relate and contribute."

LaRaviere has been reassigned to his home. His first hearing, which is not public, will be held April 29th. The process may take six to nine months.

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<![CDATA['Power Rangers' Actor Charged With Murder Appears in Court]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:30:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/160219-power-ranger-ricardo-medina.jpg

A former "Power Rangers" actor who was charged with killing his roommate with a sword last year appeared in court Friday.

Ricardo Medina was arrested in January on suspicion of stabbing his roommate, Joshua Sutter, several times in the abdomen a year earlier at their house in Green Valley, California.

Alan Bell, Medina's attorney, said he will plead not guilty when he returns to court in July.

Bell said prosecutors presented him with new evidence that will take time to go through. In the meantime, he said his client remains away from the general population in the county jail because of his celebrity status.

"He looks well. He'd be happy if he was out of jail, but he understands there's a process and he's caught up in it," Bell said.

Attorneys for Medina said he acted in self-defense, claiming Joshua Sutter was the instigator the night Medina stabbed him with a sword.

The victim's father Donald Sutter, however, does not believe it.

"I know what was in his heart, and people with good hearts don't do anything like that. The reverse person does," he said.

The victim's family flew in from Minnesota to be at the trial in Lancaster.

"The guy's a piece of garbage, and he deserves whatever he gets," Donald Sutter said. "I've died everyday since."

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<![CDATA[Sons Charged in Parents' Deaths]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:19:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Golamrabbi.jpg

Two brothers are charged with murdering their parents at their San Jose home this past weekend, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney, who also on Friday announced 17-year-old Omar Golamrabbi would be tried as an adult.

The teen is also alleged to be one of the authors of chilling messages found near his parents' bodies, according to prosecutors. NBC Bay Area has not named the high school student until now, as he had been considered a minor.

Like his brother, 22-year-old Hasib Golamrabbi was charged with the double murder of Golam and Shamima Rabbi, 59 and 57 respectively. They were found shot to death on Sunday in their Lucas Court home; prosecutors said Friday Golam Rabbi was shot more than a dozen times.

Both brothers entered not guilty pleas at their arraignment. The older brother wore a yellow jumpsuit reserved for those in the mental ward. The younger brother was arraigned in the hallway, and shielded from public view. In a surprising move, the brothers agreed to waive their preliminary hearing, which legal analysts say sometimes means that defendants plan to plead guilty. Their next court date is set for May 9.

Prosecutors have not given a motive for the deaths. But they did indicate for the first time in court documents that there were two authors of black magic marker rants on the family's walls - and that the writing matched the handwriting of Omar Golamrabbi, who attended school on Monday as if nothing happened. The court documents do not state exactly what was written, only that there were "multiple sets of writing" that had been found in the home.

Sources who witnessed the aftermath told NBC Bay Area they saw a message that read: "Sorry my first killing was clumsy." 

Prosecutors did not reveal who might have written the other messages.

In addition, prosecutors allege that the younger brother told police Hasib Golamrabbi had killed both parents, and then closed the garage door before they left to attend an Oakland anime convention on Saturday "to make sure that blood was not seeping out from inside the garage where his father had been killed to outside the house."

Apparently, there was a lot of blood.

"Golam was shot more than a dozen times. Sharma was shot once in the head," Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Matt Braker said after the arraignment.

For his part, Hasib Golamrabbi apparently admitted to shooting his father, but not his mother, court documents indicate. He also told police a stranger once assaulted him at the home and told him to commit the killing, court documents show. Omar Golamrabbi did not corroborate that with police.

"There are some unanswered questions in the case," Braker said, adding investigators are also looking into the motive.

The documents contradict the little bit that Hasib Golamrabbi told The Chronicle, in a jailhouse interview. NBC Bay Area also requested an interview with him, but he denied the television request, according to the sheriff's office.

“The best thing if anyone wants to know what happened is to wait for the trial,” Hasib Golamrabbi told the newspaper on Thursday.

“I want everyone to know what happened,” he told the Chronicle, “but I can’t say anything without a lawyer.” Asked if his brother had anything to do with the brutal deaths, Hasib Golamrabbi told the paper: “No, and that’s all I can say. He’s innocent.”

While prosecutors and police have remained tight-lipped about why two brothers would have killed parents that many in the Bangladeshi community have described as "soft and gentle," sources have told NBC Bay Area that the Rabbi elders did not agree with Hasib Golamrabbi’s “sexual orientation.”

Another, longer message written in marker near the parents' bodies, allegedly ended, "I can’t be like you, telling a lie. I can’t love someone without telling them," sources told NBC Bay Area.

The court documents mention nothing about the older son's sexual orientation. 

At the same time the sons were being arraigned Friday afternoon, the funeral for both Rabbi parents was held. After the traditional Muslim juma'ah prayer, the burial for the Bangladeshi-born parents took place at the Five Pillars Farm Cemetery in Livermore.

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<![CDATA[TV Star Asks For Letters to Ill Boy]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:54:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/lucas+bear+2.JPG

Hundreds of birthday cards have poured in over the last few days for Lucas "Bear" Cervone, the 5-year-old Chicago boy battling incurable cancer. Now, one celebrity has joined in on sending the young boy a special greeting for his birthday on May 7. 

"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter posted on both her Instagram and Twitter accounts Friday, encouraging her fans to send mail to Lucas. 

"Let's use the power of the Internet for good today, spread the word & help give Lucas the best birthday by sending him well wishes," Winter wrote. 

Commenters from all over the world chimed in to support Lucas, who lives in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood. Fans from India, Norway, Canada, Sweden, and more, all shared well-wishes and said they were sending cards. Winter commented later to thank everyone for their support. 

"Love everyone's response here! This is amazing! Yes everyone send him a birthday card," she wrote.

Lucas was first diagnosed with pediatric leukemia in August 2012.

"He fought through three very long years and very intensive years of treatment and he won, he beat it," said Lucas' father, Anthony Cervone.

But a short time later, he was diagnosed with another form of cancer, this one incurable. After a stem cell transplant in November 2015 and months in the hospital overcoming viruses, Lucas finally returned home, celebrating Christmas in February with his older brother, Franco.

Then, just a few weeks ago, the Cervone family received the news it had been dreading: doctors found an incurable tumor near Lucas' heart. 

"It has been decided that there are no further curative options," the family wrote Monday. "In simplest terms, there is nothing more we can do to fight this. We have started palliative chemo to attempt to slow the growth of the tumor. The tumor is wrapped around the pulmonary artery and is pressing on Lucas' heart."

The family asked for birthday cards to help make Lucas' sixth birthday very special, saying he loves to receive them and they wanted to surpass his 500-card record set on Christmas. Since they shared Lucas' story, cards have poured in. 

And while the family said they appreciate the support for their little boy, they have also asked for privacy and that anyone who wanted to donate more than cards instead donate to some of the many organizations that have helped the family through their difficult journey. (See the list here)

Letters and cards can be sent to:

Lucas Bear Heroes or Lucas Bear
40 E. Chicago Ave., No. 162
Chicago, IL 60611

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<![CDATA[More Rain, Hail, Tornadoes to Hit Storm-Weary South]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:38:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Tornadoes-AP_158602413121.jpg

Dangerous storms tore through parts of the Plains and South Friday and early Saturday, knocking out power and prompting disaster declarations in at least two Texas communities, NBC News reported.

A record amount of rain fell on Little Rock, Arkansas, overnight, with the same system expected to drop up to 5 inches in parts of Louisiana and Texas, according to Weather.com. A new round of heavy rain was forecast for the storm-weary South that could linger for two days.

Parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma were under tornado watches Friday evening. Other parts of those states were under flash flood and flood watches and warnings, the National Weather Service said. 

The heavy rain, expected to linger over the South until at least Sunday, may trigger flash flooding in areas that have already dealt with widespread flooding damage, according to Weather.com.

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<![CDATA[A Look at How the Zika Virus Can Kill You]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:34:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/virus+zika+puerto+rico.jpg

The Zika virus is not usually thought of as a life-threatening virus, but it did kill a man in Puerto Rico. The man, in his 70s, is the first reported U.S. death from the virus, which is spreading across the Americas, according to NBC News. 

Zika can lead to complications like immune thrombocytopenic purpura, as in the case of the man in Puerto Rico. In cases like these, patients can suffer internal bleeding. 

The virus can also cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, severe birth defects and other dangerous nerve conditions in adults. 

There is no specific treatment for Zika infection, and there’s no known way to reverse damage done to a developing baby. A vaccine is in the works, but would be years away from the market.

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<![CDATA[Philly's 'Steph Curry'-Brand Heroin]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:25:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/steph+curry+heroin+cp.jpg

Basketball superstar Steph Curry seems to be everywhere these days. At the White House with President Obama, on the cover of a parenting magazine and now on a brand of heroin.

SEPTA police confiscated a set of heroin-filled dime bags emblazoned with Curry's name and face in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood on Tuesday.

The stamp, as the branding is called, is like a logo drug dealers use to market the potent opioid to drug-addicted people. They can be named after companies (like Facebook), objects, feelings, or in Curry's case, people. These stamps come and go quickly, with dozens being sold at a time across the area, narcotics officers say.

NBC10 explored the tragic world of heroin and opioid addiction in the Philadelphia area and beyond in the in-depth investigation, Generation Addicted. Learn more about the issues people face and the new strategies being employed to help people get treatment here.

A SEPTA police officer came across the Curry stamp after stopping an 18-year-old man at Kensington Avenue and Somerset Street around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel said.

The officer stopped the Hammonton, New Jersey, man after seeing blood on his hands, Nestel said. He was arrested and the drugs were taken as evidence.

Nestel tagged the Golden State Warriors point guard when tweeting a photo of the drugs saying: "Thinking Steph Curry wouldn't be happy that he is this week's brand for heroin in Philly."

That's probably an understatement.

NBC10 reached out to Curry's reps to get his thoughts about the stamp, but we haven't heard back. A spokeswoman for the Golden State Warriors had no comment.

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<![CDATA[Trump Protesters: 'Leave Our State']]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:46:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042916-trump-protesters-stop-hate-sign.jpg

Vociferously chanting "Dump Trump," and "Run Trump Run," protesters trying to prevent Donald Trump from giving the kick-off speech at the California Republican Convention Friday blocked the entrance, jumped over bushes and faced off against police in riot gear.

The mood was mostly peacefully in Burlingame Friday morning, but turned much more tense shortly before noon, when protestors tried to block the entrance to the Hyatt Regency. Raucous crowds formed on Old Bayshore Highway. Police were spotted from the NBC Bay Area chopper running after them in full riot clear. One protester was escorted out of the hotel by security after she sneaked into the main convention hall and chanted: "Dump Trump."

Law enforcement officials told NBC Bay Area that a five arrests had been made as of Friday afternoon. One minor injury was reported.

Despite the protests, Trump arrived at the hotel shortly after noon, jumping with his entourage over a highway wall to make his way inside, where California Republican Chair Jim Brulte told luncheon guests Trump had arrived. "That was not the easiest entrance I've ever made," Trump joked at the luncheon. "It felt like I was crossing the border."

"People who believe in free speech were trying to prevent Trump from coming to the convention, but the California Highway Patrol and Burlingame police are really, really good, Donald Trump has arrived and is in the hotel," Brulte said.

Trump did have supporters outside the hotel, but the overall message was against the business mogul, who has called Mexicans rapists and whose platform includes building a wall on the border with Mexico to keep foreigners out.

People outside the Hyatt held up signs that read “Mr. Hate Leave Our State,” and more explosive, expletive-laden comments.

“We don’t want him to be president,” said Angelina Castro in a Facebook Live interview early Friday. Castro said she came to protest for her daughter.

"We don't have a problem with Republicans," she said. "We have a problem with racism, sexism and hatred."

Oscar Munoz, a military veteran with two college degrees, asked out loud: “Why are you racist? Why are we targets of your hate?” Munoz added, "He's a coward. I fought for my country. Did he fight for his country? I'm a vet not a rapist or murderer."

Trump wasn't there for immediate comment. But one Republican attendee told NBC Bay Area: "This is America, this is great, as long as they keep the protests peaceful, it's great."

Inside the GOP Convention Hall, Truman Jensen and his wife, Barbara, said they're voting for Trump because he has hired more people than Hillary Clinton.

The Trump brouhaha in Silicon Valley comes after the violent scene that played out in Orange County on Thursday night outside the Pacific Amphitheatre, where 17 people were arrested during a raucous protest after Trump gave a speech. One man was seen jumping on top of a police car, and a second patrol car was shattered.

Trump’s speeches have garnered support from many across the United States. But the anti-Trump sentiment is arguably among the strongest in the left-leaning Bay Area, where diversity is high and minorities from all over the world choose to live.

After his departure, protesters took over the Hyatt parking lot, protesters burned Trump effigies and in one instance, even the American flag. Another group of demonstrators chanted: "This is California, run Trump run." The crowd cheered when they heard that Trump had compared his experience of having to hop a freeway barrier to avoid protesters to "crossing the border." "Bay Area is anti-racism, Trump you're not welcome here," another group yelled.

This weekend, Trump will be joined by Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz — who will be speaking Saturday at noon — and his newly-named running mate, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who is slotted to keynote Saturday's dinner banquet.

Gov. John Kacish, who has so far led a lackluster presidential campaign, will be speaking at Friday’s dinner banquet.

Party leaders hope that the Republicans' messages don't dissolve into a shouting match, or worse.

"We've talked with everybody and we're confident that we have a good system in place," said Kaitlyn MacGregor, California Republican Party spokeswoman. "And if they don't behave, we have a system to handle that."

NBC Bay Area's Bob Redell, Robert Handa and Michelle Roberts contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Team Shifting Staff to General Election States]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:18:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-524679204.jpg

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is preparing to hire staffers in some of the general election’s battleground states, NBC News reported.

A Clinton campaign official told NBC News the first wave of new hires and reassignments will involve state directors and other senior staff. The campaign is setting up state directors in Florida, New Hampshire and Colorado, and will eventually have general election operations in every state. 

The aide stressed that Clinton will continue to campaign in the remaining primary states. 

The news was first reported in USA Today.

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<![CDATA[Deadly HS Brawl Police Update]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:36:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Amy+Joyner-Francis+Bathroom+HS+Death.jpg

Police have no immediate plans to file charges in a Delaware high school bathroom brawl that left a teen dead, but the Wilmington police chief says the investigation is not over.

Detectives determined no weapons were used in the April 21 fight at Howard High School of Technology, Chief Bobby Cummings said Friday afternoon.

Amy Joyner-Francis, 16, fell unconscious after the brawl and was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died. An autopsy was performed, but the results haven't been released because the investigation is ongoing, the coroner said.

"These things take time," Cummings said of the investigation. "We are not at a position at this time to file charges."

Three girls, considered persons of interest, were suspended by school officials this week. They have not been identified.

Joyner-Francis complained of head and chest pain after the fight, involving at least two other girls, which took place in a first-floor women's room at the start of classes that day.

Afterward, the teen complained about head and chest pain. A school resource officer called 911 and Joyner-Francis lost consciousness before medics arrived. CPR was performed as she was flown to a nearby children's hospital.

The girl's death left the high school community reeling. Students held vigils and mourned their friend's death and parents flooded school officials with calls about student safety. The school held two nights of parent meetings to allay parent's fears.

Cummings did not say when police may wrap up the investigation, but assured the community that it would be thorough.

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<![CDATA[Nissan to Recall 3.53M Vehicles for Faulty Air Bags]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:08:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/512133398-nissan-altima.jpg

Nissan Motor said on Friday it will recall 3.53 million vehicles, most in the United States, citing passenger-side air bags that may not work properly because vehicle sensors may malfunction, Reuters reports.

The Japanese automaker said this is the fourth recall since 2013 to address problems with occupant classification systems that may fail to properly identify adult front seat passengers.

The system may improperly classify an adult front seat passenger as a child or as an empty seat, a failure that could lead to an air bag failing to deploy in the event of a crash. Nissan has reports of three injuries linked to the issue but no fatalities.

The new recall includes vehicles from the 2013-2017 model years, including some Nissan Altima, Leaf, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Sentra, Rogue, NV200, NV Taxi, Infiniti JX35/QX60 and Q50 models, along with recent models of the Chevrolet City Express.

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<![CDATA[Family Suspects Foul Play in Case of Missing Teen Fishermen]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 23:39:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Austin-Stephanos-Perry-Cohen.jpg

The mother of a Florida teen who vanished months ago on a fishing trip with a friend now suspects foul play may have been a factor, according to a lawsuit filed in connection with the case.

Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, were lost at sea while fishing off the coast of Jupiter last July. New video was released Friday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, showing the boys leaving the inlet before they went missing.

The boys were never found, although a pilot flying off the Georgia coast said he believes he saw one of the teens clinging to a pile of debris and waving his hands, according to a report released this week. By the time rescuers arrived, the person was gone.

The teens' boat was recovered near Bermuda almost eight months later, along with Stephanos' iPhone, which the families hope will provide valuable insight into what went wrong.

Stephanos' father, William Blu Stephanos, said earlier this week he was working with the phone's manufacturer and an IT professional to retrieve information from the waterlogged device.

The phone, however, has become a source of contention, with Cohen's mother filing suit Monday when the FWC agreed to relinquish the device to Blu Stephanos.

According to the suit, the FWC notified Pamela Cohen on April 22 "it did not intend to professionally examine the iPhone or extract the data" because the case was closed.

Pamela Cohen has said the teens shared Austin Stephanos' phone because her son's was broken. The suit claims she "will continue to suffer irreparable harm if the iPhone is not properly handled as material evidence in a possible maritime crime or homicide."

An investigative file dated Feb. 8 reveals the FBI has been involved in the case since September, when Austin Stephanos' stepfather told officials he believed the boys may have been abducted, NBC News reported. State investigators subpoenaed phone records in December as part of "an official investigation of a suspected felony," according to the document.

FWC spokesman Rob Klepper declined to comment Friday on the Cohen family's suspicion of foul play. He said the agency would not be issuing any additional statements on the case.

In a statement Tuesday, Pamela Cohen said she would withdraw her lawsuit if the Stephanos family submitted the phone for an independent forensics examination.

"We will be withdrawing our lawsuit as soon as FWC receives the written consents it needs from both families to put the iPhone in the hands of the best impartial iPhone extraction experts available, in a proper legal chain of custody," Pamela Cohen said in the statement.

During a hearing on the suit Friday afternoon, Pamela Cohen asked that the device be turned over to a third-party examiner.

"The public has a right to know what happened to the boys, and what led up to the point of their disappearance," the lawsuit states.

A judge said the phone will be shipped to Apple for forensic examination.

"We're highly disappointed that the FWC turned the phone over to Mr. Stephanos, but we're pleased the judge ordered the phone be sent for thorough, transparent and truthful investigation for both families," Pamela Cohen expressed.

FWC officials previously said there was no criminal element to the case.

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<![CDATA[Russian War Plane 'Intercepted' US Aircraft]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:22:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/RC135-GettyImages-1827896.jpg

A Russian jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. aircraft over the Baltic Sea on Friday, according to military officials, NBC News reported.

The Russian SU-27 flew within 25 feet of the U.S. RC-135 aircraft’s fuselage, conducting a barrel roll over the U.S. plane. 

A Department of Defense spokesperson said the Russian plane “performed erratic and aggressive maneuvers” and that it “intercepted the U.S. aircraft flying a routine route at high rate of speed from the side.” The spokesperson said the U.S. aircraft was operating in international airspace and didn’t cross into Russian territory. 

The incident comes a few weeks after another Russian aircraft flew dangerously close to the USS Donald Cook and another RC-135 in the same area.

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