<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - National & International News]]> Copyright 2015 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 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:29:52 -0400 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:29:52 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Manhunt for IL Officer's Killers]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:14:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Fox+Lake+251.png

A massive manhunt rages on for three men who authorities say gunned down a Fox Lake police officer Tuesday morning.

The slain officer was identified as Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz, a 30-year-veteran affectionately known by residents as "G.I. Joe." He leaves behind a wife of 30 years and four children.

The situation unfolded just before 8 a.m. Tuesday when Gliniewicz was called to investigate three suspicious suspects near Route 12 and Sayton Road in north suburban Fox Lake.Gliniewicz was led on a foot pursuit by the men, according to Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's office, and soon after used his radio to call for backup.

Upon arrival, a backup officer found Gliniewicz in a marshy area with a gunshot wound, Covelli said. He died of his wounds.

The 52-year-old officer was on the cusp of retirement when he was killed, according to Joe Ahern, CEO of the 100 Club of Chicago. Gliniewicz planned to retire last month, but the police chief asked him to stay one extra month to help out, Ahern said.

The gunmen are described as two white men and one black man, but further details on their descriptions have not been made available.

Governor Rauner’s office released a statement late Tuesday, saying he "extends his deepest condolences to the family of Officer Gliniewicz."

Chief Doug Larsson with the Lake County Sheriff's office said the department, along with several other suburban departments, are using canines and helicopters to search for the suspects. The suspects are armed with a pistol, Larsson said.

The FBI is also assisting in the investigation, according to spokesperson Joan Hyde. Covelli said during an 11:30 a.m. press conference that residents in the area were told to stay indoors and report any suspicious activity as the investigation continued.

“As information continues to come in about the shooting of another police officer in the line of duty in Fox Lake, I hope we can all remain calm and pray for the officer’s family and the other officers in harms-way right now," State Rep. Barbara Wheeler said in a statement. "Eleven police officers have needless lost their lives since Aug. 20th alone in America because of shootings and sadly our communities have been directly impacted today.”

As the manhunt began after the shooting, Grant Community High School in Fox Lake was put on lockdown.

The school said a "police matter is occurring in the community and for the safety of our students and staff they have requested we remain locked down."

Roads in the area have been blocked off as police can be seen searching wooded areas with dogs.
Authorities are said to be using a grid system to cover the area in the manhunt.

Check back for details on this developing story.

<![CDATA[LA Selected as U.S. Candidate for 2024 Olympics]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:39:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/218*120/09-01-2015-olympics-la-1984-GettyImages-491337875.jpg

Los Angeles is officially in the running to host the 2024 Olympics.

With Boston bowing out earlier this year, the LA City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a proposal to authorize Mayor Eric Garcetti to execute agreements related to the Olympic bid. The U.S. Olympic Committee later announced that it had selected LA as the United States candidate.

"We all know the next two years are about fleshing out the details, but this is in our DNA," said Garcetti, citing the city's experience with the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. "We know how to do Olympics, we know how to do them well, we know how to do them  economically."

United States Olympics Committee CEO  Scott Blackmun officially announced that LA is the U.S. candidate for 2024 at a beach-side news conference in Santa Monica about an  hour after the council's vote.

Rome, Paris, Hamburg, Germany and Budapest, Hungary are already in the mix. The International Olympic Committee will pick the host city in 2017.

"This is a great Olympic city," Councilman Paul Krekorian said. "Let Paris and Rome and whoever else who wants to compete know, we're in this to win it, and I think we will."

The Summer Olympics were last held in the United States in 1996, when  Atlanta was the site.

The United States did not make a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics,  which were awarded to Tokyo in 2013. Los Angeles sought to be the U.S.  candidate to host the 2016 Games but was beaten by Chicago, whose bid was  ultimately rejected by the International Olympic Committee in favor of Rio de  Janeiro.

LA is looking to join London as the only cities to host the  Summer Olympics three times. The second-largest U.S. city initially lost the opportunity to bid to Boston but regained it after the East Coast city backed out over concerns about financial liability.

But many financial details of the Los Angeles plan remain vague. City analysts said last week that based on the information given to the city so far, "it is difficult to determine the fiscal impact and risk to the city of hosting the 2024 Games at this time."

The City Council's Ad Hoc Committee on the 2024 Summer Olympics backed an agreement last week that would show the United States Olympic Committee that the city of Los Angeles is committed to pursuing a bid to host the Games, but the full council was given extra time to review bidding documents that were delivered to the city last week. The "joinder" agreement was requested by the United States Olympic Committee.

Some city officials and residents have urged caution in pursuing the bid, saying the city could be on the hook for cost overruns incurred by hosting the Olympics, which boosters of the bid estimate as costing about $4.6 billion to run. Time has also been limited for Los Angeles, which was given only a few weeks to review the pact before the IOC's deadline -- compared with the several months that Boston had to study the idea.

That deadline was Sept. 15.

Last week was also the first time many city leaders and analysts were able to review a 200-page draft bid book and a proposed contract between the USOC and LA24, the nonprofit formed to pursue the bid and potentially manage the games if Los Angeles is picked as the host city. LA24 chair Casey Wasserman, a businessman and philanthropist, assured the committee last week that he believed "that this can be and will be the most responsible Games possible."

The ad hoc panel voted in favor of the effort after revisions were made to the agreement to clarify that the city will still have the opportunity to negotiate a more comprehensive "host city contract" at a later date. City attorneys told the panel that by backing the bid effort Tuesday, the city will not be exposed to any major financial obligations or liabilities.

A preliminary review of the budget appeared to show that one of the major capital projects, the Olympic Village, "may significantly exceed the projected $1 billion," City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and Chief Legislative Analyst Sharon Tso wrote in a report Thursday. The analysts said more than half of the budget may go toward just remediation and relocation costs.

Supporters of the Los Angeles bid have said the city will more likely see a surplus, saying that unlike other cities, Los Angeles already has many of the needed sporting venues in place.

The Olympic Village would be next to the Los Angeles River in Lincoln Heights -- in a Union Pacific rail yard known as the "Piggyback Yard" -- and calls for track-and-field and the opening and closing ceremonies to be held at a renovated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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<![CDATA[Blue Whale Surprises TV Host During Live Segment]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:36:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/blue-whale-BBC-interview.jpg

A big blue whale photo bombed a reporter's live television shot.

Then the TV host got excited, very excited.

The surprise moment was caught during Steve Backshall's live interview on BBC One for "BBC Big Blue Live." Both Backshall and whale expert Dorris Welch paused to take in the glorious moment. 

"When I started my career, when I started filming wildlife just 16 years ago, if someone said go and film a blue whale I would have said they were crazy," said Backshall. "This is one of the most extraordinary things I have ever seen live." 

The blue whale is the largest animal ever known to have lived on earth, measuring up to 100 feet long with a tongue weighing as much as an elephant, according to National Geographic.

The live shoot took place at Monterey Bay's National Marine Sanctuary in California. BBC One captured views of the blue whale from above in a helicopter. 

After taking numerous breaths at the water's surface, the whale dove back down into the water to feed. 

"Just awe inspiring. I don't mind admitting to a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat," commented Karen Forbes on BBC Earth Facebook post. 

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<![CDATA[Day Care Teachers Encouraged Kids to Brawl: Prosecutors]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:10:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/day+care+generic.jpg

Two former employees at a New Jersey day care are accused of encouraging children in their care to fight on camera, then sharing the videos on Snapchat while referencing “Fight Club.”

Erica Kenny, 22, and Chanese White, 28, were both issued summonses for fourth-degree child abuse, while Kenny was also charged with child endangerment.

Both were ticketed after authorities learned they may have instigated fights between children at the Lightbridge Academy in Cranford on at least one occasion in August.

Kenny also allegedly recorded the scuffles between the 4- to 6-year-old children with her cellphone, then shared the footage with friends on Snapchat.

Kenny and White have been fired, the day care said Tuesday. Jaclyn Falzarano, the vice president of operations at Lightbridge Academy, told NBC 4 New York: "We are completely appalled. As a mom, I know those feelings." 

She said the day care is retraining its employees and is working with the state and other authorities to reexamine its screening process. 

Prosecutors say that video from Kenny’s phone shows at least a dozen kids shoving one another to the ground and attempting to throw punches.

A voice similar in timbre and tone to Kenny’s can be heard referencing “Fight Club” as she encourages them to brawl. At one point, the adult even quotes the book and movie.

None of the children involved in the fight appeared to have suffered serious injuries. Prosecutors believe it only happened once. 

Attorney information for the women wasn’t immediately available. Kenny did not comment to NBC 4 New York when reached at her home, and White, was not home. 

The accusations surprised White's neighbors.

"When I see them, they look like good people trying to get a start in life, but with kids, that's serious," said James Smith, a pastor.

Police say they’re continuing to investigate the fights at the day care and are asking anyone with information to call the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office at 908-527-4696.

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<![CDATA[EU Migrant Crisis: Man Found Crammed Under Car Hood]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:25:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Spanish-police-migrant-car-hood.jpg

Spanish police found two migrants crammed into tiny hiding spaces in a car — including under the hood — near the Moroccan border on Sunday, the latest example of extreme and potentially deadly risks taken by people flooding into Europe amid the continent's biggest refugee crisis since World War II.

A Civil Guard photo taken after the traffic stop shows one of the migrants stuffed behind the car's engine. The man was suffering from severe dehydration and lack of oxygen, NBC News' U.K. partner ITV reported.

A second man was found under the car's back seats, suffering from the same ailments.

European countries are struggling to deal with the migrant crisis, triggered by people fleeing war, poverty and persecution in Africa and the Middle East.

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<![CDATA[Dow Plunges Almost 500 Points After Bleak China Report]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:23:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_456651566735.jpg

U.S. stocks plummeted Tuesday as continued signs of weakness in China and concerns about the Federal Reserve weighed heavily on investor sentiment, CNBC reported.

The major averages ended in correction territory, down nearly 3 percent after a failed attempt in the minutes prior to cut some losses.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed about 470 points lower, off session after falling as much as 548 points. The Nasdaq composite wiped out gains for 2015, joining the other averages in the red for the year so far.

"Today is just a continuation of last night's sentiment, plain and simple. Concerns continue to erupt about China's economy and the growth decline in energy and WTI today," said Ryan Larson, head of equity trading at RBC Global Asset Management (U.S.).

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<![CDATA[McDonald's to Serve Breakfast 24/7]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:09:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mcdonald%27s+breakfast.jpg

McDonald's announced Tuesday its highly anticipated decision to serve breakfast all day at all U.S. locations starting this fall.

According to CNBC, McDonald's franchisees voted to approve all-day breakfast at the fast food chain's 14,300 U.S. restaurants on Tuesday. Starting Oct. 6, patrons can order Egg McMuffins and other breakfast items at any time of the day.

The Oak Brook, Illinois-based company tweeted about the decision Tuesday afternoon using the hashtag #AllDayBreakfast and responding to customers' queries about extending the chain's breakfast hours. McDonald's even responded to a tweet from 2007 that said, "Mcdonalds should serve breakfast 24/7."

McDonald's began testing all-day breakfast in March in the San Diego market. The test was expected to expand to Nashville this summer.

"Serving all-day breakfast is likely the number one request we hear from McDonald's customers," the company told NBC Chicago in a statement in July.

McDonald's breakfast currently ends at 10:30 a.m. in most markets.

The chain has long been the fast-food leader in the mornings, with its popular Sausage Biscuits, Hotcakes and other items pulling in roughly 20 percent of the company's U.S. sales. But McDonald's has faced stiffer competition in recent years, with competitors such as Starbucks and Subway rolling out breakfast sandwiches as well.

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<![CDATA[Job Seeker Sent Naked Selfies to HR Director: Police ]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:45:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/generic+apple+cellphone.jpg

A suburban Chicago manufacturing company apparently rescinded its job offer to a man who unintentionally sent two naked photos of himself to the director of human resources, authorities say.

The 23-year-old Aurora man sent the photos from his cellphone on Aug. 11 at 11:41 p.m., according to Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth.

After the man sent the photos, he left a message on the voicemail at the St. Charles company, leaving his phone number and saying he was unable to make an appointment. The HR director listened to the voicemail on Aug. 12 and recognized the phone number as the same one that sent the nude photos, she told police on Aug. 14.

The man admitted he sent the photos when police contacted him, but he told officers he meant to send them to someone else.

Ruth said he believes the company rescinded its offer to the man, who was told he could not have any further contact with the HR director.

No arrest was made, Ruth said.

NBC Chicago reached out to the company for comment, but a phone call has not been returned.

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<![CDATA[3 Charged in Horse Pursuit Takedown]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:21:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4PF_VO_HORSE_PURSUIT_FO_KNSD67IN_1200x675_426387523596.jpg

Three Southern California sheriff's deputies will face criminal charges in the beating of a man after he tried to escape on horseback in a high desert chase captured by NewsChopper4, District Attorney Michael Ramos said on Tuesday.

Charges were filed against San Bernardino County deputies Nicholas Downey, Michael Phelps and Charles Foster in the takedown of Francis Jared Pusok about 90 miles northeast of Los Angeles on April 9. Downey, Phelps and Foster were each charged with one count of assault by a public officer.

"I believe the deputies that were filed on today crossed the line under color of authority," Ramos said. "But their actions should not tarnish the badge of those that honorably serve everyday."

All three deputies are expected to appear in court for arraignment on Sept. 8 at the San Bernardino Justice Center. The charged deputies face anywhere from 16 months to 3 years in prison if convicted, Ramos said.

"Events like today undermine the great work that the men and women of this organization and law enforcement across the country do every single day," San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said.

Laren Leichliter, the president of the Safety Employees' Benefit Association, the union that represents the county's sworn peace officers, released a statement, saying "it is not our place to pass judgment."

"The case will be tried in a court of law, not public opinion," Leichliter said. "We must defer any judgments to the judicial system – a system that insists the deputies are innocent until proven guilty."

Pusok's attorney James Terrell believes eight of the 10 deputies should have been charged.

"Other than the Rodney King beating, this is perhaps the greatest example of brutality that people have," Terrell said.

Seven other deputies who responded aren't being criminally charged because of what was said on the voice recorders that deputies carry on their belts.

Ramos wouldn't go into detail, but he alluded that the deputies who arrived later were misled into thinking Pusok was being combative.

"Some of those deputies responding were hearing things that were on the belt recording that weren't really occurring," Ramos said.

Pusok's fiancée Jolene Binder said emotions are still raw.

"If it brings up feelings for me, I imagine it brings up feelings for the public as well," she said.

Pusok feels lucky.

"I'm just grateful to be alive and get to spend my days with my family," he said.

An internal administrative investigation into the actions of 10 deputies, including the ones charged, remains open, McMahon said. The deputies remain on paid administrative leave pending the outcome, which could be revealed soon, McMahon added.

The Sheriff's Department submitted the results of its investigation in the April chase involving Pusok to the district attorney last month. The nearly three-hour pursuit began when authorities tried to serve a warrant in an Apple Valley identity theft investigation.

Deputies pursued Pusok in a vehicle, which he abandoned and stole a horse, according to authorities.

NewsChopper4 was overhead when Pusok fell from the horse in rugged terrain. Video that  showed deputies repeatedly punching and kicking Pusok as he lay on the ground was studied "frame by frame" during the investigation, Ramos said.

Deputies said a stun gun was ineffective due to his loose clothing.

The group surrounding the man grew to 11 sheriff's deputies. Pusok appeared to have been kicked 17 times, punched 37 times and struck with batons four times, a review of the video showed, and 13 blows appeared to be to the head.

Ramos explained why seven other deputies were not charged in an investigation he said was aided by belt recording devices worn by the deputies.

"The law is very clear," said Ramos. "A peace officer may presume that a fellow officer has acted lawfully. If one of several deputies acted unlawfully or engaged in an unreasonable excessive force... those officers' actions are not imputed to another officer, unless that officer knew or should have know that the fellow officers were acting unlawfully.

"We carefully took a look at every individual in this case. And, it's really important that you can see the terrain. Those bushes are tall. You can't see around them. So when these other officers are running up... They hear something the other officers are yelling, not knowing the circumstances."

Ten deputies were put on leave a day after the confrontation, and the county reached a $650,000 settlement with Pusok. McMahon said the arrest appeared to be an "excessive" use of force.

Pusok said he fled in fear due to previous encounters with law enforcement. He has been charged with 14 felony and misdemeanor counts.

An FBI civil rights probe has also been launched.

Toni Guinyard and Jason Kandel contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Nearly 10,000 Cases of Frozen Corn Recalled Over Listeria Fears]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:59:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/corn-generic-prop-37.jpg

A New York-based company that distributes to stores in the Big Apple, New Jersey and 12 other states is recalling nearly 10,000 cases of frozen corn over concerns about possible Listeria contamination.

The frozen cut corn, made by Bonduelle USA Inc. of Brockport, was distributed in poly bags that said Wylwood Super Sweet Whole Kernel Corn, Market Basket Cut Corn, Bountiful Harvest Whole Kernel Cut Corn and West Creek Frozen Vegetables.

Listeria monocytogens, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, or people with weakened immune systems, was found in a package of the corn during routine testing at a retail store in Tennessee.

In addition to New York and New Jersey, the corn was distributed to stores in Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Bonduelle has stopped distributing the corn, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said, and it, along with the FDA, continue to investigate what caused the contamination. The company is fulling cooperating with federal authorities, the FDA said.

The company has not received any complaints in relation to this product and is not aware of any illnesses associated with the product to date.

Consumers who purchased the product are urged to throw it away. Consumers requiring refund or with questions may contact the company at 1-877-990-2662, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm EST.

<![CDATA[Google Changes Logos]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:54:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/new-google-logo.jpg

Google unveiled changes to the main and icon corporate logos on Tuesday.

The company showed off the largely subtle changes via an animated "Doodle" on the homepage and an evolutionary video posted to YouTube.

The main logo now has more pronounced lettering, while the icon, formerly a lowercase g, is now a rainbow colored capital G.

In a blog post, the company explained the new logos are easier to see across different platforms and on the smallest of screens. A new "Google mic" element will "help you identify and interact with Google whether you're talking, tapping or typing."

According to Fast Company, the logo change, which uses a sans serif typeface that Google created, is its "biggest update in 16 years."

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Piñatas Take Over San Francisco's Mission District]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:09:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/trump-GettyImages-485601348_master.jpg

Call it a not-so-subtle form of revenge on the GOP presidential candidate.

At least three kinds of Donald Trump piñatas are for sale in San Francisco's Mission District.

Piñatas are on display on the window at Piñata Art, a piñata art studio on Mission Street.

A very blonde version of the billionaire Republican presidential candidate is on offer at Discount City, and a screaming, orange-haired take available at San Francisco Tropical, both on Mission Street. A photo by Getty photographer Justin Sullivan shows Univision reporter Luz Pena recording a news segment while Discount City manager Shafi Mohammad holds a Trump piñata on August 28.

The piñatas are selling out fast in the predominantly Latino neighborhood. Trump is leading in many polls of his party's candidates, and his rise has been attributed in part to his willingness to criticize illegal immigration.

If elected, Trump says he'll build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and deport all of the country's illegal immigrants, prompting criticism from many in the Latino community.

Additional styles from various manufacturers and artists are available on sites such as eBay, where prices currently range from $13.95 to $299.99, and Etsy, where they're going for $29.99 to $80.

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<![CDATA[Man With Life Sentence for Marijuana Walks Free]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:47:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jeff_Mizanskey.jpg

A man sentenced to life in prison without parole on a marijuana-related charge walked out of a Missouri prison a free man on Tuesday, after spending two decades behind bars, The Associated Press reported. 

The release of Jeff Mizanskey followed years of lobbying from family, lawmakers and advocates for the legalization of marijuana, who argued that the sentence was too stiff.

Mizanskey was sentenced in 1996 after police said he conspired to sell 6 pounds of marijuana to a dealer connected to Mexican drug cartels. The life with no parole sentence was allowed under a Missouri law for persistent drug offenders; Mizanskey already had two drug convictions — one for possession and sale of marijuana in 1984 and another for possession in 1991.

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<![CDATA[Cop 'Likely' Shot by Fellow Officer After Entering Wrong Home]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:11:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4596346721.jpg

A metro Atlanta police officer who was shot when police responded to a wrong house was most likely struck by a bullet from fellow officer's gun, investigators said Tuesday, NBC News reported. 

The injured police officer underwent surgery and was in critical but stable condition, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. A homeowner, who was also shot, was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital, GBI said. 

A dog in the home was shot at by two of the officers and killed, according to authorities.

Officers responded to a call for a burglary in progress about 7:30 p.m. ET, but they went to the wrong address because the caller gave only a description of a "gray brick house" without a street number, Cedric Alexander, public safety director in DeKalb County, said.

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<![CDATA[Obama to Call for More Icebreakers in Arctic]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:16:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_896302240165.jpg

President Barack Obama is set to call on Tuesday for the United States to buy or build more icebreakers for the Coast Guard in the Arctic Ocean to compete with Russia.

As sea ice melts because of climate change, marine traffic for mining, shipping and tourism is expected to increase in the Arctic, NBC News reported. 

The United States has only two fully functioning icebreakers in its fleet — and only one capable of heavy-duty work, the White House said. By comparison, Russia has 40 in its fleet and 11 more planned or being built.

Obama will also call for stepping up American scientific research in the Arctic "to increase our understanding of this vital region."

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<![CDATA[Family of San Francisco Pier Shooting Victim to File Lawsuit ]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:31:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pier-14-shooting-victim2.jpg

The family of Kate Steinle, who was fatally shot when she was walking along a San Francisco pier in July, plans to file a lawsuit against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and The Bureau of Land Management holding them responsible for her death.

Authorities say Mexican national Francisco Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant who had been arrested and deported previously, shot Steinle in July while she was walking on the Embarcadero with her father. Her death sparked a national debate about San Francisco's controversial sanctuary city policy, which offers special protection for undocumented immigrants.

The Steine family — which includes Kate's parents Jim Steinle and Liz Sullivan and her brother Brad — will be announcing the lawsuit at a press conference on the steps of the San Francisco City Hall Tuesday. They will be joined by their attorneys Frank Pitre, Brian Schnarr and Alison Cordova of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy.

Since the death of their daughter, Jim Steinle and Liz Sullivan have become activists demanding justice for their daughter. "Everyone can’t keep saying this is the way it is — it isn’t the way it has to be. We have to stand up and say we’re mad as hell we’re not going to take it anymore,” Sullivan said.

Both want to make sure what happened to their daughter doesn't end up happening to someone else. "Somebody has to stand up and unfortunately it took the death of my daughter to become activists,” Steinle said.

Mirkarimi faced intense criticism in the wake of the shooting because his department had custody of the man charged with the murder of the young woman at the pier and let him go in April without notifying ICE.

On Monday, Mirkarimi's office released a statement, saying that while the sheriff can’t comment on potential litigation, "he continues to extend his deepest sympathy to the Steinle family for their loss.”

Mirkarimi ordered his department to cease all communications with federal immigration authorities regarding requests for notification for "undocumented, convicted felons" back in March.

Sanchez pleaded not guilty to the murder of Kate Steinle. The gun used in the shooting was stolen from a Bureau od Land Management ranger's car in June.

According to immigration officials, Sanchez, a 45-year-old repeat drug offender, was deported five times. He was out on the streets of San Francisco after city officials disregarded a request from immigration authorities to keep him locked up.

Sanchez told television reporters in a jailhouse interview that he decided to come to San Francisco because of its sanctuary city status, which prohibits city employees from helping federal authorities with immigration investigations or arrests unless required by law or warrant. That said, the ordinance does not prohibit local law enforcement from informing ICE that they've arrested someone in the country illegally for a felony offense or who has prior felony convictions. Since the shooting, the sanctuary city policy has been criticized by the likes of Hillary Clinton,  Donald Trump and Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.

Mirkarimi has defended his office's decision to release Sanchez, who was in the U.S. illegally. He said that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency should earlier have issued an arrest warrant for Francisco Sanchez.

In response to criticism about the city's sanctuary city policy, Mayor Ed Lee issued a statement saying it was never intended to protect "repeat, serious and violent felons."

Since the shooting, four Bay Area counties — Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Marin — have agreed to notify ICE when inmates flagged by the agency for possible deportation are about to be released, the Mercury News reported.

Cheryl Hurd and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[POTUS Posts to Instagram for the First Time]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:21:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_586127782641.jpg

President Barack Obama is upping his social media game.

POTUS made his very first post on Instagram last night as he journeyed to Alaska.

The image was taken out the window of Air Force One. The blue sky breaks out along the horizon line as a blue engine from the airplane can be seen in the foreground. 

"Incredible view as we near Anchorage. I'll be spending the next few days touring this beautiful state and meeting with Alaskans about what’s going on in their lives," wrote Obama on the White House Instagram feed. 

The White House tweeted that the post was the president's first on Instagram. The presidents signs all his social media posts with 'bo.'

In addition to showing off his social media skills, Obama is on a wilderness trek to be filmed as part of TV show '"Running Wild with Bear Grylls," talking to Alaskans about "what's going on in their lives," and surveying the impacts of climate change. 

In May, Obama began tweeting from his own POTUS Twitter account and broke the Guiness World Record for acquring one million followers in less than five hours.

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<![CDATA[Serial Sniper? 4 Vehicles Shot Along Phoenix Interstate]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:58:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_tape_lights_generic21.jpg

Officials are investigating four separate shootings at cars over three days along I-10 in Arizona, NBC News reported. It was not immediately clear if the incidents were related. 

Multiple rounds were fired in all of the incidents, according to NBC station KPNX. Investigators believe the shooter was also in a vehicle traveling on I-10, KPNX reported.

The shooting occurred on Saturday just after 11 a.m. local time when a sport utility vehicle was fired upon and struck, according to a statement from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. A teen girl riding in the passenger seat was treated on the scene for a cut to her right ear.

Minutes later, according to officials, a bus traveling in the opposite direction was hit by a bullet. There were no injuries. The third shooting was later that night and on Monday a bullet hit a work truck en route to a work site.

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<![CDATA[Yahoo Chief Mayer Says She's Pregnant With Twins]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:14:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_770174843123.jpg

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says she's pregnant with identical twins.

Mayer says on a posting on her blog that she and her husband are expecting the twin girls in December.

"I have some exciting news to share - I'm pregnant!" she says on her Tumblr posting Monday night.

She says that she will take some limited time away but work during the pregnancy as she did with her son's birth three years ago.

Mayer says that she's informed Yahoo executives of her pregnancy.

Three years ago, Mayer announced she was pregnant with her son on her social networking accounts just a few hours after Yahoo hired her as its third full-time CEO in less than a year.

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<![CDATA[6 Detained After Plane Diverted]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:24:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Southwest-Airlines-generic1.jpg

A Southwest Airlines flight headed for Chicago was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, late Monday night after an altercation on the flight, officials said.

Southwest Airlines said in a statement that “several passengers traveling together became disorderly” and “refused to obey instructions from the crew.”

Amarillo police received a call around 10:20 p.m. reporting an altercation on Southwest Airlines Flight 1522. The flight landed at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport and six men were detained by police, according to authorities. Southwest Airlines said six other members of the group deplaned and stayed in Amarillo.

The six men who were detained were later booked in the Randall County Jail and were to be charged at the federal level with interference of a flight crew, according to Amarillo police.

Tiffany Darge, who said she was sitting next to the group on the plane, told NBC Chicago the men were being rowdy and asked a flight attendant for alcohol during the flight. When the flight attendant denied them, Darge said the group called the woman "racist" and "a pig." Darge also said the group started making offensive comments to her when she got up to go to the bathroom and the crew later moved her seat away from the group. 

The men were part of a larger group on the plane, but the rest of the group was not being disruptive, police said.

The flight, which came from San Diego, continued to Midway Airport after the altercation and landed without further incident, according to the airline.

The incident prompted concerns from some passengers following the unscheduled landing.

“Safety is the top priority at Southwest Airlines, and we will always take appropriate actions to ensure the safety and security of our crews and customers,” the airline said.

Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA[Man Had Cocaine Taped to Ankles at Port Everglades: CBP]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:05:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/083115+cocaine+on+ankles.JPG

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Port Everglades arrested a man from the Bahamas for allegedly smuggling cocaine taped to his ankles and in his luggage.

Agents said the man was arriving on a cruise ferry from the Bahamas on Aug. 13.

During an inspection, CBP officers noticed the man nervously moving items around in his luggage as they asked him questions. Upon further inspection of the luggage, officers discovered two brick-shaped packages which revealed a white, powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.

After patting down the man, officers discovered additional packages of cocaine taped to his ankles. A total of 2.4 pounds of cocaine was seized.

The cocaine and all evidence were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.

The suspect's name has not been released.

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<![CDATA[Day Care Workers Force-Fed Tots]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:55:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/side+by+side+day+care+workers.jpg

Two day care teachers on Long Island were arrested after investigators say they force-fed, pushed and slammed children onto the floor, according to authorities. 

Kathleen Culver, 33, of Southampton, and Sarah M. Dawber, 23, of Mastic Beach, were arrested Friday after an investigation into allegations of abuse at Side by Side Day Care in Southampton, police said. 

The women, who worked in the infant room at the day care, are accused of roughly handling children ranging in age from 4 months old to 18 months old. 

One 18-month-old child vomited from the alleged force-feeding, police said. No other injuries have been reported. 

Complaints from both workers and parents filed with police over the last week led to an investigation by Southampton police, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and Suffolk County Child Protective Services.

Culver and Dawber were arrested by detectives during an investigative visit to the day care Friday. 

The workers were processed and released on desk appearance tickets for misdemeanor child endangerment, police said. They're expected to appear in court at a later date. 

Messages were left with the day care, and the staff working there Tuesday offered no comment. Attorney information for Culver and Dawber wasn't immediately available. 

Two mothers went to the day care Monday night to pack up their children's belongings, including a wheelchair for one son. They said they do not plan to bring their children back to the center. 

"I'm not comfortable leaving my child in a place where something like this goes on," said Sharon Sweeney. "This says to me they're not caring about the quality of people they're hiring to take care of these children, whether or not they're special needs children."

Sarah Chapman, whose son has been going to the day care for the past two years, said she's recently seen too many red flags. 

"Neither of us will be back," she said, adding that her own mother once worked there and left the day care, along with many other "good people who worked there," because of the low pay. 

"This is what you get for that," said Chapman. 

But some parents Tuesday expressed support for the center. One man picking up a child there said it is a "great school." 

Another mother said Culver cared for her daughter for about a year without any issues. 

"I believe it was just an accusation and her name is going to be claered. And if I had another baby, I would be bringing them here, too," said Amanda Krzenski. 

A check of state inspection records found only minor violations at Side by Side over the last year and a half. Still, Southampton police want to speak to other parents to determine the full extent of any abuse inside the day care center. 

"They're 4 months old to 18 months old. They cannot defend themselves nor speak for themselves," said Southampton Police Lt. Susan Ralph. 

Photo Credit: Southampton Police]]>
<![CDATA[Thai PM: Prime Suspect in Bangkok Shrine Bombing Arrested]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:07:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Bangkok+Suspect.jpg

Thailand's prime minister said Tuesday that authorities have arrested a man they believe is the main suspect in a bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago that killed 20 people.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said the man is a foreigner and was arrested in eastern Thailand near the Cambodian border. He described him as the main person in the bombing but did not directly say he is suspected of actually planting the bomb.

It was not immediately known if the arrested man is the person who was seen in a security video wearing a yellow T-shirt and leaving a backpack at the shrine shortly before the blast there.

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<![CDATA[Israeli Raid to Arrest Palestinian Militant Sparks Gunbattle]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:36:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Building+Demolished+in+Jenin.png

An Israeli raid to arrest a Palestinian militant sparked a gunbattle that ended with a West Bank home being bulldozed, officials said.

The Israeli Defense Forces said clashes broke out during a multiagency operation to arrest a "senior Hamas operative" in the city of Jenin.

Israeli officials did not name the target. However, the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency said Israeli forces had surrounded a house belonging to the Hamas-affiliated Abu al-Hija family. 

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<![CDATA[Chipotle Mexican Grill Sued Over GMO-Free Menu Claims]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 04:09:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-471371472.jpg

A California woman has accused Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc of false advertising, alleging the chain’s GMO-free claims are misleading.

In her lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in San Francisco, the plaintiff Colleen Gallagher alleges Chipotle, which declared its menu free of controversial genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, back in April, violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act because its food labeling is false.

Chipotle's website carries disclaimers about the GMO content in its food. Those disclaimers say that "most animal feed in the U.S. is genetically modified, which means that the meat and dairy served at Chipotle are likely to come from animals given at least some GMO feed." They add that "many of the beverages sold in our restaurants contain genetically modified ingredients."

Gallagher contended that most Chipotle diners are unlikely to see these disclaimers, and will rely instead on the company's advertising.

Her lawsuit seeks class action status and unspecified damages. 

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<![CDATA[Turkey Arrests Vice News Journalists on Terror-Related Charges]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:48:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_37261746065.jpg

A Turkish court charged two Vice News journalists and their assistant on Monday with "aiding a terrorist organization" and ordered them arrested pending trial, NBC News reported.

Two British journalists, correspondent Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury, and their Turkey-based assistant were detained on Thursday while reporting from Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, where renewed fighting between security forces and Kurdish rebels has killed scores of people.

It wasn't immediately clear which organization the journalists are accused of aiding. Their employer has called the charges "baseless and alarmingly false."

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<![CDATA[7 Hours of Sleep Helps Prevent Colds, Study Finds]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:16:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/sleep-GettyImages-547017105.jpg

If you're loading up on vitamin C and zinc to stave off the sniffles, you should try an earlier bedtime instead. People who regularly sleep six hours or less each night are four times more likely to get a cold than people who sleep just an hour longer, a new study finds.

Short sleep was more important than any other factor in predicting who would get sick after exposure to the cold virus, researchers told NBC News.

"It's almost alarming how strong the effects are," says Aric Prather, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and lead author of the study, published Monday in the journal Sleep.

Sleep was more important than any other factor, including age, stress or income level, in predicting who would get sick after being exposure to the cold virus, the researchers say.

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<![CDATA[UN: Satellite Images Show Syria's Temple of Bel 'Destroyed']]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:23:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_578517027570.jpg

An ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra has been destroyed, a monitoring group with the United Nations said Monday after an explosion sparked speculation that ISIS had blown up the historic site, NBC News reported.

Witnesses told The Associated Press Monday that ISIS militants, who captured Palmyra in May, significantly damaged the 2,000 year old Temple of Bel by bombing it. And an ISIS operative, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the AP over Skype on Monday that militants had detonated explosives near the temple.

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research said that satellite analysis confirmed that the main building at the temple has been demolished.

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<![CDATA[Bear Has History of Aggression]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:17:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/stephanie+rivkin+bear+encounter+crop.jpg

The black bear that prompted state officials to block off hiking trails in Connecticut last week after it was caught on camera circling a hiker has a history of aggression, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The bear, which is tagged, caused problems in the past while living near Bradley International Airport in Hartford, according to DEEP wildlife biologist Jason Hawley.

DEEP crews relocated the bear to Enders State Forest after the incident at the airport.

At one point, the animal chased a woman into her workplace and put its paws up against the glass, Hawley said. The bear also forced its way into a home in Granby, pounding on the door until he got inside.

Hiker Stephanie Rivkin captured footage of the animal approaching and circling her on a walking trail Friday. Video shows the bear opening its mouth as if to bite her leg.

"You never expect a bear to have a rap sheet, but he does," said Rivkin.

The incident prompted state officials to close down the hiking trails while they searched for the animal. DEEP announced plans to euthanize the bear, prompting public backlash, but officials said the animal is dangerous and the move is warranted.

"The incident here at Sessions Woods was far more disturbing than any of the other behaviors he has displayed up to this point," said Hawley. "To someone who’s not familiar with bear behavior, it may look like the bear is curious. Maybe it’s just trying to get a good sniff of the person."

Hawley went on to say, however, that the animal was displaying clear signs of aggression.

"If you look at the actual body language of the bear, the bear is actually circling her. Whenever she turns her back on the bear, it actually rushes her. You can hear it several times popping its teeth, popping its jaw; that’s a sign of aggression," he explained. "Its hackles are up; the hair on its back is actually sticking up. It actually pins its ears back a couple of times."

Hawley said the animal’s track record is concerning.

"In our minds, with our training, we know that this bear is a potential threat to public safety, so there’s no question that we need to remove this bear from the population," Hawley said.

He added that some 600 to 700 bears live in Connecticut, and "removing one from the population doesn't change anything." In fact, he said, euthanizing the animal could help protect bears' reputation by preventing an attack.

Rivkin, who first said she hoped the bear could be saved as thousands signed petitions to halt euthanization plans, explained Monday she understands the state’s rationale.

"They’re making the decision for a reason, and after having heard the reason, I kind of want to be neutral," she said. "I’m kind of 'spare the bear' at the moment and I’m also 'spare the other people and hikers that may be in danger also.'"

Rivkin said she and her family have received threats on social media in the days since her story went public. She's asking people not to blame her for the bear's fate.

"Anyone who knows me, anyone on social media who has my back knows me, and I’m an animal lover. I’m a nature lover and no, I don’t want the bear killed," she said. "I want him to be relocated but apparently that’s already been done, so they’re taking the steps to do what’s right for everybody, the bear population, the people population."

Photo Credit: Stephanie Rivkin]]>
<![CDATA[Virginia Tech Football Helmets to Honor Slain Journalists]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:21:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/parkerward-WDBJ-slain.jpg

The Virginia Tech Hokies will honor slain journalist Adam Ward and his colleague Alison Parker by placing stickers on their helmets during the season opening football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Labor Day, NBC News reports.

The team will wear stickers that feature the number 7 between a teal and a maroon ribbon, according to a statement from the team.

Ward, a cameraman, and Parker, a reporter, who worked for WDBJ7, were shot and killed last week during a live television broadcast. The gunman, Vester Lee Flanagan, died of self-inflicted gunshot wound hours after the attack, authorities said.

According to the release, teal was Parker's favorite color. Ward, a 2011 graduate of Virginia Tech, will be represented by the school's maroon color.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Woman Saved From Burning Car]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:47:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Burning+Car+083015.jpg

A North Texas police officer is credited with helping save a woman from a burning car, and the rescue was caught on video.

Garland police officer Michael Mallison was headed to court in Dallas on the morning of Aug. 21 when he came upon a serious crash along U.S. Highway 80.

A handful of people were already gathered around a smoking vehicle near Big Town Boulevard in Mesquite, with some using fire extinguishers to stop the entire car from catching fire. Mallison grabbed yet another extinguisher and ran to help.

Bystanders told the officer that the driver, a woman in her 40s, was still trapped inside the vehicle.

"She was screaming. I didn't understand what she was saying, she was screaming something in Spanish," Mallison said. "There was a young lady that stopped and translated and said her feet were burning. That's when I noticed, I thought the fire was out, but the fire was coming through the fire wall down at the bottom of her feet, and her pants caught on fire."

Mallison was able to get into the vehicle through the back door, pull the woman into the back seat and out to a group of bystanders who helped carry her across the highway barrier to safety.

"I don't know if it's training that kicked in or what," Mallison said. "I just knew she needed to get out of that car. I didn't give it much thought, just wanted to get her out."

Mallison said he has not talked to the woman since and doesn't know how she is doing. Mesquite paramedics rushed the woman to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, and she has since been released.

"I'm by no means a hero," Mallison said. "It's something anybody else would have done – any other officer – there is no doubt in my mind."

Photo Credit: Garland Police Dept.]]>