<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.pngNBC 6 South Floridahttp://www.nbcmiami.comen-usWed, 28 Jun 2017 10:26:33 -0400Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:26:33 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Trump's Footloose Foreign Policy Keeps His Own Team Guessing]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:10:26 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/646440506-Trump-Joint-Session-Congress-Address.jpg

When the White House issued a statement Monday evening threatening to exact "a heavy price" in response to a potential chemical attack by the Syrian government, senior national security officials were caught off guard, NBC News reported.

White House officials say there were consultations, but key officials who help make Middle East policy at the Pentagon and the State Department had no idea the statement was coming, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News. Many of them knew about the intelligence suggesting possible preparations for a chemical attack, but they weren't aware the White House was going to issue a public threat of military action — a major step.

The disconnect underscores the extent to which President Trump is making foreign policy on the fly, with little regard for the opinions of the diplomatic and military establishments, and with a freewheeling style that couldn't be more different from the lawyerly approach of the Obama team, current and former U.S. officials told NBC News.

Under Obama, coordination was mandatory, so much so that senior officials, including former CIA and Defense chief Leon Panetta, complained about micromanagement. With Trump, it's not clear who is weighing in on major decisions, and how.

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<![CDATA[Good Samaritan Beaten by Father of Child He Found: Police]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:54:53 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/244*120/062717+lakeland+playground+beating.jpg

Police say that a good Samaritan who found a toddler roaming around a Central Florida park this weekend got quite the surprise from the girl's father: a beating.

NBC affiliate WFLA-TV reports that the man found the two-year-old girl Saturday inside a Lakeland park. He noticed the child had gotten separated from her parents and, according to Lakeland police, asked the child where her parents were.

Witnesses say they saw the man walking with the girl, pointing to various adults and asking if they were her parents. Several others inside the park told the girl’s parents, who told WFLA they thought something bad was happening to their child.

“I thought he was trying to take my daughter,” the girl’s father said during a phone interview.

Police say three men, including the father, approached the man and began punching him.

“I saw this man with my daughter in his hands walking toward the parking lot. What would you do?” the father said.

After an investigation, charges were not filed against the victim, and he refused to press charges against the father.

"What they see as an individual with their child walking off, but he was a good Samaritan trying to get that child back to her parents,” Lakeland Police Sgt. Gary Gross said.

Friends of the girl’s family began posting photos of the good Samaritan on social media, as well as his Facebook page, phone number and business location, while calling him a “child predator.”

The victim spoke with NBC News, saying he understood why the girl's parents would be upset — he has two daughters and was in the park to see a friend — but that they should have talked to him before attacking him. He's left town in the wake of the social media campaign.

"One crazy guy comes out of nowhere and does something stupid, then I'm in trouble," Utpal Patel said.

When asked by the station whether he believes the victim was trying to do a good thing, the girl’s father told the station, "Hell no I don't. Not at all."

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<![CDATA[Experts Talk How to Handle Fireworks Safely]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:08:29 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/FireworksSafety.gif

There were more than 11,000 fireworks-related injuries in 2016, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which warns people to handle holiday sparklers with care. 

<![CDATA[Consider the Lobster: Viral TSA Photo Upsets Fishmonger]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:11:55 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/TSALOBSTER+626.jpg

The owner of a Connecticut fish market is feeling a little crusty about the way a 20-pound crustacean she packed was handled by a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screener at Boston's Logan Airport.

The pictures posted on Twitter and Instagram by the TSA on Monday have been shared thousands of times.

The Instagram caption explains that an officer "needed to remove this giant lobster from its container to resolve a checked baggage alarm."

TSA guidelines allow live lobsters in carry-on and checked bags.

But the owner of Atlantic Seafood Market in Old Saybrook who packed the lobster, Lisa Feinman, is calling the post a violation of personal property.

"The idea that a TSA agent is manhandling our things, that wasn’t part of the equation when I was filling the cooler," Feinman said.

Fienman special ordered the 20-pound lobster and about a dozen other lobsters for a customer from Georgia. She packed the crustaceans in a special, leak-proof cooler that was labeled to indicate live lobsters were inside.

The seafood market owner said she understands the TSA has a job to keep travelers safe, but doesn’t understand why a picture needed to be taken.

"For me it became, wait, these are our personal belongings. Who's taking pictures of our stuff and what other stuff are they taking pictures of?” Feinman said.

The officer didn’t handle the lobster properly, either, Feinman added. She said a lobster is supposed to be held by its body, underneath the arms, to support the weight — especially a 20-pound lobster that holds most of its weight in its arms.

"(My customer) opened up his cooler. The biggest lobster was sitting at the top, all the other lobsters were underneath it, no more paper to keep it cool. You know, it was just improper," she said.

Feinman took to Facebook about the picture and said she called the TSA. NBC Connecticut made multiple calls to the agency Tuesday.

Feinman also called Sen. Richard Blumenthal's office.

Blumenthal told NBC Connecticut that he will be demanding answers from the TSA, calling the incident an invasion of privacy done for the officers’ amusement.

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<![CDATA[Man Hit By Bus, Flung Across Sidewalk Walks Away]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:08:25 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-06-28-at-10.06.23-AM.jpg

A bus in Reading, England, swerved around a corner and hit a pedestrian on June 24, sending the man sliding across the pavement. The man stood up and walked into the Purple Turtle pub without major injuries.

<![CDATA[2 CSX Workers Killed by Train Outside Station in DC]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:33:47 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/2017-06-28_0558_002.png

Two CSX railroad employees were fatally struck by an Amtrak train outside Union Station in Northeast Washington Tuesday night.

Amtrak service between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia was suspended for several hours Wednesday morning due to the incident. Service has been restored, but trains are running at restricted speeds, Amtrak said at 9 a.m.

The two victims were struck along the tracks near the 1200 block of New York Avenue NE, a spokesperson for D.C. Fire and EMS confirmed. Rescuers were called to the scene around 11:55 p.m. Tuesday.

The train, which was traveling to D.C. from Boston and New York, was carrying 175 passengers and crew members. No one aboard the train was injured.

"We heard the horn blow, and about three seconds later, we heard a clunking sound. My wife thought she heard something hit the window next to her," passenger Walter Duncan said.

An Amtrak spokesperson previously said the victims appeared to be trespassers, but CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle confirmed Wednesday morning that the victims were CSX employees. 

"Our thoughts are with the families and friends of our employees," Doolittle said in a statement. 

The names of the victims have not been released. 

"Federal and local authorities say their investigation... is not yet complete," Amtrak said on its website at 7 a.m. Wednesday. "Therefore, Amtrak service between Washington and Philadelphia remains disrupted due to a temporary track closure."

Amtrak said service between D.C. and Philadelphia was restored at 9 a.m. Wednesday, but trains are running at restricted speeds. Customers can expect residual delays.

MARC trains 401 and 505 on the Penn Line are running limited service from Perryville to New Carrollton, MARC said.

Service for riders heading south on the Camden Line will end at Greenbelt. Northbound passengers will only have service from Greenbelt to points north.

Passengers are advised to use Metro to complete their trips. Metro will honor MARC tickets.

Stay with NBCWashington.com and NBC4 for more on this story.

<![CDATA[Rainbows Shine as Cities Across the US Celebrate Pride]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:49:01 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pridefeuerherdVI.jpgJune marks Pride Month in the U.S. Take a look at scenes from marches and rallies around the country that call for support of the LGBTQ community.

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<![CDATA[Ford Issues Recall for Close to 400,000 Vehicles]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:34:56 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/fordrecallfeuerherd.jpg

Ford on Wednesday announced a safety recall that will impact about 400,000 vehicles that were manufactured in a Kansas City plant between 2014 and 2017, CNBC reported. 

The recall was issued for the 400,000 2015-17 Ford Transit van or bus vehicles, according to the report. No injuries or accidents have been caused by the vehicles subject to the recall. 

"In the affected vehicles, continuing to operate a vehicle with a cracked flexible coupling may cause separation of the driveshaft, resulting in a loss of motive power while driving or unintended vehicle movement in park without the parking brake applied," Ford said. 

"In addition, separation of the driveshaft from the transmission can result in secondary damage to surrounding components, including brake and fuel lines. A driveshaft separation may increase the risk of injury or crash."

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<![CDATA[Victims Still Paying Hackers After Ransomware Email Blocked]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 02:51:16 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/laptop1234578.jpg

The email address behind a ransomware attack spreading across the world has been blocked, leaving victims no way to receive unlocking codes for their files even if they pay the hackers, NBC News reported.

The Posteo mail provider said it shut down the email address listed with the "Petya" ransomware hack Tuesday, adding that it is working with the Federal Office for Information Security in Germany.

The virus began spreading Tuesday, locking up computer files and showing a black screen with red text that demanded $300 in bitcoin to unlock the files. As of Tuesday evening, even after the email address had been blocked, the wallet listed in the message had nearly $8,000.

If a user is hacked, a cybersecurity expert said not to restart the computer or pay the ransom. If the computer has already been restarted, the best option is to restore it from a backup.

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<![CDATA['Tremendous Challenge': Parents of Captured Reporter Speak]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:00:57 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/debraandmarctice.jpg

The parents of a U.S. journalist being held captive in Syria spoke exclusively to NBC News’ “Today” show Wednesday morning, saying their son’s disappearance in 2012 has turned their lives "inside out and upside down.” 

The interview comes less than a week after the New York Times reported the U.S. government held a secret negotiation in February with the Syrians in an effort to free Austin Tice. 

“It prevents us from giving our other children the attention they deserve,” Marc Tice, Austin’s father, told “Today” host Matt Lauer. “It’s been a tremendous challenge.” 

Austin’s mother, Debra Tice, told Lauer that beyond him being an award-winning journalist, he was always just part of their family. 

“To us, he’s the oldest son, the big brother. He loves being a big brother,” she said.

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<![CDATA[Human Error Blamed for Manhattan Subway Derailment]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:27:29 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17178762018966.jpg

A subway train in Manhattan that derailed Tuesday as it entered a station, tossing people to the floor and forcing hundreds of shaken-up passengers to exit through darkened tunnels is being blamed on human error, not a track defect, New York City transit officials say.

A preliminary investigation indicates the derailment was caused by an "improperly secured piece of replacement rail" that was stored on the tracks, the MTA said.

"Storing equipment in between tracks is a common practice employed by railroads across the country to accelerate rail repairs," the MTA said in a statement late Tuesday. "The key to this being an effective and safe practice is making sure that the extra equipment is properly bolted down, which does not appear to have happened in this case."

The MTA said crews are inspecting "every inch of rail" to ensure that every replacement part "is properly stored and secured." 

Meanwhile, service had resumed on the four subway lines affected by Tuesday's derailment by about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the accident that injured 34 people. About half of the victims were taken to hospitals while others were assessed at the scene; all injuries were minor.

Photos posted to social media show passengers walking along the tracks in a dark subway tunnel, using their phone flashlights as a guide. Firefighters are seen illuminating the way. The MTA urged stranded riders on other trains not to get off their subways and to wait for directions from crew.

The derailment caused significant damage to the track, switch system and tunnel, dramatic photos released by the union showed. 

Gov. Cuomo called the derailment "an unacceptable manifestation of the system's current state."

"It is my expectation that with new leadership brought by Joe Lhota, the MTA will address the fundamental issues plaguing the transit system and overhaul the organizational structure of the MTA," Cuomo said.

The derailment spoiled what should've been a bright day for the system, coming roughly two hours before the reopening of a subway station at the southern tip of Manhattan that had been closed since it was flooded by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The South Ferry station on the No. 1 line reopened after $340 million worth of repairs.

The derailment comes amid a series of breakdowns, signal failures and other issues that have left straphangers at their breaking point. On Monday, the subway rider whose horrifying account of being stuck on a sweltering, powerless train earlier this month went viral held a news briefing to demand the MTA outline an evacuation procedure for riders who may get stranded in the future.

It also comes less than two weeks before the start of Amtrak's summer-long work to repair aging infrastructure at New York Penn Station, a project that is expected to increase subway volume as commuters seek alternatives.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 16:02:14 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Trumpthumb.jpgWhat Donald Trump's presidency will look like is unclear to many observers. He has not previously worked in politics, and has made contradictory statements on policy issues in several areas during his campaign. Despite the unknowns, Trump has an extensive public profile that, along with his real estate empire and the Trump brand, grew domestically and internationally over the last few decades. Here is a look at the president-elect's personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[Group Taking Photo Dumped Into Water After Deck Collapse]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:41:09 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062717+Boca+Raton+Deck+Collapse.jpg

Fifteen people standing on a deck to take a family photo were dumped into the water after the structure gave way in Boca Raton, Florida, Tuesday afternoon, fire rescue officials said.

The collapse happened at the Boca Bayou Condominium near US-1 and Dixie Highway.

Three people suffered minor injuries and two were taken to Boca Raton Regional Hospital, according to Boca Raton Fire Rescue.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation and a structural engineer was called in to determine the cause. 

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<![CDATA[Sarah Palin Sues New York Times Over Editorial]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:48:34 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SarahPalin-AP_322537202252.jpg

Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, sued The New York Times on Tuesday alleging that the newspaper defamed her in an editorial, NBC News reported.

The editorial in question appeared to link her to political violence after the shooting of House Republican Whip Steve Scalise earlier this month.

The Times said it would "vigorously" fight the action.

Citing the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, in Tucson, the editorial said: "Before the shooting, Sarah Palin's political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs."

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<![CDATA[Interactive: How to Prevent Drowning Tragedies This Summer]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:59:23 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062617+pool+with+dots.jpg

Explore the interactive graphic above for pool tips.

As temperatures climb each summer, the number of drowning deaths does as well. 

Earlier this month, a 2-year-old boy died after wandering into a lake in Montgomery Village, Maryland.

On Sunday, 2-year-old twins were found unconscious in a pool in Sterling, Virginia. The little girl died at a hospital. Her brother died two days later.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children age 1 to 4. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has tips on how you can help prevent a tragedy. 

Starting swimming lessons early can be critical.

Adults should always be present when children are around a pool. In 69 percent of drownings, children were not expected to be in or near a pool.

If your child goes missing, the first place to check should always be the pool. Every second counts. 

The CPSC's Pool Safely campaign offers additional tips on how to make sure your family stays safe poolside. For more information, see CPSC's website

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<![CDATA[Top News: Philippine's Duterte Inspects Chinese-Made Rifles]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:44:41 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/AP_17179387730269-sm.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[1 Killed, 1 Injured in Lightning Strike in Pembroke Pines]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:56:07 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062717+lightning+generic.jpg

One man was killed and another injured in a lightning strike at a construction site in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The strike happened in the area of 103rd Avenue and Pines Boulevard, while the men were working on the new Pines City Center, according to the Pembroke Pines police.

The man who died was unconscious when rescue workers arrived, fire rescue officials said.

He had major burns to his chest and what officials described as entry and exit wounds, consistent with a direct lightning strike, Pines Fire Rescue Chief Ruben Troncoso said.

"When the lightning strikes, it goes through the body and out another point in the body," Troncoso added.

That victim was transported under cardiac arrest to Memorial Regional Hospital, where he later died, officials said.

The other worker was hospitalized in stable condition. Their names haven't been released.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two construction workers involved in today's unfortunate accident," Tadd Schwartz, a spokesman for Pines City Center, said in a statement. "The matter is being reviewed by the proper authorities and the contractor on-site is cooperating in that process."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded two lightning deaths so far in 2017, one of which happened in Florida on May 17. The other happened in Colorado on May 7.

The odds of a person being struck by lightning in his or her lifetime is about 1–13,500, according to the NOAA.

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<![CDATA[Here's How Countries Fare on Combating Human Trafficking]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:39:47 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/human-trafficking-th.jpg

A new report by the U.S. State Department lays out which countries are adhering to U.S. guidelines on Human Trafficking. The report divides the world into three tiers: those who fully meet minimum standards outlined in The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) for addressing human trafficking, those who don't fully meet the standards but who are making an effort to combat trafficking, and those who are not meeting the standards and are not making an effort to do so. 

Human trafficking is the coercion of others to perform sex work, involuntary servitude or forced labor. A widespread form of modern-day slavery, victims are often smuggled across borders to work for nothing, though many are enslaved without migration. 

It's an international problem that ruins the lives of thousands of women, children and men. In 2016, over 66,000 victims of trafficking were identified by the 2017 U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report, but many more victims than this suffer in silence. Trafficking tears families apart and distorts nations' economies. Some governments are now beginning to address the crisis by adhering to the TVPA. 

Check out the map above to see what countries are doing the most and least to address human trafficking.

The TVPA defines “severe forms of trafficking in persons” as:

1. Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or

2. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. 

Here is more information on the categories: 

Tier 1
The governments of countries that fully meet the TVPA’s minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

Tier 2
The governments of countries that do not fully meet the TVPA’s minimum standards but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.

Tier 2 Watch List
The government of countries that do not fully meet the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards, and for which:

a. the absolute number of victims of severe forms of trafficking is very significant or is significantly increasing;

b. there is a failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons from the previous year, including increased investigations, prosecution, and convictions of trafficking crimes, increased assistance to victims, and decreasing evidence of complicity in severe forms of trafficking by government officials; or

c. the determination that a country is making significant efforts to bring itself into compliance with minimum standards was based on commitments by the country to take additional steps over the next year.

Tier 3
The governments of countries that do not fully meet the TVPA’s minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so.

Source: 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report, State Department

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<![CDATA[3 Officers Charged With Conspiracy in Laquan McDonald Case]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 02:09:43 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Laquan+McDonald1.png

Three current or former Chicago police officers were charged with multiple felonies Tuesday in connection with their involvement in the investigation into the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Det. David March and officers Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney were charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice for allegedly attempting to prevent or shape the investigation, special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes announced in a release.

"The indictment makes clear that these defendants did more than merely obey an unofficial 'code of silence,' rather it alleges that they lied about what occurred to prevent independent criminal investigators from learning the truth," Holmes said.

All three officers were on the scene on Oct. 20, 2014, when Officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots at 17-year-old McDonald, according to Holmes. 

Walsh, 48, was Van Dyke's partner at the time and allegedly gave conflicting accounts about the events leading up to the shooting, which was captured on dashcam video. Van Dyke has since been charged with murder, to which he pleaded not guilty.

March, 58, was lead detective at the time of McDonald's shooting death. According to Holmes, March, Walsh and Gaffney, 43, "conspired in the critical early hours and days… to conceal the true facts of the events surrounding the killing of Laquan McDonald… to shield their fellow officer from criminal investigation and prosecution."

The officers allegedly lied about what occurred and mischaracterized the video recordings so that investigators would not know what happened and that the public would not see the video recordings, Holmes claims.

They also prepared and submitted police reports that portrayed Walsh, Gaffney and Van Dyke as "victims assaulted and battered" by McDonald, according to the indictment filed Tuesday.

Holmes said they also conspired in failing to locate and interview at least three witnesses whose information was inconsistent with the accounts of officers, as well as failing to locate and preserve physical evidence.

"Investigating and charging police officers with crimes relating to their duties is a sobering responsibility," Holmes said at a news conference detailing the charges. "While they are sworn to serve and protect as well as uphold the law, they are not above the law."

The officers' various actions and inactions were "egregious enough that the grand jury indicted them on three felonies that carry a sentence of three to five years imprisonment and fines of up to $25,000 on each count," Holmes continued. 

All three were expected to appear voluntarily for arraignment at 9 a.m. on July 10, according to Holmes. Attorney information for the accused was not immediately available.

After the officers were indicted, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the department would continue to cooperate with the ongoing investigation. 

"The shooting of Laquan McDonald forever changed the Chicago Police Department and I am committed to implementing policies and training to prevent an incident like this from happening again," Johnson said in a statement.

"Throughout this investigation, CPD has fully cooperated with prosecutors and will continue to do so," he continued. "We will also continue to implement meaningful reforms that build community trust, provide greater training and resources to our dedicated officers, and make Chicago safer."

Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham said in a statement that the FOP was aware of the charges, but declined to comment further.

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<![CDATA[Trump Versus the World: An Overview]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 07:03:08 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-654571120.jpg

Since taking office in January, President Donald Trump's administration has been associated with one foreign country in particular, Russia. U.S. intelligence officials say President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, to denigrate Hillary Clinton and then to help Trump's chances. Trump denies any wrongdoing, while the FBI and Congress investigate his administration's contacts with Russia.

Meanwhile Trump has flirted with upending U.S. foreign policy, threatening to declare China a currency manipulator and to pull out of NAFTA, for example, questioning the one-China policy under which the United States recognizes China and not Taiwan and backing off a U.S. commitment to the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. In the end, though, Trump has often reverted to traditional policies. His supporters say he is scrutinizing foreign agreements with the goal of benefitting Americans, but critics say the uncertainty is unsettling to allies and unproductive.

Here are some of the more significant interactions between the Trump administration and world leaders over international issues.

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<![CDATA[Uber Driver Charged With Raping Unconscious Passenger]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:53:25 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/alaric-spence.JPG

An Uber driver was charged Tuesday with raping a female passenger at a North Hollywood motel while the 24-year-old woman was unconscious.

Alaric Spence, 46, faces up to 15 years to life in state prison if convicted of one felony count each of kidnapping to commit rape, rape of an unconscious person and rape by use of drugs, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

Spence picked the woman up in downtown Los Angeles last Friday and drove her to the motel, where he allegedly raped her, according to Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller. The woman was intoxicated and unconscious at the time of the alleged attack, the prosecutor said.

Los Angeles police said the woman passed out in the back of Spence's car while en route to Hollywood about 3 a.m. Spence is suspected of driving the woman to the motel, renting a room and then carrying her from his car into the room.

Surveillance video shows the suspect carry the passed out victim from his car to the motel room, said LAPD Robbery-Homicide Capt. William Hayes.

The woman woke up alone, not knowing where she was or how she got there, and called police, according to Hayes.

Spence, who was arrested late Friday, was ordered to be held in lieu of $1.1 million bail while awaiting arraignment July 24.

He has five previous felony convictions related to possession and sale of narcotics in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and as far north as Sacramento.

Spence's former roommate told NBC4 she was aware of his criminal past, but she didn't see him as a threat and described him as a "gentle soul."

"I was comfortable with him around my daughter," she said. "He was never disrespectful."

He has prior drug-related convictions and had been an Uber driver for the past six months, according to police.

The LAPD believes there may be other victims.

"It doesn't seem feasible that this would be the first time, when you take an individual like this," Hayes said.

A spokesman for Uber released the following statement to NBC4: "No person should ever have to experience the violent act that has been reported to police. We are working with the Los Angeles Police Department to fully support their investigation, and the driver has been banned from the Uber app."

NBC4's Adrian Arambulo contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 16:02:55 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dgaf-2.jpgTake a look at significant events from President Donald Trump's time in office, including the signing of the travel ban, Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court, the launch of 59 missiles at Syria's government-held Shayrat Airfiled and more.

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<![CDATA[Michael Moore Writes $10K Check to Theater Behind Trump 'Caesar']]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:28:40 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/michael-moore-flint.jpg

Filmmaker Michael Moore wrote a check for thousands of dollars to the New York-based arts organization that drew fire for its performance of “Julius Caesar,” which included the assassination of a Trump look-alike. 

In a statement, Moore said he wrote the check for $10,000 to The Public Theater and became a sponsor of its free Shakespeare in the Park program after the firestorm surrounding the production earlier this month.

Right-leaning activists, and even Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., criticized the play as encouraging violence against the president and his supporters. Protesters even took to the stage and disrupted the play on multiple occasions.

“In a time like this, it is important that we stand up against any attempts to censor art or free expression, especially by denying this expression the funding that it needs,” Moore said in the statement published to his Facebook page on Tuesday evening.

The statement also says Moore has pledged to raise more money for this summer’s Public Theater productions in Central Park.

Starting in July, Moore will stage his first theatrical even on Broadway, “The Terms of My Surrender.” On Tuesday, he said on Twitter, “I'm donating my total advance pay from my B'way show to Shakespeare in the Park after conservative media bullied Corp sponsors 2 pull out.”

It appeared the left-wing filmmaker was most bothered by the decision of Bank of America and Delta Airlines to pull their sponsorship of the play as the controversy boiled.

“Neither I nor anyone else in the theater should feel intimidated by what's happened here or ever worry about how much control certain sponsors or investors have over our work,” Moore's statement said. 

Moore, known for such documentaries as “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11,” has been an outspoken critic of Trump and is working on a new film criticizing him and his administration.

The Public Theater’s “Caesar” production has garnered intense criticism since it opened. Earlier this month, a 24-year-old activist was arrested after she rushed the stage shouting “Stop leftist violence!” And two 28-year-old men were arrested after storming the stage and shouting "Liberal hate kills!"

Police are investigating threats made to the wife of the director of the production, which ended its run on June 18.

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<![CDATA[Zoo Tries Acupuncture to Relieve Aging Giraffe's Arthritis Pain]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:05:05 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Roger+Williams+Park+Zoo+Giraffe.JPG

It is a known way to relieve pain in people, and now the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, is one of the first in the country to try acupuncture on a giraffe.

A nearly 2,000-pound patient named Sukari suffers from arthritis. The life expectancy for the species is usually in the teens, but Sukari is 24 years old and showing signs of aging.

When she started slowing down, the animal keepers and other veterinary professionals started various medical treatments before deciding to introduce acupuncture.

“There were a lot of things we had to consider,” Dr. Jeremy Goodman, the zoo’s executive director, said. “Will the giraffe tolerate it? Would it be effective? Would the keepers be able to administer it, and how safe would it be?”

Officials brought in a certified veterinary medical acupuncturist who used to intern at the zoo to begin treatments in March.

“She had a little bit of hesitation right at the first treatment, some of the tail flicking and swishing,” said Dr. Diva Malinowski Green.

While she administers the acupuncture, the keepers feed Sukari as a way to distract her and give her positive reinforcement for standing still.

The treatment for the animal is similar to human acupuncture in that the goal is to relieve pain by hitting certain points that reduce inflammation and assist with blood flow. The needles are also the same, even though the animal patient is much bigger.

“The points are very much the same across species; however, because this species is built a little bit differently, you have to adapt the points,” Green said.

After 45 minutes and 14 needles focused on the area around her hips, Sukari is finished with the session. She receives the treatment every other week, and so far, those at the zoo believe it is working.

“We think it really is keeping her arthritis at bay,” Goodman said. “We know eventually her time will come, but until that point, and we hope it’s not for a while, she’s going to have a great life here.”

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<![CDATA[Alleged NSA Leaker Reality Winner Appears in Federal Court, Trial Date Set]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:01:15 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/reality-winner-0627.JPG

The young intelligence industry contractor accused of leaking a top-secret report to journalists made her second appearance in federal court on Tuesday, as a judge set her trial date for the fall, NBC News reports.

Judge Brian Epps set a proposed trial date of October 23 for Winner, who is charged with leaking classified information to the media while she was a government contractor working with the National Security Agency.

Winner was arrested earlier this month, barely an hour after online publication the Intercept published a report containing a highly-classified NSA document on Russian interference during the U.S. presidential election.

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<![CDATA[McConnell: ‘We’re Not Quite There’ on Health Care Bill]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:47:45 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_MCCONELL_SOUND_WHITE_HOSUE_062717-149860333826600001.jpg

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke briefly with reporters after a meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Republican senators.