<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usWed, 26 Oct 2016 17:25:13 -0400Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:25:13 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Kendall Woman Dies After Violent Attack Outside Home]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:56:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102516+Vicki+Tucker+Feeley.jpg

A Kendall woman has died from her injuries after a violent attack outside her home and now police are searching for the murderer.

Authorities believe one person or multiple people attempted to rob 65-year-old Vicki Tucker Feeley around 8 p.m. Saturday in the area of Southwest 128th Court and 112th Terrace.

They say there was a struggle and some sort of confrontation and Tucker Feeley sustained injuries. She was transported to the hospital and passed away. Officials say Tucker Feeley was alone, but they cannot confirm at this time what type of injuries she sustained during the altercation.

"That street is commuted a lot and it's only 8:05 at night so we feel comfortable that there were vehicles that perhaps could have seen something," Miami-Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said. "We understand that whoever saw something perhaps didn't think of it, maybe saw somebody either running, riding a bike, driving recklessly in a car, driving away at a high rate of speed."

NBC 6 spoke to the family but they do not want to do an interview at this time. They did, however, set up a GoFundMe page where they called her an extraordinary human being.

Police need more information on this case and are asking people to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Motorcycle Cop in Crash While Escorting Clinton Motorcade]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:58:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102516+palmetto+motorcycle+crash.jpg

A crash involving a motorcycle police officer who was escorting the Hillary Clinton motorcade had the Palmetto Expressway in Miami-Dade shut down Tuesday afternoon.

The crash was reported around 4 p.m. in the southbound lanes near Northwest 57th Avenue and involved a Pinecrest Police officer.

The expressway was closed while a helicopter landed to transport the officer to the hospital.

Florida Highway Patrol officials said the officer was in serious but stable condition.

The cause of the crash is unknown but is being investigated.

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[Polls: Clinton Leads in New Hampshire; Tied in Nevada ]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:17:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/split-clintontrump-april16.jpg

Democrat Hillary Clinton has jumped out to a nine-point lead in the battleground state of New Hampshire, while she’s tied with Republican Donald Trump in Nevada, according to two new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls.

In New Hampshire, Clinton gets the support of 45 percent of likely voters, and Trump gets 36 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson is at 10 percent and the Green Party’s Jill Stein is at 4 percent.

In a two-way race, Clinton’s advantage over Trump is eight points, 47 percent to 39 percent – up from her one-point lead last month, 42 percent to 41 percent.

In Nevada, meanwhile, Clinton and Trump are tied among likely voters, 43 percent to 43 percent, and Johnson gets 10 percent. Stein isn't on the ballot in the Silver State.

In a head-to-head contest in Nevada, Clinton and Trump remain tied at 45 percent each.

“In Las Vegas terms, the contest for Nevada’s six electoral votes is a ‘push’ right now,” says Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. 

According to Miringoff, Clinton could lose Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio – but still win the presidency by holding on to New Hampshire's four electoral votes and Pennsylvania.

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<![CDATA[HIV Epidemic Started Spreading in NY in 1970s: Study]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:54:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-587169665.jpg

A new genetic study confirms theories that the global epidemic of HIV and AIDS started in New York around 1970, and it also clears the name of a gay flight attendant long vilified as being "Patient Zero."

Researchers got hold of frozen samples of blood taken from patients years before the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS was recognized, and teased out genetic material from the virus from that blood.

They use it to show that HIV was circulating widely during the 1970s, and certainly before people began noticing a "gay plague" in New York in the early 1980s, NBC News reported.

"We can date the jump into the U.S. in about 1970 and 1971," Michael Worobey, an expert on the evolution of viruses at the University of Arizona, told reporters in a telephone briefing. "HIV had spread to a large number of people many years before AIDS was noticed."

Their findings also suggest HIV moved from New York to San Francisco in about 1976, they report in the journal Nature.

Photo Credit: Ian Cuming/Getty Images/Ikon Images]]>
<![CDATA[Motorcycle Cop Recovers From Crash During Clinton Motorcade]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:21:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102616+Officer+Maikel+Rodriguez.jpg

A Pinecrest Police motorcycle cop who crashed while escorting the Hillary Clinton motorcade on the Palmetto Expressway remained hospitalized Wednesday.

Officer Maikel Rodriguez suffered broken bones and road rash but is expected to make a full recovery, Pinecrest Police officials said. He also received a call from Clinton wishing him well.

Rodriguez, who has been a motorman for four years and has been with the department for 10, was airlifted to the hospital after Tuesday afternoon's crash on the Palmetto near Northwest 57th Avenue.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

Photo Credit: Pinecrest Police]]>
<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Hidden Cameras Found in Rented Room: MBPD]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:52:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102616+winston+vargas.jpg

A Miami Beach man was arrested on a video voyeurism charge after police say foreign students who rented a room from him found hidden cameras in clocks in their bathroom.

Winston Vargas, 45, was arrested Tuesday night and booked into the Miami-Dade jail, where he was being held Wednesday on $5,000 bond, records showed. No attorney information was immediately available.

According to a Miami Beach Police arrest report, the students answered a Craigslist ad to rent a room from Vargas, who lives in the 1600 block of Euclid Avenue.

The students moved in Monday, and on Tuesday they found three portable clocks in the bathroom and discovered a hidden camera with a video card inside the clocks, the report said.

The students called police and when an officer showed up, Vargas said he would return their rent money if the victims did not prosecute him, the report said.

Vargas denied placing the cameras in the bathroom and said a man from England placed them there, the report said. When asked about the identity of the man from England, Vargas asked to speak to a lawyer, according to the report.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[Refunds To Be Given For Canceled Plastic Surgery]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:53:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012616+vanity+cosmetic+surgery.jpg

A popular cosmetic surgery center in South Florida has agreed to refund money paid by customers for surgeries they never performed, the Florida Attorney General’s office announced Wednesday. The announcement closes an investigation that found the business was "deceptive and unfair toward consumers in connection with refunds."

The AG’s investigation followed an NBC 6 investigation into the nearly 50 complaints about Vanity Cosmetics filed with state and local agencies. The complaints showed a pattern of reported problems with refunds. Ten additional complaints were filed after the investigation aired. The AG’s office announced it was investigating Vanity in January 2016.

"Vanity Cosmetic Surgery failed to clearly and conspicuously disclose all material terms and conditions of the transaction to consumers, failed to honor their refund policy, failed to honor consumers' request for refunds and failed to issue promised refunds," state officials said.

Customers claimed that they paid hundreds and in some cases even thousands of dollars for services they never received. And even when the surgery was canceled by a surgeon, the company kept the money and refused to refund customers.

The state says more than 70 people have been refunded approximately $190,000 so far.

"Vanity Cosmetic Surgery cooperated with the Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office and voluntarily entered into an assurance of voluntary compliance without any admission of liability," the announcement read.

"The investigation is concluded, an agreement was reached and the case is closed," said Vanity attorney Alexandra Lopez of the Gallardo Law Firm.

The AG’s office release lists other names Vanity is known as to customers including Vanidades Cosmetic Surgery, West Dade Surgery Center, Inc., Broward Cosmetic Surgery, Inc., Encore Plastic Surgery, Inc., The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, Inc., Florida Aesthetic Surgery Center, Inc., Cosmetics Miami, Inc., BC Surgical Center, Inc., Ismael Labrador and Aimee De La Rosa.

The attorney general’s office said that Vanity, which shut down in September, must meet the terms of the agreement. Those include:

-Clearly and conspicuously disclose to consumers all the material terms and conditions of any transaction before obtaining the consumers’ billing information, charging the consumers, and/or soliciting payment for any product sold and/or service provided.

-Stop making any representations that a product and/or service is free of charge, if is not.

-Ensure that any subcontractors, companies and/or individuals employed, engaged or utilized by Vanity Cosmetic Surgery are licensed properly in Florida.

-Ensure that all statements, representations, or claims on Vanity’s websites or any other marketing or promotional materials are accurate.

-Ensure that any and all disclaimers and policies are clearly and conspicuously disclosed to consumers.

-Issue refunds within 21 calendar days from the date the consumer requests the refund and maintain a customer support telephone number and/or email address for consumers to file complaints and ensure those consumer complaints are responded to within seven business days.

-Ensure that any and all businesses owned or operated by Vanity are registered with the state of Florida.

In addition Vanity has agreed to pay restitution for eligible consumers who have not yet received a refund, and will also pay for the costs of the state investigation.

Vanity Cosmetics is closed but the new owner has reopened in the same location with a different name. A spokesperson told the NBC 6 Investigators that at least two surgeons from Vanity have been hired to work at the new company.

Consumers who filed complaints with the AG’s office will receive instructions by mail indicating how to obtain refund checks. Those who have not filed a complaint about Vanity Cosmetic Surgery or any other business can do so by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com or calling 1-866-NO-SCAM.

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<![CDATA[FDA Steps Up Warnings About Testosterone Use]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:38:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16159721727583-fda-generic.jpg

The FDA announced Tuesday that it is increasing warnings against testosterone and other steroids, NBC News reported.

It has been found that these drugs can be easily abused, according to the FDA, in addition to existing concerns of heart attacks, personality changes and infertility. 

"Reported serious adverse outcomes include heart attack, heart failure, stroke, depression, hostility, aggression, liver toxicity and male infertility," said a statement from the FDA. "Individuals abusing high doses of testosterone have also reported withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, decreased libido and insomnia."

Testosterone used to fight the effects of aging has been heavily criticized by the FDA. It is currently a $2 billion industry with men purchasing gels, pills and injections. 

Photo Credit: AP, File]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Accused of Falsely Claiming Attack by Man in Turban]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:53:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/195*120/102616+kristin+skivers+mug+shot.jpg

A Marathon woman is behind bars after filing a false police report, claiming she was attacked by a man in a turban and told to take a so-called "kill pill."

Kristin Skivers, 30, told deputies a man entered her boyfriend’s home, where they both were sleeping, before 11 p.m. Sunday. She described the man has having “dark hair, a full beard and a turban."

Skivers claimed the man gave her the medication before her boyfriend allegedly chased him away, saying she eventually went to a neighbor’s house asking to be taken to the hospital.

When police interviewed the boyfriend, he said that Skivers asked to be taken to the hospital and, when he said no, she left the home. He denied that anyone entered the home or attacked Skivers, saying she takes unidentified medication.

Skivers was arrested after signing the false report.

Photo Credit: Monroe County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Fernandez, Victims Had Strong Alcohol Odor: Affidavit]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:10:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jose+Fernandez+Boating+Accident.jpg

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two others had a "strong odor" of alcohol at the time of the crash that killed all three last month, according to a search warrant affidavit released Wednesday.

The seven-page affidavit, prepared by an investigator with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, did not say what – if any – charges could be filed in the case since boating while intoxicated and vessel homicide were listed. Fernandez is listed as the boat’s owner.

The affidavit says an associate medical examiner told the FWC investigator that "all three bodies, individually, had a strong odor of alcohol emanating from them."

The boat, named Kaught Looking, crashed into the north jetty off Government Cut shortly after 3 a.m. on September 25th. All three were declared dead at the scene. Autopsy and toxicology reports are complete, but have not been released.

The FWC investigator said the scene "is consistent with a high speed collision at a location and at a time when such speed was reckless because of the jetty and darkness," according to the affidavit.

Fernandez and 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero were seen before the crash at American Social Bar in Brickell, where they went after leaving the Coconut Grove dock where the pitcher kept his boat. Before 3 a.m., they left the restaurant with Rivero’s friend, 27-year-old Emilio Macias.

Officers from Miami Beach heard the crash and responded to the scene. The bodies of all three men were recovered by 4 a.m.

Photo Credit: AP/Getty]]>
<![CDATA[UN Refugee Agency: 2016 Now Deadliest Year in Mediterranean]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:43:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16256493965569.jpg

The United Nations refugee agency said Wednesday that at least 3,800 migrants have died in the Mediterranean Sea so far this year in an attempt to reach Europe,, making 2016 the deadliest year on record.

The Geneva-based agency had warned Tuesday that this year's death toll was likely to exceed the 3,771 deaths reported for the whole of 2015.

"We're receiving more reports of deaths in the Med," spokesman William Spindler tweeted Wednesday. "We can now confirm that at least 3,800 people have died, making 2016 the deadliest ever."

Scores of migrants have been drowning each week as the fragile and often overcrowded boats they travel on capsize or sink, the U.N. agency said. It blamed bad weather, flimsy boats and the fact that migrants fleeing war and poverty are increasingly taking the hazardous central Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy in an attempt to reach Europe.

A deal between the European Union and Turkey largely closed off the eastern route earlier this year.

About half of the 327,800 migrants who crossed the Mediterranean this year did so using the central route, where about 1 in every 47 people dies. By comparison, the overall death rate for the whole Mediterranean last year — when more than a million people arrived in Europe — was one in 269 crossings.

The U.N. agency also said that smugglers have been changing their tactics, arranging mass embarkations of thousands of people at once.

Photo Credit: AP, File]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Manatee Sets Record For Oldest Ever In Captivity ]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:37:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/102616+snooty+manatee+record+setter.jpg

One manatee at a Florida museum is enjoying his birthday in a special way – by getting his name in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Snooty is a 68-year old-manatee – yes, you read that right – who was brought to the South Florida Museum in Bradenton when he was just 11-months-old back in 1949.

Previously, the oldest manatee in Florida that was documented was 59 years of age followed by the next oldest being 48.

Snooty lives in a 60,000 gallon tank at the museum with two other manatees. Officials say he spends more time around the humans who come to see him than with the other sea cows.

Most manatees who live in the wild don’t reach the age of 10 based on a variety of issues, such as algae blooms and boat strikes.

Photo Credit: YouTube / Guinness Book of World Records]]>
<![CDATA['Attack on Women' Ad Criticized]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:47:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/petit+super+pac+ad+trump.jpg

Dr. William Petit is blasting a political ad Wednesday that urged voters to "Stop Donald Trump and Republican William Petit's attack on women and families."

Petit is the GOP candidate vying for Connecticut's State House of Representatives in the 22nd District, representing parts of Plainville and New Britain. He was the sole survivor of the 2007 Cheshire home invasion in which his wife Jennifer and daughters Hayley and Michaela were murdered.

"To post something that says I attack women and families I thought was about the lowest of blows," he said.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Petit called the ad libelous and pointed to his work with the Petit Family Foundation, an organization set up after he lost his family. 

"I've worked over the past nine years to honor the memory of my family and the whole mission of what we do. We've tried to come up with programs we felt would honor Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela, would be things that they would want us to do," Petit said during a news conference on Wednesday. "For a shadowy political organization to blatantly ignore that work and publish a despicable ad is reckless and incomprehensible."

The ad was the work of a political action committee called Labor United, according to Themis Klarides, House Minority Leader in Connecticut.

The ad even drew criticism from Petit's opponent, Democratic incumbent Betty Boukus.

"I am horrified by the tasteless and offensive attack ad against my opponent. It was produced by a third party with no connection to my campaign, without my knowledge, and without the involvement of anyone associated with my campaign," Boukus said in a statement on Wednesday. "I am asking those responsible to pull the ad and issue and apology to Dr. Petit and his family."

Boukus was in attendance at Dr. Petit's news conference on Wednesday.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Car Crashes Into Oakland Park Beauty Supply Store]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:27:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/102616+car+into+oakland+park+shop.jpg

It was a messy scene in Oakland Park when a car crashed into a beauty supply store Wednesday afternoon.

Crews responded to the scene inside a strip mall at the 4800 block of Northwest 31st Avenue. The car could be seen completely inside the My Beauty Exchange store located inside the complex.

The driver said she was trying to park but stepped on the gas by mistake. Her white Volkswagen came to a halt in the middle of aisle 6.

Surveillance cameras captured products flying off the shelves and shards of glass everywhere. Several store clerks and customers were standing just feet away from the front door at the moment of impact, but luckily no one was hurt.

"My son keep telling me 'stop, stop.' But I keep going. I don't know I don't know," the driver said.

"All we seen were shelves falling towards us. And our first instinct was to run towards the back," employee Joanne Ducatel said.

The owner of the store is grateful no one was hurt. He estimates more than $15,000 in damages and hopes the insurance will cover what appears to be an unfortunate accident.

<![CDATA[Harvard on Team's Reported Scouting]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:58:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/HarvardCampus.jpg

Recruits for Harvard’s 2012 women’s soccer team were reportedly assessed by a member of the 2012 men’s soccer team based on their sexual appeal. 

Reported by the Harvard Crimson, a nine-page document circulated over email as a “scouting report” in 2012 gave freshmen women numerical scores and included photos pulled from social media sites. The women were also assigned hypothetical sexual positions and nicknames.

The lewd document appeared to be a tradition, as it referred to a report from 2011.

"Harvard University Athletics has zero tolerance for behavior of this kind and is deeply upset by these offensive and derogatory remarks," athletic director Robert L. Scalise said in a statement obtained by necn. "Harvard College students, including members of our athletic teams, are required to uphold the values of this community, which are rooted in the respect and dignity for all members of our community. University Athletics continues to reinforce with our student-athletes appropriate and respectful social behavior and team conduct."

A member of the 2012 women's soccer team who wanted to remain anonymous called the scouting report "absolutely disgusting" in an email to necn. She said she was "deeply hurt, and beyond frustrated" that women are treated this way, not only at Harvard but at other school campuses and around the world.

She added that the Crimson article read like a "tabloid" report at her own expense, and that of the Harvard soccer teams and athletic programs.

Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana told the Boston Globe the team's actions are against the institute's core values. She said she is "disturbed and upset" by the allegations. "No one should be objectified."

Pieter Lehrer, the men's soccer coach, added that he was "shocked and disgusted" by the report. He was not the coach in 2012.

Several members of the 2012 men's soccer team declined comment when reached by the Crimson.

The school's women's soccer coach, Christopher P. Hamblin, said in a statement to the Crimson that he was "saddened to see this level of disrespect shown to these women." He referenced a "huge shift" in the culture of the men's soccer program" since Lehrer's hiring in 2013.

Photo Credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images, File]]>
<![CDATA[Cops Search For Valuable Bird Taken From N. Miami Beach Home]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:55:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102616+stolen+bird+north+miami+beach.jpg

North Miami Beach Police released surveillance video showing two men stealing a high priced bird from inside a home last month.

The two men can be seen on camera jumping over a fence onto the property and carrying a large birdcage off the fenced-in patio.

Inside the cage was a Crested Parrot Cockatoo valued at around $8,000. The bird is described as white with a yellow tail, yellow feathers on top of its head and underneath its wing.

Anyone with information is asked to call North Miami Beach Police or Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Photo Credit: North Miami Beach Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Feds Concerned About Risk of Violence as Election Nears]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:56:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/trumpviolence.jpg

Federal and state law enforcement officials have expressed concerns about violence breaking out in the final two weeks of the long and bitter presidential campaign, and well beyond that if Donald Trump loses and refuses to accept the vote as legitimate, NBC News reported. 

Trump supporters held up Clinton "target practice" posters at a rally in Florida Monday, with a bulls-eye framing her face.

Two days earlier in Virginia Beach, one Trump backer hoisted a plastic Hillary Clinton head on a stick, while others waved target signs. And several weeks ago, two armed Trump supporters protested outside the congressional campaign office of a rural Virginia Democrat, in what they said was a gesture of solidarity with closet supporters of Trump.

Local law enforcement officials in several swing states told NBC News they did not yet have plans to alter their usual Election Day security procedures. But the FBI and Department of Homeland Security are monitoring the situation, officials say.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Miami Shop Celebrating Pumpkin Day With Donut Delivery]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:36:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*159/salty_donut_uber_treats_3.jpg

In honor of National Pumpkin Day – yes, it’s a real thing – UberEats is joining forces with one Miami doughnut shop to get you a sweet treat without having to drive to the shop.

The Salty Donut is going to be sending their items all over the delivery area while supplies last. Simply open your Uber or UberEats App and select the pumpkin symbol in the bottom right of the screen.

Uber will charge $6 to your card and a box of doughnuts will arrive within 15 mintues.

The Pumpkin Pack – limited to one per person – will feature a variety of products for the special day.

Photo Credit: the Salty Donut]]>
<![CDATA[2 Mich. Brothers Arrested in Tunisia in Terrorism Probe]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:29:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Screen-Shot-2016-10-26-at-11.20.19-AM.jpg

Tunisian authorities arrested two American brothers on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organization, two local sources told NBC News.

A senior police official said the brothers, both aged in their 30s, are originally from Michigan. The source said one of the men was carrying a U.S. passport that identified him as Patrick Alan Lawwill. NBC News has seen a photocopy of the passport, which was apparently issued in July 2015 and lists Lawwill's place of birth as Michigan. The brothers had recently converted from Christianity to Islam and one of them was married to a Tunisian woman who was also arrested, the source said.

A source in the governor's office also confirmed the arrests.

A State Department official said it was aware of reports the pair had been arrested "on suspicion of terrorist activities" but declined to comment further because of "privacy considerations."

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<![CDATA[Trump Walk of Fame Star Smashed]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:02:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/10-25-2016-trump-star-hollywood-2.JPG

Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was in pieces Wednesday morning after it was destroyed overnight by a man with an ax and sledgehammer.

The Republican presidential candidate and former "Apprentice" host received the star in January 2007 for his role on the NBC show. The star in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard, a prominent location on the Walk of Fame not far from the Hollywood and Highland Center, was broken into pieces overnight by the vandal, according to a boulevard street performer.

Deadline Hollywood posted video of what appeared to be a man dressed as a construction worker in work boots, a high visibility safety vest and helmet smashing the star. The man took a few swings at the star with the sledgehammer, then went to work on it with a pick ax -- chipping away pieces, letters of Trump's name and the TV plaque embedded in the sidewalk star.

The video, shot by a Deadline Hollywood employee, shows several LA Department of Transportation signs and bright orange construction cones around the star. 

Los Angeles police confirmed they are investigating the vandalism report, received at about 6 a.m. No arrests were reported Wednesday morning.

A man who identified himself as Jamie Otis told Deadline Hollywood that he is responsible for the damage. He said his intent was to remove the star and sell it to raise money for 11 women accusing the presidential candidate of groping them.

Aerial video later Wednesday morning showed people taking photos of the damaged star, which was roped off by repair crews. A pick axe and sledgehammer were recovered at the scene, according to the LAPD.

One of the boulevard's street performers, a man painted gold and dressed head-to-toe in shiny gold clothes, described a bizarre early morning scene at the popular tourist spot. The man said the he saw a man dressed as a construction worker hammering the star with the sledgehammer.

"He was banging on the star," Gregory Howie said. "He took Donald Trump's name out and he took his round plaque out."

Gregory said the man told him he intended to remove the star and sell it, then donate the money to organizations that support sexually abused women.

Trump has faced accusations from 11 women of sexual misconduct in recent weeks as the presidential campaign enters its final stages. He has denied the accusations. 

The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which said in a statement that the star will be repaired immediately. The repairs will take several days, and the star will be covered to protect it during that time. 

"The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees," said Leron Gubler, President-CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. "When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California state landmark. Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property."

The Hollywood star belonging to the New York business magnate and reality show personality has become a target during the presidential campaign, ever since Trump announced his candidacy last year. It has been defaced with spray paint and surrounded by a miniature wall in protest of Trump's plan to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Walk of Fame star recipients are selected by a committee that considers hundreds of applications each year. The stars ane purchased for a $30,000, rather than gifted.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Toyota Recalling Millions of Cars Over Air Bag Issues]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:47:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/190*120/TOYOTA5.jpg

Toyota Motor Corporation says it's recalling a total of about 5.8 million cars in Japan and abroad over potentially faulty air bag inflators made by Takata.

The automaker said Wednesday that the recall, which includes the Corolla and the Vitz subcompact hatchback model - which is marketed outside of Japan as the Yaris – covers models produced between May 2000 and November 2001, as well as April 2006 and December 2014.

The recall includes about 1.16 million vehicles sold in Japan, as well as about 820,000 sold in china and around $1.47 million cars in the European market.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Otters, Bears, Giraffes Enjoy Halloween Treat at Oregon Zoo ]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:08:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2016-10-26+at+9.01.12+AM.png Animals at the Oregon Zoo have been getting Halloween-themed treats, like stuffed jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins that keep the critters happy mentally and physically. ]]> <![CDATA[Battle for ISIS Capital to Begin Within Weeks: Carter]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:14:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/CARTER_AP_16300358922173.jpg

An offensive against ISIS in Syria to retake Raqqa is set to begin within weeks, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told NBC News in an exclusive interview in Paris where he has been meeting with his counterparts from other Western countries.

Raqqa is the terrorist organization's de facto capital and Carter said the plan is part of a larger offensive. He added, "It's been long a part of our plan that the Mosul operation would kick off when it did. This was a plan that goes back many months now and that Raqqa would follow soon behind."

When asked whether U.S. special forces or other troops would be sent inside Mosul or Raqqa to gather intelligence or hunt "high-value combatants," Carter replied: "They are not near [Mosul] at this time ... Our forces do accompany .... the Iraqi security forces and the Peshmerga. So they will get nearer to the city as those forces get nearer to the city ... We are not going to be part of the occupation or hold forces."

It's unclear what military force would lead the attack on Raqqa nor what role, if any, US forces would play in the planned attack.  

Photo Credit: AP ]]>
<![CDATA[NYC Bridge Protest Shuts Traffic]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:46:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/GWB+Bridge+Protest.png

The inbound upper level of the George Washington Bridge was closed by an immigrant rights protest on Wednesday morning, snarling traffic on one of the region's most important crossings at the height of rush hour.

Delays at the bridge for traffic heading into New York from New Jersey were up to nearly 90 minutes; traffic cameras showed bumper-to-bumper traffic barely inching along. 

The protesters apparently chained themselves across the roadway to block traffic, unfurling large banners in an attempt to spread their message. One banner appeared to read "Resist, Organized, Act Up!"

Drivers were clashing with the protesters in an effort to get the bridge open, according to witnesses. Police quickly detained the small group and traffic began moving again about 15 minutes.

The Port Authority said 10 people who were blocking the eastbound lanes were arrested. No injuries were reported. The agency said it is investigating. 

The protest organization, Laundry Workers Center — which was using the hashtags #WeAreVisible and #SomosVisible on social media — was already planning a rally in Union Square Park Wednesday night. 

"We are a Grassroots Autonomous Movement campaigning for the right of every member of our communities to be visible, to be able to take part in the decision making process that affect our communities in our 'democratic' system, and for the ability to determine our destinies," the New York-based nonprofit said on its Facebook page. 

Also according to its Facebook page, the group works to improve the living and working conditions of workers in the laundry and food service industries. 

"Our work aims to combat abuses such as landlord negligence, wage theft, and hazardous and exploitative working conditions, all of which are endemic in low-income communities in New York City and New Jersey," the page says.

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<![CDATA[Russia Unveils RS-28 Sarmat 'Satan 2' Nuclear Missile]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:24:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/104045887-Capture.530x298.JPG

Russia has released the first image of its newest thermonuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile, NBC News reported.

The RS-28 Sarmat, also known as “Satan 2,” has the capability to wipe out a landmass “the size of Texas or France,” according to the Kremlin-aligned Sputnik news agency. It will replace the RS-36M, also known as “Satan,” which entered service in the 1970s.

Former nuclear weapons expert at the U.S. Department of Energy, Robert Kelley, said the upgrade was likely the electronic aspect of the weapon. The range and explosive power are likely the same as previous missiles, but the reliability, flexibility and confidence are new, he said.

It is expected to enter service late next year.

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<![CDATA[Rubio, Murphy Prepare For Possibly Final U.S. Senate Debate ]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:43:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/083016+marco+rubio+patrick+murphy.jpg

With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, the two major party candidates for one of Florida’s U.S. Senate seats will meet on the debate stage for the second – and possibly final – time before November 8th.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio will face his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, on the campus of Broward College in Davie at 7 p.m. Wednesday (airing live on stations across the state of Florida, including NBC 6).

The Miami native Rubio, who announced he was running for re-election after initially saying he would not during his run for the GOP presidential nomination, finds himself in a tougher than expected race against Murphy, who represented a district in Congress including the Treasure Coast and parts of Palm Beach County.

Murphy is expected to continue his attacks on Rubio for the latter’s support of Donald Trump in the general election. Rubio and Trump exchanged several heated moments during the primary season and Rubio has said he won’t campaign with the party’s nominee despite maintaining his endorsement for the candidate.

At the same time, Rubio will likely continue to hammer Murphy on his ties to President Barack Obama – particularly the Affordable Healthcare Act. Commonly known as Obamacare, news that premiums could rise as much as 25 percent next year could be problematic for Democrats days before the election.

It’s unknown if this will be the final debate between the candidates – as both campaigns have battled over potential dates and who wants how many debates.

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<![CDATA[Black Applicants Rejected for Trump Housing Speak Out]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:27:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-617989488.jpg

In 1973, New York City school teacher Annette Gandy Fortt was looking for a decent place to live. A listing for an apartment in a building owned by Donald Trump's father, Fred, caught her eye — but she says the super told her there were no units available.

"I was black," Fortt said recently. "I was not wanted."

As NBC News reports, after Fortt was turned away from the Queens apartment building twice, the New York City Human Rights Commission sent a white person to the property to apply for an apartment — and the tester was offered the apartment, according to court papers.

The commission took on Fortt's case, and she says a young Donald Trump appeared with a lawyer at a hearing on behalf of the family real estate company, Trump Management.

Her case also became part of a federal racial discrimination lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against Donald and Fred Trump that was resolved with a consent decree two years later in which they agreed to terms aimed at preventing discrimination.

That lawsuit is the basis of a new video from Hillary Clinton's campaign, released Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[2016-17 Miami Heat Season Preview]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:51:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526901942.jpg

The 2016-17 season will begin on Wednesday for the Miami Heat and with it comes a new chapter in franchise history.

Miami is begining a regular season for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign without Dwyane Wade. The guard bolted town for Chicago and is now a member of the rival Bulls after a memorable 13-year run in Miami. Wade was part of all three of Miami's championship teams and was an irreplaceable leader.

Besides Wade, Miami will also be without the services of Chris Bosh. The forward is not expected to play again and seems ticketed for a waiving by Miami in February. The Heat know they gain nothing by looking back however and will now try to turn the page with some promising young talent.

Justise Winslow is stepping into Miami's daily starting lineup and brings with him a lot of talent and energy. In his rookie season, Winslow averaged 6.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 28.6 minutes per game. The second-year player should see increases in all those numbers this year with increased playing time and a bigger role overall.

Replacing Bosh's production is difficult, but Miami has had to play with the veteran for large portions of the last two seasons. The Heat were cautiously optimistic about Bosh's potential contributions in 2016-17 and had a backup plan in place with Winslow. At only 20, Winslow could be one of the big pieces of the team for many years to come.

At the other forward spot, Miami looks like it will go with Derrick Williams who had a solid preseason. Williams is a well-traveled 25 year old and gives Miami some experience. After spending last season with the lowly New York Knicks, Williams is looking for a chance to compete for a playoff spot in Miami. In 2015-16, Williams averaged 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game.

The guard spots will be intriguing for Miami and possibly the team's biggest asset. The Heat are stacked with talent when it comes to guards and are rich with depth. Josh Richardson will miss the beginning of the season, but is not expected to be out too long. Richardson is entering his second season in the NBA and opened a lot of eyes with his play in 2015-16. Once healthy, Richardson is a potential everyday starter.

With Richardson down on Opening Night, the Heat will give a starting assignment to Dion Waiters. The veteran had a good preseason and gives Miami some much-needed experience at shooting guard. Waiters had more success earlier in his career, but is still only 24 and could be a big producer for the Heat. It is possible that Waiters remains the starter even after Richardson is healthy. Both men should see ample minutes in Miami's rotation.

Goran Dragic is returning as Miami's point guard in 2016-17 and should see a bump in his responsibilities. Without Wade around, it may be Dragic who is looked to for the big shot at the end of games. Dragic will run the offense and offers the Heat a reliable shot-maker as well. There were some rumblings in the off-season about a potential Dragic trade, but nothing ever came to fruition. Without Bosh and Wade, the importance of a player like Dragic becomes even more evident.

At center is incumbent Hassan Whiteside. The big man signed a long-term deal with Miami this off-season after talking with other teams. Retaining Whiteside was a priority for the Heat as he has transformed games both offensively and defensibely in his brief career. Whiteside had some discipline issues early on, but he made some adjustments after talking with veterans such as Wade.

Without Bosh on the court, Whiteside's size will matter even more. Winslow, Williams and the bench will help, but it will be up to Whiteside to hold down the fort against the game's best big men. Whiteside has improved his free throw percentage which could be key if he is given the ball in the final seconds of games. The center has also worked on his passing ability in an effort to spread the ball around better.

On the bench, Miami has depth with players such as Luke Babbitt, Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington, Willie Reed and Udonis Haslem. With Wade gone, Haslem has become the longest tenured Heat player in franchise history. The local product is entering his 14th season with Miami and figures to play a similar role as he did in recent seasons.

Johnson almost departed Miami during the off-season when he agreed to a big offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets. The Heat however elected to match that offer and retain Johnson's services. The guard will likely start the season as a reserve, but could see a fair share of minutes after a solid 2015-16 season.

A likely date circled on the calendar for Miami is November 10th when Wade visits Miami for the first time in a visiting uniform. The Bulls will also host the Heat on December 10th and January 27th as the two teams are scheduled to play one another three times this year.

Miami will visit old friend LeBron James and the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers on December 9th. The Heat will also play a home-and-home against the Cavaliers on March 4th and 6th. In what could be an important game for both teams, Miami will also host Cleveland in its penultimate game of the season on April 10th.

Miami will face the Orlando Magic to begin the season.

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<![CDATA[Google Fiber Halts Expansion]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:49:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/google21.jpg

Google's parent company is halting operations and laying off staff in a number of cities where it once hoped to bring high-speed internet access by installing new fiber-optic networks.

The Mountain View-based company also announced that Craig Barratt, a veteran tech executive who led the ambitious - and expensive - Google Fiber program, is stepping down as CEO of Access, the division of Google corporate parent, Alphabet Inc., that operates the 5-year-old program.

In a statement, Barratt said Google Fiber will continue to provide service in a handful of cities where it's already operating, including Atlanta; Austin, Texas; and Charlotte, North Carolina.

But it will put further plans on hold in at least eight more metropolitan areas where it's been holding exploratory talks with local officials. Those include Dallas; Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida; Los Angeles; Oklahoma City; Phoenix; Portland, Oregon; and San Jose. San Diego was also once considered a candidate for Google Fiber.

Barratt didn't say how many jobs will be cut. His statement described the Access business as "solid," but said it would make "changes to focus our business and product strategy" and incorporate new technology.

A recent report by tech news site The Information said the business was under pressure by Alphabet CEO Larry Page to cut costs after failing to meet financial goals, including a target of signing up 5 million subscribers.

Barratt said he'll continue to serve as an adviser to Page.

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