<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usMon, 24 Apr 2017 17:20:11 -0400Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:20:11 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2 Killed in Murder-Suicide at Southwest Miami-Dade Home]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:09:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042417+sw+dade+murder+suicide.jpg

Two people were found dead in the patio area of a home in Southwest Miami-Dade Monday afternoon.

Police said a man and woman were found shot to death at the scene. Investigators called the shooting a murder-suicide.

The shooting happened at Southwest 244th Street and 197th Avenue.

No other information was released.

<![CDATA[College Graduate Has a Message for Stepdad Who Said He'd Fail]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:14:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Daivon+Reeder1.png

One college graduate's tweet that recalls the chiling words his stepdad told him years ago has resulted in a viral wave of praise across social media. 

Daivon Reeder, 22, reflected before he walked across the stage to graduate from Eastern Michigan University on Saturday. 

"The last few days I've been thinking about all the trials and tribulations I've been going through," Reeder said. 

The Detroit native took to Twitter last week to tweet a photo of himself smiling in his cap and gown with an ode to his stepdad's previously negative comments. 

The caption under the photo read: "My step dad told me it was pointless to go to orientation, I wasn't going to graduate.....4 years later he in jail & I'm well.... "

By Monday, the Detroit native's tweet garnered more than 602,000 likes and 148,000 retweets. 

"There's no point of you going. You're not going to graduate," Reeder said his stepdad told him four years ago.

“Stuff happens to you. You can run left or right,” Reeder said. “I ran right in a positive way.”

Reeder told WDIV-TV reporter Jermont Terry that he did not publish the tweet to bash his stepdad but rather to motivate others who may be faced with challenges. Reeder himself perservered through school even after losing his academic scholarship. 

Terry reports that Reeder will graduate with a degree in criminal justice and a minor in military science. 

Sometimes, as Reeder has shown, success is the best revenge. 

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<![CDATA[Mom Defends Margate Woman Charged with Trying to Kill Man]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:45:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042417+alyssia+mcchristian.jpg

The mother of a Margate woman arrested and charged for allegedly trying to kill a man says her daughter was the victim of abuse.

Alyssia McChristian, 29, was ordered held in jail with no bond Monday after the State Attorney's Office said she and two unknown suspects tied up and tried to kill Gregory Jean. She was in tears when she appeared before a judge on attempted murder charges.

The suspect's mother, Marilyn Nash, is defending the 29-year-old, saying the "tables have been turned." She said McChristian told her the alleged victim was abusive.

"There has been a history of domestic abuse with this individual. I believe she was severely, very scared," said Nash.

On Saturday, Jean managed to escape a barrage of bullets inside a home on Southwest 11th Street and 55th Avenue, Margate police said. He ran to a nearby Citgo Gas station and called for help.

"She was directing the two unknown males how to act when the alleged victim tried to escape. She tried to prevent his escape blocking him, evidence he alleges that he was tied up," the state prosecutor said Monday.

Jean was treated and released from the hospital.

Bullet casings were found at the scene, with one bullet found lodged inside a fence, Margate police said.

McChristian's family said she's been wrongfully accused.

"It's hurting because this is just not her, it's just not her," said Nash. Margate police said the shooting is domestic and NBC 6 uncovered a previous domestic violence case involving McChristian and Jean.

"She's a good woman. She's an honest lady, goes to work every day. She's not one to do something like that," said the suspect's friend, Rodney Davis.

Detectives said they are still searching for the other two suspects connected to the attempted murder.

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<![CDATA['Cocaine Cowboy' Caught After 26 Years Extradited to Miami ]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:32:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041317+gustavo+falcon+combined+pics.jpg

One of the last "Cocaine Cowboys" arrested nearly two weeks ago in Kissimmee was extradited to Miami Monday.

Gustavo Falcon, who had been on the run for 26 years, was transferred to the Federal Detention Center in Miami. He was scheduled to appeared in federal court Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Falcon is the last known original "Cocaine Cowboys", a crew of notorious drug traffickers who operated in South Florida in the 1980s.

On April 13, the drug lord was captured by a team of U.S. Marshals from Miami working with U.S. Marshals in the Orlando-Kissimmee area.

Federal officials said Falcon, who also goes by several aliases, including Augusto Falcon and "Taby," was using the alias Luis Reiss when he was arrested. Authorities stopped the 51-year-old as he rode his bicycle at a traffic light, after U.S. Marshals surveilled Falcon and his family at a vacation rental property for several weeks.

Falcon, along with his brother, Willie and partner Sal Magluta, were indicted in 1991 for trafficking cocaine on speedboats from Colombia to South Florida during the 1980s. Gustavo Falcon fled before his indictment.

<![CDATA[This Cat's Showdown With Rattler is Your Monday Motivation]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:37:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/laguna-vista-police-snake.jpg

Police in South Texas say a recent close call should serve as a warning for residents to keep a watchful eye out for snakes.

The Laguna Vista Police Department, near South Padre Island, posted photos on Facebook showing a large rattlesnake catching some sun on a busy walking trail. Officers were able to relocate the rattler to a safe spot away from walkers, and one particularly brave cat.

"Generally, rattlesnakes emerge from hibernation in March or April, or when the average daytime temperatures reach and remain about 60F and higher," the post read. They're most active when temperatures reach into the 90s.

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<![CDATA[1992 LA Riots: Death, Destruction, Defiance]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:23:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_92050101716-2.jpg

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<![CDATA[April Is Back! World-Famous NY Giraffe Cam Returns This Week]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:36:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17105737948344.jpg

Devoted fans of April the giraffe lost their link to her on Friday when her round-the-clock live stream went dark -- but it turns out she's coming back this week for a limited engagement.

Animal Adventure Park's "Giraffe Cam" was turned off at 4:30 p.m. ET Friday, almost two months after the pregnant giraffe was catapulted onto the world stage.

But this weekend, the Harpursville, New York, zoo she calls home said her withdrawal from public life was only temporary.

"The Giraffe Cam is not gone forever! This week we will announce viewing day/times for you to check in and watch progress!" the zoo said in a Facebook post Sunday morning.

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Since late February, April's daily eating, sleeping, strolling, camera-licking and tail-flicking was broadcast to a loyal and adoring audience waiting in anticipation to see her deliver her fourth calf. 

After a patient wait, the male calf was born earlier this month, to the delight of a global live audience that has sometimes numbered in the tens of millions.

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Animal Adventure Park is offering the public a chance to give him a name at nameaprilscalf.com, where anyone who wants to vote on a name can do so for $1 per vote. There is a five-vote minimum, and people can vote as many times as they want. 

The zoo said Sunday that the first round of results from the naming contest would be revealed early this week, with a winner tentatively scheduled for May 1.

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Funds raised will be split between the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Ava's Little Heroes and Animal Adventure Park. 

April's little calf stands 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds, Animal Adventure Park reports. 

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"All is well and baby continues to grow, he is now looking us in the eyes!" they said Sunday.

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April, 15, teased her millions of global adorers for weeks before he was born, showing signs of near-but-not-quite labor and enchanting her audience with cute right-at-the-camera gazes and tongue flicks, snack noshing and nuzzling with her much younger 5-year-old beau Oliver. 

April's pregnancy was originally vaulted into global headlines in late February after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of social media users voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.

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Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch said the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process was a huge factor in drawing crowds. 

"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention," he said. "The fact that you'll get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don't get to see give birth — that's neat."

He added that April's pregnancy was more than just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education.

Photo Credit: Animal Adventure Park via AP
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<![CDATA[Aaron Hernandez Suicide Letters Released to Family]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:15:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/aaronhernandezfeuerherdIB.jpg

Three suicide notes that former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez allegedly left in his cell before killing himself last week were handed over to his family Monday, the Worcester County District Attorney's office confirmed.

A lawyer for Hernandez's fiancée filed a motion earlier Monday in Bristol County Superior Court seeking the release of the letters, which the district attorney had previously refused to release to the family.

"The family has the right, during this grieving process, to know their loved one's final thoughts," George Leontire, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez's lawyer said.

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Paul Jarvey, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, said the letters were emailed to Leontire on Monday after Judge Thomas McGuire ordered their release. Jarvey confirmed one of the letters was addressed to Jenkins-Hernandez and another to the couple's daughter.

The third letter was left for Kyle Kennedy, Hernandez's friend and fellow inmate, Kennedy's lawyer said Monday.

Attorney Lawrence F. Army Jr. said his client has not yet seen the letter, but will request that it be turned over to Kennedy as soon as possible. 

“My client is obviously saddened by the loss of his friend, Aaron Hernandez,” Army said. He said the two were not cellmates.

Army said he met with Kennedy briefly on Monday, and his client is “no longer on suicide watch,” though he was moved to a protective unit after Hernandez’s death “as a standard precaution.” He said he will be meeting more with his client in the coming days, and will provide updates as the case develops. “For now, we will have no further comment.”

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Kennedy’s family also issued a statement Monday, saying their thoughts are with Hernandez’s family and their son, and asking for privacy.

Hernandez, 27, was serving a life sentence for murder and was acquitted in two other killings just days before he hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, in the early morning hours of April 19.

Investigators said Hernandez blocked access to his cell from the inside by jamming cardboard into the door tracks. They said there were no signs of a struggle and Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging.

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Authorities said investigators found three handwritten notes next to a Bible in Hernandez's cell.

Additonally, law enforcement sources tell NBC Boston that Hernandez was found with the words "John 3:16" written on his forehead. The Bible passage reads "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Jenkins-Hernandez's lawyer are seeking to preserve records related to Hernandez's death, including Hernandez's prison cell video recordings and all of his property, medical and mental health records.

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Jenkins-Hernandez has also filed court papers indicating that she may sue over the supervision Hernandez received while in prison. The filing argues that authorities had a legal duty to provide safety and protection from personal injury to inmates in state custody.

Hernandez was locked in his cell around 8 p.m. on March 18 and no one entered until a correction officer observed him around 3 a.m. the following day and forced his way in, according to investigators.

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Text HOME to 741741 for a Crisis Text Line.

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<![CDATA[7 in 10 Back Independent Probe of Russia, Election: Poll]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:05:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/189*120/quien-es-putin17.jpg

Committees in both the House and Senate are looking into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, but nearly three-quarters of Americans would prefer an independent, non-partisan commission, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

A majority of Americans, 54 percent, do believe that that Congress should investigate whether there was contact between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

But 61 percent say they have little to no confidence in Congress conducting a fair or impartial investigation.

The poll of 900 adults has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

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<![CDATA[Suspects in Custody After Chase, Crash at SW Dade School]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:22:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042417+sw+miami-dade+chase+crash+miami+macarthur+south.jpg

Multiple suspects were taken into custody after a police pursuit ended with a crash at a southwest Miami-Dade high school Monday morning.

The incident happened near Miami MacArthur South Senior High School on Southwest 264th Street.

Police said there were two purse snatchings Monday morning, including a woman in her 80s who was targeted at Southland Mall and another woman in her late 50s who was robbed at a bus stop.

After the purse snatchings, officers spotted a vehicle believed to be connected to the purse snatchings and the pursuit began.

The suspects drove onto the school property, through a parking lot and a field before they crashed into a wall and bailed out of their car, officials said.

All five suspects were taken into police custody. One is just 12 years old, while two are 14, police said. The others are 26 and 27.

The school was placed on lockdown as a precaution, but the lockdown was later lifted.

No other information was immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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<![CDATA[Lawyer in United Incident Takes on American Airlines Case]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:34:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/668160466-Thomas-Demetrio-Press-Conference.jpg

The woman at the heart of a confrontation on an American Airlines Friday will be represented by the same lawyer working on behalf of the passenger dragged off a United Airlines flight earlier this month, NBC News reported.

Attorney Thomas Demetrio is representing the woman seen crying after a male flight attendant allegedly took her stroller by force and nearly hit her baby, he said in an exclusive interview with the "Today" show Monday.

Demetrio called the American Airlines incident a "microcosm of the entire problem," with "a flight attendant out of control." The attendant has since been grounded.

Video of the incident shows a woman sobbing while holding her baby, pleading for her stroller back aboard the flight from San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth. Witnesses told NBC News that the attendant also aggressively took the stroller away, nearly hitting her baby.

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<![CDATA[Miami Passport Agency Closed Until Further Notice]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:03:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/passports-us-generic.jpg

Some travelers hoping to get their passport at the U.S. State Department's Miami office will have to go elsewhere after the office was closed Monday until further notice.

The State Department announced on Twitter that the Miami Passport Agency was currently closed and unable to take appointments or process passports.

In response to one Twitter user asking why the office was closed, the State Department said it was "due to significant water damage in the building."

At the office Monday morning, several people who had appointments were turned away, and some said they were frustrated that they received no notice or phone call canceling their appointment.

"I'm leaving in less than two weeks to go to London, and I just walked in here and they are not open," Robert Rhau said.

One woman said she went inside the building, looked inside the passport office and saw water on the ground.

"We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to our customers and will make an announcement as soon as the Miami Passport Agency can re-open to the public," the Department of State said in a statement.

Anyone who was scheduled to pick up a passport, has a pending appointment or is in need of expedited passport services is asked to call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793.

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<![CDATA[California Gears Up to Fight Trump on Car Emissions]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:18:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/134002821-405-traffic-generic.jpg

Even as President Trump pulls back on regulations governing car emissions, part of a broader policy of overturning environmental protections enacted by the Obama administration, California is determinedly headed in the opposite direction with stricter rules it alone is authorized to enact.

During a visit to Detroit last month, Trump halted the imposition of standards that would cut car emissions almost in half by 2025, including greenhouse gases that are responsible for global warming. The administration instead will reopen a review of the standards at the request of the major automakers, giving them the chance to argue that the rules should be eased.

"This is going to be a new era for American jobs and job creation," Trump said in Detroit.

But California is moving forward with the more stringent tailpipe rules, setting up an expected showdown with the Trump administration. A week after Trump's announcement, the California Air Resources Board not only voted to reaffirm the standards and but also began to consider new ones to take effect after 2025. Likely to join the fight will be the dozen other states that follow California's standards rather than the national ones. States can choose either.

"The Trump administration really is very aggressively proclaiming that we should not be addressing climate change at the federal level," said Sean B. Hecht, the co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law. "And the auto companies have taken this as an opportunity…to say, 'Hold on, let's try to back out of this deal where we have these federal fuel economy standards through 2025.'"

Trump has had a mixed record in his first 100 days in office. He began dismantling former President Barack Obama's major climate change policy, the Clean Power Plan, with an executive order lifting carbon restrictions, but has made little headway on many of his other campaign promises. His travel ban is tied up in the courts and an overhaul of Obamacare was withdrawn from the House because it had little support. Now California and other, mostly blue states are vowing to fight any easing of regulations governing car emissions.

California needs to control emissions to meet its ambitious plans for battling climate change, with zero-emission vehicles such as electric cars from Tesla and Chevrolet part of the mix. Last year, legislators passed a bill requiring that by 2030, the state cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below its 1990 levels. To send a message about their willingness to take on Trump, Democratic leaders of the California legislature hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to represent them in legal fights with the White House.

California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state's other top Democrats called Trump's move to roll back the emissions standards a cynical ploy.

"President Trump's decision today to weaken emission standards in cars is an unconscionable gift to polluters," Brown wrote to the EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on March 15. "Once again you've put the interests of big oil ahead of clean air and politics ahead of science."

Electricity production accounted for most of the greenhouse gases produced in 2014 at 30 percent, but transportation was right behind at 26 percent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's website. In California, that percentage was even higher: Transportation generated 37 percent of its emissions in 2014.

"For sure California is gearing up," said Deborah Sivas, an environmental litigator at Stanford Law School. "Part of it depends on the next moves by the administration."

The EPA did not respond to a request for comment about its plans for the emissions standards. In a statement last month, Pruitt said that along with the Department of Transportation, the EPA would consider whether the emissions standards were good not only for the environment but also for consumers.

"These standards are costly for automakers and the American people," he said. "We will work with our partners at DOT to take a fresh look to determine if this approach is realistic."

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao echoed his statement, calling Trump's position a "win" for the American people.

Attempts to undercut the standards will prompt drawn-out litigation from states such as California or New York, Sivas predicted. To reverse an earlier decision, the EPA will have to go through the same series of elaborate steps that were taken to put the rules into place.

"They can't just say, 'Oh yeah, well forget that,'" Sivas said.

California earned its unique authority to set regulations tougher than national ones through its pioneering efforts to curb air pollution. When Congress amended the Clean Air Act in 1970, it gave the EPA authority to restrict air pollution from tailpipes as a way to tackle smog. But because California had established its own laws a decade earlier, and because it successfully argued that its air pollution was naturally worse than other states', it was given special status in the law. California may ask the EPA administrator for a waiver to restrict pollution more stringently than the federal government if, in the law's language, the state's standards are at least as protective of public health and welfare and needed to meet compelling and extraordinary conditions.

The EPA has denied California's request for a waiver just once, during the administration of President George W. Bush, when California first moved to regulate greenhouse gases in addition to more traditional pollutants. California sued but the case was never decided because Obama was elected.

If the Trump administration were to deny future waivers, California would certainly push back. 

Hecht said that in the past, California has argued that it has compelling and extraordinary circumstances because it has a very large economy and sells many cars, and so its efforts to reduce greenhouse gases will make a difference. It also has said that climate change will have specific, negative effects on the state: the loss of the snow pack which will threaten its water supply, for example.

"They were accepted by the Obama administration, and the question will be, Will California win that court fight?'" he said.

Nor is there anything in the law giving the EPA administrator the authority to withdraw a waiver already granted.

"It doesn't speak to the issue one way or the other," said Richard Frank, an environmental law professor at the University of California-Davis.

The Trump administration would likely argue that it has the discretion to revoke any waivers granted by a previous administration, while California would say that absent specific language in the law, the EPA lacks the authority, he said.

"Given all that it will be tough for EPA to say we're going to rescind your waiver," Sivas said. "So I think California has the upper hand in that fight if it comes down to that."

At Pruitt's confirmation hearing, he refused to commit to keeping the waiver in place. Pressed by California's Sen. Kamala D. Harris, a Democrat, he said, "I don't know without going through the process to determine that. One would not want to presume the outcome."

If the Trump administration were to try to withdraw the waiver, Sivas thought California would win in court.

"It's pretty clear under the statue that the deference goes to California not to the EPA on whether the waiver is appropriate," she said. "The Congress wrote the statute that way."

The EPA has already concluded both that elevated levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere "may reasonably be anticipated to endanger" public health and that emissions from new cars contribute to the dangerous levels of greenhouse gases.

The so-called "endangerment finding" came about after Massachusetts sued the EPA under the George W. Bush administration to force it to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. The U.S. Supreme Court determined that greenhouse gases fit well within the Clean Air Act's "capacious definition of 'air pollutant,'" meaning the EPA had the statutory authority to regulate their emissions from new cars and other vehicles.

When it was challenged, the finding was upheld in a federal court, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal.

"It is there, and it needs to be enforced and respected," Pruitt said during his confirmation hearing. "There is nothing that I know that would cause it to be reviewed."

Massachusetts — which along with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington follow California's lead — is committed to the stricter standards, said Ed Coletta, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

As with California, Massachusetts is relying on lower car emissions to achieve its climate change goals. The administration of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker wants to place 300,000 zero-emission vehicles on the road in Massachusetts by 2025 as part of a multi-state effort.

"Any weakening of those standards would raise concerns about Massachusetts' ability to meet emissions reduction goals and maintain ozone standards," Coletta said.

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation also said it would stick with the California standards to try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050.

"While federal leadership is essential, New York will not stand idly by while clean air protections are eviscerated, and will take any and all actions necessary to ensure public health and our environment are protected," it said.

Meanwhile, the attorneys general of eight of the states plus the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection criticized Trump's position as a dramatic wrong turn for the country that would undermine successful efforts to combat pollution.

"An extensive technical study by the Environmental Protection Agency already found that the standards are fully and economically achievable by the auto industry," their March 16 statement said. "Relaxing them would increase the air pollution that is responsible for premature death, asthma, and more – particularly in our most vulnerable communities."

The standards that Trump wants to ease were set in 2012 in an ambitious effort that also created consistency across the country. The agreement, which grew out of an accord that Obama crafted in 2009 after the financial melt-down, brought together the Obama administration, the car manufacturers and the California Air Resources Board. The rules require each company's fleet of vehicles for the model years 2022 through 2025 to achieve on average 54.5 miles per gallon and they enable the manufactures to avoid making two versions of vehicles for different states.

As part of the agreement, the EPA undertook an evaluation mid-way through the period, but expedited its analysis just before Obama's term ended. In November, with Trump about to take office, it announced it would leave the regulations in place.

That decision left many of the car companies crying foul, saying the review had been rushed, and urging Trump to intervene and weaken the standards. Manufactures warned of price hikes over what consumers could pay, and the loss of 1 million automotive jobs, and pointed to the popularity of pickup trucks and other less fuel-efficient vehicles.

"The Trump Administration has created an opportunity for decision-makers to reach a thoughtful and coordinated outcome predicated on the best and most current data," the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said in a statement after Trump’s announcement.

Now that the review has been reopened, a final decision from the EPA could come as late as April 2018.

Meanwhile in court, the alliance is arguing that the EPA's speeded up review was arbitrary and capricious. California responded by asking the U.S. District Court for the D.C. Circuit that it be allowed to defend the feasibility of the standards in court.

An earlier analysis by the EPA found that the standards would reduce oil consumption by nearly 40 billion gallons of refined gasoline and diesel fuel, decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 540 million metric tons and save consumers more than $1,650 per vehicle, the California politicians said.

"Your action to weaken vehicle pollution standards — standards your own members agreed to —breaks your promise to the American people," Brown wrote to the automobile manufacturers. "Please be advised that California will take the necessary steps to preserve the current standards and protect the health of our people and the stability of our climate."

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<![CDATA[Dad of FSU Football Star Travis Rudolph Killed in Shooting]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:00:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-599534398.jpg

The father of Florida State University football star Travis Rudolph was killed in an accidental shooting at a gentleman's club in Palm Beach County.

Darryl Rudolph died at a local hospital Saturday after he was shot at Sugar Daddy's in West Palm Beach Friday night, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office officials said.

Rudolph, 55, was shot from an adjacent room in the club as a coworker was moving a firearm off of a shelf, officials said. He was shot in the back/neck area and taken to the hospital, where he later died.

Officials said Rudolph was at the club to repair some items.

Travis Rudolph, a junior wide receiver for the Seminoles who is entering the NFL Draft, made national headlines last year after a photo of him eating lunch with a child with autism who was eating alone went viral.

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<![CDATA[Florida Man Accused of Snorting Cocaine in Front of Deputies]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:46:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042417+joshua+benz.jpg

A Florida man was arrested after officials say he snorted cocaine in front of deputies as they were evacuating residents from a neighborhood that was being threatened by a massive brush fire.

Joshua Paul Benz, 25, was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of cocaine, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

Benz was booked into jail where he remained on $5,000 bond, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.

Deputies were clearing residents from the Golden Gate Estates neighborhood where the 5,500-acre fire was approaching when they spotted Benz walking in the middle of the street, NBC 2 reported.

Benz motioned for a deputy to stop his patrol car and walked up to the deputy and snorted the cocaine from a plastic bag, officials said.

Benz turned around with his hands behind his back and stood there with the bag still in his hand, officials said. He was taken into custody.

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<![CDATA[Officer Hurt After Incident in Miami Apartment With Taser]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:11:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/042117+miami+officer+hurt+brickell.JPG

Miami Police responded to an incident inside a Brickell high rise apartment where one of their own ended up being treated for an injury after having to use his taser on a suspect.

Crews arrived at the Yacht Club at Brickell apartment complex, located at 1111 Brickell Bay Drive, shortly before 10 a.m. after reports of a disturbance inside. According to police, one home owner said her 19-year-old son was being violent and destroying property.

Chopper 6 flew over the scene, where an officer could be seen with a bandage on his head – both he and the teenager were treated for injuries at the scene. The officer was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he is expected to be okay.

The teen was arrested. Officials did not say how either was hurt or at what point the officer used his taser.

<![CDATA[Trump Hosts UN Security Council Meeting at White House]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:38:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17110726983931-Donald-Trump.jpg

President Donald Trump hosted members of the United Nations Security Council in a meeting at the White House Monday, NBC News reported.

The ambassadors of the 15-member group were expected to have coffee with members of Congress in the morning and then head to the White House to meet and have lunch with the president, sources told NBC News ahead of the meeting.

North Korea was likely be a major topic of discussion, as the North continues to threaten testing its nuclear capabilities and threaten other countries.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley was expected to attend the gathering. She is serving this month as the president of the Security Council, a role that rotates each month.

Photo Credit: Andrew Harnik, AP Photo, File
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<![CDATA[Drone Footage Shows Killer Whales Feasting in Monterey Bay]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:54:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4-23-17_Monterey_Killer_Whale_Drone.JPG

A rare sighting in the animal kingdom continues to mesmerize marine biologists and whale watchers in the Monterey Bay.

For the fourth day in a row, whale watchers on Sunday spotted an abnormally large pod of killer whales feasting on the carcasses of two gray whales, according to Nancy Black from Monterey Bay Whale Watch.

Killer whales are famous for their violent attacks and relentless feeding practices, but to see this type of behavior and this amount of mammal-eating creatures just off the coast of Monterey is "pretty rare," Black said.

"This won't happen everyday," she said.

The first gray whale's carcass was originally discovered last Thursday followed by another carcass appearing Friday, according to Black.

Ever since Thursday, throngs of killer whale mothers and calves have taken turns taking bites out of the dead whales' blubber.

An array of whale species typically migrate to Monterey Bay during the spring months for feeding season, according to Black. Killer whales tend to hunt in groups of six to ten, but Black said the group this year is a "very large number."

Not to be outdone, Humpback whales also joined the mix. Black said Humpback whales tend to barge into the fold when killer whales feed.

Photo Credit: Monterey Bay Whale Watch
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<![CDATA[Obama Making 1st Post-Presidency Appearance at U. of Chicago]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:55:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-672311826.jpg

In his first public appearance since leaving the White House in January, Former President Barack Obama said that he plans to use his time post-presidency to "prepare the next generation of leadership."

Obama gave a brief speech before holding a conversation with young leaders at the University of Chicago Monday, saying he has spent a lot of time "thinking about what is the most important thing I can do for my next job."

"What I’m convinced of is that although there are all kinds of issues that I care about and all kinds of issues that I intend to work on, the single most important thing I can do is to help in any way that I can prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and to take their own crack at changing the world," Obama said. 

Students from around the Chicago area joined Obama on stage to discuss the importance of community organizing and civic engagement.

"Are there ways we can knock down some of the barriers that are discouraging young people from a life a service?" Obama said. " I want to work to knock down those barriers and to get this generation to accelerate their move toward leadership."

Obama noted that young people are the key to solving the nation's most daunting problems, citing economic inequality, the need to reform the nation's criminal justice system, tackling climate change and gun violence.

"All those problems are serious. They're daunting. But they're not insolvable," Obama said.

The event began at 11 a.m. at the school’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. 

Several students had said they were eager to hear from Obama, who has been seen attending various events since leaving office, but has yet to make a public appearance in any official capacity.

“I’d like to see if he has anything in store for Chicago as a city, because I think there are a lot of things going on right now that I’d like to hear his opinion about,” said U of C student Zoe Dervin.

“I’d just be interested to hear sort of how he is going to be involved now that he’s in a different role,” another student added.

Obama did discuss current challenges facing the country, including the state of politics during and following his presidency. 

"Because of money in politics, central interests dominate the debates in Washington in ways that don’t match up with what the broad majority of Americans feel," he said. 

Monday’s event served as another homecoming of sorts in several ways, as the former president taught constitutional law at the Hyde Park institution for several years before entering politics.

The University of Chicago will also house his future presidential library, to be built in nearby Jackson Park – both conveniently located near the Obama family’s home in the Kenwood neighborhood.

Obama arrived in Chicago on Sunday, meeting with at-risk young men and boys from the organization Chicago Create Real Economic Destiny on the city's South Side, where he started as a community organizer at age 25.

He addressed that experience again during his Monday speech.

"This community gave me a lot more than I was able to give in return," he said. "This community taught me that ordinary people when working together can do extraordinary things. This community taught me that everybody has a story to tell that is important. This experience taught me that beneath the surface differences of people there were common hopes, and common dreams, common aspirations and common values that stitched us together as Americans."

Obama was last in Chicago in February for meetings on his library, according to a source. That visit marked his first hometown trip since delivering his final address in office from McCormick Place in January.

“I’m immensely proud that his last speech as president was here in the city of Chicago and his first major address in his post-presidency is here in the city of Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA['A Terrible, Sad Time': 4 Kids, 1 Adult Die in NYC Fire: Officials]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:07:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/fdny-queens-fire-crop.jpg

UPDATE: Identities of 4 Children, Adult Killed in Queens Fire, NYC's Deadliest in Years, Revealed

A fire at a house in Queens killed five people on Sunday, including four children, officials said. The youngest victim was about 2 years old. 

One adult tumbled out of a second-floor window and onto a porch of the house in Queens Village, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. He was the only survivor. 

"This is a terrible, sad time for this block, for this community, and for this city," Nigro said. 

The house was reported on fire shortly after 2:30 p.m. and firefighters arrived four minutes later. Witnesses said they saw flames on the first floor, climbing to the second floor. 

Only a blackened and charred structure remained of the house on 208th Street in Queens Village.

The youngest child and another person were in the attic, which Nigro said was a very difficult place for firefighters to reach in the burning inferno. 

"We had people in the attic, which for our firefighters is a superhuman task in these conditions," Nigro said. "They did bring a 2-year-old and I believe someone else from that level where they were trapped."

Video shows firefighters carrying two bodies out of the house. One of them appeared to be a child. 

"It's an incredibly difficult moment to see a family literally destroyed before their very eyes," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "This is a very, very painful day."

The names of those killed have not been released. Officials said the youngest was 2 and the oldest was 20. 

One adult was taken to Queens General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the FDNY said.

Four firefighters went to the hospital to get checked out, but they are all expected to be OK, according to the FDNY. 

"I am heartbroken by the news of the house fire in Queens Village," Sen. Leroy Comrie said in a statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones, and all of those who were affected by this tragedy." 

De Blasio said fire marshals are getting to work to determine how the fire sparked. 

"There’s a lot we need to know about what happened here especially the fact that this happened in the middle of a afternoon on a day when the weather was good," he said. "How could something like this have happened?"

For neighbors, those answers won't remove the graphic images they saw Sunday. 

"At first I was like everybody else taking pictures of the fire," Foster Mcphee said. "Then when he started bringing out the people, I just had to turn it off and walk away from it for a minute and get myself together and then come back."

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<![CDATA[2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference Preview]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:17:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/PIC+1+BILLBOARD.jpg

Miami Beach will be buzzing with excitement when the 28th edition of the Billboard Latin Music Conference kicks off at the Ritz-Carlton Miami Beach next April 24-26.

The oldest and most exclusive conference dedicated solely to Latin music returns for three-days of jam-packed musical panels, superstar Q&A sessions, one-on-one workshops and an array of musical showcases featuring top Latin music industry artists and influencers.

One of the most anticipated events this year will be the first-ever social media panel featuring one of today’s rising reggaeton superstars.

Maluma, the charismatic self-proclaimed “Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy” from Medellin, Colombia will take center stage at the “Socializing Maluma” panel where he will discuss the important role social media plays in his career, as well as the secret of how he has managed to become the top Latin male with the most followers on Instagram.

Current Billboard Magazine cover boys JBalvin and Nicky Jam will join forces this year when they headline the “Superstar Mano a Mano” panel.

The chart-topping reggaeton artists are expected to address the current state of Latin Music, artist social responsibility and the genre’s global domination.

Leading the conversation over at the “Pop + Urban = The Perfect Marriage” panel will be iHeart Radio’s star DJ Enrique Santos who along with guests, Wisin, Reik, Ozuna, Silvestre Dangond and ChocQuibTown’s Tostao will be discussing the urban/reggaeton/pop fusions phenomenon that is currently dominating the Billboard Latin Music charts

Television host Jorge Bernal will also be at hand to moderate “The Life of Jenni Rivera” panel where Rivera’s daughter Chiquis and sister Rosie will give attendees an inside look at how the upcoming bio-series about the beloved Queen of Banda music came to be.

Glenda Pacanis SVP of Programming and Content for Telemundo will join Chiquis and Rosie Rivera to discuss just how the family and producers are working together to create an authentic look into the life of Jenni Rivera.

Other superstars joining the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference’s famous Q&A panels are Spanish singer/songwriter Miguel Bosé, Calle 13’s co-founder El Residente, Becky G and Jackie Cruz among many others.

The 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference wraps up on Thursday April 27th with the Billboard Latin Music Awards show which airs live on NBC6’s sister station Telemundo at 8pm/Eastern.

<![CDATA[Broward Heart Walk Raises Millions to Fight Heart Disease]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:00:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/heart+walk1.jpg

Cheers rang out as the Broward Heart Walk kicked off Sunday morning.

The event raised more than $1 million for the American Heart Association

"The money we raise which is already over a million dollars stays right here in South Florida to fight heart disease and to help people who have heart disease," said Rick Case, owner of Rick Case Automotive Group.

More than 10,000 people came out to help fight heart disease and stroke by either walking a 5K, volunteering and donating.

"I have a best friend who died of a heart attack at age of 26 so I'm doing this in solidarity to him," Juilet Stewart said.

Rick Case is co-chair of this years heart walk alongside Keith Koeing of City Furniture who said that he is here in memory of his brother Kevin who died of a heart disease at age 54.

The fields of Nova Southeastern University were filled with families and friends as they enjoyed the day and learned more about why heart disease is America's number one killer.

"I'm a heart surgeon and I hope that whatever the American heart to do can and one of the things is they want to put me out of business and that's fine by me if they can put me out of business because that means people are getting better and healthier," said Ed Savage, Cleveland Clinic heart surgeon.

The million dollars raised will go to research in Broward County and education.

"We want to get the school system to certify every graduating senior in CPR," Koenig said. "So education will help."

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<![CDATA[Marlins Winning With Defense]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:51:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-669625910.jpg

The Miami Marlins are using their gloves to pick up wins often thus far this season.

Miami has committed a total of five errors this season, which is the second-best total in the National League. Only the Cincinnati Reds with four miscues sit atop Miami in the league. Due to these strong defensive efforts, the Marlins have been in nearly every game this year.

Two of Miami's five errors have been charged to members of the pitching staff, while the other three have gone to players in the starting lineup. Having a sure-handed defense behind them has been a welcome sign for Miami's pitching staff.

New Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler took to Twitter on Sunday, following a highlight reel full of gems in Saturday's win.

With the game on the line in the tenth inning, Martin Prado made two clutch plays at third base. The second play ended the inning and saved what appeared to be a game-ending hit. Due to Prado's glove, Miami went on to win the game the following inning.

Before Prado's heroics on Saturday, Adeiny Hechavarria and Miguel Rojas also flashed some leather in the win. Both Rojas and Hechavarria have had other memorable moments in the field as well this year.

The Marlins have also had contributions from behind the plate defensively. While J.T. Realmuto's hitting has taken over the headlines this season, the catcher has also shined with his gear on. Realmuto has already caught three runners on the base paths. That total is good for sixth-best in the National League.

Longtime infield instructor and first base coach Perry Hill is credited with the glove work from the infielders. Hill's pupils often post outstanding fielding percentages and get to balls that other players may miss. Gold gloves have been won under Hill's tutelage as well. Up until an error by Prado recently, Miami's infield had gone the entire season without committing a single error.

After wrapping up a trip to San Diego, the Marlins will travel to Philadelphia on Tuesday for a series with the Phillies.

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<![CDATA[2-Year-Old and Uncle Shot in NW Miami-Dade]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:03:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/miami+gardens+shooting7.jpg

A 20-year-old man and his 2-year-old nephew were shot Sunday afternoon in Northwest Miami-Dade, police say.

The uncle and his young nephew were traveling in car on Northwest 179th Street when another car pulled up and opened fire, according to Miami Gardens Police.

They were shot and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Both were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center.

Police are searching for a large Infiniti SUV, possibly with Carolina tags.

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<![CDATA[Bicyclist Struck and Killed by Miami-Dade Transit Bus: Police]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:46:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bicyclist+struck+by+bus.JPG

A bicyclist was fatally struck by a Miami-Dade Transit bus Saturday night, police say.

Investigators say at around 6:30 p.m., a Miami-Dade Transit bus pulled up to a bus stop on NE 79 Street NE 5 Avenue. The bicyclist crossed NE 79 Street and struck the side of the bus.

The driver was not aware that a bicyclist struck the bus and continued driving, running over the bicyclist.

City of Miami Fire Rescue responded and pronounced the bicyclist dead on the scene.

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