<![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-usTue, 24 Oct 2017 02:15:20 -0400Tue, 24 Oct 2017 02:15:20 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Suspect Who Barricaded Himself in Ft. Lauderdale Arrested]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:33:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102317+Chopper+Barricade+2.jpg

The suspect who barricaded himself in a Fort Lauderdale building after an armed robbery has been arrested, officials said.

A SWAT team was deployed to a business at 860 S.W. 27th Avenue. No other people were inside at the time of the incident, which occurred near the Riverland Park and Pool.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department said it now has three suspects in custody.

Footage from the scene showed multiple officers with guns drawn on location near a large building and a car crash. The armed robbery occurred at 2910 S.W. 14th Avenue.

<![CDATA[Niger Attack Was Likely a Set-Up by Terrorists: Officials]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:36:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/usarmy-niger-split.jpg

An emerging theory among U.S. military investigators is that the Army Special Forces soldiers ambushed in Niger were set up by terrorists, who were tipped off in advance about a meeting in a village sympathetic to local ISIS affiliates, three U.S. officials who have been briefed on the matter told NBC News.

The group of American Green Berets and support soldiers had requested a meeting with elders of a village that was seen as supportive of the Islamic State, and they attended the meeting at around 11 a.m. local time Oct. 4, after a long night of patrolling, the officials said. Such meetings are a routine part of the Green Beret mission, but it wasn't clear whether this meeting was part of the unit's plan.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not address that theory when he briefed reporters on the incident Monday. He said the troops had been on a reconnaissance mission.

Three weeks after a deadly attack that has become a political flashpoint, the U.S. military is grappling to get a handle on the basic facts of what led to the deaths of four service members — and the growing chorus of questions about the U.S. mission in Niger and other parts of Africa.

Among the questions, Dunford said, was whether the mission changed; whether the intelligence was good enough, and why one of the fallen soldiers was separated from the rest of the unit.

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<![CDATA[Trump Lawyer to Appear Before House Intel Panel on Tuesday]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:01:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17297002052850.jpg

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer is scheduled to speak Tuesday with investigators for the House probe into Russia's involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, NBC News reported.

Sources familiar with the House Intelligence Committee's probe say Michael Cohen will talk with them in private. The sources requested anonymity to discuss private workings of the House probe. A source with first-hand knowledge told NBC News that Cohen will also appear before to Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.

Cohen is a former executive with the Trump Organization. He was in talks to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, but ended those negotiations as Trump's White House bid grew stronger.

It was later revealed that Cohen had written an email to Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, seeking help in getting the Moscow tower built. But Peskov said he never responded to the email.

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<![CDATA[Troops to Get Free Tickets to 'Thank You For Your Service']]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:54:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102317+AMC+California.jpg

Up to 10,000 free tickets will be given to U.S. veterans and active-duty servicemembers for DreamWorks Pictures’ "Thank You for Your Service" movie on Thursday in AMC theaters.

The promotion by Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres will operate on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be picked up at AMC box offices.

“Once we began a discussion with AMC about how we could embody the spirit and message of 'Thank You for Your Service,' they stepped up to the plate in a major way,” Universal Pictures Executive Vice President Jim Orr said. “We are honored that up to 10,000 U.S. veterans and active servicemembers will be among the first to experience this riveting film from our partners at DreamWorks.”

The offer is valid for Thursday's 7 p.m. showing of the film, which follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq trying to integrate back into family and civilian life as they deal with the lingering memories and scars of war. The film has a nationwide release on Friday.

"Each guest must present a valid government-issued military ID to receive their ticket, with a limit of one free ticket for each military ID presented, while supplies last," the companies said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Key West's Southernmost Point Marker Restored]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:10:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102317+Keys+Image.jpg

Key West’s iconic Southernmost Point marker was fully restored on Monday after being damaged when Hurricane Irma struck the archipelago.

The red, yellow, black and white concrete marker that resembles a marine navigational buoy is located beside the Atlantic Ocean and denotes the southernmost point of land in the continental United States.

The Florida Keys News Bureau reports that the City of Key West hired Danny Acosta, the original artist, and artist Henry DelValle to repaint the graphics on the Florida Key's most photographed tourism icon.

"For Key West to really recover, we had to have this monument back painted again so people could come here again and take their picture and feel like something special when they visited," Key West Mayor Craig Cates said.

<![CDATA[Man Inspired by ISIS Accused of Trying to Bomb Dolphin Mall]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:30:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102317+vicente+solano+dolphin+mall.jpg

A Miami man accused of trying to bomb the Dolphin Mall after allegedly being inspired by Islamic extremists made his first appearance in federal court Monday.

Vicente Adolfo Solano, 53, appeared before a judge to face a federal charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

The judge appointed an attorney for Solano, who works as a painter and doesn't own property or have any assets.

Solano was arrested outside the mall on Friday following an undercover operation by an FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force, according to a criminal complaint released Monday.

The investigation began in late September after an informant said Solano had "become increasingly upset with the policies of the United States government and its activities throughout the world," the complaint said.

Solano was planning to strike at the mall on Black Friday, Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving and one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the complaint said.

Authorities said Solano made pro-Islamic State videos before planning the attack, which included detonating a weapon of mass destruction, the complaint said.

In the videos that Solano sent to the informant, he spoke in Spanish and wore a black mask while standing in front of an ISIS flag, the complaint said.

"I love that there is going to be a holy war," he said in one video. "The United States is the most terrorist country of them all."

Solano also referenced the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and Harlem Suarez, who received life in prison for a failed plot to set off a bomb on a crowded Key West beach, according to the complaint.

"I am going to plant a bomb like in-like in Boston, in the name of Allah," Solano said, according to the complaint. "Like in Boston, like Suarez wanted to do in the Keys, that's how they're going to get it, and even worse."

Solano later met with undercover agents and "described his feeling of exclusion that stems from his temporary immigration status," the complaint said.

He also said he had gone to the mall to look for a spot to plant the bomb, and said he was considering the food court or an area where people sing.

"Those are the areas where more people gather," he told one undercover agent, according to the complaint.

Solano said he would plant the bomb in luggage and leave, and said the day of the attack didn't matter, "as long as there is [sic] a lot of people," the complaint said.

On Friday, Solano met with the undercover agents at a hotel, where they put the device together. Solano practiced arming the device, which was inert and could never actually explode, the complaint said.

Solano and one of the agents drove to the mall, where Solano took steps that he believed would arm the device, and the timer began to count down, the complaint said.

When Solano got out of the car and approached the mall entrance, he was taken into custody.

Solano remained in federal custody Monday. His detention hearing will take place Thursday, and his arraignment was set for Nov. 6.

Sweetwater Police were at the mall when Solano was arrested, backing up the federal agents. Officials said shoppers were never in danger.

"We are aware statistically that Dolphin Mall is one of the three largest venues in the state of Florida and we take measure to ensure that there's enough police visibility and proactive work being done there," Sweetwater Police Chief Placido Diaz said.

"While Dolphin Mall regularly partners with local and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of our customers, it is inappropriate for us to comment on this case due to the ongoing FBI investigation," the mall said in a statement Monday.

Solano lives in Sweetwater. Neighbors said he is from Honduras and rented a room at a townhouse for years.

Records showed he has a long list of minor crimes in his background, including 47 traffic citations, a misdemeanor assault arrest, and a failure to appear in court for driving with a suspended license.

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<![CDATA[Registered Sex Offender Accused of Exposing Himself to Girl]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:11:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102317+Joseph+Thermidieu.jpg

A Miami man who is a registered sex offender and was out on bond for failing to register his new address was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to a 9-year-old girl.

Joseph Thermidieu, 35, was arrested Sunday for attempted lewd and lascivious assault on a child and burglary with assault or battery, according to an arrest affidavit.

The affidavit said Thermidieu entered a home without permission and pulled down his pants in front of the girl, who ran out of the house. Thermidieu followed her outside and said he would give her money if she promised not to say anything, the affidavit said.

Thermidieu appeared in bond court Monday, where he was ordered held on $275,000. He'll be on house arrest if he posts bond.

Thermidieu is a registered sex offender and has an open case for failing to register his new address. He had gone to prison for a similar incident, after he was sentenced to nearly 50 months in prison in 2009.

Prosecutors said he was probably not supposed to be living so close to children given his past offenses.

"It’s the state’s position that this defendant is an extreme danger to the community," prosecutor Nessa Eth said during Thermidieu's court appearance.

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<![CDATA[Man Working on Disabled Car Shot and Killed in Ft Lauderdale]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 23:29:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102317+john+jackson+fort+lauderdale+police.jpg

Police are searching for a suspect who shot and killed a man who was working on a disabled car outside a Fort Lauderdale store over the weekend.

The victim was working on the car outside the Midway Food Store at 110 Northwest 11th Avenue just before 1 a.m. Saturday when the suspect walked up and shot him, Fort Lauderdale Police said.

Police said the victim, 50-year-old John Jackson, was taken to Broward Health Medical Center where he later died. Police didn't give a possible motive for the shooting.

Faith Patterson, Jackson's partner of 10 years, said the suspect did a "cowardly act."

"Shot him in the head from the back. I'm just asking for the community to please help me find his killer so that I can be at ease and rest," Patterson said.

Surveillance video released by police showed the suspect, who was described as a black male, between 30 to 35 years old, with a medium build and a full beard.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

Patterson said Jackson "never bothered anybody." She is still haunted by her last memory of him

"He came in the house and I told him: 'Stay in the house. Don't go back out.' But he insisted on going back out and I never did see him anymore until somebody came knocking on the door and told me to come to midway. He had got shot," Patterson said.

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<![CDATA[Hurricane Harvey Recovery Could Deepen Economic Divides]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:24:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-841694114.jpg

Homes were left uninhabitable by Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm that plowed through southeast Texas in late August, NBC News reported.

Its floodwaters capsized lives of the comfortable and the struggling, black and white, Latino and Asian. Tens of thousands of people across spectrums of race and income were left without permanent places to live, inspiring a newfound saying: Harvey was the storm that didn’t discriminate.

That may change now that the water is gone.

The poorer victims of the storm are in danger of falling deeper into poverty or homelessness, while the wealthier are expected to rebound more quickly. Those in the middle will now struggle harder to stay afloat.

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<![CDATA[Southern Calif. Braces for Wildfire Threat Amid Extreme Heat]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:23:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/wildfirescalfirefighter_1200x675.jpg

The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings and fire weather watches in Southern California after meteorologists said temperatures are expected to reach in the triple-digits along with gusty winds, NBC News reported. 

The red flag warnings and fire weather watches were issues for areas across Southern California, stretching from San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties through Wednesday evening. The service said temperatures hovering around 100 degrees on Monday and Tuesday could break records for some areas.

The fire warnings comes as Californians are bearing the weather phenomenon known as the Santa Ana winds.

"You get these areas where the winds are blowing harder and so ultimately what that sets up is a very hot, very dry and very low humidity situation with storm winds and so that increases the fire danger in that area," Frank Giannasca, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel, told NBC News. 

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<![CDATA['Witch Hunt Ends Here': Miramar Man Rants at Hearing]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:04:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102317+cid+torrez.jpg

A Miramar man who was convicted in the murder of his estranged wife who disappeared more than five years ago was back in court Monday, where he had another bizarre encounter.

Cid Torrez, 43, faces 30 years to life in prison after he was found guilty in July of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Vilet.

At the end of a hearing Monday, he asked to address the court but was denied, and that's when he turned to the audience and a TV camera.

"Get a hold of the FBI or the Secret Service," Torrez said. "The witch hunt ends here, tell that to the President of the United States. It's important, please."

Deputies escorted Torrez out of the courtroom. Another hearing has been scheduled for Friday.

Torrez was expected to be sentenced earlier this month at another sentencing hearing, but started speaking about the president and a witch hunt, and had been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.

Five years ago, the Miramar couple's marriage was on the rocks when police believe Vilet Torrez vanished in the early hours of March 31, 2012. Her body was never found.

Prosecutors presented evidence that cadaver dogs led investigators to Cid Torrez's house and the trunk of his Jaguar, which they believe he used to dump Vilet's body in the Everglades. Traces of blood were also found on a towel in the home, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors also presented evidence that Torrez was tracking Vilet with spy software on her cellphone. They cited Sunpass records, surveillance footage and his own daughter's testimony to support their theory that he murdered her.

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<![CDATA[Sessions Designates MS-13 as 'Priority' for Law Enforcement ]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:08:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/205*120/Jeff+Sessions+IACP+Philadelphia+MS13.JPG

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that he has designated MS-13, the violent street gang, as a top priority for a Justice Department task force that focuses on organized crime.

"Now they will go after MS-13 with a renewed vigor and sharpened focus," Sessions said at gathering of police chiefs in Philadelphia. "I am announcing that I have authorized them to use every lawful tool to investigate MS-13."

The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces involve federal prosecutors from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as other agencies. 

The designation directs officials to pursue all possible charges during prosecutions, including racketeering, gun and tax law violations.

"Just like we took Al Capone off the streets with our tax laws, we will use whatever laws we have to get MS-13 off our streets," Sessions said at the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Center City Philadelphia. 

MS-13 has become a prime target of President Donald Trump’s administration amid its broader crackdown on immigration. 

The international criminal enterprise has tens of thousands of members in several Central American countries and many U.S. states. The gang originated in immigrant communities in Los Angeles in the 1980s then entrenched itself in Central America when its leaders were deported.

MS-13 is known for hacking and stabbing victims with machetes, drug dealing, prostitution and other rackets. Its recruits are middle- and high-school students predominantly in immigrant communities and those who try to leave risk violent retribution, law enforcement officials have said.

MS-13 members have been accused in a spate of bloodshed that included the massacre of four young men in a Long Island, New York, park and the killing of a suspected gang rival inside a deli. The violence has drawn attention from members of Congress and Trump, who has boasted about efforts to arrest and deport MS-13 members across the United States.

"MS-13 threatens the lives and well-being of each and every family and each and every neighborhood that they infest," Sessions said. "They leave misery, devastation and death in their wake. They threaten entire governments."

Law enforcement officials believe some of the recent violence has been directed by members of the gang imprisoned in El Salvador.

In July, Sessions went to El Salvador for a series of meetings with law enforcement officials in an attempt to step up international cooperation against the violent gang. 

Both Trump and Sessions have blamed Obama-era border policies for allowing the gang's ranks to flourish in the U.S., though the Obama administration took unprecedented steps to target the gang's finances. Federal prosecutors have gone after MS-13 before but say they've recently seen a resurgence.

Sessions also addressed the gathering of law enforcement leaders on Saturday, focusing on "forging new relationships" between local and federal authorities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Megyn Kelly: I Complained About Bill O'Reilly to Fox News]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:39:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17296540408769-Megyn-Kelly.jpg

Megyn Kelly said Monday that she complained about Bill O'Reilly while they were both working at Fox News, contradicting a statement from an O'Reilly spokesman who claimed, in response to a report that O'Reilly settled a $32 million sexual harassment claim, that no complaints were ever made about him at the network. 

On NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today," Kelly went on to assail a culture of silencing sexual harassment victims — "not unique to Fox News," she noted — that makes women afraid of public shaming, being sued or losing their careers. She said it gave her no pleasure to talk about her former workplace but felt it was important to speak out. 

In November 2016, O'Reilly had gone on CBS to discuss the sexual harassment allegations that led to then-Fox News Chief Roger Ailes' downfall. That day, Kelly said, she wrote the company's co-presidents a letter saying that O'Reilly's "history of harassment of women" may have "blinded him to the folly of saying anything other than, 'I am just so sorry for the women of this company who never should have had to go through that.'"

O'Reilly was later ousted from the network after allegations against him came to light in April. But the Times reported that O'Reilly was re-signed in February, after he made the $32 million settlement with a woman who worked as a Fox News analyst for 15 years.

Of Saturday's report, which has not been verified by NBC News, a spokesman for O'Reilly said, "in the more than 20 years Bill O'Reilly worked at Fox News, not one complaint was filed against him with the Human Resources Department or Legal Department by a coworker, even on the anonymous hotline."

Kelly said Monday that she knew that statement to be false because she had  complained about him. 

"This must stop," Kelly said of the wider culture of silencing accusers. "The abuse of women, the shaming of them, the threatening, the retaliation, the silencing of them after the fact, it has to stop."

O'Reilly responded Monday, saying on former colleague Glenn Beck's radio show that it was "incomprehensible" that Kelly would speak out against him, saying that "I helped her dramatically" in her career.

He posted online an undated thank-you note Kelly had written to him for giving a gift at a baby shower.

Asked for comment on Kelly's report Monday, a representative for 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, said the company "has taken concerted action to transform Fox News, including installing new leaders, overhauling management and on-air talent, expanding training, and increasing the channels through which employees can report harassment or discrimination. These changes come from the top, with Lachlan and James Murdoch personally leading the effort to promote civility and respect on the job, while maintaining the Company’s long-held commitment to a diverse, inclusive and creative workplace."

The company offered the same statement when asked about the Times report on O'Reilly Saturday. It also confirmed that it was aware of O'Reilly's settlement with his accuser, noting the settlement was made personally by O'Reilly with terms that were not disclosed.

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<![CDATA[Jorge Posada, Wife Bringing More Supplies to Puerto Rico]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:57:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-513975226.jpg

As Puerto Rico continues to struggle in the wake of Hurricane Maria, more help is on the way courtesy of New York Yankees great Jorge Posada and his wife.

Posada has filled up a Fed-Ex cargo plane with 155,000 pounds of goods to send to the island. The plane will head from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to western Puerto Rico on Monday.

NBC 6's Sheli Muniz is traveling with Posada. Earlier this month, Posada and NBC 6 chief meteorologist John Morales went to the island to help with humanitarian efforts.

Meanwhile, roughly half of the residents on the island are finally able to access clean water, while only about a fifth can actually turn on their lights. A little over half have cell service in their neighborhoods.

On Monday, 109 schools in the island's largest cities were set to open, with more ready to open their doors next week. About 4,000 people remain in emergency shelters.

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<![CDATA[First Cold Snap of Season Pushing Toward South Florida]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:46:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Cold-Generic.jpg

As the week starts off with warmer temperatures, the first cold front of the season is moving closer to South Florida.

The cooler weather is expected to push into the area on Wednesday, and possibly bringing along a morning storm. Wednesday afternoon will be drier and cooler, with much less humidity.

Temperatures may dip into the low 50s on Thursday just before pushing back up into the 80s leading into the weekend.

South Florida temps are well above average as Miami broke a record warm low with 81 degrees on Monday morning. Nearby, Fort Lauderdale tied its record low with 80 degrees.

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<![CDATA[New Bill Tackling 'Horrific Conditions' at Nursing Home]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:03:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/rehabilitation+center+at+hollywood+hills_1171664_2017-09-19T190054.473.JPG

Democratic congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she'll be introducing new legislation Monday, addressing the "horrific conditions" inside the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills where more than a dozen elderly patients died.

According to a press release, Wasserman Schultz is expected to introduce legislation mandating that facilities have in place an alternate source of energy capable of powering the facility for up to 96 hours after a natural disaster. The  legislation will also ensure nursing homes are a top priority for power restoration after an outage, and it will also increase fines for facilities that don’t comply with emergency preparedness rules.

On Sept. 13, eight residents died and the others were evacuated from the sweltering Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. Six more have since died, which attorneys say was a result of the conditions and evacuations immediately after Hurricane Irma.

Some who died had body temperatures as high as 109.9 degrees Fahrenheit. The dead range in age from 57 to 99.

A criminal investigation continues as the facility recently laid off 245 workers while its license has been suspended from the state pending the outcome.

<![CDATA[Thieves Target Cans of Spam at Hawaii Stores]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:46:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-81285817.jpg

Cans of Spam have become a common item that's being stolen from Honolulu stores and then sold on the streets for quick cash, according to authorities.

Ra Long, who owns a convenience store in the city, said shoplifters have typically targeted alcohol in the past, but recently more cans of Spam have gone missing, Hawaii News Now reported.

"I mean you try to keep an eye on it, but if they run, you just can't leave the counter and chase them," Long said. "So you just got to take the hit."

Honolulu police said they took a report of a man lifting a case of the canned meat from a store earlier this month.

Kimo Carvalho, a spokesman for the Institute for Human Services, said people are stealing Spam because it's easy to sell. "It's quick cash for quick drug money," Carvalho said.

Hawaiians eat millions of cans of Spam a year, the nation's highest per-capita consumption of the processed meat, which is cobbled together from a mixture of pork shoulder, ham, sugar and salt.

The state's love affair with Spam began during World War II, when rationing created just the right conditions for the rise of a meat that needs no refrigeration and has a remarkably long shelf life (indefinitely, the company says).

Ann Kondo Corum, who grew up in Hawaii in the 1950s and has written several Spam-inspired cookbooks, has attributed Spam's popularity partly to Hawaii's large Asian population. "Asians eat a lot of rice. Spam is salty, and it goes well with rice," she told The Associated Press in 2009.

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<![CDATA[Mann's Recalls Vegetable Products Due to Listeria Concerns]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:44:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Broccoli+Cauli+Generic.png

A California-based company is recalling a litany of vegetable products -- from broccoli florets to brussels sprouts to cauliflower and stirfry medleys -- over concerns about possible listeria contamination. 

Mann Packing announced last week it was voluntarily recalling the items, distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada, because of a single positive result found on one product during random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection.

Dozens of products, including items sold at Trader Joe's and Walmart in the U.S., are affected by the recall, which applies to products with "best if used by" dates from Oct. 11 to Oct. 20. For a full list and details, click here

Listeria can cause high fever, severe headaches, neck stiffness and nausea. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women, and sometimes fatal infections in people with compromised immune systems.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall, and Mann Packing says it has issued it out of an abundance of caution. Anyone who has purchased any of the recalled products is urged not to consume them, and to toss them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. 

"As an owner of this company and a mom, providing safe and healthy foods to our consumers and their families is always our top priority," Gina Nucci, director of corporate marketing for Mann Packing, said in a statement. "This voluntary recall is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring the safety of our consumers."

Customers with questions can call Mann Packing's 24-hour consumer line at 888-470-2681 or visit veggiesmadeeasy.com/products. 

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<![CDATA[2 Cats Killed As Flames Engulf NW Miami Home: Fire Rescue]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:32:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102317+house+fire+miami.gif

Firefighters responded to a massive house fire in Northwest Miami Monday morning that left at least two family pets dead.

Crews responded to the house fire located at 651 NW 3rd Street shortly before 9 a.m., Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said.

Footage showed flames and smoke coming from the five-unit complex. All of the residents were safely evacuated.

Carroll said ten people live in the complex but no one was injured. Two cats were found dead in the complex, Carroll said.

All of the residents, including six adults and four children will be displaced. The Red Cross will be providing them assistance.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Veggies Sold At Walmart Recalled Over Listeria Concerns: FDA]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:18:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mann+vegetable+recall.jpg

Mann Packing is recalling select vegetable products after a test revealed a potential listeria contamination, the company announced.

The recalled products were distributed throughout the United States and Canada with "best if used by" dates from October 11 to October 20. The recalled items can be identified by the date codes printed on the front of the packaging.

Click her for a full list of products being recalled.

"As an owner of this company and a mom, providing safe and healthy foods to our consumers and their families is always our top priority," said Gina Nucci, Director of Corporate Marketing. "This voluntary recall is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring the safety of our consumers."

Consumers who have purchased any recalled products listed below are urged not to consume them, discard them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with further questions may contact Mann Packing on our 24-hour consumer line at 888-470-2681.

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<![CDATA[Officers Will Work Miami Dolphins Game After Boycott Claim]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 10:40:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dolphinsprotest.jpg

After a volatile week of hearing that off-duty police officers may not provide security during the Miami Dolphins game on Sunday, the Miami-Dade Police Department director has mandated that officers must work the game.

On Sunday, MDPD Director Juan Perez said he is mandating his officers to work Sunday's Miami Dolphins game in order to make up for the police shortage.

"I made the decision to mandate officers to work the game under operational necessity," Perez said. "My hope is that you understand my decision. Always remember that we have a greater responsibility than others."

Earlier this week, some off-duty police officers planned to not volunteer to provide security during the Miami Dolphins game on Sunday because players "disrespect" the United States and law enforcement when they kneel in protest.

In a statement to Miami-Dade police officers, president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association John Rivera said: "working the game, or not working the game, is a personal choice and has at the very least the same level of freedom these 'entertainers' claim to express."

The debate reignited in September when President Donald Trump said the NFL players who protest should be fired by team owners, citing they disrespect the flag.

Since that comment, dozens of NFL players have protested in various ways – either to also protest the same issues for which Kaepernick knelt, to protest Trump himself or both. Players have locked arms in unison and some have knelt.

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<![CDATA[Lost Calif. Hikers Ended Their Lives in Desperation: Authorities]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 17:13:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/8-1-17+Missing+OC+Hikers+in+Joshua+Tree.jpg

Now that their pain is forever ended, it's evident that two lost hikers had struggled to survive before losing hope in the scorching heat of the Joshua Tree National Park, authorities and family members have concluded.

On Oct. 15, after nearly three months of searching, the bodies of Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 22, were found embracing each other beneath a tree in the bottom of a deep canyon, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner's Department. Nearby, authorities found snack food wrappers and empty water bottles. It was apparent they had been trying to extend their food through rationing, said spokeswoman Cindy Bachman. Clothing had been adjusted, apparently to shield sunburned skin. Wounds had been bandaged, his parents said.

Authorities also found a handgun, registered to Orbeso. Autopsies determined both had incurred fatal gunshot wounds. Authorities concluded Orbeso shot Nguyen, then himself, apparently in a final, desperate act to end their suffering.

A "mercy killing" is what Orbeso's parents believe happened.

"I can't even imagine what he went through in his mind to even think that he could do this," Corina Mallari, Orbeso's mother, told NBC affiliate KMIR. "He didn't want to do it ... His heart was broken, his heart was broken for her. It was beyond courage."

Orbeso brought along the gun to protect Nguyen from a stalker, Orbeso's parents said, citing information in an email from a third party.

Nguyen and Orbeso — both from Orange County — had met while students at California State University Fullerton.

The Nguyen family does not seek to blame anyone for her death, Rachel Nguyen's uncle, Son Nguyen, indicated in a statement Friday.

"We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Orbeso Family … they will remain in our prayers," Son Nguyen wrote. "We thank God that we'll be able to give Rachel a proper burial and lay her to rest."

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<![CDATA[6 Things to Know- Nursing Home Bill, Puerto Rico Aid]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:23:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/hollywood+hills+nursing+home.JPG

Here are the six things to know before heading out this Monday morning.

<![CDATA[Gas Prices Drop in South Florida in Wake of Hurricanes: AAA]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:23:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/gas-pump-generic-GettyImages-979627351.jpg

In response to the United States returning to normal in the wake of several hurricanes hitting the mainland, gas prices are starting to dip back down.

The average for a gallon in South Florida is $2.55. That's about 20 cents less than it was this time last month.

In Broward County. you'll find the cheapest gas at the Sunoco station on West Commercial Boulevard and North Hiatus Road. A gallon there will run you $2.19.

In Miami-Dade County, the cheapest gas is at the Exxon on Northwest 7th Avenue and Northwest 54th Street. You'll be looking at $2.36 for a gallon of regular.

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<![CDATA[Tampa Police Say 3 Killings in 11 Days Are Linked]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:13:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Tampa-Sting-of-Homicides-Investigation-Person-of-Interest.jpg

Three unexplained killings have rocked Tampa over the last two weeks, and as fear grips local residents, police say the slayings are linked, NBC News reported.

The first apparent victim, a 22-year-old college student named Benjamin Mitchell, was shot dead while waiting for a bus on Oct. 9. Sign language teacher Monica Hoffa, 32, was shot on Oct. 11. And 20-year-old Anthony Naiboa was killed on Oct. 19. His body was found 300 yards from Mitchell's.

Police have not yet identified a suspect or determined a motive but said the killings are believed to be linked to each other. However, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan has declined to describe the string of deaths as the work of a serial killer, saying too little is known about the crimes.

"We've always had small, petty crimes," said local leader Stan Lasater. "But when we had the first murder, the community was really shaken. And then we had the second, and third, and now the community is definitely on alert."

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