<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/top-storieshttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.pngNBC 6 South Floridahttp://www.nbcmiami.comen-usTue, 26 Jul 2016 12:17:14 -0400Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:17:14 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[DNC Day 1: 'I'm With Her' and Other Top Moments]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:54:11 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/MichelleBernie.jpg

The Clinton campaign's call to unite to defeat Donald Trump ran headlong into angry supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders as the Democrats opened their convention in Philadelphia on Monday to protests inside and outside the Wells Fargo Center. Even as the camps worked together to bring the convention under control, Sanders' backers remained enraged after leaked emails seemed to show the Democratic National Committee working against Sanders during the primaries.

The opening night of the convention featured Sanders, first lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.

"An Outstanding President"
Sanders' endorsement was unequivocal: "Based on her ideas and her leadership Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States," he told the convention.

The election for president was not about any of the candidates, he said, but about the needs of the American people and the kind of future that is created.

"This election is about which candidate understands the real problems facing this country and has offered real solutions – not just bombast, not just fear-mongering, not just name-calling and divisiveness," he said.

The country needs leadership that will improve the lives of working families, the children, the elderly, the sick and the poor, leadership that brings people together and makes the country stronger, he said.

"If you don't believe that this election is important, if you think you can sit it out, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump would nominate -  and what that would mean to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country," he told his supporters.

The last speaker of the night, he began only after a long ovation. The election is about the threat of climate change, moving the United States toward universal health care, passing comprehensive immigration reform and repairing a broken criminal justice system, he said.

"Our job now is to see that strong Democratic platform implemented by a Democratic-controlled Senate, by a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton presidency," he said. "And I am going to do all that I can to make that happen."

"In this Election, I’m With Her"
First lady Michelle Obama told the convention that she trusted Clinton to lead the country because she had seen Clinton's lifelong devotion to the country's children. Clinton, she said, has spent decades trying to make a difference in their lives.

The election is not about Democrats or Republicans, she said. It is about "who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives."

Eight years ago, when Clinton did not win the nomination, she did not get angry or disillusioned, Obama said. She did not pack up but became the secretary of state.

"She never buckles under pressure," Obama said of Clinton. "She never takes the easy way out and Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life."

Obama said she wanted someone as president who had proved she would preserve, not someone with a thin skin or a tendency to lash out.

It was one of several time she took on Trump without using his name.

She said she wanted in the White House "someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters." 

Addressing Trump's past insinuations that her husband wasn't born in the country, Obama said she urged her daughters "to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith." 

"Our motto is: When they go low, we go high."

Obama also riffed on Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again." 

"Don't let anyone ever tell you that this country isn't great, that somehow we need to make it great again," she said. "Because this right now is the greatest country on earth."

"Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters, take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States," she said.

Obama told the crowd: "In this election I’m with her."

The Keynote Speaker
Warren, the Democrat from Massachusetts and a darling of the left, has memorably called Trump a "small, insecure money grubber."

Monday's keynote speaker, she went after Trump again with fervor — calling Trump University, the real-estate training program founded by Trump and now the subject of two class-action lawsuits, a "fake." His bankruptcies allowed him to protect his own money while his investors lost theirs, she said.

"What kind of man would do that," she asked.

"I'll tell you what kind of man, a man who must never be a president of the United States," said Warren, who remained neutral during the primaries and who endorsed Clinton in June.

She said that Trump thought that he could win votes by fanning the flames of fear and hatred, by persuading the country that its problem was other Americans who look different or talk or worship differently.

"That’s Donald Trump's America," she said. "An America of fear and hate. An America where we all break apart. Whites against Blacks and Latinos. Christians against Muslims and Jews.  Straight against gay.  Everyone against immigrants.  Race, religion, heritage, gender – the more factions the better."

But when white workers in Ohio are pitted against black workers in North Carolina or Latino workers in Florida, who benefits? she asked.

"When we turn on each other, bankers can run our economy for Wall Street, oil companies can fight off clean energy, and giant corporations can ship the last good jobs overseas," she said.

"When we turn on each other, we can't unite to fight back against a rigged system," she said.

"You're Being Ridiculous"
Comedian and actress Sarah Silverman, a well-known supporter of Sanders, offered one of the most memorable lines of the evening.

"To the Bernie or bust people, you're being ridiculous," she said to his die-hard backers.

Sanders showed the country what was possible and what it deserved but Clinton was now the Democratic nominee "and I will proudly vote for her," she said.

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken, a former writer and performer for "Saturday Night Live," showed his comedy chops Monday night as he attacked Trump's business record, particularly Trump University.

Franken joked that he had gotten a doctorate in megalomania studies from Trump University, paying for it by emptying his 401K and taking out a reverse mortgage on his house.

"Sure he scammed a lot of people," Franken said of Trump. "But did you know that Trump's school of ripping people off is ranked second in the nation right behind Bernie Madoff University. That is no mean feat."

Franken mocked the Trump business school’s bankruptcy program, a reference to Trump’s bankruptcies, and what he called its most popular course, Bankruptcy 101: How to Leave Your Partners Holding the Bag.

At the end, Silverman and Franken waited awkwardly for Paul Simon to take the stage to sing "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

Turmoil at the Democratic National Committee
Debbie Wasserman Schultz's fall was complete on Monday, first as the Democratic national chairwoman and then as a speaker at the party's convention in Philadelphia.

Wasserman Schultz was booed at the breakfast for Florida delegates, her home state, in the morning, and greeted with signs reading "E-MAILS" and "Thanks for the Help Debbie!:)." By the afternoon she had told the Florida newspaper, the Sun Sentinel, that she would step aside for the convention's opening.

"I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention," she said.

Sanders' supporters are furious about leaked Democratic emails that appear to show that the party had tried to undermine him — a charge the Sanders camp made throughout the primary season. In one email, Wasserman Schultz said of Sanders' statement that he would oust her: "He isn't going to be president."

Wasserman Schultz agreed on Sunday to step down as chairwoman at the end of the convention. On Monday, the Democratic National Committee apologized to Sanders and his supporters for what it called "inexcusable remarks made over email."

The emails went counter to the committee's "steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process," it said.

During the day on Monday, Sanders told his supporters: "Her resignation opens up the possibility of new leadership at the top of a Democratic Party that will stand with working people."

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<![CDATA[Broward County Inmate Who Escaped Appears Back In Court]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:06:18 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/072616+dayonte+resiles+court.jpg

11 days after his escape from the very same courthouse that led to a five day manhunt across South Florida, a Broward County murder suspect was back in court Tuesday.

21-year-old Dayonte Resiles appeared in front of a judge, only this time with much more security than the July 15th appearance where he escaped from shackles and handcuffs and left through a back door at the Fort Lauderdale building.

At least six armed deputies were inside the courtroom, while others were located outside of the chambers. Bailiffs required all people inside to turn off their cell phones, a move stemming from reports that one of the seven people who are alleged to have helped Resiles escape coughed into their phone as a signal that he had left the room.

Over a dozen family members showed up in support of Resiles, many saying they believe he is innocent of all charges.

He is charged with the September 2014 murder of a Davie woman inside her home. Tuesday’s hearing was to see if he would undergo a psychological evaluation, with both the prosecution and defense agreeing it wasn’t necessary.

Resiles’ next hearing in court will take place in October. A hearing to decide whether the death penalty will be allowed in the case, which was the hearing Resiles escaped during earlier this month, has not been rescheduled.

<![CDATA[Miami PD Reopened After Evacuation Due to Suspicious Package]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:49:39 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/072616+miami+pd+evacuation.jpg

Two suspicious packages caused the evacuation of the Miami Police Department’s main headquarters for almost two hours.

The department sent out a tweet announcing the evacuation shortly after 10 AM, affecting their main building downtown off NW 2nd Avenue. Bomb squad crews have were called in and officials urged people to stay away from the area.

Officials detonated the device before giving the all clear that people could return inside.

<![CDATA[Lightning Strike Brings Down Tree at Fort Lauderdale Home]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:19:37 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072616+fort+lauderdale+tree+collapse+on+car.jpg

Outside of a Fort Lauderdale home, a tree that lived through hurricanes like Andrew, Wilma, Katrina was no match for an overnight storm.

Hector Berrios told NBC 6 that lightning struck his massive pine tree, which came tumbling down onto his car and left it a total loss.

“My heart dropped, my heart dropped to my foot,” Berrios said. “I’ve never seen something like this in my life…never ever.”

His once soaring high pine tree, over 70 feet tall, now lays to rest on his beloved convertible BMW

“Katrina, Andrew never touched it never and this had to do it. It’s just a boom and it’s down”

Berrios believes around 1:30 am Tuesday morning, lightning struck his tree and that’s what caused the top part of the pine tree to come flying down, also damaging his daughter’s car bumper

Berrios says the tree had been in his yard for more than 30 years, but without a doubt he says he’s counting his blessings

“I’m still alive, my family is good, and everything is good.”

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<![CDATA[Trump, Pence Speak at Foreign Wars Convention]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:31:47 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-576611044.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and vice presidential candidate Mike Pence are set to deliver remarks at the National Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tuesday morning.

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<![CDATA[Meet Team USA: Athletes to Watch in Rio]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:50:20 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/3-split-athletes.jpg

Michael Phelps is a household name. In the next month, Simone Biles may become one.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, has dominated four Olympics and come out of retirement in hopes of sweeping a fifth. It's likely to be his final Games.

Biles is on the other end of her career, but with similar expectations. The 19-year-old gymnast heads into her first Olympics with 14 world championship medals under her belt, 10 of them gold. The budding superstar is undefeated in the all-around and has been called "unbeatable" by gymnastics legend Mary Lou Retton.

Phelps and Biles are among more than 550 athletes who will represent Team USA in Rio, including 292 women, the most in Olympic history to ever compete for a single country. Of Team USA's 68 returning champions, 53 are looking to defend titles won during the 2012 London Games.

Here's a look at the American athletes to watch during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

At 31 years old, Phelps has 18 gold medals among the 22 medals he's earned in four Olympics. He set an Olympic record by taking home eight gold medals in Beijing in 2008 and is the first American swimmer to qualify for five Olympic Games.

He holds multiple world records and became the youngest male swimmer to break one at the age of 15. In August, Phelps clocked three of the year's fastest times. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Phelps will compete in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley.

Ryan Lochte, 31, has won 11 medals in three Olympics: five gold, three silver and three bronze. He has also taken home an impressive 62 world championship medals, including 36 gold. Lochte, who has set both individual and team world records, will compete in the 200-meter individual medley and the 4x200-meter freestyle.

Rio will mark the third Olympics for swimmer Nathan Adrian, who took home two gold medals and a silver in Beijing and London. With a time of 21.37 seconds, he holds the American record for fastest 50-meter freestyle.

Missy Franklin, the 21-year-old darling of the women's team, won four gold medals and a bronze in London. She has also taken home 17 world championship medals, including 11 gold, three silver and three bronze. Franklin, who grew up in Colorado and attended the University of California at Berkeley, will compete in the 200-meter backstroke, 200-meter freestyle and 4x200-meter freestyle.

Teammate Dana Vollmer, who has won four Olympic gold medals, will be competing in her third Games. She was back in the pool two months after giving birth to her first child last March.

Katie Ledecky, 19, will compete in her second Olympics. The Bethesda, Maryland, native won gold in London and has taken home nine world championship gold medals.

Biles may be only 19, but her 10 golds at the World Championships are the most of any female gymnast. She's one of just three women in history to win four straight all-around titles at the P&G Gymnastics Championships, according to NBC Olympics. A native of Spring, Texas, Biles has also won the most world medals in U.S. history.

The most decorated U.S. gymnast in London, teammate Aly Raisman returns to defend her titles. The Needham, Massachusetts, native took home two gold medals and one bronze and was fourth all-around. She has also won four world championship medals: two gold, one silver and one bronze.

Also competing in her second Olympics is Gabby Douglas, who won all-around gold in London at the age of 16. Douglas, a Virginia native who lives in Los Angeles, won team gold at the 2011 and 2015 world championships and took home all-around silver last year.

Olympic newcomers Madison Kocian, a 19-year-old three-time world championship gold medalist, and Laurie Hernandez, 16, round out the women's team.

Leading the men's team is 23-year-old Sam Mikulak, who will compete in his second Olympics. From Newport Beach, California, Mikulak placed fifth in team vault in London and won bronze at the 2014 world championship. He took home two two gold medals and two bronze at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Also returning for his second Olympics is Jake Dalton, a 24-year-old native of Reno, Nevada, who attended the University of Oklahoma. Dalton has won four medals in four world championships. He did not medal in London.

London alternates Alex Naddour and Chris Brooks will also compete for Team USA, along with 2012 team member Danell Leyva. Leyva replaces John Orozco, who qualified for Rio after tearing his Achilles tendon, only to injure his ACL in June and withdraw from the team.

Rio will mark the fourth Olympics for New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, the only U.S. men's basketball player in history to qualify for four Games. Anthony, 32, has won two Olympic gold medals and one bronze. He set a Team USA single-game scoring record in London with 37 points against Nigeria and took home bronze in the 2006 world championship.

Kevin Durant, 27, of the Golden State Warriors, will compete in his second Olympics. A member of the 2012 gold medal team, Durant was named MVP of the 2010 world championship game and was selected to play on that year's All-World Championship Team.

Indiana Pacers guard Paul George, 25, will compete in his first Olympics after overcoming a horrific leg injury, which caused him to miss most of the 2015 season. George's right tibia and fibula snapped on the court during the 2014 USA Basketball Showcase, stunning teammates and spectators alike. The NBA All-Star has made a full recovery and is expected to serve as a key member of the team in Rio.

The powerhouse U.S. women's basketball team includes half a dozen players from the University of Connecticut, a force to be reckoned with in the world of college basketball. Former UConn stars Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore and Tina Charles will help lead the team. Joining them is recent UConn graduate and Olympic newcomer Breanna Stewart, who went to the Seattle Storm as the No. 1 WNBA draft pick in 2016.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings, 37, will also compete. The Indiana Fever forward and Duncanville, Texas, native has played in three world championships, earning two gold medals and a bronze. She's one of only nine players in history to have won an Olympic gold medal, world championship gold medal, NCAA title and WNBA championship, according to USA Basketball.

Track and Field
Champion sprinter Allyson Felix, 30, returns to compete in her fourth Olympics. The Los Angeles native has won four gold medals — three in London and one in Beijing — and two silver medals. She has also medaled 13 times in seven world championships and was named 2012 IAFF World Athlete of the Year.

Felix, who fought through an ankle injury during the Rio trials, fell a hundredth of a second shy of qualifying for the 200-meter dash — her first failure to qualify since she was 15 years old, according to NBC Sports. She will compete in the 400-meter and 4x400-meter dash.

Tianna Bartoletta, 30, will compete in the 100-meter dash and long jump. She won gold in the 4x100-meters during the 2012 London Games and has competed in six world championships, earning five gold medals and two bronze. Bartoletta also competed in 2012 for the U.S. national bobsled team alongside fellow track and field Olympian Lolo Jones. She took bronze in the 2012 bobsledding World Cup.

Devon Allen, 21, is a new face in the Olympic crowd. A wide receiver and runner at the University of Oregon, Allen has competed in three NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and one outdoor championship. He'll run the 110-meter hurdles in Rio.

Distance runner Galen Rupp, 30, qualified for Rio by winning the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in his first ever 26.2-mile race. He competed in both Beijing and London, where he took home silver in the 10,000-meter, becoming the first American to medal in that event since 1964. The five-time USA Outdoor champion has competed in six world championships, with a top finish of fourth in 2013. 

At age 41, Meb Keflezighi is the oldest American man to run the Olympic marathon the only one to make three Olympic teams. He won the 2014 Boston Marathon and 2009 New York City Marathon and the American record for the 20-kilometer. Keflezighi has competed in two world championships.

Co-captain and midfielder Carli Lloyd, 34, hopes to clinch a third consecutive Olympic gold medal. Lloyd scored the game-winning goal in the 2008 gold-medal match against Brazil and netted both goals in Team USA's 2-1 victory over Japan in 2012. The New Jersey native has also won two world championship medals and in 2015 became the first player in team history to score in four consecutive FIFA World Cup games.

Despite concerns about the Zika virus, record-setting goalkeeper Hope Solo will join her team in Rio to compete in her third Olympic games. She won gold in both Beijing and London and served as an alternate in Athens in 2004. Solo is a FIFA World Cup Golden Glove Award winner and a member of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team.

Rio will be the second Olympics for 27-year-old forward Alex Morgan, who scored three goals in London, one of which sent Team USA to the gold-medal match. Morgan graduated early from the University of California at Berkeley and plays for the Orlando Pride.

Midfielder Megan Rapinoe was a toss up for Team USA after tearing her ACL last December, but recovered to qualify for her second Olympic Games. Rapinoe, 31, was a member of the U.S. women's national team when it won the World Cup in 2015 and was selected to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team.

The U.S. men's soccer team did not qualify to compete in Rio.

Other Sports
Beach volleyball champ Kerri Walsh-Jennings, 37, heads to Rio for her fifth Olympics without her partner of 11 years, Misty Mae-Treanor, who retired to start a family after the 2012 games. Together, the two won 21 consecutive Olympic matches and lost only one set — to Austria in 2012. Walsh-Jennings won gold in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games and will have the No. 3 seed in Rio with partner April Ross, whom she defeated in London.

Water polo captain Tony Azevedo will also compete in his fifth Olympics. The 34-year-old native of Brazil in 2012 became the first American men's water polo player to compete in four Olympics, along with teammate Ryan Bailey. Azevedo won a silver medal in Beijing and took gold in five Pan American Games. He has competed in eight world championships.

Dominant forces on the tennis court, sisters Serena and Venus Williams will take their talents to Rio to compete in their fourth and fifth Olympics, respectively. Together they are unstoppable, making the winningest doubles team in Olympic history. They go into the games with a perfect 15-0 doubles record and seek to tie the record for overall tennis medals — five.

Equestrian Phillip Dutton is one of only a handful of athletes in Team USA history to compete in the Olympics for a sixth time. At age 52, he is also the oldest athlete on Team USA. Dutton has won two Olympic gold medals and competed in six world championships. He moved from his native Australia to the U.S. in 1991 and became a citizen in 2006. 

The youngest member of Team USA, 16-year-old Kanak Jha, will compete in table tennis. The first-time Olympian has won multiple national titles and became the youngest ever World Cup participant in 2014.

First-time Olympic golfer Bubba Watson, has nine tournament victories under his belt, most recently the 2016 Northern Trust Open and the 2015 Travelers Championship. Watson, 37, has represented the U.S. three times in the Ryder Cup and twice in the Presidents Cup.

The women's rowing team heads to Rio with 10 consecutive world titles under its belt and a reputation for being one of the best sports teams in history, according to NBC Olympics. Leading the women's eight are third-time Olympian Eleanor Logan and second-time Olympian Meghan Musnicki, both members of the 2012 gold medal team. They're joined by coxswain Katelin Snyder, Amanda Elmore, Tessa Gobbo, Emily Regan, Lauren Schmetterling, Amanda Polk and Kerry Simmonds.

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<![CDATA[Trump Attacks Hillary Clinton Through Her Husband's Infidelities]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:00:33 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-538716480-hil.jpg

Donald Trump is running against Hillary Clinton, not her husband, but he has not shied from attacking the former president over his sexual misconduct.

He accused Bill Clinton of rape during an interview in May with Fox News' Sean Hannity, tweeted that Clinton was "the WORST abuser of women in U.S. political history" and called Hillary Clinton an enabler who tried to destroy the women with whom her husband had affairs.

Democrats are counting on Bill Clinton and his impressive speaking skills to make the case for his wife when he speaks to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, but Trump wants to remind everyone of Clinton's seamier side. Trump's impassioned supporters and the many Clinton haters among them might approve, but the Republican nominee is struggling to appeal to women. How will they react to denigrating Hillary Clinton over her husband's infidelities?

Oda Tejeba, a Democrat from Queens, New York, who said she would vote for Clinton, does not like it. She called the line of attack petty.

"That’s like a sucker hit," Tejeba said.

"She was humiliated publicly," she said of Clinton. "If she can get past that, she can do anything."

But Elizabeth Smith, an Ohio alternate delegate for Gov. John Kasich at the Republican National Convention last week, said that if she thought Hillary Clinton were an outstanding candidate with whom she agreed on other issues, she would probably dismiss the infidelities. As it is, the Clintons' behavior is a nagging problem for her.

"You can go back and see whether she was instrumental or not," said Smith, a civil trial lawyer who said she would probably vote for Trump because she wanted to support the Republicans. "They trashed Monica Lewinsky."

Smith said she did not excuse the behavior of Lewinsky, the White House intern with whom Bill Clinton had a relationship, but noted that she was only 22 at the time. 

"[Hillary Clinton's] a smart woman," Smith said. "They talk. Hillary could have done something to pull back on that and they could have pushed it aside but the fact that they didn't as a team tells me something."

Polls show a striking gender gap between Clinton and Trump. Recent NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls of three battleground states show Clinton outpolling Trump among women in Iowa, Ohio and Pennsylvania by 16 percentage points or more. Trump leads among men by a similar margin in Iowa and Ohio, though not in Pennsylvania.

Women appalled that Trump would try to hold Clinton responsible for her husband's behavior are for the most part voting for Democrats, said Christina Wolbrecht, an associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. Those open to the line of attack are for the most part not.

"Frankly I think there’s a big chunk of the electorate that just doesn't care," she said. "It's not clear to me that there's a group of independent women for whom this is going to be the thing."

Once presidential nominees are chosen, partisanship usually determines how 90 percent of the people vote, she said.

"But we're in uncharted territory here," she said. "We've never had a woman at the top of the ticket."

At the Republican convention last week, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined enthusiastically in denouncing the Clintons. He called Bill Clinton "a predator president" and accused Hillary Clinton of going after his accusers as head of "the bimbo squad."

"You don't care about women, you don't care about feminism," Giuliani said of Hillary Clinton during a breakfast for the New York delegates on Thursday. "You don't even care about your own dignity. All you care about is power."

Earlier Sharon Day, co-chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, tried to counter accusations that the attacks on Clinton, the first woman named as the presumptive candidate of a major party, were sexist.

"As first lady, you viciously attacked the character of women who were victims of sexual abuse at the hands of your husband," she said. "I want to see a woman become president one day, and I want my granddaughters to see a woman president, but not that woman, Hillary Clinton. Not now, not ever."

The attacks are meant to mobilize Trump's supporters and remind them how corrupt they found the Clintons.

"It's a base mobilizing thing," Wolbrecht said. "And then often with your opposition it's not so much that you're trying to convince them to vote for you so much as plant enough doubt and uncertainty and discomfort that you dampen down that enthusiasm."

Trump, in an interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN in May, said he had started criticizing Hillary Clinton in retaliation after she played the "woman’s card."

"She is playing the woman's card to the hilt," Trump said. "She is going, I watched over the weekend, everything is about 'woman' and 'Donald Trump raised his voice.' And you know it's all nonsense. You know what? Women understand it better than anybody."

A video released by the Trump campaign showed Bill Clinton chomping on a cigar with audio from two women who accused him of sexual assault: Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick. It ends with a photo of Hillary and Bill Clinton with Hillary Clinton laughing. "Here we go again?" it asked.

Logan Nevonen, a 23-year-old Republican convention delegate from Texas who supported U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, said she did not approve of the attacks on Clinton.

"I don't appreciate that rhetoric, getting at women with sexist comments and things," she said. "He diminishes everything I stand for."

Trump does not yet have her vote, she said. To earn it, he would have to be less hostile, she said.

Elaine Mcfalos, a Democrat from North Carolina who will vote for Trump, said during a visit to New York City that she did not find Hillary Clinton trustworthy but not because of Bill Clinton's scandals.

"She's a strong woman and everybody in this world has had problems like that," Mcfalos said. "So that doesn’t define her."

But she thought Clinton should have been punished for her use of a personal server for her professional emails while secretary of state, she said.

"Her integrity is in question in my mind," she said.

Another woman, Marcia Freeman of Queens, New York, will vote for Clinton. The criticism directed against her is wrong, she said.

"Any man can cheat," she said. "A marriage is a marriage. I'm a Christian and you forgive and forget."

Freeman said she was "Hillary all the way," and called Trump a racist.

Hillary Clinton weathered similar attacks when she first ran for office for a New York senate seat, against Giuliani. Giuliani ultimately dropped out of the race after he announced he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and was separating from his second wife.

In an MSNBC interview, Giuliani repeated his criticism of Hillary Clinton's behavior. 

"Very few women would attack Monica Lewinsky for three or four months when it turned out that Monica Lewinsky was quite correct and her husband had in fact taken advantage of her," Giuliani said. "Very few women would do that and to pose as a feminist and to say you care about women who are victims makes you in my view a phony."

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<![CDATA[Miami Man Charged in Deadly Wrong Way Crash on I-95]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:55:37 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072616+franklin+chavez+mug+shot.jpg

A 23-year-old Miami man is behind bars after being charged in the deadly wrong way wreck that killed a student from South Florida and severely injuring her brother.

Franklin Chavez was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with three counts, including DUI manslaughter, for the December 13th accident on I-95 in Miami that killed 23-year-old Carmen Criales instantly.

She was driving to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and heading to New Jersey, where she was set to begin orientation for medical school.

Her brother, 22-year-old Bryan Criales, was seriously hurt in the crash and is still dealing with severe brain trauma. Their mother was also in the vehicle, but has recovered from her injuries.

In March, the Florida Highway Patrol said Chavez had a blood alcohol level of .046, which is below the legal limit. The case handed over to the State Attorney's Office, who decided to charge him after more evidence was presented.

<![CDATA[Rotting Flesh Flowers Bloom in NYC]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:40:19 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/corpse-flower-botanical-gardens.jpg

Flora fans will get a rare chance to see -- and smell -- a rare occurrence this week at the New York Botanical Garden.

The NYBG announced that the its Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the corpse flower, is expected to bloom on Tuesday after more than 10 years of growth.

It was originally expected to start blooming on Saturday and then Monday, but it's now believed that it will open up and emit its ferocious smell at any moment Tuesday. 

It'll be the first time that the flowering plant, known for its deep burgundy petals and corpse-like smell, will bloom on display since 1939. 

The full effect of the flower's infamous scent won't last long, however. The NYBG said that the plant will only be at peak bloom for 24 to 36 hours.

It can take up to a decade for the plant to get up the energy to begin the bloom cycle, the NYBG said.

A pair of the enormous flowers bloomed at the gardens in 1937 and 1939, leading then-Bronx Borough President James Lyons to name the plant the borough's official flower. It was replaced by the daylily in 2000, though. 

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<![CDATA[Priest 'Assassinated' During Mass in French Church]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:32:37 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NORMANDY_GettyImages-583508756.jpg

A priest was "assassinated" and another person gravely wounded when two knife-wielding attackers linked to ISIS took hostages during morning Mass at a church in northern France early Tuesday, NBC News reported. 

The victim was named by Dominique Lebrun, the Archbishop of Rouen, as Father Jacques Hamel, 84. A nun who was in the church said Hamel was forced to the ground before his throat was slit."

A person was assassinated and another seriously injured," Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said, adding that police rescued three people from the church.

The attackers were shot dead by police. The Paris prosecutor's office said one person had been detained, but gave no details about their identity or location, The Associated Press reported.

The Vatican condemned the "barbarous killing," saying Pope Francis was feeling "the pain and horror of this absurd violence," Reuters reported. 

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<![CDATA[Body Found Inside Oakland Park Hotel Room]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:20:05 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/072616+oakland+park+hotel+homicide.jpg

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating the scene at a Oakland Park hotel where the body of a female was found Monday night.

Crews were called to the Days Inn, located at 1595 W. Oakland Park Blvd., after a 911 call was made about a woman reportedly needing help. When deputies arrived and entered the fifth floor hotel room, they found the woman’s body.

Deputies would not say what the cause of death was, but did say they are investigating it as a homicide. Currently, officials say they do not have any suspects or persons of interest.

<![CDATA[Girl Takes Cancer Fight to DC]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:27:41 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Sadie+Keller.jpg

A North Texas girl is taking her cancer fight to Washington, D.C.

Nine-year-old Sadie Keller is battling leukemia. For the last year NBC 5 has covered how she video-blogged her cancer treatment and raised more than 1,000 toys for sick kids at Christmas.

In a new video, Sadie is calling on Vice President Joe Biden to help make childhood cancer research a national priority.

Through an organization called The Truth 365, which documents children fighting cancer, Keller is sharing the video and urging the vice president to attend an upcoming event called CureFest in Washington, D.C. The event is aimed at uniting the childhood cancer community.

"I hope you don't forget about all those kids like me," Keller said in the video.

In January, President Barack Obama announced the creation of a new government initiative aimed at accelerating cancer research.

Sadie wants to make sure children's cancer research is on the mind of lawmakers.

"I don't think any parent should outlive their child," she said.

Sadie hopes the video is shared across social media so the vice president may see it and join her at the event.

Watch Sadie's video here on Facebook.

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<![CDATA[Fact Check: DNC Day 1]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:25:39 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-580950636-rnc.jpg

The 2016 Democratic National Convention is underway, and the factual inaccuracies on the first night focused on income, college tuition and something the Republican ticket had said or done.

  • Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey said Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “would cut taxes for the richest Americans at the expense of the middle class.” But all income levels would get some tax relief under Trump’s plan.
  • Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy wrongly claimed that Mike Pence, the GOP vice presidential nominee, “signed a law that would have forced women to hold funerals for fetuses.” The law said aborted or miscarried fetuses “must be cremated or interred” by the hospital or abortion facility.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders said Hillary Clinton “will guarantee” free tuition at public colleges or universities for families with annual incomes of $125,000 or less. But free tuition is not guaranteed. States must put up matching funds for the students to receive free tuition.
  • Sens. Casey and Kirsten Gillibrand both claimed that Trump had said that wages are “too high.” Trump was specifically talking about a $15 minimum wage when he made that comment, not wages overall.
  • Sanders said the “top one-tenth of 1 percent now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent,” a statistic that has been questioned by economists at the Federal Reserve Board.
  • Sanders also said the “top 1 percent in recent years has earned 85 percent of all new income,” but economists whose work Sanders has cited put the figure at 52 percent for 1993 to 2015.
  • Rep. Joe Kennedy III said Americans’ wages “have not budged in 40 years,” and Sen. Elizabeth Warren said wages were “flat.” Wages plunged in the 1970s and 1980s, and more recently have showed strong growth.

Note to Readers

This story was written with the help of the entire staff, including some of those based in Philadelphia who are at the convention site. As we did for the Republican National Convention, we intend to vet the major speeches at the Democratic National Convention for factual accuracy, applying the same standards to both.


Trump’s Tax Plan

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey said Donald Trump “would cut taxes for the richest Americans at the expense of the middle class.” The wealthiest Americans would receive the largest tax cuts under Trump’s tax plan, but everyone would get some tax relief. Middle-income Americans would receive average tax cuts of about $2,700 in 2017 under Trump’s plan, according to an analysis by the Tax Policy Center.

Trump’s plan would, among other things, consolidate the current seven income tax brackets into four, with a top marginal rate of 25 percent (it’s currently 39.6 percent).

According to an analysis of the plan by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, Trump’s proposal would “reduce taxes throughout the income distribution.” Nonetheless, the biggest cuts would come for the wealthiest Americans, in both raw dollars and as a percentage of income, the Tax Policy Center found. The top 1 percent, for example, would get an average tax cut of more than $275,000 (about 17.5 percent of after-tax income) in 2017.

But middle-income people would see a tax cut, too. “Middle-income households would receive an average tax cut of about $2,700,or about 5 percent of after-tax income,” the Tax Policy Center concluded.

An analysis by the Tax Foundation reached a similar conclusion — the biggest gains in after-tax income would accrue to the wealthiest taxpayers under Trump’s proposal. But the plan “would cut taxes and lead to higher after-tax incomes for taxpayers at all levels of income.”

The Tax Foundation analyzed the plan’s impact with (dynamic) and without (static) taking into account the expected effect on the economy. On a static basis, middle-income taxpayers — between the 30th to 80th percentiles — would see an increase in their after-tax adjusted gross income of between 3 percent and 8.3 percent. Taking into account the positive effects on the economy that the tax cuts could be expected to stimulate, the Tax Foundation found middle-income taxpayers — between the 30th to 70th percentiles — would see a nearly 20 percent increase in after-tax adjusted gross income.

The Tax Foundation cautioned that the loss in revenue under Trump’s plan — even with expected benefits to the economy — would “increase the federal government’s deficit by over $10 trillion” over 10 years. One could argue that such large tax cuts might lead to spending cuts that disproportionately affect middle-income taxpayers. But Trump has not been specific about where he would begin making spending cuts.

Funerals for Miscarriages?

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy claimed that GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence “signed a law that would have forced women to hold funerals for fetuses, even in some cases, for a miscarriage.” That’s not so.

The controversial anti-abortion bill Malloy referred to, which Indiana Gov. Pence signed into law March 24, contained a provision stating that an aborted or miscarried fetus “must be cremated or interred,” and that the hospital or abortion facility (not the mother, as Malloy suggested) is responsible for the disposition.

Some have characterized this as fetuses receiving “what amounts to a funeral.” But that’s incorrect.

The word “funeral” refers to a ceremony, not to the burial or cremation that follows. For example, Dictionary.com defines “funeral” as “the ceremonies for a dead person prior to burial or cremation.” (Emphasis added is ours.)

And in fact, the Indiana law required no funeral ceremony. It even specified that the parents would not be required to provide a name for the fetus. A federal judge blocked the law from going into effect late last month.

Clinton’s Tuition Plan

Sen. Bernie Sanders said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “will ​guarantee”​ free tuition at in-state public colleges or universities for families with incomes of $125,000 a year or less. But free tuition would not be guaranteed. States must put up matching funds for free tuition.

Also, the free-tuition plan would be phased in and not available to families earning as much as $125,000 until 2021.

Sanders mentioned the free-tuition plan in his speech as an example of how Clinton has adopted some of his ideas for the general election in a show of unity after the contentious primary.

Sanders: During the primary campaign, Secretary Clinton and I both focused on [college debt] but with different approaches. Recently, however, we have come together on a proposal that will revolutionize higher education in America. It will guarantee that the children of any family in this country with an annual income of $125,000 a year or less – 83 percent of our population – will be able to go to a public college or university tuition free.

Clinton announced her plan on July 6, but her plan calls for states to “step up and invest in higher education.” The New York Timeswrote that “the federal government would provide tuition grants to states that agree to put up some matching money.”

The paper noted that “some experts said details of the initiative — including exactly how it would work and be paid for — were sketchy, and raised concerns that some states would decline to contribute money.”

More recently, Times columnist Kevin Carey wrote, “States will be able to opt out of the Clinton plan, just as a significant number have chosen not to accept large federal subsidies to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.”

Also, free tuition would be gradually phased in, beginning with families earning $85,000 or less. “By 2021, families with income up to $125,000 will pay no tuition at in-state four-year public colleges and universities,” Clinton’s plan says.

So Sanders overstates the impact of Clinton’s plan when he says it “will ​guarantee”​ free tuition for families with incomes of $125,000 a year or less. Actually, the plan “could eventually provide free in-state tuition to eligible students,” as the Times writes.

Trump on Wages

Two speakers claimed that Trump had said that wages are “too high” in the United States. Not exactly. Trump said that in response to a question about raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Sen. Casey said that Trump said, “Wages in America, quote, are too high,” and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York repeated the talking point, saying, “Donald Trump actually stood on a debate stage and said that wages are ‘too high.’”

At a Nov. 10, 2015, debate hosted by Fox Business Network, Trump was asked if he was “sympathetic” to those who were calling for a $15 minimum wage. He responded that he “can’t be” because the country “is being beaten on every front economically.” He went on to say, “taxes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world. I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is.” The “it” was the federal minimum wage.

Here’s the question and Trump’s full answer:

Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, Nov. 10, 2015: Mr. Trump, as the leading presidential candidate on this stage and one whose tax plan exempts couples making up to $50,000 a year from paying any federal income taxes at all, are you sympathetic to the protesters cause since a $15 wage works out to about $31,000 a year?

Trump: I can’t be Neil. And the and the reason I can’t be is that we are a country that is being beaten on every front economically, militarily. There is nothing that we do now to win. We don’t win anymore. Our taxes are too high. I’ve come up with a tax plan that many, many people like very much. It’s going to be a tremendous plan. I think it’ll make our country and our economy very dynamic.

But, taxes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world. I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is. People have to go out, they have to work really hard and have to get into that upper stratum. But we can not do this if we are going to compete with the rest of the world. We just can’t do it.

Cavuto: So do not raise the minimum wage?

Trump: I would not do it.

Trump was criticized for the comment and was asked about it two days later on Fox News. Trump said, “And they said should we increase the minimum wage? And I’m saying that if we’re going to compete with other countries, we can’t do that because the wages would be too high. … The question was about the minimum wage. I’m not talking about wages being too high, I’m talking about minimum wage.”

Trump’s original statement may not have been clearly worded, but the context, and his explanation two days later, show he was talking about a $15 minimum wage being too high, not all wages in the U.S. in general.

Sanders’ Wealth and Income Talking Point

Sanders continued to strain the facts about inequality of income and wealth, as he had done throughout his campaign.

Wealth: Sanders said the “top one-tenth of 1 percent now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent.”

That’s a hotly debated claim. Sanders referred to a study by economists Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley, and Gabriel Zucman of the London School of Economics and Political Science, first published in October 2014. Their study indeed concluded that as of 2012, the top 0.1 percent of American households held 22 percent of the nation’s personal wealth, while the bottom 90 percent held 23 percent.

However, as we reported last year, Saez and Zucman’s work has been criticized by economists at the Federal Reserve Board, which has conducted its own studies of the wealth held by U.S. households since the 1960s.

The Fed’s survey data put the share of wealth held by the top 0.1 percent at 14 percent, not 22 percent, and the Fed said that group’s share had grown at only half the rate that the Saez-Zucman study stated.

Furthermore, in a paper published in 2015, four Fed economists argue that the Saez-Zucman methodology has an “upward bias.” It is based on inferring wealth from the income reported on federal tax returns, but the Fed economists argue that this fails to capture untaxed cash benefits to middle-income families, such as employer-paid health insurance and employer contributions to Social Security and Medicare.

Income: Sanders also said the “top 1 percent in recent years has earned 85 percent of all new income.” But that’s no longer so, even according to Saez and Zucman.

A June 2016 update by Saez now puts the percentage of income growth captured by the top 1 percent from 1993 to 2015 at 52 percent. That’s barely half — far below the 85 percent figure Sanders gave.

That same study also found “robust income growth for all groups” between 2013 and 2015, and said that for the bottom 99 percent, “incomes grew by 3.9% from 2014 to 2015, the best annual growth rate since 1999.”

So there is indeed evidence of large inequalities in the distribution of wealth and the growth of incomes. But Sanders exaggerates by using outdated or questionable data.

Roller-Coaster Wages

Rep. Joe Kennedy III said Americans’ wages “have not budged in 40 years,” and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, his former law professor, said wages were “flat.” In fact, wages have had a roller-coaster ride during that time, and have been rising for years.

Kennedy: [Elizabeth Warren] taught us that [the law’s] impact lay not in classrooms or textbooks, but in a society where wages have not budged in 40 years.

Wages have more than “budged,” plunging in the 1970s and 1980s, and more recently showing strong growth.

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It’s true that real (inflation-adjusted) average weekly wages for rank-and-file, nonsupervisory workers were still 3.2 percent lower in June 2016 than they were 40 years earlier, in June 1976, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But they were anything but stagnant in the interim, dropping 16.6 percent between January 1976 to the low point in January 1996.

Since then, weekly paychecks for nonsupervisory workers have regained nearly all that loss, and the upward trend continues.

Warren repeated Kennedy’s claim during her own speech, saying that “wages stay flat” in America.

Warren: I mean look around — Americans bust their tails, some working two or three jobs, but wages stay flat.

Actually, real average weekly earnings climbed 8.6 percent in the past eight years, and 4.5 percent in the past four years.

Kennedy and Warren are not the only politicians to have made this incorrect claim recently. “Flat wages” is also a Clinton claim, as we wrote previously here and here, and we flagged Trump on his statement that “wages have not been raised” here.

— Robert Farley, with Eugene Kiely, Brooks Jackson, Lori Robertson and Jenna Wang


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<![CDATA[Baby Who was in Car Stolen in Pompano Beach Found Safe: BSO]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:05:51 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043315.jpg

A 1-year-old child that was sitting in a car that was stolen in Pompano Beach Monday night was found safe a short time later, authorities said.

The baby was in a car seat when the car was stolen around 9:30 p.m. at the 7-Eleven at 2391 N. Dixie Highway, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

Authorities began a search using K-9s and helicopters and the car was found abandoned about 20 minutes later in the 1500 block of Northwest 2nd Avenue.

The child was unharmed. Authorities are still investigating the incident and no suspects are in custody, officials said.

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<![CDATA[General Mills Widens Recall of Contaminated Flour]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:15:58 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Flour-recall-General-Mills.jpg

General Mills widened its recall of potentially contaminated flour Monday, and health officials said 46 people have been made sick so far by raw flour.

The flour was contaminated with toxic E. coli bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

"Four more ill people have been reported from two states. The most recent illness started on June 25, 2016," the CDC said. Two different types of E. coli have been found in the flour. The total: 46 people made sick in 21 states, NBC News reported.

"Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicate that flour produced at the General Mills facility in Kansas City, Missouri is a likely source of this outbreak," the CDC added.

General Mills has a complete list of the affected flours on its website.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Held Scoreless for Second Straight Game]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:23:49 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-580956982.jpg

The Miami Marlins were unable to score for a second straight game and fell 4-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

A day after losing a 3-0 game to the New York Mets, Miami was held to no runs by one of the worst teams in baseball. The Marlins have struggled to compete with losing teams all season long, and that could end up having playoff implications. For now, the Marlins find themselves in a tie for the second Wild-Card spot.

Jarred Cosart pitched decently, but wasn't efficient in his five innings. Cosart allowed no runs on three hits and a walk. It took the right-hander 92 pitches to complete the effort however and led to a long day for the bullpen.

Cosart was making his first start since being recalled from AAA. One of Cosart's main issues has been a lack of control and that didn't help his efficiency in this one. Despite only issuing one walk, Cosart found himself in long counts often and had to work extended innings to find outs.

A.J. Ramos entered in the ninth inning with a two-run deficit and the Phillies managed to quickly double that. By the time Miami's closer left the game, Philadelphia held a 4-0 lead. 

Miami was held to only two hits and both were singles. Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson was brilliant in his six innings of work. Hellickson allowed only one hit and had thrown only 70 pitches when he was lifted for a pinch-hitter.

The series will continue on Tuesday when Tom Koehler makes the start for Miami.

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<![CDATA[Search Continues for Girl Whose Mom Told Judge She Died]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:12:51 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072516+angela+dufrene.jpg

Police continued their search Monday for a Miami toddler who's been missing since last November and is feared dead.

Detectives passed out flyers Monday evening with a picture of little Angela Dufrene, who would be two years old now.

On Thursday, the girl's mother, Marjorie Dufrene, told a Miami-Dade judge that the girl had died and "was no longer with us," the Miami Herald reported.

The 30-year-old mother said her daughter died "sometime last year," the Herald reported. Sources told the Herald that the mother provided investigators with conflicting accounts of what happened to her daughter. In one version, the girl suffered a fatal fall and her mother discarded the body in a dumpster, the report said.

Authorities hope Angela is still alive and are continuing their search for her. She's listed as "endangered" on the police flyer.

Dufrene hasn't been charged with a crime. In an email to NBC 6 Friday, Florida Department of Children and Families officials confirmed that the mother had a history with the state's child welfare system, but said the details are confidential.

"We are very concerned about the well-being of this child," DCF wrote in statement Thursday. "The department has initiated a child protective investigation regarding the circumstances that led to the disappearance of the child and we will continue to work closely with law-enforcement."

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Miami Police at 305-397-4795.

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<![CDATA[WikiLeaks Founder: 'No Proof' DNC Emails Came From Russia]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:27:22 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/12.18-julian-assange-britian.jpg

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told NBC News on Monday "there is no proof whatsoever" that his organization got almost 20,000 hacked Democratic National Committee emails from Russian intelligence — adding it's what's in the emails that's important, not who got them.

Three cybersecurity experts have told NBC News that the DNC's servers were hacked by Russian intelligence. But Assange said Monday that DNC servers have been riddled with security holes for years and that many sets of documents from multiple sources are now in public hands, NBC News reported.

Information in some DNC email messages led to the ouster of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Assange remains in exile in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid prosecution on sexual assault charges in Sweden. He denies the charges.

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<![CDATA[Heat Add Dion Waiters: Report]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:13:02 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-466612012.jpg

The Miami Heat have come to terms on a two-year deal with Dion Waiters, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.

Waiters played for the Oklahoma City Thunder last year and was known to be in search of a team that could offer big minutes. While Waiters may have found more money elsewhere, Miami currently projects to have Goran Dragic at one guard spot.

Waiters stepping in as the starter would let Josh Richardson develop more in a reserve role. Richardson is still expected to see a bump in minutes in his sophomore season either way. The Heat also have Tyler Johnson on the roster and he should serve as Dragic's primary backup.

Waiters immediately has big shoes to fill in Miami as he is projected to take over Wade's role on the team. The two have similar builds, but much different resumes. Wade is a 13-year veteran and a Heat legend, while Waiters will already be playing for his third team in five seasons.

Before being traded to the Thunder, Waiters played in Cleveland alongside LeBron James. The 24-year old is known for his fiery attitude and aggressive play on the court. It appeared he may have not gotten along well with James in Cleveland, possibly in-part due to that style of play.

While Waiters only averaged 9.8 points per game last year with the Thunder, he came up big in the playoffs. Miami still has postseason aspirations and one extra playoff veteran can only help the team.

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<![CDATA[BSO Bailiff Speaks Out After Attempted Murder Charge Dropped]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:10:05 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072516+kendrick+busby.jpg

A Broward Sheriff's Office bailiff who was once facing charges of attempted murder of a prostitute in February is now working to clear his name after the charges were dropped last week.

Kendrick and Octavia Busby can smile now that prosecutors have dropped the case against him.

"Words can't express, I never knew the shame, humiliation you go through sitting on the other side, especially for something you didn't do," Kendrick Busby said Monday. "It totally affected me mentally."

"Never doubted him, he was with me that night but I would never doubt him anyway with something like that because that's not his character," Octavia Busby said.

"It took a toll, I've been telling 'em from day one that it wasn't me," Kendrick Busby said.

But Miami-Dade Police said the Broward courthouse bailiff with the sterling reputation had picked up the woman, a prostitute looking for customers at a Miami gas station, and stabbed her multiple times in his SUV. Police said the victim identified Busby in a photo lineup.

"It was a case where zero investigation was done prior to an arrest, and that's what's really so egregious about the whole thing," attorney Elias Hilal said.

The Miami-Dade Police Department wouldn't offer comment on their investigation Monday.

Hilal pointed out numerous issues with the police investigation. To start with, the victim described a red SUV, and the one in the security camera video had dark cladding on the bottom. Now compare it to Busby's vehicle, which is light beige on the bottom.

The victim also said there was a toddler seat in the back, but Busby doesn't have one because his youngest child is 13. She also described a heavy-set man with perfect teeth but Busby is slim and has a gold tooth.

Police said there was blood in the car, but the CSI report found no blood at all. Busby's lawyer said police never bothered to check his Sunpass or cell phone records either.

"Mr. Busby resides in a community in which they have surveillance footage at the gate, had they just gone and obtained that surveillance at the time they started the investigation, it would've easily shown that the vehicle never left the complex, it could've been as simple as that," Hilal said.

Busby said he wants his job and reputation back.

"I've been coaching football for 15 years, I got parents now saying, 'that guy coached my son?'" he said. "They look at me a whole different way."

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<![CDATA[At Least 19 Killed in Tokyo Knife Attack]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:36:55 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Stabbing_Japan.jpg

At least 19 people were stabbed to death by a man with a knife early Tuesday at a facility for disabled people in Japan, NBC News reported.

The Kyodo news agency reported that as many as 19 people had died. Between 20 and 45 others were injured, according to various local reports.

The stabbings occurred early Tuesday morning at Tsukui Yayayurien — a facility with 160 residents — in Sagamihara, west of Tokyo, Shiny Sakuma, Director of Health and Welfare for Kanagawa Prefecture, told reporters during a news conference.

Sakuma identified the alleged killer as a former employee, Satoshi Uematsu. Public broadcaster NHK reported that Uematus is 26.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday local time, Sakuma said, Uematsu allegedly broke into the facility by shattering a window. National broadcaster and NBC News partner Nippon TV reported that he then tied up a staff member, stole a set of keys and began entering rooms and stabbing residents.

Citing police sources, one of Japan's largest daily newspapers, Asahi Shimbun, quoted the suspect saying "All disabled should cease to exist."

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<![CDATA[Pole Crashes Through Windshield, Narrowly Misses Child]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:06:50 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072516+pole+into+car+coral+springs.jpg

It was a close call for a driver and her child in Coral Springs Monday when she struck a gate and caused a pole to come through her windshield, missing the child by inches.

The accident happened just after 9 a.m. when the woman lost control of her car and struck a gate in the 8300 block of West Atlantic Avenue, Coral Springs Police said.

The crash sent a pole through the windshield, through the passenger seat headrest and into the child's safety seat in the second row, Coral Springs Fire Department officials said.

"All of a sudden I don't know what happened, O just hear boom and a pole come through," driver Besayda Sosa said.

Officials said the pole was inches from hitting Sosa's daughter, 4-year-old Khloe, in the safety seat. No one was injured but the child was checked out a a local hospital as a precaution.

Sosa said she's not sure what caused the accident. She recalled talking to her daughter and singing in her car on the drive to work before the pole came through the windshield.

"Thank God, that's what I really think, that we are lucky," Sosa said.

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<![CDATA[A Look Inside the 2016 Democratic National Convention]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:56:44 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-580962546_master.jpgAn estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25.

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<![CDATA[Any Kind of Sex Can Spread Zika, CDC Says]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:05:08 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-507783100-zika.jpg

Any kind of sex can spread the Zika virus, federal health officials said Monday in updated guidance for pregnant women.

And doctors need to ask all pregnant women about any chance they could have been infected with Zika, either through sex, travel or via mosquito bite, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated Zika guidelines.

Several recent new cases show that just about any kind of sexual contact can spread the virus, the CDC said. "Sexual exposure includes vaginal sex, anal sex, oral sex, or other activities that might expose a sex partner to genital secretions," it says in the new guidance.

Zika virus has exploded across the Americas, carried mostly by mosquitoes but also, to the surprise of doctors, by person-to-person contact. Most people don't even get sick, but there is a huge risk to unborn babies, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[A/C Repairman Accused of Attempted Murder]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:49:58 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072516+dario+hernan+dotto.jpg

A Palm Beach County air conditioning repair man is facing an attempted murder charge after authorities say he assaulted a woman and restrained her young children.

Dario Hernan Dotto, 34, was arrested Saturday after going to an appointment at a home in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office officials said, according to WPTV.

Dotto, of West Palm Beach, was at the home to repair the air conditioning but for some reason restrained the children and assaulted the woman, officials said.

He struck the woman multiple times with a blunt object, causing severe laceration on her face and head, officials said. Dotto later confessed to the attack, officials said.

In addition to the attempted murder charge, he's facing kidnapping and child abuse charges. Dotto was being held without bond Monday, and it's unknown if he's hired an attorney.

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<![CDATA[It's Clinton's Convention, but Obama Is Key]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:45:03 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/545148032-obama-campaigns-for-clinton.jpg

Though the Democratic convention is Hillary Clinton's party, President Barack Obama could be the most important figure in the presidential contest between now and Election Day, NBC News reports.

Obama, who is speaking at the convention Wednesday night, is the only outgoing incumbent president since Ronald Reagan who has been popular enough to benefit his party's nominee.

Obama's job-approval rating is at 51 percent in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal — the third-straight NBC/WSJ survey where his approval has been above 50 percent. 

Despite the president's high approval ratings, Republicans want to use the negative news at home and abroad — the terrorist attacks in Orlando and France, and the police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge — against the party in charge of the White House.

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<![CDATA[Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Not Open DNC First Day]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:52:20 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DNC-Tues-P17.jpg

Amid a storm of controversy regarding emails and what looks on paper to be a bias toward one candidate, U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not have a role in opening the Democratic National Convention.

The congresswoman from Weston told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that "in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention."

Wasserman Schultz, who said she will resign her role as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee when the convention ends, declined to answer further questions.

At a Florida delegate breakfast Monday morning in Philadelphia, Wasserman Schultz received an unwelcome reception from Bernie Sanders supporters.

"Debbie Wasserman Schultz is not welcome here, in fact we were told she's going to be quarantined and she would not be showing her face here," Sanders delegate Kelly Thornton said. "If they want unity here at this convention she is not welcome, that is a very first step of unifying this party."

The controversy started after the release of nearly 20,000 emails that appear to show a bias toward the party’s presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, over challenger Sanders. Items in the emails showed strategies for how to defeat the Vermont senator, including exploiting his religion in areas where it would be valuable.

Sanders, at an event Monday before the convention begins, kept his endorsement of Clinton – a move that was booed by many of his supporters in the audience. Sanders told the crowd it was important to do whatever it took to defeat Donald Trump in November’s general election.

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<![CDATA[Over 1 Million Moms at Risk of Zika: Study]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:09:44 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/BabyZika-AP_698041135257.jpg

As many as 1.65 million women in Latin America could be infected with Zika while pregnant, meaning tens of thousands of pregnancies could be at risk, researchers said Monday.

It's the first real estimate of just how many actual pregnancies are at real risk, based on birth rates in each country and other factors, NBC News reported.

Brazil's likely to be the worst affected, the team at the University of Notre Dame and Britain's University of Southampton found.

Their best estimate is between 1.5 million and 2 million women will get infected while pregnant during the first wave of the Zika epidemic if it lasts two to three years. They settled on 1.65 million as the most likely number.

Zika's known to cause a range of birth defects, from brain damage that leads to an unusually small head, called microcephaly, to more subtle nerve, organ and limb defects.

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<![CDATA[Protest Held in North Miami Officer Involved Shooting]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:13:42 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Miami-Police-Shooting-Video.jpg

One week after North Miami was thrust into the national spotlight with the shooting of an unarmed man in the middle of a city street, a group of protesters held a sit-in and asked for an indictment for the officer who pulled the trigger.

Using the hashtag #CharlesKinsey, those who wanted to join in the efforts gathered in front of the North Miami Police Department Monday. A flyer posted online called for the event to be peaceful, encouraging attendees to wear black and bring posters.

"Killer cops and wannabe killer cops should be jailed and fired," protester Cassia Lahm said. "That's why we're here."

North Miami Police went out of their way to set up a tent, sound system, coolers of ice water and a designated free speech zone, but the sit-in turned into a march into the police department's building.

Overwhelmed by the number of people who wanted to file a complaint, officers handed out paper for people to write contact information. Some protesters called that insulting.

"We've received thousands of calls, we're transcribing the calls, we're putting the calls up. We answer calls, we're getting emails, we have phone lines set up," Officer Natalie Buissereth said. "We're not turning our backs, we're listening to our community."

Kinsey, who worked as a caregiver for a nearby group home, was lying on the ground last Monday afternoon with an autistic man he worked with, 26-year-old-Arnaldo Soto, after police responded to a call that there was a suicidal man sitting in the street.

Soto, who barely speaks according to his family, was holding a toy truck while sitting in the street. Kinsey was heard on a cell phone video attempting to tell officers that Soto did not have a weapon.

With his hands in the air, Kinsey was shot multiple times by Officer Jonathan Aledda, a four year veteran of the department who is still suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.

"They said 'put your hands up, lay down on the floor.' He did everything right but he still got shot," protester Emma Nuella said. "Yes we do want a conviction. We want to hold him accountable for his action."

After the shooting, the agency drew even more fire after the head of the Miami-Dade County Police Benevolent Association, John Rivera, told reporters at a press conference that the officer was shooting at Soto and missed. 

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<![CDATA[Jordan Speaks Out on Shootings]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:04:20 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/MJ1.png

Former Chicago Bulls and NBA star Michael Jordan said Monday he "can no longer stay silent" about the shooting deaths of black Americans at the hands of police officers, as well as the recent "cowardly and hateful" targeting of law enforcement.

In an op-ed for sports and culture website The Undefeated, Jordan announced two major contributions to organizations he believes can make a positive change.

“I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late," Jordan wrote. "I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported."

He used the ESPN-owned website to reveal his donation of $1 million each to the NAAPC's Legal Defense Fund and the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Institute for Community-Police Relations.

"Although I know these contributions alone are not enough to solve the problem, I hope the resources will help both organizations make a positive difference," Jordan wrote.

The op-ed penned by the celebrity athlete and business mogul was paired with an article likening his actions to those of Jim Brown, Muhammad Ali and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, all vocal advocates for the black community.

Jordan's comments and financial contributions come on the heels of several spates of violence throughout the country involving black men shot by police, and the targeted killing of law enforcement officers.

In a blog post on ESPN's website, public editor Jim Brady described The Undefeated as a "long-awaited sports and culture site for African-Americans -- helmed by former Washington Post managing editor Kevin Merida."