<![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-usSat, 21 Jan 2017 23:06:40 -0500Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:06:40 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Crooks Target and Attack Women Shopping Alone in Broward]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:01:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011917+women+attacked+and+robbed+in+broward.jpg

Police are investigating a violent crime wave in cities across Broward County. Women shopping alone are targeted and robbed. Plantation Police confirm four incidents that happened within one week. 

According to police, the robberies have taken place in shopping center parking lots in the past week and are believed to have been committed by the same group.

NBC 6 spoke exclusively to one of the victims who was bloodied and bruised when she encountered the crooks. The woman wants to conceal her identity out of fear.

"They weren't really saying much. One of the individuals would not stop attacking us. I would yell 'stop, stop, stop' and trying to help my other colleague who was getting hit non-stop by this individual but they wouldn't stop," said the victim.

In some cases, the women are targeted as they leave stores, like Publix. The crooks follow them home, then rear-end the victim's vehicle. When the victim gets out of the car to assess the damage, the suspects pepper-spray the victims before robbing them.

On Sunday, a woman was targeted outside the Publix at 1181 S. University Drive as she was loading groceries into her car. A suspect pepper-sprayed her in the face and stole her purse.

Less than an hour later, a woman was robbed outside the Publix at 8101 W. Sunrise Boulevard, police said. She was also pepper-sprayed in the eyes and had her purse stolen.

On Tuesday afternoon, two women were walking through the parking lot at 1823 N. Pine Island Road when they were attacked and robbed, police said.

The most recent robbery happened Wednesday after a woman had shopped at the Publix at Northwest 69th Avenue and Broward Boulevard and had gone to her El Dorado Estates home..

Charles Morehead, a security guard at El Dorado Estates, said a resident was targeted at the complex. Video shows the woman entering the neighborhood along with the suspect's car tailing behind. The suspects then intentionally hit the car.  

"When she stopped to check the damage of her car the woman driving, got out and began to apologize to get close to her and then maced her," said Morehead.

The security guard said two armed men jumped out of the car and robbed the victim of $1,500, her phone, her keys and even carjacked her. 

Police said her car was later recovered.

Similar incidents were reported at different locations in the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Police said the suspects have used a black Nissan Altima with dark tinted windows. Two black women and a black man appear to be the suspects, police said.

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

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<![CDATA[217 Arrested as Police, Protesters Clash in DC]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:06:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/20170120+Limo+Fire.jpg

Demonstrations turned violent in the nation's capital as protesters clashed with police, damaged vehicles, destroyed property and set small fires in a chaotic confrontation blocks from Donald Trump's inauguration Friday. At least 217 people were arrested.

The majority of the day's protests were peaceful, but police clad in riot gear faced off against hundreds of demonstrators downtown near 12th and K streets, about six blocks from where Trump would soon hold his inaugural parade, D.C. police said.

Police charged with batons, pepper spray and concussion grenades to disperse crowds. MPD Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham denied claims his agency used tear gas on demonstrators, telling NBC Washington, "We have not deployed tear gas."

The 217 people arrested have been charged with rioting, Newsham said.

Later in the evening, a crowd surrounded a bonfire near 14th and K streets NW, burning newspapers and furniture. Some protesters sat in the middle of intersections to block traffic.

"We're here to protest out of compassion and to be here and to show that, you know, we're all in this together," protester Savannah Ingall told News4.

President Trump supporters and protesters screamed when they came face-to-face along 14th St.

Protests eventually died down and there appeared to be no incidents involving protesters outside of the three inaugural balls.

Before nightfall, a limousine was set on fire a few blocks away from where Trump made his way down Constitution Avenue with a military escort. The fire sent a plume of black smoke into the sky and Fox News crew SUV parked behind the limo also caught fire, officials tell NBC News.

While several peaceful demonstrations unfolded near the Captiol, about a mile away police gave chase to a group of about 300 protesters, who smashed windows of downtown businesses during a pre-inauguration march.

Police dressed in riot gear used pepper spray to quell the disturbance and eventually cordoned off the large crowd near Franklin Square. As protesters fled the scene, six officers suffered "minor injuries" in what Newsham called "coordinated attacks."

Several hours later, the crowd of protesters still at the scene had grown to about 1,000, The Associated Press reported. Some wore gas masks, and had arms chained together.

During the height of the clash, some in the crowd threw newspaper boxes in an attempt to block police and smashed windows of cars, police cruisers and businesses in the area, including along K Street NW. 

As officers tried to surround them, protesters hurled rocks and bottles at them. Flash-bang devices could be heard exploding, but it was not immediately clear whether protesters or officers had set them off.

By about 11:30 a.m., police had successfully surrounded about 20 to 30 protesters at the corner of 12th and L streets NW. Police brought in several transport vans and appeared to be preparing to make the first mass arrests of the day.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser condemned the vandalism, saying at a news conference, "We will not tolerate the destruction of our neighborhoods and we absolutely will not tolerate violence against our police officers and the thousands who have joined us to help with the peaceful inauguration."

This raw video from the protests may contain graphic language.

In a series of coordinated demonstrations designed to cut off spectator access, protesters blocked or caused bottlenecks in front of several security checkpoints outside the National Mall in the hours ahead of the swearing in.

Dozens of protesters lined up at the entrance to a seating area on the West Front of the Capitol, holding signs that said "Free Palestine" and "Let Freedom ring." 

Some protesters wore orange jumpsuits with black hoods over their faces, showing their disapproval of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

Another group of about 10 protesters tied themselves together to block an entrance for ticket holders at 10th and E streets NW. As they sat on the ground, a larger group cheered them on, chanting phrases such as, "We won't be silent." 

Eventually, police used pepper spray after things got physical between protesters and supporters. News4's Mark Segraves said "you can taste the pepper spray in the air."

Ticket holders were allowed to make their way through the gate despite the protests. On the other side of the Capitol, things were quiet and orderly at a second gate.

No arrests were made in those incidents, Segraves reported.

Meanwhile, at Union Station, supporters and protesters arriving in the District were able to find some common ground.  

Linwood Yarborough, a Trump supporter from South Carolina, spent some time Friday chatting with a man who traveled from California to protest the inauguration. 

"I just think it is wonderful to see people pro and con. Freedom is great and we are so fortunate in this country that we can have freedom of speech and we can have a difference of opinion," Yarborough said. "But we should all come together as a nation and move forward, and I hope to see some of that." 

In another exchange, a group of Trump supporters from Tennessee asked a protester from New York to take a picture with them. The group laughed and talked as the supporters gave a thumbs-up and the protester gave a thumbs-down. 

Officials estimate that 800,000 to 900,000 people will attend Inauguration Day festivities, a celebration that takes over the city, closing roads and taxing the city's Metro transit system.

The ceremony began at about 11:30 a.m. ET with a musical prelude.

Just after noon, Trump took the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Trump then delivered his inaugural address, calling for an "new vision" of "America first."

Stay with NBC Washington for more.

Daniel Barnes contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Analysis: How Russia Plans to Trump US as Superpower]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:54:17 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Putin.jpg

This week, Moscow hosted a summit of divided Palestinian factions that yielded a fresh unity agreement. And on Sunday, Russian diplomats will again unite prominent Syrian rebel groups and regime negotiators in Kazakhstan for a peace summit.

Promoting Russia's status as a major global power is part of Putin's push to compensate for domestic failures, Alexey Malashenko, a Russia analyst with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Moscow Center, told NBC News.

Russia's ambitions may get another boost following Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday.

"I think the common thread is [Putin] positioning in view of a deal with Trump," said said Mattia Toaldo, a Middle East analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations. "The interesting thing is that in most cases, Russia is in the driving seat and Trump will simply react."



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<![CDATA[White House Slams Coverage of Inaugural Crowd Size]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:21:04 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/spicer-slams-size-inauguration.jpg

The new White House press secretary used his first press briefing to launch a furious tirade against media coverage of President Donald Trump's inauguration, calling it "shameful and wrong" for focusing on the fact that it was noticeably smaller than Barack Obama's in 2009.

Sean Spicer harangued the media for not taking the administration's point of view on how to cover Trump's inauguration, and claimed that the National Mall was full during the president's oath of office when photographs from multiple vantage points showed that it wasn't. 

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe," Spicer said. "These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong."

There is no evidence to suggest it was the largest ever, by Spicer's own admission that "no one had numbers" for official crowd size estimates, and Nielsen released data Saturday saying about 7 million fewer people watched Trump’s inauguration than Obama’s first in 2009. Ronald Reagan's 1981 inauguration remains the most-watched in American history, with 41.8 million viewers.

Spicer took no questions at the briefing, which came hours after Trump told CIA officials at Langley that the media was inventing a feud between him and the intelligence community, despite suggesting the intel community leaked information to the press and comparing it to something that would be done in Nazi Germany. Trump also said the crowd "looked like a million, million and a half people" to him.

It's the latest bump in a rocky relationship between the Trump team and the national press corps, but the first to take place in the White House press briefing room. And it came as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators filled the streets in Washington and many cities both in America and abroad, all aimed at showing Trump that they will not be silent during his time in office. 

Spicer did not comment on the Women's March on Washington and it's "sister marches" other than to stipulate there are no official estimates about crowd sizes at the rallies. 

Trump had promised an "unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout" for his inauguration, but various planning groups predicted between 700,000 and 900,000 people would attend the swearing-in and parade. Obama drew an estimated 1.8 million people to the National Mall in 2009, though The Washington Post later questioned whether it was too high.

Spicer claimed that spaces on the national mall with a total capacity of 720,000 were full. He also said that images were distorted by protective plastic lawn coverings, and incorrectly claimed they had never been used before — they were used during the 2013 inauguration as well.

The turf covering Spicer referred to has been used in multiple events on the Mall, a National Park Service representative confirmed in a statement. It was not in use in 2009, before restoration began in 2011.

Spicer did not provide any pictorial evidence backing up his claim that the inaugural crowd was the largest ever, though ahead of the briefing, TV screens on either side of the podium showed pictures from behind the president. There were large crowds in the foreground, while the Washington Monument, where crowds appeared to be sparse in other shots, was far in the distance.

D.C. Metro released ridership numbers for 11 a.m. on the most recent inauguration days showing a marked drop in rides between Obama's 2009 inaugural (513,000) and Trump's (193,000).

Crowd sizes are notoriously hard to estimate, and the National Park Service has not offered official estimates since it was threatened with a defamation lawsuit by organizers of the Million Man March in 1995.

Spicer also singled out a reporter's tweet that said a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. was missing from the Oval Office. It was incorrect — the bust is still in the office — and the reporter corrected the report and apologized.

Spicer called that tweet "irresponsible and reckless." But less than 24 hours before, Spicer tweeted that he accepted the reporter's apology. 

Hillary Clinton's former campaign spokesman, Brian Fallon, tweeted that Spicer was "a failure in this job on his first full day" for not refusing to lie to the press.

Ari Fleischer, the press secretarty for George W. Bush, noted on Twitter that it was the kind of statement "you're told to make by the President," who you know is watching. 

"So, while press is stunned & can't believe it, Sean is getting praised by his boss & co-workers now. MSM is from Venus. WH is from Mars," he said. 



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<![CDATA['American Justice' for 'El Chapo']]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:39:58 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/el+chapo+ready+court+police.jpeg

It was a long time coming, but notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman finally walked into an American courtroom Friday to face charges that he was the murderous architect of a three-decade-long web of violence, corruption and drug addiction in the United States.

As he was taken before a federal judge, prosecutors announced they were seeking a $14 billion forfeiture from Guzman, who arrived overnight after the sudden decision by Mexican authorities to grant his extradition to the United States.

"Today marks a milestone in our pursuit of Chapo Guzman,'' said Robert Capers, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn. "He's a man known for a life of crime, violence, death and destruction, and now he'll have to answer for that.''

As boss of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Guzman presided over a syndicate that shipped tons of heroin and cocaine to the U.S., using tanker trucks, planes with secret landing strips, container ships, speedboats and even submarines, prosecutors said. Perhaps most famously, Guzman's cartel built elaborate tunnels under the U.S. border to transport drugs, according to Wifredo Ferrer, the U.S. attorney in Miami.

The cartel made billions of dollars in profits -- hence prosecutors' bid for a $14 billion forfeiture -- and employed hit men who carried out murders, kidnappings and acts of torture, according to prosecutors. The Sinaloa smugglers also helped fuel an epidemic of drug abuse in the U.S. in the 1980s and '90s, the prosecutors said.

Guzman was recaptured a year ago in Mexico after escaping from a maximum-security prison for a second time. The episode was highly embarrassing for President Enrique Pena Nieto's government, and Mexican officials were seen as eager to hand him off to the U.S.

By finally bringing their case in the Eastern District of New York, prosecutors chose that city over Chicago and other jurisdictions that have long hoped to put Guzman on trial.

“After the tunneling into a maximum security prison which had to have the involvement of government officials, that was a huge embarrassment for the government of Mexico,” said Thomas Shakeshaft, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago. “There was still a chance that he was running the cartel behind bars, but this is a symbolic victory both for the government of Mexico, and the United States.”

The Chicago case did carry a big plus, or perhaps more accurately, two of them. Two brothers, Pedro and Margarito Flores, who had been the prime distributors for Guzman’s Sinoloa cartel in Chicago, had agreed to cooperate with authorities and would have been the chief witnesses in a Chicago trial. It isn’t clear if the two will still be called in the New York case.

“It took ten years to get Osama bin Laden,” notes Shakeshaft, who spent years developing the Chicago prosecution. “It took more than that to get to Chapo, but ultimately we did!”

The Drug Enforcement Administration flew Guzman to New York from the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday, hours before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who has criticized Mexico for sending the U.S. "criminals and rapists'' and vowed to build a wall at the Mexican border.

When Guzman got off the plane, "as you looked into his eyes, you could see the surprise, you could see the shock, and to a certain extent, you could see the fear, as the realization kicked in that he's about to face American justice,'' said Angel Melendez, who leads U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's homeland security investigations in New York.

The U.S. has been trying to obtain custody of Guzman since he was first indicted in California in the early 1990s. Now in his late 50s, he faces the possibility of life in a U.S. prison.

Prosecutors had to agree to not seek the death penalty as a condition of the extradition. While he faces federal charges in several U.S. states, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn won the jockeying to get the case. The U.S. attorney's office there has substantial experience prosecuting international drug cartel cases and was once led by outgoing U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

After breaking out of prison the first time in 2001, Guzman spent more than a decade at large, becoming something of a folk legend among some Mexicans for his defiance of authorities. He was immortalized in ballads known as "narco-corridos."

Captured in 2014, Guzman then made an even more audacious escape, coolly stepping into a hole in the floor of his prison cell shower and whizzing to freedom on a motorcycle modified to run on tracks laid the length of the tunnel.

While on the run, he secretly met with actors Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo in a fall 2015 encounter that Penn later chronicled in Rolling Stone magazine.

In Penn's article, Guzman was unapologetic about his criminal activities, saying he had turned to drug trafficking at age 15 because it was "the only way to have money to buy food, to survive.''

The piece was published shortly after Mexican marines rearrested Guzman in a January 2016 shootout that killed five of his associates and wounded one marine.



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<![CDATA[Thousands Flood Chicago Streets for Women's March]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:23:27 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000021722262_1200x675_859804227770.jpg An estimated 250,000 people descended on the city for the Women's March on Chicago Saturday. Sky5 caught the view from above of the massive crowd at the rally. ]]> <![CDATA[From Antarctica to Europe: Women's Marches Around the World]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:01:20 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/London_England_1_March1.jpg From Antarctica to the Netherlands, global marches and rallies for women's right were held around the world in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the Women's March in Washington, as well as the 600 "sister marches" held across the United States, on Jan. 21, 2017. See the photos.

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<![CDATA[Women's March Mosaic: Social Posts from Washington, DC]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:16:19 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dc-social-mosaic.jpg

The day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in rallies and marches across the globe in support of women's rights. The largest such march was in Washington, D.C., where authorities estimated 500,000 gathered. The above mosaic shows social posts from people at the march, overlaid on a photo of the crowd itself. Were you there tweeting? Use the 'Find Yourself' tool to find your post or click on the faces to see posts by others. 

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<![CDATA['We Shall Over-Comb': The Best Signs of the Women's March]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:55:12 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/overcombfeuerherd.jpg

Protesters attitudes toward President Trump were on display on handmade signs at women's marches around the globe Saturday. 

Many of the signs were playful and whimsical, but conveyed a protest message. 

One of them showed recently-deceased actress Carrie Fisher dressed as her Star Wars character Princess Leia with the title, "RESISTER." 

Another Instagram photo captioned with #womensmarch showed a sign that poked fun at Trump's speech. "Trump has the best misogyny, it's very big misogyny. Sad!" the sign reads.  

In Washington, where crowds are expected to reach 500,000 people, one marcher held a sign that read, "we shall over-comb," with a drawing of Trump's notorious hairstyle. 

A girl at the march held a sign that read, "girl's just want to have fundamental human rights." 



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<![CDATA[Watch Women's Marches From Across the Country]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:49:06 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/marches-streams-th.jpg
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<![CDATA[South Florida On Guard for Potential Severe Weather]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:15:43 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/sunday+severe+weather.jpg

The First Alert Forecast Team is tracking a robust cold front that is headed our way and bringing us the threat for strong storms.

As of now, the timing looks like we will start with scattered showers and storms through the first half of Sunday. By late afternoon to late evening we will start to see the rain become more widespread.

Eventually, we will track the cold front through late Sunday into the evening and overnight hours. This will leave us with a good potential for wind gusts up to 60mph and frequent lightning.

At this time, we cannot rule out isolated tornadoes and small hail. Stay connected and up to date with us on air, online and on the NBC6 News & Weather app.



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<![CDATA[Demonstrators Hit Streets After Rally Reaches Capacity]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:27:28 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Capture411.JPG

Over ten thousand people converged on the streets of Downtown for the Women's Rally in South Florida.

More than 10,000 people attended the rally at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Downtown Miami, which coincides with more than 600 women's marches being held across the world including the Women's March on Washington.

"It's very exciting women's voices and men's voices are being heard for the rights of all human beings," said Sunny Mclean women's rally supporter.

When the event reached it's capacity, demonstrators who were turned away began marching along the streets of Downtown Miami and eventually onto Interstate 95, causing traffic delays.

"This is awesome, we can't even go inside so we're standing on the street and raising our voice," Lavern Deer said.

The event is called the Women's Rally in South Florida. It was held Saturday from 1-5 p.m. at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Downtown Miami.

South Florida no stranger to demonstrations as they hosted this free and public massive rally where supporters of all ages shared the main message— that women's rights are human rights.

"In the words of the new declaration of independence, that all men and women and queers and disabled people and immigrants and atheists and muslims and all y'all were created equal! That's why we are here," said rally supporter Kristen Wood.

The march comes a day after anti-Trump protesters peacefully marched in Downtown Miami on Friday. The demonstrators began their march at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami before eventually making their way onto I-95 Northbound, causing traffic delays.

For more information on the event or other marches around the world click here.



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<![CDATA[Protester Punches White Nationalist Richard Spencer]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:39:44 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/richardspencerfeuerherdIBIB.jpg

White nationalist Richard Spencer was punched in the face during an on-camera interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation News not far from President Trump's inauguration, NBC News reported.



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<![CDATA['In God We Trust': World Newspapers React to Trump]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:29:56 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP17021357654857_opt.jpg

Newspapers around the world led with the news Saturday of Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States and his bold declaration that "from this moment on it's going to be America first."

His vow made headlines from Denver and Dallas to the United Kingdom where it was featured on the front pages of both the Scotsman and the Guardian, which declared in a separate headline that "in pledging to put 'America first', Trump holds the world at his mercy."

"The president's inaugural address put the rest of the planet on notice on Friday that it would, from now on, have to deal with a United States that is far less willing to do things for other countries, buy their products or protect their borders," the article said.

Germany's Der Spiegel perhaps went further, declaring on its cover, "a New World Order." Featuring a billiards table that shows the United States as the cue ball about to break things up, the weekly magazine went with the headline "Trump's Game."

The Times of London also described Trump's presidency as a "new era," while the Sydney Morning Herald said that the new president would now "unleash his shock and awe agenda."

China's official Global Times newspaper said in a commentary that Trump had made a number of "lofty promises" but offered few details on how he intended to carry them out, The Associated Press reported. 

Other governments that have had strained relationships with the Obama administration welcomed the change in Washington, including Turkey. The country's pro-government Daily Sabah went with a straightforward headline for Saturday's cover that said: "Turkey sees Trump as a force to correct US’s misguided policy in fight against [ISIS]."



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<![CDATA[Italy Bus Crash Kills 16 People Returning From School Trip]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:07:30 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP17021296752918_opt.jpg

Sixteen people were killed when a bus crashed and caught fire in Italy while carrying Hungarian teenagers home from a school trip, authorities said Saturday.

Police commander Geralomo Lacquanita said the bus crashed and burst into flames just before midnight on the A4 highway near Verona as it returned from France, NBC News reported.

The bus was returning to Budapest with boys aged 15 to 17 along with parents and teachers.

Police say 16 badly burned bodies have been pulled from the wreckage.



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<![CDATA[South Florida Millennials Attend Trump Inauguration]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:31:07 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012017+south+florida+students+at+inauguration.jpg

South Florida was well represented at Friday's Inauguration of Donald Trump.

Chris Rotella, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, bought his plane ticket to Washington, D.c. one day before the inauguration. He explains what moved him to make the last-minute trip.

"I was sitting at home and we were going to watch the Atlas V Rocket and I said that would be pretty American and my girlfriend said 'What would be American is going to the inauguration", said Rotella.

He was able to score a ticket to the ceremony. He says he was inspired by Trump's speech.

"It's really been something incredible. Everybody seems to be really positive and excited about the future of America. Hopefully, it can be good for small businesses," said Rotella.

Also in the inauguration crowd, students and teachers from Monsignor Edward Pace High School.

"I wanted to attend the inauguration to get a different view of politics. And, I was able to. I grew up a Democratic household and I got to meet some different Republicans and see what they had to say. It was a really good experience," said one student.

The students traveled to the nation's capital for a real-life history lesson and they got it from the National Mall.

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<![CDATA[Best Moments of the Presidential Inaugural Balls ]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:19:20 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632249496.jpg See some of the best moments at the presidential inaugural balls held in honor of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States.

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<![CDATA[Local Sock Sales Help the Homeless]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:16:55 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012017+peter+glenn+sock+drive.jpg

It’s surprising to hear, but homeless shelters say socks are the most requested and least donated item of clothing.

With that in mind, popular Florida ski shop Peter Glenn donated 1,200 pairs of socks to His House Children’s Home in Miami Gardens Thursday.

The dropoff was the culmination of a promotion in Peter Glenn’s Florida locations, where the sale of each pair of Lift23 socks provided one pair for a local child in need (much like the long-running “one for one” shoe campaign by TOMS).

“We are so thankful that Lift 23 and Peter Glenn have chosen to partner with His House,” said Sandra Sanchez, Development Department Manager at His House Children’s Home. “Our kids are always in need of socks and they love the ones Lift 23 gave them.”

And there’s a bonus to this charitable endeavor.

Peter Glenn says that many employees expressed interest in visiting His House Children’s Home and doing more to help in the future.


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<![CDATA[Could Trump Shut Down an Investigation if He Wanted?]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:27:07 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17013713721598-Trump-head.jpg

The FBI is conducting a counterintelligence investigation into Russia's efforts to manipulate public opinion in the United States presidential election, examining how the operation was paid for and whether any Americans were involved, current and former U.S. officials told NBC News.

Former intelligence officials told NBC News that President Donald Trump would technically have the authority to order an end to the investigation — which the CIA, NSA and Treasury Department are also participating in — given that the intelligence agencies report directly to him.

Officials have not said whether the investigation has unearthed any evidence of wrongdoing by Trump aides or any other Americans. Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said on the "Today" show that the president would let the investigation go wherever it leads. And it would be politically disastrous for Trump to end the probe, the former intelligence officials said.

"I remember the last president who ordered a stop to an investigation and it cost him his presidency," said Raymond Batvinis, a former FBI counter intelligence agent who teaches national security at George Washington University, speaking of Richard Nixon and Watergate.



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<![CDATA[Anti-Trump Protesters March in Downtown Miami]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:31:37 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012017+miami+trump+protest.jpg

A group of people held a peaceful rally Friday in protest of Donald Trump's inauguration. No arrests were made.

The demonstration was planned by the Anti-Trump Action Committee. The march started at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. Protesters walked in the middle of traffic as they marched along Biscayne Boulevard.

The demonstrators moved onto I-95 Northbound, causing traffic delays. At one point, Florida Highway Patrol troopers blocked the highway but protesters crossed the the police barrier and continued for a short distance before exiting I-95.

Some drivers were upset, but others didn't mind the wait. "No, I really think that Donald "Putin" needs to know what's going on in this country and there's an awful lot of people not happy with him," said one driver. 

Miami Police said the group did not have proper permits to rally. Officials said they were not told in advance of the group's march route. 

People of all ages participated in the rally, including 16-year-old Quinn Tucker.  "I don't agree with what Trump says. And, I felt like I needed to do something about it," said Tucker.

A Women's Rally in South Florida will be held at Bayfront Park Saturday from 1-5 p.m. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend that rally, which coincides with more than 600 women's marches being held across the world.

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<![CDATA[Students Watch Trump Inauguration with Critical Eye]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:26:39 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012017+high+school+students+inaugural+watch+party.jpg

Every presidential inauguration is historic, and an opportunity to appreciate an essential component of the American experiment.

Students at Coral Gables High School spent the day watching Friday’s inauguration.

"The most important thing is how great it is that we live in this great nation of ours where you have this peaceful transition of power," said Alina Yaniz, teacher.

But after a nasty, divisive campaign, some students in two AP History classes were visibly disturbed by the reality before them: Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States.

"We came together and we made the decision to elect someone who ran his entire campaign based on racism and sexism and hate and I think that says a lot about us," said Venecia Castro, junior.

It's one thing to watch history unfold. It's another thing, the Miami-Dade Superintendent says, to watch it with a critical eye and really understand what's happening.

"That's exactly what we teach; we don't just teach the three R's of reading, writing, arithmetic. We teach the personal and civic adequacy and today is an example of that. We expect them to be smart, ask questions, have opinions," said Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

There were no cheers in the classroom, perhaps a reflection said one student, of Trump's failure to reach out to the majority who did not vote for him.

“I don't believe what he says, he's a liar. I don't want Obama's legacy to be ruined by this man," said Roxy Rico, student.

However, Harrison Austin is hopeful.

“He has the potential to be the voice for all the people, not restricted to a political party or affiliation," added Austin.

Hilda Delgado, an AP History student, disagrees with Trump’s agenda.

“I feel like Trump is changing a lot of things and not in a good way, normalizing things that used to be radical,” said Delgado.

Despite the pessimism in the room, there was a hint of optimist from student Alexander Cobas.

"I think that Mr. Trump is going to bring us together by the end of his four years or eight years and if he doesn't, the American people can elect another way. That's the great thing about a democracy," said Cobas.

Some of the students expressed real fears of what the Trump Administration might do to them because of their immigration status, LGBT issues, and several kids are terrified that Trump will ignore climate change. The White House web site erased climate change references as soon as Trump was sworn in.

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<![CDATA[Compare the Crowds: Obama and Trump Inaugurations]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:41:45 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/inaug-aerial-th.jpg

President Donald Trump promised an “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout” for his inauguration, but it appears he fell short of a record.

Photos taken from the same vantage point at roughly the same time during the inaugurations of Trump and Barack Obama show far fewer people on the National Mall on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Subway ridership figures released Friday also show a drop between 2009 and 2017.

Various groups involved with the planning of Friday’s ceremonies — the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Activities, the D.C. Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the U.S. Armed Forces Joint Task Force-National Capital Region — predicted 700,000 to 900,000 would attend Trump’s swearing-in and parade.

His predecessor drew what was originally estimated to be a record 1.8 million people to the National Mall for his inauguration in 2009. That estimate was provided by Washington D.C. officials, though The Washington Post later questioned whether it was too high.

On Friday, ridership numbers from the Washington D.C. Metro showed a drop from the 2009 inaugural. As of 11 a.m. on Friday, it recorded 193,000 rides, compared to 513,000 at that time in 2009.

Meanwhile, an expert told The New York Times the crowd on the National Mall on Friday was about one-third the size of the crowd for Obama in 2009. 

The Joint Congressional Committee for Inaugural Ceremonies distributed about 250,000 tickets for Trump’s inauguration on Friday, 1,600 on platforms and 1,000 on bleachers, which it said was on par for previous ceremonies. But most people attending the festival watch from elsewhere.



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<![CDATA[Women Targeted and Attacked Shopping Alone in Broward County]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:01:45 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/women+leaving+publix.JPG

That a trip to your local grocery store could end with bumps, bruises, and a hospital visit.

"They stole her car," said Corey Reidel. "They took her purse, which had all her credit cards and cash and the keys to the house."

Plantation Police are investigating at least four similar incidents this week— three of them involving women leaving Publix parking lots, being followed by suspects behind the wheel of a black Nissan Altima with dark tinted windows.

The most recent case occurred Wednesday night, involving Reidel's mother who is still too shaken up to share her story.

"It's the emotional scars that last the longest," Reidel said.

He says his mom driving home from a Publix on West Broward Boulevard, when security cameras caught the suspect's car tailing her. However, what we don't see is the driver intentionally hitting her.

"One of the gentlemen opened the door, punched her in the face, and sprayed her with mace," Reidel explained.

He says he mom was caught completely off guard. By the time she realized what was going on it was too late.

Another victim shared a picture of bloody, bruised legs after her attack. She's telling a familiar story of being followed, accidentally bumped into, sprayed with mace and robbed. She's also not sharing her identity.

"They weren't really saying much. One of the individuals would not stop attacking us," said one of the victims. "I would yell stop stop stop and trying to help my other colleague who was getting hit non stop by this individual but they wouldn't stop."

This Friday evening Broward shoppers are keeping a close eye of their surroundings and encouraging you to do the same.

"It's just a matter of time before they do this to someone else," Reidel said.

Publix released a statement in regards to the recent incidents:

"The safety of our customers and our associates is a top priority for us.  We are cooperating with Plantation Police and the Broward Sheriff's Office. Because it is an open investigation, we can not share anymore information.  Anymore questions should be addressed to Plantation Police." 



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<![CDATA[UM Prof. Analyzes Trump Inauguration, Says 'Bar is Set Low']]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:10:19 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012017+um+professor+on+trump+inauguration.jpg

University of Miami Political Science professor Joseph Uscinski watched President Donald Trump's inaugural speech and heard some familiar themes.

"Nothing really surprised me. He has been saying the same things over and over again and this speech was sort of codifying now into a policy direction," said Uscinski.

Jobs, national security and the economy were just a few topics President Trump keyed on. Professor Uscinski feels a specific segment of the American electorate really connected with Mr. Trump's message.

"I think Donald Trump is sort of appealing to largely old people who are law and order people who maybe liked Reagan, maybe liked Nixon who want very strong authoritarian government," the professor said.

And, those who voted for Trump, says Uscinski, surely liked what they heard.

"Because he is not going back on anything that he has said. He is going full throttle on everything he has promised to do over the course of the campaign. Now, it is easy to say it in a speech it will be more difficult to do in actuality," added Uscinski.

Trump reiterated his dark, bleak outlook of America and promised change for the better with him as commander-in-chief.

Uscinski thinks small steps for President Trump would serve him best.

"I think Donald Trump could probably go down as one of our most regarded and perhaps one of our best rated presidents and the reason is that the bar is set so low for him. A lot of people feel right now that if we are not dead in four years he would have done a good job," said Uscinski.

Small steps, according to Professor Uscinski, include passing a budget, maybe a tax plan, non-controversial matters, he thinks would bode well for Mr. Trump.

Uscinski says if Trump delves into issues, like complex foreign affairs or taking on his promise to build a wall along the southern border could be problematic for the president.

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<![CDATA[RAW: Limo Engulfed in Flames Near Inauguration Parade]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:52:16 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017480688_1200x675_859360836000.jpg A limousine at 13th and K streets NW became engulfed in flames as demonstrators protested in the area near President Trump's inauguration parade.]]> <![CDATA[Protests Worldwide as Trump Takes Office]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:14:49 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Berlin_Germany.jpg Protests broke out in countries around the world as Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Trump Inauguration Watch Party at Versailles in Little Havana]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:10:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/230*120/Capture167.JPG

From Washington D.C. to right here in Little Havana, Trump supporters in Miami came out for a watch party of his inauguration as 45th president of the United States.

Members of Vigilia Mambisa, a human rights group of mostly Cuban American Republicans, came out to Versailles restaurant in Miami for a watch party of Donald Trump's inauguration.

"I'm out here to support Donald Trump," Vicente Mayans said. "I think he's the best candidate in office and I think he's gonna do great."

Calling it La Fiesta Republicana or the Republican Party— Trump supporters welcomed the 45th president into the White House by watching his swearing in ceremony projected on TV.

"I'm supporting my president," said Cesar Mayans, as he watched the inauguration.

Those who came out to celebrate expressed their hopes for a Trump presidency.

"Better economy, more jobs, better healthcare system and you know just give the country back to the people," Cesar Mayans said.



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<![CDATA[WhiteHouse.gov Switches Hands, Gets Trump Refresh]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:45:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-632199332.jpg

Many of the pages on the White House's website were taken down Friday, shortly after Donald Trump's inauguration as president, including pages on LGBTQ rights, climate change and the Affordable Care Act.

However, those pages are still accessible online. Anything that was at WhiteHouse.gov under the Obama administration has been moved to ObamaWhiteHouse.gov. The plan to do so was announced earlier in the week.

Everything on the archived version of the Obama White House page is marked as "historical material" that's "frozen in time."

The new version of WhiteHouse.gov lists Trump and Mike Pence as president and vice president, and made no mention of LGBT or climate change Friday afternoon. A new page calling for an "America first energy plan," however, was live.

"For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule," the new page reads

The Department of Labor's page on advancing LGBTQ rights in the work place appears to have been scrubbed from the department's website. The many pages that were once devoted to explaining and helping Americans sign up for the Affordable Care Act appear to have taken down. 

Meanwhile, the first online petition of Trump's presidency appeared on whitehouse.gov shortly after his inauguration. 

The petition calls for the White House to "Immediately release Donald Trump's full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance." 

It had received more than 2,000 signatures hours after the inauguration. 

NBC has reached out for comment to President Trump's team. 



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<![CDATA[#MAGA: Twitter Reacts to Donald Trump's Inauguration]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:24:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632201972.jpg

A mix of emotions streamed down Twitter timelines as President Donald J. Trump was sworn in Friday. 

“We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you the people," Trump said in his inaugural address. 

"This American carnage ends right here and ends right now."

Trump was sworn in by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts with his hand on two Bibles: his own and one used by Abraham Lincoln in 1861. He campaigned on the #MAGA promise or on making America great again. 

"January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again," Trump tweeted following the inauguration ceremony.

Social reaction to the inaugural pomp and circumstance was swift.

White supremacist David Duke tweeted, "Hail Prez Trump!" as protesters formed along Washington streets, later clashing with police. 

See social media reaction to the inauguration here: 



Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Inaugural Words: America, Country, People, Carnage]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:32:11 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/trump-inaug-speech-wordcloud.gif

America. Country. People. These were the most commonly used words by President Donald Trump in his inaugural address on Friday. 

Trump used either "America" or "American" 33 times in his speech, in which he spoke of the problems that have plagued the country in recent years, and promised to fix them. He said "country" 11 times and "people" 10 times. 

Those three words have been used in nearly every inaugural speech in the country's history, according to a database of the speeches compiled by the Washington Post. But Trump also had at least one unusual word choice: "Carnage." 

"But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential," he said.

"This American carnage stops right here and stops right now," Trump added.

According to the Post, this was the first time "carnage" was used in an inaugural address.

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<![CDATA[Inauguration Mosaic: Social Posts from the National Mall]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:32:27 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/trump-mosaic.jpg

People from across the country gathered at the National Mall to watch the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United Stated. The above mosiac shows social posts from people watching the mosaic, overlaid on a photo of the crowd itself. Were you there tweeting? Use the 'Find Yourself' tool to find your post or click on the faces to see posts by others. 

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<![CDATA[SWAG On 6: Coral Reef High's Sophia Aime]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:30:45 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012017+Sophia+Aime.jpg

At first glance, it looks like any other coloring book, albeit with French and Creole wording. Sophia Aime’s creation is much more than something you could buy in a store. This senior at Coral Reef High School designed the book to inspire orphans in Haiti, children who often end up as child laborers.

"I created coloring books in their French and Haitian Creole language to you know, encourage these kids, boost their spirits," Sophia explained.

Sophia delivered dozens of her vocational coloring books, along with crayons, to an orphanage in Haiti last summer. Each page features a man or a woman engaged in some sort of occupation, from doctor to baker to engineer and many more.

"And I explained to them what these books mean and how they’re supposed to empower them and how they’re supposed to inspire them to become greater," Sophia said, explaining how she presented the books to the kids.

The coloring books are a marriage of Sophia’s passion for art and activism.

"She’s one of those kids who feels she has a mission, that she is here for a reason," said chemistry teacher Hemisha Barkow, one of Sophia’s mentors at school.

Her classmates notice the same quality in Sophia.

"She strives to do good for other people and she’s such an empowering woman," said fellow senior Mahek Lalani.

Sophia’s road has been challenging, to say the least. A few months ago, she lost her father. After his death, the family lost its home, sometimes the electricity bills went unpaid, yet throughout it all, Sophia continued her straight-A academic performance in the challenging International Baccalaureate curriculum.

"It just shows your strength, that if you’re able to overcome this, you’re able to overcome anything," Sophia said.

That perseverance and determination awes her friends at school.

"And she just continues to have this confidence and she just powered through it and that’s what truly inspires me because if I had to go through that I know I wouldn’t be able to make it," said classmate Sarah Alkhwlani.

Sophia won a full scholarship through the Questbridge program to Macalester College in Minneapolis. Eventually, she wants to become a civil rights attorney.

"You know, give a voice to those who are discriminated against, those who are mistreated, those who had injustice in their lives," Sophia said.

So her desire to help society is at the heart of her ambitions. What else would you expect from someone whose name means "love" in French?



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