<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usMon, 20 Feb 2017 06:37:21 -0500Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:37:21 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[SW Fla. Teacher Reassigned After Post Criticizing Immigrants]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:34:11 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021717+victoria+fleming+sw+florida+teacher.jpg

An elementary school teacher in Southwest Florida has been reassigned after she made a post on Facebook criticizing immigrants.

Victoria Fleming, a computer lab instructor and instructional review teacher, posted a message on Thursday during a nationwide push for immigrants to say home in protest of President Trump’s executive order.

Part of Fleming’s post read "the funny thing about immigrants staying home is the rest of us who pay for them are at work like we've always been."

According to NBC affiliate WBBH-TV, she has since been reassigned to the district administrative center pending the results of an internal investigation.

The post has been removed, but an online petition for her firing has been started. The school she worked at, Parkside Elementary School, has an enrollment that is 96 percent minorities.



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<![CDATA['Not My Presidents Day': Thousands to Protest Trump ]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:08:11 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-642648382.jpg

From coast to coast, thousands of people across the United States have spent their Presidents Day holiday weekend protesting Donald Trump's anti-immigration policies, and even more demonstrations are planned for Monday, NBC News reported.

Protesters wielding signs in Dallas, Los Angeles and New York poured into the streets on Saturday calling for the establishment of sanctuary cities in order to end ICE raids. On Sunday, more than a thousand people rallied in New York City in support of Muslim Americans.

Meanwhile, hundreds of scientists took to the streets of Boston urging Trump to recognize climate change and tackle environmental issues. Protesters held signs in the shape of telescopes and beakers that read, for example, "Scientists Serving the Common Good." The rally was taking place at the same time as the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in the city.

And on Monday, even more rallies are expected in at least 20 cities across the U.S., including in Los Angeles; New York; Washington, D.C., and Chicago.



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<![CDATA[Robbers Steal From Couple Inside Pembroke Pines Home]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:14:10 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/generic-police-lights14.jpg

Officers in Pembroke Pines are looking for two men they say robbed a couple inside their home late Sunday night.

Police say that just before 11 p.m., the two men entered the open garage of the home off NW 7th Street and 159th Avenue where they demanded valuables from a female victim standing inside. The men then took her at gunpoint inside the home.

Once inside, they forced both the woman and another male victim to the ground while they stole items – including cash, wedding rings, cell phones and more – before walking out of the home.

Three children were also in the home during the incident, but no one was hurt. Police describe both suspects as black males in their early 20’s wearing all black clothing including hooded sweatshirts. One man had a bandana covering his face while holding the gun used.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pembroke Pines Police or Broward CrimeStoppers.

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<![CDATA[Men Posing as Police Tie Up, Rob Victims In NW Miami-Dade]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:14:04 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/022017+nwmd+home+invasion+police.jpg

Police are looking for two men they say went into a Northwest Miami-Dade home Sunday afternoon, tying up three victims and making away with cash and other items.

Officials say the men one described as a white man and the other a black man between 20 and 30 years old, were holding guns and wearing body armor when they walked into a home off of NW 22nd Avenue and 104th Terrace.

"This happened at 3:45 in the afternoon, in broad daylight in a corner house on a main avenue,” said Det. Jennifer Capote from the Miami-Dead Police Department.

According to investigators, the front door was open because a cable company was working at the home. The armed robbers identified themselves as Miami Police and then tied up two adult residents and the cable technician.

“These gentlemen ransacked the residence and they got away with money and jewelry,” Capote said.

Two children witnessed the home invasion, but police say the thieves did not tie their hands. The men posing as officers took off in a Black Jeep Cherokee.

Police hope to avoid other similar incidents and remind homeowners to ask for credentials to make sure the person at your door is an officer.

“Call the police. You can let them know you are calling the police,” said Capote. “If they are real officers they are going to be contacted via their radios and be told by the dispatcher that yes, these people are calling the police and they are concerned."

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers or Miami-Dade Police.

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<![CDATA[Emails Show Kushner's Stricter Approach on Ethics Than Trump]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:25:58 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17023542554197.jpg

The Trump administration has struggled with ethics vetting for Cabinet nominees and faced criticism for the president's decision to remain invested in his business empire. When Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, prepared to enter the White House, however, the administration sought to do it by the book.

That is the picture established by new emails, obtained by MSNBC, showing how Kushner's lawyers worked on a divestment plan to avoid conflicts by conferring with the Office of Government Ethics.

"The process was good here," said Norm Eisen, an ethics expert who is suing the Trump administration, saying the emails show Kushner and his wife divested themselves from any holdings that presented conflicts.

"Although the Trump transition team apparently was not particularly cooperative with the Office of Government Ethics," said Kathleen Clark, an ethics expert at Washington University Law School, "Kushner and his lawyers seem to have taken a different approach."



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<![CDATA[Employees Fired After Joining Day Without Immigrants Protest]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:35:05 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_1704764688735216x9.jpg

More than 100 employees across the country were fired from their jobs after skipping work to take part in last week's "Day Without Immigrants" demonstrations, which were aimed at showcasing the impact immigrants have on the U.S. economy.

As NBC News reported, restaurants and day cares were among the businesses in states like Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma and New York where bosses fired workers after they didn't show up for work in order to protest.

A company in Tennessee laid off 18 employees after they participated in the nationwide demonstration on Thursday, NBC4 reported. The company's attorney said in a statement obtained by the news station that all employees were told they risked termination if they skipped work.

Two employees in Florida claimed they were fired from their positions at Grace Community School, according to NBC2, though the head of the school insists no one was terminated. While 25 workers were fired from Ben's Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers in Long Island, New York, on Friday, according to Telemundo 47.



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<![CDATA[F-16s Sent to Enforce No-Fly Zone in Palm Beach County]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:35:03 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/F-16_South-Carolina.jpg

Residents in South Florida once again heard fighter jets racing through the skies Sunday afternoon, sent to intercept an airplane entering a restricted air space.

According to WPTV, a pair of U.S. Air Force F-16s were sent to Palm Beach County to enforce a temporary flight restriction near President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.

The fighter jets were sent to intercept an airplane around noon.

A general aviation aircraft that was not in communication with air traffic control authorities flew into restricted space, according to SMSgt Chuck Marsh with North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.

Once the F-16s got close to the plane flying in the restricted area, pilots established communications and informed the other pilot to leave the area.

Marsh says the pilot complied and immediately exited the area without incident.

During a similar incident on Friday, residents reported hearing, and in some cases feeling, a sonic boom. The fighter jets were also scrambling to intercept an unresponsive general aviation aircraft near Palm Beach County.



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<![CDATA[1 in Critical Condition After Miami Road Rage Incident: MDPD]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:44:06 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4706717961.jpg

A crash in Miami escalated into a violent road rage incident that left one man hospitalized in critical condition.

On Saturday at around 7:40 p.m., a blue Kia Cadenza and a black Ford Focus were traveling northbound on Northwest 22nd Avenue and Northwest 105th Avenue, when the Ford Focus side swiped the blue Kia, according to Miami-Dade Police Department.

MDPD says both drivers stopped and exited their vehicles. When the passenger of the Ford Focus exited the vehicle, he shot 38-year-old Leonardo Gearing, the driver of the Kia, multiple times. The driver and the passenger of the Ford Focus fled the scene.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue transported Gearing to Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.

Officials say the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (305)471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477.



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<![CDATA[Women Arrested After Toddlers Found Alone in Trailer Park]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:13:57 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Yveline+Saintal+and+Jessica+Saintil.jpg

Two women were arrested and charged with child neglect after two toddlers were found wandering a Keys trailer park alone late Friday night, authorities say.

A deputy responded to Roy’s Trailer Park shortly around midnight after a tow truck driver reported seeing the small children wandering around by themselves, according to Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

A MCSO report states the girls, both 2 years old, were crying and appeared to be cold. One was nude and the other was wearing only a T-shirt and underwear. The deputy got a towel out of his car to cover the nude child and began searching for someone responsible for the children.

Jessica Saintil, 24, and Yveline Saintal, 23, showed up a short time later and said they were the ones responsible for the children.

Upon investigation, the two women, who said they had been drinking alcohol, left the children alone in a nearby trailer while they went to visit friends. The women told police they were only gone a short time and when they returned, they found the door to the trailer open and the children gone.

Both women were arrested on charges of child neglect.



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<![CDATA[Dog Left at Shelter Comes With Heartbreaking Letter From Kid]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:47:35 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/humanesocietyfeuerherd.jpg

Rhino Lightning arrived at the Humane Society of Utah last week, with a spiral notebook filled back to front with a child's notes about the dog — a "striped dream," as the adoring author put it, the "Today" show reported.

Addressed to Rhino's new family, the letter says the animal's "cheeks make a lot of slobber." He is "a good dog and he loves cuddles," and is a "very amazing puppy." Rhino "hates snow & swimming," but he "loves to run around" and to sleep under the blankets.

"The family told our receiving staff the notebook was written by one of their kids," Humane Society of Utah spokesperson Guinnevere Shuster told TODAY in an email. "It was​ filled with information about Rhino for his new​ ​family​."



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<![CDATA[Duran Duran’s World Tour Adds Stop in South Florida]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:32:11 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/photo-credit-stephanie-pistel-extralarge_1437164431181.jpg

Iconic British pop group Duran Duran announced they are adding South Florida to their spring concert lineup in support of their latest album “Paper Gods.”

The next leg of the “Paper Gods” World Tour set to kick-off on March 17th in Palm Springs, California will take Duran Duran through Houston and Dallas, Texas before the band makes their way down to South America where they are slated to perform at the Lollapalooza festivals in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Upon finalizing their South America dates the band will return to the United States on April 5TH for a concert performance right here in South Florida at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.

“Paper Gods” is Duran Duran’s 14th studio album co-produced by Grammy Award-winners Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Mr. Hudson and Josh Blair and it features collaborations with Janelle Monáe (Pressure Off), former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante (What are the Chances), Kiesza (Last Night in the City), Mew singer Jonas Bjerre (Change the Skyline), and actress Lindsay Lohan (Danceophobia).

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The multi-platinum music superstars who once ruled MTV in the 80s and 90s re-entered the Billboard album charts with “Paper Gods” at No. 10, earning Duran Duran their highest charting album in 22 years.

Tickets for the April 5th performance at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood are still available via Ticketmaster.com or at the Hard Rock Live box office.

Duran Duran’s confirmed 2017 concerts:

3/17 — Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Resort

3/18 — Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Resort

3/21 — Dallas, TX, Music Hall at Fair Park

3/22 — Houston, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

3/26 — Sao Paolo, Brazil, Lollapalooza Brazil

3/29 — Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Belo Horizonte Hall

4/1 — Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lollapalooza Argentina

4/2 — Santiago, Chile, Lollapalooza Chile

4/5 — Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Casino

4/7— Wilmington, NC Azalea Festival

4/8 — Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park



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<![CDATA[Police Search for Suspects in Wilton Manors Home Invasion]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:44:35 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Police+Siren+Generic+123.jpg

Police continue their search Sunday for two suspects involved in a Wilton Manors home invasion robbery.

The robbery occurred on Saturday at about 2:45 p.m. at a home located along the 600 block of Northwest 22nd Street, according to Wilton Manors Police Department.

Authorities say the suspects are described as two black males, one with short hair with a stocky build. The other has black dread locks, clear glasses a medium build and was seen with a black revolver.

Both men are believed to have fled in a black Kia with possible front-end damage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wilton Manors police at 954-764-HELP(4357).

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<![CDATA[Islamorada Man Arrested, Charged With Stabbing Wife's BF]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:57:15 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Fredrick+Kimble.jpg

A 55-year-old Islamorada man is in jail Sunday and charged with stabbing his wife’s boyfriend.

Fredrick Kimble was arrested Saturday after authorities responded to a report of a stabbing, according to Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Police say they found the 40-year-old victim outside of trailer holding his stomach. He said he’d been stabbed by a Kimble inside the trailer.

The man lives in the trailer with Kimble and Kimble’s wife, according to police. Kimble and his wife are reportedly estranged and the victim and the wife are a couple.

Investigators say the three of them were all outside the trailer when Kimble and his wife began to argue. The victim told police he stepped in and told Kimble to stop yelling at her. As the wife began to pull him away from Kimble, the boyfriend “felt a stab” to his abdomen and realized Kimble had stabbed him with a pocket knife.

He was airlifted to a Miami hospital for treatment of a stab wound. Kimble is charged with aggravated battery.



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<![CDATA[NBC 6 News Team at Coconut Grove Arts Festival]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:23:42 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*213/C5DEdnCUoAAf7zX.jpg An estimated 120,000 people are expected to make their way to Coconut Grove for a yearly tradition that has gone on for over half a century.]]> <![CDATA[Coconut Grove Arts Festival Taking Over This Weekend]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:36:10 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/Coconut-Grove-ART-Festival-.jpg

This weekend, an estimated 120,000 people are expected to make their way to Coconut Grove for a yearly tradition that has gone on for over half a century.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival shows off work from over 350 renowned artists from across the world for the three day event. Proceeds from the weekend go toward arts programs in the school system of Miami-Dade County and the community as a whole.

The event also means parking issues for those making their way to the area. Bayshore Drive will be closed from Aviation Avenue to McFarlane Road and fromMcFarlane Road to Grand Avenue starting Friday morning until Monday night.

Drivers are advised that heavy traffic is expected on SW 27th Avenue and they should use 22nd and 32nd Avenue as alternatives or use Miami-Dade transit.

Tickets are still avalible for many of the events and can be purchased by clicking on this link.

NBC 6 is a proud sponsor of the event and will be live starting Friday until Monday. Be sure to stop by the NBC 6 booth located on the corner of McFarlane Road and South Bayshore Drive and meet members of the NBC 6 News Team. See you there!



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<![CDATA[Panthers Move Into Playoff Position With Fourth Straight Win]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:52:09 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631502686.jpg

The Florida Panthers moved into a playoff position with their 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

The victory was Florida's fourth straight, and all four wins have come on the road. Including this win, the Panthers won three in a row against teams based in California. The trip is often seen as a challenging and taxing one for teams, but Florida looked energized and determined.

The Panthers would be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight season, if the campaign ended today. While Florida just would sneak in at this stage, it is still a very positive sign for a club that struggled in the early going. The Panthers were one of the league's most inconsistent teams for much of the first half, and even changed coaches along the way.

Jonathan Huberdeau's goal late in the first period gave Florida a 1-0 lead. Assisting on Huberdeau's fourth goal of the season were Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck. This would turn out to just be the first highlight of Barkov's evening.

Early in the second period, Jussi Jokinen made it a 2-0 game with his ninth goal of the season. Reilly Smith and Alex Petrovic were both credited with assists on the score.

Los Angeles would score the next two goals, but Florida took the lead back right after the third period got underway. Barkov found the back of the net at the 15-second mark of the period. It was the 14th goal of the year for Barkov and it came with assists from Jaromir Jagr and Aaron Ekblad.

After sitting out the first game of a back-to-back, Roberto Luongo was back in the net for this one. Luongo ended up with 33 saves in his 35 opportunities.

Florida's road trip will conclude on Monday when it travels to St. Louis to take on the Blues.



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<![CDATA[Iraq Launches Push to Reclaim Western Mosul From ISIS]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:47:09 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_Al-Abadi.jpg

Iraq's prime minister on Sunday announced an offensive to seize control of the western coast of the city of Mosul from the terror group ISIS, NBC News reports.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on state television Sunday morning that the new push has begun. Hours earlier, Iraq's military said planes dropped leaflets into the area, urging those who joined ISIS to surrender and warning that the military would move into the western coast of the city, which straddles the Tigris River. 

"I announce today the start of military offensive to liberate the western coast of Mosul," al-Abadi said. He added, "our mission is to liberate people before land."



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<![CDATA[Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $403 Million]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:31:20 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/POWERBALL_AP_16125444929602.jpg

The numbers for the Powerball jackpot that topped $349 million were drawn Saturday night, but the drawing yielded no big winners. That bumps the jackpot prize up to an estimated $403 million for this Wednesday's drawing.

The numbers called Saturday night were: 9, 3, 33, 7, 31; the Powerball number was 20, and the Power Play was 3X.

The current jackpot is the largest since 20 coworkers in Tennessee took home a combined $420.9 million right after Thanksgiving.

There hasn't been a jackpot winner in 2017, according to a list maintained on the game's website. It's been a year and a month since three winning tickets were sold for a $1.59 billion jackpot.

The odds of winning the grand prize are pretty slim, according to the game's website: 1 in 292,201,338.

Saturday's pot had a cash value of $213.1 million. The $349 million would be paid out over an annuity.



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<![CDATA[Tesla Under Fire After Explosive Crash]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:28:35 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-81543188.jpg

Tesla has come under fire in the wake of an explosive crash in Indianapolis involving a Model S battery-electric vehicle that took the life of a young woman and her boss, NBC News reported.

The automaker had previously taken steps to prevent the lithium-ion batteries used in its vehicles from inadvertently catching fire, but the crash raises questions not only about whether Tesla has gone far enough, but whether Tesla's battery technology is inherently safe. Lithium-ion chemistry came under close scrutiny last year as a result of fires and meltdowns involving Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

"Had she been in another vehicle she would have been alive for me to yell at her for driving after drinking," Jon Speckman, the father of victim Casey Speckman, said during an interview with the Indianapolis Star.



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<![CDATA[Bill Would Allow Hunters to Target Bears, Wolves in Alaska]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:22:36 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bearsinalaskafeuerherd.jpg

Hunters could once again go after bears, wolves and other predators in national wildlife refuges across Alaska if an Obama-era federal law is overturned by Congress and gets the president's approval, NBC News reported.

Supporters of repealing the rule, which was issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in August, got a boost Thursday when the House voted 225-193, mostly along party lines, to undo the law.

Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is behind the resolution to strip away some of the federal government's control over Alaska's 76 million acres worth of federal wildlife refuges. Under the federal law, hunters are prohibited from shooting or trapping wolves while at their dens with cubs, using airplanes to scout for potential grizzly bear targets, trapping bears with wire snares and luring bears with food to get a point-blank kill.



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<![CDATA[‘I Am a Muslim Too’: Russell Simmons Headlines Unity March]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:05:14 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_101210146201.jpg

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is feeling "zen" about a multifaith and multiethnic unity rally he's headlining Sunday — organized in response to the uncertainty and anxiety that was created by President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, NBC News reported.

The entrepreneur has been trying to bridge religious and cultural divides for years, and said he is eager to lend his celebrity to the "I Am a Muslim Too" march through Times Square in his native New York City.

"Believing that people are the same takes you a long way," Simmons told NBC News this week. "I love doing this work. It's purposeful. It makes me happy."



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<![CDATA[Man In Critical Condition After Margate Apartment Fire]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:31:20 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/apt+fire1.JPG

A man is in critical condition Saturday after he was found unconscious by firefighters during an apartment fire in Margate.

At around 3:14 a.m., fire rescue crews responded to an apartment fire located along the 400 block of North Laurel Drive.

While extinguishing the flames, firefighters found a man face down unconscious in the bedroom of the home, according to Margate Fire Chief Dan Booker. The man was resuscitated and transported to Northwest Medical Center where he remains in critical condition, he said.

The state fire marshal and Margate police are investigating the cause of the fire.



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<![CDATA[DNC Race Shakeup: Ray Buckley to Exit, Endorse Keith Ellison]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:55:49 -0500 //media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dncshakeup.jpg

In the biggest shakeup of the Democratic leadership race in months, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley plans to drop his bid to be the party's national chairman and throw his support behind Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, NBC News reported.

With just a week left before Democratic National Committee members gather in Atlanta to cast their ballots, the move could have far-reaching consequences both for the election and the future of the party.

"While it was a tremendous honor to run for DNC Chair over the past few months, I am proud to throw my support behind Keith so we can ensure that the next Chair of the DNC is dedicated to investing in and strengthening state parties and ensuring that the DNC is an accountable organization," Buckley said in a statement. "As I've talked to the DNC membership, it's clear Keith has widespread support, and I know as our next DNC Chair Keith will successfully unite and grow our party."



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