<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - National & International News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.pngNBC 6 South Floridahttps://www.nbcmiami.comen-usTue, 23 Oct 2018 14:19:20 -0400Tue, 23 Oct 2018 14:19:20 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Why We Vote: Viewers Weigh In On The Midterms]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:05:26 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/why-we-vote-thumb.gif

NBC stations around the country asked voters why they are or aren’t inspired to vote in the 2018 midterm elections. We received scores of responses from viewers who said they were of voting age and identified as Democrats, Republicans, Independents, or who preferred not to disclose their party affiliation. Check out an interactive display of the answers below. Responses, which were submitted beginning Oct. 5, 2018, were edited only in obvious cases of typos.

If you have not yet participated in the survey and would like to do so, go here.

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<![CDATA[Colorado Teacher Has Custom Handshake for Each Student]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:43:12 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/handhsake.jpgDaniel Cohoon, a fifth grade teacher at Pete Mirich Elementary School in LaSalle, Colorado, created a personalized handshake for each of his students.]]><![CDATA[CDC Probes More Cases of Polio-Like Syndrome AFM]]>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 07:56:02 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-460492806+%281%29+edited.jpg

Federal health officials now have reports of 155 possible cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a polio-like syndrome that mostly affects children and that causes muscle weakness and paralysis, federal health officials said on Monday.

The latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows no change in the number of confirmed cases — 62 cases in 22 states, NBC News reported. But state health departments have reported another 28 suspected cases.

The CDC urges parents to get kids to an emergency room quickly if a child has the following symptoms: difficulty moving the eyes or drooping eyelids, facial droop or weakness, difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech, or sudden arm or leg weakness.

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<![CDATA[‘Headless Chicken Monster’ Spotted Off Antarctica]]>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 12:40:54 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SeaCucumber-Chickenmonster.jpg

A sea creature nicknamed the “headless chicken monster” was seen near Antarctica on a long-line fishing company’s underwater camera system. The bizarre-looking creature is actually a sea cucumber.

<![CDATA[Turkey Wants to Try Khashoggi Murder Suspects]]>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 11:29:37 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Turkey-Erdogan-2-CR-154030780139800002.jpg

Turkey's president wants Saudi Arabia to allow 18 suspects that it detained for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be tried in Turkish courts, setting up further complications with the Saudi government.

<![CDATA[Broken Limbs, Teeth Lead to E-Scooter Class-Action Lawsuit in Calif.]]>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 09:22:09 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/187*120/GettyImages-1016373840.jpg

Nine people have joined a class-action lawsuit filed on Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court against e-scooter companies Bird and Lime, along with their manufacturers, alleging "gross negligence," attorney Catherine Lerer told NBC4.

People in the lawsuit, along with several others represented by the attorney, listed their injuries on the personal attorney's website with graphic images that detail the injuries, which occurred in San Diego, Santa Monica, Oakland, Los Angeles, Venice, West Hollywood and Westwood.

Broken arms, facial injuries, broken legs, broken teeth, concussions, lacerations and other injuries are detailed on the website. Several people claimed to have required surgery.

The lawsuit alleges that the e-scooter companies contributed to injuries in multiple ways by "dumping" the transportation devices on streets without appropriate warning, The Washington Post reported. 

Multiple plaintiffs claim that they were struck by e-scooters while walking. In one incident involving David Petersen, 62, the lawsuit alleges the licensed street performer was struck by an e-scooter while performing an act on the Santa Monica Pier, where e-scooters are not allowed.

"I was like, 'Get the number of that motor vehicle that hit me,'" Petersen said on Monday. "But guess what? They don't have a license plate. There's no way to identify them."

Petersen broke his arm and suffered a ruptured bicep that required surgery. The rider of the Bird scooter rode away, and the incident was being called a hit-and-run, with Petersen and Lerer alleging that Bird had refused to provide the rider's name when requested.

"I'd like to walk without looking over my shoulder every few seconds," Petersen said.

Bird issued a statement in response to the lawsuit on Monday:

"Class action attorneys with a real interest in improving transportation safety should be focused on reducing the 40,000 deaths caused by cars every year in the U.S. At Bird, safety is our very top priority, and it drives our mission to get cars off the road to make cities safer and more livable. The climate crisis and our car addiction demand a transportation mode shift to cleaner, affordable vehicles. Shared e-scooters are already replacing millions of short car trips and the pollution that comes with them, and we at Bird will continue to work with cities to help them redesign their transportation networks so that they are safer and cleaner."

Lime issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit on Monday:

"Lime received the complaint recently and we are in the process of reviewing it. While we don't comment on pending litigation, safety has always been at the very core of everything we do at Lime -- as is our mission of reducing cars from city streets and making them safer and greener for pedestrians, bike and scooter riders alike. Lime prides itself on always taking proactive steps relating to safety wherever we have a presence."

Photo Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images, File]]>
<![CDATA[Dems Seize on Report That GOP Tax Cuts Match Entitlement Cuts]]>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 08:34:27 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17277619001918-Medicare-Tax-Break.jpg

A new report showing that the $2 trillion in Bush- and Trump-era tax cuts match how much Republicans have proposed cutting from programs like Medicare and Social Security could give Democrats a boost before the midterms, NBC News reported.

Congressional Democrats issued the report late last week. It's based on calculations by the nonprofit Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, which is nonpartisan but aligned with a group that's criticized tax cuts for decades.

"It is a dollar-for-dollar transfer of benefits to those who need help the least paid for by those who need help the most," said Phil Schiliro, who served as President Barack Obama's legislative director. The report found that the average beneficiary of social safety net programs could lose $1,500 a year under proposed cuts.

Obama is one of the politicians warning voters that Republicans want to cut such programs. Republicans on the House Budget Committee responded by saying that "responsible reforms" would save the programs amid a funding crisis.

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<![CDATA[30 Injured After Floor Collapses at Party Near Clemson University]]>Sun, 21 Oct 2018 14:35:48 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_10_01.Still003.jpg

Dozens of people were taken to three area hospitals with injuries, according to police.

<![CDATA[6 Shot After Rapper's Funeral Service in Chicago: CPD]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 20:26:04 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Funeral+Home+shooting+92nd+Cottage+Grove++-+13434217_34140837.jpg

Six people were shot during a funeral service in broad daylight on Chicago’s South Side Monday afternoon, authorities said.

The funeral service was for rapper Vantrease Criss who went by "Dooski Tha Man," Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed. The rapper had been shot and killed more than a week ago, officials said.

The shooting took place around 12:30 p.m. in the 9200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue outside a church in the Burnside neighborhood, Guglielmi said. 

Guglielmi said early reports indicated the shooting happened as "the services ended and people were getting their cars."

Sgt. Rocco Alioto confirmed four people were taken to University of Chicago Hospital, one was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center and one was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital. Five were listed in stable condition and one in critical.

Alioto said a 25-year-old man was shot in the arm, a 27-year-old man shot in the leg and body, a 25-year-old man shot in the leg, and a 23-year-old man shot in the leg. An 18-year-old male also was shot, but it wasn't clear where.

A man whose age wasn't known was struck in the head.

A heavy police presence could be seen in the area just moments after the gunfire was reported. Police said multiple scenes stretched along Cottage Grove from 91st to 93rd Streets. 

Residents were being told to avoid the area and report information to the department at cpdtip.com

Those who live near the shooting said they heard anywhere from 40 to 50 gunshots ring out. 

"I heard a storm of gunshots, like 40 to 50," said resident Cynthia Rainey. "I ran out to see if I could be of assistance to anybody injured and when I got to Cottage Grove there was just police, police, police and just a person laying on the ground being attended to and mothers crying for their sons. It was just terrible." 

Ruth Rivera, who lives on Cottage Grove, said she arrived to find blood on the ground and dozens of bullet casings. 

"We need to stop the violence because the violence is getting worse and worse each day," she said. 

"As a mother, as a human being to hear that, gunshots like that in the middle of the day, knowing that people are walking down the street, on the bus, driving in cars that have nothing to do with it - it makes you just afraid at any given time," Rainey said. "This can happen any time, any place, anywhere."

<![CDATA[Bible Museum Says Some of Its Dead Sea Scrolls Are Fake]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:23:31 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102218+dead+sea+scroll+fragment.jpg

The Museum of the Bible says artifacts that were believed to be Dead Sea Scroll fragments were found to be fakes and will be taken off display.

A German research institute conducted extensive tests on the Dead Sea Scroll fragments and found "characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin," the D.C. museum announced Monday.

Five out of 16 artifacts that were believed to be Dead Sea Scrolls fragments will no longer be displayed at the D.C. museum.

Starting more than a year ago, researchers at the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und-prüfung in Berlin used X-ray technology to analyze the ink and sediment layers of the fragments. Their report "raised suspicions about the authenticity of all five fragments," the museum said in a statement.

The items thought to be portions of ancient religious texts were on display at the $500 million museum starting when it opened last November. Exhibit labels included information about some scholars' skepticism about the authenticity of the scroll fragments, the museum's statement said.

Chief curator Jeffrey Kloha called the discovery a learning opportunity.

"Though we had hoped the testing would render different results, this is an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of verifying the authenticity of rare biblical artifacts, the elaborate testing process undertaken and our commitment to transparency," he said in the museum's statement.

Information was not released immediately on how the museum acquired the five phony artifacts.

Many goods can be bought and sold legally on the antiquities market, but it's flooded with fakes and forgeries.

"Someone buys something on the market and it’s legal to do so, you still don’t know much about where it originally came from," George Washington University Bible scholar Christopher Rollston told News4 before the museum opened.

Bible scholars often look for artifacts unearthed by licensed archaeologists because there’s a better guarantee those artifacts are authentic, Rollston said.

Opened by the Christian family that runs the Hobby Lobby chain, the 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible has towering bronze gates inscribed with text from the Gutenberg Bible and a soundscape of the 10 plagues, enhanced by smog and a glowing red light to symbolize the Nile turned to blood.

Earlier this year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Justice settled a civil lawsuit with Hobby Lobby after thousands of historical Iraqi artifacts were found to have illegally been smuggled into the U.S. for the Bible Museum.  

Sophia Barnes and The Associated Press contributed reporting.

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<![CDATA[Reported Plan Targeting Transgender People Sparks Fury]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:24:47 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NA32M_LGBTQ_NEWSER_REDEFINING_GENDER-154024177796000002.jpg

The Trump administration may be considering redefining gender as an unchangeable condition determined solely by a person's biology, according to a leaked memo draft obtained by The New York Times.

<![CDATA[Guard Shoots Man Trying to Get Into Fox Station in DC]]>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 06:00:35 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/WRC-194_ASI_HR_131847114350000000.jpg

A security guard shot a man who broke through two doors and entered the lobby of WTTG, the local Fox station in Washington, D.C., Monday afternoon.

The suspect, 38-year-old George Odemns, said he wanted Fox 5 to make contact with President Donald Trump, sources told News4. D.C. Police Commander Melvin Gresham said at a press conference that he could not confirm that possible motive.

D.C. police said Odemns was trying to get into the building on Wisconsin Avenue NW at Harrison Street. He kicked out the glass of two doors and was able to enter the lobby.

A female security guard told Odemns to stop as he continued into the main building, according to police reports. When he didn't stop, she fired.

Sources also told News4 that the guard tried to subdue Odemns with pepper spray.

Odemns was not armed, Gresham said. No one else was injured.

Odemns was taken to George Washington University Hospital with a wound to the upper body. He remains in stable but critical condition.

Police say he was charged with second-degree burglary, which carries a sentence of two to 15 years if a conviction is made.

Odemns is homeless and has a history of contacting local news stations, including Fox 5, WUSA and News4, in long, rambling emails. In August, he was charged with assault on a police officer who was attempting to break up a verbal argument, according to police documents.

Fox 5 staffers wrote about the incident on Twitter as it unfolded.

"Everyone is okay," anchor Jim Lokay tweeted. "Sources tell us suspect tried to get into our secure building. Security guards opened fire."

"Man was conscious as he was transported into ambulance a few minutes ago. Surreal to be reporting on this," wrote reporter Lindsay Watts about 3:30 p.m.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said she met with police chief Peter Newsham to discuss the situation.

Police said the call for the shooting was made about 3 p.m. They are checking surveillance cameras in the area for more information.

No further information was released immediately on the intruder's motive. Police did not identify the security guard or specify her whereabouts.

Photo Credit: NBC4
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<![CDATA[Myths About the Honduran Caravan Debunked]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:38:49 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_18295085910904-migrant-caravan-mexico.jpg

NBC News has debunked a handful of allegations that President Donald Trump and others have spread about the caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants that is headed north in the hopes of crossing the U.S. border.

There is no evidence the caravan is being led by anyone other than Hondurans, despite Trump alleging that "a lot of money has been passing to people."

A former senior intelligence official who continues to be briefed on current intelligence told NBC News that there is also no evidence that any Middle Eastern terrorists are hiding in the caravan. That's in contrast to a tweet from the president implying the opposite. The Department of Homeland Security, meanwhile, is able to gather biometric data as migrants pass between the borders of Central American countries. 

Click here for more by NBC News on five myths about the caravan that are disputed by the facts.

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<![CDATA[Video: Bystanders Help Thwart Robbery at Drive-Thru ATM]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:40:38 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Good+Samaritans+Stop+Florida+Robber.png

Two bystanders stopped an armed robber who attacked a couple while they were trying to make a deposit at a central Florida ATM.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the couple was sitting in their car at the drive-thru of the Chase Bank on South Orange Blossom Trail when the robber "came out of nowhere" and tried to take the woman's purse.

Police said the 55-year-old woman and her husband tried to fight off the attacker.

Surveillance video shows the suspect reaching inside the driver side window and getting dragged by the moving car as the driver attempts to break free.

Police said the suspect then pulled out a box cutter knife and grabbed the woman by the neck as she honked her horn. That's when two good Samaritans noticed something was going on ran to get the attacker away from the car, police said.

The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction. Police said they believe he may still be in the area. 

Police is asking anyone with information to call the Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

Photo Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Lawsuit Alleges Texts From O'Rourke Campaign Are Illegal]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:27:41 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/beto-texas-text1.jpg

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke's Senate campaign has been hit with a class action lawsuit, filed in North Texas, over unwanted text messages sent to registered voters in the state.

The suit was filed Friday in the U.S. Northern District of Texas by a Collin County resident.

The plaintiff claims that he was sent at least nine different text messages to two separate cellphones by representatives of Beto for Texas, the campaign for U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D–El Paso) who is running for the U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.

A message similar to one the plaintiff describes reads like the message to the right.

The plaintiff claims that the messages are a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which is meant to restrict the use of automated messages.

A spokesperson for the O’Rourke campaign said they have done nothing wrong.

"Our grassroots volunteer program with thousands of Texans canvassing, phone banking, texting, and organizing is the largest this state has seen. It is fully compliant with the law,” the spokesperson noted in a statement to NBC DFW.

The class action lawsuit claims the plaintiff is due $500 for every unwanted message, and requests that the court triple the damages because of the defendant’s “willful and knowing violations.”

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News
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<![CDATA[Toilet Flushing System Burst Danger Prompts Massive Recall]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:00:42 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/flushmate-toilet-recall1.jpg

More than a million Flushmate pressure-assisted toilet flushing systems have been recalled because they can burst powerfully enough to cause the toilet to shatter, causing injuries and property damage.

Nearly 1,500 incidents have been reported in the United States in connection with the Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing system. At least 23 people have been hurt, one of whom needed foot surgery, and the incidents caused about $710,000 in damage, according to a recall notice posted Thursday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

When pressure causes the system to burst at or near a weld seam, it can lift the lid of the toilet tank or shatter it completely, the agency said. Another version of the Flushmate product, the Series 503 Flushmate III, was subject to three recalls since 2012.

The recall affects about 1.4 million units across the country along with nearly 17,500 in Canada. The units were sold widely for nearly two decades, including at Home Depot and Lowe's stores, and are identifiable by looking on the label for series number 501-B, a model number beginning in M and ending in F and a serial number that begins with date codes between 090396 and 120713, indicating the dates between Sept. 3, 1996, and Dec. 7, 2013.

Anyone with a recalled unit is advised to turn off its water and flush the toilet to release the pressure inside.

Flushmate will replace and install the recalled units for free. Contact the company at 844-621-7538 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET on weekdays or between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday, or visit this page.

Photo Credit: Via CPSC]]>