<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.pngNBC Bay Areahttp://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usWed, 18 Jan 2017 02:21:16 -0800Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:21:16 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Poll: Majority of Americans Dislike Trump's Twitter Usage]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:08:49 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17013713721598-Trump-head.jpg

In these divisive political times, the American public actually has a pretty unambiguous message for Donald Trump: "Cool it with the tweets."

Nearly seven-in-ten Americans say that Trump's use of Twitter is a bad idea, and only nine percent say they strongly support his use of the 140-character medium to announce policy positions and express his personal point of view, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released late Tuesday.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents in the survey said that Trump's tweeting is bad, agreeing with the statement that "in an instant, messages can have unintended major implications without careful review."

Just 26 percent said that his use of Twitter is good, agreeing with the statement that "it allows a president to directly communicate to people immediately."

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<![CDATA[Voices From Inauguration Weekend: Who Is Going to DC and Why]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:37:57 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/congress-prep.jpg

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the country's 45th president on Friday and thousands of his supporters from across the country will attend to witness the historic event. They hope his presidency will be the start of an American revival that will bring greater prosperity to the country.

The next day thousands of women, many dismayed by the president-elect's crude references to them and his embrace of policies they believe will hurt them and their families, will march in the capital. Many will wear pink hats with cat ears, in a reference to Trump's now famous statement that he could grab women "by the pussy."

Hear from some of those planning to attend.

Voices of men and women headed to D.C. for Trump's inauguration:

David J. Pelto Jr.
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Pelto Jr., 35, will attend the inauguration with his two sons to witness history and what he called the return of "common sense" to the White House. For Pelto, who owns a truck and hauls oil, taxes are an enormous issue. At one point he owned several trucks until a drop in oil prices, and his business was further hurt by employment taxes he had to pay for drivers who worked for him, he said. "It costs on average 15 percent on top of an employee's wage," he said. "Depending on the state it can go much higher." Pelto, who lives in Arkansas, said that he hoped that entrepreneurs would benefit from the $1 trillion that President-elect Donald Trump has proposed spending on infrastructure. Pelto, who describes himself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal, also thinks the country should be less resistant to fracking. The increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma, which has been linked to wastewater disposal wells, do worry him, but he believes fracking is safe elsewhere. As far as green energy, "Why don't we allow what we have now to continue working for us while we grow slowly into green energy?"

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Hikel, 58, a former New Hampshire legislator and the longtime owner of an auto-repair business in Manchester, said he had supported Donald Trump since meeting him three months before the president-elect decided to run. "He had never been elected to an elected office before and he wasn't an attorney and that was my minimum," Hikel said. He said he wanted to see fewer regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and the IRS, among agencies, particularly those governing clean air, which he said he thought were too stringent. "When Mr. Trump talked to me about trimming all of these agencies, I couldn't agree more," he said. Hikel said he was looking forward to a manufacturing revival under Trump, whom he viewed as a strong-willed leader. "More and more (customers) are coming into my shop not being able to spend $100 or $200 or $300 even to fix their vehicles," he said. "People are living paycheck to paycheck. I know they have for a long time but that's a problem that our government has handed down to us."

Erin Sullivan
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Sullivan, 20, a junior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, voted for the first time in November and she picked President-elect Donald Trump. The country needs a revival, and Trump's tax and immigration policies and his ideas for creating more jobs in America will help rebuild the country, Sullivan said. An example: his urging automobile manufacturers to build cars in the United States and not in Mexico or elsewhere, she said. "Trump is really focusing on the American dream, and looking at the people who worked really hard and sometimes don't necessarily have a voice," she said. As a young woman, she found his lewd comment about grabbing women to be disgusting, but thought everyone at some point was bound to say something stupid. In his favor, Trump hired women for spots in his campaign, among them SMU alumna Hope Hicks as his director of strategic communications, she said. Sullivan, who is from Wilton, Connecticut, will attend the inauguration with other students from SMU and will volunteer at the Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots Ball.

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Yang, 14, a student at La Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla, California, will attend the inauguration with a group of schoolmates. "It's such an important event in our American government," he said. Too young to vote, Yang nonetheless had a preferred candidate, Donald Trump. "We thought that Trump would be better toward the Chinese," said Yang, whose mother was born in China. Trump instead threatened a trade war with China over the value of its currency. "The exact opposite of what we thought would happen," Yang said. "I'm not very happy with it but I guess we can only deal with it now since he's our president." Yang, who expects to study medicine, remains hopeful that Trump will moderate his views once he meets with Chinese officials.

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Locke, 21, works in construction, attends Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts full time and will soon start classes at the Massachusetts state reserve police academy with the goal of joining a town police force. He believes that Trump will ensure the military is better prepared to defend the country and cut back spending to tackle the country's debt. "Seeing it from a businessman's perspective where you can see where you can make cuts and not have detriment to the country," he said. Locke ran a Trump campaign office in his hometown Easton, Massachusetts, where he organized volunteers making phone calls and as part of the Bridgewater State University's College Republicans, he reached out to college students. "He didn't seem just like a regular politician," he said of Trump. "I like that he actually says what he feels and what he thinks."

The day after Trump's inauguration, thousands of women are expected on the Mall for the Women's March on Washington. 

Voices of women headed to D.C. for the women's march:

Kica Matos
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Matos, 50, plans join the Women’s March on Washington the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration to show her 11-year-old son what is possible in a democracy. A former deputy mayor in New Haven, Connecticut, she wants to impress on him that he should be an engaged citizen, that he can participate in peaceful protests and fight for what he believes in. Matos, the director of immigration at The Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C.,  said she feared that Trump's election would undermine advances made in racial justice, immigrant rights and women's rights. His campaign, with attacks on immigrants, Muslims and people of color, brought out the worst in many Americans, she said. Of her son, she said, "I want him to believe that we are better as Americans and that we should always strive for a world that respects others, regardless of difference," she said. "And to me this march, the idea of women from all walks of life coming together in solidarity and in support of a better, more just world is incredibly appealing."

Laura Noe
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Noe, 50, will participate in the Women's March on Washington, the first she has ever gone to, because she believes the country must re-think its values. Americans are becoming insulated and isolated, mean and judgmental and are losing the ability to empathize with others, she said. "It becomes an us and them, black and white, win lose," she said. After her divorce, she sold her home so that she and her son could travel and see first-hand how other people lived. "We're all about our stuff, buying and buying, consuming and gobbling up," she said. "I decided I wanted to spend my time and money on experiences." Noe, who owns a marketing and communications company in Branford, Connecticut, wrote about their trips to France, the Czech Republic, Morocco and Turkey in "Travels With My Son: Journeys of the Heart." She is now writing about her brother, Ed, who became homeless, was diagnosed with mental illness and after many years is getting treatment. They celebrated Thanksgiving together for the first time in 17 years.

Chloe Wagner, Morenike Fabiyi
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Wagner and Fabiyi, both 16 and juniors at Francis W. Parker High School in Chicago, worked with the Illinois chapter of the Women's March on Washington and Chicago Women Take Action to put together a group of teenagers from their school to attend the march. They call their organization the Illinois Youth Chapter. Wagner is particularly concerned with LGBTQ rights and reproductive rights; Fabiyi is focused on immigration rights and education reform. Wagner said that after Trump's win, she at first felt powerless. "There wasn't anything happening for a few days and then all of a sudden we just came back full force and that's when we really starting getting passionate about bringing Illinois Youth to Washington," she said. Fabiyi said that she also felt lost but quickly realized that she needed to do something. "I can't just be mad and sad and complain about it all the time," she said. Wagner said one of the goals of the march was to tell the Trump administration that "we will not be walked over, and we will fight for all rights we are given under the Constitution." Said Fabiyi, "Just because I can't vote yet doesn't mean that my voice shouldn't be heard."

Alexandra Goutnova
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Goutnova, 15 and a student at La Jolla Country Day School in California, will be attending both the inauguration and the Women's March on Washington though she does not support President-elect Donald Trump. "I'm very passionate about women's rights," she said. Goutnova, who moved to the United States from Russia three years ago and who plans to attend law school, is bothered by comments Trump has made about women and by his denial of climate change. "It is a proven scientific fact that this is happening and this is happening right now," she said. "So the fact that our president is not willing to deal with it I think is absurd." Americans compared to Russians are more accepting, about LGBTQ rights, for example, she said. She said she is terrified that the United States will change. "Coming from Russia, I've seen the difference of how it can be in a bad way," she said. "And I'm just scared to see that happen to the U.S."

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<![CDATA[Top News: Child Labor Practices, South Korea Politics & More]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:07:13 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/AP_17017471235573.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Why the 'Obamacare' Name May Have Done More Harm Than Good]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:33:11 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-501447632.jpg

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'Obamacare' was such a catchy nickname for the 2010 healthcare reform law. Even President Barack Obama himself embraced it when his Republican enemies coined the term.

But it may have done more harm than good for Obama's signature policy, now in the process of being repealed. ‘Obamacare’ provided an easy scapegoat for people suffering problems in a health care system that was a mess long before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed Congress in 2009 without a single Republican vote, NBC News reported.

Liz Hamel, who directs polling for the independent Kaiser Family Foundation, found the name does tend to polarize people. “There is some evidence there that, to a certain extent, views on Obamacare are a proxy for views on Obama," Hamel told NBC News.

"When we said 'health reform law' they said they don't know how they feel about it. When we said 'Obamacare', people more easily split into pro- and con- camps," she added.

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<![CDATA[Trump's Cabinet Picks In Their Own Words]]>Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:41:48 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16345069714951-Trump-Wisc-win.jpg

President-elect Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare, defeat ISIS, withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, create 25 million jobs over the next decade and "drain the swamp" in Washington, D.C. How well do his Cabinet nominees reflect his governing philosophy? Here they are in their own words. 

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The retired neurosurgeon and unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination grew up in Detroit and has no experience in elected office or in running a large bureaucracy.

"These government-engineered attempts to legislate racial equality create consequences that often make matters worse. There are reasonable ways to use housing policy to enhance the opportunities available to lower-income citizens, but based on the history of failed socialist experiments in this country, entrusting the government to get it right can prove downright dangerous."The Washington Times, 2015

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Former secretary of labor under President George W. Bush, deputy transportation secretary under President George H.W. Bush, Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"If vehicles already meet an acceptable level of safety on a particular aspect of vehicle performance without being required to do so by regulation, I believe the Department should devote its resources to other issues rather than engage in rulemaking simply to affirm the existing level of safety."Statement before DOT deputy secretary confirmation hearing, 1989

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A keen advocate for school vouchers and charter schools, influential in Detroit, where charter schools have a poor record and state legislators rejected calls for more oversight, she engages in political battles to help advance God's kingdom, she told a religious gathering in 2001.

"We are stuck in a partisan rut. The political parties are dead-enders when it comes to education revolution. As long as we think political parties might solve the problem it will never be solved. Oddly enough education choice is very unique in that some conservative Republicans and some liberal Democrats are actually on the same wavelength….But those are exceptions. The vast majority of the political class is committed to defending and protecting the status quo." — SXSW in Austin, 2015

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The governor of South Carolina and the daughter of immigrants from India, Haley led the drive to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse and during the Republican primary accused Donald Trump of "irresponsible talk."

"During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation." -- Speaking of Donald Trump and others in the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, 2016

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A retired four-star Marine general, he oversaw the Guantanamo Bay military prison and efforts to stop drug trafficking and other smuggling into the United States.

"In my opinion, the relative ease with which human smugglers move tens of thousands of people to our nation’s doorstep also serves as another warning sign: These smuggling routes are a potential vulnerability to our homeland. As I stated last year, terrorist organizations could seek to leverage those same smuggling routes to move operatives with intent to cause grave harm to our citizens or even bring weapons of mass destruction into the United States."Testimony to the Senate Armed Forces Committee, 2015


Nicknamed "Mad Dog," the retired Marine Corps general and former commander of U.S. Central Command blames President Barack Obama's policy in the Middle East for adding to the rise of extremism.

"Is political Islam in the best interest of the United States? I suggest the answer is no but then we need to have the discussion. If we won't even ask the question, then how to we ever get to the point of recognizing which is our side in the fight. And if we don't take our own side in this fight we're leaving others adrift."— The Heritage Foundation, 2015

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Donald Trump's campaign finance chairman, a former partner at Goldman Sachs, and Hollywood financier, he and partners took over failed mortgage lender IndyMac Bank and operated it under the name, OneWest Bank. He pledged to tackle mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

"It makes no sense that these are owned by the government and have been controlled by the government for as long as they have. In many cases this displaces private lending in the mortgage markets, and we need these entities that will be safe. So let me just be clear— we'll make sure that when they're restructured, they're absolutely safe and they don't get taken over again. But we've got to get them out of government control." — Fox Business, November

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Perry, the former governor of Texas, has promoted the state's oil industry and has questioned climate change. He has advocated eliminating the department he would head though famously could not name it during a presidential debate in 2012.

"I do believe that the issue of global warming has been politicized. I think there are a substantial number or scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. I think we're seeing, almost weekly or daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that manmade global warming is what is causing the climate to change. Yes, our climate has changed. They've been changing ever since the earth was formed." -- Town Hall in Bedford, N.H., 2011

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Republican congressman from Georgia, an orthopedic surgeon and persistent critic of Obamacare, he has repeatedly introduced his own legislation for replacing it.

"It's a fundamental philosophical difference that we have with the other side …. They believe that government ought to be in control of health care. We believe that patients and families ought to be in control of health care. And sadly what we're seeing right now is that government control that we've seen ramped up over the past six or seven years has resulted in a decrease in quality that's being seen by patients. People have coverage, but they don't have care. They're priced out of the market." American Enterprise Institute, June

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Attorney general of Oklahoma, one of the Republicans leading the legal fight against President Barack Obama's attempts to curb carbon emissions, Pruitt questions how much human actions are contributing to climate change, a point disputed by the vast majority of the world's climate scientists.

"Healthy debate is the lifeblood of American democracy, and global warming has inspired one of the major policy debates of our time. That debate is far from settled. Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind. That debate should be encouraged — in classrooms, public forums, and the halls of Congress. It should not be silenced with threats of prosecution. Dissent is not a crime." — with Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, Tulsa World, May

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The CEO of CKE Restaurants, the fast-food company that owns burger chains Carl's Jr and Hardee's, Puzder is an opponent of the Affordable Care Act, which he said created a "government-mandated restaurant recession" and of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, which he argues would lead to fewer jobs.

"I like our ads. I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it's very American. I used to hear, brands take on the personality of the CEO. And I rarely thought that was true, but I think this one, in this case, it kind of did take on my personality." Entrepreneur, 2015

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Turnaround specialist who became rich buying struggling steel, textile, coal and other companies and restructuring them, Ross came under criticism for a deadly explosion at a mine his company had bought.

"Clinton will raise taxes. Trump will cut taxes. Clinton will increase regulation. Trump will decrease regulation. Clinton has vowed to kill the coal industry. Trump will leverage America's energy resources to create new jobs and growth." — with Trump adviser Peter Navarro, CNBC, August

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U.S. senator and former U.S. attorney from Alabama who failed to win confirmation to a federal judgeship because of concerns about racially charged comments he was accused of making, he has opposed immigration reform and the legalization of marijuana.

"You have to have leadership from Washington. You can't have the president of the United States of America talking about marijuana like it is no different than taking a drink, saying I used marijuana when I was in high school and it is no different than smoking. It is different. And you are sending a message to young people that there is no danger in this process. It is false that marijuana use doesn't lead people to more drug use. It is already causing a disturbance in the states that have made it legal. I think we need to be careful about this."Senate floor speech, April 2016

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Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, has what he has called "a very close relationship" with Russia's Vladimir Putin, which could be problematic during his confirmation hearing. Although he does not have a political or diplomatic background, he has broad experience negotiating deals for ExxonMobil in troubled spots around the world.

"We do not support sanctions, generally, because we don't find them to be effective unless they are very well implemented comprehensively and that's a very hard thing to do," he said, adding, "We always encourage the people who are making those decisions to consider the very broad collateral damage of who are they really harming with sanctions."ExxonMobil shareholders' meeting, 2014.

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Montana's sole representative in the House, Zinke would end a moratorium on federal coal leases on public lands. He is also a hunter and fisherman who opposes transferring public lands to the states.

"It's not a hoax, but it's not proven science either. But you don't dismantle America's power and energy on a maybe. We need to be energy independent first. We need to do it better, which we can, but it is not a settled science."Campaign debate, 2014

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<![CDATA[Who's Who in Trump's Brain Trust]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:48:52 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/223*120/trump-cab-adv-th.jpgHere's a look at the people who will be closest to Donald Trump in the White House, his advisers and his picks for the top jobs in his administration. The nominees for Cabinet positions will need Senate approval.
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<![CDATA[18M Will Lose Health Insurance With ACA Repeal: Analysis]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:12:53 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/obaGettyImages-630310534.jpg

About 18 million people would lose or drop their health insurance in the first year after Obamacare is repealed, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday.

The nonpartisan federal agency also found that health insurance premiums would spike another 20 to 25 percent, NBC News reported. Within 10 years, 32 million more people would be without health insurance, the CBO projects.

Without a replacement, health care costs overall would continue to rise every year, as would the number of people going without health insurance, according to the projection

Premiums would continue to go up, as well.

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<![CDATA[A History of the Presidential Inaugural Procession]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:15:15 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Clinton---1993-Inauguration-USSS-0001.jpgFrom the horse and buggy to reinforced limousines, see the century-long history of Secret Service agents - and their rides - at the side of newly elected presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama. ]]><![CDATA[New Polls Find Most Americans Sour on Trump's Transition]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:40:06 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17013713721598-Trump-head.jpg

New polling shows that the majority of Americans disapprove of the way President-elect Donald Trump is handling his transition into power, with less than a week to go until his inauguration.

Just 40 percent of respondents approve of how Trump is handling his transition, according to two polls released Tuesday. The CNN/ORC poll found that 52 percent disapprove, while the Washington Post/ABC put that mark at 54 percent. 

In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released late Tuesday, a majority of Americans — 52 percent — say they disapprove of the way Trump has handled his transition and preparations for the presidency, versus just 44 percent who approve, which is down six points from only a month ago.

A poll released last week from Gallup had similar results, finding Trump has a 51 percent disapproval rating and a 44 percent approval rating for how his presidential transition has been handled. 

Trump responded to the polling data Tuesday morning in a tweet, calling them as rigged as he claimed the polls were against him ahead of the presidential election.

"The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls. They are rigged just like before," Trump said.

Most polling ahead of the presidential election gave Democrat Hillary Clinton an advantage of several points. While she lost the election by 72 electoral votes, she won the popular vote by more than two percent. 

Trump's transition approval is falling, according to two of the three polls, which have a margin of sampling error between 3 and 4 percent.

The CNN/ORC poll found slightly more people approved of how he is handling the transition in November, by 46 to 45 percent. Gallup found a toss-up in December, with 48 percent approving and disapproving of how he was handling the transition. 

Outgoing president Barack Obama had much higher approval ratings than Trump in polls asking the same question in the first weeks of 2009: 80 percent or higher in all three polls. 

But there is good news for Trump in the polling data as well. While 54 percent of people had an unfavorable impression of Trump, compared to 40 percent favorable, in the Washington Post/ABC poll, 59 percent think he'll do a good or excellent job creating jobs in America. He's also in the green when asked about how he'll do helping the middle class, handling the budget deficit and dealing with the threat of terrorism.  

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<![CDATA[Indictment Unsealed on Pulse Nightclub Gunman's Wife]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:38:13 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/noor_blurred.jpg

The two-count federal indictment against the wife of the Orlando nightclub gunman was unsealed Tuesday morning, hours before she was set to appear in federal court for the first time. 

Salman appeared federal court in Oakland on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. PT, although the case is being prosecuted in the U.S. Central District Court in Florida. Her case was delayed until she could be assigned a federal public defender.

Her uncle defended her outside court, saying she was an innocent victim.

Federal prosecutors in Florida allege Salman was helping her husband, Omar Mateen, since at least April, months before the June 12 attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. He killed 49 people and wounded 53, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, before dying in a shootout with police.

Charging documents made public Tuesday morning show that Salman was indicted on Jan. 12, four days before her arrest on Monday. Her Florida-based attorney has denied she had advance knowledge of the mass shooting. 

NBC Bay Area obtained exclusive surveillance footage taken in the neighborhood of the moments before her arrest.

The short clip of black-and-white video shot at 7:36 a.m. Monday shows two Alameda County sheriff's deputies standing on the sidewalk as at least three men in plain clothes walk by quickly on the sidewalk.

Salman was taken into custody shortly afterward, although the video does not show that moment. A woman declined to comment through a screen door at Salman's mother's home on Monday, where she moved after the massacre.

The first count of the indictment alleges Salman "knowingly" aided and abetted her husband by providing him "material support or resources" to a designated foreign terrorist organization, ISIS. Before he was killed in a shootout, Mateen told a police hostage negotiator that he was a soldier of ISIS and that the United States had to stop its bombing in Syria and Iraq, according to police transcripts.

Salman was also charged with obstructing justice for officers in the Fort Pierce police and FBI investigation. The details of the case have been sealed.

In June, a source close to the family told NBC News that Mateen sent his wife a text message during the rampage, asking her, "Do you see what's happening?" After swapping texts, she allegedly tried to call him. The charging documents allege that Salman had been helping her husband since at least April.

But in a statement sent to NBC News, Salman's Tampa-based attorney, Linda Moreno, said in a statement that Mateen's widow had no advance knowledge of what her husband would do that night at the Florida gay club.

"Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands," Moreno said in the statement. "We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person."

A neighbor told NBC Bay Area she was surprised that Salman had been arrested. "I thought she was not a suspect, I thought she was fine," the neighbor said.

Another neighbor, Tony Torres, said he didn't think Salman was any type of killer mastermind: "I think she was just along for the ride."

In November, Salman told the New York Times in an interview that she was "unaware of everything."

“I don’t condone what he has done," she said then. "I am very sorry for what has happened. He has hurt a lot of people.”

Since the massacre, Salman was said to have been cooperating with the FBI. It is not clear what changed. 

Salman's parents live in Rodeo, California, and the FBI has previously visited that location to interview her, NBC News reported. Rodeo is a small city, with a population of 8,600, in Contra Costa County near the San Pablo Bay, about 45 minutes from San Francisco.

Her mother’s neighbors in Rodeo have told NBC Bay Area that Salman was the daughter of Ekbal Zahi and Bassam Abdallah Salman, who died of a heart attack several years ago. Salman's mother still lives at the home with her youngest child but has not spoken out publicly about the shooting.

According to neighbors, Salman attended John Swett High School in nearby Crockett, California. Salman married Mateen, neighbors said, and moved to Florida about five years ago. She moved back to the Bay Area with her son after the massacre.

NBC Bay Area's Shawn Murphy, Pete Suratos and Chuck Coppola contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Scores of US Lawmakers to Boycott Trump Inauguration]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:40:22 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/AP_17011739079713.jpgMore than 50 Democratic representatives of Congress from across the country have announced plans to boycott Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.

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<![CDATA[What to Know Before Women's March on Washington]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:11:20 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/womens-march-sign2.jpg

A day after Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, hundreds of thousands of people will converge on the National Mall for the Women's March on Washington.

Here's everything you need to know if you're planning to attend -- or want to avoid the area:

When and Where Is the Women's March?

The event Saturday, Jan. 21 will begin with a rally from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. near the Capitol, at Independence Avenue and 3rd Street SW. 

Participants then will march toward the White House. 

What's the Purpose of the March?

March organizers said in a mission statement posted to their website that participants will unite to end violence and promote rights for women, LGBT people, workers, people of color, people with disabilities and immigrants.

"The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us," the site says.

While's Trump name does not appear in the group's mission statement, opposition to the president-elect appears to be what unites participants.

Go here to read why several women said they would march.

Who Is Organizing the March?

After Trump won the presidency, a retired attorney in Hawaii posted to Facebook about marching in Washington, The Washington Post reported. By the time Teresa Shook went to sleep, 40 women said they wanted to march. By the time she woke up, that number had ballooned to 10,000, the Post reported.

The idea for the march took off, and Shook and the initial organizers handed the reins to a group of experienced activists: Bob Bland, a fashion industry entrepreneur; Tamika Mallory, an organizer and gun-control advocate; Carmen Perez, executive director of the Gathering for Justice, a criminal-justice-reform group; and Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.

How Many People Are Expected to Attend?

Organizers said in an application for a permit to use federal land that they expect about 200,000 people.

Christopher Geldart, the director of D.C.'s homeland security agency, said he expects that even more people will attend, based on bus registrations and train bookings.

As of Jan. 13, D.C. had received about 1,800 requests for permits to park tour buses on Jan. 21, Councilmember Charles Allen told News4. Just about 200 permits had been requested for Inauguration Day itself.

As of 1 p.m. Jan. 17, more than 203,000 Facebook users indicated on the Facebook page for the march that they would attend.

How Can I Get There?

Metrorail and Metrobus will operate on a regular weekend schedule. See Metro's website for full details on how to use the system. Anyone who needs a Metro card is advised to buy it in advance to avoid long lines.

People from many states are planning to get to the march by bus. March organizers have a bus finder webpage to help people find buses to take them to Washington.

Anyone who drives to the march is advised to expect heavy traffic and extremely limited parking.

March organizers say they are working to identify a place where bikes can be parked.

Will Any Roads Be Closed?

Several roads near the National Mall will be closed from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, including 3rd Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to C Street SW, and Independence Avenue SW from 1st Street to 6th Street SW.

Go here to see the full list of street closures.

Is the March Free? Do I Need to Register?

The march is free. Organizers are asking people who expect to attend to fill out a brief online registration form to help the hosts plan the event.

Will the March Be Safe?

D.C. police and the National Park Service have been in communication with march organizers about the planning of the event.

Organizers say they have hired a private security firm and will have "numerous professional security workers" at the event.

What's the Weather Forecast? 

Saturday is expected to be mild and partly sunny, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

Where Can I Stay?

Some hotel rooms and Airbnb rooms in the region are still available, just don't expect a bargin.

Some groups, such as MarchBNB, are organizing to help march attendees find lodging. The list of those resources can be found on the march's FAQ page.

A gym in the Cleveland Park neighborhood is opening its doors to host a sleepover.

Can I Participate If I Use a Wheelchair or Have Mobility Issues?

March organizers say there will be a limited seated section and that more information will be available soon.

The ADA accessible route will be 4th Street SW from C Street to Independence Avenue.

"It is our mission to make sure that this march is as accessible as possible," Sarsour said in a Facebook video.

What Am I Allowed to Bring?

All bags will be subject to search, and size restrictions will be in place. Folding chairs will not be allowed, nor will anything that could be construed as a weapon, including signs with sharp wooden handles. See the march website for full details.

Are Men Allowed?

March organizers say the march "is for any person, regardless of gender or gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights."

Which Celebrities and Public Figures Will Be There?

A long list of stars are expected to attend the march, including America Ferrera, Katy Perry, Cher, Scarlett Johansson, Zendaya and Julianne Moore.

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<![CDATA[Drug Tunnels Unfilled on Mexico Side of US Border: Report]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:47:23 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Border+drug+tunnel+generic.JPG

When border officials find drug tunnels that lead to the U.S., they are filled with cement and sealed off.

But that doesn’t necessarily seal off their future use.

According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, the tunnels aren’t completely closed off across the border in Mexico. While the entry is sealed, the rest of the tunnel is left alone.

Over the last decade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has spent roughly $9 million to block off the entry points of illegal tunnels.

The Mexican government says it lacks to funds to do the same. This allows drug cartels to dig up a new path within the tunnel and re-direct a passageway to the U.S.

Since some of these sophisticated tunnels have lighting, ventilation and even a rail system, it makes them even more attractive for drug cartels because the infrastructure is mostly installed.

“Until 2007, the U.S. didn't fill in the tunnels either,” said Ev Meade, director of the University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute. “We just capped the entry points and left them alone, and Mexico basically did the same."

Back in November 2010, an underground tunnel that led to a warehouse in Otay Mesa was discovered by border officials. The 600-yard tunnel ran from Mexico to the U.S.

It was filled up on the U.S. side, but in 2014 authorities discovered that drug traffickers had dug up a new path from inside.

“There’s so much talk about the border wall," Meade said. “It misses all the other ways in which people and goods get into the U.S. without permission. The tunnels are one of them, there’s also airports and sea port entries.”

Complicating things even further is the political tension between the U.S. and Mexico.

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to build a wall along our southern border to stop illegal immigration and drug trafficking. But tons of drugs have been trafficked into the U.S. through border tunnels.

"We spend $18 to $20 billion a year,” Meade said. “That’s more than all the rest of federal law enforcement combined. That’s excluding the money we spend on the drug war in Mexico. Depending on how you count it, it’s another billion dollars or so a year. Through collaboration, they’ve been able to arrest the heads of the most important drug cartels in Mexico — the problem is that hasn't done much to go after the underlying business.”

Photo Credit: Mexican Attorney General's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Dramatic Photos of California's Drought]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:57:22 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-631556008.jpgHistorically dry winters combined with years of below-average rainfall have taken a toll on California. But a wet start to winter has meant improvement for some areas, especially Northern California.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Bobcat Put Down After Attacking 3 People in Conn.]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:12:29 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Colchester+bobcat+1200.jpg

A sickly looking bobcat attacked three women at a Connecticut farm run by a social service organization in Colchester late Tuesday morning and has been put down, according to officials at the scene.

Colchester fire officials said the bobcat bit one person and scratched two others in the greenhouse on the property of the Caring Community, a residential and day program on Waterhole Road in Colchester.

The bobcat jumped on one women and scratched the other two when they came to her aid.

The bobcat was gone from the greenhouse by the time police arrived and went into the woods, but the bobcat charged at the officer instead of running away. 

All women are clients of the Caring Community and were brought to the Marlborough Medical Center, according to officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

DEEP says it's unusual for bobcats to attack humans.

The bobcat was shot and killed at the scene and the state Department of Health will test it for rabies. 

Photo Credit: Colchester Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Going Once ... Trump's Childhood Home Up for Auction]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:02:29 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/preview+image+trump+house.jpgBidding on the 1940 Tudor-style home in Jamaica Estates in Queens ends Tuesday at 4 p.m. EST, three days before Trump takes the oath of office on inauguration day.]]><![CDATA[Facebook's Zuckerberg Testifies at VR Copyright Trial]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:27:11 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/zuckerberg-trial-dallas.jpg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent much of Tuesday on a Dallas federal court witness stand defending his firm against claims it stole intellectual property for the Oculus virtual reality headset.

Zuckerberg said Facebook invested around $3 billion to buy Oculus as a way of moving rapidly into virtual reality technology, a figure higher than what was reported at the time of the 2014 deal.

He said he was so anxious to see Facebook move into VR that he pushed completion of the deal in just a matter of days over a weekend. But he denied any technology was stolen.

"The idea that Oculus technology is based on someone else's work is just wrong," Zuckerberg said.

ZeniMax Media, which owns id Software, based in Richardson, Texas, filed the lawsuit claiming former employee John Carmack took secrets with him when he joined Oculus. 

A lawyer for ZeniMax confronted Zuckerberg with emails and documents suggesting there were concerns about Oculus technology before the deal, but Zuckerberg said the accusations surfaced later, were not credible and were not pursued by Facebook.

ZeniMax is seeking $2 billion in damages.The trial began Jan. 10 and could last two more weeks.

Photo Credit: Ken Kalthoff, NBC 5 News
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<![CDATA[Unofficial Inaugural Balls Being Held, But Many Sold Out]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:41:01 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/champagne5.jpg

Looking to attend an inaugural ball?

While it may be hard to get your hands on a ticket to one of the three official inaugural balls president-elect Donald Trump will attend Friday, there are a number of unofficial balls being held across the city. 

But getting through the door of one of those shindigs may cost you.

A general admission ticket to the "Deplorables Inaugural Ball" at the Ronald Regan Building will cost you $500. While $175 will secure you a spot at the "Asia Pacific American Presidential Inaugural Gala."

Tickets to the "The Peace Ball" at the National Museum of African American History and Culture were being sold for $200. But the event, which will feature activist Angela Davis, singer Solange and writer Alice Walker, quickly sold out. 

And that's the case with many of the unofficial inaugural balls; a few even have waiting lists. 

Here's a look at some of the unofficial balls being held across the D.C. area:

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Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Survivor on Mexican Club Shooting]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:54:26 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17016542229030-blue-parrot-mexico-club-shooting.jpg

A suburban Chicago man is back in the United States after surviving a mass shooting that left five dead Monday in a nightclub in Mexico.

Ninmar Malk, of Niles, was attending the last night of the BPM Music Festival and was planning to fly home only hours later when gunfire erupted in the Blue Parrot Night Club.

"About 2 a.m. you hear what sounds like a firework and you're not sure if it's part of the music," Malk said of the confusion that ensued.

Rodolfo Del Angel, director of police in the state of Quintana Roo, told the Milenio TV station that the shooting was the result of "a disagreement between people inside" the nightclub and said security guards had come under fire when they tried to contain the dispute.

"Within 10 seconds everyone hits the ground and the music cuts off," Malk said, adding that he hid behind a pole and avoided eye contact with the gunman.

"Everyone was on the ground, so you're laying on top of other people," he said.

Four men — including three security guards — died from gunshot wounds and a woman was trampled. She was identified as Alejandra Villanueva, an 18-year-old from Denver.

Cellphone video shows the chaos as festival goers fled from the club.

"It took me a good 10 to 15 minutes to get out of there," Malk said. "I saw people dead on the ground as I was running back."

At least 15 others were injured, authorities say.

Authorities have detained four people for questioning in relation to the shooting. Another shooting was reported around the same time, but it's unclear if the two are connected.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Visitors to Wildlife Preserve Catch Glimpse of Massive Gator]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:16:53 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_biggator0116_1920x1080.jpgA massive alligator was recorded on video Sunday at a wildlife preserve in Polk County, Florida. Almost prehistoric in appearance, the gator is known well by people who frequent the preserve, but the social media explosion brought out plenty of new viewers on Monday. "It's awesome," exclaimed Jackson McMillan. That is until he was asked if he wanted to get any closer, to which he replied, "I'm fine." ]]>