<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - National & International News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:08:25 -0800 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:08:25 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Accused Planned Parenthood Gunman Could Face Death]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:55:40 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dear-AP_615109635980.png

The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic made his first court appearance Monday, where he was told that he could face the death penalty, NBC News reported.

If convicted of first degree murder in the shooting, which left three dead and nine wounded, Robert Lewis Dear would face a minimum sentence of life in prison and a maximum of death, the judge said.

Dear, 57, allegedly held the Colorado Springs clinic under siege for five hours before surrendering Friday afternoon.

He said little as he spoke to the judge via closed circuit TV, answering the judge's yes-or-no questions in a raspy voice with his public defender at his side. Dear is due back in court Dec. 9.

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<![CDATA[Hero Guard Who Stopped Paris Bomber Speaks]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:04:52 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Paris-Guard-151130-salim-toorabally-211p_5e8d342d991d8e9a92b0bad6cbd36b52.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

On the night he became an accidental French national hero, Salim Toorabally's daughter warned him to be "extra careful."

Toorabally said she was worried because an earlier bomb scare had forced the German team facing off against the French team at the Stade de France to evacuate their hotel. And this was his first time working security at the stadium, located in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, NBC News reported.

And because he was careful, Toorabally is now being hailed as a lifesaver for preventing a suicide bomber from getting inside the stadium where French President Francois Hollande was among the thousands in the stands.

Toorabally, a 42-year-old Mauritian immigrant and devout Muslim, insists he's no hero.

"I was just doing my job," he said in French through an interpreter.

But the hard-working dad admitted that he was still rattled by his brush with baby-faced Bilal Hadfi, who killed himself on Nov. 13 when he detonated his suicide vest outside the stadium — but not the hundreds he was hoping to slaughter.

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<![CDATA[Accused Chicago Officer Posts Bond]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:09:17 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/e1dfaaf2-3b56-419d-b852-0aa4db8a66fb-large16x9_KillingsbyPoliceCh_DiMa.jpg

A Chicago police officer charged with murder for fatally shooting a black Chicago teenager 16 times posted bond and was released from jail Monday hours after a judge ordered his bail set at $1.5 million.

Officer Jason Van Dyke appeared in court, shackled at his waist and feet, flanked on either side by burly officers from the Cook County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team. A spokesman said due to the high tensions of the event, the officers were there for Van Dyke’s protection.

“He’s prepared to defend himself,” said defense attorney Dan Herbert. “He’s very scared about the consequences he’s facing. He’s concerned for his wife and children.”

Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder last Tuesday, more than a year after the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. That same day, officials released graphic dash-cam video of the shooting, prompting a series of protests throughout the city over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The "disturbing" dash-cam footage was played in courtroom 101 during Van Dyke's bond hearing at Chicago's Criminal Court Monday. 

Judge Donald Panarese watched the video, then instructed attorneys to show it again for Van Dyke, and any courtroom spectators who wanted to watch.

The video shows McDonald apparently walking away from police with a small knife in his hand during the October 2014 incident when he was fatally shot 16 times by Van Dyke.

Prosecutors said in court last week that the shooting happened within 15 seconds, but for 13 of those seconds McDonald was on the ground. They added the video "clearly does not show McDonald advancing toward [Van Dyke]."

Prosecutor Bill Delaney asked that Van Dyke remain held without bond, but the judge rejected that, saying everyone is presumed innocent and set Van Dyke’s bail at $1.5 million. Five hours later, Van Dyke posted bond and walked out of jail.

Once again Monday, Van Dyke's attorney defended his client’s actions.

“When you see the video alone, it does not seem like a justifiable shooting,” Herbert said, noting that he has information from his client which paints the shooting in a different light. “It’s a case that’s absolutely defensible, and I’m prepared to present a defense.”

Police have said the shooting was in self-defense and that McDonald lunged at the officer with a knife while authorities were investigating car break-ins in a trucking yard.

Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo also argued Monday that there is more to the shooting than the video reveals.

“You know,” he said, “we don’t get an officer Van Dyke view of that incident.”

An autopsy confirmed McDonald was shot a total of 16 times and had PCP in his system.

A GoFundMe page asking for donations for Van Dyke's bond last week was removed from the fundraising website after raising more than $10,000. The company cited a policy against campaigns for the defense of anyone alleged to be involved in criminal activity.

Shortly after the fundraiser was removed, a local branch of the Fraternal Order of Police created an account to raise bond money for Van Dyke.

Van Dyke is scheduled to return to court Dec. 18.

<![CDATA[December 1 Marks World AIDS Day]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:31:40 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_47454168032.jpg

December 1 is recognized globally as World AIDS Day.

The World Health Organization (WHO) established the annual observance in 1988 as a way to offer communities the chance to unite to fight against the HIV/AIDS stigma, commemorate those who have lost the battle with AIDS, and also show support for those who are living with the disease.

Though new HIV infections have fallen by 35 percent and AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 24 percent since 2000, HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives a year, according to WHO.

This year's theme for World AIDS Day 2015 in the U.S., "The Time to Act is Now," demonstrates "the urgent need for action today," the White House announced last month.

"The global HIV epidemic requires a coordinated and united response," the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, Douglas M. Brooks, wrote in the White House blog. "In 2015, we know what it takes to prevent HIV infections and improve the lives of people living with HIV, and we are building on the success of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)."

PEPFAR has recently partnered with the Elton John AIDS Foundation to launch a $10 million initiative that will contribute grants to organizations working to provide HIV-related needs to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, including improving access to HIV services and helping to create "non-stigmatizing environments."

Organizations and groups around the world will hold events to celebrate World AIDS Day. Cities and famous landmarks will light up in red to honor those who have lost the battle with AIDS and to show support for those who continue to fight.

Here's some ways you can help:

Go (RED)

The red ribbon has become the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV. Purchase or make your own red ribbon to show your support for World AIDS Day.

Keeping with the red theme, in 2006, Bono and Bobby Shriver founded (RED), a non profit organization that partners with the private sector to raise awareness and funds to help eliminate HIV/AIDS in Africa.

(RED) partners like Coca-Cola, beats by dr. dre, Apple, Starbucks, Le Creuset, among many others, donate 50 percent of the profits from (RED) products to the Global Fund HIV/AIDS. The organization provides life-saving antiretroviral medication (ARVs) that works to keep the virus from multiplying and can prevent an HIV positive pregnant woman from transmitting the virus to her child.

Ticketmaster and Live Nation have also partnered with (RED). Between November 9 and December 20, the ticket sales companies will display a (RED) button on their websites allowing customers to donate $10 during purchases.

On Tuesday night, Bono is hosting a Shopathon on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." The the star-studded fundraising event will feature "once-in-a-lifetime-experiences" that can be won after donating at least $10 to (RED). Prizes include a bike ride with the U2 frontman or learning to pass a football with Tom Brady himself.

Uber rider's in more than 150 cities nationwide can help drive the effort towards an AIDS Free Generation. The ride-sharing company has partnered with (RED) and will enable drivers to donate $5 to the Global Fund at the end of their trip, Uber announced Monday. Uber cars around the world will turn red to raise awareness around the cause. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match all donations made on Dec. 1 to (RED) via the Uber app.


MAC cosmetics is donating 100 percent of the selling price of MAC VIVA GLAM lipstick and lipgloss to the MAC AIDS Fund. The company is featuring two new lip products named after the current VIVA GLAM spokeswoman Miley Cyrus: super-sexy bright orange and coordinating Lipglass gloss with pearl shimmer.

Join the Conversation:

The White House will host a live webcast of its World AIDS Day event highlighting President Obama's commitment to the sustainable development goals outlined by the United Nations. The livestream will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. You can join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #WAD2015.

A #TreatmentForAll

The #TreatmentForAll initiative aims to stem the AIDS epidemic in Africa by treating 28 million people by 2020. United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Ray Chambers, Emmy Award-winning television host Ricki Lake and digital influencers Wesley Stromberg, Sammy Wilkinson, Megan Nicole and Melvin Gregg kicked-off the campaign Monday with the first documentary film officially launched on Facebook. The video ends with a string of social media stars sharing the hashtag, asking viewers to do the same.

Get Tested:

The HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator is a first-of-its-kind, location-based search tool that allows user to search for testing services, housing providers and HIV-related health centers near your current location.

Use and share the HIV testing sites and care services locator.

Find HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Providers

Enter your address, city and state, or ZIP Code:

For more information on this widget, please visit AIDS.gov.

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<![CDATA[Deputy Recounts Moment He Found Abandoned Baby Girl]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:47:53 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/newborn+baby+riverside+riverbed+1128+2015.jpg

Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials are asking for the public's help to find the mother of a newborn baby girl who was found buried alive underneath a pile of debris and asphalt in Compton.

Detectives believe she was abandoned sometime Thanksgiving morning and spent several hours alone and cold before being rescued by a sheriff’s deputy who couldn’t believe what he was hearing.

"I know what I was hearing, a faint baby cry as I’m digging in the hole," Deputy Adam Collette said. "I still didn’t believe it."

When she was in his arms, Collette said he could immediately feel the baby calm down. It helped that he's a father of two young daughters and said he knows the difference between a cry of hunger and a cry of pain.

"The cry that I heard as a father was more of a cry for help. I’m hungry, but not like I'm injured," Collette said.

Sheriff's officials said the baby is doing well. Two women heard the baby crying and called 911 Thursday, and Collette and fellow Deputy David Perry were able to find her and pull her out of a two-foot-wide hole where she had been buried underneath a pile of debris.

"The hole was filled with loose dirt vegetation and two large pieces of asphalt," Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.

Detectives said they have gotten a lot of leads but they still need the public’s help. They still don’t know who the baby’s mother is, where she gave birth and why she didn’t take advantage of the law that allows for the safe surrender of newborns within 72 hours.

"Any fire station, any sheriff station, any hospital. Not in the parking lot, you have to cross the threshold," LA County Supervisor Don Knabe said, explaining the steps a parent can take.

There have been 16 safe surrenders in LA County so far this year, and 140 since the law was passed in 2001.

The blanket the baby was wrapped in appeared to be a hospital blanket, so detectives are checking area hospitals.

Deputy Collette said he’s thankful the baby was not hurt. Another hour or so and it would have been dark and no one thinks she could have survived the cold night.

Collette said he visited the baby at the hospital over the weekend. He calls her survival "a touch of God."

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<![CDATA[Students Find New Hampshire's 'Dumbest Law']]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:28:16 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-11-30-18h53m13s102.png

A group of students from a small town in New Hampshire have found the state's dumbest law.

Monday, Newport High School sophomore Timothy Poitras read necn the letter from state lawmakers informing him that his class won the New Hampshire's Dumbest law contest.

"I was shocked," Poitras said.

Rollie Stapleton's sophomore advisory class chose RSA 207:48 the law that makes it illegal to collect seaweed off the beach after sunset. If you're caught, the violation could carry upwards of a thousand dollars.

"When I first read this, I was like you're saying I can't pick it up and plop it down on the beach," Poitras said. "I was like that's bogus!"

His classmate Kristopher Mampe shared Poitras' shock, saying, "Newport isn't really heard of, everyone thinks Manchester, Concord, all the bigger ones, but Newport being a bit smaller, won."

State Representative Max Abramson of Seabrook started the contest for students across the state last spring. He said there were more than 30 laws submitted. Some of the craziest ones had already been repealed.

"You can't tap your foot to music in a bar, that one was repealed a few years ago," Abramson said. "But the most ridiculous one and the one I wish someone had entered was you can't recycle milk jugs. You can go to jail for up to a year in New Hampshire for reusing a dairy container for water or anything other than dairy."

Abramson has already submitted a bill that would repeal the seaweed gathering law.

Stapleton said her students dedicated time and energy, and researched for weeks - proving that a contest to find the state's dumbest law was a really smart idea.

"Following through really is something all students in the U.S. and all over the world need to know how to do," Stapleton said. "It's a tough act to be able to do but Tim's demonstration might show our student that there are results when you follow through.

The Newport class is going to the statehouse at the beginning of next year to support the bill that would repeal New Hampshire's dumbest law.

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<![CDATA[Jury Selection in 1st Gray Case]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:39:22 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Officer+William+Porter+Stands+Before+Prospective+Jurors+Freddie+Gray+Case+113015.jpg

Seventy-five potential were questioned by a judge in Baltimore Circuit Court Monday as the first trial in the death of Freddie Gray got underway.

Jury selection for Officer William Porter's trial began Monday. When asked by Judge Barry Williams, every juror called said they knew about the Freddie Gray case, were aware of the curfew imposed following the protests and knew about the $6.4 million settlement between the city and Gray's family. 

Gray, 25, suffered a mysterious injury in the back of a police transport van and died April 19, inspiring thousands to take to the streets to protest what they believed was the mistreatment by police of another young black man. On Monday, a handful of protesters gathered outside the courthouse and chanted, "All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray." 

In the weeks following the unrest, six police officers were indicted in Gray's death. Porter is being tried first in part because prosecutors want to use him as a witness in the trials of several other officers.

The group of potential jurors was asked a number of questions to gauge their ability to be impartial. 

A dozen potential jurors said they or their family members or significant others were employed by a law enforcement agency, while 26 said they had "strong feelings" about manslaughter or other misconduct by police. Almost 40 potential jurors said they or a family member had been either a victim of a crime or been investigated, arrested, charged or convicted of a crime.

Two dozen potential jurors said they could not serve for reasons including a planned trip or or a medical condition preventing them from sitting for more than an hour.

Judge Williams also read aloud more than 200 names of possible witnesses, including more than 100 Baltimore police officers, lawyers and prosecutors.

The judge then began meeting privately with 66 members of the pool, which continued until he dismissed court about 5:45 p.m. He told the pool to plan to return Wednesday, but some will be notified before then that they do not need to return, court spokeswoman Terri Charles said.

A new jury panel will report to court Tuesday.

Protesters outside the courthouse marched to Inner Harbor, the World Trade Center, the Baltimore Aquarium and City Hall before wrapping up Monday evening, promising they weren't done, the Baltimore Sun's Colin Campbell tweeted.

A verdict will likely set the tone for the city: If Porter is acquitted there could be protests and possibly more unrest. A conviction could send shockwaves through the city's troubled police department.

"Everything is at stake. The future of the city is at stake,'' Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.

Porter faces charges of assault, manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. He is accused of checking on Gray during several stops the van made during its 45-minute trip from the Gilmor Homes in Sandtown-Winchester, where Gray was arrested, to the Western District station house, where officers found Gray unresponsive and he was taken to a hospital. He died a week later.

Gray was initially handcuffed. Later during his van ride, his legs were shackled and he was placed back in the van without a seatbelt, a violation of department policy, prosecutors have said.

Porter told police investigators arresting Gray "was always a big scene," according to a pretrial filing by defense attorneys. Porter indicated he knew of a previous arrest in which Gray allegedly tried to kick out the windows of a police vehicle.

"You know, so he was always, always, like, banging around," Porter said in the statement excerpted in the filing. "It was always a big scene whenever you attempted to arrest Freddie Gray."

Defense attorneys say that helps explain Porter's actions during Gray's arrest.

Judge Williams said a jury will be seated in a day or two.

The trial is expected to be complete by Dec. 17.

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<![CDATA[NAACP: President Detained ]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:51:06 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cornell+brooks.jpg

Ten people were detained outside Chicago's City Hall Monday afternoon during an NAACP demonstration urging police reform, including the president of the organization, according to an NAACP spokesperson.

NAACP officials said in a statement that President Cornell Brooks was arrested, along with nine members of the clergy described as seminarians and Chicago Sinai Congregation members, while "kneeling in prayer in the middle of the street." They were released a short time later.

According to Chicago police, the 10 protesters were not arrested, but instead issued citations during a "small gathering." Police would not confirm why they were given the citations, and did not identify who was cited.

NAACP spokeswoman Raquel Coombs later said in an email that she did not dispute the way police characterized the interaction, but noted that Brooks and the others were put in a police van. Brooks tweeted a picture from the van showing several other people.

The group protested outside City Hall as Officer Jason Van Dyke, who was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Laquan McDonald, made another court appearance, where he received $1.5 million bond.

The protesters marched while carrying coffins and chanted "What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!" and "Stop the cover-up! Sixteen shots!" in reference to the number of times McDonald was shot by Van Dyke.

During a press conference held during the demonstration, Brooks spoke about police reform and reiterated the NAACP's demand for a formal investigation of the Chicago Police Department. Several members also asked for the resignations of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.

"We are here because we are, as a city, as a citizenry, as a nation, grieving the death, the senseless, tragic death, of Laquan McDonald," said Cornell Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP. "We have before us a casket. Caskets carry the loved ones that we've lost to death, sometimes as a consequence of disease, illness, old age, but not one of us can imagine the heartbreak of losing a loved one to police misconduct. And we're not merely here to grieve the loss of a 17-year-old. We're here before this emblem of death, this casket, to bury police misconduct in the city of Chicago."

Van Dyke posted bond Monday afternoon after a Cook County judge ordered the bail upon reviewing video footage of the fatal shooting of McDonald. The judge also showed the video to Van Dyke and his attorney in the courtroom.

Prosecutors asked for no bail during the hearing, but Van Dyke's attorney argued that the officer is not a flight risk. The judge said after the ruling that he was not there to determine guilt or innocence. Officials confirmed Van Dyke had posted bond and was released around 5 p.m.

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<![CDATA[U.S.: Russian Jet Entered Turkish Airspace]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:24:42 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Russian-Plane-Body-AP_794858269462.jpg

The United States has independently confirmed Turkey's assertion that the Russian warplane it shot down last week violated Turkish airspace, a State Department official said Monday, NBC News reported.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau would not describe how the United States confirmed the Russian craft's flight path. Instead, she said that diplomatic efforts should focus on easing tensions between Russia and Turkey.

Turkish forces shot down the plane on Nov. 24, saying it entered its airspace from Syria, where Russia is conducting airstrikes in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad. One of the plane's pilots was killed, as well as a Russian Marine on the rescue team.

Russia has said it was flying over Syria airspace and was struck unprovoked.

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<![CDATA[Sanders Has Hernia Procedure]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:40:34 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/184*120/TLMD-14-bernie-sanders-democrata-socialista.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is undergoing an elective outpatient hernia repair procedure on Monday, according to his U.S. Senate office.

The Vermont Senator is having the procedure done at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

He will resume his Senate duties on Tuesday, his office said.

Sanders is currently running second in most national polls, behind front-runner Hillary Clinton. He spoke at a New Hampshire Democratic Party event on Sunday in Manchester.

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<![CDATA[Obama Ignores 'Wrap-It-Up' Beeps at UN Talks]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:30:58 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Obama-Paris-Speech-UN-AP_341354726972.jpg

President Barack Obama was met with what appeared to be the U.N.'s version of the Oscars' "wrap-it-up" music Monday after he significantly overran his allotted time to speak at a global climate change summit, NBC News reported.

Obama was one of 147 world leaders given a three-minute slot at the COP21 conference to outline their vision for the future of the planet.

The president of the free world, however, had other ideas.

More than eight and a half minutes into Obama's address — and with no sign he was stopping soon — three beeps sounded across the auditorium, clearly audible to everyone present and watching on TV.

"I've come here personally, as the leader of the world's largest economy and the second-largest emitter, to say that the United States of America not only recognizes our responsibility in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it," Obama told the summit.

The beeps continued every 30 seconds, but the president plowed on.

After 11 minutes, whoever was manning the "beep" button had clearly given up, and no more prompts were heard until Obama ended his epic discourse just shy of 14 minutes.

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<![CDATA[Netanyahu and Abbas Shake Hands at Climate Summit]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:25:45 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Abbas-AP_559135013096.jpg

Israel's prime minister and the Palestinian president, in France for the climate summit, met and shook hands for the first time in years, NBC News reported.

A photograph shows Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas shaking hands and smiling on the sidelines of global climate talks outside Paris on Monday. It wasn't immediately clear if they had agreed to meet or if they spoke.

U.S. mediated peace talks between the sides collapsed early 2014 and the two leaders haven't met in years.

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<![CDATA[Cruz Refocuses Talk of Shooting to 'Vicious Rhetoric on the Left']]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:10:47 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_654745070015.jpg

As questions continue to surround last week's shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Spring, Colorado, Republican candidate Ted Cruz on Sunday readily shifted focus to what he called "some vicious rhetoric on the left," during a campaign stop in Iowa, NBC News reported.

When asked about the shooter reportedly telling authorities "no more baby parts," Cruz resisted suggestions that recent conservative condemnations of Planned Parenthood — including discredited allegations that the organization profited from fetal tissue donations — contributed to the Colorado shooter's motives for killing three and staging an hours-long standoff with authorities.

The Texas senator seemed to reference unconfirmed reports, including one relating to the shooter's gender and political identification. 

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<![CDATA[Obama: Climate Talks an 'Act of Defiance' After Paris Attacks]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:49:10 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_476960059291.jpg

About 150 world leaders joined U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday to kick off a two-week climate summit near Paris.

Each leader will speak about what their country is doing to reduce emissions and slow climate change, according to NBC News.

President Barack Obama on Monday called the global talks an "act of defiance" against terrorism, saluting the people of Paris for "insisting this crucial conference go on" just two weeks after attacks that killed 130.

He urged leaders to "rise to this moment" and fight the enemy of cynicism — "the notion we can't do anything" about the warming of the planet."  

All members of the G-20 submitted their own plans for addressing global warming. Activists expect the plan that emerges from the Paris summit will address a decrease in fossil fuel emissions.

Efforts to agree on a climate deal have been delayed by a disagreement on whether developing nations share the same burden as industrialized nations that have polluted a lot more. The U.S. and other nations have said hat all countries chip in under the new agreement.

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<![CDATA[North Korea-Linked Boats With Corpses Turn Up Off Japan]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:38:35 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Japane-Coast-Guard-GettyImages-498905198.jpg

A total of 20 decomposing corpses have been found in wooden fishing boats off Japan's coast, authorities said. Eleven vessels were discovered in the past two months, the most recent being towed ashore six days ago, a coast guard spokesman told NBC News on Monday.

Items found on board have fueled speculation in the Japanese press that the boats may have come from North Korea. None of the vessels have carried GPS equipment, but instead many contained fishing nets, hooks and pieces of clothing featuring the Korean hangul alphabet, the spokesman said.

The boat towed ashore in Fukui on Tuesday contained seven bodies, according to the spokesman.

It is not the first time such vessels have been discovered; 80 boats were reported in 2013, 65 in 2014, and 34 so far this year, according to the coast guard. Some of these boats also contained corpses.

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<![CDATA[Cops Rescue Hawk From NY River]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:02:06 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Hawk-Rescue-East-River-1130.jpeg

A couple of eagle-eyed NYPD officers are being credited with rescuing a hawk that was in distress in the East River.

NYPD Special Operations said in a tweet a pair of officers assigned to the harbor unit rescued a distressed hawk from the river on Sunday. 

According to the NYPD, the raptor was spotted flapping its wings around in the water near the Brooklyn Bridge. One of the officers in the boat, Christopher Kessinger, reached into the water and the hawk grabbed onto his arm. He pulled the officer into the boat and dried the bird off with the help of his partner, Steven Khaykin. 

The hawk jumped onto Kessinger's arm after they dried it off, staying there for several minutes.

"He was just hanging out," Kessinger said. "He calmed down and knew we were not going to hurt him."

The bird then flew off, heading towards Battery Park.

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<![CDATA[Toy Maker VTech Hack Affects 5M Customers, Including Kids]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:21:52 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-155048435.jpg

Electronic toymaker VTech was hacked on November 14, exposing the personal information of around 5 million customers, NBC News reported.

Hackers gained access to VTech's Learning Lodge website, where parents can download apps, e-books and other materials for their toys.

While no credit card numbers were stolen, hackers did get access to profile information like names, email addresses, passwords, mailing addresses and IP addresses. The hacked database also included information related to children, including names, genders and birth dates.

VTech did not disclose how many of the 5 million accounts contained children's personal information. The company said it discovered the breach ten days afterwards.

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<![CDATA[Arrest in Univ. Violence Threat]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:43:46 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/499277726-university-of-chicago.jpg

A 21 year-old was charged in connection with a "threat of violence" at University of Chicago that prompted school officials to cancel classes Monday.

Jabari Dean, who has been identified as a University of Illinois at Chicago student, has been charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce, the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago said in a statement. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Dean was scheduled to make an appearance at 3 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox.

The attorney's office said an email address linked to Dean was used to post a threat that read: "I will execute aproximately (sic) 16 white male students and or staff, which is the same number of time (sic) Mcdonald (sic) was killed."

The threat had been posted Saturday, only days after the city released a video of Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, authorities said.

“We are monitoring this situation closely and are concerned about the impact this has had on our campus and the University of Chicago,” UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis said in a statement.

Dean appeared in federal court Monday but didn't enter a plea, and his lawyer declined comment afterward, The Associated Press reported.

President Robert Zimmer sent a letter to the campus community Sunday to announce the cancellation of all classes and activities at University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday.

In the letter, which was also posted online, Zimmer wrote that the university was informed by FBI counterterrorism officials that someone posted a threat of gun violence online. The individual reportedly mentioned specifically “the campus quad” on Monday morning at 10 a.m., according to the letter.

“Based on the FBI’s assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country, we have decided in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling all classes and activities on the Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday,” Zimmer wrote.

All non-medical faculty, students and non-essential staff are asked not to come to the Hyde Park campus on Monday. The letter also asked those who will be on campus to remain indoors as much as possible, including students in College Housing.

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, the University libraries, the Quadrangle Club, and other campus facilities were closed on Monday.

Zimmer said in a separate letter Monday evening that the FBI has concluded their investigation into the threat and that normal operations will resume Tuesday. 

The University of Chicago Medical Center remained open with added security measures, according to the University.

The school expects to resume normal university operations on Tuesday.

Anyone who sees anything unusual should contact University of Chicago Police at 773-702-8181.

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<![CDATA[Planned Parenthood Victim Tried to Save Others]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:02:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/StewartArmy-IMG_0259.jpg

The 29-year old Iraq War veteran killed in the Planned Parenthood attack ran back inside after being shot to warn others to take cover, his brother told NBC News.

Ke’Arre Stewart was hit after stepping outside the Colorado Springs clinic because he didn’t have cellphone service, brother Leyonte Chandler said.

Chandler said his brother tried to run back into the building and tell the others to take cover. Asked whether Stewart, a father of two, was a hero, Chandler said: “Definitely, definitely.”

Stewart was one of three people fatally shot by Robert Lewis Dear, who allegedly opened fire at the clinic Friday.

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<![CDATA[Dwyane Wade Pays Tribute to Laquan McDonald on Shoes]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:21:26 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Dwyane+Wade.png

Laquan McDonald’s death has shaken the nation, and as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Chicago Friday to rally in his name NBA star Dwyane Wade paid tribute in a different way.

The Miami Heat guard posted a photo of his shoes on Instagram ahead of the team's game against the New York Knicks Friday night and showed he was standing with in solidarity with protestors, having written “#LaquanMcDonald,” “#Chicago” and “#Justice” on the pair.

Wade grew up in Chicago’s South Side and went to high school at Harold L. Richards in Oak Lawn, just miles where the 17-year-old was shot and killed by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.

Van Dyke is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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<![CDATA[IMF Adds China's Yuan to Basket of Top Currencies ]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:43:26 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_449848205882.jpg

The International Monetary Fund says the Chinese yuan will join a basket of the world's leading currencies.

The IMF announced that the yuan "met all existing criteria" to be included with the U.S. dollar, euro, Japanese yen and the British pound as one of the currencies used for the global organization's Special Drawing Rights, which is used as the standard for dealing with its 188 member governments.

China is the world's second largest economy. Currency traders and economists say the move should encourage the government in Beijing to deliver on promises to make the yuan "freely tradable" and to open up its financial system.

The IMF's decision is set to take effect in October 2016. 

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<![CDATA[Cyber Monday Deals to Watch Out For]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:07:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_111128032716.jpg

If you didn’t finish all your holiday shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Monday has some bargains to look out for. This year, many of those sales will last beyond Monday, according to NBC News. 

Amazon, which pioneered the shopping holiday, has discounts on select toys, bikes, and more. On eBay, gift cards can be bought at a discount — for example, a $200 Lowes gift card can be purchased for $175. Target is calling this Cyber Monday its “biggest and boldest yet,” marking everything on its sites as 15 percent off. At Kohl’s, there will be mark-downs of up to 50 percent off. The Children’s Place is offering 50 percent to 75 percent off its entire site, plus free shipping.

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<![CDATA[China Chokes on Smog as World Leaders Talk Climate Change]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:13:20 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_484690709547.jpg

As world leaders discussed climate change at the U.N. conference in Paris on Monday, millions in China were choking on the most severe air pollution of the year, NBC News reported. 

The air-quality index exceeded 700 — well above the hazardous level — in Baoding, which as classified as China's most polluted, with residents struggling to see through the thick haze of smog on Monday.

Poor conditions were also reported in other parts of northern China, including the capital.

China is the world's biggest emitter of carbon pollutants. According to World Bank, China's emissions amounted to 11 billion tons in 2013, nearly twice as much as America's 5.8 billion tons. The two countries account for almost 40 percent of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions.

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<![CDATA[Off-Duty 'Hot Cop of Castro' Arrested for Felony Hit-and-Run]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:33:45 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/steven+weller.jpg

The San Francisco police officer who social media dubbed the "Hot Cop of Castro" last summer was arrested Sunday for a hit-and-run that seriously injured two men whom a family friend said had just left a musical performance.

According to a San Francisco Police Department news release, officer Christopher Kohrs, 38, rammed his Dodge Charger into two men who were crossing near Broadway and Montgomery streets in the city's North Beach neighborhood. Kohrs was off duty at the time on medical leave, police said.

Authorities say Kohrs ditched the car and fled from the scene after the crash, which was reported at 2:20 a.m. Police, however, were able to identify Kohrs as the driver and later arranged for the officer to turn himself in. He was arrested on two counts of felony hit-and-run. On Monday, he had been released from San Francisco County Jail. Efforts to immediately reach him were unsuccessful. NBC Bay Area left a voicemail at the San Francisco Police Officers Association seeking a comment early Monday morning.

Trey Bellomy saw some of the aftermath: "I looked out my window and there was a black and orange Dodge Charger right there. It looked like someone had pulled up and parked it. I didn't see anybody get out."

Surveillance video obtained by NBC Bay Area on Monday shows one person running away from the scene of the accident shortly after it happened and. The identity of that person isn’t clear.

The two victims -- both men in their 40s -- were taken to the hospital and are expected to survive, according to police. On Monday, one of the victims was upgraded to "fair condition," according to the hospital.

Kevin Cochran, who works at a nearby club, saw the men hurt in the street and called 911.

"I heard the impact," he said. "From what I understand, they were crossing the crosswalk, and they ended up 20 yards away."

Americo Diaz, who said he is friends with one of the victims, said one of the men has a broken leg and jaw, and is suffering from severe bruising to his body and head.

"We all ask everyone to keep him in their prayers," he said.

The pair of men had just seen a musical performance, Diaz added.

Kohrs has been a popular officer whose "appreciation page" on Facebook had 52,371 likes as of Monday morning. His superiors said he has never even worked in the Castro, a traditionally gay neighborhood, but has always been assigned to the park district.

He became a local celebrity after amateur photographer Mark Abrabson snapped photos of him in the Castro neighborhood in July 2014, which later got posted them on social media, usually with the hashtag #HotCopofCastro.

Kohrs has since modeled in calendars and also performed the Ice Bucket Challenge shirtless for an Officer Down Memorial Fund.

NBC Bay Area's Stephanie Chuang and Nanette Miranda contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Steven Kyle Weller via Facebook
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<![CDATA[Dog on Plane Goes Missing in Texas, Turns Up in Hawaii ]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:56:11 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bethany-thumb.jpg

A dog that went missing in North Texas during a trip from Seattle to Mississippi will be reunited with her owner after airline officials said they found her in Hawaii.

The dog, named Bethany, was headed back to D/FW International Airport on Monday and will be reunited with her owner on Tuesday, said American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely.

"We want her to be well-rested," Huguely said.

Bethany disappeared Saturday on her way from Seattle to Jackson, Mississippi. But her owner, Paul Chen, said she never made it to Mississippi.

Chen reported the Pembroke Welsh Corgi missing Sunday afternoon.

Airline officials quickly found her -- in Hawaii.

"She took a little bit of a vacation to Honolulu," Hugely joked. "She has been well taken care of the entire time."

Bethany has been under the care of a veterinarian, she said.

Chen said airline officials told him they found Bethany in Honolulu late Sunday.

"Don't know how or why she got there, but I am glad she is safe and sound," he said in an email.

Huguely said the airline will look into what happened with "the misconnect" but has been focused on returning Bethany to her owner.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Embassy in Kabul Warns Americans of 'Imminent Attack']]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:57:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_392624796254.jpg

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul warned Americans in Afghanistan on Monday about "credible reports of an imminent attack" on the country's capital in the next 48 hours and urged that they "exercise extreme caution if moving around the city," NBC News reported. 

The embassy said in a statement entitled, "Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens," that it had "received credible reports of an imminent attack" but added there were "no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method."

However, a security source within the embassy said the attack "may involve multiple assailants and car bombs" and was "classified as credible."

The warning came two days after a suicide bomber unsuccessfully targeted a senior member of Afghanistan's election commission during the morning rush hour in Kabul, Reuters reported.

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<![CDATA[Target Website Temporarily Crashes for Many on Cyber Monday]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:51:01 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/221*120/Screen+Shot+2015-11-30+at+10.28.47+AM.png

Cyber Monday's digital door-busting sales broke more than purchasing forecasts, causing at least one of the country's biggest retailer's website to crash for many users.

Target's website went down at 10:00 a.m. ET on Monday, according to Catchpoint Systems, a web performance monitoring company. Around 10:40 a.m. ET the website began to come back "intermittently," but customers continued to encounter a "problem" message, Catchpoint spokesman Frank Cioff said, adding that "technically" the site was back up, but content wasn't available.

"Please hold tight. So Sorry, but high traffic's causing delays. If you wouldn't mind holding, we'll refresh automatically and get things going ASAP (sic)," the message read on Target.com. A corporate spokeswoman said customers were put in a "queue" and asked to check back later. 

Many expressed their frustration on social media, chiding the company for not being better prepared to handle the traffic surge that was expected to come on one of the largest online shopping events of the year.


In a statement, Senior Group Manager for Target communications Molly Snyder said, "We are seeing a tremendous response to today’s 15 percent off sitewide offer. The volume is already twice as high as our busiest day ever. We continue to receive and process thousands of orders from guests who are shopping the entire site and taking advantage of the discount coupled with free shipping. As we experience spikes in traffic, our systems place guests in a queue and prompt them to access the site later. We apologize to guests who experience any delays, we appreciate their patience, and encourage them to try again in a few minutes by refreshing their browser."

The company kicked off its "Cyber Week" of sales Monday, calling it Target's "biggest and boldest yet."

"Target.com's site-wide 15 percent discount is pretty aggressive and likely the best offer we've seen," Keith Anderson, vice president of strategy and insight at Profitero, an e-commerce analytics firm, told NBC News

In addition to the site wide savings of 15 percent off, a first for the company, clothing is discounted at 30 percent, home goods at 40 percent, 30 percent off hundreds of toys. Target is also offering gift cards with certain big-ticket purchases and gave early-bird consumers nearly 75 percent off "e-door-buster" deals. 

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<![CDATA[SF Teacher Chooses Cultural Sensitivity Over Big Pay Day]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:08:27 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mission+House+Zillow.jpg

A San Francisco woman fed up with the Mission District’s rapid gentrification sold her home for hundreds of thousands of dollars under market value – but with a caveat.

Prospective buyers went through an application process designed to weed out people who didn’t respect the neighborhood or its diverse culture.

Catherine Lee sold her two-bedroom, Edwardian condo with garage parking and a marble fireplace on 23rd and Alabama streets for a non-negotiable $650,000. That's a steal when you consider that a veritable shack sold for $408,000 in the Mission District just a month ago.

Comparable houses in the same area have sold for more than $1 million, according to real estate website Zillow. 

Lee, who is a filmmaking teacher living on a modest income, told San Francisco Magazine that she was flooded with potential buyers. None of them, however, seemed to understand that she was serious about the culture-centric application.

"I had a couple of real estate agents come by — you know, long, clicky nails and stiletto heels – who told me they had clients who would go way over asking price," she told the magazine. "I said, ‘OK, so what’s their cultural contribution?’ I never heard back."

That contribution, referred to as a "10-year cultural promissory note," asked prospective buyers to write about their ties to the city and enter a binding, decade-long commitment to provide something of cultural value to the community or to Lee herself.

The new owners also had to promise that they would abstain from griping about the the Mission District's Dia de los Muertos festival, the "Day of the Dead" holiday with roots in Mexico that celebrates the lives of friends and family members who have died. Out-of-area transplants had recently criticized the longstanding neighborhood event, much to Lee's dismay.

"The people showing up were maybe more professional," Lee told the magazine about her preference for the future owners. "I was really thinking, like, the doorman at Slim’s (music club)."

Still, solid offers poured in.

Applicants promised to create a local choir, donate to various foundations and give free legal help to immigrants.

One prospective buyer even met the cultural demands and offered an additional $100,000 on top of the asking price.

But no application seemed to beat that of writer Malena Watrous and her husband, composer Matt Shumaker, who eventually won the moneyless bidding war.

The couple offered free writing conferences, tickets to cultural events for Lee, and a generous donation to the Mission-based nonprofit La Cocina, among other culturally-sound gifts. It also didn’t hurt that the couple had strong ties to the neighborhood – both have lived in the city for a long time, and their son went to a nearby daycare.

"I knew then that they were a family who really lived in the Mission," Lee told the magazine.

Though her story has a happy ending, Lee admits that not everyone can afford to sell their house under market value. She told the magazine that the opportunity she had was one that ultimately worked well for her, and the unique goals she had for her former home.

As for the Shumaker-Wastrous clan, it appears the deal worked for them, too.

"That fear that we would be pushed out of the city was getting to us, even if we didn’t admit it," Wastrous told to the magazine. "Now we can’t wait to get home — and stay home."

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<![CDATA[Teens Attack Yale Professor]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:34:17 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PoliceSafetyPic00000000.jpg

Police from New Haven and Yale University are looking for the group of five teenage boys who attacked a 79-year-old Yale University faculty member as he walked home from work on Friday, knocked him to the ground and stole his wallet and backpack.

Police responded to Bradley Street and Whitney Avenue in New Haven just after 6:30 p.m. on Friday after receiving a report that a person was down, but did not find the victim because he’d left.

When the 79-year-old man got home, his wife saw he was hurt and called for help, police said.

The victim was taken to the hospital and told detectives he was walking home from work on Hillhouse Avenue when five young men passed him on Whitney Avenue, according to New Haven Police.

When he turned onto Bradley Street, he saw the same group and said one hit him from behind. He was also punched, kicked, thrown to the ground and lost consciousness. When he came to, his backpack and wallet were gone, police said.

Yale University police said the faculty member suffered minor injuries and referred to the attackers as teenage boys.

A witness reported seeing the group, but said he didn’t realize they were beating up the victim until they’d fled and he could see the victim on the ground.

“These are certainly cowards and we’d love to put handcuffs on every single one of them," Officer David Hartman, of New Haven Police, said.

Officers found the victim’s wallet and are looking at video surveillance to try and identify the attackers.

One was on a bicycle and another was “obese,” the victim told police.

New Haven Police detectives ask anyone who saw the attack or has information to call them at 203-946-6304. They are also urging people to be cautious while out walking at night and said they see more property crimes around the holidays.  

Yale University police are asking anyone with information about the attack to call  (203) 432-4400.

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<![CDATA[First Trial in Freddie Gray Case Gets Underway]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 21:27:19 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WilliamPorter-AP_329640594936.jpg

The first of six trials of Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray begins on Monday.

The trial for William Porter, who is charged with manslaughter and misconduct, could serve as a bellwether for the other officers’ cases. Porter has pleaded not guilty, according to NBC News.

Porter was involved in Gray’s arrest after he was transported to a police station in a police van. Prosecutors say Gray asked Porter for a medic, but one was never called.

Gray, 25, died of apparent spinal injuries a week after an arrest by Baltimore police officers. His death sparked outcry against police brutality, and was a motivating factor for the Baltimore riots.

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