<![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 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:07:30 -0700 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:07:30 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Plane Fragment Confirmed to Be From a Boeing 777]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:13:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_254955025470.jpg

The airplane fragment found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion is from a Boeing 777 — the same as missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 — sources told NBC News on Thursday.

The barnacle-covered plane piece was found by a crew cleaning the coastline Wednesday. On it was a number — 657-BB — which sources said is attached to a Boeing 777.

MH370, which disappeared in March 2014, is the only 777 known to be missing anywhere in the world. 

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<![CDATA[Torso Found After Limbs Discovered]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:53:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Investigation+on+George+Street+New+Haven.jpg

Police have found a torso in a vacant building almost two weeks after finding two dismembered legs and two arms in New Haven, Connecticut. 

The torso was discovered in a vacant building that was a former Salvation Army thrift store on Crown Street while state police cadaver dogs scoured the area.

Police said the legs belonged to Ray Roberson, 54, a homeless man who was last seen alive May 20 and missed a court date June 17.

Roberson was not reported missing prior to his death.

His legs, severed near the knee, were found on July 15 in the area of State and Court streets in New Haven, near the State Street Railroad Station.

The arms found in a plastic bag blocks away from the legs are likely Roberson's, police said.

On Wednesday, police obtained information that Roberson might have spent time at the now-vacant Salvation Army building at 301 George Street, which led to a search there as well as at another building, 274 Crown Street, which shares the same parking lot.

Around 2 a.m. on Thursday, police found the torso inside 274 Crown Street, the former thrift store.

It is too early to know if the torso was from the same man. The office of the chief medical examiner and state forensic lab must complete their investigation to determine that.

Authorities are investigating the case as a homicide and have said they do not know where Roberson was killed or dismembered and they are hoping someone will come forward with information to help solve the case.

Authorities said earlier this week that the crime appears to have been personal rather than random.



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<![CDATA[Teen in Court for 1st Time in Maddy Middleton Case]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:53:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/T48+SANTA+CRUZ+GIRL+VO+SOTVO+-+20021121.jpg

The Santa Cruz 15-year-old charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting and raping an 8-year-old girl made his first court appearance on Thursday in a brief hearing.

Adrian Jerry "AJ" Gonzalez was led into the courthouse by an attorney, looking down, and mostly sullen. He did not enter a plea and spoke only to answer questions from a judge, saying a simple "yes" when asked if he would waive his right to a speedy trial. He wore a green T-shirt and khaki pants issued to minors and his hands were bound in front of him in silver metal cuffs. A woman who appeared to be his mother was in the courtroom, too upset to speak. It did not appear as though the mother of Maddy Middleton - the girl who was killed on Sunday after she was riding around on her Razor scooter - or any other immediate family member of the little girl came to court.

The teen's public defender, Larry Biggam, spoke briefly to reporters, but didn't offer any insight into the case.

"I think you in the media know more about this case than we do in the public defender's office," he said. "Our job is to review the evidence, conduct our own investigation and make sure that the minor, like every citizen accused, receives a fair trial.  At the end of the day, I'm confident this case will be handled professionally and thoroughly and fairly."

Gonzalez is also being represented by Leila Sayer of Biggam, Christensen and Minsloff.

Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Timony Volkmann order Gonzalez to re-appear in court on Sept. 21.

Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeffrey Rosell on Wednesday formally charged the teen as an adult with murder, rape, and other sexual assault-related offenses. If found guilty of all counts, he faces a maximum of life in prison. Outside court, Rosell told reporters: "We filed charges that we feel are appropriate and are confident in our case."

Police said that Gonzalez lured Maddy into his apartment on Sunday afternoon, sexually assaulted her, killed her, and dumped her body in a recycling bin on the apartment complex property. The two knew each other from living at the same apartment complex, Tannery Arts Center, an artist haven.

A motive in the case has never been offered.

"People do things things for all sorts of reasons," Rosell said. "Sometimes we understand them and sometimes we don't."

Some neighbors who know the boy, however, said that he is a good kid who comes from a loving family. Even the boyfriend of Maddy's mother, Kirby Scudder, told NBC Bay Area that Gonzalez is a "great kid." Others noted he was just the kid who always threw a yo-yo around.

But since the arrest, a darker side of Gonzalez has been portrayed. An Instagram feed of his that was taken down shortly after he was charged with murder, showed his last post on the day Maddy died of a black-and-white video showing a piano playing the 1982 "Mad World" Tears for Fears song, "The Dreams in which I'm Dying are the Best I've ever had." The song was also part of the soundtrack of "Donnie Darko," a film about a troubled teenager plagued by visions of a large rabbit that convinces him to create a series of crimes.

Katie Carole, a student at Santa Cruz High, came to court on Thursday because she said she was pretty close with the teen when they were in middle school together. And she noted that Gonzalez wasn't happy-go-lucky, even back then.

"He was definitely depressed," she said.

Still, the allegations against him are still quite surprising, she said.

"I would never think he would do something like this," she said. "He never seemed like the type of person who would hurt anyone else.  You wouldn’t ever expect him to go after someone else, even if he had self hatred."

Still, she said, she doesn't know what to make of the charges against her former friend.

"There’s not much empathy you can have for him," she said. "But I can feel empathy for the person I knew."

KSBW's Phil Gomez contributed to this report.


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<![CDATA[Climate Change Could Be Culprit in Rise of Legionnaires' Cases]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:14:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP11081819071.jpg

The number of reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease is on the rise in the United States and researchers say the increase could be partly a result of climate change.

More than three times as many cases of legionellosis, of which Legionnaires’ disease is one form, were reported in 2009 than 2000 — 3,522 up from 1,110, according to a 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New York City, where an outbreak in Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx has killed two people and sickened 46 since July 10, has seen a similar rise. The incidence of cases increased 230 percent from 2002 to 2009, with the greatest number in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to an October study in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The recent outbreak in the Bronx, where residents already have high rates of asthma, is the second in the borough this year. Twelve cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in December and January and were traced to an apartment complex cooling tower. On Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that two rooftop cooling towers in the area had been found to be contaminated, including one at Lincoln Hospital. Both are now being disinfected, he and the New York City Health Commissioner, Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, said.

"We’re aggressively investigating and testing all possible sources," de Blasio said.

Legionnaires’ disease, identified after 34 deaths among American Legionnaires returning from a 1976 convention in Philadelphia, is a sometimes deadly pneumonia that is spread through the environment, rather than person to person, often in a mist of contaminated water from cooling towers, hot tubs, showers or faucets. It is not contagious.

Dr. David N. Fisman, a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, said in an email that he doubted the increase was the result solely of improved testing. The rise is linear and across all regions of the United States, he said.

It is difficult to be certain that climate change is a factor but it seems plausible, he said. The bacteria is more infectious in warm temperatures and some studies, including one he and others did in 2005, have shown that wet, humid weather predicts an upsurge in the risk of contracting the disease over the following week or two. That finding was not replicated in Toronto, he said, but there the disease peaks later in October in that area.

“Give that we know climate change is going to make for hotter, stormier summers (and already is doing so) it doesn’t seem like a huge leap to suggest that the ongoing rise in legionellosis in the US could be at least partly due to climate change,” he wrote.

Why humidity would increase the risk of legionellosis is not known. Increased air conditioning use, with the bacteria potentially in the dripping water, could be a factor, or it might be that the true culprit is summertime rainfall, he said.

A commentary in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization on March 27 argued for adding it to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's list of important climate-sensitive health issues.

The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of Aug. 19, 2011, from Dr. Lauri Hicks and others, noted that the incidence rates increased nearly threefold from 2000 to 2009. The totals likely underestimate the actual cases, because the tracking system depended on health-care providers and laboratories to report cases. The rise underscores the need to test adults for Legionnaires' disease and to report cases, they wrote.

The New York study, which reviewed cases through 2011, also found disparities among race and ethnicity, with the highest incidents among non-Hispanic black residents, and greater risk among certain occupations, including janitors and cleaners. 

Legionnaires' disease usually appears two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms include shortness of breath, high fever, chills and chest pains. People with Legionnaires' disease also experience appetite loss, confusion, fatigue and muscle aches.

Those at highest risk are the elderly, cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung or immune system disease and those receiving immunosuppressive drugs. Most cases can be treated successfully with antibiotics — which is why those who have symptoms should seek immediate medical care.

Dr. Ruth Berkelman, a professor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, reported on the increased incidence of legionellosis from 1990 until 2005, particularly in the eastern United States and more recently on the need for national public health authorities to review prevention policies.

“Legionellosis deserves a higher public health priority for research and policy development,” she and her co-authors wrote in the Journal of Public Health Management Practices in September.
 



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<![CDATA[Despite Latino Pope, U.S. Hispanics Drawn to Evangelicalism]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:34:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lamb22.jpg

Despite growing up in the Catholic Church and attending parochial school, Gladys Verdejo said that for years her faith didn't extend much beyond attending Sunday Mass.

But an invitation to a worship service at the Lamb's Church of Nazarene in New York City seven years ago changed that. 

"I fell in love," said Verdejo, who was born in Puerto Rico, of her experience visiting an evangelical church. 

On a recent Sunday at the Lamb’s Church, Verdejo was among a large number of Latino congregants worshipping to gospel songs in Spanish. When the Rev. Gabriel Salguero took to the pulpit, he began his sermon with a fiery message: “Education is power! Ignorance is slavery!”

According to Verdejo, it was this message of empowerment and a direct connection to the gospel she felt she was lacking in the Catholic Church. “I feel more comfortable and at home here. I have a lot to learn still, but it's great,” she said.

Shifting Denomination

As millions of Catholics throughout the country await Pope Francis’s first U.S. visit this September, the steady movement of Hispanics, like Gladys Verdejo, away from the Catholic Church underscores a dilemma for the church: Despite efforts to attract and retain U.S. Latinos through expansion of lay ministry positions and support for immigration reform, many Hispanics continue to convert to an evangelical church or abandon their faith altogether.

The pope is expected to speak about immigrant rights at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia later this fall. In a nod to U.S. Hispanic Catholics — who comprise 17 percent of the population and 38 percent of U.S. Catholics — the pope will also offer a historic canonization Mass in Spanish for the Junipero Serra, a Franciscan missionary who established mission churches in California. 

Addressing Latinos in Spanish “will be an unquestioned acknowledgment of the importance of Latino communities and Latino Catholics in the United States,” said Professor Luis Fraga, director of the Institute for Latino Studies and professor of Transformative Latino Leadership at the University of Notre Dame.

After the pope's 2013 inauguration, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, presumed the evangelical church's success in drawing in U.S. Latinos would diminish.  

“We [Latino Evangelicals] expected Pope Francis to, in a very measurable manner, slow down the exodus from Catholicism to Evangelicals in Latin America and here in America. But guess what? He’s not slowing down the exodus,” he said.

In fact, Pew Research Center polling from last year notes that among Latinos between 30 to 49, “the net movement has been away from Catholicism and toward both evangelical Protestantism and no religious affiliation.”

"I Experienced the Presence of God"

After the service at the Lamb’s Church of Nazarene in Manhattan, Katira Castro de Lopez, 34, of Queens, New York, chatted with parishioners as her two children played.

Born in Puerto Rico and baptized in the Catholic Church, Castro de Lopez said she was a teenager when she first visited an evangelical church.

“I experienced the presence of God. It was tangible. I’ve never experienced that feeling in my life ever before,” she said.

The Catholic Church has experienced a net loss of members for decades, and evangelical Protestantism has woven its way into Latino immigrant communities since the 1940s. While the greater part of Latinos in the U.S. still belong to the Catholic Church, the Pew data show that this majority continues to shrink as evangelical Protestant and unaffiliated groups rise among U.S. Latinos. According to the research, nearly one-quarter of U.S. Latinos are now former Catholics.

Evangelical Community-Building

Rodriguez’s Sacramento-based organization, which encompasses over 40,000 member-churches representing millions of Latino Evangelicals, is the largest Latino Christian organization in the country. Rodriguez said intense community-building efforts continue to draw Hispanics to the evangelical church.

“You’re Salvadoran; we prepare your food and we sing your songs. You’re Mexican; we sing your music at church. You don’t have to abandon your culture when you come to our parish,” Rodriguez said.

The church isn’t just offering cultural affirmation. Rodriguez said it’s a message of personal and spiritual empowerment, including a message of financial prosperity, that’s attracting an increasing number of Latino immigrants who have experienced poverty.

“We validate the American dream. The Catholic Church is very ambiguous — almost silent, if not antagonistic — to the idea that America does represent social economic vertical mobility,” Rodriguez said.

Penance and Power

Rodriguez said the evangelical church’s inclusion of spiritual, social, and financial empowerment in gospel teachings resonates with Latino churchgoers.

Among the ways the evangelical church empowers, said Rodriguez, is by mobilizing congregants around social and political movements, and by using its leverage to persuade Congress on immigration reform.

For its part, the Catholic Church has worked to empower U.S. Latinos for decades, Luis Fraga said. One successful way, he said, is the Church continues to affirm its Latino base is by expanding the appointment of Latino deacons.

“There is an explicit attempt to appoint individuals who have language knowledge, cultural capital, life experience directly related to Latino communities, and give them very important roles in ministering to Hispanic communities,” he said.

Fraga added that Catholic social charities, local parishes and organizations like the Catholic Campaign for Human Development — the Church’s domestic anti-poverty program which works to address immigration reform and assist low-income communities — have been highly responsive to the needs of immigrant communities. Initiatives by Latino dioceses across the U.S. are anchoring the Catholic Church, according to Fraga.

“The growth in the Catholic Church — at least the slowing of the decline — of strong Catholic congregants is directly related to the increased presence of Latino immigrant communities,” he said.

Mar Muñoz-Visoso, executive director of Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, describes the Catholic Church’s efforts to minister to Hispanic communities as all-embracing.

“We have close to 5,000 parishes in the United States that do have some kind of ministry for Hispanic immigrants,” she said.

Muñoz-Visoso also said that 47 percent of lay ministry positions in the U.S., including youth ministers, parish managers, and religious educators, are filled by Latinos.

“[T]here is something very impressive there because it really means that we’re preparing the next generation of Latinos for the Church,” she said.

On Immigration

As trends in American Christianity continue to indicate a decline in membership, both Catholic and evangelical church leaders agree the future of Catholic and evangelical churches alike are intimately linked to Latinos in the U.S.

Rodriguez said for the better part of a decade he has been putting pressure on conservatives in Congress as well as assuaging the concerns that he said many white Evangelicals have about comprehensive immigration reform. “You need to support immigration reform because if not, you’re actually deporting the very future of your church,” he said.

Echoing the official views of the Catholic church, Muñoz-Visoso describes the Catholic church’s approach to immigration reform as comprehensive. “There has to be a grassroots movement to make sure that human dignity is respected, that due process is respected, and to understand the root causes of immigration,” she said.

Pope Francis has been vocal about the plight of immigrants worldwide. In a message for the 2014 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, he addressed the need for thorough reform. “Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more,” he wrote.

Pope Francis is expected to address immigration in a speech in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families. The event's theme is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”


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<![CDATA[Number of NYC Legionnaires' Cases Rises Amid Deadly Outbreak]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:48:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/legionnaires+outbreak.jpg

Nearly four dozen people have gotten sick amid what the Health Department has described as an "unusual" spike in Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx, officials said Thursday, adding 15 cases to the total authorities gave a day earlier in announcing the deadly outbreak.

Forty-six cases of the disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the south Bronx since July 10, city officials said Thursday. Two of the 46 patients, a man and a woman in their 50s, have died from the illness; authorities say they had other lung problems as well as Legionnaires'. Their identities have not been released. 

The cases have been reported primarily in High Bridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point and Mott Haven, since July 10, the Health Department said. 

Legionnaires' disease is caused by exposure to the bacteria Legionella; in most cases, people are exposed to the bacteria by inhaling contaminated aerosols from cooling towers, hot tubs, showers and faucets or drinking water. 

Since the cases are widely dispersed — as in they're not clustered in one or two buildings —authorities do not believe the outbreak is connected to any contaminated drinking water, Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said at a news briefing Thursday.

"The water supply in the south Bronx remains entirely safe. We don't know the source of this outbreak, but in recent months we have seen outbreaks associated with cooling towers and that's why we're focusing on them," Bassett said. "We're testing every cooling tower we can find in the area." 

Twenty rooftop cooling towers, which are primarily on commercial buildings, have been tested so far; another 10 were tested Thursday, authorities said, and results were expected within a day.

Mayor de Blasio said that thus far, two rooftop cooling towers in the area had been found to be contaminated, including one at Lincoln Hospital and one at a private housing facility. Both are now being disinfected; the decontamination will be completed by Friday afternoon, authorities said.

De Blasio and Bassett said there has been no evidence of contamination within Lincoln Hospital, and though the hospital has confirmed it is treating patients with the disease, Bassett said no one -- neither patients nor employees -- contracted it at the facility.

Both officials stressed there was no concern for alarm.

"People have to understand that this is a disease that can be treated -- and can be treated well if caught early," de Blasio said. "The exception can be with folks who are already unfortunately suffering from health challenges, particularly immune system challenges. But for the vast majority of New Yorkers, if they were even exposed, this can be addressed very well and very quickly so long as they seek medical treatment."  

Legionnaires' disease usually sets in two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria and has symptoms similar to pneumonia, including shortness of breath, high fever, chills and chest pains. People with Legionnaires' also experience appetite loss, confusion, fatigue and muscle aches.

It cannot be spread person-to-person and those at highest risk for contracting the illness include the elderly, cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung or immune system disease and those receiving immunosuppressive drugs. Most cases can be treated successfully with antibiotics.

The Health Department urges anyone with symptoms to seek immediate medical attention.

"We are concerned about this unusual increase in Legionnaires' disease cases in the south Bronx," Bassett said Wednesday. "We are conducting a swift investigation to determine the source of the outbreak and prevent future cases."

James Rouse, 42, died of Legionnaires' three months ago; he's not one of the two deaths linked to the more recent Bronx outbreak, but his family wonders if it's connected. He lived in Manhattan but taught music to children in the South Bronx. On April 30, he went to the hospital with a 104-degree fever, was diagnosed with Legionnaires' and then died 10 days later.

"If it turns out those two people died and it's related to my brother's death, and something could have been done about it — that kind of tragedy, I couldn't put into words," said brother John Rouse of Coram.

An outbreak last hit the Bronx in December. Between then and January, 12 people in Co-op City contracted the potentially deadly disease. Officials said a contaminated cooling tower was likely linked to at least 75 percent of those cases. No one died in that outbreak.



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<![CDATA[Island Scoured for MH370 Clues After Debris Washes Ashore]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:40:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482269752+%281%29.jpg

The discovery of a piece of aircraft wing on an island in the Indian Ocean sparked an air, land and sea search, with investigators hoping to connect the debris to the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, NBC News reported.

Beaches were being combed and boats were scouring the waters off Reunion Island as helicopters flew overhead the French territory, east of Madagascar off the southern tip of Africa.

Boeing investigators have looked at photos of the barnacle-covered plane piece found by a crew cleaning the coastline on Wednesday and say that they believe it is from one of their 777s, sources told NBC News. It appears to be a piece of a flap from a wing. There is only one such aircraft missing in the world right now — Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Local media also reported Thursday that the remains of a suitcase had also been found in the same area where the debris was recovered. Officials did not immediately comment on the reports.

"This is obviously a very significant development," Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told a news conference in Sydney early Thursday.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was carrying 239 people when it disappeared about an hour into its journey from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China, on March 8 last year.



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<![CDATA[PHOTO: Spirit Airlines Flight Catches Fire at Dallas Airport]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:52:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SPIRIT-FIRE-PHOTOS.jpg

No one was injured after a Spirit Airlines plane caught fire at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Thursday afternoon.

Flight 407 arrived at D/FW from Orlando International Airport at about 1 p.m.

Airport officials said a small fire started on the plane's landing gear shortly after it landed.

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Airport fire services were called to the plane at Gate E33, where the fire was extinguished. Passengers then exited the aircraft.

A Spirit Airlines spokesperson said the Airbus A-320 had 178 passengers on board.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Planned Parenthood Reports Second Website Attack]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:36:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Planned-Parenthood-NYC-Generic.jpg

Planned Parenthood said electronic traffic to its websites was snarled by computer hackers on Wednesday in the second cyber attack mounted against the healthcare organization this week, Reuters reported.

Websites operated by Planned Parenthood and its political branch, Planned Parenthood Action, were clogged by a wide-scale "distributed denial-of-service," or DDoS, attack, the organization said.

The group said on Tuesday it had notified the FBI that "extremists who oppose Planned Parenthood's mission and services" had launched an attack on its information systems.

The cyber attacks happen as the organization faces a controversy over covertly recorded videos released this month by an anti-abortion group, showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing procedures for obtaining tissue from aborted fetuses for research.



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<![CDATA[Grieving Friend of Man Killed at Traffic Stop: 'Our Lives Matter']]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:07:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_944772135737.jpg

A longtime friend of Samuel Dubose, the unarmed black man shot to death by a white University of Cincinnati police officer during a traffic stop, says he hopes the killing will show the world that "our lives matter."

Donte Fleming, who knew Dubose for 20 years, described his friend as a loving father and gentle man.

"He had a good spirit in him, so I can't understand why someone would shoot him," Fleming told NBC News on Thursday. "I watched the long version of the tape last night, and I still don't have any words for it."

Officer Ray Tensing was indicted for murder on Wednesday. He shot and killed Dubose after pulling him over for a missing front license plate. The officer was wearing a camera that proved crucial to prosecutors.

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<![CDATA[Despite Lower Unemployment, Many Millennials Still Staying at Home]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:21:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/eneric+house.JPG

Employment among young people has bounced back from Great Recession lows, but you wouldn’t know it by their living arrangements, according to a new Pew Research Center study.

Young people are more likely to live at home now than they were in 2007, a trend that could have major implications for the nation's housing industry.

Overall, the job outlook for for Americans 18 to 34 is greater than it has been in the recent past. Unemployment fell from a high of 12.4 percent in 2010 to 7.7 percent this year.

But the number of young adults living independently has continued to decline, from 71 percent in 2007 to 67 percent in 2015. Twenty-six percent of young people lived in a parent's home in 2015. When the unemployment rate peaked in 2010, 24 percent did. 

A college education is correlated with greater personal independence, Pew found. Seventy-five percent of young Americans with only a high school education or less lived independently, compared with 86 percent of those with a degree. Still, young people of all educational backgrounds are more likely to live at home now than they were in 2007.

Ironically, the accomplishment that has made it easier for many young people to seek better employment and greater independence, a college education, has also held back many from moving out and buying homes. Young Americans’ burdensome student loan debt has discouraged many of them from leaving home. 

Although there are nearly three million more Americans aged 18 to 34 now than there were in 2007, the number of households run by young adults has stayed flat.

Young people taking longer to move out may have wider consequences on the nation’s housing market and related industries, the study found. That could mean everything from fewer furniture purchases to cable installations. 



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<![CDATA[Unprecedented Drone Used to Search for Missing Teacher]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:38:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cav1.JPG

Using an unprecedented search technique, the California National Guard has launched a drone to help look for a missing San Francisco teacher after he was last seen almost two weeks ago while riding a motorcycle in the El Dorado National Forest.

The drone, formally called a “remotely piloted aircraft,” was set off into the air to look for 45-year-old Edward Cavanaugh Wednesday at the request of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, the National Guard said in a statement.

This is the first time such a vehicle has been used by the National Guard to aid a search-and-rescue effort, the National Guard said. The Guard previously tried out the use of drones to help firefighters battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite in 2013.

The drone, called an Air National Guard MQ-9 Reaper, left the March Air Reserve Base near Riverside, California, on Wednesday morning. Equipped with infrared sensors, image-intensified cameras and laser illuminators, the cameras send back detailed aerial pictures that are instantly relayed to National Guard ground crews.

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“This technology allows us to provide persistent coverage of the search area in support of our partner agencies," California's Adjutant General Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin said.

Cavanaugh, a Downtown Continuation High School teacher who teaches outdoor education, was last seen July 17 riding his blue Yamaha YZ250 motorcycle in the Rock Creek trail system near Georgetown. He had been out with a friend, but took off on his own that day. His sister, Debbie Cavanaugh Schultz, told Dateline NBC she was especially worried about her brother because he is a diabetic who needs a daily dose of insulin.

Cavanaugh is described as 5'11", weighing 160 lbs with a bald head and a mustache. Anyone who sees him or knows where he is should call the Georgetown Ranger Station at (530) 333-4312 or the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office at (530) 621-5655. 
 



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<![CDATA[Slain Toddler May Have Been Shot by Child Playing With Gun: PD]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:39:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Dalis+Cox.jpg

The 3-year-old fatally shot in Southeast D.C. Wednesday night is believed to have been hit by an illegal gun accidentally fired by another child, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said in an update Thursday evening. 

"We believe it was a young child that got their hands on the gun," Lanier said. "We believe it was an accident." 

Little Dalis Cox was shot on the 600 block of 46th Place SE in Benning Ridge about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, as News4 reported.

The child was rushed to Prince George's Hospital Center in critical condition by D.C. police who were already on the scene, Lanier said. Dalis was pronounced dead late Wednesday.

The child's mother and 7-year-old brother were inside the second-floor apartment when the shooting occurred, family members mourning at the apartment building said. 

According to the preliminary investigation, another child is believed to have found and been playing with the gun when it fired, Lanier and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said. 

"We have the gun. It is not a registered," legal gun," Bowser said. "We haven't determined how the gun got in the house." 

Officials said they were working to determine how the weapon got into the home and who it belonged to. No one has been charged in connection to the child's death.

"We have to figure out where the gun came from, how it got in the house," Lanier said. "If there’s any criminal liability, someone will be charged."

Asked if other firearms were found in the home, Lanier declined to comment.

Dalis's devastated father, Timothy Cox, told News4 he spoke with his daughter just moments before she was shot. 

"I told her I had to go to work -- 'I'll pick you up tomorrow,'" he said.  

Minutes later, he received a call telling him the child had been shot. 

Dalis was fun-loving and friendly, according to her father, who doesn't live in the home where the shooting occurred. 

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<![CDATA[Colo. Movie Theater Shooting Trial Penalty Phase]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:49:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP4383057802331.jpg

He flashed a toothy grin in his second grade photograph, but by the ninth grade, the smile was gone, replaced with an awkward smirk and a wild look in his eye.

James Holmes, now 27, was still "Jimmy" then, by most accounts a happy, mild-mannered kid, but he was morphing into an odd loner, so quiet and detached it was easy to forget he was there.

A fuller portrait of the Colorado movie theater shooter has emerged during his death penalty trial. Yet more than 12 weeks of testimony — most recently about his unremarkable suburban childhood and college years — have made it even more difficult to comprehend his descent from a well-behaved child with a quirky sense of humor into a killer capable of gunning down defenseless strangers.

Robert Holmes assumed his son had been hurt when he got an early morning phone call from a reporter telling him of the shooting at a crowded midnight movie premiere.

"It never occurred to me that he would be the shooter," the older Holmes said. "He was not a violent person. At least not until the event."

James Holmes' defense says mental illness contorted him from a once-promising neuroscience graduate student into the deranged-looking man police arrested outside the blood-drenched theater where he killed 12 people in July 2012. A forensic psychiatrist who diagnosed him with schizoaffective disorder testified that Holmes suffered delusions that drove him to kill and said the massacre would not have happened if he weren't severely mentally ill.

The defense team hopes this conclusion — and testimony from his family and more than a dozen friends, neighbors and grade-school teachers — will persuade jurors to show mercy and spare him from execution. They offered details of Holmes' pleasant and seemingly average life to counter the prosecutors' depiction of him as a monster who wanted to kill as many as he could in the audience of more than 400 people, and stopped at 12 only because his assault rifle jammed.

Jurors must consider Holmes' early years as they decide his fate. They could sentence him to life in prison if they find his mental illness reduces his moral culpability and if his enduring human connections show justice is better served by mercy than capital punishment.

Long before Holmes amassed a weapons arsenal, dyed his hair comic-book orange and opened fire in suburban Denver, he was a friendly boy who liked soccer, never got into fights, cradled his baby sister and helped the younger kids celebrate Halloween with a haunted house that was more fun than scary. Everyone knew him as Jimmy.

"He played well. He was always polite, said 'please' and 'thank you,'" said Katherine Barrett, who lived near the Holmes family in a close-knit part of Salinas, near California's coast.

He looked out for his sister, Chris, five years younger; impressed his second-grade teacher; baked cookies with his grandma; and made a Valentine for his dad, who said he was "really a pretty excellent kid."

The Holmes family moved to San Diego when he was in the sixth grade. Tears welled in his eyes as their car pulled away from what had been a happy life with many young friends.

It was about that time that he said he tried to cut his wrists with a piece of cardboard, he told a psychiatrist after the shootings.

His mother, Arlene Holmes, noticed an almost imperceptible change even before the move to Southern California but figured it was puberty.

"He was living on a blue note, where you're not so exuberant or joyful," she testified.

But if he was having suicidal or homicidal thoughts as he came of age, he did not tell his parents, said Robert Holmes, whose own father and twin sister each spent time in psychiatric hospitals for schizophrenia. Mental illness wasn't something his family talked about.

His parents could tell he was isolated and struggling to make friends. They tried family counseling, but stopped after a year. Inwardly, their son was becoming a sullen teenager, tormented by homicidal thoughts.

Holmes said after the attack that he was just 10 when he first started thinking of killing people. He would picture those who hurt or annoyed him but also people who had done nothing to him at all, he said.

Holmes withdrew more with each passing year.

A few close Westview High School friends said he would open up to them, but his family never met them.

Holmes' parents pushed him to join the cross-country team, but the gangly teenager stood so far from his teammates for the team photo that it had to be taken multiple times to get him in the frame, his coach, Lori Godwin testified.

"I never saw Jimmy smile," she said. "He was just kind of a shadow figure. He was always on the outside. If I didn't take roll, I probably wouldn't have even known he was there."

Yet in academics, he excelled. He decided at 14 that he would study neuroscience, and his high grades earned him a full-ride scholarship at the University of California, Riverside.

Once he left home, he nearly stopped calling his parents, who relied on terse and sporadic emails to check on his well-being.

"He wasn't really a phone person," Robert Holmes said. "We didn't really know what he was doing socially."

He graduated with high honors but chose not to walk with his classmates at the ceremony. Still, his family saw no reason for alarm.

But James Holmes said he realized early on that his mind was troubled and that he couldn't trust anyone else to make it right.

"He had a sense there was something wrong with him," said Dr. Jeffrey Metzner, who examined him after the attack. "He was hopeful that if he learned something about the brain, he could fix it."

Holmes applied to only the most competitive graduate schools and was disappointed when none accepted him. So he returned home and retreated into video games, until his mother gave him an ultimatum: get a job or get out. He chose the graveyard shift at a pill-coating factory, and his parents saw him even less.

He again applied to graduate schools, without their help.

This time he was accepted into the University of Colorado's prestigious doctoral program in neuroscience. He packed his white Hyundai and headed to Denver by himself, rejecting his father's offer to help him move.

From the outside, things seemed to be looking up. Holmes forged his first romantic relationship with a fellow grad student and kept up his grades, initially. But his anxiety was worsening. He struggled with labs requiring social interaction. Classmates described his presentations as painfully awkward.

Even Gargi Datta, the only woman Holmes said he ever loved, didn't feel a bond.

"I told him that I didn't see a future with him," she said.

Before they stopped speaking, she urged him to see a psychiatrist to help with his fear of social settings. He told that doctor, Lynne Fenton, he was having homicidal thoughts three or four times a day. He also told her that he had thoughts of killing people.

But he told no one that he had begun collecting the implements of a massacre, having purchased a handgun, a shotgun and an assault rifle.

He mostly stopped returning his father's calls. "Not much news here," he wrote in an email in June 2012. He did not let on that had already failed a key exam.

His murderous delusions were "like a storm that in some ways he tried to stop," said Raquel Gur, a schizophrenia expert who found him too psychotic at that point to know right from wrong.

Holmes withdrew from school, gave up therapy and rigged his 800-square-foot apartment into a potentially lethal booby trap. He scribbled in his spiral notebook that he was solely focused on his "mission": to kill as many as he could at "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere.

"Despite my biological shortcomings, I have fought and fought," he scrawled. "There is one more battle to fight with life. To face death, embrace the longstanding hatred of mankind and overcome all fear in certain death."

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This story has been corrected to show the name of the movie is "The Dark Knight Rises," not "The Dark Night Rises," and James Holmes had a Hyundai, not a Honda.
 


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<![CDATA[Micropreemie Goes Home After 345 Days in NICU]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:04:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Trevor_Frolek.jpg

Trevor Frolek was born a micropreemie, at just 23 weeks and weighing in at a little over a pound. After spending 345 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at a Fargo, North Dakota, hospital, he is a smiling, 20-pound baby — and he's finally home. His family and the medical staff celebrated his release with a party last week.

"It's just a complete miracle. The doctors and nurses have worked so hard to get him to this point. It's beyond amazing," his mom Becky Frolek told NBC's "Today."

The baby was due last December, but when Becky Frolek suddenly began cramping on Aug. 12, 2014, she and her husband rushed to the hospital. There, the tiny boy quickly came into the world.



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<![CDATA[Beer Keg Wrongful Death Suit Settled for $1.2M]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:36:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/judge_gavel_720.jpg

A wrongful death suit filed by the family of a New Hampshire brewery worker who was killed by an exploding beer keg three years ago has been settled for $1.2 million.

According to Seacoastonline.com, about a third of the settlement money will go to the family's lawyers. The lawsuit was filed against the three companies that manufacture and distribute the keg that exploded in April of 2012, killing 26-year-old Benjamin Harris.

The suit was settled out of court and approved by a U.S. District Court judge on July 15.



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<![CDATA[Jetliner's Cracked Windshield Triggers Emergency Landing]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:55:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-84701784.jpg

A Boeing 777 passenger jet made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport after suffering a cracked windshield, the airline said, according to NBC News.

The Virgin Australia flight had just left LAX bound for Brisbane, Australia, when it was forced to turn around after the pilots noticed the damaged window.

The plane landed "without incident" at 2:21 a.m. local time Wednesday (5:21 a.m. ET), a spokeswoman from the airline said in a statement.

Engineers "rectified the issue" before the plane left for Brisbane at 12:50 a.m. Thursday (3:50 a.m. ET), the airline added.



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<![CDATA[Lion's Killer Apologizes to Dental Patients]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:07:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_716454610724.jpg

The American dentist who shot a lion during what officials allege was an illegal trophy-hunt in Zimbabwe, has apologized — but only for the disruption caused to his dental patients, NBC News reported. 

Life-long hunter Walter James Palmer received a barrage of condemnation for killing Cecil, who was popular with tourists and was tagged by researchers in 2008 as part of a study at the U.K.'s Oxford University. Protests forced Palmer to shut his Minnesota dental practice doors and disappear from public view.

In a letter sent to his patients Palmer said: "I apologize profoundly for this inconvenience and promise you that we will do our best to resume normal operations as soon as possible."

Zimbabwe wildlife officials allege Palmer paid $50,000 to guides who used meat to lure the animal out of a protected wildlife reserve. He then shot and injured the lion with a bow, before tracking it for 40 hours and killing it with a gun, according to officials.

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<![CDATA[Trump in Scotland: I'm Number One With Hispanics]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:58:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trump-thumb-GettyImages-482327648.jpg

Presidential contender Donald Trump arrived at his Turnberry golf resort in western Scotland on Thursday for the first day of the Women's British Open, and was grilled about his provocative remarks on immigration in the U.S. by a combative pack of British reporters, NBC News reported. 

Trump, wearing a red hat emblazoned with his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again," was asked if he represented the Hispanic population of America.

"A poll came out two days ago where I am number one with the Hispanics," Trump said. "I know you are surprised to hear that. But I am number one with the Hispanics. And I said that if I get the nomination I will win with the Hispanics."

The real estate mogul was also asked whether Lizette Salas, the American golfer currently ranked 29th in the world whose parents are Mexican, was "not too pleased you're here?"

He replied: "Don't know who she is."
 



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<![CDATA[USOC Exploring Possible LA-SF Joint Olympics Bid]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:40:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/196*120/01-08-2015-olympics-los-angeles-coliseum-flag.jpg

With Boston now out of the 2024 Olympics race, Los Angeles is exploring a new bid that could include Bay Area cooperation.

The United States Olympics Committee has reached out to San Francisco’s Olympics bid committee regarding a joint bid with Los Angeles, multiple sources within the San Francisco 2024 Olympic Bid and the USOC told NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai.

“Discussions are taking place,” one of the sources said, but "a lot will have to happen in the next six weeks." 

According to the Chronicle, Giants CEO Larry Baer, who led San Francisco's bid to host the games, got a call from LA sports agent Casey Wasserman on Tuesday to ask about the possibility of submitting a joint proposal to the U.S. Olympic Committee in September.

"I'm not saying we are going to do it, but we are certainly open to discussing it," Baer told the publication.

Tony Winnicker, who has worked with the office of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Olympics efforts, acknowledged that the city might also be open to the possibility.

Sources say the USOC plans to vet the unique proposal at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur from July 31 to Aug. 3.

Boston's bid to host the games had been selected to move forward in January over those by San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

The U.S. Olympic Commitee ended Boston's bid after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Monday that he was not ready to sign a host city document that would force taxpayers to cover any cost overruns. 

NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Officer's Bodycam Crucial to Murder Indictment: Officials]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:54:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Ray-Tensing-mug.jpg

Cincinnati officials said a university police officer who shot a driver to death during a traffic stop probably would not have been indicted for murder if it wasn't for the video from a camera worn by the cop.

"We're glad that we did have it," Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said on MSNBC on Wednesday.

University of Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing claimed he was dragged by Samuel Dubose's car during the July 19 stop, officials said. Tensing, 25, said he was "almost run over by the driver of the Honda Accord and was forced to shoot the driver with his duty weapon."

Bodycam video, however, shows the officer approach Dubose's car after pulling him over for missing a front license plate. Tensing asks Dubose, 43, for his license, which the driver says he doesn't have on him.

The stop escalates when Tensing asks him to get out of the car, and a scuffle ensues. Without warning, the officer shoots Dubose in the head while he is still behind the wheel, and the car accelerates down the road.



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<![CDATA[Possible MH370 Debris: Relatives Still Await Loved Ones' Bodies]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:17:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MH370.jpg

Chinese relatives of passengers on board missing Flight MH370 said Thursday the discovery of possible debris from the missing plane would mean nothing until their loved ones were found, NBC News reported. 

"I have no reaction yet because it's not confirmed," Wang Le, whose mother was aboard the plane, told NBC News. "There have been too many updates before and many were not reliable, so I think I'd rather wait for confirmation."

Of the 239 people on board the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared on March 8 last year, 153 were Chinese citizens.

The piece of debris was found off the southern tip of Africa. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said he has been in contact with other countries regarding the debris, and they are all watching for progress.



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<![CDATA[Man With Guns Arrested After Asking for Directions to White House]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:09:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-97765250.jpg

A man found with three guns was arrested near the Capitol Building early Tuesday after he stopped an officer to ask for directions to the White House. 

Steve Randall Oney approached an officer about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday on the 100 block of Independence Ave SW and asked where the White House was located, according to court documents. 

Oney told the officer he was visiting the area for the night and that he was in the process of moving, adding that everything he owned was in his late model Ford pickup truck with a Tennessee license plate. 

The officer noticed a propane tank and what appeared to be an ammunition box in the back of the truck. He asked Oney if he had any weapons in the vehicle, and the suspect acknowledged he had two guns in the front of the truck and one in the back, court documents say. 

Oney gave the officer permission to search the vehicle. According to prosecutors, officials found a .44 caliber revolver, a loaded .22 rifle and a 7 mm Remington rifle. The truck also contained a knife and three boxes of ammunition.

Oney was arrested and charged with carrying a pistol without a license, and possessing an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition.

Court documents say Oney said he was unfamiliar with D.C. gun laws.



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Charged in Shooting Death of Transgender Woman]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:58:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

A Florida man has been charged with murder in the death of a transgender woman who was found fatally shot in a Tampa park last week, NBC News reported.

Keith Gaillard, 18, of Tampa, turned himself in to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and was charged Tuesday with one count each of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a "violent career criminal," the sheriff's office said.

India Clarke, 25, formerly Samuel Clarke, was found dead at around 8:45 a.m. on July 21. She suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, the sheriff's office said.

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<![CDATA[Pet Shop Owner Charged With Animal Cruelty]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:41:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Handcuffs-generic-custody.jpg

A Connecticut pet shop owner from New York is facing animal cruelty charges for failing to properly care for at least three animals, leading to the deaths of two, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Richard Doyle, 55, of Mahopac, was arrested Monday after a months-long investigation that began in March when the Connecticut Department of Agriculture received animal cruelty complaints from some of Doyle's employees.

Doyle owns the American Breeders pet shop on Federal Road in Danbury, along with two other pet stores in New York, according to the Department of Agriculture.

One employee told investigators Doyle performed eye surgery on a female Mastiff, which he was not licensed to do, causing severe bleeding on the dog's inner eyelid. Department of Agriculture officials said the employee showed them photos that supported her claims.

Another employee told them she was required to administer medications and shots that she was not licensed to give, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Doyle is also accused of failing to give medical attention to at least two animals that were later euthanized, including a critically ill exotic kitten and a sick Shih Tzu puppy that was vomiting, coughing and having diarrhea.

He was charged with three counts of animal cruelty. Doyle was released on a promise to appear and is due in court Aug. 6.

A store manager, Kathy Seton, will also face animal cruelty charges, according to the Department of Agriculture.

An employee who answered the phone at American Breeders said no one was available to comment on the case Wednesday afternoon.



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