<![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, 31 Aug 2015 15:03:39 -0700 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:03:39 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[SCOTUS to Act on Kentucky Gay Marriage Fight]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:33:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gaymarriageflag.jpg

The U.S. Supreme Court this week faces the first religious objection to reach the justices since the decision declaring a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, NBC News reported.

A county clerk in Kentucky is asking for relief from a lower court order directing her to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Her lawyers filed an emergency application directed to Justice Elena Kagan, who handles such requests from that part of the country.

Kim Davis, the clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, "holds an undisputed sincerely held religious belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, only," her lawyers say in their application.

The requirement to issue same-sex marriage licenses "demands that she either fall in line or leave office."



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<![CDATA[Virginia Tech Football Helmets to Honor Gunned-Down Journalist]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:28:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/parkerward-WDBJ-slain.jpg

The Virginia Tech Hokies will honor slain journalist Adam Ward and his colleague Alison Parker by placing stickers on their helmets during the season opening football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Labor Day, NBC News reports
The team will wear stickers that feature the number 7 between a teal and a maroon ribbon, according to a statement from the team. 
Ward, a cameraman. and Parker, a reporter, who worked for WDBJ7, were shot and killed last week during a live television broadcast. The gunman, Vester Lee Flanagan, died of self inflicted gunshot would hours after the attack, authorities said. 
According to the release, teal was Parker's favorite color. Ward, a 2011 graduate of Virginia Tech, will be represented by the school's maroon color. 



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<![CDATA[Hot Wheels: Here Are the Cars Thieves Like the Most]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:22:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/honda+accord+stock+photo.JPG

Hondas were the most stolen vehicles across the United States last year, with Accords topping the list and Civics coming in second, according to the annual Hot Wheels report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Two full-sized pickup trucks, Fords and Chevrolets, came in third and fourth.

The tally identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles across the country. Honda Accords and Civics were also the most stolen the year before.

The number of thefts has fallen dramatically since the late 1990s, from a high of about 1.7 million to 700,000 today, most of them of older models, said Carol Kaplan, a spokeswoman for the organization. Better security, better policing and better tools for finding stolen vehicles have all contributed to the drop, she said.

Thieves are typically stripping the vehicles to pieces and selling the parts, she said. The demand for parts is likely driving the popularity of particular cars, she said.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau also identified the top 2014 models that were stolen last year. The Ford full-sized pickup headed that list.

The insurance group recommends installing an alarm on your vehicle, some sort of immobilizing device such as a kill switch or fuel cut-off and a tracking device. And of course, lock your car and take your keys.

Here are the 10 most stolen vehicles:


 



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<![CDATA[Nearly 90,000 Women Joined Ashley Madison Last Week]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:51:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484478072.jpg

Hundreds of thousands of people signed up for affair-seeking website Ashley Madison in the last week, parent company Avid Life Media said on Monday, even after a massive hack that leaked clients' information, Reuters reported. 

"Last week alone, women sent more than 2.8 million messages within our platform," Avid Life said, adding that 87,596 women had also signed up for Ashley Madison last week.

The company also struck back at reports that the site had few genuine female users, saying internal data released by hackers had been incorrectly analyzed.



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<![CDATA[Third Skydiver Who Jumped Off 1 World Trade Center Avoids Jail]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:22:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/markovich.jpg

A third extreme-skydiving enthusiast convicted of reckless endangerment, BASE jumping and other charges after parachuting off of the World Trade Center in September 2013 escaped jail time at his sentencing Monday, authorities say.

Marko Markovich, 28, was sentenced to conditional discharge with 300 hours of community service and a $2,000 fine, more than two months after he was found guilty of the misdemeanors along with 33-year-old James Brady and 34-year-old Andrew Rossig.

Brady, an iron worker who helped construct 1 World Trade Center, and Rossig, were each sentenced earlier this month to conditional discharge with a $2,000 fine and 250 and 200 hours of community service, respectively,

At 3 a.m. on September 30, 2013, the men entered 1 World Trade Center and climbed up 104 flights of stairs to the tower's communication ring, Vance said. They then picked up equipment left by Brady, who worked as an iron worker at the construction site, and parachuted off of the building one by one.

The stunt, captured in a dramatic YouTube video, raised questions about security at the then-unfinished skyscraper.

Prosecutors had asked the men be sentenced to at least 60 days in jail, saying their stunt could have killed a bystander. They said earlier this month it took a "disturbing degree of forethought and planning," and that "at every step they knew what they were doing was wrong."

The parachutists, who were arrested in March 2014 following a joint investigation between the Manhattan District Attorney's office, the NYPD and the Port Authority Police Department, said that they didn't imperil anyone and that the charges were overreaching by embarrassed authorities.



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<![CDATA[Auction for Last Titanic Lunch Menu]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:14:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/titanic-final-lunch-menu-thumb.jpg

The Titanic's last lunch menu — saved by a passenger who climbed aboard the so-called "Money Boat" before the ocean liner went down — is going to auction, where it's estimated it will bring $50,000 to $70,000.

The online New York auctioneer Lion Heart Autographs is offering the menu and two other previously unknown artifacts from Lifeboat 1 on Sept. 30. The auction marks the 30th anniversary of the wreckage's discovery at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Abraham Lincoln Salomon was one of a handful of first-class passengers who boarded the lifeboat — dubbed the "Money Boat" or "Millionaire's Boat" by the press because of unfounded rumors one of them bribed seven crew members to quickly row the boat away from the sinking ship rather than rescue others.

The menu (see below), which listed corned beef, dumplings and other savory items, is signed on the back in pencil by another first-class passenger, Isaac Gerald Frauenthal, who escaped on another lifeboat. It's believed the two men lunched together that fateful day in 1912.

Salomon also took away a printed ticket from the Titanic's opulent Turkish baths, which recorded a person's weight when seated in a specially designed upholstered lounge chair. It bears the names of three of the five other first-class passengers with him on Lifeboat 1. One of four weighing-chair tickets known to exist, it's estimated it will bring $7,500 to $10,000.

The third artifact is a letter written by Mabel Francatelli to Salomon on New York's Plaza Hotel stationery six months after the disaster. She had climbed into the No. 1 lifeboat with her employer, aristocratic fashion designer Lucy Duff-Gordon and her Scottish husband Lord Cosmo Duff-Gordon, who it was alleged bribed the crew to row them to safety in the boat that had a capacity of 40.

The Duff-Gordons, who were the only passengers to testify about the disaster, were cleared by the British Wreck Commissioner's inquiry, which determined that they did not deter the crew from attempting to rescue other people but that others might have been saved if the boat had turned around.

A letter by Lady Duff-Gordon grumbling about the "disgraceful" treatment they received from the press and public upon their return to England sold at an auction in Boston earlier this year for nearly $12,000.

"We do hope you have now quite recovered from the terrible experience," Francatelli wrote to Salomon. "I am afraid our nerves are still bad, as we had such trouble & anxiety added to our already awful experience by the very unjust inquiry when we arrived in London." It's estimated it will sell for $4,000 to $6,000.

Lion Heart Autographs says the seller is the son of a man who was given the items by a direct descendent of one of the survivors of Lifeboat 1.



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<![CDATA[Taliban's New Leader Dresses 'Neat', Is Good Listener: Bio]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:57:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mullah_Akhtar+Mohammad+Mansoor.jpg

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor became Taliban's new chief last month after the announcement that longtime leader Mullah Omar had been dead for two years. 

The announcement sparked a leadership battle. While the Taliban hashes out the dispute over Mansoor's appointment, those loyal to Mansoor on Monday released an in-depth biography of the man. NBC News cannot confirm the veracity of the document's contents as the Taliban's media arm is notoriously unreliable.

According to the bio, Mansoor "speaks less and tries to listen more to other people," he wears "neat and clean clothes" and "is fully conscious of the delicacy and complexity of all contemporary regional and international politics."



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<![CDATA[Arrest in Case of Man Lit on Fire]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:15:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/man+on+fire+astoria.jpg

A 46-year-old woman angry over alleged infidelity has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting her boyfriend twice and then lighting him on fire, leaving his body to burn in the street over the weekend, police said.

Firefighters were called to 12th Street in Astoria shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday after getting a call about a fire and found the Shawn McWhorter, 43, ablaze. They put out the fire and McWhorter was pronounced dead at the scene.

A fingernail was found on his body.

McWhorter lived in the area, so detectives began to interview people he knew as part of their routine investigation, including his girlfriend, Dawn Mcintosh. Mcintosh told police she hadn't seen him that day, they had been supposed to meet but he stood her up, authorities say she told detectives.

While detectives were talking to Mcintosh, they noticed she was missing a fingernail, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Monday. Mcintosh was taken into custody for additional questioning, and admitted to killing her boyfriend, Boyce said. Boyce said Mcintosh told police she shot McWhorter twice in the torso, then got her son to try to help her move the body into a friend's car.

McWhorter was too heavy for McIntosh and her son, according to investigators, so they allegedly moved the body a bit and then lit it on fire. McIntosh told police she doused her boyfriend in lighter fluid and lit him aflame using a cigarette lighter. Boyce said Mcintosh accused her boyfriend of infidelity and treating her poorly; she also said he owed her money.

Boyce said authorities are looking for the gun Mcintosh allegedly used in the shooting.

Mcintosh's son , 21-year-old Donte Watkins, was arrested for allegedly helping his mother move the body. He was charged with tampering with physical evidence.

Mcintosh's daughter was also present when the body was moved, but she will not face charges because she did not assist in the crime, according to investigators. The friend who owns the car the mother and son allegedly tried to move the body into did not know it was happening, police said.

Information on attorneys for the suspects wasn't immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Sanders, Trump Surge in New Iowa Poll]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:27:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trumpsanders.jpg

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Donald Trump — the two biggest anti-establishment candidates in the Democratic and Republican presidential primary fields, respectively — have seen their support surge, according to NBC News, citing a new survey of voters likely to participate in the Iowa caucuses.

In the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll, Sanders is now polling just seven points behind Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, nearly doubling his share of the vote since the last survey was conducted in May.

Sanders takes 30 percent support, while Clinton draws 37 percent, marking the first time she's dropped below 50 percent in the poll.

Trump, meanwhile, has seen a remarkable reversal in both his support and popularity in the state since May. Back then, he was polling at just 4 percent support and his favorability was at -36 points; now, he leads the pack with 23 percent support and his favorability is at +26 points.



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<![CDATA[Calif. Family Hopes for 'Miracle' to Save $16K Tree House]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:36:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/150829-rossmoor-tree-house.jpg

An elaborate, three-story tree house in Orange County has gotten a temporary reprieve from building inspectors, but the high rise hide-out may not be out of the woods just yet.

Rossmoor resident Dr. Joni Doherty spared no expense to build the $16,000 tree house that features solar panels, redwood floors, handmade chairs and a top-floor club house.

The tree house was a dream she and her husband Jack Chen — a renowned surgeon — shared before he died in a surfing accident in 2013.

Her two sons wanted their father's memory to live on in the tree house.

Doherty didn't need a permit to build it. But six months ago, she received a letter from the Orange County Department of Public Works for code violations after a neighbor complained.

"They didn't actually have any specific safety issues in that code violation," Doherty said.

She is now applying for a permit and has support from hundreds of her neighbors, who have signed a petition.

"It's a labor of love," said her neighbor, Reina Evans. "Everyone loves this tree house."

Doherty is hopeful and believes her husband is helping her keep their dream alive.

"I feel like he's actually in some way helped this sort of get to the point where it might actually work out, like a miracle," she said.

The next step will be a public hearing, which could take place in several months, she said. But until then, she's been reassured from a county supervisor the tree house will remain in place.



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<![CDATA[Broadway Stars Mourn 'Les Mis' Actor Who Died in Fall]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:57:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/193*120/kyle-jean-baptiste.jpg

Broadway is mourning the loss of one of its risings stars.

“Les Misérables” actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste died tragically on Friday after falling from a fire escape at his mother's home following the show's evening performance. He was 21 years old.

Jean-Baptiste made history on July 23, when he went on as Jean Valjean in the Broadway revival -- the youngest actor and first African-American to have performed the role on Broadway.

“The ability to play this part on Broadway has been life changing,” Jean-Baptise tweeted earlier this week. “I’m so grateful.” 

When not understudying the role of Valjean, Jean-Baptiste played the roles of Constable and Courfeyrac.

“The entire ‘Les Misérables’ family is shocked and devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Kyle,” the production said, in a statement. “We send our deepest condolences to his family and ask that you respect their privacy in this unimaginably difficult time.”

Actors planned to honor Jean-Baptiste at a memorial at the Bethesda Terrace Fountain in Central Park on Monday afternoon. 

Many members of the Broadway community took to Twitter to express their grief. “What a light,” "Hamilton”creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said. “My love and hugs to his family, and the cast of ‘Les Miserables’” Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth said

 

"Today we lost a great talent," current Jean Valjean Ramin Karimloo said. "Today I lost a friend. Such promise and a wonderful spirit. He cane and conqured. RIP brother."



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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: National Zoo's Panda Cub Begins to Get Black and White Markings]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:22:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/panda-cub-markings.jpg

It's a panda! The National Zoo's nine-day-old panda cub is beginning to get his black and white markings.

A pair of newborn cubs were born Aug. 22 to the zoo's female giant panda, Mei Xiang, but the smaller of the two died Wednesday. The zoo has said that the larger, surviving cub is doing well.

Panda cubs are born tiny, nearly hairless and blind. What little fur the newborns have is white. But on Sunday, the zoo released three images captured on its panda cams, showing the cub's new markings are beginning to show up. The cub's ears and patches around his still-closed eyes appear darker, as do his arms. Ultimately, his legs and torso will also darken, but it's unclear in the zoo's photos whether those markings are showing up yet.

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Two of the images feature the cub on his own; the other shows him cradled in his mama's arms.

"Mei Xiang put her cub down twice in the last 24 hrs. He's starting to get black markings & is doing well," the zoo wrote Sunday.

Keepers said Friday the surviving cub "looks great" and is healthy, active and nursing. The cub had gained 27.9 grams in the previous 72 hours, zoo officials said Friday.

The zoo announced Friday that the surviving cub and its deceased twin were both male and were fathered by the zoo's male giant panda, Tian Tian. Mei Xiang had been artificially inseminated in late April with semen from Tian Tian and with semen from Hui Hui, a panda living in China.

The little guy is still without a name, though -- panda cubs are traditionally named at 100 days of age. His older sister, 2-year-old Bao Bao, received a naming ceremony in her honor on Dec. 1, 2013.



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<![CDATA[Mother Drowns Twin Sons in Bathtub: Police]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 03:54:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mireya_Lopez.jpg

A 22-year-old mother intentionally drowned her twin toddlers in a bathtub Sunday, according to police in Arizona, NBC News reported. 

Mireya Alejandra Lopez also allegedly told investigators that she attempted to drown another child but was stopped by family members.

Police and firefighters responded to a call at a home in the Phoenix suburb of Avondale and found the twin 2-year-old boys lying unresponsive on a bed, the Avondale Police Department said in a statement.

Officers tried to save their lives but both were pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.

Lopez would be charged with two counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide, the statement said. 



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<![CDATA[Elderly Hip Hop Crew Stays Fit in New Zealand]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:02:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/HipHop-thumbnail.jpg Age is no barrier for the members of this elderly hip hop dance crew in New Zealand. The members range in age from 68 to 96. "There's all sorts of medical conditions in the group...Six are deaf, five have got dementia, one is blind," said the group's founder and choreographer Billie Jordan. "I mean, you name it, they've got it." ]]> <![CDATA[Over 1K D.C. Officers Vote 'No Confidence' in Police Chief ]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:22:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/062515+D.C.+Police+Chief+Cathy+Lanier.jpg

More than 1,000 police officers in D.C. say they have "no confidence" in Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

The D.C. Police Union released the result of the weekend vote Monday morning.

Of the 1,150 officers responding to the online survey, 97.5 percent said they have "no confidence" in Lanier's ability to manage the Metropolitan Police Department and keep the public safe. The union represents more than 3,600 officers. 

"We‘ve been told that the status quo is working and we‘ve been forced into a corner of lackluster, feckless, inefficient enforcement," the union said in a press release issued Monday morning. 

The union says the "no-confidence" vote is a symbolic gesture. 

"I am not interested in responding to or commenting on the anonymous online survey conducted by the Fraternal Order of Police, but I will defend the work of the members of this agency," Lanier said in a statement Monday.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser released a statement Monday, expressing her confidence in Lanier.

"After 25 years of policing DC streets, deploying officers and strategies, and building a force of highly qualified officers and leaders, in the good times and the tough times, too, I have every confidence in Chief Lanier,” Bowser said. 

The union vote follows a recent spike in crime, particularly homicides. The D.C. homicide rate is up 43 percent in 2015 thus far, compared with the same period in 2014. To date, 105 people have been killed.

The vote also follows the latest "All Hands On Deck" initiative, which aimed to limit a recent spike in crime by flooding the streets of D.C. with officers. Extra officers were deployed in cruisers, on bikes and on foot in all seven police districts from 3 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday.

"According to our morning report today, MPD took 34 illegal guns off the streets of Washington, D.C., this weekend alone and reduced violent crime by 39 percent compared to the same weekend last year," Lanier said.

Property crime was down 52 percent and overall crime was down 49 percent compared to the same weekend last year, police said.

Lanier said the initiative may have influenced the vote with so many officers called in.

"I realize that officers don’t like their schedules disrupted and I try to minimize it, but when we have violent crime we have to make the sacrifices that we all swore we would make when we took this job," Lanier said in a statement released Sunday.

All Metropolitan Police Department officers were pulled from vacation, desk duty and other details Friday through Sunday for an "All Hands on Deck" response to crime.

Lanier started the All Hands on Deck initiative in 2007 in response to a summertime spike in crime, the department's website says. MPD has declared more than 30 All Hands on Deck periods of about 48 hours each since then, with an average decline in violent crime of about 10 percent during each period, Lanier said.

Lanier and the union have become increasingly at odds over a solution for the recent spike in crime. Rank-and-file officers are questioning the dismantling of vice units and taking issue with fixed posts that prevent officers from leaving designated areas.

"Over the past eight years we've had some very high-profile incidents where the chief's integrity has been called into question," union head Delroy Burton told WAMU. "The most frustrating thing right now for our members, though, is that we have an uptick in crime and they're being deployed in such a way that makes it extremely difficult for them to provide good police service."

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<![CDATA[P.F. Chang Murder Suspect 'Snapped']]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:52:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Jaquan+Huston.jpg

The mother of a man accused of fatally stabbing a co-worker in the kitchen of a P.F. Chang's in Peabody, Massachusetts, says her son "snapped" and had been just one week away from taking anger management classes.

On Saturday evening, 38-year-old Elivelton Dias was working in the restaurant at the Northshore Mall when he was attacked. Police say 23-year-old Jaquan Huston is responsible for the homicide and is charged with murder.

"Just like the show called 'Snapped,' my son snapped," said Shawn Maron-Huston. "That is not him. He's not a murderer."

Fighting back tears, the suspect's mother told necn her son didn't deny stabbing Dias. She knew something was wrong when he came home from work earlier than usual. She gave Jaquan money for bus fare and went to watch him leave her Salem home from her window. Instead of seeing him get on the bus, a police cruiser came to pick up her youngest child.

"When I went downstairs, I said, 'What happened, what happened? I thought you were going to Lynn?' Police said, 'Your son was involved in a stabbing,'" said Maron-Huston. "And I said, 'Really?' I said, 'What happened, Jaquan?' He said, 'He threatened me, Mom. He threatened to stab me and I did what I had to do.'"

Maron-Huston says for years, she has tried to work with her son and his anger issues. Raising four kids on her own, she worked hard to give her children the best, even encouraging her son to enroll in anger management classes.

His first one was scheduled in a week. But it didn't come in time stop Saturday's tragedy.

"The sad thing is that the individual is gone, and I feel sad for him, I really do. If I could change anything, I would change that," said Maron-Huston.

Even knowing her son could face jail time, she wants the public to learn, from the pain this incident has caused, a lesson she says she's tried to teach her own child.

"Whatever you're going through, even if you can't come to your parents, confide in somebody," she said. "Get it out. Because when you keep it bottled in, it causes nothing but stress and for you to snap and make a decision that is going to cost you a lot of years of your life."



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<![CDATA[Obama Seeks to Cement Climate Change Legacy]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:42:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_23068029639.jpg

During his trip to Alaska this week, President Barack Obama will tread gingerly on a receding glacier, talk to coastal villagers whose homes are threatened by eroding shorelines and salmon fishermen whose livelihoods are endangered — all in an aggressive and high profile effort to highlight the impact of global climate change, NBC News reported. 

The visit to the Alaskan Arctic — the first by a sitting president — is the culmination of an increasingly forceful climate change policy push over the past two years by the Obama administration. 

This week alone Obama invoked climate change during visits to the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas and New Orleans to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

With these trips, Obama is attempting to set the stage for a major international climate change agreement he hopes will come from a summit in Paris in December.

That agreement could help secure his legacy as the first sitting president to address global climate change in a substantive way, environmental policy experts said.



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<![CDATA[Emaciated Horse Rescued With 3-Foot-Long Hooves]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:06:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/f_horse_neglect_150828.nbcnews-fp-1280-700.jpg

Three neglected and emaciated horses were discovered earlier this month with over-grown hooves after Maryland officials called animal welfare workers to check on the animals, NBC News reported. 

A chestnut mare with hooves over three feet long was euthanized at the site because her legs were badly damaged after years of neglect, the Days End Farm Horse Rescue explained on its website.

The three horses had to have been locked in a stall for at least 15 years, the animal rescue stated. 

Two other stallions had their excess hooves removed and a vet took x-rays of their feet to plan for rehabilitation. Both animals are still in critical condition and will need months to become healthy again, the website explained. 

In the video put out by NBC News, a horse appears to be in good-spirits, prancing around outside.



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<![CDATA[New Chicago Target Could Be Equipped With a Bar]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:52:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/target+express.jpg

A new Target store set to open in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood is on track to become the first ever Target store to serve alcohol to customers.

A spokesperson for the Minnesota-based retailer confirmed to NBC Chicago that Target is seeking a liquor license for the store, but declined to elaborate on any future plans.

The new Streeterville location is scheduled to open in October in the former Fox & Obel store, located at 401 E. Illinois St.

The store was expected to be a TargetExpress location and is smaller than most regular Target stores.

Earlier this month, Target announced that CityTarget and TargetExpress stores across the country would be renamed as "Target" stores and be rebranded with the company's logo. The retailer noted that the Streeterville store will still be a "smaller, flexible format" store, however. 

New details on the Streeterville store and pending liquor license are expected to be released in the coming weeks, the Target spokesperson said.



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<![CDATA[Minor Collision Between Wings of Two Airplanes]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:17:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_185887181_police_lights_generic1.jpg

There was a minor collision between the wing tips of two airplanes Sunday night at the Oakland International Airport, according to the airport spokesperson.

No injuries have been reported.

An Instagram photo taken by passenger Manas Gowd shows the tip chipped off. On his photo, Gowd commented that his flight was on the ground taxiing when the accident took place. 

A Southwest spokeswoman said the flight was headed to Orange County when the wing on flight 2674 departing from Oakland "came into contact" with the wing of another plane, which was arriving from Phoenix, while pushing back from the gate about 10:30 p.m.

Both planes were taken out of service, she said, and will undergo a maintenance check.



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<![CDATA[Erika Remnants Threaten Fla.; Hawaii Preps for Ignacio]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 03:57:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/erika-lluvias.jpg

The remnants of Tropical Storm Erika continued to push toward Florida Monday, threatening to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the region, NBC News reported.

Though the storm weakened after wreaking havoc on the Caribbean over the weekend, flood warnings remained in effect through much of Florida Monday morning, while rip currents were expected all the way to the Carolinas.

Meanwhile, in the Pacific, Hawaii residents were preparing for high winds, heavy rain and ocean swells as Hurricane Ignacio, downgraded to a Category 3 storm, makes its way toward the islands.  It is scheduled to pass about 200 miles northeast of the Big Island and Maui, Monday and Tuesday, sparing the state a direct hit.



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<![CDATA[Mother of Accused Texas Deputy Killer Gives Alibi]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:49:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/policia-asesinado-texas.jpg

The mother of the suspect in the execution-style killing of Texas sheriff's deputy Darren H. Goforth said her son cannot be the gunman because he was out shopping with her at the time of the shooting.

Before Shannon Jaruay Miles, 30, was charged with capital murder, his mother told NBC station KPRC that the two had had trouble getting home from their shopping trip because police has surrounded their street.

Miles was brought in for questioning and arrested and charged after ballistics tests indicated that the weapon used in the gas station shooting matched a gun belonging to Miles, Sheriff Ron Hickman said Saturday.

Miles is being held without bond pending his arraignment Monday morning in Harris County District Clerk.



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<![CDATA[Self-Help Pioneer Dr. Wayne Dyer Dies at 75: Family]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:10:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-84218602_opt.jpg

Self-help guru Dr. Wayne Dyer died Saturday at the age of 75, his publisher said on Sunday. The cause of death was not immediately reported.

The media sensation was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2009 and controversially claimed that he was fighting the illness with positive thinking, daily exercise and "psychic surgery" performed remotely by a Brazilian medium. 

Dyer's writing — including best-seller "Your Erroneous Zones," which built on ideas espoused by Krishna Rau, the founder of Siddha Yoga — made him a regular on the talk show circuit. Oprah Winfrey was one of the media giants to embrace Dyer, featuring the writer and spiritualist on her show numerous times.

Last year, spiritualist magazine Mind Body Spirit listed Dyer as the eighth most spiritually influential people in the world. 



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<![CDATA[Prisoner Escapes NY Hospital: Cops]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:56:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/escaped+prisoner+tiffany+neumann.jpg

A prisoner taken to a hospital after claiming she was pregnant escaped wearing a gown over the weekend, prompting police brass to say the "lapses" that led to her escape, and the escape of others in Manhattan over the last few months, are not unacceptable.  

Tiffany Neumann, 23, slipped out of her handcuffs and fled New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Lower Manhattan around 9:10 p.m. Sunday, the NYPD said.

She had been arrested Saturday on the Upper West Side on charges of petit larceny, theft of service and criminal possession of stolen property.

Police say she gave them a fake name and told them she was pregnant. Officers took her to the hospital, where she was able to get her hands out of the cuffs.

It wasn't clear if Neumann was actually pregnant.

The circumstances regarding the charges against Neumann were unknown. She has six prior arrests, three in New York and three in Los Angeles. She had been supposed to return to LA this week. 

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the officer who had Neumann in custody at the time she escaped was suspended.

"I will not tolerate as police commissioner these continued lapses in basic policing," Bratton said. "Once we have a person in our custody, the responsibility is the care and custody of the prisoner. The penalties being imposed if we find an officer derelict in duties are going to be very significant."

NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill said, "there's no excuse for it." 

"It's embarrassing," O'Neill said. "She's not a mastermind criminal. It's purely due to inattentiveness and carelessness."

Neumann's escape was the latest in a series in Manhattan, which included an attempted murder suspect on the loose for nearly a month before he was located in the same Harlem neighborhood where he had escaped and a barefoot man who eluded police for three days before he was taken back into custody.

 

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Memorial Service Held for Slain Roanoke TV Journalists]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:20:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_141218438885.jpg

A memorial service was held at a Virginia church for two journalists who were slain on live TV this week.

WDBJ7, the station where Alison Parker and Adam Ward worked, said the interfaith service was being held at Roanoke's Jefferson Center, where station general manager Jeff Marks spoke.

"I've given many talks over the years, never with so heavy a heart," he said.

While they were filming a live segment on local tourism on Wednesday, August 26, Parker and Ward were fatally shot by a former employee of WDBJ, Vester Flanagan, who fled the scene and later turned his gun on himself. He died in a hospital later that day.

The jarring on-air shooting captured the nation's attention and deeply affected the Roanoke TV station where Parker and Ward worked – Ward's fiancee was working in the control room when the shots were fired.

At the Sunday service, Marks spoke about the need for American society to deal better and more directly with anger, and angry people, echoing comments he said he made to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Anger untreated by mental health services can have "catastrophic" consequences, as evidenced by Wednesday's shooting, Marks said.

"Services exist and we must use them for ourselves and for those we know who have uncontrolled anger. We must learn to speak directly to anger: 'You are angry and that must make you feel awful.'"

He recounted his memories of Parker, a reporter, and cameraman Ward, who he said almost never got angry, and never let it fester. Their mission was to "awaken us as to what is good and fun in life," he said.

Ward liked to play a game where he hid a candy wrapper on set in the morning, waiting to see if weatherman Leo Hirsbrunner could uncover it, Marks said.

Hirsbrunner found one Wednesday, he added.

Marks spoke of the slain journalists's families, and ended with his own lament: "I want to play softball with Adam again, and I want to see Alison dance. And I will, in the wonderful memories they gave me; [that] they gave us."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Braves Fan Fell to His Death Doing 'Favorite Things': Family]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:35:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_400180067339.jpg

The Atlanta Braves fan who died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field during a game was doing what he loved when his life ended abruptly, his family said Sunday.

Gregory Murrey, 60, landed in an area of the stands behind home plate in the seventh inning of the Braves' game against the New York Yankees Saturday night.

"The night Greg passed away, he was doing one of his favorite things — watching the Braves," according to a family statement read by his son Jason to NBC affiliate WXIA.



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<![CDATA[Man Riding Commuter Bike to LA]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:37:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/citi+bike+guy.jpg

A Manhattan man is no longer just taking a Citi Bike to work. Instead he’s riding it across the country.

On Aug. 6, Jeffrey Tanenhaus checked out a Citi Bike from one of New York’s Citibank-operated bike sharing stations and headed towards Los Angeles. The former corporate event planner told NBC 4 New York he turned in his day job for an adventure, stopping at historic places along the way.

On Saturday, Tanenhaus said he was riding from Washington DC to Pittsburgh. He said that when he was working in his 9 to 5 job, riding a Citi Bike to and from work was the highlight of his day.

"Things were not going well at work," he said. "Being on a bike gave me so much more freedom and empowerment that I was really happy, I could control where I was going, I was outside in the elements."

Now, Tanenhaus says he's hoping to inspire more New Yorkers to use Citi Bike, but the bike-sharing service isn't exactly endorsing his trip.

Tanenhaus has already racked up $1,200 in late fees, the maximum for going past the 45-minute limit.
 



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<![CDATA[Hundreds Attend Vigil for Slain Texas Deputy ]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:33:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/policia-asesinado-texas.jpg

Hundreds gathered at a vigil Saturday to mourn the loss of the sheriff’s deputy ambushed at a Texas gas station while filling up his patrol car the previous evening, NBC News reported. 
The crowd, gathered at the Houston Chevron station where Darren H. Goforth was gunned down, were led in prayer and observed a moment of silence for Goforth and the sheriff’s department. 
Many said that they were there to support police. Some said that they were frustrated with what they said was an increased hostility against all police. 
His wife, meanwhile, released a statement Saturday calling her husband her best friend. "There are no words for this," she said.
Saturday, Shannon Miles, 30, was arrested and charged with capital murder in the shooting of Goforth, a 10-year veteran on the force. 



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<![CDATA[Gov. Scott Walker Defends $250 Million for New Arena]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:15:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bradley-center-scott-walker.jpg

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his plan to invest $250 million in taxpayer dollars in a new basketball arena as "fiscally responsible" in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" this Sunday.

The owners of the Milwaukee Bucks had threatened to take the team to another state if they didn't have a new stadium by 2017, and have offered to finance half of the $500 million the arena will cost. Walker on Sunday said that the investment of $250 million in public funds was a good long-term bet, as it would protect the millions of dollars in income taxes the state collects from NBA players and staff that play and live there.

"For the state of Wisconsin, it's less than $4 million a year to protect $6.5 million we collect. And over the next 20 years, that grows to a total of just shy of $300 million the state collects in income taxes for less than $80 million," he said. "I'd be a fool."



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<![CDATA[Is It OK to Eat Fish Every Day?]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 06:08:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Blue+Fin+Tuna+Sushi.jpg

With government guidelines urging everyone to eat fish twice a week for heart and brain benefits, you might wonder: If two days of fish is good, is eating fish every day even better?

That's a question experts haven't yet completely answered, according to TODAY.com. And it's a little complicated because it's not just a health issue – there are probably not enough fish in the sea for everyone to eat seafood all the time.

But, experts say, eating seafood more than twice a week, for most people, can be healthful.

"it's certainly better to eat fish every day than to eat beef every day," says Eric Rimm, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition and director of in cardiovascular epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.



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