<![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 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:43:10 -0700 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:43:10 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Caught on Cam: Store Owner Fights Violent Robber]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:23:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/jewelry+store+owner+fights+back.jpg

A New Jersey jewelry store owner didn't back down when a robber brutally punched and beat him Tuesday night, instead fighting back in a fierce showdown captured on surveillance video.

Police said the suspect, Edgardo Cuevas, walked into Tony's Jewelers in Clifton pretending to be a customer and then when the 65-year-old owner, Tony Markar, turned his back, pounced. 

Cuevas is seen on surveillance video lunging over the counter to snatch expensive jewelry, and then repeatedly punching Markar. 

"He was intent on getting that jewelry one way or another at any expense," said Clifton Police Detective Sgt. Robert Bracken. 

"Obviously from the video, it's very graphic, violent, startling," he said. 

But Markar didn't back down, and he gave back as good as he got, the video shows.

"I think it was just a reaction," said Bracken. "He wasn't about to let anybody take anything from his store." 

The face-off was so violent the two shattered the counter's glass. As a last-ditch effort, the alleged robber jumped on top of the counter and appeared to put the owner into a headlock as he grabbed for more jewelry. 

The owner's wife, who had been Skyping with him, watched the terrifying scene play out from a computer screen in the back. 

"He was in the middle of speaking with her, she was in another store in another town and she watched the whole incident occur," said Bracken. 

The ordeal finally ended when the suspect ran from the store. Police were able to get a good enough look at the suspect and recognized an old mugshot of Cuevas from 2009. Cuevas was arrested in Clifton Thursday night. 

Attorney information for Cuevas wasn't immediately available. 

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<![CDATA[Thousands Lose Power in Tex. Storms]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:49:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/CDZ79QAUMAABKza.jpg

Strong thunderstorms packing powerful winds carved a trail of damage across North Texas Friday evening, causing widespread power outages and downing numerous trees down in southern Tarrant County.

Wind gusts of 70 to 90 mph were reported in the storms, with the most wind damage reported in Comanche, Erath, Johnson and Tarrant counties.

Oncor reported more than 25,000 customers without electricity early Saturday morning, down from their initial report of 52,000. Power companies across Texas reported that over 48,00 people across the state were without power.

Travelers huddled in a storm shelter at Dallas Love Field as severe storms flights grounded. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport also reported hundreds of flights delayed or canceled by the storms.

No tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service, but straight-line winds toppled trees and power lines in several communities.

A large, mature tree was no match for the winds that hit Lipscomb Street in Fort Worth.

Haven Zametz said she was inside her house when the storm's winds began to howl, and she said her house began to shake as if it was in an earthquake.

She didn't realize it was because the tree fell on top of her home until her neighbor called.

"My neighbor called and said, 'Are you OK?' And I said, 'Yeah, I'm fine.' And he said, 'No, a tree has fallen on your house!' So I walked out onto the porch and this is what I saw," said Zametz.

The tree smashed the roof of the front porch, but did not damage the home. No one was hurt.

Areas of flash flooding were also reported, with at least one water rescue from a vehicle in Irving.

The American Red Cross said the damage in the Metroplex appeared to be minor, and no shelters would be needed. Still, teams would remain on call to assist families in need.

The NBC 5 Weather Experts say Saturday will be sunny and warm, and a chance of thunderstorms returns to the forecast for Sunday afternoon and evening.

NBC 5's Bianca Castro contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Tsarnaev Family Moved From Hotel: Police]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:14:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tsa-AP567660334140.jpg

The relatives of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been moved from the Revere, Massachusetts, hotel they arrived at Thursday, Revere Police confirm.

A law enforcement source confirmed Tsarnaev's relatives arrived at Boston Logan Airport Thursday and were staying at the Hampton Inn in Revere.

The FBI declined to comment on the family's new location due to security concerns and the on-going trial. The arrival of his family coincides with the defense giving its opening statement in the penalty phase of Tsarnaev's trial on Monday.

Tsarnaev was convicted this month of all 30 charges against him. Three people were killed and more than 260 others were wounded when twin bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon April 15, 2013. An MIT police officer was also killed in a shootout three days after the bombings.

On Thursday, the government rested their case in the penalty phase of the trial. They will get a chance for rebuttal after the defense presents its case.

A jury must decide whether to sentence him to life in prison or to death. 



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<![CDATA[Coyote Captured in Lower Manhattan After Chase]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:03:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/coyote+lower+manhattan.jpg

Police tranquilized and captured a coyote that was spotted wandering through lower Manhattan on Saturday morning, according to the NYPD.

An NBC 4 New York crew caught the animal on video as it trotted down Battery Park Place near Battery Park early Saturday.

"1 coyote in custody," the 1st Precinct said on Twitter, adding that the coyote was awake and unharmed.

The coyote was tranquilized at 375 S. End Ave. near the World Trade Center. The canine will be transported to the ASPCA for care.

First responders and other emergency personnel were in lower Manhattan earlier on Saturday trying to track the coyote down.

Saturday's incident was the latest in a string of coyote sightings this week. Police spent hours chasing a coyote in the Upper West Side on Wednesday. Then on Thursday night a coyote was pursued by police in Morningside Heights.

At least four different coyotes have been spotted in Manhattan so far this year, including in Chelsea, the Upper West Side and Stuyvesant Town, according to Sarah Aucoin, the director of the city's Urban Park Rangers program.

In March a coyote was spotted wandering on top of a bar in Queens.

Rabid coyotes have been turning up in New Jersey as well. A man walking his dog was attacked earlier this month in Bergen County by one of the canines. The man later tested positive for rabies.



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<![CDATA[Mattel Dumps "SeaWorld Trainer Barbie"]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:47:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mattell-Barbie.jpg

“SeaWorld Trainer Barbie” is going to need to freshen up her resume.

A Mattel spokesperson has confirmed that the company has ceased production of the doll and the rest of its SeaWorld-related merchandise.

"We're not making the doll anymore," Alex Clark told NBC News. "Consumers may find it on retail shelves but we are not shipping and not producing the doll."

Clark didn’t name a specific motivation behind the move.

"A number of factors go into a decision like that," he said. "Their licensing deal expired and we've elected not to renew it."

However, Mattel’s decision follows a growing backlash against the aquatic theme park over its treatment of orcas and the safety of its trainers.

In 2010, park guests witnessed a SeaWorld trainer get drowned by an orca. In 2013, a documentary called “Blackfish” also sparked public outcry over allegations that the captive whales were being mistreated.

Animal activist groups praised the move by Mattel.

"It is very fitting that Mattel would dump Sea World Trainer Barbie," PETA spokeswoman Stephanie Shaw said to NBC News. "She's now able to maintain her animal-friendly image."

Back in November, the company announced that attendance and revenue continued to decline in the fourth quarter of 2014.

“Clearly, 2014 has been a challenging year, but I am confident we are taking the necessary steps to address our near term challenges and position the company to deliver value over the long term,” SeaWorld CEO Jim Atchison said at the time in a statement on the park’s website.



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<![CDATA[Register Outage at Starbucks ]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:53:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP584464016824.jpg

A nationwide outage of Starbucks' point-of-sale system got some customers a free jolt of espresso.

The coffee chain confirmed the outage to store staff around 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday via a tweet on the company's Twitter account for employees. Starbucks later said in a statement, "the outage was caused by a failure during a daily system refresh."

"We are aware of the point of sale register outage at company-operated Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada," the company said in the statement. "We are actively working to resolve the outage and our stores will remain open and continue to serve our customers."

News of the outage lit up social networks as some stores offered customers free drinks of their choosing.

 But not all locations were being as generous, customers shared.

Starbucks said in the statement the outage was also affecting their Evolution Fresh and Teavana stores.

UPDATE: Starbucks said it had resolved the outage in all U.S. and Canadian stores, according to press release posted on their website early Saturday morning. The company apologized to customers for the inconvenience and said it expected to open for business as usual on Saturday, April 25.



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<![CDATA[Cop in Deadly Wrong-Way Crash Had BAC 3 Times Legal Limit: Sources]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:13:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Pedro-Abad-Wreck-Inset.jpg

The New Jersey police officer who hit a tractor-trailer head-on on a Staten Island highway last month, killing a fellow officer and a friend and critically injuring a third cop, had a blood alcohol content of .24 percent, three times the legal limit, law enforcement sources say. 

Authorities had obtained a warrant to test Pedro Abad Jr.'s blood-alcohol content following the March 20 wrong-way crash on the West Shore Expressway. 

The NYPD, who's investigating the crash, had no comment on the toxicology results. A message was left with the Linden police officers' union, and Abad's lawyer had no comment, saying only his client was in the process of hiring a new attorney. 

Abad, 27, was driving his fellow officers and friend on the wrong side of the expressway on the way back from a strip club when his vehicle slammed into the tractor-trailer, authorities said. 

Hours before the crash, Abad had posted a photo on his Instagram page of three shot glasses filled with what he identified as "Jack Daniels Fire on the house." Authorities said at the time it was "too premature" to speculate on what caused the accident. 

Public records show Abad has been involved in eight accidents since 2005 and has two arrests for drunken driving in the last four years.

Abad was hospitalized in critical condition following the crash, which killed fellow Linden officer Frank Viggiano and friend Joseph Rodriguez.

Patrik Kudlac, another Linden cop riding in Abad's Honda, was also hospitalized in critical condition after the crash. 

The Union County prosecutor's office has said it would hand off the probe into the driving record and employment history of Abad to avoid the perception of any conflicts of interest. The state attorney general's office said the investigation will be handled by the Middlesex County prosecutor's office.

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<![CDATA[Life Sentence for Men in Thrill Killing]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:34:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Galvez-Gomez-0424.jpg

Two men found guilty in the random 2011 thrill killing of a developmentally disabled man were sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday in a San Diego courtroom.

Humberto Galvez, 22, and Juan Ignacio Gomez, 24, were each convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of Jordan Hickey, 21.

At their sentencing, one defense attorney asked the judge for a new trial and to consider second-degree murder convictions for the defendants instead of first-degree. The judge denied both requests.

With Galvez and Gomez both in shackles facing toward the judge, Hickey’s family members spoke in court asking that the men be put behind bars forever.

A video was played in court before family members spoke. It was a photo montage of Hickey’s life set to the song “I’ll Be Missing You.”

The video included quotes of what Hickey may have been thinking in the moments leading up to his fatal shooting.

Those quotes read, in part: “Why me? I just want to go home! What do you want? Take my bike. Take my backpack. Take my necklace. Please don’t shoot!”

Hickey's cousin, Taylor, spoke first. At one point, she held an urn containing Hickey's ashes.

"This is what my cousin is. He is not a body. He is in an urn, burnt," said Taylor, overwhelmed with emotion.

Another cousin, Stephanie, then stepped forward, saying the decision Galvez and Gomez made was senseless.

“Both Gomez and Galvez went hunting for the thrill almost four years ago to the date – wanting to know how it felt to kill someone, to watch someone die. Jordan’s last moment on Earth was lying on cold concrete, in his blood, trying to stay alive until help could arrive,” she said.

She too held Hickey's ashes as she spoke.

"Did you get the thrill?" Stephanie asked, looking straight at Galvez and Gomez.

On April 29, 2011, the men fatally shot Hickey as he rode his bike home along Grove Street in the Lincoln Acres area near National City. Prosecutors argued the pair were driving around looking for someone to shoot and called the murder a thrill killing.

For nearly a year, no suspects were arrested in the murder as Hickey’s family members and detectives asked for the public’s help in solving the cold case. In March 2012, both Gomez and Galvez were arrested in Chula Vista in connection with the deadly shooting.

Galvez changed his plea to guilty on April 2. Gomez was found guilty of the murder on March 25. Their fates were decided almost exactly four years after the murder.

Hickey’s mother, Jeannine Hickey, spoke with NBC 7 after Gomez was convicted in March.

"They knew what the consequences were when they went out hunting, and that's what they did," said Jeannine. "They hunted and massacred my son for nothing. So yes, they deserve to stay where they are for the rest of their lives."

Jeannine said though he was 21 years old, Hickey – who was diagnosed with a developmental disability – could not handle the 4th of July because of the loud noises.

The mother said it pains her to think of how scared her son must have been during the shooting.

"He would scream if a balloon popped, so I can't even imagine the screams that came from my son when the gun was going off," she said.

Hickey's uncle, James, also made a statement in court Friday saying his family is constantly in pain knowing Hickey will never get to live out his life or his dreams.

“Jordan’s life was prematurely robbed from him. At the hands of two complete strangers for a reason I cannot and will never comprehend,” he said.



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<![CDATA[Senate Staffer Arrested]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:09:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Generic+DC+Police+Lights+Close+Up+Generic.jpg

An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home.

An office administrator for Cochran, Fred W. Pagan, 49, was arrested Thursday. Court documents say that Pagan allegedly said he planned to distribute the drugs "in exchange for sexual favors."

On April 9, a package from China addressed to Pagan's home in the 5700 block of Colorado Avenue NW was intercepted in Cincinnati with the controlled substance GBL, according to court documents.

GBL has similar effects to alcohol, but also can used in a compound commonly known as a date rape drug.

D.C. police and Homeland Security raided the home Thursday and found more than 180 grams of methamphetamine, according to police.

Pagan told authorities he ordered the GBL from China and knew it was illegal, according to court documents. He also said he received three prior shipments of GBL.

Pagan said he received the methamphetamine from California, according to court documents. He said he intended to exchange the GBL and methamphetamine for sexual favors.

Pagan was released on his own recognizance after an initial court appearance Friday.

“Senator Cochran is disturbed and deeply saddened by the arrest of his long-time aide Fred Pagan and is suspending him of all duties pending the outcome of this case,” a statement from the senator's office read.

The office is contacting Senate legal counsel.



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<![CDATA[Armenian Genocide March]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:48:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/armenian+genocide+america+los+angeles+march+justice.jpg

Tens of thousands of people attended Friday's "March for Justice" through Los Angeles on the anniversary of the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915.

The six-mile march was set to travel to the Turkish Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard from Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue, in Little Armenia. Los Angeles has America's largest Armenian population and the city's march was expected to be the largest in the western U.S.

Marchers hoped to bring awareness of the Armenian genocide, a term that's rejected by the Turkish government despite evidence of mass killings, which began with 300 Armenian leaders who were rounded up and deported or killed on April 24, 1915. About 5,000 poor Armenians were killed in and around Istanbul that day as well.

On the eve of the centennial, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted that his nation's ancestors never committed genocide, and the U.S. government has never recognized the massacres as a genocide.

But Los Angeles leaders spoke in support of referring to the massacres as a genocide.

"The mass extermination of Armenians was a genocide. We need to call it what it was," City Attorney Mike Feuer said Friday.

"Turkey is the only country where its own state-sponsored historians try to fight the truth, try to revise history, but there's no revising this dark chapter in the history of the world," U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff said.

Before the march stepped off, LA City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, joined by Feuer and other politicians, unveiled the Armenian Genocide Memorial Square, meant to "show that the city of Los Angeles recognizes the history of the Armenian Genocide, as well as the impact the event had on the Armenian community," O'Farrell said.

The Turkish Consulate in LA said in a statement that it commemorates and grieves the Armenians who died in the massacres but said using the term "genocide" is "historically wrong and politically misused."

Firing back at the call for recognition of a genocide by the Armenians, Dr. Metin Mangir, from the Committee of Turkish Americans, said, "That's a very big tragedy but Armenians also killed half a million non-Armenians prior to 1915, they never mention this.'

City News contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Man Kills Self Outside Courthouse]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:24:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/162*120/DSC_01692.JPG

A man awaiting a verdict in his sexual assault trial shot and killed himself outside the courthouse on Friday.

John Goodwin, 75, a longtime piano teacher from Atkinson, New Hampshire, went on trial this week for allegedly sexually assaulting a former student between 2002 and 2005. Prosecutors said the abuse began when the boy was 11 years old.

While jurors were deliberating around 11 a.m. in the Rockingham County Superior Court in Brentwood, Goodwin went outside and shot himself in the chest with a handgun.

Goodwin was critically injured and transported to a Massachusetts hospital. The sheriff's office was later notified that he had died.

"I felt bad for him, I felt bad for his wife," said Chris Neville, who works at the courthouse.

The jury in the case reached a mistrial later Friday afternoon, and did not know about the shooting.



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<![CDATA[Trial in Decade-Long Abduction Case]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:55:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/186*120/garcia+abduction+kidnap+belll+gardens.jpg

A California man accused of kidnapping and raping a girl he later lived with for years was ordered Friday to stand trial.

An Orange County Superior Court judge made the decision Friday after hearing preliminary evidence against 41-year-old Isidro Garcia, who has pleaded not guilty.

Garcia allegedly drugged a then 15-year-old girl in 2004 and initially took her from her home in Santa Ana to a home in Compton, where he held her captive, according to authorities. Garcia was the boyfriend of the girl's mother at the time.

The girl arrived in the United States from Mexico in February 2004 to be with her mother and sister in Santa Ana, according to the Santa Ana Police Department's investigation. The abduction occurred in August of that year, according to police.

The suspect then convinced her that her family no longer wanted her and threatened her with deportation, according to prosecutors. She was later forced to marry Garcia, police said.

Authorities said Garcia fathered a daughter with her.

The two most recently lived in a Bell Gardens apartment, but police said they moved several times during the decade-long disappearance. The woman tried to escape twice, but was beaten after being caught, according to police.

The case came to light last year when the woman went to a police station to report a domestic violence incident and was connected to a missing-persons report filed by her mother in 2004.

Garcia was dating the victim's mother and all three of them shared this santa ana apartment when garcia allegedly started sexually assaulting the victim when she was only 14 years old. Investigators say garcia drugged the teenager, moved her to different locations and used fake documents to change both of their identities.

Garcia's lawyer has said the allegations were lies and were fabricated because the couple were separating.

He is scheduled to be arraigned May 5.

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<![CDATA[25 Years of Stunning Hubble Space Photos]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:03:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP159893123088_2_Hubble.jpg

In the 25 years since NASA scientists sent the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, the telescope has delivered a peek into the workings of the universe, with images of galaxies and stellar nurseries sparkling in the light of massive stars. 

To celebrate the anniversary, which takes place April 24, 2015, NASA released a Hubble photograph of Constellation Carina that shows purple, orange and red swirling light. 

"Hubble has fundamentally changed our human understanding of our universe and our place in it," NASA's science mission chief John Grunsfeld told a crowd at the photos' release at the Newseum in Washington. "Hubble inspires the world.”

Over 25 years, the 350-mile high telescope captured over 38,000 celestial objects, The Associated Press reported. Who knew gas and dust could be so awe-inspiring? 



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<![CDATA[Statue of Liberty Reopens After Bomb Scare]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 05:59:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Suspicious-Package-Liberty-Island-Statue.jpg

The Statue of Liberty reopened Saturday after a security scare forced thousands of tourists off Liberty Island on Friday.

The island was deemed safe Friday afternoon, about 90 minutes after the attraction was evacuated over a phoned-in bomb threat and reports of a suspicious package, authorities said.

The popular tourist attraction remained closed the rest of Friday.

Tourists were ferried off of the island after parks police patrolling with dogs near a locker area picked up the scent of a suspicious package shortly before 1 p.m., sources say. Around that same time, sources say, someone phoned in a bomb threat to the statue. 

The NYPD's bomb squad was called to the scene and authorities conducted a security sweep of the area. An all-clear was issued at about 2:30 p.m.

The scare set off a massive evacuation effort, and Statue Cruises said it transported 2,700 people from the island. Some had to leave behind their belongings during the evacuation; Statue Cruises said it will work with the National Park Service to return them to their owners. 

Several passengers who were ferried to Battery Park told NBC 4 New York they weren't told why they had to leave. Others had to stay on ferries during the investigation.

"We were all sitting in the boat, no one would tell us anything," one passenger said.

Visitors tweeted photos of long lines at a pier on Liberty Island. Many said the evacuation from Liberty Island was orderly but nerve-racking.

"It was past frustration -- it was nerve-wracking because you never know," said one visitor. "Did somebody decide to do something to the Statue of Liberty?" 

Liberty Island will reopen to the public Saturday. Ferry ticket holders who were held back can contact Statue Cruises to rebook or receive a refund. 



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<![CDATA[Bison Herd Shot After Stampeding Through Upstate NY Towns]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:29:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/buffalobuffalobuffalo.jpg

A herd of bison that stampeded through a string of upstate New York towns on Friday after it somehow got loose from a farm near Albany, has been shot.

The 15 creatures, two calves among them, traipsed through several backyards, trampled a fence and even crossed the New York State Thruway as they headed south, local NBC affiliate WNYT reported.

The animals had escaped from Gem Farms in Schodack, and authorities said all had been shot at Schodock Island State Park — a last resort, authorities told WNYT, since they would rather corral the beasts.

The bison were shot by people working for the family that owns the herd, according to WNYT. The son of the bison's owner told the station his family has been trying to corral loose bison for years, with little success.

Authorities were warning locals not to approach the animals, which can weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

"Stay away. Just stay away from them," Bethlehem Police Lt. Thomas Heffernan said. "They’re large, unpredictable animals."

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<![CDATA[Frozen Veggies, Smoothie Kits Recalled Over Listeria Concerns]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:30:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/veg-169160883.jpg

Inventure Foods, Inc. is recalling certain varieties of its Fresh Frozen line of vegetables and select varieties of its Jamba “At Home” line of smoothie kits, after finding listeria in its Jefferson, Georgia, facility.

The Phoenix-based company said there have been no reported illnesses linked to the products included in the voluntary recall.

Listeria is an organism that can cause infections mostly in young children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems, causing symptoms ranging from nausea and high fevers, to abdominal pain and miscarriages among pregnant women.

The Jamba “At Home” smoothies’ products being recalled are distributed to retail outlets, including mass merchandise stores and supermarkets east of the Mississippi River. Only specific Jamba “At Home” branded products are involved in this recalled. Click here for a full list of the products.

The Fresh Frozen products being recalled are distributed in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Inventure Foods, Inc. is urging customers who bought one of the affected products not to consume it and return it for a full refund. Customers can call 866-890-1004 or email the company at info@inventurefoods.com.



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<![CDATA[Stage Collapses at Ind. School Show]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:17:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/indiana_stage_collapse_1200x675_433481795832.jpg

More than a dozen students were reported hurt, two of them critically, after a stage collapsed during a rock concert Thursday night at a suburban Indianapolis high school.

Students were performing "American Pie," a rock concert, when the stage went down inside the Westfield High School auditorium in Westfield, Indiana, Indiana State Police told NBC station WTHR.

Lead singer Nicole Gruszka had stepped forward to go into the audience just moments before.

"Literally a second later, the orchestra pit just collapsed in on itself," she said. 

Gruszka said the students had practiced the scene several times on the stage before the performance. 

"We've closed the show like that all three years that we've done it. We rehearsed that at dress rehearsal. There were never any issues with that exact process," she said. "We thought the worst thing that could happen was someone would miss their cue and not end up on stage."

Sara Camden, a woman whose son was performing, said she'd seen students practice on the stage numerous times but wasn't aware of any structural problems. Her son was not among the injured.

Video Camden posted to Twitter showed several students jumping on the stage portion that ultimately fell. 

Westfield Mayor Andy Cook, who visited several students in area hospitals, said the injured students are expected to be OK.

"I said, 'You kids must have been really rocking,' and they said 'Yes, we were having a great time,'" Cook said. "It was the last piece of music, and they rocked."

Cook noted that the incident was concerning.

"The word stage collapse has a special connotation in Indiana, so I was very concerned when I heard it first," he said. 

Seven people were killed and scores more injured in a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair back in August 2011 as fans were awaiting the start of a Sugarland concert.

Westfield High School's principal, Stacy McGuire, tweeted after Thursday's incident that she was grateful for the first responders and thanked them "for taking care of our kids."

McGuire wrote that the school "will get through this together by taking good care of each other."

"The spirit of 'American Pie' is all about family," she wrote. 

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<![CDATA[3 Pounds of Cocaine Found in Box of Mangoes]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:07:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/box+of+mangoes.JPG

A man faces several drug charges after police say they found almost 3 pounds of cocaine hidden in a box of mangoes in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Police tell the Connecticut Post that they received a tip that Enrique Pineiro, 61, had just received a large shipment of drugs.

When they went to his home Thursday, his girlfriend told the police that the only package he had gotten was a box of mangoes from Puerto Rico.

Police opened the box and found 2.8 pounds of prepackaged cocaine.

Pineiro is charged with possession of more than a kilogram of cocaine with intent to sell. He was freed after posting a $50,000 bond.

Attempts to reach him for comment Friday morning were not successful. A listed phone number was no longer in service.



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<![CDATA[Stunning Photos from the Hubble Space Telescope]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:51:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP73478193103_7Hubble.jpg In the 25 years since NASA scientists sent the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, the telescope has delivered a peek into the workings of the universe.

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<![CDATA[Dramatic Helmet Cam Video of Fire]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:10:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/helmet+cam+video.jpg

Dramatic video from a firefighter's helmet cam captures a spectacular blaze in New Jersey as a mansion built in the 1880s goes up in flames.

The four-alarm fire Monday at the Rumson estate known as Blithewald illuminated the sky, with giant flames leaping from the structure as sparks flickered in front of the faces of firefighters battling the blaze inside. The helmet video shows the dangers they faced as they fought through thick smoke, flames and water for nearly six hours to get the blaze under control. 

Brett Murphy, a Sea Bright volunteer deputy fire chief, told NBC 4 New York, "It's what we signed up for." Murphy's brother was wearing the helmet cam that captured the dramatic video.

No injuries were reported and the blaze at the 22-room mansion built in 1883 has been ruled accidental, though prosecutors have yet to identify an exact cause. Firefighters from 10 departments responded.

Former Sea Bright fire chief Joe Eskridge says the helmet cam is "probably one of the best tools you can have besides water" when it comes to coordinating fire response and investigations.

Before it went up in flames, the mansion was being decorated by more than 40 interior designers and landscapers for a month-long home tour fundraiser on behalf of the Visiting Nurse Association of New Jersey.

A spokesman said the nonprofit is reviewing alternatives to meet its budget. According to the group's website, the mansion was referred to locally as the "Gatsby House" because F. Scott Fitzgerald was a friend of the owner in the late 1880s and visited frequently.

The house, which has seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms and sprawls across 4.3 acres of land, is currently owned by Thomas Widener, a Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. executive.


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