<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.pngNBC Bay Areahttp://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usMon, 27 Mar 2017 22:11:19 -0700Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:11:19 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Schiff Calls for Nunes' Recusal From Russia Probe]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:09:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-653548766.jpg

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called for its chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, to recuse himself from "any investigation" into President Donald Trump's campaign and transition team after news of the Republican's secret White House meeting on the issue emerged.

Schiff, D-Calif., said Monday that it's "not a recommendation I make lightly," NBC News reported.

"I believe the public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving the President's campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the Chairman," Schiff said in a statement.

The call comes amid news that Nunes went to the White House the day before he made the explosive claim that Trump and his associates may have been "incidentally" swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies.

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<![CDATA[Nunes Met Source for Trump Monitoring Claim at WH Grounds]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:07:23 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/656523922-devin-nunes-trump-intelligence.jpg

Before Rep. Devin Nunes claimed Trump Tower may have been caught up in United States surveillance efforts during the transition period, the House Intelligence Committee chairman was on White House grounds meeting with a source, Nunes' spokesman confirmed in a statement to NBC News. 

Nunes, a California Republican, hasn't revealed who his source was for the explosive claim, made Wednesday, that private communications of President Donald Trump and his presidential transition team may have been scooped up by American intelligence officials monitoring other targets and improperly distributed throughout spy agencies. Nunes later took the information directly to Trump before briefing other members of the committee, drawing a rebuke from other members.

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a statement Monday he believes Nunes "should recuse himself from any further involvement in the Russia investigation, as well as any involvement in oversight of matters pertaining to any incidental collection of the Trump transition, as he was also a key member of the transition team."

Schiff had declared Wednesday he had "profound doubt" about the integrity and independence of the committee's probe, and has pushed for an independent commission to look into alleged ties between Trump's team and Russia, which is suspected of interfering with the election. Schiff followed up Monday by saying that it is "very clear" that Nunes had "no legitimate justification for bringing that information to the White House instead of the committee."

Monday's revelation also prompted Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to call for House Speaker Paul Ryan to remove Nunes as committee chairman for a "credible investigation."

Ryan's press secretary hours earlier said that a statement from last week expressing "full confidence" in Nunes still stood. 

Nunes, who served on Trump's transition, has apologized to members of the committee for briefing the president first. He also clarified that he can't be sure whether conversations among Trump or his aides were captured in the surveillance.

"Chairman Nunes met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source," his spokesman Jack Langer said in a statement. "The Chairman is extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of U.S. citizens, and he began looking into this issue even before President Trump tweeted his assertion that Trump Tower had been wiretapped."

Classified information must be viewed in secure enclosures called sensitive compartmented information facilities, or SCIFs. However, as NBC News reports, Nunes' own committee has a secure room in the Capitol in which he and his aides regularly review secret documents — so it's unclear why Nunes would have had to seek a secure location to do so in the White House.

Langer responded that the circumstances required that Nunes go to the White House grounds, the Associated Press reports.

"Because of classification rules, the source could not simply put the documents in a backpack and walk them over to the House Intelligence Committee space," Langer said.

Ned Price, formerly the Special Assistant to President Obama, told NBC News that all visitors, even the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, must be cleared into White House grounds. "It's just not possible the White House was unaware or uninvolved," he said of Nunes' visit.

After the statement was released Monday, Nunes told Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake Monday that his source was an intelligence official, not a White House staffer, whom he met on White House grounds because it was the most convenient secure location with "networked access" to the reports he viewed.

He also revealed that the reports were sent to executive branch agencies including the Obama White House, Lake reported.

Nunes' committee is looking into a claim made without evidence by the president that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower. Nunes and other officials, including FBI Director James Comey, have said there is no evidence the administration did so, but Trump said he felt "somewhat" vindicated by the briefing Nunes gave him.

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<![CDATA[Top News: 'Fearless Girl' To Stay Until 2018; Turkey Votes]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:18:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-658414538.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Burglar Dresses as Target Worker, Steals $40K in iPhones]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:49:19 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/target+iphone+robber.jpg

Detectives in Virginia are looking for a woman who disguised herself as a Target employee and stole more than $40,000 worth of iPhones.

The Fairfax County Police Department in the Mount Vernon district said the woman was dressed as an employee of the Target store on 6600 Richmond Highway and made her way back to the stockroom. Once inside, she placed the iPhones in a box and left the store, police said.

Surveillance cameras were able to capture pictures of the woman.

Detectives said the woman is not affiliated with the store but appeared to know the store’s procedures and location of the iPhones in the stockroom.

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<![CDATA[Kushner to Appear Before Senate Intel Committee on Russia]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:25:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/633191576-Jared-Kushner-advisor-Donald-Trump.jpg

The Senate Intelligence Committee plans to question Jared Kushner, a key adviser to President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, two sources confirmed to NBC News Monday.

Kushner will be interviewed as part of an ongoing Senate inquiry into possible ties between associates of Trump and Russian operatives.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told NBC that Kushner, who is married to Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka, volunteered to talk to the Senate committee.

"He doesn't have anything to hide," she said.

During the presidential transition, Kushner acted as a liaison between foreign governments and Trump officials. It is not unusual for presidential transitions to meet with foreign officials.

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<![CDATA[Do Cats Actually Love Their Humans?]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:27:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_CATS_LOVE_HUMANS_032717_1-149065840584500001.jpg

Does your little feline friend actually love you, or are they just using you for food? Scientists from Oregon State University isolated 50 cats, depriving them of all stimuli before reintroducing four things: human interaction, food, scent and toys.

<![CDATA[94-Year-Old Celebrates 44 Years Working at McDonald's]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:01:20 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_MCDONALDS94YRSOLD_032717_1-149065655389900001.jpg

Loraine Maurer, 94, has worked at several McDonald's locations across Evansville, Indiana, for the past 44 years. Last week, she celebrated the milestone with co-workers and customers.

<![CDATA[Flint and Michigan Settle Water Suit for Almost $100M]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:24:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/water-tower1.jpg

The state of Michigan will pay $87 million to replace water lines to thousands of homes in lead-contaminated Flint under a settlement agreement submitted Monday, NBC News reported.

A hearing to approve the settlement agreement was scheduled for 1 p.m. ET Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

If Judge David Lawson OKs the deal, the Flint and Michigan governments would be obligated to dig up, inspect and replace lead or galvanized-steel water lines leading to at least 18,000 homes by Jan. 1, 2020.

The state agreed to set aside an additional $10 million for unexpected extra expenses. That's a total of $97 million the state is committing — equal to almost all of the $100 million in funds set aside for Flint earlier this month by the Environmental Protection Agency under legislation signed in December by President Barack Obama.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:34:36 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Trumpthumb.jpgWhat Donald Trump's presidency will look like is unclear to many observers. He has not previously worked in politics, and has made contradictory statements on policy issues in several areas during his campaign. Despite the unknowns, Trump has an extensive public profile that, along with his real estate empire and the Trump brand, grew domestically and internationally over the last few decades. Here is a look at the president-elect's personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[Leggings Incident Shows Changing Nature of Air Travel]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:08:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/united+airlines+avion.jpg

The aviation industry has changed from a time when flying was considered a special occasion and people wore formal attire when they caught a flight, NBC News reported.

There was a certain status that came with flying, said Janet Bednarek, an aviation historian and professor at the University of Dayton. It was considered glamorous, she said, and flyers treated it the way they treated dress codes in the office.

United Airlines received backlash over the weekend after stopping two girls   wearing leggings from boarding a flight. The girls were "pass travelers," meaning they were relatives or friends of an airline employee. United said pass travelers have a dress code to follow, as they are representing the airline.

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<![CDATA[Tennessee Couple Tried to Sell Baby for $3,000]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:42:46 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+SELLINGBABY+032717.00_00_42_02.Still001.jpg

A couple in Greene County, Tennessee, tried to sell their 5-month-old child online for $3,000.  Police arrested the couple after hearing about the attempted sale.

<![CDATA[Who's Who in Trump's Brain Trust]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:38:49 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/223*120/trump-cab-adv-th.jpgHere's a look at the people who are closest to Donald Trump in the White House, his advisers and his picks for the top jobs in his administration. The nominees for Cabinet positions need Senate approval.
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<![CDATA[Trump's Early Moves on Education Draw Concern, Praise]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:24:49 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17081565411668-trump.jpg

The nomination of Betsy DeVos, a school choice advocate, as Education secretary, was a signal from President Donald Trump that he was going to shake up public education.

On Monday, Trump moved to roll back Obama-era rules that deal with how states assess school performance and teacher preparation programs. Trump says that local educators, parents and state leaders know what students need best.

And his budget proposal brought even more clarity to his plan.

But as the budget process begins to play out, education experts and teachers are wondering what the changes will mean. Will some children get left behind? Can schools already strapped for money survive even deeper cuts?

Education experts in favor of school choice and a shrinking role for the federal government in education sing the praises of the new administration. Critics, meanwhile, are worried about the future of education.

Here is a closer look at the divide:  

On Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump:

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, called DeVos the most anti-public education person ever nominated, asserting she has an "antipathy toward anything that is public."

"What you’re seeing from her is what happened in the hearing, which is both an ideological antipathy toward anything that is public, toward anything that’s... a public good, and a public concern, and public education," Weingarten said.

DeVos is known for being a charter school and voucher program advocate, which has garnered her a great deal of criticism. But that doesn’t mean she’s lacking in support.

"[DeVos] is a passionate advocate for children," Robert Enlow, president and CEO of EdChoice, a pro-school choice group, said. "I think she supports schools of all types."

He added that he believes she’s committed to making sure that low income families have the same opportunities as others.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, the largest teacher’s union in the nation, has been a critic of DeVos from the start.

"The only thing [DeVos] seems to want to talk about is how to funnel public dollars into private charter schools and private schools schools...we think that hurts students--to be supportive of taking public school dollars out of public schools and into unaccountable, privatized schools,” she said.

She added that during the campaign, she felt that the only thing Trump talked about was school choice.

"He didn’t mention education in any other form, except yes we need to fund privately managed schools somehow," she said.

"Then he picked the poster child for how to do that in the worst way possible," Eskelsen added.

On the budget:

The administration this month proposed allocating an additional $1.4 billion for school choice programs and eliminating two programs worth $3.6 billion that provide funding for teacher preparation and after-school programs.

Experts that spoke with NBC named a number of possibilities for the future of education throughout the next four years, but a common theme was tax credit scholarships, which "allow taxpayers to receive full or partial tax credits when they donate to nonprofits that provide private school scholarships," according to EdChoice.

Jon Valant, a fellow in the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institute, said he believes school choice is likely to be implemented through a tax credit school program.

"Part of the reason they are likely to go that route is to get it through they could do it through the budget reconciliation process," he said.

Enlow added that the administration can encourage--and that he would prefer--that families get more options through tax codes, which can be done in two ways: through scholarship tax credits and direct tax credits.

"You should be funding every child," Enlow said.

Rick Hess, resident scholar and director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), also said tax credit scholarships are a possibility.

"You’re talking something that would transform the private schooling sector," he said.

Valant said the move is useful politically because it’s filibuster-proof.

He added that there’s a real chance that such a program could change the way schools currently operate.

If the government redirects a substantial amount of money to private schools, he said, then it’s likely that kids would take the scholarships to private schools.

Valant said the program has the potential to take away funding from some places.

"If they are redirecting a substantial amount of money to private schools then it would be very likely that we’d see kids taking those scholarships and taking them to private schools," he said.

But while Trump’s budget has garnered some criticism, Enlow said, "I think it’s a good start."

"Whether it stays that way or not, is of course up to Congress," he added.

Weingarten criticized Trump’s new budget, which has substantial cuts in funding for education, and called it the perfect example of "ideological zeal" that she says blinded DeVos to what works in education.

"If you care about public education and you care about helping all kids and you care about what works in public schools, she’s not your champion," she said.

On transgender bathroom laws:

Garcia also pointed to the Trump administration’s rollback of federal guidelines on transgender bathroom usage in schools. The administration rolled back the Barack Obama’s administration’s guidelines that let students use bathrooms or locker rooms that aligned with their gender identities.

Garcia said transgender kids are often misunderstood and victims, and she said they’re used as scapegoats. She said that in rolling back those guidelines, the Department of Ed is complicit in children’s suffering.

"You will not get another chance to have children feel safe in their school once you have allowed them to feel unsafe," she said.

When the guidance was lifted, DeVos said, "This is an issue best solved at the state and local level.”

She added that schools, communities and families can find solutions that protect all students.

On school choice:

Recently, the text of a bill introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was going around social media, with many criticizing its tenets.

H.R. 610, or the Choices in Education Act of 2017 moves to repeal the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (The law was recently reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA), which provides funding to schools with low-income populations and homeless children, NBC 7 reported.

The bill would also introduce a voucher system for schools using federal funds, and repeal nutrition standards that schools currently follow.

Parents who receive vouchers through the proposed legislation would be able to make the ultimate decision on whether their child receives homeschooling, or attends public or private school.

Such legislation would upend the current state of education in the United States, but according to experts it’s unlikely to pass.

"What this particular act proposes would be revolutionary," said Kevin Welner, professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and director of the National Education Policy Center.

Welner said the bill isn’t just a matter of tinkering with education--it’s a matter of completely eliminating the role of the Department of Education.

"If this actually could happen it would be really, really troubling," Valant said of King’s bill. "But I don’t think it’s likely."

ESSA was reauthorized in 2015, largely with bipartisan support--which is why experts say that they can’t see King’s bill passing.

Valant also said that the bill is unlikely to garner much support among Democrats and Republicans.

"Even to do it with a simple majority would be tough," he said.

For Republicans, Hess said, there’s a balancing act between wanting to dial back Washington’s involvement while also not wanting to look like they’re too hostile toward schools or school systems.

"Even Democrats who are skeptical of testing don’t want Washington to get entirely out of this business," he said.

Valant added that it’s too early to tell what tax credit scholarship programs could look like, but he said they wouldn’t be as stunningly revolutionary as the Choices in Education Act.

"It would not disrupt the infrastructure of federal education policy like King’s proposal would, but it still has potential to have real consequences for kids and public schools," Valant said.

On higher ed:

Weingarten named issues within higher education as some of the things she believes the department should be tackling, namely accountability.

"We should be making private colleges accountable and not allow them to be predatory,” she said. "We should be increasing student loan opportunities not decreasing [them] to help kids who want to go to college, go to college."

Hess said the Higher Education Act is "long overdue" for reauthorization.

"There’s a real opportunity to take a look at the way we fund student loans...and support colleges to ensure that institutions are being encouraged to think about cost effectiveness and about the quality of education they’re providing" he said.

This article contains material from the Associated Press

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<![CDATA[Drug Lab: Pooch Shipped to NYC With $1M of Heroin]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:44:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/drug+Dog+jfk.jpg

A dog was used as a drug mule for two New York men sending more than $1 million worth of heroin to John F. Kennedy Airport, the Queens District Attorney says.

The dog, a mixed-breed Shepherd-type, was employed to help the men hide ten bricks of heroin in the false bottom of a crate sent from Puerto Rico to JFK on March 24, district attorney Richard Brown says.

“It’s alleged that man’s best friend was used in an attempt to smuggle drugs into the city," he said.

"But great police work led to the seizure of more than 10 kilograms of heroin concealed within a dog crate."

He said the men, Samuel Seabrooks, 35, of the Bronx, and Carlos Betancourt-Morales, 27, of Putnam County, were charged with drug possession and conspiracy.

The pair are accused of meeting up at a Bronx diner on Friday before taking separate cars to American Airlines Priority Parcel Services at JFK Airport.

Betancourt-Morales then went to sign for the dog -- and the heroin -- before he was stopped by police, officials say.

The next day a search warrant was executed on the crate, where the packages of heroin were discovered. The NYPD's Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad was also part of the bust.

Both defendants were arraigned Sunday night before Queens Criminal Court Judge Gia Morris.

Judge Morris set bail at $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash for each defendant. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison.

The dog was given to the ASPCA, the district attorney's office said.

The DA's office initially said the dog was an Avi Labrador; it now says it appears to be a male Shepherd-type. 

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<![CDATA[Man Shot by ICE Agents During Attempted Arrest in Chicago]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:13:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/shooting6.png

A 53-year-old man was wounded after being shot by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Chicago's Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side Monday morning, according to police.

The shooting happened just before 6:20 a.m. in the 6100 block of West Grand, Chicago police said. Family identified the wounded man as Felix Torres. ICE said they were not initially at the residence to arrest Torres.

ICE Homeland Security Investigations special agents were attempting to make an arrest when someone pointed a weapon at them, officials with the department said in a statement. 

Chicago police said the agents were executing a federal enforcement initiative when the shooting took place. 

The man was transported to an area hospital and listed in serious condition. 

Family members of Torres claim he did not have a gun and is in the United States legally. His daughter, Carmen Torres, told NBC 5 the family was not told why agents were at the home Monday. She said her father was shot as three children, including a 5-month-old, stood nearby.

"My dad doesn't have any guns, my dad just went to see what's going on," Torres said. "He just opened the door and they just shot him."

Her family has leived legally at the home for nearly 30 years, she said.

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa said the raid "is exactly why the City of Chicago should refuse to collaborate with ICE."

"This guns blazing ICE raid deepens my resolve to organize my community so we can keep each other safe from the threat posed by ICE," Ramirez-Rosa said in a statement. "The City and State should not wait until another Chicagoan is shot by ICE to act on strengthening the Welcoming City Ordinance and passing the TRUST Act (HB 3099)."

Neighbor Gabriela Lucatero said her husband captured cellphone footage of authorities telling Felix Torres and other bystanders to get down on the ground.

"One of the cops was saying to come out with his hands up," she said.

The shooting remained under investigation by ICE as of Monday afternoon. 

<![CDATA[Intense Fighting in Mosul Over the Weekend]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:34:28 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+MOSUL+FIGHTING+032717+THUMB.jpg

In an effort to retake the city of Mosul from control of ISIS militants, Iraq's elite Scorpion Unit engaged in house-to-house fighting. ISIS has been using civilians as human shields, which has slowed the fight and resulted in many civilian deaths.

<![CDATA[Police: Teen Planned Shooting at Her Maryland High School]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:57:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/032717+frederick+weapons.jpg

A female high school student had immediate plans to bomb her school in Frederick County, Maryland, and shoot students and teachers, police say.

Nichole Cevario, 18, stockpiled bomb-making materials and had a shotgun to attack Catoctin High School on April 5, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said Monday. She wrote about her plans in detail in a diary her father found. 

Police believe the diary entries were not empty threats, Sheriff Charles A. Jenkins said at a news conference.  

"We felt this was going to be carried out. There is no doubt in our minds that we diverted a disaster up there," he said. 

Cevario "had the means and equipment to have caused a significant life safety event” at the school, police said in a statement. 

Police learned of Cevario's plot after her father read her diary and called the school. Within hours, the honor student was pulled out of a classroom and involuntarily taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation. 

Police searched Cevario's home in Thurmont, Maryland, and found weapons and the diary. In the home, police say they found a 12-gauge shotgun with ammunition and bomb-making materials including pipes with end caps, shrapnel, fireworks, magnesium tape and fuse material. The gun and other items were purchased legally, police said. 

In the diary, police say Cevario "spelled out a detailed shooting event that she planned to execute on a specific date in April," police said. 

Officials later said that date was April 5. It was not immediately clear whether that date had any significance. 

The diary showed the high schooler, who had been taking college classes in criminal justice, had been planning the attack for some time, police said. She compiled information on the school's emergency procedures and the school resource deputy on duty. 

"The journal was very detailed, including a time line that revealed how she was going to execute the plot, and her expectations at each stage of the event," police said. 

Officials say Cevario acted alone and never took a weapon or explosive device to the school. It was clear she had mental health issues, the sheriff's office said. 

"Obviously, this was a student who needed some intervention and some help, and I think the silver lining is she's going to get the help she needs now," Frederick County Public Schools spokesman Michael Doerrer said.  

The tip police received from Cevario's father may have saved lives, officials said.

"The Sheriff’s Office is extremely appreciative of the parent’s actions in bringing this potentially deadly incident to the proper authority’s attention, promptly, so that a positive conclusion could be achieved," the statement said. 

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Maryand State Fire Marshal's bomb squad assisted the sheriff's office.

The school's principal assured parents that students are secure there.

"We keep our school safe, and we will continue to work together as a community to keep it safe," Principal Bernie Quesada said in a letter sent Monday.

Counselors were available at the school.

Once Cevario is released from the hospital, she will be charged with possession of explosive and incendiary material with intent to create a destructive device. 

Law enforcement and school officials said they had no sign Cevario had any problem.

Anyone with information for police is asked to call 301-600-2583. 

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Rogue East Cleveland Cops Framed Dozens of Drug Suspects]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:44:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/170327-east-cleveland-cr-0502-new_56331a14ff2820e78090270bd8aba5ba.nbcnews-fp-1200-800.jpg

Three police officers are in prison after robbing and framing drug suspects in East Cleveland, Ohio, but authorities are still unwinding the damage this rogue street-crimes unit brought, NBC News reported.

They were busted after raiding the home of a Cleveland drug dealer and saying in a search warrant that an informant had recently bought crack cocaine there. But the man had surveillance cameras that proved the officers were lying, which the FBI used to uncover a scandal that has led to 22 drug cases being dismissed — so far.

"I always took it on the chin when I got arrested for something I know I did. But when a cop lies to get you in prison, that's a different story," said Kenneth Blackshaw, one of the people who had a conviction overturned.

The Cleveland-area victims are among thousands of people cleared in group exonerations involving police graft in the last three decades nationwide, from California to Texas to New Jersey.

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<![CDATA[Dow Posts 8-Day Slide, Longest Since 2011 ]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:08:57 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/wallstreetGettyImages-521353416.jpg

U.S. stocks closed mostly lower on Monday as investors reassessed the prospects of key White House proposals, including tax reform, coming to fruition, CNBC reported.

"When you look at some of the areas that have helped the market, they are waning a bit here," said Daniel Deming, managing director at KKM Financial. "I think you're also seeing some valuation concerns as well.

The Nasdaq composite closed 0.2 percent higher after briefly falling 1 percent.

The Dow Jones industrial average ended about 45 points lower — after falling nearly 200 points earlier, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most losses.

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<![CDATA[Video Reveals Voice of Girl Allegedly Kidnapped by Teacher]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:44:41 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/elizabeth-thomas-tad-cummins.jpg

Video of 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas who authorities believe was kidnapped by a former teacher was published Sunday in a new effort to help find the Tennessee girl.

The roughly one-minute video, which was posted by Wayne County Now, includes the first published recording of Elizabeth's voice since she vanished on March 13 with her former forensics teacher, Tad Cummins, 50.

"Please share this video in hopes that someone recognizes her voice," said a statement included with the video, which was provided by Elizabeth's family. "Appearances can be altered but voices are indistinguishable."

A spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which is leading the search for Elizabeth, told NBC News that it appeared that Cummins was grooming Elizabeth before the abduction.

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<![CDATA[Trump's Son-in-Law to Lead New Office for Federal Overhaul]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:30:48 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17023542554197.jpg

President Donald Trump plans to debut a new office Monday to streamline and overhaul the federal government, and he intends to name his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner as its head, the White House told NBC News Sunday night.

"All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays," Trump said in a statement.

"I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my 'ahead of schedule, under budget' mentality to the government," he said.

The office was announced a day before a Kushner representative confirmed he volunteered to be interviewed by a Senate inquiry into possible ties between the Trump administration and Russia.

Plans for the office, to be named the White House Office of American Innovation, were first reported Sunday by the Washington Post.

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<![CDATA[Al Roker Kicks Off Rokerthon 3 With Human Lightning]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:15:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rockerthon-oklahoma-inline-today-170327-01_a5676bc86cd53c750c1427efee804778.today-inline-large.jpg

Al Roker is on his next record-setting weather-related binge.

The "Today" show weatherman went for two Guinness world records Monday as part of Rokerthon 3, which sees him visiting five college campuses in five days in honor of March Madness.

At the University of Oklahoma, Roker started of with a try. at the largest human image of a cloud and a lightning bolt, and that was just his first record attempt.

His goal with the week-long Rokerthon 3 — which follows a 34-hour-straight weather forecast and a 50-state meteorology jaunt — is to help each student body hit the record books, the "Today" show reports.

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<![CDATA[Protesters Rallied Against Government Across Russia]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:11:28 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/protests6.jpg

In Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities on Sunday, people took to the streets to speak out against corruption and President Vladimir Putin in one of the largest protests in years. The actions were spurred by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was arrested in Moscow and will face 15 days in jail for resisting police.

<![CDATA[NFL Approves Raiders' Relocation to Las Vegas]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:08:57 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/las-vegas-raiders.jpg

NFL owners on Monday gave the Oakland Raiders the green light to move from their current home in the East Bay to Las Vegas.

The relocation move was approved by 31 of the league's 32 owners during meetings in Phoenix.

"My father used to say that the greatness of the Raiders is in its future, and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is one opportunity that will give us the ability to achieve that greatness," Mark Davis, the owner of the Raiders, said.

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Davis added that he has "mixed feelings" about the relocation, and he understands the anger that some fans of the Raiders most likely feel.

"I just hope that in the future as we play in Oakland this year that (the fans) understand it wasn't the players, it wasn't the coaches that made this decision, but it was me that made it," Davis said. "If they have anyone to talk to about it, it should be me. I will, in the coming days, try to explain to them what went in to making this difficult decision."

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf called Monday's announcement "very disappointing news."

"I'm very sad today for the 'Raider Nation,'" she said. "These are the most dedicated, passionate, good-hearted fans that any city could be proud to call theirs. That is what makes my heart so heavy."

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With no stadium in place to greet them, it is not exactly clear at this point when the Raiders will pack their bags for Las Vegas. The Raiders maintain one-year stadium lease options in Oakland for the next two seasons. Davis added that the team could even still play in the East Bay during the 2019 campaign as well if the Las Vegas stadium is still in the works.

"We're still the Oakland Raiders and we are the Raiders and we represent the 'Raider Nation,'" Davis said.

Oakland season-ticket holders disappointed about the owners' decision will be allowed to refund their tickets if they so choose, Davis added.

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The Raiders' proposal to the NFL included a $1.9 billion stadium plan in "Sin City." A total of $750 million in public funds via a Las Vegas hotel tax along with $500 million from the team and the NFL will be used to fund the construction of the domed arena. Bank of America, the Raiders' new chief financial backer, will also contribute funds.

The fact that no physical stadium location in Las Vegas had been officially determined and no stadium lease had been put into writing could have derailed the relocation proposal, but owners did not appear to find issue with those potential roadblocks.

In the days leading up to Monday's vote, Oakland went "all in" in hopes of enticing the franchise to stick with its original home.

Mayor Schaaf over the weekend backed a plan to construct a new $1.3 billion home for the Raiders on 55 acres of immediately available land just south of the Coliseum.

The East Bay city was slated to chip in $200 million to build the public infrastructure and pay for the preparation of the stadium site, according to Schaaf. Oakland's general fund would not have been tapped into to pay for the build. Rather, construction would have been paid off using revenue generated at the venue. Schaaf reiterated that $600 million in private funds would have come from the Fortress Investment Group and NFL Hall of Hamer and 49ers legend Ronnie Lott.

Mayor Schaaf on Monday once again stated that Oakland's stadium plan was a "fully financed, shovel-ready project."

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The last-minute proposal was submitted to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week, but it appears the effort was not enough to turn heads.

Over the weekend, Goodell wrote a letter, which was obtained by Bay Area News Group, to Schaaf indicating that the plan "does not present a proposal that is clear and specific, actionable in a reasonable timeframe, and free of major contingencies."

He backed that sentiment up Monday afternoon by claiming that the NFL worked "tirelessly" to resolve stadium issues in Oakland for roughly 10 years, but a substantial and well-rounded solution never materialized.

"The points that we always put back to Oakland were we need certainty on a viable plan that will work for the community and the team long term," he said. "It had to be actionable. We understand that contingencies sometimes occur, but major contingencies that put the entire project into doubt are just unreasonable in a case like this."

Davis added that Oakland did not do nearly enough to express its long-term commitment to the Raiders, especially after the Raiders were prevented from returning to Los Angeles last year.

"Oakland had the opportunity to come in and make a presentation to the league and they came in with a five-page piece of paper that had nothing to do with anything," he said. "They claimed that they would wait for us to lose the vote and come back and then they'd have all the leverage."

The Raiders came up short in that vote. The organization's leaders returned to Oakland and managed to negotiate a one-year lease at the Coliseum with two years of options, according to Davis. Both sides then planned to discuss long-term stadium ideas in the near future, but that never happened.

"A week later I got a call from one of the county board of supervisors telling me, 'Mark, I'm sorry, but the lease that we just negotiated, the three years of leases, are not going to be valid. We're going to raise the rent three times on you,'" Davis said. "At that point, we ended up signing that lease anyway, but then we decided we have to start looking elsewhere to see if we could find a long-term solution."

At that point, the Raiders and the city of Oakland halted communication with the exception of one meeting, according to Schaaf. She did admit that she understands Davis' frustrations with being unable to negotiate a long-term deal with Oakland for the past decade, but she also made sure to criticize him for not taking Oakland's latest stadium plan into consideration.

"I do think that the manly thing for him to do is at least admit that (Oakland) had a viable plan and that he made a choice," she said.

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<![CDATA[5 Millennial Jobs That Parents Just Don't Understand]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:51:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/millennial-generic.jpg

Millennials tend to have head-scratching job titles that just don't make sense to their parents, NBC News reported.

To be an "influencer" or "app developer" is a relatively new trend that might lead some to believe their millennial friend or family member doesn't have a real job.

Take, for example, the up-and-coming position of social media manager. A social media manager is involved with managing and growing a brand's social media presence. Responsibilities usually include creating content, managing partnerships, strategizing ad campaigns and interacting with customers.

NBC News rounded up four other "millennial jobs" that it turns out are actually pretty important.

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<![CDATA[ICE Arrests 26 Parolees Doing Community Service in Forth Worth]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:40:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/235*120/ice+arrests1.JPG

Federal immigration agents rounded up about 26 undocumented people on probation as they showed up in Fort Worth Sunday morning to perform community service.

"I turn back around again and I saw the big coach bus and I said 'dude that's ICE,'" said Hector Rivera, one of the parolees on the bus.

It is believed to be one of the largest such sweeps in North Texas in recent memory and perhaps the first of undocumented immigrants who reported for court-ordered community service, like picking up trash along highways.

Those arrested were convicted of high-level misdemeanors or low-level felonies like drunk driving, theft and assault, said Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn.

An NBC 5 photographer saw an ICE bus and two vans pull up to the Tarrant County Work Release site on Cold Springs Road.

Most of those arrested could be seen being frisked as they were escorted onto the bus. One man was shackled.

"They were really nervous, 'oh my God,' 'oh my kid' and everything," said Rivera. "Some were saying 'oh we got to run.'"

Rivera said the men on board were desperate to get word to their families.

"One of the guys has a pen and we started writing phone numbers, 'hey call my wife,' 'call my dad,' I said 'OK, don't worry, I'll do it.' That's the least I can do," said Rivera.

Juan Herrera's brother Jaime, who has been in the country for nearly a decade and has three U.S.-born children, was arrested Sunday while following a court order.

"It's kind of weird, because the people who don't do it, still outside and the people who try to be straight and pay all the money back and everything, that's what happened," said Herrera.

ICE spokesman Carl Rusnock confirmed the operation, but declined to immediately provide any details.

"ICE officers are conducting ongoing immigration enforcement operations in North Texas," he said in an email. "No further details are available until the conclusion of this operation. ICE routinely conducts immigration enforcement operations locally and nationwide which help improve overall public safety by removing criminal aliens from our communities."

Waybourn said his office participated in the operation at ICE's request.

"This was totally initiated by ICE," he said. "They came to us and said, 'Listen, we reviewed the list (of names) and we suspect some of them are illegal aliens.' So we said, 'Whatever you need to do.'"

Waybourn said the families of those arrested had been notified.

Those arrested were taken to an ICE facility in Dallas where they will be processed and some possibly released, he said.

Waybourn campaigned on cracking down on undocumented immigrants, especially those convicted of crimes.

Soon after he took office in January, he applied to take part in a federal program that would train jailers to enforce immigration laws.

Immigration attorney Jaime Barron says the legal outcomes for the men will vary.

"It's just going to be a mixed bag, some people probably will find relief in the immigration court and some others might be forced to be deported," Barron said.

On Monday, family members showed up at ICE headquarters in Dallas to ask about their loved ones.

"Yeah I'm upset because I don't feel this is right," said Erica Savillon.

She married her husband Andy in December and he is still undocumented, she said.

He is from Honduras. She is American.

Erica Savillon said it's not fair her husband was rounded up when he was performing community service for a drunk driving conviction.

"I get it, if you do something wrong, pay for what you did," she said. "But he's trying to pay for that and he still gets taken away."

Activists said at least several of those detained could be released on bond as early as Tuesday, including Erica Savillon's husband.

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