<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usSat, 30 Apr 2016 04:19:54 -0700Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:19:54 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Milpitas Police Shoot Suspect During Traffic Stop]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:58:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MILPITAS+OIS+INTERVIEW+JKE+-+04274413.jpg

An officer-involved shooting in Milpitas injured a 27-year-old suspect from San Jose, which shut down a portion of Interstate Highway 680 early Friday morning, during some sort of traffic stop.

It was the Milpitas Police Department's first officer-involved shooting of the year, and there were none in 2015, according to Sgt. Frank Morales.

The suspect had three no-bail warrants, Morales said, who didn't elaborate on what they were for. He also did not say what prompted the shooting. And it's unclear if the suspect was armed. Police did say they recovered "a large amount of methamphetamines" and cash from the scene.

Police said they took the suspect to the hospital, but did not say in what condition. The traffic stop was initiated at 12:51 a.m. at the Executive Inn parking lot on Dempsey Road. That's when one officer fired at least one round at him, Morales said.

Lt. Raj Maharaj said anyone someone is shot it's important for the department to "get all the facts."

The shooting shut down both directions of East Calaveras Boulevard at Interstate Highway 680 for a while.

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<![CDATA[Trump Supporters Flock to Burlingame to See Their Leader]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:46:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/184*120/Screen+Shot+2016-04-29+at+12.01.42+PM.png

Donald Trump supporters of all age groups and from all parts of the Bay Area and beyond showed up at the California GOP Convention Friday in Burlingame to catch a glimpse of the man they are calling the "next president of the America."

But not everyone was lucky enough to snag a spot at the coveted "Lunch Kickoff" inside the Hyatt Regency Banquet Room where Trump was going to headline the convention. A sold-out crowd of roughly 600 people were led into the white-tableclothed premises as “California Dreaming” and “Hotel California” played in the background. There was also some Led Zeppelin thrown in for good measure.

"How can you not be crazy about a guy who plays Led Zeppelin before his specch," asked Mick from Sacramento, who described himself as the poster child for the Republican party. Wearing Trump's trademark red "Make America Great Again" baseball cap and giving interviews to national and local media, Mick said that Republican voters were ready for a change.

"They don't like what's going on in our nation's capital, and Mr. Trump has educated us to some thing swe don't like, so I guess in our own stubborn American way we are blowing it all up," he said. "We're doing a restart. We're bringing in the outsider, who used to be the insider, but now is the outsider, I think that's why we are here. We are angry, and we want to throw the bums out and we believe our next commander-in-chief is Mr. Trump."

Luncheon guests didn’t seem to mind the extra tight Secret Service security sweeps because it meant they would get them a little closer to their idol. 

Meanwhile, protesters blocked the Old Bayshore Highway off U.S. Highway 101 outside the hotel to prevent Trump’s motorcade from entering the area, breaking through police barricades. Some started unfurling large banners as noon approached, while reports of protesters stripping naked on the streets also surfaced. One protester was even able to sneak inside the main convention hall wearing a “Dump Trump, Stop Hate” banner, and was promptly escorted outside by a smiling security officer.

The banquet room itself was divided into two parts, with Trump supporters who paid $100 a ticket sitting at tables behind the ropes, and sponsors and GOP executive committee members getting a chance to sit closer to him.

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Barbara Jensen said she was voting for Trump because he created more jobs for women than Hillary Clinton. "We need a CEO instead of a politician in charge - He has hired more women than Hillary Clinton and he pays women the same as he does men," she said.

Outside in the Hyatt Regency hotel parking lot, protesters burned Trump effigies and in one instance, even the American flag, chanting: "This is California, run Trump run." The crowd cheered when they heard that Trump had compared his experience of having to hop a freeway barrier to avoid protesters to "crossing the border." "Bay Area is anti-racism, Trump you're not welcome here," another group yelled.

Many Republicans at the covention said they were eager to see a new Republican party come out of the campaigning process. Many said they would vote for Trump because he would create jobs.

“I am here to support Mr. Trump,” said Lela Terrazas Blankenberg who was there with her three children from Portola Valley. “We are Hispanics and think it’s very exciting to be able to be here. I don’t know why the protesters are protesting. I am Republican and I would never protest at a Bernie Sanders rally.”

Her 22-year-old daughter Katie, who goes to Stanford University, said she supports Trump because she believes he will bring jobs back.

"I want to ask him when can I start working for him," she said. "I believe that he's actually going to do what he says. He's a candidate I'm actually excited about. He's brought a lot of momentum back. Even though he is a multi-billionaire he can still relate to the middle class."

Katie said that Trump is a very polarizing figure at Stanford. "I'm not really afraid to say what I think, which at Stanford might not be the best thing if you're a conservative" she said smiling. "It's really unfortunate that conservatives are silenced most of the time, especially when people are preaching to be tolerant and open-minded all the time."[[377660331,C]]


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<![CDATA['Tech Buses' Commit Hundreds of Violations on SF Roadways]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 23:38:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Pic_2_SFMTA+Officer_best_DSC01961+copy.jpg

An employee perk at some of the world’s most well known tech companies is at the center of a heated debate over fairness and convenience.
While the buses aim to take thousands of cars off the road, traffic records obtained by the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit revealed a growing problem that could put other commuters in danger. 

Each workday, three million people travel across the Bay Area on roadways, railways, bike lanes, and bus lanes.
But for substitute teacher Sue Vaughan, the trip can be a rough ride. On days when she teaches, Vaughn takes Muni to get around San Francisco. But regardless of where she’s headed, Vaughn said it doesn’t take long before she’s blocked by one of the hundreds of “Tech Buses” scattered throughout the city.
“They slow it down. They get in front of [Muni]. They slow it down,” Vaughn said.

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Commuter buses shuttle an estimated 8,500 people each day from their homes in San Francisco to their jobs outside the city.
Private transportation companies operate the buses, but they’re hired by some of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech firms like Facebook, Apple, and Youtube.
Employees can catch a ride at one of 125 pick-up locations throughout the city, 100 of which also serve as public bus stops originally intended for Muni. It’s an arrangement Vaughn believes allows private corporations to take advantage of public infrastructure.
“Absolutely they are taking advantage of the city. Absolutely,” Vaughn told NBC Bay Area.
Shuttle companies boast they’re part of a solution to get cars off the road. But city records obtained by the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit revealed those buses may also be putting other drivers, bikers, and pedestrians at risk.
NBC Bay Area reviewed parking enforcement data and traced the license plates back to 16 of the biggest commuter bus companies operating in the city.
Records show that in 2015 and 2016, those bus operators received more than 800 citations for violations that include obstructing traffic and blocking bus zones and bike lanes.


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Bauer Transportation is at the top of the list with 176 citations. It provides transportation for companies like videogame developer Electronic Arts.

Loop Transportation ranks second with 146 citations. Loop drops off riders to companies that include Facebook, Google, and Apple.

Compass (SFO Airporter) received 95 citations. Compass also buses workers to Apple, as well as Yahoo and Genentech.

We Drive U ranked fourth with 89 citations. It shuttles employees to Google.

In addition to the violations cited by the city, NBC Bay Area cameras captured even more apparent violations.

Those include an SF Minibus shuttle, which transports workers at Adobe, double parked blocking a bike lane and pushing cyclists into the street.

In a statement, the company said they are working to prevent future obstructions by advising drivers to “keep circling around if the stops are not available.”

Cameras captured footage of another bus heading to Google that redirected traffic after the driver stopped in the middle of the road.

NBC Bay Area also observed a private shuttle permitted to use Muni bus stops picking up workers at the curb and forcing a Muni bus to let riders off in the center of the street.

It’s a frequent problem that San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim told NBC Bay Area she’s working to address. Kim believes those with disabilities and the elderly are now being put at risk because of safety hazards created by the private shuttles.

“I think the current program bends over backwards to accommodate these tech companies. I don’t think we have to,” Kim told NBC Bay Area. “Residents keep asking who is the city for, who do you represent? Do you represent all of us, or do you just represent a very small category of employers?”

Kim is now pushing the city’s transportation authority to dramatically reduce the number of allowable bus stops for private shuttles by next year.

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The city charges private shuttles $3.67 every time they use a bus stop. In July, that will rise to $7.31 dollars to help pay for more enforcement officers like Alicia Hopkins.

Hopkins is one of ten officers specifically assigned in the morning to monitor the more than 500 private buses that are permitted to pick up passengers across the city. Ten other enforcement officers are assigned to watch over the private buses during the evening commute.

NBC Bay Area shadowed Hopkins on a weekday morning where she gave out 6 tickets in less than 2 hours, including one to a bus heading to Apple for double parking and blocking oncoming traffic. 


NBC Bay Area reached out to the top offenders on our list of violations. While most of the bus companies didn’t return our messages, a representative from We Drive U said “Citations are reviewed immediately, analyzed for prevention and paid promptly.” Click here for full statement.

The owner of Bauer transportation also responded with a statement saying his company is working to avoid violations by training drivers and providing bonuses to those with the best records. Click here for full statement.

Rufus Jeffiris with the business advocacy group Bay Area Council represents companies like Apple and Google to help organize commuter shuttles throughout the Bay Area. Jeffris believes that despite the citations, the benefits of commuter shuttles far outweigh the negatives.

“The shuttles remove an estimated 2 million car trips a year from city streets, along with avoiding 2,000 metric tons of associated carbon emissions. So in terms of traffic impact, commuter shuttles are providing an enormous benefit,” Jeffiris said. Click here for full statement.

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John Ford with Commute.org agrees. As Executive Director of the San Mateo County based government agency, it’s Ford’s job to find solutions to traffic congestion.

“I know it is a challenging issue for the people who were impacted by the bus stops, but I really think that from a regional perspective, this program is one of the extra things that we have that can help all of us reduce congestion in the Bay Area,” Ford said. 

Ford works with hundreds of companies like Google and Facebook, encouraging them to offer alternatives to cars, including incentives for workers who bike, those private buses.

Representatives from Facebook believe their efforts are making a difference. The company said in a statement, "Facebook is committed to easing congestion on Bay Area roadways. We're part of the MTA shuttle program which reduces over 51 million vehicle miles traveled, eliminates 2 million single-passenger car trips and removes 2k metric tons of carbon emissions a year. We're also working with regional government to explore the expansion of rail and ferry services. This is a start on tackling an important issue – we care about our neighbors and our approach is to listen and take action."

Still, Vaughan believes the private bus routes aren't just an inconvenience, they're illegal.

She helped file a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco that argues state law bans private companies from using public bus stops.
The city of San Francisco called that a misinterpretation of the law and on Thursday, a judge dismissed the case. 

“They’re allowed to interfere with our public transportation system and the city is letting them do that. This is going to get worse,” Vaughn said. 

Vaughan and other critics of the private buses hope to fight the ruling.

If you have a tip for the Investigative Unit email theunit@nbcbayarea.com or call 888-996-TIPS.Or you can email bigad.shaban@nbcuni.com.

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<![CDATA[Warriors Draw Trail Blazers in Semifinals]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:50:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NBA-Warriors-Blazers-AP_959556961618.jpg

OAKLAND -– Having ousted the Houston Rockets in five games, the Warriors practiced Friday morning without knowing which team they would face in the Western Conference semifinals.

The answer arrived Friday night, and it’s the Portland Trail Blazers. Game 1 is Sunday afternoon (12:30) at Oracle Arena.

The Blazers advanced with a 106-103 victory over the Clippers at Moda Center in Portland. After losing the first two games in Los Angeles, the Blazers roared back to win four in a row to take the first-round series.

The Clippers, it should be noted, lost stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in Game 4 and neither was able to play in Games 5 or 6.

The Warriors defeated Portland in two of three meetings in the regular season, winning at Oracle Arena and splitting two games at Moda Center.

March 11: Warriors 128, Blazers 112 at Oracle Arena. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined to score 71 points as the rolled out to an 81-61 halftime lead and coasted to victory.

Feb. 19: Blazers 137, Warriors 105 at Moda Center. Oakland native Damian Lillard scored a career-high 51 points to lead the Portland rout during which the Warriors committed 13 third-quarter turnovers.

Jan. 8: Warriors 128, Blazers 108 at Moda Center. Thompson scored 36 points and Curry added 26 as the Warriors took a 74-52 halftime lead and shot 52.9 percent from the field. Lillard scored 40 for Portland.

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<![CDATA[Sharks Take Game 1 Against Predators]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:42:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/189*120/GettyImages-526248628_594_screen.jpg

SAN JOSE –- The Sharks scored five times in the third period, including a pair by Logan Couture, coming from behind to capture Game 1 of their second round playoff series with Nashville on Friday at SAP Center, 5-2.

Mike Fisher’s second period power play goal held up as the only score through two periods, but the Sharks answered that with Tomas Hertl’s man advantage marker at 2:37 of the third. Joel Ward pushed the puck down low to the third year forward, who spun around and found just enough space inside the near post at 2:37.

Ward gave San Jose its first lead with 8:11 left. He froze Pekka Rinne in the slot before deftly maneuvering the puck over the goal line for his first of the playoffs to go along with five assists.

Couture added the insurance with 4:20 left with San Jose’s second power play goal, redirecting in a Joe Pavelski centering pass for his second of the playoffs.

It held up as the game-winner, as Ryan Johansen brought the Predators back to within 3-2 when Roman Josi’s shot rattled around deflected in off of the former Blue Jacket at 18:11.

Couture’s empty net goal 20 seconds later, though, sealed the win for San Jose. Tommy Wingels added another for good measure in the final minute.

The Sharks, who have won three straight, host Game 2 at SAP Center on Sunday (5 p.m.).

Fisher opened the scoring. With Matt Nieto in the box for tripping, Fisher ripped a wrist shot from the circle high over Martin Jones at 4:33 for his second of the playoffs.

San Jose had a chance to tie it later in the middle frame, but despite a long shift in the offensive zone by the top unit and five shots on Rinne, it remained a 1-0 Nashville lead after two.

San Jose kept pressing after that, and nearly took the lead when Wingels’ shot hit traffic in front and kissed the goal post with about nine minutes left. It sat in the crease before Anthony Bitetto cleared it out of the blue paint.

That only delayed the inevitable, though, as San Jose dominated the second and third periods.

Each goaltender made some impressive stops in a scoreless first period. Jones got his right pad across in time to deny Viktor Arvidsson on a wraparound try with about seven minutes to go, and denied James Neal from the high slot in the final minute.

Rinne flashed the leather on a pair of saves late in the frame, snagging a Joe Thornton tip try and then grabbing a Brent Burns buzzer from high in the zone as time expired.

The Sharks announced a less-than-capacity crowd of 17,036.

Special teams

The Sharks scored two power play goals on three opportunities, and are 7-for-24 in the playoffs.

The Predators, who had just one goal in 26 power plays against the Ducks, finished the night 1-for-2.

In goal

Jones improved to 5-1 in the playoffs with 29 saves. His biggest came late in the second, when he swallowed up a Colin Wilson wrist shot after the Nashville forward was flying up the wing.

Rinne fell to 19-23 in his playoff career, and 4-4 this season, allowing three goals on 36 shots. Carter Hutton played the final few seconds for the Preds after Wingels’ empty netter.

Rinne entered with a 10-5-4 record, 1.80 GAA and .945 SP in 20 career regular season games against the Sharks.


Nashville’s Craig Smith, who did not take part in the morning skate, was scratched. Smith missed two games in the first round with a lower body injury, but returned to play in games six and seven against Anaheim.

Eric Nystrom made his playoff debut for Smith.

The Sharks have not altered their active lineup through six games.

Up next

After Sunday’s home game, the series will shift to Nashville for games at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday and Thursday of next week.

San Jose is 11-6 all-time when winning the first game of a playoff series, including the first round against Los Angeles.

<![CDATA[Kasich: Gay People 'Probably' Born That Way]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:20:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/John-Kasich-AP_16119805722401.jpg

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday was pressed by a man in California to answer whether or not he believed people are born gay, setting off a lengthy and somewhat testy exchange that resulted in the Republican presidential candidate declaring that he believes gay people are "probably" born that way.

"Do you believe that some people are born gay?" asked Kelly Bryan, 62, of San Francisco, who attended the Commonwealth Club of California event where Kasich was the featured guest, NBC News reported.

When Bryan challenged him again on if people are born gay, Kasich first tried to dodge an answer. "I'm not gonna get into all the analysis of this or that, I'm not gonna do that," he said. As the moderator tried to move the conversation along to the next question, Kasich bounced back. "You know, sir, probably. I mean, I don't, I don't know how it all works, okay? I mean, look. Are they? You know, probability they are. Okay?"

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<![CDATA[Pope Calls for Tolerance, Loving Gestures, in Final Mass]]> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 16:05:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490326864.jpg

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims gathered in the heart of Philadelphia to watch as Pope Francis culminates his historic visit to the United States by celebrating Mass and talking once again about the importance of the family — the theme of the World Meeting of Families event that brought him to the country for the first time.

Francis used the Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in downtown Philadelphia to stress tolerance, patience and the acceptance of others.

"To raise doubts about the working of the Spirit, to give the impression that it cannot take place in those who are not 'part of our group,' who are not 'like us,' is a dangerous temptation," he said in a homily. "Not only does it block conversion to the faith; it is a perversion of faith."

According to an "unofficial estimate" by people working the event, a crowd of 860,000 started making its way to security lines early in the day for a chance to get to see His Holiness up close. Even more watched on about 40 large TV screens that were set up in the city. Most of those screens were located about 25 blocks away from the Mass location.

Francis told the pilgrims that "our common house can no longer tolerate sterile divisions."

On family, he said love is shown by small daily signs which make people feel at home, and that faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love.

"That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches," he said. "They are the right place for faith to become life, and life to become faith."

He added: "Anyone who wants to bring into this world a family which teaches children to be excited by every gesture aimed at overcoming evil -- a family which shows that the Spirit is alive and at work -- will encounter our gratitude and our appreciation. Whatever the family, people, region, or religion to which they belong."

Toward the end of his homily, he asked the audience a simple question.

"In my own home, do we shout? Or do we speak to each other in love and tenderness? That is a good way of measuring our love."

At the end of the Mass, Francis had one final message to those in attendance.

"Thank you very much for your participation and your love for the family," he said in English. "And I ask you to pray for me. Don't forget."

The Mass ends Francis' whirlwind six-day U.S. trip in which he has visited the White House, addressed a joint session of Congress, participated in a multi-religious service at Ground Zero, addressed world leaders at the United Nation's General Assembly and met privately with victims of clergy sex abuse at a seminary just outside of Philadelphia. The pontiff, who is known as the people's pope for his outward display of humility, also met with the homeless at a shelter and inmates at a jail.

The City of Brotherly Love opened its doors this weekend not only for Francis (Archbishop Charles Chaput even joked about renaming the city "Francisville"), but to the thousands of people who arrived in the city to catch a glimpse of him at one of his many city-wide events.

Among those in attendance at the final Mass was 61-year-old Junior Isaac, who arrived in Philadelphia without tickets.

"I wanted to be part of history," said Isaac, who was wearing a U.S. Army hat. "I came all the way from Rhode Island without tickets. Within two hours I had four. I think God is a miracle and a feast.”

Latonya Williams, a childcare provider from Philadelphia, attended the event with her three children.

“I think he’s the best," Williams said of Francis. "I love his humble spirit. I wasn’t that interested in the other popes, and I’m not Catholic."

A Grand Arrival

The "Popemobile," a white Jeep Wrangler, began carrying Francis toward the alter at about 3:15 p.m. to the roars of scores of people lining the streets of Philly. His motorcade stopped briefly to view the "Knotted Grotto," a public art installation at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul.

The Grotto is a place anyone can go, write their intentions down, and tie them onto one side of the courtyard fence to be "undone" by another person. People leaving intentions tie their own and then untie someone else's to move it to the other side in homage to Francis' favorite image of the Blessed Mother as Mary Undoer of Knots.

Some 500 students from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, boarded buses Saturday night for their pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families event.

The students, part of the university's campus ministry group, arrived in Philadelphia around 7 a.m.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Nicole Steiner, 19, a sophomore originally from Massachusetts. "It's cool we're able to see him in our own country. He's an inspiring figure."

The students will board buses back to Notre Dame Sunday night.

Courtney Morin, 19, also a sophomore, said she's excited to be part of something so big.

"He's such a huge figure in the world," said Morin, who is from Indiana. "For me, it's being part of a moment when so many things can happen."

The two young woman and several other students from Notre Dame stopped to pose for a photo at Philly's iconic LOVE sculpture before heading to the Parkway to find a spot to watch the Mass. They have tickets to get into the closer areas, they said.

Students from Notre Dame have been following the pope's movement throughout his historic visit to the United States.

"We had papal pancakes Thursday to watch his address to Congress," Morin said.

A flock of Father Thien Nguyen's pilgrims donned bright yellow shirts and waited eagerly in front of a Jumbotron outside Philadelphia's City Hall on Sunday morning.

Nguyen said the group of about 150 people from the Vietnamese Catholic community in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Canada traveled to Philly for Francis' public Mass. Nguyen heard confession from a woman as many of his older pilgrims hunked down by the bigscreen to watch the Mass.

"This group decided to stay here near the screen, food and bathrooms because they're older," Nguyen explained. "One group had tickets and went all the way up (the Parkway)."

Nguyen said the Vietnamese faithful love the pope because of his care for the poor and the way he "represents Christ in the world."

The group celebrated a Vietnamese Mass Sunday morning before the papal service later, he said.

"We pray the pope will continue to be a great leader," Nguyen said. "We love the pope."

Up Next

After the Mass the Pope will travel back to Rome. His exit also means the World Meeting of Families ends. It was announced at the Mass that the next chapter in the religious event will take place in Dublin, Ireland, in 2018.

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<![CDATA[49ers Take Cornerback in Round 3 of Draft]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:00:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/reddmmoonndd.jpg

When the 49ers finally had a chance to make a pick on Day 2 of the draft, they were in perfect position to take a quarterback for the future.

There, available for the taking, was Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook, whom many analysts had connected to the Niners on the second day of the draft. Cook was a highly productive college player and seemed like a nice fit for new head coach Chip Kelly’s spread system.

They’d have their second-day quarterback of the future to go with Thursday’s two first-round picks for the present, defensive end DeForest Buckner and guard Joshua Garnett.

But the 49ers are nothing if not unpredictable. Instead of Cook – or any other QB still available – general manager Trent Baalke took Mississippi State cornerback Will Redmond with the fifth choice of the third round, the 68th overall.

There was one predictable element, however: Redmond is coming off a knee injury, having torn the ACL of his right knee in October. In recent drafts, Baalke has repeatedly selected players coming off knee surgery, hoping to get value for players whose stock had dropped.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reported Friday that knee surgery and rehab have gone well and a “medical recheck” at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis went well.

Redmond, almost 5-foot-11 and 182 pounds, played just six games in 2015 and had two interceptions. The previous season he had three picks in 12 games.

His scouting report on NFL.com notes that Redmond is very athletic and has the tools to play tight man coverage.

“Has burst to close out throws quickly and challenge the catch,” notes the report. “Aggressive and determined in run support.”

Redmond figures to challenge for a starting spot at corner opposite Tramaine Brock, with his biggest challenge coming from the trio of Kenneth Acker, Keith Reaser and Marcus Cromartie.

If the 49ers want to add a quarterback, their next chance will be in Round 4, Saturday, with the 133rd overall choice.

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<![CDATA[Raiders Emphasize Defense in Draft]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:56:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/172*120/JihadRaidr.jpg

With their first pick on the second day of the 2016 NFL draft Friday, the Raiders added even more talent to a defense that’s been upgraded significantly this offseason.

Then they doubled down, adding yet another defender with their second pick of the day, the 12th choice of the third round (76th overall).

With the 13th pick of Round 2, No. 44 overall, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie took Illinois defensive lineman Jihad Ward, who’s capable of playing both defensive end and tackle in Oakland’s 4-3 scheme. When the Raiders picked Ward it appeared the 6-foot-5, 300-pounder would join the mix on the defensive line with ends Khalil Mack, Mario Edwards Jr. and Denico Autry and tackles Justin Ellis, Dan Williams and Stacy McGee.

But then added to that mix in the third round was Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun, an edge rusher who had great success for the Spartans. The 6-foot-4, 252-pounder had 26 sacks over the past three seasons. He adds more speed to the Oakland pass rush.

After already adding safety Karl Joseph in the first round Thursday and safety Reggie Nelson, linebacker Bruce Irvin and cornerback Sean Smith in free agency, the Raiders are building a unit that should be much improved from 2015, when it ranked 21st in the NFL in total defense, giving up 336 yards per game.

Ward was honorable mention all-Big Ten in his final season at Illinois, recording three sacks, 8½ tackles for loss and 51 tackles. The NFL Network scouting report on Ward notes that he should continue to improve, saying that he has “above average athleticism for a man his size and he has the effort level that should lead to continued improvement.”

Until junior college, Ward was a wide receiver and safety. He told Bay Area media Friday night that he’s “still learning the game” and will get better at the next level.

Another point in Ward’s and Calhoun’s development is that McKenzie has done well drafting defensive linemen, with Mack, Edwards and Ellis all playing well. So far, at least, McKenzie has demonstrated he can pick talent along the defensive line.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area’s Polarizing Reaction to Trump]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:45:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Trump-GettyImages-503927392.jpg

When it comes to politics, like many things, history seems to repeat itself. While Friday’s political protests outside the California Republican Convention in Burlingame may seem fresh, they are not much different from those of the past. The only real difference is the man in the middle: Donald Trump.

Historically, few other national politicians have invoked this type of reaction, but experts agree there are politicians who rival Trump in divisiveness, particularly from the 1968 election.

“That time, it was the democrats. It was turmoil beyond anything you can believe especially at the convention,” NBC Bay Area political analyst Larry Gerston said.

In 1968, after the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, democrats were deeply divided over nominee Hubert Humphrey. Things erupted at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, with police beating protesters.

That same election, another divisive candidate made big waves, and he may be the closest candidate in modern history to Trump when it comes to polarizing people.

“George Wallace certainly was an agitator. Most people would say that now, in terms of being the segregationist candidate,” Gerston said.

It is not just the candidate’s qualities, but the hot-button issues of the time. In the 1960s, it was Civil Rights and the Vietnam War. Now, it’s race, immigration and globalization, according to Stanford Law’s Nate Persily.

“[Trump] is sort of institutionally or temperamentally extreme – that he just wants to burn down the house. We really haven’t seen that for a long time in American politics,” Persily said, noting democratic candidate Bernie Sanders could also be considered extreme.

“I think Sanders is a very traditional extremist politician. In some ways he’s the ideological inheritor to Howard Dean’s legacy,” Persily said.

In the short term: the protests against Trump may actually be helping him, according to Gerston. But in the long term, he says this election could mirror the 1968 election, when Richard Nixon won the White House.

“Looking ahead one might think about whether the republicans will be so divided, hopelessly divided as the democrats were in 1968 and have the same kind of outcome,” Gerston said.

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<![CDATA[Lakers Announce Warriors' Walton to Be Next Head Coach]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:48:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/175*120/GettyImages-505049344_594_screen.jpg

For the second consecutive season, the Warriors will be losing an assistant coach to a Western Conference competitor.

Luke Walton is going to the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced Friday night.

Walton will continue to work as the top assistant to Steve Kerr with the Warriors for the duration of their postseason run and join the Lakers afterward.

“We're excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where we feel he's going to start an outstanding coaching career," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said on the team’s website. "He's one of the brightest young coaching minds in the game and we feel fortunate that he'll be leading the on-court future of our team."

Walton spent 10 seasons in the NBA, the first nine with the Lakers, including being a member of two championship teams.

Walton, 36, became a hot coaching commodity based on a number of factors, none bigger than his term as interim coach during Kerr’s leave of absence. The Warriors under Walton won their first 24 games – an NBA-record start – and were 39-4 when Kerr returned on Jan. 22.

Walton, who owns a home in the Los Angeles area, has had a meteoric rise. After his NBA career, he retired after the 2012-13 season and spent one year as a player development coach in the D-League before Kerr tapped him to join the Warriors in June, 2014.

Walton was the Warriors’ No. 3 assistant last season, behind Alvin Gentry and Ron Adams. Gentry left last summer to become head coach in New Orleans, after which Kerr promoted Walton to the top assistant post.

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<![CDATA[Bird Colony Forced Out By Development Rescued]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:42:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0429-2016-Birds.jpg

Bird rehab specialists at the International Bird Rescue Center are busy caring for dozens of baby birds saved from the streets of downtown Oakland.

Pushed out of their waterfront homes by development, a colony of herons has settled in an unlikely and dangerous place: in the dense trees that line the streets of busy downtown.

"They've lost the real estate, just like so many people lost real estate on front of the water," said Cindy Margulis with the Golden Gate Audubon Society. "And so these birds are looking for a place to raise their families."

But when the baby birds fall from the nest, as birds often do, they are getting injured or worse.

"They hit the concrete or wander in the street and get run over," Margulis said.

Now the Oakland Zoo and the Golden Gate Audobon Society have teamed up to save the baby birds. A hotline has been set up and zoo volunteers have rescue kits ready to respond.

The birds are then taken to International Bird Rescue for rehabilitation. The rescued herons are learning to perch and fly, and will soon be released back to the wild.

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<![CDATA[More Rain, Hail, Tornadoes to Hit Storm-Weary South]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:38:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Tornadoes-AP_158602413121.jpg

Dangerous storms tore through parts of the Plains and South Friday and early Saturday, knocking out power and prompting disaster declarations in at least two Texas communities, NBC News reported.

A record amount of rain fell on Little Rock, Arkansas, overnight, with the same system expected to drop up to 5 inches in parts of Louisiana and Texas, according to Weather.com. A new round of heavy rain was forecast for the storm-weary South that could linger for two days.

Parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma were under tornado watches Friday evening. Other parts of those states were under flash flood and flood watches and warnings, the National Weather Service said. 

The heavy rain, expected to linger over the South until at least Sunday, may trigger flash flooding in areas that have already dealt with widespread flooding damage, according to Weather.com.

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<![CDATA[A Look at How the Zika Virus Can Kill You]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:34:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/virus+zika+puerto+rico.jpg

The Zika virus is not usually thought of as a life-threatening virus, but it did kill a man in Puerto Rico. The man, in his 70s, is the first reported U.S. death from the virus, which is spreading across the Americas, according to NBC News. 

Zika can lead to complications like immune thrombocytopenic purpura, as in the case of the man in Puerto Rico. In cases like these, patients can suffer internal bleeding. 

The virus can also cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, severe birth defects and other dangerous nerve conditions in adults. 

There is no specific treatment for Zika infection, and there’s no known way to reverse damage done to a developing baby. A vaccine is in the works, but would be years away from the market.

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<![CDATA[More Alleged Victims Claim East Bay Chiropractor Groped Them]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:47:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N6P+CONCORD+CHIROPRACTOR+ARREST+PKG+-+00011512.jpg

More victims have come forward claiming a well-known East Bay chiropractor groped them.

Dr. Steven Moon of Optimized Chiropractic, Inc. was charged with sexual battery earlier this month after a female patient told police he touched her inappropriately during a March 9 massage at his Concord office. Two other patients now said they were also victimized inside Moon's office.

"It's a similar type case as our first victim where he is telling them they are tense, that they have to ask him if they've ever had a full-body deep tissue massage," Concord Police Cpl. Christopher Blakeley said.

Moon, who is out of jail after posting $50,000 bail last week, appeared to be working on Friday.

Despite facing multiple charges of sexual battery, state records show Moon has an active license from the Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

The state said they are aware of the charges against Moon and are now investigating the allegations. But until Moon is convicted, his license will not be revoked, according to the state.

Moon is scheduled to face a judge next week.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Team Shifting Staff to General Election States]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:18:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-524679204.jpg

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is preparing to hire staffers in some of the general election’s battleground states, NBC News reported.

A Clinton campaign official told NBC News the first wave of new hires and reassignments will involve state directors and other senior staff. The campaign is setting up state directors in Florida, New Hampshire and Colorado, and will eventually have general election operations in every state. 

The aide stressed that Clinton will continue to campaign in the remaining primary states. 

The news was first reported in USA Today.

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<![CDATA[Russian War Plane 'Intercepted' US Aircraft]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:22:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RC135-GettyImages-1827896.jpg

A Russian jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. aircraft over the Baltic Sea on Friday, according to military officials, NBC News reported.

The Russian SU-27 flew within 25 feet of the U.S. RC-135 aircraft’s fuselage, conducting a barrel roll over the U.S. plane. 

A Department of Defense spokesperson said the Russian plane “performed erratic and aggressive maneuvers” and that it “intercepted the U.S. aircraft flying a routine route at high rate of speed from the side.” The spokesperson said the U.S. aircraft was operating in international airspace and didn’t cross into Russian territory. 

The incident comes a few weeks after another Russian aircraft flew dangerously close to the USS Donald Cook and another RC-135 in the same area.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Forced to 'Cross Border,' Hop Highway Wall]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:39:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEB+TRUMP+JUMP_19182201+%281%29.gif

Most people, especially distinguished guests, typically pull up into a parking lot, tip the valet and enter calmly through a front door.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump -- someone who has professed to love walls -- was forced to jump over a U.S. Highway 101 median, or at least skirt one and hop down onto a bank of grass, in order to enter the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Burlingame, California.

That's where he was the keynote speaker at the California Republican Convention on Friday.  Never one to miss a dramatic moment, Trump said to an adoring crowd: "That was not the easiest entrance I've ever made."

Pausing for a moment, the charismatic business mogul who has said that Mexican are rapists and Muslims shouldn't be allowed into the country, then quipped: "I felt like I was crossing the border."

He and his entourage couldn’t get in the normal way because anti-Trump protesters had blocked off Old Bayshore Road.

People jumped to Twitter to have some fun.

Those on the left, like Ethan Kassel tweeted: "That's delightfully ironic." 

Those on the right, like Spencer Stiles, tweeted: "Liberals = Professional victims." Jeff Manghera noted, "Should have built a bigger wall."

When Trump finished his speech, he left the same way he came: Over the wall.

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<![CDATA[Coach Accused of Inappropriate Relationship with Student]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:25:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0428-2016-LocNguyen.jpg

A San Jose High School assistant badminton coach has been arrested on suspicion of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old male student, police said.

Loc Nguyen, 21, was arrested Wednesday on campus and has been booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. Police said the coach was arrested for allegedly annoying or molesting a child under 18.

The San Jose Unified School District said Nguyen went through a full background check before she was hired in early February. The district fired the assistant badminton coach after she was arrested.

School officials said they received information of inappropriate behavior and contacted police, who then started an investigation.

Police are not saying how long she engaged in the alleged relationship with the student.

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<![CDATA[Pianist's Kids Asphyxiated]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:22:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kids-sofya-tsygankova-split.jpg

The two young daughters of an internationally known pianist likely died of asphyxia, according to a medical examiner in North Texas.

The Tarrant County medical examiner's office released the autopsy reports Thursday on the bodies of 1-year-old Michela Kholodenko and 5-year-old Nika Kholodenko, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Their mother, Sofya Tsygankova, 31, has been charged in their deaths. Tysgankova allegedly told police "she didn't want to live" and "didn't see any future" for her or her children.

Vadym Kholodenko, a Ukrainian-born winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, discovered his daughters' bodies March 17 when he arrived at the Benbrook home the girls shared with their mother to take them to school.

Kholodenko told investigators he found his wife "going crazy" in a blood-covered night gown and the children "in bed, and not moving," according to the warrant for Tsygankova's arrest.

Investigators found bloody bed linens in a car parked in the garage, the warrant reveals. Two matching pillows discovered in the children's rooms — including one partially covering Michela's head — appeared to be stained with "biological fluid," investigators said.

A friend of Tsygankova's sister said Kholodenko and Tsygankova had been through a divorce and that Tsygankova was having a difficult time coping.

Tsygankova pleaded not guilty to two counts of capital murder. She remains in the Tarrant County Jail with bail set at $2 million.

Her attorney declined to comment on the specific allegations during Tsygankova's arraignment last month.

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<![CDATA[Images From California's GOP Convention ]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:09:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/162*120/2016-04-29_9-48-15.jpg Anti-Donald Trump protesters got the lion's share of attention on Friday ahead of the GOP Convention in Burlingame. But people came out in support of Trump, as well as other candidates, too.

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<![CDATA[Family Suspects Foul Play in Case of Missing Teen Fishermen]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:39:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Austin-Stephanos-Perry-Cohen.jpg

The mother of a Florida teen who vanished months ago on a fishing trip with a friend now suspects foul play may have been a factor, according to a lawsuit filed in connection with the case.

Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, were lost at sea while fishing off the coast of Jupiter last July. New video was released Friday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, showing the boys leaving the inlet before they went missing.

The boys were never found, although a pilot flying off the Georgia coast said he believes he saw one of the teens clinging to a pile of debris and waving his hands, according to a report released this week. By the time rescuers arrived, the person was gone.

The teens' boat was recovered near Bermuda almost eight months later, along with Stephanos' iPhone, which the families hope will provide valuable insight into what went wrong.

Stephanos' father, William Blu Stephanos, said earlier this week he was working with the phone's manufacturer and an IT professional to retrieve information from the waterlogged device.

The phone, however, has become a source of contention, with Cohen's mother filing suit Monday when the FWC agreed to relinquish the device to Blu Stephanos.

According to the suit, the FWC notified Pamela Cohen on April 22 "it did not intend to professionally examine the iPhone or extract the data" because the case was closed.

Pamela Cohen has said the teens shared Austin Stephanos' phone because her son's was broken. The suit claims she "will continue to suffer irreparable harm if the iPhone is not properly handled as material evidence in a possible maritime crime or homicide."

An investigative file dated Feb. 8 reveals the FBI has been involved in the case since September, when Austin Stephanos' stepfather told officials he believed the boys may have been abducted, NBC News reported. State investigators subpoenaed phone records in December as part of "an official investigation of a suspected felony," according to the document.

FWC spokesman Rob Klepper declined to comment Friday on the Cohen family's suspicion of foul play. He said the agency would not be issuing any additional statements on the case.

In a statement Tuesday, Pamela Cohen said she would withdraw her lawsuit if the Stephanos family submitted the phone for an independent forensics examination.

"We will be withdrawing our lawsuit as soon as FWC receives the written consents it needs from both families to put the iPhone in the hands of the best impartial iPhone extraction experts available, in a proper legal chain of custody," Pamela Cohen said in the statement.

During a hearing on the suit Friday afternoon, Pamela Cohen asked that the device be turned over to a third-party examiner.

"The public has a right to know what happened to the boys, and what led up to the point of their disappearance," the lawsuit states.

A judge said the phone will be shipped to Apple for forensic examination.

"We're highly disappointed that the FWC turned the phone over to Mr. Stephanos, but we're pleased the judge ordered the phone be sent for thorough, transparent and truthful investigation for both families," Pamela Cohen expressed.

FWC officials previously said there was no criminal element to the case.

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<![CDATA[‘Mr. Hate Leave Our State’: Trump Protest in Burlingame]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:46:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/042916-trump-protesters-stop-hate-sign.jpg

Vociferously chanting "Dump Trump," and "Run Trump Run," protesters trying to prevent Donald Trump from giving the kick-off speech at the California Republican Convention Friday blocked the entrance, jumped over bushes and faced off against police in riot gear.

The mood was mostly peacefully in Burlingame Friday morning, but turned much more tense shortly before noon, when protestors tried to block the entrance to the Hyatt Regency. Raucous crowds formed on Old Bayshore Highway. Police were spotted from the NBC Bay Area chopper running after them in full riot clear. One protester was escorted out of the hotel by security after she sneaked into the main convention hall and chanted: "Dump Trump."

Law enforcement officials told NBC Bay Area that a five arrests had been made as of Friday afternoon. One minor injury was reported.

Despite the protests, Trump arrived at the hotel shortly after noon, jumping with his entourage over a highway wall to make his way inside, where California Republican Chair Jim Brulte told luncheon guests Trump had arrived. "That was not the easiest entrance I've ever made," Trump joked at the luncheon. "It felt like I was crossing the border."

"People who believe in free speech were trying to prevent Trump from coming to the convention, but the California Highway Patrol and Burlingame police are really, really good, Donald Trump has arrived and is in the hotel," Brulte said.

Trump did have supporters outside the hotel, but the overall message was against the business mogul, who has called Mexicans rapists and whose platform includes building a wall on the border with Mexico to keep foreigners out.

People outside the Hyatt held up signs that read “Mr. Hate Leave Our State,” and more explosive, expletive-laden comments.

“We don’t want him to be president,” said Angelina Castro in a Facebook Live interview early Friday. Castro said she came to protest for her daughter.

"We don't have a problem with Republicans," she said. "We have a problem with racism, sexism and hatred."

Oscar Munoz, a military veteran with two college degrees, asked out loud: “Why are you racist? Why are we targets of your hate?” Munoz added, "He's a coward. I fought for my country. Did he fight for his country? I'm a vet not a rapist or murderer."

Trump wasn't there for immediate comment. But one Republican attendee told NBC Bay Area: "This is America, this is great, as long as they keep the protests peaceful, it's great."

Inside the GOP Convention Hall, Truman Jensen and his wife, Barbara, said they're voting for Trump because he has hired more people than Hillary Clinton.

The Trump brouhaha in Silicon Valley comes after the violent scene that played out in Orange County on Thursday night outside the Pacific Amphitheatre, where 17 people were arrested during a raucous protest after Trump gave a speech. One man was seen jumping on top of a police car, and a second patrol car was shattered.

Trump’s speeches have garnered support from many across the United States. But the anti-Trump sentiment is arguably among the strongest in the left-leaning Bay Area, where diversity is high and minorities from all over the world choose to live.

After his departure, protesters took over the Hyatt parking lot, protesters burned Trump effigies and in one instance, even the American flag. Another group of demonstrators chanted: "This is California, run Trump run." The crowd cheered when they heard that Trump had compared his experience of having to hop a freeway barrier to avoid protesters to "crossing the border." "Bay Area is anti-racism, Trump you're not welcome here," another group yelled.

This weekend, Trump will be joined by Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz — who will be speaking Saturday at noon — and his newly-named running mate, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who is slotted to keynote Saturday's dinner banquet.

Gov. John Kacish, who has so far led a lackluster presidential campaign, will be speaking at Friday’s dinner banquet.

Party leaders hope that the Republicans' messages don't dissolve into a shouting match, or worse.

"We've talked with everybody and we're confident that we have a good system in place," said Kaitlyn MacGregor, California Republican Party spokeswoman. "And if they don't behave, we have a system to handle that."

NBC Bay Area's Bob Redell, Robert Handa and Michelle Roberts contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Baby Born on Plane Named After Airline ]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:02:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/airplanebabyScreen-Shot-2016-04-29-at-9.05.jpg

A pregnant woman who unexpectedly went into labor and gave birth to a baby boy onboard a Jetstar Asia flight has named her son after the airline, NBC News reported.

The baby, Saw Jet Star, was delivered safely on Flight 3K583 on April 22, thanks to three doctors on board the plane who stepped forward to help.

"Both mother and son are in good health and have been discharged from the local hospital in Yangon," the airline said in a Facebook post this week.

The airline donated approximately $744 of baby supplies to the family.

Jetstar recognized crew member Saw Ler Htu, who "exercised utmost care and concern for the passenger," and visited the mother and child after they were admitted to a hospital.

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<![CDATA[Sharks Prepare for 'Dangerous' Predators]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:11:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sharksseats.jpg

Five days after eliminating the Kings, the Sharks finally found out their opponent for the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Wednesday night.

Headed into Game 1 against the Predators on Friday, though, their toughest obstacle may have nothing to do with the team they’re lining up against.

San Jose will have gone a full week between games when the puck drops at SAP Center, while Nashville will be in full go-go-go mode after their 2-1 win at Honda Center knocked out the Ducks in Game 7.

"We'll see. I don't know. We'll see how we feel,” Logan Couture said. “We're at home, so I hope we have some jump. The building will be loud, and that always helps come playoff time. Hopefully we're ready to go." 

Tommy Wingels said: “When you play every other day, you get into a bit of a routine of having a day off and bringing it the next night. So, in that aspect, I think they’ll be ready to go. On the other side of it, we appreciated our rest.”

The Sharks were given last Saturday and Sunday off, and skated as a full team on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (Wednesday was optional). Coach Pete DeBoer indicated earlier in the week that the advantage in the next round should be with team that hasn’t had to deal with an extended break.

He went into more detail on Thursday, explaining that in 2012 in his first year in New Jersey, the Devils -– who, like the Predators, trailed three-games-to-two in the first round -– won games six and seven and carried that momentum into a five-game elimination of Philadelphia in the second round.

“We faced elimination in Game 6, won in overtime, [won in] double overtime in Game 7, and kind of rolled that into the second round and showed up with a lot of confidence,” said DeBoer, whose Devils ended up losing in the Stanley Cup Final to Los Angeles. “I’m very aware that this is a dangerous team coming in here.”

The Sharks struggled with the Predators in the regular season. Nashville won two of the three meetings, with San Jose’s lone success coming in a shootout on April 2 at Bridgestone Arena. Only two points separated the teams in the overall league standings.

The strength of the Predators is their defense corps. They generate a ton of offense from their back end from Shea Weber and Roman Josi in particular, and in games six and seven against the Ducks they collapsed well as a five-man unit around goalie Pekka Rinne, whose star has dimmed a bit after another so-so regular season for the 33-year-old.

The Sharks managed just five goals against Nashville in the three games of the season series.

Couture said: “They're really tight in their D-zone. They drop five guys low. They protect the danger areas in front of their net, and they block a lot of shots."

“We can’t let their D-men beat us up the ice,” Wingels said. “All over the ice, you need to be cognizant of where their guys are because they can hurt you.”

Up front, the Predators were given a boost when they acquired top line center Ryan Johansen from Columbus for Seth Jones on Jan. 6. Mike Ribeiro, Mike Fisher and Paul Gaustad give them good strength at center. On the wings, budding star Filip Forsberg and James Neal each eclipsed 30 goals.

Johansen posted six points (1g, 5a) in four games against the Sharks this season, including two games while he was still with Columbus.

“He’s kind of turned their season around a little bit,” Joe Thornton said. “He’s big, he’s strong, he shoots the puck really well. He’s a good playmaker. … He sees the ice very well and Neal is a pure finisher, so you have to watch it when that line is on the ice.”

DeBoer said: “[Johansen is] big and he’s heavy and he’s hard to play against. … It’s really hard to find those guys. That allowed them to slot their centermen – now Ribeiro is a second line center, Fisher is a third line center, and all of a suddenly you’re a deep team up the middle of the ice which I think is key for anybody this time of year.”

Despite the challenges Nashville presents, DeBoer emphasized that “90 percent” of the Sharks’ preparation for the series is about their own game, which was solid and workmanlike against the Kings.

He senses an antsy Sharks group.

“They’ve got some pent up energy here after four or five days sitting around watching, and they want to play,” DeBoer said. “I don’t think our energy is going to be an issue. I think it’s just going to be getting that composure, and working smart.”

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<![CDATA[Gas Explosion Rocks Western Pa.]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:54:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Pa+Gas+Explosion.gif

The earth shook in western Pennsylvania Friday morning during a natural gas line explosion that could be felt up to 6 miles away, left a gaping hole in the ground and sent one man running for his life as the intense heat burned his body.

The 36-inch gas line blew around 8:30 a.m. Friday in Salem Township, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh in Westmoreland County. The injured man, who was hospitalized for severe burns, lived in a home about 500 yards away.

"He was in the home by himself. He heard a loud noise; he compared it to a tornado. And he started running up the roadway, and a passerby picked him up," said Fire Chief Bob Rossetti. "The heat was so intense it was burning him as he was running."[[377572801, C]]

Some residents called for help, saying they thought an airplane had crashed, while others said it felt like an earthquake.

"I didn't know if it was a plane or what," said Scott Filipiak, who was driving in the area. "It darn near blew me off the highway!"[[377576331, C]]

First responders from Forbes Road Fire Department saw a massive fireball as they drove toward the scene, but the fire was so hot, Rossetti parked a quarter of a mile away, thankful the area is relatively remote.

"Coming around the bend, and it looked like you were looking down into Hell," Rossetti said. His team doused a few houses with water to keep them from igniting.


The blast left a big hole in the ground with what appeared to be part of the pipeline, sticking out. The home closest to the explosion was destroyed. No one was there at the time.

"It burned the telephone poles off. It looks like a bomb went off."

Emergency responders evacuated businesses and homes within one mile of the explosion in the area where Routes 22 and 819 intersect, according to The Tribune-Review.

Texas Eastern Transmission owns and operates the natural gas line, according to the Associated Press.

Texas Eastern Transmission owns and operates the natural gas line, according to the Associated Press. The company’s emergency response team, along with the state’s police fire marshal and investigators from the Department of Energy will assess damage and let people know when they can go back home.

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<![CDATA[Younger Son Writes Chilling Message, Dad Shot 12 Times: DA]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 23:19:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Golamrabbi.jpg

Two brothers are charged with murdering their parents at their San Jose home this past weekend, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney, who also on Friday announced 17-year-old Omar Golamrabbi would be tried as an adult.

The teen is also alleged to be one of the authors of chilling messages found near his parents' bodies, according to prosecutors. NBC Bay Area has not named the high school student until now, as he had been considered a minor.

Like his brother, 22-year-old Hasib Golamrabbi was charged with the double murder of Golam and Shamima Rabbi, 59 and 57 respectively. They were found shot to death on Sunday in their Lucas Court home; prosecutors said Friday Golam Rabbi was shot more than a dozen times.

Both brothers entered not guilty pleas at their arraignment. The older brother wore a yellow jumpsuit reserved for those in the mental ward. The younger brother was arraigned in the hallway, and shielded from public view. In a surprising move, the brothers agreed to waive their preliminary hearing, which legal analysts say sometimes means that defendants plan to plead guilty. Their next court date is set for May 9.

Prosecutors have not given a motive for the deaths. But they did indicate for the first time in court documents that there were two authors of black magic marker rants on the family's walls - and that the writing matched the handwriting of Omar Golamrabbi, who attended school on Monday as if nothing happened. The court documents do not state exactly what was written, only that there were "multiple sets of writing" that had been found in the home.

Sources who witnessed the aftermath told NBC Bay Area they saw a message that read: "Sorry my first killing was clumsy." 

Prosecutors did not reveal who might have written the other messages.

In addition, prosecutors allege that the younger brother told police Hasib Golamrabbi had killed both parents, and then closed the garage door before they left to attend an Oakland anime convention on Saturday "to make sure that blood was not seeping out from inside the garage where his father had been killed to outside the house."

Apparently, there was a lot of blood.

"Golam was shot more than a dozen times. Sharma was shot once in the head," Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Matt Braker said after the arraignment.

For his part, Hasib Golamrabbi apparently admitted to shooting his father, but not his mother, court documents indicate. He also told police a stranger once assaulted him at the home and told him to commit the killing, court documents show. Omar Golamrabbi did not corroborate that with police.

"There are some unanswered questions in the case," Braker said, adding investigators are also looking into the motive.

The documents contradict the little bit that Hasib Golamrabbi told The Chronicle, in a jailhouse interview. NBC Bay Area also requested an interview with him, but he denied the television request, according to the sheriff's office.

“The best thing if anyone wants to know what happened is to wait for the trial,” Hasib Golamrabbi told the newspaper on Thursday.

“I want everyone to know what happened,” he told the Chronicle, “but I can’t say anything without a lawyer.” Asked if his brother had anything to do with the brutal deaths, Hasib Golamrabbi told the paper: “No, and that’s all I can say. He’s innocent.”

While prosecutors and police have remained tight-lipped about why two brothers would have killed parents that many in the Bangladeshi community have described as "soft and gentle," sources have told NBC Bay Area that the Rabbi elders did not agree with Hasib Golamrabbi’s “sexual orientation.”

Another, longer message written in marker near the parents' bodies, allegedly ended, "I can’t be like you, telling a lie. I can’t love someone without telling them," sources told NBC Bay Area.

The court documents mention nothing about the older son's sexual orientation. 

At the same time the sons were being arraigned Friday afternoon, the funeral for both Rabbi parents was held. After the traditional Muslim juma'ah prayer, the burial for the Bangladeshi-born parents took place at the Five Pillars Farm Cemetery in Livermore.

Photo Credit: San Jose Police/Evergreen Islamic Center]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught Teen Pianist With 4 Fingers Performs at Carnegie Hall]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:23:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/darrius+carnegie+hall.jpg

A teenager with just four fingers gained so much attention online for his talent on the piano that he was invited by a renowned international pianist to play at Manhattan's iconic Carnegie Hall. 

Darrius Simmons, a 15-year-old from Warren, Ohio, was born with three fingers on his right hand and one finger on his left, and no bones below both knees.

He taught himself to play the piano at 10 years old when his grandfather introduced him to the instrument, he told NBC 4 New York, and learned to make his prosthetic legs press the right pedal.

Recently, Simmons began posting videos of himself playing onto Facebook, and they got the attention of Korean pianist Yiruma, who was about to perform at Carnegie Hall on April 22 as part of his first North American tour, the boy said. 

"He saw it and invited me to play with him," Simmons told NBC 4 New York over the phone. 

Yiruma told Simmons during their first meeting, "All those determination and all that, I learn from you, really," reports Ohio news station WFMJ, which followed Simmons to New York for his performance. "I have so many things that can be learned from you." 

"It's just amazing. How can you do that? All those jumps, you must find it really difficult?" said Yiruma after watching the teen play in person.

Simmons replied, "It's not that difficult to me, honestly." 

New York concertgoer Kirk Aleman told WFMJ that Simmons' performance "blew me out of the water." 

"It was very exciting," Simmons told NBC 4 New York of playing at the storied venue last Friday.

Simmons said he learned to play the piano simply by listening to music and mimicking the notes on the keys. 

"I listen to a lot of songs repetitively, over and over, and I guess by doing that, I developed an ear. I can play a lot of music by ear," he said. 

His mother said her son has never been inhibited by not having 10 fingers. She said he's been playing instruments at home, at church and at school. 

Now that Yiruma has advised Simmons to start working on his own music, "I'm really going to take what he said to heart and compose my own stuff," he told WFMJ. 

Photo Credit: WFMJ-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Driver Dies After Vehicle Rear Ends Crane]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:31:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/2016-04-29_5-17-00.jpg

A driver died in San Ramon after a Thursday night crash when a vehicle rear-ended a crane, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The accident, first reported at 11:25 p.m., occurred on southbound Interstate Highway 680 near the Bollinger Canyon Road off-ramp, according to the CHP.

A Sig-Alert was issued just before midnight. All lanes were reopened about 6:15 a.m. In its log, the CHP characterized the accident as a “sedan vs. a dump truck.”