<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usFri, 29 Jul 2016 09:19:44 -0700Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:19:44 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Navy to Name Ship After Harvey Milk: Report]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:43:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/harvey-milk2.jpg

The United States Navy will be naming one of their ships after gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according to a report by the U.S. Naval Institute, which cites a Congressional notice obtained by USNI News.

The July 14 notice, which was signed by Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, indicates that he plans to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler, USNS Harvey Milk, according to USNI.

The ship is reportedly being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, California.

A Department of the Navy spokesman did not have a comment on the report.

Milk, who moved from New York to settle in San Francisco in the seventies, was elected to the SF Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. In 1972, he and his partner Scott Smith – portrayed by James Franco in the film “Milk” – opened Castro Camera on 575 Castro Street, which he operated until his assassination in 1978. His involvement in San Francisco’s gay rights movement earned him the name “Mayor of Castro Street.”

He joined the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and served on the submarine rescue ship USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) as a diving officer in San Diego. Milk came from a Navy family. He was honorably discharged from service as a lieutenant junior grade, according to USNI.

On Nov. 27, 1978, Milk was shot inside San Francisco City Hall. He was wearing his U.S. Navy diver’s belt buckle at the time, according to the report.

Ever since the 2011 repeal of the Department of Defense’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, California lawmakers have pushed to name a ship after Milk.

“This action by the U.S. Secretary of the Navy will further send a green light to all the brave men and women who serve our nation that honesty, acceptance and authenticity are held up among the highest ideals of our military,” Milk’s nephew Stuart Milk told the San Diego LGBT Weekly in 2012.

On Thursday, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, who signed a resolution urging the Navy to name a ship after Milk, applauded the Navy's apparent decision.

“This is an incredible day for the LGBT community and for our country. As a gay man and a San Franciscan, I'm incredibly proud that the Navy is honoring Harvey Milk — and the entire LGBT community — by naming a ship after him," Weiner said.

"This momentous decision sends a powerful message around the world about who we are as a country and the values we hold," he said. "When Harvey Milk served in the military, he couldn't tell anyone who he truly was. Now our country is telling the men and women who serve, and the entire world, that we honor and support people for who they are. Harvey Milk's strength continues to reverberate throughout our city, our country, and the world.”

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<![CDATA[Investigative Unit Sparks Major Changes at South Bay Schools]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:51:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0728-2016-Students.jpg

Sweeping changes governing the use of police officers at dozens of South Bay schools will go into effect this year as part of a pilot program after an NBC Bay Area investigation revealed students were being left with criminal records for what many describe as childish misbehavior.

The policy shift impacts 3 school districts, serving over 67,000 students across San Jose and Campbell.  The changes come in response to a year-long Investigative Unit series, which revealed schools summon police officers to address behavioral and safety issues at disproportionately high rates when the situations involve students with disabilities or minorities.

There are six school districts in the South Bay that contract with the San Jose Police Department to place officers on campus. As a result of the reporting from the Investigative Unit, the San Jose Police Department now plans to unveil detailed job descriptions for its campus officers during the upcoming school year. The guidelines will be implemented as part of a pilot program at 34 schools across three school districts: Campbell Union High, East Side Union High, and San Jose Unified. 

“I think it just makes things a lot easier for the officer and then also the administrator and letting them know what our role is at the school,” said San Jose police Sgt. Jason Pierce, who helps train roughly 120 officers in the department who regularly patrol schools.

Pierce said school administrators have historically relied too heavily on police to discipline students.

“I think that’s just because there is a lack of education on their part and what our role is on that campus,” he said.

Pierce said the lack of a clear and written policy has led to an unstandardized discipline system, where some students may get sent to the principal’s office for committing the same type of misbehavior that left other students with criminal records.

“It’s not fair,” Pierce said. “And that’s why we are working to make it fair across every school district that we work with.”

The San Jose Police Department acknowledges that such a policy change would have prevented certain students from landing criminal records for misbehavior that some describe as just childish misbehavior.

Last year, the Investigative Unit spoke to Adrian Crosby, a 13-year old San Jose Unified student with autism who attended Bret Harte Middle School.

Campus administrators summoned a school officer after Crosby used a rock to scribble his initials on a sidewalk in front of the school.

“I thought maybe someone might look at it and say, ‘oh, look, a legend, this is so cool – a legend was at this school,’” Crosby said.

A San Jose police officer wrote him up for vandalism and threatened to put him in handcuffs.

“Fear just filled up my body,” Crosby said. “Fear to my toes to my brain.”

Crosby’s initials washed off with water, but he still received a juvenile citation, which left him with an arrest on his criminal record.

“People are on different pages when it comes to citing individuals and for what types of crime,” Pierce said.

East Side Union High School District, which serves roughly 26,000 students at seven high schools, is leading the charge in the South Bay to define the roles and responsibilities of campus police officers.

“You have inconsistency from school to school, and you have the potential of having kids being cited for offenses that they should not be cited for,” said Chris Funk, the district’s superintendent . “It's our duty to be very careful when we recommend a student to the justice system because once you're in the system you're in it for a good, good period time and it tends to lead to other instances.”

At a November school board meeting, Funk credited reporting by the Investigative Unit when he unveiled a new district-wide discipline policy to dramatically limit when his school administrators should involve law enforcement.

“After your report…that has now been our main focus,” Funk said. “It became too easy to simply cite and move the student out of school.”

Assault or brandishing a weapon are still listed as appropriate reasons for schools within the district to contact law enforcement, but under the new guidelines students smoking cigarettes or using profanity are now examples of misbehavior that school administrators or counselors should handle.

“Our goal is to create an environment where kids leave high school college and career ready -- in order for that to happen, you have to be in school,” Funk said. “If we are suspending and then citing students and putting students on the path to prison, that is not keeping kids in school.”

Funk said he hopes the changes will improve relationships with law enforcement, since he believes neighboring communities have been traditionally pitted against the police.

“We just need to make sure that the discipline meets the consequence of what the event was, and in the past, we simply relied too heavily on citation on top of the student being suspended,” Funk said. “Now, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to correct that and be very clear on when a student will be cited --and in most cases, they should not.”

The district has come a long way since the 2011-2012 school year, when it referred 1,745 students to law enforcement. Out of more than 16,000 school districts in the entire country, the district ranked 14th in how often it called police on its students. That number has since dropped dramatically. During the 2014-2015 school year, the school district referred 184 students to law enforcement.

“The statistics are very clear … any time a student is suspended from school expelled from a district or enters the justice system, they are less likely to graduate from high school,” Funk said.

In June, The San Jose Police Department sent Pierce and other instructors to Anaheim to receive 40 hours of training in school-based policing. Last year, the Investigative Unit revealed that while the Department of Justice recommends those 40 hours for school officers, San Jose Police only requires 30 minutes of training every two years. Beginning in September, the police department plans to begin mandating at least 3 hours of training for its school officers.

“We want to help these kids,” Pierce said. “We don’t want to refer them to the criminal justice system.”


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<![CDATA[DNC Day 4: Clinton Makes History and Other Top Moments]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:52:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-584451814.jpg

To President Barack Obama, she is a leader who will “blast through glass ceilings.” To former President Bill Clinton, she is the “best darn change agent” he has ever seen. To former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, she is the “sane, competent” candidate in the race.

On Thursday, the last night of the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton got the chance to talk about herself - and what she would do as president.

Her biggest deficit: With 54 percent of Americans saying they have a negative opinion of her, she is not seen as trustworthy. She took to the stage after an evening featuring accomplished women and issues they care about.

"We Are Not Afraid": Hillary Clinton Accepts the Presidential Nomination

Clinton told the country it was facing a moment of reckoning, as it had 240 years ago when the founders came together in Philadelphia and the revolution hung in the balance.

"Then somehow they began listening to each other, compromising, finding common purpose,” she said. “And by the time they left Philadelphia, they had begun to see themselves as one nation. That's what made it possible to stand up to a king."

The country's founders had the courage that was needed then, and that courage is needed again, now that Donald Trump has taken the country from Ronald Reagan's "Morning in America" to "Midnight in America," she said. 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt had the perfect rebuke to Trump more than 80 years ago, during a much more perilous time: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself, she said.

"Now we are clear-eyed about what our country is up against," she said. "But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have."

Her speech presented her vision of America and lambasted Trump's. She called Trump "a man you can bait with a tweet" and "not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."

She thanked U.S. Sen.Bernie Sanders and his supporters for putting economic and social justice front and center at the campaign, and talked about what she wanted to accomplish.

"My primary mission as president will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States from my first day in office to my last," she said.

And she contrasted her America with Trump's. She would: build an economy for everyone, offering a path to citizenship for immigrants already contributing to the economy; refuse to ban a religion, as Trump wants to do with Muslim immigrants; work with all Americans to fight terrorism.

The first woman nominated as president by a major political party, she acknowledged the milestone, saying "After all, when there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit."

A Proud Daughter

Chelsea Clinton introduced her mother as her hero and biggest role model, describing the "special window" she has had to watch her mother's hard work.

Clinton, who spoke a day after her father, former President Bill Clinton, sought to show voters her mother's softer side, talked about how Hillary Clinton embraces her roles as a mother and as a grandmother.

"My mom can be about to walk on stage for a debate or a speech and it just doesn't matter," she said. "She'll drop everything for a few minutes of kisses and reading 'Chugga Chugga Choo Choo' with her granddaughter."

She described the many times she watched her mother throw herself into public service, working diligently to improve the lives of families and children around the world.

"People ask me all the time how does she do it, how does she keep going amid the sound and the fury of politics? Here's how: It's because she never ever forgets who she's fighting for," she said.

Clinton, 36, has been in the public eye her entire life, growing up in the White House. Throughout the primary season, Clinton traveled around the country acting as a passionate surrogate for her mother.

Chelsea Clinton's introduction of her mother paralleled remarks delivered by Ivanka Trump, who introduced her father at last week's Republican convention.

Before Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump rivaled each other in the race for the White House, their daughters shared a close friendship.

Though the two have not appeared in public together since the start of the election, Chelsea maintained that she and Ivanka are still friends Thursday on "Today."

Another First 

Before Clinton accepted the nomination for president, there was another historic moment Thursday evening.

"My name is Sarah McBride, and I am a proud transgender American."

With those words, McBride became the first transgender person to address a political convention.

A graduate of American University, she came out four years ago when she was the student body president.

"At the time I was scared," she said. "I worried that my dreams and my identity were mutually exclusive."

McBride, 25, interned at the White House Office of Public Engagement, helped to pass legislation in her home state of Delaware banning discrimination based on gender identity and is now the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign.

“Will we be a nation where there’s only one way to love, only one way to look and only one way to live?” she asked. “Or will we be a nation where everyone has the freedom to live openly and equally, a nation that’s stronger together. That is the question in this election.”

Her husband, a transgender man who fought for equality, died four days after they married.

From his death, she learned that every day mattered when it came to building a more equal world.

“Will we be a nation where there’s only one way to love, only one way to look and only one way to live?” she asked. “Or will we be a nation where everyone has the freedom to live openly and equally, a nation that’s stronger together. That is the question in this election.”

Fallen Police Officers

The Dallas County sheriff and the families of three slain police officers described their legacies — a counter to Republican criticism that Democrats cared little about law enforcement, only those who had been killed by police.

The sheriff, Lupe Valdez, the daughter of migrant workers, said her father was angry when she told him she was joining the police. He and her older brothers had been beaten by the police for no reason. 

“We put on our badge every day to serve and protect, not to hate and discriminate,” she said, and asked for a moment of silence.

Wayne Walker, the mother of 19-year-old Moses Walker, a Philadelphia police officer, said, "While we’re here, we must do the good we can."

The mother of Derek Owens, a Cleveland police officer, said her son had left a legacy of service, integrity and love.

“We never want the sacrifice and all of the other fallen officers to ever be forgotten,” Barbara Owens said.

And the wife of Thor Soderberg, a Chicago police officer, said he once got charges against a boy who had stolen a belt dropped. The boy only had a rope to hold up his pants, Jennifer Loudon said. Soderberg also paid for the belt.

“He knew effective policing required treating people with kindness and respect, especially when he was most often called to their worst moments,” she said.

A Muslim Soldier

The father of an Army captain killed in a suicide bombing in Iraq challenged Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration, saying his son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, would never had been in the country if it had been up to Trump. Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims and disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party’s leadership, Khizr Khan said.

“Donald Trump you are asking Americans to trust you with their future,” Khan said. “Let me ask you: Have you even read the United States Constitution. I will gladly lend you my copy.”

Holding up that copy, he told Trump: “In this document, look for the words liberty and equal protection of the law.”

Humayun Khan, 27, died in a suicide car bombing at the gates of his base in Iraq in 2004. Khan told his troops to get back but he took 10 steps toward the car when it exploded. After his death he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Khizr Khan said his son, who was born in the United Arab Emirates and moved with his family to Maryland when he was 2, had wanted to be a military lawyer.

He urged Trump to visit Arlington Cemetery, where he would see graves of all faiths, genders and ethnicities.

“You have sacrificed nothing and no one,” he told Trump.

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<![CDATA[Gilroy Garlic Festival Returns for 38th Showcase]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:05:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/garlic3.jpg

It's that time of year again. The smell of fresh garlic bread, fries and savory pastas is about to take hold in Gilroy for the 38th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. 

This year's showcase, which takes place 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Christmas Hill Park, will see a return of live cooking shows, face painting for kids, and "Gourmet Alley," where the famed "flame up" demonstration will show expert (and rather brave) chefs doing a pyro show on huge iron skillets, according to the festival's website. 

Holly Baker, who works with the festival to organize press, said that this year's event will host a few new additions to the usual lineup:

"We have a competition that is called "Champions for Charity," and it consists of first responders. They're going to be doing like a "Chopped"-like competition," she said, referencing the competition show that regularly airs on the Food Network. "The winning team will receive $3000 to go toward their charity of choice." 

A slew of local musicians will also take the small stage for the nearly 100,000 people that are expected to show up to the festival throughout its three-day run. Although most of the slated performers are country artists, a few rock bands and some Top 40 hits will be covered by the Sugadaddy Band. You can view the full lineup here: 

By the numbers: 

  • On average, attendees gobble down 2 tons of fresh garlic from Christopher Ranch per festival.
  • The Festival Association, which plans the shindig every year, has given out close to $11 million to local nonprofits since its founding in 1979
  • More than 4,000 volunteers work to put on the festival, representing 140 nonprofit groups in Gilroy and nearby areas. 
  • Since 1979, more than 4 million people have flocked to the festival. 

<![CDATA[USA Uniforms for Opening Ceremony Revealed]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:47:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/teamusa-opening-ceremony-uni.jpg

American athletes will walk into the Maracana stadium for the Olympic opening ceremony next week following the light on their flag bearer's jacket.

The uniforms by Polo Ralph Lauren revealed on "Today" Friday morning show an illuminated "USA" on the back of the flag bearer's jacket. The flag bearer will be announced sometime before the Aug. 5 ceremony.

Athletes will wear navy blazers that feature the USOC logo and the designer's famous polo pony. Underneath, they'll sport a red, white and blue T-shirt with broad horizontal stripes above white jeans.

Fencer Mariel Zagunis was chosen to carry the flag at the 2012 London Olympics, while runner Lopez Lomong led the Americans in to the stadium in Beijing in 2008.

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<![CDATA[Fire Crews Battle Brush Fire on Highway 17]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:11:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-29-16-campbell+fire.jpg

A fire on the side of Highway 17 in Campbell sent plumes of acrid smoke into the air early Friday morning. 

At around 7:30 a.m., Campbell police received reports that trees were on fire on the side of the highway, near Camden Avenue exit and the local creek and trails on the southbound route. 

Fire crews were on the shortly before 8:00 a.m. and started working to knock down the flames. The far right lane of the southbound route was closed to traffic. 

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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[Ferguson Grand Jury Records Not Approved for Release]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:37:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/459432416.jpg The prosecutor overseeing the Ferguson grand jury hearing the Michael Brown case took the rare step of recording and documenting the proceedings, but that doesn't mean they will be released to the public if police officer Darren Wilson isn't indicted, officials said Sunday, NBC News reported. The St. Louis County director of judicial administration, Paul Fox, released a statement Sunday saying that St. Louis Judge Carolyn Whittington has to analyze the records before she approves that they be released, and Whittington can't do that until the grand jury has finished hearing evidence. The grand jury's decision on whether to indict Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Brown in August, could come this week.
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<![CDATA[Taliban: We Found Bergdahl Alone, Cursing Countrymen]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:52:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP185958732321.jpg Two former Taliban commanders told NBC News on Thursday that Bowe Bergdahl was walking alone and cursing his countrymen when the Taliban found and captured him in Afghanistan in 2009. “Our people at the time couldn’t understand his language, but it was after he was shifted to a safe location, he said he wasn’t happy with his countrymen, but he didn’t intend to convert to Islam or join mujahideen (holy warriors),” one of the commanders said. The commanders said that through 2010, he had not converted to Islam. Bergdahl's release has drawn outrage from some, especially Republicans, who say the Obama administration might have broken the law by failing to notify congress before it traded five Guantanamo Bay detainees for Bergdahl.
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<![CDATA[Gaza Cease-Fire Holds as Peace Talks Re-Open in Cairo]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:12:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP654242583915.jpg An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire halting the Gaza war held into Monday morning, allowing Palestinians to leave homes and shelters as negotiators agreed to resume talks in Cairo, The Associated Press reported. In Cairo, negotiators talks resumed at 11 a.m. (4 a.m. ET) Monday as people bought fuel for generators and communication workers struggled to fix cables damaged by the fighting. The truce took effect just after midnight (5 p.m. ET), preceded by heavy rocket fire toward Israel. The monthlong war has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, the majority civilians. In Israel, 67 people have been killed, all but three of them soldiers.
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<![CDATA[Fatal Wreck in South Bay Kills 24-Year-Old ]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:40:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N43A+MIKE+SUNNYVALE+DEADLY+VO+-+00000618.jpg

Emergency responders rushed to the scene of a fatal car wreck in Sunnyvale early Friday morning, arriving to find a mangled car and one person clinging to life. 

California Highway Patrol say that the car, which was carrying five people, spun out shortly before 2:00 a.m. on the Mathilada onramp and landed on its roof. 

When officers arrived at the scene, a 24-year-old male passenger in the car was found to have major injuries. He later died at the scene, CHP confirmed. 

The four other people in the car only suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital. 

The 237 onramp was closed while police investigated the wreck. It reopened at about 4:30 a.m. 

Police did not say whether alcohol or drugs factored into the crash. 

<![CDATA[More Than 420 Marijuana Plants Found in North Bay Grow House]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:29:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/9a8506b46d654b479418bf75ecfd00ff.jpg

The Solano County Sheriff's Office arrested a Vallejo man Wednesday on suspicion of growing more than 400 marijuana plants worth more than $40,000 in a northeast Vallejo residence.

Narcotics detectives served a search warrant at the residence in the 6000 block of Elkhorn Court after a four-month investigation prompted by an anonymous tip, according to the sheriff's office.

All but one door and a window were boarded up or fortified, and some interior walls were removed or reconstructed.

The 428 plants were in various stages of growth, and additional plants had already been harvested and removed, according to the sheriff's office.

Jason Johnson, 39, was inside the residence when the warrant was served, and he was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a place to sell, give away or use a controlled substance, according to the sheriff's office.

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<![CDATA[Football Star, East Bay Native Dies at Army Ranger School]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:24:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ambulance_generic2shotTele.jpg

A 21-year-old soldier from Walnut Creek died after falling ill during his first day of U.S. Army Ranger School in Georgia earlier this week, Army officials said.

2nd Lt. Michael Parros, 21, died Wednesday after being treated for hyponatremia, a condition in which the level of sodium in the blood is too low, according to Army officials at Fort Benning where he was in training.

Parros fell ill on Monday and died on Wednesday. He had reported to Fort Benning for training on June 27 after graduating from the U.S. Army Military Academy in May.

Parros was a former football player at Concord's De La Salle High School and went on to play football, hockey and soccer while at West Point while also being a member of the school's Cultural Affairs Club, Army officials said.

"This is a tragic loss," Lt. Co. Matthew Weber said in a statement. "While 2nd Lt. Parros was only with us for a short time, he showed so much potential and was the epitome of the kind of soldier you want to serve with. We are truly saddened to lose a member of our Army family."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Parros family and friends during this exceptionally challenging time," Weber said.

Parros played multiple positions for De La Salle's football team, which won the state title in December 2011 in his senior season before he graduated in 2012.

<![CDATA[Missing Jet Families Seek $5M Reward for Answers]]> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 08:09:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP7372611894241.jpg Relatives of passengers aboard the missing Malaysia jet said Sunday that they are seeking to raise $5 million for a reward and private investigation leading to discovery of what happened to the plane and the 239 people on board, NBC News reported. The Reward MH370 project aims “to encourage a whistle blower to come forward” with information about the jet’s fate, a statement issued by five family members said. Project leader Ethan Hunt said effort was being launched via fundraising website indiegogo.com.
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<![CDATA[Cop Mistook Doughnut Glaze for Meth]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:41:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-50850209.jpg

An Orlando man who was arrested after police officers mistook Krispy Kreme doughnut glaze for crystal meth has been cleared.

Daniel Frederick Rushing, 64, was arrested on a possession of methamphetamine charge after he was pulled over for speeding back in December, according to an Orlando police report.

During the stop, an officer noticed a "rock like substance" on the floor board of Rushing's car.

"I recognized, through my eleven years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer, the substance to be some sort of narcotic," the report said.

According to the report, two separate field tests were performed and both came back positive for the presence of amphetamines.

Rushing was handcuffed, booked into county jail and strip searched, and it wasn't until a state crime lab did another test several weeks later that he was cleared, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

"It was incredible," he told the Sentinel. "It feels scary when you haven't done anything wrong and get arrested...It's just a terrible feeling."

His arrest came after he had dropped off a neighbor at the hospital for a chemotherapy session, and went to give another friend, who worked at a 7-Eleven, a ride home, he said.

"I kept telling them, 'That's … glaze from a doughnut. … They tried to say it was crack cocaine at first, then they said, 'No, it's meth, crystal meth,'" he told the newspaper.

His arrest report confirms that he tried to explain to police that he didn't have any drugs.  

"Rushing stated that the substance is sugar from a Krispie Kreme Donut that he ate," wrote the officer who made the arrest, Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins, an eight-year department veteran. 

In a statement to the paper, Orlando police said the arrest was lawful but didn't explain why the two field tests were wrong.

Rushing has hired a lawyer and is seeking damages from the city.

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<![CDATA[Did Donald Trump Commit Treason?]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:54:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/583804964-donald-trump-press-conference.jpg

After Donald Trump urged Russia to find Hillary Clinton's deleted emails, there was a 76-percent spike in people searching the word "treason" on Merriam-Webster's website, NBC News reported.

Many have wondered if he was committing a crime. 

Trump and his campaign have said he wasn't encouraging anyone to hack into anything, though he did say at one point Wednesday, "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."

There is nothing to hack into now as clintonemail.com server was decommissioned long ago. Trump seemed to be saying, if anyone did hack into it in the past and still has the e-mails it contained, turn them over.

According to Carlton Larson, a professor at the University of California at Davis School of Law and one of the nation's few experts on the law of treason, what Trump said "does not amount to treason." Only a country or entity that has declared war or is in a state of open war constitutes an enemy, Larson said.

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<![CDATA[Fact Checking Clinton's Big Speech at DNC]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:43:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hillary+clinton+acepta+2.jpg

On the night Hillary Clinton accepted her party’s nomination for president, Clinton and other Democrats played loose with some facts:

  • Clinton misrepresented Donald Trump’s “I alone can fix it” line, suggesting he said he could fix everything by himself. Trump was referring to a “rigged” system, and went on to talk about working with others.
  • Clinton said that “we’re going to pay for every single one” of the initiatives she has proposed. We can’t predict the future, but a nonpartisan analysis found her proposals would add to the national debt.
  • Clinton said “90 percent” of income gains “have gone to the top 1 percent.” But that is an outdated figure. It’s now 52 percent.
  • Clinton said 15 million private-sector jobs have been created since President Obama took office. The actual number is 10.5 million, and it’s less — 10.1 million — when accounting for the loss of 460,000 public jobs.
  • Clinton rejected Trump’s border security proposal, saying, “We will not build a wall.” As a senator, however, Clinton voted for and supported legislation to add more fencing along the southern border.
  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi cited the “91 Americans who are killed by gun violence each day,” urging Congress to “keep guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists.” However, nearly 58 of those daily gun deaths are suicides — not criminal homicides.
  • Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney twisted Pay Pal co-founder Peter Thiel’s words, claiming Thiel at the GOP convention had called “equality” a “distraction.” Thiel was talking about the debate over bathroom access, not equality in general.
  • Rep. Joaquin Castro said Trump “defended” World War II internment camps. Trump cited the camps as a legal precedent for his proposal to ban all Muslim travel to the U.S. But he stopped short of defending internment camps.

Note to Readers

This story was written with the help of the entire staff, including some of those based in Philadelphia who are at the convention site. As we did for the Republican National Convention, we intend to vet the major speeches at the Democratic National Convention for factual accuracy, applying the same standards to both.


The ‘I Alone’ Refrain

Clinton misrepresented a quote from Donald Trump’s convention speech — “I alone can fix it” — suggesting he said he could fix everything by himself. In fact, Trump said that as a political outsider only he can fix a “rigged” system. He has spoken about working with others many times, including in that same speech.

Clinton: And most of all, don’t believe anyone who says: “I alone can fix it.” Those were actually Donald Trump’s words in Cleveland. And they should set off alarm bells for all of us. Really? I alone can fix it? Isn’t he forgetting? Troops on the front lines. Police officers and fire fighters who run toward danger. Doctors and nurses who care for us. Teachers who change lives. Entrepreneurs who see possibilities in every problem. Mothers who lost children to violence and are building a movement to keep other kids safe. He’s forgetting every last one of us. Americans don’t say: “I alone can fix it.” We say: “We’ll fix it together.”

Other Democrats used the talking point, too. Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said, “Last week we heard about Trump’s hopeless vision of our country, and then he said, ‘I alone can fix it.'” Granholm went on to say that Trump’s version of the Constitution would be, “I, the person, in order to form a more perfect union.” Rep. Ted Lieu of California said, “The scariest part of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech wasn’t the apocalyptic vision of America that he believes he sees, it’s that he said, ‘I alone can fix it.'”

But Trump never said he’d be the only one to fix absolutely everything. Here’s what Trump said in accepting the GOP nomination for president on July 21:

Trump, July 21: I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves. Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it. I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders – he never had a chance.

He quickly went on to say “we are going to fix the system,” in talking about others joining his cause. And a few sentences later, he talked about working with his running mate, saying, “We will bring the same economic success to America that Mike [Pence] brought to Indiana.” There are other examples of Trump talking of “we” and not “I” in that same speech. For instance, he said that “we must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terrorism.”

And, he said, “I will work with, and appoint, the best prosecutors and law enforcement officials to get the job properly done.”

A few days later, he said, “we will fix it,” in talking about his plans for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The first step of his 10-point plan, he said, was to “appoint a secretary of veterans affairs who will make it their personal mission to clean up the VA.”

So, Trump’s line may make for good rhetorical flourishes at the Democratic convention, but Trump didn’t say he “alone” can fix everything.

Clinton’s Payment Plan

Clinton listed a number of initiatives that she plans to get done as president and said that “we’re going to pay for every single one of them.” We can’t predict the future, but a nonpartisan analysis found Clinton’s spending proposals will increase the national debt.

Clinton: We’re not only going to make all of these investments, we’re going to pay for every single one of them. And here’s how: Wall Street, corporations, and the super-rich are going to start paying their fair share of taxes.

But Clinton’s proposals would increase the debt by $250 billion over 10 years, according to a June 27 report from the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

“For Clinton, this small increase in debt relative to current law is the result of spending increases that are largely but not entirely paid for by revenue increases,” the CRFB report says.

Clinton, according to the report, has proposed $1.45 trillion in new spending — mostly on infrastructure, paid leave and education proposals — but offsets that with just $1.2 trillion in new revenue from proposed tax increases for the wealthiest Americans.

The 1 Percent

Clinton said that she would raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans to pay for her spending proposals, because “90 percent of the gains have gone to the top 1 percent.” But that is an outdated figure.

Clinton: And here’s how: Wall Street, corporations, and the super-rich are going to start paying their fair share of taxes. Not because we resent success. Because when more than 90 percent of the gains have gone to the top 1 percent, that’s where the money is.

The most recent data from economist Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley, show that the top 1 percent of families captured 52 percent of the post-recession income growth from 2009 to 2015. In fact, Saez estimated that “the top 1 percent incomes captured 52 percent of the overall economic growth of real incomes per family over the period 1993-2015.”

Clinton’s mistake was to rely on a report that referred to outdated figures.

Her campaign pointed to an April 2015 article from PolitiFact.com, which gave Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont a “mostly true” rating for his claim that “99 percent of all new income today (is) going to the top 1 percent.”

To support the claim, the Sanders campaign cited the work of Justin Wolfers, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and a professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan. Wolfers, in a January 2015 post for the New York Times’ Upshot blog, wrote that only the top 1 percent saw any income gains from 2009 to 2013.

Wolfers, Jan. 27, 2015: After adjusting for inflation, the average income for the richest 1 percent (excluding capital gains) has risen from $871,100 in 2009 to $968,000 over 2012 and 2013. By contrast, for the remaining 99 percent, average incomes fell by a few dollars from $44,000 to $43,900.

Wolfers added: “That is, so far all of the gains of the recovery have gone to the top 1 percent.”

But Wolfers had based his calculations on Saez’s preliminary numbers for 2013, and Saez has updated his estimates for income growth twice since then.

In a June 2015 update, Saez said that from 2009 to 2014, during the economic recovery, 58 percent of real income growth went to the top 1 percent. And as of his June 2016 update, the figure had fallen to 52 percent, from 2009 to 2015.

Job Growth

Clinton overstated the number of jobs created since President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took office.

Clinton: Our economy is so much stronger than when they took office. Nearly 15 million new private-sector jobs.

In fact, since January 2009, when Obama took office, the private sector has added 10.5 million jobs. Clinton only counted jobs created since the low point of employment during the Great Recession – February 2010 – and disregarded the months during Obama’s tenure when jobs were lost. A total of 14.8 million private-sector jobs were created between February 2010 and June 2016.

Private-sector jobs give an important look at overall labor market health but do not tell the whole story. Overall employment, including government jobs, has increased by 10.1 million since January 2009 and 14.4 million since February 2010.

The Great Wall Debate

Clinton dismissed one of Trump’s signature campaign pledges, saying, “We will not build a wall.” But while Clinton opposes Trump’s ambitious plan for a massive wall along at least half of the 2,000-mile border with Mexico, Clinton has herself voted for and supported legislation to add more fencing along the southern border.

As Clinton acknowledged at a town hall event on Nov. 9, 2015, “I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders.”

On Aug. 2, 2006, then Sen. Clinton was among a large, bipartisan majority of senators who voted in favor of $1.83 billion in funding to construct 370 miles of triple-layered fencing, and 461 miles of vehicle barriers along the southwest border.

In September of that year, Clinton was also among a majority of senators who supported the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which called for construction of 700 miles of fencing and enhanced surveillance technology, such as unmanned drones, ground-based sensors, satellites, radar coverage and cameras. It was signed into law by President George W. Bush.

In her book “Hard Choices,” Clinton said she supported the 2013 Senate immigration bill, S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (page 459).

Clinton, “Hard Choices”: I only wish that the bipartisan bill passed in the Senate in 2013 reforming our immigration laws could have passed the House.

In addition to providing a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally, the bill would have funded an enhanced border security plan, including additional border fencing.

Again, none of that comes close to Trump’s promise to build a “great wall” — 35 to 40 feet high — along 1,000 miles of the roughly 2,000-mile border with Mexico (natural barriers protect the remaining 1,000 miles, he said). But Clinton has voted for and supported more border fencing in the past.

Daily Gun Deaths

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said that there are “91 Americans who are killed by gun violence each day,” and urged Congress to “keep guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists.” However, almost 58 of those daily gun deaths are suicides — not criminal homicides.

Pelosi: For the sake of the 91 Americans who are killed by gun violence each day, we must break the grip of the gun lobby on Congress and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists.

In 2014, 33,599 people died from firearm injuries, according to the most recent mortality report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (see Table 10). That averages out to more than 92 gun-related deaths each day.

But 63.5 percent of the gun deaths in 2014, or 21,334, were suicides. Homicides totaled 10,945, and the rest were accidental discharges (586), legal intervention/war (515) and undetermined (270).

Maloney Malarkey

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York twisted the words of a speaker at the GOP convention, claiming he called “equality” a “distraction.”

Maloney: Last week, a speaker at the Republican convention called equality a “distraction.” “Who cares?” he asked. Well, I care.

Maloney then went on to praise the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality. In reality, the person Maloney was criticizing cares about marriage equality, too.

Maloney, who is openly gay, was misquoting Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, the first gay person to openly declare his sexuality at a Republican convention (though not the first gay person to give a speech). It’s worth noting here that in 2014 Thiel raised money to fight Prop 8 in California, a measure that would have banned same-sex marriage. So he has demonstrated that he’s on the same side as Maloney on that issue.

What Thiel referred to specifically was the debate over bathroom access for transgender people — not marriage equality or gender equality in general. He said the bathroom debate was among “fake culture wars” detracting from the “real” issue of “economic decline” in America.

Here’s what Thiel really said:

Thiel, July 21: When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union. And we won. Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?

…[F]ake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline, and nobody in this race is being honest about it except Donald Trump.

Maloney is entitled to disagree with Thiel’s opinion, but had he accurately quoted Thiel, he would have said Thiel called “bathroom access” a distraction, not “equality” in general.

Internment Camps

Rep. Joaquin Castro said Trump “defended” World War II internment camps. Trump cited the internment camps as precedent for his proposal to ban all Muslim travel to the U.S. But he stopped just short of defending the practice.

Castro: Grandchildren of Americans who suffered in World War II internment camps — the same camps Donald Trump has defended — and grew up to be business owners, war heroes, and public servants.

We reached out to the Clinton campaign for backup, and a spokesman pointed to a Dec. 8, 2015, story in the New York Times about Trump defending his call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

The Times wrote, “He cast it as a temporary move in response to terrorism and invoked President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s authorization of the detention of Japanese, German and Italian immigrants during World War II as precedent.”

In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program on Dec. 8, 2015, host Joe Scarborough asked Trump if his proposal was unconstitutional. Trump cited Roosevelt’s decision to detain thousands of noncitizen Japanese, Germans and Italians. In that same interview, Mark Halperin, a political analyst for MSNBC, repeatedly asked Trump if the Japanese internment camps went against American values. Trump praised Roosevelt but repeatedly countered that he wasn’t proposing the same thing, and refused to answer.

When asked by Time whether he would have supported or opposed the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, Trump was noncommittal.
“I would have had to be there at the time to tell you, to give you a proper answer,” Trump said. “I certainly hate the concept of it. But I would have had to be there at the time to give you a proper answer.”
But when asked specifically on “Good Morning America” on Dec. 8, 2015, if he agreed with the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II, Trump said he did not.
George Stephanopoulos: I’ve got to press you on that, sir. You’re praising FDR there. I take it you’re praising the setting up of internment camps for Japanese during World War II.
Trump: No, I’m not. No, I’m not. No, I’m not. Take a look at presidential proclamations 2525, 2526 and 2527. Having to do with alien Germans, alien Italians, alien Japanese and what they did. You know, they stripped them of their naturalization proceedings. They went through a whole list of things. They couldn’t go five miles from their homes. They weren’t allowed to use radios, flashlights. I mean, you know, take a look at what FDR did many years ago, and he’s one of the most highly respected presidents by — I mean respected by most people. They named highways after him.

Trump seemed to walk right up to the line of endorsing Japanese internment — noting that FDR did it and is considered “one of the most highly respected presidents.” But when asked directly if he was praising Japanese internment, Trump said he was not.

— Robert Farley, with Eugene Kiely, Brooks Jackson, Lori Robertson, D’Angelo Gore and Zachary Gross


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<![CDATA[Man Fatally Shot in SJ Marks City's 29th Homicide: Police]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:50:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police+generic3.jpg

A man was fatally shot in San Jose late Thursday night, marking the city's 29th homicide of the year.

About 10:05 p.m., San Jose officers responded to reports of a person shot in the area of Willow and Sherman streets. Upon arrival, they found a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

No motives or details about the shooting were available, police said, and no suspects have been identified.

The victim's identity will not be released until the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office has confirmed it and notified next of kin, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 408-947-7867.

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<![CDATA[Giants Lack Clutch Hit in Loss to Nationals]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:50:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/giants-728.jpg

SAN FRANCISCO — It was the same story, just with a slight twist on the ending.

This time, the Giants threatened late, loading the bases and scoring a run. But once again, for the 10th time in 12 games since the All-Star break, they took a loss. After a 1-7 road trip, they have lost three of four back at home. For most of Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Nationals, AT&T Park was rather lifeless.

That changed in the ninth when Jonathan Papelbon, who has the Nationals even more desperate for a late-inning arm than the Giants, put two on with one out in a three-run game. Oliver Perez loaded the bases and an error scored a run and kept them packed. But Denard Span struck out against his old team and Angel Pagan swung through the final pitch of the night.

“We did such a good job in the ninth battling back,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We could have used a big hit there … We dodged a lot of bullets and just couldn’t quite finish it. It would have done a lot for the club.”

The Giants went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. On the other side, the Nationals got a series of two-out, two-strike singles to push Johnny Cueto’s pitch count and take a 3-0 lead.

“Gosh, he got two outs and two strikes on three hitters and they all found a way to get hits,” Bochy said.

Cueto settled in after that, but the damage was done. Tanner Roark allowed just four hits and the struggling Nationals bullpen bent but did not break. Cueto said he just had “a bad inning.”

“I was trying to get outs, but unfortunately, nothing went my way,” he said.

Bochy hoped that Joe Panik’s return would provide a spark, but the top three in the new-look order went 0-for-13. The hope now is that others can provide a needed jolt. Hunter Pence should be back Saturday. Before that, Eduardo Nunez is expected to report Friday.

Nunez was traded to the Giants before Thursday’s game in exchange for Adalberto Mejia. He is a year younger than Cueto and also from the Dominican Republic, but the two have not crossed paths often.

“I don’t know anything,” Cueto said, smiling. “I know he’s Dominican.”

All the Giants care about is the fact that Nunez is an All-Star-caliber hitter. After the way the past two weeks have gone, that’s exactly what they need.

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<![CDATA[Quakes Stars Get a Kick Out of Hosting MLS All-Star Game]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:20:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/mls.jpg

The Major League Soccer All-Stars lost 2-1 to England's top club, Arsenal, on Thursday night at Avaya Stadium. But the outcome of the match held little relevance compared to what the experience meant for a couple of Bay Area natives.

Chris Wondolowski and David Bingham, both members of the host San Jose Earthquakes, said it was a special night for them.

"Being an all-star is an honor; being able to play it in your home stadium is even better and something very few guys get to do," said David Bingham. "So I was very fortunate."

Wondolowski couldn't have agreed more.

"You look at the stadium and what they've done to bring back MLS in the Bay Area," he said."I think it just shows what this whole community has really done for soccer in the area."

The teams played even for a good part of the match until Chuba Akpom scored the late winner in the 87th minute for Arsenal, of the English Premier League.

MLS All-Star coach Dominic Kinnear, who grew up in Fremont, was equally moved by having the match in his hometown area.

"As a kid, I went to Earthquakes games," he said. "I've been lucky enough to be a fan and player a coach. And now to coach the best in the MLS in this wonderful new stadium, it's a great story, and I'm glad to be part of it."

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<![CDATA[SF Democrats React to Clinton's Historic Acceptance Speech]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:44:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hillary-reax.jpg

Members of San Francisco Young Democrats watching the Democratic National Convention in the city on Thursday night were moved by the historic relevance of the event and perhaps persuaded to believe the party can unite behind the first woman to accept a major party's nomination for president.

As Hillary Clinton gave her rousing acceptance speech in Philadelphia, supporters of both Clinton and Bernie Sanders packed Virgils Sea Room on Mission Street in San Francisco to take in the landmark moment. For some, it was emotional.

"She's an imperfect candidate, but her beliefs are the same as mine," said Jennifer Lucas of San Francisco.

Clinton told Sanders supporters she's on board.

"Your cause is our cause," she said in her speech.

And she may have even won over some Bernie backers.

"We couldn't beleive what we were hearing; a laundry list of everything we wanted to know," said Maura Dilly.

"I feel like I trust her," said Carson Christiano. "She is super intelligent. Her expertise is obvious to me. She should take the reins."

Indeed, many at Virgils felt Clinton presented a compelling case. But they know there is still work to do.

"I'm gonna drive to Nevada and canvas for Hillary in the fall," said Ian Blue of SF Young Democrats.

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<![CDATA[Pokemon Go Player Leaves Backpack, Sparks Evacuation ]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:56:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/575424400-pokemon-go-generic.jpg

Areas of downtown San Rafael were restricted and evacuated Thursday when a suspicious backpack was found on the top floor of a parking garage behind the Bank of America building, San Rafael police said.

The backpack belonged to a male who was playing the Pokemon Go game on his cellphone, police said.

Police were informed around 11:40 a.m. that a young male left a large black backpack unattended on the top floor of the parking garage at 1000 Fourth St. and quickly walked away.

Police set up a perimeter and restricted anyone from entering the businesses and apartments in the area. The Bank of America building and the Rafael Town Center businesses and apartments were evacuated as a precaution, and traffic on Fifth Avenue also was restricted, police said.

The UC Berkeley's bomb squad responded to examine the backpack with a robot. One of the original witnesses took a photo of the male who left the backpack and told police the suspect was still in the downtown area where the bomb squad was working, police said.

When contacted by police, the male said he was playing Pokemon Go, but he denied leaving the backpack. He later admitted it belonged to him but he gave no reason why he left it there, police said.

The male was not arrested, and police said they do not anticipate charges will be filed.

The backpack contained a sleeping bag and clothing, police said.

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<![CDATA[DNC Hack Exposes Vulnerabilities in Voting Systems]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:28:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/Hacker+Stock.jpg

Although they say it’s unlikely foreign groups could hack into U.S. voting machines, officials are alarmed that the Democratic Party email hack has exposed vulnerabilities in the electoral voting system’s security, NBC News reported. 

The voting systems aren’t part of the safety net set up by the Department of Homeland Security and are not protected by the federal government because each state runs its own electoral system. 

According to an expert, 25 states still allow voting by email or the internet, and all states have some kind of on-line registration, which could make them wide open to hacking. Experts tell NBC News the computers running the state electoral systems are almost entirely unencrypted, and often don't have backups. 

Officials in Colorado, New York and California all stressed they're making sure no voting machines are ever connected to the internet. This "air gap" makes it impossible to manipulate individual machines remotely.

On Thursday, a bipartisan consortium of homeland security and counterterrorism experts plans to issue a statement raising concerns about the possibility that Russia is seeking to manipulate the U.S. election. The group wants Congress to investigate the hack into the DNC email system. 

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<![CDATA[Giants Acquire All-Star Infielder Nunez From Twins]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:02:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/nunez1.jpg

SAN FRANCISCO -- The banged-up Giants added some needed depth Thursday night, acquiring infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for pitching prospect Adalberto Mejia.

Nunez, 29, is batting .296 this season with 12 homers and and 47 RBI. He has an American League-leading 27 stolen bases in 33 attempts and was named an All-Star for the first time.

Nunez has started 84 games this season, 48 at shortstop, 28 at third, four at second base and four at DH. He provides depth for a team that just got Joe Panik back on Thursday night and will be without Matt Duffy for at least another week.

Nunez was originally signed by the Yankees in 2004 and spent parts of four seasons in New York before playing the last three with the Twins.

Mejia, 23, is one of the Giants' best prospects. He's 7-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 18 starts for Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento this season.

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<![CDATA[Pair Rescued From Fire Were Growing Pot: Sheriff's Office]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:27:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N11P+SOBERANES+FIRE+PETS+VO+-+00000417.jpg

Two people who were found Monday inside the lines of the Soberanes fire in Monterey County were tending to a marijuana crop, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

In the early morning hours Monday, deputies responded to a call for assistance from Cal Fire in the Bouchers Gap area. The responding officers came upon two people who had been overtaken by the fire and walked out of the brush requesting help getting out.

The pair had been looking after a 900-plant marijuana grow, sheriff's officials said.

The grow was destroyed by the fire.

It was not known whether the two people rescued Monday were connected with eight hikers who were rescued by firefighters Tuesday.

The Soberanes fire has burned nearly 30,000 acres and destroyed 34 homes. It is also responsible for one death, a 35-year-old bulldozer operator who was killed this week when his dozer overturned while fighting the blaze.

It was not immediately clear if the pair were taken into custody or whether they would face any charges.

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<![CDATA['Party Like it's 9,999!' Celebrating the 10,000th Day of the Web]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:24:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mozillamain.jpg

Today, the World Wide Web celebrates its 10,000th day of existence! Mozilla Firefox’s Twitter account used the hashtag #10kDays to raise awareness on the internet’s transformation and to highlight some of the web’s most fond memories.

According to the Digital Journal, the internet began in 1989 when Web inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, submitted a proposal for a distributed information center for CERN. Berners-Lee’s proposal is known today as the World Wide Web. The web proposal opened the door for many tech wizards, musicians, and web users today.

From providing college degrees to communicating with doctors online, the internet has made an extraordinary impact on many lives around the globe.

The internet has upgraded in a way where we have access to millions of apps online. There is literally an app for everything such as learning how to cook or reading a new book. You name it, it’s there!

There are many people who rely heavily on the internet including college students and business owners… We can all thank Mr. Berners-Lee for that!

Internet users are looking forward to the next 10,000 days.

Check out the tweets below to see how the Twitter world honored the internet with the hashtag #10Kdays

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<![CDATA[Uptick in Millbrae Home Burglaries Has Residents Worried]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:01:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/millbrae3.jpg

Residents in Millbrae are concerned about a recent uptick in home burglaries, and some would like to see more patrols.

The City Council organized a special town hall meeting Thursday night in response to the concerns, hoping to come together with residents on a resolution to curb the recent rash of crimes.

Officials with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, which took over police patrols in the Peninsula city in 2012, acknowledged there’s been a slight increase in home burglaries, but they couldn't provide exact figures.

"The numbers are showing that crimes in Millbrae are just slightly higher, but not significantly higher compared to our neighboring cities," said Salvador Zuno, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

According crime reports on the Sheriff's Office website, there have been roughly 25 home burglaries in Millbrae since April.

Resident Charlie Recasens, who has lived in the city for more than 30 years, said he hasn't heard about the burglaries. He said as long as his dog is in the house, he feels safe.

"Anyone comes near the house, and she barks," Recasens said.

But not everyone feels so secure. Resident Veronica Lopez said she would feel safer if there were more patrols.

"It would be nice if we felt we had the protection because we don’t have that," Lopez said before Thursday night's meeting. "It’s very limited. A lot of people are going to say that tonight."

Zuno said deputies will listen to neighbors' concerns and offer security tips.

"Secure your doors, windows, side gates, garages," the Sheriff's Office advises. "Make sure they’re locked."

Mayor Anne Oliva said the city recently increased its public safety budget, and it could increase again.

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<![CDATA[Levy's Mother in 'State of Shock' After Charges Are Dropped]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:50:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/susan-levy.jpg

The mother of Chandra Levy, a Washington, D.C., intern from Modesto, California, whose 2001 disappearance and death received national attention, said she is "totally in a state of shock" after learning the charges will be dropped against the man convicted of killing her daughter.

Susan Levy said the news brought back feelings she had 15 years ago when her daughter vanished.

"It kind of puts you back to the level of grief you originally had," she told NBC Bay Area. 

Federal prosecutors announced Thursday they are dropping all charges against Salvadoran immigrant Ingmar Guandique, citing "recent unforeseen developments that were investigated over the past week."

A spokeswoman for Guandique's lawyers said Thursday that the jailhouse informant who reported that Guandique confessed to the crime was found to have lied.

"I only wish we could get the right person, whoever did what happened to my daughter," said Susan Levy.

Levy added that she thinks of her daughter constantly and won't stop seeking justice.

"I always want justice," she said, "but even if I get justice, it doesn't bring calm back to a family that's been fractured by a horrendous crime like this."

Guandique was convicted in 2010 in Levy's death but later was granted a new trial, which was expected to begin this fall. But the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement Thursday that prosecutors have moved to dismiss the case charging Guandique with Levy's 2001 murder. Those charges were formally dropped later in the day.

Chandra Levy's disappearance got national headlines after it was learned she was romantically linked to then-Congressman Gary Condit. Condit insisted he had nothing to do with the 24-year-old's disappearance. He was later ruled out as a suspect.

Levy's remains were found at Rock Creek Park in D.C. a year after her disappearance.

Prosecutors argued Levy's death fit a pattern of attacks Guandique committed on female joggers. At the time, he had been serving 10 years in prison for attacking two other women in Rock Creek Park.

But prosecutors lacked hard evidence against him in the Levy case, presenting neither eyewitnesses nor DNA evidence.

A jury found Guandique guilty in November 2010 on two charges of felony murder in Levy's death. He was sentenced to 60 years.

Condit's attorney, L. Lin Wood, responded to Thursday's news in a statement: "Gary Condit was extremely disappointed to learn today that the prosecution has decided against a retrial of Ingmar Guandique, the individual previously found guilty of the murder of Chandra Levy. The failure of authorities to bring formal closure to this tragedy after 15 years is very disappointing but in no way alters the fact that Mr. Condit was long ago completely exonerated by authorities in connection with Ms. Levy's death. At some point in the near future, I expect Mr. Condit to speak publicly about the case but he does not believe that it is appropriate to do so at this time."

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<![CDATA[One in Nine U.S. Olympians Has Ties to Bay Area]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:14:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NU+N6P+OLYMPICS+BOB+COSTAS+2+PKG+-+00005425.jpg

What is it about the Bay Area that produces so many Olympic stars?

Sixty-two of the 555 athletes making up Team U.S.A. has local ties. Legendary NBC Sportscaster Bob Costas says there are at least a couple things happening here.

“If I were to guess, I’d say part of it is at least two prestigious universities, Stanford and Cal,” Costas said.

About 11 percent –– have local ties. And this does not even include the 20 other athletes with Bay Area ties competing for other countries.

Costas has been the front man for NBC for 10 Olympics and counting. He says Bay Area universities pride themselves on non-marquee sports.

“Do they have good basketball teams and football teams? Yeah. But they also win championships in sports that don’t get as much national attention,” Costas said.

Cal’s pool has produced the likes of Nathan Adrian, Dana Vollmer, Anthony Ervin, Missy Franklin and many more. 

Across the Bay, Stanford boasts diver Kristian Ipsen, beach volleyball player Keri Walsh Jennings and the first female Olympic skiff sailor Helena Scutt.

Not to forget, San Jose State University has judokas Marti Malloy and Colton Brown.

Costas says there isn’t something in the water, but there is something in our California skies.

“You’ve got weather conditions that allow for year-round training. Does it get chilly sometimes in the Bay Area, yeah it does, but still you’ve got weather conditions that allow athletes from different sports to compete year round and to train year round,” Costas said.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate 'Disturbing' Attempted Kidnapping]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:13:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0728-2016-SanLeandroSuspect.jpg

San Leandro police are searching for a man accused of making a violent attempt to kidnap a 23-year-old woman as she headed to work Thursday morning. He was thwarted by a good Samaritan, they said.

NBC Bay Area caught up with the man who police say likely saved the woman's life. Yong-Sung Leal said he doesn't consider himself a hero.

“You don’t have to be tough to do the right thing," Leal said. "Just react."

Leal explained what he saw and why he reacted the way he did.

"I see the perpetrator trying to pull this girl into his car and while he’s macing her," Leal said. "She was very brave; she did the best she could.

"I pulled her ankle out; her torso was almost in the vehicle," Leal continued. "He was macing me, and we were running around his car. Eventually he got into his vehicle."

The incident was reported just before 8 a.m. in the 14700 block of busy Washington Avenue, police said.

Lt. Ron Clark of the San Leandro Police Department called the attack "completely random" and "disturbing." Without Leal's intervention, "she could have ended up the next body [dumped] somewhere else," Clark said, adding that "there is no way to know."

Witnesses also said that if Leal hadn't stepped in to help the woman, the attempted kidnapping could have ended in tragedy.

Investigators worked with the victim and witnesses to create a suspect sketch. He is described as a well-dressed man in a collared shirt, who calmly parallel parked his car, jumped out and maced the woman.

"She was incapacitated by the mace," Clark said. "She wasn’t in a position to fight back ... but she actually felt her feet enter the car."

That's when Leal, who was driving by, stopped and fought off the suspect, prompting him to flee in his car.

"I wish we were able to contain him," Leal said. "At least she’s all right; that’s all that matters."

Bruce Burns, a painter who was working on the roof of a nearby apartment building, said he saw two men fighting across the street and noticed "there was a girl, too."

Burns didn’t know it at the time, but he was witnessing an attempted abduction.

"Everybody could see it," he said, because the man tried to grab the woman in "crazy, broad daylight."

Clark said both the victim and Leal were treated at the scene for chemical exposure because the suspect sprayed mace in their faces. Police are afraid the attempted kidnapper might strike again.

"Kidnapping is pretty scary," Burns said.

Detectives have set up a hotline dedicated to this case and are asking people with information to call (510) 577-3259.

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<![CDATA[Palo Alto Native Wins 8 Medals at Transplant Games]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:37:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lung+transplant+swimmer.jpg

Palo Alto native Anna Modlin won eight gold medals at the 2016 Transplant Games of America this summer.

The 34 year old was also named Female Athlete of the Year.

The Transplant Games of America are an Olympic-like, multi-sport festival event for individuals who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries. The games are held every other year.

Modlin is team manager for the more than 20 athletes who compete for the Northern California team.

She was born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that destroys the lungs due to chronic lung infection. She had a double lung transplant a few years ago.

“I compete because I can. I compete because I was given a second chance and because I owe everything of why my body works to my donor,” said Modlin, who only knows her organ donor was a woman.

“It’s about honoring her memory,” Modlin said.

On Saturday, she will be speaking at the 29th National Cystic Fibrosis Family Education Conference in the Bay Area.

She wants to encourage people to donate organs.

People can register and learn more by visiting DonateLifeCalifornia.org.

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<![CDATA[Trans Activist Makes DNC History]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:54:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-584262470.jpg

Before Hillary Clinton could take the stage Thursday night in Philadelphia to give a historic speech, a Wilmington, Delaware, native made some history of her own when she stood at the podium and said, "My name is Sarah McBride, and I am a proud transgender American."

McBride became the first openly transgender person to address a major political party convention. The American University graduate came out as transgender four years ago while serving as student body president. Today she is the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, and says that a lot of work remains on behalf of the transgender community.

"Will we be a nation where there's only one way to love, only one way to look, and only one way to live?" McBride said on stage Thursday night. "Or, will we be a nation where everyone has the freedom to live openly and equally; a nation that's 'Stronger Together?' That's the question in this election."

McBride said the struggle for equality became more urgent for her when she learned that her future husband, a transgender man named Andy, was battling cancer.

"Even in the face of his terminal illness — this 28-year-old — he never wavered in his commitment to our cause and his belief that this country can change," McBride said.

The couple married in 2014, and Andy passed away just five days later.

"Knowing Andy left me profoundly changed," she said. "But more than anything else, his passing taught me that every day matters when it comes to building a world where every person can live their life to the fullest."

McBride has been a champion for transgender rights. After coming out in her college’s student-run newspaper, The Eagle, she later became the first out trans woman to work at the White House when she interned in the Office of Public Engagement. Several months ago she took a viral selfie inside a women’s restroom in North Carolina, where a controversial law enacted in the state bans transgender people from using government building bathrooms in line with their gender identities. 

The spotlight continued to shine on McBride Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention, and she used the attention to continue to work for her cause.

"Today in America, LGBTQ people are still targeted by hate that lives in both laws and in hearts,” she said. "Many still struggle just to get by. But I believe tomorrow can be different. Tomorrow, we can be respected and protected -- especially if Hillary Clinton is our president. And that's why I'm proud to stand here and say that I'm with her."

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<![CDATA[Army Officer From Walnut Creek Dies at Ranger School]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:17:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/parros.jpg

A 21-year-old Army officer has died after falling ill during his first day at the military's grueling Ranger School in Georgia.

The Army says 2nd Lt. Michael R. Parros died Wednesday at a hospital two days after he became sick during training at Fort Benning. An Army news release says doctors treated Parros for hyponatremia, an illness caused by unusually low sodium levels in the blood that can result from drinking too much water.

Fort Benning spokesman John Tongret said Thursday that Parros of Walnut Creek, California, had finished a hand-to-hand combat training session and went to dinner before he became ill. The Army is investigating, as it does whenever a soldier dies.

The two-month Ranger School course tests soldiers' abilities to overcome fatigue, hunger and stress during combat operations.

Parros played multiple positions for De La Salle High School's football team, which won the state title in December 2011 in his senior season before he graduated in 2012.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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