<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:46:13 -0800 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:46:13 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[SJ Considers Allowing Boars to be Trapped, Killed]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:53:09 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Wild-pig-file.jpg

They are known for descending on lawns and destroying them, but should wild boars be trapped and killed in the South Bay?

The San Jose city council is considering the controversial proposal. The wild pigs have been known to tear up lawns at golf courses and homes, as they search for grubs.

The problem is getting so bad the city enacted a temporary law allowing them to be trapped and killed--and the boar complaints started to dwindle.

The question now is if that law become permanent.

"Basically it’s a buffet for them," San Jose resident Gigi Michelle said. "They have grubs there, and they have water. Once they step on this pan, close the door."

In 2014, Michelle said the wild boars have destroyed her lawn and is keeping her up at night.

"Snort, grunting, and--oh yeah--they're destroying the grass," she said.

Gigi said more than a dozen wild pigs live in the wooded area across the street from her San Jose condo, located near Coyote Creek and Forsum road--and some have even invaded homes.

"Once they come into your home, they are much more dangerous when they wander in there," San Jose City Councilman Johnny Khamis said.

In 2013, the wild pigs were such a big problem the San Jose city council passed the temporary ordinance allowing home owners to hire a licensed trapper to catch and kill the animals. That year, the new law didn’t seem to make a difference.

But in 2014, the pig population appeared to shrink. A total of 14 pigs were caught and killed in South San Jose.

"There are some that people are catching, and people are reporting a lot less sightings," Khamis said. "So, that’s a good thing."

On Tuesday, the city council is set to decide whether to make the temporary ordinance permanent--a plan councilman Khamis said he supports.

"We feel it's working," he said. "It hasn’t caused harm to the residents, and there have been no complaints, so this plan is starting to work, and we want to make sure it continues."

Khamis said he sees it as an effective way to protect people and their lawns.

But the law does not allow residents to shoot a boar in their backyards. They have to hire a professional, who has to follow very specific rules for trapping the animal and shooting it.

The temporary law is set to expire Feb. 2.

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<![CDATA[Bomb Threat Diverts Delta Flight]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:40:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/012515+Eva+Groves+Delta+flight.jpg

DFW Airport officials confirmed that a Delta Airlines flight was diverted to DFW on Sunday afternoon. Airport spokesman David Magana did not give much information to NBC DFW other than saying "the airport is responding per protocol."

WESH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Orlando told NBC DFW that Delta Flight #1061 is the flight involved. It left Los Angeles International Airport at 10:30 a.m. PT. The station said it landed at DFW airport at 3:52 p.m. CT. It's unclear when the flight will leave.

Around 6:00 p.m., Morgan Durrant, Delta Airlines spokesman told WESH-TV that the plane is a 737-900 with a capacity of 180 passengers. Durrant would not reveal how the concern was discovered.

"Safety and security are always our top priority," Durrant told WESH-TV. "We apologize for the inconvenience, but safety is the top priority."

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<![CDATA[5 Biggest Snowstorms to Hit Northeast]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:13:19 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP744402766935.jpg

The Northeast is bracing for a “historic” snowstorm that is expected to pummel an area from Philadelphia all the way to northern New England with as much as two to three feet of snow by the time it's over late Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service has issues a blizzard warning for the New York and Boston areas starting Monday night.

"This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. "My message for New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before."

The forecast means, New York City could beat its one-day snowfall record — 26.9 inches, recorded in Central Park in February 2006.

"This is going to be a big one, historic," Weather Channel coordinating meteorologist Tom Moore told NBC News. "There could be paralyzing, crippling blizzard conditions. They're going to be talking about this one for a while."

The Northeast is no stranger to powerful snowstorms. Here’s a list of some some of the biggest blizzards the region has ever seen.

1993: The Storm of the Century

The Storm of the Century did not only hit the Northeast, it surged up the entire East Coast from Alabama to Maine. The storm affected parts of 26 states, which is where roughly half of the entire U.S. population lives, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The blizzard began on March 12 and wrecked havoc for two days. For the first time, every East Coast airport had shut down at some point during or after the storm hit. Parts of upstate New York and Pennsylvania received over three feet of snow and wind gusts reached up to 89 mph on Long Island. Approximately 270 people died from direct and indirect results from the storm. The storm is still ranked as the number 1 most impactful snowstorm on the NOAA’s Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS), which is used to categorize snowstorms.

The Storm of the Century had uncanny similarities to the Blizzard of 1888: both started on Mar. 12 and affected 26 states.

2006: New York City Blizzard

While this storm is 29th on the NESIS list, it did account for New York City’s most snowfall in history: 27 inches. The snowstorm, however, was not categorized as a blizzard— winds of at least 35 mph for three consecutive hours and visibility of less than a quarter mile constitute a blizzard, which this snowstorm did not have.

1977: The Buffalo Blizzard

The snow began early morning on January 28 and temperatures dropped approximately 26 degrees in four hours. At the blizzard's peak, gusts of winds were 75mph and wind chills reached 50 to 60 degrees below zero. Thousands were stranded in office buildings or stalled cars and roads became parking lots quickly. Although the storm didn’t not dump record-breaking snow— only 12 inches— it did put Buffalo on the map as the blizzard capital of the United States.

1978: The Great Northeast Blizzard (Boston/Rhode Island)

New England shut down after this blizzard dumped over 30 inches of snow and wind speeds hit over 100 mph. After the storm, President Carter declared portions of Rhode Island and Massachusetts federal disaster areas and brought the National Guard to help with the clean up. The storm lasted 32 hours which accumulated over 3000 stranded cars on the highways and claimed the lives of almost 100 people. This may have been the most powerful storm in the region since the Great Snow of 1717 when four snowstorms struck the area between February 27 and March 7, covering the New England and New York colonies with more than four feet of snow.

The Blizzard of 1996

This nor’easter hit the Northeast Corridor on January 6, as the country was getting back on track from the federal government shutdown. This storm ranked second on the NESIS scale. Parts of Pennsylvania were completely shut down and many Pittsburgh Steelers fans from areas east of Pittsburgh were stranded in the city after the NFL playoff game on Sunday. Philadelphia recorded 30.7 inches of snow— its highest record to date.

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<![CDATA[Body of Missing Pa. Teacher Found]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:28:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ChristopherTully.jpg

The body of a missing Pennsylvania teacher was found Sunday in the Schuylkill River, according to police and his family members.

A body was pulled from the Schuylkill around 1:20 p.m. The body was discovered in the water off Kelly Drive near the Falls Bridge in East Falls. Both police and family members later confirmed the body is that of 40-year-old Christopher Tully.

Tully, 40, had gone missing after jumping out of his parent's car along the City Avenue Bridge near East Falls on Jan. 6. He was last seen running south on City Avenue towards the Schuylkill Expressway.

Tully, an award-winning teacher at the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology and father of three, suffered from depression and was on his way to treatment when he ran away, said his loved ones.

"Even though he's 40, he's still my baby and I want him to come home," said his mother Mary Tully.

A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for a reward for information leading to his whereabouts. The reward reached $10,000.

Investigators have not yet revealed how Tully died. They continue to investigate.

This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.

<![CDATA[2 Killed in NYC Home Depot Shooting]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:48:08 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/221*120/12515depot.jpg

An employee at a Manhattan Home Depot argued with a co-worker and fatally shot him before killing himself Sunday afternoon, police said.

The shootings occurred at about 2:30 p.m. inside the crowded store on West 23rd Street.

Hundreds of store employees and customers scrambled for safety when the gunfire erupted, witnesses said.

A 31-year-old employee, whom police haven't identified, exchanged words with his co-worker, pulled out a gun and shot him multiple times, said NYPD Capt. Steven Wren. 

The gunman then shot himself in the head, he said. The co-worker was the shooter's supervisor, sources said.

"It sounded like fireworks, but more because it's enclosed, so you could hear the echoes," said Emilio Bantero, who was shopping inside the store.

Police haven't identified the victim, who was a 38-year-old man.

Investigators didn't disclose the nature of the argument that led to the shooting.

"We're deeply saddened by this tragedy," said Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for Home Depot. "We are fully cooperating with the authorities on their investigation of what appears to have been an isolated incident."

<![CDATA[Police: Robber Threatens Drug Stores With Bomb]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:41:23 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/218*120/pharmacy_robberies.jpg

Bay Area police are investigating several drug store robberies in which they say a man demanding oxycodone tells pharmacists he has a bomb.

The first robbery happened Dec. 11 at a 24-hour pharmacy at Walgreen's in Mountain View. Police shut down the Walgreen's, as well as the entire strip mall around it for hours, until the San Jose bomb squad could arrive to remove a suspicious package.

In the end, it was not a bomb at all.

"Anytime somebody is going to threaten a bomb and leave a device there, we’re not going to take any chances," Mountain View police Sgt. Saul Jaeger said. "We’re going to clear the building."

Police said the suspect took off on a motorcycle.

Two other similar robberies took place at a Walgreen's and Rite Aid in Morgan Hill in late December and early January, according to police.

Pharmacies across the country frequently report oxycodone thefts, as addicts and dealers look to source their drugs.

"He could be addicted to pain medicine. He could be a dealer," Jaeger said. "We’re not exactly sure the reason why somebody would go and do this. All we do know is that he’s using the same method. He’s feigning to have a bomb, which in all three have turned out to be not."

Mountain View police are hoping, with the release of video and photos of the suspect, someone with information will come forward.

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<![CDATA[Rocket Launcher Near Calif. Freeway]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:29:33 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Rocket+Launcher1.jpg

A military rocket launcher was discovered on the side of the I-15 Freeway in Riverside County, California, Thursday afternoon, officials said.

It was unclear who the weapon belonged to, said a Riverside County Sheriff's Department spokesman. Rocket launchers are illegal to own, though some are occasionally found in California.

Workers clearing brush from the side of the highway in Murrieta found the rocket launcher, according to Patch, which first reported the discovery.

The AT-4 tube had no munitions inside, officials said. Its manufacturer's web page described it as "one of the most successful anti-armour weapons ever developed," effective against armorded vehicles and aircraft.

A rocket launcher was returned to law enforcement at a 2013 gun buyback in Solano County, and officers in 2012 found a rocket launcher while executing a search warrant in Paramount.

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<![CDATA[Los Angeles Man Claims to Have Met Zodiac Killer]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:56:32 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N11A-ZODIAC-KILLER-VO---14204600.jpg

A Los Angeles man claimed he met the Zodiac Killer back in the 1970s, and he wants San Francisco police to re-examine evidence that emerged in 2014.

Longtime L.A. publicist Chris Harris said he was stunned by a Zodiac book that came out in 2014. The author claimed his estranged father Earl Van Best Jr. was the serial killer.

And Van Best does bear a striking resemblance to police sketches.

"I think he has the proof this is the man," Harris said. "It's the same person I saw in that diner."

Harris said the killer approached him in a Napa diner in the 1970s and talked about the murders. Harris was part of a film crew investigating the murders.

A San Francisco police spokesman, Albie Esparza, said the Zodiac case is still open.

"We want people to contact us with information. Anyone can say what they'd like or claim/believe, but we work with evidence," Esparza said.

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<![CDATA["Charlie Hebdo" Hits US Newsstands]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:08:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Charlie+Hebdo+North+Park.jpg

The magazine at the center of the terror attacks in France two weeks ago is being sold in the United States, including at a newsstand in San Diego. 

The French satirical newspaper hit American newsstands Friday.

NBC News has decided not to show the controversial cover showing the Prophet Mohammed carrying a sign that says in French, "I am Charlie."  Twenty-thousand copies will be offered in the United States, according to LPMI, a distributor of foreign magazines and newspapers in the U-S and Canada.

Copies of Charlie Hebdo got to the North Park newsstand Friday afternoon.  The manager, Ken Gabbara, said it has been flying off the shelves.  He ordered 200 copies and had has already sold half.

Gabbara expects he has enough to get through the weekend and will evaluate to see if he needs to order more on Monday. Gabbara said he is not worried about negative feedback.

“We're doing it for the sake of history. People want a little piece of history," he said. "I carry like over 4,000 magazines in here. There's a lot of things that I agree and disagree with but it's for people's choices. If they want to read about it, we give them the opportunity.”

Bijan Izadi, who purchased a copy of the magazine, said he wanted to read the magazine.

“If you are not able to speak freely and if other people are infringing on that and threatening your life for that reason it's not right," Izadi said.

This shipment of 20,000 to the United States follows a shipment of 300 that made it to major cities like San Francisco and  New York. Copies are sold for $12.99 plus tax.

<![CDATA[Thousands Attend HempCon in San Jose]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:18:09 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hempcon_san_jose_convention.jpg

Thousands of people poured into the San Jose Convention Center Saturday to experience HempCon, one of the biggest trade shows in the world catering to medical marijuana users.

People inside could find everything from marijuana ice cream to the latest technology to grow marijuana.

Industry leaders said this event is larger than ever.

"In this room, we have hundreds of entrepreneurs, new technology. All of the stuff is made in the U.S.A. The cannabis smoke here is from California," HempCon General Counsel Freddy Sayegh said.

And Sayegh said the medical marijuana industry employs 100,000 Californians. He also said as new research points to benefits for people with AIDS and those suffering from PTSD, the industry is expected to grow even more this year.

HempCon will continue Sunday, and another show is scheduled for April in San Francisco.

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<![CDATA[Arrest in School Scissors Stabbing]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:53:44 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/1-23-15-David+Wark+Griffith+Middle+School+scissors+stabbing.JPG

Authorities arrested a 13-year-old boy on Saturday morning in connection with the stabbing death of a boy outside an East Los Angeles middle school, officials said.

LA County Sheriff's deputies arrested the boy at his East LA home between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m., a watch commander with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

It came hours after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed with scissors outside David Wark Griffith Middle School. The boy, whose identity hasn't been released, was attacked at 3:08 p.m. Friday and died at a local hospital, officials said.

He was a student at a nearby high school, according to Los Angeles Unified School District officials; it was unclear if his attacker was a student at either school.

Information about the boy in custody was not immediately available.

Christina Cocca contributed to this report. Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[New Steve Jobs Movie Filming in Berkeley]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:31:34 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/berkeley_jobs_filming.jpg

The city of Berkeley is going Hollywood, as a new movie about Steve Jobs is being filmed along College Avenue, near Ashby Avenue.

On Friday night, crews said they were filming a night scene for the movie, and the shoot could last until 6 a.m. Saturday.

They were capturing a slice of College Avenue in Berkeley from the 1980s and 1990s, with older cars parked along the street. Even their license plates were changed to the old blue and gold to make it look like that time period, and the extras had to wear clothing and hair styles no longer in fashion.

“My dad told me about it, and I was like, ‘If they’re filming in Berkeley, it’s probably not a huge movie. They film big movies in LA,'” movie fan Mayumi Rubin said.

But it is a big movie with A-list stars. The movie concentrates on the early Apple days when Steve Jobs, played by Michael Fassbender, and Steve Wozniak, played by Seth Rogen, launched three key products.

Kate Winslett also stars in the new movie, but the only celebrity NBC Bay Area caught at the shoot so far was Jeff Daniels.

“I loved ‘The Interview’ with Seth Rogen," Darius Roffe said. "That was just hilarious. I think it’d be interesting to see him in a serious role.”

The movie will also shoot scenes in San Francisco at some point and the South Bay this weekend.

Karla Buenaventura will be an extra for the next scene, which is still secret.

“Yeah, I saw a link on Facebook, and they’re looking for extras," Buenaventura said. "It’s going to be filmed in San Jose tomorrow. I’m waiting for an email about the details.”

But with a Steve Jobs movie already done back in 2013 starring Ashton Kutcher, some people said they are not sure another movie about him is necessary.

“I don’t really think we do [need another Steve Jobs movie]," Jake Snider said. "It just seems like they’re really stretching him out. He didn’t really have a big role in Apple. He didn’t build anything. He just assumed the role.”

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<![CDATA[Reports of Explosion in Sunnyvale Near Burglary Investigation]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:35:50 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/210*120/police+siren.JPG

Police in Sunnyvale responded to a possible explosion near downtown and an unrelated burglary in progress.

Officers responded to calls of an explosive sound, but they did not find any damage. While it caused alarm, it turned out to be fireworks, police said.

Neighbors said they heard a loud boom coming from the downtown area.

"This is not the typical Friday night here on Remington," Matt Tedone said. "Not at all...20-plus years I've lived here. The worst thing we had are speeders up-and-down the street. This is quite out of the ordinary."

At the same time, police received a call about a residential burglary in progress just east of Mountain View High School.

Officers closed off streets in the neighborhood to search for a suspect, and one suspect was arrested.

Police said the burglary and the firework situation were unrelated.

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<![CDATA[Julia Roberts to Adapt Batkid Documentary into Feature Film]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:39:16 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/batkid-poster-crop.png

Actress Julia Roberts and her production company have closed a deal to adapt the Batkid documentary into a feature-film.

The documentary would depict how San Francisco became Gotham City for a day to grant the wish of a 5-year-old leukemia patient.

The documentary, directed by a former NBC Bay Area producer, debuts Saturday at the Slamdance Film Festival in Colorado.

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<![CDATA[Morgan Hill Elementary School Vandalized]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:28:22 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/vandalism_elementary_school.jpg

Administrators at Morgan Hill's Paradise Valley Elementary School said teenagers are to blame for racist words and images.

The offensive words and images were covered up before students arrived Friday morning. But not before police documented the swastikas, obscenities, and the letters "KKK."

Investigators are looking at surveillance video in hopes of finding the vandals, who hit nearby houses and cars as well.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Great Ernie Banks Dies at 83]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:06:57 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ErnieBanks2014.jpg

Ernie Banks, the Chicago Cubs great who was affectionately known as "Mr. Cub" and was the face of the franchise for decades, has passed away at the age of 83. 

Banks was the first African-American to don a Cubs uniform, and it was the only one he would wear.

In a 19-year career, Banks slugged 512 home runs, drove in 1636 RBI, and perhaps more than any other player who has ever played for the franchise embodied the spirit of the club in the eyes and hearts of Cubs fans.

Even after his playing career came to an end in 1971, Banks continued to be an ambassador for the team.

He was a constant fixture at Cubs games, often singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" after the passing of Harry Caray in 1998, and he was one of the most popular figures at the annual Cubs Convention.

Banks made his MLB debut in 1952 at the age of 22 years old, and as his career went on he cemented his status as a legend. He was never better than in the 1958 and 1959 seasons. He won the MVP award in both seasons, and he set career highs in both home runs and RBI in those seasons. 

Unfortunately for Banks and the Cubs, he never made it to the postseason as a member of the team. In the 1969 season, Banks teamed up with fellow legends Ron Santo and Billy Williams and led the team to a massive lead in the standings as August ended. As September unfolded however, the Cubs faded badly, and they missed out on the postseason as the New York Mets surged and ultimately won the World Series title. 

Despite not having postseason experience on his resume, Banks was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, and he never stopped being an ambassador for the game and for the team. His indomitable spirit and constant optimism were a bright spot for the Cubs through some of the team's leanest years, and despite teams coming close in 1984 and 2003, Banks' teams were the ones that fans still talk about and remember.  

"Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball," Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. "He was one of the greatest players of all time.  He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And and more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I've ever known.  Approachable, ever optimistic and kind hearted, Ernie Banks is and always will be Mr. Cub. My family and I grieve the loss of such a great and good-hearted man, but we look forward to celebrating Ernie's life in the days ahead."

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<![CDATA[Patriots Face a Test in Seahawks' Read-Option]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:19:17 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/russwillsea.jpg

To beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, the Patriots know they’ll have to contain running back Marshawn Lynch. Yet here’s the problem: If they focus too much attention on Lynch, quarterback Russell Wilson may burn them.

Wilson led all NFL quarterbacks in rushing in 2014 with 849 yards. In fact, Wilson ranked 16th in the league in rushing. And when Wilson does take off, his plays can be painful for defenses. He averaged 7.2 yards per attempt, had eight runs of more than 20 yards and scored six touchdowns.

What New England will face on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, is the Seahawks’ read-option scheme, which forces defenses to choose between focusing on Lynch or being cautious, in case Wilson pulls the ball out and sprints around the defenders crashing on Lynch.

Against the Packers in the NFC Championship Game, the Seahawks’ read-option was very effective. On 17 read-option plays, Seattle’s Lynch or Wilson gained 121 yards and scored two touchdowns. Most of the time, Lynch got the ball. But late in the game, Wilson had two key carries on the read-option that resulted in 16 yards and a score.

“They execute the read-option at a very high level,” Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia told the Boston Herald this week. “It’s extremely dangerous. They do it from a number of different looks. They obviously have tremendous skill players that can handle the ball and handle that type of offense.”

The read option, however, is not unfamiliar to the Patriots, who’ve faced it many times over the past two years. In fact, coach Bill Belichick brought Tim Tebow into camp last year largely to run the offense against his defenders.

One tactic is to emply a spy -- a defender whose responsibility it is to keep his eyes on Wilson and not let him break free if he decides to fake the handoff to Lynch. That spy might be delegated by how the Seahawks line up. Defensive end Rob Ninkovich has played the role well before, as has linebacker Jamie Collins.

Last season, Ninkovich played spy against Cam Newton of the Panthers.

But whoever it is, he’ll have to stay vigilant. Even one play where he’s tricked or loses concentration -- as happened to the Packers late in Seattle’s comeback win -- could be costly.

Ninkovich has said in the past that the read-option scheme is simply “a green light to hit the quarterback.”

But Wilson is an extremely skilled, smart and patient ball handler who can also exploit overly aggressive defenders.

“You just have to be under control and know what your assignment is every time,” said Ninkovich.


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<![CDATA[Starving Pup Found in Suitcase: PD]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:44:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pit+bull+found+suitcase.jpg

A malnourished puppy was found inside a suitcase in a Bronx housing development, and police are looking for the person who put him there. 

A passerby at the Melrose Housing Development at 700 Morris Ave. in Morrisania alerted police officers on patrol after discovering the dog in the suitcase Thursday afternoon.

The puppy is a male brown pit bull about a year old, according to police. He was immediately taken to the ASPCA where he's being treated for malnourishment. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

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<![CDATA[Ex-Firefighter Rescues NY Neighbor]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:39:21 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/farmingville+fire+neighbor+rescue.jpg

A disabled Long Island woman who couldn't move from her bed when a fire broke out in her home was saved by a neighbor who happened to be stepping out for dinner.

Andy Carbone was leaving his Farmingville home when his wife spotted a fire in a nearby house. The former volunteer firefighter kicked in the burning front door and found 72-year-old Carolyn Prince bedridden in the back of the smoky house.

"I said, 'Your house is on fire,' and she said, 'OK, what are we going to do?'" said Carbone. "I said, 'You're coming with me one way or another.'"

Carbone, another neighbor and first responders carried Prince to safety, but not before the father of four used an old fire extinguisher that had been kicking around in his closet for years to douse the flames.

A volunteer firefighter in Massapequa for a decade before moving to Farmingville, Carbone said his old training helped him during the rescue.

Prince was treated for smoke inhalation but escaped serious injury. The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical in nature.

Ironically, Carbone wasn't even supposed to be at home but when his jury duty finished earlier than expected, his wife told him to come home rather than meet her out for dinner.

"Thank God," said Prince's daughter Wendy Pabon. "Everything happens for a reason."

"It just brought tears to my eyes. It's so amazing that people could be like that," she said.

"He is a true hero," said Pabon.

Carbone, however, would prefer simply to be called a good neighbor.

"Just a neighbor doing the right thing when it meant the most," he said.

<![CDATA[Teen Stabbed to Death With Scissors]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:51:04 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/1-23-15-David+Wark+Griffith+Middle+School+stabbing+5.JPG

A 14-year-old boy was fatally stabbed with a pair of scissors on the campus of a Southern California middle school Friday afternoon, LAUSD officials said.

An attacker stabbed the boy at 3:08 p.m. in front of David Wark Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles and ran away, said Monica Carazo of LAUSD.

The district first said the victim was 15 years old, but LA sheriff's deputies later said he was 14.

"He's really quiet, he doesn't really like to talk to anybody," the boy's girlfriend told NBC4. "The only one he tells all his problems to is my brother."

The victim was not a student at the school where he was stabbed, but he was a student at nearby Garfield High School, district officials said. The district could not immediately confirm whether the attacker was a student of the school.

The attacker approached the teen and asked him where he was from before stabbing him in the torso, officials said.

The boy died at the hospital, said LA County Sheriff's Sgt. John Sagardia.

Aerial video showed nearly a dozen patrol cars outside the school, where caution tape lined the front steps. Students were held inside the middle school for several hours until police said it was safe to leave.

LASD confirmed in a statement an investigation was underway in the fatal stabbing. Deputies say several witnesses saw the attack since it happened just after school let out.

Additional details were not immediately clear.

Robert Kovacik contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[McDonnell’s Law License Suspended]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:10:42 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/454631202.jpg

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has suspended former Gov. Bob McDonnell's license to practice law, citing his felony public corruption convictions.

The bar said Friday that the suspension takes effect next Thursday. McDonnell was directed to appear before the disciplinary panel on Feb. 20 to show cause why his license should not be further suspended or revoked. However, the former governor is scheduled to report to federal prison on Feb. 9 to begin serving his two-year sentence.

According to the bar, McDonnell's license also was administratively suspended for nonpayment of dues to the organization since Oct. 15.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted of accepting gifts and loans from a vitamin executive in exchange for promoting his products. Maureen McDonnell will be sentenced Feb. 20.

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<![CDATA[Madoff Defends Late Sons in Email]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:16:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_bernard_madoff_st.jpg

In an email sent to NBC News Friday, Bernie Madoff, the man behind one of the most infamous Ponzi schemes in American history, discussed the pain of losing his two sons and refuted claims that they knowingly participated in the scam.

"As difficult as it is for me to live with the pain I have inflicted on so many, there is nothing to compare with the degree of pain I endure with the loss of my son's Mark and Andy," Madoff said.

His son Andrew died in September at age 48 after a long battle with cancer. His son Mark committed suicide in 2010 at age 46 on the second anniversary of his father's arrest.

Irving Picard, the court-appointed trustee seeking to recover money for bilked investors filed an updated lawsuit last summer accusing Madoff's sons of having full knowledge of their father's scheme and using it as their "personal cookie jar" that they tapped through sham loans, fictitious trades and deferred compensation.

"What is still my most important goal is to do everything in my power to protect their legacy," Madoff said of his sons. "Although neither of my son's were ever charged with anything. They were subjected to the completely false and slanderous claims and remarks of the Trustee and the media."

Madoff said his sons were compensated at the same rate as the traders that they managed, disputing Picard's claim that his sons should have known their compensation was unrealistic.

Madoff also defended his sons against several other claims Picard made, including an alleged incriminating email Andrew sent to Mark and loans linking his sons to the scam. Click here to see Madoff's full email.

In a statement to CNBC, Amanda Remus, a spokeswoman for Picard's office, said Madoff's credibility was "highly suspect."

"We stand by our filings, which speak for themselves, and we intend to pursue recoveries against both estates," she said.

Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009.

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<![CDATA[NFL Patriots Probe ]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:05:33 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/super-bowl-footballs-AP339355819322.jpg

The New England Patriots used footballs that were under-inflated in the first half of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts, evidence so far in the National Football League's investigation has found. 

But the team's footballs were properly inflated for the second half and confirmed to have been properly inflated at the conclusion of the game, the NFL said in a statement Friday afternoon.

The NFL's investigation into the "Deflategate" controversy involving the Patriots is ongoing, and 40 interviews have been conducted so far, including of Patriots personnel, game officials and third parties with relevant information and expertise, the league said. The investigation is being led jointly by NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash and Ted Wells of the law firm of Paul Weiss.

The league said it has obtained and is continuing to obtain additional information, including video and other electronic information and physical evidence. It has also hired an investigatory firm with expertise in forensics to assist in reviewing electronic and video information.

"The goals of the investigation will be to determine the explanation for why footballs used in the game were not in compliance with the playing rules and specifically whether any noncompliance was the result of deliberate action," the statement said. "We have not made any judgments on these points and will not do so until we have concluded our investigation and considered all of the relevant evidence."

The league said the Patriots have pledged their full cooperation and have made their personnel and other information available upon request. In the coming days, the NFL will be conducting interviews, examining video and other forensic evidence, in addition to any relevant physical evidence.

Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft also issued a statement on Friday, saying that he received a letter from the league on Monday informing him of the investigation. He said he instructed Patriots staff to be "completely cooperative and transparent with the league's investigators." During the three days the investigators were in Foxboro, he said the team provided access to every full- and part-time employee the league's representatives asked to speak with and produced every communication device that they requested to search.

"It is an ongoing process that the league and our team are taking very seriously," Kraft said. "Competitive balance and the integrity of the game are the foundation of what makes our league so special and I have the utmost respect for those principles. Our organization will continue to cooperate throughout the league's investigation."

The NFL began looking into the issue not only because doctoring the footballs could provide a competitive advantage, but because it would compromise the integrity of the game. Deflating a football can change the way it's gripped by a player, or the way it travels through the air.

"Our investigation will seek information from any and all relevant sources and we expect full cooperation from other clubs as well," the statement said. "As we develop more information and are in a position to reach conclusions, we will share them publicly."

No timetable was given by the NFL for when the investigation might be wrapped up.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has denied altering the ball "in any way," saying that he would never break the rules. Coach Bill Belichick said he had "no explanation" for what happened, and like Brady said the first he heard of the entire ordeal was on Monday morning.

The Patriots will take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona, on Sunday, Feb. 1.

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<![CDATA[Livermore Churches Vandalized Repeatedly]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:14:05 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LIVERMORE-CHURCH-VANDALISM-RAW-CASE-2045-PST---06123320.jpg

Police are doing extra patrols around two churches in Livermore after they were each hit by vandals.

One is a Mormon church on Mocho Street, near Grenada High School. Church members say vandals are repeatedly spraying hateful graffiti.

One churchgoer said she saw a swastika on the building.

Parishioners have taken to hiding inside the church in the hopes of catching the vandals in the act.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, down the street, was also vandalized.

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<![CDATA[Skymall Fans Unsettled By Bankruptcy ]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:43:43 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/skymall1.jpg

Skymall, the in-flight catalog that sells an array of quirky gadgets and goods, could soon be grounded. The parent company that owns the business filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday, The Wall Street Journal first reported.

The Twitter-verse reacted swiftly, with users swapping quips and sharing images of their self-proclaimed favorite products, including the SkyRest Travel Pillow, an NFL-themed shoe wine holder and the Zombie of Montclaire Moores lawn decoration.

"The real victims of Skymall closing are the dogs who need stairs to get on the couch," read one such tweet from user @DanAbramson.

Xhibit Corp filed for Chapter 11 protection in Arizona, and will seek approval to sell off its Skymall brand, according to a document posted Friday on Xhibit Corp's website.

The company said that it hoped to find a buyer.

"We are extremely disappointed in this result and are hopeful that SkyMall and the iconic 'SkyMall' brand find a home to continue to operate as SkyMall has for the last 25 years," said Scott Wiley, CFO and Acting CEO of Xhibit, in a press release included with the document.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Crash Shuts Down I-580 in San Leandro ]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:07:26 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/580-scene.jpg

The California Highway Patrol was diverting traffic off of Interstate Highway 580 Friday morning following a fatal crash in San Leandro on the approach into Castro Valley.

Eastbound traffic was being diverted off the highway at the 164th Avenue off-ramp, and the CHP has issued a Sig-alert due to the crash.

The highway reopened by about 7:30 a.m.

Emergency crews responded at 4:21 a.m. to rollover crash involving at least two vehicles and with one vehicle engulfed in flames.

People injured in the crash were also transported to the hospital, officers said.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Seven Bay Area Eateries Make Yelp's Best of USA]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:54:06 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/generic-dining.jpg

You can keep your reservation at Benu.

The top places to eat in America include a Sunset District convenience store and a coffee shop, and a Thai restaurant in Vacaville, according to Yelp.

Golden Bear Trading Company, on 6th Avenue in San Francisco near the UCSF Medical Center, came in at No. 9 on Yelp's Top 100 Places To Eat In the U.S. For 2015, the website's official blog reported.

That was the best Bay Area-based showing on the list.

Golden Bear is a favorite with medical workers and visitors to the hospital on Parnassus Avenue. The market offers coffee and baklava as well as "great atmosphere," Yelpers attest.

Also on the list: Andytown Coffee Roasters in the Outer Sunset (No. 23), and Buddha Thai Bistro in Vacaville (No. 20).

Buddha Thai has a perfect five-star rating on Yelp.

Four other Bay Area eateries cracked the Top 100: Jougert Bar in Burlingame at No. 42, Nick's Next Door in Los Gatos at No. 75, Don Julio's Rincon Latin Grill and Pupusas in Rohnert Park at No. 76, and Peter's Kettle Corn in Oakland at No. 81.

<![CDATA[Serra HS Football Program Placed on Probation]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:34:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/2-brady-stadium.jpg

Serra High School, the alma mater of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, is now banned from postseason play.

The Central Coast Section has placed Serra’s football team on probation until the end of the 2016 season. The organization is upset about the school's last-minute decision to forfeit a consolation playoff game against Milpitas last month.

The San Mateo private school will have to pay back more than $6,000 to cover game officials and potential concession revenue and gate receipts for the game.

Serra football coach Patrick Walsh said he backed out of the game for player safety reasons.

"I stand behind my decision to this day and will never feel otherwise," he said in a statement. "The decision was made in consultation with and the full support of the Serra administration. At the time of my decision, I only had the best interest of our players' health in mind."

The CCS says the school's decision not to play undermines the foundation of the organization.

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