<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usFri, 24 Feb 2017 19:11:04 -0800Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:11:04 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police Shoot Dog After Pet Attacks 10-Month-Old Boy]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:45:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/0224-2017-PitBullAttack.jpg

Concord police shot and killed a dog after the pet attacked a 10-month-old boy.

At 4:45 p.m., emergency crews responded to the Fremont Street for reports of a pit bull that mauled a child. When officers arrived, police said the dog confronted them in a threatening manner and they opened fire.

The dog, a family pet, was killed. Police initially said the dog was a pit bull, but later clarified they were not sure of the pet's breed.

The boy suffered cuts to his forehead and body. His injuries are considered not life-threatening. The child was transported to Childrens Hospital in Oakland for treatment.

Officials said the child's mother was also bit on her hand.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Flood Victims Say City Failed to Give Enough Warning]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:54:23 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/02-24-2017-flooding-accountability.jpg

Many of the San Jose flood victims are accusing the city of failing to give them enough warning of the looming disaster. Robert Handa reports.

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<![CDATA[Newsom Urges Trump to Lay Off California's Marijuana Laws]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:03:45 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-gavin-newsom-splitscreen.jpg

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom threw down the gauntlet in a letter to President Donald Trump Friday, telling him to leave his hands off of the state's marijuana laws.

The letter comes after the White House hinted it may target recreational marijuana use, even in states that legalized it.

"I do believe that you'll see greater enforcement of it," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said of recreational marijuana at a Friday press conference.

Newsom did not wait to respond and sent the letter to Trump.

"The government must not stip the legal and publicly-supported industry of its business, and hand it back to drug cartels and criminals," Newsom said in the letter. "Dealers don't card kids."

"I urge you and your administration to work in partnership with California and the other eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana," Newsom added in his letter.

In the Bay Area, Oaksterdam University professor Jeff Jones said it has recognition from the White House that marijuana has medical benefits.

"Hope there is more Congressional review around the issue of medical marijuana that could lead to rescheduling or de-scheduling medical cannabis," Jones said.

Steve DeAngelo, co-founder of Oakland medical marijuana company Harborside Health Center, sees a glimmer of hope.

"So hopefully, as the administration takes a closer look at this issue, they'll keep in mind that north of 60 percent of Americans support the legalization of cannabis," DeAngelo said.

But industry leaders said they are still waiting for an official statement from the Department of Justice about its plans for both medical and recreational consumption.

In his letter, Newsom also questioned Spicer's comments linking marijuana to opioid use. He said there is no scientific evidence supporting that claim, sentiments echoed at Harborside and Oaksterdam University.

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<![CDATA[Caltrans Working on Massive Potholes Repairs]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:13:50 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/02-24-2017-potholes-everywhere.jpg

The break in the rain is giving Caltrans a chance to try and fill some of the massive potholes that have opened up on Bay Area freeways. Christie Smith reports.

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<![CDATA[Girl Dresses as Female Icons for Black History Month]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:20:50 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TITLE6.jpg

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<![CDATA[San Jose Flood Evacuees Return, Find Homes Looted]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:08:30 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0224-2017-SJLooting.jpg

Several San Jose flooding evacuees have discovered someone looted their homes.

Residents and police on Friday said burglars hit the South Bay Mobile Home Park along Oakland Road.

"I don't know why they would do this during a flood," said 12-year-old Frank Pham, who lives at the mobile home park.

Pham is worried the thieves will come back and steal from his neighbors. His family was forced to evacuate due to historic flooding in San Jose.

When they returned to pick up some belongings Friday morning the Phams discovered thieves punches through the glass window to get into the front door.

"They vandalized everything," Pham said.

The burglars also kicked in a locked bedroom door to steal a safe with important documents, jewelry and money.

Police said they have increased patrols in all areas under evacuation. There are no suspects in the burglaries, police said.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Calls for 'Resistance,' Party Unity in New Video]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:56:19 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6286307641.jpg

Hillary Clinton has come up with a new equation for Democrats who are looking for change.

“Let resistance plus persistence equal progress for our party and our country,” she said in a video posted to the Democratic Party’s Twitter page.

The former Democratic presidential nominee released the statement Friday lauding recent solidarity efforts, from global women’s marches to actions against President Donald Trump’s travel ban at airports across the country.

“Nearly 66 million votes are fueling grassroots energy and activism, and everywhere people are marching, protesting, tweeting, speaking out, and working for an America that’s hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted,” Clinton said. 

She added, “Among those millions making their voices heard are future mayors, city and state officials, governors, members of Congress -- even future presidents.”

Clinton thanked her base for supporting her presidential bid, which she called “the honor of a lifetime.” She said that during the general election she had run on “the most progressive platform in history” and emphasized the need for Democrats to pull together and “stay focused on the elections we must win this year and next.” 

“As Democrats, we have diverse views and backgrounds,” she said. “We are Democrats, after all. But we’re bound together by the values and hopes we share for our country.” 

Clinton’s call for unity comes before Democrats are expected to choose a new chair for the Democratic National Committee on Saturday.

Tom Perez, Barack Obama’s former labor secretary, is running to “protect President Obama’s accomplishments” and “listen to Democrats at every level,” according to his campaign website.

One of his opponents, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, has been endorsed by former presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and is perceived as an alternative to Perez's establishment background.

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana,  has emerged as an underdog among D.C. political veterans.

According to the Associated Press, the role of DNC chair is “part cheerleader, part fundraiser, part organizer and recruiter, part public messenger.”

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<![CDATA[DHS Puts Out Notice for Border Wall Design Pitches]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:29:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17052578645835-donald-trump-african-american-museum.jpg

The Department of Homeland Security will solicit prototype pitches next month to fulfill President Donald Trump's promise to build a border wall with Mexico.

The department announced online Friday that it intends to provide contractors an opportunity to offer proposals for the design and building of "several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico," NBC News reported.

According to the announcement, the pitch process will have two phases.

The first will require a concept paper to be delivered to Homeland Security by March 10. They will then condense the pool of pitches by March 20.

The second phase would require the remaining contractors to fulfill the full proposal request and provide the potential price.

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<![CDATA[Majority of Americans Want Trump-Russia Probe: Poll ]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:14:44 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Trump_Putin_Split.jpg

About half of Americans believe that Congress should investigate whether Donald Trump's presidential campaign had contact with the Russian government in 2016, while only a quarter say that lawmakers should not probe the issue, according to a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll.

The poll, conducted Feb. 18-22, shows that 53 percent of the American public wants Congress to look into the alleged communications, while 25 percent disagree and 21 percent say they don't have an opinion.

A similar share - 54 percent - believe that Congress should look into Russian interference in the election generally, while 29 percent disagree.

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<![CDATA[Man Banned from Cal Libraries for Leaving Lice in Trash]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:18:33 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/185*120/TLMD-UC-BERKELEY.jpg

UC Berkeley officials have banned an individual for a year from using campus libraries for wiping body lice off in public restrooms and leaving them in the trash.

The man was repeatedly seen entering restroom stalls with paper towels and a trash bin, and leaving the used paper towels and lice in the garbage, according to an email sent to employees of the Recreational Sports Facility and obtained by the Daily Cal.

The email describes a pattern: "First, he will collect a hand full of paper towels and a trash bin. After taking both items into a restroom stall he will wipe off countless body lice; depositing the towels and live insects in the bin."

The email also said after the individual “deposited” body lice in the stalls, he would sit in a lounge area and for hours.

The man was banned from the library for a year on February 8, said library director Elizabeth Dupuis.

University spokeswoman Janet Gilmore said she couldn't provide details on the incidents, but confirmed that the University Library issued a one year ban to an individual for violations of the Library Code of Conduct.

Gilmore said that the university takes complaints about unsafe or unhealthy environments seriously and strives to address them.

UC Berkeley Real Estate Division spokeswoman Christine Shaff said there were only two incidents. Custodial staff responded by taking out the trash.

Pest management crews took care of any lingering lice with rubbing alcohol, Shaff said. They are trained to use pesticides only when needed, and determined that alcohol would do the trick. 

"The ick factor is high here, but at the end of the day it's kind of sad," that this person is suffering from body lice, she said. 

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<![CDATA[Facebook Users Report Account Outages, Technical Errors]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:25:44 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/Facebook-generic-1.jpg

Some Facebook users are getting logged out of their accounts Friday afternoon due to a technical issue, according to reports being sent on Down Detector. The reports started just after 1 p.m. EST.

Users are getting a message saying "Someone May Have Logged Into Your Account," according to the reports being sent to the site. Facebook prompts them to verify their identities and change their passwords to unlock their accounts.

Users of the popular social media site are also receiving another error message which says "Sorry, this feature isn't available right now. An error occurred while processing this request. Please try again later," with an option to "join Facebook" or "log in to continue."

The error did not appear to affect all accounts.

A Facebook spokesperson reached out to offer the following comment: 

"Earlier today an error in one of our systems designed to help prevent suspicious account access sent a small set of people to our account recovery flow unnecessarily. We have fixed the issue and are in the process of clearing the affected accounts from this recovery flow. We apologize for any inconvenience."

It appears that users getting locked out of their accounts are not victims of a security breach but victims of a technical difficulty.

Users don't need to take any immediate action, but they can change their passwords to unlock their accounts. If no action is taken, the technical issues should be resolved by Facebook soon.

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<![CDATA[Experts: Warm February Doesn't Guarantee a Sweaty Summer]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:18:38 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-644351372-weather.jpg

This week's weather has been perfect for a picnic across much of the United States. But while you're snacking on a salad in the sun, don't let stressing about whether this unseasonably temperate February will mean an extra-hot summer rain on your parade.

Experts say that warm weather across the East Coast and the Midwest does not necessarily mean it’s going to keep steaming in the next few months.

“There’s no strong statistical link between a warm February and what the summer will be like,” said Jon Nese, associate head of Pennsylvania State University’s undergraduate program in meteorology and host of the school's "Weather World" broadcast.

The U.S. has seen 3,146 record high temperatures in February as of Thursday, according to nonprofit climate news organization Climate Central. With only 27 record lows, that makes it the “most lopsided monthly ratio” in recorded history, the site said.

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American cities that are typically snow-dusted in mid-February felt mild on Thursday and Friday. The sun is shining and spring has seemingly arrived early in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York. In Boston, thermometers recorded 71 degrees Friday, making it the city's warmest documented February day ever. 

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Chicago hit the upper 60s for most of this week, and residents played volleyball on North Avenue Beach Wednesday. The Windy City doesn’t usually warm up this much until mid-May, according to WGN’s weather blog.

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But there's a good reason for all the nice weather: storms on the west coast, not a larger trend, according to Nese and other meteorologists.

“You do not want to draw a line between the unusual warmth that we’re seeing this week and climate change. Instead, you need to take a much broader look at trends over a period of years and decades,” Nese said.

The south also got some heat. Dallas and Houston enjoyed steamy temperatures in the 80s, and Austin and San Antonio were a smoldering 90 degrees long before university kids head to nearby beaches for spring break.

NBC Dallas-Fort Worth meteorologist Brian James crunched the numbers on what a warm winter means when summer comes around — plenty of people have been asking him if "we'll be baking our butts off in the summer," he said.

Turns out there's not much of a correlation at all.

This is North Texas's warmest average winter so far. But the next warmest winter only led to the area's 14th warmest summer, back in 1999-2000, James found. The third warmest winter was 100 years ago, and that turned into the 86th warmest summer on record.

"You don't even correlate a top eight, or even a top 10 for that matter," James said.

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Thomas E. Downs, a meteorologist for WeatherBELL Analytics, said that drawing correlations between seasonal weather patterns can prove misleading.

Winter weather is mostly influenced by El Nino and La Nina cycles in the Pacific Ocean that cause movements in the jet stream, he said, whereas high pressure and warm, calm winds are more of a factor in summertime.

This temperate spell on the East Coast has been a product of an extreme storm that’s now bombarding the West, not evidence of global warming, he explained. 

“This is really just a sign of one storm,” Downs said.

In the past few years, people have mistakenly associated radical but temporary temperature shifts with climate change. Those have instead been due to dramatic El Nino and La Nina cycles, Downs added, while climate change tracks persisting trends over longer chunks of time. These small but significant alterations are much subtler and more difficult to perceive and conceptualize.

“In the short-term, it’s hard for people to relate to things that happen over the course of their lifetimes,” Downs said.

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Meteorologists sometimes use analogue forecasts, which compare current weather to similar situations in the past, to predict future months. Nese said that “sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t,” and he and his colleagues have other tools in their toolkit.

That’s not to say that it won’t be hot in a few months — WeatherBELL is predicting an early warm summer that may taper into cooler days after July. But that's down to El Nino, not the storm passing through this week.

Neverthelss, given recent events, it may be time to fire furry favorite Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog that predicted another six weeks of winter earlier this month. The U.S. Climate Prediction Center forecasts above-average temperatures for the bottom of half of the Lower 48 through March.

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<![CDATA[Tedious Cleanup Process Underway for Waterlogged San Jose]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:24:17 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/2-24-17-SJ-FLOOD-AFTERMATH4.JPG

A lengthy and tedious cleanup is well underway for thousands of San Jose residents uprooted by historic flooding earlier in the week.

Evacuation orders have slowly been repealed as of Friday as officials clear contaminated water and hazardous debris such as sewage and chemicals from streets and homes, but mandatory evacuations remain in effect for those locations hardest hit by the rising water.

Authorities late Friday afternoon said 765 homes remained under evacuation.

Hieu Le lives in the soaked neighborhood of Rock Springs, which three days ago was under several feet of water tall enough to swallow cars and creep up front doors. His family's waterlogged couch is now wasting away along with a heap of other waste designated for dumpsters. His son's recently purchased laptop is soaked and worthless. Replacing these now flawed treasures and paying for a monthly rent set at roughly $1,600 each month adds to Le's troubles.

"No money," Le admitted.

Several inches of flood water on Tuesday rushed into the bottom story of Le's apartment, granting him only enough time to save a few cherished belongings.

"We opened the door," Le said. "We see the water go up. We can't go outside."

With no place to go, Le's two sons hopped on the dining room table while the three of them waited for a rescue boat to transport them to safety.

The flood waters have since subsided, allowing Le to slowly piece through his possessions and choose what's salvageable and what's not. The findings have not been positive.

"The smell, everything, no good," he said.

Officials hope to allow everyone impacted by the historic floods to return to their homes by Sunday. In the meantime, cleanup crews continue to pump flood waters back into Coyote Creek, remove hazardous waste from neighborhoods, inspect the structural integrity of saturated homes, and restore gas and power to those homes.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo spent Friday thanking first responders who spent several hours paddling around neighborhoods rescuing families and pets as well as recovering belongings. He then rolled up his sleeves and took to the impacted neighborhoods to help in the cleanup effort.

Liccardo admitted earlier in the week that more could have been done to properly and effectively alert residents living along Coyote Creek that the body of water, which was rising as a result of recent rain and runoff from the swollen Anderson Reservoir, could spill its banks.

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<![CDATA[The Aftermath: San Jose Cleans Up After Historic Flooding]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:49:50 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/2-24-17-SJ-FLOOD-AFTERMATH2.JPG

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Host Annual Run To Raise Money For Community]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:12:48 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/MV+FIRE+RACE+1.jpg

Mountain View firefighters are going beyond their regular call of duty to help local families.

The Mountain View Firefighters Random Acts organization is hosting its second annual Fire Drill 5K and 10K run Saturday, Feb. 25, at Shoreline Park in Mountain View. All the proceeds will assist the organization in helping seniors and families who need assistance beyond traditional fire emergency services.

"When we run 911 calls we have a window into the lives of the community that no one else really gets to see," said Jenna Graham, a captain at the Mountain View Fire Department.

Over 250 are registered to race Saturday, approximately 70 more than last year. On-site registration is available. Firefighters expect to raise over $32,000 for the organization.

Majority of the money raised from the run goes directly to serve the needs of the community. In the past year alone, the organization was able to give gift certificates to families whose homes had burned, provide hotel rooms as temporary shelter, and purchase a wheel chair for someone in need.

Twenty-year fireman Mike Quan said one of the most memorable gifts was given to a family with a child diagnosed with a chronic illness. The parents frequently called the fire department to administer CPR on their child because they lacked proper instruction.

"They weren't getting the coaching and guidance they needed from the health insurance company," Quan said. So, Random Acts purchased CPR classes for the family.

Random Acts was created in 1999 after a Mountain View fireman entered a family’s home and noticed a girl’s tooth had been knocked out. He searched for milk in which to bathe the tooth, a classic preservation technique, but was unable to find any food in the house.

"It's undeniable that driving around on for truck is awesome, but there are days when you're cutting someone out of the car or see any medical emergency and you recognize people have needs far beyond what your agency can do for them," Graham said.

The 5K race will begin at 9:15 a.m. followed by the 10K race at 9:15 a.m., and the Kids Mile Fun Run will start at 10:15 a.m. The Run will be located in Lot E, behind the designated kite-flying area near the entrance of the park.

Entry is $40 for adults over 18 years old, $30 for youth under 17, and $12 for kids ages 6-12 who participate in the fun run. A T-shirt and post-run refreshments are included in the fee.

More details and registration can be found on the organization’s website.

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<![CDATA[Obama Spotted in NYC, Greeted by Screaming Fans]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:24:03 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/193*120/obama+flatiron.JPG

Former President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance in New York City Friday afternoon, where he was spotted and greeted by adoring fans.

Obama, who went on to catch a Broadway show later in the evening, was seen leaving an office building at 160 Fifth Avenue, near the Flatiron Building, around 12 p.m.

There was a strong security presence around the entrance to the building prior to Obama's exit, and by the time he made his departure the street was thronged the people waiting to catch a glimpse of the former president.

Video posted on Instagram showed a relaxed Obama walk out of the building with a coffee cup in hand, smiling and waving to the crowd.

The crowds can be heard screaming "I love you" as he makes his way to a waiting car.

Obama and daughter Malia were attending a showing of "The Price" at the American Airlines Theatre, a spokesman for the Roundabout Theatre Company confirmed. The Broadway play, penned by Arthur Miller, stars Marc Ruffalo, Jessica Hecht, Tony Shalhoub and Danny DeVito. 

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<![CDATA[Attention-Seeking Panda Cub Clings to Keeper's Leg]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:02:35 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000021251783_1200x675_884277315688.jpg

Children visiting the panda research center in China's Sichuan Province laughed with delight at seeing a baby panda hug his keeper's leg. It's a sight all too common for parents of young children. The cub, named Yazhu, wanted her keeper to know he was her favorite. The keeper was trying to get bamboo shoots ready for the panda's lunch. After gathering enough bamboo, her keeper picked Yazhu up and carried her to her playground ladder.

<![CDATA[Rare Female Rhino Born in Czech Republic]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:01:40 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000021251789_1200x675_884282435675.jpg

A zoo in the Czech Republic is celebrating the birth of a female Indian rhino. The baby was born on Feb. 5 and is still not on public display until it is more conditioned to be around humans. There are only 74 Indian rhinos in European Zoos and just 2,500 worldwide, making the Indian rhino a critically endangered species. The baby has already gained 48 pounds in the last two weeks and should reach well over a ton when it is fully grown. Plzen Zoo officials will name the baby next week.

<![CDATA[MacArthur BART Station Reopens After Major Medical Emergency]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:06:47 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bart-generic.jpg

The MacArthur BART Station was temporarily closed Tuesday morning due to a major medical emergency, BART spokesman Jim Allison said.

An operator of a BART train traveling from Richmond to Fremont around 10:30 a.m. reported that a person was on the tracks under the train, Allison said.

Police and fire officials were able to the rescue the man and transport him to Highland Hospital, according to Allison.

San Francisco and Fremont-bound trains were not impacted by the emergency. Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond-bound trains were not allowed to stop at the MacArthur Station.

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<![CDATA[Gabby Giffords to GOP: 'Face Your Constituents']]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:18:57 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Giffords-Louie-Gohmert-congress.jpg

With loud protests roiling congressional town halls this week, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, decided not to hold one in person, citing the shooting of former Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

NBC News reported that his excuse drew Giffords' ire. She was shot in the head during an event in January 2011, and noted Thursday on Twitter that, despite the shooting on a Saturday, her offices were open for business the following Monday.

"To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage. Face your constituents," Giffords said. "Hold town halls."

She added that town halls and constituent meetings were a hallmark of her tenure, and that representatives who aren't holding town halls also "have opposed commonsense gun violence prevention policies."

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<![CDATA[Missing 6-Year-Old Connecticut Girl Found in Pennsylvania]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:04:59 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Bridgeport+Amber+Alert+Ends+in+Pennsylvania.jpg

A 6-year-old Bridgeport, Connecticut, girl who was the subject of a multistate Amber Alert was found in Pennsylvania after a high-speed chase and crash involving a car driven by her father, the fugitive suspect in double stabbing, according to police.

Pennsylvania State Police say Aylin Sofia Hernandez suffered minor injuries in the crash at about 11 a.m. Friday on Interstate 99 in Benner Township. Her father, 39-year-old Oscar Hernandez, was taken into custody and brought to a hospital for treatment of injuries. Two state troopers suffered minor injuries.

Oscar Hernandez, an El Salvador national, is a convicted felon who was deported from the U.S. in 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials tell NBC Connecticut.

The amber alert was issued around 2:45 a.m. Friday after officers responded to the girl's Greenwood Street home and found her mother dead in a grisly, blood-covered scene that police called "horrendous." 

Aylin’s mother, 26-year-old Nidia Gonzalez, had been stabbed and was pronounced dead at the scene. Gonzalez's friend, who police have not identified, had been stabbed about 14 times. She was taken to St. Vincent Medical Center and is listed in critical but stable condition. Police said they believe she will survive her injuries.

Oscar Hernandez was named a suspect.

Police received a tip that the father and daughter were in New York, and expanded the Amber Alert.

Around 11:15 a.m., a Pennsylvania State trooper spotted the car on I-99 and tried to pull it over, police said. Oscar Hernandez led officers on a chase before crashing into a tractor-trailer, causing a pursuing trooper's vehicle to crash into his car, police said. 

Police said the girl and the state trooper sustained minor injuries to her head and leg. The trooper was transported to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Police are now working with the state Department of Children and Families to reunite the girl with other family members.

"Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased and the other young woman that was assaulted. We are concerned for the little girl, and frankly we're also concerned for the father of the little girl," Bridgeport Police Chief Armando J. Perez, said during a news conference Friday morning. 

"This is the ugly, ugly side of domestic violence," Perez added, noting that he has "full confidence" in the Bridgeport Police Department and detective bureau to find Hernandez. 

Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim also spoke during the news conference, calling the incident a "terrible tragedy." 

The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence also issued a statement.

"We are saddened that another life has been taken because of domestic violence, but are grateful that the victim's daughter has been found," Karen Jarmoc, chief executive officer of CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said in a statement. "We urge everyone to be vigilant of the signs that abusive behaviors may be escalating towards fatal violence. We want the public to know that our 18 member organizations are here to help by providing safe, confidential and free services across the state, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week."

The investigation is in the early stages, but police believe the two victims had gone out, arrived home late and an argument ensued. 

Police said they had not responded to the home for domestic incidents in the past, but a protective order had been issued against Oscar Hernandez, who was accused of assaulting another female.

Oscar Hernandez's cousin said through tears that he does not know why his cousin did what he's accused of.

He said he's glad that police found Aylin safe and described Oscar as a great dad who has other children, a "great person" and a great cook.

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<![CDATA[Body of Missing 18-Year-Old Jayda Jenkins Found in Creek]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:42:08 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/JaydaJenkins_Bay.jpg

Roughly one month after crashing into the swollen Alameda Creek, 18-year-old Jayda Jenkins has been found and positively identified, police said.

Jenkins, who was traveling from Tracy to Menlo Park on Jan. 21 when her car plunged into the raging torrent of water along Niles Canyon Road, was located late Thursday by a man walking his dogs along the Alameda Creek near Coyote Hills Region Park, police said. The Alameda County Sheriff's Department on Friday confirmed that the body pulled from the water was Jenkins, marking a moment of closure for the Jenkins family.

"They were relieved to know that we found Jayda," Alameda County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said. "They now can begin their closure to begin to start healing and begin to try to make sense of this tragedy."

Jenkins' body was found roughly 11 miles from the original crash scene, Kelly said. The location of the discovery was just two miles away from the San Francisco Bay.

Police said the original crash occurred when Jenkins' 2000 silver Honda Accord crossed the center divider on Niles Canyon Road, collided with a white Honda Accord and crashed into the creek, which was saturated and moving swiftly as a result of recent rainfall and runoff spilling from nearby reservoirs.

One of Jenkins' family members managed to spot the vehicle two days later during a search attempt. The following day, recovery crews removed the car from the water, but Jenkins was not inside.

The teenager's seat belt was found to be unfastened, and the car's windows were broken, police said.

Members of the Jenkins family and other community members — at times numbering more than 100 people — commenced numerous searches over the next several days, but their efforts yielded no results. Official law enforcement-piloted searches were limited after the crash because of dangerous water conditions.

Kelly added that search teams canvassed the lengthy stretch along the creek between the crash scene and the San Francisco Bay on multiple occasions, but they did not spot anything.

Jenkins just graduated from high school and was studying psychology at William Jessup University, hoping to become a social worker.

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<![CDATA[Lynch Says 49ers are Better Than a 2-14 Team]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:39:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/aaarikkkky.jpg

The 49ers will draft No. 2 overall for a reason. They earned the pick, with a dismal 2-14 performance. The team’s talent simply wasn’t on par with most of the teams they faced in 2016.

But new general manager John Lynch says the 49ers may not be as bad as most people think.

“I don’t look up at the film we’ve been watching and see a 2-14 team,” Lynch said this week in an interview on KNBR, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “I see some pieces that are hard to build, you know? A great example of that, I think, you look at our offensive line and defensive line. I’m actually excited about those groups. And those groups are where, I believe, football games are won and lost. It starts there.”

Certainly, there is some talent. Left tackle Joe Staley remains a foundation piece, running back Carlos Hyde has been very good when healthy and defensive linemen Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner are the team’s No. 1 picks the past two years.

But there are certain position groups that look weak, such as quarterback, wide receiver, linebacker and cornerback. The 49ers will need to upgrade at those spots this offseason through free agency and the draft if they want to make strides in 2017 under first-year head coach Kyle Shanahan, and Lynch acknowledges that.

“Do we have some places – probably the ultimate position, quarterback – where we need to improve? Absolutely,” he said. “And we’re committed to doing that. But there’s some pieces there that have me excited, have Kyle excited. So there’s a long list of things, but we’re working hard at all of them.”

Players who have worked with Shanahan previously, in stops at Atlanta, Washington and Houston, have vouched for Shanahan’s ability to get the most out of what he has. That will be put to the test now in his first year as a head coach. But former wide receiver Donte Stallworth, who was with Shanahan in Washington, believes Shanahan will get the 49ers roster to perform better than it did in 2016.

“Kyle is able to get the most out of his players,” Stallworth told KNBR in a separate interview. “However they draft this year and however they move around this offseason with free agents … Kyle will definitely have a chance to be successful there over the course of the next few years.”

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<![CDATA[Raiders' Norton Believes Ward Will Improve in Year Two]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:43:31 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/jihadyrooky.jpg

Raiders defensive lineman Jihad Ward had a good-news, bad-news type of debut in the National Football League.

The team’s second-round pick out of Illinois, a 6-foot-5, 296-pounder, stayed healthy, played in 16 games and started 13. Coaches at times were impressed by the progress he made, and Ward was in on 30 tackles while also recovering a fumble.

Defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said in December that he was pleased with Ward’s attitude and aptitude.

“He’s always hustling, plays really hard, in meetings early, asking for extra help,” said Norton. “He’s durable. He’s playing every play. He’s here every day, shows up all the time. Extremely happy with his development.”

But not everyone was as positive. The analytic website Pro Football Focus wrote that Ward “was simply not ready for the rigors for the NFL and finished as the (Raiders’) lowest-graded starting interior lineman.”

Ward didn’t get a single sack in 16 games and often was overpowered at the line of scrimmage. In a game against the Titans early in the season, for instance, Pro Football focus noted Ward “was consistently moved from the point of attack and simply couldn’t anchor against the Titans’ line, getting smashed back and allowing big gains all day.”

Jeff Smith, who writes about the Raiders for Fanragsports.com, said Ward’s production in 2016 was “not even close” to the type of production anticipated from a second-round pick.

Even before he played a down in the NFL, there were skeptics. Many analysts believe Ward didn’t merit being selected in the second round, and pointed to the fact he had just 5½ sacks in 24 games at Illinois, with only 13 tackles for loss.

Others, however, see Ward as a project who could pay off if the Raiders stay patient. He’s just 23, he’s physically gifted and he’s shown a willingness to play hard and work. Norton has faith Ward will take big steps in 2017 and 2018.

“Some players take one, two, three years,” Norton said. “Myself, I didn’t get to go and play until my second year.” He says he didn’t start playing well until his third season.

Added Norton: “We brought him here to … play and grow and develop every day and he’s doing just that.”

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<![CDATA[Number of Riders on BART Drops, Agency Examines Alternatives]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:59:57 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/bart38.jpg

It may be hard to believe for some commuters, but BART ridership is actually declining.

The transportation agency had been enjoying six years of consecutive growth, but during the first half of the 2016-2017 fiscal year, BART reported a roughly four percent drop in the number of weekday riders, as reported by the Mercury News. Weekend ridership slumped by approximately nine percent.

That drop in ridership could mean that BART will finish this year $15 to $25 million below budget, according to the Mercury News. Looking forward, BART could face a $25 to $35 million shortcoming as it prepares its future budget.

In order to make up for that loss, BART may consider chopping discounts for the elderly and young riders, starting service at 5 a.m. instead of 4 a.m. or scaling down service on some lines, the Mercury News reported. Base fare prices may also jump.

BART has also executed a hiring freeze and asked every department to cut back on spending as it works to prevent any further losses, according to the Mercury News.

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<![CDATA[Poll: More Than Half Disapprove of Trump's Job Performance]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:38:49 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trumpwarpress.jpg

Fifty-four percent of Americans somewhat or strongly disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the presidency after a month in office, while 43 percent approve somewhat or strongly, according to the latest NBC NewsSurveyMonkey poll.

NBC News reported that Trump enjoys broad support from within his party, but few outside of it, with evident divisions along gender and racial lines as well.

Nine of 10 Republicans or people who lean Republican approve of Trump's performance as president, with the same percentage of Democrats and those who lean Democrat disapproving. 

But independents split two to one against Trump. His aggregate low approval rating is below any other newly elected president since pollsters began tracking presidential job approval.

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<![CDATA[Program Aimed at Training Students in Construction Kicks Off]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:38:21 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/school_construction_generic.jpg

A pre-apprenticeship program aimed at helping youth train for construction careers started this week at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, hospital officials said Thursday.

The official kickoff of the Future Designers and Builders Program happened Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Children's Hospital's Oakland Research Institute library at 5700 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland.

Fourteen youth are participating in the 15-week program that will expose them to construction work in real-time and give them school credit if they earn a passing grade.

The construction work they'll be exposed to is a 10-year construction project to expand and renovate the hospital.

The hospital's vice president of development, construction and real estate Doug Nelson said the demand is there for people to work in the construction industry.

"We're working to increase the supply," Nelson said.

The youth are from Fremont High School, Oakland Technical High School, Oakland Emiliano Zapata Street Academy, Rudsdale Continuation School and McClymonds High School.

This spring's program follows a successful pilot program last summer when eight students participated.

Each participant will get construction site tours and construction safety seminars, hear lectures and guest speakers and work on their own projects with the architects and builders working on project at the hospital.

They'll also get an overview of urban planning and attend at least one planning commission meeting, among other exposure to construction.

"They'll do things trying to replicate real world experience," hospital spokeswoman Melinda Krigel said.

Students meet two times a week from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Participants have to be at least 16 years old and Oakland Unified School District students in good academic standing, Krigel said.

Whether they pass or fail depends on their attendance, participation and their presentation on a final project.

They'll have homework in addition to their regular schoolwork.

"It's a good amount to take on," Krigel said.

Nelson said program organizers hope to continue the program until the hospital is completely expanded and renovated, which is expected to be in 2025.

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<![CDATA[Status Check: 'April' the Giraffe Doing Well, Still Pregnant]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:42:57 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/april+giraffe+update.jpg

The 15-year-old giraffe named "April," who has captivated millions of people across the world as they watch a live stream in anxious anticipation of the birth of her fourth calf at an upstate New York zoo, is still pregnant and doing well. 

Veterinarians with the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, outside Binghamton, said April's progression continues, but giraffes tend to hide signs of labor as a natural instinct, so they can't confirm active labor.

That said, vets checked in on her twice overnight and "physical posturing and other activity observed would suggest we are close," the group wrote on Facebook Friday morning. Around 8:30 a.m., the live stream actually showed significant movement in April's belly as the long-necked beauty began to walk outside.

Not much changed the day started coming to a close: April alternated between standing still, swinging her tail, and slowly circling her pen.

April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines earlier Thursday after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so. 

More than 30 million people across the globe have tuned in over the last few days to watch it. You can check out the live stream above.

April was seen slinking gracefully around her hay-laden home Friday morning in no apparent distress. Once she goes into active labor, zoo officials say the keepers will go in to help her but first-time dad, 5-year-old Oliver, will be held out of the pen. The dad-to-be will get to go outside with his mate for some exercise Friday, zoo officials said, but they have to be kept apart.

"Her and Oliver will both enjoy yard time today, but are kept separate due to April's condition," the group wrote on Facebook. "His rambunctious play for an extended period could have negative effects. Boys will be boys."

Giraffe pregnancies last for 15 months. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The calf will be about 150 pounds and 6 feet tall at birth and up and walking in about an hour. The zoo says it will hold a contest to name it.

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<![CDATA[DC-Area Riddled With Old 'Spy Sites': Ex-CIA Employee]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:52:24 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Georgetown+pizza.jpg

The chances you live within walking distance to a spy site are 100 percent for those living in the D.C. area, according to a former CIA official.

Robert Wallace, who spent 40 years in the CIA, wrote the book “Spy Sites of Washington, D.C., A Guide to the Capital Region's Secret History,” which details hundreds of locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia with connections to espionage.

Walking the streets of D.C., Wallace said locations where spies lived, worked, held secret meetings and conducted dead drops are all around.

“I think it's about 100 percent certain that there is a spy site in your neighborhood, somewhere in your neighborhood,” he said. “I assure you, you can walk to it.”

In December 1976, retired CIA employee Edwin Moore lived in a home on Fort Sumner Drive in Bethesda, Maryland.

“He decided to go to the other side,” Wallace said.

Moore stole enough classified documents to fill several boxes and tried to sell them to the Soviet Union. He wrapped up a sample of the secret documents with a note and threw the bundle over the fence of the Soviet Embassy, which is now the Russian ambassador’s home. A security guard at the embassy found the package and called D.C. police, fearing it was a bomb.

“They come, retrieve the package, determine it isn't a bomb,” Wallace said. “They open the package, and some very alert police officer in Washington says, ‘Hmm, I think the FBI might be interested in this, and in fact, they were.”

Moore’s note instructed the Soviets to deliver $3,000 in cash to a dead drop location by a fire hydrant right across the street from his house, which undercover FBI agents did.

“He's arrested, he's tried, he's convicted, he's sentenced to 15 years in prison and then subsequently paroled after about three years,” Wallace said.

From the Soviet Union to the United States and Back
The security guard who found the package at the embassy was KGB.

Eight years after turning over Moore’s package of secrets to police, Vitaly Yurchenko returned to the Soviet Union.

“He was a fast-rising officer of the KGB,” Wallace said.

In 1985 after being diagnosed with cancer Yurchenko returned to the United States as a defector.

“He had knowledge of a lot of KGB operations in the United States, so of course we were interested, from a counterintelligence perspective, to debrief him thoroughly, and we did,” Wallace said.

Yurchenko’s defection didn’t last long. One night while having dinner at a Georgetown restaurant that is now the location of an &pizza restaurant, Yurchenko told his CIA security officer he was stepping outside for some fresh air.

“When he walked down the street maybe a block or so he was likely picked up by the KGB at that point,” Wallace said. “We saw him a day or so later on TV announcing that he had been drugged by the CIA for the last three months and he was very happy to be back in friendly hands.”

Spy Tactics Used for a Political Purpose
In his book, Wallace recounts hundreds of spy stories from locations across the area, including the famous garage in Rosslyn where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward held secret meetings with his Watergate source Deep Throat.

“The Watergate story is in fact an adaptation of espionage techniques for a political purpose,” Wallace said.

“Spy Sites” includes maps of neighborhoods in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

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<![CDATA[LA DACA Recipient, 22, Accused of Smuggling, Held in Ga.]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:06:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/2-23-17-DACA.JPG

The plea from the family and girlfriend of 22-year-old Jesus Alonso Arreola Robles paints a picture of a young man who came to the United States from Mexico with his parents when he was just 18 months old.

He graduated high school, applied for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program initiated by the Obama Administration and was granted temporary legal status. He worked in a North Hollywood hotel with his dad and allegedly as a driver for either Lyft or Uber.

But NBC4 Southern California has learned that Robles is under investigation by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol for allegedly smuggling into the country another man who didn't have the legal right to be here.

Border Patrol says they arrested Robles on Feb. 12 on State Route 94 near Campo, California. In a statement to NBC4 radio partner KPCC, Robles' attorney, Joseph Porta, falsely claimed local police had arrested his client for a minor traffic violation and handed him over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"I'm a little at odds as to why he's actually being detained right now," Porta said in a Thursday morning news conference at the headquarters of CHIRLA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles. Porta claims ICE had since moved his client from San Diego to Arizona and ultimately to Georgia where is currently being detained.

"It's very troublesome because it's prevented me from speaking to my client, having access to my client and mounting a defense," he said.

ICE says detainees are often moved around when there's an overcrowding issue and San Diego is a location that often sees cases like that. But they add that Robles has access to a phone 24/7 even though Porta claims he has yet to speak with his client.

In Thursday's public news conference, Porta claimed he didn't know why Robles was arrested and Robles' mother also denied know the details. But NBC4 has learned that in an interview with KMEX in Los Angeles, Rosa Robles admitted that her son had unknowingly picked up a passenger near the U.S.-Mexico border that night. Neither she nor the family attorney have responded to requests for comment.

Meantime, a spokesman for CHILRA says Robles was near the border because he was working at the time as a driver for a ride share app, claiming it was either Lyft or Uber. NBC4 and our partners at Telemundo 52 have confirmed that is also false, with both companies denying Robles was a registered driver at the time of the arrest.

But the fact remains that Robles is in federal immigration custody and faces deportation to a country he's never been to since he left at such a young age, and he faces losing his DACA status. ICE says that since DACA went into effect in 2012, they have deported 1,500 recipients who "pose a threat" to national security.

In a statement to NBC4, ICE says undocumented immigrants granted deferred action from deportation who are subsequently found to pose a threat to national security or public safety may have their deferred action terminated at any time. According to the statement, "this includes those who have been arrested or convicted of certain crimes, or those who are associated with criminal gangs."

Border Patrol would not go into specifics into Robles' arrest but say he was subsequently transferred to ICE custody on Feb. 15 pending a hearing before an immigration judge. It will be up to the judge to determine if he has a legal basis to remain in the U.S.

The question as to his defense lies with his attorney, who says he's not sure about why his client was arrested in the first place.

"I haven't been able to verify that with my client and I need to maintain that silence until I know what's going on," Porta said.

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<![CDATA[Raiders May Have Eyes on DeSean Jackson]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:52:02 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/deseannjacxcx.jpg

The Raiders go into 2017 with one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL in Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper.

Each had 1,000-yard seasons in 2016, with Crabtree catching 89 passes for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns and Cooper catching 83 balls for 1,153 yards and five scores.

But as Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie and his staff begin to consider free-agent acquisitions that could make the most impact in the coming year, finding a third wideout to make a bigger impact out of the slot could be on the list.

In 2016, Seth Roberts continued to improve in that role, and had five TD catches among his 38 receptions for 397 yards. But a more dangerous slot receiver certainly would make the offense far more difficult to stop and give quarterback Derek Carr more downfield options.

One candidate who’s been linked to the Raiders as a potential free agent is veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The former Bay Area standout at Cal just completed his third season in Washington, posting the fifth 1,000-yard season of his NFL career. Jackson, 30, will be a sought-after talent if he hits free agency, as expected. He’s still extremely quick out of the slot as he showed this past season, averaging 17.9 yards on 56 catches for 1,005 yards and four TDs. That per-catch average always has been among the league’s best, as his 17.7 career number attests.

Mike Florio of NBC’s Pro Football Talk noted recently that Jackson is eager to test free agency for the first time in his career.

“I’m definitely intrigued about seeing what’s going to happen and test the market and see what’s going on,” Jackson said. “Who knows what will happen?”

The Eagles, Cowboys and Patriots are considered strong suitors, but Oakland also has been mentioned as a landing spot. Jackson added to the slot certainly would create extreme pressure on opposing secondaries charged with covering Jackson, Cooper and Crabtree.

This week, Jackson told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that playing with a “great quarterback” will be a priority, wherever he lands. He also said he wants to be on a winning team. Those two goals would fit with the Raiders, who have Derek Carr – who emerged as a league MVP candidate in 2016 – and a team coming off a 12-4 record and trip to the playoffs.

Jackson told Schefter that he’s as fast as ever and excited for a fresh start.

The question will be, does McKenzie believe upgrading the third wide receiver position is a priority? Or will he decide to focus his free-agent dollars on defense?

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