<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usTue, 30 Aug 2016 06:08:52 -0700Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:08:52 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Inmate Leaves Sandals on Jail Fence During Escape]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:34:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0829-2016-ChristopherBoscacci.jpg

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the attempted escape of an inmate from the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas - one who was trying to leave so fast, he left his jail-issued sandals clinging from the fence.

The failed attempt, first reported by NBC Bay Area, happened Sunday afternoon, according to Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sgt. James Jensen. Newly installed video cameras helped a deputy spot the inmate, identified as Christopher Boscacci, climbing and then falling from the "candy cane" fencing.

Boscacci would have been released from jail on Monday for petty theft, but now faces charges in connection with the attempted escape.

The district attorney said the penalty for trying to escape can vary, depending on whether the inmate used force or violence.

Deputies said Boscacci ran on top of the first of three security fences for roughly 50 yards. He then got to the west end of the jail and grabbed on to a power line.

Sources told NBC Bay Area on Monday the inmate made it over the first line of security fencing, but was arrested before he climbed over the second fence that surrounds the perimeter of Elmwood.

Boscacci suffered some injuries during the fall.

The cameras were only recently installed, after an NBC Bay Area report citing the lack of cameras along Elwmood’s perimeter.

"It's great we have these cameras," Sheriff Laurie Smith said. "The two deputies prevented an escape."

Crews spent Monday repairing the damaged fencing and reassessing the overall security measures at Elmwood Jail.

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<![CDATA[Oakland Mayor Launches Campaign to Find New Police Chief]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:05:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0617-2016-LibbySchaaf.jpg

A little more than two months after she told the public she was not here to oversee a "frat house," Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was poised to explain on Monday her process for launching a campaign to find a new police chief.

Schaaf held a news conference at 2 p.m. at Frank Ogawa Plaza alongside other city leaders, community members, youth and City Administrator Sabrina Landreth, who took over the chief's duties in June.

Schaaf pledged to include members of the community in the search for a new chief.

"Community engagement is critical for us to succeed in attracting the right reform-minded leader for this police department," she said. 

"If there is any hope at salvaging anything, it's going to have to come from the outside," said Cat Brooks, of the Anti Police Terror Project. "He or she is going to have to clean house and start all over again."

Starting this week, the city will begin holding community forums, including some geared toward youth, to find out what residents want in their next police chief.

"Someone who knows what they're doing, someone we can all trust as a youth and someone we don't fear," Oakland teen Shyra Dawkins said.

Over the summer, three Oakland police chiefs stepped down, or were told to step down from their posts, amid a sex scandal involving police officers and a sex worker, as well as a racist texting probe, which caused two police officers to be suspended this month.

At the time, Schaaf said she wouldn't tolerate any more nonsense.

“As a mayor of Oakland I am here to run a police department, not a frat house,” Schaaf said. She also called the culture at the police department "toxic" and "macho."

Landreth said she is already fielding calls from candidates from across the country, but she added finding the right fit will take time.

"At the end of the day, it's more important to find the right candidate than to rush it," Landreth said.

The city will hold 10 public forums next month, and Schaaf said she will select two community members to sit on the selection committee. City officials hope to have a permanent police chief by early 2017.

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<![CDATA[Prep School Assault Survivor: 'Not Ashamed or Afraid']]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:39:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Chessy+Prout.jpg

The victim in the Owen Labrie sex assault case publicly revealed her identity on NBC's "Today" show Tuesday morning and said she hopes that the man who assaulted her gets help.

"I want everyone to know that I am not afraid or ashamed anymore, and I never should have been,'' Chessy Prout, 17, told Savannah Guthrie in an exclusive interview.

Prout was 15 years old when she says she was coerced by the then-19-year-old senior to have sex in a secluded room on St. Paul's School in New Hampshire in May 2014. 

Prout discussed where she stands a year after she took the stand against Labrie. 

"I hope he learns, I hope he gets help," she said. "And that's all I can ever hope for in any sort of process like this. Because if he doesn't learn, he will do it to another young woman."

Labrie, now 20, was convicted in August 2015 on three counts of misdemeanor sexual assault, felony illegal use of computer services and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. He was acquitted on three counts of felony sexual assault.

Prosecutors tied the assault to the "Senior Salute," a competition in which seniors at the school sought to have sex with underclassmen. He was sentenced to a year behind bars and probation.

Labrie was sentenced to one year in county jail, however, was initially free on curfew while an appeal of the verdict was pending. He was taken into custody after he was found violating that curfew, but was freed again on bail and given a GPS monitor. 

He is also registered as a sex offender in New Hampshire during the appeal process.

"It's been two years now since the whole ordeal, and I feel ready to stand up and own what happened to me and make sure other people, other girls and boys, don't need to be ashamed, either,'' Prout said. 

She added that the trial could have been avoided with an apology letter and personal responsibility. 

Instead, she said she had to take the stand, testifying for three days. She said the trial helped her move forward with the pursuit of justice.

Though she said she's moving forward, she still feels the impact of the assault.

She said, "A question that was asked on the stand was 'Why were you so hazy during that time period" and I looked at the defense attorney in disbelief and said I was raped. I was just trying to go smoothly and not try to cause any waves."

Prout's parents, Alex and Susan, have filed a civil suit against St. Paul's School for failing to protect their daughter. The school denies the allegations.

Meanwhile, Labrie has filed a motion for a new trial, claiming ineffective counsel. 

His attorney told necn they have no comment regarding the "Today" show interview.

St. Paul's School issued this statement to "Today":

"As was the case when the survivor was a student here and subsequently, the School admires her courage and condemns unkind behavior toward her. We feel deeply for her and her family. We have always placed the safety and well-being of our students first and are confident that the environment and culture of the school have supported that. We categorically deny that there ever existed at the School a culture or tradition of sexual assault. However, there's no denying the survivors experience caused us to look anew at the culture and environment. This fresh look has brought about positive changes at the School."

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<![CDATA[Council to Vote on Police Staffing Emergency]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:49:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/San-Jose-AP_050422011853.jpg

The San Jose City Council on Tuesday was set to vote on declaring a state of emergency to address the city's severely understaffed police department.

That declaration would allow the police chief to have more leeway in reassigning officers for various shifts. This week, City Manager Norberto Duenas wrote the council, describing the "unprecedented low staffing levels" in the patrol division.

Duenas told the council that the department is redeploying 47 police officers from other beats to work patrol. He told the council "an immediate shift rebid is necessary" before Sept. 11. He also said that the police union acknowledged that the current staffing levels "create an emergency sufficient to justify delaying" the traditional protocol.

As of this week, the police department has 1,109 full-time budgeted positions, and only 919 positions are filled. But because of people out on disability and other leaves, just 812 actual full-duty sworn officers are ready to work and are considered "street ready," Duenas wrote.

In addition, police have determined that a minimum of 500 officers are needed to staff beats in the patrol division, and there were only 413 officers available to work their shifts.

NBC Bay Area received an email this week blasted to all officers early Saturday morning that clamored for assistance. The email requested that any personnel free to work call in and help fill day shift holes for 11 officer and four sergeant positions.

Later on Saturday morning, another email stated that the department was short 10 positions for swing shift assignments and again requested that any available officers call in and sign up for a shift if possible.

"We've got a serious shortfall right now in police officers out on patrol," Mayor Sam Liccardo said on Saturday. Liccardo said that the emergency action plan will only act as a "band-aid" fix for the department's staffing problem, but he pledges to work with Garcia in coming up with solutions.

San Jose Police Department Chief Eddie Garcia told NBC Bay Area in a previous interview that he worried about the depleted state of his department and fatigue of his officers.

"Our officers are tired," Garcia said. "They're out there doing an amazing job, but they can only do so much."

Liccardo called for voters to support Measure F, which he says will restore the state of the police department and place more officers on the streets if backed during the November election.

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<![CDATA[Race Tightens as Trump Chips Away at Clinton's Lead]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 04:48:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trump-inmigracion-plan-arizona.jpg

Hillary Clinton's national lead over Donald Trump has narrowed to 6 points, according to the latest NBC NewsSurvey Monkey Tracking Poll. Clinton now has 48 support and Trump 42 percent, according to the poll of registered voters from Aug. 22-28.

Last week Clinton led her rival by 8 points. Trump made inroads in the latest poll with registered Independents, who do not lean toward either party.

Two weeks ago Clinton led Trump by 12 points among the group. This week her lead was down to 4 points. The presidential campaign will enter a final phase after Labor Day with an uptick in advertising, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Russians Hacked 2 US Voter Databases: Officials]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 03:12:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/sjelex1.jpg

Hackers based in Russia were behind two recent attempts to breach state voter registration databases, U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC News.

One official said the attacks have been attributed to Russian intelligence agencies.

"This is the closest we've come to tying a recent hack to the Russian government," the official said.

That person added that "there is serious concern" that the Kremlin may be seeking to sow uncertainty in the U.S. presidential election process.

The incidents led the FBI to send a "flash alert" earlier this month to election officials nationwide, asking them to be on the lookout for any similar cyber intrusions.

The bulletin does not identify the targeted states, but officials told NBC News they were Illinois and Arizona.

<![CDATA[Gene Wilder: A Manic Comic Genius]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 04:02:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GeneWilder-WillyWonkaChocolateFactory-1971-WarnerBros-sm.jpg

Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman, but his stage name proved to be a well-chosen moniker.

The comic actor, in his greatest roles, earned via all-out commitment dangerous laughs by portraying the wild mood shifts of a man perpetually on the verge of a breakdown – and explosion.

In "The Producers," Wilder's milquetoast, blanket-toting accountant Leo Bloom transforms into a maniac who pounces on Zero Mostel's larger-than-life theatrical charlatan, Max Bialystock, punctuating each blow with a cry of "Fat! Fat! Fat!"

In "Young Frankenstein," Wilder's medical-school-professor-turned-mad-scientist, Frederick Frankenstein ("that's Franken-SHTEEN!"), goes gently into a cell to calm the hulking monster he wrought – only to frantically rescind his instructions not to be set free under any circumstances. "What's the matter with you people?" he screams. "I was joking!"

In "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," Wilder's dancing, singing mood-swing in a top hat turns viciously on Golden Ticket recipient Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe, delaying the ostensible kiddie film's happy ending. "You get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!" Wonka rages.

Wilder, who died Sunday at age 83, produced a gamut of emotions for comic effect with an ability that exceeded even the purest of imaginations. While his manic, unpredictable characters changed from second to second, you could count on Gene Wilder, at his best, to give performances guaranteed to last forever in the collective pop cultural memory. 

During his 1960s to 1980s hey-day, he imbued his greatest screen creations, however varied, with an exasperated Everyman quality. That held true for Wilder’s washed-up gunslinger battling the bottle in Mel Brook’s "Blazing Saddles” as much as for his young doctor who throws away his idyllic life to guzzle Woolite over a fetching sheep named Daisy in Woody Allen's "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask).”

But Wilder was no solo act – from Mostel to Cleavon Little to Madeline Kahn to Teri Garr to even Daisy, he rarely stole a scene alone. He struck his greatest comic chemistry with Richard Pryor, producing the hits "Silver Streak" and "Stir Crazy," as well as the underrated "See No Evil, Hear No Evil."

The two seemingly very different personalities packed a common knack for pushing comedy to the edge. Case in point: The “Stir Crazy” scene in which Pryor’s and Wilder’s characters trade off meltdowns as they enter prison. Pryor’s attempted words of inspiration (“Don’t mess up – just think about our people”) can’t stop Wilder from freaking out on a guard who clubbed him: “No more hitting! Did you hear what just I said? No-more-hitting!”

Wilder's strongest behind-the-scenes collaborator, of course, was Brooks, who skillfully tapped the frizzy-haired actor’s deepest angst while directing him in "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein." They teamed on the script for "Young Frankenstein," which drew hilarity as much as from a spot-on parody of 1930s horror movies as from one unhinged doctor’s very 1970s identity crisis.

In the end, Wilder's Frankenstein discovers his true gift as he gleefully shares the sweet mystery of life with Garr’s Inga. Fans will be forever grateful that Wilder shared his talent for mining the mysteries of the inner life, yielding unfettered emotions that made us laugh until we cried.

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Grand Arrival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Up Next

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

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<![CDATA[Ferguson Grand Jury Records Not Approved for Release]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:37:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/459432416.jpg The prosecutor overseeing the Ferguson grand jury hearing the Michael Brown case took the rare step of recording and documenting the proceedings, but that doesn't mean they will be released to the public if police officer Darren Wilson isn't indicted, officials said Sunday, NBC News reported. The St. Louis County director of judicial administration, Paul Fox, released a statement Sunday saying that St. Louis Judge Carolyn Whittington has to analyze the records before she approves that they be released, and Whittington can't do that until the grand jury has finished hearing evidence. The grand jury's decision on whether to indict Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Brown in August, could come this week.
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<![CDATA[Taliban: We Found Bergdahl Alone, Cursing Countrymen]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:52:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP185958732321.jpg Two former Taliban commanders told NBC News on Thursday that Bowe Bergdahl was walking alone and cursing his countrymen when the Taliban found and captured him in Afghanistan in 2009. “Our people at the time couldn’t understand his language, but it was after he was shifted to a safe location, he said he wasn’t happy with his countrymen, but he didn’t intend to convert to Islam or join mujahideen (holy warriors),” one of the commanders said. The commanders said that through 2010, he had not converted to Islam. Bergdahl's release has drawn outrage from some, especially Republicans, who say the Obama administration might have broken the law by failing to notify congress before it traded five Guantanamo Bay detainees for Bergdahl.
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<![CDATA[FBI: Illinois Voter System Hacked]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 03:54:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Hacker506944962.jpg

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly warning election officials across the country after it found evidence that foreign hackers were able to infiltrate state election databases in Illinois and Arizona. 

The FBI issued the warning through a “flash” alert from its Cyber Division on Aug. 18, as first reported by Yahoo News. The alert didn't include the names of the breached states, although sources claim it refers to Illinois and Arizona’s voter registration databases being targeted by suspected foreign hackers.

The FBI is now warning election officials across the country to take new steps to bolster the security of computer systems.

Illinois Board of Elections’ general counsel Ken Menzel told Yahoo News that hackers were able to download the personal data of up to 200,000 state voters.

Menzel also said that FBI agents confirmed to him in a recent briefing that the attacks were believed to be carried out by foreign hackers. The perpetrators were not identified by country. He noted that he was also told that the FBI was looking into a link between the recent hack of the Democratic National Committee. U.S. officials suspect that hack was carried out by Russian government hackers.

Last month, a message was sent to all election authorities in Illinois saying a hack had been detected on July 12. As a precautionary measure, the state's entire voter registration was shut down the next day and remained shut down for several days. 

Menzel told NBC Chicago in July that the state’s voter registration system is “kind of a prime target for hackers” because of the database’s collection of identifying information.

According to the latest report, the Arizona attack wasn’t as large in scope as Illinois', although malicious software was introduced to the state’s system. Nevertheless, the hackers were unable to exfiltrate any data, a state official told Yahoo News.

The FBI suggested that the two hacks could be linked. According to the bulletin, there were eight separate IP addresses that were the source of the two attacks. Rich Barger, chief intelligence officer for cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect, told Yahoo that one of the IP addresses has been identified in Russian criminal underground hacker forums.

The bureau would not confirm news of the alert but said in a statement that "in furtherance of public-private partnerships, the FBI routinely advises private industry of various cyber threat indicators observed during the course of our investigations."

"This data is provided in order to help systems administrators guard against the actions of persistent cyber criminals," the statement read. 

According to the report, the FBI will likely pressure the Department of Homeland Security to formally designate the voter systems as a piece of the country’s “critical infrastructure” requiring federal protection.

A Homeland Security spokesman told Yahoo News that that sort of designation “is under consideration.” Federal and state officials told the publication it was unlikely that a cyberattack would seriously disrupt the November elections, but that a threat was not out of the question.

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<![CDATA[Gaza Cease-Fire Holds as Peace Talks Re-Open in Cairo]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:12:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP654242583915.jpg An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire halting the Gaza war held into Monday morning, allowing Palestinians to leave homes and shelters as negotiators agreed to resume talks in Cairo, The Associated Press reported. In Cairo, negotiators talks resumed at 11 a.m. (4 a.m. ET) Monday as people bought fuel for generators and communication workers struggled to fix cables damaged by the fighting. The truce took effect just after midnight (5 p.m. ET), preceded by heavy rocket fire toward Israel. The monthlong war has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, the majority civilians. In Israel, 67 people have been killed, all but three of them soldiers.
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<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Supected DUI Crash That Killed 2 Women]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:06:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043317.jpg

A man was arrested in a suspected drunk driving collision that killed two elderly women Sunday night in South San Jose, a police spokesman said.

Marvin Gatherwright, 34, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and DUI, police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said.

The women who died have been identified as 95-year-old Marjorie Devine of San Jose and 73-year-old Donna Perucca, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

Officers responded to a report of a collision around 9 p.m. at Camden Avenue and Bose Lane, Garcia said.

Gatherwright was driving a gold 1998 Toyota Camry west on Camden Avenue and struck the passenger side of a gray 2008 Honda Accord as it turned left from eastbound Camden Avenue to Bose Lane, Garcia said.

Devine sat in the Honda's right front passenger seat and Perucca was behind her, according to Garcia.

The women were pronounced dead at the scene, marking San Jose's 28th and 29th traffic-related fatalities on city streets this year, Garcia said.

The Honda driver, a 75-year-old man, was transported to a hospital where he was in critical condition as of this afternoon, Garcia said.

Gatherwright was also injured in the collision and was treated at a hospital before he was booked into Santa Clara County Jail, according to Garcia.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call police Detective Steve Melloch at (408) 277-4654. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.

<![CDATA[Man Chased Down and Stabbed in Dolores Park: Police]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:00:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sf-stab.jpg

A man suffered life-threatening injuries when he was chased down and stabbed by a group of about 10 male suspects Sunday evening near San Francisco's Dolores Park, police said.

The 25-year-old victim was seen fleeing through the park toward 18th and Church streets from a group of eight to 10 suspects around 6:15 p.m., according to police.

He fell down in the middle of the intersection, and his pursuers began punching and kicking him. The victim suffered a life-threatening stab wound to his upper torso in the attack and was taken to a hospital for treatment, police said.

No arrests had been made in the case as of Monday evening, police said.

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<![CDATA[Mold Threatens Thousands More After Louisiana Floods]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 03:40:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/589932068-louisiana-flooding.jpg

With thousands already homeless after the floods in Louisiana, the formation of mold threatens many others in the region, NBC News reported.

As many as 11 people were killed when unrelenting rain flooded the state beginning Aug. 13. Gov. John Bel Edwards called the disaster a "historic, unprecedented flooding event" after the storm system dropped three times as much rain on Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina, according to National Weather Service records.

And many more than the 60,000 residents already left homeless could lose their homes, too.

"Mold removal is a top priority," the state Health Department said in the days following the floods.

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<![CDATA[Hayward Police Chief Placed on Leave]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:48:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0829-2016-DianeStuart.jpg

Hayward police Chief Diane Stuart has been placed on leave pending the completion of a personnel investigation, Hayward City Manager Kelly McAdoo confirmed late Monday.

McAdoo was unable to discuss any other details.

Department spokesman Sgt. Ryan Cantrell said in a statement later that Stuart has been placed on paid administrative leave, and the details of the issue are confidential. Capt. Mark Koller has been appointed as the acting chief by the city manager, the statement said.

According to Stuart's bio posted on the Hayward city website, she started her law enforcement career with the San Jose Police Department in 1986.

Stuart started as an officer and worked her way up to an assistant chief at SJPD. In August 2011, Stuart was selected as the 13th chief of the Hayward Police Department. She was also the first woman to lead Hayward's police force.

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<![CDATA[Missing Jet Families Seek $5M Reward for Answers]]> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 08:09:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP7372611894241.jpg Relatives of passengers aboard the missing Malaysia jet said Sunday that they are seeking to raise $5 million for a reward and private investigation leading to discovery of what happened to the plane and the 239 people on board, NBC News reported. The Reward MH370 project aims “to encourage a whistle blower to come forward” with information about the jet’s fate, a statement issued by five family members said. Project leader Ethan Hunt said effort was being launched via fundraising website indiegogo.com.
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<![CDATA[Manaea Exits Early With Injury as A's Blanked by Astros]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:19:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/as-astros2.jpg

The A’s suffered a loss Monday that featured a couple costly defensive miscues, a squandered offensive opportunity and a starting pitcher leaving because of an injury.

That’s not the kind of script that leads to success, and unfortunately for the A’s it’s not the first time such a scenario has played out in 2016.

The Astros, scrapping to keep pace in the American League Wild Card race, rang up a 6-0 win in the opener of this three-game series at Minute Maid Park.

Oakland mustered just four hits and couldn’t carry over the momentum from a seven-run output in Sunday’s series-clinching victory at St. Louis. Third baseman Ryon Healy committed back-to-back errors that contributed to Houston’s two-run second inning that gave the home team all the runs it would need.

A’s starter Sean Manaea departed in the fourth inning with what was diagnosed as a strained muscle in his upper back. There was no immediate word on the seriousness of the injury.

Starting pitching report: Manaea wasn’t helped by the Healy errors, both of which came with two outs and put him in a bases-loaded situation. But the rookie left-hander didn’t help himself when he followed up by issuing consecutive walks that forced in the game’s first two runs. It wasn’t apparent to the naked eye when exactly Manaea injured himself prior to leaving.

Bullpen report: Chris Smith did well when called upon on short notice, eating up 2 2/3 innings. He allowed Jose Altuve’s solo homer in the sixth. He struck out five after relieving Manaea. Smith started the seventh by giving up a double to Teoscar Hernandez, walking Jake Marisnick and giving up a single to George Springer. J.B. Wendelken relieved Smith and promotely gave up a two-run single to rookie Alex Bregman. Following a double play, Carlos Correa knocked in Springer with a single to right. All three runs were charged to Smith.

At the plate: The A’s had their best opportunity to jump back in the game in the sixth, putting runners on the corners with one out. But Yonder Alonso bounced into a 1-6-3 double play to douse that rally.

In the field: Healy has impressed with the glove since coming up from the minors, but he had a rough night Monday. He mishandled Marwin Gonzalez’s bouncer to his right, then couldn’t come up with Teoscar Hernandez’s grounder to his left, opening the door to the Astros’ first scoring rally.

Attendance: 18,613

Up next: The Astros’ Collin McHugh (8-10, 5.01) has been very solid, allowing three earned runs or fewer in 14 of his past 18 outings. He’ll take the mound Tuesday with Kendall Graveman (10-8, 3.97) going for the A’s. First pitch is 5:10 p.m.

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<![CDATA[History Shows Kaepernick Doesn’t Stand Alone]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:26:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kap-protest.jpg

Scroll through modern history and you’ll see it’s not uncommon for athletes – particularly Bay Area athletes – to stand up for what they believe in, despite being vilified.

Among the revolutionaries are Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who created one of the most iconic moments in Olympics history: the 1968 Black Power salute. Winning gold and bronze in the 200 meter sprint, Smith and Carlos took a stand and a big chance.

“It wasn’t so much I was making a statement. I was a black person making a statement. In other words, you just stay in your place. Your job is to go run track and they feel his job is to play football,” John Carlos said over the phone Monday.

The two former San Jose State University students were stripped of their medals and received death threats for years. Carlos says San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick may face similar threats for sitting down during the national anthem in an effort to protest police shootings.

“I think he has to walk through the jungle of ignorance. When I’m talking about when I say the jungle of ignorance is there are a lot of ignorant people out there that don’t fully understand. They get caught up in patriotism and the whole nine yards,” Carlos said.

The Olympian and civil rights activist says he understands how it feels to be in Kaepernick’s position: “It’s difficult for an individual to give the pledge and then feel like a hypocrite five minutes after they give the pledge because the pledge doesn’t cover everyone like it states it does.”

Athletes have been standing up for their beliefs throughout modern history. Baseball star Curt Flood, of Oakland, refused to accept a trade, which eventually changed labor laws. Smith and Carlos owe much of their political awakening to Dr. Harry Edwards, also from San Jose State.

The noted sociologist spoke with Kaepernick at 49ers practice on Sunday, but Kaepernick says Edwards did not advise him on this protest.

In a previous interview with Bay Area Revelations, Edwards shared his thoughts about Smith and Carlos.

“To make that demonstration in the face of all of that danger, recrimination and so forth -- to me was one of the most courageous, committed acts not just in sports but of the 20th century,” Edwards said.

Time will tell how Kaepernick’s protest will impact his career and personal life. However, many athletes are now honored for speaking their minds despite being disparaged at the time of their protests. Smith and Carlos have a statue representing their political stand on the San Jose State University campus.

<![CDATA[Sixers Increase Reward for Shooting]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 03:45:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Gabby+Hill-Carter.jpg

The FBI and the Philadelphia 76ers gave money to increase the reward for information on the death of a young girl who was shot and killed in Camden last week.

Camden County Police announced Monday the reward for information in the case of 8-year-old Gabby Hill-Carter increased to $76,000 after contributions were made by the FBI and the Sixers. The reward had previously increased from $24,000 to $50,000 Sunday after philanthropist and Democratic Party leader George E. Norcross contributed $26,000.

Hill-Carter, an 8-year-old who lived in Camden, was shot in the head after being caught in a crossfire, police said.

She died Friday when her family chose to remove her from life support, officials told NBC10. Hill-Carter was in extremely critical condition since Wednesday night when she was caught in the middle of a gang shooting at S. 8th and Spruce streets.

She suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was rushed to Cooper University Trauma Center for treatment.

But Friday afternoon, Hill-Carter's family said their goodbyes to the girl. They sat by her side as she drew her last breath.

Camden County Police, state prosecutors and federal agents have been searching for four men believed to be involved in the shooting.

Hundreds of loved ones gathered on the same block where the girl was killed Saturday night for a candlelight vigil.

"I love my baby so much and I wish she was still here," said the girl's mother Marissa.

Anyone with information on the shooting should call the Camden tip line at (856) 757-7042 or the Citizen's Crime Commission at (215) 546-TIPS.

"Feel the pain that the family is feeling and then come forward," said Darryl Mack, the girl's uncle. "See the visuals. Hear our voices."

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<![CDATA[Deer Killed by Arrow Found Behind Walnut Creek Home]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:55:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/deer-shot.jpg

Wildlife officials on Monday were investigating the death of a deer found with an arrow in its side in a Walnut Creek residential neighborhood.

A resident found the deer's body while walking behind his home on West Park Court in a neighborhood that's near a freeway and just a mile from a BART station.

The resident, who did not wish to be identified, said he noticed vultures circling Sunday afternoon then picked up the odor of the decaying carcass.

Contra Costa Animal Services removed the deer and said the Department of Fish and Wildlife will investigate.

"You could speculate that that probably was a hunting experience," said Steve Burdo, of county Animal Services. "There is speculation as to whether this happened in another place, and another animal like a mountain lion dragged it into another area."

Burdo said hunting is legal in parts of Contra Costa County, but not within 150 yards of a residence.

Neighbor Tim Thimech says it’s disturbing to find the deer with an arrow through his body in such a residential neighborhood, especially because, he believes, it was fired at close range.

"It couldn’t have been too far, otherwise the arrow would have fallen pretty fast, lost velocity," he said.

If investigators find someone hunted the deer in the area where it was found, that person could face misdemeanor charges, officials said.

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<![CDATA[False Alarms Expose Danger of Panicked Evacuations]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:34:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/160828-lax-airport-scare.JPG

Recent false alarm scares in US airports have exposed the lack of training and preparation for large evacuations of people in public areas, travel experts told NBC News.

It has happened three times at major airports this summer, the latest at Los Angeles International on Sunday, when rumors of gunfire sent thousands of people fleeing from terminals and onto airfields and roads, forcing authorities to stop flights and send all travelers back through security checkpoints.

Similar panics unfolded at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport: a mistaken report of shots fired on Aug. 14 and a false bomb scare on June 29.

Anthony Roman, who runs a security consulting firm in New York said having people in an active tarmac, an environment they're absolutely unfamiliar with, and allow them to go on open roadways while traffic is still moving, is obscene.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs and polices JFK, did not return messages seeking comment on Monday. Neither did the Los Angeles Airport Police Division.

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<![CDATA[Bridge Connecting Trail to Intel Campus May Be Removed]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:51:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_intel_negocios_470_265.jpg

A bridge connecting the popular San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail to Intel headquarters in Santa Clara may be going away due to permit and liability concerns.

The so-called "Freedom Bridge" connects the trail to the tech giant and keeps commuters out of their cars and on their bikes. But the bridge is under permit from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, and the permit expires in mid-September, officials said.

"Intel does not need that bridge as a corporation, but the employees enjoy it," Santa Clara Acting City Manager Rajeeb Batra said. "So that's where the issue lies."

The water district says Intel can't have a private bridge over a public waterway, and Intel is now considering liability concerns, with half of the bridge on their property.

The water district says it will work with the company.

"We're continuing to talk with Intel," said water district spokesman Marty Grimes. "We're not at loggerheads by any means, but there are certain requirements that have to be met."

Intel did not indicate what its plans are for the bridge, saying only that it is in discussions with the water district.

Bicyclists say they hope something can be worked out.

I could see why they wouldn't want to have the bridge anymore, if they're responsible for anything that might happen or to anyone on the bridge," said Hans Grubisic, of San Jose. "But you'd think there'd be some kind of amicable arrangement that could be reached."

<![CDATA[Two Allegedly Drunk US Pilots Free on Bail in Scotland]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:09:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/united+airlines+logo.jpg

Two U.S. pilots were freed on bail Monday in a Scottish court after they were arrested as they were preparing to fly from Scotland to New Jersey while allegedly under the influence of alcohol, court officials told NBC News.

The men — identified in court documents as United Airlines pilots Carlos Roberto Licona, 46, of Humble, Texas, and Paul Brady Grebenc, 35, of Columbus, Mississippi — appeared in Paisley Sheriff Court on charges that they violated a section of Britain's Railways and Transport Safety Act that says pilots can't exceed a blood-alcohol level of .02.

The pilots were arrested Saturday morning as they tried to check in at Glasgow Airport. Authorities wouldn't say exactly how much alcohol was registered in their systems.

The flight, destined for Newark International Airport with 141 passengers aboard, was supposed to have departed at 9 a.m. (4 a.m. ET) Saturday, but it didn't take off until 6:45 p.m. after the airline secured a replacement crew, Erin Benson, a spokeswoman for United Airlines, told NBC News.

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<![CDATA[SF Police Union Wants Apology from 49ers QB Kaepernick]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:46:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_460866180423-colin-kaepernick-anthem-controversy.jpg

Law enforcement agencies across the Bay Area reacted to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's reasons for protesting the national anthem, specifically his comments about officer-involved shootings and lack of job training.

On Monday, the San Francisco Police Officers Association wrote a letter to the National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell and 49ers CEO Jed York, requesting an apology from Kaepernick.

"Not only does he show an incredible lack of knowledge regarding our profession and officer-involved shootings, but also shows a naivety and total lack of sensitivity toward police officers," SFPOA President Martin Halloran wrote in the letter. "Ironically, it is those officers who on numerous occasions have protected Mr. Kaepernick."

In addition to asking for an apology from Kaepernick, the SFPOA also sent a training simulation invitation to the 28-year-old quarterback.

Also on Monday, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook an open letter addressed to Kaepernick. The letter requests the quarterback attend its training center in Dublin for an open conversation and inside look into a police academy instruction session, which they said includes use of force simulators.

"It would be a great opportunity for him to come out and view what we actually do," sheriff's deputy JD Nelson said.

"We think that dialogue is a good thing," Nelson added. "Are you going to be the person that that goes out and does something about it? Are you going to be the Monday morning quarterback and criticize and do something about it?"

Kaepernick and his teammates on Monday focused on football as they practiced in Santa Clara. The quarterback declined to talk to reporters in the locker room, but his teammates did, mostly avoiding whether they agree or disagree and instead focused on whether the controversy has been a team distraction.

"Our main focus is this team and not letting this divide us, whether you agree with him or not," said Daniel Kilgore, a 49ers offensive lineman. "This team has to stick together. That's our main focus."

Kaepernick sparked controversy when he decided to sit down during the playing of the national anthem at Friday night's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

University of San Francisco professor of politics James Taylor said Kaepernick's comments shouldn't be shocking, especially in the Bay Area.

"When you look at Tommy Smith and John Carlos; Black Lives Matter, the Oscar Grant movement were all launched here," Taylor said. "I don’t think he should stand out as an isolated person trying to get undue recognition for himself."

During a news conference in front of his locker on Sunday, the San Francisco signal-caller explained why he sat during the national anthem and had choice words for his views on police training.

"You have people that practice law and are lawyers and go to school for eight years, but you can become a cop in six months and don't have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist," he said. "That's insane. Someone that's holding a curling iron has more education and training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us."

Former 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh also called out his former quarterback, tweeting that Kaepernick's motivation is fine, "It's his method of action that I take exception to."

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<![CDATA[Trump Visits Woodside Home of Private Equity Firm CEO ]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:50:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DonaldTrump-AP_79158195778.jpg

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made a stop on the Peninsula on Monday to raise campaign funds.

Trump's Bay Area fundraiser took place at the Woodside estate of Saul Fox, CEO of Fox Paine and Co. His caravan arrived just after 7 p.m.

Fox has been a big donor for Republicans, and on Monday night, he was raising $25,000 a head from an estimated 40 guests, with rumors that some are giving much more in exchange for personal time with Trump.

Neighbor Mary Hall decked out four-legged Harley in a one-horse protest.

"They have fundraisers here all the time, but I think he’s gotten too much attention for his inflammatory statements. So I'm making my own inflammatory statement."

The fundraiser was to have been the second for Trump on Monday, but a similar event in Napa was canceled. Neither Trump nor guests stopped to talk outside afterward.

NBC Bay Area's Investigative Unit confirmed reports first published by the online publication Intercept that show Fox was moving money to Republicans through a so-called ghost corporation known as the Children of Israel LLC; $150,000 last year to support Mike Huckabee, another $400,000 this year supporting Ted Cruz and $334,000 to the Republican National Committee.

Woodside is a frequent destination for political candidates in search of campaign cash, including past visits from President Barack Obama and Trump's opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

"He’s got his fans, and he’s got his haters, and he’s probably trying to avoid the haters," Castro Valley resident Nick Dieter said about Trump.

"If he was coming, there would be protests ... and I think that’s why it’s a secret," said Judity Huddleston, of Woodside.

Trump has been trailing Clinton by a relatively wide margin in the national polls.

Political analyst Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website gives Trump just a bit over a 20 percent chance in November.

PPIC pollster Mark Baldassare says reversing those odds would be unprecedented.

"I can’t think of an example that would point to the kind of reversal that would have to take place," Baldassare said.

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<![CDATA[Fox News Calls Tantaros an 'Opportunist' in Lawsuit Response]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:36:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ailes-GettyImages-142710763.jpg

Fox News Channel says Andrea Tantaros is not a "victim" but "an opportunist" in its response to the sexual-harassment lawsuit filed last week by the former Fox News host.

In that response, filed Monday in New York, the network is calling for arbitration which it says is in accordance with her employment agreement. The network notes that she is already a party to pending arbitration after having been suspended by Fox, which has accused her of breaching her employment agreement by writing a book without prior authorization by the network.

Fox News claims it learned of Tantaros' book, "Tied Up in Knots ... How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable" in March, a few weeks before it was published.

"This Court should compel Tantaros to proceed in the arbitration proceeding that is already underway," Fox News contends.

Tantaros last week sued the network, its ousted chairman and other top executives, claiming they retaliated after she detailed unwanted sexual advances made by her onetime boss, Roger Ailes. Tantaros, who described Fox in her lawsuit as a "sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult," said after she complained last spring about Ailes, one of his top deputies, William Shine, warned her that Ailes was a "very powerful man" and that she "needed to let this one go."

Shine was promoted to co-president of Fox News after Ailes resigned last month amid sexual harassment complaints by another former anchor, Gretchen Carlson, who claimed in a lawsuit of her own that she was fired for refusing his sexual advances. He has denied those accusations.

Commenting on Fox's filing, Tantaros' lawyer, Judd Burstein, said, "Fox's right to arbitrate is a legal issue on which I am confident Ms. Tantaros will prevail." He added, "If Mr. Shine and his minions are innocent, why do they want this dispute to be resolved in the shadows (with arbitration)?"

Tantaros, a former panelist on "The Five" who was moved to co-host the lesser-viewed "Outnumbered," was pulled off the air a few weeks ago. She claimed that Fox executives used the dispute about her book to try to silence her.

While she claims the network has retaliated against her, "she concedes that she has not been terminated and remains on Fox News' payroll," the network says.

Tantaros says she was subjected to "demeaning conduct," as when Ailes allegedly asked her twice to "turn around so I can get a good look at you," adding, on one occasion, "Come over here so I can give you a hug."

But when she complained, network executives retaliated by cutting her air time and planting news stories meant to tarnish her image, her lawsuit claims.

The Fox News response says her "unverified complaint ... bears all the hallmarks of the 'wannabe'...."

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<![CDATA[Inmates Escape From Detention Center in Louisiana]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:13:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mugs3NatchitochesParishSheriffOffice.jpg

A manhunt was underway in northwestern Louisiana early Monday for three "dangerous" inmates who scaled razor-wire fences to escape prison over the weekend.

The trio escaped from the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on Saturday night, jumping over two rolls of razor-wire, NBC News reported.

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office identified the inmates as Michael Elliot, a 24-year-old convicted of theft; Walshea Mitchell, 35, in prison for armed robbery; and Willie Ethridge, 34, serving time for murder and armed robbery.

While the men were not armed at the time of their escape they should be considered dangerous and "extreme caution should be used if seen," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[FAA Launches New Drone Rules]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:32:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/drone-generic-carlsbad-0926.jpg

It just got easier to fly a drone.

It also just got easier to get a drone-related job.

Both items bringing good news to many in Silicon Valley, as drone careers, not to mention drone delivery, is coming closer.

The FAA launched new rules for commercial drone use Monday, led by “Part 107,” which loosens things up a bit.

Not only can more people fly drones more often, but drone-related companies can do more business, which will likely lead to more job creation in the near future.

For example, DroneDeploy, a San Francisco software company that lets you map out a route for your drone, has seen business jump recently, and expects the new rules to boost things even more.

DroneDeploy Senior VP Darr Gerscovich, after showing us how quickly his company’s app can be downloaded and put to work, told us that “more uses for drones, both on the business side and the consumer side, will lead to more business and more jobs.” Music to the ears of a long-skeptical Silicon Valley.

It’s time to get serious about drones.

Not just getting-a-pizza-delivered-serious.

Thinking about a new career serious.

Scott tracks drones on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Widow of Slain Oregon Occupier Files Lawsuit]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:39:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Robert-Ficium-Oregon-AP_200673732289.jpg

The widow of an anti-government activist who helped take over an Oregon wildlife refuge and was later killed in a confrontation with law enforcement says her husband's civil rights were violated and she intends to sue, her lawyer confirmed Monday.

Robert Lavoy Finicum's pursuers were "motivated by political reasons" when they fatally shot him on Jan. 26, attorney Brian Claypool said in a statement.

Two of the FBI agents involved in the fatal confrontation on a snowy stretch of Highway 395 north of remote Burns, Oregon are now under investigation for allegedly lying about firing shots at the truck Finicum was driving, Claypool added, NBC News reported.

Both the FBI and the Oregon State Police declined to comment on the threatened lawsuit. A 54-year-old Arizona rancher, Finicum was part of a militia group led by Ammon Bundy that occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2.

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<![CDATA[Pennsylvania Flood Leaves House Teetering, Family Stuck]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:29:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_paflooding0829_1920x1080.jpg Homeowners spend hours on roof waiting for rescue after floodwaters wash away home's foundation in Bullskin Township, Pennsylvania. ]]> <![CDATA[Gene Wilder: Comedy Genius of the Silver Screen]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:23:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GeneWilder-PeterBoyle-YoungFrankenstein-1974-Twentieth-sm.jpg Gene Wilder was best known for his roles in the movies "Young Frankenstein," "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Blazing Saddles," among other classics. He died on Aug. 29, 2016. Here are a few highlights from his career.

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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Pride a Humble Affair]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:51:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJ+PRIDE+PARADE+-+3.jpg

San Francisco's annual gay Pride weekend is loud, boisterous and grabs national headlines.

Silicon Valley Pride is nearly the opposite of that.

The San Jose-based festivities over the weekend brought together a diverse group of community members who were involved in the parade, despite its late summer date. It's the second time the parade and festival have been held, with a seven-year hiatus in between, Silicon Valley Pride CEO Thaddeus Campbell said.

The smaller, more family friendly event, is designed that way on purpose, he said.

Pride festivities like San Francisco and Santa Cruz Pride are held during June – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride month – and usually compete for the same crowd. But Campbell said he believes that by moving the parade later in the year, the celebration of the LGBT identity lasts beyond the traditional Pride month.

“Pride is not limited to one month and it should be celebrated throughout the year,” Campbell said. He also said he was fully aware that if San Jose held a Pride weekend at the same time as San Francisco, more people would likely trek to The City.

The tone of Silicon Valley Pride is also a bit different - and more subdued - than the crazy, and often raucous celebration in San Francisco - the birthplace of the country's gay rights movement. San Jose organizers really try to make the event good for family members of all ages.

“That is one of the things we definitely emphasize," Campbell said. "It’s not like your normal Pride parade – gays and lesbians have families, we’re able to legally adopt and so forth, so we want to make sure we can include family."

There were many who brought their families to a Pride event for the first time on Sunday, and found it not only to be an educational experience, but a fun one, too.

“It’s great! It’s quiet and you know it’s my son’s first Pride experience so it was a good choice to bring him here to San Jose as opposed to maybe San Francisco,” explained a parade attendee.

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<![CDATA[Abedin to Separate From Weiner]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:20:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/weiner-abedin-split-0829.jpg

Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin announced Monday that she was separating from her husband, former congressman and onetime New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.

"After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband," Abedin said. "Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy."

The announcement by Abedin, who currently serves as the vice chairwoman of Clinton's presidential campaign, comes hours after a New York Post report that Weiner was again sending sexually suggestive messages with at least one woman.

The photos and messages were published in the Post late Sunday and showed shots of Weiner either shirtless or in his underwear. One photo shows a child that the Post reports was his toddler son. NBC 4 New York has not been able to independently confirm the photos.

Weiner told the Post he had been "friends for some time" with the woman and that the conversations were private. He deleted his Twitter account hours after the Post hit newsstands on Monday.

NBC 4 New York has reached out to Weiner for comment. 

Abedin and Weiner have been living separate lives for some time, a close friend of hers told NBC News. 

“This did not happen overnight. This has been brewing,” the friend said. 

Notably, in recent months, Abedin has not been seen wearing a wedding ring. 

A second friend told NBC News that Abedin, who has been in the Hamptons for several days already, will likely lay low and focus on spending time with her family. 

Weiner's congressional career was derailed when he tweeted an explicit photo of himself to a woman in 2011. He initially denied he had posted the image but later admitted to sexting with "about six women over the last three years" before resigning from Congress.

Weiner attempted to re-enter the political fray in 2013 as a candidate for New York City mayor and briefly polled as the leading Democratic candidate that summer. But Weiner revealed that he had sent explicit photos and messages to three more women since 2012, some under the alias "Carlos Danger," and his candidacy floundered. He lost the Democratic mayoral primary with less than 5 percent of the vote.

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton's opponent in the presidential election, praised Abedin's decision to separation on Monday, calling it a "very wise decision" in a statement to The New York Times

"I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information," the statement reportedly said.

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<![CDATA[Two Existing Drugs Might Stop Zika Infection]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:47:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BabyZika-AP_698041135257.jpg

A drug already on the market to treat worm infections and another being tested against liver diseases may also help treat Zika virus infections, researchers reported Monday.

The findings are a rare bit of good news about Zika, which has caused epidemics across Latin America and the Caribbean, and smaller outbreaks in Florida, the Pacific and southeast Asia, NBC News reported.

Zika has caused smaller epidemics of birth defects, notably brain damage that can cause miscarriages or profound developmental injuries in babies.

The team at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Johns Hopkins University and Florida State University looked first in a library of existing drug compounds for products that might act to stop Zika from killing brain cells and perhaps stop it from replicating itself.

One of the drugs is Nicosamide used to treat worm infections, and the other is Emricasan to treat hepatitis C.

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