<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - News as seen on - $cms.content.title]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-onen-usThu, 28 Jul 2016 06:03:53 -0700Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:03:53 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Soberanes Fire Claims First Victim, Destroys 36 Homes]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:00:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000018289119_1200x675_733876291582.jpgThe operator of a bulldozer was killed when it rolled over during the fight against a wildfire near Big Sur that has scorched nearly 24,000 acres and destroyed 36 homes and two outbuildings, California fire officials said Wednesday. Damian Trujillo reports.]]><![CDATA[Fatal Crash Snarls Traffic in East Bay]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:55:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000018289032_1200x675_733874755532.jpgAll lanes on northbound Interstate Highway 880 in Oakland have reopened after a fatal traffic incident early Thursday morning. Mike Inouye and Pete Suratos reports.]]><![CDATA[Trump Says He 'Was Being Sarcastic' on Russia Hack]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:58:17 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16209592514214.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walked back remarks he made on Wednesday that encouraged Russia to uncover and make public hacked emails that might damage Hillary Clinton. 

"Of course I was being sarcastic," Trump said in an interview that aired on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends" on Thursday. "You have 333,000 emails deleted; and the real problem was what was said on those emails from the Democratic National Committee."

Trump's stunning comments on Wednesday raised the specter of whether he was condoning foreign government hacking of U.S. computers and the public release of information stolen from political adversaries — actions that are at least publicly frowned upon across the globe. 

"I will tell you this. Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said in a news conference in Florida.

He was referring to emails on Clinton's private email server that she deleted because she said they were private before she turned other messages over to the State Department. The FBI declined to prosecute Clinton over her email practices but its director said she had been "extremely careless" handling classified materials. 

Trump also told "Fox & Friends" that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is "doing a better job" than President Obama. 

“I said he’s a better leader than Obama because Obama’s not a leader,” Trump said. "He’s certainly doing a better job than Obama is, that’s all.”

Trump said when he's president, the U.S. will have better relations with Russia.

“Now look, you have to understand, Putin – if we could get along with Russia, I think that would be a good thing, not a bad thing. We don’t get along with Russia. We practically don’t get along with too many.”

Trump blamed Obama for tensions with Russia, pointing out Russian aircraft flying by U.S. military ships.

“You know why they do that?” he asked. "They have no respect for our leader. They have zero respect for our leader. That’s why they do that. 

“I don’t think they’d be doing that,” Trump added. "I don’t think they’d be doing that for one minute.”

The Clinton campaign called Trump's statement on the emails the "first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against a political opponent."

At a press conference in Florida, after Trump's initial remarks, he was asked whether he had any pause about asking a foreign government to hack into computers in the United States. Trump did not directly respond except to say, "That's up to the president. Let the president talk to them." 

He later added: "If Russia or China or any other country has those emails, I mean, to be honest with you, I'd love to see them." 

Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, said in a statement there should be "serious consequences" if Russia is found to be interfering in the U.S. electoral process. 

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, was among those who distanced himself from his party's presidential nominee's remarks. 

"Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug," said his spokesman Brenan Buck. "Putin should stay out of this election." 

Retired U.S. Air Force general Michael Hayden, director of the NSA and CIA under president George W. Bush, also criticized Trump's comments.  

"If he is talking about the State Department e-mails on her server, he is inviting a foreign intelligence service to steal sensitive American government information," Hayden said in an interview with Bloomberg View. "If he is talking about the allegedly private e-mails that she destroyed, he is inviting a foreign intelligence service to violate the privacy of an individual protected by the Fourth Amendment to the American Constitution."

"Perhaps he doesn't know what he's talking about. Just a theory," Hayden said.

President Barack Obama identified Russia as almost certainly responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee. WikiLeaks published on its website last week more than 19,000 internal emails stolen from the DNC earlier this year. The emails showed DNC staffers actively supporting Clinton when they were publicly promising to remain neutral during the primary elections between Clinton and rival candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. 

The head of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigned over the disclosures, which disrupted this week's convention. 

Trump cast doubt on whether Russia was behind that hack. He said blaming Russia was deflecting attention from the embarrassing material in the emails. 

"Russia has no respect for our country, if it is Russia," Trump said. "It could be China. It could be someone sitting in his bedroom. It's probably not Russia. Nobody knows if it's Russia." 

Obama told NBC News on Tuesday that outside experts have blamed Russia for the leak. Obama also appeared to embrace the notion that Putin might have been responsible because of what he described as Trump's affinity for Putin. Trump said he has no relationship to Putin. 

In Moscow on Wednesday, Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Russia would never interfere in another country's election. 

"What the motives were in terms of the leaks, all that, I can't say directly," Obama said. "What I do know is that Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin." 

Obama said he was basing his assessment on Trump's own comments and the fact that Trump has "gotten pretty favorable coverage back in Russia." He added that the U.S. knows that "Russians hack our systems — not just government systems, but private systems."

Trump campaign's senior communications adviser, Jason Miller, told NBC News after the press conference that the candidate wasn't "calling on anyone to intervene or anything of the sort." 

"I think it's also important here to not let Hillary off the hook for why we're even having this talk," Miller also said. 

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<![CDATA[Fatal Crash Snarls Traffic in East Bay]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:36:17 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/FATAL+PEDESTRIAN+CRASH.jpg

All lanes on northbound Interstate Highway 880 in Oakland have reopened after a fatal traffic incident early Thursday morning.

The California Highway Patrol issued a Sig-alert just before 4 a.m. after a vehicle struck a male pedestrian in the roadway. According to CHP, the pedestrian was walking in the fast lane in the direction of traffic when a car smacked into him. The driver called 911 to report the incident. 

CHP Sgt. John Koven said that, based on the victim's clothing and the presence of identification, it does not appear the man was a transient. However, there were no cars stopped on the shoulder near where the incident occured, so it's unclear as to why the man was walking along the freeway. 

Koven said that the male driver was not under the influence and was shaken by the incident. He had been coming back from the airport at the time of the crash and was picked up by his parents after the crash. 

All lanes were blocked and diverted off of the highway at the 66th Avenue off-ramp, as the CHP conducted an investigation and crews worked to clean the debris.

Lanes reopened shortly after 5 a.m. The CHP said there was no information yet on the identification of the decedent and residual delays should be expected.

<![CDATA[Elephant Sedative Poses New Threat in Overdose Fight]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:48:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-141481298.jpg

A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country's heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where authorities say they've found it mixed with or passed off as heroin.

The appearance of carfentanil, one of the most potent opioids known to investigators, adds another twist to the fight against opioid painkillers in a country already awash in heroin and fentanyl cases.

"It certainly is a very disturbing trend," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.

A man suspected of selling carfentanil as heroin was indicted this week in central Ohio on 20 counts, including murder, in connection with a July 10 death and nine other overdoses that happened within hours of one another. Some of the surviving users told investigators they thought they were buying heroin, but testing found none, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said. The suspect, 36-year-old Rayshon Alexander, pleaded not guilty.

Investigators are still trying to track down the source of the carfentanil. DeWine said he wasn't aware of any thefts of the drug, which, he noted, could be shipped from abroad or produced here.

Chinese companies sell carfentanil online, but it hasn't shown up much in the U.S. drug supply, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. There hasn't been much evidence of carfentanil on the streets or in testing related to criminal cases, said agent Rich Isaacson, a spokesman for the DEA's Detroit Division, which covers Ohio.

The drug has been suspected in overdoses or found in seized drugs in central Kentucky and in Florida's Tampa Bay and Sarasota areas, as well as other Ohio cities. Akron authorities have seen over 230 overdoses in July, 20 of them fatal, and police said evidence of carfentanil was found in some of those.

Carfentanil is thought to be similar in strength to a painkiller known as W-18, which has shown up in heroin in Philadelphia, New England and Canada.

Carfentanil is so powerful that zoo veterinarians typically wear a face shield, gloves and other protective gear — "just a little bit short of a hazmat suit" — when preparing the medicine to sedate animals because even one drop splattered into a person's eye or nose could be fatal, said Dr. Rob Hilsenroth, executive director of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

A loaded syringe of a reversal drug is kept on hand just in case, and the extremely limited carfentanil supply regulators allow for such facilities is kept locked away and subject to auditing, Hilsenroth said.

Investigators are taking the risks seriously. In a bulletin to law enforcement agencies last week, DeWine's office discouraged police from field-testing suspected heroin or fentanyl for fear that it contains carfentanil or other potentially harmful synthetic opioids. Instead, the office recommended sending samples straight to a lab for testing.

DeWine said drugs used for animals have showed up in street drugs before, but carfentanil is so new on the investigative scene that the state's crime lab didn't even have a standard for comparing samples.

In some suspected carfentanil cases, emergency responders have had to administer multiple doses of the overdose antidote naloxone — often known by the brand name Narcan — to save people, but even the antidote might not be enough.

Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco, the Hamilton County coroner in Cincinnati, publicly warned users during a recent news conference: "Narcan may not save you on this one."

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<![CDATA[French ID 2nd Church Attacker; Police Had Warning]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:02:37 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CHURCH_AP_16208855831919.jpg

French officials on Thursday identified the second man who attacked a Normandy church during morning Mass, saying he's a 19-year-old from eastern France who was spotted last month in Turkey as he supposedly headed to Syria — but who returned to France instead.

The prosecutor's office identified him as Abdel-Malik Nabil Petitjean following DNA tests on his corpse. A security official confirmed that he was the unidentified man pictured on a photo distributed to French police on July 22 with a warning that he could be planning an attack.

Four days later, Petitjean and another 19-year-old local man, Adel Kermiche, stormed the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during Mass on Tuesday. They held five people hostage — the priest, two nuns and an elderly couple — before fatally slashing the priest's throat and seriously wounding the other man. Another nun at the Mass slipped away, raised the alarm, and the attackers were killed by police as they left the church.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group, which released a video Wednesday allegedly showing Kermiche and his accomplice clasping hands and pledging allegiance to the group.

Petitjean was born in eastern France, in Saint-Die-des-Vosges, but recently lived in the Alpine town of Aix-les-Bains where his mother lives, the prosecutor's office said. Kermiche was from Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, where the attack took place in northwest France.

A youth believed to be 16 was detained after the church attack is still being held for questioning, the prosecutor's office said.

A security official said Turkey spotted Petitjean at a Turkish airport going to Syria on June 10, and that on June 29 he was flagged to French authorities and immediately put on a special watch list.

"But he didn't go to Syria," said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and asked not to be identified by name. "He turned around" and returned to France on June 11.

That information was gleaned as police and intelligence officials tried to track back to learn the identity of the second attacker.

Although it's not clear what caused Petitjean to turn around, in recent months Islamic State propaganda has encouraged Western recruits in particular not to join extremists in the war zones in Syria or Iraq but to remain home and carry out attacks.

The French anti-terrorism coordinating agency, UCLAT, issued the photo of a man on July 22, warning police that the person — without a name but who turned out to be Petitjean — "could be ready to participate in an attack on national territory."

The UCLAT flyer, obtained by The Associated Press, told police its information came from a trusted source. It said the person in the photo "could already be present in France and act alone or with other individuals. The date, the target and the modus operandi of these actions are for the moment unknown."

It was not immediately clear how the two men knew each other or when Petitjean traveled from eastern France to Normandy, in the west.

The church attack came less than two weeks after an attack by a man barreling his truck down a pedestrian zone in Nice, on the Riviera, that killed 84 people celebrating France's national day, Bastille Day.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for that attack, too, as well as two attacks that followed in Germany.

A gathering this weekend to honor victims of the Nice attack was cancelled on Thursday, after authorities said law enforcement was too busy protecting against threats. A march Thursday in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray was still expected to take place, however.

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<![CDATA[Ex-NFL Star Warren Sapp Bitten By Shark While Lobster Fishing]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:58:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/032410+sapp.jpg

For over a decade and a half, Warren Sapp was a force to be reckoned with in both the college game with the University of Miami Hurricanes and later during his Hall of Fame career in the NFL.

This week, the former defensive lineman met something with just as much bite as he had on the field – all while trying to catch his dinner.

Sapp posted a photo on his Facebook page showing a bite he received from a shark while fishing for lobsters in the Florida Keys during mini-season (warning: some may find the image disturbing):

Jack Carlson, the captain of the charter company Two Conchs that Sapp used for his mission, said the boat was about seven miles away from Marathon in nine feet of water. Sapp reportedly reached into the water for a lobster when the shark, believed to be a nurse shark about four feet long, attacked.

Carlson told the Tampa Bay Times that Sapp may need some stitches, but the group kept fishing after the incident.

"We bandaged it up, put some gauze on there, some black electrical tape and hit a couple more spots, then headed in," Carlson said.

Sapp posted a photo to his Twitter page confirming that one bite wasn’t going to stop him from continuing on his journey to stock up on the delicacy:

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<![CDATA[Syria's Assad Offers Amnesty to Rebels]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:42:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BasharAssad-AP_16191828982462.jpg

Syria's President Bashar Assad has offered an amnesty to rebels who lay down their arms and surrender to authorities over the next three months.

The amnesty offer was issued through a decree on Thursday and urged that all detainees be freed. It says that those who might set free their captives will be exempted from punishment if they turn themselves in within a month. It was reported by state-run news agency SANA.

The offer coincides with a government offensive that has succeeded in completely encircling rebels in the eastern part of the city of Aleppo.

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: Box of Lies With Matt Damon]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:15:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DAMON_GettyImages-583806920.jpgHost Jimmy Fallon and Matt Damon take turns trying to stump each other about what items are hidden inside their mystery boxes.

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<![CDATA[‘Late Night’: A Closer Look at DNC Day Two]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:08:27 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e140_400_closerlook_20160727_1200x675_733755971964.jpgWith Hillary Clinton officially the Democratic presidential nominee, Donald Trump somehow managed to push himself into the news by saying some wildly dangerous things, host Seth Meyers notes.]]>