<![CDATA[NBC New York - National & International News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usMon, 27 Jun 2016 18:27:02 -0400Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:27:02 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Rules]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:14:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-541737446.jpg

In a decisive victory for supporters of abortion rights, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down tough restrictions on abortions in Texas that have halved the number of clinics in the state that provide the procedure.

The 5-3 ruling on one of the most divisive issues in the country came at the end of the current term with only eight justices taking part. The challenge to the Texas regulations was one of the most important abortion cases in 25 years.

The Texas law requires clinics that provide abortions to meet the same building standards as walk-in surgical centers and doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. 

"We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes," Justice Stephen G. Breyer wrote for the majority.

Each violates the Constitution, he wrote.

After Texas passed the new regulations in 2013, the number of clinics dropped from 42 to 19 and was predicted to fall further to fewer than 10.

Hillary Clinton called the decision a victory for women across America and said, "Safe abortion should be a right—not just on paper, but in reality."

"This fight isn't over: The next president has to protect women's health," the presumptive Democratic nominee for president tweeted. "Women won't be 'punished' for exercising their basic rights."

President Barack Obama said that it was clear that the regulations harmed women's health.

"We remain strongly committed to the protection of women's health, including protecting a woman's access to safe, affordable health care and her right to determine her own future," he said in a statement.

Breyer was joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. dissented.

Thomas, citing an earlier abortion case heard by the Supreme Court, wrote that the decision exemplified, "the Court's troubling tendency 'to bend the rules when any effort to limit abortion, or even to speak in opposition to abortion, is at issue.'"

Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who held a filibuster to try to block Republicans from passing it in 2013, said she was overjoyed at the ruling.

"It's incredible news for the women of Texas," Davis said on MSNBC. "It's incredible news for the women throughout this country."

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton decried the decision and said that the regulations were an effort to improve minimum safety standards and ensure capable care.

"It’s exceedingly unfortunate that the court has taken the ability to protect women's health out of the hands of Texas citizens and their duly-elected representatives," he said in a statement.

When the court heard the case, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, in March, Kennedy seemed to want more information about the law's effects on women.

Supporters of the restrictions said they were passed to improve the safety of clinics. Opponents said this law and others were intended to block access to abortion. The new requirements will make abortions more expensive but not safer, they said.

"The record ... contains evidence indicating that abortions taking place in an abortion facility are safe—indeed, safer than numerous procedures that take place outside hospitals and to which Texas does not apply its surgical-center requirements," Breyer wrote in the opinion.

The Center for Reproductive Rights said that complications from abortions were unusual and that patients rarely required hospitalization.

"We are thrilled that these dangerous provisions have been struck down," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a statement. "This is a win for women. Every person must have the right to make their own personal decisions about abortion, and we will fight like hell to ensure they do."

A federal appeals court had upheld the Texas law. A tie would have left it in place.

In recent years, the abortion battle has turned to a focus on such requirements as mandatory counseling, waiting periods and ultrasounds. About a dozen other states, including Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi have laws similar to the Texas one, some of which have been on hold pending court challenges.

"They're all overturned," said Sara Rosenbaum, a professor of health law and policy at George Washington University.

Other states could try to distinguish their laws from the one that got rejected in Texas but the court did not parse the particular standards of surgical centers that it considered burdensome, she said.

"So if you have one of these laws, that is a burden because there is no sense in making an abortion clinic doing early abortions to have to meet surgical facility standards," she said. "To the extent that other states try to wiggle out, I think the court's decision basically shuts that door."

Drew Halfmann, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California Davis, said the dismantling of those laws will take place piece by piece as abortion-rights advocates sue. He said Monday's decision is indicative of a shift in focus. 

"There is now this idea that it should be evidence-based when referring to what is good for women's health as opposed to what legislatures think is right," he said.

Twenty-five states have other sorts of facilities requirements and what happens to them will be even more interesting, he said.

The next battle will come as Democrats try to take control of state governments, he said. Twenty-two states now have a Republican governor and Republicans in charge of both houses of the legislature compared to just eight controlled by Democrats.

"That is where these laws are being passed," he said.

The Supreme Court in the 1992 case "Planned Parenthood v. Casey" said that state laws could not create an "undue burden" on a woman's right to an abortion before the fetus becomes viable. Laws whose purpose is to place substantial obstacles to a woman's ability to get an abortion impose such a burden.

Kennedy helped to craft the opinion in Casey but also wrote the majority opinion in a 2007 case in which the court affirmed Congress’ right to enact a partial birth abortion ban given "a legitimate interest in regulating the medical profession."

The ruling in Casey and the 2007 case, Gonzales v. Carhart, formed the basis of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal's decision last June that the Texas law was constitutional. The court ruled that the law did not create a substantial obstacle because clinics were given a proper window to comply with the standards and because, in the event certain clinics were forced to close, there were enough other clinics available.

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February has left his seat empty. The U.S. Senate has refused to act on Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to replace him. 

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<![CDATA[Here's Who Hillary Clinton Could Pick as Her VP]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:41:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tim-Kaine-AP_16179513356330.jpg

With a month to go until the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton's campaign is weighing a slate of potential running mates, conducting interviews with candidates and in many cases requesting personal financial and medical information.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a well-liked swing state lawmaker who was a finalist on Barack Obama's vice presidential shortlist in 2008, has emerged as an early frontrunner for the job. The top tier list includes: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Housing Secretary Julian Castro, NBC News reported.

Geography and demographics are important - particularly as Democrats eye the possibility of taking control of the Senate, where they covet having a majority in place for the next administration's crucial first 100 days. On the second tier list of possible picks, there are some outside-the-box prospects as well as more widely-circulated names like New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Labor Secretary Tom Perez.



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<![CDATA[Dramatic Images: West Virginia's Deadly Deluge]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:56:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/AP_16176687740826.jpg At least 25 people have died in West Virginia as a result of extreme flooding that inundated portions of the state, stranded hundreds and left tens of thousands without power.

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<![CDATA[Poll: Majority of Republicans Prefer Another Candidate]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:13:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-encuestas.jpg

Just 45 percent of Republican voters say they are satisfied with Donald Trump as their party's presumptive presidential nominee, while 52 percent say they would have preferred someone else, according to results from the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

By comparison, the numbers are reversed for Hillary Clinton among Democrats - 52 percent of Democratic voters are satisfied with Clinton, and 45 percent prefer someone else, NBC News reported.

GOP attitudes about Trump break along ideological and educational lines. Maybe more tellingly, 58 percent of Republicans with a high-school education or less are satisfied with Trump as the party's presumptive nominee, versus 60 percent of Republicans with a college degree who want someone else.

The NBC/WSJ poll - conducted June 19-23 - comes after Clinton became her party's presumptive nominee.



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<![CDATA[Visualizing the Olympics: Medal Counts & More]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 08:53:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-149332217-edited.jpg Which countries have the most gold medals? And how much does it cost to host an Olympic Games? Get ready for the Rio Olympics – and the answers to those and many other Olympic-related questions – with this series of graphics. Click here for the visualization.
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<![CDATA[Portland Mom Kills Intruder Who Snuck Into Kid's Bedroom: Police]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:15:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/01generic-police-lights14.jpg

A mother fatally shot an intruder she discovered in one of her children's bedrooms, according to police.

Officials said the 33-year-old woman had returned home with her kids — ages 5 and 10 — when she encountered the man and opened fire on Sunday. Police said the man was a stranger, NBC affiliate KGW reported.

The mom is cooperating with the investigation and was not arrested, authorities said.

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<![CDATA[Dow Loses Over 250 as Brexit Shock Continues]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:01:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/wallstreetGettyImages-521353416.jpg

U.S. stocks traded lower Monday as the Dow Jones and S&P extended their post-Brexit sell-off, CNBC reported. The Dow closed down 261 points, roughly 1.5 percent.

European stocks and currencies had earlier continued their slide, with the British pound near $1.32, close to Friday's 30-year low. In afternoon trade, the Dow was off about 300 points before recovering somewhat.

"Day four after the seismic referendum result and the only thing that's crystal clear is that the U.K. is in the midst of one hell of a political crisis," Chris Scicluna, head of economic research at Daiwa Capital Markets, said in a note.

Still, Asian indexes closed higher Monday with Japan's Nikkei up 2.4 percent after reports that Tokyo would step in, if necessary, to stabilize the yen.

Friday's rout knocked $2.08 trillion off global equity markets in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, a record daily loss that trumped even the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy during the 2008 financial crisis and the Black Monday crash of 1987, NBC News reported.



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<![CDATA[Trump, Clinton Less Popular Than NRA, Planned Parenthood: Poll]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:02:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-encuestas.jpg

The Democratic and Republican parties and their presumptive presidential nominees continue to be significantly unpopular with voters, in some cases more so than institutions like the NRA and Planned Parenthood, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.

Donald Trump was viewed unfavorably by 60 percent of the electorate, while only 29 percent offered a positive rating of the GOP standard-bearer. Hillary Clinton received a 33 percent favorable rating, compared to a 55 percent negative rating.

By comparison, 48 percent of Americans viewed Planned Parenthood favorably, while 29 percent gave the women's health and abortion rights group poor ratings. Forty-two percent of voters saw the National Rifle Association in a positive light, while 36 percent disagreed.

President Barack Obama's favorability stood at 48 percent positive and 41 percent negative.



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<![CDATA[Deadly Hit-and-Run Leaves Body Lodged in Car: PD]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:10:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Oceanside+Hit+and+RUn+Pedestrian+Crash+06-26-16.jpg

A suspected drunken driver killed a pedestrian in a bloody hit-and-run Monday, driving for a mile with the victim's body lodged in the front seat, said police in Oceanside, California. The driver allegedly parked in a cul-de-sac and walked away, before being arrested.

The collision happened about 6:20 a.m. in the 4000 block of Mission Avenue, where witnesses reported seeing a man walking on the sidewalk get hit by a car, according to the Oceanside Police Department. 

Police said Esteysi Sanchez Izazaga, 29, who goes by Stacy Sanchez, drove her car onto the sidewalk and hit the man.

Izazaga is suspected of driving under the influence, police said. Because of how fast the vehicle was traveling, the victim flew into the windshield, head down, coming to a rest on the front passenger seat, police said.

The man's leg detached from his body and flew through the back window, landing on the trunk of the car, police said. 

Izazaga continued driving for about a mile, police said, eventually parking her car in a neighborhood cul-de-sac and walking away. 

Witnesses called police, who found Izazaga a few blocks away. She was arrested and charged with felony DUI, felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter. She was booked into the Vista Detention Facility. It is unclear if she has retained an attorney. 

The victim has not yet been identified. Authorities are working to contact the family before releasing their name. 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information is asked to call the Oceanside Police Department at (760) 435-4911.



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<![CDATA[ 'Racist' Pool Safety Poster Brings Red Cross Apology]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:44:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/162*120/Screen+Shot+2016-06-27+at+8.04.38+AM.png

The American Red Cross apologized Tuesday amid backlash over a sign it created on swim safety guidelines for children that was perceived as racist, NBCBLK reported. 

The apology came after a photo circulated of the poster on social media. The poster, which was seen on display at pools in at least two towns in Colorado, read at the top: "Be Cool, Follow the Rules." Below the heading were depictions of children playing. The white children were labeled as behaving "cool" while children of color were depicted as misbehaving, or "not cool," for breaking pool safety rules.

The Red Cross said it has discontinued the production of the poster and removed it from its website and Swim App.

"We deeply apologize for any misunderstanding, as it was absolutely not our intent to offend anyone," the organization said. "As one of the nation's oldest and largest humanitarian organizations, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in all that we do, every day."


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<![CDATA[4 Types of Nature Valley Bars Recalled Nationwide]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:40:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nature-valley-recall.jpg

General Mills is recalling four types of Nature Valley bars as part of a larger recall over listeria in sunflower seeds.

The company said it would call back Protein Chewy Bars and Simple Nuts Bars in four flavor combinations: honey, peanut and almond with pumpkin seeds; peanut, almond and dark chocolate; roasted peanut and honey; and almond, cashew and sea salt.

General Mills said it has received no reports of illnesses related to the products.

Consumers should throw out the recalled bars and call 866-896-4365 for a replacement.

The recall applies to the following products:

  • Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bar: Honey, Peanut & Almond with Pumpkin Seeds (five count) with UPC 000-16000-47196 
  • Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bar: Peanut, Almond & Dark Chocolate (five count) with UPC 000-16000-45724 
  • Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar: Roasted Peanut & Honey (four count) with UPC 000-16000-46475 
  • Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar Roasted Peanut & Honey (16 count) with UPC 000-16000-41308
  • Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar: Almond, Cashew & Sea Salt (four count) with UPC 000-16000-46474
  • Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar: Almond, Cashew & Sea Salt (25 count) with UPC 000-16000-41301

It stems from a massive recall by SunOpta, a Minnesota-based supplier that found listeria contamination in some of its sunflower seeds in May. Clif bars and Kashi products have also been affected by the SunOpta recall.

More information about the Nature Valley recall is availabe through the Food and Drug Administration.



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<![CDATA[Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs to $390M]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:18:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/lafile-mega-millions-lottery-tickets-megamillions-lotto.jpg

The Mega Millions jackpot has risen to $390 million for Tuesday's drawing, which is tied for the fourth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history. 

No ticket matched all six numbers drawn Friday night. Those numbers were 11, 14, 54, 57, 63 plus the Mega Ball 11. The jackpot rolled again to an estimated $390 million ($265.4 million cash for a lump sum) for Tuesday, June 28. 

The Mega Millions lottery is played in 44 states, including Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Nevada, Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Alaska and Hawaii are the only non-participating states. 

The top prize last hit on March 8.

This is the biggest jackpot Mega Millions has offered since March 18, 2014, when two tickets in Florida and Maryland shared a $414 million prize.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was won on March 30, 2012, when three tickets shared a $656 million prize.

The largest single ticket jackpot was $326 million, which was won on Nov. 4, 2014.

Last Friday's drawing had four tickets worth $1 million each sold in Arizona, Illinois, North Carolina and Texas. 

--Emilie Plesset contributed to this story



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<![CDATA[Cuomo Announces NYC Monument for Victims of Orlando Massacre]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 02:25:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TLMD-andrew-cuomo-generic.jpg

A New York City monument will be erected in honor of the victims of the Orlando massacre, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Sunday morning.

Speaking at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan ahead of the city's gay pride parade, Cuomo said a commission of 10 people will pick an artist to design the monument, which will go up in Christopher Park, Hudson Park or Battery Park.

Cuomo said the state is pledging up to $1 million to create the monument. 

The committee, to be overseen by Cuomo's General Counsel Alphonso David, is expected to deliver recommendations by the end of 2016, according to a news release.

"This monument will stand as a reminder to both our allies and the LGBT community that our struggle against violence is far from over, but we will be carried to success by the spirits of those we lost to senseless violence," Kelsey Louie, chief executive of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, said in a statement.

Cuomo also announced that the site around the Stonewall Inn will be designated as a state historic site. On Friday, President Obama made Stonewall a national monument, the first for gay rights.

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<![CDATA[Dump Trump Movement Planning for Convention Floor Fight]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:20:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16171043306152.jpg

The grassroots movement aimed at ousting Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention is planning for a convention floor fight, hiring staff, establishing a command center in Cleveland and rolling out ads in key states over the next week, NBC News reported

Organizers of the effort held their second weekly conference call Sunday night.

Former Bogota, New Jersey, Mayor Steve Lonegan, a Ted Cruz supporter and spokesman for a super PAC backing the effort, said he plans to hire East, West and Central regional field directors to begin building a "comprehensive list of every single delegate" to get to know their interests and issues.

The group is also planning to hire a full-time executive director, because the current staff is working on a volunteer basis, Lonegan said. An advance team is heading to Cleveland this week to build a command center outside the convention center.



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<![CDATA[Extreme Weather: Cleanup After Severe Flooding in W. Va]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:07:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16176725104862.jpg Take a look at photos of extreme weather from the U.S. and around the world, from floods to snow to rough seas.

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<![CDATA[Lochte Fails to Qualify for Rio in Signature Race]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:49:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/LochteSwimmingTrials-AP_217437856132.jpg

The first event of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials produced a huge stunner, as Ryan Lochte failed to qualify for the team Sunday night in an event he won at the 2012 London Games. 

Lochte raced out to a big lead on the first two legs of the 400-meter individual medley but had nothing left for the breaststroke and freestyle. After the race, Lochte revealed that he pulled a groin muscle during the morning preliminaries and had no choice other than to try to build a commanding lead in the butterfly and backstroke and hope it would hold up. 

It didn't. Not even close. 

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Chase Kalisz won in 4 minutes, 9.541 seconds, while Jay Litherland rallied to take the second spot for Rio in 4:11.021. 

Lochte, his legs totally gone, labored home in third at 4:12.021. 

"I had to go out faster than usual because I couldn't use my legs in the breaststroke," said the 31-year-old Lochte, who still has several other events to claim his spot on his fourth Olympic team — assuming he can overcome his injury. "I did everything I could in that race, it just wasn't enough. Just got to forget about that and move forward." 

While college teammates Kalisz and Litherland celebrated, Lochte hung on a lane rope, totally exhausted. He finally made it over to the side of the pool, struggling just to climb out of the water. He said he get a cortisone shot to help deal with the pain. 

"I'm going to keep working on it day in and day out, and hopefully it gets better," Lochte said. "I thought about it this morning, about scratching, but I mean, it's the Olympic trials. If I had a broken leg, I'd still go out there and swim." 

Michael Phelps, who won the 400 IM at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, finished fourth behind Lochte in London and dropped the grueling event from his program. With no races on the first day of the meet, Phelps watched from the stands. 

"I wasn't surprised with Jay," Phelps said. "He's like a shark in the water. He knows how to rise to the occasion." 

Phelps was especially happy for long-time training partner Kalisz, who like Litherland is heading to his first Olympics. 

"He's like a brother to me," Phelps said. 

Unaware of Lochte's injury, Phelps said he could tell that Lochte had nothing left when he got to the breast. And the two freestyle laps were downright painful to watch, as Lochte closed with a sluggish pace of 1:00.56 — more than 3 seconds slower than the 20-year-old Litherland, who swam with Kalisz at the University of Georgia. 

"I know what Ryan felt like in that race," Phelps said, remembering his loss at the 2012 Olympics. "I felt the same thing. It's tough to swim two 400 IMs in one day at that level. We saw that. 

"When you overdo it in that first 200, you're not going to have anything left."



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<![CDATA[Top News Photos of the Week]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:20:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542782030.jpg View weekly updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Poll: Clinton Leads Trump by 5 Points Nationwide]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:57:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/split2-clinton-trump-NY.jpg

Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a five-point advantage over Republican Donald Trump after becoming her party's presumptive presidential nominee, according to the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Forty-six percent of registered voters back Clinton, versus 41 percent who support Trump — slightly up from Clinton's three-point lead in May, 46 percent to 43 percent.

When the horserace is expanded to four candidates — including Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party's Jill Stein — Clinton gets support from 39 percent of voters, Trump gets 38 percent, Johnson 10 percent and Stein 6 percent.

Clinton leads Trump among African Americans, Latinos and women. Trump meanwhile, has the edge among whites, men and independents.



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<![CDATA[Armed Cuban Migrants Detained]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:10:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/officer+tasers+migrants.jpg

A group of Cuban migrants who appeared to be armed with machetes reached the shore Florida's Hollywood Beach on Saturday afternoon, authorities said. 

According to Hollywood police, 11 Cuban migrants landed on Hollywood Beach near the 6000 block of North Ocean Drive around 6:20 p.m.

One of the migrants, Yoandy Alonoso Figueredo, said the trip lasted eight days and the group went without food and water for four. He said the sight of the coastline brought them hope.

Coast Guard officials tried to divert the migrants' boat before it reached Hollywood Beach. Officials said the migrants appeared to be armed with machetes and large knives and were threatening to harm themselves if their boat was stopped.

When they reached the shore, the migrants ran from the boat toward an approaching crowd of around 200 people, police said.

Border Patrol officials said some migrants were shot with Tasers while trying to escape.

"I saw this guy come out of the boat. He just ran and then the police officers were chasing him with a Taser," said a man who recorded the migrants' arrival on his cellphone.

Two were detained and one was taken to the hospital.

The Cuban migrant who was hospitalized hurt himself with a machete when police confronted him, officials said. He’s recovering from his injuries at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.

All the migrants were taken to a hospital and transferred to federal custody.

Since October, at least 4,643 Cubans have attempted to illegally migrate to the U.S. by boat compared to 4,473 in 2015.



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<![CDATA[5 Dead After Train Crashes Into Vehicle in Colorado]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:45:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic+caution+tape+vg.jpg

Five people were killed and another person was seriously injured after a vehicle collided into an Amtrak train in Colorado Sunday, NBC News reported. 

Two of the victims were adults and four were children, according to NBC station KUSA. All six were in the vehicle. The survivor, a young girl, was airlifted to a hospital. 

State patrol said they didn't suspect drugs or alcohol, although failure to yield right of way was being investigated as the factor in the collision, which took place just after noon ET near the New Mexico state line. 

The train was traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles. It had 286 passengers on board. 



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<![CDATA[Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs to $363M]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:18:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/lafile-mega-millions-lottery-tickets-megamillions-lotto.jpg

The Mega Millions jackpot has risen to $363 million after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday night. 

The numbers are 6, 13, 21, 49, 50 plus the Mega Ball 10.

The prize grew to $363 million since no winning tickets were selected last Friday night. The jackpot rolled again to an estimated $363 million ($244 million cash) -- the sixth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history -- for the next drawing on Friday, June 24.

This is the biggest jackpot Mega Millions has offered since March 18, 2014, when two tickets in Florida and Maryland shared a $414 million prize. The Mega Millions lottery is played in 44 states, including Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Nevada, Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Alaska and Hawaii are the only non-participating states.

Last week a lottery player in Rhode Island won the largest Mega Millions prize ever won in the state. The ticket included an optional Megaplier, which turned the $1 million win into a $5 million prize.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was won on March 30, 2012, when three tickets shared a $656 million prize. The largest single ticket jackpot was $326 million, which was won on Nov. 4, 2014.



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<![CDATA[Petition for 2nd EU Vote Hits 3 Million Signatures]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:14:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16174412112865.jpg

An online petition calling for a second referendum on Britain’s exit from the European Union has received more than 3 million signatures, NBC News reported. 

The petition calls for the government to implement a rule stating there should be another referendum if either camp won less than 60 percent of the vote with less than 75 percent voter turnout. The "Leave" campaign had racked up 17.4 million votes — compared to 16.1 million backing the status quo — giving "Leave" 51.9 percent of the ballot. 

The online petition site hosted by the House of Commons website crashed Friday because of unprecedented interest in the measure. The person behind the petition was, in fact, in favor of the so-called Brexit. 

Even though it has reached a record number of people to support it, the petition is not expected to result in a EU reversal.



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<![CDATA[Trump Campaign is 'Getting Organized': Manafort]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:11:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/paulmanafort.png

Donald Trump's campaign chair is "confident" Trump's run for president is not behind Hillary Clinton's despite lagging fundraising totals and the recent removal of a top campaign leader.

During an interview with NBC News’ “Meet the Press” Sunday, Paul Manafort told Chuck Todd the campaign is “getting organized” and that the team is “now integrated with the Republican National Committee.” 

The campaign endured scrutiny this week for a trip made to a Trump-owned golf course in Scotland amid the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” vote. Manafort defended the decision not to call off the trip, saying supporters are attracted to Trump because he is an international businessman. He called attacks on the trip “"tone deafness of the Hillary Clinton campaign." 

Manafort formally took over the helm of the campaign after Corey Lewandowski was fired Monday. He’s advised presidential campaigns of Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.



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<![CDATA[Stabbing at White Nationalist Rally]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:42:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sacramentostabbings.jpg

At least six people were stabbed and others were struck by chunks of thrown concrete when a white nationalist group clashed with counter-protesters at the California state Capitol in Sacramento on Sunday.

Officials said a total of 10 people were hospitalized, some with "critical trauma" stab wounds. All were expected to survive, according to the Sacramento Police Department. Officers said people on both sides of the fight were stabbed.

A spokeswoman from UC Davis Medical Center said it was treating eight people with injuries related to the rally. Their conditions ranged from "good to critical" and included "various types of trauma," she said. 

The white nationalist group was identified as a California affiliate of the Traditionalist Worker Party. About 30 representatives protested at the Capitol, while the opposing group — the anti-fascist Antifa — numbered 400, the California Highway Patrol said. The Traditionalist Worker Party had a permit to hold the rally, police said.

Several people were seen walking through the crowd with bloodied faces, while counter-protesters chanted "get off our streets" at the supremacists.  A news reporter and photographer were reportedly injured in the mayhem.

Police said a window was shattered on the ground level of the Capitol building. 

Matthew Heimbach, chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party, said in a phone interview with NBC News his group was "attacked by 200 anti-fascist people" as soon as they emerged from the parking garage.

Heimback said one member was undergoing surgery after being stabbed in the arm but "it's mostly the other side that were the aggressors who are injured."

"Some leaders were saying they were militants, saying they were going to kill us. It's premeditated attempted murder. This is a criminal conspiracy," he said. "They brought deadly weapons and chanted actively to kill us. ... This is political terrorism the other side has committed."

The Traditionalist Worker Party declaresd victory on its Facebook page.

"Our Golden State comrades in the Traditionalist Worker Party went up against ten-to-one odds and won," the post said. "We provoked the leftists into showing their true colors."

But one injured counter-protester from Oakland, who was wearing a thick, bloody bandage on her head, had a much different perspective.

"We shut down the Nazis, and in the process of that, they attacked us," said Yyvette Falarca of the group By Any Means Necessary. "But they were not successful in doing that on balance overall. This is about building a militant-integrated movement that's independent, organizes masses of people and takes militant direct action to stop it."

The Traditionalist Worker Party sent out a news release ahead of the march, calling the event "one to remember."

"Under the Traditionalist Worker Party banner, many Nationalists will unite and take a stand; never will we give away our right to speak and think freely," the statement said. 

Matthew Heimbach, a chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party, told the Los Angeles Times his group organized the event with the help of the Golden State Skinheads, another white nationalist organization. 

The group acknowledged that a counter-protest had been planned, noting that members of the group would be prepared to fight. Members of the party appeared to carry large sticks. 

The area was shut down shortly after 11:30 a.m. as police tried to control the chaos. More than 100 law enforcement officers, including some on horseback, converged on the area.

The Capitol building was locked down around noon. Hundreds of people remained on the Capitol grounds until about 2 p.m., when police cleared the area.

Police said no arrests had been made as of Sunday afternoon.



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<![CDATA[World Reacts After UK Votes to Leave the European Union]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:19:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542736610.jpg Voters in the United Kingdom have decided to leave the European Union after a historic referendum vote, sending shockwaves through financial markets. Prime Minister David Cameron, who had led a campaign to remain within the EU, says he will resign by October.

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<![CDATA[Military Device Washes Up on Beach]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:13:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/211*120/beach-evac-062616.JPG

An Orange County Beach was evacuated Sunday afternoon after an old military device washed ashore, officials said.

The device, measuring 16 inches long and 3 inches in diameter, washed ashore in the Treasure Cove area of Crystal Cove State Park, said California State Parks spokesman Todd Lewis.

The device appeared to be of military origin, but it wasn't immediately clear exactly what it was.

The Treasure Cove area of the beach was evacuated 1,000 feet around the device, Lewis said.

Huntington Beach Fire was also responding to the beach along with the Orange County Sheriff's bomb squad.

No streets were closed as of 5:30 p.m., and no other areas of Crystal Cove State Park were affected by the incident. 



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<![CDATA[Boston Bombing Survivors Visit Orlando Massacre Victims]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:41:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OrlandoBostonBombing-AP_16178639942733.jpg

Survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing visited some of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, NBC News reported. 

The ten marathon victims, along with service dogs, visited six of the Orlando nightclub shooting victims who were still in the hospital this weekend. 

The visit was set up by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s office. A large group was gathered together, with the help of JetBlue, Uber and AirBnB, according to marathon survivor Dave Fortier. 

"It's a lot of talking, learning about their families and where they are all from. We are able to relate on a scale some folks may not be able to do," Fortier told NBC News on Sunday, as he was still with one of the Pulse victims. "We are showing them some of the things we learned." 

The two groups shared their experiences and exchanged contact information.



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<![CDATA[10 Hurt in Scottish Roller Coaster Derailment]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:05:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Scotland+Theme+Park.jpg

Eight children and two adults were injured after a roller coaster derailed and fell off the tracks at an amusement park in Scotland Sunday, NBC News reported.

Photos taken by bystanders showed the cars of the Tsunami roller coaster at M&D's amusement park in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, on the ground in a heap.

Officials initally said 11 people were injured, but authorities later confirmed that only were being treated at three hospitals. Their conditions aren't known. 

Tsunami is Scotland's only inverted roller coaster, according to M&D's website. It reaches speeds of up to 40 mph, the website said.

"The ride came crashing down, landing on the kids' bike area," Ben Genovese told NBC News' U.K. partner ITV News. "Some kids got out quickly, unscathed. Others looked to be hurt."



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