<![CDATA[NBC New York - National & International News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:23:02 -0400 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:23:02 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Apple Investigating Hack: Reports]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:24:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tlmd_a_mal_vestidos_jennifer_lawrence_portada.jpg

Apple said it was “actively investigating” the violation of several of its iCloud accounts, in which revealing photos and videos of prominent Hollywood actresses were taken and posted online.

“We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris told Recode. A similar statement was given to Mashable and NBC News. An Apple spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment to NBC Bay Area on Monday, either by phone or email.

The FBI also told NBC News that the agency was "aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter."

On Sunday night, images of many high profile stars, some real, some said to be fakes, are said to have been taken from the iCloud accounts of several celebrities, such as actress Jennifer Lawrence and about a dozen others.

Someone then posted them to the Web image-sharing community 4Chan and have since spread across the Web, showing up on social media sites like Twitter, Reddit and elsewhere. The Independent reported that anonymous users on 4Chan claimed to have taken them from iCloud, which automatically stores photos, emails and contacts, allowing users to sync this data between devices.

Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice, who was another victim of the online hacking, tweeted that her nude photo was not real.

"These so called nudes of me are FAKE people," she tweeted. "Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*"

Apple has not revealed how the accounts were hacked into.

Some experts, such as Mandiant, who spoke to Recode said according to what they've seen, it appears to have been was a fairly straightforward attack. The Independent noted that while Apple’s encryption on the data itself is considered robust, access could have been gained by guessing users' passwords or simply resetting their accounts by finding their email address and then answering traditional ‘security questions’.

And while there’s no direct evidence tying the program to the attack, Recode notes the timing of the hacking coincides with a talk given by security researchers on the subject of security on iCloud. A program called iBrute was created by security researchers in Russia as a proof of concept and demonstrated as part of a talk a security conference in St. Petersburg earlier this month.

In 2005, Paris Hilton was the target of a hacking attack in which pictures and text messages from her Sidekick smart phone were pilfered from a cloud storage account. A group of young men were prosecuted over that incident and another attack against the database giant LexisNexis, and most of them served time in federal prison or juvenile detention.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York

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<![CDATA[LA Mayor Reveals Min. Wage Hike]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:19:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/211*120/garcetti+immigration+web.PNG

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a proposal to raise the city's minimum wage to $13.25 an hour and "restore dignity for all Angelenos" when he attended a Labor Day rally Monday in South Los Angeles.

Garcetti has been shopping a plan to business groups to raise the  minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017. The wage would go up by $1.25 the first year,  and $1.50 each of the following two years, after which it would be pegged to  the cost of living.

The minimum hourly wage in California is $9 and set to go up to $10 in  2016.

Los Angeles would be joining cities like New York, Chicago, San  Francisco and Oakland where minimum wage increases are being considered,  according to the National Employment Law Project, a group that advocates for  minimum wage increases. Seattle recently approved a measure to increase the minimum hourly wage  to $15 by 2017, while San Diego approved a wage that would rise to $11.50 an  hour by 2017.

The $13.25 per hour minimum wage that is expected to be pushed by  Garcetti would be among the highest in the nation, the group said.

The anticipated $13.25 proposal would still be less than the $15 minimum  hourly wage that is on the November ballot in San Francisco. The business and  labor community there agreed to put the issue to the voters, the group said.

Los Angeles business leaders voiced concern last week over the plan, but two major business groups have not taken official stances on the issue. Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce  Association, said the group's board members will listen to Garcetti's proposal before taking a position.

Waldman said last week the proposal would hurt some businesses and could  result in job loss.

Gary Toebben, president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce,  said the feedback from members has "largely been one of concern about what  impact this will have on small businesses and nonprofits." Toebben said earlier that the recently instituted statewide hike of the  minimum wage to $9 and ultimately to $10 "will have less of an impact" than a  hike for an individual city.

The mayor's office would not confirm the specifics of the proposal, but  mayoral aide Jeff Millman issued a statement saying officials have been meeting  with business leaders, as well as "labor, community and faith leaders" to  talk about "ways to help L.A. families and our economy thrive."

<![CDATA[Man Tries to Strangle Elderly Woman With Hoodie: NYPD]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:27:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/elderly+woman+attacked+hoodie.jpg

Police are investigating after a man approached an elderly woman sitting on the front stoop of her Brooklyn home, threw her to the ground and tried to strangle her with his sweatshirt, police say. 

The 88-year-old victim, Barije Mati, was sitting in a lawn chair in front of her Kensington home on Saturday afternoon when the suspect approached her and tried talking to her, her son Luftim Mati told reporters Monday. 

"She got up, she got scared. She grabs the chair and tried to take the chair home," Mati said. "Next thing, he grabs the chair from her and throws it on the floor." 

As the elderly woman went to go back into her building, the suspect pushed her up the steps and onto the landing leading to the apartments on the first floor, according to her son, who is also the building superintendent.

Once on the landing, the suspect allegedly grabbed the woman and pushed her back into her apartment, where the door was open.

Barije Mati's daughter-in-law heard her screaming from next door, rushed to the apartment and found the suspect on top of the woman, trying to choke her with a red hooded sweatshirt, her son and police said. 

"She screams, 'What are you doing?' and starts hitting him with the broomstick," said Mati, and the suspect took off.

Barije was treated for bruises and released from Maimonides Hospital. She said in her native Albanian that she's shocked and scared, and that she "can't stand still, she's so frightened," according to her son, who translated for her. 

"She didn't come out all day," said Mati, who sat with his mother in their lawn chairs in front of their home Monday evening. "Now she came out because she saw me."

The great-grandmother was in tears as she said to her son, "Why did it happen to me?"

She added that if her daughter-in-law did not come, "she would have been dead," said Mati.

Police said the woman did not know her alleged attacker. Nothing was stolen from her, and a motive remains unclear. 

The suspect is described as about 5 feet 5 inches and 140 pounds. 

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

-- Checkey Beckford contributed to this report 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York

<![CDATA[Teen Collapses, Dies During Football Practice]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:32:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/miles+kirkland+staten+island+advance.jpg

A Staten Island teenager died after collapsing during varsity football practice Monday morning, officials say. 

Miles Kirkland, a 16-year-old junior at Curtis High School, collapsed during practice and was pronounced dead at Richmond University Medical Center, the FDNY said. 

The medical examiner's office is looking into a cause of death.

In a statement, schools chancellor Carmen Farina said, "I am deeply saddened to learn of this tragic loss and my heart goes out to the family. We will be supporting the school community as we investigate the matter."

Curtis Athletic Director Eric Ritzer told the Staten Island Advance, "As you can imagine it was a very emotional scene. Most of the team, if not all of the team, was there. All of us are trying to fathom what just happened." 

Kirkland, who was 6 feet 2 inches and weighed 295 pounds, played as an offensive and defensive lineman, according to a scouting report for the upcoming season obtained by the newspaper.  

The Public School Athletic League requires all exercise to stop if the temperature reaches 85 degrees and the humidity reaches 80 percent, according to the Advance. It was about 78 degrees with 75 percent humidity at about 10 a.m. on Staten Island, the paper reported. 

Grief counselors are expected to be on hand at the school, which officially opens for the new academic year on Thursday. 

In 2012, Staten Island teen Nicholas Dellaventura died after a voluntary football practice at his school St. Joseph-by-the-Sea. 

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<![CDATA[Advocates to Monitor Arrest of 49er]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:31:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/221*120/MCDONALD_leaves_jail.jpg

Domestic violence advocates said they plan to closely watch how San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald's case plays out in court, and how the National Football League will respond if the player is found guilty to a charge of felony domestic violence.

McDonald, 29, was taken into custody early Sunday after officers responded to a domestic violence incident at a home in an upscale neighborhood at the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive, according to San Jose police. He faces a felony charge of domestic violence.

"I'm very disappointed, especially after two or three days ago the announcement from the NFL that this would not be tolerated," said Kathleen Krenek, a domestic violence advocate.

Krenek is the executive director of Next Door Solutions for Domestic Violence and has worked with victims of domestic violence for 30 years. She was shocked it took only three days for a player to be arrested on charges of domestic violence after the NFL rolled out stiffer punishments for the crime.

The change comes after outrage over the light punishment given to Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice, who was caught on tape beating his then-fiance. Rice received a two-game suspension from the league.

"They came out with a strong message a little bit late," Krenek said of the NFL. "But they did come out with a strong message. Now they need to follow it up."

NFL players will be subject to a six-week game suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second, according to the new rules.

"This is your opportunity to say this is not acceptable, we don't accept it, we don't condone it, and we are asking all men to think differently if they are hurting their partner," Krenek said.

Meanwhile, McDonald is out of custody after posting $25,000 bail.

So far, McDonald is not saying much about the incident.

"It's a crazy situation," McDonald said Sunday as he walked out of the jail less than 10 hours after his arrest.

McDonald's alleged victim may have been pregnant, sources told NBC Bay Area's Damian Trujillo.

He was apparently involved in an altercation with his fiancee, who had bruises on her arms and neck, according to the Sacramento Bee. 49ers teammates Vernon Davis and Demarcus Dobbs were also reportedly present, the Bee reported.

But McDonald maintained his innocence.

"The truth will come out," he said. "Everybody knows what kind of person I am."

McDonald is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 15.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York

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<![CDATA[OC Urged to Prepare for Disaster]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:38:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/215*120/emergency_preparedness.jpg

Orange County residents were urged to prepare for emergencies and disasters less than a week after Time magazine ranked the county as the second-most dangerous area in the United States when it comes to natural disasters.

September kicks off National Emergency Preparedness Month, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was calling on residents to be prepared since authorities wouldn’t be able to respond quickly to every emergency call.

“Getting to every person quickly following an emergency will simply not be possible -- especially if trees and power lines are down,” Lt. Jeff Hallock said in a statement. “The more people who are prepared for a disaster, the quicker the community will recover afterwards.”

The statement comes only a few days after Time magazine released “The Answers Issue,” which ranked more than 3,000 counties on safety from a natural disaster. Orange County was ranked No. 2 on the “Most Dangerous Counties” list.

Hallock said Monday that he was in the process of contacting the editor of the Time piece to discuss what he felt was "inaccurate methodology" used in the report's findings.

"I just think we have a responsibility to the people of Orange" to not give them a false sense of how dangerous the county is, Hallock said.

Time explains on their website how they came up with the ranking, using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as their source of information.

“We tallied up every event in the contiguous United States that has caused death, property damage, injuries or crop damage in each county. Then we created a metric, called the disaster index, that is based on the average of each county’s events plus the events of its neighboring counties.

“For example, California’s Orange County’s disaster index is the sum of its events (120) and all its neighbors events (754) divided by the count of neighboring counties plus one (5). This gives Orange County a safety index of 174.8,” according to the website.

Back in Orange County, residents were told to follow simple steps to be prepared in the event of a disaster, including making a kit and making an emergency plan.

<![CDATA[Drone Captures Apple's New Campus]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:21:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/apple8.jpg

It looks like Stonehenge. A doughnut. A giant sand castle.

Those were just some of the comments a new drone video taken with a GoPro camera of the futuristic Apple Campus 2 was garnering after the eight-minute raw piece was posted to YouTube.

As of Monday, the aerial image of the campus under construction in Cupertino on Tantau Avenue had more than 1 million views and 500 comments. "Wow, this looks huge," Dustin W. Stout wrote in the comments section of the video. "I've seen mockups previously of what the site is going to look like, but seeing it like this will all the homes in close proximity gives a perfect idea of just how massive the construction site is."

The campus, which has been nicknamed a "spaceship" because of its modern, circular shape is being built on a 175-acre site about one mile east of the company’s current headquarters.

A YouTube user "jmcminn" posted that he shot the footage on Aug. 24 with a GoPro-equipped DJI Phantom 2 drone, and he captured clear images of the circular site in Cupertino, revealing the silver tops of roofs and dry, tan dirt.

He also wrote the remotely controlled quadcopter remained under 400 feet, per Federal Aviation Administration regulations, and did not enter any airport no-fly zones. Although the site is private property, airspace above 83 feet is not, according to a 1946 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, NBC News noted. The FAA allows for hobbyists to fly drones no higher than 400 feet.

Other equipment  listed for the video include Cal Zeiss Cinemizer video goggles, a DJI ALV 5.8 Ghz video transmitter and a DJI iOSD Mini, to give a "heads up display" of altitude, distance and other aircraft characteristics.

NBC Bay Area reached out to jmcminn on Monday, but did not get a reply back for comment. In April, he posted aerial images of Oracle's headquarters in Redwood City, which only yielded about 1,000 views.

Since the Campus 2 construction site in Cupertino, one mile from the official Apple headquarters, is fenced off, it’s hard for anyone to get a ground-level peek of construction.

Still, images have been taken.

NBC Bay Area's chopper flew over the Spaceship in May, and another set of aerial photos were posted in July. But this could be possibly be the first time such a view has been provided by drone video.

Apple, which had no immediate comment on the drone video, has said construction is expected to be completed in 2016.

Campus 2 will be home to more than 12,000 employees and an environmentally friendly complex with 7,000 trees, drought tolerant plants and about 80 percent of open space.

Photo Credit: Screengrab from YouTube of Apple Campus 2 posted by jmcminn]]>
<![CDATA[Car Submerged Near Yacht Club]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:37:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Driver-Car-Yacht-Club.jpg

Moments after a car landed in the water near the San Diego Yacht Club, the driver walked away from the vehicle saying he “was going for a swim,” according to a witness.

Harbor Police and San Diego Fire-Rescue responded to Anchorage Lane near Shelter Island Drive around 3 a.m. Monday after someone reported a vehicle submerged in the water.

Skip Rickon was watching “Dateline” on his boat near the San Diego Yacht Club when he felt a big rumble and heard a big splash. He wasn’t prepared for what he saw next.

“That was shocking to watch a car go down like that,” Rickon said.

A vehicle he described as a Lexus SUV was in the water about 15 feet from the dock for only approximately 30 to 45 seconds.

“All of a sudden it just went down,” Rickon said.

Not knowing if there was a driver inside, he considered jumping in but was concerned about getting sucked under by the force of the vehicle being submerged.

“I had heard these things will suck you down if you get in the water next to it,” he explained.

While calling 911 for help, he and his girlfriend spotted the driver walking down the dock. That’s when they say the driver told them he “was going for a swim,” Rickon said.

No damage was done to the ramp or boats docked there.

“He did a good job driving in there without damaging anything,” Rickon said.

Divers went into the vehicle to check for any other victims and found no one inside.

Harbor Police say they are investigating how the car landed in the bay.

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<![CDATA[NYC Homeowner Interrupting Burglary Fatally Stabbed]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:41:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/si+home+invasion.jpg

A 67-year-old man was stabbed to death and his wife injured after they came upon a burglary at their Staten Island home.

Authorities responded to a call of an assault in progress at a home in Woodrow Sunday night and discovered 67-year-old Peter Gialuisi with stab wounds to his face and hand and his 66-year-old wife with stab wounds to her head, neck and back.

The two were rushed to a nearby hospital where Gialuisi was later pronounced dead. His wife is recovering and in stable condition, officials said.

Police said the couple was attacked after they returned home and discovered the burglar in the house.

A neighbor told NBC 4 New York that Gialuisi and his wife Vincenza where at their son's house celebrating a birthday before coming home to find the burglar.

A 20-year-old suspect was arrested in the deadly attack Monday. Police said Dante Viggiano of Staten Island was charged with murder, attempted murder, burglary, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief. 

Viggiano was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York

<![CDATA[Cousin Charged in Death of Girl, 5]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:46:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Angel-Lizandro-Sanches-Zenteno.jpg

Dallas police have arrested and charged a family member with capital murder in the killing of a young girl found dead inside a vacant apartment Sunday afternoon.

The body of 5-year-old Kathrine Alejandra Gonzalez was discovered inside an empty, ground-floor apartment at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sontera Palms Apartments in northeast Dallas, police said.

On Monday, police said Gonzalez's cousin, 17-year-old Angel Lizandro Sanches-Zenteno, has been arrested and charged with capital murder in connection with the girl's death.

Gonzalez had been playing outside of her aunt and uncles apartment with her sisters when she disappeared. She, along with her brothers and sisters, were being watched by their aunt and uncle while her parents were at work.

Police said as soon as neighbors in the community realized the girl was missing, many of them were quick to assist in the search for the missing girl — even before police were called at about 11:30 a.m.  After officers arrived, many of the residents allowed officers to search their homes and cars for the missing child.

When police arrived, maintenance workers informed them there were a large number of vacant apartments at Sontera Palms. After obtaining a key, officers began what they described as a systematic search of all vacant units.  Officers eventually discovered the girl’s body inside a unit at the back of the complex, next door to Sanches-Zenteno's apartment.

Police said Monday that the Dallas County medical examiner said preliminary results of the autopsy indicate the girl's cause of death was strangulation.

A witness told police that he saw the girl walking with a person at about noon and that he had seen them together before the girl disappeared. That person in question, along with a number of other people, were taken to Dallas Police Headquarters for questioning.

The investigation into the girl's death is ongoing. The Dallas Police Department asked for anyone with information on this offense to contact detectives at 214-275-1300.

Sanches-Zenteno is being held in the Dallas jail with no bond. Jail records did not list an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Gunmen Force Workers Into Fridge]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:49:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/red+lobster+kendall.jpg

A pair of masked gunmen stormed a Red Lobster in Kendall, Florida, and closed several employees in a restaurant refrigerator before taking off with $500 cash.

Workers at the Red Lobster at 11550 Kendall Drive were closing up the restaurant around just before midnight on Sunday when police say two armed men, their faces covered with either shirts or skullies, walked through the front door.

The men ordered the employees to surrender their cell phones, then pistol-whipped shift manager Edith Olivares, 52, and demanded she open the restaurant's safe, according to police.

The masked men also kicked 24-year-old bartender Leron Reid several times, then forced the employees into the store's refrigerator and made off with the cash, police said.

Once the coast was clear, employees were able to open the refrigerator door and call police.

While Olivares sustained several lacerations to the head, she will recover.

Red Lobster's general manager Neil Anderson said he and his employees are grateful no one was killed in the robbery and called the robbers "cowards."

"They're cowards. It's really cowardly to hit a 52-year-old lady with a pistol," he said. "She's a valued employee. A fantastic employee."

“Our thoughts are with the employees who were impacted by this terrible crime. Their recovery, the safety of our Kendall team and local guests is our No. 1 priority," a Red Lobster spokeswoman said in a statement. "We have taken steps to increase security presence at this location and we are actively partnering with the police on their investigation."

In the meantime, the Kendall Red Lobster is back open for business.

Now police need the public's help in identifying the armed robbers. They are described as one man with a thin build and another with a heavy build, both in their 30s, between 5 feet 8 inches and and 5 feet 10 inches tall.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS(8477).

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<![CDATA[Hiker Killed by Boulder in Md.]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:46:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/210*120/2014-09-01_1140.png

A hiker on Hermit Island in the Potomac River died Sunday after he was pinned under a large boulder, emergency officials said.

Rian Avarham Khalder, 25, had been hiking with his 14-year-old brother along the Potomac on the island near the Angler Inn boat ramp when he began to climb an area of rocks.

Some of the rocks gave way, Khalder fell and a large boulder came down on him, police said.

Montgomery County emergency services mounted a "technical rescue," including swift water boat teams. The rescue was made even more difficult as a line of severe storms moved through the area, forcing rescuers to shelter in place and wait for the storms to pass.

Khalder of Silver Spring, Maryland, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington for more on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Man Accused of Stabbing His Mother to Death in NJ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:51:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ho+ho+kus+murder.jpg

A 24-year-old man is in police custody after authorities say he stabbed his mother to death in New Jersey.

According to the Bergen County Prosecutors Office, Nicholas Piotti beat and stabbed his 63-year-old mother, Karen Piotti, killing her inside her home in Ho-Ho-Kus early Monday morning.

Piotti, who lived with his mother, was taken into police custody and was being evaluated at Bergen County Medical Center.

He is expected to be arraigned Monday, prosecutors said.

Neighbors said the news has devastated those who knew the family. 

"I only heard nice things about Nicholas," said Donna Cioffi. "I used to see him skateboarding up and down Powderhorn Road, like any other teenager would do. I never had any issues with him." 

"It's just devastating to a hear a 24-year-old can take his mother's life," she said. "No matter what the situation or circumstance is, you have to believe there's something very wrong behind that. It's very, very unnerving." 

Gerry Pearce said the alleged killing was incomprehensible.

"This neighborhood is unbelievably nice, quiet," he said. "You never hear anything like this happen here." 

<![CDATA[Market Basket CEO Visits Workers]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:21:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Arthur+T+Demoulas.jpg

Market Basket's newly reinstated CEO Arthur T. Demoulas told workers at a Chelsea, Massachusetts, supermarket that he is "forever grateful" Monday, days after he returned to helm the grocery chain following months of worker protests and boycotts triggered by his June ouster.

The man better known to supporters as Artie T. gave workers in Chelsea a lift as they restocked the store. He said the priority now, days after his $1.5 billion deal to buy the company, is to restore stores to customers' expectations, after months hampered by walkouts and empty shelves.

Demoulas reiterated his gratitude to the workers whose pressure helped return him to the helm, and said he is able to connect with his staff of 25,000 through hands-on experience and working together.

"We try to be good to one another and help each other out," Demoulas told workers. "We certainly saw that in the past six or seven weeks.

"I'll be forever grateful," he added.

Demoulas said his first order of business would be to say "thank you, millions of times over."

The turmoil that has roiled Market Basket all summer culminated late last week in Demoulas' deal to buy a majority stake in the company and in his return as CEO, to roars of support from the workers whose intense pressure, protests and walkouts had helped ensure it.

"I love you all," the told them Friday, just after the board controlled by a rival cousin accepted his $1.5 billion bid for a majority stake Thursday night.

Arthur T. had been ousted as CEO back in June by allies of his rival cousin Arthur S. Demoulas, sparking the two-month dispute, in which employee protests and customer boycotts left many stores and shelves empty.

When news broke that he had regained control of the company, hundreds of supporters gathered Friday at company headquarters in Tewksbury, where he spoke to them.

"I've always believed that we are born into this world at a certain time and a certain place to be with certain people for a reason and a purpose," he told the crowd there. "Everyone has a destiny, and because of you, I stand here with a renewed vigor and a sense of purpose."

The restoration of some Market Basket stores could take several weeks, Arthur T. told reporters Friday, but employees have been working around the clock since his reinstatement to restock empty shelves and reestablish ties with vendors.

Customers were found last week ready to shop once again.

“People are bringing in champagne bottles. Customers are bringing in balloons and donuts and food. It’s great. It's a great feeling,” Tewksbury store manager Mike Riley said.

"It's just a good feeling," said customer Cindy Stamp, whose son works in a Market Basket warehouse. "It's about food, but it's really not. It's about what he does for all our children and people that need jobs. I mean, that to me is the biggest. My son makes a living. Do you believe that? A living off of working in a warehouse. Who can say that?"

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<![CDATA[2 Killed in Small Plane Crash in NH]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:55:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/North+Hampton+Crash+4.jpg

Correction: In an earlier report, NECN stated that the FAA had confirmed the plane's tail number. This information actually came from NTSB.

A plane has crashed in North Hampton, New Hampshire, killing the pilot and his passenger. Officials say the plane stopped only to refuel. It had taken off originally from a private airstrip in Kingston, New Hampshire.

Police in Kingston confirm that David Ingalls, a resident of that town, was operating the plane when it crashed at Hampton Airfield around 10:50 a.m. Ingalls was an Air Force Veteran and retired TWA pilot who for 30 years was on the town of Kingston Conservation Commission.

The Cessna 180 is registered to Ingalls, according to the Federal Aviation Administration's online database.

"When I flew with Dave, he checked that little Cessna over as though it were a 747. He checked every screw on that plane before it went up and I felt very comfortable with him," said Evelyn Nathan, chair of the Kingston Conservation Commission.

Witnesses told officials that the plane was trying to take off. It appeared to be moving normally until the nose of the plane pitched upward. They say the aircraft lost speed and dropped from the sky.

"This was just a transient pilot that came in got gas came back out and had a really, really unfortunate accident. And everyone here is in an absolute state of shock and mourning," said witness and pilot Dana Thurston.

New Hampshire State Police responded to the crash.

The FAA is investigating, and the National Transportation Safety Board is working to determine the cause of the crash. The name of the passenger has not been released.

NECN will have more as this story develops.

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<![CDATA[Driver Shoots Person He Almost Hit]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:55:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pedestrian_shot_golden_gate_Sf.jpg

A man is in critical condition Sunday night after a shooting in San Francisco involving a pedestrian getting into an argument with a driver, police said.

The shooting happened just after 2 p.m. near the intersection of Golden Gate Avenue and Broderick. Police said a near-miss between the pedestrian and motorist sparked an argument that resulted in the motorist shooting the pedestrian.

The two involved parties did not know each other, police said.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with critical injuries.

The suspect drove away from the scene.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York

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<![CDATA["AK-47 Bandit" Suspected in Nebraska Bank Robbery]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:25:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/217*120/ak47bandit.jpg

Authorities say a man who used an assault rifle to rob a bank in Nebraska earlier this month matches the description of a prolific bank robber responsible for a slew of heists across the western United States.

The FBI says the Aug. 22 robbery of the First National Bank branch in southeast Nebraska may be the work of the so-called "AK-47 Bandit," who is suspected of shooting a Chino police officer during a heist in February 2012.

"He shot one of our officers. We're going to get him," said Chino Police Det. Carlos Dominguez.

The bandit went on to hit up banks in Northern California, Idaho and Washington. He was dubbed the "AK-47 Bandit" because of his penchant for carrying the assault rifle into his targeted banks.

The FBI has offered a $100,000 reward for tips leading to his arrest. Chino police have scheduled a news conference for Monday afternoon to discuss the case.

Investigators said he has told victims that he used to be an officer, and surveillance video shows him usually wearing tactical gear, a full-face ski mask and blue ballistic vest or green mesh vest marked "Sheriff."

The aggressive robber has been known to point the rifle at crying children.

Police came close to catching him in Chino, but he got away after shooting the officer, who was seriously hurt.

Chino police detectives have flown out to Nebraska to help in the investigation.

"We want to make everyone aware of how violent this man is," Dominguez said. "He is not afraid to pull the trigger, he has already shot a police officer. So anyone that gives him any resistance, he's not afraid to act."

After robbing the California Bank & Trust in Chino in 2012, the man is believed to have robbed a Vacaville Bank of the West on March 12, 2012. He may have also tried to rob a bank in Sacramento a few days earlier.

The “AK-47 Bandit” is described as a white male, 25 to 40 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds.

<![CDATA[2 Teens Hurt in Carnival Ride Fall]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:53:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/elpas-ride-michaela-roman.jpg

Two teens were sent to a hospital after falling off a carnival ride at a church festival in El Paso Sunday night.

The two teens fell more than 12 feet from the ride at the Bazaar at Saint Anthony's Seminary after it became stuck, officials said.

Responders had to rescue another person from the ride.

Check back here for updates.

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<![CDATA[Car Plows Into Subway Sandwich Shop]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:03:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/car+into+subway+1.jpg

A car plowed through a sandwich shop early Sunday morning, critically injuring the driver and causing major damage to the building.

A driver ran a red light and crashed into Subway in the 1700 block of Euclid Avenue around 1:10 a.m., according to officials.

Police and paramedics found a red Honda Civic completely inside the restaurant. The wall was blown out, and shattered glass covered the sidewalk.

An ambulance rushed the driver to Scripps Mercy Hospital. At last update, he was in critical condition. The restaurant was empty at the time of the accident, and no one else was injured.

Officials tell NBC 7 alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

There is no word on how much the damage will cost to repair.

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<![CDATA[2 Dead, 30 Wounded in Chicago]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:16:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Violence+8-31+edit.png

At least two people have been killed and 30 others wounded in Chicago amid a long Labor Day weekend.

The weekend's first homicide took place late Friday night in the city's Back of the Yards neighborhood.

A 36-year-old man was found on the sidewalk around 10:45 p.m. in the 5400 block of South Damen Avenue with gunshot wounds to the head and thigh. He was transported to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he was pronounced dead, according to authorities.

A 34-year-old man died less than five hours after he was shot on the city's South Side Saturday morning.

The man was shot in the abdomen in the 10900 block of South Racine Avenue and was transported to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office confirmed the man, identified as Darius Sept, was later pronounced dead at 5:41 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Several shootings occurred during barbecues and block parties throughout the city Saturday and Sunday as 21 people were wounded.

  • Around 3:15 p.m. Saturday, a 31-year-old man was shot in the 10000 block of South Perry Avenue. The man was sitting in a vehicle parked on the street when a man walked up and opened fire. The victim was shot in the head and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition.
  • Around 11:10 p.m., a 29-year-old man was shot at a block party in the 3600 block of West 56th Place in the West Elsdon neighborhood, police said. The man told police he was outside at the party when he "heard shots and felt pain." The man was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition with a gunshot wound to the leg.
  • About 30 minutes earlier, a 20-year-old man was shot during a physical altercation in the 5900 block of South Mozart Street in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. The man was fighting with another man when he was shot in the leg, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition. 
  • Just before 1 a.m. Sunday, police said a 34-year-old man was shot in the arm at outside of a house party in the 6800 block of South Loomis Boulevard. The man was approached by an armed offender who then opened fire, striking him in the arm, police said. The victim was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition.
  • Around 1:40 a.m., a 20-year-old man was shot in the chest during a robbery at a party in the 1000 block of North Monitor Avenue. Police said the man told officers he was at a party when someone walked up with a handgun and announced a robbery. When the victim fought the offender he was shot in the chest. The victim was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in serious condition.
  • Just before 2 a.m., two people were shot in the 6700 block of South Ada Street. A 20-year-old woman was shot in the foot and taken to Holy Cross Hospital in stable condition. A 21-year-old woman was shot in both legs and taken to Mercy Hospital where she was also listed in stable condition. Police said the victims were outside at a block party with a group of people when someone fired into the group.
  • A 26-year-old man was shot around 2:30 a.m. in the 100 block of North Wood Street in the West Town neighborhood, police said. The man was shot in the leg while exiting his vehicle and was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition, according to authorities.
  • A few minutes after 3 a.m., a 20-year-old man was shot in the 8800 block of South Burley Avenue. Police said the man was shot in the right arm and taken to Trinity Hospital in good condition, but details surrounding the shooting weren't immediately available.
  • Just after 4 a.m., police said two women were shot leaving a party with a group of people in the 11700 block of South La Salle Street in the West Pullman neighborhood. A 56-year-old woman and a 52-year-old woman were both shot in their legs and were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition. The pair told police they were standing outside a residence on the block after leaving a party with a group of people when someone walked up and opened fire.
  • Around 5:25 a.m., a 20-year-old man was shot when a man walked up to him and opened fire in the 7800 block of South Constance Avenue. The victim was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the upper back.
  • Just after 6 a.m., a 43-year-old man was shot in the arm, leg and lower back in the 8000 block of South Merrill Avenue and taken in serious condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Details surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.
  • Around 4:20 p.m., a 20-year-old woman was shot in the hand in the 800 block of West 95th Street while riding in a vehicle. Someone walked up and fired shots in the vehicle she was a passenger in, police said. The driver of the vehicle left the scene and the woman tried to to drive away but struck a CTA bus. The bus driver was taken with minor injuries to an unknown hospital. The 20-year-old was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in stable condition, police said.
  • Just after 5 p.m. Sunday, two people were shot in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood. A 28-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were shot in the 1300 block of West Morse Avenue. The pair were walking on the block when they said they heard shots and felt pain. The man was suffered a graze wound to the head and was in stable condition at St. Francis Hospital. The woman was shot in the chest and listed in critical condition also at St. Francis Hospital. It was not clear if they were the intended victims.
  • At about 8:20 p.m. a 54-year-old man was shot in the 5700 block of South Keeler. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition. Details surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.
  • Just before 9 p.m., two men were shot in the Rogers Park neighborhood, marking the second shooting in the neighborhood Sunday evening. The men, whose ages were not immediately known, were shot in the 7400 block of North Ridge Avenue. One man was shot in the leg and was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition. The other was shot in the abdomen, shoulder and leg and was taken to Saint Francis Hospital where his condition had been stabilized.
  • Around 9:15 p.m., two people were shot near 95th Street and Oglesby Avenue. Police could not immediately confirm details surrounding the shooting.

At least 9 others were wounded in shootings since Friday evening.

<![CDATA[6 Dead in Dallas Car Crash]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/crash-bonnie-view3.jpg

Police say a speeding car slammed into a tree after losing control along a Dallas roadway Sunday night, killing all six people inside.

Police spokeswoman Monica Cordova said a Chevrolet Impala was traveling southbound on Bonnie View Road when it crossed over Persimmon Road at a high speed at about 9:10 p.m.

Shortly after, the driver side rear tire of the vehicle hit the center median, police said. The 20-year-old driver lost control and the vehicle hit a tree in the median.

"I don't even know how to feel right now," a relative Marcelina Cantu said. "I don't know what to do. This is too much for me."

Police confirmed four people died at the scene, two teenage boys, two men and two women ranging in age from 15 to 23. Paramedics transported two people who survived the crash to the hospital, though they died a short time later.

Friends of the victims are stunned, many of them adding to makeshift memorial to them at the scene of the crash.

“It’s sad,” said Anjona McDonald. “They was young. They was young. All of them was young.”

Lynn Payne was driving right behind the car when the driver crashed.

“He was driving at a high rate of speed. I want to say he was doing at least 100 miles an hour,” Payne said. “I told my daughter, I said, 'Oh my god, if he don’t slow that car down something is going to happen.'”

Neighbors said drivers often speed down the winding road.

“It's all the time, every day,” said Willie Williams. “This might slow them up some, so I hope so.”

The Dallas Independent School District released the following statement Monday.

“Dallas ISD is deeply saddened to learn that three students at Justin F. Kimball High School have died as the result of a traffic accident on Aug. 30 [sic] in Oak Cliff. Grief counselors will be at Kimball and both T.W. Browne Middle School and Daniel Webster Elementary School, where siblings of the victims are enrolled, to help those school communities address this loss."

The names of the victims have not yet been released by the Dallas County medical examiner.

Cordova said speed was a factor in the crash, but not alcohol.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[49ers' Ray McDonald Arrested]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:24:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/221*120/MCDONALD_leaves_jail.jpg

The San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested for domestic violence overnight, San Jose police confirmed.

San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol said the 29-year-old was taken into custody early Sunday after officers responded to a domestic violence incident at a home in an upscale neighborhood at the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive, SJPD said in a release.

McDonald was taken into custody without incident and booked into Santa Clara County Jail on felony domestic violence charges, according to the release. He has posted $25,000 bail and has been released from jail, police said.

So far, McDonald is not saying much about the incident.

"It's a crazy situation," said McDonald, as he walked out of the jail less than 10 hours after his arrest.

McDonald's alleged victim may have been pregnant, sources told NBC Bay Area's Damian Trujillo.

He was apparently involved in an altercation with his fiancee, who had bruises on her arms and neck, according to the Sacramento Bee. 49ers teammates Vernon Davis and Demarcus Dobbs were also reportedly present, the Bee reported.

But McDonald maintained his innocence.

"The truth will come out," he said. "Everybody knows what kind of person I am."

The 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said in a statement Sunday that the organization is "aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously. As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment.”

McDonald, who has been playing for the 49ers since 2007, was arrested on the same street where 49ers' outside linebacker Aldon Smith was busted for a DUI last September, sources told NBC Bay Area.

The NFL has suspended Smith on Friday for the first nine games of the 2014 season for violating the league's policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.

McDonald's arrest comes after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a tougher domestic abuse policy on Thursday. NFL players will be subject to a six-week game suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second, according to the new rules.

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<![CDATA[3 Hurt in Lightning Strike at NYC Beach]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:45:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/lightning+strike+orchard+beach+clothing+shredded.jpg

Three people are hospitalized in New York City with injuries from a lightning strike as heavy thunderstorms swept the tri-state, authorities say. 

The men were hurt at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx at about 5 p.m., and were being treated at Jacobi Medical Center, according to the FDNY. They did not appear to be seriously injured or physically burned. 

Telemundo identifies two of the victims as a father and son, 49 and 19 years old, who sought shelter under a tree during the storm. A friend of the family told the news station that the lightning hit the tree, then sent the men flying at least 10 feet. 

The friend showed the station photos of the victims' clothing that appeared to be shredded in parts from the lightning strike.

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Visitors at Orchard Beach said they weren't seriously concerned about the rain until they heard the thunder. 

"That crack of thunder and lightning came, and that's when everybody started to run away," said Cheryl Greenidge. 

Edgar Ayalla said he saw lightning hit either the beach or the water "like an explosion," and that debris was sent flying from that lightning strike. 

Elsewhere in the city, torrential rain, thunder and lightning interrupted Labor Day weekend celebrations, halted play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens and forced the early end to the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island. 

Traffic crawled on the Garden State Parkway in East Orange, where roads were flooded and emergency responders had to attend to a stranded driver, a traffic camera showed. 

Flooding on the Cross Bronx Expressway also caused long delays onto the George Washington Bridge. 

Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports all reported long delays as a result of the storm.

Another round of thunderstorms is expected in the area by Monday. Labor Day will be otherwise hot and humid. 

The last area thunderstorm broke records on Long Island, where the town of Islip saw more than 13 inches of rain fall in a matter of hours on Aug. 14. 

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<![CDATA[SoCal High School Retires Controversial Arab Mascot]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:50:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/arab-mascot-update.jpg

A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot that prompted objections from an anti-discrimination group last year.

Coachella Valley High School's mascot, which appears as a sneering man with a scraggly beard, hooked nose and a headscarf, has been retired, the Desert Sun reported. School officials said the old mascot will be replaced by a stoic, neatly groomed man

A belly-dancing genie that often appears with the mascot during football games was also retired, according to the report.

The controversy began last November when a community member of Coachella Valley High School in Coachella, Calif., located just east of Palm Springs, brought the mascot to the attention of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

After gathering opinions from the Arab-American community, many felt the mascot was demeaning and the group decided to act, said Abed A. Ayoub, the group's director of legal and policy affairs.

Ayoub wrote a letter to the district on Nov. 1 saying that cartoons, mugs and T-shirts of the mascot around the campus were examples of stereotyping, and should not be tolerated.

The committee said it approves of the new design, the Desert Sun reported.

A final resolution is expected to be announced publicly in the near future.

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<![CDATA[5-Year-Old Girl Murdered]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:51:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sontera-apts-scene-083114.jpg

Dallas police are investigating the murder of a 5-year-old girl whose body was found in a vacant apartment Sunday afternoon at the Sontera Palms Apartments at 9505 Royal Lane in northeast Dallas. 

Dallas police said Kathrine Alejandra Gonzalez turned 5 Aug. 24.  

Police discovered her body inside an empty, ground-floor apartment at 2:30 p.m. Sunday – several hours after the girl was reported missing.

Many neighbors said they worked to help find the little girl even before police were called at about 11:30 a.m.

When police arrived, maintenance workers informed them there were a large number of vacant apartments at Sontera Palms. After obtaining a key, officers began what they described as a systematic search of all vacant units – eventually discovering the girl’s body inside a unit at the back of the complex.

Witnesses said the girl’s relatives were visibly distraught after learning of the girl’s death.

Police said they took several people to Dallas Police Headquarters for questioning, but have not reported any arrests in the case. 

The Dallas Police Department asked the public for anyone with information on this offense to contact Detectives at 214-275-1300.

NBC 5's Frank Heinz contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 9 Injured in SoCal Crash ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:47:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*128/LAgenerics+CHP+California+Highway+Patrol.jpg

A woman was killed and nine other people were injured a crash involving an overturned truck on the 5 Freeway in Castaic on Sunday.

The crash on the northbound 5 Freeway near Lake Hughes Road was reported around 2 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

All northbound lanes were reopened after the crash shut down two lanes for hours.

Details of the crash were not being released.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

An overturned truck blocked lanes after the collision involving three other vehicles.

A SigAlert was issued and the two right lanes of the freeway were expected to be closed for at least three hours for the crash investigation.

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<![CDATA[Man Stabs, Kills Roommate: Cops]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:47:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/samuel+dulavoix.jpg

A Pompano Beach man has been charged with second-degree murder after stabbing his roommate to death Saturday night, authorities said.

Samuel Dulavoix, 22, was covered in blood when he answered the door to Broward Sheriff's Office deputies responding to a disturbance call at 3208 Marine Drive just after 9 p.m., authorities said.

Officers spotted a pile of bloody blankets on top of a body, identified as that of Rahmil Alexander, 39, according to the BSO. The Broward County Medical Examiner ruled the case a homicide at the scene and said Alexander died of multiple stab wounds.

Dulavoix told homicide investigators that he and Alexander had been living together for about a year. He said they argued over money when Dulavoix stabbed the victim more than 25 times, police said. He later tried to clean up the scene and hide the body.

Dulavoix was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment to superficial cuts on his hands before being released to authorities. He is being held without bond and faces a charge of second-degree murder. It is unknown if Dulavoix has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Aftershocks Strike Near Napa 1 Week After 6.0 Quake]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:47:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/richter1.jpg

A week after California's Napa Valley was struck by a magnitude-6.0 earthquake, the area was rattled by two aftershocks early on Sunday.

A magnitude-3.2 tremor struck four miles from Napa at 1:56 a.m. at a depth of 6.2 miles. It was followed by a 2.5 earthquake a few hours later, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"There are reports that the quake was felt but not of any damage," USGS's Geophysicist Jessica Turner told NBC News. "We'll probably not see any damage with this small a magnitude."

The 3.2 quake was initially listed as a 3.4 magnitude.

Napa's Sheriff's Office dispatch said there were no reports of damage or injuries from the temblor.

The USGS reported a second minor earthquake later in the morning near Napa. The magnitude-2.5 earthquake was recorded in Green Valley, about seven miles east southeast of Napa at 6:37 a.m.

The magnitude-6.0 earthquake was the largest quake to shake the Bay Area since the magnitude-6.9 Loma Prieta quake in 1989. It caused $362 million in damage, The Associated Press reported. 

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<![CDATA[Family of 4 Shot Dead in Home: Cops]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:00:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/216*120/elmhurst+2.jpg

An elderly couple and their two adult children were found shot to death Saturday in a home in west suburban Elmhurst, police said.

Joan Stack and Francis Stack, both 82, as well as Francis Stack Jr., 48, and Mary Stack, 57, were killed, officials said. A longtime neighbor described the children as disabled and their mother as ailing.

All four were shot in the head, the DuPage County Coroner's office said Sunday, citing preliminary information. Officials said Francis Stack had committed suicide and the other three were killed, and a death investigation is ongoing.

All four victims had visible gunshot wounds, and a weapon was recovered from the scene, police said.

Few details were released surrounding the deaths, but police at a news conference Saturday said officers were conducting a well-being check at a home in the 600 block of Chatam just before 7 p.m. when they discovered the victims dead inside the home. 

Longtime neighbor Pete Sterchele described the victims were an elderly couple and their two disabled children.

"[Frank] was in a very difficult situation," said Sterchele. "Two severely handicapped children, his wife with cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. She was bed-ridden, the children had to be looked over 24 hours a day and Frank was losing mobility."

Police do not believe there is any immediate threat to the community, according to Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth.

Neighbors told NBC Chicago they saw armed police officers approaching the home Saturday evening.

Many in the community were shocked by the incident.

"They were great people," said neighbor Al Watson. "I mean, if you had a problem, you come over ,talk to [Frank], he could help you with about anything."

The Detective Section of the Elmhurst Police Department is investigating the incident, police said.

<![CDATA[Homeless Man Beaten to Death]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:16:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_tape_lights_generic_thumbnail.jpg

A homeless man in Chicago was beaten to death on the city’s Northwest Side Saturday night, police said.

The man was in an alley in the 1900 block of North Ridgeway Avenue in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood when two men exited a vehicle and began beating him, police said.

The men beat the victim’s head and body with their hands and feet, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the man as 57-year-old Ernesto Garcia.

Police said the man appeared to be homeless.

"Regardless of whether he was homeless or not he's still human," said community activist Andrew Holmes. "A lot of these assaults that been taking place beating the homeless go unreported and the reason they go unreported is because they figure nobody cares, but we care, I care and we're just trying to find the individuals that beat this guy to death."

Holmes was patrolling the area Sunday afternoon hoping to find witnesses or see if surveillance cameras may have captured footage of the suspects.

"Each and every day someone is always picking on the homeless," Holmes said. "If they try to defend themselves they get jumped on, they get beat, they get assaulted... it shouldn't have gone this far."

Area residents say the attack was surprising for the community.

"It was so close to home," said Enrique Ruiz. "I thought nothing like this would happen around here."

Many in the area said Garcia frequently slept in the alley and was friendly those who lived nearby.

"People around here liked him," said resident George Bermudez. "He was really nice. I was shocked. I just said hi to him in the a.m., I didn't know someone I knew was going to die."

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<![CDATA[California Uproots Grassy Lawns]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:55:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP36505113488.jpg

Daniel and Joanne Azarnoff had the quintessential, grassy green lawn outside their house in the San Francisco Bay area -- until this bone-dry summer.

With the help of the Solano County Water Agency, they ripped up turf and replaced it with a mix of slate, stones, redwood mulch and drought-resistant plants more suitable to Rio Vista's Mediterranean climate.

“We did it because California has a drought, and we thought it would be a good way to reduce the amount of water which we use,” Daniel Azarnoff said.

Their decision is one California officials wish more residents would make. Communities and water agencies across the state have been paying to encourage homeowners and businesses to replace grass with more appropriate and less thirsty plants. Now, with California in its third year of a severe drought, the so-called “cash for grass” programs are bursting in popularity, if still small in size.

In the city of Long Beach, about 1,500 homeowners have taken advantage of the 4-year-old program there, which pays $3.50 per square foot — but that is out of the owners of about 60,000 single-family homes.

“A lot of people love their lawn,” said Joyce Barkley, the city’s water conservation specialist. “It’s a challenge.”

Instead of grass, Barkley tries to interest residents in sages, blue fescue, lion’s tail, lilacs, lavenders, olive trees and other drought-tolerant plantings.

The hope is that other homeowners will imitate the gardens made up of plants that thrive in Long Beach's annual 12 inches of rainfall, rather than lawns that need seven times that amount, Barkley said.

Water-greedy irrigation

In many ways, Californians do well conserving water, with most of the state's water going toward irrigating crops, said Hadley Arnold, executive director of the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University in Burbank.

One exception? Lawn irrigation. In Los Angeles, 54 percent of residential water consumption is used outdoors, according to the 2010 Urban Water Management Plan from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. Add in commercial, industrial, governmental and multi-family consumption and that number is 39 percent.

“Where we’re still water-greedy is irrigation,” she said. “You can irrigate with recycled water.”

At least 26 water agencies across the states are offering rebates, according to the Association of California Water Agencies. There has been a surge of interest this summer, said Lisa Lien-Mager, the association’s director of communications.

The number of requests for turf removal the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has received since January are nearly double the total number of requests over the last five years, the district says.

In July, it got requests to remove 2.5 million square feet of turf — the equivalent of 1,665 typical front yards, and up from 99,000 square feet in January.

The rise in requests from businesses was even more significant: 4.7 million square feet, or the equivalent of 82 football fields, up from 22,000 square feet.

In May, the district, a cooperative of cites and water agencies serving nearly 19 million people, doubled its rebates from $1 to $2 per square foot for consumers and businesses.

Nurturing wildlife, conserving resources

Water restrictions put in place as a result of the drought have left lots of dead lawns and have prompted homeowners to think about what to do with a much more limited water supply, said Bart O’Brien, director of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Berkeley.

“Everyone has taken water supply pretty much for granted until this unprecedented, longer, drier drought than we’ve had in historic times,” he said.

Gardeners are taking new interest in native California plants, which not only use less water but also can help sustain insects, birds, lizards and other wildlife that have become endangered by the loss of natural areas.

"Through the act of thoughtful gardening, we can make a rather significant difference," said Carol Bornstein, the director of the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

The Solano County Water Agency's program is four years old, but 65 percent of its 282 participants signed up in the last fiscal year, according to the agency. Since July, 56 projects have been completed. It pays $1 per square foot for up to 1,000 square feet for environmentally friendly landscaping.

"I think it's opening up a lot of people's eyes especially right now," said Lara Remitz, a landscape architecture student at the University of California, Davis, who has been working with the program. "It helps people understand that there is an issue with water."

But she has noticed that some homeowners still leave a patch of dirt that they plan to return to lawn if the drought eases.

"There's still a large resistance to the idea," she said.

In Rio Vista, the Azarnoffs are happy with their new landscaping. They had liked their lawn, but it was maintained by a sprinkler system, Daniel Azarnoff said. By switching to a drip system that targets only the plants, they are using much less water, he said.

“And it still looks very beautiful,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Central Park Hate Crime Arrest]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:25:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic+central+park+vg.jpg

Police say a man was arrested and charged for his involvement in a Central Park assault that is being investigated as a hate crime.

The man, 20-year-old Edward Fall, allegedly shot a jogger with a pellet gun on Monday and was part of a group of people who the jogger said made anti-white statements against her.

Fall has been charged with hate crime assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. He faces the same charges for allegedly shooting another jogger in the same manner last Sunday.

Police say four other people were with Fall when he shot the jogger on Monday, and that they also made anti-white statements, but authorities have not announced any other arrests.

Information on a lawyer for Fall was not immediately available.

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