<![CDATA[NBC New York - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpgNBC New Yorkhttp://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usWed, 01 Mar 2017 13:23:35 -0500Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:23:35 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Dow Reaches New Heights After Trump Speech]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:52:16 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/wallstreetGettyImages-521353416.jpg

The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 21,000 Wednesday morning, a new record high that comes after President Donald Trump's first speech to Congress, CNBC reported.

The Dow leapt up more than 200 points, trading up about 1 percent. It's been just over a month since the index broke the 20,000-point mark. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were up about 0.85 percent soon after the market opened.

Trump's speech was praised for its positive tone but he didn't give many specifics about tax reform and deregulation, two key components of the market's post-election rally.

Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial, told CNBC the speech's tone "has gone a long way for the market" as it "assuaged fears that his agenda was not going to be able to be passed."

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<![CDATA[Schumer: New 'VOICE' Office Is Anti-Immigrant, Ridiculous]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:15:38 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17060083101353.jpg

President Donald Trump, in his first address to Congress on Tuesday, announced he's establishing a new office within the Department of Homeland Security to protect "American victims" of crimes committed by people who are in the country illegally.

He said the office is called VOICE: Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement.

"We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests," he said.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer reacted to the announcement Wednesday by calling the move "ridiculous" and anti-immigrant.

"Obviously we want to go after all criminals," he said on "CBS This Morning." "The overwhelming majority of immigrants are law-abiding. They want to be part of the American dream and most Americans agree with that. So to put an office like this out there shows how anti-immigrant this president is. Of course we want to go after the criminals. We want to go after all criminals no matter who they are." 

The announcement was also denounced online by many who have opposed Trump's actions on immigration. That elicited a heated response from his supporters. 

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<![CDATA[Trump Talks Immigration and Obamacare in Address to Congress]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:07:34 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17060081743812.jpg

President Donald Trump addressed Congress for the first time to issue a call for immigration reform, strongly condemning illegal immigration and calling for a wall between the United States and Mexico, yet also saying he would be open to laws that made legalization easier for immigrants. Trump spoke strongly against Obamacare as well, saying he wanted "reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better healthcare" instead.

<![CDATA[Conway 'Meant No Disrespect' by Kneeling on WH Couch]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:41:02 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kellyanne-oval-office.jpg

Kellyanne Conway wants the controversy over her kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office put to bed, NBC News reported.

The presidential counselor was photographed looking at her phone while kneeling during a meeting with leaders from historically black colleges and universities Monday, which some observers suggested was disrespectful.

The photo went viral on Tuesday, and Conway went on Fox Business Network's "Lou Dobbs Tonight" that night to explain she had simply been asked to take a picture from a specific angle.

"I was being asked to take a picture in a crowded room with the press behind us, and I was asked to take a certain angle and was doing exactly that," Conway said. "I certainly meant no disrespect. I didn't mean to have my feet on the couch."

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<![CDATA[Oprah Never Considered a Presidential Run — Until Trump]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:50:52 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/oprah-rubenstein.jpg

Oprah 2020?

The media mogul may consider a run for president now that another TV star has proven that prior government experience isn't necessary for the job.

Oprah Winfrey seemed to suggest that she's shifted her thoughts on a presidential run of her own, with a thinly veiled reference to President Donald Trump, in a video clip published Wednesday of Bloomberg's "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations." 

"I never considered the question even a possibility," she said, when asked if she ever considered a run.

Rubenstein said it's clear that experience running the government isn't a prerequisite, since Trump was elected without ever serving in office.

"I thought 'Oh, gee, I don't have the experience, I don't know enough.' And now I'm thinking, '...Oh...Oh!'" Winfrey replied, with an intrigued look on her face as the audience applauded.

Days after Trump won the election, filmmaker Michael Moore appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and voiced support for a Winfrey run.

"Democrats would be better off if they ran Oprah or Tom Hanks," he said. "Why don't we run beloved people?"

Winfrey campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008 and supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race.

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<![CDATA[Top News: Israel's West Bank Evictions, Trump's Speech]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 07:42:47 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/AP_17060416296562.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Florida 2-Year-Old Dies After Left in Car for Hours]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:44:04 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/022817+child+dies+in+hot+car.jpg

Investigators say a 2-year-old boy died Tuesday after being left in a hot car for more than five hours at a shopping center in Southwest Florida.

Hillsborough Sheriff's Office said the child’s half-sister went into the shopping center, leaving the toddler in the car.

Little Jacob Manchego was inside the locked car from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. without the engine running and without air conditioning.

Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said his half-sister, identified as 21-year-old Fiorella Silva-Tello, arrived for work at the BFF Kids Child Care Center. When she returned to the car, she discovered the child inside.

Officials said the woman was distraught and brought the toddler into a nearby dialysis center seeking medical aid. Little Jacob was then rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

Detectives are interviewing the child’s half-sister. No charges have been filed pending further investigation and review by the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office.

<![CDATA[Aerial Footage Shows Tornado’s Path of Destruction]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:41:51 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/229*120/aerial.png

Aerial footage shows the destruction left in Perryville, Missouri, after Tuesday night's deadly tornadoes swept across Illinois and several areas in the upper Midwest. One person was killed during the severe weather in Missouri, with an additional two confirmed dead in Illinois.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated this footage showed LaSalle County in Illinois. It actually captures storm damage left behind in Missouri, roughly 300 miles south. 

<![CDATA[Timeline: The Rapid Fall of Aaron Hernandez]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:11:49 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Hernandez-AP-956796189461.jpg

It has been four years since Aaron Hernandez played in the NFL. The Connecticut native burst onto the scene after the Patriots drafted him, but his dark past quickly bubbled to the surface.

Hernandez was found guilty of murdering semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd and sentenced to life in prison. Now, he returns to court to answer to two more murder charges.

The former tight end is accused of gunning down Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu in 2012.

From his humble beginnings in Bristol to his life imprisonment, take a comprehensive look at the fall of a man even more troubled than he is talented.

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<![CDATA[Policing the Schools]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:32:00 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/policing-schools-th.jpg

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<![CDATA[Pursuit Driver Spins Out, Speeds Away in Reverse ]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:59:57 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/03-01-2017-pursuit-reverse.JPG

A carjacking suspect led police on a pursuit through South Los Angeles streets Wednesday morning before a wild spin-out and backward getaway in the beach community of Redondo Beach. 

South Gate police pursued the driver of the gray four-door Scion xD westbound across Century Boulevard toward the 405 Freeway at slower speeds. Authorities suspect the driver was involved in a carjacking around 7:40 a.m. Wednesday morning, which took place at 68th Street near Central Avenue in the Florence neighborhood of South Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Century Station, who took over the pursuit from South Gate police.

The driver continued to drive westbound, driving under the 405 Freeway and north of LAX before heading south. The driver continued southbound along the coast into El Segundo, before continuing into Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach.

A man at a crosswalk appeared to throw something at the car as it crossed an intersection. Redondo Beach police attempted several pit maneuvers to stop the driver, which spun the suspect's car around, damaged the bumper and prompted the suspect to drive backward in order to get away from officers.

The car finally came to a stop in Redondo Beach after another pit maneuver just before 9:40 a.m., but the suspect did not immediately exit the car. 

This is a developing story, please refresh for updates.

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<![CDATA[Who's Who in Trump's Brain Trust]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:38:49 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/223*120/trump-cab-adv-th.jpgHere's a look at the people who are closest to Donald Trump in the White House, his advisers and his picks for the top jobs in his administration. The nominees for Cabinet positions need Senate approval.
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<![CDATA[Meteor Caught on Police Dashcam in Texas]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:28:41 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Meteor-Weatherford.jpg

Dozens of people reported seeing a meteor streak across the North Texas sky Sunday night and for those who missed it the Weatherford Police Department captured the fireball. 

Dashcam video from Officer Tiffany Vanzant shows the streak of light that disappeared right over the Parker County Courthouse around 9 p.m.

Vanzant was driving westbound on U.S. 180 and noticed the meteor streaking across the sky as she traveled over the viaduct toward the courthouse.

There were reports of similar sightings in Colorado, Oklahoma and West Texas. Some people even reported hearing a loud boom and said they felt their houses shake.

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<![CDATA[At Least 3 Dead After Tornadoes Sweep Across Midwest]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:46:26 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/KSDK.png

At least three people were killed, including two from Illinois, after tornadoes swept across the Midwest Tuesday night.

One man was killed in Ottawa, about an hour and a half south of Chicago, when an uprooted tree came crashing down on workers on the south side of the city, police said.

“There were two men together,” Ottawa Police Department Capt. Dave Gualandri said. “They happened to be outside performing some work task when the storm hit and they apparently weren’t able to seek shelter in a timely fashion.”

Ottawa was one of the cities hit the hardest. Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to visit the city Wednesday as the town begins to rebuild from the devastation and destruction left from the rash of severe storms.

Another man was found dead in Crossville, Illinois, more than four and a half hours south of Ottawa.

A third person died in Perryville, Missouri, officials said.

By Wednesday morning, there were reports of at least six tornado touchdowns in six different Illinois communities. Besides Ottawa, touchdowns were reported in Washburn, Rutland, Naplate, Marseilles and Morris.

The National Weather Service says survey teams will be moving across Illinois Wednesday to catalog damage and determine the exact number of tornadoes that hit the ground. Teams will also look to determine how long tornadoes were on the ground.

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<![CDATA[Wildest Food Crazes: Raw Cookie Dough]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 08:31:26 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17059606011750.jpgRaw cookie dough, Nutella burgers and Swedish Fish Oreos are just some of the recent foods trends that have swept the culinary world.

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<![CDATA[Video Shows Tornado Forming in Washburn]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:33:07 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022354955_1200x675_887001155824.jpg

Video shows a tornado forming in Washburn, Illinois, southwest of Chicago and near Peoria. (Courtesy: Sunna Brown)

<![CDATA[NY Zoo Teases in Latest Pregnant Giraffe Update]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:20:50 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/april+giraffe+update.jpg

Everyone's favorite giraffe is doing just fine as she awaits the birth of her fourth calf at an upstate New York zoo, though the zoo teased the millions who have been watching April's live stream in its latest Facebook update.

"Babies babies everywhere!" the Animal Adventure Park posted Wednesday morning. "Just not yet in the giraffe barn."

The Harpursville zoo, which unveiled April-inspired emojis and t-shirts as the fan base for the 15-year-old long-necked beauty continues to swell, said twin Barbados lambs and a Patagonian Cavy were born early Wednesday.

Meanwhile, veterinarians recorded no significant changes to April's condition overnight, and she spent some time outdoors early Wednesday ahead of anticipated storms.

Over the last week, April has captivated tens of millions of people across the world who have been checking in on her via the live stream. Some 78,000 people were tuned in to the stream by 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Watch it above.

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

The spotted beauty was up early Wednesday, slinking about her hay-laden home and nuzzling her next-door companion. Over the weekend, she treated viewers with a direct gaze into the camera, wiggling her ears as she chewed her breakfast. Once she goes into active labor, zoo officials say the keepers will go in to help her.

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

The zoo said it will hold an online competition to name the baby giraffe once it's born.

Photo Credit: Animal Adventure Park/Mazuri
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<![CDATA[FBI Made Deal With Ex-Spy for Trump Dossier: Source]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:43:13 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/vladimir-putin-donald-trump.jpg

The FBI made a deal in October to pay Christopher Steele, the former British spy who had compiled a dossier on Donald Trump's alleged ties with Russia, to continue his work, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. 

NBC News reported that the FBI took the allegations seriously; Trump has denied them, calling the allegations "fake news." However, the FBI didn't end up paying Steele, as the former spy pulled out from the deal, the source added. 

The Washington Post first reported the arrangement, which suggests that the FBI found Steele credible and continued to pursue the claims in the dossier, despite it being a collection of unverified claims accusing the Trump campaign of conspiring with Russia to interfere with the election.

A spokesperson for the FBI declined to comment. 

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<![CDATA[From Prison to the Oscars: 'Gary From Chicago's' Script-Worthy Story]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:12:44 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645769916.jpg

Viewers who tuned in to watch the Oscars Sunday night fell in love with an unsuspecting tourist who stole the show. But it appears that “Gary from Chicago” has a Hollywood script-worthy story of his own with a dark role in his past.

Gary Alan Coe, the everyman catapulted to social media fame, was released from prison two days before he was whisked to the front row of the Oscars. Coe was among a group of tourists who were led into the show during one of host Jimmy Kimmel’s gags.

Coe's public defender Karen Nash wrote in a Facebook post that he had served 20 years in prison for petty theft after being sentenced to life for stealing perfume in 1997. He was also convicted for attempted rape in 1995 when he was a teenager, which Nash claims led him to face a harsher sentence for the petty theft two years later.

"We finally won his release this year," Nash wrote. "He got out on Friday, and was sight seeing with his lovely fiance [sic] Vicky. If you watched the Oscars, you know the rest."

Further details surrounding Coe's conviction and sentencing weren't clear. 

Nash did not immediately return NBC Chicago's request for comment. She told the Chicago Tribune she represented Coe but could not discuss his case without further permission. 

Aside from the unforgettable best picture blunder, one of the most-talked about moments from Sunday night’s Oscars came from Coe and his fiancée, Vicki Mines, who stole the spotlight, and the hearts of viewers, in the middle of the show. 

Coe was expected to recount his experience at the Oscars on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night, but that appearance was later canceled. The Chicago Tribune reported a late-night show representative said it was a "creative decision" to focus on other topics.

Coe and Vicki Mines were riding a Hollywood tour bus when, in a prank led by Kimmel, they were unknowingly brought into the Dolby Theater during the live ceremony. The tour group had been told they were stopping to see an exhibit of Oscar dresses and gowns. 

“In a way it’s true,” Kimmel told the crowd before the unsuspecting tourists arrived. “They will see dresses and gowns, but they will be on people. So, they don’t know it but the moment they open the door, they are going to be on live TV and we are going to surprise them.” 

Needless to say, the Chicago couple was stunned when they walked in.

Coe, who led the group with his fiancée, was brought toward the front of the stage by Kimmel before he was asked to introduce himself, all while recording every moment with his iPhone that was covered in a bright purple case. 

His fiancée quickly propped her cellphone on a selfie stick to record the moment as well. 

The couple, as well as the hashtag #GaryFromChicago immediately became a top-trending topic across social media. 

They ended up going home with much more than the memories captured on their cellphones. After the couple noted that they were planning on getting married in the summer, Kimmel asked Mines who her favorite actor was. She pointed to Denzel Washington, who was just an arms-length away. 

Washington quickly jumped up, even offering to officiate an impromptu wedding ceremony. 

“I now pronounce you husband and wife!” Washington proclaimed before posing for a selfie with the two. 

Before they made their departure, Kimmel called on actress Jennifer Aniston, who was sitting a few rows away, to give the couple something of a souvenir to take home with them. She quickly rummaged through her purse to find something before offering up her sunglasses.

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<![CDATA[Dancing Flash Mob Surprises Girl Battling Cancer]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:29:28 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Team+Tessa+Flash+Mob.jpg

Residents in a Detroit suburb put on their dancing shoes Monday for a big surprise. 

Tessa Prothero, a young girl who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma 3 1/2 years ago, turned 9 years old this week, and her community came out to celebrate with a flash mob. According to her parents, Prothero has been going through an especially hard time while trying four new chemotherapy treatments for her stage four cancer. A dancer herself, she now struggles to walk.

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In her father's arms, Prothero witnessed a performance devoted to her on the sidewalk outside of her home in Royal Oak. 

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“Tessa has been feeling a little down in the dumps lately and this flash mob was just what the doctor ordered to help boost her morale,” read a statement on Team Tessa's Facebook page, which Robert Prothero and Karin Prothero created to chronicle their daughter's cancer battle.

Organized by Gilda’s Club, a local organization that offers free support for cancer patients and their families, the flash mob featured a throng of locals -- from trained dancers to family friends.

“I was following the man in front of me,” 62-year-old Nancy Miller told Detroit News. “When he went down, I went down.”

“So You Think You Can Dance” alumnus Will Thomas choreographed the routine and flexed his skills as the first to break out on the makeshift outdoor dance floor. He and his peers shook their tail feathers to Meghan Trainor’s “Better When I’m Dancin,” an ode to Tessa’s own love of dance.

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For her birthday, Tessa had already gotten a new puppy, Willow, and a flood of mail with cards and presents from supporters. But nothing could prepare her for the flash mob, and “Tessa's smile lit up the streets of Royal Oak,” according to Gilda’s Club Facebook page.

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In a Detroit News video, when asked what she thought of the dance routine, Tessa said, “I liked it a lot." 

Photo Credit: Team Tessa: Battle Against Neuroblastoma
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<![CDATA[Colon, Rectal Cancer on the Rise for Millennials ]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:03:17 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_cancer0228_1500x845.jpg

A new study by the American Cancer Society is showing a shocking increase in cancer among millennials. People in their 20s and 30s have double the risk of being diagnosed with colon cancer, as well as quadruple the risk for rectal cancer as their parents' generation did at the same age.