<![CDATA[NBC New York - National & International News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:58:52 -0400 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:58:52 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Wonderful Act of Kindness': Cop Shares Meal With Homeless Man]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:30:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/072715+erica+hay+ocala+police+homeless+meal.jpg

A Florida police officer's touching encounter with a homeless man is going viral after photos of the two of them sharing a meal were posted on Facebook.

Sgt. Erica Hay of the Ocala Police Department was photographed eating with the man by TiAnna Greene, who posted the photos of them sitting together on the curb.

"I don't know this officer, but, I admire her today and everyday. It appeared that she purchased this gentleman's breakfast and decided to sit down and have breakfast with him. Absolutely wonderful act of kindness that seemed to come naturally for her," Greene wrote. "Although I was only blessed to witness less than 2 minutes of her kindness that definitely came from the heart, it truly made my morning!!"

The photos quickly went viral, as Sgt. Hay received national attention for her generosity.

"If anyone knows this fine officer, please let her know that she made a difference today not only in the life of this gentleman, but, in the lives of everyone that she comes in contact with," Greene said. "I'm sure of that!! God bless us all!!!"

Hay told TODAY.com she noticed the man on her way to pick up breakfast at a local donut store.

"We're not a large community so I know most everybody, especially the homeless in the area, but I didn't know him," Hay said.

"He was just there by himself alone, so I just grabbed food and went back to eat with him. Nobody wants to eat alone," she said, adding: "I like eating with anybody."

Photo Credit: TiAnna Greene
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<![CDATA[Boston's Olympic Loss Could Spell Win for L.A.]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:21:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TLMD-boston-olympics-2024-render.jpg

Now that the U.S. Olympic Committee has dropped Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Games, Los Angeles is emerging as the back-up city.

“Los Angeles could bid with a couple of years notice,” said Andrew Zimbalist, a professor of economics at Smith College and the author of “Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup.” “They don’t need seven years notice. They have almost all their venues already intact.”

In a statement Monday the committee's CEO, Scott Blackmun, said the federation was still interested in mounting a bid for the Summer Games. He did not mention a specific city.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that his office had not had recent conversations with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

"I continue to believe that Los Angeles is the ideal Olympic city and we have always supported the USOC in their effort to return the Games to the United States," he said in a statement. "I would be happy to engage in discussions with the USOC about how to present the strongest and most fiscally responsible bid on behalf of our city and nation."

The U.S. Olympic Commitee ended Boston's bid after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said at a Monday morning press conference that he was not ready to sign a host city document that would force taxpayers to cover any cost overruns. The U.S. Olympic Committee had wanted him to sign the contract as soon as possible, he said. But he said he would not without more financial information about the Games and was willing to let the committee choose another city over Boston.

The host city contract, which does not need to be signed until 2017, guarantees that the International Olympic Committee will not be held responsible for any cost overruns.

The U.S. Olympic Committee’s board members had also wanted to know whether Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker supported Boston’s bid. Baker spoke to committee officials on Monday but said beforehand that he would have no answer for them because he was waiting to see a full report from a consultant commissioned to analyze the bid.

The deadline to officially submit bids to the International Olympic Committee is Sept. 15. San Francisco and Washington D.C. also competed to be the U.S. selection. A source told NBC Bay Area that it was now too late for San Francisco to submit a bid that could win. Jack Evans, a D.C. council member, said that the city was still vying to be chosen.

“We in the District would still be very interested," Evans said.

Officials from the U.S. Olympic Committee could not immediately be reached for comment.

Earlier Alan Abrahamson, a sportswriter, said that the U.S. Olympic Committee ought to kill Boston’s bid, Abrahamson, a journalism professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, called it the most dismal effort he had seen in 16 years of covering the Olympics.

“Los Angeles is America’s Olympic city,” said Abrahamson, who wrote a column on the topic on his website, 3 Wire Sports. “It hosted the Games twice in 1932 and 1984. The Games are a part of the fabric of civic life in Los Angeles.”

Politicians, businesses and the people of California are behind the Olympics, he said. And like Zimbalist, he said Los Angeles could be ready with little notice.

“Los Angeles could host the Games on maybe two years notice and do a fantastic job,” he said.

Before Boston's bid derailed, Zimbalist said that Baker’s position was key because the state not Boston would have to be the Games’ guarantor.

“Nobody ever expected Boston to actually provide a guarantee,” he said. “They don’t have the resources to do it. Their budget is much too small.”

Zimbalist said that he thought Walsh, who had been closely affiliated with the pro-Olympics group, was trying to cover himself should the U.S. Olympic Committee reject Boston.

“I think that he’s trying to step out in front of that train and say, ‘I was first, I never wanted to put the Boston’s taxpayers at risk,’” Zimbalist said.

Boston’s bid had been expected to go to a statewide referendum next year. The organizers had said that if the majority of voters in Massachusetts and Boston did not vote in favor of it they would pull the bid. A group, No Boston Olympics, had formed in opposition to hosting the Games.

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<![CDATA[Dad Caught Taking Fall for Son's Fatal Hit and Run]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:48:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/072715-silva-hit-run-milwaukee-father-son.jpg

A Milwaukee man will be released from prison soon after investigators discovered he was covering up for the real criminal: his son.

In 2013, Juan Silva Sr. was charged with killing a man in a fatal hit-and-run. He was serving a five year sentence to protect his 22-year-old son, Juan Silva Jr, NBC News reported. Investigators began looking into the mis-sentencing last month, after Silva's wife told a co-worker about the plan.

"You have basically a family that decided they were going to decide amongst themselves who should pay the price, instead of a judge or a jury or the system," Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Grant said.

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<![CDATA[Man Leaves Car Curbside, Boards DFW Flight Without Ticket]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:54:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dfw-board-no-ticket.jpg

The Transportation Security Administration is investigating how a man slipped past security and boarded a passenger plane without a ticket at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Sunday night.

Officials with the D/FW Airport Department of Public Safety said a 26-year-old man parked his car curbside at Terminal D and somehow slipped past security and into the terminal.

The man, who has not been identified, then boarded a flight, but was soon removed from the plane, arrested and charged with criminal trespassing after a gate agent called airport security.

How the man slipped past federal employees has not yet been disclosed by officials, however they did release the following statement Monday afternoon.

"TSA is reviewing the incident and is working closely with the airport, local law enforcement and stakeholders to ensure that all of our checkpoints at DFW reflect optimal security configurations. Immediately following this incident, TSA made adjustments to the DFW screening area and has added more barriers, and is working to identify other long-term solutions that may require physical adjustments to the area. As always, TSA continually evaluates checkpoint configurations and passenger flows at all our airports to ensure physical security."

When the man entered the terminal, investigators said he left his vehicle parked curbside at the terminal — sparking a security response.

While officials poured over the vehicle, airport visitors were redirected to Terminal D entrances at D16 and D40. The man's vehicle was later found to pose no threat and the the all-clear was given at about 9:30 p.m.

The flight the man wanted to take was delayed, but all other flights operated on a normal schedule, airport officials said.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff, Frank Heinz, Todd L. Davis and Brian Roth contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[FBI Seeks Missing 8-Year-Old Girl]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:47:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/madysoncrop.jpg

The FBI has joined the search for a missing 8-year-old girl from California who was last seen Sunday evening riding a scooter outside her apartment complex, police said Monday.

Madyson Middleton, who goes by “Maddy,” was last seen about 6 p.m. at her Santa Cruz apartment complex, the Tannery Arts Center on River Street, riding her white Razor scooter, wearing a purple knee-high dress with black leggings, helmet and long dark hair pulled to the side in a braid. The girl, standing at 4 feet tall and weighing 48 pounds, was captured on video surveillance, which Santa Cruz police shared with the public.

"She was in the courtyard where she was supposed to be," her mother, Laura Jordan told NBC affiliate KSBW. "I already fell apart. Now, I'm just in survival mode. I can't explain how difficult this is."

Jordan added that her daughter has never run away, and that she's checked with all her friends, and assisted police in knocking on every door in the area.

Search crews and special K-9 teams spent Monday scouring the complex, a nearby levee and the beach along the Pacific Ocean. Dogs picked up the girl's scent for a bit, police said, but then lost it. About 100 volunteers in the neighborhood also stayed up through the night, checking homeless encampments and along the river, all without luck.

"We're feeling a little helpless," neighbor Jasmine Schlafke said Monday.

At a news conference Monday, police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said there was no particular person of interest in the case, other than Maddy herself.

Blaschke did not describe the girl's disappearance as a kidnapping. At this point, she said Maddy's case is being treated as a missing person's case. She said police did not issue an Amber Alert because that is reserved for children who are seen abducted in vehicles.

Blaschke did acknowledge, though, that the disappearance is highly unusual.  "We're all concerned," she said. "It is suspicious to have a child missing this long." Blaschke added that Maddy's "family has been cooperative."

A former property manager at the apartment complex, Diane Holtze, told NBC Bay Area the girl lived there with her mother since 2010 and described her as a "really, really sweet girl." Holtze said there was nothing that stood out about the girl's family.

Emerson Sanderson said that what's so frightening is that all the children at the complex scoot around and play with each other, and the disappearance is taking its toll on the many people who live there, home to lofts, a performing arts center and many types of artists.

Added David Giannini: "The fact that we're a small little beach town with an inordinate amount of bad behavior...it's just killing me man, breaking my heart. I want this little girl back home safe. I want the town to be safe for everyone."

"She's just a gem," Joe Mailloux, a family friend and neighbor said.

Anyone with information should call 911 and check the police department's Facebook page.

Photo Credit: Santa Cruz police via Middleton school photo. Photographer unknown.
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<![CDATA['Abandoned': Military Dogs Need Homes]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:06:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/military+dog.jpg

While many veterans have returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan to open arms, one group of four-legged service members is still in search of a warm welcome.

Roughly a year and a half after returning from war, one K-9 unit made up of 12 dogs is looking for new homes, according NBC affiliate WWBT.

“They've been abandoned,” Mount Hope Kennels owner Greg Meredith told WWBT. “This is not the life that they deserve, nor is it how this country should take care of its soldiers.”

Immediately after returning to the United States, the bomb-sniffing dogs were placed at Mount Hope Kennels to receive rehab for dealing with issues such as PTSD. However, the short visit stretched on as red tape persisted.

“It's the least that we can do to take care of them, because they've taken very good care of us, to protect our freedoms,” Meredith said, adding that the shelter has spent around $150,000 taking care of the dogs.

But now, the war heroes have renewed hope: Mission K9 Rescue and U.S. War Dogs will arrive to the shelter Monday and try to reconnect the dogs with their original owners. If the handlers cannot be found, the animals will be searching for families to adopt them and give them forever homes.

To apply to adopt any of the dogs, you must send in a notarized application from the Mission K9 website.  

Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Top News Photos of the Week]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:49:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/topNews-AP_220240044482.jpg View weekly updates on the very best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Mom Saves Son Before Being Killed by Escalator in China]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:51:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477384164escalator72715.jpg

A 30-year-old woman died in a horrific escalator accident at a shopping mall in Jingzhou, China.

The accident was captured on surveillance footage Sunday morning when a panel collapsed and the woman fell into the mechanism of the still-running escalator.

The woman was able to save her young son, however, by thrusting him into the arms of nearby employees, according to video broadcast by China Central Television and distributed by Reuters.

The staff grabbed the woman’s son and then attempted to help her, but she disappeared from view.

Rescuers recovered the woman's body from inside the escalator four hours later, Reuters reported. 

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<![CDATA[Jeb Bush Calls Trump's Immigration Comments 'Vulgar']]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jebbushnew.jpg

Donald Trump's controversial comments on undocumented immigrants "offended millions of people," former Florida governor Jeb Bush said of his fellow Republican presidential candidate in a Spanish-language interview Monday.

Trump characterized many undocumented immigrants from Mexico as rapists and drug dealers in comments two weeks ago, dominating much of the presidential news cycle since.

Bush, a fluent Spanish speaker, said he sought to counter Trump's negativity on immigration with his own platform, he said in a wide-ranging interview with Jose Diaz-Balart, of MSNBC and Telemundo.

"You know I was hurt hearing somebody speaking in such a vulgar fashion," the Florida governor said in remarks translated from Spanish. "This makes the solving of this problem (of illegal immigration) much more difficult. When we have politicians talking like that, we cannot progress."

Bush added he believed the solution should be to make legal immigration easier. He pointed to his own outlook on the issue to show how far apart he is from Trump.

"I believe it's important that I as a candidate offer a more optimistic version than Trump's negativeness and other candidates," he said.

Bush touted his firm connection to Hispanic culture. He is married to a Latina woman and made strong comments on the recent opening of Cuba's embassy and the Castro brothers.

"I believe that the policy should be that we always want freedom in Cuba, we want democracy to change the relationship, but based on facts," he explained. "In this case, there aren't even promises that (Obama's) received to do this. And dictators are not going to leave quietly at night, they don't leave. We must be vigilant and this president does not recognize that."

Bush addressed hot-button comments made by another candidate, Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, as well as Trump's.

Huckabee on Monday compared President Barack Obama's deal with Iran to the Holocaust, saying it would cause Israelis to be marched "straight to the oven door."

"In the case of Mike Huckabee, who is my friend, those words– that use of those type of words doesn't help," Bush said. "We must have a more civil policy in this country."

To read Bush's whole interview in Spanish, visit Telemundo.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Some Cilantro Banned Over Feces, Toilet Paper in Fields: FDA]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:54:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tlmd_cyclospora_cilantro.jpg

It appears that cilantro contaminated by human waste is to blame for several years of intestinal illnesses among Americans, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA announced on Monday that it has identified the cause of hundreds of U.S. cases of cyclosporiasis after health officials found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields in the state of Puebla, Mexico. The administration will detain Mexican cilantro at the border from April to August and forbid products from Puebla from entering into the U.S. without inspections and certification, according to a partial import ban dated Monday by the agency.

Last August, the FDA and Texas authorities linked suppliers in Puebla to infected cilantro at four Texas restaurants. Monday’s announcement, however, confirms that the central Mexican state is the source of many more cases of the disease.

Several major U.S. restaurant companies confirmed to Bloomberg Business that the cilantro they use will not be affected by the ban. A spokesman for Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said that all of its cilantro comes from California. Yum! Brands Inc., which owns Taco Bell, is also reportedly not affected.

As NBC reported last month, cyclosporiasis is not spread through human-to-human contact, but rather, through a host, such as contaminated food. Cyclosporiasis is caused by cyclospora, a single-celled, microscopic parasite that attacks the small intestine. According to the CDC, a cyclosporiasis infection can last from a few days to more than a month. Symptoms may go away, only to return later, and it is common to feel very tired. Cyclospora usually causes diarrhea and frequent bowel movements.

Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, increased gas and nausea. Other symptoms include vomiting, body aches, headache, fever and other flu-like symptoms. Some people who are infected do not show any symptoms.

<![CDATA[Kroger Recalls 4 Spices Over Salmonella Fears]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:06:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tlmd_krogerapjpg_bim.jpg

Kroger is recalling four spices over concerns about salmonella.

The spices being recalled are:

  • Kroger Bac'n Buds: 12 oz containers UPC: 1111070025
  • Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper: 17.1 oz containers UPC: 1111070041
  • Kroger Ground Cinnamon: 18.3 oz containers UPC: 1111070034
  • Kroger Garlic Powder: 24.7 oz containers UPC: 1111070039

Salmonella, accordign to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sickens 1 million every year in the United States. Of those 1 million, 19,000 require hospitalization and 380 are killed.

"Most persons infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. However, in some, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized," the CDC reports.

The recall affects the following Kroger stores, as well as those in Texas.

Affects: Kroger Stores located in Georgia; South Carolina; Auburn, Alabama; Central and Northwest Ohio; Northwestern Virginia panhandle; Michigan; Indiana (except SE Indiana, -Evansville-); Illinois; Eastern Missouri; Greater Memphis area, Tennessee; Arkansas; Mississippi; Western Kentucky; Hopkinsville and Bowling Green, Kentucky; Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee; Huntsville, Alabama; North Carolina; Virginia; Eastern West Virginia; Eastern Kentucky; Southeastern Ohio; Texas and Louisiana; Jay C, Dillons, King Soopers, Fry's, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Smiths

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<![CDATA[ 3 Firefighters Injured Battling Northern California Wildfire Released]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:10:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/06-12-2015-wildfire-fire-controlled-burn-brush-%288%29.jpg

Three of four firefighters who were injured in a wildfire blaze raging in Northern California were released from the hospital, a fire spokesman said Monday, after the Lowell Fire had burned about 1,700 acres.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Stanton Florea said the federal agency still has one remaining firefighter in the burn unit at the University of California at Davis hospital. But he said two Cal Fire firefighters and one Forest Service firefighter had been released overnight after battling a blaze racing through Nevada and Placer counties.

By Monday morning, firefighters had 20 percent of the fire contained. They hope to fully contain the blaze by Aug. 1, according to Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant. Cal Fire officials said the winds and the lower temperatures might help crews on Monday, even though "access to the fire is very challenging."

As of Monday, 1,800 structures in both counties remained under threat, and there were several mandatory evacuations still in place, Cal Fire said on its website.

Investigators have net yet determined the cause of the blaze, which was first reported Saturday about 2:30 p.m. in the Steep Hollow drainage west of Alta.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[America's Youngest Convicted Killers Set to Be Released]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:25:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sb10062143p-001.jpg

The two youngest children in U.S. history to be tried as adults for first-degree murder are scheduled to be released from prison, NBC News reported. 

In 1999, 12-year-old Curtis and 13-year-old Catherine Jones confessed to fatally shooting their father's live-in girlfriend. 

On Tuesday, after 16 years behind bars, Curtis is set to become a free man when he is released from a correctional facility in Central Florida. Catherine is scheduled to get out four days later from another prison over 200 miles away, records show. He is now 29. She is 30.

Little has been shared publicly about their experiences growing up in prison, but psychologists and former incarcerated youth told NBC News that what awaits them in the outside world as adults will be a sort of culture shock.

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<![CDATA[5,000-Pound Tree Impales Home, Traps Sleeping Woman in Bed]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:51:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tree+fall+great+neck.jpg

A woman was pinned under a 2 1/2-ton tree for two hours after it came crashing through her Long Island bedroom while she was sleeping early Monday, officials said.

The tree collapsed into the second-story bedroom of the home on Wooleys Lane East just after midnight in Great Neck, according to Nassau County police.

The 20-year-old woman, who was sleeping in her bed when the tree fell, was trapped by the tree and the debris. Emergency responders used hydraulic lifts to hoist the tree and freed her after two hours.

The woman, who was not identified, was taken to North Shore Medical for traumatic injuries. She was listed in serious but stable condition.

Fire officials said the woman was sleeping on her side, which may have saved her life. Some of the cushioning from her bed may have absorbed the shock, they said.

Shocked family members didn't want to comment immediately, but told fire officials it was a miracle the woman survived.

Officials don’t know what caused the tree to fall, but said it was not weather-related. Winds were blowing at a mild 6 mph and conditions were dry at the time the tree fell.

Some neighbors were temporarily left without power after the tree fell over some live wires at the back of the house.

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<![CDATA[20-Year-Old Youth Mentor Mourned After Killed in Chicago Shooting]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 18:35:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/josh+moore.JPG

Family members of a 20-year-old man who was killed in a shooting in Chicago's Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood over the weekend said the young man had promising future ahead of him and was a mentor to youths in his community.

"My nephew was a good kid. He was not a stereotype," Belinda Moore, the victim's aunt, told NBC Chicago. "He was a good kid."

Joshua Moore, 20, was fatally shot while walking with a 21-year-old man at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of East 73rd Street. Police said a man exited a black car nearby and opened fire on the pair.

Moore's family said he was on his way home after meeting with a few friends.

Both men were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after the shooting, police said. Moore suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and was later pronounced dead. The other man was shot in the left leg.

Moore's family identified him as the fatal shooting victim Sunday morning. His aunt said he attended Gary Comer College Prep and later transferred to Hyde Park Academy, where he graduated.

Moore worked at a towing company and secured his own apartment just a few months ago, his aunt said.

"Right now we're just numb to the fact that he's no longer here," Belinda Moore said. "There was a village raising him and he just caught the wrong time."

His family and friends say he was "independent" and had a promising future. Orlandus Thomas, one of Moore's teachers at Hyde Park Academy, said Moore got off track briefly, but his family and friends kept him guided and focused.

"It's really sad to see the potential taken away from him," Thomas said.

Moore was also involved in several programs at the Gary Comer Youth Center, including Thomas' male mentoring group.

"It went from knowing this person who was a humorous person to a person who knew so much for his age, just wise beyond his years," Thomas said.

Photo Credit: Family of Josh Moore]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Food Recalled Nationwide Over Salmonella Fears]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:30:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Nature%27s_Variety_Recall.jpg

Pet food maker Nature's Variety is voluntarily recalling its Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 due to possible Salmonella contamination, the company said in a press release. 

Handling contaminated dog food may pose risk to humans, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after handling it or any surfaces exposed to it. Should signs of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping or fever occur, the company recommends consumers contact a doctor. 

Consumers feeding the affected product to their pets are urged to discontinue use and monitor their pet's health. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. If a pet has eaten the recalled food and has the symptoms, contact a veterinarian, the company said.

No illnesses have been reported to date. 

The affected products are limited to the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets packaged in the following forms: UPC# 769949611431 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 4 lb; UPC# 769949611448 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb; UPC# 769949611486 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb. 

The “Best By” date can be found on the back of the package below the seal. The affected food was distributed to retail stores in the U.S. with limited distribution in Canada. No other Nature’s Variety products are affected.

Nature's Variety is issuing full refunds or exchanges for those who have purchased the affected product. The company has requested that consumers with additional questions call Consumer Relations at 888-519-7387. Consumers can also email Nature's Variety directly via cservice@naturesvariety.com.

<![CDATA[WATCH: Sheriff's Deputy, Owl Have Epic Staredown]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:38:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/owl-v-sheriff.gif

What a hoot! A sheriff’s deputy in Boulder County, Colorado, met her match when she attempted to stare down a northern saw-whet owl.

The deputy was driving when she saw the owl in the road and tried to convince it to move. The owl refused to budge and even made clicking noises of apparent disapproval at the officer.

The staredown continued for several minutes before the owl finally flew away. 

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Blind Man Says He Was Denied Uber Ride Over Service Dog]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:26:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_uberdeniesdog0727_1500x845-2.jpg

A blind Madison, Wisconsin, man said he was denied a ride by an Uber driver because of his service dog. Dave Tolmie said it was his first time ordering Uber and that he checked beforehand to make sure the company follows Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policies.

"It clearly states that they've educated all of their drivers that service dogs are allowed in all vehicles," Tolmie told NBC affiliate WMTV.

Tolmie said the driver told him Thursday he had a problem with him entering the car with his service dog due to the car's leather seats. Tolmie said even after informing the driver of the law, the driver refused and took off, but not before canceling Tolmie's ride and charging him a cancellation fee.

In a statement to WMTV, a spokesperson for Uber said, "All drivers with Uber are expected to comply fully with ADA requirements, and we provide our driver community with information on best practices for accommodating riders with disabilities. Our Code of Conduct specifically prohibits any type of discrimination in serving riders with disabilities. Uber also requires driver partners to accommodate service animals in compliance with accessibility laws."

Uber has been sued in several states over their treatment of people with disabilities. A California lawsuit cited cases where blind Uber customers were allegedly refused rides once the driver saw them with a service animal.

Uber has said it provides a technology service, and is not a transportation company that would be legally obligated to provide service to riders with disabilities under the ADA. The company has responded to criticism by adding features like speech-to-text support on their smartphone app, and contracting with wheelchair-accessible vans in several cities.

This week marks the 25th anniversary of ADA, a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability.

Photo Credit: WMTV]]>
<![CDATA[Fighting ISIS: Why This Single NY Dad Joined the Battle]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:00:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/150727-robert-rose-isis-syria-jpo-636a_088a898736b21d51310b3d5c333828f4.nbcnews-ux-320-320.jpg

A New York City man has left his home in the south Bronx to fight ISIS on the front lines of Syria, NBC News reported. 

The 25-year-old single father, Robert Rose, is currently in his second tour with the "Lions of Rojava," a Kurdish militia known as YPG that has proven critical in pushing back ISIS in Syria.

"I've always wanted a chance to come and fight against terrorists," he told NBC News. 

Harboring a hatred for terrorists born out of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Rose said joining the militia, which is comprised of hundreds of foreign fighters, was the most feasible way to fight not only for the Kurds, but for his country as well.

Photo Credit: Keir Simmons / NBC News]]>
<![CDATA[Boy Scouts Expected to Lift Ban on Gay Adult Leaders]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:02:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480278256.jpg

The Boy Scouts of America could lift its longstanding ban on allowing gay adult leaders in the organization, NBC News reported.

The resolution was approved earlier this month by the Boy Scouts' national executive committee after former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the organization's president, called on the Boy Scouts last month to "reflect" on the group's "adult leadership standards."

The change comes as the Boy Scouts' membership policy has come under increasing scrutiny and after a historic ballot in 2013, when the organization's 1,400-member council voted to allow gay youth to be members, but not adults.

<![CDATA[Huckabee: Iran Deal Will Lead Israelis to 'Door of the Oven']]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:14:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_479774963657.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who has been vocal about his disapproval of the Iran nuclear deal, likened the accord to events of the Holocaust.

Calling the agreement "idiotic," the former governor of Arkansas told Breitbert News that President Obama will ultimately "take Israelis and march them to the door of the oven." Huckabee, known to invoke the genocide of Jews by Nazis in his debates, is an avid supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The National Jewish Democratic Council called on members to denounce Huckabee's comments. Earlier this month, Congress began a 60-day review of the nuclear deal, which would curb Iran's nuclear in exchange for easing of the sanctions.

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<![CDATA[Obama to Ethiopia Leaders: Curb Opposition Crackdowns ]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:54:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_728104114068.jpg

President Barack Obama urged Ethiopia's leaders Monday to curb crackdowns on press freedom and political openness as he began a visit that human rights groups say legitimizes an oppressive government.

"When all voices are being heard, when people know they are being included in the political process, that makes a country more successful," Obama said during a news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Obama's trip marks the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to Ethiopia, a fast-growing economy once defined by poverty and famine.

Later Monday, Obama was to convene a meeting with African leaders on the crisis in South Sudan. The world's newest nation has been gripped by violence as warring factions in the government fight for power.

"The conditions on the ground are getting much, much worse," Obama said. He said if a peace agreement isn't reached by an Aug. 17 deadline, the U.S. and its partners would have to "consider what other tools we have."

Options under consideration include deepening economic sanctions and an arms embargo.

Obama arrived in Ethiopia late Sunday following a stop in Kenya, the country of his father's birth. The crisis in South Sudan and the human rights challenges on his agenda punctured a trip that had otherwise been a celebratory visit of the first black U.S. president to Africa.

Despite Ethiopia's progress, there are deep concerns about political freedoms on the heels of May elections in which the ruling party won every seat in parliament.

Obama said he was frank in his discussions with Ethiopian leaders about the need to allow political opponents to operate freely. He also defended his decision to travel to the East African nation, comparing it to U.S. engagement with China, another nation with a poor human rights record.

"Nobody questions our need to engage with large countries where we may have differences on these issues," he said. "That's true with Africa as well."

Ethiopia's prime minister defended his country's commitment to democracy.

"Our commitment to democracy is real — not skin deep," he said. Asked about his country's jailing of journalists, he said his country needed "ethical journalism" and reporters that don't work with terrorist organizations.

Ethiopia is the world's second-worst jailer of journalists in Africa, after Eritrea, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Ahead of Obama's arrival, the Ethiopian government released several journalists and bloggers it had been holding since April 2014 on charges of incitement and terrorism. Many others remain in detention.

Sarah Margon, the Washington director of the organization Human Rights Watch, said Obama's visit undermines the president's goals of good governance on the African continent.

"In many ways, I guess it's a reward," Margon said. "Ethiopia at this time doesn't deserve that."

Despite differences on human rights, the U.S. sees Ethiopia as an important partner in fighting terrorism in the region, particularly the Somalia-based al-Shabab network. Ethiopia shares intelligence with the U.S. and sent troops into Somalia to address instability there.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab claimed credit for a suicide bomb at a luxury hotel in Somalia's capital Sunday that killed nine people and injured nearly two dozen more. The Jazeera Hotel was considered the most secure in Mogadishu and is frequented by diplomats, foreigners and visiting heads of state.

Obama said the attack was a reminder that "we have more work to do" in stemming terrorism in the region.

Ethiopia has also been an important U.S. partner in the effort to end South Sudan's civil war. The prime minister was among the leaders joining Obama in Monday's meeting on the crisis.

South Sudan was thrown into conflict in December 2013 by a clash between forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer, and President Salva Kiir, a Dinka. The fighting has spurred a humanitarian crisis, throwing the country into turmoil four years after its inception.

The U.S. was instrumental in backing South Sudan's bid for independence, which was overwhelmingly supported by the country's people.

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<![CDATA[Congressman's Cousin Shot During La. Theater Attack]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:29:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_1305170415.jpg

One of the people shot in last week's rampage at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater is a cousin of Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Louisiana, Boustany told NBC News on Sunday night.

Two people were killed and nine others were wounded Thursday night when the gunman, identified as John Houser, used a legally purchased handgun to fire more than a dozen shots in the audience of a screening at the Grand Theatre 16 before killing himself, officials said.

"I didn't know either of the victims who were killed," Boustany said Sunday night, but "I have a cousin who was in the theater with her husband."

<![CDATA[Teens' Boat Found: Coast Guard]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:50:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/austin+stephanos+perry+cohen+wptv+072515.jpg

The U.S. Coast Guard says a boat belonging to two missing 14-year-old fishermen from Jupiter, Florida, has been found off the Atlantic coast.

NBC affiliate WPTV reports the family of Austin Stephanos confirmed the boat had been found Sunday afternoon. Stephanos and his friend, Perry Cohen, went missing around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Lehmann said the capsized boat was found 67 miles east of the Ponce de Leon Inlet near Daytona Beach. The boys initially went missing from the Jupiter area, more than 180 miles south of where the boat was found.

Lehmann said neither boy was found in or around the boat.

The boat will be anchored in place as search-and-rescue efforts continue. Lehmann said the Coast Guard is now re-calculating its search plans based on the boat's location.

NFL legend Joe Namath joined the families of the boys at a press conference Sunday, where they appealed to the public for help. Namath is the neighbor of Cohen, one of the missing boaters.

The families are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to their safe return.

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<![CDATA['Finally at Peace': Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies at 22]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:03:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP166916409954.jpg

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of late Grammy-winning pop star Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, has died at age 22.

"Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God.  We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months," a spokesperson for the Houston family told NBC News. Brown died Sunday at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia.

The aspiring actress and singer was the only child of Houston and the fourth child of Bobby Brown. 

Brown was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in a suburban Atlanta townhome on January 31. Brown's long term partner Nick Gordon, who she referred to as her husband, along with a friend found her. CPR was performed at the scene and Brown was placed on a respirator when admitted to North Fulton Hospital the same day.

It remains unclear why Brown was unconscious. An investigation into the incident remains open, according to Roswell's chief of police. The investigative file was handed over to the Fulton County District Attorney who will determine whether any charges will be filed, authorities said in late June.

Brown was moved from North Fulton to Emory University Hospital in Georgia, and then to a rehabilitation facility on March 20. Throughout, her father remained optimistic about his daughter's recovery, even going so far as to tell a Texas concert audience in April that "Bobbi is awake. She's watching me."

Only days later Cissy Houston, the grandmother of Bobbi Kristina, issued a statement saying her granddaughter remained in an unresponsive state and "while she is no longer in a medically induced coma she has a tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has global and irreversible brain damage." Brown was moved to hospice care on June 24.

As the news of her death spread across social media, many celebrities tweeted condolences.

"My heart is truly heavy. May u rest in peace with your mommy #BobbiKristina sending prayers 2 the Brown/Houston family," Missy Elliot tweeted. Oprah Winfrey tweeted, "Peace at Last!"

Brown's tragic passing comes little more than three years after her mother was found unresponsive in bathtub in a Beverly Hills, California hotel. She later died. Authorities concluded Houston, 48, drowned. Heart disease and cocaine use were listed as contributing factors in her death. Houston, who sold more than 50 million records in the United States and was awarded six Grammys, had struggled with addiction for many years.

A child star by default, Bobbi Kristina Brown grew up in the glare of the media spotlight due to her parents success and much publicized accounts of their combustible 14 year marriage. Houston and Brown divorced in 2007 with Houston retaining sole custody of their daughter.

Of her mother, Brown told "Access Hollywood" in 2011 that Houston "supports me, she loves me, she gives me good mommy hugs." Brown was in the hotel the day her mother was pronounced dead. The same evening the then 18-year-old was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center where she was treated for stress and anxiety.

Houston's mother Cissy spoke with People in 2013 about how her daughter's death continued to adversely affect her granddaughter. "Of course I worry about her," Cissy said. "It doesn't mean that she is going to follow her [mother's] same path. She could but anybody could. I don't want to jinx her. I'm trying to make sure she doesn't."

Though her fame never matched the stratospheric heights of her mother's, Brown was familiar to audiences through appearances on reality television, such as the the 2012 Lifetime series "The Houstons: On Our Own," which followed Houston's family after her death. While still attending elementary school Brown featured on the 2005 Bravo docu-drama series, "Being Bobby Brown," in which she was often seen accompanying one of her parents on tour.

Prolific on Twitter, Brown wrote about moving her career to the next level only two days prior to her hospitalization in January. "Let's start this career up&&moving OUT to TO YOU ALLLL quick shall we !?!???!" she tweeted. Her Twitter feed was peppered with motivational quotes, images and mentions of Gordon and her late mother. On Instagram she shared images of herself and Gordon.

In the wake of her mother's death Brown made headlines for yet another reason, her relationship and subsequent reported marriage to Gordon, 25. The couple attracted much scrutiny due to Gordon's past association with Brown's family.

Houston opened her home to 12-year-old Gordon when his birth mother could no longer care for him, according to reports. Never legally adopted, Gordon was raised alongside Houston's daughter. Brown and Gordon went public with their relationship two months after Houston's death in 2012. The couple continued to court controversy when in 2013 they were evicted from their Atlanta apartment after multiple noise complaints from a neighbor.

The union drew criticism from both fans and family, including Pat Houston, Brown's aunt. "It just didn't sit right with me," Pat said during a 2014 episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" "I always looked at them as being the brother-and-sister type. I just did not see the relationship moving in that direction." 

Brown publicly insisted her late mother would have approved of the relationship.

"I'm tired of hearing people say, 'Eww you're engaged to your brother or if Whitney was still alive would we be together or would she approve of this.' Let me clear up something. We aren't even real brother and sister, nor is he my adoptive brother," she posted on Facebook ahead of announcing she had married Gordon in January 2014.

But according to her father, the pair never officially tied the knot. Bobby Brown issued the following statement four days after her hospitalization in January: "To correct earlier reports, Bobbi Kristina is not and has never been married to Nick Gordon."

Reports of an ongoing feud between Gordon and Bobbi Kristina's father surfaced after she was hospitalized. Bobby Brown refused Gordon access to his daughter, asking her boyfriend to reveal details of exactly what happened on the day Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive at home.

In March Gordon was featured on an episode of "Dr. Phil" alongside his birth mother. After appearing on the show–which host Phil McGraw described as an "intervention"–Gordon checked into a rehab facility.

Brown’s court-appointed conservator filed a lawsuit June 24 against Gordon in Fulton County Superior Court, alleging that Gordon had physically abused Bobbi Kristina, and that Gordon had taken more than $11,000 from her bank account.

In March 2014 Bobbi Kristina came under scrutiny for her rapidly diminishing physique, which she proudly showed off on social media platforms. "I am my mothers child! Have you ever heard of a #fastmetabolism ?" she tweeted in response to questions and comments about her size.

Rumors and reports surfaced that like her parents, Brown was facing addiction issues. In July of last year a photo was reportedly posted to her Instagram account showing her allegedly smoking marijuana out of a bong. She denied the photo was hers.

Brown was back in the headlines again in late 2014 when she went public with her anger toward director Angela Bassett, who chose not to feature the budding actress in the Houston biopic "Whitney," which aired January 17 on Lifetime. Bassett told Entertainment Weekly there were "a number of reasons" why she did not consider Brown for the title role. "One being that she’s not an actress," Bassett said. Brown later apologized for a Twitter rant aimed at the director. Though approached, Houston's family chose not to participate in any aspect of the Lifetime movie. 

A resolute Cissy Houston discussed her granddaughter's ongoing medical condition during a March radio interview with New York's WBLS. She encouraged fans to continue to pray for Bobby Kristina, adding she would be thankful if God worked a miracle, but if it "happens the other way, I'm all right."

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<![CDATA[Dustin Plunkett: Special Olympics Saved My Life]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:07:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/7-26-15-dustin+plunkett.JPG

Many athletes can attest to the difference sports made in their life, but for former Special Olympics World Games athlete Dustin Plunkett, sports saved his life.

Plunkett, 33, was born with an intellectual disability and cleft palate that affected his speech. Growing up, he was ridiculed for his disabilities.

"It was really tough on top of getting bullied every single day of my life. I was called retard, slow, stupid, dumb," Plunkett told NBC4 on Friday.

But Plunkett now is a far cry from the boy who was bullied by his peers. He's a former athlete at the Special Olympics World Games, member of the Special Olympics of Southern California's board of directors and now an ESPN analyst for the Special Olympics.

As a Global Messenger for the Special Olympics, Plunkett has traveled the world as a public speaker and has stood by Yao Ming at the World Games as well as President Barack Obama at the White House.

"I’m around people that are just like me, I'm around people that were bullied and ridiculed every day of their life growing up," Plunkett told NBC4 in December. "This is our safe place."

Plunkett credits the Special Olympics for not only changing his life, but saving it. When he was going through a pregame medical screening in 2004, a dentist noticed the poor condition of his teeth, and he was later diagnosed with gum cancer.

"If it had gone one more month long, I wouldn't be alive today," Plunkett said last year.

Plunkett has been involved with the Special Olympics since 1996 and has coached athletes in basic sports skills and as the assistant basketball coach for Southern California's Lakewood Special Olympics program, according to the organization.

"I was told I was going to be worth nothing in my life," Plunkett said. "And now look at me."

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<![CDATA[Branch Falls on Bounce House]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:14:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bounce+house_generic.jpg

Two children were taken to a hospital and several others injured when a tree branch fell on an inflatable bounce house at a party in Garland.

Paramedics were called just after 10 p.m. Saturday to a home in the 500 block of Alto Drive where several kids were attending a birthday party, Garland fire spokeswoman Merill Balanciere said in a statement.

The children were in, or near, a bounce house when a tree branch fell on the inflatable house. Several kids were treated at the scene and two taken to Baylor Garland Hospital.

All injuries were minor, Balanciere said.

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<![CDATA[At Least 13 Killed in Somali Hotel Blast: Police]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 18:27:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_282551166397.jpg

The Somali militant Islamist group al Shabaab attacked a Mogadishu hotel on Sunday, driving a car packed with explosives through the hotel gate and killing at least 13 people, a first responder and the rebel group said.

A Reuters witness said blood and pieces of flesh were spattered around the site of the blast targeting the Jazeera hotel. Nearby was the wreckage of four cars.

"We have carried 13 dead people and 21 others who were injured, some seriously," an ambulance worker Abdikadir Abdirahman told Reuters.

<![CDATA[600-Pound Man Will Bike Coast-to-Coast]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 18:27:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2015-07-26-at-5.52.05-PM.jpg

A 560-pound man with a blog called "Fat Guy Across America," hopes his 3,200 mile bike ride from Massachusetts to California will help him win his wife back. 

Eric Hites, 40, was inspired to make the trip while listening to his favorite song, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," by The Proclaimers.

I didn't think I could walk 500 miles," Hites told NBC News on Sunday. "But I could ride it."

Hites started pedaling mid-June from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and hopes to make it to Orange County by the end of the yea. 

The blogger said he and his wife's relationship is on the mend but he is having fun.

"I get to lose weight and have fun doing it," Hites said. "It's all about the journey."

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<![CDATA[Small Plane Crash Kills Pilot]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:51:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/150726-airplane-down-riverside-4.jpg

A small plane crashed in a California neighborhood on Sunday, exploding in flames within feet of homes and killing the pilot, officials said.

There were no injuries on the ground or damage to nearby homes, Riverside police said.

"The pilot of a single-engine Beechcraft BE35 reported a loss of engine power before crashing in a residential neighborhood about a half-mile east of Riverside Municipal Airport," Federal Aviation Administration officials told NBC4.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, had made a request to land at the airport, but in another transmission said he was not going to make it, police said.

The aircraft crash landed in the 400 block of Adams Street, hit the curb, crashed into a home's chain-link fence and burst into flames, police said.

"(There was) a boom - it actually, literally shook the ground," said witness Christina Barrientos.

Butch Romero, another witness, says he swerved his car to miss the plane as it came down.

"When I jerked it, the plane landed like that and bounced into those people's yard," he said.

Images from the scene show bystanders attempting to put out the flames with a garden hose.

"You just see this big billow of black smoke and just flames," said neighbor Jessica Aviles. "That man (the pilot) had the good intentions at the very final moments. He knew something was wrong and he tried to divert it as much as he could without any other life except his own."

An Instagram user posted video of the fiery plane crash that came within feet of a home.

The pilot's name was not released.

The FAA and NTSB was investigating the crash.

NBC4's John Cádiz Klemack contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[New Polls Show Trump Running Strong in New Hampshire, Iowa]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:06:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-481942612.jpg

Donald Trump is running strong in the early nominating states of New Hampshire and Iowa, according to two new NBC News-Marist polls

Trump leads the Republican presidential field in New Hampshire, getting support from 21 percent of potential GOP primary voters. He's followed by Jeb Bush at 14 percent, Scott Walker at 12 percent and John Kasich at 7 percent.

Chris Christie and Ben Carson are tied at 6 percent in the Granite State, and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are at 5 percent each.

In Iowa, Walker and Trump are in the Top 2 - with Walker at 19 percent among potential Republican caucus-goers and Trump at 17 percent. They're followed by Bush at 12 percent, Carson at 8 percent, Mike Huckabee at 7 percent and Rand Paul at 5 percent.

The polls were conducted July 14-21 - so before and after Trump's controversial comments belittling John McCain's war record on July 18. And they suggest the comments didn't affect Trump in Iowa (he was at 16 percent before the comments and 18 percent after), but they did hurt him in New Hampshire (26 percent before, 14 percent after).

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<![CDATA[Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies: Celebrities React]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:40:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-154589928.jpg

Bobbi Kristina Brown died Sunday at the age of 22, nearly six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome.

As news spread of her death, celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O'Donnell, Missy Elliott, Taraji P. Henson, and more mourned the loss on social media.

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<![CDATA[Dogs Found Alive 1 Day After Fire ]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:59:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Dogs-Found-Alive-After-Fire.jpg

What one Pennsylvania family believed was a tragedy turned out to be a miracle after two dogs were found alive following a devastating house fire.

A fire started at a home on Bridle Path Lane in East Fallowfield, Pennsylvania Saturday around 5 p.m. While the family inside the house escaped unharmed their pets were nowhere to be found leading to fears that they perished in the blaze.

The next day, as Modena Fire Company Chief Frank Dowlin was finishing paper work on the fire, he received a call from the East Fallowfield Police Department saying, “they’re alive.” An officer told Dowlin the dogs were found inside a second floor bedroom and they needed a ladder to get them.

When firefighters arrived at the home they saw the two dogs standing at the back of the house looking through a large hole. A firefighter tied to a rope entered the unstable structure and grabbed the dogs one by one. After being reunited with their owners they were cleaned up and given water and food by neighbors.

“The event was truly a miracle to witness,” Chief Dowlin said.  “Our crews were glad to bring a little happiness to the family.”

Investigators say the fire was caused by smoking and it was ruled accidental.

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<![CDATA[Pickup Truck Crashes Into Apartment]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:25:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/elkridge+truck+into+apartment.jpg

One person had to be rescued after a pickup truck crashed into an apartment building in Elkridge, Maryland, on Sunday morning.

Capt. Stephen Hardesty, with the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, said crews responded to the 6800 block of Old Waterloo Road to find the truck in a ground floor apartment around 9:30 a.m. A woman inside the apartment was trapped by the crash.

The victim, Marilyn Schmeits, 40, was stabilized and rescued by firefighters and paramedics. She was air lifted to Shock Trauma, in Baltimore, and is in stable condition.

The driver of the pickup truck, Mynor Jehovani Monterroso, 40, of Silver Spring, was not injured. Markings on the truck identified it as belonging to W&D Contractor Services, in Montgomery Village, Maryland.

Monterroso was arrested and charged with driving without a licence, negligent driving, and failure to control a vehicle in order to avoid a collision.

Special operations crews worked to secure the apartment building to prevent further damage and collapse. After an inspection, residents were allowed to return to their apartments.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead After Roommate Altercation]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:38:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/oceanside+shooting+scene+sean+waters.jpg

One man was arrested Sunday hours after an Oceanside shooting that killed one teen and wounded another, police said.

Shots were fired at the Shadow Ridge Apartments on Barnard Drive at approximately 2:10 p.m. The complex houses some former foster children who have aged out of the system, according to residents. The shooting appears to have happened inside one of the units, officials said.

When Oceanside Police arrived, officers found two victims on the ground, Lieutenant Matt Cole said. One of the men was dead, the other was suffering from non-life threatening injuries.

Veronica Thomas told NBC 7 the victims were brothers who had just moved into the same unit with a man who had been living alone. It was known to some of the residents that the alleged gunman and one of the victims didn’t get along, Thomas said.

Calvin Glass Jr., 18, was arrested and booked on charges of one count of murder and one count of attempted murder.

Oceanside Police said a witness on scene helped them find Glass, who was taken into custody by Escondido Police officers at the Escondido Transit Center. Officers say he escaped using busses and trains.

Glass confessed to shooting both victims, Cole said. The victims' names were withheld pending notification of the family.

The surviving victim was taken to a nearby trauma center, police said. Both victims were adult men over the age of 18, police said.

Oceanside Police Department's Crimes of Violence unit will continue the investigation.

The manager at a neighboring apartment complex who didn't want to be identified told NBC 7 that roommate tension has been a problem with the program.

Some of the foster children were housed at her complex in the past.

“They put two girls or two guys together and once they get to know each other they don’t get along,” the woman said. “Instead of separating them it sits stews and festers."