<![CDATA[NBC New York - National & International News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usTue, 30 Aug 2016 11:35:12 -0400Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:35:12 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Prep School Assault Survivor: 'Not Ashamed or Afraid']]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:31:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Chessy+Prout.jpg

The victim in the Owen Labrie sex assault case publicly revealed her identity on NBC's "Today" show Tuesday morning and said she hopes that the man who assaulted her gets help.

"I want everyone to know that I am not afraid or ashamed anymore, and I never should have been,'' Chessy Prout, 17, told Savannah Guthrie in an exclusive interview.

Prout was 15 years old when she says she was coerced by the then-19-year-old senior to have sex in a secluded room on St. Paul's School in New Hampshire in May 2014. 

Prout discussed where she stands a year after she took the stand against Labrie. 

"I hope he learns, I hope he gets help," she said. "And that's all I can ever hope for in any sort of process like this. Because if he doesn't learn, he will do it to another young woman."

Labrie, now 20, was convicted in August 2015 on three counts of misdemeanor sexual assault, felony illegal use of computer services and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. He was acquitted on three counts of felony sexual assault.

Prosecutors tied the assault to the "Senior Salute," a competition in which seniors at the school sought to have sex with underclassmen. He was sentenced to a year behind bars and probation.

Labrie was sentenced to one year in county jail, however, was initially free on curfew while an appeal of the verdict was pending. He was taken into custody after he was found violating that curfew, but was freed again on bail and given a GPS monitor. 

He is also registered as a sex offender in New Hampshire during the appeal process.

"It's been two years now since the whole ordeal, and I feel ready to stand up and own what happened to me and make sure other people, other girls and boys, don't need to be ashamed, either,'' Prout said. 

She added that the trial could have been avoided with an apology letter and personal responsibility. 

Instead, she said she had to take the stand, testifying for three days. She said the trial helped her move forward with the pursuit of justice.

Though she said she's moving forward, she still feels the impact of the assault.

She said, "A question that was asked on the stand was 'Why were you so hazy during that time period" and I looked at the defense attorney in disbelief and said I was raped. I was just trying to go smoothly and not try to cause any waves."

Prout's parents, Alex and Susan, have filed a civil suit against St. Paul's School for failing to protect their daughter. The school denies the allegations.

Meanwhile, Labrie has filed a motion for a new trial, claiming ineffective counsel. 

His attorney told necn they have no comment regarding the "Today" show interview.

St. Paul's School issued this statement to "Today":

"As was the case when the survivor was a student here and subsequently, the School admires her courage and condemns unkind behavior toward her. We feel deeply for her and her family. We have always placed the safety and well-being of our students first and are confident that the environment and culture of the school have supported that. We categorically deny that there ever existed at the School a culture or tradition of sexual assault. However, there's no denying the survivors experience caused us to look anew at the culture and environment. This fresh look has brought about positive changes at the School."

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<![CDATA[Race Tightens as Trump Chips Away at Clinton's Lead]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:48:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/trump-inmigracion-plan-arizona.jpg

Hillary Clinton's national lead over Donald Trump has narrowed to 6 points, according to the latest NBC News|Survey Monkey Tracking Poll. Clinton now has 48 support and Trump 42 percent, according to the poll of registered voters from Aug. 22-28.

Last week Clinton led her rival by 8 points. Trump made inroads in the latest poll with registered Independents, who do not lean toward either party.

Two weeks ago Clinton led Trump by 12 points among the group. This week her lead was down to 4 points. The presidential campaign will enter a final phase after Labor Day with an uptick in advertising, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Russians Hacked 2 US Voter Databases: Officials]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:12:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/181*120/sjelex1.jpg

Hackers based in Russia were behind two recent attempts to breach state voter registration databases, U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC News.

One official said the attacks have been attributed to Russian intelligence agencies.

"This is the closest we've come to tying a recent hack to the Russian government," the official said.

That person added that "there is serious concern" that the Kremlin may be seeking to sow uncertainty in the U.S. presidential election process.

The incidents led the FBI to send a "flash alert" earlier this month to election officials nationwide, asking them to be on the lookout for any similar cyber intrusions.

The bulletin does not identify the targeted states, but officials told NBC News they were Illinois and Arizona.

<![CDATA[Mold Threatens Thousands More After Louisiana Floods]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:40:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/589932068-louisiana-flooding.jpg

With thousands already homeless after the floods in Louisiana, the formation of mold threatens many others in the region, NBC News reported.

As many as 11 people were killed when unrelenting rain flooded the state beginning Aug. 13. Gov. John Bel Edwards called the disaster a "historic, unprecedented flooding event" after the storm system dropped three times as much rain on Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina, according to National Weather Service records.

And many more than the 60,000 residents already left homeless could lose their homes, too.

"Mold removal is a top priority," the state Health Department said in the days following the floods.

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<![CDATA[Gene Wilder: Comedy Genius of the Silver Screen]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:23:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GeneWilder-PeterBoyle-YoungFrankenstein-1974-Twentieth-sm.jpg Gene Wilder was best known for his roles in the movies "Young Frankenstein," "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Blazing Saddles," among other classics. He died on Aug. 29, 2016. Here are a few highlights from his career.

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<![CDATA[McCain Fights 'Trump-Like' Contender in Senate Primary]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:19:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16242696225282-mccain.jpg

Incumbent U.S. Sen. John McCain is running for re-nomination in Arizona's primary election Tuesday, and he is expected to defeat his leading opponent, former state senator Kelli Ward. For her part, Ward has adopted a Trump-like style of rhetoric during her campaign, highlighting the scourge of illegal immigration and opposing amnesty measures for the undocumented, NBC News reported.

Trump has endorsed McCain, though earlier this campaign cycle he disregarded the 80-year-old senator's status as a war hero. McCain has also agreed to support Trump's presidential run, even though he came out against the real estate mogul's statements about the parents of a fallen soldier who spoke against Trump at the GOP convention.

An unexpected loss for McCain in the primary would indicate a rising backlash against establishment GOP politicians. McCain is also predicted to defeat the favorite potential Democratic nominee, Ann Kirkpatrick, in a general election, though the Democratic contender is expected to use McCain's endorsement of Trump against him.

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<![CDATA[Puerto Rico Struggles to Contain Zika Crisis]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:11:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zika-puerto-rico1.jpg

In the rolling hills of southern Puerto Rico, in the 500-year-old village of Coamo, the music blares from the back of a pickup truck rolling through neighborhoods.

The song warns about the dangers of mosquitoes that carry Zika virus.

As the music gets the attention of residents, a small army of city workers, including the town’s mayor, goes door to door handing out kits with mosquito repellent. Insecticide is sprayed nearby.

The scene in Coamo, a picturesque, mostly Catholic town miles from the beach, is playing out across Puerto Rico.

The prevention efforts are in response to startling numbers showing that Zika is spreading wildly all over the island.

"This is dangerous to our people, to the ladies, to the old people," said Coamo Mayor Juan Carlos "Tato" Garcia Padilla. "We need the help of our people."

Some 2,000 people a week are getting infected and, if current trends hold, a quarter of the island’s 3.5 million people could get Zika by the end of this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Even the many people who show no symptoms can become carriers without knowing it. Tourists can unknowingly carry the virus back to the mainland.

Health experts fear the real impact will be on babies born with life-long disabilities.

The spread of the Zika virus has prompted the World Health Organization to declare an international health emergency. Carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, Zika can cause microcephaly in babies, who have unusually small heads and brain damage. A recent study of brain scans of Brazilian babies showed other damage as well.

In adults, Zika virus is also linked with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a form of temporary paralysis, according to the CDC.

There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Zika emerged in the Americas in mid-2015 and since then outbreaks have occurred in multiple South American and Caribbean countries, and now Florida, according to the CDC.

Dr. Judibelle Rivera, an obstetrician and gynecologist in Coamo, is telling patients to wait a year or two before getting pregnant.

She passes out free government-provided birth control, even though fewer pregnancies mean her practice will take a financial hit.

"It's worth it because having babies with something like a handicap for the rest of their lives, that's not good,” she said.

Dr. Nabal Bracero, who runs a fertility clinic in San Juan, echoed her concerns.

"It is a nightmare,” he said. “It is the worst situation you can have in terms of public health."

Some 1,314 pregnant women in Puerto Rico have tested positive for Zika, the CDC said. The numbers are climbing.

Dr. Brenda Rivera heads the fight against the epidemic for the Puerto Rico Health Department.

"I'm at the forefront of the response, so for me it's not just a number," she said. "When I see these numbers go up, it's not just a number, there's a family, there's an individual behind that number. And for me that's very real."

Emergency responders are fanning out across the island, led by Puerto Rico’s emergency management director Angel Crespo.

"It's kind of crazy stuff to deal with it,” said Crespo, who is also the island’s fire chief. "Right now we are incorporating artists. I’m a musician too."

He wrote the Zika prevention song they were playing in Coamo and even made a music video posted on YouTube.

“Ten cuidado del mosquito te pica,” the song starts. It means, “Be careful of the mosquito biting you.”

"We need to explain this seriously, loud and clear, so people can understand how serious is the Zika virus,” Crespo said.

The US government, including a team from the CDC, is helping organize the growing response.

Standing water, especially around houses, has become a target.

The effort reaches to places you might not expect -- even cemeteries. That's because the water in the vases for flowers are mosquito breeding grounds. Workers have turned many of the vases upside down.

But the challenges are monumental. The tropical climate in Puerto Rico means it rains frequently. Puddles form everywhere.

And there are other challenges.

Plans for aerial spraying got shelved amid a public outcry about chemicals being dropped from the air.

The Zika scare comes as Puerto Rico is in the middle of a financial crisis. It can’t pay billions of dollars in debt and tourism is one of the only bright spots in the economy.

Money from the federal government to fight Zika is slow to make it to the front lines.

Even with better funding, the kind of mosquitoes that carry Zika are especially hard to kill.

"There is one insecticide that is working better than the others, but still there is widespread resistance to it," said Dr. Roberto Barrera, chief of entomology for the CDC.

The CDC is advising pregnant women not to go to Puerto Rico and telling visitors to wait at least eight weeks before trying to get pregnant.

Despite the threat, the head of Puerto Rico’s Hotel and Tourism Association said the island is open for business.

“You have to look at the facts – facts versus the fear,” said Clarisa Jimenez.

She called estimates that a quarter of the island could become infected a “worst-case scenario,” but acknowledged pregnant women should stay away and urged everyone to wear repellent.

Many hotels remain busy and tourists still flock to Old San Juan to visit the fortified beach-front walls that have helped defend the island for generations.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport offers daily nonstop flights to the capital of San Juan.

As a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico is neither a state nor a country. Its 3.5 million residents are American citizens.

A New York man visiting a San Juan beach said he felt safe.

“You’re a little precautious, you know, but it’s not going to beat the vacation,” Diego Suiter said.

Back in Texas, through Aug. 29, there have been 133 confirmed cases of Zika virus this year. This count includes six pregnant women, two infants infected before birth, and one person who had sexual contact with a traveler. Harris County has had the most cases with 35, but is followed closely by Dallas County with 30. Elsewhere in North Texas, Tarrant County has reported 17 cases, Collin County three and Denton County four.

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<![CDATA[Pennsylvania Flood Leaves House Teetering, Family Stuck]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:29:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_paflooding0829_1920x1080.jpg Homeowners spend hours on roof waiting for rescue after floodwaters wash away home's foundation in Bullskin Township, Pennsylvania. ]]> <![CDATA[Top News Photos of the Week]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:23:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-597189308-mourn.jpg View weekly updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA['Barren' Woman Finds She's Pregnant Just Before Giving Birth]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:50:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_babysurprise0830_1500x845.jpg A Utah woman told she'd never have children learns she's pregnant moments before giving birth. KSL's Ashley Moser reports.]]> <![CDATA[Touching Send-off for 32-Year McDonald's Employee]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:57:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/McdonaldsRetirement0829_MP4_1200x675_754146371888.jpg One Needham, Massachusetts woman received the send-off of a lifetime from her job at McDonald's on Monday.]]> <![CDATA[ Dad Admits Unbuckling Son Before Purposefully Crashing Car]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:41:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_toddlercrash0830_1500x845.jpg A Colorado father admits unbuckling a toddler and crashing his car at 75 miles per hour in effort to kill the boy. KUSA's Anastasiya Bolton reports.]]> <![CDATA[Gene Wilder: A Manic Comic Genius]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:02:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GeneWilder-WillyWonkaChocolateFactory-1971-WarnerBros-sm.jpg

Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman, but his stage name proved to be a well-chosen moniker.

The comic actor, in his greatest roles, earned via all-out commitment dangerous laughs by portraying the wild mood shifts of a man perpetually on the verge of a breakdown – and explosion.

In "The Producers," Wilder's milquetoast, blanket-toting accountant Leo Bloom transforms into a maniac who pounces on Zero Mostel's larger-than-life theatrical charlatan, Max Bialystock, punctuating each blow with a cry of "Fat! Fat! Fat!"

In "Young Frankenstein," Wilder's medical-school-professor-turned-mad-scientist, Frederick Frankenstein ("that's Franken-SHTEEN!"), goes gently into a cell to calm the hulking monster he wrought – only to frantically rescind his instructions not to be set free under any circumstances. "What's the matter with you people?" he screams. "I was joking!"

In "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," Wilder's dancing, singing mood-swing in a top hat turns viciously on Golden Ticket recipient Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe, delaying the ostensible kiddie film's happy ending. "You get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!" Wonka rages.

Wilder, who died Sunday at age 83, produced a gamut of emotions for comic effect with an ability that exceeded even the purest of imaginations. While his manic, unpredictable characters changed from second to second, you could count on Gene Wilder, at his best, to give performances guaranteed to last forever in the collective pop cultural memory. 

During his 1960s to 1980s hey-day, he imbued his greatest screen creations, however varied, with an exasperated Everyman quality. That held true for Wilder’s washed-up gunslinger battling the bottle in Mel Brook’s "Blazing Saddles” as much as for his young doctor who throws away his idyllic life to guzzle Woolite over a fetching sheep named Daisy in Woody Allen's "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask).”

But Wilder was no solo act – from Mostel to Cleavon Little to Madeline Kahn to Teri Garr to even Daisy, he rarely stole a scene alone. He struck his greatest comic chemistry with Richard Pryor, producing the hits "Silver Streak" and "Stir Crazy," as well as the underrated "See No Evil, Hear No Evil."

The two seemingly very different personalities packed a common knack for pushing comedy to the edge. Case in point: The “Stir Crazy” scene in which Pryor’s and Wilder’s characters trade off meltdowns as they enter prison. Pryor’s attempted words of inspiration (“Don’t mess up – just think about our people”) can’t stop Wilder from freaking out on a guard who clubbed him: “No more hitting! Did you hear what just I said? No-more-hitting!”

Wilder's strongest behind-the-scenes collaborator, of course, was Brooks, who skillfully tapped the frizzy-haired actor’s deepest angst while directing him in "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein." They teamed on the script for "Young Frankenstein," which drew hilarity as much as from a spot-on parody of 1930s horror movies as from one unhinged doctor’s very 1970s identity crisis.

In the end, Wilder's Frankenstein discovers his true gift as he gleefully shares the sweet mystery of life with Garr’s Inga. Fans will be forever grateful that Wilder shared his talent for mining the mysteries of the inner life, yielding unfettered emotions that made us laugh until we cried.

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[False Alarms Expose Danger of Panicked Evacuations]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:34:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/160828-lax-airport-scare.JPG

Recent false alarm scares in US airports have exposed the lack of training and preparation for large evacuations of people in public areas, travel experts told NBC News.

It has happened three times at major airports this summer, the latest at Los Angeles International on Sunday, when rumors of gunfire sent thousands of people fleeing from terminals and onto airfields and roads, forcing authorities to stop flights and send all travelers back through security checkpoints.

Similar panics unfolded at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport: a mistaken report of shots fired on Aug. 14 and a false bomb scare on June 29.

Anthony Roman, who runs a security consulting firm in New York said having people in an active tarmac, an environment they're absolutely unfamiliar with, and allow them to go on open roadways while traffic is still moving, is obscene.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs and polices JFK, did not return messages seeking comment on Monday. Neither did the Los Angeles Airport Police Division.

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<![CDATA[Two Allegedly Drunk US Pilots Free on Bail in Scotland]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:09:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/united+airlines+logo.jpg

Two U.S. pilots were freed on bail Monday in a Scottish court after they were arrested as they were preparing to fly from Scotland to New Jersey while allegedly under the influence of alcohol, court officials told NBC News.

The men — identified in court documents as United Airlines pilots Carlos Roberto Licona, 46, of Humble, Texas, and Paul Brady Grebenc, 35, of Columbus, Mississippi — appeared in Paisley Sheriff Court on charges that they violated a section of Britain's Railways and Transport Safety Act that says pilots can't exceed a blood-alcohol level of .02.

The pilots were arrested Saturday morning as they tried to check in at Glasgow Airport. Authorities wouldn't say exactly how much alcohol was registered in their systems.

The flight, destined for Newark International Airport with 141 passengers aboard, was supposed to have departed at 9 a.m. (4 a.m. ET) Saturday, but it didn't take off until 6:45 p.m. after the airline secured a replacement crew, Erin Benson, a spokeswoman for United Airlines, told NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Fox News Calls Tantaros an 'Opportunist' in Lawsuit Response]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:36:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ailes-GettyImages-142710763.jpg

Fox News Channel says Andrea Tantaros is not a "victim" but "an opportunist" in its response to the sexual-harassment lawsuit filed last week by the former Fox News host.

In that response, filed Monday in New York, the network is calling for arbitration which it says is in accordance with her employment agreement. The network notes that she is already a party to pending arbitration after having been suspended by Fox, which has accused her of breaching her employment agreement by writing a book without prior authorization by the network.

Fox News claims it learned of Tantaros' book, "Tied Up in Knots ... How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable" in March, a few weeks before it was published.

"This Court should compel Tantaros to proceed in the arbitration proceeding that is already underway," Fox News contends.

Tantaros last week sued the network, its ousted chairman and other top executives, claiming they retaliated after she detailed unwanted sexual advances made by her onetime boss, Roger Ailes. Tantaros, who described Fox in her lawsuit as a "sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult," said after she complained last spring about Ailes, one of his top deputies, William Shine, warned her that Ailes was a "very powerful man" and that she "needed to let this one go."

Shine was promoted to co-president of Fox News after Ailes resigned last month amid sexual harassment complaints by another former anchor, Gretchen Carlson, who claimed in a lawsuit of her own that she was fired for refusing his sexual advances. He has denied those accusations.

Commenting on Fox's filing, Tantaros' lawyer, Judd Burstein, said, "Fox's right to arbitrate is a legal issue on which I am confident Ms. Tantaros will prevail." He added, "If Mr. Shine and his minions are innocent, why do they want this dispute to be resolved in the shadows (with arbitration)?"

Tantaros, a former panelist on "The Five" who was moved to co-host the lesser-viewed "Outnumbered," was pulled off the air a few weeks ago. She claimed that Fox executives used the dispute about her book to try to silence her.

While she claims the network has retaliated against her, "she concedes that she has not been terminated and remains on Fox News' payroll," the network says.

Tantaros says she was subjected to "demeaning conduct," as when Ailes allegedly asked her twice to "turn around so I can get a good look at you," adding, on one occasion, "Come over here so I can give you a hug."

But when she complained, network executives retaliated by cutting her air time and planting news stories meant to tarnish her image, her lawsuit claims.

The Fox News response says her "unverified complaint ... bears all the hallmarks of the 'wannabe'...."

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<![CDATA[FBI: Illinois Voter System Hacked]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:54:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Hacker506944962.jpg

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly warning election officials across the country after it found evidence that foreign hackers were able to infiltrate state election databases in Illinois and Arizona. 

The FBI issued the warning through a “flash” alert from its Cyber Division on Aug. 18, as first reported by Yahoo News. The alert didn't include the names of the breached states, although sources claim it refers to Illinois and Arizona’s voter registration databases being targeted by suspected foreign hackers.

The FBI is now warning election officials across the country to take new steps to bolster the security of computer systems.

Illinois Board of Elections’ general counsel Ken Menzel told Yahoo News that hackers were able to download the personal data of up to 200,000 state voters.

Menzel also said that FBI agents confirmed to him in a recent briefing that the attacks were believed to be carried out by foreign hackers. The perpetrators were not identified by country. He noted that he was also told that the FBI was looking into a link between the recent hack of the Democratic National Committee. U.S. officials suspect that hack was carried out by Russian government hackers.

Last month, a message was sent to all election authorities in Illinois saying a hack had been detected on July 12. As a precautionary measure, the state's entire voter registration was shut down the next day and remained shut down for several days. 

Menzel told NBC Chicago in July that the state’s voter registration system is “kind of a prime target for hackers” because of the database’s collection of identifying information.

According to the latest report, the Arizona attack wasn’t as large in scope as Illinois', although malicious software was introduced to the state’s system. Nevertheless, the hackers were unable to exfiltrate any data, a state official told Yahoo News.

The FBI suggested that the two hacks could be linked. According to the bulletin, there were eight separate IP addresses that were the source of the two attacks. Rich Barger, chief intelligence officer for cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect, told Yahoo that one of the IP addresses has been identified in Russian criminal underground hacker forums.

The bureau would not confirm news of the alert but said in a statement that "in furtherance of public-private partnerships, the FBI routinely advises private industry of various cyber threat indicators observed during the course of our investigations."

"This data is provided in order to help systems administrators guard against the actions of persistent cyber criminals," the statement read. 

According to the report, the FBI will likely pressure the Department of Homeland Security to formally designate the voter systems as a piece of the country’s “critical infrastructure” requiring federal protection.

A Homeland Security spokesman told Yahoo News that that sort of designation “is under consideration.” Federal and state officials told the publication it was unlikely that a cyberattack would seriously disrupt the November elections, but that a threat was not out of the question.

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<![CDATA[Sixers Increase Reward for Shooting]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:45:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Gabby+Hill-Carter.jpg

The FBI and the Philadelphia 76ers gave money to increase the reward for information on the death of a young girl who was shot and killed in Camden last week.

Camden County Police announced Monday the reward for information in the case of 8-year-old Gabby Hill-Carter increased to $76,000 after contributions were made by the FBI and the Sixers. The reward had previously increased from $24,000 to $50,000 Sunday after philanthropist and Democratic Party leader George E. Norcross contributed $26,000.

Hill-Carter, an 8-year-old who lived in Camden, was shot in the head after being caught in a crossfire, police said.

She died Friday when her family chose to remove her from life support, officials told NBC10. Hill-Carter was in extremely critical condition since Wednesday night when she was caught in the middle of a gang shooting at S. 8th and Spruce streets.

She suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was rushed to Cooper University Trauma Center for treatment.

But Friday afternoon, Hill-Carter's family said their goodbyes to the girl. They sat by her side as she drew her last breath.

Camden County Police, state prosecutors and federal agents have been searching for four men believed to be involved in the shooting.

Hundreds of loved ones gathered on the same block where the girl was killed Saturday night for a candlelight vigil.

"I love my baby so much and I wish she was still here," said the girl's mother Marissa.

Anyone with information on the shooting should call the Camden tip line at (856) 757-7042 or the Citizen's Crime Commission at (215) 546-TIPS.

"Feel the pain that the family is feeling and then come forward," said Darryl Mack, the girl's uncle. "See the visuals. Hear our voices."

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<![CDATA[Fake Doctor Busted]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:13:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/malachiloverobinson.jpg

Malachi Love-Robinson, the alleged fake teen doctor, has been arrested again.

He faces new charges of larceny between $20,000 and $100,000, and fraud.

According to The Palm Beach Post , Love-Robinson was arrested Monday during a court hearing where his attorney asked to be released from serving as the 19-year-old's lawyer.

Love-Robinson was first arrested in February and charged with practicing medicine without a license, fraud, theft and faking a naturopathy license.

Last month, attorneys for the so called "Dr. Love" filed documents saying they are "exploring the viability of a defense focused on limitations presented by the defendant's mental health."

Earlier this year, Love-Robinson turned down a plea deal in which he would have served three years in prison.

<![CDATA[10,000th Syrian Refugee to Arrive in US Monday]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:22:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/topNews-AP_16125631189870.jpg

The 10,000th Syrian refugee will arrive in the U.S. on Monday — meeting a humanitarian goal the Obama administration set last year.

"On behalf of the President and his Administration, I extend the warmest of welcomes to each and every one of our Syrian arrivals, as well as the many other refugees resettled this year from all over the world," National Security Advisor Susan Rice said in a statement.

Rice did not announce the name of the refugee or where in the U.S. that person will be resettled. But she said the feds reached President Obama's goal to admit 10,000 Syrians this fiscal year — a month ahead of deadline.

More than 4.8 million Syrians have fled since a civil war began tearing their homeland apart — but less than two percent of them have landed in the U.S., according to the State Department, NBC News reported.

Almost half of the new Americans are 14 and under and 62 percent are under age 20, the feds said. The top two destinations in the U.S. for the Syrians are Michigan, which has long been a destination for Syrian immigrants, and California.

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<![CDATA[Inmates Escape From Detention Center in Louisiana]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:13:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mugs3NatchitochesParishSheriffOffice.jpg

A manhunt was underway in northwestern Louisiana early Monday for three "dangerous" inmates who scaled razor-wire fences to escape prison over the weekend.

The trio escaped from the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on Saturday night, jumping over two rolls of razor-wire, NBC News reported.

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office identified the inmates as Michael Elliot, a 24-year-old convicted of theft; Walshea Mitchell, 35, in prison for armed robbery; and Willie Ethridge, 34, serving time for murder and armed robbery.

While the men were not armed at the time of their escape they should be considered dangerous and "extreme caution should be used if seen," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Widow of Slain Oregon Occupier Files Lawsuit]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:39:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Robert-Ficium-Oregon-AP_200673732289.jpg

The widow of an anti-government activist who helped take over an Oregon wildlife refuge and was later killed in a confrontation with law enforcement says her husband's civil rights were violated and she intends to sue, her lawyer confirmed Monday.

Robert Lavoy Finicum's pursuers were "motivated by political reasons" when they fatally shot him on Jan. 26, attorney Brian Claypool said in a statement.

Two of the FBI agents involved in the fatal confrontation on a snowy stretch of Highway 395 north of remote Burns, Oregon are now under investigation for allegedly lying about firing shots at the truck Finicum was driving, Claypool added, NBC News reported.

Both the FBI and the Oregon State Police declined to comment on the threatened lawsuit. A 54-year-old Arizona rancher, Finicum was part of a militia group led by Ammon Bundy that occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2.

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<![CDATA[Huma Abedin Announces Separation From Anthony Weiner]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:20:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/weiner-abedin-split-0829.jpg

Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin announced Monday that she was separating from her husband, former congressman and onetime New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.

"After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband," Abedin said. "Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy."

The announcement by Abedin, who currently serves as the vice chairwoman of Clinton's presidential campaign, comes hours after a New York Post report that Weiner was again sending sexually suggestive messages with at least one woman.

The photos and messages were published in the Post late Sunday and showed shots of Weiner either shirtless or in his underwear. One photo shows a child that the Post reports was his toddler son. NBC 4 New York has not been able to independently confirm the photos.

Weiner told the Post he had been "friends for some time" with the woman and that the conversations were private. He deleted his Twitter account hours after the Post hit newsstands on Monday.

NBC 4 New York has reached out to Weiner for comment. 

Abedin and Weiner have been living separate lives for some time, a close friend of hers told NBC News. 

“This did not happen overnight. This has been brewing,” the friend said. 

Notably, in recent months, Abedin has not been seen wearing a wedding ring. 

A second friend told NBC News that Abedin, who has been in the Hamptons for several days already, will likely lay low and focus on spending time with her family. 

Weiner's congressional career was derailed when he tweeted an explicit photo of himself to a woman in 2011. He initially denied he had posted the image but later admitted to sexting with "about six women over the last three years" before resigning from Congress.

Weiner attempted to re-enter the political fray in 2013 as a candidate for New York City mayor and briefly polled as the leading Democratic candidate that summer. But Weiner revealed that he had sent explicit photos and messages to three more women since 2012, some under the alias "Carlos Danger," and his candidacy floundered. He lost the Democratic mayoral primary with less than 5 percent of the vote.

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton's opponent in the presidential election, praised Abedin's decision to separation on Monday, calling it a "very wise decision" in a statement to The New York Times

"I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information," the statement reportedly said.

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<![CDATA[Trump Ad Credits Tax Plan He Doesn't Support]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:32:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Trump-AP_778476028199.jpg

Donald Trump's new $10 million TV ad cites two contradictory tax plans — one that Trump has explicitly ruled out and another that he has yet to endorse — raising more questions about what policies the GOP presidential nominee supports, NBC News reports.

Trump's new ad seems generic enough for a Republican politician. In it, he promises lower taxes, more jobs, and growth for small businesses.

But an examination of the fine print supporting the claims provides confusion, not clarity. The ad cites four claims, two from a House Republican proposal similar to one he announced, two from his old tax plan from last year, which had drastically different rates.

So does Trump support the House Republican plan? Does he support his old plan? A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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<![CDATA[Man Threatened PD, Obama: Pros.]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:34:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Holliston+082916.jpg

A Massachusetts man is facing federal charges for allegedly stockpiling weapons, threatening to kill President Barack Obama and numerous police officers and to attack a mosque.

Joseph Garguilo, 48, is charged with being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition. He was scheduled to appear in federal court in Boston at 2:30 p.m. on Monday; it wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.

According to the criminal complaint, the FBI received information on July 27 that Garguilo had recently acquired parts to make an AR-15 rifle and was stockpiling other weapons, including Tasers, mace guns, hunting knives and chemicals to make thermite grenades.

Around the same time, he allegedly stated that "he will plant a bomb in police stations ... and kill as many homeland security officers as he can before they kill him." 

The FBI started an investigation, and in recent days learned that Garguilo had stated that he wanted to attack a mosque. He also allegedly said he wanted to "chain a mosque closed and burn it down." He did not mention any specific mosque.

He also allegedly made a threat against Obama's life, saying that when the president was on the golf course in Martha's Vineyard on his recent vacation, he should have taken the opportunity to kill him.

Garguilo was stockpiling food and water as part of his plan, and an acquaintance said they believed that Garguilo was "about to snap."

Federal agents searched Garguilo's residence on Friday and seized parts to assemble an AR-15 rifle, more than 120 rounds of ammunition for an AR-15 rifle, more than 30 rounds of 9mm ammunition, chemicals that could be combined to create explosive compounds and handwritten notes threatening violent attacks against members of the Islamic faith.

Garguilo was already the subject of an active restraining order prohibiting him from possessing firearms and ammunition. He also does not have a license to carry a firearm in Massachusetts.

Holliston police told federal investigators that they were familiar with Garguilo and he had metal bars on his doors and windows and wears a handcuff key on his neck.

Neighbors said they had no idea what was going on inside the home.

"I just always thought something was a little off," said neighbor David Hines.

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<![CDATA[Woman Takes 48K Pieces of Mail]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:34:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mailman2.jpg

Federal prosecutors in Southern California have charged dozens of postal workers and others with theft, fraud and other crimes — including a mail carrier who allegedly hoarded 48,000 pieces of mail.

The U.S. attorney's office announced Friday that it has charged 33 people with theft, possession of stolen mail, conspiracy, embezzlement, bank fraud, making false statements and use of stolen credit cards.

One case alleges that a former Mail Handlers Union executive stole more than 150 mobile phones at a distribution center in the Moreno Valley and traded them through a website.

Another charges that a Los Angeles mail carrier was involved in a scheme that created pre-paid PayPal debit cards using stolen identities. Prosecutors say the scheme caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.

A third case alleges that a postal carrier from delayed mail delivery by hoarding more than 48,000 pieces of mail at her home. In another case, a worker allegedly stole mail that contained veterans' medication.

U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker said in a statement that mail theft, which has increased significantly across Southern California recently, is a precursor to other crimes such as identity theft and drug offenses.

"The mail system plays an important role in our country's commerce and social communication," she said. "Maintaining its integrity is vital. As a result, we are stepping up enforcement activities, including dealing aggressively with corruption within the Postal Service."

U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Brian Washington said most Postal Service employees are honest and dedicated.

"However, when employees engage in criminal activity, our agency will aggressively investigate these matters to protect the overall integrity of the Postal Service," he said.

According to the United States Postal Service's Office of Inspector General, OIG special agents completed 781 official misconduct investigations, resulting in 52 arrests, 34 indictments, 65 convictions, 622 administrative actions, and $766,500 in recovered funds for the Postal Service in fiscal year 2015.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Two Existing Drugs Might Stop Zika Infection]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:47:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BabyZika-AP_698041135257.jpg

A drug already on the market to treat worm infections and another being tested against liver diseases may also help treat Zika virus infections, researchers reported Monday.

The findings are a rare bit of good news about Zika, which has caused epidemics across Latin America and the Caribbean, and smaller outbreaks in Florida, the Pacific and southeast Asia, NBC News reported.

Zika has caused smaller epidemics of birth defects, notably brain damage that can cause miscarriages or profound developmental injuries in babies.

The team at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Johns Hopkins University and Florida State University looked first in a library of existing drug compounds for products that might act to stop Zika from killing brain cells and perhaps stop it from replicating itself.

One of the drugs is Nicosamide used to treat worm infections, and the other is Emricasan to treat hepatitis C.

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