<![CDATA[NBC New York - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpgNBC New Yorkhttp://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usSat, 24 Jun 2017 21:53:23 -0400Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:53:23 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Trump WH Has Taken Little Action to Stop Next Election Hack]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:31:09 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-632915364.jpg

The Trump administration has taken little meaningful action to prevent Russian hacking, leaking and disruption in the next national election in 2018, despite warnings from intelligence officials that it will happen again, officials and experts told NBC News.

Former FBI Director James Comey recently told senators during Congressional testimony that Trump never asked him about how to stop a future Russian election cyberattack. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who sits on the National Security Council, testified that he has not received a classified briefing on Russian election interference.

Dozens of state officials told NBC News they have received little direction from Washington about election security. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said this week he had never addressed the matter with Trump.

That apparent indifference, coupled with a failure to fill key federal agency jobs, has resulted in a government paralyzed by inaction when it comes to protecting the next election, experts and government officials told NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Police Searches Drop in States That Legalized Marijuana]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:36:17 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic-pot-smoke-weed-marijuana-smoke.jpg

Traffic searches by highway patrols in Colorado and Washington dropped by nearly half after the two states legalized marijuana in 2012, NBC News reported.

In Colorado, the change occurred gradually, with searches dropping initially by 30 percent, and then flatting out to a more than 50-percent drop within a year.

In Washington, there was a drop of more than 50 percent in searches within three months of legalization. The search rate remained low thereafter. The 12 states in the Stanford study that did not pass marijuana decriminalization legislation during the period did not experience significant drops.

The drop in searches also reduced the racial disparities in the stops, according to a new analysis of police data, but not by much. Latino and Black Americans are still searched at higher rates than whites.

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<![CDATA[2017 Pride Marches Around the Country]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:39:56 -0400Equality March for Unity and Peace on June 11, 2017, in Washington, D.C. ]]>Equality March for Unity and Peace on June 11, 2017, in Washington, D.C. ]]>http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-694888246_master.jpgJune marks Pride Month in the U.S. Take a look at scenes from marches and rallies around the country that call for support of the LGBTQ community.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco to Honor WWII Victims by Blowing Kisses From Pink Triangle]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:19:33 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-478828198.jpg

The Pink Triangle may be a byproduct of the Holocaust, but San Francisco on Saturday will light up its iconic installation with 150 rainbow-colored kisses, effectively turning its symbolism on its head.

“We’ve totally flipped the meaning of the Pink Triangle – it’s about love and not death,” said co-founder Patrick Carney.

Obscura Digital, known for projecting lights on the Conservatory of Flowers for Summer of Love and on the Empire State Building to raise awareness about animal extinction, will help give San Francisco’s beloved homage to the LGBTQ community a real smacker during Pride 2017.

“We’ve photographed hundreds of people blowing kisses so it’s going to be kisses to the world from the Pink Triangle,” said Carney, visibly excited about the project known as “Kisses from San Francisco.”

The much-awaited light show on the Pink Triangle will be visible from nightfall through 2 a.m., said Obscura Digital.

A week that was marked by a record-breaking heat wave gave way to an overcast and gloomy Saturday, but that didn’t stop nearly 200 volunteers, who flocked to the north hill of Twin Peaks.

Blanketed by Karl the Fog, they helped set up the iconic Pink Triangle, which every year honors gay people who were persecuted and slain in Nazi Germany during World War II.

“They had a series of triangles for their undesirables and pink was for the gays,” Carney said.

The Rainbow Flag was created in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker when then-San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk asked his friend to use his skills to make banners for gay and anti-war street protests.

The bright colors have since become synonymous for the gay rights movement. Carney described the Rainbow Flag as “entirely new and beautiful and wonderful.”

In contrast, he said, “The Pink Triangle has a tragic history and part of acknowledging and celebrating where we are for 2017 is remembering where we’ve been.”

Seeking to add a pop of color to San Francisco’s Pride Parade, Carney remembered looking up at Twin Peaks over 22 years ago and seeing a “big, blank canvas.”

So Carney and a friend went out and bought tarp and paint. With the help of eight others, painted it bright pink “in the dark of the night so we wouldn’t be arrested.”

Fast forward to 2017 and San Francisco police officers and elected officials were on hand to help construct the Pink Triangle, which now spans one acre and 175 pink tarps and is held in place with 5,000 12-inch long steel spikes.

Carney said that he didn’t expect his “renegade project” to last more than a year or two. However, realizing that people didn’t know the meaning or importance of the Pink Triangle, Carney came up with the idea of a yearly ceremony. Educating people enabled the movement to pick up steam. Decades later, the Pink Triangle continues to resonate.

“Especially in this administration, we’re not sure what’s going to happen with our rights,” Carney admitted. “We’ve had a lot of gains in recent years, but in some states they’re trying to roll back or ignore those gains.”

This year, he said, the Pink Triangle symbolizes resistance from its perch on the highest point of San Francisco, which can be seen for 20 miles away on a clear day, according to Carney.

It’s “barrels of fun,” he said.

The Pink Triangle will overlook downtown San Francisco and the Castro district through Sunday evening. Volunteers are needed to break it down between 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. More information is available online.

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<![CDATA[Poll: Dems, GOP Divided on Virginia Shooting Motivation]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:45:21 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/scalisesavedbypolice.jpg

Data from this month’s NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that partisan identity significantly affected how Americans viewed the shooting on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, last Wednesday.

By a 20 point margin, 52 percent to 32 percent, more Republicans than Democrats called the shooting a result of political rhetoric. A majority of Democrats — 55 percent — called it an isolated incident, while 37 percent of Republicans said the same.

The public overall was closely divided. Forty-one percent cited political rhetoric, while 46 percent said the shooting was an isolated case.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted June 17-20 of 900 adults — including more than 400 by cell phone — and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points.

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<![CDATA[Texas Mom Charged in Deaths of Children Found in Hot Car]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:46:11 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/parker-county-cynthia-rudolph.jpg

A North Texas woman has been arrested in connection with the deaths of her two children from extreme heat exposure after they were found locked inside a car last month, the Parker County Sheriff's Office says.

Cynthia Marie Randolph, 24, was charged Friday with two first-degree felony counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

The children, 2-year-old Juliet Ramirez and 16-month-old Cavanaugh Ramirez, were found deceased May 26 inside a vehicle on the 200 block of Rambling Loop, near Lake Weatherford.

In Randolph's initial statements, the sheriff's office told NBC 5, she said the two children had been playing and when she couldn't find them in the house, she started searching the property, eventually locating them in the car.

However, investigators said Randolph in subsequent interviews "created several variations of the events which lead to the death of her children," and in an interview on Friday she implicated herself.

The sheriff's office said Randolph told them she found her children playing inside her car at about 12:15 p.m. and ordered her daughter out of the car using profanity. When the 2-year-old refused to get out of the car, Randolph said she shut the car door to teach the girl a lesson and believed "she could get herself and her brother out of the car when ready," according to a sheriff's office statement.

Randolph allegedly then went inside the house, smoked marijuana and fell asleep for two to three hours.

She said she later broke the car window to make it look like an accident, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities were called to the home at about 4 p.m. when the mother said she had discovered them unresponsive in the car.

At the time, the temperature outside was hovering around 96 degrees. The children were pronounced dead at 4:33 p.m.

Randolph was later interviewed by a Texas Ranger, and confessed to the crime.

No bond has been set yet for Randolph, and it is not clear whether she has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Trump Versus the World: An Overview]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 07:03:08 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-654571120.jpg

Since taking office in January, President Donald Trump's administration has been associated with one foreign country in particular, Russia. U.S. intelligence officials say President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, to denigrate Hillary Clinton and then to help Trump's chances. Trump denies any wrongdoing, while the FBI and Congress investigate his administration's contacts with Russia.

Meanwhile Trump has flirted with upending U.S. foreign policy, threatening to declare China a currency manipulator and to pull out of NAFTA, for example, questioning the one-China policy under which the United States recognizes China and not Taiwan and backing off a U.S. commitment to the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. In the end, though, Trump has often reverted to traditional policies. His supporters say he is scrutinizing foreign agreements with the goal of benefitting Americans, but critics say the uncertainty is unsettling to allies and unproductive.

Here are some of the more significant interactions between the Trump administration and world leaders over international issues.

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<![CDATA[DA Files Appeal to Reinstate Hernandez's Murder Conviction]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:05:03 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/aaronhernandezfeuerherdIB.jpg

Prosecutors have filed an appeal seeking to reinstate former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's 2015 murder conviction after it was thrown out following his prison suicide.

Hernandez was convicted in April 2015 for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, and sentenced to life in prison. But Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell on April 19, 2017 while his appeal was still pending.

Under a long-standing Massachusetts doctrine, courts customarily vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard. A Fall River Superior Court judge abated his conviction on May 9.

"Abatement has been practiced in federal and state courts for more than a century," Judge E. Susan Garsh said in issuing her ruling, adding that there is no proof that Hernandez killed himself knowing it could lead to his conviction being tossed.

His suicide came just five days after he was acquitted in a separate double slaying in 2012.

Bristol District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III's office filed an appeal of the judge's ruling on Friday.

"This is an archaic rule not based on the Constitution, and it should be changed," Quinn said in a statement. "A defendant who commits suicide should not be able to manipulate the outcome of his post-conviction proceedings to achieve in death what he would not be able to achieve in life."

Hernandez's appellate lawyers have argued that his conviction in the Lloyd case was not considered final because the automatic appeal he was entitled to had not been heard at the time of his death.

Since Hernandez's death, a bill has been filed with the Massachusetts Legislature seeking to end the practice of automatically dismissing convictions when a defendant dies before appeal.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 16:02:14 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Trumpthumb.jpgWhat Donald Trump's presidency will look like is unclear to many observers. He has not previously worked in politics, and has made contradictory statements on policy issues in several areas during his campaign. Despite the unknowns, Trump has an extensive public profile that, along with his real estate empire and the Trump brand, grew domestically and internationally over the last few decades. Here is a look at the president-elect's personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[Medical Groups Hate the 'Heartless' Senate Health Care Plan]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:11:45 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-699840802.jpg

Both versions of the Republican plan to fix the American health care system would make things worse, not better, according to groups that represent a variety of physicians.

NBC News reported that pediatrician, cancer specialist, cardiologist and family doctor groups were denouncing the Senate version of the bill within hours of its release Thursday.

"The Senate draft health care bill is literally heartless," American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said.

Among the reasons so many medical professionals oppose the changes Republicans have proposed to the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," is that it reduces funding for Medicaid, the state-federal health plan that covers many low-income, disabled and pregnant people, as well as a large portion of American children.

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<![CDATA[National Llama Competition]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:04:45 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT+NATIONAL+LLAMA+COMP+THUMB.jpg

Hundreds of llamas and alpacas will gather in Waterloo, Iowa, this weekend to take part in The Gathering of Friends and Champions, a national llama competition. The llamas will be judged on their fleece, agility and halter or gate. Llamas can grow up to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 440 pounds.

<![CDATA[Top News: China's Floating Solar Farm Project]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:15:24 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-800065492.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Ga. Inmates Get Reduced Sentences for Saving Collapsed Guard]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:34:32 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/armus-inmates.jpg

Six convicts in Polk County, Georgia, had their sentences shortened Thursday after saving a guard who collapsed on duty, NBC News reported.

When the officer, who wished to remain anonymous, collapsed during a work detail at a local cemetery, the inmates took off his bulletproof vest to help him cool off and used his phone to call 911, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

"When that happened, in my opinion, it wasn't about who is in jail and who wasn't," said Greg Williams, one of the inmates. "It was about a man going down and we had to help him."

After paramedics arrived on the scene, the inmates were rewarded with lunch in the park, desserts from the guard's family, and a 25 percent reduction in their sentences.

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<![CDATA[Lobbyist Wounded in GOP Shooting Leaves Hospital; Scalise Leaves ICU]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:40:52 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mika+Condition+Improves.jpg

The congressman who was shot and wounded at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, last week has been moved out of an intensive care unit, hospital officials say. 

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is now listed in fair condition and continues to make progress.

Lobbyist Matt Mika has been released from the hospital Friday, according to his family. He was upgraded to good condition earlier in the day.

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth paid Mika a visit on Thursday. A photo shows Mika smiling and holding up a Werth jersey, with Werth at his hospital bed.

U2 lead singer Bono met with members of Scalise's staff Wednesday and signed a card wishing the congressman a speedy recovery.

Mika is expected to make a full recovery, his family said in a statement last week. Mika is a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and had previously served as an aide to U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan.

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<![CDATA[Gorilla Dances Like a 'Maniac' in Hilarious Viral Video]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:02:16 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Gorilla_.gif

The Dallas Zoo needed three things to make a viral video: a happy gorilla, a blue plastic pool and some water.

Add Michael Sembello's hit "Maniac" from the 1980s movie "Flashdance" and the result is pure joy.

Zola, who's no amateur at reaching social media fame, was captured Tuesday afternoon splashing around during a swimming pool enrichment session. Then, Zola begins dancing like he's never danced before.

The video was shot by primate supervisor Ashley Orrand and posted on the zoo's YouTube page.

Bob Hagh, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram video producer, upped the ante by adding music to the raw video, and Zola's inner "steel-town girl on Saturday night" shined through. It's not clear if Zola has ever watched "Flashdance," but his moves definitely emulate Jennifer Beal's perfectly.   

The Dallas ZooTube video has been viewed more than 67,000 times as of Friday morning. Hagh's tweet has been retweeted more than 20,000 times.

This isn't the first time Zola's moves have attracted attention. In 2011, a video of him "breakdancing" and splashing his feet at the Calgary Zoo also went viral.

According to the zoo, enrichment therapy "helps enhance the environment and lives of animals, like Zola, by providing them with mental and physical stimulation to increase natural behaviors."

"Enrichment can take many forms, but for this spunky great ape, it means playing and spinning in his favorite blue pool!"

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<![CDATA[More Americans Believe Comey Over Trump: Poll]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:06:02 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/james-comey-donald-trump-hearing.jpg

By a 2-to-1 margin, Americans say they are more likely to believe former FBI Director James Comey than President Donald Trump in regard to their differing accounts of the events that led up to Comey’s firing, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Forty-five percent of respondents say they are more likely to believe Comey's version of events from his June 8 testimony to the U.S. Senate, versus 22 percent who are more likely to believe what Trump has said, NBC News reported.

Eight percent of respondents said they believe both Trump and Comey, while 21 percent responded that they believe neither of them.

By party, 76 percent of Democrats side with Comey, while 50 percent of Republicans believe Trump. Independents break for Comey over Trump, 47 percent to 17 percent.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted June 17-20 of 900 adults — including more than 400 by cell phone — and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points.

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<![CDATA[Man Visits Disneyland 2,000 Times In a Row]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:39:03 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT+DISNEY+VISIT+THUMB.jpg

A Huntington Beach man has set a record for most consecutive visits to Disneyland. Jeff Reitz, 44, has visited the park 2,000 times in a row. Reitz started visiting the park every day when he was unemployed and wanted to keep his spirits up. Employed at the VA now, Reitz continues to visit every day after work because it helps him to decompress after a long day. His favorite ride is the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which he first rode with his mom when he was 2 years old. 

<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 16:02:55 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dgaf-2.jpgTake a look at significant events from President Donald Trump's time in office, including the signing of the travel ban, Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court, the launch of 59 missiles at Syria's government-held Shayrat Airfiled and more.

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<![CDATA[Boeing Factory Where Trump Touted US Jobs Set for Layoffs]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:18:18 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Trump-Boeing.jpg

Workers at a South Carolina Boeing factory are bracing themselves for layoffs just five months after President Donald Trump visited the plant "to celebrate jobs."

Boeing confirmed on Thursday that up to 200 employees would be let go from the North Charleston location. Also this week, CNBC reported reported that Carrier will make cuts at its factory in Indianapolis.

Both plants were important backdrops in the president's push to preserve American jobs.

In South Carolina, part of the assembly line that produces the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft, Trump promised to "fight for every last American job" during a campaign-style rally in February.

And Trump vowed that "companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences" at the Carrier plant in Indiana less than a month after winning the election.

But Boeing said in a statement that it was cutting jobs, part of a plan announced in December, citing "relentless" competition.

"That has made clear our need as a company to reduce cost to be more competitive," Boeing said. "We are offering resources to those affected by layoffs to help them in finding other employment and ease their transition as much as possible."

Boeing has already eliminated more than 13,000 jobs in the past year.

In December, Carrier announced it received a $7 million tax break from Indiana, where Vice President Mike Pence was governor, on the same day Trump took a tour. The tax break was an incentive to keep jobs on American soil, contingent on meeting certain employment, job retention and investment goals.

But CNBC reports that the company will layoff 600 employees. At the time, 1,400 workers were slated to be laid off. But the deal only seemed to save 800 union workers.

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<![CDATA[Glider Pilot Aims for the Edge of Space]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:29:35 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT+AIRGLIDER+THUMB.jpg

A research company is hoping to break several aviation world records and be the first to have an air glider reach the edge of space without a jet engine or rockets. Known as the 'Perlan Project 2,' the air glider will try to reach an altitude of 90,000 feet, which would put it 17 miles above the Earth. The aircraft will be towed up to 10,000 feet and will then try to catch a "mountain wave" off the Andes mountains in Argentina that will give it a burst skyward. Researchers hope to use data collected during the flight to study the Earth's atmosphere and ozone layer.