<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:52:23 -0400 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:52:23 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[1 Killed, 3 Hurt in Shooting at Hookah Lounge: NYPD]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:10:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/brooklyn+shooting2.jpg

One person was killed and three other people were hurt after shots erupted inside a Brooklyn lounge early Friday, officials say.

All four people were shot inside Ali's Roti Shop, which turns into into Buda Hookah Lounge after hours, on Flatbush Avenue in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, the NYPD said.

One man, 27, was shot in the head and body and was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.. A 25-year-old man was shot in teh right foot, while a 25-year-old woman was hit in the body. A fourth victim, a 28-year-old man, was grazed by a bullet. 

The other three victims were taken to the hospital.

Authorities say that the 27-year-old man was the intended target of the violence.

No arrests have been made.

<![CDATA[Kids, Women Among 71 Bodies Found in Truck: Officials]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:07:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_300401707603.jpg

The number of migrants found dead in a truck abandoned on the side of a highway in Austria has reached 71, Austrian officials said Friday, NBC News reported.

The victims were 59 men, eight women and four children — including a girl who was no older than two years of age, according to Burgenland Police director Hans Peter Doskozil.

Meanwhile, three suspects believed to be involved in people smuggling have been arrested in connection with the case, and at least one other individual is being hunted, authorities confirmed. 

Police originally thought up to 50 refugees had died inside the vehicle, which had been parked up on the shoulder of the busy road, 10 miles from Austria's border with Slovakia and Hungary.

The war in Syria has contributed to record numbers of migrants attempting to cross into Europe from Africa and the Middle East this year, often taking perilous sea crossings and stowing away in trucks.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Rape in Which Woman Lost Teeth: NYPD]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:57:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/prospect+heights+rape.jpg

Police have arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with a rape last week in Brooklyn where an attacker held a 52-year-old woman at gunpoint and knocked her teeth out. 

Kareem David was charged with rape and assault after the alleged assault of a 52-year-old woman on Aug. 17, the NYPD said.

The victim was on Putnam Avenue at about 3 a.m. when the suspect ordered her to follow him, allegedly threatening to shoot her if she didn’t, according to police.

The woman followed him to a building on Lefferts Place, where he alleged attacked her and shoved his fingers down her throat, police said.

He then allegedly removed her underwear and raped her near an outside staircase leading to a basement, knocking out two of her teeth in the process, according to cops.

She was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

It was not immediately clear if David had an attorney.

<![CDATA[Cyclist Seriously Injured in Hit-and-Run Crash in NJ: Police]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:52:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/crash-generic.jpg

A cyclist was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash Thursday night in New Jersey.

A car hit 32-year-old Gregory Gingrich around 10:14 p.m. on Route 17 near the split for Crane Avenue in Rutherford, police said.

The Gingrich, who police say is from Michigan, is in stable condition at Hackensack University Medical Center with a fractured right leg, a fractured sinus cavity and a fractured orbital cavity.

Investigators say they are looking for  a red, four-door sedan with a Maryland license plates and a cracked front windshield that was last seen taking the North Service Road exit just before Route 3.

<![CDATA[Woman Walking Dog Hit by Car Police Were Pursuing]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:50:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/woman+with+dog+struck.jpg

A 79-year-old woman walking her dog was seriously injured when she was struck by a car police were chasing Thursday in New Jersey, authorities said.

According to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, a gold 2002 Nissan Sentra jumped a curb and hit the woman just before noon near Branch Brook Park in Newark. The car also struck a Mercury Sable, injuring a driver and passenger.

All three were taken to a nearby hospital, where the woman remains in serious condition, prosecutors said. The others had less serious injuries. The woman's dog is also said to have survived.

Mike Wiston, who saw the aftermath of the crash from his apartment, said he recognized the woman from the neighborhood.

"Every time I ran into her I either saw her with a shopping cart or with her dog in a stroller and she used to walk with that support," Wiston told NBC 4 New York. "The driver should have stopped for her because she had a walking problem, she wouldn't have been able to run even if she saw the car coming."

Authorities have not released the names of anyone involved or any information regarding what sparked the police chase.

The 20-year-old driver of the Nissan is in police custody but has yet to be charged, officials said.

<![CDATA[ISIS Terrorist Allegedly Recruiting NY Plotters Believed Killed ]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:01:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/217*120/AP_817556148506.jpg

An overseas ISIS terror leader who allegedly tried to recruit attackers in New York, New Jersey and several other states through use of social media is believed to have been killed in a U.S. airstrike, security officials told NBC Thursday.

Junaid Hussain, better known as Abu Hussain al-Britani, is believed to have used Twitter and other online media platforms to encourage attacks against the U.S. Senior U.S. officials have said several ISIS suspects arrested this summer in the tri-state area are believed to have been influenced by al-Britani.

A spokesman at the Pentagon declined to confirm al-Britani had been killed in a U.S. airstrike. But officials familiar with the matter tell NBC they believe al-Britani had been killed on Tuesday near Raqqa, Syria, but additional confirmation is still needed.

Al-Britani allegedly cheered the attempted terror attack in Garland, Texas in May and also may have used social media to influence a would-be knife attacker in Boston in June.

Officials have also linked him to a group of ISIS hackers who broke into U.S. military social media accounts earlier this year. News of al-Britani’s death was first reported by the BBC.

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<![CDATA[NATO Troops Killed in Afghanistan ID'd as U.S. Airmen]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:48:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Roland+and+Sibley.jpg

The two NATO troops killed in an ambush in Afghanistan Wednesday were identified as U.S. special tactics airmen, NBC News reported.

Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, of Lexington, Kentucky, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, of Pensacola, Florida, died after gunmen wearing Afghan security forces uniforms opened fire on their vehicle while it was stopped at a checkpoint near Camp Antonik, the Air Force said.

"These two combat controllers were incredible warriors who not only volunteered to join our nation's Special Operations Forces, but earned their way to the tip of the spear in defense of our nation," Col. Wolfe Davidson, 24th Special Operations Wing commander, said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Man Punched Ex While 2-Month-Old Was Strapped to Her Chest: NYPD]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:42:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/subway+assault+suspect1.jpg

A man who got into a fight with his ex-girlfriend on the subway punched her in the face while her two-month-old child was strapped to her chest, police said.

The two were on a Manhattan-bound E train between the Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue subway stations around 7:45 p.m. Monday when the two got into a fight, the NYPD said.

As the woman tried to walk away, her ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Marqual Ward, punched her in the face as her child was strapped to a harness on her chest, according to police.

The victim sustained substantial pain and bruising.

Police are looking for Ward, who they say has tattoos of a tear drop and a red star on his face. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Student Fatally Shot at Savannah State University]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:16:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Savannah+State+University+Shooting.png

A college junior died after being shot Thursday night in Savannah State University’s student union building.

Christopher Starks, a junior from the Atlanta area, died at a local hospital, the college said in a statement.

According to two women who were in the union, there was a fight that ended in one person being shot in the collarbone area, NBC affiliate WSAV reported. The station said that other students applied pressure to the wound before first responders arrived.

The shooting prompted a lockdown at the Georgia campus. It wasn't immediately clear whether a suspect was in custody. No further details were immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Person of Interest Sought in Fatal Shooting in Gym Parking Lot: NYPD]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:29:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bk+parking+lot+homicide.jpg

Police are looking to question a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man outside a Brooklyn gym last week.

Justin Johnson was shot during a fight around 10 p.m. in the parking lot of Pacplex, a gym located at 1500 Paerdegat Avenue in Canarsie, the NYPD said.

He was taken to Brookdale Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and pronounced dead.

A 30-year-old man was also shot in the left shoulder in the shooting. He was taken to Kingsbrook Medical Center in stable condition.

Police released surveillance video of a person of interest in the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

<![CDATA[2 Dead in Hazmat Situation]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:08:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hazmat6.png

Two people are dead, one critically injured and four first responders have been hospitalized in a mysterious hazardous materials situation in unincorporated Des Plaines.

Around 3:30 p.m., police were called to a northwest suburban townhome in the 9400 block of Harrison Street after receiving a report of three people in distress.

Upon entering the home, four Cook County sheriff's officers were unexpectedly overcome by some sort of hazardous agent, authorities said. 

“They started feeling sick,” said Rick Dobrowski, chief of North Maine Fire Protection District. “They were having some kind of breathing difficulties, we don’t know for sure.”

The officers were taken to area hospitals to be treated. They have since been released and are in stable condition.

Inside the home three adults – two males and a female – were found not breathing, according to police.

No information has been released as to what room of the house they were in or their relationship with one another.

The Cook County medical examiner pronounced both men dead and the woman was transported to a hospital in critical condition. A preliminary investigation revealed the victims likely died due to inhalation of a deadly substance.

Several residences around the home were temporarily evacuated while hazmat teams worked late into the night Thursday to try to figure out what that substance is.

“They didn’t find anything in particular but they were able to rule out anything that was bad – as far as any kind of alkali or acid that was still in there, fumes” Dobrowski said. “They were also able to test the water that they found to make sure there was nothing mixed, chemical wise.

Police said surrounding residents are not in danger, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t on edge as they surveyed the scene of dozens of emergency crews.

“I’m terrified,” one neighbor told NBC Chicago.

Investigators remained at the home near Potter Road well after dark to continue to sweep for evidence.

“They’re just trying to determine what possibly caused this,” said Cook County Sheriff's spokeswoman Sophia Ansari.

<![CDATA['My Heart Is Ripped Out': Mom of Girl Killed by SUV Grieves]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:21:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/girl+killed+suv.jpg

The mother of an 8-year-old girl struck and killed by an SUV while crossing the street near her home in Brooklyn says she has been "ripped from my head to my foot" by the death of her baby girl.

"I'm empty. My heart is ripped out," said Claire Williams, a mother of three. "I don't have any being left in my body and I'm crying out for someone to hear."

Her youngest daughter, Jadann Williams, was killed by a Toyota SUV while crossing East 22nd Street mid-block near Ditmas Avenue in Flatbush around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The little girl lived on the cul-de-sac. Responding emergency officers found her lying in the road with severe head trauma. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Her mother says she has all her daughter's school supplies prepared to return to class; it's difficult to imagine she won't be returning.

"Dear God I'm asking for someone to just help me because I need this help because my baby girl has been taken away from me," Claire Williams said. "Ripped from out under me. I cannot believe it."

The 35-year-old driver of the SUV stayed at the scene. It's not clear if charges will be filed. Police said a 25-year-old man who lives in the neighborhood was arrested on an assault charge for attacking the driver after the fatal crash. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, a burgeoning memorial grows on the street for Jadann Williams. As the neighborhood leaves messages of comfort and symbols of prayer, the flickering candles remind Claire Williams of her little angel who lit up the close-knit community.

"This little girl ... full of life this little girl. She was everything," her heartbroken mother said. "She was so beautiful. She comes around she put a smile on everyone's face. She was vibrant. The other day she say to me, 'Mom, do you know I'm going to be a star?'"

Despite the street being a dead-end, neighbor and family friend Tanisha Brown said vehicles constantly speed through.

"We've been asking for a speed bump on this block, and this is what is has come to?" said Brown.

The Department of Transportation says it will review the street for possible safety improvements.

Brown said children who live on the block play on the dead-end street because there's no other place to go.

"They all play together. There's so many kids on this block that ride their bike up and down," said Brown, who said her children are best friends with Jadann Williams.

Jadann Williams was the baby of the family and a talented young basketball player, according to Brown.

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<![CDATA[Woman Dances After Pursuit]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 02:51:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/08-27-2015-chase-pursuit-dance-1.gif

A 25-year-old woman was arrested after breaking into a dance and taunting officers at the end of a pursuit Wednesday night near downtown Los Angeles.

Spike strips were used to destroy the car's tires, but the woman, identified as Kelsey Wood, continued driving on the vehicle's wheels. The pursuit began around 10 p.m. in the downtown area.

Wood was suspected of driving under the influence, according to the LAPD. She was being held on $75,000 bail on suspicion of "felony evading," police said.

Wood drove over the spike strips, which appeared to deflate the tires.

The pursuit ended when Wood got out of the vehicle and began dancing in front of officers.

She got back into the vehicle before officers arrested her.

No injuries were reported.

It was not immediately clear whether Wood had an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Exclusive Peek Inside Virginia Shooter's Apartment, Car]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:50:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/AP_868769199708.jpg

The failed TV reporter who shot two journalists during a live broadcast lived in a sparsely furnished $600-a-month apartment decorated with pictures of himself, a video provided to NBC News shows.

According to an inventory of items found in a search warrant return, Vester Flanagan also had a wig, six magazines of ammunition, a brief case that contained three license plates, and a to-do list in the car he was fleeing in before he killed himself.

Police said Flanagan texted a friend "making reference to having done something stupid" following the shooting of WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, cameraman Adam Ward, and local chamber of commerce director Vicki Gardner — who was also shot and survived.

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<![CDATA[Subway Platform Fire Causes Delays on N, Q and R Lines]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:06:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/q+train.jpg

A subway platform fire in Chinatown caused train delays on the N, Q and R lines Thursday evening.

The fire started around 5:30 p.m. on a southbound platform at Broadway and Canal Street and was quickly brought under control, the FDNY said.

Southbound delays affected rush hour commutes on all three lines.

Normal service has since resumed.

<![CDATA[Feds: Arizona Man Helped Student Get Islamic State Training]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:16:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/217*120/AP_817556148506.jpg

An Arizona man was indicted Thursday for helping a New York City college student obtain ISIS training in Syria.

Ahmed Mohammed El Gammal, also known as Jammie Gammal, 42, of Avondale, Arizona, was arrested on Monday.

Court records charge that El Gammel began communicating through social media with the unnamed 24-year-old college student in August 2014. The pair eventually met in Manhattan in October 2014 to make plans for the student’s travel to the Middle East.

The student traveled to Turkey in January 2015, and received training from ISIS in Syria between February and May 2015.

“This is another example of how social media is utilized for nefarious and criminal purposes around the world,” said Diego G. Rodriguez, assistant director of the FBI’s New York Field Office. 

El Gammal appeared in federal court in Arizona this week. The case has since been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos of the Southern District of New York.

Information on an attorney for Gammal was not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Where is Former FEMA Chief Michael Brown Now?]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:01:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_060210019224.jpg

 The former FEMA chief who became the face of the botched federal response to Hurricane Katrina is out of the public sector now — but he's not always out of trouble.

In the 10 years since his resignation following the storm and its chaotic aftermath, Michael Brown has become an author, a consultant, and a radio talk-show host. Throughout it all, whenever an opportunity to voice an honest opinion has presented itself — even if that opinion ruffles feathers — he's taken it.

Now living in Denver, the 60-year-old Brown hosts a daily show on 630 KHOW, his city's radio station that is also home to shows by Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and other fiery conservative figures.

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<![CDATA[10 Bets for the Jets-Giants Preseason Game]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:25:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/coughlin+bowles.jpg


Allow me to be the first human being to predict that Saturday’s preseason game between the Giants and the Jets is going to be the first of three match-ups between the teams this season. They also meet during the regular season (Dec. 6, when the Jets have to travel to face the Giants) and they will also meet in Super Bowl 50.


Think I’m sniffing glue? Right you are. But that is irrespective of my belief that both of these teams have the same chance of reaching the Super Bowl as the other 30 NFL teams. The Giants with Tom Coughlin, Eli Manning and Steve Spagnuolo have proven they can reach and win the title game even when they have mediocre regular seasons. And the Jets, well can always trade for Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson before the Nov. 3 trading deadline.

Impossible? Maybe. But still, even without those upgrades at their weakest positions, the Jets can definitely reach the playoffs with their resurgent defense, a reasonable facsimile of Brandon Marshall circa 2012, and a quarterback (Ryan Fitzpatrick) who had a 95.3 passer rating for the Texans last year — and yet somehow got traded to the Jets for a conditional draft pick, paving the way for the highly anticipated Brian Hoyer era in Houston.

Fitzpatrick finished with the 9th-best QB rating in the league, ahead of players like Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, Joe Flacco, Colin Kaepernick, Matthew Stafford, Andy Dalton, Cam Newton and -- way down at 31st -- Brian Hoyer (76.5).

IK Enemkpali might be playing for the Bills this year, but I’m still picking him as my Jets 2015 Most Valuable Player. Fitzpatrick does not suck -- at least relative to three-quarters of NFL quarterbacks.

Want to bet on a Giants-Jets Super Bowl? Shoot me an email at cdavidmartin@yahoo.com. As always, the wager is this.

In the meantime, here are 10 things I bet will happen in the season's first matchup between the Giants and the Jets.

10. Odell Beckham Jr. will catch his first pass of the preseason. OB3, who last week got angry when Jaguars safety Sergio Brown contemplated the possibility of dislodging him from the ball (which didn’t become a thing because Beckham never caught a ball) is going up against Darrelle Revis, who’s not only the best cornerback in the league, but the savviest contract negotiator. Seriously, has anyone in the free agent era played the game -- both on and off the field -- better than Revis? He’s smart enough to recognize that holding out is one of the few tools a player can leverage to maximize their worth. Giants fans can look forward to the day when Beckham pulls a Revis and holds out for a better deal.

9. Eli Manning will be mentioned as potentially the highest-paid player in the league. Manning is looking to sign a new contract. He figures to make more money than Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, his 2004 draft mates, and thus be the best-compensated mammal in the NFL.

8. Geno Smith will be caught smiling on the sidelines. Smith, who had his jaw broken by IK Enemkpali, is out for a few months, but I’m willing to bet he’ll be grab-assing with teammates on the sidelines. And you can bet that fans and media members are going to lose their minds that Smith isn’t displaying the proper solemnity about the situation. Please smile, Geno. Better yet, make jokes with Sheldon Richardson, the guy who received a four-game suspension for smoking the devil's plant and still has to answer for that whole smoking weed/driving-143 miles per hour-resisting arrest-loaded handgun-12-year-old kid-in-the-car thing. Smith and Richardson sharing a laugh would make my August.

7. A Giants defensive back will taunt Jeremy Kerley (76 overall rating in Madden 2016) for not being as good of a receiver as J.J. Watt (78 catch rating).

6. Leonard Williams will sack Eli Manning. In their last preseason game, the rookie from USC had 5 tackles, 1 ½ sacks and a safety — in less than a half. The “Big Cat” was drafted sixth overall and might turn out to be the steal of the draft.

5. A picture of the MetLife Bowl trophy. Yes, the annual preseason game between the Jets and the Giants is called the MetLife Bowl because it features the two teams who play home games at MetLife Stadium. Try to keep up. The winner of the game is awarded a bronze trophy of Snoopy, the MetLife mascot, wearing a college helmet and mimicking the stiff-arm stance of the Heisman Trophy. No one seemed to consider that the Giants and Jets are not college teams. Well, the Giants anyway.

4. A long interview with new Jets coach Todd Bowles, who sounds exactly like Eddie Murphy in “Beverly Hills Cop” -- ya know, when he makes fun of his fellow police officer by saying, “We’re not gonna fall for the banana in the tail pipe.” Sorry, but I can’t listen to Bowles without thinking of that scene, so now I’m sharing my burden with you.

3. A fight in the stands. You can rest assured that if the Jets ever won a Super Bowl, their fans would quickly become the worst fans in sports. The Red Sox were lovable losers. The Jets are just losers; there is nothing lovable about them. Many of their fans -- but not all! -- are antisocial miscreants. Want a worst-case scenario? The Eagles versus the Jets in the Super Bowl. Everybody in the stands would be wearing green and white, increasing the likelihood that someone would accidentally punch out a fan of their own team. Don't start sending me hate mail. I’m not prejudiced! I have friends who are Eagles and Jets fans!

2. More penalties on the Jets than they had last week. In their last preseason game against the Falcons, the Jets had 17 penalties for 125 yards, and yet somehow still won. Let’s see if they can get 20 and still pull out a W.

1. More players getting injured and lost for the season. A four-game preseason is way too long. Impact players on Super Bowl-viable teams (Jordy Nelson, Maurkice Pouncey) have already been lost for the year, joining a slew of injured players from other teams. Each team should play two preseason games at most. We can still have our beloved MetLife Bowl each year. But do we really need four games, mostly spent holding our breath and hoping players don’t blow out an ACL? By the way, it’s 2015. Why do we even need ACLs anymore? Get on it, Doogie Hausers.

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<![CDATA[Raging Fire Consumes Penthouse in Manhattan]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:33:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/penthouse+fire+nyc.jpg

Authorities responded to a raging blaze that consumed a Manhattan penthouse Thursday, causing part of it to collapse and leaving behind charred wreckage.

Chopper 4 showed firefighters crawling over the scene at the rooftop on East 13th Street around 4 p.m. Images on social media showed bright orange flames leaping through the structure. 

The blaze was brought under control just after 4:30 p.m., fire officials said. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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<![CDATA[McDonald's, Tyson Cut Ties With Farm After Undercover Video]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:44:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/167*120/51122973.jpg

McDonald's and the fast food chain's supplier Tyson Foods have cut ties with a Tennessee chicken farm after an animal rights group released what it claims is undercover footage of mistreated chickens. 

Mercy for Animals released the graphic footage Thursday morning, purporting to show workers at T&S Farm in Dukedom, Tennessee, a Tyson Foods contract farm, “clubbing and stabbing chickens.” It also claims to show sick and injured birds left without proper veterinary care and thousands of baby birds "bred to grow so fast they become crippled under their weight."

McDonald’s said in a statement that Tyson Foods has terminated their contract with the farmer.

“We believe treating animals with care and respect is an integral part of a responsible supply chain and find the behavior depicted in this video to be completely unacceptable,” the Oak Brook-based fast food chain said in a statement. “We support Tyson Foods’ decision to terminate their contract with this farmer.”

In a statement released Thursday, Tyson said members of its animal well-being team are investigating the farm.

“Animal well-being is a priority at our company and we will not tolerate the unacceptable animal treatment shown in this video,” the company said in a statement. "Members of our animal well-being team are investigating, however, based on what we currently know, we are terminating the farmer’s contract to grow chickens for us. There are currently no chickens on the farm. We’re committed to animal well-being but don’t believe this video accurately depicts the treatment of chickens by the thousands of farmers who supply us."

McDonald’s said it plans to work with Tyson and investigate the situation further.

“We’re committed to working with animal welfare and industry experts to inform our policies that promote better management, strong employee education and verification of practices,” the company said.

McDonald's is the latest company being asked to reform its practices following undercover video released by Mercy for Animals, which advocates against eating meat. 

In June, poultry producer Foster Farms was targeted by the group after undercover video showed chickens being slammed upside-down into metal shackles, plucked and having their feathers pulled out while they were still alive. 

Government statistics show that hundreds of thousands of chickens are accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year, but that represents a small fraction of those slaughtered. Last year, the rate at which chickens were improperly slaughtered plummeted to a low of 0.008 percent, an Agriculture Department spokeswoman said.

<![CDATA[Too Hip to Be Square: Instagram to Allow Landscape Photos]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:09:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-146168661.jpg

Instagram photographers around the world are pleased that the photo-sharing service has decided to think outside the box.

"You can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on Instagram," the online application announced on its website.

Square format images have been a part of Instagram since day one, however, the company realized that square imaging has caused some problems for users.

"We know that is hasn't been easy to share this type of content on Instagram: friends get cut out of group shots, the subject of your video feels cramped and you can't capture the Golden Gate Bridge from end-to-end," Instagram's announcement said. 

With the new feature, users now have the option to choose a square, portrait or landscape orientation when posting a video or photo. 

It's been long debated by videographers that cellphone videos should be shot in landscape or "long ways" rather than vertical.

Instagram hopes its new option to post a video in widescreen will make a mobile video be more "cinematic than ever." 

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<![CDATA[WDBJ-TV Holds Press Conference About Morning News Shooting]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:36:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_638191978176.jpg

 WDBJ-TV’s general manager and news director hold a news conference on Alison Parker and Adam Ward, who were shot and killed during a live shot for their morning news show.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Compares GOP Views on Women to 'Terrorist Groups']]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:57:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_32190678465.jpg

Hillary Clinton seemed to compare Republican presidential candidates' "extreme views" on women to those held by "terrorist groups" while she was campaigning in Ohio on Thursday.

"Extreme views about women— we expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world. But it's a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the presdient of the United States," Clinton said to cheers.

Republicans were quick to demand an apology from Clinton.

"For Hillary Clinton to equate her political opponents to terrorists is a new low for her flailing campaign," Republican National Committee Press Secretary Allison Moore said. "She should apologize immediately for her inflammatory rhetoric."

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<![CDATA[Woman Files Suit Against Bulls Star Derrick Rose]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:17:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/GettyImages-458331240.jpg

A woman has filed a lawsuit against Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, claiming he and two friends drugged and gang-raped her.

The unidentified woman, who says she dated Rose from 2011 to 2013, says she was drugged at a Beverly Hills home and later attacked at her apartment.

Rose denied the woman's claims in a statement he released late Thursday.

"I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season," he said. "I am not going to comment other than to say - I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent.”

The lawsuit, which was first reported by TMZ Wednesday and made public Thursday, says the incident took place in August of 2013.

Rose’s spokesperson, Lisa Cohen, said on behalf of his legal team that the lawsuit is “nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete" and called the claims "outrageous."

"Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff, and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago," she said. "We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated."

Cohen also claimed this is the third attorney the woman has hired in an attempt to sue Rose.

The Chicago Bulls released a statement on the issue Wednesday.

"We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts,” the team said. “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Rose’s agent could not immediately be reached for comment.

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<![CDATA[NJ Doctor Accused of Biting, Groping Employees, Patient]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:41:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Raja+Jagtiani.jpg

A New Jersey doctor faces a bevy of charges for allegedly groping at least four employees and a patient, biting one of them on the cheek, authorities said Thursday.

An employee of 54-year-old Raja Jagtiani, a married licensed physician in Bergenfield, told police the doctor touched her breast and bit her cheek while she was working with him one day in July.

Authorities launched an investigation and identified several other alleged victims, including current and former employees and one patient.

Jagtiani, of Dumont, was arrested Tuesday on multiple counts of criminal sexual contact and harassment by offensive touching. He was also charged with one count of simple assault.

Information on an attorney for Jagtiani wasn't immediately available.

According to an online profile, Jagtiani has nearly three decades of experience and won a Patient's Choice Award from Vitals in 2012. The annual award goes to just 5 percent of the nation's active physicians.

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<![CDATA[Drunk Driver Runs Red Light, Crashes Into Cop Car: NYPD]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:16:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nypd+generic+resizzed.jpg

An intoxicated man crashed into a police cruiser after running a red light and losing control of his car Wednesday night in Queens, police said.

The man, who was unidentified, was driving on 133rd Street when he ran a red light to go eastbound on Liberty Avenue around 9:30 p.m., according to the NYPD.

He lost control of his car and ended up facing southbound on the eastbound lanes of Liberty Avenue, police said.

When an NYPD patrol car pulled up to the passenger side of the suspect’s car, the suspect tried to get away, but instead allegedly backed into the patrol car. He then drove forward and hit a parked tow truck. Both the patrol car and the tow truck sustained minor damage.

One officer was taken to Booth Memorial hospital for evaluation.

The suspect was arrested and charges are pending.

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<![CDATA[Search of Sunken Fishing Trawler for Missing Captain Suspended]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:33:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sandy+hook+boat+bay.jpg

Divers suspended their search of the wreckage of a sunken fishing vessel for signs of its missing captain Thursday afternoon but planned to return to the location Friday, authorities said.

Crews are waiting until slack tide -- a time when the water is coolest -- to raise the boat "El Jefe" from the waters of Sandy Hook Channel. They say it may be several days before the boat can be brought to the surface.

Authorities have been looking for the ship's captain, Tom Anderson, since getting reports two days ago that his boat was sinking near the Sandy Hook peninsula.

The boat was located Wednesday morning, but efforts to search it were called off because of dangerous currents.

Searchers began combing the water for the boat after getting a report of a distressed boat taking on water on Monday afternoon. Two young fishermen told NBC 4 New York that they saw the boat sinking, but there was nothing they could do.

The Belford Seafood Co-Op said in a Facebook post Tuesday night that Anderson had been docking his boat there recently and was thought to be on the ship alone when it began to sink.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Captain Tom Anderson tonight," the market said in the post.

The area is a shipping channel, and the depth average is about 50 feet. Because it's a channel, the water can go from four feet to 60 feet in a short distance, authorities said.

<![CDATA['Blue House' in New Jersey Upsets Sleepless Neighbors]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:25:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/blue+house+margate+zoltak.jpg

One New Jersey man's idea of art has some of his neighbors feeling blue.

Jack Zoltak bathes his house on North Haverford Avenue in Margate, New Jersey, in blue every night, using an extensive light display. Some say the lights are making it hard to sleep, in addition to attracting some unwanted attention and traffic.

"Some people could say it looks like a bordello," said neighbor Larry Frankel.

When the sun goes down, the lights come on at the elaborately decorated home, known locally as "The Blue House," but not everyone's a fan.

"I just think it's over the top and a little bit outrageous," Frankel added.

Zoltak has been adding to the display over the past few years, but the home was only recently thrown into the spotlight when some neighbors voiced their displeasure, including at least one who said he's been unable to sell his house because of the spectacle.

Another resident, Robin Levine, added, "Some of the other neighbors can see the lights shining into their homes. It’s been attracting a lot of people.”

The uptick in traffic creates "an intrusion into the neighborhood," according to neighbor Ralph Meshon. But Zoltak sees it a bit differently.

“I don’t know what they’re complaining about," Zoltak added. “The lights don’t even go anywhere. They’re just on my house. And they’re on timers. They go off at 1:30 a.m.”

Because Margate has no current laws regulating residential lighting, the city can't offer any solution right now. Margate City Commissioner John Amodeo said, "We’re studying other ordinances in other communities that might have been faced with this same scenario to see what the proper thing to do is to help the neighborhood."

Zoltak added that many people tell him they appreciate what he's done, but it's clear that not everyone in town is glowing about his surging creativity.