<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usFri, 01 Jul 2016 22:29:34 -0400Fri, 01 Jul 2016 22:29:34 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Powerful Storms Sweep Tri-State Ahead of Holiday Weekend]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 22:24:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tree+down+cedar+grove.jpg

Powerful storms swept into the region Friday afternoon as much of the tri-state, including all of New York City, was placed under a tornado watch into the night.

The National Weather Service watch -- which covered all of the five boroughs, large swaths of upstate New York and the Hudson Valley and parts of Connecticut and New Jersey -- expired at 10 p.m., and the last of the storms were expected to clear out by midnight. 

Hail and heavy rain pummeled all areas of the tri-state during isolated showers through the afternoon and evening. New Jersey especially saw heavy flooding and downed trees from the storms.

The storm impacted air travel, with each of the region's major airports seeing delays throughout the day. The rain mucked up travel along major roadways.

Several fireworks displays planned for Friday night were also canceled ahead of the severe weather. 

Skies will begin to clear early Saturday, giving way to a beautiful Independence Day weekend. 

Conditions Saturday, Sunday and Monday should be dry and sunny throughout the region, with highs topping 80 degrees each day. 

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<![CDATA[1 Killed in Van Crash on Garden State Parkway: Police]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 21:58:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/van+crash+garden+state+parkway.jpg

State police say one person has died in a van rollover crash on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey.

Fourteen people were in the van when it crashed in crashed in Holmdel, near mile post 117, police said.

Most of the injured were taken to Bayshore Hospital. 

It's not clear what caused the van to crash, or where it was headed. 

Officials were expected to offer more information at a news briefing Friday night. 

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<![CDATA[Trump Keeps Settling Primary Scores as Campaign Struggles to Pivot]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:48:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/543431004-donald-trump-trade-speech.jpg

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has dedicated a lot of time in his recent speeches and rallies to rehashing past primary contests and attacking fellow Republicans, NBC News reports.

On Friday, Trump spoke at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver about his defeat in Colorado, how Indiana turned out to be his firewall and that he was robbed of delegates in Louisiana. Consistently throughout the week, Trump lauded his historic primary accomplishment, telling crowds that he earned the "most votes in the history of the Republican primary system.”

The Trump team has expended considerable energy over the past few weeks normalizing and building out the bare bones operation for the general election.

But for every sound bite that fits a pivot to the general, Trump adds another that looks back at his past successes and slights those in his party who have yet to fall in line.

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<![CDATA[Child Falls Out Window in Westchester: Police]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:23:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ambulance_generic3.jpg

A 9-year-old child tumbled out a second-story window in Westchester Friday afternoon but is expected to be OK, police say.

The child fell out of a second-story window at 35 Highland Ave. in New Rochelle at about 5:30 p.m., police said. 

Emergency crews arrived to find the child conscious and alert. The child was taken to Jacobi Medical Center. 

The fall is believed to be an accident, police say. No charges have been filed so far. 

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<![CDATA[Mega Millions Hopefuls Flock to Staten Island Deli]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:07:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000012184219_1200x675_717115971803.jpg Someone could spend their July 4th weekend almost half a billion dollars richer. The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to the 10th largest in U.S. history: $415 million. Many are placing their bets at a Staten Island deli. Rana Novini explains.]]> <![CDATA[Nickerson Beach Cabana Lottery Explodes in Popularity, Despite Rising Price Tag]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:03:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000012184634_1200x675_717112899573.jpg The summer ritual of entering the cabana lottery at Nickerson Beach has kicked off, and it's exploding in popularity despite a rising price tag. Greg Cergol reports.]]> <![CDATA[Sharon Tate's Sister Says Ex-Manson Follower Shouldn't be Paroled]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:14:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mkt-AP_247374227510.jpg

The sister of slain actress Sharon Tate said she’s doing what she can to make sure convicted Manson Family follower Leslie Van Houten dies behind bars. 

Debra Tate told NBC News she has delivered 138,700 signatures to California Gov. Jerry Brown’s office asking him to deny Van Houten’s parole bid after nearly 50 years in prison. 

"I feel very strongly that she should remain behind bars," Tate said. "It came out at her last parole hearing that she is in communication with Charles Manson."

Van Houten said Manson did write to her, but she turned the mail over to authorities and did not write back. 

Now 66, Van Houten was deemed “suitable for parole” in April by the Board of Parole Hearings. She was convicted along with other cult members of the 1969 killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. She was not part of the crew that killed Tate and four others in a rented home.

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<![CDATA[Democrats Move Left With New Party Platform]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:24:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Sanders-Clinton-feb2016.jpg

Democrats are considering approving what is being called the most progressive platform in the party's history, though supporters of Bernie Sanders are still not satisfied with provisions on trade and some other issues.

A draft of the platform, obtained by NBC News, was approved by a 15-member subcommittee and sent Friday to members of the full platform committee. The committee will have a chance to make changes before the platform is voted on at the Democratic National Convention later this month in Philadelphia.

The draft platform states Americans should earn $15 per hour. It calls for abolishing the death penalty. The draft platform also calls for making community college free and easing student loan burdens. It calls for giving the District of Columbia statehood and banning assault weapons.

However, some of the stickiest issues remain unresolved -- at least as Sanders supporters see it.

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<![CDATA[New Jersey Beach Town Teaming Up With Uber]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:17:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jersey+shore+holiday+uber.jpg Point Pleasent Beach teaming with Uber to prevent drunk driving. Brian Thompson Reports.]]> <![CDATA[Contest Winner to Nominate Clinton at Convention]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:18:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ClintonSupporters-AP_16173657362901.jpg

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is holding a contest to select a supporter who will give a speech on stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to formally nominate her as the party’s presidential nominee, NBC News reports. 

Supporters have to submit a video explaining what Clinton’s nomination means to them and why they think she should be the next president. 

Judges are looking for “comfort on camera, charisma” and “a compelling personal narrative,” according to the contest rules. The winner will be flown to Philadelphia to speak at the event and will receive one night in a hotel for an estimated value of $2,500.

The campaign has been holding a number of high-profile contests to inspire small-dollar fundraising, including dinners with Clinton and tickets to see the Broadway hit "Hamilton" with the former secretary of state. 

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Widen Flour Recall After 4 More People Get Sick]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:16:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Flour-recall-General-Mills.jpg

Federal health officials on Friday widened an already big recall of flour after four more people got sick from food poisoning linked to the flour, NBC News reports.

No one has died or developed the most dangerous symptoms from the E. coli infections, but 42 people have become ill from the General Mills flour, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said.

The CDC said health officials have found harmful E. coli 0121 strains in General Mills flour collected from the homes of ill people in Arizona, Colorado, and Oklahoma. On Friday, the CDC said Indiana has been added to the list of states with ill people. 

The General Mills recall covers types of Gold Medal Flour, Gold Medal Wondra Flour, and Signature Kitchens Flour.

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<![CDATA[NYC Street Closures for 4th of July Fireworks Show]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:55:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/macys+fireworks2.jpg

The New York City Department of Transportation says the following streets will be closed Monday from 6 p.m. through 10 p.m. for the Macy's 4th of July fireworks show:

Where to Watch the 2016 Fireworks Across the Tri-State


  • FDR Drive between Battery Park Underpass and East 63rd Street
  • South Street between Whitehall Street and Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place
  • FDR Drive Service Roads between Cherry Street and 63rd Street
  • Water Street between Whitehall Street and Fulton Street
  • Pearl Street between Fulton Street and Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place
  • Whitehall Street between Water Street and South Street
  • Broad Street between Water Street and South Street
  • Old Slip between Water Street and South Street
  • Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place between Pearl Street and South Street
  • Cherry Street between Jackson Street and FDR Drive
  • Delancey Street between Lewis Street and FDR Drive
  • East Houston Street between Baruch Place and FDR Drive
  • Avenue C between 13th Street and Avenue C Entrance Ramp to FDR
  • Avenue C Entrance Ramps
  • East 6th Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
  • East 10th Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
  • 14th Street between Avenue C and Avenue B
  • Avenue C between East 16th Street and East 20th Street
  • East 20th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 23rd Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 26th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 30th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • 30th Street Entrance Ramps
  • East 33rd Street between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue
  • East 34th Street between 2nd Avenue and FDR Drive
  • 34th Street Entrance Ramps
  • East 37th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 38th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 41st Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 42nd Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • 42nd Street Entrance Ramps
  • East 48th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 49th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 53rd Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • Area bounded by Atlantic Avenue on the South; Old Fulton Street on the North;
  • Hicks Street on the East; East River on the West (All Inclusive)
  • Old Fulton Street between Hicks Street and Prospect Street
  • Cadman Plaza West between Prospect Street and Tillary Street
  • Front Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street
  • Water Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street


  • Area bounded by 44th Drive on the North; Borden Avenue on the South; Vernon Boulevard on the East; East River on the West (All Inclusive)
  • Center Boulevard between Borden Avenue and 54th Avenue
  • 2nd Street between Borden Avenue and Newtown Creek/Dead End
  • Vernon Boulevard between 54th Avenue and Newtown Creek/Dead End
  • 54th Avenue between Center Boulevard and Vernon Boulevard

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<![CDATA[NYPD: Tight Security, DWI Patrols for July 4th]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 21:05:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/armed+nypd+units.jpg

New Yorkers will see heavy police presence across the city over the holiday weekend, many in helmets and vests and armed with long guns, officials say. 

A new critical response team, specially trained K9s that can detect explosives, radiation detection units will be deployed, along with choppers in the air and boats on the water, according to NYPD officials. 

Plainclothes and uniformed officers, including the 1,257 recruits who just graduated will all be out in force. 

They'll all be protecting the more than 3 million people who will flock toward the East River to enjoy the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show, whether along the piers, in their neighborhoods, or on rooftops. 

"We will very significantly enhance police presence in the city not because of any threat directed against this event -- there are no specific threats that we are aware of at this time -- but the fact that we can put out an enhanced presence," said NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton at a news conference discussing security measures for the July 4th celebrations. 

"We would be able to respond if something occurred," he added, referring to potential teror threats, "but we are not anticipating that. But we are prepared for it." 

Bratton also warned residents that there will also be nearly 100 police teams canvassing the city specifically for anyone with illegal fireworks.

"If you light them up, there's a good chance that you may even get locked up," he said. 

Police will also be conducting DWI patrols, with checkpoints in all boroughs and additional highway units looking for drunk drivers.

"July 4th is about freedom, it's about inclusion, it's about society for everyone, every faith -- this is exactly what terrorists are trying to undermine," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at thew news conference. "July 4th will put those values on display so its very important for people to proudly express our values that day."

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<![CDATA[2 Top ISIS Commanders Killed in Air Strike: Pentagon]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:54:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/217*120/AP_817556148506.jpg

Two senior ISIS commanders were killed in a U.S.-led coalition airstrike in the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to the Pentagon, NBC News reported. 

Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari, the terror group's deputy minister of war, and Hatim Talib al-Hamduni, an ISIS military commander, were killed in the June 25 airstrike, the U.S. military said. 

Al-Bajari, a former member of al Qaeda, oversaw the original offensive to capture Mosul in June 2014, the Pentagon said. Hatim Talib al-Hamduni was an ISIS military commander in Mosul and the head of military police for the self-proclaimed Ninawa state. 

The airstrikes come as Iraqi forces claim to have freed the city of Fallujah from ISIS’ grip.

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<![CDATA[Man Jailed for Wanting Sex W/Kids]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:17:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Joel-Wright-AP_248233168746.jpg

A former Ohio seminary student who pleaded guilty to trying to adopt and buy baby girls in Mexico so he could sexually molest them was sentenced in San Diego Friday to more than 15 years behind bars.

In April, Joel Alexander Wright, 23, admitted to seeking sex with infants he wanted to adopt from Tijuana. He will serve 188 months in federal custody, the office of U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy, of the Southern District, confirmed.

At Wright's sentencing, U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw also imposed the added condition of lifetime supervision.

In his plea agreement, Wright admitted he had written numerous explicit emails in which he described, in graphic detail, his desire to sexually assault girls under the age of 4 in Mexico.

“There are no words to describe the horror that might have happened, had an innocent baby been placed in this man’s arms,” Duffy said in a statement in April.

Wright, a former seminary student at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, had plans of becoming a priest.

At his sentencing, Judge Sabraw noted that in his role as a seminary student, Wright held himself out as someone kind, thoughtful and trustworthy, when all the while he plotted a heinous crime.

"This defendant represents the darkest of demons," Duffy said Friday. "His attempted crime was unthinkable. I applaud our law enforcement partners for stopping Wright in his tracks, and for all their efforts to keep children safe from individuals who have a sexual interest in children both here in the United States and abroad.”

On Nov. 25, 2015, investigators said Wright began posting ads on Craigslist seeking a female tour guide in Mexico, according to his guilty plea.

When an unidentified witness replied to his ads, he told the witness he wanted to “adopt/own a baby girl (under the age of 3)” and have sexual intercourse with her, according to the plea agreement.

According to court documents, Wright also communicated via email with an undercover agent. In an email with the investigator, Wright said he had purchased infant pain relief medication and a “pretty outfit” for a 1- or 2-year-old in anticipation of a would-be encounter with the child.

On Jan. 29, 2016, Wright flew into the San Diego International Airport. There, he called the undercover agent with whom he had been emailing and told him he had landed in San Diego. Wright thought the agent was going to help him get to Mexico and did not realize he had been communicating with someone in law enforcement. 

Wright had two cell phones and a duffel bag. Inside, the bag agents found baby clothes, sleep aids, bottles, toys, candy and lubricant, prosecutors said.

Special agents with Homeland Security Investigations approached Wright outside the airport’s baggage claim area and arrested him on the spot.

According to officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Wright had planned to travel from San Diego to Mexico to have sex with at least three babies. He pleaded guilty to one charge of attempted enticement of a minor.

Wright will have to register as a lifetime sex offender.

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<![CDATA[Suspected Manhattan Feces Flinger: 'God Did It']]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:53:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/feces+suspect+-+15384826_WNBC_000000012187676.jpg

The man arrested for attacking at least two women with feces in Manhattan says "God did it" and rambled to reporters while in cuffs Friday.

The 42-year-old man, identified as Ekwan Hill, was apprehended at a Brooklyn homeless shelter after police received a tip. After being questioned at the Manhattan SVU in East Harlem Friday morning, he was arrested on charges of assault and forcible touching.

It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney. 

As he was led from the police station into a patrol car Friday, he told reporters "God did it." 

Asked by a reporter "Why the filth?," Hill referenced the Muslim religious leader Louis Farrakhan, saying, "It's a Farrakhan. Sometimes they bring you here, they enlighten you. What they do to you, they try to turn you into a slave on Earth."  

Hill has 21 prior arrests, police said. Though they have no documents of psychological history, "we have believe that he does have some issues," said NYPD Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce. 

Boyce said when detectives showed him the surveillance video of the feces attack, Hill said, "That's me." 

That video showed a man shoving a bag of feces down the pants of a 27-year-old woman walking on East 74th Street on the Upper East Side Monday. He's also believed to be behind another attack hours earlier on East 91st Street in which he smeared feces on another woman, according to police. 

Police said the attacks were random and the women did not know the suspect. 

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<![CDATA[Firework Blows Up in Long Island Man's Hand, Severs 2 Fingers: Police]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:52:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fireworks-sale-generic.jpg

A Long Island man lost two fingers and nearly severed another when a firework detonated in his hand Thursday evening, police say.

Suffolk County police said that the man had significant hand injuries after the mishap in front of an auto repair shop in Wyandanch. 

Authorities said that the 35-year-old man lost two fingers and a third was partially severed. A fourth finger on his right hand was also injured. 

He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip and is expected to survive his injuries.

Using or possessing fireworks -- including sparklers -- is illegal in Suffolk County.

It was not clear if the man who was hurt or anyone with him was charged with a crime. 

<![CDATA['I Gotta Plead Ignorance Here': Dad's Outfit For Baby Goes Viral]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:27:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/line-of-babies-73230106.jpg

One dad's interesting wardrobe choice for his 7-month-old daughter has become a viral social media sensation, Today.com reports.

A photo of Jeremy and Brooke Basso's daughter, Olivia, wearing overalls without a shirt along with a text exchange between the couple has been shared more than 32,000 times on Facebook, the site for the NBC morning show reports.

Brooke Basso told Today.com that she left for work before her husband dressed Olivia for daycare the day she took the picture, and she didn't realize that the infant didn't have a shirt on until she picked her up that evening.

"When I picked her up from daycare, I thought perhaps she spilled out of her diaper and maybe they removed the shirt that I assumed she was brought in," she said.

So, she said she texted her husband, asking "Did you send Olivia to daycare without a shirt on?"

When her husband sheepishly replied "I sent her with that thing" the Indiana mom replied "supposed to wear a shirt under overalls."

The dad's response: "I gotta plead ignorance here."

The couple eventually shared the photo to Ellen DeGeneres' Facebook page, where dozens of parents joined in with a laugh and stories of other dads who made interesting wardrobe choices for their kids. 

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<![CDATA[WNBC Celebrates 75 Years on the Air]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:24:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/lowell-thomas-news-0701.jpg

Today, WNBC celebrates 75 years on the air as the nation's first commercial TV station.

Take a look back through the station's history with the interactive timeline below.

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<![CDATA[Obama Says He Expects Congress to Move on Zika Virus]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:41:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_GettyImages-537671534.jpg

About $25 million was dispensed by federal health officials Friday to help states at risk from Zika defend against its spread — cash taken from other programs because Congress has not approved fresh funding to fight the virus, NBC News reported. 

New Zika funding has been deadlocked in Congress, despite demands from President Barack Obama for increased funding to the tune of $1.9 billion. 

"I expect Congress to get this funding done before they leave for vacation, before they adjourn. That's part of their basic responsibility," Obama said.         

Republicans in the Senate presented a $1.1 billion spending plan with provisions that Democrats said were unacceptable. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are 935 confirmed cases in at least 45 states and Washington D.C. Another 2,000 cases were reported in Puerto Rico, Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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<![CDATA[Riders Stuck on Roller Coaster]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:43:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/stuck-roller-coaster.jpg

About a dozen people were on a roller coaster that became stuck on the tracks at Six Flags Over Texas Friday morning.

The New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster — formerly known as The Shockwave — stopped on the tracks during ride's initial ascent about 11 a.m.

Park officials said a sensor indicated a possible problem with the ride and stopped the train at a "safe place."

While the issue was investigated, crew members brought water to the stranded passengers. After a short wait, passengers were escorted down the emergency ramp at 11:25 a.m.

Sharon Parker, with the theme park, said the ride will be shut down for an inspection. Parker did not say when the park hoped to reopen the ride.

No further details have been released.

On Wednesday, eight people were escorted off a stuck roller coaster at Frontier City in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma riders, which included children aged 7 to 15, were stranded on the coaster for about an hour before they were safely removed.

NBC 5's Alice Barr contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Maintains Edge in New NBC Battleground Map]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:18:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/split2-trump-clinton-june7.jpg

With both parties now having their presumptive nominees and with new battleground-state polling and maneuvering to chew on, NBC News updated its battleground map. The result: Hillary Clinton maintains her advantage, having 255 electoral votes in her column to Donald Trump's 190; 93 are in Tossup. Back in May, it was Clinton 253, Trump 190, Tossup 95. The big changes from two months ago: We moved Florida from Tossup to Lean Dem; Nevada and Pennsylvania from Lean Dem to Tossup; Utah from Likely GOP to Lean GOP; Mississippi and Montana from Lean GOP to Likely GOP; and New Jersey from Lean Dem to Likely Dem.

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<![CDATA[Wanted Woman Captured]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:16:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Shanika+Minor+Pics.jpg

The Milwaukee woman added to the FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" list for the killing of a pregnant woman was captured early Friday, authorities said.

Shanika Minor, 24, was taken into custody in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the FBI's Milwaukee bureau tweeted.

Minor is wanted in the March shooting death of 23-year-old Tamecca Perry. Perry's unborn child also died in the shooting.

According to NBC affiliate WTMB, Perry also had two children. 

Authorities say Minor shot Perry, who was within a week of giving birth, after a confrontation over loud music at the duplex where Minor's mother also lived.

Minor fled after the shooting and has not been found. She is described as African-American, 5-foot-6 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds, of medium build with black hair and brown eyes. She has a display of roses tattooed on her lower abdomen.

Officials said Minor might be receiving help from friends or extended family members in Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio and Georgia, NBC News reported. 

A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered.

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<![CDATA[What to Know Now about Strike at Trump Taj Mahal]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 08:59:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TAJ_MAHAL_GettyImages-529697300.jpg

Atlantic City's main casino workers union went on strike Friday morning against the Trump Taj Mahal casino. Here's a look at what led to the strike, and what to expect during it:


Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union called the strike against the Trump Taj Mahal casino. Local 54 has just under 10,000 members, about 1,000 of whom work at the Taj Mahal. They cook the food, serve the drinks, carry the luggage and clean the rooms at the casino resorts. In short, they are the infrastructure of the city's casino industry. They do not represent dealers, who will be expected to show up for work during the strike. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn owns the Taj Mahal, having taken it over in March from bankruptcy court.


The main dispute between the union and Icahn is the October 2014 termination of health insurance and pension benefits. Though it happened before Icahn owned the casino, he has repeatedly said those benefits are unaffordable in present day Atlantic City, and threatened to shut the casino down rather than be forced to restore them.


Though he opened it in 1990, modestly proclaiming it as "the eighth wonder of the world," Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has nothing to do with the casino that still bears his name. He cut most ties with the company that used to own it, Trump Entertainment Resorts, in 2009 after losing control of it to bondholders in a previous bankruptcy. Aside from a 10 percent stake in the company in return for the use of his name, Trump has had nothing to do with Trump Entertainment since 2009, and even that stake was wiped out in its most recent bankruptcy when Icahn took control in March.


The union called its workers off the casino floor and out of kitchens, bars, restaurants and hotel rooms at 6 a.m. It established picket lines outside the hotel, and strikers will discourage patrons from entering. A list of DOs and DONTs circulated earlier in the week by the union instructed picketers to call anyone who crosses a picket line a "scab," but warns against using any other name. Picketers are also warned by their union against blocking access to the casino, damaging property or threatening anyone.

It was unclear whether the Taj Mahal will assign managers to do tasks usually performed by union members, or whether they will bring in temporary replacement workers. A Friday night concert by the band Whitesnake is expected to go on as planned.


The other seven casinos have either reached new deals with the union, or have been granted an indefinite negotiation extension, and will not be affected by the strike. They will conduct business as usual over the holiday weekend.

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<![CDATA[Owner of Famed Brooklyn Pizzeria Gunned Down at Home]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 22:04:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/louis+barbati+killed.jpg

The owner of the famed Spumoni Gardens restaurant in Brooklyn was shot and killed outside his home while holding a bag containing a large amount of cash, but the money wasn't taken, police say. 

Louis Barbati, 61, was found shot twice in the torso in his backyard in Dyker Heights on 12th Avenue at about 7 p.m. 

Police said he had just returned home from work and was in his backyard when someone fired at him. Barbati's family was in the house at the time, and neighbors said they heard gunfire and screaming. 

"His wife was screaming that he got shot and was looking for help, so we called 911," said neighbor Imran Arshad. 

Bullet holes were still visible in the white fence on the side of the house Friday. 

"We believe there was a person waiting for him, at which time he approached him at the rear of the home," NYPD Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce said Friday. "Shots were fired, five shots, all striking him. The perp ran off." 

Police said Barbati had a bag of cash with him, but the gunman did not take the money. Still, investigators are investigating botched robbery as a possible motive. They're looking for a gunman believed to be in his 30s and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

Barbati co-owned the popular pizza and ice cream shop L&B Spumoni Gardens, and neighbors said he was kind and respectful. Barbati took over the family business, started in 1938 by his grandfather, Italian immigrant Ludovico Barbati. The restaurant is in its fourth generation of family ownership, according to its website

"There's a sea of lore and legend about the place," said NYPD Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce, addressing rumors about whether the business was tied to some sort of mob extortion case several years ago.

"We've found that [Barbati] has always been a regular citizen with no issues, he's never been arrested. No issues at all," said Boyce. "There were recipe things going on a couple years ago, but we don't believe that has nothing to do with this right now." 

Boyce said Barbati owned the restaurant with his two sisters. 

Spumoni's has long been an institution in Brooklyn, known especially for its pizza "sheets" -- thick-crusted, rectangular Sicilian pizzas in upside-down style, according to Eater NY.

The pizzeria has also been featured on several food shows. 

Spumoni's family posted a statement on the restaurant's Facebook page Friday, saying: "To our friends, fans and loyal patrons, As we mourn the abrupt and heartbreaking loss of our beloved Louis, we appreciate the outpouring of overwhelming support and goodwill during these hardest of times. The family respectfully wishes for privacy to grieve." 

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams tweeted Thursday night: "Brooklyn mourns the fatal shooting of Spumoni Gardens co-owner Louis Barbati in Dyker Heights, another senseless victim of gun violence."

<![CDATA[Kenny Chesney, Meghan Trainor to Perform at 'Fireworks Spectacular']]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:42:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fireworks-479518210.jpg

Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds of Summer, Meghan Trainor, the Radio City Rockettes, Pitbull and DNCE are set to perform at this year's "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" Monday on NBC. 

"Today" co-hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall will return to host the two-hour Monday broadcast featuring fireworks lighting up sky over New York City.

The 2016 display, which will include more than 56,000 pyrotechnic effects, will be fired from five locations on the East River in midtown and within the Seaport district. This year, the 25-minute display will introduce pyro-writing, which uses fireworks to spell out USA in the sky.


Amy Kule, the executive producer of the event, said in a press release that this is their biggest show since the millennial display in 2000, which included more than 60,000 firework shells launched from 13 barges surrounding New York City. The is the 40th year of the annual event. 

The fireworks celebration will be choreographed to an arrangement of patriotic musical selections, including "This Land is Your Land," "The Star-Spangled Banner," "God Bless America," among others. The show will culminate with a rendition of "America the Beautiful" performed by Jennifer Holliday and the United States Air Force Band. A bell will also chime 13 times during the display to pay homage to the original 13 colonies.

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<![CDATA[July 4: How Americans Will Celebrate 240 Years of Independence]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:55:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/macys+fireworks1.jpg

Every year, Americans honor the country's independence on the Fourth of July by celebrating freedom with fireworks, barbecues and beach getaways. 

July Fourth has only been a federal holiday since 1941, but Americans have celebrated Independence Day since the 18th century. During the summer of 1776 some colonists held parades and fired canons to accompany reading of the newly signed Declaration of Independence.

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The following year Philadelphia hosted the first annual independence celebration on July 4. 

Here's what to know about the national holiday on the 240th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

$6.8 billion: The amount of money predicted to be spent celebrating the July 4 holiday this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

$71.34: The average amount of money Americans are expected to spend on food per household, according to the National Retail Federation.

15,000: The numbers of fireworks displays held to celebrate July 4 each year, according to Wallethub.

40: The number of years Macy's has been putting on their fireworks display in New York City. It's the biggest display in the country. This year, the viewers will see fireworks from nine countries and they will change colors 17 times.

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$311.7 million: The value of fireworks imported from China in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

150 million: The approximate number of hot dogs consumed each July 4, according to Wallethub.

69: The record number of hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island. Joey Chestnut set that world record in 2013. 

64: The percentage of Americans who will attend a July 4 barbecue or picnic, according to Wallethub.

$3.1 million: The value of U.S. flags exported in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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43 million: The estimated number of Americans who will be traveling this holiday weekend, according to AAA. Most will be driving. 

$2.29: The average price for a gallon of regular gas this weekend, according to AAA. 

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<![CDATA[Boy’s Near-Drowning Prompts Cruise Ship to Return to NJ]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:49:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/JacobTrippin.jpg

A Caribbean-bound cruise ship that departed New Jersey on Thursday returned to shore after a boy nearly drowned in one of the boat’s pools, officials said.

The 8-year-old boy from Maryland had "an accident" in one of the ship’s pools, Royal Caribbean Cruises tweeted at about 10 p.m.

Law enforcement officials said the Anthem of the Seas cruise ship departed from Bayonne at 4:30 p.m. and was returning at 9:30 p.m. because of the medical emergency. 

The Coast Guard retrieved the child from the ship by Medivac helicopter and he was taken to Staten Island University Hospital. His family was expected to meet him there. The ship was docked in Bayonne early Friday morning. 

The boy was in critical condition Friday, The Associated Press reported, citing the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard said the boy had been in the water for eight to 10 minutes before cruise officials found him. Police described the boy as the victim of a drowning or near-drowning. 

Royal Caribbean said on Twitter the boy was being treated at the hospital and the cruise line’s care team was providing support to his family.

This isn’t the first time Anthem of the Seas made headlines this year: It sailed into a storm in the Atlantic Ocean in February, tossing passengers and furniture around the vessel. Passengers described it as "a cruise from hell."

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<![CDATA[Trump's Reddit Fan Club Faces Crackdown, Civil War]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 06:46:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/trump-muslim-ban.jpg

Donald Trump's presidential campaign isn't the only thing being shaken up. His leading fan site on the online message board Reddit has been plagued by constant infighting among moderators, NBC News reported.

The subreddit r/the_donald, a user-created section of Reddit with no connection to Trump's actual campaign, became a grassroots sensation during the Republican primaries with more than 50 million monthly page views at its peak in March.

The subreddit, managed by a handful of mostly anonymous fans, is a breakout success. Along with the infighting, the board has suffered from infiltration by white supremacists and clashes with the site's administrators over complaints that its users game the system to make their content more visible.

Last week, its leaders announced they were kicking out moderator CisWhiteMaelstrom, widely credited with popularizing the subreddit, over allegations he planned to join forces with prominent white nationalists like Jared Taylor and Richard Spencer to coordinate support for Trump.

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