<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - National & International News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:56:31 -0400 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:56:31 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hundreds Attend Vigil for Slain Texas Deputy ]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 03:33:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/policia-asesinado-texas.jpg

Hundreds gathered at a vigil Saturday to mourn the loss of the sheriff’s deputy ambushed at a Texas gas station while filling up his patrol car the previous evening, NBC News reported. 
The crowd, gathered at the Houston Chevron station where Darren H. Goforth was gunned down, were led in prayer and observed a moment of silence for Goforth and the sheriff’s department. 
Many said that they were there to support police. Some said that they were frustrated with what they said was an increased hostility against all police. 
His wife, meanwhile, released a statement Saturday calling her husband her best friend. "There are no words for this," she said.
Saturday, Shannon Miles, 30, was arrested and charged with capital murder in the shooting of Goforth, a 10-year veteran on the force. 

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<![CDATA[Pope Francis Decries Crimes Against Refugees]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:42:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485905526-pope-francis-austria.jpg

Pope Francis asked the faithful Sunday to work together to prevent crimes against people who are forced to flee their home countries in search of a better life, NBC News reported.

The pontiff made his remarks and urged prayers at St. Peter's Square in Rome three days after the decomposed bodies of 71 refugees were discovered in a truck on a highway in Austria.

Francis prayed for God "to help us to cooperate effectively to prevent these crimes, which offend the entire human family." The pope prayed specifically for the 71 refugees — including four children — found in the truck.

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<![CDATA[Obama Heads to Alaska for Historic Climate Change Tour]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:38:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_586127782641.jpg

President Barack Obama heads to Alaska Monday for a historic Arctic tour aimed at drawing attention to climate change, NBC News reported.

The three-day tour will include trips to a receding glacier and to coastal communities where he will talk to villagers about erosion threatening their shoreline and livelihood. 

The Arctic trip — the first ever by a sitting U.S. president — comes ahead of a major international summit in Paris at the end of the year, where he will push for a global deal to flight climate change.

Such an agreement, environmental policy experts say, could help secure his legacy as the first U.S. president to address global climate change in a substantive way.

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<![CDATA[Is It OK to Eat Fish Every Day?]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:08:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Blue+Fin+Tuna+Sushi.jpg

With government guidelines urging everyone to eat fish twice a week for heart and brain benefits, you might wonder: If two days of fish is good, is eating fish every day even better?

That's a question experts haven't yet completely answered, according to TODAY.com. And it's a little complicated because it's not just a health issue – there are probably not enough fish in the sea for everyone to eat seafood all the time.

But, experts say, eating seafood more than twice a week, for most people, can be healthful.

"it's certainly better to eat fish every day than to eat beef every day," says Eric Rimm, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition and director of in cardiovascular epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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<![CDATA[Scholarships Memorialize Reporter Slain in Virginia]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:45:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/184*120/matan-reporteros_3.jpg

The family of Alison Parker, the TV reporter shot to death during a live report Wednesday morning in Virginia, is asking that people donate to memorial scholarship funds and charities in her name to honor the young journalist.

Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, both journalists at WDBJ7 in Roanoke, both died when police say a disgruntled former employee shot them during a live report about tourism. A third person, a woman Parker was interviewing, was injured in the shooting but survived. The suspected gunman later fatally shot himself as police closed in on him.

Parker's family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the following scholarship funds or organizations:

Alison B. Parker Memorial Fund at James Madison University
James Madison University, 220 University Blvd., Office of Annual Giving MSC 3603, Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Alison Bailey Parker Memorial Scholarship
Patrick Henry Community College Foundation, 645 Patriot Ave., Martinsvile, VA 24112

Valley Stars and Salvation Army of Roanoke

A public celebration of Parker's life is expected to be held at a later date after a private memorial service. A viewing for Ward is set for tomorrow, and a service for him will be held Tuesday morning in Roanoke.

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<![CDATA[Huge Fire at Saudi Oil Workers' Compound Kills 7]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:05:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/AP859656548979.jpg

Seven people were killed and more than 200 injured in a giant fire that tore through an oil workers' residential compound in Saudi Arabia Sunday, The Associated Press reported.

Officials said that residents of "various nationalities" were affected by the early morning blaze, which broke out in the basement of the Radium compound in the eastern city of Khobar.

The compound is used by the state oil giant Saudi Aramco, which oversees petroleum production in the country, and was the site of a 1996 truck bombing at a dormitory for U.S. Air Force personnel that killed 19 Americans and wounded 372.

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<![CDATA[P.F. Chang's Worker Fatally Stabbed]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:33:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PF+Chang+Best+082915.JPG

One P.F. Chang's kitchen worker was stabbed to death Saturday, allegedly by another, at the restaurant in Peabody, Massachusetts.

Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said 23-year-old Jaquan Huston used a knife to stab his coworker at the restaurant, located at the Northshore Mall.

Police responded just after 5:30 p.m. The victim, identified as 38-year-old Elivelton Dias of Salem, was rushed to Salem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, Blodgett said.

Huston was arrested at his home in Salem. He is scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges in Peabody District Court Monday.

"This was an isolated incident," said Blodgett. "It's a very difficult, sad situation."

Other staff members and witnesses are being interviewed as the investigation continues.

P.F. Chang's later released a statement on the incident:

"Tonight we lost an employee in a tragic incident at our Peabody restaurant. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our colleague. We will be mobilizing support to provide care to our colleague's family, as well as our fellow employees, during this difficult time. We are also cooperating with local law enforcement as they conduct their investigation."

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<![CDATA[Suspect Charged in Killing of Texas Sheriff's Deputy]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 03:34:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/goforth-harriscounty.jpg

A 30-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the "execution-style" shooting of a deputy at a suburban Houston gas station, authorities announced Saturday afternoon, NBC News reported.

Shannon J. Miles, 30, was arrested for the murder of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren H. Goforth, 47, who was pumping gas about 8:30 p.m. Friday when he was shot from behind. 

"We haven't been able to exact any details regarding a motive," Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters, calling Goforth's death a "senseless and cowardly act."

In an emotional news conference hours before Miles' arrest was announced, a visibly angry Hickman told reporters that "dangerous rhetoric" against law enforcement had "gotten out of control."

"We've heard black lives matter — all lives matter," he said. "Well, cops' lives matter, too."

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<![CDATA[3 Adults Killed, Child Wounded in Tennessee Home Shooting]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:07:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/187062332.jpg

Two men and a woman were found shot to death inside a home in eastern Tennessee Saturday night, according to the local sheriff's office, NBC News reported. A child was also found inside the home with gunshot wounds and transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The alleged gunman was found "a short time" after authorities responded to the scene and he was taken into custody, according to a statement from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office. The suspect had also been shot, but his wounds were not life threatening, the statement added.

Sheriff Wayne Anderson told local TV station WCYB that it appeared the suspect, who was not identified, was related to those living inside the home. 

"He made it up here where they live...and he just started shooting everybody," Anderson said.

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<![CDATA[Coast Guardsmen Remember Katrina]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:50:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/katrina-coast-guard-rescuers-remember.jpg

As the whole country reflects on the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina a decade later, two Coast Guard rescue swimmers described seeing a submerged New Orleans and thousands in need of help.

Lt. Benjamin Berman and Aviation Survival Technician 1st Class Robert Williams, who are now stationed at the San Diego Coast Guard sector, said Friday that the images of destruction are still fresh in their minds.

"It was 10 years ago but there are constant reminders of it. Even just flying in the helicopter sometimes I'll just have memories while we are flying around," Williams said.

He was stationed at Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2005 and had only been a rescue swimmer for two years when he got the call for help.

Williams and his crew were on a helicopter bound for New Orleans an hour later. They arrived at night, and all he could see were flashlights dotting the ground. Before long, he realized those lights were held by people who needed rescue.

"It looked like a third-world country with people on rooftops and rivers flowing down places where cars should be driving, dogs swimming in the streets, people on top of cars floating down the streets, gas pipes that were broken and on fire," Williams said.

Berman lived in Mobile, Alabama, at the time. He flew in the first night Coast Guard crews came to the rescue, joining the branch's effort to save more than 33,500 people -- one of the largest rescue operations in Coast Guard history.

One disturbing sight that stuck with him, he said, was seeing a couple who died off Interstate 10, where he and his crew were trying to help survivors.

"That kind of affected me because they died together on the side of the freeway," he said. "It was kind of devastating. There was devastation everywhere of course, but walking up to that kind of devastation was pretty impactful."

Berman said he never forgets the anniversary of the day he was sent to New Orleans because he had to leave his 2-week old son. He now calls his boy his "Katrina baby."

Both Williams and Berman told NBC 7 in San Diego that they hope their efforts made an impact on survivors and that the people of New Orleans have come out stronger.

"It's sad though that a lot of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast has not recovered from Katrina, but I stand by them and hopefully they will come back around," Berman said.

Berman has returned every year since Hurricane Katrina, but Williams has not been back since the storm. He told NBC 7 he hopes to return soon.

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<![CDATA[Close Encounter With Hammerhead]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:03:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hammerhead-shark-la-jolla.gif

A group of kayakers captured their heart-pounding close encounter with a hammerhead shark off the San Diego coast Saturday — a sighting that prompted lifeguards to close down crowded beaches nearby.

Their incredible video shows the 8- to 10-foot shark circling and swimming under the watercraft off La Jolla Shores. Stalking the kayakers, the hammerhead followed them back to the beach as they paddled away, according to San Diego Lifeguards.

When officials saw the footage and noted the shark was exhibiting "aggressive behavior," they took immediate action.

They decided to clear the waters between La Jolla Cove and Scripps Pier, announcing the closure over loud speakers to thousands packed onto the sand. The beach will be closed for the rest of the day, according to Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum.

"What we're going to do is evaluate tomorrow morning," he said at a news briefing Saturday afternoon. "If there's no other shark sighting by then, we'll probably lift the closure and open it as an advisory for the full 24-hour period."

People swimming near the shark were able to climb onto other kayaks and get safely to shore.

The animal was last seen just outside the surf line at the foot of Avenida De La Playa, at the south part of La Jolla Shores.

Lifeguard crews in boats and a helicopter soon began searching the waters for shark, but no more sightings have been reported. Officials say if they find it, they will track it and make sure it leaves the area before the waters are reopened.

The closure was a disappointment to many beachgoers, who sought the cool water on the unusually hot Saturday.

"They were just going to shut it down temporarily, but then they decided to shut it down for the entire day," said Gil Durazo, at La Jolla with his two sons. "So we kind of stuck it out for a little while but then decided, you know, we've been here long enough, we're just going to head home and jump in the pool for a little while."

Lifeguards say they brought the kayakers' footage to Dr. Andy Nosal, a marine biologist at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. He said based on the size, species and behavior of the shark, lifeguards were right to close the beach.

"It's not uncommon for these types of sharks to be seen far off shore, but it's uncommon to see it so close to a popular beach like La Jolla Shores," said Lerum.

According to the lieutenant, a similar closure happened in La Jolla a couple years ago when a great white shark came concerningly close to the shore.

As for why the hammerhead was acting aggressively toward the kayakers, Lerum's best guess is food.

"Well sharks are very instinctive," he said. "Usually what causes them to act aggressively is their desire to eat, and so there may have been food in the area that we don't know of." He was not sure if the kayakers had fish on board.

Hammerheads rarely present a threat to humans, experts say. In fact, since scientists began keeping records in the 1950s, there have been just 32 documented hammerhead shark attacks, according to Mike Price, an assistant curator of fishes at SeaWorld.

However, a hammerhead bit into a local diver's hand earlier this month about 100 miles off San Diego's coast.

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<![CDATA[10 Years Later, Thousands Still Live With Katrina Damage]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:48:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/jerry-reed-backyard-nola.jpg

Pulling up to Jerry Reed's house in St. Roch neighborhood is like stepping back in time to August 2005, when Hurricane Katrina ripped through the area, devastating everything in its path. The house appears very much the same today as then, a decade after the storm, NBC News reported.

The home's foundations are unearthed, its vinyl siding peels along ragged lines that demarcate clearly how high the floodwaters rose. "Ten years after the storm, I didn't ever think it would still be — this bad," said a somber Reed as he reflected on the 10th anniversary of one of the most powerful natural disasters to ever strike a major American city.

Reed, 66, is a Vietnam War veteran who fought for his country and won the Silver Star but feels he has been forgotten here at home. He is just one of thousands of homeowners in and around New Orleans who is unable to pay for damages that remain from Hurricane Katrina.

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<![CDATA[Calif. Hiker Found Alive After Missing for More Than a Week]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:26:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Missing_Hiker.jpg

A 62-year-old woman who vanished while hiking in California was found alive Saturday — more than a week after she was separated from the group she was traveling with, police said, NBC News reported. 

Miyuki Harwood was spotted by members of a search and rescue team not far from where she went missing near the Courtright Reservoir, about 100 miles east of Fresno, according to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

Police said Harwood was hurt, but they do not yet know the extent of her injuries. She was brought by helicopter to a nearby hospital, police said.

Harwood was last seen on Aug. 20 with a hiking group from the Sierra Club, based near Sacramento

Photo Credit: Fresno County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Boy, 17, Charged With Raping 9-Year-Old Girl at State Fair]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:45:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg+20+may.jpg

A 17-year-old boy was charged Friday with raping a 9-year-old girl inside a barn at the Maryland State Fair, Baltimore County police said.

The teen's family and the 9-year-old girl's family, who are all from Carroll County, Maryland, travel together to show livestock at fairs within and outside of the state, police said.

The suspect, whom NBC News is not naming because of his age, has been charged as an adult with second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense, perverted practice, fourth-degree sexual assault and second-degree assault, police said in a statement.

An investigation by the Baltimore County Crimes Against Children Unit found that the teen may have been sexually abusing the girl since she was about 3 years old.

<![CDATA['Second Avenue Sinatra' Found Dead]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:07:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/150829-singer.jpg

A construction worker dubbed the "Second Avenue Sinatra," who has been missing for a month, was found dead Friday, hanging from a tree in Queens, police said.

Gary Russo, 54, was last seen around midnight July 28 at his home on 90th Street in Howard Beach, Queens, police said.

Dubbed the "Second Avenue Sinatra," Russo made headlines for setting up his karaoke kit each day during his 30-minute break and serenading the beleaguered residents near the $4 billion Second Avenue subway station construction site.

He’d stand in front of a sign that reads, “Forget all the noise, traffic and the impact of the 2nd Ave. Subway. Enjoy the music.”

Police responding to a call near the intersection of 165th Avenue and 92nd Street found Russo with a rope around his neck, hanging from a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene, investigators said.

Additional information wasn't available. 

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Bear Nearly Bites Hiker]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:46:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/stephanie+rivkin+bear+encounter+crop.jpg

State officials have closed trails at a Connecticut wildlife area after a hiker came dangerously close to a brazen black bear Friday afternoon.

Wildlife staff from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the bear in the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington was a male about a year-and-a-half old and weighing 150 pounds. 

Hiker Stephanie Rivkin captured video of her close encounter and shared her footage with NBC Connecticut.

"I had no idea whether or not I was supposed to be scared," she said. "I just felt if I ran, I would be attacked."

The video shows a tagged bear walking slowly toward her, then pacing back and forth. Rivkin begins walking alongside the animal as another bear approaches from behind them.

"It was unlike anything I ever experienced before, so I didn't really know how to react or respond," Rivkin recalled. "I kind of just stayed as calm as I could and it seemed to work. I got out alive."

A second video posted on Rivkin's personal Facebook page shows the bear getting closer, circling her and then scampering off. At one point, the animal appears to reach out and open its mouth as if to bite her leg.

"I felt his nose touch my leg and that's as close as he got," she said. "The teeth, I saw them clearly, but thank God I didn't feel them."

Officials said Rivkin was not hurt.

"DEEP staff had a chance to talk with this woman after her encounter with the bear," agency spokesman Dennis Schain said in a statement Friday. "We are relieved she was not injured. This was certainly an unusual incident as bears do not often approach people."

Tags on the bear's ears indicate DEEP began tracking it as a yearling over the winter. The bear was captured and relocated at least once, according to the agency.

Wildlife staff are searching for the bear and plan to euthanize it, according to Schain.

"That is the appropriate action to take after seeing this bear's behavior today," Schain explained in an email to NBC Connecticut.

Rivkin said she wishes the bears could be saved.

"I hope the bears maybe can be moved to a safer area where they're not putting hikers in danger," she said.

Signs posted at Sessions Woods notify hikers that the trails are closed.

If you spot a bear while hiking or camping, wave your arms to make your presence known and back away slowly. Do not approach or interact with the animal.

More bear safety tips are available on the DEEP website.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Rivkin
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<![CDATA[Bystander Shot During NYPD Probe]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:07:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MT+VERNON+SHOOTING.jpg

A 61-year-old bystander who was shot Friday by an undercover police officer chasing an alleged illegal firearms dealer near New York City has died, authorities said.

The shooting occurred at about 4 p.m. in a residential neighborhood near Beekman Avenue and Pease Street in Mount Vernon after an undercover NYPD officer met with a suspected illegal-gun dealer in the Bronx and the two men drove to the Westchester County city to conduct the transaction, investigators said.

When they arrived, a second suspect entered the back seat of the car and pointed what appeared to be a gun at the officer's head and demanded cash, police said. The officer handed the gunman some money and he attempted to flee.

The officer signaled his backup team and started to chase the gunman who turned and pointed his weapon at them, investigators said. The officer shot and hit the gunman three times in the torso.

The weapon, recovered by police, turned out to be a replica of a high-caliber gun, investigators said.

Bystander Felix Kumi, who was standing behind the gunman, was also wounded. He was transported to Jacobi Hospital where he where he later died, police said.

In a statement NYPD commissioner William Bratton expressed his "profound sorrow and sympathy" to Kumi's family.

"Mr. Kumi was blameless, and this tragedy has tested and tried his family," Bratton said. "I pray that they may find comfort in their hope of resurrection and awakening, and I tender the Department’s support and service in their grief."

The wounded suspect, identified as Samuel Ruiz, was transported to the hospital in serious condition. The other suspect who initially fled the scene has been arrested and identified as 28-year-old Jeffrey Aristy of the Bronx.

Ruiz, Aristy and Aristy's wif, Ivette Cruz, have been charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal sale of firearms.

According to a criminal complaint, the undercover investigation against the three dates back several months.

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<![CDATA[Egypt Sentences Al-Jazeera Reporters to Prison]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:46:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/451087480.jpg

An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in prison in a long-running trial criticized by press freedom advocates worldwide.
Judge Hassan Farid said he issued his verdict in the retrial because the three journalists were not registered with the country's journalist syndicate, brought reporting equipment into the country without permission and were spreading "false news," Reuters reported.
The case against Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed was opened in the wake of the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
Greste, who was deported in February and sentenced in absentia, wrote on Twitter that he was shocked, outraged, angry and upset. 
Mostefa Souag, acting director general of Qatar-based Al Jazeera, said that the "verdict defies logic and common sense." 

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<![CDATA[Thai Police Arrest Suspect in Bangkok Tourist Shrine Bombing]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:09:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sketch19.JPG

Police in Thailand arrested a suspect in the deadly Bankok bombing that killed 20 people at a crowded Shrine earlier this month.

National police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri told Reuters that the suspect fit the description of a man seen on a surveillance video leaving a backpack at the scene.

Thavornsiri added that police raided an apartment used by the suspect in northern Bangkok and discovered possible bomb-making materials.

The bomb detonated at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok's commercial center on Aug. 17, killing 20 and wounding dozens more.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Holds Fundraiser]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:36:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Donald+Trump+082815.jpg

Donald Trump spoke Friday evening during a fundraiser at the home of a famed New England car dealer.

Ernie Boch Jr. hosted the Republican frontrunner in Norwood, Massachusetts. More than 1,000 guests were charged $100 to attend, but the candidate insists this isn't about raising money.

"This is not a fundraiser tonight," he said.

In fact, Boch says the party is not an endorsement, either — he says he's curious about the candidate and wants to know more. He said he hopes his guests have fun and come away with a better understanding of Trump.

"Whether they like him, fine, if they hate him, fine. I'm not going to try to convince anybody to vote for him or not to vote for him," said Boch. "I just want to have him over here and up close and personal."

Outside the iron gates of the sprawling mega mansion, dozens of protesters gathered, hoping to point out that Trump is pro-life.

"We're going to hold him accountable," protester Christian Miron said. "Donald Trump opposes a woman's right to safe, legal abortion care."

But some women told necn they don't vote solely based on reproductive rights.

"There's so many other issues out there that are important," said one attendee. "I'm concerned about kids in the inner city getting better education, and I'm going to ask Mr. Trump about that today."

Boch added that he thinks Trump "could tone down on some of the stuff he says about women."

"I'm pro-choice. I'm socially liberal and fiscally conservative," he said.

And Trump did soften his tone when asked about female voters.

"I cherish women," he said. "My daughter and my wife said, 'You have to talk about that,' because they know how I feel."

He used the issue to fire a shot at fellow Republican candidate Jeb Bush.

"Bush said he didn't want to fund women's health issues, and then he came back a few hours later and said he misspoke," said Trump.

Asked why he often attacks Bush, Trump got another jab in.

"I would say Jeb Bush is a frequent target because when this whole thing started, I thought he was going to be the primary competition," said Trump. "He's drifted very much to the middle of the pack and he's rapidly disappearing, so we're going to have to start looking at somebody else."

He also addressed recent gun violence.

"We have a problem with mental health in this country," said Trump. "Whave to take care of people and we have to find out who these people are."

With his feud with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh fresh in everyone's memory, Trump was asked his thoughts on the local leader.

"Honestly, I don't know him. I don't know him. He said something nasty about me and then I said, 'You failed on the Olympics.' And he failed," said Trump. "I hope he does a great job as mayor, but I really don't know him."

From there, he segued less than seamlessly into something sure to gain the favor of Patriots fans.

"I do know Tom Brady, who's great, Bob Kraft, who's great, and Coach [Bill] Belichick, who's great. Those people I know, but those are real winners," said Trump. "Leave Tom Brady alone, right? We love Tom Brady!"

Brady's former teammate, offensive tackle Matt Light loves the Donald, too.

"I think that what most people want in this country is somebody that's going to be honest, they're going to be open, and they're going to say it the way they see it," said Light. "And I can't see anybody else but Donald Trump fitting that bill."

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<![CDATA[Man Says He Robbed Bank to Pay for Baby's Cancer Treatment]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:09:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/surveillance_robbery_brian_randolph1.jpg

A man sits in a Michigan jail while his 1-year-old daughter awaits her next round of chemotherapy.

Brian Randolph, 23, told police he robbed a bank to help pay for his baby daughter’s cancer treatments because her insurance had been canceled. He was charged with armed robbery and bank robbery following an arrest on Aug. 14 in Detroit. 

"As a parent, I can understand. I want the best for my child too. If all this was supposed to go towards the child's care, why is he is spending money on nice things for himself?” Lt. Chris Sovik of the South Lyon Police Department told NBC Owned Stations. 

Randolph is accused of robbing the Vibe Credit Union in South Lyon of $8,173 on Aug. 12. He allegedly entered the bank with glasses and a baseball cap, passed a note to a teller that stated he wanted $20,000 and had a shotgun in his pants, according to the Detroit Free Press.

He was apprehended by the Oakland County Violent Crime Task Force in a rental car with just over $3,000 in cash and designer clothing on Aug. 14. Randolph is being held on a $500,000 cash bond and his next court date has been scheduled for Sept. 2.

A Go Fund Me account was set up by Asia Dupree, the mother of Randolph’s child, for the baby's battle against retinoblastoma. As of Aug. 28, $29,363 has been raised.

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<![CDATA[Obama Appoints First Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:50:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/obama+climate.JPG

President Barack Obama appointed the country's first special envoy for hostage affairs following a review of the government's current hostage policies, the White House announced on Friday.

Former State Department official Jim O'Brien will be tasked with "one overriding goal," according to Secretary of State John Kerry, to whom O'Brien will report: "using diplomacy to secure the safe return of Americans held hostage overseas." 

O'Brien will also communicate directly with the families of hostages—a response to criticism from families of American hostages who complained that the U.S. government left them in the dark.

O'Brien will be part of a "fusion cell" made up of officials from the FBI, the State Department, the Pentagon and CIA.

He previously worked as a presidential envoy to the Balkans during the 1990s and a senior adviser to former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.

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<![CDATA[Sarah Palin Lobs Softballs at Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:03:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP342668398395.jpg

Sarah Palin hosted Republican candidates Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz on her show, "On Point with Sarah Palin," for a friendly interview Friday that steered clear of the tough questions they faced duing their first debate earlier this month.

Trump criticized the current tax code, calling it "a joke," and slammed the "horrible" treatment of the country's middle class and veterans, vowing to improve their lives. "If I win … believe me, the vets will be taken care of," he said. Palin did not prompt him to explain what he would change.

She invited Cruz and Bush to sound off on the recent controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood, Hillary Clinton's email server scandal and the proposed Iran nuclear deal, which Cruz called "profoundly dangerous to our country."

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<![CDATA[Texas Sheriff's Deputy Gunned Down at Gas Station]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:01:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/Harris+County+Presser.jpg


Authorities were questioning a person of interest Saturday in the "execution-style" shooting of a uniformed Texas sheriff's deputy, while warning that "dangerous rhetoric" against law enforcement has "gotten out of control," NBC News reported.


"We've heard black lives matter — all lives matter," a visibly angry Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters. "Well, cops' lives matter, too."

The emotional news conference came after Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren H. Goforth, 47, was shot Friday night after coming out of the convenience store of a Houston Chevron gas station.

Goforth had just filled his patrol car when a man "walked up behind him and literally shot him to death," Hickman said overnight.

During Saturday afternoon's news conference, officials pleaded for help from the public. Hickman said no one had been taken into custody, and asked for any witnesses of the shooting to come forward.

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<![CDATA[Diabetes Drugs Can Cause Severe Joint Pain: FDA]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:47:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-166272621.jpg

Certain diabetes drugs can cause severe and disabling joint pain, the Food and Drug Administration warned patients on Friday.

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the type 2 diabetes medicines sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, and alogliptin may cause joint pain that can be severe and disabling," the agency said in a statement.

These are generic names for Januvia, Onglyza, Tradjenta, and Nesina, which are all in the same calss and work by making more insulin for the body.

The drugs are already linked with some potentially severe side-effects. Januvia, for instance, can cause a severe inflammation of the pancreas called pancreatitis that's not only excruciating but that can be deadly. Onglyza has been linked with a higher risk of heart failure.

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<![CDATA[Legionnaires Disease Confirmed at San Quentin Prison]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:14:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/prisonmain.PNG

San Quentin Prison officials on Friday confirmed at least one case of Legionnaires' disease on prison premises, located on the shore of San Francisco Bay just east of Larkspur.

Officials said one prisoner had undergone tests at a hospital outside the prison facility after falling sick The tests confirmed that he had the potentially life threatening disease. He is currently in stable condition, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

Two more inmates were hospitalized after displaying symptoms and were transported to an outside hospital for pneumonia-like symptoms, but no officials diagnosis has been made.

San Quentin has temporarily halted inmate intake as the investigation continues.

Prison officials had shut off all water to the prison Thursday, including to showers, toilets, sinks and the kitchen. Prisoners could be seen lining up with jars to receive water on the prison grounds Friday from the NBC Bay Area chopper. Water stations and a line of porta potties were also spotted.

According to a statement from CDCR Friday afternoon, the prison will resume the use of plumbed toilets inside the facility’s housing units and monitored use of water for cooking after consulting with health experts. Water sources such as bottled water and water tanks will continue to be consumed until it is deemed safe to resume normal water use.

Currently around 30 inmates are ill and have symptoms associated with Legionnaires' disease. The inmates have not been confirmed to have Legionnaires disease and were only being treated as a precaution, Dana Simas from CDCR said. All unconfirmed cases are being treated at San Quentin’s on-site medical unit, Simas said.

The CDCR is working with Marin County Public Health to identify the source of the problem. The prison will keep bringing in water until the problem has been fixed, Simas said.

Most cases of legionellosis or Legionnaires’ disease are caused by Legionella pneumophila, but all species of Legionella can cause the disease, according to the CDC. People contract Legionnaires' disease when they breathe in a mist or vapor (small droplets of water in the air) that has been contaminated with Legionella bacteria, which grows in warm freshwater environments.

Person-to-person transmisison does not occur with Legionnaires’ disease, the CDC says.

A recent Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the south Bronx sickened more than 120 people, killing 12 of them. Officials in New York identified a cooling tower at the Opera House Hotel as the source of that outbreak.

The largest outbreak — 449 cases — ever reported was traced to a cooling tower on the roof of a city hospital in Murcia, Spain in 2001. The bacterium is named after a 1976 outbreak, when people who attended the American Legion convention in Philadelphia caught the disease.

An estimated 8,000 to 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires' disease each year in the U.S.

John Zuchelli and Torey Van Oot contributed reporting.