<![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 Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:25:11 -0400 Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:25:11 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Texas Sheriff's Deputy Gunned Down at Gas Station]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:22:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/Harris+County+Presser.jpg

A Texas Sheriff's deputy was fatally shot from behind Friday night, while pumping gas into his police vehicle at a Houston-area Chevron station, police said.

The Harris County Sheriff's office identified the slain deputy as Darren H. Goforth, 47, a 10-year veteran on the force, who was in uniform when he was shot multiple times "execution-style."

The shooting occured at about 8:30 p.m. local time at a Chevron station in Harris County, Texas. The duputy had just finished responding to a routine call and was alone in the car, the Sheriff's office said. 

Police are still searching for the suspect, who they described as a dark complexioned man in his early 20s wearing a white t-shirt and red shorts. He was reportedly driving a dark red or maroon extended cab Ford Ranger.

Witnesses called 911 and multiple units arrived on the scene, but were unable to save the deputy, according to the Sheriff's office.



Photo Credit: NBC News
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![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.
 



Photo Credit: South Lyon Police Department]]>
<![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.
 



Photo Credit: Getty Images/Caiaimage/FILE]]>
<![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.

]]>
<![CDATA[Nazi Gold-Train Hunters Used Map Drawn on Deathbed: Official]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:18:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nazi_gold-Train.jpg

Two treasure hunters who claim to have found a Nazi train filled with gold in Poland discovered it by following a map drawn up by one of the people who hid it around 70 years ago, a Polish government minister said Friday, NBC News reported. 

The map was drawn by a man who helped conceal the train at the end of World War II and passed it on "on his deathbed," Poland's Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski said.

The deputy minister said officials had been able to locate the 100-yard-long military train using ground-penetrating radar. He stopped short of confirming the claim the train was filled with gold, weapons and valuable art.

According to a local rumor rumor, a German train filled with gold, gems and armaments went missing around the city of Walbrzych while it was fleeing the Red Army advancing towards Berlin in the spring of 1945.



Photo Credit: NBC News]]>
<![CDATA[Donald Trump Holds Fundraiser]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:39:14 -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," said protester Christian Miron. "Donald Trump opposes a woman's right to safe, legal abortion care."

But some women told necn they don't just vote 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."



Photo Credit: necn]]>
<![CDATA[Kids, Women Among 71 Bodies Found in Truck: Officials]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:07:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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.



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Toddler Wanders from Daycare: Mom]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:44:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/82815daycare.jpg

A New Jersey toddler wandered out of his daycare center and walked home without employees noticing, his astonished mother complained Friday.

Yomara Ortiz said she dropped off her 3-year-old son Dariell at KinderWorld EduCare Center in Hamilton, New Jersey, as she does every day. Not long after arriving at her job, a family member called to say that Dariell suddenly appeared at the front door of his home.

"I couldn't believe it," Ortiz said. "I thought she was playing a joke on me."

Ortiz lives only two blocks from the daycare center, but the toddler had to cross a busy street to get home.

Daycare staff had no idea that the 3-year-old had wandered off, Ortiz told NBC 4 New York.

"She didn't know where he was," Ortiz said of the staff member's response. "She had nothing to say. She just apologized and said it wouldn't happen again."

It won't, Ortiz said, adding that she will no longer leave her son at KinderWorld.

The daycare center was open Friday and taking care of children. Employees decline to speak to NBC 4.

Ortiz filed a formal complaint against KinderWorld and a state inspector visited the site Friday. 



Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Survivor of Virginia TV Shooting Remembers Dodging Bullets]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:00:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_937316844660-WDBJ.jpg

Vicki Gardner, a local tourism official who was being interviewed by WDBJ-TV when a gunman opened fire on the news crew on live television, remembers dodging bullets before being shot in the back, a spokesman for her family told NBC News on Friday. 

"It happened fast, and it was frightening," Troy Keaton, the family's spokesman, said. "She saw Alison shot, Adam also. She was ducking and dodging and ended up on the ground, kind of hunched over, and he shot her in the back."

Alison Parker, a reporter, and Adam Ward, the cameraman, were killed by a disgruntled former reporter from WDBJ, who later killed himself. Parker was shot in the head and chest, and Ward was shot in the head and torso; both deaths were ruled a homicide, a medical examiner said. 


This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Pilot Dies Practicing Stunts]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:52:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/208*120/82815plane.jpg

A pilot died Friday after his propeller-driven stunt plane crashed while he was practicing tricks for a weekend air show in New York's Hudson Valley.

The plane crashed around 2 p.m. at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, where the New York Air Show is scheduled to take place this weekend

The pilot was the only person in the plane, an experimental aircraft owned by Andrew Wright, of Austin, Texas, said New York State Police Trooper Steven Nevel.

Aviation journalist Benjamin Granucci, of the blog NYC Aviation, tweeted that the plane appeared to be a single-engine Giles G-202.

He said the plane was making a practice run for the weekend's events. He said that it appeared the aircraft crashed into the ground after coming out of a dive.

A woman at the air show box office said the show will go on as scheduled.



Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Bathtub Girl Meets Luke Bryan: 'I Love Him']]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:42:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Ava_Finley_Luke_Bryan.png

A little girl struggles to say who she loves and her dad couldn't make out the words. 

The two-year-old professed her love to country singer Luke Bryan during bath time. The video of the father-daughter episode went viral, followed by an in person meeting with the superstar. 

As Ava Finley took a bath last year, the toddler began babbling with her dad Jonathan Finley and he started shooting video of her chatter. At first, he didn't know exactly what she was talking about. 

"A little bunny? You look funny?" he asked. 

What the little girl from Calera, Ala. was trying to tell her father was — Luke Bryan! Her pronunciation was a little tough to make out.

"I love him!" she exclaimed.

Ava became a Bryan fan after listening to his music with her aunts. "Play It Again" is her favorite song. 

Ava's mom first shared the video on her personal Facebook page last year. After being nudged by friends, she posted it to Twitter in April of this year and tagged Bryan, who eventually saw the video and retweeted it. His record label got in contact with the Finleys and invited them to a concert and meet-and-greet this year.

"She is really shy around people she doesn’t know. I was kind of afraid she would chicken out," said Ava's mom Adrian Finley. 

Dressed up in her cowboy boots and a white bow, Ava finally met Bryan before his concert in Atlanta on Aug. 23. Upon seeing her, Bryan scooped up Ava and gave her a big hug. He shared the moment on his Facebook page. 

"She was even cuter in person," Bryan wrote.



Photo Credit: Adrian Finley
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[3 Generations Linked by Single Womb After Transplant]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:19:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BoyWombTransplant.jpg

For one family in Sweden, a pioneering procedure has led to a baby being born from the same womb that nurtured his mother, uniting three generations.

The new mother, who lost her own uterus to cancer in her 20s, said it was "unimaginable" that she now had her own child, thanks to her mother's donated womb.

"It can't be described how happy we are," she told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview. "It's everything that I hoped for and a little bit more," said the woman, who asked that she and her mother not be identified in order to protect the privacy of her 9-month-old son.

Dr. Mats Brannstrom, who is behind the revolutionary process, has ushered in four babies, all boys, with transplanted wombs; a fifth is on the way. He said there was something very special about this case: "It's one uterus bridging three generations of a family."

Before his breakthrough, there had been two attempts to transplant a womb, in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, but no live births. Doctors in Britain, France, the United States and elsewhere are planning similar operations with wombs from women who have died recently, not living donors.

Brannstrom, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Sahlgrenska Hospital at the University of Gothenburg and Stockholm IVF, first transplanted wombs into nine women about two years ago as part of an experimental study, including the new mother, who was the first. Complications forced the removal of two of the wombs. The women in the trial were either born without a womb or had it removed due to cancer.

The new mother, in her early 30s, recalled that as hospital staffers wheeled in her mother for the transplant, "I was crying and told her I loved her and thank you for doing this."

The woman's mother (the baby's grandmother) said she immediately agreed when her daughter raised the idea.

The proud grandmother, in her mid-50s, acknowledged she has difficulty understanding the magnitude of the birth, but "at the same time, I sometimes think that I am a part of history."

The new mother underwent in vitro fertilization to make embryos using her eggs and her husband's sperm. Doctors waited a year after the transplant to ensure everything was OK. After four attempts to transfer embryos into the new womb, she got pregnant. There were no complications, and she delivered via cesarean section, as planned.

"Feeling him against my cheek was the most wonderful feeling ever," the mother said. In tribute to Brannstrom, she and her husband gave the baby the middle name of Mats.

She said they will one day tell the boy how he was conceived. "My thought is that he will always know how wanted he was," she said. "Hopefully when he grows up, uterus transplantation (will be) an acknowledged treatment for women like me and he will know that he was part of making that possible."

Brannstrom and his colleagues are planning more groundbreaking womb transplant procedures. One trial will use wombs from recently deceased women and another will employ robotic surgery to shorten the time of the 10- to 12-hour operations. Brannstrom is working with doctors in India, Singapore, Lebanon and Argentina to do womb transplants there.

Experts marvel at Brannstrom's work and described it as the biggest breakthrough in fertility medicine since IVF.

"This was impossible until Brannstrom did it," said Dr. Antonio Gargiulo, an associate reproductive endocrinologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston who has not been involved in the operations. He said removing a womb is unlike any other operation and that the organ must be very delicately grafted onto the recipient's major arteries and veins.

Gargiulo said doctors need to monitor whether babies in the womb get enough nutrients from the placenta and must ensure sufficient blood flow to the arteries.

Brannstrom said the blood flow during pregnancy was normal in all four babies and that all are healthy.

The new mother and her husband are contemplating a second child; the transplanted womb was intended for two pregnancies, before being removed so the mother can stop taking rejection medications.

She said she will be forever grateful to her mother.

"The real unique thing is what me and my mom went through," she said. "It's a big thing and he and his grandmother will have this bond for the rest of their lives."

]]>
<![CDATA[Zoo Announces Two New Leopard Cubs]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:24:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/DSC_6826.jpg

Brookfield Zoo in Illinois has announced the birth of two snow leopard cubs.

The cubs, which are currently off exhibit bonding with their 4-year-old mother Sarani, are scheduled to make their public debut in mid-October.

The two females, which each weigh about 10 pounds, were born on June 16, zoo officials said. 

Sarani and her 5-year-old mate, Sabu, arrived at the zoo in October 2011 from Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls and Cape May County Park & Zoo in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.

Snow leopards are listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and experts say their numbers are declining. The Snow Leopard Trust estimates population numbers of the elusive cat are between 4,000 and 6,500 remaining in the wild
 



Photo Credit: Brookfield Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[N.C. Police Officer Won't Be Retried for Killing]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:09:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_78140885929.jpg

The North Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed former college football player in 2013 won't be retried, an official said Friday, a week after a judge declared a mistrial in the case, NBC News reported. 

Randall "Wes" Kerrick, 29, killed Jonathan Ferrell, 24, after a traffic accident on Sept. 14, 2013, and was accused of voluntary manslaughter. Kerrick is white; Ferrell was black.

Prosecutors argued Kerrick should have used nonlethal force to subdue Ferrell, a former defensive back for Florida A&M, after Ferrell climbed out of his wrecked car and dragged himself to a nearby house to get help. The woman in the house called 911 to report a possible break-in.



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[TSA Agent Accused of Bathroom Sex Abuse at NYC Airport]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:46:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tsa-generic-464375288.jpg

A Transportation Security Administration screener at LaGuardia Airport has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 22-year-old foreign exchange student when she arrived in Queens this week, Port Authority police sources tell NBC 4 New York.

The Port Authority Police Department and the Queen's District Attorney's Office identified the TSA screener as Maxie Oquendo, 40, of Manhattan. He was arrested Thursday night at the airport.

The student, who is from Korea, lives in Salt Lake City but had come to New York to visit friends Tuesday.

When she arrived at the airport, a male TSA agent approached her and asked her to follow him for "additional screening," the sources said. He said he needed to see if she had a knife or a weapon.

The victim, who does not speak English well, followed him to the men's restroom. There, the screener asked the woman to lift her shirt, according to the Port Authority police sources.

He allegedly touched her breasts and put his hand down her shorts before letting her leave the bathroom.

The woman told other TSA officers about the attack and Port Authority police took a report, the sources told NBC 4 New York.

The TSA has fired the screener, said Peter Neffenger, TSA administrator.

"TSA holds its employees to the highest standards," he said. "As such, we expect our employees to conduct themselves with integrity, professionalism, and with respect for the public we serve. When our employees fail to meet these fundamental ethical standards, we will hold our personnel appropriately accountable."
 



Photo Credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint': Apple Event Scheduled for Sept. 9]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:51:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/229*120/siri.PNG

"Hey, Siri, give us a hint.”

That’s the cheeky opening Apple gave reporters this morning as part of an event invitation for the latest product update, scheduled for Sept. 9.

But as many reporters and analysts have already found, Siri isn't saying much. Apple tracker Carolina Milanesi of KWP Research, for example, got the response “I’d rather not say, Carolina" when she pressed the voice-activated feature for more clues about the event. 

The tight-lipped approach hasn't stopped the speculation surrounding Apple's plans. An update to the iPhone is due. But given Apple’s habit of updating incrementally, observers don’t expect a full-blown iPhone 7, rather an “S” update to the current phones. Perhaps more storage, a better camera, and some "gee-whiz" features to keep pace with recent Android smartphone updates from the likes of Samsung and 1+.

There’s also talk of an iPad update – perhaps a bigger tablet with more business-type features to try and make inroads into the business market – along with the ever-present rumors of an Apple TV update that includes apps, and maybe even a subscription service to take on the cable companies.

If the invitation’s tease is indeed a hint itself, look for more Siri integration in the latest gadgets.

NBC Bay Area tech reporter Scott Budman will provide Apple updates on Twitter: @scottbudman



Photo Credit: Apple
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Face of Hurricane Katrina Misery Continues Her Journey]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:09:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Arianna_Evans.jpg

Of all the transformations Hurricane Katrina left in its wake, the story of one child's journey may be the most striking.

Arianna Evans, who was born male, captured the nation's attention in the days after the devastating storm. Standing outside the New Orleans' Superdome, 9-year-old Evans, known then as Charles, became the face of the tragedy when an NBC News cameraman captured the child making a plea to the world.

"We just need some help out here," the child said. "It is just so pitiful. Pitiful and shame.... We have over 3,000 people out here with no home, no shelter. What are they gonna do? What we gonna do? Take a look at all of this. Now what they gonna do if the hurricane come again?"

Evans became something of a celebrity, but her story had just begun. In the years that followed, Evans endured more tragedy even as she came to an understanding of being "trapped in the wrong body." In May, she began taking hormones to become a woman. Now, 19, she has traveled a long road from tragedy to triumphant self-realization.



Photo Credit: NBC News
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Ashley Madison CEO Stepping Down After Hack]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:50:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484478072.jpg

The CEO of Avid Life Media, the parent company of adultery website Ashley Madison, is stepping down after a hack that exposed the personal information of millions of users, NBC News reported. 

"This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees," Avid Life Media said in a statement Friday about CEO Noel Biderman. "We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base."

The company will be led by the "existing senior management team" until a new CEO is chosen, the company said.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Scout Helps Save Dad After Hiking Accident]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:24:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_scoutsavesdad0828.jpg

A 13-year-old put his Boy Scout training to the test and helped rescue his father after he was hit by a refrigerator-sized boulder during a backpacking trip in Idaho last Monday.  

A week into what was supposed to be a 12-day trip at Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, a large boulder fell on David Finlayson, 52, knocking him down 20 or 30 feet, NBC affiliate KTVB reported.

The elder Finlayson broke his left arm and leg. He also started to lose blood because of gash in his shin.

“At first I was freaking out a little bit, but after a few minutes I kind of calmed down and thought, ‘I have to help him out,’" Charlie Finlayson told KTVB.

Charlie, who just started 8th grade, ran one mile back to their camp site to get a first aid kit and sleeping bag to keep his father warm. The next day Charlie cared for his dad who dragged himself back to the camp. 

Charlie checked nearby campsites for other hikers, but no one was around. The son and father decided Charlie would hike back 13 miles alone to get help. David wrote a note for Charlie to take with him. 

“I cannot walk so I need a rescue, unfortunately," the note read. "Please help Charlie find one for me."

On the hike back, Charlie ran into three members from his Mormon church who went and took care of his dad. Charlie also saw another man on the trail, who helped call authorities, according to KTVB. A helicopter airlifted David to a hospital, where he got two surgeries and will need more.

Charlie’s mother, Katie Wilstead, said she was not surprised by her son’s actions.

“It’s just how he is,” she said. “It’s nothing I did. It’s just how he came.”

Charlie said he and his father are planning another camping trip, but that this time they’ll be sure to bring a radio.  

]]>
<![CDATA[Hero Prof. Thanks Airman for Saving His Life on Train]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:18:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Moogalian.jpg

A French-American professor shot by a gunman on a train in France has telephoned a U.S. airman who stopped his bleeding to thank him for saving his life, his wife told NBC's "Today" on Friday.

Mark Moogalian, 51, was shot in the back after trying to stop the attacker carrying an assault rifle and other weapons. Moments later, 25-year-old Ayoub El-Khazzani was subdued by three vacationing Americans, including Airman Spencer Stone, who also attended to Moogalian's injuries.

"My husband was able to talk to Spencer on the phone a couple of days ago and he was very emotional," Isabelle Risacher-Moogalian said. "That's the first thing he told him, he said, 'Hey man, thanks for saving my life.'"

She added: "I went to see Spencer and I gave him a big kiss and I said, 'Look, you know, thank you. I will never be able to thank you enough for what you did. You saved his life.' Spencer was like, 'Yeah, you know, no problem!'"


This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Kidnaps, Feeds Person He Thought Was Homeless: Cops]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:25:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/david+pope.jpg

A Connecticut man is accused of kidnapping a man he thought was homeless, then feeding him in his home.

Police responding to a home on West Wooster Street in Danbury just before 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday after receiving an animal complaint were met with a 77-year old man who told them the strange series of events leading up to the complaint.

He said he'd been pushing a carriage of cans and bottles down Lincoln Avenue when another man approached him, and insisted that the man follow him, police said.

The victim said the man, identified as David Pope, grabbed him by the arm, escorted him back to Pope's residence and then brought him inside, police said.

While they were inside the home, Pope's dog -- a pit bull or Staffordshire Terrier -- bit the victim’s leg, police said.

Even after the dog bite, Pope proceeded to feed the victim, a news release from police says.

At one point, the victim was able to leave Pope’s house without being detected, went to his own house and called police.

When police officers went to speak with Pope, he refused to put his dog away so officers could not safely interview him.

When officers did eventually speak with Pope, he appeared to be drunk and said he thought the victim was homeless and was offering him food.

Pope was charged with interfering with the duties of an officer, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree kidnapping and disorderly conduct.

David was held on a $500 bond. It's not clear if he is being represented by an attorney. 



Photo Credit: Danbury Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[NATO Troops Killed in Afghanistan ID'd as U.S. Airmen]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:48:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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.



Photo Credit: U.S. AIR FORCE]]>
<![CDATA[Student Fatally Shot at Savannah State University]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:16:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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.


This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Exclusive Peek Inside Virginia Shooter's Apartment, Car]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:50:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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.



Photo Credit: AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Where is Former FEMA Chief Michael Brown Now?]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:01:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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.



Photo Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Dances After Pursuit]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 02:51:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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.



Photo Credit: ANG]]>
<![CDATA[2 Dead in Hazmat Situation]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:31:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hazmat6.png

Two people are dead, one person is 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.

The Cook County medical examiner pronounced both men dead and the woman was transported to a hospital in critical condition. 

The two men were identified Friday morning as 53-year-old Hong K. Kim and 83-year-old John Tae Kim, according to the medical examiner's office.

A preliminary investigation revealed the victims likely died due to inhalation of a deadly substance.

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

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[Texas Man Facing Charges Kills Self]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:09:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Gene+Dickey+DFW+Hyatt.jpg

The 65-year-old man who died at a North Texas hotel Tuesday night faced charges of stealing more than $1.6 million from a teacher's group.

Initially, reports said Eugene Dickey’s death was an accidental fall from a ninth floor balcony at the D/FW Airport Hyatt Regency.

Now, Tarrant County Medical Examiner autopsy results say he jumped.

Dickey was due in an Austin courtroom this week on charges he took the money between 2006 and 2014 serving as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer for the Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA).

“We’re sorry it came to this,” new TETA President Travis Poe said. “We have his family in our hearts and prayers.”

Dickey’s home address is an average house in Coppell, where no one answered the door Thursday.

A neighbor who declined to be identified said she is shocked by the news of his death and the criminal charges.

“He was just a nice man,” she said.

The neighbor said Dickey faced medical issues in the past year.

He was arrested in July 2014 for the Travis County theft indictment.

Court records say he provided Austin-based TETA with false audits and financial statements, claimed the teachers had investments that did not exist and took out unnecessary loans for the group that would not have been required if not for his theft.

The group’s blog shows Dickey served as the coordinator for annual conventions in Dallas and Houston with big name entertainers.

Records show some of the alleged theft was convention money Dickey failed to deposit in TETA accounts and diverted to himself.

Their president said Dickey led the theater teachers to believe he was a savvy businessman and financial expert.

"None of the officers had any idea this was going on. He was just such a controlling, manipulator," Poe said.

The president said group membership is still strong and TETA finances are in much better order now.

Several other members declined to speak on the record, but said they are very angry about what happened to their money.

Travis County Assistant District Attorney Holly Taylor said a September 9 court date has been set in the case after Dickey failed to appear this week.

“We are considering our options. It's a terrible tragedy and also a setback," she said.

Taylor said a judge could still attempt to recover some of the money, but Poe said members fear it is gone.


 



Photo Credit: NBC 5 News
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Car Pursued by Police Hits Woman]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:07:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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.

]]>