<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.pngNBC4 Washingtonhttp://www.nbcwashington.comen-usSat, 27 May 2017 11:54:41 -0400Sat, 27 May 2017 11:54:41 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Portraits of Those Mourned After the Manchester Arena Bombing]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 15:00:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Manchester_Victims_Thumb.jpgWhen a suicide attacker detonated his bomb at an Ariana Grande concert at Britain’s Manchester Arena on May 22, he killed mostly women and children, the pop star’s fan base. An aspiring architect, a policewoman and an 8-year-old with a creative flair were among the 22 people who died. Here are their profiles.
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<![CDATA[Five Viral Moments From Trump's Trip Abroad]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 18:17:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_TRUMP_FIVE_VIRAL_ON_TRIP4_052517-149574274104300001.jpg

President Donald Trump's first trip abroad since taking office has been filled with viral moments. Here are five that had people talking and tweeting.

<![CDATA[Full Circle Rainbow Near DC Kicks Off Memorial Day Weekend]]>Sat, 27 May 2017 00:42:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/circle-rainbow.jpg

NBC Washington's Chopper4 captured footage of this circular rainbow on Friday.

Generally we see an arc, not a circle. What's different about this rainbow?

To start, Meteorologist Bob Henson of Weather Underground explains why we see rainbows in the first place.

"The most common rainbows form when you look at a rainshower or thunderstorm when the sun is at your back. The light refracts from the back of the raindrops and hits your eyes at various wavelengths, thus producing the colors we see. The geometry is very particular: if you draw a line from the sun through your head, it will go to the middle of the circle made by the rainbow arc, and the arc is always 42 degrees away from that line."

So, he says, if you’re facing away from the sun and look from that point, the raindrops in an arc along that angle will bend the light back toward you, and you'll see a rainbow.

But, why don't we see a full rainbow circle? Phil Plait, aka the Bad Astronomer, explains what we saw over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland: 

"The reason is the planet you're standing on: The Earth gets in the way —seriously. When you see a rainbow, the center is in the exact opposite direction of the sun, and the bow is a circle 42 degrees from that point (where there are 360 degrees in a circle). So if the Sun is rising exactly in the east, the center of the rainbow is on the horizon due west, and the top of the bow is 42 degrees up (almost halfway to the zenith). It's caused by raindrops in the air, and it doesn't really matter how far they are from you. But in general when you look above the horizon you're seeing a long long way, so you see lots of drops, but as soon as you look at the ground closer to you, there's less space for raindrops. Fewer drops = fainter rainbow (also, the ground is usually dark, making it harder to see the rainbow against it).

"So if you are in a plane, or on a hill, you might actually see more of the rainbow because there are still raindrops below you."

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<![CDATA[2 Men Charged After Forcing Baby Alligator to Drink Beer]]>Sat, 27 May 2017 11:27:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/alligator+beer.jpg

Two men are being charged for the harassment of an alligator after photos were posted online showing the men pouring beer into the reptile’s mouth, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources began investigating the case after receiving multiple emails and messages from concerned citizens.

Joseph Andrew Floyd Jr., 20, and Zachary Lloyd Brown, 21, admitted to officers that they picked up the alligator after they saw it crossing the road, according to SCDNR. The men then admitted to pouring beer into the animal’s mouth, taking photos and posting them on social media. Floyd Jr. told authorities they released the alligator and watched it swim away in a nearby pond.

"Wildlife conservation is a big part of what SCDNR officers do each day," SCDNR 1st Sgt. Earl Pope said. "This case is a good example of why we strive to educate people about wildlife in hopes that they will respect it."

SCDNR is filing the misdemeanor charge of harassing wildlife through the state's alligator management legislation. The charge comes with a maximum fine of $300. The judge who oversees the case in court will determine the men's final punishment.

There is federal protection in place to ensure alligators are legally harvested for international trade, but in this case, no federal protection applies.

"Alligators are protected under state law and even federal law where they are still listed as threatened solely due to their similarity of appearance to other endangered crocodilians worldwide," SCDNR Alligator Program Coordinator Jay Butfiloski added.

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<![CDATA[8 Grocery Chains With Some of the Best Prices in America]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 12:09:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-456335138+%281%29.jpgEverybody loves a good deal, right? And shopping for groceries is no exception.

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<![CDATA[Trump's First International Trip as President: G-7]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/AP_17146410522853-sm.jpgPresident Donald Trump made his first international trip since taking office at the end of May 2017. The trip includes visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican in Italy and Belgium. Take a look at the trip's highlights.

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<![CDATA[Chinese Fighter Jets Intercept US Navy Plane Over Pacific]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 15:02:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/51900964-P3-Orion-J10-China.jpg

Chinese fighter aircraft intercepted a U.S. Navy plane a couple of hundred miles southeast of Hong Kong this week, U.S. officials tell NBC News.

A Chinese J-10 aircraft flew about 200 yards in front of the P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft, making quick and erratic turns, restricting the plane's ability to maneuver, one official said. The Navy deemed the actions "unsafe."

A third US defense official said the intercept took place Thursday over the South China Sea. There were two J-10 jets, the official said, and one came within 100 feet of the American plane.

The U.S. has in the past objected to China's expansion into the South China Sea, which sits between China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam.

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<![CDATA[79-Foot Endangered Blue Whale Washes Up on California Beach]]>Sat, 27 May 2017 02:30:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/5-26-17_Whale_Carcass_Bolinas.JPG

A dead whale that washed ashore at Agate Beach in Bolinas earlier this week has been identified as an endangered blue whale, according to officials.

Scientists from the Marine Mammal Center identified the whale as a sub-adult female measuring at about 79 feet in length. The scientists on Friday collected skin and blubber samples for testing, and a full necropsy to determine the animal's cause of death is scheduled for Saturday.

This is just the ninth time in the Marine Mammal Center's 42-year history that their scientists have responded to a blue whale discovery.

"We rarely have the opportunity to examine blue whales due to their endangered status," Barbie Halaska, a research assistant at the Marine Mammal Center, said in a statement. "The opportunity to perform a necropsy on a carcass in this good of condition will help contribute to our baseline data on the species."

The deceased whale was first identified while swimming off California in 1999, according to the Marine Mammal Center. It typically spent its time near the Santa Barbara Channel area.

Roughly 2,800 blue whales currently call water off the California coast home, according to the Marine Mammal Center. The species is listed as endangered according to the Endangered Species Act.

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Trump Budget Cuts Funding for Calif. Quake Warning System ]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 21:48:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/186*120/05-26-2017-earthquake-early-warning-shakealert.JPG

Plans for a West Coast earthquake early warning system, designed to one day give notice of an imminent temblor, would likely be killed under President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget.

If approved, the White House plan for the fiscal year ending in September 2018 would eliminate funds needed to develop the system, which already has components in place in California. The system still needs an array of sensors before it can trigger early warning alerts a few seconds or minutes before the shaking.

The proposed budget calls for the elimination of $8.2 million to $10 million to end the USGS ShakeAlert early warning system. Funding would be cut to Caltech and other research institutions on the West Coast working with the USGS to develop the system. 

"We cannot stop now, just as monitoring stations are being built out and the system is expanding its reach," said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California). "Support for the early warning system in Congress is sustained, growing and bipartisan, and we will not accept this attempt by the president to cut a vital funding stream for a program that will protect life, property and critical infrastructure."

Early warning systems like ShakeAlert are designed to detect the first shockwaves produced by seismic activity by using hundreds of ground motion sensors. In the case of a large jolt, the system would trigger an alert ahead of the larger, more damaging seismic waves.

The advance warning would allow office workers and schoolchildren, for example, time to duck and cover under desks. Just a few seconds of warning would allow train operators to apply brakes and doctors to prepare for shaking during surgeries. 

Automated systems mated to the early alert system could shut off gas lines, possibly limiting post-quake fire damage.

"I am deeply disappointed to see that President Trump's budget proposes to eliminate funding for earthquake early warning in the western U.S.," said Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist who worked for three decades with the U.S. Geological Survey at Southern California's Caltech. "Eliminating the $10 million per year that the government has been spending would stop the program and waste the $23 million that has already been invested.

"The talented scientists and technicians that are working on the project now will go to other jobs, so their experience and expertise would be lost. Many life- and money-saving measures would not be available when the next earthquake strikes." 

The Department of the Interior defended the cuts in a statement, saying the $922 million USGS budget "highlights the Administration’s commitment to increasing efficiency across the federal government." It said the agency will be able to monitor earthquakes using the existing Advanced National Seismic System, according to the statement.

"President Trump promised the American people he would cut wasteful spending and make the government work for the taxpayer again, and that's exactly what this budget does," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke,  in a statement issued about the USGS budget. "Working carefully with the President, we identified areas where we could reduce spending and also areas for investment, such as addressing the maintenance backlog in our National Parks and increasing domestic energy production on federal lands. The budget also allows the Department to return to the traditional principles of multiple-use management to include both responsible natural resource development and conservation of special places.

"Being from the West, I've seen how years of bloated bureaucracy and D.C.-centric policies hurt our rural communities. The President's budget saves taxpayers by focusing program spending, shrinking bureaucracy, and empowering the front lines."

Similar systems are already operating in other countries. In Mexico City, an early warning system in place since 1991 detects large quakes and determines locations and magnitude. The sprawling metropolis is several hundred miles from the main plate boundary, which means it can receive warnings more than a minute before shaking. 

The system was praised by experts, who said it provided the densely populated city with more than a minute of warning during a magnitude-7.2 earthquake in April 2014.

Japan has the most advanced early warning system. Initially developed to stop or slow the country's high-speed trains during shaking, the system was deployed nationwide. It features on- and off-shore sensors. 

Japan has issued public warnings through the system since 2007.

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<![CDATA[Trump to Set Up 'War Room' to Deal With Russia Questions]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 17:38:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tru4AP_171015770945195.jpg

The White House is preparing to establish a "war room" to combat questions about ties between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign, Reuters reported.

The news agency cited administration officials and people close to Trump.

When Trump returns from an overseas trip, the administration will add experienced political professionals and possibly lawyers to handle the Russia probe, which has gained new urgency since the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to head the investigation, the sources told Reuters.

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

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<![CDATA[Chipotle: Hackers Stole Credit Card Data From Some Customers]]>Sat, 27 May 2017 11:52:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-500446220.jpg

The data hack at Chipotle Mexican Grill was a bit wider than the company originally disclosed, CNBC reported.

A month after Chipotle told consumers that it had detected "unauthorized activity" on a network that supports payment processing for purchases made at its Mexican chain restaurants, the company said Pizzeria Locale restaurants also were affected.

The breach, which Chipotle said took place between March 24 and April 18, collected track data from some customers. Track data is information transferred when a credit card's magnetic strip is swiped through the point-of-service device.

Chipotle said that information could have included the cardholder's name, card number, expiration date and verification code.

Chipotle has removed the malware and said it continues to work with cybersecurity firms to beef up its safety measures. 

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<![CDATA[Top News: England on High Alert After Terror Attack]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 07:57:29 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/AP_17145517157371-news.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Air Force Probing Disrespect of John Glenn's Body Before Burial]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 15:35:30 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16180065064814.jpg

The Air Force is investigating allegations that a mortuary worker at its base in Delaware made Defense Department inspectors an offer they refused — a peek at John Glenn's body before the astronaut and American hero was buried, NBC News reported.

It allegedly happened while Glenn's remains were at the Dover Air Force Base "pending his interment at Arlington National Cemetery on April 6, 2017," Air Force spokesman Col. Patrick Ryder said in a statement on Friday.

The worker was not identified.

Glenn died in December at age 95 in his home state of Ohio. Thousands of people filed into the Ohio Statehouse rotunda to pay their respects before Glenn's body was flown to Delaware.

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<![CDATA[Three Moments From Hillary Clinton's Commencement Address]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 15:19:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hillaryclintonthumbspeech.jpg

Hillary Clinton's commencement address at Wellesley College included remarks about President Trump's proposed budget, life after the election and a comparison between President Trump and President Nixon.

<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Prince Harry With Barack Obama]]>Sun, 21 May 2017 08:43:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-688931236.jpgA look through the years at the royal family.

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<![CDATA[How to Snag Cheap Gas Over Memorial Day Weekend]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 14:03:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gas-pump-generic-GettyImages-97962735.jpg

Travelers have more opportunity to save on gas this weekend, with a little on-the-road planning, CNBC reported.

More than 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home over Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA. Most — 88.1 percent — will be driving.

Many stations vary pricing by how you pay, so it helps to have both cash and a rewards credit card in your wallet.

"Carrying cash is always very helpful, because more and more gas stations are offering that cash discount," said Allison Mac, a spokeswoman for GasBuddy.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Man Rescued Moments From Drowning in London]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 11:00:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/rnlithamesriverrescue_1200x675.jpg

A man was saved from nearly drowning in London's Thames River by the Tower Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboat crew, which shared video of Thursday's dramatic rescue.

“Based on how we found him, he was probably five seconds away from drowning. Given his temperature and the water he had ingested, if we hadn’t got him there and then, he’d have gone under,” Craig Burn, with the lifeboat crew, said in a press release.

Passengers on a ferry reported a man in in distress the water near Blackfriars Road Bridge. The charity lifeboat crew launched at the request of the UK Coastguard and caught up with the 36-year old man who was being swept away by the fast-moving tide.

The rescue coincides with the launch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s "Respect the Water" campaign, a national drowning prevention initiative in the U.K. aimed at preventing people getting into distress on or near water.

Fatality figures released Thursday show 42 people have died by accident along the tidal reaches of the River Thames over the past five years, and 40 percent of those didn’t intend to enter the water.

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

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<![CDATA[Ben & Jerry's Bans Same-Flavored Scoops in Australia]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 08:37:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/I+Dough+I+Dough+Ben+and+Jerrys.jpg

Ice cream purveyor Ben & Jerry's has joined Australia's fight for marriage equality, banning customers in the country from ordering two scoops of the same flavor.

The ban is part of a campaign to push for parliamentary action on marriage equality and covers all 26 Ben & Jerry's stores across Australia.

"Imagine heading down to your local Scoop Shop to order your favourite two scoops of Cookie Dough in a waffle cone. But you find out you are not allowed – Ben & Jerry’s has banned two scoops of the same flavour. You’d be furious! the Vermont-based company said in a statement on its Australian website. "But this doesn’t even begin to compare to how furious you would be if you were told you were not allowed to marry the person you love."

The company hopes the ban will encourage customers to contact their local lawmakers and demand marriage equality.

In Australia, over 70 percent of the population supports marriage equality, according to national polls. A push to legalize same-sex marriage last year through a referendum was blocked by the Senate over fears that campaigns against the issue "could endanger the LGBTQI community and wouldn't even guarantee marriage equality."

"Before the next parliamentary sitting on June 13th, it is time to stand up for fair and equal rights for all by letting our leaders know that we demand Marriage Equality!" Ben & Jerry's statement said.

And until then, "no marriage equality, no same flavor scoops."

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<![CDATA[School Buses Go Up in Flames in New Jersey]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 09:53:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bus+fire+toms+river.jpg

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that consumed multiple school buses in New Jersey overnight.

Dramatic photos from the scene show at least two buses completely engulfed in flames. Toms River police say three buses were extensively damaged by the 2:40 a.m. fire on the south side of Route 37; a pickup truck had minor damage.

Officials say a police officer was on patrol along the highway when he smelled smoke. He searched the area and found the vehicles ablaze. Firefighters from two local companies responded and doused the flames. 

Police say the damaged vehicles are owned by the Toms River School District and were inside the transportation area at the time they caught fire. Officers remained at the scene Friday morning. Their investigation is ongoing. 

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<![CDATA[Manchester Mourns Victims in Attack at Ariana Grande Concert]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 11:44:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17144377438103.jpgAt least 22 people including children were killed and 119 injured in a suspected suicide bombing at Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017, British police said.

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<![CDATA[Pope Condemns 'Barbaric' Attack on Egypt Copts]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 15:32:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Egypt-Coptic-Bus-Attack.jpg

Masked militants fired on a bus filled with Coptic Christians south of Cairo Friday, killing at least 28 and wounding 22, the Egyptian Ministry said.

The Vatican says Pope Francis is "saddened" by the "barbaric" attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt.

In a condolence message sent on Friday to the Egyptian president, Francis said he'll continue his "intercession for peace and reconciliation" throughout Egypt.

The message described Francis as being "deeply saddened to learn of the barbaric attack in central Egypt and of the tragic loss of life and injury caused by this senseless act of hatred."

U.S. President Donald Trump echoed the Pope's condemnation in a statement, calling the attack "merciless" and saying that attacks on innocents inflict wounds upon humanity.

"But this attack also steels our resolve to bring nations together for the righteous purpose of crushing the evil organizations of terror, and exposing their depraved, twisted, and thuggish ideology," Trump's statement continued.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, but ISIS claimed responsibility for three attacks against churches in recent months that left about 75 people dead.

Last month's visit by Francis to Cairo aimed in part to show support for Christians in Muslim majority Egypt. Following the visit, the Islamic State group vowed to escalate attacks against Christians.

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