<![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, 28 Nov 2015 11:55:31 -0500 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:55:31 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NSA's Bulk Phone Data Collection Program Ends]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 08:52:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nsa1.jpg

The federal government's collection of bulk data from the telephone calls of virtually every American stopped at midnight Saturday, ending a raging controversy that began two and a half years ago with disclosures about the secret program by whistleblower Edward Snowden, NBC News reported. 

Beginning Sunday, if the government wants to check on a specific phone number in a potential terrorism case, a request must be made to the relevant telephone company for a check of its own data. The government will no longer retain the information.

Except in emergencies, the records can be obtained only with an individual order from a special federal intelligence court.

President Obama said in January that the bulk data collection would end, and Congress in June formally banned it but allowed for a six-month transition period that ended Saturday.

For now, the National Security Agency, which ran the massive government data collection program, will retain access to the data it collected before the program ended.

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<![CDATA['Calm, But Crazy': Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect ID'd]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:54:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Colorado+Gunman.jpg


A man armed with an AK-47-style weapon burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs and opened fire, killing three people, including a police officer, and injuring nine others during the ensuing five-hour standoff, NBC News reported.


Police identified the gunman as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina, the Associated Press reported.

Dear began firing in the parking lot of the facility on Centennial Boulevard and then entered the building, a law enforcement official told NBC News. The shooting unfolded during a regular working day, as patients waited for appointments and staff members attended to them.

The gunman "seemed calm, but crazy," Kentanya Craion said, describing the man in a hunter's jacket and hat as "mumbling and ranting while he was shooting."

The slain officer was identified as Garrett Swasey, 44, of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs police department. The nine wounded were taken to area hospitals and reported in good condition, Colorado Springs Police Department Lt. Catherine Buckley said.

President Obama condemned the violence in a statement Sunday and called for action on gun control.

"Enough is enough," he said.

Photo Credit: Colorado Springs Police Department
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<![CDATA[How to Keep Your Data Safe While Shopping Online]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:09:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_31488411400.jpg

The holiday shopping season is underway and there are deals galore on the Web. But those deals could give hackers more entry points to access online shoppers' personal information, NBC News reported. 

Online shoppers can take a few simple steps to make sure they don't end up as identity-theft victims this holiday season.

Michael Bruemmer, Experian's vice president of consumer protection, said shoppers should use prepaid credit or debit cards to limit their exposure while shopping online.

"The easiest thing you can do is have a throw-away credit card or debit card that you only use for shopping as well as potentially an email address," Bruemmer told CNBC's "Tech Bet."

Experian also advises shoppers to avoid public Wi-Fi hot spots because many aren't secure, recommending that shoppers make all online purchases from home.

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<![CDATA[Best of 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:43:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_797372372594-parade.jpg Millions of people attended the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on Nov. 26, 2015, in New York City. Floats graced the skies and musical and theatrical performances entertained on street level.

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<![CDATA[What Trump Supporters Think About Race and Religion]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:18:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_415061301186+%281%29.jpg

Donald Trump, as many people on the left and even some on the right agree, is undoubtedly and intentionally making controversial remarks on cultural, racial and religious issues.

But what's emerged as the more complicated question is whether Trump's supporters agree with all of his remarks. In interviews, Trump supporters often say they like the mogul's blunt approach, that he "tells it like it is," without always detailing what "it is" that Trump is explaining so clearly.

Pollsters, who have asked Trump supporters a number of questions over the last few months that help explain the perspectives of his base, found that the real-estate mogul's backers are nearly all white — like the base of other GOP candidates — and want to deport undocumented immigrants more than any other Republicans. 

And, although Trump's immigration remarks have defined his campaign and drawn more attention of late after his controversial comments about potentially investigating mosques and creating a "database" of Muslims, most polls have not analyzed whether a distinction exists among his supporters' views specifically on Islam.

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<![CDATA[Dashcam Captures Wild Crash ]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 01:30:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/I95+fairfield+crash+crazy+video.jpg

Connecticut state police dashboard camera footage captured a wild crash Friday morning where a car plowed into another vehicle that pulled over following a previous crash on Interstate 95 south in Fairfield, narrowly missing two people standing alongside the highway.

The driver, Yoni Rojas, 21, of Bridgeport, was arrested and is facing charges of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, misuse of plates, failure to meet minimum insurance coverage and failure to maintain a lane, according to state troopers. 

State police shared the dashcam video on social media, reminding drivers to move over if emergency vehicles are parked on the side of the road.

A state trooper was parked behind two vehicles on I-95 south in Fairfield near exit 19 after a two-car crash at about 1 a.m. on Friday.

As another state trooper was arriving at the crash site, he saw a Nissan Maxima speeding in front of him in the left lane, veering onto the right shoulder and "violently striking one of the vehicles involved in the original two-vehicle accident," state police said.

The footage from the dashboard camera of the first cruiser on scene shows a car appear to come out of nowhere at a high rate of speed, coming within inches of hitting two people standing behind a vehicle on the highway. They jumped back in what state police called a "hair-raising" moment to avoid being hit right as the barreling car takes out the vehicle they were standing next to and pushes it out of the camera's view.

The driver of the speeding vehicle was identified as Rojas. State police arrested him and held him in custody in lieu of a $2,500 cash/surety bond. He was scheduled to appear in Bridgeport superior court on Nov. 27 at 9 a.m.

State law requires drivers to move over a lane if possible from emergency vehicles parked on the shoulder. While state police said the incident is not a "Move Over Law" violation, it "stresses the dangers of being stopped on the highway, even if you are in the shoulder." They also said that it shows "one of the many reasons motorists are required to move over when approaching stopped emergency vehicles."

State Police Trooper Kelly Grant said that she hopes the video is "an eyeopening experience for everybody."

"This is why we talk about all the time why we talk about move over slow down there's the move over law - this is not necessarily a move over law incident," Grant said. "However part of the move over law is to slow down when you're approaching emergency vehicles on the shoulder."

Neither the two people nearly hit nor the state trooper at the scene from the original crash were injured, but Grant said the crash could have easily killed the people standing on the shoulder of the highway if they had been hit.

""That painted line is not a barrier, it's a painted line. People can drive over that painted line and strike you," she said.

Rojas did sustain minor injuries.

<![CDATA[2 Children Killed in Speeding Crash]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 01:15:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/wALKER-AND-SCENE.jpg

A 12-year-old and a baby were killed when the car they were riding in with their parents was hit by a speeding driver, Dallas County Sheriff's Department said.

The crash occurred at about 1:20 p.m. Friday along the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 175 near Pine Street in east Dallas County.

Deputies said the driver of a SUV, identified as 23-year-old Kelvin Walker, was speeding on rain-slicked streets when he collided with a sedan.

A mother, father and their three children were inside the car when it was hit, deputies said.

Two of the children were ejected from the vehicle.

Officials said the 12-year-old died at the scene and a baby died Friday evening at Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

The conditions of the drivers of the sedan and Walker are not known, however police said Walker has been detained at the hospital and will be charged with manslaughter. 

The eastbound lanes of U.S. 175 at Pine Street were shut down for several hours Friday before reopening at about 6 p.m.

NBC 5's Holley Ford contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[CAH Black Friday Deal Gets You Zero]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:42:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CAH+Black+Friday.jpg

This Black Friday only, the creators of Cards Against Humanity have a $5 sale that will get you nothing.

The Chicago-based game company’s “Give Cards Against Humanity $5 Sale” doesn’t advertise any savings or products. A description on the website reads “On Black Friday, everybody is selling something. We’re the only company to offer the superior Black Friday experience of buying nothing.”

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Interested customers must also check a disclaimer box which reads “I understand I am paying Cards Against Humanity $5 and receiving nothing in return.”

The deal appears to be too good to pass up for some Black Friday shoppers. As of 2:15 p.m., more than $41,000 was collected. Just before switching back to its normal site at midnight eastern time, the tally was just over $71,000 in sales from the Black Friday promotion, according to NBC News.

The Black Friday sale looks to be part of a bigger plan. According to the game’s website, an announcement would be made soon about what the money will be used for.

Last year, the game’s creators offered consumers a “bullish” Black Friday deal.

The website for the popular card game sold one item, a box of “Bulls*@t” for $6.

More than 30,000 people purchased the box actual bull feces.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Crash at Toll Plaza]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 01:39:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/New+AC+Expressway+Car+Toll+Crash+Fire+Vic+Pic+copy.jpg

A South Jersey man is dead after the car he was driving slammed into a toll plaza and burst into flames along the Atlantic City Expressway Friday.

Joseph Crawford, 39, was driving westbound on the highway around 10:30 a.m. when he lost control of his mother's silver Hyundai Sonata and crashed into the Egg Harbor Toll Plaza in Hamilton Township, state police said.

The impact forced the car to flip onto its side and ignite. Crawford was unable to escape as flames engulfed the car and spread to two toll booths. No toll takers were hurt.

Bruce Crawford, the victim's father, told NBC10 his son was heading to work at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. He's a card dealer at the gambling house and has regularly made the 50 mile commute since casino closures in Atlantic City forced him to switch jobs.

"Joe had a good heart and if you wanted somebody to be there for you, he would be there for you," the father said.

Bruce Crawford said state troopers told him they fielded several emergency calls from drivers about a silver sedan driving erratically down the highway. One caller reported, he said, that the car struck a barrier and rolled on a rim for about five miles before the crash.

Troopers said Joseph Crawford took a route that was five miles further from his home than necessary. Bruce Crawford said his son was acting normal when he left home Friday morning.

Traffic was diverted through the EZ-Pass express lanes as police investigated. The Crawford's car has since been towed and the toll plaza fully reopened.

What caused Crawford to lose control of his vehicle remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Wheelchair Returned to Girl, 4]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:36:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/192*120/nolegs-112515.PNG

The parents of a 4-year-old Santa Ana, California, girl who received an outpouring of support, including a $10,000 check, after their disabled daughter's wheelchair was stolen this week, have been presented with yet another miracle.

Rosa Perez woke up Friday to find her daughter, Milagros', wheelchair had been returned.

Perez said her husband came home and discovered the wheelchair by a trash can outside their apartment complex. He told her to look outside and she immediately broke down in tears.

Milagros, or "miracle" in Spanish, was born without legs, a heart condition and other ailments.

Her wheelchair was stolen Saturday night from behind a gate that couldn't be locked because it is a common area in the complex in the 400 block of South Flower Street.

Milagros' family pleaded to the public for help this week to get back Milagros' motorized wheelchair, which is the miracle girl's main way of getting to school.

After NBC4 viewer Joyce Brandman saw the newscast Wednesday, she came to the rescue, donating $10,000 for a new specialized wheelchair. The viewer called the assignment desk and said that after hearing Milagros' story on NBC4, she just had to help.

"What better gift can I give myself for the holidays than to reach out to help this child?" said Brandman.

Brandman handed over a check for $10,000 from the nonprofit Saul Brandman Foundation so that the family could buy a new specialized wheelchair built especially for Milagros.

The donor was delighted to hear that Milagros' wheelchair had been found and said the family could keep the money she donated.

"Now you see, out of something bad, something good happened. She had her wheelchair stolen, now the wheelchair has been returned and she's going to get the help and special care she needs," said Brandman.

Perez said others have also donated wheelchairs, which she hopes to donate to another family in need.

Santa Ana police had no surveillance images or any descriptions of the thief.

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<![CDATA[Loophole Lets Goods Made by Forced Labor Into U.S.]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:35:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/107819067.jpg

They might look the same as any other Black Friday purchase, but human rights advocates say over 130 products available on U.S. store shelves, from sapphires to soccer balls, are made by child and forced labor overseas, and most shoppers are unaware.

"It is a huge problem worldwide," said David Abramowitz, vice president of policy and government relations at nonprofit human rights organization Humanity United, told NBC News.

Cotton, sugarcane and tobacco rank as the top three goods produced through forced and child labor, according to the Bureau of International Labor Affairs.

Now, a new measure in Congress would close the well-meaning, 85-year-old legal loophole that allows some goods made through exploitation to come into the country.

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<![CDATA[High Water Horse Rescue in Texas]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 01:03:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/199*120/horse+rescued.JPG

Denton’s Swift Water Rescue team north of Dalls is used to saving people caught in bad situations, but this time, they had to add some big animals to their expertise.

On Friday just before 9,a.m., heavy rains caused the pasture next to Roselawn Road and South Bonnie Brae Street to flood and look more like a lake, and right in the middle of that water were two horses named Mia and Bubba.

Kim Caples and Dee Gentry, who own the horses with their families, say the animals were grazing in the field and got stuck behind a fence when the waters quickly took over.

The horses and their families sat frantic looking for a way out of the mess and Caples said she even contemplated riding out into the waters to try and save them herself.

"I was not sure how it was going to turn out,” said Dee’s daughter, Jessie. "I was like, 'God please, please keep them okay.'"

Luckily though, another lifeline was pulling up nearby.

The Denton Fire Department team was responding to a stuck car on the bridge next to the pasture, which was also overtaken by the quickly rising waters.

When the team got the driver and passenger of the car safely to dry land, they offered to turn their attention to Mia and Bubba.

The Gentrys and Caples caught the rescue on cell phone video as the team first tried to wade out to the horses, but then got a boat to go back and free them instead.

"Mia tried to jump in the boat because she was so excited to leave,” said Jessie.

Eventually, they were able to get the horses unstuck and lead them out of the water and to the dry road.

"Bubba was trying to swim to the gate, he didn't want to go back out," said Kim’s daughter, Sarandon.

The families said they couldn’t thank the rescuers enough as they got the horses back into their barn to secure them in their dry stables until the rain threat is over.

"Now I call her my sea horse,” said Jessie as she was kissing Mia on the nose.

The families plan to bake some holiday treats for the firefighters this weekend to say thank you for going above and beyond.

They said both the horses were okay and the people caught in the car also appeared fine, as they were able to walk from the scene and the vehicle was later towed out when the bridge dried up Friday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[2 Dead After Boat Carrying 7 Overturns in NJ: Police]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:07:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/218*120/nypd+manasquan.JPG

Two men have died after a pontoon boat carrying seven people capsized in an inlet in New Jersey, officials say.

The boat was in the Manasquan Inlet, near Point Pleasant Beach, when it flipped into the water Friday afternoon, according to New Jersey State Police. 

Multiple agencies responded with choppers and boats in the search-and-rescue operation, including State Police Marine Service, State Police Aviation, U.S. Coast Guard and NYPD. All seven men on the boat were recovered. 

Alex Osadchy, 66, was pronounced dead on the scene, and Grigory Klokishner, 74, died at Jersey Shore Hospital in Neptune, state police said. Both were from Philadelphia.  

Four others were taken to Ocean Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, and one refused medical treatment, according to state police. 

Police said they're investigating but believe the strong currents were a contributing factor in the boat overturning. It's not clear if the men were wearing life vests. 

Another witness Dan Gallagher, 18, was getting ready to surf when he saw a wave come up from behind the boat and flip it over. 

"I saw the pontoon coming around the corner of the rocks, and one wave came up behind it and almost tipped it," he told Asbury Park Press. "As soon as it hit, the boat just kind of sat there. And the next wave came up right behind it and tipped it over the rest of the way." 

Gallagher said it looked like there were about seven people in the water.

"Luckily, none of them got pulled toward the rocks. They were all able to get out in the water, but we didn't really see everybody coming up," he said.

Nearby boats and surfers in the water rushed to help some of the victims from the water before emergency responders arrived, said Gallagher. 

"It's very, very heartbreaking that two people died, and it was so close to the beach," said another surfer, Keefer McKenna.

Witness Laura McGurk Stockel said she was fishing on her family's boat when they came across the rescue. She did not see what caused the boat to capsize but said there were very large swells Friday, and her own family had a hard time navigating their boat into the inlet. 

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<![CDATA[Protesters March on Black Friday]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 07:48:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-498957456.jpg

Hundreds of protesters descended on Michigan Avenue on Black Friday, marching up the major shopping strip in Chicago in response to the release of the dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer.

The demonstration, organized by Rev. Jesse Jackson and several community activists and church leaders, began at 11 a.m. Friday. It started at Michigan and Wacker and proceeded to Water Tower Place, where some protesters attempted to block store entrances at Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Victoria's Secret and Macy's.

Carrying signs that read "Stop police terror" and chanting "Rahm Emanuel has to go" and "Garry McCarthy must step down," protesters blocked traffic on both sides of the Mag Mile. Guided by police, the protest along the Mag Mile remained peaceful.

"This is what it should be about," state Rep. Marcus Evans told NBC 5 during the protest. "This is Chicago. This is an international city. We can't afford to let the embarrassments of other places happen here. We have to be the example. Justice in Chicago, I believe that."

"We are marching for children," protester Kate Malden said. "Look at that sign right there. This is a child. It is absurd that we are out here right now. It's 2015. It's been 60 freaking years of civil rights movements and nothing has changed, and that's not OK."

At one point, protesters attempted to get into Macy's on Water Tower Place, as well as H&M and Columbia on Michigan Avenue, saying if they weren't allowed it, no one would be able to get out.

Traffic was blocked for four hours. Protesters continued to block the entrances of some stores, and at around 4:30 p.m. a fight was reported outside Banana Republic.

The purpose of the Black Friday protest is to bring the attention of the world to Chicago and to call for change via "mass demonstrations" and voter registration, Jackson said. 

"It's not enough to focus on what brought us here today, the execution of this young man (Laquan McDonald)," Jackson said. "That takes the scab off a deeper sore, a deeper cancer. So we want mass demonstrations, mass voter registration."

The Chicago Teachers Union on Thursday endorsed the march and CTU President Karen Lewis encouraged all member to "express their outrage and dignity" by participating in the demonstration.

"While we're talking a lot of money, toys, and clothes and consumer items, we ought to start thinking about where we need to really spend our money," Lewis said.

"We're here to take a simple stand for justice," CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said during the protest.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said protests so far have gone "exceptionally well" and credited the professionalism of the police department.

"It's remarkable what they do, and that's why we're not having problems that other cities have had," he said Friday. "We're trying to help [protesters] do what they want to do, quite frankly."

Jackson said 450 shootings have taken place in Chicago this year, which he believes should have gained the same media attention as the terror attacks in Paris and Beirut and on the Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt.

Jackson headed a press conference Wednesday, a day after Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder for shooting McDonald to death. The video tape showing the incident was also released to the public the same day. During the conference, Jackson asked for an investigation into the video and the timing of its release.

"We want a firm investigation on the suppression of the tapes," Jackson said. "The suppression of the tapes was manipulated for someone's advantage at the expense of others."

Footage from the dash-cam video was released more than a year after the October 2014 shooting. Several officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, faced harsh criticism for the timing of the video's release, and some residents and activists called for the resignation of all three of them this week. Jackson also called for a new police superintendent and a "new infrastructure." 

"The governor has a role to play. He’s been silent in this," Jackson said. "The state’s attorney [has] a role to play, the U.S. attorney a role to play. They should all get together. The police chief and his infrastructure needs to go, the state’s attorney should resign and should not run again. And all of those who saw the tape and who did nothing but suppress it, must also be made accountable."

Alvarez defended herself and Emanuel on Tuesday after first-degree murder charges were filed against Van Dyke, saying the mayor's plea last week to keep the video away from the public eye "was in the best interest of the investigation." Alvarez added that the reason it took 13 months to charge Van Dyke is because investigations into police shootings and misconduct are "massive and labor intensive." 

Minutes before the video was released, Emanuel said he hadn't seen it yet and was waiting until the rest of the city could see it, too. He added that he hoped the release of the video would help "build bridges of understanding" in the city instead of inciting unrest.

"I believe this is a moment that can build bridges of understanding rather than become a barrier of misunderstanding," Emanuel said. "I understand that people will be upset and want to protest when they see this video. But I would like to echo the comments of the McDonald family. They asked for calm and that those who choose to speak out do it peacefully."

Earlier this week, protesters took to downtown city streets in protest, resulting in several arrests. A group of protesters were also seen tearing the lights from the Christmas treet standing in Millennium Park. Still, officials say the protests have been largely peaceful. 

The Magnificent Mile Association said in a statement that it respects the right to assemble but hopes the demonstrations remain peaceful.

"The Magnificent Mile Association represents the interests of employees and businesses in the famous North Michigan Avenue District of Chicago," the statement read. "We respect the American freedom to assemble and the process in the pursuit of social justice. We hope that any assembly on Friday will continue to be peaceful."

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<![CDATA[Arrest in Chicago Boy's Killing]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:51:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tyshawn+lee2.jpg

A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the brutal killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, who was lured from a Chicago park to a nearby alley where he was "assassinated," authorities said Friday.

Corey Morgan, who was earlier considered a "person of interest" in the case, was arrested and charged with murder, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. Police believe he was one of three people involved in the young boy's execution-style shooting in Chicago earlier this month. 

In bond court on Friday, a visibly angry Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Morgan held without bail for a crime she called "exceptionally brutal and heinous." Judge Chiampas called Morgan a danger to the public and said the night Tyshawn was killed, he was a predator grabbing prey.

Authorities have said Tyshawn was lured from a park into an alley near his grandmother’s house in the 8000 block of South Damen. The grade-schooler was shot multiple times at close range with a .40-caliber weapon in what authorities have said was a gang-related incident.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy called the shooting "a crime that shook our city" and said the "targeted and calculated" killing was gang retaliation to get back at Tyshawn's father. 

Morgan, 27, was arrested last week on an unrelated weapons charge, but had been free on bail after meeting the $1 million bond requirements with the help of his girlfriend. Police say he was in violation of his bond when he was taken into custody this week. 

Morgan's attorney, Jeff Kent, said Morgan has denied having any involvement in the young boy's murder. 

"[Morgan] maintained his innocence when police questioned him a couple of weeks ago and maintains his innocence now," Kent said in a statement released on Morgan's behalf last week. "His family is supporting him through this ordeal. He says he had nothing to do with Tyshawn Lee's execution. The entire city wants the person who did this caught but it's not Corey."

The murder weapon has not yet been recovered and police say they're searching for another suspect identified as Kevin Edwards, allegedly a member of the same gang as Morgan, who they believe was also involved in the murder. Edwards is wanted on a first-degree murder charge, police said. 

A third suspect is already in custody on an unrelated charge, and McCarthy said he is "not getting out anytime soon."

Investigators said at least three people were involved in the killing, but it's not clear yet who did what. 

Police noted that members of the community have been vital to the investigation.

"This was very clearly not a case of no snitching, but there was a lot of fear," McCarthy said.

McCarthy also vowed to "obliterate" the gangs involved in the shooting. 

Tyshawn was a student at Scott Joplin School, where his teachers say he was a "delight" to have in class. He liked to play sports and video games.

"He was supposed to play ball. That's all he do, all he liked to do is play ball and play video games," Tyshawn's mother, Karla Lee, said. "He didn't hurt nobody. I don't know why this happened."

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<![CDATA[A's Pitcher Hosts Syrian Refugees]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:09:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/172*120/DSC_15321.jpg

Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle and his activist girlfriend Eireann Dolan, both natives of Illinois, hosted 17 Syrian refugee families for a Thanksgiving meal in Chicago on Wednesday night with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a special guest.

The idea of whether to accept Syrian refugees has become controversial as of late, as some critics fear that terrorists could slip in as desperate families seek safe shelter from their war-torn homeland.

But the couple shunned those worries, and instead decided to act how they think all Americans should.

“Chicago is so lucky to have 17 Syrian refugee families now officially calling it home,” Dolan wrote on Instagram. “We thought we'd officially welcome them with one of our greatest American traditions, Thanksgiving.”

Her photo shows women in hijabs and a young boy wearing a Cubs baseball cap seated around a festive table, dotted with Pepsi, flowers and cranberry sauce.

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A’s spokesman Ken Pries told NBC Bay Area on Friday the power couple hosted the dinner on Wednesday and have no personal connection with the refugees. The city of Chicago and the mayor helped put them in contact with the group, he said.

“It was obviously a very nice gesture," he said.

The couple has made nice gestures before.

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The A’s kicked off LGBT Pride Night in June, which sparked some homophobic reaction, such as season ticket holders indicating they wanted to sell their tickets.

Dolan, who said she has two “super gay” moms, and Doolittle offered to buy any unwanted tickets up to $3,000, and donate the tickets to the Bay Area Youth Center’s Our Space community for LGBTQ youth.

Photo Credit: Walter Mitchell, City of Chicago
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<![CDATA[First Lady Receives 2015 WH Christmas Tree]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:54:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/whitehouse-GettyImages-498935450.jpg

The official White House Christmas Tree - an 18.5-foot Fraser fir - was presented to First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday. 

The Marine Band played as the horse-drawn wagon carrying the tree pulled up to the North Portico. Glenn and Jay Bustard of Bustard's Christmas Trees of Pennsylvania, the growers of this year's tree, presented the tree to the first lady. 

"It's beautiful. It's going to work," said Obama, who was holding the first family's dogs, Bo and Sunny, on a leash. 

She wished everyone happy holidays, saying she hopes there will be snow. The tree will be on display in the Blue Room. 

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<![CDATA[Neiman Marcus Site Down on Black Friday]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:03:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nmSiteDown_040215.jpg

Shoppers looking to score some Black Friday deals on the Neiman Marcus website, instead encountered an error message. 

"We're currently making improvements to you shopping experience," the message said. "For immediate assistance, simply call 1.888.888.4757."

The luxury brand's homepage has been mostly down since 8 a.m. ET., according to Catchpoint Systems, which monitors retailers' web performance, CNBC reported. 

Ginger Reeder, a spokeswoman for Neiman Marcus, said in a statement, "We are working fervently to get the site back up. I don't have an estimated time it will be back up."

According to Catchpoint Systems, Neiman Marcus' outage was the first significant outage of the day.



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<![CDATA[Woman Fights to Save Yazidis From Extermination]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:47:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Vian-Dahkil.jpg

Iraqi legislator Vian Dahkil is seen by many as the last and only hope for Yazidis, an ancient religious minority reviled by ISIS and driven from their historic homeland on Mount Sinjar in August 2014.

ISIS has captured thousands of women and children, around 2,500 of whom are still in the militants' hands, Dakhil told NBC News. 

The 42-year-old regularly fields calls from captured women and girls begging for help, then she works with Kurdish security forces and an underground network of activists to try and rescue them. The activists are often forced to pay smugglers to help hostages escape.

"Sometimes I hear some things I can't imagine — girls, maybe 15 years old, with two or three ISIS men raping [them]," said Dahkil. "The Yazidi girls those terrorist [are] buying and selling, Yazidi girls sometimes [for] $100, sometimes one cigarette — they sell the girls and nobody does anything."

Her international campaign, which includes efforts to help the nearly half-a-million families living in camps, has put her on the extremists' hit list so she travels with an armed guard.

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<![CDATA[Ben Carson to Visit Syrian Refugees in Jordan]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:18:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Carson-AP_843823648598.jpg

Ben Carson will visit Syrian refugees in Jordan on Friday, campaign officials said Thursday.

Officials confirmed the trip on Thursday night, after the New York Times first reported that the Republican presidential candidate plans to visit a refugee camp in northern Jordan.

"I find when you have firsthand knowledge of things as opposed to secondhand, it makes a much stronger impression," Carson told the Times before his departure.

A recent poll shows support for Carson in Iowa has dropped 10 points since October, when he stood in first place.

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<![CDATA[Woman, 80, Tries to Rescue Husband]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:28:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lula-johnson.jpg

An 80-year-old North Texas woman smashed her bedroom window, climbed out and then tried to save her husband after their Fort Worth house filled with smoke on Thanksgiving morning. 

“I seen that smoke coming in on me and I had to get out of there,” said the woman, identified by family as Lula Johnson. “I got out through the help of the Lord.”

Johnson and her 79-year-old husband James Johnson, who suffered burns on his face and body, remain hospitalized. 

The house, located on the 4400 block of Carmel Avenue, filled with smoke at around 10:30 a.m. ET. Johnson saw the smoke and smashed her bedroom window to get outside. She then attempted to help her husband who was trapped inside another room.

“We had a resident who evacuated the building and was breaking a window trying to get to her husband,” said Kyle Clay, with the Fort Worth Fire Department.

Within four minutes of receiving the call, firefighters arrived and took over. They went through the window to rescue James Johnson.

MedStar rushed him to John Peter Smith Hospital in critical condition. Family said he was later taken by air ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas to receive care for his burns.

“I’m thankful she is still here and everything,” said Lula Johnson’s daughter, Joyce Smith. “In her right mind and she’s alright."

and James is going to be alright too,” added another a family member.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Ice Storm, Flooding Risk Threatens Holiday Weekend]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:29:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Weather-AP_487424761544.jpg

A blast of cold air was threatening to whip up a Black Friday ice storm across the center of the country, forecasters said.

Ice-storm warnings and other watches and advisories covered a 900-mile stretch from New Mexico and western Texas to Missouri and the Iowa border. Heavy rain is also expected further east, NBC News reported.

The National Weather Service announced that Dallas-Fort Worth broke its all-time yearly rainfall total at 12:14 a.m. local time (1:14 a.m. ET) on Friday, recording 53.56 inches over 2015. The area was also under a flash-flood warning.

Forecasters said the blast of wintery weather could "wreak havoc on the roadways" as millions of people prepare to be traveling over the holiday weekend.

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<![CDATA[Great-Grandma, 102, Plays Baseball]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:33:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102-year-old-grandma-baseball.gif

“Keep your eye on the ball.”

A San Diego cul-de-sac has been transformed into a concrete baseball diamond, home to the Zimmer family’s annual Thanksgiving game for about 22 years.

The instruction comes from the team’s oldest and feistiest player, 102-year-old Ann Sellaro.

But she’s not satisfied with acting as batting coach. Putting aside her walker, the great-grandmother steps up to the imaginary plate with a blue, plastic bat in hand.

One, two, three swings at bright yellow wiffle balls and Sellaro strikes out. But for her family, the misses don’t detract from her baseball chops and a love of the game that helped inspire two of her great-grandsons to become Major League Baseball players.

"I taught them everything they know," Sellaro says.

Kyle and Bradley Zimmer, La Jolla High School graduates, were both first-round draft picks out of the University of San Francisco. Kyle now pitches for the Kansas City Royals, and Bradley plays center field for the Cleveland Indians.

But long before they were playing in the big leagues, their training began in a quiet La Jolla cul-de-sac. Sellaro was there dealing out advice “since the first time we picked up a bat, I think,” said Bradley.

“I think that was about two days after we started walking,” quipped Kyle. "It’s been a long time."

Back then, the Zimmers and their friends would keep the wiffle balls within easy reach. However, as they grew, the balls soon started flying across streets, over fences and into neighbor’s yards.

“We've had to extend the home run line,” said Eric Zimmer, the players’ dad. “It used to be the curb, and then it was the sidewalk, then it was the neighbor’s roof.”

The annual Thanksgiving game has become less competitive with fewer rules, but their favorite part remains the same.

“Anytime you can say you have a grandma who's 102 years old and showing you how to hit a wiffle ball in the backyard, it's pretty special,” said Bradley. “So having her down here has been awesome. It's something that we really cherish and look forward to every year."

Sellaro used to travel long distances to watch her great-grandsons play, but as traveling becomes harder, she shows her support by watching their games on TV or online.

In person, though, the batting coach instincts kick back in.

“Keep your eye on the ball,” she says, pointing at Kyle. “And that goes for you, too.”

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<![CDATA[Niger Says Boko Haram Gunmen Kill 18 in Border Village]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:24:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Niger+map.png

Boko Haram militants killed 18 people in an attack on a village in the Niger's southern border area of Diffa on the Nigerian border on Thursday, the country’s government said.

The gunmen arrived in the village of Gogone near the shores of Lake Chad on foot and fired on residents and attacked their homes, security sources said. They also fired rockets in the attack, according to the sources.

Niger has suffered numerous cross-border attacks by Boko Haram, which has a stronghold in northeast Nigeria.

A state of emergency has been declared there in a bid to boost security, according to NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Germany to Support Campaign Against ISIS After French Appeal]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:29:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MerkelHollande-AP_993382740121.jpg

Germany will deploy military personnel and hardware in the fight against ISIS militants in Syria, according to Reuters.

The country agreed after a direct appeal from France to do more in the fight against militancy. Germany expects to commit four to six Tornado jets, satellite support, refueling planes and a frigate to help protect a French aircraft carrier.

It’s a shift for Germany, which has resisted direct involvement in the conflict. Germany will not, however, join France, Russia and the U.S. in airstrikes in Syria.

Chancellor Angela Merkel promised the support, which has yet to be approved by parliament.

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<![CDATA[Pope Presses Case for Dignified Housing in Visit to Nairobi Slum]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:36:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PopeNairobi-AP_120869002272.jpg

Pope Francis visited a slum in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday, calling for adequate and dignified housing for society’s most marginal, The Associated Press reported.

Kangemi is one of 11 slums in Nairobi and has about 50,000 residents living without basic sanitation.

The pope referred to the problem of urban shanties when speaking to the African U.N. headquarters on Thursday, saying everyone has the right to “dignified living conditions,” and that local residents’ views must be taken into account when new constructions are designed.

Francis is due to arrive in the Central African Republic on the next leg of his trip, where there is ongoing conflicts between Christians and Muslims.

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<![CDATA[Mali Arrests Two Suspects Linked to Hotel Attack: Ministry]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:24:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MaliAttacks-AP_457868932560.jpg

Two people suspected of links to an attack on a hotel in Mali’s capital that killed 20 people were arrested, the country’s security ministry said on Thursday.

The two have not yet been identified. Three Islamist groups have claimed the strike, Reuters reported.

At least two armed men attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on Friday in a raid. Six Russians, three Chinese and an American were killed in the worst jihadist strike in the country in years.

The siege ended when commandos stormed the hotel and freed 170 hostages. Two attackers were killed.

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<![CDATA[Thieves Strip, Hide in Pool: PD]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:32:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SAN+LEANDRO+VERIZON+ROBBERY+VSV+%28WED%29+-+00000418.jpg

San Leandro police arrested two men on suspicious of stealing iPads and then jumping into a popular Oakland, California, recreational pool - in only their boxers - to try to avoid capture.

But residents nearby and swimmers all thought the scene was pretty odd, and helped lead police to their arrest.

“It’s very, very rare,” Lt. Robert McManus said. “It’s the first of its kind with somebody stripping down into their boxing shorts trying to blend in the crowd in a swimming pool. They were the only two adult males in the crowd. The rest were teenagers.”

Detectives now believe that the men are responsible for similar thefts throughout the East Bay, including one at a San Leandro Radio Shack store on Monday afternoon, McManus said. He did not identify them or release their photos to allow other Bay Area agencies to investigate their cases.

On Wednesday about 1:30 p.m., a plain clothes detective was in the parking lot at the Westgate Shopping Center on Davis Street when he saw a white Cadillac El Dorado driving through the parking lot with three men inside, who appeared to be acting suspiciously.

McManus said the detective watched as the Cadillac, registered to an address on the Peninsula, backed into a parking stall and stopped. The driver and front passenger got out of the car and walked towards the Verizon store, out of the detective’s view, leaving the third passenger in the car.

Minutes later, the detective saw the driver and passenger sprinting back to the Cadillac as they were being chased by a Verizon employee, police said. They got into the car and fled through the parking lot, smashing into an Enterprise box truck, before driving over cement medians.

The detective radioed to other officers and began to follow the Cadillac as it sped out of the parking lot, running through two red lights heading north on Interstate 880 at Davis Street, McManus said. More police arrived. Eventually they found the empty Cadillac on Clara Street, near Edes Avenue in Oakland, a few blocks north of 98th Avenue.

Neighbors told police they saw the suspects running toward the Brookfield Recreation Center in the 9100 block of Edes Ave. Others directed the officers into the building, which had teens and seniors inside. There, they found the men had tried to pose as swimmers: They took off their clothes and slipped into the pool wearing only boxer shorts.

The detectives recognized the two men from surveillance footage from a similar burglary that occurred at the Radio Shack store located at 1359 Washington Ave. on Monday afternoon, where more high-end electronic items were stolen, police said.

Police searched the area and found the stolen iPads, iPhones believed to have been stolen in other thefts, the keys to the Cadillac and some of the clothing worn by the men, underneath a parked car, near the recreation center.

Police have arrested both men on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, and other related crimes. The third man, who remained in the car during the theft, fled and has not been found, McManus said.

The pair are expected to appear be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Online Sales Surge, but Thousands Lining Up for Black Friday]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:28:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BlackFridayMacys-AP_931186516506.jpg

Thousands of shoppers are still choosing to line up in the stores to make sure they got the best deals. The tradition of getting there early was still going strong, according to NBC News.

Hundreds lined nine levels of escalators at Macy's flagship store in New York City to get Black Friday deals on Thursday.

Many more consumers opted to stay home and shop online, according to NBC News.

Online sales increased 24 percent through 11 a.m. ET Thursday, compared to the same 12-hour period on Thanksgiving last year, according to Adobe Digital Index, which tracks real-time data for retailers.

Online shops are also reporting greater sales volumes - as much as 50 percent from midnight to noon, including 31 percent at Amazon.com, online retail data aggregator, Channel Advisor, said.

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<![CDATA[Hollande Calls for 'Grand Coalition' Against ISIS]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:47:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_967237575586.jpg

Speaking in Russia on Thursday, French President Francois Hollande called for world powers to create a "grand coalition" to defeat ISIS militants who control swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, Reuters reported. 

Hollande is on a diplomatic offensive to build a common front against ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 that killed 130 people and for the bombing of the Russian jet that killed 224 people over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

Russia's Vladimir Putin said Moscow was ready to unite with Paris against a "mutual enemy." Russia and France have stepped up their aerial bombing campaigns in Syria but they have different objectives.

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