<![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-usMon, 24 Jul 2017 21:01:28 -0400Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:01:28 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Immigrant Sanctuary Movement Grows Under President Trump]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:20:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NURY-Chavarria-NORWALK.jpg

A Connecticut mother who has taken refuge in a church to avoid deportation is one of a dozen immigrants staying in houses of worship nationwide under a sanctuary movement invigorated by President Trump’s positions on undocumented immigration.

The case of Nury Chavarria, which has received national attention, comes after the Trump administration expanded the categories of people to be deported and specified that no one was protected.

Chavarria refused to leave for Guatemala last week as ordered by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement, instead fleeing to Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal in New Haven. The 43-year-old single mother of four, who entered the United States illegally in 1993, said she did not want to be separated from her children.

Her oldest, her 21-year-old son, has cerebral palsy, according to the Hartford Courant. Her youngest, 9-year-old Hayley, issued a public plea on behalf of her mother. 

While Chavarria remains in the church, it is unlikely that ICE agents will move to detain her. The agency typically avoids making arrests at what it calls sensitive locations, including houses of worship, schools and hospitals and doctors' offices, though exceptions can be made. ICE also tries to steer clear of religious and civil ceremonies such as funerals and weddings.

The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the status of the policy -- though according to its website, it remains in effect.

Kica Matos, the director of immigrant rights and racial justice for the Center for Community Change, who is representing Chavarria, said she expected ICE to fully honor its policy and not try to deport Chavarria while she remains inside the church.

The Church World Service, a coalition of Christian denominations that has assisted refugees for 70 years, said it knows of no instances in which ICE agents entered a congregation. There have been cases of ICE agents waiting across the street, it said, and of arrests taking place near a church and school.

In Fairfax, Virginia, in February, ICE agents detained men who had just left a church shelter, where they had gone to stay warm. ICE told Time magazine that the location was a coincidence and that it was not targeting churches. In Los Angeles in March, a father who had been ordered deported, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, was taken into custody blocks from his 12-year-old daughter’s school, where he had dropped her off. Another daughter was in the car with him.

The sanctuary movement began in the 1980s under President Reagan and was revived under President Obama.

“It’s grown a lot, and after the election is when we saw just a bigger spike,” said Myrna Orozco Gallos, an associate with The Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Program. 

The number of congregations offering to provide sanctuary has jumped from 400 to 800 since Trump took office. Although raids took place during the Obama administration too, ICE's detentions have gotten new attention because of Trump's stance on undocumented immigrants. The organization has kept track of 29 public cases in the last three years, she said.

Chavarria, a housekeeper who has no criminal record and pays taxes, applied for asylum when she arrived but was denied. She was granted repeated stays of her order of deportation to allow her to raise her American-born children -- until June, when an ICE official told her she had to depart by Thursday.

“I told him, 'I’m not a criminal,'” she said last week. “I’m a mother of four children. They are citizens, USA. I want to stay here to help them and keep my family together.”

Chavarria’s supporters are hoping to win her another reprieve.

Among the dozen people who have sought refuge is Ismael Delgado, who has been staying at a church in Phoenix, Arizona, since October 2015, according to the United Church of Christ. Delgado, who ran a restaurant, has lived in the United States for 20 years and has two children.

Another undocumented immigrant, Jose Juan Federico Moreno, took shelter in a church on the South Side of Chicago more than a year ago rather than return to Mexico. Moreno, who worked for a furniture moving company, was targetted after getting a DUI in 2009.

Others will stay only a few months.

There have been successes among the movement. Two immigrants, Jeanette Vizguerra and Arturo Garcia from Denver, both received two-year reprieves in May. Vizguerra, who is from Mexico and who has lived in the United States for 20 years, left a Baptist church in Denver after she got a stay until 2019. Garcia, who is also from Mexico, had lived in the basement of a Unitarian church in 2014 and 2015 but emerged when he was told his case was not a priority, according to the Denver Post. Garcia, who owned a floor tile-laying business with his brother, was arrested in April 2016 and later was granted a stay, the newspaper reported.

The Church World Service is holding a meeting in Texas on July 28 and July 29 at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Its goal is to provide training and to develop a framework for the sanctuary movement.

Here are the other undocumented immigrants living in houses of worship across the country, according to published reports and the Church World Service:

Rosa Sabido, a Mexican national, has taken refuge in a church in Mancos, Colorado. She had lived in the United States for 30 years on visitor visas or through stays of deportation but faced immediate deportation in May. Residents have volunteered to stay overnight at the church to make sure she was not alone. Her lawyer told the Los Angeles Times she had no criminal record and had worked as a church secretary and tax preparer at H&R Block. Sabido applied for permanent residency in 2001, a case that is pending, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Juana Ortega, an undocumented grandmother from Guatemala, took sanctuary at a church in Greensboro, North Carolina, in May. She came to the United States in 1993, seeking asylum, and when her attempts failed got repeated stays on her removal order, according to CNN. At her first check-in with ICE under Trump’s administration she was told she had until the end of May to leave. Ortega is married to an American citizen; her youngest child is a teen-ager, CNN reported.

Minerva Garcia is a mother from Mexico who has worked temporary jobs, has no criminal record and has paid taxes for 17 years, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. She also sought refuge at a church in Greensboro, North Carolina, when she was facing deportation at the end of June. Garcia came to the United States looking for better care for her oldest son, who is blind and who was 5 at the time.

In Philadelphia, Javier Flores, the father of three U.S.-born children, moved into a church in November, according to Philly.com. He entered the country illegally in 1997 and has been deported multiple times. He re-entered, also illegally, to be with his wife and children. He applied for a special visa available to undocumented immigrants who assist authorities in the prosecution of a crime in which they were injured. Flores was attacked with box cutters in an apparent failed robbery.

A Reno, Nevada, church gave sanctuary to David Chavez-Macias in April. Chavez-Macias, who has lived in Reno for 29 years, had a work permit that was revoked because of a traffic ticket — he turned left on a red light. He has Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that weakens his heart, and he relies on treatment in the United States, according to NBC affiliate KRNV.

Emma Membreno-Sorto, a Honduran immigrant who has been ordered deported, took shelter at a church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in March. Membreno-Sorto applied for political asylum when she arrived from Honduras about 25 years ago, but did not receive notice of a court date, according to the Albuquerque Journal. She moved from Atlanta to Colorado to New Mexico and learned of the deportation order when she was taken into custody at her home in 2011. She has only one traffic ticket and no criminal history, the newspaper reported. Her husband is a U.S. citizen.

Sixto Paz, a homeowner and the father of three U.S. citizens, moved into a church in Phoenix, Arizona, in May 2016. He started working in the United States through a government amnesty program in the 1980s, but an immigration court in Phoenix denied his petition to stay in the country, according KPHO. He had been working as a roofer.

Lorenzo Solorzano Morales has been staying at the Faith, Life and Hope and St. Peter the Apostle Mission in Chicago with his wife and 7-year-old daughter since October. He faces deportation for an arrest on a domestic battery charge in November 2011, according to the Chicago Tribune. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, accused of pulling a woman’s hair during an argument, the newspaper reported. A landscaper, he has lived in the United States for 30 years.

A woman who has remained anonymous sought refuge at a church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in May. She told the Boston Globe that a man took her against her will from her hometown in Ecuador to the United States. She was arrested crossing the border in 2012 and was detained in Arizona for about a year because she could not pay $7,500 in bail; eventually she was released and went to the Boston area. She got a job as a cook, had two children with a partner but lost her asylum case and an appeal, according to the Boston Globe.

Correction: an earlier photo caption identified Nury Chavarria as Nury Charvarria.

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<![CDATA[Fact Checking Trump's Remarks on Health Care]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:26:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tru6AP_17205761619358.jpg

President Donald Trump on Monday, in delivering remarks about health care, said the former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act has caused "nothing but pain."

He concluded Obama's health bill has "broken our healthcare system, it’s broken, it’s collapsing, it’s gone."

Despite the president's claims about the existing health bill, there’s little evidence of an imminent failure, NBC News reported.

The Congressional Budget Office has indicated Obamacare exchanges are stabilizing, although it suggested some sparsely populated areas may struggle to find insurers.

NBC News fact checked Trump's Monday remarks about the Affordable Care Act, finding that he got some things write, and wrong, about the legislation.

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<![CDATA[Snooty, World's Oldest-Known Manatee, Dies at 69]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:16:46 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NA37Y_1200x675_1007287363792.jpg

Snooty, the world’s oldest-known manatee, died Saturday, just one day after celebrating his 69th birthday. South Florida Museum officials said Snooty’s death is due to a “heartbreaking accident.”

<![CDATA[Hawaii Prepping for Possibility of N. Korea Missile Attack]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:10:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_hawaiithreat0724_1920x1080.jpg

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is kicking off an educational campaign aimed at helping residents and visitors figure out what to do if the state becomes a target of a nuclear missile attack from North Korea.

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<![CDATA[Who's Who in the Trump-Russia Investigation]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:24:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/russiathumb2.jpg

A special counsel is overseeing the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which is also examining whether anyone in President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians.

Here's a look at some of the Americans whose names come up often in connection with the investigation.

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<![CDATA[Twins Born Conjoined at the Heart]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:01:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Joined_at_the_heart-150093339088500001.jpg

Twin baby girls Paisleigh and Paislyn Martinez were born conjoined at the chest, with their hearts fused together. Doctors from University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital used groundbreaking technology to separate them.

<![CDATA[Fiancé of Slain Australian Woman Speaks Out]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:36:24 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/flowersonbeachfeuerherd.jpg

The fiancé of Justine Damond, the unarmed Australian woman killed by a police officer last week in Minneapolis after calling 911, says he keeps thinking about the circumstances of the fatal shooting "over and over."

Don Damond, who is also Australian, told Justine to call 911 and stayed on the phone with his fiancé until the police arrived. Damond was in Las Vegas at the time of his fiancé's death.

"I have played this over in my head over and over," Damond told The New York Times in his first interview since the shooting. "Why didn't I stay on the phone with her?"

Investigators are trying to figure out what went wrong on that Saturday night when Justine, a 40-year-old life coach, called police to report a possible sexual assault happening behind her home.

Officer Mohamed Noor, the officer who shot Damond, and his partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, did not have their body cameras on. Harrity said that he was startled by a loud noise before the shooting, The Associated Press reported. Noor has remained silent amid outcry over the case, having yet to speak with investigators. 

Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau resigned on Friday at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges in the aftermath of the shooting.

"I've decided I am willing to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes see what more can be done for the MPD to be the very best it can be," Harteau said in a statement on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Congressman Uses Sounds of Scalise Shooting in Campaign Ad]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:11:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/AP_17165501432247.jpg

An Alabama congressman running for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former Senate seat is facing criticism for using in a campaign ad audio recorded of the June shooting that seriously injured House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise.

The ad opens with the sounds of gunfire and frantic yelling from the shooting, which took place during a congressional baseball team practice, NBC News reports. Text on screen then calls attention to the fact that the gunman was a supporter of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Sanders has previously referred to the shooting as a “despicable act.”

Tea Party favorite Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., says in the ad that despite the fact he was present for the June shooting, he remains a steadfast Second Amendment supporter.

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<![CDATA[US Military Plane Intercepted by Chinese Fighter Jets]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:20:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/chinaJ10jet_1200x675.jpg

U.S. military officials confirmed two Chinese fighter jets intercepted and almost collided with a U.S. military surveillance aircraft in the East China Sea this weekend, NBC News reported. 

One of the Chinese J-10 fighter jets flew underneath U.S. Navy EP-3 on Sunday and then suddenly was in front of the aircraft. The maneuver forced U.S. reconnaissance jet to take "evasive action" to avoid a collision, officials said.

U.S. military officials described the maneuver was unsafe and unprofessional as they have with similar past incidents earlier this year.  

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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[World's Oldest-Known Manatee Dies in 'Heartbreaking Accident']]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:45:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/072317+snooty.png

Snooty, the world’s oldest known manatee, died Saturday in what the South Florida Museum called a "heartbreaking accident," just one day after celebrating his 69th birthday.

The museum in Bradenton made the announcement Sunday afternoon in a statement on its website and in social media postings.

“Our initial findings indicate that Snooty’s death was a heartbreaking accident and we’re all quite devastated about his passing,” museum CEO Brynne Anne Besio said in the statement.

Besio added that the museum staff members "deeply mourn his passing."

Early indications show that an underwater door leading to a plumbing area, which is normally bolted shut, had been dislodged. Snooty was able to swim in but was not able to get out.

The animal was no longer alive when workers got to him. Three other, smaller manatees that also swam in were able to swim out.

Officials are investigating the exact circumstances of Snooty's death and how the door opened. The museum's aquarium remained closed on Sunday.

A necropsy, or an animal autopsy, will be performed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory in St. Petersburg. 

Snooty, according to the museum, was born July 21, 1948, and was the first manatee born in captivity. He became the mascot of Florida's Manatee County in 1979 and welcomed more than a million visitors in his lifetime.

Snooty also participated in scientific research programs that studied manatee biology and behavior.

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<![CDATA[Construction Worker Found Dead in NYC Elevator Shaft]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:51:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/constructionworkerdoaluxury.jpg

A construction worker and father of five was found dead in an elevator shaft in Manhattan Sunday, authorities say.

Police responded to a call after 7 a.m. Sunday of an unconscious person at 555 10th Ave., the location of a luxury apartment building partially under construction. The 53-year-old worker was found between the elevator and elevator shaft, police said. 

The man, identified as Steven Simpson of Brooklyn, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"My heart is so broken," Crystal Mack, Simpson's wife, said. "I don't know how I'm going to live or move on. I don't know what to do or what the next move is."

Simpson had clocked out of work Saturday around 3:30 p.m., his co-workers told police. He then realized he forgot something and turned back. 

Police said Simpson was going up the elevator, before it lost power and got stuck.

"I know he was trying to get out of the elevator shaft because it was his son's birthday," Kevin Welch, Simpson's brother-in-law, said. "Nothing in this world could make him miss being there with his son." 

With other workers gone for the day, he tried to pry the doors open. Unexpectedly, the elevator began to move and caught Simpson between the floor and the top portion of the doorway, according to police. 

Mack said his worried family went by the building looking for him Saturday night. His phone showed that he was there, but they couldn't find him, she said. They called his phone a bunch of times, but nobody answered. Nobody was inside the building to ask either. 

They tried to file a missing persons report, but because they had no information to go on, police advised them to come back. 

"He knows it was his son's birthday and he knows my birthday is in September," Mack said. "He wanted to do something for me for my birthday so he's working to get this extra money and now he's gone." 

A co-worker came back to the building site Sunday morning and found Simpson dead. 

The family woke up to the news that somebody died there and immediately knew who it was. 

Mack couldn't help but to break down after having to tell her son Shane why his dad wasn't able to make it home on his 9th birthday. 

Simpson leaves behind his wife, five children and several siblings. 

"This is a tragic situation," the construction company said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victim."

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<![CDATA[Top News Photos: Jared Kushner Denies Collusion With Russia]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:18:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-821616738.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Kushner Denies Collusion With Russia]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:44:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/kushnerdeniescollusion_17086178_1200x675_1007643203529.jpg

Jared Kushner denies that he had any ties to Russia during President Trump's election campaign.

<![CDATA[Fishermen Reel in Massive Shark Off New Jersey Coast]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:06:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shark+caught+credit+dave+bender.jpg

A massive shark reeled in by fishermen over the weekend appears to be the heaviest of its kind caught off New Jersey.

Dave Bender and his five fishing mates caught the 12-foot, 926-pound mako during a fishing trip over the weekend off the shore of Brielle on Bender's boat, the Jenny Lee, Patch.com reports. 

After the shark took the bait, it took about 90 minutes to get the shark close enough to the boat to land it. The men reeled it in, the rod snapping in the process, and then took another hour to wrestle it into the boat.

"Fish of a lifetime, to say the least," Bender wrote in a Facebook post. 

Though the shark is 70 pounds heavier than the current state record -- an 856-pounder caught in 1994 -- it won't be an official state record because it was landed through the combined effort of the six men who chartered the boat, Patch reports. The state only recognizes fish caught by a single angler.  

The world record catch for a shortfin mako is the 1,221-pound shark caught by Luke Sweeney in July 2001 off Massachusetts, according to Patch.

Shortfin mako sharks are highly migratory, and move quickly and intelligently in water, according to Oceana.org. The shortfin mako shark is one of only very few shark species known to have bitten and killed people, but the events are extremely rare and likely accidental. 

Everywhere they live, mako sharks are either targeted commercially or captured accidentally in fisheries targeting other species, according to Oceana.org.  They're valued for the high quality of their fins and meat, sparking concerns their population may be decreasing. 

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<![CDATA[Wisconsin-Based Company Offering to Microchip Employees ]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:18:24 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cyborg-swed.jpg

The fear once was Big Brother might be watching you. Now? Big Brother might actually be inside of you.

Wisconsin-based Three Square Market (32M) is offering implanted chip technology to all of their employees on Aug. 1, 2017. Employees will be implanted with a RFID chip allowing them to make purchases in their break room micro market (aka vending machines), open doors, log in to computers, and use the company copy machine. The program, offered by 32M, is optional for all employees.

Three Square Market designs modern vending machines that various businesses put in company break rooms across the country. So now, instead of digging through your pockets for change to get that bag of chips or pack of gum, employees with the chip simply have to wave their hands in front of a machine's biometric sensors to pay for their snacks.

The company is expecting over 50 staff members to be voluntarily chipped. 32M is partnering with BioHax International and Jowan Osterland, CEO, based out of Sweden.

The chip, about the size of a grain of sand, according to Fortune, is implanted between an employee's thumb and forefinger and will cost roughly $300, which the company will pay for. The embedded chip reportedly uses the same sort of near-field communications (NFC) technology that allows people to hold up their phones to a device to make payments.

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<![CDATA[Chipotle Faces Backlash After Norovirus, Rodent Incidents]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:36:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms872.jpg

Between a recent norovirus outbreak at one restaurant and rodents falling from the ceiling at another, Chipotle Mexican Grill is facing a stark decline in consumer’s perception of the brand.

Credit Suisse’s online sentiment tracker, which measures how consumers feel about a brand, showed the perception of the beleagured Chipotle brand fell to near record lows following the two headline-grabbing incidents last week, CNBC reports.

"Not surprisingly, online sentiment plummeted in recent days," said Credit Suisse analyst Jason West.

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<![CDATA[Marine Who Lost His Leg Now Climbs Mountains to Help Others]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:23:43 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/marine+veteran+climber.PNG

Kionte Storey is on a journey to change lives after his life was forever changed seven years ago.

The Marine veteran was serving in Afghanistan when he lost his right leg below the knee to an improvised explosive device. He says he can handle the physical adjustment pretty well, but "it's more of a mental struggle. That's really the hardest battle of all."

He attempted to make the U.S. Paralympics team twice as a sprinter, but after he came up short, Storey found a new passion during a trip to Antarctica: mountain climbing.

“That was that mental breakthrough, at least for me, being on that mountain was just [an] incredible experience overall,” he said.

Storey is now in Ecuador preparing to make a 19,000-foot climb to the top of Cayambe volcano with an organization called Range of Motion Project (ROMP). The non-profit organization provides prosthetics and orthopedic care for people in underserved countries.

NBC 7 caught up with Storey on Cowles Mountain before he left for his healing journey. He was carrying a 40-pound backpack to help him cope with the effects of altitude during his South American climb.

But it’s not the only weight Kionte Storey carries with him, a weight he says he used to propel him up the mountain. “The way I got to the summit was just thinking about my friends we lost overseas during our deployment," he explains. “Knowing why you're out there is really going to get you to the top." 

Storey has raised $4,200 for the Ecuador climb, which will help 10 people get prosthetic care. But his trek is just the beginning.

The Marine veteran’s next quest will be to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to benefit veterans with traumatic brain injuries through the Bob Woodruff Foundation. His attitude about his newfound purpose is as inspiring as his determination to overcome his challenges.

"For me, it's just… providing as much happiness to others as I can," he said.

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<![CDATA[California Man Sues Over Denial of $5M Lottery Prize]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:39:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cash-money-GettyImages-169117081.jpg

A Long Beach man sued the state and California Lottery Commission Friday, alleging he was wrongfully denied a $5 million Scratchers ticket prize because his 16-year-old son bought the winning ticket.

Ward Thomas' Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges failure to discharge a mandatory duty, breach of contract, negligence and both intentional and negligent representation. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

A California Lottery representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Thomas says his son bought five Scratchers tickets at a Mobil station on Bellflower Boulevard in Long Beach on Oct. 16 by exchanging other winning tickets. One of the five was a winning ticket with a $5 million prize, the suit states.

Thomas validated the ticket at a 7-Eleven store in Long Beach that same day and then validated it again the next day at the lottery office in Santa Ana, the suit states.

However, on Dec. 5, the Lottery Commission told Thomas that his award was being denied because his son was a minor and therefore was "not legally able to play the lottery," the suit states.

The complaint does not state how the commission knew Thomas' son bought the tickets and that the purchaser was under age 18.

No one at the gas station, which also is a defendant, told Thomas' son that he was too young to buy a lottery ticket, the suit states.

The suit further alleges the commission failed to enforce its own rules in the operation of the lottery and that the commission engaged in false advertising by not publicizing that lottery ticket buyers had to be at least 18 years old.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:08:30 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-8164837901.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[White House Gives Mixed Messages on Pardons]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:26:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/scarAP_17202665084579.jpg

Newly-hired White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said Sunday that President Donald Trump is "thinking about pardoning nobody" in connection with the Russia investigation, according to NBC News.

"The truth of the matter is that the president is not going to have to pardon anybody because the Russia thing is a nonsensical thing," Scarmucci said on CNN’s "State of the Union." However, on "Fox News Sunday," the communications director acknowledged that he and the president discussed pardons "last week."

Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow also told ABC's "This Week" that the president's legal team has not been researching the power to pardon. A Washington Post report last week had claimed that Trump asked his advisers about his power to pardon family members, aides and even himself.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted about his power to pardon, saying, "While all agree the U.S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS."

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<![CDATA[Bush Announces Recall of Baked Beans Products]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:00:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Bush%27s+Baked+Beans+Recall.jpg

Bush Brothers & Company is voluntarily recalling some of its 28-ounce cans of beans due to potentially defective side seams on the cans.

Bush says its internal quality assurance checks identified the problem, which has since been corrected, and it is now working with retailers to have the affected cans removed from shelves.

The Baked Beans involved in the recall includes 28-ounce cans of Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans, and Original Baked Beans. The affected cans were distributed nationwide in retail stores.

"No illnesses or other adverse consequences have been reported in connection with this voluntary recall," Bush said in a statement. "However, we urge you to dispose of these affected products immediately even if the beans do not look or smell spoiled. We are working with our retailers to ensure timely removal of affected product from their warehouses and shelves."

To view the affected lot numbers and best by dates, please visit www.bushbeans.com. Customer's with any questions or concerns can call Bush's at 1-800-590-3797 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. ET and 5:00 p.m.

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