<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:55:50 -0400 Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:55:50 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Child Shot in Southeast D.C., Police Sources Say]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:40:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/073115+SE+shooting+scene.jpg

A girl as young as 8 years old has been shot in Southeast D.C., police sources tell News4.

The child was shot in the arm and rushed to a hospital, sources said.

An out-of-breath woman who said she was the child's aunt said the little girl was playing in a courtyard when shots were fired.

"We heard a bunch of gunfire. The next thing I know, my niece ran down to my sister and she was shot," the woman said.

The little girl is "very lively, she's smart, she's very outgoing and she's got her whole life ahead of her," the woman said.

The shooting occurred about 9:20 p.m. on the 300 block of Ridge Road SE, police said.

A 3-year-old girl, Dalis Cox, was shot and killed Wednesday night after police say her 7-year-old brother accidentally fired at her. That shooting occurred on the 600 block of 46th Place SE in Benning Ridge.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Man Sought After Assaults on Women in Riverdale Park]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:11:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/073115+Joshua+Charles+Price.jpg

A man charged with indecent exposure and then released is being sought by police again after women say they were assaulted in a Prince George's County park.

Multiple women -- including those accompanied by children -- have reported being groped by a man in Riverdale Park. Several women since May have said they were assaulted along the Trolley Trail, which runs from Riverdale to Hyattsville.

The women reported they were using the trail when a man pretended to be looking for something and then tried to grope them. Two of the women were with their young children at the time of the attacks.

Joshua Charles Price, 23, was charged with indecent exposure on Monday and released on $4,500 bond. Friday afternoon, Riverdale Park Place released his photo and said he is being sought in connection to assaults along the trail.

News4 spoke with the husband of a woman who had an encounter with a man who matched the description of the suspect, right down to the red baseball cap he's wearing in a mugshot. The woman was riding a bike with the couple's 5-year-old son sitting in a carrier on the back of the bike.

"A blue car with a very tall, probably about 6-5, 6-6 black male got out and started coming toward her, coming toward her and, she got nervous," the man said. "She said her instinct was to ride."

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 443-790-5365.

<![CDATA[Cop Rescues Girl, 2, From Hot Car]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:13:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/toddler+hot+minivan+rescue.JPG

A Bergen County Sheriff's officer rescued a wailing, sweat-soaked toddler from inside a locked minivan parked at a Costco in New Jersey on a sweltering afternoon Thursday.

Concerned passersby in the parking lot at the Hackensack Costco began gathering around the minivan, and at least two tried to push down a window, which was already cracked a few inches, cellphone video shows. The child's cries can be heard from inside the car.

One of the men seen trying to get in through the window, Rafael Rodriguez, recounted to NBC 4 New York, "I'm telling the [kid], 'Don't cry, we're gonna get you out.' The boy was drenched in sweat and crying constantly." 

Police officers begin to arrive and one smashes the window on the rear right side, pulls open the sliding door, and another goes into the car to retrieve the child.

"Where are the parents?" asked one bystander.

"I think shopping," another says.

"Are you...kidding me?" he responds.

As the officer emerges from the minivan with a small, crying boy in her arms, the bystanders are stunned.

"Oh, my God," says the woman taping the scene.

The distressed child cries in the arms of the officer, who rubs his back and says he's "soaking wet." The boy's hair appears to be matted to her forehead with sweat.

"Sweat was just coming down, almost as if someone threw a bucket of water on [him], that's how bad it was," said Rodriguez.

Seconds later, the boy's mother arrives at the vehicle with a loaded shopping cart and another child. The officer holding the boy scolds the mother: "You left [him] in the car!"

The mother says "sorry, sorry," and the officer responds, "No 'Sorry!' [He] could have died!" 

It's unclear how long the 2-year-old boy was inside the locked car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the temperature inside a car, even with the windows open, can jump about 20 degrees in 10 minutes. 

An officer estimated it was at least 80 degrees inside the van, according to Bergen County Sheriff's Office. Temperatures outside hit 90 degrees, though, according to meteorologists.

Rodriguez said it was clear the mother was gone for awhile.

"I thought maybe she forgot something that she was gonna grab. I was surprised to see the shopping cart was full," he said.

The boy was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center and turned over to his father, the sheriff's office said.

Police arrested the mother for child endangerment and released her with a desk ticket.

*EDITOR'S NOTE: Authorities initially said the child was a girl, but they clarified Friday the child was a boy.

Photo Credit: Arislyeda Pena]]>
<![CDATA[Meth Pills Were in In-n-Out Drink, Man Claims in Lawsuit]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 03:55:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/168*120/innoutmeth.jpg

In-n-Out Burger has been sued by a man who alleges he found meth in the bottom of his drink, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles.

The incident allegedly occurred on the night of March 9, 2014, when Fred Maldonado, of Carlsbad, ordered a burger and drink from a Southern California In-n-Out.

Maldonado then returned to his nearby motel, where he drank half the beverage and went to sleep. When he awoke the next morning, he emptied the rest of the drink and allegedly found two pills and a napkin at the bottom of the cup, according to the lawsuit filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

When Maldonado returned the cup and its contents to the In-n-Out location, located at 8767 Firestone Blvd. in Downey, the manager apologized and offered him a gift certificate for a free burger, according to the lawsuit.

Though Maldonado was unaware of what the blue gelatin capsules were at the time, later testing found that they contained methamphetamine, according to toxicology findings from last August. The napkin and the cup both tested negative for methamphetamine.

"The beverage served by defendants to plaintiff was not clean, wholesome, and free from harmful or injurious foreign substances but instead, unknown to plaintiff, contained hazardous and unhealthful foreign substances, namely two capsules of methampetamine and a napkin that was unfit for human consumption," the lawsuit stated.

A picture of the capsules and napkin allegedly found in the drink were provided by G. Patrick Connors III, an attorney for Maldonado.

Maldonado did not ingest the pills, but did suffer nausea and serious injuries to his health, as well as mental distress, as a result of consuming the drink, according to his lawyer.

In-n-Out has denied the allegations.

“At In-N-Out Burger, we have always served the freshest, highest quality burgers, fries, and drinks and customer safety is one of our highest priorities. We will vigorously defend these baseless claims. Due to the fact that this matter involves ongoing litigation, we will unfortunately not be able to comment any further,” In-n-Out Executive Vice-President Arnie Wensinger said.

Maldonado has sued for unspecified damages.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of G. Patrick Connors III]]>
<![CDATA[D.C. Daycare Worker Charged With Child Cruelty]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:01:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/GettyImages-141810855.jpg

A daycare worker in Northeast D.C. has been arrested and charged with criminal child cruelty. 

Shantae Denise Smith, 27, of Northeast D.C., was arrested Wednesday following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department's Youth and Family Services Division, police said Friday evening. 

Smith worked at a daycare on the 4300 block of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE. She was charged with first-degree cruelty to children. More details about the alleged cruelty were not immediately available. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 202-727-9099, or send an anonymous tip by text message to 50411.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Obama to Speak Next Week at American University]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:50:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/obama137.JPG

President Barack Obama will speak next week at American University about foreign policy, particularly concerning Iran. 

American University announced Friday that the president will speak Wednesday, August 5 at the university’s School of International Service.

Obama's appearance will be broadcasted live on the White House website.

The last time Obama spoke at American University was in December 2013, when he was interviewed on the MSNBC show “Hardball with Chris Matthews” in front of students. He spoke on health care, the NSA wiretapping controversy, Pope Francis and battles with House Republicans.

He spoke about immigration in July 2010 at the School of International Service, and visited in 2008 while on the campaign trail.

Presidents who  have spoken at American University include Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci]]>
<![CDATA[Man, 23, Dies After Shooting on Georgia Ave. NW]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:28:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/073115Derrick+Black.jpg

A man died after being shot late Thursday in the Park View neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Derrick Black, 23, was shot several times on the 3300 block of Georgia Avenue NW shortly before 9:30 p.m. Thursday. He was rushed to a hospital, where he later died.

Black liked to play basketball and video games with his younger cousins, his mother, Dolores Black, said. 

"He loved the people," she said through tears on Friday. "I don't know why nobody would do that to him." 

The victim's mother urged parents to talk with their children -- even adult children -- about violence. 

"Even though they're grown, they still need to talk to their kids and let them know that it's not right to do that to nobody's kid," she said. 

Police have not released any information on a suspect or possible motive.

Authorities remained on the crime scene Friday morning. All lanes of Georgia Avenue at the intersection with Lamont Street NW remained closed for the investigation as of 5:15 a.m. Friday.

The neighborhood is several blocks south of Petworth and east of Columbia Heights.

This is the District's 83rd homicide this year.

Two more men were shot Thursday night a few blocks northeast, on the 600 block of Newton Place NW. Police said one man was shot about 10 p.m. He was conscious and breathing when he was taken to the hospital. A second man who was also shot there was taken to a hospital without the help of paramedics, police said.

<![CDATA[Firefighter Dies While Battling California Wildfire: Officials]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:08:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/wildfire-generic722.jpg

A South Dakota firefighter died while helping battle a wildfire in California, officials said Friday.

David Ruhl, a firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service, died Thursday while on assignment at the Frog Fire burning in the Modoc National Forest, just outside Alturas in Northern California.

Search and rescue was conducted late Thursday until the firefighter was found Friday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

"This loss of life is tragic and heartbreaking," U.S. Forest Service Supervisor Amanda McAdams said in a statement. "Please keep the family and all of our Forest Service employees in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

Ruhl served as an engine captain on the Mystic Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest in Rapid City, South Dakota.

On June 14, Ruhl was temporarily assigned to the Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest as an assistant fire management officer.

The Frog Fire erupted in the Modoc National Forest Thursday afternoon and had grown to more than 800 acres by late Friday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

News of Ruhl's death comes on the same day California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in response to the severe wildfires burning across the state.

“Anne and I were saddened to learn of the tragic death of U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Dave Ruhl, who left his home state to help protect one of California’s majestic forests," California Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement. "Firefighter Ruhl will be remembered for his service and bravery and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues with the U.S. Forest Service.”

Ruhl is survived by his wife, Erin, and their two children. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 14 years and previously served in the U.S. Coast Guard, according to Brown's statement.

The U.S. Forest Service is investigating Ruhl's death.

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<![CDATA[No Charges for 2 Officers in Ohio Man Shooting]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:02:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_427636218063.jpg

The two University of Cincinnati police officers who arrived on scene just after a fellow officer shot and killed an unarmed driver will not face charges, a prosecutor announced Friday.

Officers David Lindenschmidt and Phillip Kidd responded when UC police officer Ray Tensing fatally shot Samuel DuBose after a traffic stop on July 19. Tensing was indicted on a murder charge on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty.

But a grand jury did not return charges against Lindenschmidt and Kidd, Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said Friday. 

<![CDATA[U.S. Launches Airstrikes to Aid American-Trained Syrian Rebels]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:47:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_168960475697.jpg

Syrian rebels, recently trained by the U.S. military, came under heavy fire Friday in northern Syria and for the first time called in U.S. airstrikes to repel the enemy.

U.S. military officials tell NBC News the Free Syrian forces were attacked Friday morning by about 50 al Nusra fighters. Under siege, the Syrian moderates issued a desperate plea to the U.S. military.

American warplanes quickly responded, launching airstrikes driving away the enemy forces. U.S. officials would not provide the number of U.S.-trained Syrian rebels or the location of today's attack.

<![CDATA[Cecil the Lion's Killer Contacts Authorities]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:13:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482297396.jpg

Dr. Walter James Palmer, the American dentist who sparked outrage after killing Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, has reached out to U.S. authorities, U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials said Friday.

A representative for Palmer "voluntarily" reached out to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement on Thursday, the service said in a statement. 

On Thursday, officials said efforts to contact Palmer had been unsuccessful and urged him on Twitter to get in touch.

<![CDATA[Judge Refuses to Cut Rabbi's Sentence for Voyeurism]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:28:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-02-19_1333.jpg A judge refused on Friday to lessen the sentence of Rabbi Bernard "Barry" Freundel, who pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping women during ritual baths. Freundel was previously sentenced to 6 1/2 years and asked for just one year. News4's Mark Segraves reports.

Photo Credit: Chris Gordon, News4]]>
<![CDATA[Ex-FEMA Spokesman Charged With Sexually Abusing Girl]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:49:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/073115+James+McIntyre.jpg

A Fairfax, Va. man who was once a high-profile Federal Emergency Management Agency official is now jailed in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Former FEMA spokesman James McIntyre, 63, was posted in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Recently unsealed search warrants show he was charged earlier this year with sexually abusing a preteen girl.

McIntyre was charged in late May with three felonies: aggravated sexual battery, animate object penetration and forcible sodomy.

The investigation of McIntyre began after a school counselor reported the alleged abuse to Child Protective Services. Fairfax City police were contacted.

A recently unsealed search warrant reveals that a Fairfax police detective confronted McIntyre with the allegations on April 1.

McIntyre "confessed to sexually abusing the victim on more than one occasion," the detective reported.

At the end of that interview, police seized several of McIntyre's FEMA-issued devices: a BlackBerry, iPad and laptop. They also took his personal iPhone to search for evidence.

"Mr. McIntyre has denied the charges," his lawyer, Robert Jenkins, said.

McIntyre no longer works for the federal agency, spokesman Rafael Lemaitre confirmed. "We won't comment beyond that," he said.

The former federal employee is being held on $100,000 bond and is due in court Aug. 27 for a preliminary hearing.

<![CDATA[Next Financial Crisis Could Be Around the Corner for VA]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:16:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/veterans+affairs+VA+hospital.jpg Despite a $3 billion bailout to save some VA hospitals, a surge in patients and appointments could lead to more financial trouble. Scott MacFarlane reports.]]> <![CDATA[Food Waste Compost Program Begins in Falls Church]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:59:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011375390_1200x675_495542339991.jpg Falls Church begins an experimental program to compost food waste.]]> <![CDATA[Questions Over County Spending as New Police Station to Remain Vacant]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:56:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011375036_1200x675_495539267993.jpg Angry neighbors let their voices be heard about a new police station that's sitting empty. Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports complaints are flying over where the county spends money.]]> <![CDATA[Laurel Regional Hospital Downsizing and Closing]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:14:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/laurel+regional+hospital.jpg

Laurel Regional Hospital, which has served Prince George's County since 1978, will be downsized into a walk-in outpatient medical center.

Hundreds of employees will be laid off. Some employees will be reassigned to other facilities.

The new center will offer only emergency services and outpatient surgery. Soon, patient beds will begin to be phased out.

The decision was made by Dimensions Healthcare System, a non-profit hospital system that serves the residents of Prince George's County and surrounding areas.

The hospital has been losing millions of dollars for years, according to Dimensions Healthcare spokeswoman Erika Murray. And admissions to the hospital have been declining. 

But the decision was made without the approval of Laurel elected officials, and they aren't happy.

"The decision to close this full service hospital is yet another failure of Dimensions executives to operate their facilities in an efficient manner," Laurel Mayor Craig A. Moe said in a news release.

The hospital closing will have a negative affect on the already "stressed" ambulance service in Prince George's County, according to Moe.

"I am deeply concerned about the tremendous impact on the safety and well-being of the residents of northern Prince George's County and surrounding areas, and I am also troubled by the loss of many jobs for Prince George's County and Laurel residents that would follow this closure," Moe said.

The Prince George's County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department was also not aware of the plan to close the hospital, according to a press release. 

But Dimensions Healthcare says the new center will seek to offer new approaches to preventive health and welfare, Murray said.

The transition will take place over the next year. There will be no changes to the current emergency, diagnostic imaging and outpatient surgery services during the transition.

The new $25 million ambulatory care center is expected by 2018 and will be built on the existing hospital campus.

University of Maryland Medical Center is opening the $655 million Prince George's Regional Medical Center at the Largo Town Center in partnership with Dimensions, and has been helping Dimensions organize its system.

<![CDATA[Donald Trump Files $10 Million Lawsuit Against Jose Andres]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:00:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trump_Texas_Visit_4p_072315_1200x675_490345027763.jpg

The group developing Donald Trump's grand renovation of Washington's Old Post Office Pavilion has sued chef Jose Andres for $10 million, claiming Andres breached his contract to build a flagship restaurant in the hotel after Trump said Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime.

Andres had a 10-year deal to open an almost 10,000-square-foot restaurant in the $200 million Trump International Hotel.

But Andres cut ties with the business magnate July 8, after Trump's comments June 16. The comments led to protests outside the planned D.C. hotel.

Andres told the Washington Post it would be "impossible" for him to open a restaurant in that location.

Trump's developer alleges he has suffered millions of dollars in damages, including legal fees, the cost of hiring a new tenant and more. And the suit dryly says that Andres should have known Trump was going to say something that would raise hackles.

"Mr. Andres' offense is curious in light of the fact that Mr. Trump's publicly shared views on immigration have remained consistent for many years, and Mr. Trump's willingness to frankly share his opinions is widely known," reads the suit, filed in federal court Friday.

Andres had praised Trump for his "business acumen," when the agreement was announced in January, and said in a press release, "I have long respected Donald Trump for his business acumen and am proud to partner with him to create a truly remarkable, fine dining restaurant in the city I have called home for many years."

The suit also notes that Andres left the deal more than a week after he was expected to present documents showing construction progress.

Trump sent a notice to Andres on July 17, giving him 10 days to produce the documents. The same day, Andres sent Trump a notice, alleging that Trump's speech had breached the sublease.

Andres also "demanded that Trump's personal opinions not be "repeated, restated, or further disseminated," according to the lawsuit.

Trump's developer claims there are no provisions in the sublease that grant Andres the right to terminate the sublease based on offended feelings.

<![CDATA[Thousands of Clinton's Emails Released, Dozens Censored]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:08:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_54095660417.jpg

Dozens of emails that traversed Hillary Clinton's private, unsecured home server contain national security information now deemed too sensitive to make public, according to the latest batch of records released Friday.

In 2,206 pages of emails, the government censored passages to protect national security at least 64 times in 37 messages, including instances when the same information was blacked-out multiple times. Clinton has said she never sent classified information from her private email server, which The Associated Press was first to identify as operating in her home in New York.

The Friday release brings the volume of emails publicly released by the State Department to roughly 12 percent of the 55,000 pages Clinton had turned over to department lawyers earlier this year. That falls short of the 15 percent goal set by a court ruling in May, a lag the State Department attributed to interest by the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community in the possible compromise of classified information.

There were no obviously stunning revelations in the emails released Friday, which reflected the workaday business of government. Some of the documents could reflect favorably on Clinton, such as a message in August 2009 about a 10-year-old old Yemeni girl who had been married and divorced, and had been portrayed as unhappy in a CNN story.

"Is there any way we can help her? Could we get her to the US for counselling and education?" Clinton asked an aide, who began making calls.

Others could be controversial, such as 2009 messages from former national security adviser Sandy Berger about how to pressure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over negotiations with Palestinians.

Some emails show the extent to which her closest aides managed the details of her image. Top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, for example, sent her an early-morning message in August 2009 advising her to "wear a dark color today. Maybe the new dark green suit. Or blue." Clinton later held a joint news conference with the Jordanian foreign minister. She wore the green suit.

Clinton's decision not to use a State Department email account has become a political problem for her, as Republicans seize on the disclosures to paint her as untrustworthy and willing to break rules for personal gain.

There is also the matter of the classified information that found its way onto her insecure email system.

Memos sent by the inspector general of the intelligence community alerted the FBI to a potential security violation arising from Clinton's use of a private server located in her home.

The inspector general said his office has found four emails containing classified information while reviewing a limited sample of 40 of the emails provided by Clinton. Those four messages were not marked as classified but should have been handled as such because they contained classified information at the time they were sent, the inspector general said.

Clinton has repeatedly defended her email usage, saying her private server had "numerous safeguards" and placing responsibility for releasing the documents on the State Department.

"They're the ones that are bearing the responsibility to sort through these thousands and thousands of emails and determine at what pace they can be released," she said after meeting with labor leaders Thursday in Maryland. "I really hope that it will be as quickly as possible."

Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, said they were concerned that Clinton's attorney, David Kendall, apparently holds thousands of Clinton's emails — including some that may contain classified information — on a thumb drive at his Washington office.

Grassley wrote a letter to FBI Director James Comey asking him to explain what the FBI is doing to ensure that classified information contained on Kendall's thumb drive is secured and not further disseminated.

Among Clinton's exchanges now censored as classified by the State Department was a brief exchange in October 2009 between her and Jeffrey D. Feltman, then Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. Clinton emailed Feltman about an "Egyptian proposal" for separate signings of a reconciliation deal with Hamas after the militant organization balked at attending a unity ceremony. Both Clinton's email and Feltman's response are marked B-1 for "classified" and completely censored from the email release.

A longer email sent the same day from Clinton to former Sen. George Mitchell, then the special envoy for Middle East Peace, is also censored as classified despite the fact that Clinton did not send the original message on a secure channel. Mitchell later responded to Clinton that "the Egyptian document has been received and is being translated."

Other now-secret material involved a battle over whom to appoint as the head of the United Nations cultural agency.

The September 2009 issue was over the candidacy of an Egyptian official who had once threatened to burn Israeli books. Abedin on Sept. 22 forwarded to the Secretary of State a chain of emails from department staff summing up the maneuvering over the issue. One sentence in that chain was released redacted, with a code for national security interests as the stated reason.

Previous emails released by the agency revealed that Clinton received information on her private account about the deadly 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that was retroactively classified as "secret" at the request of the FBI.

The emails released Friday raised new questions about Clinton's stated reason for routing all her work-related emails through a private server. On several occasions, Clinton received messages not only at her home email server — hdr22@clintonemail.com — but also on a BlackBerry email account through her cellphone provider.

In March, a Clinton spokesman said the only reason Clinton had her own account is because she "wanted the simplicity of using one device" and "opted to use her personal email account as a matter of convenience."

There was no indication from emails released so far that Clinton's home computer system used encryption software that would have protected her communications from the prying eyes of foreign spies, hackers or any other interested parties on the Internet.

Current and former intelligence officials have said they assume the emails were intercepted by foreign intelligence services.

Earlier this year, a district court judge mandated that the agency release batches of Clinton's private correspondence from her time as secretary of state every 30 days starting June 30.

The regular releases of Clinton's correspondence all but guarantee a slow drip of revelations from the emails throughout the Democratic presidential primary campaign, complicating her efforts to put the issue to rest. The goal is for the department to publicly unveil all 55,000 pages of her emails by Jan. 29, 2016 — just three days before Iowa caucus-goers cast the first votes in the Democratic primary contest.

<![CDATA[Woman Sexually Assaulted Near Arlington Police HQ]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:09:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/arlington+attempted+rape.png

Arlington County Police are searching for a man in connection to a sexual assault that occurred a couple of blocks from police headquarters Saturday.

The victim was walking home about 1:20 a.m. when she heard someone approaching from behind, police said. She was pushed into the bushes, where the man attempted to put his hand into her pants before she escaped.

“She was able to kick him in the groin, and that of course scared him away, put him in some pain, and she was then able to run from the scene,” said Lt. Kip Malcolm of Arlington County Police.

The victim first noticed the man at 15th Street and Courthouse Road near police headquarters -- a couple blocks before he attacked her. At first he didn't concern her because he appeared clean cut and boyish, police said. But when she heard the steps coming, she was alarmed.

Neighbors said they often think of the area as safe given its close proximity to police headquarters. But this incident has them rethinking their habits.

“You would think that living two-and-a-half blocks, or a block-and-a-half from the police station, it would kind of deter this kind of behavior," neighbor Ben Carroll said. "But for me to see that to happen so close to the police station, that just seems brazen.”

Police advise anyone in the area to download the police sketch of the suspect and alert them if they see the man.

<![CDATA[Patient Possibly Exposed to Ebola Was Monitored in Va.]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:02:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_69903945498.jpg

As part of an Ebola-prevention program, the Virginia Department of Health is monitoring someone who recently traveled to West Africa and then fell ill.

The patient traveled in West Africa in the past three weeks and then "developed symptoms of illness," a health department spokesman said Friday in a statement.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the individual was transported to a hospital in Northern Virginia and is now being transported to an appropriate assessment center," the statement said.

It wasn't immediately clear if that assessment center also is located in Virginia.

In October, the Virginia Department of Health began enhanced screenings at Dulles International Airport for Ebola symptoms.

<![CDATA[United CEO on Extra Fees: 'It's What Businesses Do']]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:16:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/unitedairlinesceo1.jpg

 Still hoping for the day airlines let all customers check bags and make reservation changes for free?

Forget it, said United Continental Holdings Inc.'s Chief Executive Jeff Smisek at an industry lunch on Thursday, defending airlines even as they reap billions in profit and face federal probes into pricing practices.

Some travelers are "having difficulty recognizing that we're now a business," Smisek told attendees, recalling the bankruptcies and mergers that reshaped the loss-making industry in the decade after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "They criticize us if we charge for more legroom. Let me tell you though: That's what businesses do."

<![CDATA[Pro Golfer's Father Found Safe in Texas]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:50:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/william+hurley+leesburg+virginia+missing+man.jpg

Three days after his son’s emotional plea for help, Bill Hurley was found in Texas.

Hurley, whose son is professional golfer Billy Hurley III, disappeared from Leesburg, Virginia, July 19. His son said Hurley packed clothes and cash, got in his truck and drove away.

Hurley was found safely Friday afternoon in Texas after a citizen recognized him from earlier media releases, Leesburg Police Department said. Local police in Texas then confirmed his identity.

Hurley told police that he was physically fine and simply traveling. He declined to speak further about why he left Virginia.

Hurley, 61, lives in Leesburg. He worked as a police officer for 25 years, his son said.

The younger Hurley is in Virginia this week for the Quicken Loans National in Gainesville.

<![CDATA[Walnuts Recalled for Salmonella ]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:16:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/fisher-walnuts-recall.jpg

Update: A spokesman for the company, Josh McColough, said the recall was issued on May 1 and is no longer in effect. 


"All packages related to this recall have been recovered," McColough said. "This was a re-release of an old recall that is no longer in effect."

Sanfilippo & Sons, Inc., announced a voluntary recall on May 1 of Fisher brand chopped walnuts packaged in 10 ounce plastic bags over concern they may be tainted with salmonella.

The voluntary recall is the result of a routine sampling program where the Food and Drug Administration found salmonella in one of the 10 ounce bags. All affected bags have since been recovered, according to a company spokesman. 

The nuts were sold nationwide and in Puerto Rico. Consumers who have purchased the nuts with "Best By" dates of Mar. 3, 2016 were asked to return them to the store for a full refund.

Salmonella, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sickens 1 million every year in the United States. Of those 1 million, 19,000 require hospitalization and 380 are killed.

"Most persons infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. However, in some, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized," the CDC reports.

Consumers or customers who have questions about the above recall may contact John B. Sanfilippo and Son, Inc. customer service toll-free at 800-874-8734 Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. CT

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<![CDATA[Police: Mother Drugged Son, Set Car on Fire]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:50:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015+Narges+Sharfeirad+Daniel+Dana.jpg

A mother forced her 5-year-old son to drink a bottle of medicine and then set the car that he was riding in on fire, killing him, police said.

They charged Narges Shafeirad, 33, with first-degree murder and first-degree arson. The little boy has been identified as Daniel Dana.

Daniel was likely dead before the fire started, Montgomery County Police said at a news conference Friday.

Shafeirad was embroiled in a bitter divorce and custody battle with her husband, police said. The couple was due in court on the day of the car fire for a hearing.

The charges end the mystery over the car found crashed and burning in Montgomery County, Maryland, early June 16. A fire and rescue crew driving through the area discovered the burning 1993 Toyota Corolla near the westbound lanes of Sam Eig Highway (Route 370) near Fields Road.

The car seemed to have crossed the center median of the road, police said.

At the scene, paramedics found the mother face down outside the car, screaming in pain. The doors of the car were locked.

After paramedics began putting out the fire, they noticed the boy on the rear floorboard, but they could not get to him because of the fire.

The boy's mother was taken to an area burn unit with second- and third-degree burns to 40 percent of her body, where she is still recovering from burns sustained while starting the fire, police said Friday.

The scene immediately raised questions for the officers who responded. It became apparent "there was something suspicious about this death," said Capt. Darren Francke, director of Montgomery County Police's major crimes division. 

The fire was started with gas in the front-seat area of the car's passenger compartment, they said, not under the hood.

The boy was forced to drink the antihistamine diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in over-the-counter medications like Benadryl, police said.

<![CDATA[Leesburg Police Looking for Tipster in Hammer Assault]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:51:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/leesburg+assult+suspect.jpg

Leesburg police are looking for a tipster who may have important information regarding an assault with a hammer Tuesday.

Tipster #168 provided police with information that could be useful for the investigation. They ask that tipster to contact them again.

An 18-year-old employee working at the Polo Ralph Lauren store in the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets was assaulted by a customer Tuesday night. The attacker used the claw end of a hammer to strike the man in the neck, leaving him with puncture wounds and sending him to the hospital.

The attacker fled.

He is described as a white man in his early 20s. He is between 5-feet-9 inches and 5-feet-11 inches tall and weighs 155 to 165 pounds. He was wearing tan shorts, dark socks, brown shoes, a green and orange checked shirt, a green and white hat with a white emblem on the front, and sunglasses

Police ask Tipster #168 to reestablish contact with the department as soon as possible. The tipster should call 703-443-TIPS(8477). Tips about a specific crime or criminal activity can be sent by text, email or smartphone by texting LPDTIP plus your message to 274637.

<![CDATA[GMU Professor Alan Cheuse Dead at 75]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:05:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Alan+Cheuse.jpg

Popular George Mason University professor and literary critic Alan Cheuse has passed away, the university announced Friday.

Cheuse, who was 75, died Friday morning as a result of complications from a car accident earlier this month.

Cheuse authored five novels, four nonfiction works and numerous short story collections. He was a regular contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered, where he reviewed an estimated 1,600 books over three decades there.

“Perhaps his greatest contribution was the time he spent teaching and mentoring students," University President Angel Cabrera said in a statement. "We were fortunate that he chose to share his gift with our community, and he will be missed.”

<![CDATA[Baghdad Hits Temperatures As High As 120 Degrees Fahrenheit]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:01:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/baghdadheat.jpg

While the U.S. has been hit hard with high temperatures, it pales in comparison to Baghdad, Iraq.

The city is the hottest city in the world, climbing temperatures upward of 120 degrees Friday, according to NBC News. The city felt closer to 159 degrees. 

And Iraqis don't have air conditioning to cool off. Citizens have said they have to go sometimes up to six hours without electricity due to power shortages. 

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<![CDATA['Remain Vigilant': Advocates Want More Done to Curb Hot Car Deaths ]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:20:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/babybackseat.jpg

Child deaths in hot cars are down this year, but that isn’t stopping parents and advocates from looking for long-term solutions to an all-too-familiar tragic situation.

On the eve of National Heatstroke Prevention and Awareness Day, concerned parents from across the nation submitted an open letter to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, asking to end their delay on finding technical solutions that could save lives. 

"This will never bring our children back, but we are committed to helping keep other families complete so they do not have to live with the grief and guilt our families deal with on a daily basis," the letter read.

Eleven children have died after being left in hot cars for too long this year, down from 21 deaths that happened before August 1 of last year, according to NoHeatStroke.org. There were a total of 31 hot car deaths in 2014.

While deaths are down year over year, officials warn that families are not in the clear, with a few warm months still to come.

“We’re going into a very hot month and we don’t know what’s going to happen in August, or September or October,” Kate Carr, president of SAFEKIDS Worldwide said in an interview with NBC Owned Television Stations. “This is important all the time. You have to remain vigilant about this every single month.”

There have been close calls with hot cars recently. The latest to make headlines happened Thursday in a New Jersey parking lot, where a young girl was saved by police after bystanders noticed she had been left in the car while her mother shopped inside.

While some high-tech efforts to prevent the deaths have been introduced, such as a car seat that sounds an alarm when the car is shut off to remind parents of their child sitting in the back seat, activists say they want more from the government officials.

“Look at technology; we’ve heard thousands of ideas, we have an eight inch pile of different patents and at this point we need to get the government on board as well,” said Janette Fennell, founder of KidsandCars.org.

In 2012, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act was passed. But some little has been done in the three years since the creation of the law, which promised car safety research.

"During that period of time, we lost our beautiful little boy, Ben. I can't help but imagine that he would still be alive today if the Department of Transportation had sprung into action when they first learned about this risk over a decade ago," one parent, Lindsey Rogers-Seitz, said in the letter.

Officials recommend keeping a shoe, purse, or other important item in the back seat of the car, or keeping a stuffed animal in the front seat as ways to remember children in the vehicle. They add it’s important to remember this can happen to everyone, and take the necessary precautions.

“As hard as we educate and they educate, they say 'It’s not going to happen to me,'” Fennell said. “Ninety percent of the time it happens to the best parents. It’s not bad people.”  

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<![CDATA[Pre-Civil War Baseball Card Goes for Over $100K at Auction]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:53:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/baseballcard.jpg

An heirloom of a baseball player that is over 150 years old was sold at an auction in Chicago Thursday. 

The baseball card was passed down in the family for generations, until being sold for $179,250, according to NBC News. The Brooklyn Atlantics card was from roughly 1860. It was sold at a sports collector's auction.

The card had remained in the family of Archibald McMahon, an outfielder for the Atlantic Baseball Club of Brooklyn. The team was one of the first of baseball's first organized league. 

Among other things sold at the auction included shoes worn by Muhammad Ali and a Yankees jersey worn by Mickey Mantle. 

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<![CDATA[Ad: Cops Can Handle Drug Dealers' Competition For 'Free' ]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:43:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/georgiadrugdealers.jpg

A Georgia sheriff is hoping drug dealing "cutthroat" rivalries lead to arrests, NBC News reported.

"They are cutthroats and they will turn on each other all the time," Country Sheriff Stephen Jessup said Friday.

In a local ad put out by Jessup, it touts a "free service" to remove competition from drug dealing.

"Is your drug dealing competition costing you money?" the advertisement reads. "We off a FREE service to help you eliminate your drug competition!"

While no dealers have turned in any rivals yet, Jessup hopes this puts a dent in the small town's large drug problem: the 12,000 population garnered around 600 drug related arrests last year.  

<![CDATA[Bush: Trump 'Appealed to People's Anger']]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:56:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_510329187705.jpg

Jeb Bush called his fellow Republican presidential contender Donald Trump's candidacy a "phenomenon," and said the business man has "appealed to people's anger."

"I was surprised that Donald Trump has surged. I think he's captured the deep frustration that people feel," Bush told NBC News' Lester Holt in an exclusive interview on Friday.

Despite Trump's campaign being controversial from the start—when he accused Mexico of sending its rapists and murderers to the U.S. during his kick-off annoucement—he has a large lead over the other GOP candidates, a Quinnipiac poll showed Thursday. 

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<![CDATA[New Sketch Released in 1982 Cold Case Murder]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:55:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cold-case-sketch.jpg

Authorities are hoping a new composite sketch could help them solve the 1982 murder of a 20-year-old Fairfax County woman.

Early on Feb. 25, 1982, the body of Veronica Hepworth was found along a driveway along Route 50 in Loudoun County. Hepworth's body was partially clothed.

A new age-progression composite sketch shows what Hepworth's last-known serious boyfriend might look like now. Virginia State Police and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office released the sketch Thursday.

The boyfriend, as seen in a 1982 photograph, was white with dark hair. He would likely be in his mid-50s to early 60s now. Hepworth's family and investigators have not been able to identify him.

Hepworth was last seen alive at about 1:30 a.m. Feb. 25, 1982 while celebrating a friend's birthday at the Fancy Dancer Bar on Route 1 in Fairfax County.

She was found dead about five and a half hours later.

Authorities don't know whether Hepworth left the bar alone and tried to hitchhike, or left with another person. However, they received tips that a red pickup truck, possibly a late 1960s or 1970s model, was spotted near the farm where her body was found.

Anyone with information about Hepworth or the man in the photograph and sketch is asked to call authorities at 703-376-1690 or 703-737-8487. All calls will be confidential, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.

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<![CDATA[Search Continues for Missing Indiana Woman, Toddler]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:29:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Gary+Missing.jpg

Family members of a Gary woman and her young nephew now missing for six days say they are sleepless and anxious but still hopeful the pair will be found with the support of the community.

Diamond Bynum, 21, disappeared with 2-year-old King Walker from her home Saturday, police said.

Indiana search crews in Lake and Porter counties hit the streets again Thursday in an attempt to find the two, who authorities said were last spotted at a McDonald’s Monday and not seen since.

Canine units have briefly picked up on the trace of them but then lost it, police said.

“It’s been so long, we thought we'd have this resolved by now,” Eugene Bynum Jr., Diamond's father and grandfather of the toddler, told NBC Chicago. “[But we’re] hopeful because we have so much help now. We just need the people of Gary to help us.”

The missing woman, who family members say is mentally challenged, has been without her medication.

“Diamond’s medication is very serious,” Eugene Bynum added. “It affects her moods. If she doesn't take it, she won’t think right at all … It just won't be very pretty sight. She may harm herself. I’m not sure.”

Lahsann Walker, Diamond's mother, said her daughter has an eating disorder where she doesn't know when she is full.

The family says they worry about how she is possibly taking care of herself and her beloved nephew on her own.

“This is the longest I’ve ever been away from King,” said the boy’s mother, Ariana Walker, as she wiped away tears. “I am trying to stay strong, but I don't even know what to do no more … I can't deal with it. It’s too much.”

Gary police have expanded their search to a grid covering several miles concentrating on the city’s West Side, near Diamond's Matthews Street home.

Gary Lt. Thomas Pawlak said police have not received any new leads on the two since the McDonald’s sighting.

“We're searching woods and vacant homes to see if they're in vacant house,” Lt. Pawlak said. “[We have] sent 10 teams out [searching the grid area.]”

On Thursday volunteers could be seen joining the manhunt to aid the search at the command center, where everyone knows the clock is ticking.

“The more they're gone, the more I don't know what happened,” a distraught Eugene Bynum said. “Diamond knows my number, she should've used it. We’re very worried now, extremely worried.”

<![CDATA[Ex-Boxer Stops Shark Attack With Punches]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:18:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/surfboard7.jpg

A surfer mauled by a shark off the east coast of Australia early Friday survived the attack by punching the animal, just like surfing pro Mick Fanning did earlier this month, NBC News reported.

Craig Ison, a 52-year-old former boxer, was surfing north of Sydney when what is believed to be a bullshark attacked Ison after he flipped off his board. He soon sprung in to action similar to Fanning, and took a few punches at the shark as it attacked his hand and leg.

Ison's friend Geoff Hill watched the attack unfold, telling NBC News it was like "watching Mick Fanning in replay."

Ison suffered serious injuries from the attack but is in stable condition.

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<![CDATA[Game-Changing Ebola Vaccine Could Stop Virus]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:29:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462738974.jpg

An experimental vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might help shut down the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday, NBC News reported.

If proven effective, the vaccine could be "a game-changer," said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, which sponsored the trial.

There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far killed more than 11,000 people since the world's biggest outbreak began last year.

In some 4,000 people who received the vaccine within 10 days of being identified as an Ebola contact, there were no cases of the disease. That compared with 16 cases in more than 3,500 people who only got the shot after 10 days.

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<![CDATA[Work on Georgia Ave. Water Main Break Continues]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:07:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/water+main+break+silver+spring.jpg

Work is continuing at a major intersection in downtown Silver Spring on Friday -- and traffic delays continue as well.

Repairs on a broken water main at Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road are still ongoing, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) tweeted Friday.

In the meantime, expect continued traffic delays, or bypass the area. Only one northbound lane of Colesville is open, and two southbound lanes of Georgia, WSSC tweeted.

The area will be repaved Saturday. All customers have water, WSSC said.

The 16-inch main broke Wednesday evening in the heart of downtown Silver Spring, sending tens of thousands of gallons of water surging toward the nearby Metro station. The break flooded streets and sidewalks, and led to closed lanes on both Georgia and Colesville.

<![CDATA[This Week's Rare Blue Moon]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:01:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/moon-GettyImages-169149710.jpg

Be sure to set your gaze skyward Friday to catch a glimpse of the rare blue moon.

The moon will rise at 8:27 p.m. ET Thursday and will set at 7 a.m. ET Friday. The moon will rise again at 10:12 p.m. Friday and set at 8:11 a.m. Saturday. 

While the moon can be seen both nights, the peak time for viewing will be at 5:43 a.m. Friday. 

Don't be fooled by the name "blue moon," however. Most likely, the moon will look gray or white as usual, but it will be a full moon.

Blue moons are not actually defined by their color. Instead, by popular definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month. The phenomenon only happens every few years, making it a relatively rare occurrence.

A moon that appears blue is caused by dust in the atmosphere, according to Larry Ciupik, an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. If the atmospheric conditions are just right on Friday, then the blue moon may appear slightly blue in color, but Ciupik says that isn't likely to happen.

The popular definition of a blue moon is as incorrect as the assumption that the moon will actually look blue, however, according to Ciupik. The Farmers' Almanac definition of a blue moon is the third full moon in a calendar season, which is just as rare as the second full moon in a month. The two kinds of blue moons do not usually align, however.

The last blue moon — by popular definition — happened in August 2012, and the next one will not appear until January 2018. The phenomenon can happen any month except February, even during  a Leap Year, because the month does not have enough days, according to Ciupik.

Although Friday's moon may not look any different than any other full moon, Ciupik believes the popularity of the blue moon is due to the general mystery of the moon, including the faces some people see in the orb and the myths that proliferate about full moons causing strange events.

"It's also a kind of romantic thing," Ciupik said. "I think it's kind of primal. You look at the moon, and it's kind of primal. You could be seeing this a thousand years ago, the same thing."

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