<![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 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:30:52 -0400 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:30:52 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Va. School Volunteer Charged With Making Child Porn]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:53:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Battle-David.jpg

A man who volunteered in music programs at two Northern Virginia schools is charged with production of child pornography, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

David Alexander Battle II worked for a private music company in Manassas and volunteered at Osbourn High School and Grace E. Metz Middle School in Manassas.

Manassas City Police arrested Battle, 23, after a search of his Manassas home in June. Federal prosecutors say local police found evidence of child pornography, including videos that appeared to involve infants and other pornography that involved young boys and girls.

Battle initially faced child pornography charges, but federal prosecutors got involved as the investigation continued. On Aug. 6, Battle was charged with production of child pornography.

Battle is being held while awaiting trial and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years if convicted.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Northern Virginia-Washington, D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, or the Manassas City Police Department Investigative Services Division at 703-257-8092.



Photo Credit: Manassas City Police Dept.]]>
<![CDATA[Manhunt After Officer Fatally Shot in Chicago Suburb]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:26:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/Fox+Lake+23.png

Police are searching for three armed men in far north suburban Fox Lake after an officer was shot to death in the area.

The suspects were described as two white men and one black man, but further details on their descriptions weren't available.  

Just before 8 a.m. Tuesday an officer was investigating three suspicious suspects near Route 12 and Sayton Road when he began a foot pursuit, according to Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's office..

A backup officer arrived at the scene and found the officer in a marshy area with a gunshot wound, Covelli said. He soon after died of his wounds.

Tuesday afternoon the Kane County state's attorney's office identified the slain Fox Lake Officer is Charles J. Gliniewicz, a 32-year-veteran. He was a married father of four.

Chief Doug Larsson with the Lake County Sheriff's office said the department, along with several other suburban departments, are using canines and helicopters to search for the suspects. The suspects are armed with a pistol, Larsson said. The FBI is also assisting in the investigation, according to spokesperson Joan Hyde. 

Covelli said during an 11:30 a.m. press conference that residents in the area were told to stay indoors and report any suspicious activity as the investigation continued. 

“As information continues to come in about the shooting of another police officer in the line of duty in Fox Lake, I hope we can all remain calm and pray for the officer’s family and the other officers in harms-way right now," State Rep. Barbara Wheeler said in a statement. "Eleven police officers have needless lost their lives since Aug. 20th alone in America because of shootings and sadly our communities have been directly impacted today.”

As the manhunt began after the shooting, Grant Community High School in Fox Lake was put on lockdown.

The school said a "police matter is occurring in the community and for the safety of our students and staff they have requested we remain locked down."

Roads in the area were blocked off, and police were seen searching wooded areas with dogs.

Metra said the Ingleside Metra station was closed until further notice and riders would be bussed from the Fox Lake station to Long Lake, officials said.

Check back for details on this developing story.

]]>
<![CDATA[Nearly 10,000 Cases of Frozen Corn Recalled Over Listeria Fears]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:29:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/corn-generic-prop-37.jpg

A New York-based company that distributes to stores in the Big Apple, New Jersey and 12 other states is recalling nearly 10,000 cases of frozen corn over concerns about possible Listeria contamination.

The frozen cut corn, made by Bonduelle USA Inc. of Brockport, was distributed in poly bags that said Wylwood Super Sweet Whole Kernel Corn, Market Basket Cut Corn, Bountiful Harvest Whole Kernel Cut Corn and West Creek Frozen Vegetables.

Listeria monocytogens, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, or people with weakened immune systems, was found in a package of the corn during routine testing at a retail store in Tennessee.

In addition to New York and New Jersey, the corn was distributed to stores in Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Bonduelle has stopped distributing the corn, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said, and it, along with the FDA, continue to investigate what caused the contamination. The company is fulling cooperating with federal authorities, the FDA said.

The company has not received any complaints in relation to this product and is not aware of any illnesses associated with the product to date.

Consumers who purchased the product are urged to throw it away. Consumers requiring refund or with questions may contact the company at 1-877-990-2662, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm EST.

]]>
<![CDATA[Police Investigate Similar Sex Assaults in NE D.C.]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:30:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+DC+Police+Lights+Close+Up+Generic.jpg

Two people were sexually assaulted by a man with a knife on a dark bike in Northeast, police said.

Police are investigating whether the same man committed both attacks.

About 10:45 p.m. July 28, a victim was attacked in the unit block of Riggs Road NE. The second victim was attacked in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue just after midnight Friday.

Each assault came after the victim left a Metro station. In one case, the man robbed the victim.



Photo Credit: NBCWashington.com]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Guts Part of Trash Truck in Md.]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:29:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/222*120/2015-09-01_0912.png

The front cab of a trash truck was completely destroyed Tuesday morning after it caught fire while traveling down a Gaitherburg street.

Firefighters were called to Shadow Glen Court about 8:30 a.m. for a report of a fire. The flames engulfed the front cab of the Potomac Disposal truck, leaving it a charred, empty shell. 

No one was injured. 

A HAZMAT crew was called to the scene to help with a diesel fuel spill and resultant fire.



Photo Credit: Montgomery County Fire Dept.]]>
<![CDATA[Serial Sniper? 4 Vehicles Shot Along Phoenix Interstate]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:58:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_tape_lights_generic21.jpg

Officials are investigating four separate shootings at cars over three days along I-10 in Arizona, NBC News reported. It was not immediately clear if the incidents were related. 

Multiple rounds were fired in all of the incidents, according to NBC station KPNX. Investigators believe the shooter was also in a vehicle traveling on I-10, KPNX reported.

The shooting occurred on Saturday just after 11 a.m. local time when a sport utility vehicle was fired upon and struck, according to a statement from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. A teen girl riding in the passenger seat was treated on the scene for a cut to her right ear.

Minutes later, according to officials, a bus traveling in the opposite direction was hit by a bullet. There were no injuries. The third shooting was later that night and on Monday a bullet hit a work truck en route to a work site.


This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Man With Life Sentence for Marijuana Walks Free]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:47:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Jeff_Mizanskey.jpg

A man sentenced to life in prison without parole on a marijuana-related charge walked out of a Missouri prison a free man on Tuesday, after spending two decades behind bars, The Associated Press reported. 

The release of Jeff Mizanskey followed years of lobbying from family, lawmakers and advocates for the legalization of marijuana, who argued that the sentence was too stiff.

Mizanskey was sentenced in 1996 after police said he conspired to sell 6 pounds of marijuana to a dealer connected to Mexican drug cartels. The life with no parole sentence was allowed under a Missouri law for persistent drug offenders; Mizanskey already had two drug convictions — one for possession and sale of marijuana in 1984 and another for possession in 1991.



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[POTUS Posts to Instragram for the First Time]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:21:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_586127782641.jpg

President Barack Obama is upping his social media game.

POTUS made his very first post on Instagram last night as he journeyed to Alaska.

The image was taken out the window of Air Force One. The blue sky breaks out along the horizon line as a blue engine from the airplane can be seen in the foreground. 

"Incredible view as we near Anchorage. I'll be spending the next few days touring this beautiful state and meeting with Alaskans about what’s going on in their lives," wrote Obama on the White House Instagram feed. 

The White House tweeted that the post was the president's first on Instagram. The presidents signs all his social media posts with 'bo.'

In addition to showing off his social media skills, Obama is on a wilderness trek to be filmed as part of TV show '"Running Wild with Bear Grylls," talking to Alaskans about "what's going on in their lives," and surveying the impacts of climate change. 

In May, Obama began tweeting from his own POTUS Twitter account and broke the Guiness World Record for acquring one million followers in less than five hours.



Photo Credit: AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Metro Train Offloaded After Bomb Threat Found on Train]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:30:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/metro+bomb+threat.jpg

A Metro train was offloaded Tuesday morning after a bomb threat was found on a poster inside the train.

The train was offloaded at the L'Enfant station at about 9 a.m. 

A frame, which typically holds advertisements in each rail car, had a sign that read, "There is a bomb on this train."

Metro says the threat was unfounded. The poster was removed from the train. 



Photo Credit: Cloture Club]]>
<![CDATA[LA Selected as U.S. Candidate for 2024 Olympics]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:30:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/218*120/09-01-2015-olympics-la-1984-GettyImages-491337875.jpg

Los Angeles is officially in the running to host the 2024 Olympics.

With Boston bowing out earlier this year, the LA City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a proposal to authorize Mayor Eric Garcetti to execute agreements related to the Olympic bid. The U.S. Olympic Committee later announced that it had selected LA as the United States candidate.

"We all know the next two years are about fleshing out the details, but this is in our DNA," said Garcetti, citing the city's experience with the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. "We know how to do Olympics, we know how to do them well, we know how to do them  economically."

United States Olympics Committee CEO  Scott Blackmun officially announced that LA is the U.S. candidate for 2024 at a beach-side news conference in Santa Monica about an  hour after the council's vote.

Rome, Paris, Hamburg, Germany and Budapest, Hungary are already in the mix. The International Olympic Committee will pick the host city in 2017.

"This is a great Olympic city," Councilman Paul Krekorian said. "Let Paris and Rome and whoever else who wants to compete know, we're in this to win it, and I think we will."

Los Angeles initially lost the opportunity to bid to Boston but regained it after the East Coast city backed out over concerns about financial liability.

But many financial details of the Los Angeles plan remain vague. City analysts said last week that based on the information given to the city so far, "it is difficult to determine the fiscal impact and risk to the city of hosting the 2024 Games at this time."

The City Council's Ad Hoc Committee on the 2024 Summer Olympics backed an agreement last week that would show the United States Olympic Committee that the city of Los Angeles is committed to pursuing a bid to host the Games, but the full council was given extra time to review bidding documents that were delivered to the city last week. The "joinder" agreement was requested by the United States Olympic Committee.

Some city officials and residents have urged caution in pursuing the bid, saying the city could be on the hook for cost overruns incurred by hosting the Olympics, which boosters of the bid estimate as costing about $4.6 billion to run. Time has also been limited for Los Angeles, which was given only a few weeks to review the pact before the IOC's deadline -- compared with the several months that Boston had to study the idea.

That deadline was Sept. 15.

Last week was also the first time many city leaders and analysts were able to review a 200-page draft bid book and a proposed contract between the USOC and LA24, the nonprofit formed to pursue the bid and potentially manage the games if Los Angeles is picked as the host city. LA24 chair Casey Wasserman, a businessman and philanthropist, assured the committee last week that he believed "that this can be and will be the most responsible Games possible."

The ad hoc panel voted in favor of the effort after revisions were made to the agreement to clarify that the city will still have the opportunity to negotiate a more comprehensive "host city contract" at a later date. City attorneys told the panel that by backing the bid effort Tuesday, the city will not be exposed to any major financial obligations or liabilities.

A preliminary review of the budget appeared to show that one of the major capital projects, the Olympic Village, "may significantly exceed the projected $1 billion," City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and Chief Legislative Analyst Sharon Tso wrote in a report Thursday. The analysts said more than half of the budget may go toward just remediation and relocation costs.

Supporters of the Los Angeles bid have said the city will more likely see a surplus, saying that unlike other cities, Los Angeles already has many of the needed sporting venues in place.

The Olympic Village would be next to the Los Angeles River in Lincoln Heights -- in a Union Pacific rail yard known as the "Piggyback Yard" -- and calls for track-and-field and the opening and closing ceremonies to be held at a renovated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.



Photo Credit: Getty]]>
<![CDATA[Obama to Call for More Icebreakers in Arctic]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:16:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_896302240165.jpg

President Barack Obama is set to call on Tuesday for the United States to buy or build more icebreakers for the Coast Guard in the Arctic Ocean to compete with Russia.

As sea ice melts because of climate change, marine traffic for mining, shipping and tourism is expected to increase in the Arctic, NBC News reported. 

The United States has only two fully functioning icebreakers in its fleet — and only one capable of heavy-duty work, the White House said. By comparison, Russia has 40 in its fleet and 11 more planned or being built.

Obama will also call for stepping up American scientific research in the Arctic "to increase our understanding of this vital region."



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[New Person of Interest in Shaw Shooting]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:34:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/083115+Andre+Dudley.jpg

Police are seeking a new person of interest in connection to the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Matthew Shlonsky in Shaw earlier this month.

Andre Dudley, 19, is sought by the Metropolitan Police Department regarding the death of Shlonsky, a recent American University graduate. On the afternoon of Aug. 15, Shlonsky was walking near the Shaw-Howard University Metro station when he was fatally shot.

Dudley should be considered armed and dangerous, police said. He is also being sought as a burglary suspect. Police have a warrant charging Dudley with burglarizing a home on the 4200 block of Argyle Terrace NW on Aug. 12.

Police previously said they believe three people caught on video at that crime scene were in a burgundy Chrysler 300 when Shlonsky was shot.

Another suspect in Shlonsky's death turned himself in earlier this month, but said before surrendering that he was innocent. That man, 19-year-old Marcus King, told News4's Mark Segraves in an exclusive interview that he was nearby when Shlonsky was caught in crossfire about 4:45 p.m. in the 1800 block of 7th Street NW, but that he was not involved.

Anyone with information on Dudley is asked to call police at 202-727-9099, or submit information anonymously by sending a text message to 50411.

]]>
<![CDATA[Part of Reflecting Pool to Temporarily Close]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:27:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Lincoln+Memorial+Reflecting+Pool+10312015.jpg

A section of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool will be partially closed until next summer to fix damage caused by work on a nearby memorial, the National Park Service said Monday.

About 30 feet of the Reflecting Pool will be drained Sept. 8 to allow for removal and reconstruction of part of the pool basin. 

The north-south walkway between the Reflecting Pool and the World War II Memorial will be closed. The work is expected to be completed in summer 2016.

Work done at the World War II Memorial in 2013 caused the damage to the Reflecting Pool, the National Park Service said. 

Visitors still will be able to use the elm walk along the sides of the Reflecting Pool, and 95 percent of the pool will remain open.

]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Impersonating Officer Tries to Pull Over Real Officer]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:13:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/083115+Joshua+Rosene.jpg

An 18-year-old with blue flashing lights mounted in a car tried to pull over a driver -- who turned out to be a real police officer, Prince William County police say.

An off-duty police officer was traveling along Sudley Manor Drive early Sunday morning when a driver behind him in a blue Pontiac G6 flicked on blue flashing lights, police said Monday afternoon.

The officer thought the car was suspicious, so instead of pulling over, he called police and reported the car's license plate number.

Officers tracked the car and pulled over the driver at Sudley Manor Drive and Bethlehem Road in Manassas at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Joshua Robert Rosene, 18, of Manassas, was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer.

Information on whether Rosene had flashed police lights at other drivers wasn't provided.

]]>
<![CDATA[Dow Plunges Almost 500 Points After Bleak China Report]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:23:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_456651566735.jpg

U.S. stocks plummeted Tuesday as continued signs of weakness in China and concerns about the Federal Reserve weighed heavily on investor sentiment, CNBC reported.

The major averages ended in correction territory, down nearly 3 percent after a failed attempt in the minutes prior to cut some losses.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed about 470 points lower, off session after falling as much as 548 points. The Nasdaq composite wiped out gains for 2015, joining the other averages in the red for the year so far.

"Today is just a continuation of last night's sentiment, plain and simple. Concerns continue to erupt about China's economy and the growth decline in energy and WTI today," said Ryan Larson, head of equity trading at RBC Global Asset Management (U.S.).



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[6 Detained After Plane Diverted]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:24:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Southwest-Airlines-generic1.jpg

A Southwest Airlines flight headed for Chicago was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, late Monday night after an altercation on the flight, officials said.

Southwest Airlines said in a statement that “several passengers traveling together became disorderly” and “refused to obey instructions from the crew.”

Amarillo police received a call around 10:20 p.m. reporting an altercation on Southwest Airlines Flight 1522. The flight landed at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport and six men were detained by police, according to authorities. Southwest Airlines said six other members of the group deplaned and stayed in Amarillo.

The six men who were detained were later booked in the Randall County Jail and were to be charged at the federal level with interference of a flight crew, according to Amarillo police.

Tiffany Darge, who said she was sitting next to the group on the plane, told NBC Chicago the men were being rowdy and asked a flight attendant for alcohol during the flight. When the flight attendant denied them, Darge said the group called the woman "racist" and "a pig." Darge also said the group started making offensive comments to her when she got up to go to the bathroom and the crew later moved her seat away from the group. 

The men were part of a larger group on the plane, but the rest of the group was not being disruptive, police said.

The flight, which came from San Diego, continued to Midway Airport after the altercation and landed without further incident, according to the airline.

The incident prompted concerns from some passengers following the unscheduled landing.

“Safety is the top priority at Southwest Airlines, and we will always take appropriate actions to ensure the safety and security of our crews and customers,” the airline said.
 



Photo Credit: AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Day Care Workers Force-Fed Tots]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:39:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/side+by+side+day+care+workers.jpg

Two day care teachers on Long Island were arrested after investigators say they force-fed, pushed and slammed children onto the floor, according to authorities. 

Kathleen Culver, 33, of Southampton, and Sarah M. Dawber, 23, of Mastic Beach, were arrested Friday after an investigation into allegations of abuse at Side by Side Day Care in Southampton, police said. 

The women, who worked in the infant room at the day care, are accused of roughly handling children ranging in age from 4 months old to 18 months old. 

One 18-month-old child vomited from the alleged force-feeding, police said. No other injuries have been reported. 

A complaint filed with police led to an investigation by Southampton police, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and Suffolk County Child Protective Services.

Culver and Dawber were arrested by detectives during an investigative visit to the day care Friday. 

The workers were processed and released on desk appearance tickets for misdemeanor child endangerment, police said. They're expected to appear in court at a later date. 

Messages were left with the day care. Attorney information for Culver and Dawber wasn't immediately available. 

Two mothers went to the day care Monday night to pack up their children's belongings, including a wheelchair for one son. They said they do not plan to bring their children back to the center. 

"I'm not comfortable leaving my child in a place where something like this goes on," said Sharon Sweeney. "This says to me they're not caring about the quality of people they're hiring to take care of these children, whether or not they're special needs children."

Sarah Chapman, whose son has been going to the day care for the past two years, said she's recently seen too many red flags. 

"Neither of us will be back," she said, adding that her own mother once worked there and left the day care, along with many other "good people who worked there," because of the low pay. 

"This is what you get for that," said Chapman. 



Photo Credit: Southampton Police]]>
<![CDATA[Thai PM: Prime Suspect in Bangkok Shrine Bombing Arrested]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:07:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Bangkok+Suspect.jpg

Thailand's prime minister said Tuesday that authorities have arrested a man they believe is the main suspect in a bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago that killed 20 people.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said the man is a foreigner and was arrested in eastern Thailand near the Cambodian border. He described him as the main person in the bombing but did not directly say he is suspected of actually planting the bomb.

It was not immediately known if the arrested man is the person who was seen in a security video wearing a yellow T-shirt and leaving a backpack at the shrine shortly before the blast there.



Photo Credit: Reuters]]>
<![CDATA[Yahoo Chief Mayer Says She's Pregnant With Twins]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:14:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_770174843123.jpg

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says she's pregnant with identical twins.

Mayer says on a posting on her blog that she and her husband are expecting the twin girls in December.

"I have some exciting news to share - I'm pregnant!" she says on her Tumblr posting Monday night.

She says that she will take some limited time away but work during the pregnancy as she did with her son's birth three years ago.

Mayer says that she's informed Yahoo executives of her pregnancy.

Three years ago, Mayer announced she was pregnant with her son on her social networking accounts just a few hours after Yahoo hired her as its third full-time CEO in less than a year.



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Cop 'Likely' Shot by Fellow Officer After Entering Wrong Home]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:11:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/4596346721.jpg

A metro Atlanta police officer who was shot when police responded to a wrong house was most likely struck by a bullet from fellow officer's gun, investigators said Tuesday, NBC News reported. 

The injured police officer underwent surgery and was in critical but stable condition, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. A homeowner, who was also shot, was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital, GBI said. 

A dog in the home was shot at by two of the officers and killed, according to authorities.

Officers responded to a call for a burglary in progress about 7:30 p.m. ET, but they went to the wrong address because the caller gave only a description of a "gray brick house" without a street number, Cedric Alexander, public safety director in DeKalb County, said.



Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[UN: Satellite Images Show Syria's Temple of Bel 'Destroyed']]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:23:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_578517027570.jpg

An ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra has been destroyed, a monitoring group with the United Nations said Monday after an explosion sparked speculation that ISIS had blown up the historic site, NBC News reported.

Witnesses told The Associated Press Monday that ISIS militants, who captured Palmyra in May, significantly damaged the 2,000 year old Temple of Bel by bombing it. And an ISIS operative, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the AP over Skype on Monday that militants had detonated explosives near the temple.

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research said that satellite analysis confirmed that the main building at the temple has been demolished.



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Panda Cub Begins to Get Black-and-White Markings]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:22:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/panda-cub-markings.jpg

It's a panda! The National Zoo's nine-day-old panda cub is beginning to get his black and white markings.

A pair of newborn cubs were born Aug. 22 to the zoo's female giant panda, Mei Xiang, but the smaller of the two died Wednesday. The zoo has said that the larger, surviving cub is doing well.

Panda cubs are born tiny, nearly hairless and blind. What little fur the newborns have is white. But on Sunday, the zoo released three images captured on its panda cams, showing the cub's new markings are beginning to show up. The cub's ears and patches around his still-closed eyes appear darker, as do his arms. Ultimately, his legs and torso will also darken, but it's unclear in the zoo's photos whether those markings are showing up yet.

Two of the images feature the cub on his own; the other shows him cradled in his mama's arms.

"Mei Xiang put her cub down twice in the last 24 hrs. He's starting to get black markings & is doing well," the zoo wrote Sunday.

Keepers said Friday the surviving cub "looks great" and is healthy, active and nursing. The cub had gained 27.9 grams in the previous 72 hours, zoo officials said Friday.

The zoo announced Friday that the surviving cub and its deceased twin were both male and were fathered by the zoo's male giant panda, Tian Tian. Mei Xiang had been artificially inseminated in late April with semen from Tian Tian and with semen from Hui Hui, a panda living in China.

The little guy is still without a name, though -- panda cubs are traditionally named at 100 days of age. His older sister, 2-year-old Bao Bao, received a naming ceremony in her honor on Dec. 1, 2013.



Photo Credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[D.C. ANC Commissioners Push for End to Crime Spike]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:39:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011731095_1200x675_516879427750.jpg The elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners who represent D.C. neighborhoods met Monday night to strategize on solutions to the spike in violent crime in the District. Of the 105 homicides in D.C. this year thus far, 61 are unsolved. News4's Darcy Spencer reports.]]> <![CDATA[ Back to School in Loudoun County: Fewer Tests, More Kindergarteners]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:14:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/083115+Loundoun+county+students.jpg Young people in Loudoun County started school Monday. High school students no longer have mandatory midterms and finals; rather, teachers can set the agenda and will emphasize experiential learning. The county has a record number of kindergarten students in full-day classes. News4's Julie Carey reports.]]> <![CDATA[7 Hours of Sleep Helps Prevent Colds, Study Finds]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:16:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sleep-GettyImages-547017105.jpg

If you're loading up on vitamin C and zinc to stave off the sniffles, you should try an earlier bedtime instead. People who regularly sleep six hours or less each night are four times more likely to get a cold than people who sleep just an hour longer, a new study finds.

Short sleep was more important than any other factor in predicting who would get sick after exposure to the cold virus, researchers told NBC News.

"It's almost alarming how strong the effects are," says Aric Prather, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and lead author of the study, published Monday in the journal Sleep.

Sleep was more important than any other factor, including age, stress or income level, in predicting who would get sick after being exposure to the cold virus, the researchers say.



Photo Credit: Getty Images/Hero Images]]>
<![CDATA[Prince George's Co. Officers Speak on Helping Homeless, Jumping Rope]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:44:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/083115++double+dutch.jpg The Prince George's County Police Department officers caught on camera helping a homeless woman and her baby, and doing double-dutch, spoke with News4's Tracee Wilkins about the images that went viral.]]> <![CDATA[D.C. Installs Crosswalk at United Medical Center]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:42:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/United+Medical+Center+Southern+Avenue+SE+crosswalk.jpg

A project to make a D.C. road safer for pedestrians appears to be on the fast track.

Two women died in recent months after being struck by cars while trying to cross Southern Avenue SE after leaving United Medical Center, the only hospital in the city without a traffic light and crosswalk at its entrance.

Monday two bus stops were moved so workers could install a crosswalk. Flashing pedestrian crossing signs are coming, and by December, a pedestrian-activated traffic light should be in place.

Lanham, Maryland, resident, Emebet Kebede, 56, was hit by a black Chevrolet Tahoe last week in the 1300 block of Southern Avenue SE, the Metropolitan Police Department said. Kebede, a longtime physician's assistant, was leaving work.

In April, 68-year-old Faith Pine was struck and killed in the same area.

Though a bus stop is right across the street from the entrance to United Medical Center, the closest traffic light and crosswalk was almost two blocks down the street.



Photo Credit: NBCWashington]]>
<![CDATA[Va. Teen Sentenced After Car Surfing Kills Friend]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:59:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/083115+Muhammad+Umair+Khalid.jpg

The Loudoun County teen behind the wheel when his friend died doing a stunt pleaded guilty on Monday to reckless driving and was sentenced to one month in jail.

Muhammad Umair Khalid, 17, died after he and his friend Shafin Karim, who was then 18, tried car surfing moves Aug. 5, 2014 in a parking lot near the Dulles Town Center mall in Sterling, Virginia.

Karim, now 19, was driving about 10 p.m. that night when Khalid rode on top of the trunk of a Subaru.

"[Karim] was going approximately 5 mph and ... he shifted it into neutral. That jolt in momentum was enough to cause his friend to slide off,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Russet Perry said.

Khalid suffered a severe head injury when he fell, and died of his injuries three days later, police said.

Karim initially told investigators he and his friend Khalid were trying to act out movie stunts and recording themselves.

More than a year after Khalid's death, Karim was sentenced on Monday to spend one month in jail, pay a $1,000 fine and have his license suspended for six months. He was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter, in addition to reckless driving.

Karim told News4 he had spent the past year reflecting on his friend's death, "just trying to move on. It’s not going to be easy. I mean, it’s a stupid mistake."

In court, Judge Thomas Horne told Karim, "These are always the most difficult cases because they involve people very close to you; a moment in time [in which] you exhibit extreme recklessness, the weight of which you'll carry for the rest of your life.”

Karim apologized to Khalid's family and spoke about "teenagers doing stupid things."

"You're having fun, but you've got to learn the worst could happen," he said.

]]>
<![CDATA[Daily Discoveries About Pluto Generate Excitement]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:51:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011730124_1200x675_516712003957.jpg A GMU planetary professor is centrally involved in the New Horizons mission to Pluto.]]> <![CDATA[Water Main Break Closes Road in Silver Spring]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:35:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/083115+water+main+break.jpg

A residential street near the Glenmont Metro station is closed after a water main break created flooding.

Judson Road was closed near Munson Street in Silver Spring as of 5:10 p.m. Sandy-colored water completely covered the street.

Several other water mains in Montgomery County have broken recently

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

]]>
<![CDATA[Crime Museum Closing After 7 Years in D.C.]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:59:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/closed+sign+generic+10312015.jpg

If you want to check out the Museum of Crime and Punishment, do it by Sept. 30 -- because that's the last day it will be open to the public.

Tickets are still available for anyone looking to visit before the doors close. 

"We are incredibly disappointed that we were asked to leave our building and did everything possible to try and work with our landlords to stay but nothing seemed to change our fate," said museum CEO Janine Vaccarello in a release. "But due to various circumstances with our lease agreement, we really don't have a choice."

The museum will continue to offer some programs after its official closure, such as the Assassinations in the Capital walking tour and traveling educational programs.

The museum opened in Chinatown in May 2008.

]]>
<![CDATA[G.W. Parkway Reopens in Alexandria After Crash]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:26:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police+generic+flashing+lights.jpg

George Washington Parkway has reopened in Alexandria after officials closed the roadway because of a crash. 

Lanes for traffic in both directions had reopened as of 5:15 p.m., after the roadway was entirely closed near the site of a two-car crash at George Washington Parkway and Belle Haven Road, U.S. Park Police said. 

One person was taken to a hospital. 

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

]]>
<![CDATA[Plan for Traffic, Transit Congestion During Pope's Visit]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:18:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/189*120/80667121.jpg

Huge crowds are expected as Pope Francis visits D.C. starting Sept 22, so expect a couple days of traffic and transit congestion.

Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss has what we know so far about traffic and transportation for the visit.

How extensive will road closures be?

Large scale rolling road closures are expected as the pope makes stops at the White House to meet with President Barack Obama (Sept. 23, 9:15 a.m.), at St. Matthew’s Cathedral near Dupont Circle for midday prayer with bishops of the United States (Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m.), at the U.S. Capitol to address a joint session of Congress (Sept. 24, 9:20 a.m.), and downtown at St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington (Sept. 24, 11:15 a.m.).

Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 4:15 p.m., Pope Francis celebrates Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which will be attended by 25,000 people with tickets, so rush hour traffic will be a mess in that part of northeast D.C. A monsignor at the Basilica said there will be no parking there and getting around will be a challenge.

How will Metro handle increased ridership?

Expect Metro to be busy, especially at the Brookland-Catholic University station for the Mass at the Basilica.

To accommodate the expected crowds, Metro will run near rush hour service throughout the day. The transit agency is working on its service plans and advising those who choose to ride Metro to expect large crowds and extended wait times.

Metro anticipates bus detours, causing delays for some Metrobus customers. Riders should build in extra time to get to destinations, purchase SmarTrip cards and know their routes in advance. Also, riders should have enough money on their cards for round trips ahead of time to avoid lines at fare machines.

How will travel in and out of the city be affected?

Amtrak said it’s adding extra trains.

The airports said they are not expecting an uptick in private jets but will know more as we get closer to the visit.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[#ShowUsYourScholars: Your First-Day Pics!]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:17:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150831+Show+Us+Your+Scholars.jpg

Thanks for sharing your first-day photos with NBC Washington!

If you have one to add, tweet or Instagram us @NBCWashington with the #ShowUsYourScholars!

]]>