<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/top-storieshttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.pngNBC4 Washingtonhttp://www.nbcwashington.comen-usSat, 23 Jul 2016 13:28:21 -0400Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:28:21 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Dangerous Temperatures This Weekend]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:37:24 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/7_22_weather.jpg

D.C. is in a heat emergency this weekend as heat indexes climb into the 100s. D.C. officials said the temperatures will be dangerously hot and urge everyone to take precautions to stay cool.

On Saturday, the expected high temperature is a scorching 98 degrees, but it will feel like 104 degrees in D.C. On Sunday, temperatures are expected to drop one degree to 97 degrees. 

Heat advisories have been issued for areas along I-95 in D.C., Maryland and northern Virginia from noon Saturday until 8 p.m.

The weather alert may raise potential problems for residents throughout the DMV. Spray parks and cooling centers will have extended hours to ensure residents’ safety.

Pepco issued a statement assuring its customers that they are equipped to handle any problems that come with the heat wave. To reduce heat inside of homes, Pepco encourages customers to turn off or unplug unnecessary lighting or appliances and to keep doors and curtains shut while the AC is on.

The Washington Humane Society asks pet owners (and those who become new pet owners Saturday during Clear the Shelters) to keep their pets in cooler areas -- indoors or in the shade -- and to keep their pets hydrated. 

The Nationals will make some changes to keep their fans safe during their game this weekend. Fans can bring in two bottles of water instead of the normal one bottle.

Also, cooling centers equipped with air conditioning and iced water will be set up in the Roosevelt and Kennedy rooms in the stadium.



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<![CDATA[Nat'l Mall Power Outage Closes Some Museums ]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:05:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_418231714.jpg

Several museums on or near the National Mall closed early Friday afternoon and remained closed Saturday due to a power outage in the area.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the National Museum of African Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and the Ripley Center closed early on Friday and will stay closed, according to the Smithsonian's main Twitter account.

The Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue NW closed early Friday and will be closed Saturday.

Pepco said an underground equipment failure knocked out the electricity and the power was expected to be restored by noon Saturday.

The National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian Castle and the National Museum of American History were open, the Smithsonian said.

Pepco said excessive heat was not the cause of the outage, even though it came as the District scorches under a near-triple digit heat wave.



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<![CDATA['No Indications' Munich Shooting Was Linked to ISIS: Police]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:01:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Munich-Shooting-GettyImages-579198418.jpg

The 18-year-old gunman who killed 9 people and injured 27 others in the German city of Munich was obsessed with mass shootings, police said Saturday.

Investigators searched the unnamed man's home, which he shared with his parents and a brother, overnight and revealed he had "looked intensively" at the subject of "shooting rampages," NBC News reported.

A book titled "Rampage in Head: Why Students Kill" was found among the suspect's belongings, but "no indication" that he was linked to extremist groups such as ISIS. They believe he acted alone.

It also appeared that the attacker had hacked a young woman's Facebook account and posted a message to lure people to the mall for a free meal, police investigator Robert Heimberger told journalists.

Seven of the nine who were killed during the Friday evening rampage were themselves teens, officials announced. Three were female. 



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<![CDATA[Blasts Kill More Than 60 at Kabul Protests]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:31:19 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/AP_16205468400202.jpg

Suicide bombings on a busy street in the capital of Afghanistan on Saturday killed 61 people and injured 207 others, many of whom were taking part in a political demonstration, authorities said.

The blasts occurred in Dehmazamg Square near the Kabul Zoo on the main road to Parliament, and were likely designed to hit people out on a weekend, Health Ministry spokesperson Ismail Kawosi told NBC News.

The protesters, mostly ethnic minority Hazaras, were marching to demand that their impoverished home province be included in a major new electricity line, according to The Associated Press.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the bombings, but the government had received intelligence that an attack could take place and had warned the march organizers, a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told The AP. 



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<![CDATA[Washington Monument Closed Due to Elevator Problem]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:08:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/052316+washington+monument.jpg

The Washington Monument will not be open Saturday after crews discovered a problem with the elevator prior to opening.

A statement from the National Park Service said a faulty bearing caused an interruption of service during test runs. No visitors were in the monument at the time, and no staff was affected.

The park service said the monument will remain closed for the remainder of Saturday. A spokeman for the agency said depending on the availablity of parts to affect repairs, the monument will be closed until at least July 26.

The Washington Monument was closed for a few days in May due to elevator supply problems. Prior to that, the elevator broke down twice in one week in April.



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<![CDATA[Pet Lovers Help Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:52:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/roxie-roxi.jpg

Within minutes of opening its doors Saturday morning, the Stonington Animal Rescue Project in Stonington, Connecticut, had found homes for all of its kittens.

Kittens are always popular but shelter officials were unprepared for the speed at which these 13 were adopted at the beginning of NBC's second annual "Clear the Shelters" drive.

"We were totally cleared by 10:10," said Brooke Russell, who is charge of social media for the shelter.

"Clear the Shelters," sponsored by NBCUniversal Owned Televisions Stations, was off to a brisk start across the country Saturday morning. The New Haven Animal Shelter in New Haven, Connecticut, even had two people had adopt dogs on Friday.

More than 40 local NBC and Telemundo television stations are teaming up with some 650 animal shelters across the country and in Puerto Rico for the event. Animal shelters are offering no-cost or reduced-fee adoptions or will waive spaying and neutering fees.

"Clear the Shelters took the nation by storm last year and inspired thousands of families to open their hearts to animals in need," said Valari Staab, the president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. "I’m very excited that our stations are working with hundreds of local animal shelters once again to help save the lives of thousands of deserving animals."

Still to find homes at the Stonington shelter: two guinea pigs, some roosters, barn cats and a few older cats, Russell said.

"We're an all species rescue group," she said. "We rescue any animal in need of help."

Roxie is one of nearly 20,000 animals to find new homes last July during Clear the Shelters.

An older pit bull, she was left in a backyard in Stockton, California, when the woman who owned her went to prison. She had been well cared but ended up at the city shelter, shivering, anxious and unable to walk.

Another dog thought to be her daughter was adopted but she languished until she was moved to the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco in time for NBC's nationwide pet adoption drive last year. And there she met Terry and Doug Burke.

They took her home and showered her with love.

"Roxie is thriving," Doug Burke said. "She's loving her life."

At the Humane Society of Broward Country, Florida, 167 animals were adopted last year — mostly dogs and cats but also guinea pigs and rabbits. Between 25 and 50 animals are adopted on a typical Saturday, according to Cherie Wachter, the vice president of marketing.

The shelter is looking forward to similar success during this year. Wachter expects the shelter to be busy and said families will be asked to fill out an application and talk to a counselor to ensure a good match.

"Be patient and bring the whole family," she said. "What Dad picks out might not be what Mom likes. So it's best if it's a family decision."

Natalie Morales, NBC News' West Coast anchor for the "Today" show, will host a 30-minute special on Friday, July 29 to recap the day. It will air on the NBC Owned Television Stations and on more than 120 NBC affiliated stations.

A similar show airing on the Telemundo stations will be co-hosted by Stephanie Himonidis, known as "Chiquibaby," and Elva Saray, hosts of the daily entertainment show "Acceso Total" on Telemundo 52 Los Angeles or KVEA.

The Muttville shelter will have about 80 dogs available for adoption Saturday — of all types and sizes, from 3 to 110 pounds. They were strays or lost their homes when their owners moved, went into nursing homes, died or in some other way were no longer able to care for them. The one thing the mutts have in common is that they are all at least 7 years old.

"What you see is what you get," said Sherri Franklin, founder and executive director of the Muttville shelter. "Their personalities are already formed. A lot of our dogs have grown up in families so we sometimes are able to give that kind of background on the dog. They're trained, they're not going to chew up your shoes."

Last year's mood was festive, drawing in people who might have been putting off getting a dog, she said. At the end of the day, 19 dogs had new homes. The goal for this year event is to double that number.

Muttville is on what's known as "Rescue Row," which it shares with the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the San Francisco Animal Care and Control shelter and the Northern California Family Dog Rescue.

"If you're looking to adopt, you can find anything on Rescue Row," said Patty Stanton, who handles the shelter's public relations.

Roxie is the second dog the Burkes have adopted from Muttville — and their fourth rescue dog in all — and she has been playing with Doug Burke from the first day in their home.

"And she hasn’t stopped since," Terry Burke wrote in describing the adoption. "Except to eat and sleep, both of which she also enjoys tremendously. Along with giving little tiny kisses, which my friend told me from pit bulls are called 'pibbles.'"



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<![CDATA[Bakery Products from Weis Market Recalled]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:26:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/necn+recall+generic.jpg

Weis Market is voluntarily recalling about 30 bakery products because of the potential for small pieces of metal in the sugar topping.

The grocery store chain said their supplier of sugar ingredient alerted them to the issue. The sugar is used in muffins, cookies, shortbread and baked bread in the Weis bakeries.

The pieces of metal are small, less than 9mm, and there have been no reports of adverse reactions or injuries due to the consumption of these products o day.

The muffins are packaged in a plastic medium salad container. The loaf bread and cookies are packaged in a plastic hinged container, and the Irish soda bread is packaged in a plastic bag.

The sell by date can be found at the bottom of the scale label affixed to the packaging. Products included in this recall were distributed in Weis Markets’ stores.

Specific product names and information can be found on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration page on the recall.

Consumers who have purchased these items are advised not to consume them and return them to the store where originally purchased. Weis Markets is cooperating with the FDA on this recall and is working to ensure the packages are removed from store shelves and are no longer distributed.

Consumers with questions should call Weis Markets customer service team at 1-866-999-9347 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekends.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Adoption Fees Waived Today]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:31:24 -0400Humane Society of Calvert County. ]]>Humane Society of Calvert County. ]]>http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/13718747_10153865760668940_742074375286299394_n.jpg

When Emma adopted her dog, she started to cry. She and Mike lined up outside the Washington Humane Society at 11 p.m. Friday so they could take the dog home without waiting in the heat.

Emma said she was crying, “Because I helped her.”

The excitement in her new dog, Sarah, showed. Sarah, a large, skinny dog spotted black and brown, raced out of the shelter with her tail wagging. She jumped up to greet people and sniffed all around her.

Emma and Mike adopted Sarah with waived adoption fees as part of Clear the Shelters.

NBC owned stations and Telemundo stations are teaming up with dozens of animal shelters across the D.C. area -- and across the country -- for the second annual Clear the Shelters event.

Many shelters offer discounts or waive adoption fees for the event. For instance, the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League has waived adoption fees for Clear the Shelters, and each pet is already spayed or neutered.

Dozens of people are already lined up outside the Washington Humane Society, among them were the future owners of Deputy, an 11-month-old mutt.

Deputy’s new mother said she brought her two kids to the shelter yesterday and felt a connection right away. She said she told herself, “We’ll be back to get him for sure.”

Deputy’s father carried him out of the shelter, and the owner's son, Mateo, urged them to take him to his new home.

“He’s hot,” he said.

A corgi named Travis was the first pet to go to his new home at the Washington Humane Society. Travis’ new owner said he chose the dog because his daughter wanted a corgi.

“Perfect dog,” he said. “Pretty coat. Just a healthy dog, so we’re happy.”

Of the 7.6 million animals that enter shelters each year, only 2.7 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA. Clear the Shelters seeks to close that gap by matching animals in these shelters with loving homes. 

About 1,200 pets were adopted from the D.C. area during Clear the Shelters in 2015. The goal for Saturday is to pass that number.

See all local participating shelters below:

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
4101 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, Virginia 22304
703-746-4774
Hours: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Animal Welfare League of Arlington
2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22206
703-931-9241
Hours: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Animal Welfare Society of Howard County, Inc.
8556 Davis Road, Columbia, MD 21045
410-465-4350
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Baltimore County Animal Services
13800 Manor Road, Baldwin, Maryland 21013
410-887-7297
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Baltimore Humane Society
1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
410-833-8848
Hours: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

BARCS Animal Shelter
301 Stockholm St., Baltimore, Maryland 21230
410-396-4695
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Baywater Animal Rescue
4930 Bucktown Road, Cambridge, Maryland 21613
410-228-3090
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

City of Manassas Animal Shelter
10039 Dean Drive, Manassas, Virginia 20110
703-257-2420
Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fairfax County Animal Shelter
4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
703-830-1100
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fancy Cats Rescue Team (multiple locations)
6349 A Columbia Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 20151
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
703-750-6675
(Cats only)

12971 Fair Lakes Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia 22033
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
703-802-1027
(Cats only)

24570 Dulles Landing Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
571-367-3021
(Cats only)

13866 Metrotech Drive, Chantilly, Virginia 20151
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
(703) 378-1295
(Cats only)

6536 Frontier Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22150
12:30-4:30pm
(703) 922-4993
(Cats only)

Fredericksburg SPCA
10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408
540-898-1500
Hours: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
11118 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039
703-249-5066
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Dogs only)

Humane Society of Calvert County
2210 Dalrynple Road, Sunderland, Maryland 20689
410-257-4908
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Humane Society of Charles County
71 Industrial Park Drive, Waldorf, MD 20604
(301) 645-8181
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Adoption fees waived for cats and kittens only)

Humane Society of Harford County
2208 Connolly Road, Fallston, Maryland 21047
410-836-1090
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Humane Society of Warren County
1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, Virginia 22630
540-635-4734
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Humane Society of Washington County
13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
301-733-2060
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Loudoun County Animal Services
39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, Virginia 20197
703-777-0406
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Maryland SPCA
3300 Falls Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21211
410-235-8826
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center
7315 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, Maryland 20855
240-773-5900
Hours: 11 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Prince George's County Animal Management Division
3750 Brown Station Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
301-780-7200
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prince William County Animal Shelter
14807 Bristow Road, Manassas, Virginia 20112
703-792-6465
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SPCA of Anne Arundel County
1815 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, Maryland 21403
410-268-4388
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SPCA Rockaplenty Adoption Center
111 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, Virginia 22601
540-662-8616
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spotsylvania Animal Shelter
450 TV Drive Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408
540-507-7459
Hours: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Across the country last year, 20 shelters were cleared of all of their adoptable dogs. Go to one of the dozens of local participating shelters on Saturday to help #ClearTheShelters and welcome a new pet into your family.



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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Give a Pet a Loving Home]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:51:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_323753546.jpg

Animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need.

The second annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held July 23. More than 400 shelters in 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. 

The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding forever homes for as many animals as possible. More than 19,000 pets were adopted during last year’s event, but millions more remain homeless. Every year, 7.6 million animals end up in shelters nationwide -- and only 2.7 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA.

Dozens of local shelters will take part this year in Clear the Shelters. Refer to the interactive map above to identify a participating shelter near you.

Here's a list of the participating shelters below.

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
4101 Eisenhower Ave. Alexandria, Virginia 22304
703-746-4774
Hours: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Animal Welfare League of Arlington
2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive Arlington, Virginia 22206
703-931-9241
Hours: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Animal Welfare Society of Howard County, Inc.
8556 Davis Road Columbia, MD 21045
410-465-4350
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anne Arundel County Animal Shelter
411 Maxwell Frye Rd., Millersville, MD 21108
410-222-8900
Hours: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Baltimore County Animal Services
13800 Manor Road Baldwin, Maryland 21013
410-887-7297
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Baltimore Humane Society
1601 Nicodemus Road Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
410-833-8848
Hours: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

BARCS Animal Shelter
301 Stockholm St. Baltimore, Maryland 21230
410-396-4695
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Baywater Animal Rescue
4930 Bucktown Road Cambridge, Maryland 21613
410-228-3090
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

City of Manassas Animal Shelter
10039 Dean Drive Manassas, Virginia 20110
703-257-2420
Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fairfax County Animal Shelter
4500 West Ox Road Fairfax, Virginia 22030
703-830-1100
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fancy Cats Rescue Team
6349 A Columbia Pike Falls Church, VA 20151
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
703-750-6675
(Cats only)

12971 Fair Lakes Pkwy Fairfax, VA 22033
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
703-802-1027
(Cats only)

24570 Dulles Landing Drive Dulles, VA 20166
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
571-367-3021
(Cats only)

13866 Metrotech Drive Chantilly, VA 20151
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
(703) 378-1295
(Cats only)

6536 Frontier Drive, Springfield, VA 22150
12:30-4:30pm
(703) 922-4993
(Cats only)

Fredericksburg SPCA

10819 Courthouse Road Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408
540-898-1500
Hours: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
11118 Fairfax Station Road Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039
703-249-5066
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Dogs only)

Humane Society of Calvert County
2210 Dalrynple Road Sunderland, Maryland 20689
410-257-4908
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Humane Society of Charles County
71 Industrial Park Drive, Waldorf, MD 20604
(301) 645-8181
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Adoption fees waived for cats and kittens only)

Humane Society of Harford County
2208 Connolly Road Fallston, Maryland 21047
410-836-1090
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Humane Society of Warren County
1245 Progress Drive Front Royal, Virginia 22630
540-635-4734
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Humane Society of Washington County
13011 Maugansville Road Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
301-733-2060
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Loudoun County Animal Services
39820 Charles Town Pike Waterford, Virginia 20197
703-777-0406
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Maryland SPCA
3300 Falls Road Baltimore, Maryland 21211
410-235-8826
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center
7315 Muncaster Mill Road Derwood, Maryland 20855
240-773-5900
Hours: 11 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Prince George's County Animal Management Division
3750 Brown Station Road Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
301-780-7200
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prince William County Animal Shelter
14807 Bristow Road Manassas, Virginia 20112
703-792-6465
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SPCA of Anne Arundel County
1815 Bay Ridge Ave. Annapolis, Maryland 21403
410-268-4388
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SPCA Rockaplenty Adoption Center
111 Featherbed Lane Winchester, Virginia 22601
540-662-8616
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spotsylvania Animal Shelter
450 TV Drive Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408
540-507-7459
Hours: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Stafford County Animal Shelters
473 Eskimo Hill Road Stafford, Virginia 22554
540-658-7387
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tri County Animal Shelter
6707 Animal Shelter Road Hughesville, Maryland 20637
301-932-1713
Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Washington Animal Rescue League
71 Oglethorpe St. NW, Washington, DC 20011
202-726-2556
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Washington Humane Society
1201 New York Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002
202-576-6664
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Clinton 'Thrilled' With VP Pick Tim Kaine]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:00:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16196751572126.jpg

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton's pick to become the next vice president of the United States, Clinton told supporters Friday evening.

Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said in a text message Friday evening she was "thrilled" to share that she has selected Kaine as her running mate. 

His guiding principle is "the belief that you can make a difference through public service," Clinton's Twitter account said.  

A steady Clinton surrogate in recent campaign appearances, Kaine was at a fundraiser in Newport, Rhode Island, Friday night when the announcement was made. He is honored to be Clinton's running mate, he tweeted soon after the news broke.

"Can’t wait to hit the trail tomorrow in Miami!" he said.

Republican nominee Donald Trump sought to incite rage among Bernie Sanders supporters over Clinton's pick, tweeting that Kaine represents the opposite of what the Vermont senator stood for, "Philly fight?"

In a series of tweets Saturday morning, Trump said Clinton didn't chose Sen. Elizabeth Warren because "she hates her," alleged Kaine is "owned by banks" and, citing the newly leaked DNC emails, said the party planned to "destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes, really vicious. RIGGED." 

The swing state's former governor, a current member of the Senate's Armed Services Committee, has the national security experience Clinton is said to have been seeking, observers said.

Pundits and Kaine supporters have said the senator's experience and moderate positions make him an ideal choice.

"Senator Kaine's judgment, experience and values make him an excellent complement to the Democratic ticket, and he will be a strong partner to President Hillary Clinton in the White House," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Friday evening. 

The former Virginia governor complements Clinton, Democratic donor Glen Fukushima told CNN.

"He has a business sense and international experience [and] speaks Spanish, which are both pluses," he said. "He also has experience as a governor, which could complement Hillary's background."

Kaine, 58, "has a lot going for him," Rep. Gerry Connolly told CNN.

"He's Catholic, from a swing state, successful governor, speaks fluent Spanish, has political chops, was the head of the [Democratic National Committee]," he told the television network. "He provides a lot of talent to the ticket and could step in and could certainly be an heir apparent." 

"I can say there is no one of higher integrity and trustworthiness," said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.

"His experience, intellect and dedication to making life better for people from all walks of life will make him an enormous asset to Secretary Clinton throughout the remainder of this campaign and as a leader in her administration over the next four years," Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said. "This is a proud day for every Virginian."

Republican Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates William J. Howell expressed for Kaine while taking the opportunity to attack Clinton. 

"His character makes it all the more surprising that he would sign up to defend Hillary Clinton for the next three-and-a-half months," he said in a statement. "However, Sen. Kaine's selection as the vice presidential nominee does not change that this election is ultimately a referendum on Secretary Clinton." 

Kaine touts his work to reduce unemployment among veterans, to block any Iran nuclear weapons program, to recognize American Indian tribes in Virginia, to preserve Civil War battlegrounds and to improve access to job-training programs.

Kaine, who attended University of Missouri and Harvard Law School, speaks Spanish fluently after taking a year off from attending Harvard to work at a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras, his Senate website says.

But critics have called Kaine a safe, even boring, running mate.

When asked by Charlie Rose of PBS on Monday whether Kaine was a boring choice, Clinton said, “I love that about him.” 

Kaine was even asked about being boring on NBC's "Meet the Press" in June, one of his highest-profile appearances in what was evidently his vetting process. Kaine brushed it off with a joke: "I am boring … but boring is the fastest-growing demographic in this country."

What Does Kaine Bring to the Table?
Kaine, who was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was first elected to office in 1994. He served as a city councilman and then was elected mayor of Richmond. He became lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2002, was inaugurated as governor in 2006 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. He serves on the aging, armed services, budget and Senate foreign relations committees. 

Newsweek previously called Kaine "the conventional wisdom pick" for Clinton's running mate and tied his chances of being selected with those of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

Kaine will not energize the party's progressive wing, however, Newsweek argued.

"Kaine ... voted to fast-track President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, a move that angered most of the left. And his views on abortion are to the right of many Democrats: he’s a practicing Catholic who supported parental consent and informed consent laws in his state. And, Sanders aside, old white guys just don't excite voters like they used to," the publication wrote.

Kaine is personally opposed to abortion but has said he is against overturning Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing the procedure. Beyond supporting requiring parental consent, he also was in favor of banning late-term abortions unless a woman’s life is at risk, and he has promoted abstinence-focused education to try to decrease the number of pregnancies that end in abortion. In the past, the state NARAL chapter refused to endorse him. 

Kaine was on President Barack Obama’s short-list for vice president, according to Politico.

He teamed up with Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona to introduce legislation to authorize military force against the Islamic State. 

What Has Kaine Said About Wanting to Be VP?
On Thursday in Virginia, Kaine had downplayed speculation he would be Clinton's pick. 

"I'm in a little, momentary bubble of attention. It will be normal again," he told NBC Washington's David Culver

In March, Kaine also demurred about whether he wanted to be vice president.

"Well, I'm a happy senator and I like my job, and I'm not looking for another one, but, look, my best use is helping Secretary Clinton -- especially win Virginia," he said March 10 to a group of Hispanic and African-American publishers at the National Press Club.

The senator echoed those comments on April 29, saying he would accompany Clinton at her inauguration as a senator, not as her vice president, Politico reported.

"You know, I really love my job. I really do," Kaine reportedly said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe. "And I have a great feeling that I'm going to be on that podium with Hillary Clinton when she's taking the oath of office, but I'm going to be sitting with the other senators."



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<![CDATA[Driver Killed After SUV Hits Virginia Home, Sparks Fire]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:03:14 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2016-07-23_0902.png

One person was killed after a car slammed into a garage attached to a home in Gainesville, Virginia, Friday afternoon.

Officials said the crash sparked a fire, which spread to the home located in the 13200 block of Catharpin Valley Drive. One person inside the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prince William County police said the residents inside the home were able to escape without injury. A dog was found dead inside the residence.

The victim has not been identified.

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton: Trump 'Talking Trash About America']]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:50:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-577289256.jpg

Hillary Clinton made no mention of her running mate during a rally in Tampa Friday evening, instead delivering a fiery rebuttal to Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

"The last thing we need is somebody running for president who talks trash about America," Clinton said of the Republican nominee's lengthy address in Cleveland.

Clinton accused Trump of offering a "dark and divisive vision" beyond what he's said in the past. "Last night's speech took it to a whole new level. He offered a lot of fear and anger. And resentment but no solutions about anything that he even talked about," she said.

Clinton also took issue with Trump's assertion that he speaks for most Americans, NBC News reported. She went on a long list of groups she doesn't believe he represents, including: small business owners, housekeepers, cooks, immigrants, people with disabilities, veterans and women.



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<![CDATA[SoCal Fire Rages to 5 Square Miles]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:26:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/santa+clarita+fire+1.JPG

A fast-moving brush fire that broke out along the northbound Antelope Valley Freeway in Santa Clarita, California, continued to burn Saturday morning with no containment immediately within sight.

No injuries were immediately reported as a result of the blaze, which was reported at 2:11 p.m. on Friday near Sand Canyon Road. By 7 a.m. Saturday, the fire had burned about 5,500 acres, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Less than 100 people were evacuated from the area of Capra Road off Soledad Canyon Road in the only evacuations caused by the fire, county fire officials said. And residents of between 200 and 300 homes in the Little Tujunga area were also under a mandatory evacuation order, according to the sheriff's department. 

An evacuation shelter for residents was established at Golden Valley High School at 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway in Santa Clarita and shelter for large animals was made available at Agua Dulce Airport, Wayside Jail in Castaic and Pierce College in Woodland Hills.

Late Friday night, horses and animals at a nearby wildlife sanctuary were being evacuated. The Wildlife Waystation, a non-profit organization, was in the process of evacuated more than 400 exotic animals, including lions and tigers. The animals were being taken to different locations, according to a spokesperson for Wildlife Waystation.

About 300 firefighters were battling the flames from the ground and air as of Friday night, Marron said. The Los Angeles Fire Department sent a water-dropping helicopter to join three from the county fire department. Two fixed-wing firefighting aircraft were also called in to attack the blaze. Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service were also assisting in the firefight.

The blaze, dubbed the Sand Fire, was fueled by triple-digit temperatures along with gusty winds and was burning eastward into the Angeles National Forest. Northbound lanes of the freeway were temporarily closed south of Soledad Canyon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. Metrolink reported that service on its Antelope Valley line was halted at the Via Princessa station for about an hour.

Smoke from the fire was moving southeast into the San Gabriel Valley "due to gusty northwest winds aloft," according to the National Weather Service. Smoke was also visible above downtown Los Angeles.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory for the following areas:

  • Portions of the Central Los Angeles Area
  • Portions of the West San Fernando Valley
  • Portions of the East San Fernando Valley
  • Portions of the West San Gabriel Valley
  • Portions of the East San Gabriel Valley
  • Portions of the Pomona/Walnut Valley
  • Portions of the Santa Clarita Valley
  • Portions of the San Gabriel Mountains

People with respiratory or heart disease, older adults, and children were advised to stay indoors.

Soledad Canyon Road was closed between the freeway and Agua Dulce Canyon Road, according to county fire department Capt. Keith Mora.

As of Saturday morning, roads were closed between Little Tujunga Canyon Road to Osborne Street, Sand Canyon Road to Placerita Cyn Road, Placerita Canyon Road to Crown Valley Road, Soledad Canyon Road to Agua Dulce Canyon Road, Soledad Canyon Road to the 14 freeway, and on Soledad Canyon Road from Agua Dulce Canyon Road to Shadow Pines Boulevard, according to the U.S. Forest Service. 



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<![CDATA[Lottery Scam Forces Man to Postpone Retirement]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:48:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015520483_1200x675_730831939823.jpgWhen a local man was told he won hundreds of thousands of dollars in a lottery, he intended to collect his winnings, but as Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan explains, It was a costly mistake. Get information on how to avoid lottery and sweepstakes scams here and report a scam here.]]><![CDATA[Montgomery County Considers Starting School Year Earlier]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:17:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Seneca+Valley+High+School+072216.jpg

The Montgomery County school board is considering whether to change the school calendar and shift summer vacations.

If approved, students would start the 2017-18 school year a week earlier on Aug. 21 and end the year just after Memorial Day. That would give students an extra week of learning before the mid-May state exams and less potentially idle classroom time after it.

“It also puts us in alignment with 11 other school districts in Maryland, including Frederick and Prince George’s counties,” Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Derek Turner said.

News4 learned 1,300 parents, students and staffers have sent comments about the plan to the school district.

One high school social studies teacher wrote about the problem with the current schedule keeping students in school so deep into June: “Some teachers like to use this time to show a relevant movie or documentary with an accompanying assignment. Those teachers have been reprimanded for showing movies.”

A parent who opposes the plan wrote, “For families like mine who work for Congress or aligned with the congressional calendar, our vacations must almost always be during the August recess.”

The county’s parks and camps said they’ll shift their programming earlier if the school district makes the change.



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<![CDATA[Va. School Uses Drones to Get Students Excited About STEM]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:44:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/teacher_drones.jpg

Teachers across the D.C. area built drones to get their students excited about the possibilities of math and science.

The teachers built and operated drones as a part of the “DaVinci Challenge: Build a Drone Workshop” hosted by the Foxcroft School, an all-girls school in Middleburg, Virginia.

"There’s a tremendous amount of good that can be done with drones, and I think it’s important for the world to see that," said Dr. Maria Evans, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Department chair at the Foxcroft School.

The program encourages the girls at Foxcroft to become engaged in STEM courses, Dr. Evans said.

"When the girls come back this fall, we’re going to be looking at missions for these drones," Dr. Evans said, "How can they use this drone technology to solve a problem? For girls, that’s where they get motivated."

Sophomore Hannah Caris came from Massachusetts with her father to attend the workshop.

"Usually it’s all guys that are interested and girls aren’t," Caris said, "so I think it’s important to change that."

The teachers will take their knowledge back to their students to get them excited about the possibilities of science, technology, engineering and math.

"This week was amazing," said Princess Aliyah Pandolfi, who works with the DaVinci Challenge. "I was completely impressed with the teachers and how much they’ve learned."



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<![CDATA[Manson Follower Denied Parole]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:55:16 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mkt-AP_247374227510.jpg

Governor Jerry Brown on Friday denied parole for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted of the 1969 killings of grocers Leno and Rosemary La Bianca at their Los Feliz home.

The decision comes a month after Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey urged Brown to deny her parole.

"Despite overwhelming evidence of her involvement in these two horrible murders, inmate Van Houten has consistently minimized her conduct during current and past hearings," the county's top prosecutor wrote in a five-page letter to Gov. Jerry Brown that includes a photo of the victims with their daughter three years before they were killed.

"In reality, she clearly lacks insight, genuine remorse and an understanding of the magnitude of her crimes. The viciousness of the murders, the relationship of those murders to the effort to incite the "Helter Skelter" race war and Van Houten's attempts to minimize her criminal responsibility make her an unreasonable risk of danger to society,'' Lacey wrote in the letter dated June 24 and made public Tuesday.

A state parole board panel ruled on April 14 that Van Houten, now 66, was suitable for parole. She had previously been denied parole 19 times between 1979 and 2013. Van Houten was convicted of murder and conspiracy for participating with fellow Manson family members Charles "Tex" Watson and Patricia Krenwinkel in the Aug. 9, 1969, killings of Leno La Bianca, 44, and his 38-year-old wife, Rosemary, who were each stabbed multiple times.

Van Houten was sentenced to death, but re-sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1972 that the death penalty was unconstitutional. The former Monrovia High School cheerleader and homecoming princess did not participate in the Manson family's killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in a Benedict Canyon mansion the night before.

Manson and many of his other former followers have repeatedly been denied parole. In January, the governor rejected a state parole board panel's August 2015 finding that another former Manson follower, Bruce Davis, was suitable for release. Davis was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy for the July 25, 1969, stabbing death of musician Gary Hinsman in his Topanga Canyon home and the killing of Donald "Shorty" Shea, who was last seen alive on Aug. 27, 1969. Onetime Manson family member Susan Atkins died in September 2009, about three weeks after a state parole board panel rejected her plea for a "compassionate release" from prison because of brain cancer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Coast Guard: Hoax Caller Cost $500,000 in 2 Years]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:39:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Coast+Guard+Hoax.jpg

A hoax caller in Maryland cost the Coast Guard about $500,000 in the past two years by making false distress alerts.

The caller made 28 false distress alerts from Annapolis, Maryland, beginning in July 2014, according to the Coast Guard. The two most recent calls were received Thursday and Friday, the Coast Guard reported. They also said they determined the calls to have originated from Annapolis, between Loretta Heights and Admiral Drive.

The estimated cost of the responses to these false alarms is $500,000.

The Coast Guard provided an audio file of the caller, in which the caller repeats “mayday” -- a word used to indicate distress at sea.

Making false distress calls is a felony, punishable by a maximum of six years in prison, a $10,000 civil fine, $250,000 criminal fine and a reimbursement to the Coast Guard for their efforts, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard also said such false distress alerts detract from their ability to respond to actual alerts.

“A hoax call is a deadly and serious offense,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sara Wallace, who heads the response sector in Maryland. “Calls like these not only put our crews at risk, but they put the lives of the public at risk.”

Anyone with information about the caller is asked to contact the Coast Guard's regional command center at 410-576-2525 or email investigators at CGIS-Baltimore@uscg.mil.



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<![CDATA[3 Fla. Men Wanted to Join ISIS: DoJ]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:35:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/072216+Dayne+Christian.jpg

Three South Florida men have been arrested in connection with a plan one of them made to travel overseas to join ISIS, authorities said.

Gregory Hubbard, aka Jibreel; Darren Arness Jackson, aka Daoud; and Dayne Atani Christian, aka Shakur, are accused of knowingly conspiring and attempting to provide material support to ISIS, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The men appeared in federal court in Miami Friday, officials said. It's unknown if they've hired attorneys.

Hubbard, 52, and Jackson, 50, are from West Palm Beach. Christian, 31, is from Lake Park.

Officials said the men had been under observation by the FBI and that Hubbard told a confidential FBI informant that he wanted to travel to Syria and join ISIS to engage in violent jihad.

Hubbard had bought an airline ticket to Germany and had planned to board a train to Turkey and head to Syria, authorities said.

He was arrested Thursday at Miami International Airport before he could begin the first leg of his trip, officials said.

Authorities said Christian and Jackson also expressed a desire to join ISIS and provided weapons and firearms training to Hubbard.

Jackson was arrested after driving Hubbard to the airport Thursday, officials said. Christian was arrested at work.

Officials said the men discussed trying to carry out attacks in the U.S. and had practiced at a shooting range, but decided against the attack.

"Individuals seeking to travel and take up arms with ISIL pose a threat to the United States and humanity across the globe,” U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said in a statement. "The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force continue to work proactively in order to stifle and disrupt any potential danger posed by the terrorist organizations and their supporters."

A criminal complaint alleges the suspects would regularly listen to online messages from ISIS, including praise for the Pulse nightclub attack that killed 49 people in Orlando.

"The nightclub was a soft target and regardless if they are gay or not, it was blood for blood and it was an added bonus that they were gay," Christian said, according to the complaint.

The three are scheduled to be arraigned next month.



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<![CDATA[Tim Kaine Supporters Prepare for Dem. VP Announcement]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:03:10 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/072216+clinton+kaine+buttons.jpgSupporters of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine were making campaign buttons with Kaine's face alongside Clinton's on Friday in the hope he would be her pick for running mate. News4's Julie Carey reports on why they say Kaine would be an excellent choice. "To underestimate him is to do so at your own peril. He has put away some big figures in Virginia politics," Rep. Gerry Connolly said.

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<![CDATA[Prince George's Co. Interns Use Tech to Help Communities]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:35:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Prince+Georges+County+Technology+Interns+0722.jpg

High school and college interns in Prince George's County, Maryland, are using technology to improve conditions in some of the county's most challenged neighborhoods.

The interns from the county’s Office of Information Technology meet people where they live, then go back to the office and brainstorm on how to use technology to fix that particular community’s problems.

“We kind of make them project managers without them realizing that’s what we’re doing,” Program Director Sandra Longs said.

There’s a group for each of those troubled neighborhoods, and they’re competing for which group can come up with the best idea. Last year’s winners created a job finding app.

“I think I speak for everyone in the group when I say it’s not about winning,” American University student Terrell Green. “We are all very competitive we want to come up with the best solution but at the end of the day it’s about serving community.”



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<![CDATA[A Look at the DC Murder Statistic Trump Cited]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:30:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578666050.jpg

The murder rate in Washington, D.C. is down 9 percent if you look at the data one way, but up 54 percent if you take another view.

As Donald Trump declared himself "the law and order candidate" in his GOP nomination acceptance speech Thursday night, he called out the number of homicides in D.C.

"In our nation's capital, killings have risen by 50 percent," he said.

That's true if you compare the 2014 total to the 2015 total: 162 people died in homicides in D.C. in 2015, marking a 54 percent increase from the 105 people killed in 2014, Metropolitan Police Department statistics show.

More people were killed in D.C. in 2015 than had been killed in a single year since 2008.

But the number of homicides in D.C. this year so far has dropped 9 percent compared with the same period last year, from 77 to 70, police data shows. 

Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke with News4 about crime Friday afternoon, standing in front of the Old Post Office Pavilion building that Trump is renovating into a luxury hotel. 

"Political cheap shots are not uncommon, and so, what I want to be clear about is that nobody comes to D.C. to cherry-pick the numbers," she said. 

Bowser said there is no one answer to why crime spiked in 2015 but that District officials have created multiple programs to try to reduce violence.

"I just launched a new initiative, for example, to attract more police officers who are D.C. residents, and by expanding our cadet program," she said. "We also worked with our communities to put out 1,200 security cameras."

On Thursday night, Bowser issued this comment on Trump's remarks: "People all over the globe are flocking to the District for opportunity. Mr. Trump should know: he's making a multimillion-dollar investment in revitalizing a hotel on one of our main boulevards.

"We know we can do even better, and that's why each and every day, our residents and police officers work together to drive down crime. Americans deserve a president who will make herself a part of the solution."

Trump also spoke Thursday night about President Barack Obama's impact on the murder rate across the country.

"Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement. Homicides last year increased by 17 percent in America’s 50 largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years," he said.

Trump correctly cited a 17 percent increase in homicides in major cities for 2014 to 2015, but the numbers of murders in these cities have dropped dramatically since the 1990s, FactCheck.org reported.

"Snapshots are not trends. And two or three years of data are far too few to establish a trend," Richard A. Berk, professor of criminology and statistics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, told FactCheck.org.



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<![CDATA[Lack of Sleep Can Cost You]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:57:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Woman+Yawning+shutterstock_367741853.jpgWith approximately one in three people suffering from insomnia, Americans spend billions of dollars each year in over-the-counter sleep medicines and treatments, but as Doreen Gentzler reports, that's not the only cost that comes with sleep disorders.

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<![CDATA[Fact Check: Trump Defends Oswald Claim]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:34:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/578550086-Donald-Trump-RNC.jpg

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Donald Trump doubled down on his baseless insinuation that a photograph published by the National Enquirer shows Ted Cruz’s father with “crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast.”

A day after accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Trump touted the national tabloid as a credible source worthy of a Pulitzer Prize, and said the newspaper would not have run the photo if it was “wrong.” Moreover, Trump said, the Cruz camp “never denied” that it was Rafael Cruz in the photo with the man who assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

That’s all nonsense.

As we wrote on May 3, the thinly sourced story hangs largely on comments from an expert who told the paper that a photo of an unidentified man handing out pro-Fidel Castro leaflets with Oswald has “more similarity than dissimilarity” with a passport photo of Cruz’s father, Rafael.

The photo expert, Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of ScanMyPhotos, a California-based digitizing photo service, was quoted in the Enquirer story — “Ted Cruz Father Linked to JFK Assassination!” — as saying, “[I]t looks to be the same person and I can say as much with a high degree of confidence.”

Note the parsing of words. He wasn’t saying with a high degree of certainty that it is Rafael Cruz. He’s saying with a high degree of certainty that it “looks to be the same person.”

Goldstone told us in a phone interview that he never claimed the man in the picture with Oswald was definitely Rafael Cruz, and he called Trump’s unqualified assertion that it is Cruz “stupid.” Goldstone said he compared, by eye, the photo of the unidentified man in the picture with Oswald with a passport photo of a young Rafael Cruz, and concluded “They look pretty close.”

That’s the thin reed upon which this story hangs.

Nonetheless, Trump proclaimed in a May 3 interview on “Fox and Friends” that Cruz’s “father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being, you know, shot! I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous … And nobody even brings it up. I mean, they don’t even talk about that, that was reported and nobody talks about it. But I think it’s horrible, I think it’s absolutely horrible, that a man can go and do that, what he’s saying there.”

Trump later added, “I mean what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald, shortly before the death – before the shooting? It’s horrible.”

The day after his controversial convention speech, Cruz said those comments by Trump played a role in his decision not to endorse Trump.

“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and who attack my father,” Cruz said.

The day after his convention speech, in remarks to supporters in Cleveland, Trump fired back at Cruz, saying, “I don’t want his endorsement. If he gives it, I will not accept it.” Trump then launched into a defense of an unflattering image of Cruz’s wife that Trump retweeted, as well as his comments about Cruz’s father.

“All I did is point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer, there’s a picture of him [Rafael Cruz] and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast,” Trump said. “I had nothing to do with it. This was a magazine that frankly in many respects, should be very respected. They got O.J. They got Edwards. They got this. I mean, if that was the New York Times, they would have gotten Pulitzer prizes for their reporting.”

Although Trump said the photo showed the two “having breakfast,” the picture in question actually shows Oswald distributing pro-Castro literature in New Orleans in August 1963, a few months prior to Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. According to the Miami Herald, another man in the picture was never identified by the Warren Commission, whose investigation concluded Kennedy was assassinated by Oswald and that Oswald acted alone.

In his post-convention remarks, Trump said the whole issue “had nothing to do with me, except I might have pointed it out.” No “might” about it. Trump did “point it out” on national TV, and he definitively proclaimed the man in the picture to be Rafael Cruz, even though the text of the National Enquirer story doesn’t go quite that far.

Trump went on to say that neither Cruz nor anyone in his camp ever denied that it was Rafael Cruz in the photo.

“Now, Ted never denied that it was his father,” Trump said in his post-convention remarks, adding later, “But they never denied. Did anybody ever deny that it was the father? They’re not saying, ‘Oh, that’s not really my father.’ It’s little hard to do. It looks like him.”

In fact, they have.

“This is another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage,” Communications Director Alice Stewart told McClatchy. “The story is false; that is not Rafael in the picture.”

“It’s ludicrous, it’s ludicrous,” Rafael Cruz told ABC News on May 3. “I was never in New Orleans at that time.”

Ted Cruz dismissed the Enquirer story as “idiotic” and called Trump a “pathological liar” who is “utterly amoral” and a “bully.”

“Donald Trump alleges that my dad was involved in the assassinating JFK,” Cruz said. “Now, let’s be clear, this is nuts. This is not a responsible position. This is just kooky.”

As for Trump’s claim that the unidentified man in the photo with Oswald “looks like” Rafael Cruz, experts told us not to put much stock in that kind of assessment.

Anil Jain, a computer scientist and expert on facial recognition and biometric identification at Michigan State University, told us the images are of a poor quality, black and white, and grainy, and that “It would be very difficult, even for a photo expert, to extract facial attributes.” Any conclusion about similarities is subjective, he said.

So to sum up: despite Trump’s claim to the contrary, the Cruz campaign categorically denied that it is Rafael Cruz in the photo. And Ted Cruz called the Enquirer story “nuts.” And there is still no evidence — at all — that the man in the photo with Oswald is Rafael Cruz. 



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<![CDATA[Trans Corrections Employee Can't Use Men's Room ]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:42:25 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160623+bathroom+sign.jpg

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa filed a complained with the Iowa Civil Right Commission Wednesday on behalf of a state corrections employee who wasn’t allowed to use the bathroom associated with his gender identity, NBC News reported. 

Jesse Vroegh was told to use a unisex restroom after being denied access to the men’s bathroom and locker rooms at work. According to an ACLU statement, the unisex facility doesn’t have a shower and would isolate Vroegh from his co-workers. 

Vroegh said he hopes his complaint sends a message. 

A spokesperson for the corrections department told The Associated Press "the department strongly focuses to protect and treat with respect the public, staff and offenders," though he would not comment specifically on Vroegh's complaint.

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<![CDATA[DC Jail Moving Inmates Due to Failing AC, Sources Say]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:21:24 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/071516+dc+jail.jpg

As temperatures approach 100 degrees, dozens of inmates at the D.C. jail are being relocated, News4 has learned.

Sources said 197 inmates have been moved out of the jail or relocated to other parts of the jail, because the air conditioning system at the facility is failing. Twenty inmates facing federal charges have been moved to another facility by U.S. marshals. Sources said 95 inmates have been moved to the privately run Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF) next door to the D.C. Jail and 82 inmates have been moved to other cell blocks within the D.C. Jail.

Temperatures inside the aging jail remain in the high 70s and low 80s, sources say. Inmates older than 50 years old or those with medical conditions are being moved.

This comes after News4 broke the story that a 70-year-old inmate suffered an apparent stroke and died last week. Jail officials say there's no evidence the death of Lester Irby was caused by the high temperatures. 

Irby's daughter, Lelicia Haigler, said she wants more information.

"I really would like to find out, why did he have to live in those conditions?" she said.

D.C.'s jail isn't the only one facing extraordinary temperatures: the jail in St. Mary's County, Maryland, was built with no air conditioning at all.

Inmates are getting fans, extra ice water and extra shower time during the heat wave.

"It's too much, it's too hot," said Capt. Michael R. Merican, warden of the St. Mary's County Detention Center. "Remember, look at my officers. They are in uniform all day."



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<![CDATA[Dangerous Heat Expected This Weekend]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:48:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/2016-07-22_1247.png

There's no sugar-coating this: It's going to be dangerously hot this weekend.

StormTeam4 meteorologists say temperatures this weekend could exceed 100 degrees.

And some forecast models show the heat index could be greater than 105 degrees this weekend -- high enough to increase health risks.

"The heat index tells you how it feels outside in the shade," said the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in a statement. "The heat index is a measurement of how it feels when relative humidity is combined with the effects of the air temperature."

It's been a while since the temps were so high: July 26, 2012 was the last recorded 100-degree day in the D.C. metro region. 

That year, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 32 heat-related deaths, including 12 in Maryland and 12 in Virginia from June 30 to July 13.

But it hasn't exactly been cool this summer, either. Tomorrow marks the 18th 90-plus degree day this year. We hit the 90s for the first time this year on June 11.

According to the Virginia Department of Health, the best ways to avoid heat-related illness is to:

• Drink plenty of water and avoid drinks that have a lot of caffeine or large amounts of sugar.

• Keep cool indoors.

• Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing and apply sunscreen.

• Avoid excessive physical activity, especially midday.

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Shooting Suspect in Brother's Death]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:18:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Saquan+Hall.jpg

Police in Alexandria, Virginia, believe the man accused in recent shooting of a 23-year-old man committed the murder as revenge for his brother's death. 

Dijuan Clark, 30, was arrested Thursday in another state and charged with the murder of Saquan Hall, 23. Dijuan Clark is awaiting extradition to Virginia.

Saquan Hall, 23, was gunned down in the 1000 block of First Street on July 2. Three weeks before Hall's death, Pierre Clark was shot to death in broad daylight. 

Hall's mother, Patrice Hall, previously said police told her that her son was a suspect in Pierre Clark's death. And though Saquan Hall was never charged, she believes that he was targeted for retaliation.

"The way they handled it in coming here in my home and all that, word got out and it put Saquan in harm's way," she said. "They had no proof that Saquan had shot Pierre."

Police have not officially said whether Saquan Hall was a suspect in Pierre Clark's death. 

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<![CDATA[Charges Dropped Against DC Woman Accused of Abusing Kids]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:16:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GAVEL_GettyImages-144096770.jpg

Prosecutors have dropped the charges against a D.C. woman who was accused of luring three boys into her home and sexually assaulting them.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday that, with D.C. police, it continued to investigate the case since Larona Steele, 42, was arrested earlier this month.

After an investigation, prosecutors say there is insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

The charges -- five counts of first-degree child sexual abuse -- were dismissed.



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<![CDATA[Munich Gunman Kills 9, Then Self: Police ]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:22:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578781136-munich.jpg

Police said a lone gunman is believed to have carried out a shooting rampage near a shopping center in Munich, Germany, NBC News reported. 

The gunman, who killed at least nine people before killing himself, was an 18-year-old German-Iranian from Munich who lived in the city for more than two years, according to police. A motive was not known. 

Twenty-one people were hospitalized, three of whom were critically wounded, according to police. 

Officials did not identify him, but said he was found dead at 8:30 p.m., and may have killed himself. German police initially said there may have been as many as three gunmen. 

The shooting attack at a McDonald’s attached to the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall forced a lockdown of the city, the shutdown of public transportation and calls to residents to avoid public places.

The shooting prompted authorities to operate “on the premise of a terror attack,” but officials later said there were no links to terror established.



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<![CDATA[1st Zika Baby Born in NYC]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:26:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika-GettyImages-543498576.jpg

A baby with Zika-related microcephaly has been born at a New York City hospital, marking the first such delivery in the five boroughs, according to health officials.

The baby's mother was infected while in an area known to have mosquitoes transmitting the virus, the health department said. She and the baby, who has been diagnosed with a smaller-than-normal head and other brain problems, are being monitored by physicians, authorities said. 

The baby did test positive for Zika, and the health department said it is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the case. 

According to the CDC, 12 babies have been born in the U.S. with Zika-related birth defects, including one in New Jersey. Some babies with no immediate signs of problems also have been born in the U.S. to Zika-infected mothers.

Herminia Palacia, deputy mayor for Health and Human Services, said the city has been preparing for a case for months, "and we stand ready to help families caring for an infant with microcephaly. This is a sad reminder that Zika can have tragic consequences for pregnant women." 

Earlier this week, health officials said physicians have requested testing for more than 2,000 pregnant women who have traveled to areas where there is active Zika transmission. Forty-one of them have tested positive. 

Pregnant women also continue to be tested for Zika if their sexual partners have traveled to an afflicted area. Virtually all of South and Central America and the Caribbean is considered a hotbed for transmission of the virus. 

In addition to sexual contact, the virus is spread through specific species of mosquitoes. 

The mosquito species most commonly associated with Zika's spread is not found in the tri-state, but a similar species that scientists think could transmit the disease inhabits the area. 

New York City health officials have said they've been monitoring populations of the insect and applying pesticides to keep mosquito-borne diseases at bay.



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<![CDATA[Police Chief 'Sickened' by Woman's Violent Arrest]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:24:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_919353172563.jpg

Austin, Texas, Police Chief Art Acevedo apologized to Breaion King, 26, during a news conference Thursday after video emerged showing the African-American woman being slammed to the ground by an officer during her arrest following a minor traffic stop last year.

He said his "heart was sickened and saddened" by the arrest and pledged a series of administrative investigations and increased training in implicit bias and fair policing, NBC News reported. The case against King was dismissed in January. 

In a second video King, is being driven to jail by officer Patrick Spradlin, who is white. The two have an exchange about race.

"Why are so many people afraid of black people?" Spradlin asks, responding to  a question posed by King. "I can give you a really good — a really good idea why it might be that way. Violent tendencies."

Acevedo said he didn't learn of the videos until Tuesday, when a prosecutor called him after receiving inquiries from the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, which published the videos Thursday.



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<![CDATA[Trump Takes America on a Journey to the Dark Side]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:03:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578666050.jpg

Donald Trump painted a dark picture of America during his nomination speech at the GOP Convention, NBC News reported.

Discarding his usual improvisational humor, Trump described an America awash in blood and corruption that only he can prevent from sliding into the abyss. The speech also put an end to all speculation that Trump would somehow change his tone, making a general election pivot.

There was little new material to entice groups Trump has struggled to court like women, Latinos, African Americans, and young people. Instead, Trump focused on revving up his blue-collar base with his core message of strong borders, resentment towards elites and protestors, and an "America first" plan to protect manufacturing jobs from the forces of globalization. In doing so, he placed a bet that the voters who took him to this point can carry him all the way.

"These are the people who work hard, but no longer have a voice," Trump said. "I am your voice."



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