<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usThu, 30 Jun 2016 06:33:38 -0400Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:33:38 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Virginia Family 'Enraged' After Trump Sign Vandalized]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:43:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TrumpCountry.jpg

A group of young Donald Trump supporters in Haymarket, Virginia, say they are angry but determined after a sign they made supporting the presumptive Republican nominee was vandalized.

"I'm enraged," said Trump supporter Bucky Potter.

Potter, along with three of his siblings and a few friends, put up a 4 feet tall by 8 feet wide sign that said "Trump Country" on his family's property on Monday night.

The following morning, they found the five American flags they placed on the sign broken and tossed on the ground. On Wednesday, someone spray painted the sign and threw eggs at it.

"It's not meant to bother anybody. We're just giving out our opinion, what we stand for, and somebody comes and destroys it," Nicholas Potter said.

Tonight the group painted another sign and put it up in the same spot.

"I think it's a good idea to continue on and always do what you believe in, even if someone gets in your way," Jackie Potter said.

The group 17 to 22 year olds said if the sign is vandalized again they will make a bigger sign to go in its place.

<![CDATA[Parents: Caregiver Ripped Out Chunk of Toddler's Hair]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:22:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Child9.jpg

A D.C. daycare employee has been charged for allegedly ripping out a large chunk of hair from a toddler's head.

The parents of 1-year-old Demarco said he came home with a huge bald spot on his head on Tuesday. A teacher at the Kids Are Us Learning Center in Southeast D.C. told them another child pulled out his hair.

"It was disturbing, like, all I could do was get upset and just cry," said the child's mother, Daizha Rosser.

Rosser and the boy's father, Lawrence McEachin, said they demanded to see the daycare's surveillance video. They said the video shows the teacher pulling out their son's hair -- not another student.

"Pull, pull, pull. He fell; [she] pulled again and snatched it right off," McEachin said. "I can only imagine he was crying."

Police responded to the daycare Wednesday after McEachin and Rosser got into an argument with daycare staff.

"Her excuse was she was irritated. Your job is to watch kids. Kids will irritate you. He irritates me, but you're not going to see me - I'm not going to do nothing of that nature," McEachin said.

D.C. police said they are now investigating the allegations that a teacher assaulted the boy.

"I'm pressing charges. That's for one. And she should be locked up because it's crazy. They're kids. Your supposed to watch them and monitor them and care for them like they're your own, not hurt them, and that's basically what they did. They hurt my son," Rosser said.

Police later said an employee at the daycare has been charged with first-degree cruelty to a child.

News4 spoke with a woman who said she owns the daycare. She said she has "policies and procedures in place" and she thinks the incident is "horrific."

Kids Are Us Learning Center has two locations and is licensed to care for up to 60 children.

<![CDATA[Turkey Arrests 13 Over Istanbul Airport Attack: State Media]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:42:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ISTANBUL_GettyImages-543751396.jpg

Police in Turkey arrested 13 for a possible connection to the attack on Istanbul's airport that killed at least 42 people, NBC News reported.

Along with the dead, 200 were injured when assailants with guns and explosives hit the airport on Tuesday.

Officials have said the coordinated assault on Ataturk airport bore the hallmarks of ISIS, but there has been no official claim of responsibility.

Police carried out 16 raids targeting ISIS suspects in Istanbul overnight. The state-run Anadolu Agency said 13 people were taken into custody — including three foreign nationals.

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<![CDATA[Capitol Hill Neighbors Fired Up About Gun Violence]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:43:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015251987_1200x675_715741251664.jpg News4's Jackie Bensen reports on a heated meeting between DC Police and people in the Hill East neighborhood]]> <![CDATA[Man Found Shot to Death in NE DC]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:30:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/2016-06-30_0529.png

A man was shot to death in Northeast Washington Wednesday night, and now police are looking for his killer. 

Officers were called to the 800 block of Bladensburg Road NE just before 10 p.m. Wednesday for a report of an injured person. 

Police say the victim was unresponsive when he was taken to the hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

No suspect information has been released at this time. 

<![CDATA[Trump Wants Consequences for GOP Rivals Not Endorsing Him]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:22:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TRUMP_GettyImages-543431030.jpg

Donald Trump is once again taking on former Republican rivals and traditionally conservative allies, NBC News reported.

The GOP presumptive nominee, less than three weeks from the party's convention, told a crowd on Wednesday that he isn't happy that some of his former rivals aren't endorsing him — and the way he sees it, there should be consequences.

Without naming specific politicians, Trump called those 2016 candidates who have yet to endorse him in accordance with the RNC pledge "sore losers" who "should never be allowed to run for public office again." Among those names yet to officially and explicitly endorse Trump are Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Names that could, come next election cycle, be back in play once again.

For his part, Trump says he "would have honored the pledge" if the roles were reversed. "I wouldn't have gone crazy, I wouldn't have had 'Let's yell it from the loudest building,' but you know what, I would have honored the pledge."

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<![CDATA[Swimmer Vies for Third Olympic Run]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:32:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/anthony-ervin-olympics.JPG

Less than a year after graduating from Hart High School in Valencia, 19-year-old Anthony Ervin was at the Olympics.

The teen reached the pinnacle at the Sydney games in 2000, tying for gold in the 50-yard freestyle race.

But in the months that followed, Ervin turned to drugs and alcohol. His life spiraled out of control. From LSD to cocaine to excessive drinking — Ervin said he did it all.

One night, he drank too much, woke up in a hospital and then got taken to jail.

"You know, I still had a couple years of college swimming, which I felt like I had a duty to finish, but I wasn't my best self, not the best that I imagine I could've been," Ervin said.

And competing all the while.

He was cutting every corner possible until one night, he almost lost it all. Ervin hit another rock bottom when he took a fistful of his old Tourette syndrome medication in an attempt at suicide.

"As I was fading out, as the darkness started closing in on me, I was like, 'This was a big mistake.' And I got terrified, the most terrified I'd ever been in my life in that moment. And then it winked out," Ervin said. "And then I woke up."

Ervin calls that a moment of rebirth — a literal moment of revival. He started to get his life back. He cleaned up and went back to college at age 26. A few years later, he jumped back into the pool, rediscovering something he had lost long ago.

"I turned what were the destructive habits...I bent that into something that had, at one point, been my true love," Ervin said. "I recaptured that and it wasn't like something I'd planned, it's just something that came to me.

And before I knew it, a year and a half later, I was back at the Olympics."

Twelve years after winning Olympic gold, his comeback was complete. Ervin finished fifth in London and said it's probably a good thing he didn't win. He said he enjoyed the experience there "100-fold" over his victory in Sydney.

Now, he's back for one last try. He's made the cut in the top 8 for the 100m freestyle on Wednesday, and will move on to finals on Thursday.

The 35-year-old said he would love to make it to Rio — but these games won't define him.

"You never have to win," Ervin said. "If only people knew that. But I think winning is a noble pursuit. Go for it man, and tell me the story of what happens when you get there and thereafter."

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<![CDATA[Alvin Toffler, Author of 'Future Shock', Dies at 87 ]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 01:02:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ALVI_GettyImages-456579242.jpg

Alvin Toffler, the far-seeing futurist who predicted humanity's rising anxiety with digital and technological progress in his hugely influential 1970 book "Future Shock," has died at the age of 87, his consulting company confirmed Wednesday.

Toffler — who is also credited with having coined the term "information overload" to describe people's struggle to keep up with exponentially expanding data — died Monday night at his home in Los Angeles, Toffler Associates said in a statement it released at the request of Toffler's widow, Heidi Toffler. No cause of death was given.

"Future Shock" sold millions of copies at a time when society was in churn, amid riots over the Vietnam War, the maturation of the civil rights movement and the growth of centralized mass media. Toffler defined the phenomenon as "too much change in too short a period of time."

The book was the fruit of five years of work that began in 1965 with the publication of a magazine article titled "The Future as a Way of Life." It posited that human society was in transition to a globalized "post-industrial" age in which the majority of human activity was devoted to services, scholarship and creativity, as opposed to agrarian and manual labor.

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<![CDATA[Dulles Airport Ramps Up Security After Istanbul Terror Attack]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:04:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015250911_1200x675_715547203698.jpg News4's Chris Gordon saw additional security measures at Washington Dulles International Airport on Wednesday, a day after the terror attacks at an airport in Istanbul. ]]> <![CDATA[Ex-Court Commissioner Convicted of Soliciting Sex From Teen Boy]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:05:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/062916+ex+moco+court+commissioner.jpg A former employee of the Montgomery County, Maryland, court system was convicted Wednesday of using the gay dating app Grindr to solicit sex from an undercover officer he thought was a 15-year-old boy. News4's Pat Collins reports.

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<![CDATA[US Airport Security Stepped Up for July 4 Weekend]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 04:33:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tsa-generic-464375288.jpg

With U.S intelligence increasingly confident that Tuesday's Istanbul airport attack was the work of ISIS, officials are stepping up security at American airports — some concerned about possible plots coinciding with the Fourth of July holiday and the Muslim Ramadan holiday, others seeking to reassure travelers with a visible show of force, NBC News reports.

ISIS has specifically called for more attacks on the West during Ramadan, which ends July 5. Officials are concerned that after battlefield setbacks in Syria and Iraq, the terror group is more determined than ever to attack inside the U.S.

The Transportation Security Administration has increased security at major U.S. airports. That includes the deployment of Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams — heavily armed officers, clad in body armor, who sometimes conduct random security sweeps and searches, law enforcement sources told NBC News.

But airport drop-off and pick-up areas are among the many soft targets in the U.S. that are nearly impossible to protect from a concerted armed attack, officials said.

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<![CDATA[Olympic Swim Team Hopefuls Train at GMU]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:21:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Amanda+Kendall+and+Lexi+Cuomo.jpg

Two members of a northern Virginia swim team are competing in Omaha, Nebraska, this week hoping to make Team USA.

Amanda Kendall, 25, and Lexi Cuomo, 15, train at George Mason University’s aquatic center in Fairfax with the Mason Makos swim team. Both qualified for the Olympic trials.

“It’s just so like surreal, I guess,” Cuomo said. “There’s going to be so many people in the stands and I’ve never like been in front of like that big of a crowd before.”

With 10 years of training behind her, Cuomo, a Centreville High School student, has learned the value of free time – and sleep. She wakes up at 4 a.m. weekdays and 5:15 a.m. on Saturdays.

“It’s a love-hate,” Kendall said. “But the love way overpowers the hate.”

She’s come to thrive on the intense schedule.

“It’s eat, sleep, swim,” she said. “It’s kind of all we do.”

Though she’s 10 years older than Cuomo, Kendall says age is just a number.

“I got a lot left in me, and I want to get it all out before I say goodbye to the sport,” she said.

She’s grown to love mentoring younger swimmers like Cuomo.

“You just want them to do so well,” Kendall said. “I mean, you’re like, ‘Hey, don’t beat me,’ but it’s just exciting. It’s very exciting.”

Mason Makos owner Heather Haddock and coach Peter Ward have worked with Cuomo and Kendall for more than a decade.

“I know their families,” Haddock said. “I’ve know these kids since they were 7, 8 years old. It’s emotional. It’s exciting.”

Ward has seen the transformation with Amanda.

“To see her develop into that from what she was when she was 15, like Lexi is now, where she’s just a fun kid and loves to race and loves to swim, and developed into what is now a professional athlete,” he said.

And like Cuomo, Kendall still dreams of winning an Olympic medal.

“Gold medal around my neck,” she said. “Not a gold medal, any medal. But I mean, just to be able to look up at my parents, smile at them, blow them a kiss and say thank you.”

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<![CDATA[Data Recorder Indicates Smoke on Doomed Egyptair Jet]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:17:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/EGYPTAIR_AP_16160278845501.jpg

Preliminary data from an Egyptian airliner that plunged into the Mediterranean last month showed "messages of lavatory smoke and avionics smoke," Egyptian investigators said Wednesday, NBC News reported.

The data, obtained from a recorder found this month by a naval survey vessel, "showed a consistency" with earlier messages from the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, the investigators said in a statement.

Those messages suggested the possibility of smoke or fire below the cockpit's floor. All 66 people on board were killed.

After takeoff at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, the statement said, the device continued recording until an "accident" at 37,000 feet.

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<![CDATA[Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Defends Restoring Voting Rights to Ex-Felons]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:46:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/McAuliffe2.jpg Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is pushing back against fierce criticism about his executive order restoring civil rights to ex-felons. Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports.]]> <![CDATA[A 'Treasure' Can Now Be Found in Arlington]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:18:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015251095_1200x675_715561027999.jpg A brightly painted mural now adorns the rear of the Cosi Restaurant on North Uhle Street in Arlington, courtesy of the JBG Mural Project.]]> <![CDATA[Pregnant Woman Says Metro Refused to Let Her Use Bathroom]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:21:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/062916+metro+bathroom+woman.jpg

A Maryland woman who is five-months pregnant desperately needed to use a bathroom before she got on a Metro train-- but she says an employee told her no and she then had an accident.

"He said that I had abused my bathroom privileges and that I wasn't allowed to use it -- that I was using it as an excuse," Rachel Eisinger-Baskin said.

Eisinger-Baskin, a first-time mother-to-be who is expecting a little girl, said she was inside the Shady Grove Metro station in Derwood, Maryland, last week when she asked a station manager to open the employee restroom for her. She had used it a few times before because the customer restroom was closed.

The station manager refused, she said.

"I was shocked. All he has to do is go and open one door for me. I even asked 'Can I use the key?' He said no," she said.

Then, the situation got worse.

"Unfortunately, I ended up having an accident, and then I got so upset, and I was embarrassed that I got sick on myself, and I had to go home," Eisinger-Baskin said.

Metro employees are supposed to allow customers access to station restrooms whenever they can, spokesman Dan Stessel said. Metro declined an interview and said the issue had been handled.

Eisinger-Baskin, who works for the federal government, said she filed a complaint with Metro and was told the matter was being investigated.

Then, she reached out to News4's Adam Tuss.

"I was so appalled and so frustrated," she said. "That's when I contacted you and said please help."

After News4 contacted Metro, Eisinger-Baskin said she visited the Shady Grove station again and spoke with the same station manager who initially told her no. 

Their interaction was different this time. 

"He immediately jumped up. He went, unlocked the bathroom and said, 'Yup, News4 already called us,'" the expectant mom said.

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<![CDATA[National Anthem Performance Stuns Lincoln Memorial Crowd]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:33:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/062916+national+anthem.jpg

An assistant principal from Florida recently stunned visitors to the Lincoln Memorial with her powerful rendition of the national anthem — and video of her impromptu performance has racked up more than 2 million online views. 

Star Genleah Swain burst into song on June 19 as she visited the monument with friends and family. She wrote on her Facebook page that loved ones "made” her perform and then filmed her.

In the video, she starts off nervous, glancing around the memorial uncertainly.

“She’s afraid,” the man filming her can be heard saying. “But watch God do it.”

As Swain prepares to sing, the man tells her, “Let the music speak.”

Then, she did just that.

Swain's powerful voice fills the Lincoln Memorial. She closes her eyes as she belts out “broad stripes and bright stars," and as her voice echoes, visitors begin to notice.

A crowd forms, and by the time she belts out “home of the brave,” almost everyone looks captivated.

Swain doesn't open her eyes until the song is over. Then, the crowd bursts into applause.

The video shows her leaving the spotlight laughing as a mix of family, friends and strangers rushed to congratulate her.

“People just started saying ‘that was awesome, thank you,'" she told the Tallahassee Democrat. “One lady had tears in her eyes. I was kind of glad it was over. It was like a sigh of relief.”

In a post to Facebook on Saturday, Swain wrote, "God is getting ready to do something big from what wasn’t even planned.”

She thanked people who shared the video, “and my friends and family who put me up to it.”

The first video Swain published to her page had hit more than 2 million views by Wednesday afternoon, and praise for her voice filled the comments section on YouTube and Facebook posts. Some viewers compared her voice to Whitney Houston.

Swain later posted a video singing her thanks to friends, family and listeners.

“Over 10 million views! I thank God for you,” she sang, referring to views on multiple posts of the video.

Swain is a former singer and trombonist at Florida A&M University, she told the Tallahassee Democrat. She works as an assistant principal in Jefferson County, Florida, according to her Facebook page.

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<![CDATA["She's Gonna Win": Vice President Biden on the Presidential Election]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:48:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015250825_1200x675_715533891567.jpg Vice President Joe Biden, at the end of an interview on his "moonshot" cancer summit in D.C. Wednesday, also shared his thoughts on the presidential election.]]> <![CDATA[In Sync: Local Swimmers Make a Splash in New York]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:08:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015250027_1200x675_715485251889.jpg Synchronized swimmers from Annandale compete in the Junior Olympic Championships in New York.]]> <![CDATA[RNC Scrambling to Throw a Trump-Style Party]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:15:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16171043306152.jpg

Donald Trump has made it clear the Republican National Convention will be full of the showmanship he has honed from years of starring in a reality television show and appearing in the tabloids.

The convention, set for next month in Cleveland, will not be the usual politician-heavy gathering the presumptive nominee has described as "boring."

"It's not gonna be a ho-hum lineup of the typical politicians," daughter Ivanka Trump said Wednesday in a radio interview. "It's gonna be a great combination of our great politicians, but also great American businessmen and women and leaders across industry and leaders across really all the sectors, from athletes to coaches and everything in between."

But with less than three weeks to go before the convention, held by the Republican National Committee, there's more known about who won't be in Cleveland than who will be. A slew of Republicans and corporate sponsors have bowed out of the event, declining to join in the celebrations for the controversial candidate.  

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<![CDATA[AU Under Federal Probe for Handling of Sex Assault Case]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:49:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AU+flag.jpg

The federal education department launched an investigation this week into how American University handled a report of a sexual assault by a student.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is evaluating how the university dealt with a female student's report that a fellow student assaulted her off-campus.

Federal investigators will determine whether AU administrators violated Title IX, a law that sets policies on how schools deal with sexual violence and report it to U.S. officials. 

"The issue under investigation is whether the university promptly and equitably responded to a report of sexual violence," a Department of Education (DOE) spokesman said by email about the probe opened June 21.

The 21-year-old woman who reported the alleged assault said she was happy to receive a letter last week confirming the federal office would look into her claim. She said she filed a complaint with OCR on March 8.   

"Just to get it in the mail, and have something tangible that says, 'AU is under investigation,' was really cool," she said. 

NBC Washington, which interviewed the woman by phone, typically does not name victims of alleged sexual assaults.

The woman said the fellow student sexually assaulted her off-campus in February 2015. She told the campus newspaper, The Eagle that she reported the incident to university officials in April 2015.

The woman told the paper that AU held a student-conduct hearing in October 2015 that she and her alleged assailant both were required to attend. She says that this hearing should have taken place earlier. 

Title IX requires that schools respond to reports of sexual violence promptly. A typical investigation takes about 60 days after a complaint is received, OCR says in guidance to universities. But the time lines of the probes are allowed to vary depending on "the complexity of the investigation and the severity and extent of the alleged conduct," a question-and-answer document from OCR says.

The woman said an AU administrator told her the hearing was postponed so it did not conflict with final exams. That administrator would not address her case specifically, but told The Eagle that final exams can create scheduling conflicts for hearings. 

In addition to objecting to the timing of the hearing, the woman argues she was made to sign a confidentiality agreement in violation of Title IX

The DOE spokesman said he could not confirm which allegations OCR would investigate, since the case is ongoing.

AU lawyer and Title IX program officer Heather Pratt said in a campus-wide email sent Monday that the school will cooperate with the investigation.

"We anticipate that OCR’s assessment of our work will provide an opportunity to further enhance our Title IX-related policies and related activities," she wrote.

Pratt did not provide a response immediately to the woman's specific claims.

The student who reported the assault said federal officials told her they soon will gather evidence in the case. She said she expects the investigation to be lengthy. 

Of the 296 Title IX investigations OCR has opened since April 4, 2011, 83 percent are still pending, according to data collected by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Title IX investigations take an average of 1.3 years to complete, the Chronicle reported.

A separate investigation into AU's handling of a reported sexual assault began last year and has yet to be resolved, the DOE spokesman said.

Ellie Hartleb was one of two reporters who covered this case for The Eagle at American University. She is now an intern for NBC Washington.

<![CDATA[San Francisco Styrofoam Crackdown]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:50:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Styrofoam-GettyImages-72911687.jpg

San Francisco on Tuesday adopted the nation’s most extensive ban on Styrofoam, according to the supervisors who sponsored the legislation.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to outlaw polystyrene foam, better known by its brand name, as it relates from everything from egg cartons to buoys as of Jan. 1, 2017. The old legislation, enacted in 2007, banned the product as it related to food packaging.

Now most every product made of Styrofoam — down to the beach coolers sold at the grocery store — are now forbidden in San Francisco. Penalties range from $100 for the first violation to $500 for the third and each subsequent violation, according to the board. The hope, city leaders say, is that more companies will begin using organic and compostable packaging materials.

The reaction was swift on both sides. "Awesome!," wrote Kassondra Grayson. "If only the rest of the state would follow." On the other side, came this rhetorical question from Mariah Smith: "What can you do in San Francisco?"

More than 100 U.S. cities and many states have ordinances restricting polystyrene food service ware and packaging materials.

But San Francisco now has the "most expansive Styrofoam prohibitions in the country," said Board of Supervisor President London Breed, who introduced the legislation on Earth Day in April along with Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

"The science is clear," Breed said in a statement at the time. "This stuff is an environmental and public health pollutant, and we have to reduce its use. There are ample cost effective alternatives to Styrofoam on the market."

Some industry groups have criticized the crackdown on polystyrene foam, saying it's still the most reliable form of packaging, and that environmental efforts aren't as great as supporters contend.

"I’m appalled," said Betsy Steiner, spokeswoman for EPS Alliance in Maryland, which represents manufacturers who make packaging materials out of Styrofoam and polystyrene. "We’re opposed to the plan. There are serious errors in their statistical representation."

She said her group is considering whether to take any legal action against San Francisco, and is worried it will inspire similar legislation in other areas.

Such a sweeping ban is unprecedented, Steiner said, noting that the city of San Francisco did not take into account any of her group’s written statements or counterarguments to its scientific data.

The California Grocers Association has also been wary of the ban, with members pushing for more time to switch from Styrofoam to eco-friendly alternatives, according to Guillermo Rodriguez, spokesman for San Francisco's Department of the Environment. As a result, the law won't take effect until next year.

Polystyrene foam never biodegrades, pollutes the bay and contains harmful chemicals, according to scientific data released by Breed’s office. And unlike harder plastics, polystyrene contains a chemical used in its production called "styrene" that is metabolized after ingestion and threatens the entire food chain, including humans who eat contaminated marine wildlife.

Styrene is linked to cancer and developmental disorders, and according to the Food and Drug Administration, it leaches into food and drink from Styrofoam containers.

Rodriguez said he expects most businesses to comply, as they did with the state's ban on plastic bags.

"This ordinance is one of the strongest in the country protecting both the environment and public health," he said. "The ordinance is a good model for other local governments to follow."

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<![CDATA[Ex-School Aide Indicted on 270 Counts in Sex Abuse Case]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:12:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Deonte+Carraway+Look+N.jpg

A former Maryland school aide has been indicted on hundreds of charges following allegations he sexually abused students at a Prince George's County elementary school.

A grand jury indicted Deonte Carraway on 270 counts of sex abuse of a minor, sex offenses and child pornography charges Tuesday. The indictment covers 23 victims.

"Mr. Carraway is facing multiple life sentences if he is found guilty of these offenses," Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said.

Carraway had served as an aide at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Prince George's County, first as a paid teacher's assistant and then as a volunteer.

Prosecutors say Carraway made videos of children having sex with him and each other at the school, at a church and at other locations in Maryland. The videos allegedly produced include videos showing Carraway having sex with a 9-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy. He "threatened, pressured, enticed, and/or coerced children" to engage in the acts, the indictment said.

The alleged victims included children between the ages of 9 and 12, according to court documents.

The more than 50 videos he allegedly produced will be used as evidence, and the victims will not be put on the stand, Alsobrooks said.

Among the hundreds of charges Carraway is now facing: 23 counts of sex abuse of a minor; 125 counts of first-, second- and third-degree sex offenses; 66 counts of creating child pornography; and 56 counts of possessing child pornography. Some of the charges stem from acts depicted in cellphone videos taken on various dates, according to the indictment.

The alleged abuse occurred between August 2015 and February of this year, the indictment said.

All of the charges stem from Carraway's interactions with students at the school, the state's attorney's office said. 

Carraway has pleaded not guilty. In March, a judge ordered him to remain in jail as the case proceeds.

"He needs to not ever be around children again, as far as I'm concerned," said the mother of a 10-year-old victim. "He's where he needs to be right now."

In April, Carraway's public defenders argued that the court should suppress some of Carraway's statements because some of those statements might have been "involuntary." The attorneys also sought to suppress evidence taken from Carraway's cellphones.

His defense attorneys said Carraway "exhibited significant cognitive deficits, with a full scale IQ of 63, which placed his overall intellectual functioning in the deficient range."

Carraway was arrested Feb. 5 after the uncle of a 9-year-old boy saw a nude image on the child's phone, according to police. Police also said Carraway waived his rights and admitted his role in producing child pornography.

The state's attorney's office is conducting an investigation into whether anyone else should be held accountable.

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<![CDATA[DC Schools Chancellor to Step Down This Fall]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/041916+kaya+henderson.jpg

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will step down this fall, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday.

Her last day will be Sept. 30.

The move does not come as a surprise; Henderson has said she planned to leave DCPS, although she had previously said she would remain until 2017.

She has been with DCPS for nine years, taking over as chancellor in 2010 after serving as deputy chancellor under Michelle Rhee.

"I am incredibly grateful to Kaya for her nine years of service to our students, our schools, and our city," Bowser said in a statement.

Bowser praised Henderson's tenure Wednesday, saying DCPS has become the most quickly improving urban school district in the nation.

"Without a doubt, DCPS is a very different place today than it was when Kaya joined our school system in 2007. After decades of decline, DCPS has also seen consistent, annual enrollment growth since Kaya became Chancellor -- growing from 45,000 students in 2010 to nearly 49,000 students this year," Bowser said in the statement.

Officials will launch a nationwide search for a new chancellor in the fall. John Davis will serve as interim chancellor; he most recently held the role of DCPS' Chief of Schools, Bowser said.

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<![CDATA[Have You Seen Me? Search Continues for Missing People]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:55:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/missing+people.jpg

Have you seen them?

Thousands of people are reported missing in the United States each year. 

Below are some of their stories profiled on the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System and the Black and Missing Foundation's website. If you believe you have information on any of the people profiled on the Black and Missing Foundation's website, you can send in an anonymous tip here.

Unique Harris

Unique Harris never went anywhere without her eyeglasses. She couldn't.

At the time of her disappearance in 2010, Harris' eyesight was so bad she couldn't see five feet in front of her without them, her mother, Valencia Harris, once told News4. 

But on Oct. 10, 2010, her eyeglasses were found folded on her pillow in her Southeast Washington apartment, according to The Washington Post

Her two young sons and niece were left alone in the apartment. The night before, Unique Harris and the children had enjoyed a movie night.

When they woke up the next morning, Harris was gone. But the devoted mother was not the type to leave the world behind. 

"I think someone took my daughter out of there. I think she was abducted," Valencia Harris said in an interview with News4 a few months after her daughter's disappearance.

Police have said it was possible she was taken. Her purse and ID were found inside the apartment, and her cellphone hasn't been used since she disappeared.  

In a 2014 interview with Lisa Ling, Valencia Harris said her daughter witnessed a murder outside her apartment.

"She called me just emotional about what was unfolding and when she told me that she was looking out of the window, my immediate response to her was, ‘Get away from the window! Get away from the window!’,” she recalled.  

Valencia Harris has searched for her daughter ferociously in the years since her disappearance. She's done countless interviews, passed out flyers, organized prayer vigils and often shares posts about her daughter's case on Facebook. 

"Missing for 5 yrs., 8 months, & 3 days...to long for her two children to be without their mother. Have you shared Unique's information?," a post published on June 13 read.

She has yet to receive a lead that will lead her to her eldest child. 

Christopher Bailey

The pavement was hot. Typical of a hazy August day in Montgomery County, Maryland. 

But Christopher Bailey, 40, was walking down Route 270 in Gaithersburg shoeless, a family friend told police. That was the last time he was seen. 

Bailey suffered from an undiagnosed mental disorder, according to a profile on the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

Police did not know what Bailey was wearing when he disappeared on Aug. 25, 2006. In fact, not many details about Bailey's case are available. 

At the time of his disappearance, Bailey was 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed 170 pounds. He had black hair and brown eyes. 

Yuan Xia Wang

Yuan Xia Wang had only been in the United States for six weeks when she disappeared on Oct. 21, 1998. Two months earlier, she was smuggled into Dulles International Airport from China.

Klaharn Chaichana, the man who smuggled Wang into the country, told authorities she was his niece. Wang had a real Thai passport, but when Thai translators tried to talk to her, she could not communicate with them, The Washington Post reported

Wang eventually told authorities that her parents paid Chaichana to bring her to America. investigators never found out why she was smuggled into the country. 

"It doesn't look like a slavery case or an extortion case," a law enforcement official told The Post at the time. 

Chaichana was arrested, and Wang was sent to live with a foster family in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County.

Wang's foster parents believed she was adjusting well to her new life despite being the only student at Holmes Middle School that spoke Mandarin. But they were never sure because of the language barrier.

At 5 feet 6 inches tall, they also doubted she was the age she claimed. Wang told police she was 12, but her foster parents believed she may have been as old as 15. 

Wang was last seen on Oct. 22, 1998 getting off a school bus at her home at 3:10 p.m. A cab arrived 20 minutes later to take her to a doctor's appointment. But when it arrived, she was gone. 

While Wang may have left out of fear of deportation, investigators also looked into the possibility she was abducted by someone connected to her entry into the country, according to the Charley Project

Ten years after her disappearance, there were reports Wang may have been in the Kansas City, Missouri area. But that was never confirmed. 

Sherry Walker 

It was six weeks before anyone reported Sherry Walker missing.

Walker, 40, suffered from schizophrenia and had a habit of dropping out of sight from time to time. So when she left her Alexandria, Virginia, home on Oct. 22, 2003, no one thought anything of it.

Walker's neighbors thought she was checking into a hospital for mental health treatment, but no record of her was found at any area hospitals, according to the Black and Missing Foundation.

As fall turned to winter, Walker's family became increasingly worried. She had never lost contact with them for this long.

In December, her sister called police, The Connection Newspapers reported.

Several police officers saw Walker in the Arlandria section of the city in December 2003 and January 2004. But those sightings soon stopped.

Walker, who was last seen wearing a brown coat and white sneakers, hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Christian Muse

Michael Muse hasn't seen his son Christian Muse in four years. 

The 19 year old was last seen on July 15, 2012 in the Glass Manor area of Oxon Hill, according to the Black and Missing Foundation

At the time of his disappearance, Michael Muse, who used to play in the Go-Go band Rare Essence, thought that maybe his son was suffering from memory loss.

But in an interview with Examiner.com in 2015, he mentioned that a D.C. police detective contacted him, looking for Christian. 

"He was looking for Christian for information regarding a child pornography ring that had exploited him and other under aged boys," Michael Muse said. 

Michael Muse said he passed the information along to the detective in charge of his son's case, but nothing came of it. 

"I thought that certainly it would have blown the lid off the entire case,” Michael Muse told Examiner.com.

Christian was spotted three times after his initial disappearance, but in the years since his disappearance, his bank account hasn't been touched, and he hasn't called. 

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<![CDATA['Hit the Share Button': Md. Sisters-In-Law Find the Missing]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:07:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/black+and+missing+foundation.jpg

Tamika Huston vanished in 2004, one year before Natalee Holloway. 

Both women disappeared under mysterious circumstances: Holloway, 18, during a high school graduation trip to Aruba; Huston, 24, from her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

But only Holloway became a household name. Her story dominated national headlines and was even turned into a television movie. 

Huston's family, meanwhile, begged media organizations to cover her case. And while local media outlets in Spartanburg picked up her story, Huston's family could not get her case the widespread attention they knew it deserved. 

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"I couldn't understand why I wasn't even getting, you know, 'Thank you very much, but we're not interested in this story at this time,'" Huston's aunt, Rebkah Howard, told NBC News in 2005

Huston's body was eventually found and an acquaintance was charged with her murder, but two women living miles away in the Washington, D.C., area never forgot the lack of coverage her case received. 

"We realized there were so many more Hustons in the world, who just didn't have a voice," said Derrica Wilson. 

In 2008, three years after Huston's death, Wilson and her sister-in-law, Natalie Wilson, founded the Black and Missing Foundation in Landover Hills, Maryland.

Giving a Voice to the Voiceless 
Last year, 634,908 people were reported missing in the United States.

That's one person every minute. 

Over 40 percent of those cases involve people of color, according to the FBI

While that's a staggering statistic, many of these cases don't get the media coverage they need.

According to a 2010 report, African-American children made up 33.2 percent of missing persons cases that year, but they were significantly underrepresented in the media. African-American children received 19.5 percent of media coverage while non-African American children received over 80 percent. 

The Wilsons have worked to cover that gap. 

"We're not trying to dishonor any community. We're trying to even the playing field," Derrica Wilson said in a short film featured on the foundation's website. 

Both women work full-time, but devote countless hours to find missing people of color from across the country. And while some of those stories don't have happy endings, the Black and Missing Foundation has helped many families find their missing loved one.

One tool the sisters-in-law use to help spread the stories of missing people is social media. Each day, the foundation's Twitter and Facebook pages are plastered with the faces of the missing. 

"Arianna Fitts, 2, has been missing since early April. Her mother's body was found in a shallow grave in a San Francisco city park April 8. Have you seen her? ‪#‎HelpUsFindArianna‬," said a Facebook post featuring three photos of a grinning little girl with big cheeks and brown eyes. 

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"We just need them to hit the share button," Derrica Wilson said. 

The post on Arianna Fitts has been shared 1,382 times.

"We ask people to come forward if they know something," said Natalie Wilson. "They may hold the key and can bring someone home." 

"You never know who you've come across," Derrica Wilson added. 

What Needs to Change
Relisha Rudd's disappearance could signal a slight turning point in the coverage of missing African Americans. 

The 8-year-old disappeared more than two years ago from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. Her case has sparked interest -- sometimes nationally -- every time investigators announce a new search for the little girl.

The search of the National Arboretum in April 2016 was covered by local news outlets, CNN, USA Today and other national media. 

But the Wilsons say there's still more to be done in the coverage of missing people of color. 

"In cases like Relisha Rudd, she did get a lot of media coverage, but there's so many others," Natalie Wilson said. "We have come a long way, but we do have a long way to go." 

Natalie Wilson, who has 10 years of experience in media and public relations, said paying less attention to some individuals could allow for more diversity. 

"Less is more," she said. "I just saw a story about Chandra Levy yesterday. She's still dominating the news cycle while cases like Relisha Rudd fade." 

In addition to the media, the Wilsons say law enforcement agencies across the country need enhanced training in how missing persons cases are handled. 

Derrica Wilson has firsthand experience in how some law enforcement agencies handle missing persons cases. She began her career in law enforcement in 2000 in Arlington County and later joined the City of Falls Church Police Department. 

"When I was in the academy, two hours were dedicated to missing persons because it wasn't considered a crime," she said. News4 asked the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy for its current practices; the academy has not yet responded.

Police in other cities have been criticized for the way they handle some missing-persons cases, particularly when the victims are vulnerable.

In 2009, Cleveland's police force was heavily criticized following the discovery of 11 women's bodies in the home and backyard of Anthony Sowell. 

The families of Sowell's victims accused police of failing to properly investigate the disappearances because most of the women were addicted to drugs and poor.

"The families were reaching out to file missing person's reports, and they were told things like, 'Your loved one will be home when the drugs wear off,'" Derrica Wilson said. 

In the D.C. area, some police departments are making changes. Several have partnered with Project Lifesaver, a national program that helps find some missing people by outfitting people with conditions that may cause them to wander away with personal locator units.

"If a person outfitted with the wristband goes missing, the police department can use a receiver set to a specific frequency to help locate the missing individual," said Ashley Savage, spokeswoman for the Arlington County Police Department.

Savage said the average recovery time is less than 30 minutes. 

The Wilsons also believe more services need to be provided to victims of domestic violence.

"There's a correlation between missing persons and domestic violence," Derrica Wilson said. 

Until changes are made, the Wilsons will continue to advocate for those who others ignore.

"Let's continue to keep these missing persons cases in the forefront," Natalie Wilson said.

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<![CDATA[Istanbul Attack Death Toll Rises as Airport Reopens]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:37:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543512610.jpg

Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport reopened on Wednesday morning, hours after a coordinated terror attack left dozens dead and scores wounded in the international arrivals hall, NBC News reported. 

Istanbul's governor said Wednesday that the death toll had climbed to 41 — including at least 10 foreigners and 3 dual nationals. More than 230 people were injured, the governor added. 

Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said three terrorists had arrived in a cab, opening fire and setting off at least two explosions.

"People were wounded, people fell down in front of me ... They were torn to pieces," airport worker Hacer Peksen told The Associated Press. 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Yildirim said it appeared ISIS was to blame.

There were no immediate details on what if any additional security measures were in place Wednesday as the airport reopened.

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<![CDATA[Serena Williams 'Sad' Some Athletes Skipping Rio Over Zika ]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:59:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16133484327092.jpg

Tennis star Serena Williams said she will be attending the Olympics in Rio despite concerns about the spread of Zika and is "sad" some have pulled out because of the virus.

"[That’s] something that's been on my mind," Williams told USA Today over the weekend. "I'm really just gonna have to go super protected maybe. I don't know."

Last month, 150 doctors, scientists and bioethicists from more than a dozen countries wrote a letter urging the World Health Organization to put pressure on Olympic officials to move or postpone the games because of global health concerns over the Zika virus.

The letter's authors wrote that Rio's public health system is too weak to make a serious push to rid the city of the mosquito that transmits the virus.

Since the letter was sent, several athletes have announced they will be skipping the Rio games over Zika fears, including golfers Rory McIlroy and Vijay Singh and cyclist Tejay van Garderen. Other athelets have pulled out, citing injuries, need for rest and other reasons. 

Williams told USA Today it's "sad" that some athletes are choosing to stay home.

"At the same time I obviously understand where they're coming from and how they feel," she said. "Part of me feels that way, too, which is why I'm going in, you know, with a whole mindset of how do I protect myself, how do I prevent and also raise awareness for this. That's kind of how I'm looking at it."

Zika, though primarily transferred through mosquitoes, can be sexually transmitted. The virus has been found to cause serious cognitive defects in newborn babies when contracted during pregnancy. It has also been linked to neurological disorders in adults.

This will be William's fourth time competing in the Olympics. She will be defending her champion title in both singles and doubles. Williams also won doubles gold with her sister Venus in 2000 and 2008.

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<![CDATA[Trump, Clinton React to Istanbul Terror Attack]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:53:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trump+Clinton+.jpg

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump weighed in on the Istanbul terror attacks Tuesday, underscoring the candidates' very different approaches to foreign policy, NBC News reported.

The presumptive GOP nominee suggested fighting "fire with fire," telling a crowd in Ohio "we have to fight so viciously and violently" against terrorists. The comments echoed Trump's tweets after the attack.

"We must do everything possible to keep this horrible terrorism outside the United States," he wrote.

Clinton's statement, meanwhile, emphasized Turkey's status as a U.S. ally and the need to cooperate with other countries in the region.

"Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence," she said.

The death toll of Tuesday's coordinated assault on Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport rose to 41 Wednesday. There has been no formal claim of responsibility, but officials have pointed to ISIS.

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<![CDATA[Protesters at Trump Event in Boston]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:52:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trump+gif+new.gif

A congressman and city councilor joined dozens of protesters outside a Boston hotel where presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is holding a fundraiser.

The closed event, organized by the Republican National Committee at the Langham Hotel, was set to charge $2,700 a head, the Boston Herald reports.

An RNC delegate tells necn that Trump spoke to the crowd about "his plan to bring jobs back to the U.S., the unfair trade agreements with China and Japa, how NAFTA wiped out the manufacturing jobs in [Massachusetts] and New England which was from the Clinton era ... Trump also talked about the horrific Turkey bombing."

A group of protesters congregated Wednesday morning in One Post Office Square, chanting and hoisting signs that read "Giving to Trump: Like investing in a slot machine" and "Trump is a bigot."

"Keep your wall, keep your hate, the USA is already great," they shouted, referencing Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."

"Donald Trump needs to know that his disastrous message on the economy and is bigoted hate speech is not welcome in Boston, it's not welcome in Massachusetts and that's what people here want to let him know," said Dan Hoffer of the Service Employees International Union Local 888.

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano was among those protesting the real estate mogul outside the Langham.

"This is his welcome to Boston," the Democrat said of Trump.

City Councilor Ayanna Pressley also attended Wednesday's protest.

Security was heavy in the neighborhood, and police reported no unrest or arrests.

After the fundraiser, Trump is slated to attend an afternoon rally in Bangor, Maine. He'll speak at the Cross Insurance Center, where he will be joined by Maine's Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

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<![CDATA[Sister of Slain Ambassador Stevens: I Don't Blame Clinton]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:58:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/chris-stevens-memorial-P2.jpg

The sister of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, who was killed in the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, faults the Obama administration for poor security, but says Hillary Clinton is not responsible for her brother's death.

Anne Stevens told The New Yorker magazine she saw nothing new in the House Select Committee on Benghazi's final report on the attack, released Tuesday.

Republicans have accused Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time, of overlooking the dangers of the Benghazi outpost led by Stevens. Three other Americans also died in the siege.

Anne Stevens said she disagreed with efforts to pin blame on Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, or former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

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<![CDATA[Freddie Gray Case: 3 Officers File Motions to Dismiss]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:56:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/officers_freddie_gray.jpg

Three officers poised to stand trial in the case of a 25-year-old black man who died after his neck was broken in police custody are asking for their cases to be dismissed. 

Sgt. Alicia White and Officer Garrett Miller filed motions to dismiss their cases on Monday, citing defects in the prosecution's case. The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that Lt. Brian Rice had also filed a similar motion, but that motion was not publicly available. Rice is the highest-ranking officer charged in the case. He also is asking prosecutors to disclose grand jury minutes and testimony. 

The officers are each facing identical charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in the case of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19, 2015, a week after suffering a critical spinal injury in the back of a police transport wagon. Gray's death last year sparked protests and civil unrest that resulted in looting, rioting and millions of dollars in property damage. 

Two other officers charged in the case, including Caesar Goodson, the wagon driver who faced a second-degree murder charge, have been acquitted in the past month. The trial for a third officer, William Porter, ended in a mistrial in December. He's schedule for retrial in September.

White and Miller's attorneys argued in the motions that their clients' cases should be dismissed because of two recent disclosures, including an affidavit from a sheriff's department major who wrote that he signed off on prosecutors' charges without having any knowledge of their basis or details of their investigation. The second involved notes from a police detective who wrote that prosecutors presented her with a typed script to read in front of the Grand Jury. 

The detective, Dawnyell Taylor, testified at Goodson's trial that she didn't trust one of the prosecutors on the case, while the other prosecutor, Michael Schatzow, said while questioning her that he tried to have Taylor removed from the investigation because he believed she was sabotaging it. 

Taylor's testimony came on the heels of revelations that prosecutors had withheld key information from the defense in the Goodson case. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams admonished the state for its error, and said if prosecutors failed to disclose any more exculpatory information they would be sanctioned. 

Rice is the next officer to be tried. His trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Blasts Rock Istanbul Airport]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:57:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16181399297126-atatuerk.png Dozens of people were killed and scores were injured in explosions at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey on June 28, 2016.

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