<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usMon, 24 Oct 2016 12:22:57 -0400Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:22:57 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[1 Stabbed at Party in Germantown; Suspect in Custody]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 22:46:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-nighttime.jpg

One person is in critical condition after someone stabbed him at a party in Germantown, Maryland, police say.

Montgomery County police said officers received a call about the stabbing in the 13300 block of Kilmarnock Way about 7 p.m. Sunday.

The victim's age is not known. He is in critical condition, police said.

The suspect stole a car to get away. A Germantown police officer later saw the car and during a pursuit the suspect eventually tried to escape on foot, police said.

Officers set up a perimeter and caught the suspect about 9 p.m. on Charity Lane.

Police have not identified the suspect.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com as we continue to update this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Cyber Attacks Now Closer to Home Than Ever]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:35:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/GettyImages-107793027.jpg

The cyber attack that slowed many popular websites to a crawl last week is considered unprecedented in its ability to hit so many Americans, NBC News reported.

The attack used a new type of malware that takes control of tens of millions of personal devices connected to the internet — including home routers, baby monitors and cameras — without their owners' knowledge.

The Chief Strategy Officer of the New Hampshire tech company that was targeted by the attack called the attack "absolutely unprecedented."

"What we discovered [was that] it was a part of an botnet attack called the Mirai botnet, which basically goes into folks' homes and takes over Internet of Things devices and literally turns them into attack vectors," Dyn's Kyle York said.

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<![CDATA[Top Halloween Costumes for 2016]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:19:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-579181396.jpg Take a look at the most popular 2016 Halloween costumes

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<![CDATA['Weed World' Bridge Truck Fire]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:03:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Memorial-Bridge-Fire.jpg

A vehicle carrying marijuana-laced candy caught fire on the Delaware Memorial Bridge Sunday, causing lane closures and a massive backup.

The Weed World Candies truck was traveling from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia when it caught fire on the northbound side of the bridge around 6 p.m. Two northbound lanes were closed, causing heavy traffic as firefighters responded.

Firefighters were eventually able to bring the flames under control and no injuries were reported, according to bridge authority officials.

Weed World Candies is an organization that launched in 1999 that uses tour vehicles to promote the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. The company also sells marijuana-laced candy.

"Dr. Dro," the owner of 'Weed World Candies,' told NBC10 in Philadelphia that more than $50,000 in merchandise was lost in the fire. The company is visiting colleges on the East Coast.

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<![CDATA[Early Voting Begins in DC; Starts in Md. Thursday]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:26:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/voting-generic.jpg

Can't make it to the polls Nov. 8?

Residents in Washington, D.C., and Maryland can cast their ballot early beginning this week. 

While Virginia does not have early voting, residents in the state can participate in absentee voting. 

Here's a guide to early voting and absentee voting in our area: 


Early voting in D.C. starts Oct. 22 at One Judiciary Square and on Oct. 29 at several community centers throughout the District. Go here for a list, hours and wait times.

Virginia does not allow early voting, but you can vote absentee (see below for details).

In Maryland, early voting starts Oct. 27. Go here for more information and a list of early voting sites.


Like voting deadlines, absentee ballot deadlines differ slightly from state to state as well.

If voting via absentee ballot in D.C., the Board of Elections must receive the request to receive the ballot by no later than November 1 (you can also apply online). Then, your voted balclicklot must be received by Election Day.

In Virginia, applications to receive an absentee ballots in the mail must be processed by Nov. 1 by 5 p.m. (you can apply online here). The deadline changes to Nov. 5 if requesting a ballot in person.

Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 1 in Maryland as well (here's a link to the form you'll need). You can also download an absentee ballot online, which must be done by Nov. 4.

In Maryland, you'll have to postmark your absentee ballot by election day, and it must be received by Nov. 18. You can also hand-deliver your voted ballot to your local board of elections by 8 p.m. on election day.

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<![CDATA[Man Assaulted, Set on Fire in NW DC: Police]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:01:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DC+Ambulance.jpg

Editor's Note: This story has been updated from a previous version that said the man is homeless. Police said they cannot confirm at this time if he is homeless.

A man found suffering from third-degree burns Sunday told police he was set on fire the night before, according to a police report.

The man told D.C. police he was drinking with friends in an alley at 14th Street and Otis Place NW about 11 p.m. Saturday.

After drinking, he left the alley and proceeded to head home when he was approached from behind by two men, the police report said. He said the men asked him for his cash and when he told them he didn't have any, they hit him, causing him to fall face-down onto the ground.

According to the report, while the man was lying on the ground, he was set on fire. He told police he didn't seek medical attention at the time because "he just took off his burned jacket and threw it in a trashcan."

On Sunday, D.C. Fire and EMS received a call about 1:15 p.m. about a man who appeared to be suffering from burn injuries on 14th Street and Spring Road NW. The man was described as homeless, a spokesperson for the fire department said; however, police later said they could not confirm that.

The man was taken to the hospital with third-degree burns to his back. He is in fair condition, the police report said.

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<![CDATA[DC Police Officer Charged With DUI While on Duty]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:48:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dc-police-car4.jpg

A D.C. police officer has been arrested and charged with DUI while on duty, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Officer Arthur Thompson was charged with DUI after a supervisor detected the odor of alcohol allegedly coming from him. Police said the supervisor was investigating a citizen complaint involving Thompson Sunday around 2:20 a.m. in the 1400 block of 18th Street SE.

Field sobriety tests confirmed the officer was under the influence, police said.

Thompson has been with the D.C. police for four years. Police said his police powers have been revoked, and the incident is being investigated by the Internal Affairs Division.

<![CDATA[Gunfire Breaks Out on Ride-Along]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:34:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/maderapolice.jpg

Bullets narrowly missed a civilian taking a ride in a police cruiser in central California early Sunday morning, when a traffic stop turned into a police chase. 

Many citizens who want to understand the job of police officers and get a sense of the excitement of the job go on ride-alongs, like the woman in Madera. But her morning was anything but routine after a suspect ended up firing about nine rounds at the patrol car, leaving the passenger scratched by broken glass and crying in fear, but safe, the department detailed on its Facebook page.

Madera is in San Joaquin County near Yosemite National Park.

The officer, who was on his second week of the job, wasn’t injured and the woman on the ride-along suffered minor scratches, police said. Neither the officer nor the civilian were identified in the department's post, which included about a minute of the officer’s dashcam video, highlighting the wild wee hours of Sunday morning.

The officer's voice, the sound of gunfire and eventually the woman's cries are heard during the chase. The dashcam video is also causing quite a stir — it was shown on the "Today" show, and the post had been shared more than 8,000 times by Monday morning.

The ride-along started off normally on Sunday about 4:30 a.m., police said. Then the officer tried to stop a Mazda SUV traveling west on Howard Road because he failed to yield and didn't stop at a stop sign, according to the dashcam video. 

"He's not stopping," the woman asks, before a chase ensues.

When the Mazda turns onto Lighthouse Drive, its front passenger is apparently seen sticking a gun out the window, prompting the officer's passenger to say, "He has a gun! No, no, no, no!"

Approximately nine rounds were fired at the police car, police said. The patrol car was struck by three bullets, two of them through the windshield, and the patrol car was disabled. Photos the department posted online showed two bullet holes in the windshield and the rear window smashed through.

The Mazda sped away, and the police cruiser pulled over. "You OK?" the officer is heard asking the woman, who begins sobbing in the car.

The Mazda was later found abandoned on Krest Street, and police found an AR 15-style pistol and other evidence, which they didn’t detail.

Police have not announced any arrests, but credited the newly trained officer for his “cool demeanor.” The department also said that officers are “thankful and blessed” no one was seriously hurt.

"The officer's decisive actions prevented the civilian ride along from being seriously injured," police wrote on Facebook.

A detective was not available early Monday morning to comment on whether the department’s policy will be changed regarding civilian ride-alongs.

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<![CDATA[Man Fatally Struck by Vehicle in Silver Spring]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:25:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-day-shutterstock_1430470310.jpg

Montgomery County police say a man who was struck by a vehicle in Silver Spring, Maryland, has died. 

The victim was struck just before 7 a.m. Monday in the northbound lanes of Georgia Avenue at Regina Drive. 

The victim, who has not been identified, died from his injuries. 

Police say the striking vehicle remained at the scene. 

No further information has been released. 

<![CDATA[Arsonist Started Fire in DC Homeless Shelter, Police Say]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:07:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016505441_1200x675_792112707794.jpg D.C. police are looking for the person who intentionally set a fire inside a homeless shelter. The fire started on the sixth floor of the DC General Family Shelter in Southeast Washington Saturday night. News4's Molette Green is live outside the shelter with more on the investigation and cleanup.]]> <![CDATA[Tribe Asks DOJ to Intervene in Dakota Access Pipeline]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:06:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16250708115990-north-dakota-oil-pipeline-protest.jpg

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to immediately intervene in the escalating situation between protesters and law enforcement over construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the tribe's chairman told NBC News on Sunday night.

"The DOJ should be enlisted and expected to investigate the overwhelming reports and videos demonstrating clear strong-arm tactics, abuses and unlawful arrests by law enforcement," Chairman Dave Archambault II told NBC News.

The tribe's request comes after a weekend in which the months-long protest entered a new and more chaotic phase. On Saturday, 127 protesters were arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing on private property, according to new figures released Sunday by the Morton County Sheriff's Office.

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<![CDATA[13 Killed, 31 Injured in Tour Bus Crash in California]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 03:09:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tour-bus-crash-102319.PNG

In a horrific early morning crash, a tour bus slammed into the back of a truck on Interstate 10 north of Palm Springs before sunrise Sunday, killing 13 and injuring 31, authorities said.

The Riverside County Coroner's office confirmed 13 people aboard the bus were killed, including the driver, in the disastrous crash that shut down the entire westbound 10 Freeway west of Indian Canyon Road. Traffic was being diverted off the freeway at the Indian Avenue offramp. The freeway reopened around 4:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Rescuers continued to search the wreckage for more victims in the early stages of the crash. The first images from the scene showed firefighters using ladders to get into the passenger compartment of the bus, which had been peeled back from the vehicle's undercarriage about one third of its length. 

The front of the bus was demolished as the back of the semi was shredded from the monstrous force of the crash.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the collision, but the tour bus was traveling much faster than the semi, CHP Chief Jim Abele said at a news conference.

The trailer of the semi was lodged 15 feet into the front of the bus, Abele said.

The bus, owned by LA-based USA Holliday Bus, had departed the Red Earth Casino in Salton City and was en route to a location in Los Angeles when the crash was reported to CHP at 5:17 a.m.

The CHP said there was no indication that the bus slammed on the brakes before plowing into the back of the semi-truck, leading investigators to believe fatigue may have been a factor. They were not ruling out some type of medical emergency on the driver's behalf, such as a heart attack.

The driver, along with the deceased passengers, were not yet identified to the public.

It appeared that all passengers aboard had been asleep at the time of impact. While they had likely all been seated properly, many ended up in the front end of the bus due to the force of impact, Abele said.

Abele said it was not likely that the bus had seat belts.

"In almost 35 years, I've never been to a crash where there's been 13 confirmed fatal accidents," Abele said. "It's tough for all of us," he added. 

CHP reported that 31 people had been injured. Desert Regional Medical Center, Eisenhower Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital all received and treated patients from the crash, ranging from five critical patients to others with minor injuries.

A trauma surgeon said the injuries included facial trauma but few broken bones, which is unusual for a high-speed vehicle wreck.

Dr. Ricard Townsend of Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs told reporters Sunday that the bus struck the collapsible trailer of a semi-truck, sending many of the likely unrestrained passengers flying through the air.

He called the widespread facial injuries a hallmark of those not wearing seat belts. He says the injuries indicate the bus was slowing down at the point of impact.

Crews used tow trucks to pry the bus from the back of the semi-truck before clearing the bus from the area. 

The semi-truck driver also suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

He told CHP he wasn't sure at first what had happened, and that he felt a "thump" in the back of the trailer, which was hauling food products. 

The bus had been inspected as recently as April 2016, in addition to being inspected in 2014 and 2015, and did not have mechanical issues, CHP said.

Because the investigation was still in its early stages, not all of the victims had been identified. CHP encouraged family members to reach out if they had not heard from their loved ones. 

Family members were directed to the Riverside County Fire Department facility at 800 S. Redlands Ave. in Perris, or to call (951) 443-2300. The fire department was setting up a crisis response center there.

NBC4's I-Team has investigated tour bus companies in 2014, and Hollywood tour bus companies in 2016. 

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<![CDATA[Trump Makes Push for Down-Ballot Republicans]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:48:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/trump_donald_campaign_Naples_Florida.jpg

While Hillary Clinton is making an explicit push for Democratic down-ballot candidates, Donald Trump is taking a more subtle approach, NBC News reported.

Sunday evening in Florida, Trump repeatedly pushed his supporters to help keep Republicans in control of Congress.

Asking voters to cast their votes for him in 16 days, Trump said, "That includes helping me re-elect Republicans all over the place," adding that it would be "nice if they helped us, too, right? To enact my first 100 days."

At three other points in the speech, Trump slipped in mentions of a Republican House and Senate as essential to enacting his agenda.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump To Accept Election Result 'If It's Fair': Son]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:17:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trump+Kids_Ivanka_Eric_Donald.jpg

As the presidential election heads into the final two weeks, Donald Trump's son Eric Trump clarified his father's position on the forthcoming election results and allegations of sexual assault by more than a dozen women. 

"I think what my father is saying is 'I want a fair election,'" Trump told ABC's "This Week," reiterating his belief that the election could be "rigged." "If it's a fair outcome he will absolutely accept it, there's no question about it."

Eric Trump also said he believes that the women who have accused his father of sexual misconduct are part of a coordinated attack by Democrats.

"The day the Hillary WikiLeaks comes out, all of a sudden people start coming forward. I think you have to be really naïve to think that one and the other weren't coordinated together," Trump said.

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<![CDATA[Obama Tweets Cubs Congrats]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:59:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/obama+sox+GettyImages-102211309.png

Chicago Cubs fans are still in a state of gleeful delirium after the team advanced to the World Series on Saturday night, and even some Chicago White Sox fans were willing to offer congratulations to their North Side rivals.

Perhaps the most famous White Sox fan in America was one of those that congratulated the Cubs on getting to the World Series, as President Barack Obama offered his congratulations on Twitter Sunday morning:

President Obama isn’t the only famous White Sox fan to lend his support, as others like Chance the Rapper have also been adamant about supporting the Cubs during their current playoff run, which will continue on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians.

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<![CDATA[Families Displaced After Fire at DC General Shelter]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:37:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016500070_1200x675_791934531675.jpg Investigators are looking into a fire that happened on an unoccupied floor at the DC General Family Shelter in Southeast. News4's Derrick Ward reports.]]> <![CDATA[Mega-Merger: AT&T to Buy Time Warner in $85.4B Deal]]> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:33:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Time+Warner+ATT.jpg

It's official. AT&T will acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion and form a new company, in a blockbuster deal that carries with it the potential to reshape the media industry.

AT&T will pay $107.50 a share per Time Warner share in cash and stock, the company said in a formal announcement. 

The deal means AT&T will acquire HBO, Turner Broadcasting System and Warner Bros., which would give the telecom company ownership of television channels, publications and websites. The properties include Cinemax, The CW, Cartoon Network, CNN, TNT and TBS, which has deals to carry MLB and NBA games, DC Comics, Bleacher Report, SI.com and NASCAR.com.

AT&T's purchase of Time Warner includes small $500 million reverse break-up fee, in a sign of confidence it will pass anti-trust review, NBC News reported.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Saturday that under a potential GOP White House, his administration would not approve the deal. 

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<![CDATA[ISIS Working to Establish Afghanistan Caliphate: U.S. Gen.]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:29:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/AP_817556148506.jpg

ISIS is trying to establish a caliphate inside Afghanistan, the country's top U.S. commander said. 

"Right now we see them very focused on trying to establish their caliphate, the Khorasan caliphate, inside Afghanistan," General John Nicholson said in an exclusive interview with NBC News. 

The push is "principally a non-Afghan movement," Nicholson said. 

According to Nicholson, the U.S. has seen foreign fighters, particularly Uzbeks from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, joining the Islamic State Khorasan, or IS-K. The U.S. also sees many Pakistani Pashtun from the Pakistani Taliban who joined IS-K moving into Afghanistan to fight, he said.

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Chicago Cubs Fans Celebrate Historic Win]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:58:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-492529998.jpg

Bob Newhart, a native Chicagoan and infamous Cubs fan, may have forgotten his "W" flag at home, but that didn't stop him or his grandkids from taking a DIY approach to properly celebrate their team's historic NLCS win Saturday night.

"I'm in Seattle with my grandkids," Newhart tweeted. "I forgot my W flag, so my grandkids made me one. Isn't it beautiful! #GoCubsGo #FlyTheW."

Newhart was one of multiple famous, die-hard Cubs fans who took to Twitter after the win.

Actor John Cusack simply tweeted, "It's. Done."

He followed up with a photo of himself and Kerry Wood "moments before it happened- and IT happened."

“New Girl” actor and Evanston native Jake Johnson tweeted, "They did it!!!!! #FlyTheW @Cubs."

Actor Joe Mantegna and Fall Out Boy and Wilmette native Pete Wentz were succinct in their tweets. "CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!," Mantegna wrote. "Yessss!!!!! CUBS!!!!" Wentz said.

Then there was the moment Hillary Clinton found out the Cubs won.

Clinton's press secretary Nick Merrill tweeted a photo of the Democratic presidential candidate looking at her phone totally shocked when she learned the Cubs were headed to the World Series.

"That look when you cap off a day on the trail by watching the @Cubs cement their trip to the #WorldSeries. #FlyTheW."

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<![CDATA[Bicyclist Struck, Killed in Collision in Prince George's Co.]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:16:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/2016-10-23_0711.png

A bicyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle in Prince George’s County, Maryland, early Sunday morning, according to police.

Police said the bicyclist was heading northbound on Kenilworth Avenue at U.S. Route 50 around 1:15 a.m. They said officers found the man in the roadway, suffering from critical injuries.

Police said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene.

U.S. 50 was closed while collision investigators worked the scene. It reopened shortly after 10 a.m. Sunda.

The name of the victim has not been identified.

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<![CDATA[Basement NW DC Restaurant Catches Fire; Firefighter Injured]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:23:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DC+Firefighters.jpg

A D.C. firefighter was injured as crews fought to contain an early morning restaurant fire in northwest D.C., according to officials.

The fire started in the 1300 block of Park Road, Northwest, shortly before 3 a.m. in the basement restaurant area of a three story rowhouse. The restaurant is the El Rinconcito Café, a Salvadoran restaurant.

Officials said the fire was contained to the restaurant area. One firefighter was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators said they believe the fire was accidental and electrical in origin. It is unknown if or when the restaurant will be ready for business after the fire.

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