<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.pngNBC4 Washingtonhttps://www.nbcwashington.comen-usFri, 17 Nov 2017 14:10:48 -0500Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:10:48 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Rev. Jesse Jackson Reveals Parkinson's Diagnosis]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:57:18 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+JESSE+JACKSON+THUMB.jpg

NOTE: Read Jackson's full letter to supporters here

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he announced Friday. 

In an emotional letter to his supporters, the 76-year-old said his diagnosis came "after a battery of tests."

Jackson's father also suffered from the disease.

"For me, a Parkinson's diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression," he wrote.

Parkinson's disease is an uncurable neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can lead to tremors, slowed movement, rigid muscles, loss of movement and speech changes. 

Though he had not publicly announced it, Northwestern Medicine said Jackson was diagnosed with the disease in 2015. He has been treated as outpatient in the years since, the hospital said. 

Congressman Danny Davis said those who have been close to Jackson "have noticed some of the signs." 

Jackson is known for his work as a civil rights activist with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and as a Democratic presidential candidate in the 1980s. He founded Chicago's Rainbow PUSH coalition and has remained a prominent religious and political figure, continuing his outspoken activism recently following the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in Chicago. He also spoke out about police shootings nationwide, including in Ferguson, Missouri. 

"First, my thoughts and prayers are with the family," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday, "but I would note while Parkinson's may be a physical condition, it will never ever break Rev. Jackson's spiritual commitment to justice and his ability to help continue to be a voice for those whose voices are not heard."

Read Jackson's full statement below. 

Dear Friends and Supporters, 

On July 17, 1960, I was arrested, along with seven other college students, for advocating for the right to use a public library in my hometown of Greenville, S.C. I remember it like it was yesterday, for that day changed my life forever. From that experience, I lost my fear of being jailed for a righteous cause. I went on to meet Dr. King and dedicate my heart and soul to the fight for justice, equality, and equal access. In the tradition of the Apostle Paul, I have offered myself – my mind, body and soul – as a living sacrifice. 

Throughout my career of service, God has kept me in the embrace of his loving arms, and protected me and my family from dangers, seen and unseen. Now in the latter years of my life, at 76 years old, I find it increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks, and getting around is more of a challenge. My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago. For a while, I resisted interrupting my work to visit a doctor. But as my daily physical struggles intensified I could no longer ignore the symptoms, so I acquiesced. 

After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father. 

Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it. For me, a Parkinson's diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression. 

I am far from alone. God continues to give me new opportunities to serve. This diagnosis is personal but it is more than that. It is an opportunity for me to use my voice to help in finding a cure for a disease that afflicts 7 to 10 million worldwide. Some 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year. 

I will continue to try to instill hope in the hopeless, expand our democracy to the disenfranchised and free innocent prisoners around the world. I'm also spending some time working on my memoir so I can share with others the lessons I have learned in my life of public service. I steadfastly affirm that I would rather wear out than rust out. 

I want to thank my family and friends who continue to care for me and support me. I will need your prayers and graceful understanding as I undertake this new challenge. As we continue in the struggle for human rights, remember that God will see us through, even in our midnight moments. 


Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

<![CDATA[Franken Fallout: Colleagues Respond to Allegations]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:08:51 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/LV50FWEB11172017_MP4-151092304922800002.jpg

U.S. Senator Al Franken is asking his colleagues to investigate his own behavior after new allegations of sexual misconduct.

<![CDATA[The Powerful Men in the News Accused of Sexual Misconduct]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:57:31 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/misconduct-6-th.jpg

High-powered Hollywood executives and stars. A celebrity chef. A doctor working with young Olympic athletes. A former U.S. president and current senator. These are among the powerful men that have recently been accused of sexual misconduct as waves of women come forward to tell their stories.

Thousands of women have shared their stories of harassment and assault in blog posts, statements to journalists and as part of the viral #MeToo social media movement. Many said they didn’t speak up about their experiences sooner because they felt ashamed, afraid it would end their careers or afraid for their safety.

Here are some of the powerful men who have been accused of sexual harassment, abuse or both, listed in alphabetical order.

John Besh, celebrity chef
The New Orleans celebrity chef stepped down from the restaurant group bearing his name on Oct. 25 after 25 women, current and former employees, alleged sexual harassment by male co-workers and bosses, The Times-Picayune reported.

One of the nine women who agreed to be named, Madie Robison, said she endured uninvited touching from male coworkers at Besh Restaurant Group, as well as frequent requests by her boss, Besh, to discuss his sex life.

American Public Television has pulled both "Chef John Besh's New Orleans" and "Chef John Besh's Family Table" in light of the allegations against Besh and his company, the network said in a statement to NBC Tuesday.

"As of today, we have withdrawn distribution of these two series," spokesman Jamie Haines wrote.

In a written statement to NBC, Besh apologized to employees “who found my behavior as unacceptable as I do.”

George H.W. Bush, former president
In an Instagram post that has since been deleted, actress Heather Lind recounted the story of when she met former president George H.W. Bush four years ago to promote one of her TV shows.

"He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side," Lind wrote. "He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again."

The former president apologized.

“President Bush would never — under any circumstance — intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind,” Jim McGrath, a Bush spokesman, said in a statement.

Since that initial allegation, five more women have come forward alleging similar grabbing incidents that occurred during photo ops. Two more women did so anonymously to CNN.  

McGrath has apologized repeatedly on the former president's behalf "to anyone he has offended." 

"George Bush simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone distress, and he again apologizes to anyone he offended during a photo op," McGrath said, adding that because he's used a wheelchair for the past five years "his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures." 

He declined to comment after CNN reported on an eighth accuser alleged that Bush grabbed her buttocks during a photo op while she was attending a fundraiser for his presidential re-election campaign in Dearborn, Michigan, in April 1992. 

Louis C.K., comedian, actor, producer
In interviews with The New York Times, five women accused the Emmy-winning actor, comedian and producer of sexual misconduct. Two women, both comedians, said C.K. took his clothes off and masturbated in front of them when they came to his hotel room for a drink after they performed with him at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Colorado in 2002. 

Comedian Abby Schachner alleged that she could hear C.K. masturbating while they spoke on the phone in 2003. She had called him to invite him to one of her shows. Another comedian, Rebecca Corry, said that C.K. asked her if he could masturbate in front of her in 2005. She said no. A fifth woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Times that C.K. repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate in front of her in the late 1990s when she worked with him on “The Chris Rock Show.”

“These stories are true,” C.K. said in a statement released Nov. 10, the day after The Times report was published. “I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions,” he said.

FX Networks and FX Productions, which produce several of C.K.’s television shows, cut ties with him following the allegations. C.K.’s former publicist, Lewis Kay, announced on Twitter that he no longer represents C.K. 

NBC has reached out to C.K. for comment.

Al Franken, U.S. senator
Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., issued two apologies after a radio news anchor said that he kissed her against her will and later groped her while she was asleep on a USO tour in 2006, before he was a senator. 

Leeann Tweeden, a former model and TV sports reporter who now anchors a news radio show in Los Angeles, said the two incidents occurred separately on a tour to visit U.S. troops in the Middle East, one during rehearsal for a skit Franken wrote, the other on as she slept on the plane back to the U.S. on Christmas Eve. 

The unwanted kiss took place when they were alone backstage during a rehearsal for a skit. 

"He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss," Tweeden wrote in an article published by KABC radio. "I said 'OK' so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth." 

She said she didn't know about the groping until a photographer gave her a CD that included the photo. 

"I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann," Franken said in a first statement. "As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn't. I shouldn't have done it." 

In a second statement, Franken said he welcomed a Senate ethics investigation into his behavior. 

"I respect women. I don't respect men who don't. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed," Franken said. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., several of Franken's Democratic colleagues in the Senate agreed that he should be the subject of an ethics investigation. Top Democrats stopped short of saying he should resign. 

Tweeden said "people make mistakes" and that she accepted Franken's apology.

Mark Halperin, political journalist
Allegations against "Game Change" author Mark Halperin surfaced in a CNN report, which quoted five anonymous women as saying Halperin sexually harassed them when he was a top political journalist at ABC News. 

In a statement to CNN, Halperin apologized for pursuing "relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me." He denied inappropriate touching. 

Halperin left ABC News in 2007 after two decades with the network. ABC News said no complaints were filed during his time there. Four of the women have since left ABC News. 

After leaving ABC News, Halperin became a senior political analyst and frequent contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. 

NBC News fired Halperin on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. Publisher Penguin Press canceled a planned book by Halperin and John Heilemann about the 2016 election and HBO pulled the plug on a miniseries that would have been based on the book.

Roy Moore, Republican Senate candidate in Alabama
Two women have accused the Alabama judge and Senate candidate of sexually molesting them in the 1970s when one was 14 and the other 16 and Moore was a deputy district attorney in his 30s. Others have said he pursued romantic relationships with them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18. The first four allegations were reported by The Washington Post. One woman, Beverly Young Nelson, said Moore told her that “no one will believe you” if she were to tell anyone about the encounter, which she said left her neck bruised. Residents of Moore’s hometown were long concerned by his behavior toward teenage girls at the local mall, which he was banned from, according to a report in The New Yorker. One woman, Tina Johnson, told AL.com that Moore groped her during a 1991 meeting in his law office.

A statement by Moore’s campaign called the allegations “outlandish attacks” by the Democratic Party and The Post, saying that if the claims were true, they would have been made public sooner.

“This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation,” the statement said. Moore threatened to sue The Washington Post. 

Top Republicans in Washington have said Moore should step down as their party’s candidate for Senate in Alabama ahead of the Dec. 12 election and the Republican National Committee withdrew funding for him. Moore could still beat his Democratic challenger, Doug Jones, though some polls show Jones pulling ahead. It is too late for Moore to be removed from the ballot, but Republicans have two long-shot moves: they can rally around a write-in candidate or immediately expel Moore from the Senate if he wins. 

Local Alabama Republican leaders have maintained support for Moore. 

"You ask me if I believe the girls. No, I don't believe the girls. I believe Judge Moore," Moore strategist Dean Young said. "Let the battle begin. ... Get ready to fight Mitch McConnell. We're going to fight you to the death on this."

Larry Nassar, Olympic doctor
Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney, 21, alleged this month that the USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar molested her for years starting when she was in her early teens.

Nassar is currently in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing on a charge of possessing child pornography, to which he pleaded guilty. He is also on trial for separate criminal sexual conduct charges and has been sued by more than 125 women who allege abuse. Nassar has pleaded not guilty to assault charges and is in mediation on civil suits.

Nassar's attorney responded to Moroney's allegations with no comment, citing a gag order over outstanding proceedings. His lawyers have called the earlier allegations against him "patently false and untrue" and said "his techniques were medically accepted and appropriate."

Bill O’Reilly, former Fox News host
In February, Fox News renewed the contract of host Bill O'Reilly one month after he paid $32 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit, The New York Times reported.

The settlement paid to Lis Wiehl, a longtime Fox News legal analyst, who accused him of forcing her into a “nonconsensual relationship," was the latest in a succession of settlements made by O'Reilly. He was fired from Fox News in April.

O'Reilly was dropped by his talent agency, United Talent Agency, Monday night, a source told NBC News. A source familiar with the situation said “we’re parting ways” after his current contract expires at the end of 2017.

A statement from Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox said it knew that O'Reilly had settled the lawsuit with Wiehl, but didn't know the terms.

"His new contract... added protections for the company specifically aimed at harassment," the statement said.

21st Century Fox has said the network it has worked to change the culture at Fox News. The founder of Fox News, Roger Ailes, resigned from the network last year after several women, including Kelly, alleged sexual misconduct. He died in May at the age of 77.

O’Reilly has blamed the media for reports of his alleged sexual misconduct, writing on Twitter Monday that the Times report was an attack for political purposes.

"Once again, The New York Times has maliciously smeared Bill O'Reilly," O'Reilly's attorney said to NBC in a written statement. He pointed out that "in the more than 20 years Bill O'Reilly worked at Fox News, not one complaint was filed against him with the Human Resources Department or Legal Department by a coworker."

But on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today,” Kelly refuted that claim, saying she had complained about O’Reilly while they were both working at Fox News, and blasted the culture of silencing sexual harassment victims at the network and beyond.

Roy Price, Amazon Studios executive
Roy Price resigned from his position as the head of Amazon’s streaming service after sexual harassment claims, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed to NBC News.

Isa Dick Hackett, executive producer of the Amazon show “The Man in the High Castle," said that when she met Price for the first time in 2015, he repeatedly propositioned her as they shared a cab with another Amazon executive to an Amazon staff party, she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Price was initially suspended from Amazon and resigned days later. Hackett said the Weinstein scandal spurred her to share her story.

NBC reached out to Price for comment but did not receive an immediate response.

Brett Ratner, filmmaker
Six women — including actress Olivia Munn — accused Brett Ratner of harassment or misconduct in a Los Angeles Times report on Nov. 1, 2017.

Munn said that while visiting the set of Ratner's "After the Sunset" in 2004, he masturbated in front of her in his trailer. Munn described the incident, without naming Ratner, in a 2010 collection of essays.

The LA Times report describes other encounters where Ratner aggressively pursued actresses, sometimes following them into a bathroom.

Representatives for Ratner didn't immediately respond to queries Wednesday. Ratner directed the "Rush Hour" film series, "Red Dragon," ''X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Tower Heist."

Terry Richardson, fashion photographer
For years, Terry Richardson has faced allegations of inappropriate behavior in his work as a fashion photographer, in which he's taken pictures of celebrities like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus.

These accusations are resurfacing after Condé Nast International, which publishes magazines such as Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair, announced Monday that it would no longer work with Richardson, The Telegraph reported.

In 2001, model Liskula Cohen said Richardson asked her to get completely naked during a Vogue photoshoot, while he was also naked, and pretend to perform a sex act on another man, according to Complex. Many other women alleged sexual abuse by Richardson to Jezebel under the condition of anonymity for fear of losing their jobs.

Richardson's agent did not immediately respond to NBC's request for comment but Richardson has previously addressed what he called the "rumors" of his behavior.

“I collaborated with consenting adult women who were fully aware of the nature of the work, and as is typical with any project, everyone signed releases," Richardson wrote in a 2014 essay on HuffPost.

Chris Savino, former Nickelodeon producer
Chris Savino, creator of the animated series "The Loud House," was fired from Nickelodeon after a dozen women claimed that he made unwanted sexual advances to co-workers, Cartoon Brew reported. He is also accused of threatening to blacklist women from the industry after the end of consensual relationships.

After the report came out, Anne Walker Farrell, a director on Netflix show "Bojack Horseman," released a series of tweets claiming that Savino had harassed her 15 years ago. Farrell wrote that Savino offered her a "'mentorship' that devolved into lewd messages, etc.'"

Savino responded to the allegations on Facebook on Monday.

“I am deeply sorry and ashamed,” he wrote. “Although it was never my intention, I now understand that the impact of my actions and communications created an unacceptable environment."

Robert Scoble, tech blogger
At least three women have accused the high-profile tech writer and evangelist of sexual and verbal harassment, starting with a blog post by journalist Quinn Norton, who wrote that he assaulted her at a hacker conference in the early 2010s. Another woman, Michelle Greer, who worked with Scoble in the past, told Buzzfeed that he groped her at a tech conference in 2010.

Sarah Kunst, creator of workout app ProDay, said on Twitter that Scoble acted inappropriately with her.

Scoble resigned from his virtual reality startup, Transformation Group, after the allegations. He apologized in a Facebook post on Friday.

"I’m deeply sorry to the people I’ve caused pain to," he wrote. "I know I have behaved in ways that were inappropriate."

But on Tuesday, he wrote on his blog that his accusers "used grains of truth to sell false narrative."

Andy Signore, web series creator
After the Harvey Weinstein scandal exploded, at least five women posted on social media that they had experienced sexual harassment by Andy Signore, creator of fan site Screen Junkies and the “Honest Trailers” film-parody franchise.

One woman wrote on Twitter that Signore offered to masturbate in front of her. Another said he tried to sexually assault her several times and threatened to fire her boyfriend, who worked at Screen Junkies, if she told anyone, Variety reported.

After the accusations became public, Screen Junkies said in a statement on Twitter that it had fired Signore. 

"There is no justification for this egregious and intolerable behavior," read the statement.

NBC reached out to Signore for comment but did not receive an immediate response.

Kevin Spacey, actor
Actor Anthony Rapp, in an exclusive interview with Buzzfeed, alleged that the "House of Cards" star made unwanted sexual advances at him when he was 14 years old. The incident happened in 1986 when Spacey was 26, and Rapp, now 46, said he never discussed it with anyone.

On Twitter Spacey said he did not remember the encounter but offered an apology for "what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior."

In the same statement, Spacey also announced he is living as a gay man, an announcement that received backlash from some observers as an attempt at deflection.

Days later, "House of Cards" halted production of season six and ultimately fired Spacey. He lost an award he was supposed to receive by The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Spacey was also replaced by Christopher Plummer on the movie "All the Money in the World." 

Former Boston TV news anchor Heather Unruh, meanwhile, held a news conference where she alleged that Spacey sexually assaulted her 18-year-old son at a Nantucket restaurant in July 2016. Spacey has not commented on the allegation. 

And London's Old Vic Theatre said after an investigation that it received 20 allegations of inappropriate behavior by Spacey, its former artistic director, from 1995 to 2013.

Lockhart Steele, former Vox Media editorial director
Vox Media’s editorial director Lockhart Steele, former CEO and founder of Curbed Network, was fired following sexual harassment allegations by a former employee.

“Lockhart Steele was terminated effective immediately,” CEO Jim Bankoff wrote in a memo to staff on Oct. 19, Variety reported. He “admitted engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and is not tolerated at Vox Media.”

The claim was reportedly made by former employee Eden Rohatensky in a blog post on Medium, according to The Awl. Rohatensky worked at Vox Media as a web developer from June 2014 to August 2015, according to LinkedIn.

NBC reached out to Steele for comment but received no immediate response. Vox Media told NBC they could not comment on the ongoing investigation. (NBC's parent company, NBCUniversal, is an investor in Vox.)

George Takei, actor, LGBT activist
George Takei, who starred in the original “Star Trek” series as Hikaru Sulu, has been accused of groping a former model and actor in 1981, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  Scott R. Brunton said he fell asleep at Takei’s home in Los Angeles and awoke to find his pants around his ankles and Takei groping his crotch and trying to take off his underwear. Brunton believes that Takei drugged him, he told NBC News, which is why he fell asleep at Takei’s home after having two drinks.

Takei denied the claims in a series of Tweets and on Facebook

“The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now,” he wrote. He added that “those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful.”

Jeffrey Tambor, actor
Jeffrey Tambor said after being accused of sexual harassment by "Transparent" co-star Trace Lysette that he can be "volatile and ill-tempered" but that has "never been a predator." 

Amazon is investigating her claims, along with those by Tambor's former assistant Van Barnes

A Facebook post by Barnes obtained by The Hollywood Reporter did not directly name Tambor but said that her employer subjected her to "butt pats," pornography played at loud volumes and verbal harassment. 

Barnes' lawyer Alana Chazan told the publication her client signed a nondisclosure agreement while working for Tambor and would not comment but that she "is cooperating with the investigation being conducted by Amazon." 

"I am aware that a former disgruntled assistant of mine has made a private post implying that I had acted in an improper manner toward her," Tambor's representative, Leslie Siebert, told KNBC in a statement. 

Lysette, Tambor's second accuser, said the Emmy-winning star "has made many sexual advances and comments at me, but one time it got physical." 

She detailed one alleged incident with her "back against the wall in the corner." 

"He came in close, put his bare feet on top of mine so I could not move, leaned his body against me, and began quick, discreet thrusts back and forth against my body," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas and I pushed him off of me. Again, I laughed it off and rolled my eyes. I had a job to do and I had to do it with Jeffrey, the lead of our show." 

Tambor released this statement denying the claims: "For the past four years, I've had the huge privilege--and huge responsibility--of playing Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman, in a show that I know has had an enormous, positive impact on a community that has been too long dismissed and misunderstood. Now I find myself accused of behavior that any civilized person would condemn unreservedly," he began. "I know I haven't always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator -- ever. I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express." 

James Toback, filmmaker
More than 200 women, including actress Julianne Moore, have accused filmmaker James Toback of acting inappropriately with them. At least 38 women claimed to have been sexually harassed by Toback in a report published by The Los Angeles Times on Sunday. Since then, 193 additional women have contacted the Times to talk about Toback, the reporter said on Twitter.

The women's allegations depict a pattern of behavior, with many of the women saying Toback approached them in New York or Los Angeles, offering them movie roles. He would then allegedly invite the woman to a private meeting, where he would ask her explicit questions about her sexual history and often to remove her clothes, the Times reported.

Many of the women interviewed said Toback dry-humped them or masturbated in front of them.

Toback, 72, has denied all of the allegations. He told the Times that he had never met any of the women, or if he had it "was for five minutes and (I) have no recollection."

Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood producer
More than 60 women have come forward since Oct. 5 to accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of decades of sexual harassment and assault. Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Mira Sorvino are among those who made their stories public in exposes published by The New York Times and The New Yorker. The women described years of Weinstein's unwanted sexual advances in detail, alleging acts that in some cases included groping or rape.

After the allegations were published, the movie mogul was fired from The Weinstein Company, which he co-founded, and removed from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The New York State Attorney General announced a civil rights investigation into The Weinstein Company to ascertain whether any civil rights and anti-discrimination laws were broken and police investigations were opened in Los Angeles, New York and London.

Weinstein's wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, announced she was leaving him on Oct. 10. 

“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein," Weinstein's spokesperson said in a statement.

Weinstein also responded to the allegations by actress Lupita Nyong’o, which included claims that Weinstein wanted to take off his pants while she gave him a massage. He also said at a later meeting, "If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to" go up to a hotel room with him, hinting at a proposition of sex, she recalled.

"Weinstein has a different recollection of the events, but believes Lupita is a brilliant actress and a major force for the industry," his spokesperson said in a statement. "Last year, she sent a personal invitation to Mr. Weinstein to see her in her Broadway show 'Eclipsed.'"

Ed Westwick, actor
The English actor, known for playing the character Chuck Bass in the teen series “Gossip Girl,” has been accused of rape by two women and of sexual assault by a third woman.

Actress Kristina Cohen alleged in a Nov. 6 Facebook post that Westwick raped her in his home in 2014 after she had laid down for a nap in his guest bedroom.

Westwick denied the claim on Twitter, saying, “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.” 

Two days after the first allegation, another woman, former actress Aurelie Wynn, came forward claiming Westwick raped her at his home in 2014 after she went to sleep in one of the bedrooms. She said she awoke to him on top of her. 

Westwick also denied the second allegation on Twitter, calling the two claims “provably untrue.” 

A third woman claimed that Westwick assaulted her at a Hollywood hotel in 2014. The actor repeatedly tried to kiss her throughout the night and “aggressively groped” her, Rachel Eck, an executive assistant at the time, told Buzzfeed in a Nov. 14 report. Westwick has not yet commented on the third allegation.

Los Angeles police are investigating Westwick after Cohen filed a police report, spokesman Michael Lopez told The Associated Press.  

After the first two allegations, the BBC pulled the mystery thriller “Ordeal by Innocence,” which Westwick appears in, from its television schedule “until these matters are resolved,” the network said. Filming has also been halted on the second season of BBC comedy “White Gold,” which Westwick stars in. 

NBC has reached out to Westwick for further comment and has not heard back.

Leon Wieseltier, magazine editor
A number of women who worked with prominent literary editor Leon Wieseltier at The New Republic magazine have accused him of sexual harassment, The New York Times reported. Wieseltier worked at the magazine for more than three decades and was set to head a new magazine to launch next week.

After learning of the allegations, the organization that was backing the new magazine pulled out of the project.

"Upon receiving information related to past inappropriate workplace conduct, Emerson Collective ended its business relationship with Leon Wieseltier, including a journal planned for publication under his editorial direction," the Emerson Collective told The New York Times Tuesday. 

Wieseltier apologized in an email to the Times on Tuesday.

"For my offenses against some of my colleagues in the past I offer a shaken apology and ask for their forgiveness," he wrote. "The women with whom I worked are smart and good people. I am ashamed to know that I made any of them feel demeaned and disrespected. I assure them I will not waste this reckoning."

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<![CDATA[California Group Remaking Richmond, One Park at a Time]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:10:39 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/171107-pogo-park-jhc-1645_4313fae91bffc7840b37e2a6419007e1.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

The Iron Triangle in Richmond, California, has historically been one of the poorest neighborhoods in the heart of one of the poorest cities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Elm Play Lot a decade ago was a symbol of such urban decline with broken wine bottles littering the asphalt.

But 10 years later grass has sprouted, along with a garden, play structures, barbecues, a zip-line and even a small creek. Children dip their toes in the burbling water, if they aren’t too distracted by classes in art, chess, gardening and much more, NBC News reported.

A non-profit called Pogo Park's efforts there and elsewhere in the city could be a model for urban innovation, experts say. They let residents, not bureaucrats, decide what they need.

Click through for more on what's happening in Richmond.

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<![CDATA[Trump Has a Ball as NCAA Champion Teams Visit]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:47:28 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/trumpballvb.jpg

President Donald Trump hosted 18 NCAA national championship teams at the White House on Friday, Nov. 17, even tossing around a volleyball with one.

<![CDATA[Congress' Delay Risks Millions of Kids' Health Insurance]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:09:02 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pll_20171118_chip_russo_10_fc7316e06197590903fff4b9d54d55a9.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

The Children's Health Insurance Program covers annual check-ups and more medical procedures for nearly 9 million kids in low-income families, but congressional bickering is putting it at risk, NBC News reported.

The program has enjoyed bipartisan support since it was created in 1997, but legislators have let this year's reauthorization deadline pass in the debate over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Now funding in 11 states will run out by the end of the year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and 21 more states by March.

CHIP gives health insurance to children and pregnant mothers who don't qualify for Medicaid but can't afford private insurance, and Census data shows the rate of uninsured children has dropped from 14 to about 4.5 percent in the past 20 years, experts say.

It's helped Roland Williams, 11, a St. Louis boy with an extremely rare form of lung cancer whose mother was told last year that "he would make it to see his 10th birthday."

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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Mom of Missing Texas Toddler Found Dead]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:50:23 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/sini-mathews-arraignment.JPG

The mother of a Texas toddler whose body was recovered last month from a drainage culvert weeks after she was reported missing was arrested Thursday on a charge of child endangerment.

Police said she and her husband left their 3-year-old adopted child, Sherin Mathews, home alone while they went to dinner just hours before they claimed she had disappeared.

Sini Ann Mathews, who has maintained her innocence in the death of Sherin, surrendered to Richardson police Thursday and is being held on $250,000 bond on the state jail felony charge. She is expected to be arraigned Friday morning.

In a statement Thursday, Richardson police said detectives learned Sini Mathews, 35, and Wesley Mathews took their 3-year-old biological daughter to dinner and left Sherin alone at home, placing her in "imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment."

"The time that they left, she was not under the care of any other adult or of any other person, she was left home alone by herself and it's for that reason that you see this particular charge," said Kevin Perlich, with the Richardson Police Department. "It's not necessarily related to her death, it's related to her care that she was being given while she was in that home."

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, detectives used cell phone records to show Wesley and Sini went to a North Garland restaurant on the evening of Oct. 6. The theory is supported by a receipt obtained by police that showed the couple purchased only one child's meal in addition to their individual meals as well as the testimony of a waiter who said only one child was present at the table.

During an interview with detectives, Wesley Mathews, 37, admitted to leaving Sherin home alone after growing frustrated she wouldn't drink her milk and said they returned home about 90 minutes later and found her where they left her, in the kitchen.

Both Sini and Wesley told police the child was alive when they returned home from dinner, though police have not confirmed that information.

Hours later, on the morning of Oct. 7, Wesley Mathews called police and reported Sherin missing. In a story he would later change, Wesley originally told police Sherin disappeared overnight after he ordered her to stand outside at about 3 a.m. for not drinking her milk. When he returned, Wesley said she had disappeared and that her location was unknown.

Weeks later, Wesley Mathews changed his story and said he "physically assisted" her in drinking her milk and that she choked and died at the home. He said he then moved the girl's body and later called police to report her missing.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office is still working to determine what killed Sherin Mathews.

Sini Mathews said she was sleeping when Sherin disappeared and was unaware of what took place overnight between the child and her father.

Meanwhile, Wesley Mathews remains jailed on a charge of felony injury to a child and is being held on a $1 million bond.

Sini Mathews' attorney has maintained throughout the investigation she had nothing to do with her daughter's death and that she was distraught during her daughter's disappearance.

On Thursday, her attorney Mitchell Nolte thanked Richardson police for allowing his client to surrender.

"We learned this morning that the Richardson Police Department had obtained an arrest warrant for Sini Mathews for the offense of Abandoning/Endangering a Child. The police were professional and courteous and allowed us to bring Mrs. Mathews to the Police Department and surrender herself into custody," Nolte said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Wesley Mathews' attorney, David Kleckner, said his client loves his children and wife and that he's a good family man who wants custody of their surviving daughter to be returned to her mother.

Sini Mathews was in court as recently as Monday asking for custody of the couple's child to be returned to her, but that hearing was rescheduled 1 p.m. Nov. 29. The couple's surviving child has been in foster care since shortly after her sister's disappearance. The child was expected to be placed in the care of family in the Houston area following Monday's hearing.

Sini Mathews Arrest Warrant Affidavit

NBC 5's Diana Zoga and Maria Guerrero contributed to this report. Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change.

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<![CDATA[Owning a Dog May Help You Live Longer: Swedish Scientists]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:26:59 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2017-11-17+at+8.59.02+AM.png

According to a new study in Sweden, owning a dog could help you live longer. Scientists followed more than 3 million adults for 12 years.

<![CDATA[2nd Arrest Made in Killing of NJ Dad During Sneaker Fight]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:48:19 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dad+killed+sneakers.jpg

A second suspect has been arrested in the killing of a New Jersey father of 11 who law enforcement sources say was stabbed to death in front of his 8-year-old son Tuesday in a bizarre case involving an eviction, a pair of sneakers and a jacket.

The Hudson County Prosecutor had issued an arrest warrant Thursday for 19-year-old Nasiar Day, charging him with murder, felony murder, conspiracy and other crimes in the death of 30-year-old Jose Malave, who was found lifeless in the doorway of his Jersey City apartment. 

Day was taken into custody in Newark, officials said Friday. Attorney information for him wasn't immediately available. A 17-year-old boy already faces similar charges, though as a juvenile.

Law enforcement sources have said Malave was spotted wearing a jacket and sneakers belonging to the teenage suspect's friend, who was in the process of being evicted from his own home and whose belongings had been left on the sidewalk. Someone apparently sold them, and Malave bought several items.

It wasn't immediately clear if Day was the evicted friend, but sources have said the friend and the teenage suspect saw Malave walking back to his home with his son and recognized the items. Words were exchanged. 

The teenage murder suspect demanded his belongings back, according to the sources. He told Malave to "give me my stuff," and Malave responded, "It's not your stuff," the sources said. Then Malave was stabbed to death. 

The young man's sisters broke down as they spoke to News 4 Thursday. 

"I look down the street to see if he's coming and he's not even coming," said one. "To know that he's not gonna come, to know that I won't be able to tell him I love him, hug him, this is crazy." 

Another sister said she was in the home, along with four of her brother's children, when he was killed. She could barely speak through her tears, but described a trio of attackers with knives, one of whom punched her. 

Relatives created a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses and childcare. On it, they wrote, "It is a painful loss to our family and friends. It is a pain that we do not wish on anyone." 

The name of the 17-year-old boy arrested has not been released. He faces charges of armed burglary and weapons possession in addition to the murder offenses. 

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<![CDATA[Senators Hatch, Brown Trade Barbs in Tax Debate]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:11:20 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/US-Taxes-Hatch-Brown-Lon-NR-151093378913800002.jpg

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch and Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown exchanged heated words in a Senate Finance committee hearing debating the tax bill overhaul. The Senate version of tax bill was approved and sent to the full Senate after four days of often fierce partisan debate.

<![CDATA[Escaped 'Psychopath' Explains Why He Fled Hawaii Hospital]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:32:53 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hawaii_psycho_jail_1116_792303.JPG

In a jailhouse interview Thursday, a man described by police as psychopathic killer who escaped a Hawaii psychiatric ward and flew to the California Bay Area explained why he did it.

Randall Saito, who walked out of a mental hospital Sunday, then hopped two planes to get to the Bay Area, says he just wanted to prove he could live normally.

"They won't give me a chance," he said in an interview with NBC affiliate KCRA in Sacramento.

Saito's escape ended Wednesday in Stockton, where he was arrested and booked into San Joaquin County Jail.

"They're not going to release me. And once I kind of understood that, I kind of figured, well, if anything's going to happen, it's going to happen with me," Saito said. "I'm going to have to do something pretty risky and gutsy."

So he says he devised a plan to escape.

"I decided to run away and come to the mainland and to live as long as I can on the money that I had in the community without getting into any kind of trouble," he continued.

Saito says he had $7,000 and some help. Surveillance photos captured him leaving the psych ward in Honolulu Sunday. He walked to a nearby park and hopped a cab to the airport.

"The sooner we get there the better," he said to the cab driver.

Saito made it all the way to Mineta San Jose International Airport, via Maui, before the hospital realized he was missing. Police finally arrested him when his taxi driver recognized him and delivered him to officers.

"I can live in a community without doing drugs, without hurting anyone and prove without a doubt I did it," Saito said.

Saito was found not guilty by reason of insanity for a murder in Hawaii in 1979. He was diagnosed as a sadist and necrophiliac who had fantasies of killing women.

On Thursday, he addressed the 1979 murder.

"Three years of substance abuse," he said. "I actually snapped that night. I lost it, killing the woman, stabbing her to death. I regret it every day. I pray for her every day. I believe the family I offended has the right to take my life, but no one else. I owe them something I cannot repay."

Saito would not say who helped him with his escape. The hospital is investigating.

Saito will be held in the San Joaquin County Jail until Hawaii authorities come and take him back.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:45:00 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trumpthumb.jpgWhat Donald Trump's presidency will look like is unclear to many observers. He has not previously worked in politics, and has made contradictory statements on policy issues in several areas during his campaign. Despite the unknowns, Trump has an extensive public profile that, along with his real estate empire and the Trump brand, grew domestically and internationally over the last few decades. Here is a look at his personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[CTE Found in Living Ex-NFL Player for 1st Time: Study]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:52:15 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_764021564440-Fred-McNeill-NFL-Player.jpg

The "unique pattern" of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the debilitating brain disease known as CTE, has been found for the first time in a patient before he died, NBC News reported.

It was detected in a brain scan of former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Fred McNeill, according to the doctors behind a study published in the journal Neurosurgery last week. The scan could lead to the development of treatments for the incurable disease.

CTE is caused by repeated blows to the head, and has been found in many dead NFL players' brains, including former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in April before a murder conviction against him was cleared.

So far, the only way to definitively diagnose CTE is by looking at the brain after death, but a 2012 scan of McNeill's brain that seemed to show protein deposits characteristic of CTE was confirmed in an autopsy after McNeill died last year.

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<![CDATA[In Photos: Total Devastation in Puerto Rico After Maria]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:19:36 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/AP_17271040483244.jpgThe island territory of more than 3 million U.S. citizens is reeling in the devastating wake of what Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello called "the most devastating storm in a century."

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<![CDATA[Big Leak Closes Keystone Pipeline in Several States]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:18:13 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/pipeAP_16295749258179.jpg

Part of the controversial Keystone Pipeline was shut down Thursday after more than 200,000 gallons of oil leaked in South Dakota, the state and the company that runs the pipeline said Thursday.

Brian Walsh, an environmental scientist for the Ground Water Quality Program of the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, told NBC News that TransCanada, the Calgary-based company that operates the Canada-to-Texas line, reported the leak Thursday morning in a sparsely populated area of Marshall County, near Amherst in the northeastern part of the state.

The leak comes four days before Nebraska officials are scheduled to vote on whether to approve a 275-mile-long extension of the project through the state.

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<![CDATA[Ohio State, Investigating Hazing, Suspends Most Fraternities]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:09:05 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Ohio+State+Campus+Sign.jpg

Ohio State University has joined a growing list of schools that have suspended fraternities in an effort to crack down on hazing, NBC News reported.

On Thursday, the university announced that it’s investigating over a quarter of its Interfraternity Council chapters for potential violations of the Code of Student Conduct.

Most of the investigations involve hazing and alcohol, a university spokesman told the student newspaper, The Lantern.

"The university will not tolerate behavior that puts the health and safety of students at risk," Ryan Lovell, the senior director of sorority and fraternity life, said in a letter to chapter presidents. "This proactive step is being taken so that the IFC community takes a pause to reflect and create individual, actionable strategies for the future."

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<![CDATA[Trump-Branded Tower in Panama Has Ties to Organized Crime]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:40:18 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/482394284-Trump-Ocean-Club-International-Hotel-and-Tower.jpg

The sail-shaped Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City was riddled with brokers, customers and investors who have been linked to drug trafficking and international crime, according to an NBC News and Reuters investigation.

The Trump Organization was not the building's developer — the Trump name was licensed — and the investigation found no indication that it or members of the Trump family engaged in any illegal activity or knew that some of the project's associates had criminal backgrounds.

But one former financial crimes prosecutor in Panama, Mauricio Ceballos, called the building "a vehicle for money laundering." And legal experts said the Trumps should have asked questions as part of due diligence on a project in a nation perceived to be highly corrupt, as Panama has been, or risk being liable under U.S. law.

One Brazilian real estate salesman who fled real estate fraud charges in Panama and admits to NBC News that he's laundered money said he was involved in the project and that the Trumps never asked questions about buyers or their money. Alexandre Ventura Nogueira also said he struck a deal in 2006 with Ivanka Trump in which he promised to sell 100 units at the building in a week "without telling [the buyers] the price."

Ivanka Trump referred questions about the project to the Trump Organization, which distanced itself from both Ventura and the Panama project in a statement: "the company was not responsible for the financing of the project and had no involvement in the sale of units or the retention of any real estate brokers."

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<![CDATA[Sanders: Trump Believes Moore Should Step Aside If Allegations Are True]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:10:55 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SHS_roy+Moore.jpg

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders answers questions about President Donald Trump’s position on Alabama Senatorial Candidate Roy Moore and recent sexual misconduct allegations against him.

<![CDATA[DC Sniper's Ex-Wife: Domestic Violence Linked With Shootings]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:38:37 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mildred+Muhammad1.jpg

Five people were shot dead in California this month and 26 people died in a shooting at a church in Texas. The gunmen in both cases had histories of domestic violence.

Some experts say domestic violence is a common thread in mass shootings. Mildred Muhammad, ex-wife of D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad, said she knows about the connection first-hand.

"These men have decided to take upon themselves to take the lives of other people," Mildred Muhammad said.

John Allen Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, took the lives of 10 people in Maryland and Virginia 15 years ago. Both men were convicted in Maryland and Virginia, and Muhammad was executed in 2009. Malvo is currently serving life without parole.

Mildred Muhammad shared her story on a panel at Temple Sinai in Northwest D.C. Thursday night. She said her ex-husband verbally abused her.

"With my situation, I didn’t have physical scars to prove that I was a victim," she said.

She said she has always believed the attacks were a smoke screen for his plan to kill her and regain custody of their three children.

Muhammad said she relates to the wives of mass shooters Devin Patrick Kelley and Kevin Neal. Kelley opened fire on a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people, and Neal killed five people including his wife in a rampage in Northern California.

Both men were accused of domestic violence against their spouses. Neal’s wife had gotten a restraining order against him that should have prevented him from owning guns.

Gun safety group Everytown for Gun Safety said that more than half of mass shootings from 2009 to last year were related to domestic violence.

"We know anytime firearms are involved in any sort of unhealthy relationship, it increases the odds tremendously of that gun being used in a tragic situation," Montgomery County, Maryland, Sheriff Darren Popkin said.

Federal law bans firearm possession by domestic violence offenders in two ways: prohibiting an individual who is under a restraining order for domestic violence, and prohibiting someone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence crime from purchasing or possessing firearms. But experts say vaguely written laws, ineffective implementation and gaps such as private sales and the so-called "boyfriend loophole" often allow domestic abusers who shouldn't be allowed to possess guns to have them anyway. 

Muhammad wrote a book called “I'm Still Standing" and says it provides tools that people can use to help victims of domestic violence.

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<![CDATA[Teacher Pulls Off Student's Hijab at Fairfax County School]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:10:55 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HijabGettyImages-871266408.jpg

A high school student in Fairfax County, Virginia, said on social media she was shocked and infuriated when a teacher pulled her hijab off her head in front of other students at school.

The Lake Braddock High School student said on Twitter she was talking with a friend when a teacher approached her and pulled the hijab off her head.

"So my hijab was ripped off my head today," she tweeted.

"Then he says 'Oh your hair is so pretty' and tries to play it off like it’s a joke," she said.

After her hijab was pulled off, she ran into a restroom and called her parents. They contacted the school and a mosque.

The teacher, who was not publicly identified, told other teachers he thought the student was wearing a hoodie over the hijab. He reached to pull off the hoodie and the hijab came off, he reportedly said. Other teachers said both he and the student were embarrassed.

“This is horrifying,” said Ieasha Prime, the woman’s programming director at Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center. Women wear hijabs to identify as Muslim and to express religious modesty, she told News4.

“If there’s any part of my body that I choose to cover, my body is my business. And her hair is her business,” Prime said.

"A lot of teachers do that," another student told News4. "They, like, pull your hat off or take your hood off."

The girl whose hijab was removed said she had “appreciated and valued” the teacher, but criticized him for touching students in a series of tweets that went viral Wednesday.

The teacher was placed on leave by administrators.

"The teacher's action was inappropriate and unacceptable. The school administration has apologized to the student and her family for the incident,” Fairfax County Public Schools said in a statement.

One Lake Braddock student told News4 the teacher was a nice guy and didn't mean any harm.

But the advocacy group the Council on American-Islamic Relations called for more disciplinary action, saying in a statement that Muslim people are being targeted by hate.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:51:41 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-872519720.jpgTake a look at significant events from President Donald Trump's time in office, including the signing of the travel ban, Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court, the launch of 59 missiles at Syria's government-held Shayrat Airfiled and more.

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<![CDATA['Beyond Vulgar': Human Hair Buildup Poses Metro Threat]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:44:03 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hair+insulator+metro+rail.jpg

Hair and other human fibers are accumulating in Washington D.C. Metro tunnels in such large quantities that the gunk poses a threat of electrical sparks and fire, a transit consultant tells News4.

So much hair and skin cells built up on insulators that support the electrified third rails that the mess looks like a thick layer of felt, said a safety specialist from Amalgamated Transit Union, the largest labor union representing transit employees in North America.

"I was flabbergasted -- flabbergasted -- at the amount of hair that's in the Metro," Brian Sherlock said.

It's not just hair and fibers -- dust and debris also are gathering, according to Sherlock.

He said the issue can become especially dangerous when debris gathers near the high-voltage third rail.

"The amount of debris is just beyond vulgar to think of," Sherlock said.

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld acknowledged the issue.

"Hair literally comes off of people and off of clothing and gets sucked up," he said.

This hair issue is not one that Metro has independently studied, but Metro has made efforts to increase the regularity of trackbed cleaning since 2016, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said. 

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<![CDATA[Comcast Approached 21st Century Fox About Buying Major Assets: Sources]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:20:15 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/comcAP_17088554910426.jpg

Comcast has approached 21st Century Fox and expressed interest in an acquisition of some of Fox's assets, sources tell CNBC.

Comcast is interested in the same set of assets that Disney approached Fox about earlier this year.

CNBC reported last week, citing sources, that 21st Century Fox has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Disney, leaving only an entity focused on news and sports.

A Comcast-Fox deal would have the same regulatory issues that Disney would have in acquiring the Fox assets, the sources said.

Comcast owns the parent company of this station NBCUniversal.

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