<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - National & International News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:19:45 -0700 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:19:45 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ohio Officer Faces Murder Charge in Driver's Killing]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:31:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ray-Tensing-mug.jpg

The white University of Cincinnati police officer who shot unarmed black man Samuel Dubose during a traffic stop has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor announced Wednesday, saying the cop "purposely" killed the motorist and "should never have been a police officer," according to NBC News.

In announcing the murder charge against officer Ray Tensing, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters lambasted the cop over the death of Dubose, 43, saying the fatal shooting was "the most asinine act I've ever seen a police officer make."

Dubose was pulled over July 19 for having a missing front license plate.

Authorities say when Tensing asked Dubose to hand over his driver's license and registration, he "produced a bottle of alcohol from inside the car, handing it to Officer Tensing" instead.

The car began rolling forward, and Tensing was knocked to the ground.

After a brief struggle ensued, Dubose was shot once in the head by the officer following as he sat behind the wheel of his car, authorities said.

The president of University of Cincinnati announced that the school has terminated Tensing.

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<![CDATA[Charges in Maddy Middleton Death]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:38:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/T5A+VIGILIA+MADDY+SANTA+CRUZ+KATHERINE+VO+-+00002316.jpg

The Santa Cruz District Attorney on Wednesday charged a 15-year-old boy with murder and kidnapping in the death of an 8-year-old girl who vanished while riding her scooter near her apartment on Sunday afternoon.

The decision to charge Adrian Jerry Gonzalez as an adult in the death of Madyson "Maddy" Middleton was announced by Jeffrey Rosell at a news conference on the Santa Cruz County courthouse steps.

Rosell said he couldn't remember any similar cases in recent history.

Gonzalez is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday. He is being housed at a juvenile detention facility.

Rosell would not go into the specifics of the case. But he said the charges are: one count of murder that includes special circumstances of lying in wait, kidnap and sexual assault, and other counts related to sexual offenses and kidnapping. The maximum penalty for the crimes is life in prison, Rosell said, as the death penalty is not applicable to minors.

A motive has never been offered.

"People do things things for all sorts of reasons," Rosell said. "Sometimes we understand them and sometimes we don't."

Attempts to speak to the teen and his mother have not been successful. A woman who appeared to be his mother wailed in front of a bank of TV cameras on Monday night as the boy was led off in a patrol car calmly.

Some neighbors who know the boy, however, said that he is a good kid who comes from a loving family. Even the boyfriend of Maddy's mother, Kirby Scudder, told NBC Bay Area that Gonzalez is a "great kid." Others knew him for throwing a yo-yo around the complex.

On Tuesday, Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said that Gonzalez “lured” Maddy up to his apartment on Sunday afternoon or evening, and killed her, before carrying her body down to a recycling bin at the apartment complex where both lived. Police didn't her body until about 8 p.m. Monday.

Vogel also said that evidence, including the girl’s belongings, witness statements and video surveillance, links Gonzalez to Maddy's death. He also said the “suspect went to great lengths” to disguise and conceal the body left in the dumpster.

The 8-year-old's death has left many near and far in shock and disbelief. Santa Cruz residents held a vigil for her on Tuesday night and the Rio Theatre dedicated its marquee to her.

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<![CDATA[Man Wrongfully Jailed Shot Dead]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:27:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Alprentiss-Nash.jpg

A man has been fatally shot in Chicago nearly three years after he was released from prison, having spent 17 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit.

Alprentiss Nash, 40, was fatally shot in the chest Tuesday afternoon in the 1600 block of West Van Buren on the Near West Side, according to his attorney and police.

Police said Nash was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he was later pronounced dead.

Nash’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, said Nash was murdered during a failed robbery attempt. Police could not immediately confirm that information but said a person of interest was being questioned in his death.

Nash was previously sentenced to 80 years in prison for murder in connection with the 1995 death of Leon Stroud of Chicago's South Side.

He spent 17 years in prison before being released in August 2012 after evidence indicated he might not have committed the crime.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said at the time that new DNA evidence and a collective investigation showed there was not enough evidence to convict Nash.

Nash said in 2012 that while he was shocked, he wasn’t angry. He just wanted to get on with his life.

"The time is now. I'm a free man and I'm going to move forward," he said.

According to court records, Nash was arrested shortly after the April 30, 1995, crime in Chicago's West Pullman neighborhood. He was convicted on witness testimony.

The killer wore a black ski mask during the crime. One was recovered from a gate post near Stroud's home. During a post-conviction appeal, Nash sought DNA testing of the mask. That was opposed by the state's attorney's office and subsequently dismissed by a circuit judge.

An Illinois Appellate Court later reversed that decision, ordering the DNA testing that in 2010 came back with a genetic profile matching another man.

<![CDATA[Trump: I'd 'Love' to Pick Palin for Cabinet Spot]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:58:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/114965052_10.jpg

Donald Trump said he'd "love" to have former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as a member of his cabinet if he is elected president. 

Asked on Sarah Palin's Mama Grizz Radio's "The Palin Update with Kevin Scholla" whether he'd include Palin in his administration, Trump responded "I'd love that."

"She really is somebody that knows what's happening. She's a special person, she's really a special person," he said. "She's got a following that's unbelievable."

Trump said he's always admired the former Alaska governor's talent for taking criticism in stride.

"One of things I most admire so much about her is that she took so much nonsense, lies, disgusting lies," he said. "And she handles it so well. She's tough and smart and just a great woman."

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<![CDATA[Taliban Chief Mullah Omar Is Dead: Afghan Official]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:07:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP120428025635.jpg

The Afghan government announced Wednesday that longtime Taliban leader Mullah Omar was dead.

"I can confirm that Mullah Omar is dead," the spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security Abdul Hassib Sediqi told NBC News. "According to our intelligence Mullah Omar has died in a hospital in Pakistan a couple years ago."

Rumors have circulated for years that the leader of the militant group that ruled Afghanistan until being toppled by U.S.-backed forces in 2001 had died.

Afghan intelligence officials told NBC News earlier that the government came to the conclusion Omar had died about two years earlier during a high-level national security meeting Wednesday morning.

The government had sufficient information to conclude that Omar died of hepatitis B about two years ago, and his death was kept secret to keep the group together, a second intelligence source told NBC News. 

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<![CDATA[2 Dead, 31 Sick Amid 'Unusual' Legionnaires' Outbreak in NYC]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:43:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/legionnaires+outbreak.jpg

Nearly three dozen cases of Legionnaires' disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the Bronx over the last two weeks in what the Health Department is calling a concerning "unusual increase" in cases.

Thirty-one cases have been reported in south Bronx neighborhoods, primarily in High Bridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point and Mott Haven, since July 10, the Health Department said. Two of the people stricken with the condition died.

Legionnaires' disease is caused by exposure to the bacteria Legionella; in most cases, people are exposed to the bacteria by inhaling contaminated aerosols from cooling towers, hot tubs, showers and faucets or drinking water.

Officials are testing water from cooling towers and other potential sources in the area to determine the source of the outbreak.

Legionnaires' disease usually sets in two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria and has symptoms similar to pneumonia, including shortness of breath, high fever, chills and chest pains. People with Legionnaires' also experience appetite loss, confusion, fatigue and muscle aches.

It cannot be spread person-to-person and those at highest risk for contracting the illness include the elderly, cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung or immune system disease and those receiving immunosuppressive drugs. Most cases can be treated successfully with antibiotics.

The Health Department urges anyone with symptoms to seek immediate medical attention.

"We are concerned about this unusual increase in Legionnaires' disease cases in the south Bronx," Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said in a statement. "We are conducting a swift investigation to determine the source of the outbreak and prevent future cases."

At a news briefing on hot weather Wednesday afternoon, Bassett said the investigation was in its early stages, and reiterated early treatment was crucial.

"We have our disease detectives out in the field, scanning the environment and looking for places to take samples," Bassett said.

"We know a lot about Legionnaires', we know a lot about outbreaks -- this particular outbreak is still under investigation. We have an evolving situation," she added. "This is a common and readily treated pneumonia and we want to make sure people get care."

Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx confirmed it had received Legionnaires' patients, but declined to say how many and referred questions to the Health Department.



John Dudley, district manager of Bronx Community Board 3, said the Health Department hadn't notified him about the outbreak and he wanted more information to spread to residents in his neighborhoods.

"I'm shocked," Dudley said, adding he was at least glad to know the disease couldn't be spread through person-to-person contact.

An outbreak last hit the Bronx in December. Between then and January, 12 people in Co-op City contracted the potentially deadly disease. Officials said a contaminated cooling tower was likely linked to at least 75 percent of those cases. No one died in that outbreak.

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<![CDATA[Lifeguard Lying in Sand on Duty]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:02:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/217*120/gary+lifeguard+video.jpg

A Gary, Indiana lifeguard has been fired after she was caught on video lying in the shade while on duty over the weekend.

The three-minute video, which was taken at Marquette Park Beach, was posted to YouTube Saturday and shows a lifeguard lying in the sand below her chair at the beach. The woman is seen still wearing pants and socks in the footage.

“I used to be a lifeguard for five years,” a beachgoer says in the video. “I just want to know why you’re lying down on the job. Aren’t you supposed to be watching the water?”

The woman in the video says she was resting there because it was in the shade.

LaLosa Bent Burns, the director of communications for Gary, told NBC Chicago that the lifeguard’s actions “inexcusable” and said she has been fired.

"It's inexcusable conduct and we addressed the situation as soon as we became aware of it,” he said.  

<![CDATA[Patriots Owner on Brady Decision]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:50:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-461747308.jpg

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick addressed the media Wednesday morning as the team officially kicked off training camp. 

The media availability came a day after the NFL's decision to uphold Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game.

"The decision handed down by the league is unfathomable," Kraft said. He added: "I was wrong to put my faith in the league." 

Belichick dodged questions about the Deflategate controversy, saying there's "nothing really to talk about there." He said the team will continue to get ready for the 2015 season. 

Kraft said that "Tom Brady is a person of great integrity and a great ambassador of the game." 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady's cellphone on or just before March 6. Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells on that day.

Brady released a counter-statement Wednesday morning saying, "I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January."

Calling the appeal process "a sham," Brady's agent, Don Yee, said Goodell "failed to ensure a fair process" in upholding the quarterback's four-game suspension.

The Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks. 

Kraft said he regrets not appealing the NFL penalties against the team. 

Devin McCourty says Robert Kraft speaks for the Patriots. They all support Tom Brady. Wide receiver Matthew Slater says the Patriots are a family and stand behind each other, including Tom Brady.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said "I think the NFL needs to get their priorities straight."

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<![CDATA[Only 4 Northern White Rhinos Left]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:28:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_760306698482.jpg

One of the last five northern white rhinoceroses in the world has died.

Nabiré, a 31-year-old female northern white rhino, died of a ruptured cyst, authorities at the Dvůr Králové Zoo announced. Nabiré's death leaves only three females and one male left of her species.

Because of poaching and habitat loss, northern white rhinos have been on the brink of extinction for years. 

Out of the only three female northern whites left behind, none are able to carry babies due to uterine conditions or being past the reproductive age. 

<![CDATA[Despite Latino Pope, U.S. Hispanics Drawn to Evangelicalism]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:34:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lamb22.jpg

Despite growing up in the Catholic Church and attending parochial school, Gladys Verdejo said that for years her faith didn't extend much beyond attending Sunday Mass.

But an invitation to a worship service at the Lamb's Church of Nazarene in New York City seven years ago changed that. 

"I fell in love," said Verdejo, who was born in Puerto Rico, of her experience visiting an evangelical church. 

On a recent Sunday at the Lamb’s Church, Verdejo was among a large number of Latino congregants worshipping to gospel songs in Spanish. When the Rev. Gabriel Salguero took to the pulpit, he began his sermon with a fiery message: “Education is power! Ignorance is slavery!”

According to Verdejo, it was this message of empowerment and a direct connection to the gospel she felt she was lacking in the Catholic Church. “I feel more comfortable and at home here. I have a lot to learn still, but it's great,” she said.

Shifting Denomination

As millions of Catholics throughout the country await Pope Francis’s first U.S. visit this September, the steady movement of Hispanics, like Gladys Verdejo, away from the Catholic Church underscores a dilemma for the church: Despite efforts to attract and retain U.S. Latinos through expansion of lay ministry positions and support for immigration reform, many Hispanics continue to convert to an evangelical church or abandon their faith altogether.

The pope is expected to speak about immigrant rights at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia later this fall. In a nod to U.S. Hispanic Catholics — who comprise 17 percent of the population and 38 percent of U.S. Catholics — the pope will also offer a historic canonization Mass in Spanish for the Junipero Serra, a Franciscan missionary who established mission churches in California. 

Addressing Latinos in Spanish “will be an unquestioned acknowledgment of the importance of Latino communities and Latino Catholics in the United States,” said Professor Luis Fraga, director of the Institute for Latino Studies and professor of Transformative Latino Leadership at the University of Notre Dame.

After the pope's 2013 inauguration, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, presumed the evangelical church's success in drawing in U.S. Latinos would diminish.  

“We [Latino Evangelicals] expected Pope Francis to, in a very measurable manner, slow down the exodus from Catholicism to Evangelicals in Latin America and here in America. But guess what? He’s not slowing down the exodus,” he said.

In fact, Pew Research Center polling from last year notes that among Latinos between 30 to 49, “the net movement has been away from Catholicism and toward both evangelical Protestantism and no religious affiliation.”

"I Experienced the Presence of God"

After the service at the Lamb’s Church of Nazarene in Manhattan, Katira Castro de Lopez, 34, of Queens, New York, chatted with parishioners as her two children played.

Born in Puerto Rico and baptized in the Catholic Church, Castro de Lopez said she was a teenager when she first visited an evangelical church.

“I experienced the presence of God. It was tangible. I’ve never experienced that feeling in my life ever before,” she said.

The Catholic Church has experienced a net loss of members for decades, and evangelical Protestantism has woven its way into Latino immigrant communities since the 1940s. While the greater part of Latinos in the U.S. still belong to the Catholic Church, the Pew data show that this majority continues to shrink as evangelical Protestant and unaffiliated groups rise among U.S. Latinos. According to the research, nearly one-quarter of U.S. Latinos are now former Catholics.

Evangelical Community-Building

Rodriguez’s Sacramento-based organization, which encompasses over 40,000 member-churches representing millions of Latino Evangelicals, is the largest Latino Christian organization in the country. Rodriguez said intense community-building efforts continue to draw Hispanics to the evangelical church.

“You’re Salvadoran; we prepare your food and we sing your songs. You’re Mexican; we sing your music at church. You don’t have to abandon your culture when you come to our parish,” Rodriguez said.

The church isn’t just offering cultural affirmation. Rodriguez said it’s a message of personal and spiritual empowerment, including a message of financial prosperity, that’s attracting an increasing number of Latino immigrants who have experienced poverty.

“We validate the American dream. The Catholic Church is very ambiguous — almost silent, if not antagonistic — to the idea that America does represent social economic vertical mobility,” Rodriguez said.

Penance and Power

Rodriguez said the evangelical church’s inclusion of spiritual, social, and financial empowerment in gospel teachings resonates with Latino churchgoers.

Among the ways the evangelical church empowers, said Rodriguez, is by mobilizing congregants around social and political movements, and by using its leverage to persuade Congress on immigration reform.

For its part, the Catholic Church has worked to empower U.S. Latinos for decades, Luis Fraga said. One successful way, he said, is the Church continues to affirm its Latino base is by expanding the appointment of Latino deacons.

“There is an explicit attempt to appoint individuals who have language knowledge, cultural capital, life experience directly related to Latino communities, and give them very important roles in ministering to Hispanic communities,” he said.

Fraga added that Catholic social charities, local parishes and organizations like the Catholic Campaign for Human Development — the Church’s domestic anti-poverty program which works to address immigration reform and assist low-income communities — have been highly responsive to the needs of immigrant communities. Initiatives by Latino dioceses across the U.S. are anchoring the Catholic Church, according to Fraga.

“The growth in the Catholic Church — at least the slowing of the decline — of strong Catholic congregants is directly related to the increased presence of Latino immigrant communities,” he said.

Mar Muñoz-Visoso, executive director of Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, describes the Catholic Church’s efforts to minister to Hispanic communities as all-embracing.

“We have close to 5,000 parishes in the United States that do have some kind of ministry for Hispanic immigrants,” she said.

Muñoz-Visoso also said that 47 percent of lay ministry positions in the U.S., including youth ministers, parish managers, and religious educators, are filled by Latinos.

“[T]here is something very impressive there because it really means that we’re preparing the next generation of Latinos for the Church,” she said.

On Immigration

As trends in American Christianity continue to indicate a decline in membership, both Catholic and evangelical church leaders agree the future of Catholic and evangelical churches alike are intimately linked to Latinos in the U.S.

Rodriguez said for the better part of a decade he has been putting pressure on conservatives in Congress as well as assuaging the concerns that he said many white Evangelicals have about comprehensive immigration reform. “You need to support immigration reform because if not, you’re actually deporting the very future of your church,” he said.

Echoing the official views of the Catholic church, Muñoz-Visoso describes the Catholic church’s approach to immigration reform as comprehensive. “There has to be a grassroots movement to make sure that human dignity is respected, that due process is respected, and to understand the root causes of immigration,” she said.

Pope Francis has been vocal about the plight of immigrants worldwide. In a message for the 2014 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, he addressed the need for thorough reform. “Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more,” he wrote.

Pope Francis is expected to address immigration in a speech in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families. The event's theme is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”

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<![CDATA[Kerry Testifies on Iran Deal at Senate Hearing]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:10:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jonh-kerry.jpg

Secretary of State John Kerry was back on the Hill on Wednesday testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey on the Uran nuclear Deal. 

They answered questions on the nuclear agreement with Iran as well as what it means for military balance in the Middle East.

"Let me underscore — the alternative to the deal we've reached isn't a better deal — some sort of unicorn arrangement involving Iran's complete capitulation. That's a fantasy plain and simple," Kerry said on Wednesday during his opening statements. "The choice we face is between a deal that will ensure Iran's nuclear program is limited, rigorously scrutinized, and wholly peaceful or no deal at all."

For days, the Obama administration has vigorously defended the historic deal aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program to deeply skeptical GOP lawmakers. 

<![CDATA[Greenpeace Protesters Dangle From Portland Bridge]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:24:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/150729-portland-bridge-greenpeace-1045a_560147613e0dbba71fcb0de19ea27d4a.nbcnews-ux-760-520.jpg

At least a dozen climbers with Greenpeace were dangling from a Portland, Oregon, bridge on Wednesday morning — and threatened to do so for days — in protest of Shell's scheduled launch of a ship for Arctic oil exploration, NBC News reported.

"The climbers have enough supplies to last several days, and are prepared to stay in Shell's way as long as possible," the environmental organization said in a blog post.

The stunt on the St. Johns Bridge comes after protesters gathered in a Portland park Tuesday evening, and planned to drop kayaks in the water in a bid to stop the Royal Dutch Shell from leaving port. The ship was scheduled Wednesday to depart for Alaskan waters.

Following the lead of protesters in Seattle who tried to block ships headed for Shell's planned oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea, the Portland "kayaktivists" also planned to conduct a vigil overnight Tuesday on the Willamette River, which runs through downtown Portland.

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<![CDATA[Woman Dies in Police Holding Cell]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:47:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/raynette+turner.jpg

A 44-year-old mother of eight arrested on a shoplifting charge for the third time in recent weeks died in a Westchester County holding cell Monday, according to officials and a published report.

Police say the woman, identified as Raynette Turner, was found unresponsive in her cell in the Mount Vernon Police Department, where she was being held pending arraignment.

Turner, who had eight children, according to Westchester News 12, had been arrested Saturday afternoon in Restaurant Depot, a wholesale cash and carry foodservice supplier, on Columbus Avenue. She was brought to the Mount Vernon holding facility and processed.

On Sunday, around 7:30 p.m., authorities say Turner complained of feeling ill and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Turner was treated at the hospital and released by doctors; she returned to the holding cell shortly before 10 p.m.

Less than 24 hours later, she was dead. Authorities say Turner was found unresponsive in the holding cell around 2 p.m. Monday when authorities went to take her to a court hearing. She had last been seen conscious, sitting up in her cell, some time between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., authorities said.

Inmates at the Mount Vernon facility are continually monitored on surveillance video and police log their behavior on an hourly basis. Authorities say the last note on Turner indicated she was laying on her side and appeared to be sleeping.

Officials say nothing appeared out of the ordinary; Turner was the only one in her cell.

Turner likely died between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., officials said, though the investigation is preliminary. The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine her cause of death.

Police say the woman had previously undergone bariatric surgery and had a history of hypertension. They say there is no indication of foul play.

The woman's husband, Herman Turner, told Westchester News 12 he wanted answers -- and he said he wasn't getting any.

"I can't get any answers from detectives, anyone," Herman Turner told the website. "She was a wife. She was a mother. She was mine."

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<![CDATA[Feared 'Symbol of Terror' Killed in Pakistan Ambush, Gunbattle]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:13:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_110715143258.jpg

One of Pakistan's most-feared Islamist militant leaders and 13 of his associates were gunned down during an assault on a police convoy that was transporting him from prison on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.

Malik Ishaq, who directed the operations of the Taliban- and al-Qaida-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, was so notorious in Pakistan that frightened judges hid their faces from him and even offered him tea and cookies in court. He is believed to be behind the killing of scores of minority Shiites.

Ishaq, who is believed to be either 55 or 56, had been detained by police two days earlier on suspicion of being involved in the slaying of two Shiites, police officer Bakhtiar Ahmed said.

Early Wednesday, as officers tried to transfer Ishaq from a prison in the eastern city of Multan, gunmen ambushed the convoy in an attempt to free him, Ahmed said. The ensuing gunbattle killed Ishaq and at least 13 of his associates, including two of his sons and his deputy, Ghulam Rasool, Ahmed said.

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<![CDATA[Los Angeles Shooter Identified]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:10:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Studio+City+Man+with+gun+3+7-24-15.jpg

The alleged gunman who was killed by police after firing several shots outside of a popular Los Angeles Studio City shopping district last week was identified on Tuesday.

The gunman was identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department as Seth Raines. No other details about the shooter was released.

The shooting incident involving Raines was reported in the 12000 block of Ventura Boulevard on July 24. The shooting scared shoppers and prompted a strong response from LAPD officers.

Police temporarily closed Ventura Boulevard between Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Laurelgrove Avenue. 

There were no reports of injuries.

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<![CDATA[Millions Brace for Summer Scorcher Across U.S.]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:28:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-481481458.jpg

Around 35 million people will be under a heat advisory Wednesday, facing blazing temperatures and thick humidity which will make the summer scorcher only feel worse, NBC News reported.

Excessive heat warnings were in effect from St. Louis down the Mississippi River and past Memphis — into northeastern Louisiana and including Philadelphia. The sweltering heat is expected to last unusually long, Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth said.

The northwest will see temperatures 10-20 degrees above average, with record-setting heat likely on Thursday and through the weekend. The northeast will see highs 5-10 degrees above average, Roth said.

The most dangerous heat is forecast for Missouri and Memphis, with predictions that the heat index could climb to 110. Texas and Florida, too, will see temperatures top 100 degrees.

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<![CDATA[Body Found in Suitcase Wasn't Madeleine McCann: Police]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:14:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/missing+kid+1.jpg

Australian police have ruled out the possibility that a child's body found in a suitcase on the side of a highway is missing British girl Madeleine McCann, NBC News reported.

South Australia Police had warned a match was "highly unlikely," but the force's Detective Superintendent Des Bray extinguished all possibility Wednesday by announcing that "Madeleine McCann has been totally excluded as a potential victim."

McCann's 2007 disappearance from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, sparked a police investigation costing millions of dollars.

Countless sightings have been reported but none have been confirmed. No one has ever been charged over her disappearance.

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<![CDATA[AA Flight Makes Emergency Landing]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:56:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/American-Airlines.jpg

An American Airlines flight traveling from Chicago O’Hare to Charlotte made an emergency landing Tuesday night.

Flight 1277 was diverted to Indianapolis before making it to North Carolina after the plane showed “indication of a mechanical issue,” according to an airline spokesperson.

The plane landed in Indiana about 9:15 p.m., officials said. American Airlines said the aircraft has since been checked out by an Indiana Mechanical Team and has been cleared to fly. The same aircraft is scheduled to take off at 11:30 p.m.

From the looks of social media it seems that the diverted flight may have had some NFL cargo on board.

Former Chicago Bears’ Charles "Peanut" Tillman posted a video on Twitter taken from inside an American Airlines flight with the caption: “Hopefully this will be my first and only emergency landing… #changingmyunderwearnow #thankyoujesus”

After playing for the Bears for 12 years, Tillman signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers in 2015. Tillman, a Chicago native, still lives in the area with his wife and children.

The Panthers first practice is scheduled for Friday.

A request for comment from the Bears legacy was not immediately returned.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Cop Tosses Peanuts at Handcuffed Homeless Man]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:02:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/small-072815-sarasota-peanut-police.jpg

A Florida police department is investigating video showing an officer throwing peanuts at a handcuffed homeless man, NBC News reported.

The tape shows officer Andrew Halpin tossing peanuts while booking Randy Miller at the Sarasota County Jail on July 18. Miller opens his mouth like a circus animal — apparently at Halpin's command.

The video was made public on Monday. Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino told NBC station WFLA she was not aware of the incident until the video was made public and is "disappointed in what I saw in this video."

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida called the acts "humiliating" and is demanding that Halpin be fired, according to WFLA.

Photo Credit: WFLA
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<![CDATA[Baby Giraffe Dies]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:11:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kipenzi.jpg

Dallas Zoo said its world-famous baby giraffe, Kipenzi, has died after running into the perimeter edge of her habitat Tuesday.

The zoo said preliminary results indicate that she suffered three broken vertebrae in her neck and died immediately.

In a statement released to NBC 5, zoo officials said keepers were routinely moving the giraffes into their night barn just after 5:30 p.m. when Kipenzi began to scamper in the feed yard, made a sharp turn and collided with the wall.

"Running is a typical behavior for giraffes of all ages, especially young ones like Kipenzi," Harrison Edell, the zoo's senior director of living collections, said in a statement. "We've been very cautious with where we've allowed Kipenzi to roam, as we were with her siblings Kopano and Jamie when they were small. It's heartbreaking that this happened where it did despite our precautions."

Zoo officials said Kipenzi's mother, Katie, was allowed to visit her calf's body before veterinarians and keepers removed it.

"We have animals that are closely knit socially," Edell said. "We often times will give them a few moments to help them understand what has transpired."

Edell said the zoo staff need time to grieve too.

"Keepers work with their animals every single day," he said. "They come in and they're extended family, so it's devastating to lose any of them."

Kipenzi made headlines around the world in April when her birth was broadcast live on Animal Planet and streamed live on the Internet.

The zoo then held a popular naming contest that settled on Kipenzi, which translates to "loved one" in Swahili.

Zoo officials recommend The Giraffe Conservation Foundation — an organization it says helps protect giraffes in Africa — for those interested in making a donation in Kipenzi's memory.

NBC 5 Investigates has been looking at the zoo's inspection history.

Records show the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service just inspected the Dallas Zoo on June 15. There were no violations found during that inspection. The report says 13 giraffes were in the zoo's inventory as of last month.

The last time USDA inspectors found a violation at the Dallas Zoo was on Aug. 29, 2014. That inspection followed an incident in which a lion escaped from an enclosure.

The inspection report states, "Keeper error allowed a female lion to escape her enclosure on August 23, 2014. The animal was contained within a hallway however sedation was required to move her back into her primary enclosure."

The inspector writes, "A sedation performed in this type of situation is deemed to be an unnecessary and stressful event. This facility needs to ensure these types of events do not happen in the future."

The Dallas Morning News reported a zoo keeper was bitten on his shoulder and scratched on his chest during that August 2014 incident.

A Nov. 21, 2013, inspection report says USDA inspectors visited to conduct "a focused inspection" to evaluate the death of the lion Johan, but no violations were found.

NBC 5 Investigative Reporter Scott Friedman contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: The Dallas Zoo
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<![CDATA[1 Killed, 9 Hurt as Bible School Van Rams Train in Ohio]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:53:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/150728-middletown-oh-crash-bible-school-van-train.jpg

A Bible school van crashed into a train Tuesday night in Middletown, Ohio, killing a woman, seriously injuring the driver and sending all eight children on board to area hospitals, authorities told NBC News.

State Highway Patrol Lt. Clint Arnold said the van was moving at only 2 mph when it drove past multiple flashing warning signals and through a downed gate.

One of the van's occupants, an adult woman passenger, died of her injuries, authorities told NBC News. The driver — the only other adult on board — was seriously injured.

Police told NBC station WDTN of Dayton that all eight children suffered only minor injuries. The van was picking up its last load of children for the Church of Mayfield's summer vacation Bible school.

Photo Credit: Justin Kraus — WDTN]]>
<![CDATA[8 Kids Injured by Falling Tree]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 03:29:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/150728-fallen-tree-pasadena.jpg

A 75-foot tree uprooted and fell onto kids at a summer day camp in Pasadena Tuesday, injuring eight children, two of them critically, officials said.

The pine tree came crashing down about 4:45 p.m. as campers and their families were walking through Brookside Park outside the Kidspace Children's Museum, officials with the Pasadena Fire Department said.

"It's just such a huge tree — no warning," said witness Klea Scott. "Massive amounts of pine needles that we couldn't see if there were more people in there."

Witnesses said children ran in every direction as the 75-year-old tree fell.

"We heard a crack and then I just caught a glimpse of the tree falling down," said Andrew Aguiniga, a child at the park.

Two children were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in critical condition and six others suffered minor injuries, city fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.

Derderian initially said at least one adult had been injured.

Aerial footage captured by NewsChopper4 showed two children on stretchers and an Urban Search and Rescue team using chainsaws to cut branches from the toppled tree as they searched for more possible victims.

A statement on the Kidspace Children's Museum website said all staff, campers, volunteers and guests were accounted for.

Thirty-three children ages 6 to 8 were enrolled in the summer camp, said Kidspace CEO Michael Shanklin.

An arborist will be called in Wednesday to determine why the tree fell, officials said.

Shanklin said the museum was expected to open Wednesday.

NBC4's Beverly White contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: KNBC]]>
<![CDATA[Video Shows April DUI Arrest of Chattanooga Gunman]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:13:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-07-29+at+1.09.59+AM.png

Police in Tennessee on Tuesday released video showing the April arrest of Mohammad Abdulazeez on a driving under the influence charge, three months before he allegedly launched a deadly attack on two military facilities in Chattanooga, NBC News reported.

The video shows Abdulazeez weave in traffic before being stopped at around 2:10 a.m. on April 20. Police said he smelled of marijuanna and alcohol and appeared impaired.

Abdulazeez said he hadn't been drinking and explained his erratic driving was due to lack of sleep.

The 24-year-old fatally shot four Marines and a Navy sailor in the July 16 attack on a military reserve center, before he was shot and killed during a firefight with police.

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<![CDATA[Calif. Girl's Body May Be Found]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:22:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/maddy-resize.jpg

A 15-year-old boy lured 8-year-old Madyson "Maddy" Middleton inside his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the Santa Cruz housing complex for artists where they lived, the city’s chief of police said Tuesday.

Police Chief Kevin Vogel said the teen brought the girl to his apartment, where she went “willingly," before he "murdered her inside his apartment and carried her downstairs to the recycle bin." The teen was spotted very close to the dumpster bin when the body was found, Vogel added, and the girl's body was "concealed in a way that wasn't obvious or readily apparent." A police statement said the teen had gone to "great lengths" to hide and disguise the body.

It took detectives a second sweep of the complex to find the body, Vogel said, because they were in "search" mode at first, before switching to "recovery" mode.

The teen, who was arrested Monday about 8 p.m., was an "acquaintance" of Maddy's, as they lived in the same Tannery Arts Center apartment complex, a haven for artists and performers.

Vogel said there was evidence to lead police to suspect the boy of the "horrific crime," but he did not offer a motive for the killing. Some of that evidence, police said, included Maddy's "belongings, witness statements and video evidence." 

Vogel added that he was so "hopeful" that his detectives would have been able to find her alive, a sentiment that was echoed by Mayor Don Lane, who expressed his "deepest sympathies" to Maddy's family.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday morning, Santa Cruz District Attorney Jeffrey Rosell said his office is strongly considering charging the teen as an adult. And police will have to wait for an autopsy to see if the little girl was sexually assaulted.

The news conference came after police and authorities from the Department of Justice searched the third floor of an apartment building where the boy lives with his mother. One neighbor described the teen as a "straight shooter" and an overall good kid who comes from a loving family. Even Kirby Scudder, who dates Maddy's mom, called the teen a "great kid." 

The girl, who was last seen riding her Razor scooter on Sunday afternoon at the complex, was officially reported missing at 6:08 p.m. that evening. Video surveillance showed her riding about at 5:05 p.m. Vogel said, "It is my belief that she was killed before we even got the phone call that night."

A 2006 FBI study revealed that about 76 percent of abducted children who are killed are dead within three hours of the abduction.

On Tuesday, a growing memorial of candles, flowers and stuffed animals marked the site where she was last playing. Artists, friends and neighbors walked arm in arm, heads down, showing their grief.

Her mother, Laura Jordan, did not speak publicly after the body was found. But earlier in the day, while crews and volunteers were searching for Maddy, she told NBC affiliate KSBW that her daughter knew not to stray or go with strangers.

"She was in the courtyard where she was supposed to be," Jordan said. "I already fell apart. Now, I'm just in survival mode. I can't explain how difficult this is."

Witnesses said the 15-year-old boy was calm and was cooperating with police when he was seen walking in handcuffs to a patrol car Monday evening.

Terrence Keller, a neighbor, described the teen as a good person: "I've known him a long time. He's a nice, well-spoken kid. It's very unfortunate to say the least."

Keller said he's known the teen since he moved into the arts complex about six years ago. He said he thought so highly of the teen that he once considered inviting him to his gym to work out.

A neighbor who asked not to be identified said that the teen never showed signs of being a sociopath, and was not involved with drugs or gangs that he knew of. “I actually saw him turn down alcohol,” the neighbor said. “He was a straight shooter.”

He said the teen has an adult brother and the most “amazing mother,” the “most welcoming person at the Tannery. If there was a social function, you’d go to her house for food. There was an abundance of love for him.”

The neighbor said that he had never seen the teen hanging out specifically with Maddy or other young children at the complex.

A woman who appeared to be the boy's mother screamed in hysterics as her son was taken away by police.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the murder of an abducted child is rare – about 100 cases each year. That's out of a total of about 467,000 child abductions in 2014, according to the FBI's National Crime Information Center. But in most of the child abduction murder cases, the FBI notes, the victims are slightly older than 11 and the killers are about 27 years old.

NBC Bay Area's Kristofer Noceda contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Chuang and Santa Cruz police
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<![CDATA[10 Lbs. of 'Meth Candy' Seized]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:17:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/072815+meth+candy.jpg

It was a sweet bust for federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Florida.

Investigators seized 10 pounds of methamphetamine disguised as hard candy during a drug sting in Lauderhill. The fake candies were individually wrapped in bright packaging and labeled with Spanish words like "piñata."

Jorge Maldonado, 24, was arrested and charged with consipring to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute an illegal stimulant.

According to court documents, Maldonado admitted that he was being paid $2,000 to drive the meth to what he thought was a Broward drug dealer.

His lawyer, Robert Resnick, told the Sun Sentinel Monday he could not comment until he reviewed the evidence in the case.

If convicted, Maldonado could face ten years to life in federal prison.

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<![CDATA['No, My Friend Is Dying!': 911 Dispatcher Hangs Up]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:56:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/201*120/150728-jaydon-chavez-silver-plane-314p.jpeg

An Albuquerque Fire Department dispatcher has been reassigned after he allegedly refused to help a distraught woman calling 911 as her wounded friend was dying, fire officials said.

In audio released Tuesday, dispatcher Matthew Sanchez appears to get frustrated by a woman tending to Jaydon Chavez-Silver, a 17-year-old who was fatally shot by a gunman who opened fire into a house party on June 26, NBC News reported.

Sanchez asks several times whether the victim is breathing, and the caller says, "He's barely breathing. How many times do I have to f---ing tell you?"

Sanchez is heard responding, "OK, you know what, ma'am? You can deal with this yourself, I'm not going to deal with this, OK?" The caller pleads, "No, my friend is dying! I …" and the line disconnects.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Nicole Chavez
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