<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.pngNBC 7 San Diegohttp://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usTue, 17 Jan 2017 07:41:40 -0800Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:41:40 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Indictment Unsealed on Pulse Nightclub Gunman's Wife]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:27:59 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/noor_blurred.jpg

The two-count federal indictment against the wife of the Orlando nightclub gunman was unsealed Tuesday morning, hours before she is set to appear in federal court for the first time. 

Noor Zahi Salman, 30 and the mother of a young boy, is expected to appear in court in Oakland on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. PT, although the case is being prosecuted in the U.S. Central District Court in Florida.

Federal prosecutors in Florida allege Salman was helping her husband, Omar Mateen, since at least April, months before the June 12 attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. He killed 49 people and wounded 53, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, before dying in a shootout with police.

Charging documents made public Tuesday morning show that Salman was indicted on Jan. 12, four days before her arrest on Monday. Her Florida-based attorney has denied she had advance knowledge of the mass shooting. 

NBC Bay Area obtained exclusive surveillance footage taken in the neighborhood of the moments before her arrest.

The short clip of black-and-white video shot at 7:36 a.m. Monday shows two Alameda County sheriff's deputies standing on the sidewalk as at least three men in plain clothes walk by quickly on the sidewalk.

Salman was taken into custody shortly afterward, although the video does not show that moment. A woman declined to comment through a screen door at Salman's mother's home on Monday, where she moved after the massacre.

The first count of the indictment alleges Salman "knowingly" aided and abetted her husband by providing him "material support or resources" to a designated foreign terrorist organization, ISIS. Before he was killed in a shootout, Mateen told a police hostage negotiator that he was a soldier of ISIS and that the United States had to stop its bombing in Syria and Iraq, according to police transcripts.

Salman was also charged with obstructing justice for officers in the Fort Pierce police and FBI investigation. The details of the case have been sealed.

In June, a source close to the family told NBC News that Mateen sent his wife a text message during the rampage, asking her, "Do you see what's happening?" After swapping texts, she allegedly tried to call him. The charging documents allege that Salman had been helping her husband since at least April.

But in a statement sent to NBC News, Salman's Tampa-based attorney, Linda Moreno, said in a statement that Mateen's widow had no advance knowledge of what her husband would do that night at the Florida gay club.

"Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands," Moreno said in the statement. "We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person."

A neighbor told NBC Bay Area she was surprised that Salman had been arrested. "I thought she was not a suspect, I thought she was fine," the neighbor said.

Another neighbor, Tony Torres, said he didn't think Salman was any type of killer mastermind: "I think she was just along for the ride."

In November, Salman told the New York Times in an interview that she was "unaware of everything."

“I don’t condone what he has done," she said then. "I am very sorry for what has happened. He has hurt a lot of people.”

Since the massacre, Salman was said to have been cooperating with the FBI. It is not clear what changed. 

Salman's parents live in Rodeo, California, and the FBI has previously visited that location to interview her, NBC News reported. Rodeo is a small city, with a population of 8,600, in Contra Costa County near the San Pablo Bay, about 45 minutes from San Francisco.

Her mother’s neighbors in Rodeo have told NBC Bay Area that Salman was the daughter of Ekbal Zahi and Bassam Abdallah Salman, who died of a heart attack several years ago. Salman's mother still lives at the home with her youngest child but has not spoken out publicly about the shooting.

According to neighbors, Salman attended John Swett High School in nearby Crockett, California. Salman married Mateen, neighbors said, and moved to Florida about five years ago. She moved back to the Bay Area with her son after the massacre.

NBC Bay Area's Shawn Murphy, Pete Suratos and Chuck Coppola contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[New Polls Find Most Americans Sour on Trump's Transition]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:58:05 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17013713721598-Trump-head.jpg

New polling shows that the majority of Americans disapprove of the way President-elect Donald Trump is handling his transition into power, with less than a week to go until his inauguration.

Just 40 percent of respondents approve of how Trump is handling his transition, according to two polls released Tuesday. The CNN/ORC poll found that 52 percent disapprove, while the Washington Post/ABC put that mark at 54 percent. 

A third poll released last week from Gallup had similar results, finding Trump has a 51 percent disapproval rating and a 44 percent approval rating for how his presidential transition has been handled. 

Trump responded to the polling data Tuesday morning in a tweet, calling them as rigged as he claimed the polls were against him ahead of the presidential election.

"The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls. They are rigged just like before," Trump said.

Most polling ahead of the presidential election gave Democrat Hillary Clinton an advantage of several points. While she lost the election by 72 electoral votes, she won the popular vote by more than two percent. 

Trump's transition approval is falling, according to two of the three polls, which have a margin of sampling error between 3 and 4 percent.

The CNN/ORC poll found slightly more people approved of how he is handling the transition in November, by 46 to 45 percent. Gallup found a toss-up in December, with 48 percent approving and disapproving of how he was handling the transition. 

Outgoing president Barack Obama had much higher approval ratings than Trump in polls asking the same question in the first weeks of 2009: 80 percent or higher in all three polls. 

But there is good news for Trump in the polling data as well. While 54 percent of people had an unfavorable impression of Trump, compared to 40 percent favorable, in the Washington Post/ABC poll, 59 percent think he'll do a good or excellent job creating jobs in America. He's also in the green when asked about how he'll do helping the middle class, handling the budget deficit and dealing with the threat of terrorism.  

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<![CDATA[Top News: Bonfire in Spain, MLK Day in the U.S. and More]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:47:41 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631854530-news.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Survivor on Mexican Club Shooting]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:54:26 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17016542229030-blue-parrot-mexico-club-shooting.jpg

A suburban Chicago man is back in the United States after surviving a mass shooting that left five dead Monday in a nightclub in Mexico.

Ninmar Malk, of Niles, was attending the last night of the BPM Music Festival and was planning to fly home only hours later when gunfire erupted in the Blue Parrot Night Club.

"About 2 a.m. you hear what sounds like a firework and you're not sure if it's part of the music," Malk said of the confusion that ensued.

Rodolfo Del Angel, director of police in the state of Quintana Roo, told the Milenio TV station that the shooting was the result of "a disagreement between people inside" the nightclub and said security guards had come under fire when they tried to contain the dispute.

"Within 10 seconds everyone hits the ground and the music cuts off," Malk said, adding that he hid behind a pole and avoided eye contact with the gunman.

"Everyone was on the ground, so you're laying on top of other people," he said.

Four men — including three security guards — died from gunshot wounds and a woman was trampled. She was identified as Alejandra Villanueva, an 18-year-old from Denver.

Cellphone video shows the chaos as festival goers fled from the club.

"It took me a good 10 to 15 minutes to get out of there," Malk said. "I saw people dead on the ground as I was running back."

At least 15 others were injured, authorities say.

Authorities have detained four people for questioning in relation to the shooting. Another shooting was reported around the same time, but it's unclear if the two are connected.

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<![CDATA[Visitors to Wildlife Preserve Catch Glimpse of Massive Gator]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:16:53 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_biggator0116_1920x1080.jpgA massive alligator was recorded on video Sunday at a wildlife preserve in Polk County, Florida. Almost prehistoric in appearance, the gator is known well by people who frequent the preserve, but the social media explosion brought out plenty of new viewers on Monday. "It's awesome," exclaimed Jackson McMillan. That is until he was asked if he wanted to get any closer, to which he replied, "I'm fine." ]]><![CDATA[Trump's Cabinet Picks In Their Own Words]]>Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:41:48 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16345069714951-Trump-Wisc-win.jpg

President-elect Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare, defeat ISIS, withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, create 25 million jobs over the next decade and "drain the swamp" in Washington, D.C. How well do his Cabinet nominees reflect his governing philosophy? Here they are in their own words. 

The retired neurosurgeon and unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination grew up in Detroit and has no experience in elected office or in running a large bureaucracy.

"These government-engineered attempts to legislate racial equality create consequences that often make matters worse. There are reasonable ways to use housing policy to enhance the opportunities available to lower-income citizens, but based on the history of failed socialist experiments in this country, entrusting the government to get it right can prove downright dangerous."The Washington Times, 2015

Former secretary of labor under President George W. Bush, deputy transportation secretary under President George H.W. Bush, Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"If vehicles already meet an acceptable level of safety on a particular aspect of vehicle performance without being required to do so by regulation, I believe the Department should devote its resources to other issues rather than engage in rulemaking simply to affirm the existing level of safety."Statement before DOT deputy secretary confirmation hearing, 1989

A keen advocate for school vouchers and charter schools, influential in Detroit, where charter schools have a poor record and state legislators rejected calls for more oversight, she engages in political battles to help advance God's kingdom, she told a religious gathering in 2001.

"We are stuck in a partisan rut. The political parties are dead-enders when it comes to education revolution. As long as we think political parties might solve the problem it will never be solved. Oddly enough education choice is very unique in that some conservative Republicans and some liberal Democrats are actually on the same wavelength….But those are exceptions. The vast majority of the political class is committed to defending and protecting the status quo." — SXSW in Austin, 2015

The governor of South Carolina and the daughter of immigrants from India, Haley led the drive to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse and during the Republican primary accused Donald Trump of "irresponsible talk."

"During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation." -- Speaking of Donald Trump and others in the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, 2016

A retired four-star Marine general, he oversaw the Guantanamo Bay military prison and efforts to stop drug trafficking and other smuggling into the United States.

"In my opinion, the relative ease with which human smugglers move tens of thousands of people to our nation’s doorstep also serves as another warning sign: These smuggling routes are a potential vulnerability to our homeland. As I stated last year, terrorist organizations could seek to leverage those same smuggling routes to move operatives with intent to cause grave harm to our citizens or even bring weapons of mass destruction into the United States."Testimony to the Senate Armed Forces Committee, 2015

Nicknamed "Mad Dog," the retired Marine Corps general and former commander of U.S. Central Command blames President Barack Obama's policy in the Middle East for adding to the rise of extremism.

"Is political Islam in the best interest of the United States? I suggest the answer is no but then we need to have the discussion. If we won't even ask the question, then how to we ever get to the point of recognizing which is our side in the fight. And if we don't take our own side in this fight we're leaving others adrift."— The Heritage Foundation, 2015

Donald Trump's campaign finance chairman, a former partner at Goldman Sachs, and Hollywood financier, he and partners took over failed mortgage lender IndyMac Bank and operated it under the name, OneWest Bank. He pledged to tackle mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

"It makes no sense that these are owned by the government and have been controlled by the government for as long as they have. In many cases this displaces private lending in the mortgage markets, and we need these entities that will be safe. So let me just be clear— we'll make sure that when they're restructured, they're absolutely safe and they don't get taken over again. But we've got to get them out of government control." — Fox Business, November

Perry, the former governor of Texas, has promoted the state's oil industry and has questioned climate change. He has advocated eliminating the department he would head though famously could not name it during a presidential debate in 2012.

"I do believe that the issue of global warming has been politicized. I think there are a substantial number or scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. I think we're seeing, almost weekly or daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that manmade global warming is what is causing the climate to change. Yes, our climate has changed. They've been changing ever since the earth was formed." -- Town Hall in Bedford, N.H., 2011

Republican congressman from Georgia, an orthopedic surgeon and persistent critic of Obamacare, he has repeatedly introduced his own legislation for replacing it.

"It's a fundamental philosophical difference that we have with the other side …. They believe that government ought to be in control of health care. We believe that patients and families ought to be in control of health care. And sadly what we're seeing right now is that government control that we've seen ramped up over the past six or seven years has resulted in a decrease in quality that's being seen by patients. People have coverage, but they don't have care. They're priced out of the market." American Enterprise Institute, June

Attorney general of Oklahoma, one of the Republicans leading the legal fight against President Barack Obama's attempts to curb carbon emissions, Pruitt questions how much human actions are contributing to climate change, a point disputed by the vast majority of the world's climate scientists.

"Healthy debate is the lifeblood of American democracy, and global warming has inspired one of the major policy debates of our time. That debate is far from settled. Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind. That debate should be encouraged — in classrooms, public forums, and the halls of Congress. It should not be silenced with threats of prosecution. Dissent is not a crime." — with Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, Tulsa World, May

The CEO of CKE Restaurants, the fast-food company that owns burger chains Carl's Jr and Hardee's, Puzder is an opponent of the Affordable Care Act, which he said created a "government-mandated restaurant recession" and of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, which he argues would lead to fewer jobs.

"I like our ads. I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it's very American. I used to hear, brands take on the personality of the CEO. And I rarely thought that was true, but I think this one, in this case, it kind of did take on my personality." Entrepreneur, 2015

Turnaround specialist who became rich buying struggling steel, textile, coal and other companies and restructuring them, Ross came under criticism for a deadly explosion at a mine his company had bought.

"Clinton will raise taxes. Trump will cut taxes. Clinton will increase regulation. Trump will decrease regulation. Clinton has vowed to kill the coal industry. Trump will leverage America's energy resources to create new jobs and growth." — with Trump adviser Peter Navarro, CNBC, August

U.S. senator and former U.S. attorney from Alabama who failed to win confirmation to a federal judgeship because of concerns about racially charged comments he was accused of making, he has opposed immigration reform and the legalization of marijuana.

"You have to have leadership from Washington. You can't have the president of the United States of America talking about marijuana like it is no different than taking a drink, saying I used marijuana when I was in high school and it is no different than smoking. It is different. And you are sending a message to young people that there is no danger in this process. It is false that marijuana use doesn't lead people to more drug use. It is already causing a disturbance in the states that have made it legal. I think we need to be careful about this."Senate floor speech, April 2016

Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, has what he has called "a very close relationship" with Russia's Vladimir Putin, which could be problematic during his confirmation hearing. Although he does not have a political or diplomatic background, he has broad experience negotiating deals for ExxonMobil in troubled spots around the world.

"We do not support sanctions, generally, because we don't find them to be effective unless they are very well implemented comprehensively and that's a very hard thing to do," he said, adding, "We always encourage the people who are making those decisions to consider the very broad collateral damage of who are they really harming with sanctions."ExxonMobil shareholders' meeting, 2014.

Montana's sole representative in the House, Zinke would end a moratorium on federal coal leases on public lands. He is also a hunter and fisherman who opposes transferring public lands to the states.

"It's not a hoax, but it's not proven science either. But you don't dismantle America's power and energy on a maybe. We need to be energy independent first. We need to do it better, which we can, but it is not a settled science."Campaign debate, 2014

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<![CDATA[Who's Who in Trump's Brain Trust]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:48:52 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/223*120/trump-cab-adv-th.jpgHere's a look at the people who will be closest to Donald Trump in the White House, his advisers and his picks for the top jobs in his administration. The nominees for Cabinet positions will need Senate approval.
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<![CDATA[Trump Takes Aim at Automakers in Germany, Canada]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:23:55 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP926802310772.jpg

Already taking aim at Mexico, President-elect Donald Trump is now warning he might enact a 35 percent "border tax" on Canadian and German automobile imports, NBC News reported.

"You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax," Trump told the German newspaper Bild, in an interview published Monday.

"In the long term, the United States would be shooting itself in the foot by imposing tariffs or other trade barriers," said Matthias Wissmann, president of the German automotive industry association VDA.

Trump specifically focused on BMW, noting that it is building a plant in Mexico that would produce vehicles for the U.S. market. But BMW would not be alone among German automakers. Audi last year opened a Mexican plant that is now the sole global source for the newly redesigned Q5 sport-utility vehicle. And Mercedes-Benz is preparing to set up a joint venture with Nissan's Infiniti brand in the Mexican city of Aguascalientes, where it will produce some of its new entry-luxury models.

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<![CDATA[Why Trump's Attack on John Lewis Resonated]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:22:03 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/John-Lewis-Book-Award.png

The timing was particularly unfortunate: As Americans prepared to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., President-elect Donald Trump tore into one of the civil rights movement's most iconic figures.

Trump — who drew only 8 percent of the black vote in the general election last November — appeared to hit a new low in his already fraught relationship with the black community, NBC News reported.

"Trump's attack on John Lewis is particularly infuriating because it shows an ignorance of history, and an utter disdain for a man who risked his life for the greater good, to make America better," said writer and commentator David A. Love. "Like Dr. [Martin Luther King, Jr.,] this man is one of our role models."

On Monday, Trump met Martin Luther King III to commemorate the holiday honoring the man's father. But following a political career that began with a discredited crusade to question the first African-American president's citizenship, a presidential campaign where he broadly depicting black communities as imperiled and hopeless, and a presidential transition which has featured only one African-American cabinet nominee (Dr. Ben Carson), Trump may have a lot more work to do to find common ground with the black community.

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<![CDATA[Wife of Orlando Mass Shooting Gunman Arrested in California]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:51:35 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/noor_blurred.jpg

The wife of Orlando mass shooting gunman Omar Mateen was arrested on Monday in the San Francisco Bay Area in connection to helping her now-dead husband, thought to be behind the country's deadliest gun massacre this summer.

The New York Times first reported, citing a law enforcement official, that 30-year-old Noor Salman was arrested at her family's home outside San Francisco in connection with the June 2016 attack at at the Pulse nightclub.

Orlando police later clarified that she was arrested on charges of aiding and abetting by providing material support to a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice. In June, a source close to the family told NBC News that Mateen sent his wife a text message during the rampage, asking her, "Do you see what's happening?" After swapping texts, she tried to call him.

NBC Bay Area obtained exclusive surveillance footage taken in the neighborhood of the moments before her arrest. The black-and-white video shot at 7:36 a.m. Monday shows two Alameda County sheriff's deputies standing on the sidewalk as at least three men in plain clothes walk by quickly on the sidewalk.

The case is being handled by the U.S. Central District Court in Florida. Neither charging documents nor federal affidavits were online on Monday.

Alameda County jail records, however, show Salman was being held on a witness tampering "etc." charge. Online records indicate she was arrested Monday at 8:13 a.m. and was being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail.

Before heading to Florida, Salman is expected to appear in federal court in Oakland on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

"I am glad to see that Omar Mateen's wife has been charged with aiding her husband in the commission of the brutal attack on the Pulse nightclub," Orlando Police Chief John Mina said in a tweet. "Federal authorities have been working tirelessly on this case for more than seven months and we are grateful that they have seen to it that some measure of justice will be served in this act of terror that has affected our community so deeply."

Salman's relative declined through a screen door to comment when a reporter knocked on her home in Rodeo, California, on Monday morning. Neighbors told NBC Bay Area that the family didn't appear to be at home on Sunday, and there was no sign of police presence on Monday morning.

"I'm not really surprised because I felt like something might transpire," neighbor Catherine Lawrence said. "If she was connected with this guy, then she may have known more than what she was saying."

Forty nine people were killed and 53 wounded in the June 12 attack at the Orlando gay nightclub. Mateen, who pledged allegiance to ISIS during the attack, was killed in a firefight with police.  

Salman told the Times in an interview in November that she was "unaware of everything."

“I don’t condone what he has done," she said then. "I am very sorry for what has happened. He has hurt a lot of people.”

Since the massacre, Salman was said to have been cooperating with the FBI.

Salman's parents live in Rodeo, California, and the FBI has previously visited that location to interview her, NBC News reported. Rodeo is a small city, with a population of 8,600, in Contra Costa County near the San Pablo Bay — about 45 minutes from San Francisco.

Her mother’s neighbors in Rodeo have told NBC Bay Area that Salman was the daughter of Ekbal Zahi and Bassam Abdallah Salman, who died of a heart attack several years ago. The couple has three other daughters — the youngest is 14. Salman's mother still lives at the home with her youngest but has not spoken out publicly about the shooting.

According to neighbors, Salman attended John Swett High School in nearby Crockett, California.

Salman married Mateen, neighbors said, and moved to Florida about five years ago.

Salman has a 4-year-old child and has filed court documents to change the boy's name. A hearing is scheduled for February. 

NBC News' Andrew Blankstein and NBC Bay Area's Lisa Fernandez, Pete Suratos and Jodi Hernandez contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Californians Eligible for Part of $52M Milk Pricing Settlement]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:50:12 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/88162528-Milk-cow-generic.jpg

Anyone who purchased milk from a grocery store in 15 states or the District of Columbia in the last 14 years can claim part of a more-than $50 million legal settlement from the National Milk Producers Federation.

An antitrust lawsuit alleged that members of the Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) prematurely slaughtered cows to limit production of milk and drive up prices. Created by the federation in 2003, the CWT is a group of American dairy farmers, including Dairy Farmers of American, Land O' Lakes, Dairylea Cooperative and Agri-Mark.

According to a settlement posted on the website Bought Milk, the CWT has denied all allegations. 

However, the $52 million settlement allows any individual or entity who resides in 15 states and Washington, D.C., who bought milk or milk products since 2003 to apply to be a class member until Jan. 31. The Bought Milk site says individuals who are eligible may receive a payment of between $10 to $20.

Claims can be filed here

Along with the District of Columbia, the states included in the settlement are:

New Hampshire
South Dakota
West Virginia

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<![CDATA[Black Vietnam Veterans Reflect on MLK's Anti-War Stance]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:17:35 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/IMG_06491.JPG

Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored as one of the fathers of the civil rights movement on Monday. Many will focus on Selma or the Montgomery bus boycott, and not his opposition to the Vietnam War, as they celebrate his legacy. But for him, it was all part of the same battle.

Milton McIntyre sat in a room at the ACES Museum in Philadelphia before the holiday, surrounded by vintage wartime memorabilia that commemorated the service of black soldiers. When he talked about the friends he lost in Vietnam, his voice cracked and his eyes welled with tears. The 79-year-old remembered a time when human rights were being challenged both abroad and at home.

Asked about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s unpopular view opposing the Vietnam War, he said that when King branched out beyond civil rights to address other movements, he believed that placed a target on King’s back that led to his assassination.

“I think he was becoming more and more aware that the problem was more than that of a civil issue,” McIntyre said. “It was sort of a global issue. The wars that they were sending us off to were being fought against people who looked like us.”

Near the end of King's life, the civil rights leader drew connections between inequality and factors other than race, like economics. He noticed how poor Americans, many of whom were minorities, were disproportionately affected by the Vietnam War.

Nearly 50 years ago, on April 4, 1967, 3,000 people gathered at Riverside Church in upper Manhattan to hear King speak at a Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam event. His words would go down in history as some of his most powerful when he decried the government throwing resources into the Vietnam War while ignoring poverty at home. 

“We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem,” King said. “And so we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools.”


The now acclaimed 1967 speech was one of many times King spoke out against American involvement in Vietnam, both publicly and privately. Harvey Cox, a former professor at Harvard Divinity School and a friend of King’s, remembered when at a meeting of the board of advisers for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, King suggested that he might take a page from Mahatma Gandhi’s book and fast to protest the bombings in North Vietnam.

“He was thinking of fasting until they stopped the bombing, which might have meant a long time,” Cox said.

Even many of King's allies did not support a shift in priority from civil rights to the peace movement, and could not appreciate their nexus. Lyndon B. Johnson was distraught over King's opposition to a war he was determined to win, and the media criticized King for merging domestic and international matters. 

“There are no simple or easy answers to the war in Vietnam or to racial injustice in this country," wrote the editors of The New York Times. "Linking these hard, complex problems will lead not to solutions but to deeper confusion.”

But American intervention in Vietnam was a civil rights issue. Between October 1966 and June 1969, 41 percent of draftees were black, though only 11 percent of Americans were of African descent. Twenty-two percent of the 58,000 soldiers who died over the course of the war were African American.

At the then predominately black Edison High School in Philadelphia, 54 alumni died in Vietnam, the highest casualty rate nationwide at a high school. Reverend Sharon McClan was a teenager then, and she remembered how shocked everyone was as Edison students returned in body bags, including her friends’ older brothers.

“It really hit me really strong because… some of the brothers I knew,” she said. “And then (in) ’70 and ’71, they were dead. And that’s when I said, ‘Boy, this is a war.’ They were calling it a conflict. I said, ‘This is no conflict. It’s a war. It’s a war. People are dying.'”

When Cox traveled to Europe as part of the Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam to visit soldiers who had gone AWOL, he met a 19-year-old black man who had chosen exile over combat.

“He said that his father was a veteran of World War II, and this guy I think was in the Army,” Cox recalled. “He talked to his father, and with his father he decided that he simply wasn’t going to go to Vietnam. It was an unjust war. It was killing people of color.

“He told his unit he was not going to show up,” Cox continued. “He received a telegram that said that he should report to a certain place, I think a port in Los Angeles, and he would be transported in irons as a prisoner to Vietnam and forced to join his unit. His father looked at the telegram and said ‘no, the white people have kept us in chains too long. They’re not going to keep my son in chains.’”

Cox’s example was not the norm. Most black men did not resist the draft, and many actively chose to defend their country. Herbert Sweat thought that key to his manhood would be earning his wings after five jumps at Fort Benning, Georgia. His father, uncles, brothers, grandfather, and great uncles had all served in the military, and a paratrooper uniform was part of the family wardrobe. But when he enlisted out of high school in the 1960s, it was about more than continuing a tradition.

“Going in the war wasn’t only a legacy then, or a passage of rights, but again it was to prove myself to be equal and even Americanized,” Sweat said. “Like any other man, you’re supposed to fight for your country.”

After joining up, black troops found themselves in daunting situations on southern bases. Originally from Philadelphia, McIntyre traveled down to Fort Jackson in South Carolina to get his equipment, then loaded onto a military bus to Fort Benning with other recruits.

“We were going down through a pine forest out of which a highway had been cut, and when we reached the border between South Carolina and Georgia there was a big sign board that said ‘Welcome to Georgia, Knights of the KKK,’” McIntyre remembered. “I said, ‘Oh my God, I’m in the Army and I’m on my way to fight for freedom and justice for people I don’t know. And I’ve been welcomed to Georgia by the knights of the KKK.’”

While soldiers waited for deployment to Vietnam and its surroundings, civil rights activists were staging sit-ins, bus rides, and other peaceful protests. But black G.I.s were urged to think hard before exercising their First Amendment rights.

“As soldiers, sometimes you got punished doubly… if you got in trouble with the law in the town because you protested against segregation and second class treatment,” McIntyre said. “When they released you from jail, you got punished at the Army post as well because you brought dishonor."

"Racism —it was just part of life, it was just part of the culture," he added. "It was no big deal.”

“But when you go into the war, you got to protect each other’s back,” interjected Monroe Handy, another Philadelphian who was stationed in Hawaii and deployed to Laos between 1962 and 1963. “And no matter how much racism you got, you tried not to look at it.”

Overseas, black soldiers were assigned to more dangerous positions than their white, upper-class counterparts. “You thought about that, but you didn’t speak of it,” Handy said. “More or less you had a place and you stayed in it.”

"People of color were still being used as the forebrothers into the worst of job sites," Sweat said. "You would think, ‘I would love to have been a secretary, or an administrative worker,’ where we were on some kind of fire support base, or some kind of rear echelon base." 

As a veteran service officer and a board member at Black Veterans for Social Justice in New York, Sweat often speaks to other minority veterans who served in more recent conflicts, like Iraq and Afghanistan.

“They will tell you that even to this day it’s still what’s going on out here in our world,” he said. “There’s still a lot of racism. There’s still a lot of discrimination. There’s still a lot of oppressing the people of color.”

Sweat says he’s keeping a cautious eye on the Black Lives Matter movement to further the work of civil rights advocates like King. 

“When I see a Black Lives movement, these are my children, I feel,” he said. “Do I support them? Of course I do.”

Photo Credit: Alexandra Villarreal
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<![CDATA[Rep. John Lewis Speaks at Miami Event Amid Trump Controversy]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:35:17 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-157149351.jpg

Congressman John Lewis, speaking in South Florida Monday, recalled his civil rights struggles alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and called for Americans of all backgrounds to "look out for each other."

Lewis, who has served in Congress for three decades after working for years to end racial segregation, delivered the keynote speech for the city of Miami's MLK Day breakfast.

"We all must become participate in the democratic process," he said. "When you get old enough to register to vote go and register to vote. The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent instrument or tool in a democratic society and we must use it."

Lewis was one of the organizers of 1963’s March on Washington, where King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. He was involved in working closely with leaders such as King, Rosa Parks and James Farmer among others.

The Miami appearance came days after a firestorm erupted over comments he made regarding President-elect Donald Trump. On Friday, Lewis sat down with NBC’s Chuck Todd and questioned Trump’s legitimacy as president, adding that he plans to join with other Democrats in boycotting Trump’s inauguration.

The president-elect responded to the comments on Twitter, saying in part that Lewis should “spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to Mention crime infested)."

Trump's comments, which also dismissed the civil rights icon as a man of "all talk" and "no action," have been condemned by some members of both parties.

Lewis did not address Trump by name on Monday.

Instead he talked about his experience growing up poor in rural Alabama and learning how to preach by talking to chickens on his family's farm.

"They tended to listen to me much better than some of my colleagues listen to me in the Congress," he joked.

Lewis also talked about his experiences fighting for civil rights alongside King and of being beaten by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

He described meeting with one of his attackers years later, who came to apologize with his son.

"I said, 'Sir I accept your apology. I forgive you," Lewis recalled of the former Klan member. "His son started crying. He started crying. They hugged me. I hugged them back."

Lewis referenced King in saying that he has learned that "hate is too heavy a burden to bear."

"We must never, ever hate. The way of love is a better way," he said.

But Lewis added that people have a "moral obligation to do something" about injustice and "not be quiet."

At the breakfast, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said he wished Lewis would reconsider his boycott of Trump's inauguration and attend. But he was also critical of Trump's response.

"I don't agree with him (Rep. Lewis) that it's an illegitimate result, but I do believe, as I said in the middle of the campaign in October, that foreign intelligence agencies and a foreign government wanted to influence public opinion in America and create chaos and instability in our electoral process. Of that I have no doubt," Rubio said.

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<![CDATA[Shooting in Miami Injures 8]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:31:59 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/011617+mlk+park+shooting+miami-dade+new.jpg

Eight people were injured after a shooting near Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park in northwest Miami-Dade Monday, police said.

The shooting happened on Northwest 62nd Street and 32nd Avenue around 3:40 p.m. 

Miami-Dade Police said the shooting victims range from ages 11 to 30 years old, five of them are juveniles. Officials released the identities of the shooting victims. Jerome Battle, 20, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after he was shot in the leg. His family said he underwent two surgeries. 

Five other victims were in stable condition: Michael Clarke, 30, Shawnteri Wilson, 18, Alfanesha Times, 17, Nakya-Senat Butler, 15 and Lajada Benson, 14. Two other girls, 13-year-old Keionna Green and 11-year-old Ciara Johnson were grazed by a bullet. They were treated on scene. 

NBC 6 spoke with a family member of one of the teen victims injured. She said when shots were fired, people started running in a panic. One of the victim's mother also described the sheer terror. "He was running and had the gun in back of him shooting. He let out three shots."

The mother of one of victims condemned the shooting. "How many innocent kids getting shot for nothing," said the mother.

Police confirmed two people were being questioned. Officers also said two guns were recovered. 

The Pan-African & Caribbean Family Festival was happening at the park Monday to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

Chopper 6 footage showed a police perimeter in the area as Miami-Dade officers searched for possible suspects shortly after the shooting. Officers were seen entering a home, which appeared to be abandoned, near 31st Avenue.

Photo Credit: Jamie Guirola/NBC 6
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<![CDATA[Who's in the Parade? List of Participants -- in Order]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:59:35 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/20170116+Inaugural+Parade.jpg

Here's who is expected to march in President-elect Donald Trump's Inaugural Parade -- and the expected order.

Remember, though, inaugural parades can be subject to change. (This one has already changed several times.)


United States Army, Staff element

United States Army Field Band

United States Military Academy

United States Army

United States Army Color Guard

United States Army National Guard

United States Army Reserve

New York Police Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

Caisson Platoon of the Third Infantry Regiment

Nassau County Firefighter’s Pipes and Drums (New York)

Wounded Warrior Project

Disabled American Veterans

Paralyzed Veterans of America

New York Military Academy

The Marist College Band (New York)

Boone County Elite Equestrian Drill Team (Kentucky)

West Monroe High School Marching Band (Louisiana)

Texas State University Strutters

Talladega College Band (Alabama)

Boy Scouts of America


United States Marine Corps, Staff element

United States Marine Band

United States Marine Corps

United States Marine Corps Color Guard

United States Marine Corps Reserve

Navajo Code Talkers Association

United States Border Patrol Pipes and Drums

United States Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team

Culver Academies Black Horse Troop and Equestriennes (Indiana)

Columbus North High School Marching Band (Indiana)

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

Norwich University Regimental Band and Drill Team (Vermont)

Rural Tractor Brigade

University of Tennessee Marching Band

Boy Scouts of America


United States Navy, Staff element

United States Navy Band

United States Naval Academy

United States Navy

United States Navy Color Guard

United States Naval Reserve

Merced County Sheriff’s Posse (California)

Coastal Florida Police and Fire Pipes and Drums

Multi-Jurisdictional Mounted Police Drill Team and Color Guard (Michigan)


1st Infantry Division Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard

Girl Scouts of America

Franklin Regional High School Marching Band (Pennsylvania)

Fishburne Military School Army JROTC Caissons Battalion (Virginia)

Lil’ Wranglers (Texas)

Boy Scouts of America


United States Air Force, Staff element

United States Air Force Band

United States Air Force Academy

United States Air Force

United States Air Force Color Guard

United States Air National Guard

United States Air Force Reserve

The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes (South Carolina)

The Citadel Summerall Guards

1st Calvary Division Horse Calvary Detachment

Olivet Nazarene University Marching Band (Illinois)

Military and Department of Defense Kids Overseas (U.S. Naval Air Station, Sigonella, Italy)

Tupelo High School Marching Band (Mississippi)

Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team (Michigan)

Palmetto Ridge High School Marching Band (Florida)

Boy Scouts of America


United States Coast Guard, Staff element

United States Coast Guard Band

United States Coast Guard Academy

United States Coast Guard

United States Coast Guard Color Guard

United States Coast Guard Reserve

Cleveland Police Mounted Unit (Ohio)

North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association

Palm Beach Police Honor Guard (Florida)

Russellville High School Marching Band (Arkansas)

Colorado Freedom Riders

Frankfort High School Marching Band (West Virginia)

Boy Scouts of America

United States Merchant Marine Academy Staff

United States Merchant Marine Academy Band

United States Merchant Marine Color Guard

United States Merchant Marine Academy Company

First Troop Philadelphia City Calvary

Virginia Military Institute

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<![CDATA[Obama Honors Victorious Cubs: 'Took You Long Enough']]>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:09:52 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631831536.jpg

Coming from a Chicago White Sox fan, it may have seemed like President Barack Obama's comments at the White House Monday were proof he has been converted to North Side fandom -- and the Cubs certainly thought so.

"Do know, that among Sox fans, I am the Cubs' number one fan," Obama said as he honored the World Series Champions. 

The visit marked the last event to be held at the White House during Obama's preidency, he said. 

"I will say to the Cubs it took you long enough," Obama said. "I've only got four days left."

Though he may pledge allegiance to the team's longtime rivals, even Obama had to admit he was swept away by the Cubs' 2016 season.

"Even I was not crazy enough to suggest that during these eight years we would see the Cubs win the World Series, but I did say that there has never been anything false about hope," Obama said. "Hope -- the audacity of hope. Yes we can."

In a speech that was saturated with funny anecdotes and sincere appreciation, Obama noted that this World Series win may have meant more to fans than ever before.

"The truth is there was a reason not just that people felt good about the Cubs winning, there was something about this particular Cubs team winning that people felt good about," he said before honoring each player for their achievements in the historic season that ended a 108-year drought. 

In describing what was "widely considered one of the greatest Game 7's of all time," Obama ran through a play-by-play of the gut-wrenching moments that had Cubs fans on the edge of their seats that fateful November night. 
"Suddenly everything has changed," Obama said. "No more black cats, billy goats, ghosts, flubbed grounders – the Chicago Cubs are the champs."

Even though he made sure to honor the World Series champs themselves, he also noted the baseball legends who have made history with the team over the last century. Some of those players were also in attendance Monday, including Billy Williams, Ryne Sandberg, Fergie Jenkins and Jose Cardenal. 
Monday's visit was slightly unusual, as the reigning World Series champions normally make the traditional White House visit during the following MLB season. The Cubs were hoping to get to Washington, D.C., before Obama left office. Though the president is a White Sox fan, he calls Chicago home and rooted for the North Siders since his team didn't make the playoffs.
"I was in my hometown of Chicago on Tuesday for my farewell address and I said sometimes it’s not enough just to change laws, you’ve got to change hearts and sports has a way of sometimes changing hearts in a way that politics or business doesn’t," Obama noted. 
During the event, Cubs president Theo Epstein first pardoned Obama "for all your indiscretions as a baseball fan" and welcomed him "with open arms today to the Cubs' family." The moment marked what he called a "terrific conversion," celebrated with a series of gifts from the champions to the president himself. 
Among the gifts were two jerseys with the no. 44, shared by first baseman Anthony Rizzo. One jersey read "Chicago Cubs," but the second just read "Chicago," in case the president wasn't yet comfortable with displaying full Cubs pride. 
In addition, the president was given a tile from Wrigley Field's historic center field scoreboard, a W flag signed by the team, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley Field.  
"We also wanted you to know that as a new fan you have some catching up to do," Epstein said. 

The president invited the Cubs to the White House in a phone call to Joe Maddon following the team's victory, and with the club all assembled in Chicago for this weekend's Cubs Convention, arranging travel to Washington D.C. was a solution that worked out well for the team to see the president.

While the Cubs' visit to the White House comes just days before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, the team will still have a connection to the new administration. Trump has nominated Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts as deputy commerce secretary. Ricketts joined his sister, co-owner Laura Ricketts, brother and co-owner Tom Ricketts, and the team at the presidential reception.

The Cubs are the second Chicago team to visit the Obama's White House. The president also hosted the Chicago Blackhawks after their three Stanley Cup championships since 2010. 

After the ceremony, the Cubs were expected to visit patients at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., before returning to Chicago, according to MLB officials.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Tweeter-in-Chief? Trump Will Keep Personal Handle]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:51:52 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16354528098870-donald-trump-mar-a-lago.jpg

President-elect Donald Trump will maintain his personal Twitter account and other social media after his inauguration on Friday, transition officials told NBC News.

The move comes amid uncertainty over how Trump's administration will use White House-certified handles, including @POTUS and @FLOTUS.

Also unclear is how Trump's presidential communications will be saved, as required by law.

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<![CDATA[Nanny Burns Boy With Curling Iron]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:34:32 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BabyBeingBurned.jpg

A Harlem woman was arrested Thursday for allegedly burning a 2-year-old boy with a curling iron on Long Island, police say. 

The boy's mother was bathing him at their Baldwin home when he suddenly screamed in pain as she touched his left hand, Nassau County police said. She noticed redness on his hand and that he was in a significant amount of pain.

Authorities said the 2-year-old replied that the nanny burned him with an iron when his mom asked what happened. She then reviewed video from a home security camera, which allegedly showed the nanny touching a red curling iron to the hand and leg of the child.

The child's mother, Angela Persaud, recounted to NBC 4 New York the horrifying discovery on video. 

"After she burns him several times, you see her -- you could tell she was telling him, 'See that's what happens when you don't listen,' and then she hugs him," said Persaud.

"She's playing these warped mind games with my child, and it's the most disgusting thing I've ever witnessed in my life," Persaud said, choking up in tears.

Persaud called police, and authorities arrested the 21-year-old nanny, Nosipho Nxumalo of Harlem, at 10:40 p.m Thursday without incident, officials said.

Court documents indicate Nxumalo admitted to the attack, saying "The child wouldn't listen. I wanted to discipline him using the iron so I burned him." 

Nxumalo had been taking care of the boy for about two months. The child's mother told NBC 4 New York the nanny had been recommended by a local agency, Moms Helper Inc. The agency didn't return a call for comment Friday.

"This isn't something that just happened once. So my heart skips beats because I don't know what I don't know," said Persaud. 

"You play everything over in your mind. Could I have prevented this, should I have asked her to leave earlier?" she said. 

Nxumalo is being charged with two counts of assault in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and endangering the welfare of a child.

Nxumalo has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held on $25,000 bail. She received a stay away order of protection for the child and his parents, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.

She is represented by Legal Aid, but a specific attorney wasn't available.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Nassau County PD]]>
<![CDATA[Dozens of False Killer Whales Die]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:49:10 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/011617+false+killer+whales+stranded+florida.jpg

Dozens of false killer whales, a type of dolphin, are dead following a stranding in Everglades National Park in South Florida, officials said Monday.

A total of 95 dolphins are dead after they became stranded off Hog Key, according to officials with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. Some of the dolphins were deeply embedded into mangroves.

One whale has been seen alive and another 13 or 14 are unaccounted for, officials said. The stranding was discovered Saturday afternoon. Seventy-two dolphins died and nine were humanely euthanized. 

The area around the scene has been closed by the National Park Service, with no flyovers or boats allowed in the area for safety.

The cause of the stranding is yet to be determined. Necropsies are already being performed and the team continues to take samples. 

NOAA Fisheries says the false killer whales can grow up to 20-foot long and weigh about 1,500 pounds, and are known to strand in large groups.

There have only been two previous strandings of False Killer Whales in Florida. One in 1986 in Key West where 28 animals were involved and another in 1989 at Cedar Key, which is near Tampa. That incident had 40 dolphins and most of them were able to swim just three were beached.

Photo Credit: NOAA Fisheries
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<![CDATA[Parents Find Mold in Teething Toy]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:07:09 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sophie-the-Giraffe.JPG

Many parents are cutting into Sophie the Giraffe to see if there’s mold inside.

NBC Connecticut found online reports of mold inside the teething toy dating back to 2011. Now a new article posted on Good Housekeeping’s website is getting worldwide attention and prompting a response from Sophie’s maker.

After seeing the reports, Madison Allen of Ontario, Canada, wanted to know what was inside her son’s toy and shared the results in a video on Facebook.

In the video, Allen can be heard saying she’s “horrified” by the mold growing inside the toy giraffe.

The problem appears to be the small air hole in the toy, which can allow water or saliva to get inside.

Vulli, the French company that makes Sophie, released a statement in response to the mold concerns.

“First of all, it’s important to know that Sophie la girafe is composed of 100 percent natural rubber, so the cleaning instructions have to be carefully respected. As indicated on the packaging and in an explanatory leaflet inside the packaging, we recommend to clean the surface of Sophie la girafe with a damp cloth. It should not be immersed in the water nor rinsed off, to prevent water from getting inside, as she may become damaged. We thus would like to emphasize on the fact that is it important, while cleaning the product, that no water gets inside the (sic) whole.”

The mold issue is not unique to Sophie.

In May 2016, Mayborn USA recalled 3.1 million Tommee Tippee Sippee spill-proof cups because mold can grow inside the removable valve.

Pediatricians said it is a pretty common problem with any product that can trap water. They also said it’s not something to be overly concerned about unless your child has an immune disorder or a mold allergy.

Experts recommend replacing things like sippy cups and bath toys every couple of months to reduce any potential exposure to mold.

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<![CDATA[5 Killed in Nightclub Shooting at Mexican Resort: Police]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:44:40 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17016534667693.jpg

A shooting attack at an electronic music festival in Mexico's Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen on Monday left five people dead, including two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian, authorities said.

The attorney general of Quintana Roo state said that several of the dead appear to have been part of the security detail at the 10-day BPM electronic music festival.

Miguel Angel Pech said the shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. at the Blue Parrot nightclub, one of the BPM Festival's venues in Playa del Carmen, just south of Cancun.

Pech said a lone gunman apparently entered the nightclub and began to exchange fire with another person inside. Festival security personnel tried to stop the shooting and came under fire.

Pech said it was not any kind of terrorist attack.

But the shooting apparently caused a rush of people heading for the exits at the beach-side club, and the lone female victim was apparently killed during the stampede.

Pech said 15 people were injured, one seriously. He said five of the injured had been treated for less serious injuries at local hospitals and released.

He said three people had been detained nearby, but it was unclear if they had been involved in the shooting.

Rodolfo Del Angel, director of police in the state of Quintana Roo, told the Milenio TV station that he shooting was the result of "a disagreement between people inside" the nightclub and said security guards had come under fire when they tried to contain the dispute.

The BPM Festival posted a statement saying four people had been killed and 12 injured in an attack that involved "a lone shooter."

BPM wrote that "the violence began on 12th street in front of the club and three members of the BPM security team were among those whose lives were lost while trying to protect patrons inside the venue."

Playa del Carmen has largely been spared the violence that has hit other parts of Mexico.

Canadian officials could not immediately confirm if any of their citizens were among the victims in the shooting.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Crowd Sings 'We Shall Overcome' at MLK Memorial]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:51:36 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017418217_1200x675_855830083795.jpgThousands of people across the country paid homage Monday to Martin Luther King Jr. At a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the crowd sang "We Shall Overcome" after walking the wreath to an area in front of the statue. ]]><![CDATA[Dirt Bikers in Fla. 'MLK Rideout']]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:16:45 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/011617+mlk+rideout+south+florida.jpg

ATV and dirt bike riders hit the streets of South Florida Monday, despite warnings from several law enforcement agencies not to participate in the so-called Martin Luther King Day Rideout.

The group started in Miami and drove up Interstate 95 to an area near Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

At one point, the group stopped at a gas station near Northwest 7th Avenue and 100th Street before moving on.

One bike rider was involved in an apparent crash with a truck in the area of Northwest 167th Street and Northwest 27th Avenue. Footage showed the rider on the ground before he was placed in an ambulance. Another crash happened on Northwest 54th Street and 6th Avenue. A dirt bike rider, identified as 25 year old Javis Charles, was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital in extremely critical condition and later died.

Miami-Dade Police said they towed 33 vehicles and made nine arrests. Broward Sheriff's Office said it made 35 arrests and towed 74 vehicles.

Hollywood Police said they made more than six arrests and confiscated more than 10 off-road vehicles. The police department posted to Twitter Monday a photo of a suspect in handcuffs wearing a T-shirt that reads: I don't stop for cops. 

Photo Credit: NBC 6
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<![CDATA[Expanding the MLK Legacy]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:07:31 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_mlkday0116_1500x845.jpgA Message of equality and unity echoed echoes across the country Monday, a day set aside to honor and remember civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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<![CDATA[Trump Gala Loses B Street Band]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:46:01 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Bruce_Springsteen1.jpg

The B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band from New Jersey, has announced it is withdrawing from performing at Donald Trump's inauguration gala.

The band announced its withdrawal from the event on its Facebook page Monday afternoon, citing its respect for Bruce himself.

"With deepest apologies to our fans and the New Jersey Inaugural Ball committee, the B Street Band is withdrawing from performing at this year's inauguration Gala," it said.

"Our decision is based solely on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band."

"The Boss" is a high profile Democrat who appeared with Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.

In a recent interview he questioned whether the president-elect was ready to take office.

During the interview on Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast, Springsteen said he questioned whether Trump "is simply competent enough to do this particular job."

The B Street Band said it would not exist without the talents of Springsteen and his primary backing band the E Street Band, and it looked forward to performing their music for years to come.

Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images ]]>
<![CDATA[Pulse Gunman's Wife Arrested]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:52:14 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/PulseWife0116_MP4-148460422262600001.jpgThe FBI has arrested the wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen. Noor Salman was taken into custody in San Francisco. Salman is charged with aiding and abetting by providing material support to a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice, Orlando police said.]]><![CDATA[Massive Gator Spotted in Nature Preserve in Florida]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:26:00 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/011617+massive+gator+lakeland.jpg

Footage of an alligator that looks almost too massive to be real was posted to the Lakeland Police's Facebook page Monday.

According to the post, Kim Joiner was taking an afternoon stroll Sunday in the Circle B Bar Reserve when the gator was spotted.

The big gator is seen lumbering across a grassy path as a group of spectators take photos.

Lakeland Police told NBC 6 that the gator is real.

Photo Credit: Lakeland Police Facebook]]>