<![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 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:46:49 -0800 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:46:49 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Be Prepared: What to Do Before, During and After “Monster” Storm]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:20:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/161130398.jpg

Nearly 30 million people living in the northern East Coast are bracing for what the National Weather Service says could be a “historic” winter storm. The storm is expected to bring blizzard conditions — including damaging wind gusts, heavy snow and coastal flooding — to the region for two days straight, NBC News reported.

Tom Moore, coordinating meteorologist for The Weather Channel, said the storm could intensify into “a monster.” And New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters Sunday that it’s important to “prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before.”

Whatever the storm ends up dishing out, it’s good to be prepared. Ready.gov has put together a preparedness plan for people in the path of severe winter storms. Here’s what you should know.

Before the Storm

Before the storm hits stock up on rock salt, snow shovels and other snow removal equipment to help remove snow and melt ice on walkways. Putting sand down can help improve traction.

If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, grab some extra wood or other heating fuel, as you could be stuck in your home for a few days without power. It's also a good idea to stock up on food, water and medications.Check your stockpiles of essentials like batteries, toilet paper and pet food and test flashlights, battery-powered radios and other tools that might be needed if the power goes out. 

While you’re at it, dig out all the old blankets, quilts and sheets you have piled away in case you lose heat.

If you have time it’s a good idea to make a “Family Communications Plan.” This will ensure that the members of your family can get a hold of one another if you're separated when disaster strikes.

You can sign up in advance to receive notifications from local emergency services and the National Weather Service. FEMA, the American Red Cross and other organizations have free apps that can provide up-to-date information about shelters, first aid and recovery assistance.

During the Storm

When the storm hits, with wind and snow whirling outside, it’s best to stay indoors and keep warm.

If you have to go out, walk carefully through snow and on icy sidewalks. Avoid getting your clothes wet, as soggy clothing loses all of its insulating power.

Be very careful when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack, which is a major cause of death in the winter months. To stay safe while shoveling take breaks, push snow instead of lifting it and lift lighter loads.

It’s also important to check frequently for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

Frostbite is when the skin and body tissue just beneath it freezes. Symptoms of frostbite include loss of feeling and a whitish pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, earlobes, and the tip of the nose. Make sure to cover the exposed skin — but avoid rubbing it — and seek medical help immediately.

Hypothermia occurs when your body reaches a dangerously low temperature. Symptoms include an uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and exhaustion. If you think someone has hypothermia, take his temperature. If it’s below 95 degrees, get medical help immediately. While you’re waiting for help, get the victim to a warm location and remove any wet clothing he’s wearing. Warm the center of his body first by wrapping him in blankets and if he’s conscious give him warm, nonalcoholic beverages. Don't forget Fido; pets should be brought inside when the temperatures drop.

Drive only when you must and avoid traveling alone in case you become stranded. Inform others of your schedule — including your destination, route and when you expect to arrive — and travel only on main roads where others will see you if you get in an accident.

Back at home, conserve fuel by keeping your residence cooler than normal and temporarily closing off heat to some rooms. Use blankets and additional layers to keep warm. If you’re using kerosene heaters make sure that you’ve got plenty of ventilation so that toxic fumes don’t build up and refuel kerosene heaters outside. It's also a good idea to make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector. Never use a stove or outside cooking equipment like grills or propane heaters indoors.

If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation and wrap them in rags. Then open up all the faucets and pour hot water on the pipes, starting where they’re most exposed.

After the Storm

Once the storm has passed, grab a sled and enjoy the newfound winter wonderland before it melts away into muddy slush. Be sure to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing several layers of warm, loosefitting clothing.

If your home lost power or heat in the storm and it still hasn’t returned, or if you don’t have the supplies you need to stay warm in your home overnight, you may want to stay in a public shelter. You can figure out where the nearest one is by texting “SHELTER” plus your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA). Make sure to dress warmly on your way to the shelter and bring anything you might need that night.

After all is said and done, assess how your supplies and family plan worked. If you think it could have been improved in anyway, learn from your experience and plan ahead for the next big one.

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<![CDATA[Blizzard of 2015: Reaction on Social Media]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:16:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Brooklyn_Bridge_Blizzardof2015.png

A record snowstorm is expected to bring upwards of two feet of snow to some parts of the Northeast.

"This is not going to be like other snowstorms... it's going to be worse," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters today. 

Government officials in New Jersey, New York, Massachussets and Connecticut declared states of emergency this afternoon.

The Weather Channel reports that 28 million people are in the blizzard zone. From Boston to Philadelphia, social media users shared what storm preparation looks like to them.

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<![CDATA[5 Biggest Snowstorms to Hit Northeast]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:14:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP744402766935.jpg

The Northeast is bracing for a “historic” snowstorm that is expected to pummel an area from Philadelphia all the way to northern New England with as much as two to three feet of snow by the time it's over late Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the New York and Boston areas starting Monday night.

"This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. "My message for New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before."

The forecast means, New York City could beat its one-day snowfall record — 26.9 inches, recorded in Central Park in February 2006.

"This is going to be a big one, historic," Weather Channel coordinating meteorologist Tom Moore told NBC News. "There could be paralyzing, crippling blizzard conditions. They're going to be talking about this one for a while."

The Northeast is no stranger to powerful snowstorms. Here’s a list of some of the biggest blizzards the region has ever seen.

1993: The Storm of the Century

The Storm of the Century did not only hit the Northeast, it surged up the entire East Coast from Alabama to Maine. The storm affected parts of 26 states, which is where roughly half of the entire U.S. population lives, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The blizzard began on March 12 and wrecked havoc for two days. For the first time, every East Coast airport had shut down at some point during or after the storm hit. Parts of upstate New York and Pennsylvania received over three feet of snow and wind gusts reached up to 89 mph on Long Island. Approximately 270 people died from direct and indirect results of the storm. The storm is still ranked as the number 1 most impactful snowstorm on the NOAA’s Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS), which is used to categorize snowstorms.

The Storm of the Century had uncanny similarities to the Blizzard of 1888: both started on Mar. 12 and affected 26 states.

2006: New York City Blizzard

While this storm is 29th on the NESIS list, it did account for New York City’s most snowfall in history: 27 inches. The snowstorm, however, was not categorized as a blizzard— winds of at least 35 mph for three consecutive hours and visibility of less than a quarter mile constitute a blizzard, which this snowstorm did not have.

1977: The Buffalo Blizzard

The snow began early morning on January 28 and temperatures dropped approximately 26 degrees in four hours. At the blizzard's peak, gusts of winds were 75mph and wind chills reached 50 to 60 degrees below zero. Thousands were stranded in office buildings or stalled cars and roads became parking lots quickly. Although the storm did not dump record-breaking snow— only 12 inches— it did put Buffalo on the map as the blizzard capital of the United States.

1978: The Great Northeast Blizzard (Boston/Rhode Island)

New England shut down after this blizzard dumped over 30 inches of snow and wind speeds hit over 100 mph. After the storm, President Carter declared portions of Rhode Island and Massachusetts federal disaster areas and brought the National Guard to help with the clean up. The storm lasted 32 hours which accumulated over 3000 stranded cars on the highways and claimed the lives of almost 100 people. This may have been the most powerful storm in the region since the Great Snow of 1717 when four snowstorms struck the area between February 27 and March 7, covering the New England and New York colonies with more than four feet of snow.

The Blizzard of 1996

This nor’easter hit the Northeast Corridor on January 6, as the country was getting back on track from the federal government shutdown. This storm ranked second on the NESIS scale. Parts of Pennsylvania were completely shut down and many Pittsburgh Steelers fans from areas east of Pittsburgh were stranded in the city after the NFL playoff game on Sunday. Philadelphia recorded 30.7 inches of snow— its highest record to date.

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<![CDATA[5 Myths About the Flu Debunked]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:58:16 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/denver-FLU-460977406.jpg

Flu is widespread across the United States, in a season made even more severe by a disappointing vaccine that's not very effective at battling the predominant strain that's now making people sick.

This year's vaccine is only 23 percent effective because the H3N2 strain of influenza A, a different strain from the one the vaccine protects against, began circulating just after the vaccine was created. When H3N2 is the dominant strain, it can cause more serious illness than other types of flu.

With several weeks of flu season left, here are some myths about the flu, and what you should know about them.

This year’s vaccine isn’t effective, so there’s no point in my getting it now.

Not so, medical professionals say. Even a less effective vaccine can still prevent hospitalizations and deaths, particularly among older people and young children. And it still might protect against strains that are not yet circulating.

I don’t need a flu shot year after year.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that you get a vaccine every year even when the viruses the vaccine protects against have not changed. Your immune protection from the vaccination will decline over time.

I’m afraid the flu shot will give me the flu.

A flu shot will not cause the flu because the viruses either have been inactivated and are no longer infectious or were made with no viruses at all. The nasal spray vaccine also won’t give you the flu because the viruses have been weakened.

Even if I do get the flu, it won’t kill me.

Flu can be a serious illness, particularly for young children, senior citizens and those with such chronic conditions as asthma, heart disease or diabetes. On average thousands die each year from the flu, a number that can fluctuate depending on which strain is circulating. The CDC has estimated from a low of 3,000 deaths to a high of 49,000 between the 1976-1977 and 2006-2007 seasons.

There are no effective treatments against the flu.

There are three antiviral drugs approved for treatment: Tamiflu, Relenza and Rapivab.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Being Russian Spy]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:23:28 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

The FBI arrested a man they say is a Russian spy Monday in a Bronx parking lot, law enforcement officials tell NBC New York.

Evgeny Buryakov is charged in a criminal complaint with being an unregistered agent of the Russian government.

The court papers describe Buryakov as being an agent of the SVR, the foreign intelligence agency for the Russian Federation. Buryakov entered and remained in the U.S. as a private citizen under “non-official cover” and posed as an employee in the Manhattan office of a Russian bank.

Buryakov’s mission on behalf of the SVR was to gather intelligence on potential U.S. sanctions against the Russian Federation and U.S. efforts to develop alternate sources of energy, the court papers say.

Also charged in the criminal complaint are Igor Sporyshev, who had served as a Trade Representative in New York for the Russian Federation, and Victor Podobnyy, a former attaché to the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations. Both Sporyshev and Podobnyy are believed to be in Russia.

Between 2012 and 2014, Buryakov and Sporyshev used coded language to signal they needed to meet and then met more than four dozen times at outdoor locations during which Buryakov passed bags, magazines and slips of paper to conceal the exchange of intelligence information.

Buryakov is expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan Monday afternoon. Attorney information for the man wasn't immediately available.

<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Blizzard of 2015]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:31:52 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/blizzard-2015-airplane-AP436795987382.jpg See photos from around the northeast as a blizzard pummels the area with record amounts of snowfall in two days.

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<![CDATA[Coyote Roams NYC Housing Complex]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:40:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/11115coyote.jpg

Police captured a female coyote Sunday that was spotted roaming a Manhattan housing complex, authorities said.

The coyote was sedated and captured in the sprawling Stuyvesant Town complex and delivered to the city's Animal Care and Control, where it was fed and examined by veterinarians.

The animal was later released in a wilderness area in the Bronx.

Earlier this month, police captured a coyote in Riverside Park and released it into a Bronx wooded area.

"Although it's often called the concrete jungle, New York City has over 5,000 acres of forest land and is home to an abundance of wildlife," said city Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver.

Most coyotes pose no danger to people, but New Yorkers shouldn't try to feed or approach them, Silver advised.

<![CDATA[States of Emergency Declared in NY, NJ, CT as Blizzard Looms]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:37:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/blizzard11ammon.gif

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut declared states of emergency ahead of a paralyzing blizzard expected to wallop the tri-state with more than 2 feet of snow, coastal flooding and heavy sustained winds that will cause power outages and make even the slightest travel hazardous.

Some travel restrictions were already in place Monday and announcements were made to close most public school systems, including New York City's, Tuesday. Cuomo declared a state of emergency for all New York counties south of Sullivan, and said the New York State Thruway and other state-controlled highways may close at 10 p.m. Limitations were planned for subway service and authorities said Metro-North and LIRR service would likely shut down at 11 p.m. Monday. 

Mayor de Blasio declared a state of emergency for New York City Monday afternoon as a National Weather Service blizzard warning officially went into effect for the Big Apple. The mayor said city schools would be closed Tuesday and all non-emergency vehicles were ordered off the streets by 11 p.m. Monday to clear the way for snowplows and salt spreaders.

He urged New Yorkers to be prepared, saying the storm was expected to dump an extensive amount of snow in a short period of time. 

"This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in New York City history," the mayor said. "It is not business as usual." 

In New Jersey, Christie closed all government offices early Monday and said they would remain closed Tuesday. Christie urged residents to stay off the roads as travel was expected to become progressively treacherous; many roads would be closed, he said, but the New Jersey Turnpike was to remain open. NJ Transit planned to shut down service starting at 8 p.m., and it wasn't expected to be restored until Thursday morning. Christie said the snow accumulation was expected to be variable in New Jersey, with some parts of the state seeing 6 inches and others seeing 2 feet.

Connecticut was expected to be especially hard hit, and Gov. Dannell Malloy issued a statewide travel ban starting at 9 p.m.  He said the snow drifts could reach upwards of 4 feet on top of the 22 to 32 inches expected to pummel the state. 

Blizzard warnings went into effect across the region Monday afternoon and most of the waterfront counties in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are under coastal flood watches or warnings from Monday night into early Tuesday.

Light snow began falling in Manhattan Monday morning as the leading edge of the large nor’easter slid into the region. Intermittent, light to moderate snowfall fell throughout the day, with as much as 1 to 3 inches in parts of the tri-state by the evening rush.

Conditions are expected to deteriorate beginning at about 8 p.m., with snow falling as quickly as 2 to 4 inches per hour, Storm Team 4 says. Lightning and thunder may accompany the snow during the most intense part of the storm overnight. Sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts as high as 50 mph will accompany the snowfall, creating whiteout conditions across the region.

Between 18 and 24 inches of snow are expected to fall in New York City, with more than 3 feet possible on parts of Long Island and in Connecticut. Lower, but still significant, snow totals are expected west of New York City. Some areas may see more than 30 inches of snow. 

On Sunday, de Blasio urged New Yorkers to "prepare for something worse than we have seen before."

"This literally could be one of the top two or three largest storms in the history of this city," he said. 

The largest snowstorm recorded in the city was a February 2006 storm that dumped 26.9 inches on Central Park.

New York City sanitation workers were scheduled to work 12-hour shifts manning 500 salt spreaders and, later, more than 2,400 snow plows to clear the city's 6,000 miles of roads. City crews will be adding chains to ambulances and positioning National Guard vehicles. Alternate side parking is suspended through Wednesday to assist in snow removal. Homeless outreach teams were doubled, and about 500 to 600 extra fire and emergency personnel were to be added in the evening.

“We will ensure that all hands are on deck for this crisis," the mayor said.

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<![CDATA[Bill Nye Knocks Belichick]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:59:33 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/billnye.jpg

The cast of "Saturday Night Live" wasn't the only one poking holes in the New England Patriots' explanation for the "deflategate" scandal over the weekend.

Bill Nye offered his expert opinion as “The Science Guy” Sunday, saying coach Bill Belichick's recent account for why his team’s footballs were under-inflated during the American Football Conference championship game against the Indianapolis Colts doesn't add up.

“I’m not too worried about coach Belichick competing with me,” Nye told ABC’s "Good Morning America." “What he said didn’t make any sense."

The Patriots have denied allegations that the team broke NFL rules by intentionally under-inflating the footballs to gain an advantage in their 45-7 victory against the Colts, which clinched their chance to face the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's Super Bowl.

Belichick said in one news conference that it's possible that climatic conditions and rubbing the balls ahead of last weekend's game affected air pressure.

But “The Science Guy” refuted that claim.

“By rubbing the football, I don't think you can change the pressure," he said. “To really change the pressure, you need one of these: the inflation needle. I can't help but say, 'Go Seahawks!’”

The NFL, which is investigating the allegations that the Patriots were involved in the ball issue, said evidence concluded that the footballs that were under-inflated were used by the Patriots in the first half of the game. But the one used for the second half were in compliance with their policy.

“The playing rules are intended to protect the fairness and integrity of our games,” the statement reads. “We take seriously claims that those rules have been violated and will fully investigate this matter without compromise or delay.”

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<![CDATA[Couple's Pregnancy News Goes Viral]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:42:39 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Camille+Averett+and+Kyle+Averett.jpg A North Texas couple is going viral after their unique pregnancy announcement was posted online.

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<![CDATA[6-Alarm Grass Fire in Calif.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:45:32 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pacifica6.JPG

A growing grass fire in a Pacifica canyon early Monday morning prompted evacuations and kept several people shut away in their homes as firefighters battled the blaze.

But by 7:30 a.m., firefighters had the five-acre grass fire - which quickly escalated to six alarms - contained, and residents who were allowed back into their homes, officials said.

The fire broke out about 3:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Fasler Avenue, and created a dramatic scene for the small beachside city in between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay.

Clyde Preston of the North County Fire Authority said as of 6:30 a.m. about 90 people had been evacuated as a precautionary measure and being helped at the Pacifica Community Center. Residents were allowed back to their homes by 8:15 a.m.

The winds and steep terrain, he said, were making the vegetation fire challenging to fight. About 60 firefighters were working to quell the flames, which were pushing toward the ocean.

Mike Dulay was woken up by authorities about 5 a.m. and scrambled to get his wife, kids and animals out of the house to safety. He said he's lived in this area for 23 years and neve seen a wildfire burn on this particular ridge. He noted how thick the brush and poison oak is in this canyon, and sympathized with the firefighters who had a difficult fight ahead of them.

Donna Metcalf and Randall Cooper took photos of the fire, and said they were stuck in their house for at least a couple of hours as police had blocked off their street.

NBC Bay Area's chopper flew overhead, tracking the bright orange flames consuming foliage and licking the sky.

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<![CDATA[10-Plus Students Sent to Hospital in Lab Mishap]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:27:00 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/219*120/shutterstock_31535164.jpg

A lab experiment gone wrong sent 12 New Jersey high school students to a nearby hospital early Monday morning, officials said.

Twelve students and five faculty members from Kingsway High School in Swedesboro, Gloucester County were taken to the Crozer Chester Medical Center by school bus after a mishap during an experiment in the chemistry lab emitted fumes around 7:40 a.m., Superintendent Dr. James J. Lavender confirmed to NBC10.

The entire student body was evacuated and sent to the nearby middle school, said Dr. Lavender.

Following an inspection by the Gloucester County Hazardous Materials Team, clearance was given and students returned to class.

No word on what experiment the students were working on when the accident happened.

<![CDATA[Mini Therapy Horse Joins SoCal Sheriff's Department]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:59:42 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/LA-sheriffs-department-mini-therapy-horse-valor.jpg

A miniature therapy horse named Valor is joining the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to “heal hearts and bring smiles to hurting people” who have suffered traumatic incidents, officials said.

Valor has been specially trained as a law enforcement therapy horse and will join reading programs and appear in community outreach events in the Malibu area, a Jan. 23 news release from the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff's Station said.

Valor and her handler, Victoria Nodiff-Netanel, are part of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, a team of pint-sized horses that visit hospitals and hospice programs, comforting more than 35,000 adults and children each year who have experienced traumatic events. The horses were sent to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, after the 2012 mass shooting.

"Valor will serve as a 'face' of law enforcement and does so while upholding the Sheriff's Department motto of 'A Tradition of Service," according to Heather Fuquay from the department.

Valor lives in Malibu with four other therapy horses. She was named after Port Authority Police Officer Kenneth Tietjen , who died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Wintry Weather in Times Square]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:26:47 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/snow+falling+times+square+day.jpg

See live video streaming from Times Square. 

<![CDATA[College Freshman Shot in Drive-by at Off-Campus Party]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:14:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/202*120/Rowan+The+Crossings+Shooting.JPG

A gunman hanging out of the passenger side of a car shot a teenager outside of an off-campus party at a New Jersey apartment complex Sunday, authorities said.

Gunfire rang out outside the Campus Crossing Apartments in Glassboro in southern New Jersey at around 1 a.m. Sunday leaving a Rowan University freshman shot in both legs, said Glassboro police

The victim, identified by the university as Anayochukwu Logan Iloabanafor, was rushed to Cooper University Medical Center in stable condition. Doctors treated and released Iloabanafor, said police.

The freshman was expected to make a full recovery, said Rowan University spokesman Joe Cardona.

Witnesses at the same party as Iloabanafor told investigators that they saw someone fire multiple shots from a revolver while hanging out the side of a vehicle.

Police later spotted a vehicle matching witnesses' descriptions nearby and pulled it over. Investigators questioned one man in the car before later releasing him while they held the other man, a 23-year-old on outstanding warrants.

The shooting happened at a complex popular with college students.

A message on The Crossings website describes the complex: “The Crossings at Glassboro provides an affordable and private home away from home where students can live and study off-campus in Glassboro, NJ. Our apartments serve Rowan University, Gloucester County College and Camden County College, among others.“

Police asked anyone with information to contact Detective Jack Manning at 856-881-1500 or submit a tip online.

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<![CDATA[SF Church Bans New Altar Girls]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:56:38 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/star_of_the_Sea_church_sf.jpg

One San Francisco Catholic church said it will not have girls as altar servers, and its priest behind the policy is coming under fire.

Families tied to the Star of the Sea Church, located on Ninth and Geary streets in San Francisco, said they are shocked about the new policy that would only allow altar boys to serve.

Father Josephy Illo, who came to the church about six months ago, said many girls were serving the altar for years.

He explained the reason for the switch.

"We'd like to get back to an altar boy program, which is a proven, effective way to promoting vocations to the priesthood," Father Illo said. "So boys get closer to the altar, and as you know, the Catholic church does not ordain women."

But parents said they are outraged.

"I think it's ridiculous," Jewli Judd said. "I think nowadays that's not the way we're going. It's not P.C. [politically correct]."

Father Illo said parents who oppose the policy will eventually see the greater good. But he also said it is important to have programs for both boys and girls. And he said there are special social groups for girls, places to read at the mass, and girls can prepare the altar.

But, while some families are OK with the policy, others said it sends the wrong message.

The priest said altar girls at the church can continue to serve.

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<![CDATA[2 Killed in NYC Home Depot Shooting]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:40:43 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/221*120/12515depot.jpg

An employee at a Manhattan Home Depot argued with a co-worker and fatally shot him before killing himself Sunday afternoon, police said.

The shootings occurred at about 2:30 p.m. inside the crowded store on West 23rd Street.

Hundreds of store employees and customers scrambled for safety when the gunfire erupted, witnesses said.

Police say 31-year-old Calvin Esdaile exchanged words with his co-worker, 38-year-old Sy Moctar, pulled out a gun and shot him multiple times.

Esdaile then shot himself in the head, police said. Moctar was Esdaile's supervisor, sources said.

"It sounded like fireworks, but more because it's enclosed, so you could hear the echoes," said Emilio Bantero, who was shopping inside the store.

Investigators didn't disclose the nature of the argument that led to the shooting.

"We're deeply saddened by this tragedy," said Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for Home Depot. "We are fully cooperating with the authorities on their investigation of what appears to have been an isolated incident."

<![CDATA[Sleeping Toddler Struck by Bullet ]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:14:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/150125-child-shot-palmdale.jpg

A 3-year-old boy sleeping in his bed was struck by a bullet Sunday night after gunfire erupted outside his Palmdale home, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.

The boy was hospitalized at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster with minor injuries, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials. He was expected to survive.

The boy was wrapped in a heavy blanket when the bullet hit him. The impact left him with a large bruise and a small burn, but the bullet did not penetrate his body, sheriff’s officials said.

Three to five gunshots were reported just before 10 p.m. in the 38000 block of 65th Street East, officials said. A round pierced a wall and struck the boy as he slept in his crib.

Another bullet was found lodged in his parents' mattress, investigators said.

Deputies were searching for the gunmen, who fled on foot. There was no description available.

No further details were immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Ernie Banks Died of Heart Attack]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:31:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ErnieBanks2014.jpg

The family of Ernie Banks announced in a press conference Sunday that the famous Cubs player died after suffering a heart attack.

Banks' death was caused by the heart attack, according to Mark Bogen, the family attorney. Funeral arrangements are currently being made.

Banks passed away on Friday at the age of 83, just seven days before his next birthday.

Bogen also announced that a Facebook page has been created for fans to celebrate Banks' legendary life. The page, called Ernie Banks Remembered, was created shortly after Banks passed away.

Banks' family is currently working with the Chicago Cubs and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office to create a public memorial for Mr. Cub, Bogen said.

Liz Banks, the wife of Ernie Banks, was present at the press conference, but Bogen delivered the news and did not take any questions.

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<![CDATA[Delta Plane Departed After Threats]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:57:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/012515+Eva+Groves+Delta+flight.jpg

Delta Airlines Flight 1061 from Los Angeles bound for Orlando was diverted to DFW International Airport Sunday afternoon, a Delta spokesman confirmed.  

The airline would not comment on the reason for the unscheduled landing except to say there was a, “security concern.”  Delta would not comment on the reason for the concern, but passengers aboard the flight tell NBC DFW the captain reported a possible threat from twitter.

“We started to see the police come and the fire trucks and emergency personnel,” said passenger Jeff Anderson.

“He [the plane's captain] did say at one point there was a threat on Twitter that mentioned this flight and there was a potential of a bomb.”

Anderson said the plane landed and taxied to an area away from the terminal.

“We did sit for quite a while,” he said. “They took us off the plane and said they were going to take all the luggage out, carry on and rescreen them.  They did have the bomb dogs looking around.” 

“Nobody seemed to be very nervous," said Anderson. "It was strange they took it serious enough to land the plane, but they didn’t seem to be in a great rush to get us off the plane.”

Anderson says they were later bused to Terminal E.  Once cleared the same plane departed DFW just after 7:30 p.m. bound for its original destination – Orlando. 

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<![CDATA[Body of Missing Pa. Teacher Found]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:21:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ChristopherTully.jpg

The body of a missing Pennsylvania teacher was found Sunday in the Schuylkill River, according to police and his family members.

A body was pulled from the Schuylkill around 1:20 p.m. The body was discovered in the water off Kelly Drive near the Falls Bridge in East Falls. Both police and family members later confirmed the body is that of 40-year-old Christopher Tully.

Tully, 40, had gone missing after jumping out of his parent's car along the City Avenue Bridge near East Falls on Jan. 6. He was last seen running south on City Avenue towards the Schuylkill Expressway.

Tully, an award-winning teacher at the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology and father of three, suffered from depression and was on his way to treatment when he ran away, said his loved ones.

"Even though he's 40, he's still my baby and I want him to come home," said his mother Mary Tully.

A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for a reward for information leading to his whereabouts. The reward reached $10,000.

Investigators have not yet revealed how Tully died. They continue to investigate.

A spokesperson for the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology released a statement on Tully's death.

"Mr. Tully will be remembered as an exemplary teacher who spent 12 years on staff with us, having a positive impact on the lives of our students and all with whom he worked," the spokesperson wrote. "In 2014 he was named Outstanding Career and Technical Educational Teacher by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education. We knew him as an outstanding teacher and person."

Counselors will be available for students and staff at Middle Bucks Institute throughout the week.

This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.

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<![CDATA["DeflateGate" Pumps Up Business]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:32:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-01-23-17h57m00s254.jpg

At Karin DeNapoli's Cupcake City in Reading, Mass., some of her best sellers Friday came with messages written in blue frosting like "Deflate This" and "Get Over It."

They're a special Deflategate version of her "hostess cupcakes," which normally come with homemade marshmallow filling inside. "What we did for our 'Deflategate Footballs' is, we filled them with a little less filling — but they're still just as delicious," DeNapoli explained.

She had dozens ready for customers to pick up and pastry chefs racing to make more--all for customers who tend to think the New England Patriots' "Deflategate" controversy over how they came to be playing the first half of their AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts with underinflated footballs is a misunderstanding or overblown technical violation, not a national scandal.

"We thought, 'Well, let's turn a sour situation into a sweet one,' " DeNapoli joked.

Also proudly profiting from the Patriots' pigskin-pressurization predicament is Boston Common Coffee Co. Monday morning, on a lark, their pastry chefs made up 40 deflated-football cookies to send to their four downtown Boston cafes.

"We decided, let's make 10 per store, and customers started coming in, they started photographing it, and the next thing you knew, it's on Twitter, and everything just exploded from there," company CEO Peter Femino said in an interview Friday afternoon.

They sold out, and he hasn't been able to keep the stores supplied — and this weekend he and his staff will be racing to bake literally thousands more. "We've got an order for 1,200 that's going down to South Carolina," Femino said, "and then we've been getting orders from all over the country. A lot from Washington state, obviously, but Florida, Texas, New Mexico" also.

Not just local businesses but national brands who pitch their "softness" — like Charmin toilet paper and Downy laundry fabric softener — have latched onto #DeflateGate on Twitter with tweets aimed at linking their brand of soft to the softly-pressurized footballs Patriots quarterback Tom Brady allegedly got for the Colts tilt.

"There's a ton of upside if you can do it right — but there's also a ton of risk if you don't do it right, and it's really hard to do it right," said Eric Fulwiler, director of social media for Boston advertising agency Mullen.

Fulwiler said he had "had this conversation with a bunch of clients" about how, if at all, they should try to get their brands into the unceasing DeflateGate conversation "You know people are talking about it," Fulwiler said. "But do you have a part, do you have a purpose, do you have a right to contribute to it as a brand?"

Fulwiler said for brands that haven't found a way to get themselves talked about in a DeflateGate context, "if you haven't come out today or tomorrow or by Monday to say something about it, it's probably too late ... Overall, probably the opportunity's passed — but the story keeps developing in such a way that if there's something new that develops, who knows how it's going to pan out. There could be an opportunity for a brand to put something out." Of course, predicting just where this story goes next — and how easily if at all you can make light of its denouement — looks impossible right now.

With videographer Mike Bellwin. 

<![CDATA[Christie Woos Iowa Conservatives]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:46:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/12415chris.jpg

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is trying to connect with Iowa conservatives by assuring them that "you'll always know who I am" if he runs for president.

While still undeclared, Christie left few doubts Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit that he is primed to enter the 2016 GOP race.

Christie told the Republican voters in the leadoff primary state in the nomination battle that they shouldn't let his blunt style turn them off. To those not enamored with all aspects of his record, Christie asserted "you'll always know what I believe and you'll always know where I stand."

He spoke at length about his anti-abortion views, which tends to resonate with Iowa's social conservative caucus-goers.

Christie, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and many others turned the Iowa Freedom Forum into the unofficial launch of the next campaign for the Iowa caucuses. More than 1,000 religious conservatives met at a refurbished theater to hear their pitches.

The forum's sponsor, Rep. Steve King of Iowa, opened the event by asking the crowd, "Do you believe that the next president of the United States is going to be speaking to you today?"

The audience erupted in applause and King responded, "As do I."

Few would pick Christie, an abortion rights and gay marriage opponent better known for his union and budget battles, to emerge as the favorite among Iowa's evangelical voters. Yet his appearance could allow him to make inroads with a group focused as much on ideological purity as defeating the Democrat nominated to follow President Barack Obama.

"He has gusto that makes him an everyman. That appeals to me," 29-year-old Steve Friend of Sioux City said of Christie. "But I think he tanked the 2012 election by praising President Obama after (superstorm) Sandy."

Christie has defended his praise of the president for visiting storm-ravaged New Jersey in the weeks before Romney lost. But it's an image that sticks in the craw of Iowa's most right-wing conservatives.

"I don't trust him," said Mary Kay Hauser, another forum attendee. "I think he's disingenuous. I think he's part of the old New Jersey party."

<![CDATA[Arrest in School Scissors Stabbing]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:53:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/211*120/1-23-15-David+Wark+Griffith+Middle+School+scissors+stabbing.JPG

Authorities arrested a 13-year-old boy on Saturday morning in connection with the stabbing death of a boy outside an East Los Angeles middle school, officials said.

LA County Sheriff's deputies arrested the boy at his East LA home between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m., a watch commander with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

It came hours after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed with scissors outside David Wark Griffith Middle School. The boy, whose identity hasn't been released, was attacked at 3:08 p.m. Friday and died at a local hospital, officials said.

He was a student at a nearby high school, according to Los Angeles Unified School District officials; it was unclear if his attacker was a student at either school.

Information about the boy in custody was not immediately available.

Christina Cocca contributed to this report. Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Attend HempCon]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:18:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hempcon_san_jose_convention.jpg

Thousands of people poured into the San Jose Convention Center Saturday to experience HempCon, one of the biggest trade shows in the world catering to medical marijuana users.

People inside could find everything from marijuana ice cream to the latest technology to grow marijuana.

Industry leaders said this event is larger than ever.

"In this room, we have hundreds of entrepreneurs, new technology. All of the stuff is made in the U.S.A. The cannabis smoke here is from California," HempCon General Counsel Freddy Sayegh said.

And Sayegh said the medical marijuana industry employs 100,000 Californians. He also said as new research points to benefits for people with AIDS and those suffering from PTSD, the industry is expected to grow even more this year.

HempCon will continue Sunday, and another show is scheduled for April in San Francisco.

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<![CDATA[Rocket Launcher Near Calif. Freeway]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:29:33 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Rocket+Launcher1.jpg

A military rocket launcher was discovered on the side of the I-15 Freeway in Riverside County, California, Thursday afternoon, officials said.

It was unclear who the weapon belonged to, said a Riverside County Sheriff's Department spokesman. Rocket launchers are illegal to own, though some are occasionally found in California.

Workers clearing brush from the side of the highway in Murrieta found the rocket launcher, according to Patch, which first reported the discovery.

The AT-4 tube had no munitions inside, officials said. Its manufacturer's web page described it as "one of the most successful anti-armour weapons ever developed," effective against armorded vehicles and aircraft.

A rocket launcher was returned to law enforcement at a 2013 gun buyback in Solano County, and officers in 2012 found a rocket launcher while executing a search warrant in Paramount.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA["Charlie Hebdo" Flying Off Shelves in North Park Newsstand]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:08:56 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Charlie+Hebdo+North+Park.jpg

The magazine at the center of the terror attacks in France two weeks ago is being sold in the United States, including at a newsstand in San Diego. 

The French satirical newspaper hit American newsstands Friday.

NBC News has decided not to show the controversial cover showing the Prophet Mohammed carrying a sign that says in French, "I am Charlie."  Twenty-thousand copies will be offered in the United States, according to LPMI, a distributor of foreign magazines and newspapers in the U-S and Canada.

Copies of Charlie Hebdo got to the North Park newsstand Friday afternoon.  The manager, Ken Gabbara, said it has been flying off the shelves.  He ordered 200 copies and had has already sold half.

Gabbara expects he has enough to get through the weekend and will evaluate to see if he needs to order more on Monday. Gabbara said he is not worried about negative feedback.

“We're doing it for the sake of history. People want a little piece of history," he said. "I carry like over 4,000 magazines in here. There's a lot of things that I agree and disagree with but it's for people's choices. If they want to read about it, we give them the opportunity.”

Bijan Izadi, who purchased a copy of the magazine, said he wanted to read the magazine.

“If you are not able to speak freely and if other people are infringing on that and threatening your life for that reason it's not right," Izadi said.

This shipment of 20,000 to the United States follows a shipment of 300 that made it to major cities like San Francisco and  New York. Copies are sold for $12.99 plus tax.