<![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 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:43:57 -0700 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:43:57 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Sanders, Trump Surge in New Iowa Poll]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:27:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trumpsanders.jpg

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Donald Trump — the two biggest anti-establishment candidates in the Democratic and Republican presidential primary fields, respectively — have seen their support surge, according to NBC News, citing a new survey of voters likely to participate in the Iowa caucuses.

In the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll, Sanders is now polling just seven points behind Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, nearly doubling his share of the vote since the last survey was conducted in May.

Sanders takes 30 percent support, while Clinton draws 37 percent, marking the first time she's dropped below 50 percent in the poll.

Trump, meanwhile, has seen a remarkable reversal in both his support and popularity in the state since May. Back then, he was polling at just 4 percent support and his favorability was at -36 points; now, he leads the pack with 23 percent support and his favorability is at +26 points.



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<![CDATA[Memorial Service Held for Slain Roanoke TV Journalists]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:38:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_141218438885.jpg

A memorial service was held at a Virginia church for two journalists who were slain on live TV this week.

WDBJ7, the station where Alison Parker and Adam Ward worked, said the interfaith service was being held at Roanoke's Jefferson Center, where station general manager Jeff Marks spoke.

"I've given many talks over the years, never with so heavy a heart," he said.

While they were filming a live segment on local tourism on Wednesday, August 26, Parker and Ward were fatally shot by a former employee of WDBJ, Vester Flanagan, who fled the scene and later turned his gun on himself. He died in a hospital later that day.

The jarring on-air shooting captured the nation's attention and deeply affected the Roanoke TV station where Parker and Ward worked – Ward's fiancee was working in the control room when the shots were fired.

At the Sunday service, Marks spoke about the need for American society to deal better and more directly with anger, and angry people, echoing comments he said he made to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Anger untreated by mental health services can have "catastrophic" consequences, as evidenced by Wednesday's shooting, Marks said.

"Services exist and we must use them for ourselves and for those we know who have uncontrolled anger. We must learn to speak directly to anger: 'You are angry and that must make you feel awful.'"

He recounted his memories of Parker, a reporter, and cameraman Ward, who he said almost never got angry, and never let it fester. Their mission was to "awaken us as to what is good and fun in life," he said.

Ward liked to play a game where he hid a candy wrapper on set in the morning, waiting to see if weatherman Leo Hirsbrunner could uncover it, Marks said.

Hirsbrunner found one Wednesday, he added.

Marks spoke of the slain journalists's families, and ended with his own lament: "I want to play softball with Adam again, and I want to see Alison dance. And I will, in the wonderful memories they gave me; [that] they gave us."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Emaciated Horse Rescued With 3-Foot-Long Hooves]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:06:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/f_horse_neglect_150828.nbcnews-fp-1280-700.jpg

Three neglected and emaciated horses were discovered earlier this month with over-grown hooves after Maryland officials called animal welfare workers to check on the animals, NBC News reported. 

A chestnut mare with hooves over three feet long was euthanized at the site because her legs were badly damaged after years of neglect, the Days End Farm Horse Rescue explained on its website.

The three horses had to have been locked in a stall for at least 15 years, the animal rescue stated. 

Two other stallions had their excess hooves removed and a vet took x-rays of their feet to plan for rehabilitation. Both animals are still in critical condition and will need months to become healthy again, the website explained. 

In the video put out by NBC News, a horse appears to be in good-spirits, prancing around outside.



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<![CDATA[Erika Remnants Threaten Florida; Hawaii Braces for Ignacio]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:54:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/erika-lluvias.jpg

The remnants of Tropical Storm Erika pushed toward Florida Sunday night, threatening to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the region, NBC News reported.

Though the storm weakened after wreaking havoc on the Caribbean over the weekend, flood watches remained in effect Sunday night from southern Georgia to Miami, The Weather Channel reported, and rip currents were expected all the way to the Carolinas.

Meanwhile, in the Pacific, Hawaii residents were preparing for high winds, heavy rain and ocean swells as Hurricane Ignacio, downgraded to a Category 3 storm, makes its way toward the islands.  It is scheduled to pass about 200 miles northeast of the Big Island and Maui, Monday and Tuesday, sparing the state a direct hit.



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<![CDATA[Braves Fan Fell to His Death Doing 'Favorite Things': Family]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:35:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_400180067339.jpg

The Atlanta Braves fan who died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field during a game was doing what he loved when his life ended abruptly, his family said Sunday.

Gregory Murrey, 60, landed in an area of the stands behind home plate in the seventh inning of the Braves' game against the New York Yankees Saturday night.

"The night Greg passed away, he was doing one of his favorite things — watching the Braves," according to a family statement read by his son Jason to NBC affiliate WXIA.



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<![CDATA[Prisoner Escapes NY Hospital: Cops]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:46:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/escaped+prisoner+tiffany+neumann.jpg

Police are looking for a woman wearing a hospital gown who escaped police custody Sunday night after being taken to the hospital complaining of a medical issue.

Tiffany Neumann, 23, slipped out of her handcuffs and fled New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Lower Manhattan around 9:10 p.m., the NYPD said.

She was arrested Saturday on the Upper West Side on charges of petit larceny, theft of service and criminal possession of stolen property. The circumstances regarding the charges were unknown.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[P.F. Chang Murder Suspect 'Snapped']]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:38:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Jaquan+Huston.jpg

Heartbreak surrounds the P.F. Chang's in Peabody, Massachusetts, after one kitchen worker was stabbed to death Saturday evening, allegedly at the hands of another.

On Saturday evening, 38-year-old Elivelton Dias was working in the restaurant at the Northshore Mall when he was attacked. Police say 23-year-old Jaquan Huston is responsible for the homicide and is charged with murder.

"Just like the show called "Snapped," my son snapped," said Shawn Maron-Huston. "That is not him. He's not a murderer."

Fighting back tears, the suspect's mother told necn her son didn't deny stabbing Dias. She knew something was wrong when he came home from work earlier than usual. She gave Jaquan money for bus fare and went to watch him leave her Salem home from her window. Instead of seeing him get on the bus, a police cruiser came to pick up her youngest child.

"When I went downstairs, I said, 'What happened, what happened? I thought you were going to Lynn?' Police said, 'Your son was involved in a stabbing,'" said Maron-Huston. "And I said, 'Really?' I said, 'What happened, Jaquan?' He said, 'He threatened me, Mom. He threatened to stab me and I did what I had to do.'"

Maron-Huston says for years, she has tried to work with her son and his anger issues. Raising four kids on her own, she worked hard to give her children the best, even encouraging her son to enroll in anger management classes.

His first one was scheduled in a week. But it didn't come in time stop Saturday's tragedy.

"The sad thing is that the individual is gone, and I feel sad for him, I really do. If I could change anything, I would change that," said Maron-Huston.

Even knowing her son could face jail time, she wants the public to learn, from the pain this incident has caused, a lesson she says she's tried to teach her own child.

"Whatever you're going through, even if you can't come to your parents, confide in somebody," she said. "Get it out. Because when you keep it bottled in, it causes nothing but stress and for you to snap and make a decision that is going to cost you a lot of years of your life."



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<![CDATA[Man Riding Commuter Bike to LA]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:37:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/citi+bike+guy.jpg

A Manhattan man is no longer just taking a Citi Bike to work. Instead he’s riding it across the country.

On Aug. 6, Jeffrey Tanenhaus checked out a Citi Bike from one of New York’s Citibank-operated bike sharing stations and headed towards Los Angeles. The former corporate event planner told NBC 4 New York he turned in his day job for an adventure, stopping at historic places along the way.

On Saturday, Tanenhaus said he was riding from Washington DC to Pittsburgh. He said that when he was working in his 9 to 5 job, riding a Citi Bike to and from work was the highlight of his day.

"Things were not going well at work," he said. "Being on a bike gave me so much more freedom and empowerment that I was really happy, I could control where I was going, I was outside in the elements."

Now, Tanenhaus says he's hoping to inspire more New Yorkers to use Citi Bike, but the bike-sharing service isn't exactly endorsing his trip.

Tanenhaus has already racked up $1,200 in late fees, the maximum for going past the 45-minute limit.
 



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<![CDATA[Hundreds Attend Vigil for Slain Texas Deputy ]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:33:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/policia-asesinado-texas.jpg

Hundreds gathered at a vigil Saturday to mourn the loss of the sheriff’s deputy ambushed at a Texas gas station while filling up his patrol car the previous evening, NBC News reported. 
The crowd, gathered at the Houston Chevron station where Darren H. Goforth was gunned down, were led in prayer and observed a moment of silence for Goforth and the sheriff’s department. 
Many said that they were there to support police. Some said that they were frustrated with what they said was an increased hostility against all police. 
His wife, meanwhile, released a statement Saturday calling her husband her best friend. "There are no words for this," she said.
Saturday, Shannon Miles, 30, was arrested and charged with capital murder in the shooting of Goforth, a 10-year veteran on the force. 



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<![CDATA[Gov. Scott Walker Defends $250 Million for New Arena]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:15:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/bradley-center-scott-walker.jpg

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his plan to invest $250 million in taxpayer dollars in a new basketball arena as "fiscally responsible" in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" this Sunday.

The owners of the Milwaukee Bucks had threatened to take the team to another state if they didn't have a new stadium by 2017, and have offered to finance half of the $500 million the arena will cost. Walker on Sunday said that the investment of $250 million in public funds was a good long-term bet, as it would protect the millions of dollars in income taxes the state collects from NBA players and staff that play and live there.

"For the state of Wisconsin, it's less than $4 million a year to protect $6.5 million we collect. And over the next 20 years, that grows to a total of just shy of $300 million the state collects in income taxes for less than $80 million," he said. "I'd be a fool."



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<![CDATA[Is It OK to Eat Fish Every Day?]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 06:08:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Blue+Fin+Tuna+Sushi.jpg

With government guidelines urging everyone to eat fish twice a week for heart and brain benefits, you might wonder: If two days of fish is good, is eating fish every day even better?

That's a question experts haven't yet completely answered, according to TODAY.com. And it's a little complicated because it's not just a health issue – there are probably not enough fish in the sea for everyone to eat seafood all the time.

But, experts say, eating seafood more than twice a week, for most people, can be healthful.

"it's certainly better to eat fish every day than to eat beef every day," says Eric Rimm, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition and director of in cardiovascular epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.



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<![CDATA[Obama Heads to Alaska for Historic Climate Change Tour]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:38:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_586127782641.jpg

President Barack Obama heads to Alaska Monday for a historic Arctic tour aimed at drawing attention to climate change, NBC News reported.

The three-day tour will include trips to a receding glacier and to coastal communities where he will talk to villagers about erosion threatening their shoreline and livelihood. 

The Arctic trip — the first ever by a sitting U.S. president — comes ahead of a major international summit in Paris at the end of the year, where he will push for a global deal to flight climate change.

Such an agreement, environmental policy experts say, could help secure his legacy as the first U.S. president to address global climate change in a substantive way.



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<![CDATA[Pope Francis Decries Crimes Against Refugees]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:42:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485905526-pope-francis-austria.jpg

Pope Francis asked the faithful Sunday to work together to prevent crimes against people who are forced to flee their home countries in search of a better life, NBC News reported.

The pontiff made his remarks and urged prayers at St. Peter's Square in Rome three days after the decomposed bodies of 71 refugees were discovered in a truck on a highway in Austria.

Francis prayed for God "to help us to cooperate effectively to prevent these crimes, which offend the entire human family." The pope prayed specifically for the 71 refugees — including four children — found in the truck.



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<![CDATA[Scholarships Memorialize Reporter Slain in Virginia]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:45:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/184*120/matan-reporteros_3.jpg

The family of Alison Parker, the TV reporter shot to death during a live report Wednesday morning in Virginia, is asking that people donate to memorial scholarship funds and charities in her name to honor the young journalist.

Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, both journalists at WDBJ7 in Roanoke, both died when police say a disgruntled former employee shot them during a live report about tourism. A third person, a woman Parker was interviewing, was injured in the shooting but survived. The suspected gunman later fatally shot himself as police closed in on him.

Parker's family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the following scholarship funds or organizations:

Alison B. Parker Memorial Fund at James Madison University
James Madison University, 220 University Blvd., Office of Annual Giving MSC 3603, Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Alison Bailey Parker Memorial Scholarship
Patrick Henry Community College Foundation, 645 Patriot Ave., Martinsvile, VA 24112

Valley Stars and Salvation Army of Roanoke

A public celebration of Parker's life is expected to be held at a later date after a private memorial service. A viewing for Ward is set for tomorrow, and a service for him will be held Tuesday morning in Roanoke.



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<![CDATA[Huge Fire at Saudi Oil Workers' Compound Kills 7]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:05:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/AP859656548979.jpg

Seven people were killed and more than 200 injured in a giant fire that tore through an oil workers' residential compound in Saudi Arabia Sunday, The Associated Press reported.

Officials said that residents of "various nationalities" were affected by the early morning blaze, which broke out in the basement of the Radium compound in the eastern city of Khobar.

The compound is used by the state oil giant Saudi Aramco, which oversees petroleum production in the country, and was the site of a 1996 truck bombing at a dormitory for U.S. Air Force personnel that killed 19 Americans and wounded 372.



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<![CDATA[P.F. Chang's Worker Fatally Stabbed]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:36:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/PF+Chang+Best+082915.JPG

One P.F. Chang's kitchen worker was stabbed to death Saturday, allegedly by another, at the restaurant in Peabody, Massachusetts.

Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said 23-year-old Jaquan Huston used a knife to stab his coworker at the restaurant, located at the Northshore Mall.

Police responded just after 5:30 p.m. The victim, identified as 38-year-old Elivelton Dias of Salem, was rushed to Salem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, Blodgett said.

Huston was arrested at his home in Salem. He is scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges in Peabody District Court Monday.

"This was an isolated incident," said Blodgett. "It's a very difficult, sad situation."

Other staff members and witnesses are being interviewed as the investigation continues.

P.F. Chang's later released a statement on the incident:

"Tonight we lost an employee in a tragic incident at our Peabody restaurant. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our colleague. We will be mobilizing support to provide care to our colleague's family, as well as our fellow employees, during this difficult time. We are also cooperating with local law enforcement as they conduct their investigation."



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<![CDATA[Suspect Charged in Killing of Texas Sheriff's Deputy]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:34:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/goforth-harriscounty.jpg

A 30-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the "execution-style" shooting of a deputy at a suburban Houston gas station, authorities announced Saturday afternoon, NBC News reported.

Shannon J. Miles, 30, was arrested for the murder of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren H. Goforth, 47, who was pumping gas about 8:30 p.m. Friday when he was shot from behind. 

"We haven't been able to exact any details regarding a motive," Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters, calling Goforth's death a "senseless and cowardly act."

In an emotional news conference hours before Miles' arrest was announced, a visibly angry Hickman told reporters that "dangerous rhetoric" against law enforcement had "gotten out of control."

"We've heard black lives matter — all lives matter," he said. "Well, cops' lives matter, too."



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<![CDATA[3 Adults Killed, Child Wounded in Tennessee Home Shooting]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:07:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/187062332.jpg

Two men and a woman were found shot to death inside a home in eastern Tennessee Saturday night, according to the local sheriff's office, NBC News reported. A child was also found inside the home with gunshot wounds and transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The alleged gunman was found "a short time" after authorities responded to the scene and he was taken into custody, according to a statement from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office. The suspect had also been shot, but his wounds were not life threatening, the statement added.

Sheriff Wayne Anderson told local TV station WCYB that it appeared the suspect, who was not identified, was related to those living inside the home. 

"He made it up here where they live...and he just started shooting everybody," Anderson said.



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<![CDATA[Local Coast Guardsmen Remember Katrina 10 Years Later]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:50:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/katrina-coast-guard-rescuers-remember.jpg

As the whole country reflects on the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina a decade later, two Coast Guard rescue swimmers described seeing a submerged New Orleans and thousands in need of help.

Lt. Benjamin Berman and Aviation Survival Technician 1st Class Robert Williams, who are now stationed at the San Diego Coast Guard sector, said Friday that the images of destruction are still fresh in their minds.

"It was 10 years ago but there are constant reminders of it. Even just flying in the helicopter sometimes I'll just have memories while we are flying around," Williams said.

He was stationed at Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2005 and had only been a rescue swimmer for two years when he got the call for help.

Williams and his crew were on a helicopter bound for New Orleans an hour later. They arrived at night, and all he could see were flashlights dotting the ground. Before long, he realized those lights were held by people who needed rescue.

"It looked like a third-world country with people on rooftops and rivers flowing down places where cars should be driving, dogs swimming in the streets, people on top of cars floating down the streets, gas pipes that were broken and on fire," Williams said.

Berman lived in Mobile, Alabama, at the time. He flew in the first night Coast Guard crews came to the rescue, joining the branch's effort to save more than 33,500 people -- one of the largest rescue operations in Coast Guard history.

One disturbing sight that stuck with him, he said, was seeing a couple who died off Interstate 10, where he and his crew were trying to help survivors.

"That kind of affected me because they died together on the side of the freeway," he said. "It was kind of devastating. There was devastation everywhere of course, but walking up to that kind of devastation was pretty impactful."

Berman said he never forgets the anniversary of the day he was sent to New Orleans because he had to leave his 2-week old son. He now calls his boy his "Katrina baby."

Both Williams and Berman told NBC 7 in San Diego that they hope their efforts made an impact on survivors and that the people of New Orleans have come out stronger.

"It's sad though that a lot of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast has not recovered from Katrina, but I stand by them and hopefully they will come back around," Berman said.

Berman has returned every year since Hurricane Katrina, but Williams has not been back since the storm. He told NBC 7 he hopes to return soon.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Kayakers Capture Close Encounter With Hammerhead]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:37:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hammerhead-shark-la-jolla.gif

A group of kayakers captured their heart-pounding close encounter with a hammerhead shark off the San Diego coast Saturday — a sighting that prompted lifeguards to close down crowded beaches nearby.

Their incredible video shows the 8- to 10-foot shark circling and swimming under the watercraft off La Jolla Shores. Stalking the kayakers, the hammerhead followed them back to the beach as they paddled away, according to San Diego Lifeguards.

When officials saw the footage and noted the shark was exhibiting "aggressive behavior," they took immediate action.

They decided to clear the waters between La Jolla Cove and Scripps Pier, announcing the closure over loud speakers to thousands packed onto the sand. The beach will be closed for the rest of the day, according to Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum.

"What we're going to do is evaluate tomorrow morning," he said at a news briefing Saturday afternoon. "If there's no other shark sighting by then, we'll probably lift the closure and open it as an advisory for the full 24-hour period."

People swimming near the shark were able to climb onto other kayaks and get safely to shore.

The animal was last seen just outside the surf line at the foot of Avenida De La Playa, at the south part of La Jolla Shores.

Lifeguard crews in boats and a helicopter soon began searching the waters for shark, but no more sightings have been reported. Officials say if they find it, they will track it and make sure it leaves the area before the waters are reopened.

The closure was a disappointment to many beachgoers, who sought the cool water on the unusually hot Saturday.

"They were just going to shut it down temporarily, but then they decided to shut it down for the entire day," said Gil Durazo, at La Jolla with his two sons. "So we kind of stuck it out for a little while but then decided, you know, we've been here long enough, we're just going to head home and jump in the pool for a little while."

Lifeguards say they brought the kayakers' footage to Dr. Andy Nosal, a marine biologist at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. He said based on the size, species and behavior of the shark, lifeguards were right to close the beach.

"It's not uncommon for these types of sharks to be seen far off shore, but it's uncommon to see it so close to a popular beach like La Jolla Shores," said Lerum.

According to the lieutenant, a similar closure happened in La Jolla a couple years ago when a great white shark came concerningly close to the shore.

As for why the hammerhead was acting aggressively toward the kayakers, Lerum's best guess is food.

"Well sharks are very instinctive," he said. "Usually what causes them to act aggressively is their desire to eat, and so there may have been food in the area that we don't know of." He was not sure if the kayakers had fish on board.

Hammerheads rarely present a threat to humans, experts say. In fact, since scientists began keeping records in the 1950s, there have been just 32 documented hammerhead shark attacks, according to Mike Price, an assistant curator of fishes at SeaWorld.

However, a hammerhead bit into a local diver's hand earlier this month about 100 miles off San Diego's coast.


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<![CDATA[10 Years Later, Thousands Still Live With Katrina Damage]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:48:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/jerry-reed-backyard-nola.jpg

Pulling up to Jerry Reed's house in St. Roch neighborhood is like stepping back in time to August 2005, when Hurricane Katrina ripped through the area, devastating everything in its path. The house appears very much the same today as then, a decade after the storm, NBC News reported.

The home's foundations are unearthed, its vinyl siding peels along ragged lines that demarcate clearly how high the floodwaters rose. "Ten years after the storm, I didn't ever think it would still be — this bad," said a somber Reed as he reflected on the 10th anniversary of one of the most powerful natural disasters to ever strike a major American city.

Reed, 66, is a Vietnam War veteran who fought for his country and won the Silver Star but feels he has been forgotten here at home. He is just one of thousands of homeowners in and around New Orleans who is unable to pay for damages that remain from Hurricane Katrina.



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<![CDATA[Calif. Hiker Found Alive After Missing for More Than a Week]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:26:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Missing_Hiker.jpg

A 62-year-old woman who vanished while hiking in California was found alive Saturday — more than a week after she was separated from the group she was traveling with, police said, NBC News reported. 

Miyuki Harwood was spotted by members of a search and rescue team not far from where she went missing near the Courtright Reservoir, about 100 miles east of Fresno, according to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

Police said Harwood was hurt, but they do not yet know the extent of her injuries. She was brought by helicopter to a nearby hospital, police said.

Harwood was last seen on Aug. 20 with a hiking group from the Sierra Club, based near Sacramento



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<![CDATA[Boy, 17, Charged With Raping 9-Year-Old Girl at State Fair]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:45:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg+20+may.jpg

A 17-year-old boy was charged Friday with raping a 9-year-old girl inside a barn at the Maryland State Fair, Baltimore County police said.

The teen's family and the 9-year-old girl's family, who are all from Carroll County, Maryland, travel together to show livestock at fairs within and outside of the state, police said.

The suspect, whom NBC News is not naming because of his age, has been charged as an adult with second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense, perverted practice, fourth-degree sexual assault and second-degree assault, police said in a statement.

An investigation by the Baltimore County Crimes Against Children Unit found that the teen may have been sexually abusing the girl since she was about 3 years old.

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<![CDATA['Second Avenue Sinatra' Found Dead]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:07:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/150829-singer.jpg

A construction worker dubbed the "Second Avenue Sinatra," who has been missing for a month, was found dead Friday, hanging from a tree in Queens, police said.

Gary Russo, 54, was last seen around midnight July 28 at his home on 90th Street in Howard Beach, Queens, police said.

Dubbed the "Second Avenue Sinatra," Russo made headlines for setting up his karaoke kit each day during his 30-minute break and serenading the beleaguered residents near the $4 billion Second Avenue subway station construction site.

He’d stand in front of a sign that reads, “Forget all the noise, traffic and the impact of the 2nd Ave. Subway. Enjoy the music.”

Police responding to a call near the intersection of 165th Avenue and 92nd Street found Russo with a rope around his neck, hanging from a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene, investigators said.

Additional information wasn't available. 



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Bear Nearly Bites Hiker]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:46:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/stephanie+rivkin+bear+encounter+crop.jpg

State officials have closed trails at a Connecticut wildlife area after a hiker came dangerously close to a brazen black bear Friday afternoon.

Wildlife staff from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the bear in the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington was a male about a year-and-a-half old and weighing 150 pounds. 

Hiker Stephanie Rivkin captured video of her close encounter and shared her footage with NBC Connecticut.

"I had no idea whether or not I was supposed to be scared," she said. "I just felt if I ran, I would be attacked."

The video shows a tagged bear walking slowly toward her, then pacing back and forth. Rivkin begins walking alongside the animal as another bear approaches from behind them.

"It was unlike anything I ever experienced before, so I didn't really know how to react or respond," Rivkin recalled. "I kind of just stayed as calm as I could and it seemed to work. I got out alive."

A second video posted on Rivkin's personal Facebook page shows the bear getting closer, circling her and then scampering off. At one point, the animal appears to reach out and open its mouth as if to bite her leg.

"I felt his nose touch my leg and that's as close as he got," she said. "The teeth, I saw them clearly, but thank God I didn't feel them."

Officials said Rivkin was not hurt.

"DEEP staff had a chance to talk with this woman after her encounter with the bear," agency spokesman Dennis Schain said in a statement Friday. "We are relieved she was not injured. This was certainly an unusual incident as bears do not often approach people."

Tags on the bear's ears indicate DEEP began tracking it as a yearling over the winter. The bear was captured and relocated at least once, according to the agency.

Wildlife staff are searching for the bear and plan to euthanize it, according to Schain.

"That is the appropriate action to take after seeing this bear's behavior today," Schain explained in an email to NBC Connecticut.

Rivkin said she wishes the bears could be saved.

"I hope the bears maybe can be moved to a safer area where they're not putting hikers in danger," she said.

Signs posted at Sessions Woods notify hikers that the trails are closed.

If you spot a bear while hiking or camping, wave your arms to make your presence known and back away slowly. Do not approach or interact with the animal.

More bear safety tips are available on the DEEP website.



Photo Credit: Stephanie Rivkin
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