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<![CDATA[Policing the Schools]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:54:48 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/policing-schools-th.jpg


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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Is CPAC’s Conquering Hero, but Tensions Remain]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:33:17 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_907826241278.jpg

President Donald Trump is set to dominate the Conservative Political Action Conference this week in Maryland, where he is scheduled to appear along with an array of top White House officials, NBC News reports.

Trump will speak on Friday at the annual conservative showcase, which is run by the American Conservative Union. Vice President Mike Pence will give an address on Thursday. White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon will participate in a panel discussion. Newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will also speak.

Trump enjoys strong approval ratings among Republicans, but the rocky lead-up to the event this year is a reminder that the conservative movement is still divided over the president and the ideas raised by his campaign.

For Trump, who has had an up-and-down relationship with the annual conservative showcase, it's a chance to take a victory lap.

An estimated of 9,000-10,000 people are expected to attend the conference, according to a CPAC spokesman.



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<![CDATA[Trump Admin Lift Fed Guidelines on Transgender Bathroom Use]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:23:59 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Politics160222_MP4-148779938212700001.jpg

The Trump administration lifted federal guidelines for bathroom use that allowed transgendered students to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity enacted during President Barack Obama's era on Wednesday, in a stark reversal of President Donald Trump's stance on the issue as a presidential candidate. Trump had supported use of facilities based on chosen gender identity as a candidate. 

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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[The Fight Over Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:21:04 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-643812166.jpgAfter a winter of protests from Native Americans and activists at the Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota trying to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, newly-elected U.S. President Donald Trump moved to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.

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<![CDATA[Morgue Holding Kim Jong Nam’s Body Has Break-In Attempt]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:02:58 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17045430318274.jpg

Armed guards have begun 24-hour security around the Malaysian morgue where North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother Kim Jong Nam's body is being kept after an alleged break-in attempt, officials said Wednesday.

Since Kim Jong Nam's death on Feb. 13, no claims have been made to the body, but police have asked for DNA samples from a relative to ensure that it is in fact Kim Jong Nam.

Dental records and finger prints are currently being used to identify the corpse, the hospital carrying out the post-mortem examination confirmed to NBC News.

Malaysian officials said they do not believe the North Koreans were behind the forced entering — a suspect has been identified but they didn't release any information about the person.

It's also not clear what Malaysian officials classify as a "break-in."



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<![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[Reality TV Star Charged in Rhino Horn Smuggling Scheme]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:53:58 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rhino+horn+generic+file.jpg

A Beverly Hills auctioneer and star of a short-lived reality TV show has been indicted in Manhattan for allegedly conspiring to smuggle rhinoceros horns in a years-long trafficking scheme, prosecutors said Wednesday. 

Jacob Chait, the Director of the natural history department and head of acquisitions at I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers, appeared in court Tuesday to face the charge in violation of the Lacey Act, a 1900 law that bans illegal wildlife trafficking. It wasn't immediately clear if Chait, who played himself in six episodes of the 2012 Discovery series "Final Offer," entered a plea. 

A rhinoceros horn is worth more per pound than gold due to the high demand in Asia and increasing scarcity of supply, officials say. The trade has been restricted since 1976 under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), a treaty signed by over 180 countries around the world. 

According to the indictment, the 34-year-old Chait and his co-conspirators allegedly were involved in the dealing, or attempted dealing, of at least 15 rhinocerous horns worth about $2.4 million between 2009 and 2012. In one case, Chait allegedly smuggled two endangered black rhino horns to China in his luggage. 

"Rhinoceros have no known predators other than humans, and yet, driven by the illegal trade in their horns, literally worth more than their weight in gold in the black market, rhinoceros are on their way to extinction," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. 

The indictment stems from an ongoing nationwide crackdown by the Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Justice on illegal trafficking in rhino horns and other wildlife crimes. 

The single count Chait faces carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. The name of his attorney wasn't immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Mom's Intimate Photo Showing Son's Cancer Battle Goes Viral]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:48:27 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/227*120/drake+youcaring.png

Jessica Medinger knew the image she was about to share on Facebook was a side of her son many had never seen before – and that’s exactly why she chose to share it.

The photo of Drake Medinger wearing a pull-up, appearing distraught and thin as he holds himself over a toilet was intended to show childhood cancer in a real way.

“Because life is not always f---ing politically correct and pretty, it is real,” Medinger wrote.

The photo was posted last week on International Cancer Day, though Medinger notes “every day is cancer day for us.”

Her 10-year-old son Drake, known affectionately as “Stinky Joe,” was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia b-cell in 2012.

A Facebook page dedicated to sharing updates on his health shows photos of the child smiling, cuddling and playing games. It also shows him in hospital beds, in wheel chairs and taking numerous medications.

But no photo garnered the same response as that one intimate moment shared last Wednesday.

“This was this morning after carrying Drake to the bathroom. Yes, he is in a pull up because 75% of the time he cant control his bathroom habits,” Medinger wrote. “This is skin and bones, because I have to beg him to eat ONE green bean for supper, or drink a cup of water through out the day. This is having your son sleep with you at night because he is afraid of something happening and being alone, and by something I mean dying. This is having middle of the night conversations with a ten year old, asking if he dies will he go to heaven and will he see his dad there and be able to talk and play with him. This is him being too weak to get out of bed or walk and needing to be carried or in a wheelchair. This is him falling asleep as someone is talking to him, because he is too exhausted. This is him, throwing up every medication I give him and him dry heaving because his stomach is empty except for the spoonful of yogurt I just gave him with his pills. This is having to take 44 chemo pills last week in a matter of 24 hours. This is him telling me, "mommy, Im not going to make it." This is him not wanting to be touched, because it hurts too much, and using morphine to get through his day. This is him telling me he is scared and thinks he wont see his 11th birthday. This is him and me, telling him that I will continue to fight for him when he cant. This is him and me, and our world.

“This is him, Drake, Stinky Joe, my whole world,” Medinger wrote. “From the moment I found out I was pregnant till future forever, he has been my reason for life. He is my smile, my love, my heartbeat. He is also my tears, my heart ache, my frowns. He is my life.”

After posting, the photo was shared more than 65,000 times. It was also posted to the Love What Matters page, where it received more than 85,300 shares.

On her son’s page, Medinger wrote she never expected the post would go viral. 

“His page only had friends and family on it,” she said. “A few shares later and it exploded. I shared this picture because it is real life for us and his family. Both Drake and I are completely honest and open with his treatment and what he goes through. IF, and that is a huge IF something happens to my son, I would be honored that this picture brought awareness to childhood cancer.” 

In the days following the viral image, Drake was hospitalized for dehydration, among other issues. By Wednesday morning, Medinger said Drake remained in the hospital but was “doing better.” 

She made to clear to supporters that her son is not dying. 

“He hit a road bump and drifted a little bit. He is on the road to recovery when overcoming some viruses he caught,” she wrote. “It is a long road, but with positive thoughts and a strong medical plan, he WILL get better and IS getting better. The picture on the viral post was not of a dying child, but rather a FIGHTING child. My son is stronger and braver than anyone else I know. He is a fighter and refuses to give up.”

A PO Box was set up soon after the image went viral, where supporters could send Drake items including:

  • Gas cards
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Shirts (Boys Large)
  • Soccer
  • Cornhuskers gear
  • Pokémon
  • Remote control cars and planes

The PO Box is:
Drake Medinger
C/O Ericka
PO Box 1725
Tomball, TX 77377-1725

A YouCaring page has also been set up to raise money for the family. 



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<![CDATA[Former Olympic Gymnastics Doctor Nassar Hit With New Charges]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:09:39 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Larry-Nassar-mugshot.jpg

The Michigan doctor accused of molesting dozens of former patients was hit Wednesday with 36 new sex-abuse charges — the latest development in a scandal that has rocked the Olympic gymnastics world and one of America's biggest universities.

Charges of criminal sexual conduct in the first and third degree linked to nine victims, two of them under age 13 when they were allegedly abused, were filed against Dr. Larry Nassar in two counties, NBC News reported.

His attorneys declined to comment.

Nassar, 53, has denied wrongdoing.



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<![CDATA[Most Americans Worried About US Getting in Major War: Poll]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:58:07 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/1689455-abrams-tank-file.jpg

Nearly two-thirds of Americans are worried that the United States will become engaged in a major war in the next four years, according to results from the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll.

NBC News reported that nearly nine in 10 Democrats and Democratic-leaning Americans say they are worried about a major war, but only about four in 10 Republicans and Republican-leaners say they are.

An overwhelming majority of Americans, 80 percent, say that NATO is good for the United States, according to the poll, conducted online from Feb. 13 through Feb. 19 among a national sample of 11,512 adults. 

When it comes to allies, about 60 percent of Americans think the U.S. should take their interests into account, even if it means making compromises. And the same amount think Russia is either unfriendly to the U.S. or not an ally.



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<![CDATA[Bomb Threat Targets National ADL Headquarters in New York]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:00:24 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/adl+threat.jpg

The Anti-Defamation League's national headquarters in New York received a bomb threat Wednesday, and the group says it is working with authorities to determine if it is connected to the rash of threats targeting Jewish community centers across the country in recent months. 

The bomb threat to the Third Avenue office was anonymous, according to ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. Greenblatt said while there is nothing to indicate the threat is anything more than that, the group is taking it "very seriously." 

The specific nature of the threat wasn't immediately clear. Police say they got a call about it shortly before noon. An investigation found it not credible.

"It's a frightening moment and it reminds us that the haters and the bigots, they hide in the shadows like cowards and they seek to terrorize us because of our faith," Greenblatt said on MSNBC Wednesday. "We will not be deterred and we will not be daunted."

The threat comes two days after 10 Jewish community centers across the country were evacuated in response to bomb threats. In January, another round of bomb threats targeted 53 Jewish community centers across 26 U.S. states and one Canadian province over a period of three days.

The FBI is involved in the investigation, and the ADL has called on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch a coordinated multi-agency probe. 

In the wake of the threat to the ADL, Gov. Cuomo called the pattern a "national crisis" and directed the New York State Police to coordinate with federal and local law enforcement in the investigation.  

"We are treating these incidents for what they are -- as crimes -- and we will not allow them to go unpunished," Cuomo said in a statement. "Make no mistake, we will find these perpetrators and hold them fully accountable." 

President Donald Trump addressed the series of JCC bomb threats for the first time Tuesday, calling them "horrible and painful." The remarks came amid mounting criticism about his silence. Earlier Tuesday, Hillary Clinton called the series of threats and attacks against Jews and Jewish groups "so troubling" in a tweet that urged Trump to speak out against them.

Trump added that the threats were a "very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil."



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<![CDATA[Calphalon Knives Recalled After 27 Reports of Lacerations]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:31:22 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Calphalon+Knife+Recall.jpg

About two million Calphalon knives are being recalled after 27 reports of finger or hand lacerations, including four that require stitches.

Lacerations have been caused by the blade breaking during use. Calphalon has also received about 3,150 reports of broken knives.

The recalled knives were sold individually and in sets at J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s and other stores nationwide, and online at Amazon, between September 2008 and December 2016. The knives retailed in the range of $25 for a single knife to $300 for a knife block set.

Consumers can see the full list of recalled knives on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website. In the meantime, owners of the defective knives should not use them and can contact Calphalon for replacement products.

Customers can contact Calphalon at 800-809-7267 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or online at Calphalon’s website.



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<![CDATA[Thousands Evacuated as Floods Inundate San Jose]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:05:54 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/194*120/AP_17052793659986.jpg

Some of the 14,000 residents evacuated due to historic flooding in San Jose will be allowed to return to their homes Wednesday night, a day after rising floodwaters sent residents fleeing inundated homes, crippling entire neighborhoods, which some said resembled water theme parks.

“None of us have been more happy to see sunshine than we are today," Mayor Sam Liccardo said at a news conference on Wednesday. "We're urging people not to return to their homes in mandatory evacuation areas."

A firefighter was hurt while trying to rescue a family pet, officials said, adding that there were no other known injuries.

The flooding on Tuesday forced the shutdown of a key commuter artery into Silicon Valley Wednesday after water spilled into a low point on the freeway.

The deluge appeared to be receding, Liccardo said, but he warned residents to avoid any contact with the contaminated flood water.

"The water is not safe. There is contamination in this water, and the contamination runs the gamut," Liccardo said. "Obviously, we saw vehicles that were inundated in Rock Springs. That's certainly fuel and oil, but also we're concerned about any potential mixing with sewer as well."

The mayor acknowledged that the city failed to properly notify residents to evacuate when some people said they got their first notice by seeing firefighters in boats in the neighborhood.

He added that many residents were caught off guard and vowed to launch an investigation into the city's failure to properly communicate with residents.

“If the first time a resident is aware that they need to get out of a home is when they see a firefighter in a boat, then clearly there has been a failure,” he said.

Liccardo said there is no question the city needs to improve communication in the future. The city also announced an online fund to donate to the flood victims.

"We do not need stuff. We do not need blankets and materials. What we need is money to help families recover," Liccardo said.

The Silicon Valley Auto Dealers Association contributed $100,000, while PG&E, the Knight Foundation and the Silicon Valley Organization have also donated, Liccardo said. Lyft is offering free rides to those effected.

The San Jose Earthquakes are also pitching in to help, and have set up a fundraiser page.

Footage from NBC Bay Area's SkyRanger on Wednesday showed flooded salvage yards, office parks, school yards and horses trapped in their pens. Aerial scenes showed at least five to six horses drinking the dirty water.

Flood waters were too high to attempt a rescue Wednesday; the city's department of animal control said they would try again Thursday.

Coyote Creek reached a 100-year high during the storm this week. The creek is subsiding and remains about half a foot above flood level, said Bob Benjamin, forecaster with the National Weather Service.

Mayor Liccardo lauded the city's fire crews for working overnight to evacuate people from flooded homes. More than 400 people have been evacuated by crews in boats. More than 14,000 people were affected within the mandatory evacuation areas. Over 36,000 people throughout all the areas targeted for advisory evacuations were affected, the mayor's office said.

Irma Gonzales says police woke her and her boyfriend by pounding on her apartment door in San Jose at 2:30 a.m. and ordered them to evacuate because of flooding.

Dazed, the 59-year-old Gonzales said Wednesday she only had time to grab a change of clothes and her two Chihuahuas.

She says the creek that runs next to her two-story apartment complex was the highest she's ever seen it and looked as if it was going to overflow at any moment.

She says firefighters yelled "hurry up'' and "move it'' until everyone was loaded in their car.

She called the experience "scary,'' but disagrees with some people who are angry about the lack of information leading up to the evacuation. She says she feels she was given good warning.

A water rescue team from Menlo Park is expected to help out with the flood rescue efforts today.

The city declared a local emergency Tuesday, after record flooding from the Coyote Creek submerged a neighborhood. City officials expanded mandatory evacuations approximately 250 feet beyond the Coyote Creek's 100-year flood zone, running from north of Interstate 280 to south of U.S. 101. 

Floodwaters engulfed whole city blocks and submerged parked cars, as firefighters in inflatable boats ferried stranded residents to dry ground.

About 480 homes were ordered evacuated in low-lying Rock Springs and police officers went door-to-door advising residents at three mobile home parks near the Coyote Creek to seek higher ground, city spokesman David Vossbrink said.

"They said we had 10 minutes to pack the things we wanted to bring," said 10-year-old Jaycey Manuel, who threw some clothes into a backpack and rode with neighbors to higher ground.

The city set up evacuation centers in the Mayfair Community Center located at 2039 Kammerer Ave. and in the Shirakawa Community Center at 2072 Lucretia Ave.

Overnight, flood victims gathered at James Lick High School at 57 N. White Rd and Evergreen Valley High School at 3300 Quimby Rd.

Firefighters said the Shirakawa and Mayfair evacuation centers will close on Wednesday night. Shelters at James Lick and Evergreen will remain open.

At least 225 residents were taken Tuesday to dry land and rinsed with soap and water to prevent them from being sickened by floodwaters that had traveled through engine fuel, garbage, debris and sewer lines. No major injuries were reported.

Meanwhile several other communities downstream from a Northern California reservoir gushing water for the first time in 20 years braced for flash floods and evacuations. The surge released from Don Pedro Dam into the Tuolumne River in the foothills east of Modesto was expected to reach overtopped levees late Wednesday.

San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services spokesman Tim Daly said the water released from Don Pedro is expected to reach its peak along a stretch near Vernalis that's already at dangerous levels. He added that the water isn't expected to spill over the levees but will likely increase pressure on them, causing possible breaks in any weak places.

Earlier Tuesday, five homeless people were rescued from the nearby Los Lagos Golf Course after swift-moving water surrounded their encampments.

"We knew we would have flooding in San Jose. We did not know how bad it was," San Jose Fire Captain Mitch Matlow said. Matlow also said it was the worst flooding he has seen during his 35 years working in Santa Clara County.

The area is getting a brief break from the rain, but a flood warning for central Santa Clara County will remain in effect until further notice.

The Anderson Dam in Santa Clara County reached capacity over the weekend, and after heavy rain, it began overflowing into the Coyote Creek for the first time in 11 years.

City officials said they have been warning residents along Coyote Creek to prepare for potential evacuations for a few days as a result of the rushing water flowing from Anderson Reservoir, according to city spokesman David Vossbrink.

"The water district is telling us that they're not seen this level of flows coming down the Anderson spillway in their experience so that really does create a situation that is new for everybody," he said.

Aside from the deluge of recent rain that caused water levels along the creek to rise, Liccardo added that some sort of breach in the creek made matters even worse.

"We're still trying to nail that down now, but clearly there is a source in the creek where there is a significantly large amount of water that is rushing in," he said. "This is more than the typical inundation."

Regardless, Liccardo suggested that something still went wrong with planning for this major event.

"As I sit here today and look at a neighborhood that is completely inundated with water where we have fire crews doing whatever they can to get people out, there's no question in my mind there was a failure of some kind," he said. "We'll have plenty of time for 'Monday morning quarterbacking' in the days ahead. Right now, we've got to do whatever we can to get people out."

HOW TO HELP:

The City of San Jose's online fund to donate to flooding victims.

The San Jose Earthquakes have a set up a fundraiser page.



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<![CDATA[Ceremonial Fires Set at Dakota Pipeline Protest Site]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:58:57 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dakota-fire.gif

Protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline spent the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, preparing to leave their camp before an afternoon deadline to clear out. They prayed and set fire to a handful of wooden structures as part of a departure ceremony. A massive cleanup effort has been underway for weeks, first by protesters. Now the Army Corps of Engineers is moving in to remove debris left from several months of occupancy, citing the fear of upcoming floods.

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<![CDATA[MLK Speeches From 1950s Part of Newly Released Tapes ]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:03:33 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_tuskegeetapes0221_1920x1080.jpg

Newly released reel-to-reel tapes from Tuskegee University Libraries includes speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a Tuskegee Civic Association meeting in July of 1957. The collection includes a number of recordings dating back to the 1950s that were transferred from two sides of a 7-inch reel-to-reel tape preserved in the Tuskegee University Archives' TCA audio collection. "It is for the whole world," said Tuskegee archivist Dana Chandler. "We want people to hear it, and comment on it, and write their papers on it, and publish their articles on it in books." 

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<![CDATA[Famed East Hampton Mansion, Grey Gardens, For Sale at $20M]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:33:45 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kennedy-split.jpgGrey Gardens, an East Hampton mansion famously owned by the relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy, is on the market for a whopping $19.995 million. The home has been featured in an HBO documentary film and a Broadway play.

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<![CDATA[More Than Meets the Eye: Can You Spot the Product Placement?]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:12:36 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ezgif.com-video-to-gif7.gif

Now that you can easily skip through traditional television commercials, advertisers are finding creative new ways to get their brands on your radar, the NBC Los Angeles I-team reported.

A recent survey found that 76 percent of people use their digital video recorder ("DVR") and/or ad blocking software to avoid commercials on television and online. A total of 68 percent of those surveyed admit to remembering fewer than five advertisements that they've seen in the past week.

With billions of ad dollars at stake, marketers are turning to less obvious strategies to get consumers to buy.

One technique that's proven effective is "product placement," where a company pays to have its product appear in the background of a TV show. Nielsen identified 4,538 instances of product placement during the 2015-2016 television season.



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<![CDATA[Girl Turns to Police Department for Help on Math Homework]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:08:42 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/16640810_10109124209283375_6508236704912685509_n.jpg

When a 10-year-old girl needed help with her math homework, she sought assistance from an unlikely source — her local police department.

“I’m having trouble with my homework. Could you help me?” Lena Draper wrote in a Facebook message to the Marion, Ohio Police Department.

The department responded, and — surprise, surprise — it had answers

The first equation: (8+29)x15.

“Do the numbers in the parenthesis first so in essence it would be 37 x 15,” the department replied.

Then a second problem: (90+27) + (29+15)x2

“Take the answer from the first parenthesis plus the answer from the second parenthesis and multiply that answer times two,” the department wrote. “Work left to right doing the work inside the parenthesis first.”

The young student’s mother, Molly Draper, posted screenshots of the exchange on Facebook soon after learning what her daughter had done.

“My daughter. Cause… she’s my daughter,” Draper wrote. “Thank you, Marion, Ohio Police Department, for truly building relationships with the community.”

As some were quick to note, however, the department solved the second equation inaccurately.

Using the order of operations, the problem is actually solved by adding the numbers in parentheses first, multiplying the second sum by two and adding that total to the sum of the numbers in the first parentheses.

“Hoping it is truly the thought that counts since apparently I cannot! Especially since the answer was wrong, it was very nice for Molly to acknowledge our attempt to help her daughter with some math homework,” the department wrote on its Facebook page. “We do aim to be a full service police department after all. Have to say this is the first time we have been asked by a young Facebook follower to help with homework through messenger but hey, we SERVE and protect. Maybe should have mentioned that History was my favorite subject before answering. Well, we know now!”

The officer writing on the department's page wondered what made the child call on them for help with her homework, saying it wasn’t unheard of “but still pretty rare.”

“The fact that this particular problem (third grade math) was over our head was not the important part,” the department wrote. “What's important is that an environment has been created in this community, quite deliberately that nurtures a sense of connection and belonging and trust. Because those things exist, this rather popular Facebook post was able to happen.”



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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Pressed on Trump Policies at Town Halls]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:22:56 -0800http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/643547066-Grassley-town-hall-raucus-crowd.jpg

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley was greeted at a town hall Tuesday in Iowa with a shouted question about "impeachment" as voters there and at other events across the country pressed lawmakers about the moves and goals of President Donald Trump's administration, NBC News reported.

"I am so unsettled. It feels like we have a juvenile running our country," Doug Thompson, a Democrat and farmer from Kanawha, told Grassley at an event in Garner. Grassley outlined the process but didn't give his opinion.

In Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back at around 1,000 anti-Trump protesters who showed up outside his event, telling a crowd of business leaders inside that "winners make policy and the losers go home."

And in Maquoketa, Iowa, members of a crowd booed and chanted "do your job!" at Republican Sen. Joni Ernst near the end of a roundtable, NBC affiliate WHO of Des Moines reported.



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