<![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 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:55:00 -0800 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:55:00 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[BP Agents Intercept $430K in Meth at SD Checkpoint]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:11:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/1-29-15-Border+Patrol+Agents+Foil+Meth+Smuggling+Attempt+at+I-8+Checkpoint_photo+4.jpg

A Mexican national was busted at a San Diego border checkpoint with more than $430,000 of methamphetamine hidden in his car.

Just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped a 43-year-old man driving a 2007 Kia Sorrento at the Pine Valley checkpoint on Interstate 8 after a K9 alerted them, officials said.

The vehicle was then sent to secondary inspection where agents found 34 cellophane-wrapped bundles of methamphetamine inside an aftermarket compartment tucked under the SUV's back seat, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Officials said they found 48.15 pounds of meth worth an estimated street value of $433,350.

The man was subsequently arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Border Patrol seized the SUV.



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<![CDATA[Dramatic Images: Blizzard of 2015]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:48:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/462349900_Blizzard.jpg A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow.

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<![CDATA[Drug Store Thief Hops Counter, Steals Pills]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:43:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDPD-Generic-police-tape.jpg

A Southern California pharmacy was robbed Thursday when a thief hopped the counter and stole prescription drugs, San Diego Police confirm.

Officers responded to the CVS on Westview Parkway in Mira Mesa just after 7 p.m. following a robbery of the pharmacy counter involving one or more suspects.

Police were investigating the incident as grand theft but have not said whether it is connected to a recent string of robberies targeting pharmacies.

San Diego Crime Stoppers has offered $1,000 reward to information leading to an arrest in a recent robbery at the Walgreens Pharmacy on Navajo Road.

In that incident, someone walked into the Walgreens just before noon on Jan. 21 and handed a demand note to the pharmacist. 

The note said the man had a gun and wanted oxycodone. The employee handed the man the pills and the male left the store in an unknown direction.

Officials believe the man also robbed a San Diego CVS Pharmacy on Eads Avenue in La Jolla on January 13 with a demand note asking for Roxicodone, a generic name for oxycodone.

Officials are asking anyone with information to call the San Diego Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.



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<![CDATA["Ugh! That Newsweek Cover": Silicon Valley Women Respond]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:22:14 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/newsweekmain.jpg

Newsweek's latest cover on "What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women" sparked a firestorm Thursday —  on Twitter and in Silicon Valley — with some accusing the magazine of taking on sexism with a sexist cover.

The clip-art cover shows a woman in red heels holding a laptop, while a cursor lifts up her red dress.

“It's going to take a revolution to change the sordid and systemic sexism in Silicon Valley,” was how Newsweek tweeted out its cover story, which delves into scandals and controversies that have rocked the valley — from tech entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal who was accused of attacking his girlfriend to the sexual harassment lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins to startup “bro culture.”

"Well, Newsweek, the revolution's not going to start like this," feminist site Jezebel fired off on Twitter.

"Clickbait, designed to piss off women while pretending to investigate sexism in tech. Fail--but you know it," tweeted Jennifer Pozner, executive director of Women in Media and News.

“It’s kind of like doing a story about rape and having the cover image be a cartoon with a victim handcuffed to a bed,” tweeted Carmel DeAmicis, a reporter for Gigaom.

But it wasn’t just social media pundits and journalists lashing out.

The cover also got a lot of buzz at the Tech Superwoman Summit in San Francisco Thursday.

"Yikes," "What the heck," "This is the actual cover?" ... "Well interesting" — female software engineers and excecutives chimed in.

“I don’t know if I would have gone with that graphic,” said Cathryn Posey, founder of Tech Superwoman.

“It’s unfortunate, parents will tell their girls ‘don’t go into the tech industry,' when that’s only part of the story,” said Julie Elberfeld, an MVP at Capital One.

The Newsweek article itself points out that despite running tech giants such as Yahoo and HP, women are still under-represented in tech, something conference attendees didn't disagree with. Google, Facebook and Apple recently released gender breakdowns for its employees, and the numbers don’t look too good for women.

“I also think it’s our biggest opportunity — with this data, now that we know what’s going on, we can all partner to solve it, so I think it’s a transcendental moment for the industry if we can come together on it,” Posey said.

“We are actively hiring and recruiting right now, and we are looking to bring in a good balance of men and women,” said Julie Giannini of New Relic.

Newsweek’s editor James Impoco responded to the backlash, telling The Daily Beast: “We came up with an image that we felt represented what that story said about Silicon Valley. If people get angry, they should be angry.”

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<![CDATA[$6M for Man Wrongly Jailed 21 Years]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:33:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kenneth+ireland+edit.jpg

A Wallingford, Connecticut, man cleared of rape and murder charges and freed after 21 years behind bars will receive $6 million from the state for the ordeal he endured, officials said Thursday.

Kenneth Ireland was freed in 2009 when DNA evidence exonerated him of the rape and murder of Barbara Pelkey in 1989. Ireland was convicted of the crime more than two decades earlier on circumstantial evidence.

His $6 million award includes $2.5 million for "loss of liberty and enjoyment of life," $1.5 million for lost earnings," $300,000 for lost reputation, $1.5 million for physical and mental injuries and $200,000 for his expenses, according to a memorandum of decision from the Office of the Claims Commissioner.

"This is truly the last step in probably one of the most tortured, lengthy, difficult, painful legal proceedings ever in the state of Connecticut," said Ireland's attorney, William Bloss, who originally asked the state for up to $8 million.

Ireland was imprisoned from the age of 18 to 39, serving out nearly half a 50-year prison sentence, despite a lack of physical evidence connecting him to the crime.

He spent five years behind bars at Somers Prison, a maximum security facility, where he was exposed to "gang violence and administrative segregation," the memorandum said.

In 2000, Ireland was transferred to Wallens Ridge State Prison in Virginia, another maximum security facility "notorious for its poor treatment of inmates," according to the memorandum.

He was later moved to the Macdougall-Walker correctional facility in Suffield, where Ireland spent 21 hours per day in his cell, the document says. He was considered a "high security risk" and was targeted by other inmates.

"Mr. Ireland was wrongfully convicted and was labeled a murderer and sex offender and was forced to spend a long portion of his life in maximum security prisons, where he experienced twenty one years of violence, sleepless nights and the constant fear and hopelessness that he would die in prison as an innocent man," the state memo explained.

The Connecticut Innocence Project began probing the case in 2007. Ireland was freed two years later, and the real criminal was convicted in March 2012, according to the memorandum.

After his release, Ireland detailed the suffering he endured for more than two decades in prison serving time for a crime he didn't commit.

"Not one moment in my entire 21 years did I not have fear," Ireland explained. "You'd look up and there'd be 30 inmates, and everyone would have a sharpened piece of steel and they would just start stabbing other inmates."

Gov. Dannel Malloy called Ireland "a man of extraordinary character who endured the unimaginable pain of two decades of wrongful incarceration, and yet is not only without bitterness, but is incredibly thoughtful, insightful and committed to public safety and service."

"Nothing could ever replace the two decades of life as a free man that were wrongfully taken away from him, separated from his family and friends," Malloy said in a statement Thursday.

After spending half his life behind bars, Ireland has opted to become a professional adventurer. He has already checked skydiving and bungee jumping off the list but said he wants to explore the world he watched pass him by.

"All the different places I've read about, I would love to visit and see and experience them first hand," Ireland said."Twenty-one years is a long time, and I did every day of it. I can't go back, I can't change it, I don't want to relive it, so I'm all about moving onto the future."

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<![CDATA[Calif. Snowpack "Dismally Meager"]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:35:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/202*120/01-29-2015-drought-snowpack.JPG

California appears to be facing a fourth consecutive dry year, with water reservoirs already at critically low levels, the results of the state's second snowpack survey suggest.

Snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where spring water runoff produces a vital source of water for more than 25 million Californians, are "dismally meager," according to the Department of Water Resources. The agency conducted its second manual snowpack survey of the season Thursday, confirming the below-normal levels reported by electronic sensors.

At Echo Summit, about 90 miles east of Sacramento, snowpack was at 12 percent of normal for this time of year. Statewide, levels are 25 percent of historical average, according to the water agency.

The numbers are even lower than the previous manual survey conducted in late December. January is typically one of California's wettest months of the year, but precipitation has been well below normal after a few storms brought rain and snow to the state in December.

"Unfortunately, today’s manual snow survey makes it likely that California’s drought will run through a fourth consecutive year," DWR officials said in a statement.

Heavy precipitation and cooler temperatures would be required over the next three months to provide any reason for optimism around California's water supply, according to the agency.

The snowpack measurement is an important factor in the drought forecast because spring runoff from the Sierras flows into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which then feeds California's major water reservoirs. Without adequate spring runoff, those reservoirs will remain at critically low levels into the dry, hot summer months.

For example, the State Water Project's principal reservoir, Lake Oroville in Butte County, contains just 41 percent of its capacity.

State climatologists estimate the state would need at least 150 percent of normal precipitation by the end of the water year, which is Sept. 30, if California has any chance of significant drought improvement.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in January 2014 and asked Californians to reduce water use by 20 percent. State records show its a figure residents have had difficulty meeting.



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<![CDATA[U.S. Cabbie Added to Terrorist List]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:50:47 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Liban-Haji-Mohamed.jpg

A former D.C.-area cab driver has been added to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list.

Liban Haji Mohamed, 28, lived in Alexandria before leaving the United States in 2012. The FBI said he's a known supporter of Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda. He is wanted in connection with providing material support to those terrorist groups.

Mohamed is believed to have left the United States on July 5, 2012, with the intent to join Al-Shabaab in East Africa, according to the FBI. He should be considered armed and dangerous, the FBI said.

According to the FBI, Mohamed was a close associate of Zachary Chesser of Bristow, Virginia. Chesser was sentenced in 2011 to 25 years in prison for attempted material support to Al-Shabaab and for posting online threats against the creators of "South Park" over a 2010 episode he found insulting to the prophet Muhammad.

A federal warrant for Liban Haji Mohamed's arrest was unsealed Thursday in Virginia.

Mohamed, who was born in Somalia, speaks English, Somali and Arabic. He is six feet tall and weighs 194 pounds. He could be using aliases of Abu Ayrow, Shirwa or Shirwac, Qatiluhum and Qatil. The FBI said he is traveling with a U.S. passport that expires in May 2018.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to his arrest and conviction.



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<![CDATA[Man Charged With Fox Exec's Murder]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:37:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gavin1.jpg

A convicted drug dealer has been charged with murder in the death of Fox executive Gavin Smith, whose remains were found more than a year ago in the desert north of Los Angeles.

John Creech, a 42-year-old convicted drug dealer, has been charged in the case, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office confirmed Thursday. Arraignment is scheduled for Monday.

Investigators determined that Smith, 57, had "a relationship" with Creech's wife, who he met during drug rehab, but have not provided details. Creech had been identified as a "person of interest" in the case and has been in custody on a drug charge.

Smith was last seen leaving a friend's house May 1, 2012, in the Oak Park area in a black 2000 Mercedes-Benz. His family sensed something was wrong when he did not pick up his teenage son from school.

Authorities have said they believe Smith was killed on the night of his disappearance. His remains were found by hikers in October 2013 in a remote area of Palmdale near Acton.

The investigation led to a search of Creech's West Hills home in July 2013 and a major break in the case occurred in February 2014 when authorities discovered Smith's black Mercedes-Benz at a storage building in Simi Valley. Investigators said Creech was linked to the storage unit.

Creech is serving an eight-year jail sentence after pleading no contest to a count of sale or transportation for sale of a controlled substance in September 2012, according to the district attorney's office.

Smith played basketball at UCLA and was part of the 1975 Bruins' championship team. He became an actor and later a film executive at 20th Century Fox.

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<![CDATA[Plane Makes Emergency Hwy. Landing]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:15:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/plane+landing.jpg

No one was hurt when a single-engine plane made an emergency landing on a New Jersey highway Thursday after experiencing mechanical problems, authorities and the pilot said.

The pilot, identified as 51-year-old Christopher Okechukwu of Paramus, safely landed the Cessna C150 on Route 23 near Paradise and Doremus roads in West Milford around 1 p.m., police and federal officials said. Okechukwu was the only person on the plane.

No vehicles were hit during the emergency landing. Chopper 4 captured an extensive emergency presence at the scene as traffic slowed to a crawl behind the aircraft.

Okechukwu, a doctor who specializes in internal medicine, told NBC 4 New York he believes his carburetor iced up, triggering mechanical problems that made the engine run rough.

"I did what I was trained to do -- head for the nearest highway," Okechukwu said.

The doctor from Bergen County said he dodged a few overhead wires on the highway as he glided toward a potential landing place and eventually spotted an open stretch of the highway, behind a truck and car. He landed behind those vehicles, going with the flow of traffic, and caused minimal disruptions.

Okechukwu said Thursday was the first time he experienced such a problem in-flight and he was "a little shaken up." But the emergency landing wouldn't deter him from hitting the skies again, he said.

"I'll be back off. I love to fly," Okechukwu said.

The FAA is investigating.  



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<![CDATA[Imprisoned Hit Man Gives LA Speech]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:07:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/150128-lapd-mafia-hit-man-meeting.jpg

The president of the LA Police Commission called for an investigation into the use of LAPD resources to arrange a secretive meeting among an imprisoned ex-Mexican Mafia hit man, top law enforcement officials and wealthy business leaders, calling it "embarrassing."

Rene Enriquez, who is known as "Boxer," was given a police escort to a secured downtown LA location on Spring Street, where sources said he was to give a crowd of about 125 firsthand insight about the inner-workings of the criminal enterprise.

"A whole lot of city resources were wasted here when they shouldn't have been," Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said.

Enriquez's appearance required a "multi-hour SWAT and LAPD presence," Soboroff said.

The cost of the operation, which included crossing county lines, was not immediately known. It was unclear how many other agencies were involved in Enriquez's appearance.

Enriquez, who is the subject of the book "The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of 'Boxer' Enriquez, a Mexican Mob Killer," worked his way up from enforcer to shot caller for the organization known as La Eme before his arrest and conviction. He is serving two 20-to-life sentences for murder.

The meeting was meant to offer LA-area law enforcement chiefs a chance to learn how a "transnational criminal enterprise was built, branded and marketed," the LAPD said in a statement to NBC News that acknowledged an LAPD group met with a convicted criminial.

"This individual talked with the sophistication and knowledge of a corporate CEO," said LAPD deputy chief Michael Downing, who didn't confirm Enriquez was the speaker.

The cost of the event was relatively small, with about 23 officers guarding the perimeter, while police chiefs from cities like Long Beach and Fullerton attended the talk. The event was secure, Downing said.

"In retrospect, we probably could have picked a better location that didn't have such an impact on downtown Los Angeles," Downing said.

Downing added that the speaker was is a deceptive, manipulative individual "in jail for horrific crimes," and that "even though he's providing this information for us, (we) don't lose sight of who he is as an individual."

 

A source who attended the session said Enriquez had the air of a corporate leader, providing "a rare look into life of a criminal corporate executive." The source, who asked not to be named, said Enriquez discussed "gang franchising, marketing, sales, merchandising and branding."

“We live in a dangerous city,” said another man who attended the session.

A spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which is responsible for Enriquez, had no immediate comment on the appearance, and was checking late Wednesday to see whether it had been approved.

"People make mistakes and it's our responsibility to find out exactly what happened," Soboroff said. "We need to find out how exactly much that cost and see how much money we can recover. "

NBC4's Toni Guinyard and Willian Avila contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Keeping the Super Bowl Safe]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:57:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SuperBowlSecurity.jpg The party is in full swing at Super Bowl Central in Phoenix, Arizona, with a careful balance of celebration and security.]]> <![CDATA[Plane Makes "Roller Coaster" Emergency Landing]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:51:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/ontario+plane+emergency+landing1.jpg

A United plane that may have caught fire over California made a quick "roller coaster" descent into Ontario International Airport at about 9 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration and a passenger's account.

United flight 1181 turned back to Southern California from its original flight path to Washington Dulles International Airport from Los Angeles International Airport, according to the FAA.

"The flight landed safely after diverting to Ontario, California, due to reports of a burning smell," according to a statement released by United.

All 199 passengers and seven crew members who were on board the Boeing 757 are safe, the airline said. Maintenance crews are working to review the aircraft and "working as quickly as possible to get our customers to Washington, D.C."

A passenger tweeted from the airplane when it landed, describing light smoke in the cabin and a flurry of firefighter activity around the plane once it stopped on the Tarmac.

"25,000 feet to 0 in 5 minutes. A roller coaster!" said Mitchell Hashimoto, who tweets under the handle @mitchellh. The tweet has now been deleted.

The airplane caught fire mid-flight, saying the landing was "not comfortable," Hashimoto said in another since-deleted tweet.

Another person tweeted that they were being evacuated from the plane in Ontario after smoke was seen on the flight. "This is crazy," said William Mayer, who tweets at @cigarash.

The plane's flight path, posted on a flight-tracking website, shows it circled back to the LA area soon after taking off from LAX , making it no further than about Palm Springs.



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<![CDATA[95-Year-Old Ping Pong Champ]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:57:16 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/NC_pingpongguy.jpg World War II veteran and former national table tennis champion celebrates his 95th birthday with a ping pong paddle in his hand. ]]> <![CDATA[Men Accused of Using Uber for Ride to "Honey Oil" Drug Deal]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:24:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/01-29-2015-thousand-oaks-uber-drug-deal.jpg

Two men who requested a ride using Uber were arrested Wednesday after they were found in the back seat of the vehicle with hallucinogenic drugs they planned to sell, according to authorities.

A vehicle code violation led to the midday traffic stop involving an Uber driver in Thousand Oaks, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Details regarding the violation were not immediately available, but deputies soon turned the focus of the stop to the vehicle's two back-seat passengers.

The men had a quarter-pound of "butane honey oil," a concentrated form of cannabis. Deputies determined that the passengers were on the way to sell the chemical, which can contain up to 80 percent of Delta 9 THC -- the active ingredient in marijuana.

The suspects were identified as Cody Jens, 24, of Agoura Hills, and Luke Karasiuk, 22, of Thousand Oaks. Jens' first court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 11, and Karasiuk is due in court Jan. 30, according to jail records.

It was not immediately clear whether the men obtained attorneys.

They had "well over a thousand dosage units" of the drug, also known as honey oil, wax and shatter, according to a statement from the sheriff's department. A typical dose of the hallucinogenic is about 1/10th of a gram.

Honey oil has been connected to several drug lab explosions in Southern California due to a chemical reaction during the production process that involves butane.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and booked into Ventura County Jail. The driver, who was not part of the narcotics offense, was not arrested.



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<![CDATA[Newsweek Criticized for Silicon Valley Cover]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:19:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Newsweek+sexism+in+tech+cover.jpg

Newsweek's latest exposé has social media in a frenzy over the choice of cover art.

To illustrate the "What Silicon Valley Thinks Of Women" article, the American news magazine created a cover illustration showing a computer cursor lifting up the skirt of a woman in a red dress.

Billed by Newsweek as a report of the "sordid, shocking and systemic" sexism in the Northern California technology hub home to Apple, Google and Yahoo, the attention-grabbing art has pundits and social media users questioning its appropriateness.

"Clickbait, designed to piss off women while pretending to investigate sexism in tech. Fail--but you know it," tweeted Jennifer Pozner, executive director of the analysis group Women In Media and News.

Newsweek editor Jim Impoco has not directly responded to the outcry but instead tweeted a line of approval taken from an Adweek review of the article, and also retweeted one commenter's reworking of the cover art to show the woman kicking the cursor away and her expletive-filled thought over the incident.


 



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<![CDATA[Pot Dispensary Preps 12K Super Bowl Joints]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:30:22 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-01-29+at+11.14.07+AM.png

The stadium at the University of Phoenix isn’t the only thing preparing to light up for this Sunday's Super Bowl.

A Seattle-based medical marijuana dispensary is preparing 12,000 joints for Seahawks fans ahead of the big game, according to NBC affiliate KING5. That works out to roughly 180 to 220 joints produced during an eight-hour workday — double the dispensary’s normal pace.

“It’s not like I go home with cramps or anything,” pre-roll aficionado and Solstice employee Katy Fillippone told the station.

The “12th Pack” joints, which are only being sold to medical marijuana users, will be filled with a special “Seahawks Blend,” KING5 reported. The name for the joints is a play on the 12th man — a nickname referring to football fans.

“We definitely weren’t ready for the speed of it,” employee Joe Santucci told KING5. “We’ve had to switch everything over. We have stopped trimming. We have stopped packing capsules.”

Solstice isn’t the only Seattle dispensary playing the game.

Last season, marijuana delivery service Green Umbrella rolled out a homemade concoction named after star running back Marshawn Lynch, called “Beast Mode O.G,” NBC News reported. This year, they have prepared Beast Mode 2.0.

The New England Patriots are set to take on the Seattle Seahawks live from Glendale, Arizona, on Sunday, Feb. 1, airing on NBC.


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<![CDATA[Instagram Down for a 2nd Time This Week]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:15:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/158539421.jpg

The photo-centric social media site Instagram was down Wednesday night, just two days after it suffered a similar outage.

The website Is It Down Right Now showed the site as being down shortly after 10:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday. By 10:40 p.m. ET it said the site was back up and reachable.

The site went down on Tuesday around the same time that Facebook, which owns Instagram, suffered a widespread outage lasting roughly 40 minutes.

Instagram has about 300 million users, compared to Facebook's 1.25 billion.

Users took to social media on Wednesday night to report the problem and the pain of not being able to post their photos.



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<![CDATA[Four Months After Fatal Crash, Softball Team Returns to Diamond]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:24:10 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lady+lions+softball.jpg

Four months after four North Central Texas College softball players were killed in a bus crash, their teammates are still coping with the loss as they begin a new season.

“We will always have them in our hearts,” said assistant softball coach Taylor Christian. “But taking it each step that we need to get on and get to do what we love, and that's playing softball.”

Last September, the Lady Lions were returning home from a game in Oklahoma when a semi crossed the median on Interstate 35 and slammed into the team bus. Teammates Brooke Deckard, Jaiden Pelton, Meagan Richardson and Katelynn Woodlee were killed.

“I think about them all the time,” said sophomore player Rachel Hitt. “Every day it crosses my mind.”

The past four months have been tough for the team, but they look forward going into a new season.

Sophomore player Bailey Buchanan said that while “every day is a difficult day, especially walking through the dorm rooms and not seeing their faces or hearing their laugh," playing in memory of their friends could be cathartic.

“Every game is for them,” said Buchanan. “It’s not just for us. It’s not just for the wins. It’s for our four girls. We are honoring them every single game.”

The Lady Lions will play their first game of the season Friday against Southwestern Assemblies of God University at home.

“I love the fact that they’re watching over us and just knowing that we're playing for them,” said Hitt.



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<![CDATA[Armed Men Tie Up 83-Year-Old Woman, Steal $5: Cops]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:56:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/elderly+bronx+robbery.jpg

Police are looking for three people they say duct taped an elderly Bronx woman in an armed robbery and stole $5.

The men robbed the woman at her home on Prospect Avenue in Morrisania on Dec. 20, according to the NYPD.

Police say one of the men knocked on the 83-year-old woman’s door and said he had a package for her. When she opened the door, the three robbers pushed their way into the apartment, brandished a gun and bound the woman with duct tape, according to police.

The suspects took $5 and left, police say.

The woman was not injured.

Authorities released surveillance images of the suspects (above).

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Body Parts Found in Suitcase: SFPD]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:58:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

San Francisco police say a suitcase found in the South of Market neighborhood Wednesday afternoon contained dismembered body parts.

The suitcase was found after a caller reported a suspicious package near 11th and Mission streets at 4:14 p.m., according to police.

A medical examiner confirmed the remains are human, but police said it was unclear late Wednesday if all the remains belong to one victim.

Police said the incident brings San Francisco's homicide rate to 10 for the year.

Bay City New contributed to this report.

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