<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - National & International News]]> Copyright 2016 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, 29 Apr 2016 11:07:36 -0700 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:07:36 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Family Suspects Foul Play in Case of Missing Teen Fishermen]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:34:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Austin-Stephanos-Perry-Cohen.jpg

The mother of a Florida teen who vanished months ago on a fishing trip with a friend now suspects foul play may have been a factor, according to a lawsuit filed in connection with the case.

Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, were lost at sea while fishing off the coast of Jupiter last July. 

The boys were never found, although a pilot flying off the Georgia coast said he believes he saw one of the teens clinging to a pile of debris and waving his hands, according to a report released this week. By the time rescuers arrived, the person was gone.

The teens' boat was recovered near Bermuda almost eight months later, along with Stephanos' iPhone, which the families hope will provide valuable insight into what went wrong.

Stephanos' father, William Blu Stephanos, said earlier this week he was working with the phone's manufacturer and an IT professional to retrieve information from the waterlogged device.

The phone, however, has become a source of contention, with Cohen's mother filing suit Monday when the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission agreed to relinquish the device to Blu Stephanos.

According to the suit, the FWC notified Pamela Cohen on April 22 "it did not intend to professionally examine the iPhone or extract the data" because the case was closed.

Pamela Cohen has said the teens shared Austin Stephanos' phone because her son's was broken. The suit claims she "will continue to suffer irreparable harm if the iPhone is not properly handled as material evidence in a possible maritime crime or homicide."

An investigative file dated Feb. 8 reveals the FBI has been involved in the case since September, when Austin Stephanos' stepfather told officials he believed the boys may have been abducted, NBC News reported. State investigators subpoenaed phone records in December as part of "an official investigation of a suspected felony," according to the document.

FWC spokesman Rob Klepper declined to comment Friday on the Cohen family's suspicion of foul play. He said the agency would not be issuing any additional statements on the case.

In a statement Tuesday, Pamela Cohen said she would withdraw her lawsuit if the Stephanos family submitted the phone for an independent forensics examination.

"We will be withdrawing our lawsuit as soon as FWC receives the written consents it needs from both families to put the iPhone in the hands of the best impartial iPhone extraction experts available, in a proper legal chain of custody," Pamela Cohen said in the statement.

During a hearing on the suit Friday afternoon, Pamela Cohen is expected to ask that the device be turned over to a third-party examiner.

"The public has a right to know what happened to the boys, and what led up to the point of their disappearance," the lawsuit states.

FWC officials previously said there was no criminal element to the case.

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<![CDATA[Trump's Bill Unpaid After 3 Months]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:13:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trump-GettyImages-503927392.jpg

The city of Burlington, Vermont, is considering calling a debt collection agency on a billionaire: Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

Mayor Miro Weinberger, a Democrat, said Trump is nearly three months late paying an $8,500 bill the city sent his campaign on Feb. 1 for police and fire overtime costs associated with a recent stop in Vermont's largest city.

"We actually had the city attorneys looking into this; there's some complication on an issue like this," Weinberger said in response to an necn question about whether he would seek a collection agency's services.

Weinberger added that the city should have a plan soon about how to address the unpaid bills.

Trump held a rally Jan. 7 at Burlington's Flynn Center for the Performing Arts but issued thousands more tickets than there were seats. The city wanted extra personnel to handle the crowds and any potential problems, Weinberger said.

"It could have been a much better-coordinated and organized event," Weinberger told necn. "And had it been, it would have been much easier for the city to accommodate."

Weinberger said the city embraces the process of democracy, and he believes candidates should meet their constituents on the campaign trail. However, the  mayor urged campaigns to coordinate more closely with municipalities in scheduling and planning visits like the one Trump made to Burlington.

Weinberger made it clear the unpaid bills will not bankrupt Burlington or have any serious adverse effects. He said the city’s police department has a more than $10 million annual budget, so the $7,200 portion of the bills for police costs are only a very small percentage of the overall picture.

Still, Weinberger said the city could use the money for any host of purposes and would appreciate payment.

The mayor noted that hometown candidate Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democrats' nomination for the White House, paid his bills on time for police and fire support, as well as other fees, following a campaign kickoff on the Burlington waterfront last May.

Campaigns do have a history of skipping out on the check.

Through a request to the South Burlington Police Department, necn obtained a July 2011 email chain between Chief Trevor Whipple and a New England representative of President Barack Obama's reelection effort. In the emails, the chief was looking for reimbursement for extra staffing costs for security and traffic control for a presidential campaign fundraiser.

Trevor Whipple said Thursday he never heard back on that 2011 request.

"It's frustrating," Whipple said. "Where it's discretionary, especially where it's fundraising, my expectation is [candidates] should bear the cost of that. They should be responsible for reimbursing the taxpayer for the cost of that additional service that would not have been necessitated were it not for this fundraising event."

Whipple said if visits by dignitaries were for official business, he would not seek reimbursement. But he said he sees political fundraisers in particular as different, and the kind of event for which taxpayers deserve repayment.

Necn reached out to a spokesperson for the Trump campaign regarding the city of Burlington's claims, but had not heard back at the time of publication.

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<![CDATA[Visualizing the Olympics: Medal Counts & More]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:05:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-149332217-edited.jpg

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<![CDATA[Gas Explosion Rocks Western Pa.]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:54:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Pa+Gas+Explosion.gif

The earth shook in western Pennsylvania Friday morning during a natural gas line explosion that could be felt up to 6 miles away, left a gaping hole in the ground and sent one man running for his life as the intense heat burned his body.

The 36-inch gas line blew around 8:30 a.m. Friday in Salem Township, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh in Westmoreland County. The injured man, who was hospitalized for severe burns, lived in a home about 500 yards away.

"He was in the home by himself. He heard a loud noise; he compared it to a tornado. And he started running up the roadway, and a passerby picked him up," said Fire Chief Bob Rossetti. "The heat was so intense it was burning him as he was running."[[377572801, C]]

Some residents called for help, saying they thought an airplane had crashed, while others said it felt like an earthquake.

"I didn't know if it was a plane or what," said Scott Filipiak, who was driving in the area. "It darn near blew me off the highway!"[[377576331, C]]

First responders from Forbes Road Fire Department saw a massive fireball as they drove toward the scene, but the fire was so hot, Rossetti parked a quarter of a mile away, thankful the area is relatively remote.

"Coming around the bend, and it looked like you were looking down into Hell," Rossetti said. His team doused a few houses with water to keep them from igniting.

The blast left a big hole in the ground with what appeared to be part of the pipeline, sticking out. The home closest to the explosion was destroyed. No one was there at the time.

"It burned the telephone poles off. It looks like a bomb went off."

Emergency responders evacuated businesses and homes within one mile of the explosion in the area where Routes 22 and 819 intersect, according to The Tribune-Review.

Texas Eastern Transmission owns and operates the natural gas line, according to the Associated Press.

Texas Eastern Transmission owns and operates the natural gas line, according to the Associated Press. The company’s emergency response team, along with the state’s police fire marshal and investigators from the Department of Energy will assess damage and let people know when they can go back home.

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<![CDATA[Baby Born on Plane Named After Airline ]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:02:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/airplanebabyScreen-Shot-2016-04-29-at-9.05.jpg

A pregnant woman who unexpectedly went into labor and gave birth to a baby boy onboard a Jetstar Asia flight has named her son after the airline, NBC News reported.

The baby, Saw Jet Star, was delivered safely on Flight 3K583 on April 22, thanks to three doctors on board the plane who stepped forward to help.

"Both mother and son are in good health and have been discharged from the local hospital in Yangon," the airline said in a Facebook post this week.

The airline donated approximately $744 of baby supplies to the family.

Jetstar recognized crew member Saw Ler Htu, who "exercised utmost care and concern for the passenger," and visited the mother and child after they were admitted to a hospital.

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<![CDATA[SCOTUS Approves Rule Change to Expand FBI Hacking Power]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:01:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/USSupremeCourtBuilding-518005430+%281%29.jpg

The U.S. Supreme Court approved a measure on Thursday that would allow judges to issue warrants for computer searches in any jurisdiction. Civil liberties groups say it unnecessarily expands the FBI's hacking capability, while the Justice Department says it is a minor change necessary to modernize the criminal code.

Judges are normally only able to issue warrants within their own jurisdictions, which are typically small and limited to a few counties. A Justice Department spokesperson said the change is necessary due to the "anonymizing" capabilities that criminals use to conceal their identity and location, and that remote searches are the only way to track the suspects down.

Google and civil liberties groups said that the change is an attack on American's privacy and is counter to the U.S. Constitution's protections against illegal searches and seizures.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves First Commercial Zika Virus Test]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:38:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ZikaBloodTest-GettyImages-508017592.jpg

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first commercial U.S. test Thursday to diagnose the Zika virus, NBC News reported.

Quest Diagnostics will use the same method that government labs use to look for Zika virus in a patient's blood.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends testing pregnant women with Zika symptoms, those who have traveled to areas where Zika is spreading while they are pregnant and women who have had sex with someone who has Zika.

Doctors can now order the test through Quest, which says it can get results in three to five days. Until now, patients who wanted the test had to go through their state or local health departments.  

A spokeswoman for Quest said most patients with a health plan may receive some coverage benefits. Uninsured patients can expect to pay $120 for the test, she said. 

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<![CDATA[The Rocky History Between Cruz and Boehner]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:40:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/split2-cruz-boehner.jpg

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz personally told NBC News he had not met John Boehner, when he addressed comments made about him by the former House Speaker.

But the two men do have a past: Ted Cruz was once Boehner’s lawyer, when Boehner sued Washington state Democrat Jim McDermott over a leaked recording. Boehner filed the lawsuit in 1998 involving the illegal interception of an embarrassing phone call in which Boehner discussed House leadership business. He said his personal privacy was violated. 

Boehner won the case — part of which was handled by Ted Cruz. Sources close to Boehner told NBC News the two met during the lawsuit, but likely never had contact after Cruz arrived on Capitol Hill in 2013. 

For Boehner, Cruz led the political charge against him, when he was effectively a “player coach” in the move to oust the former speaker last year. 

Through the government shutdown in 2013, Cruz helped influence House members in the dissent that made the former speaker choose to step aside in 2015. 

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<![CDATA[Woman Lured by Singles Ad Dies After Weeks in Captivity]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:05:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/German_Ambulance-550668973.jpg

A 41-year-old woman who responded to a singles ad was held captive for several weeks by a man and his ex-wife and later died at a hospital of injuries sustained while in captivity.

The woman, from Lower Saxony, Germany, contacted a man "who was looking for a steady parternship" and later moved in to her assailant's house.

Once there, she was physically abused by the man and his live-in ex-wife. The suspects attempted to take their "severley battered" victim back to her apartment, but when their car broke down, they called an ambulance. She died about two hours later of "blunt force trauma to the head", German officials said.

German paper Bild reported that the victim had been kept in a cellar and labeled the incident "The Horror House of Hoexter."

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<![CDATA[Self-Taught Teen Pianist With 4 Fingers Performs at Carnegie Hall]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:23:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/darrius+carnegie+hall.jpg

A teenager with just four fingers gained so much attention online for his talent on the piano that he was invited by a renowned international pianist to play at Manhattan's iconic Carnegie Hall. 

Darrius Simmons, a 15-year-old from Warren, Ohio, was born with three fingers on his right hand and one finger on his left, and no bones below both knees.

He taught himself to play the piano at 10 years old when his grandfather introduced him to the instrument, he told NBC 4 New York, and learned to make his prosthetic legs press the right pedal.

Recently, Simmons began posting videos of himself playing onto Facebook, and they got the attention of Korean pianist Yiruma, who was about to perform at Carnegie Hall on April 22 as part of his first North American tour, the boy said. 

"He saw it and invited me to play with him," Simmons told NBC 4 New York over the phone. 

Yiruma told Simmons during their first meeting, "All those determination and all that, I learn from you, really," reports Ohio news station WFMJ, which followed Simmons to New York for his performance. "I have so many things that can be learned from you." 

"It's just amazing. How can you do that? All those jumps, you must find it really difficult?" said Yiruma after watching the teen play in person.

Simmons replied, "It's not that difficult to me, honestly." 

New York concertgoer Kirk Aleman told WFMJ that Simmons' performance "blew me out of the water." 

"It was very exciting," Simmons told NBC 4 New York of playing at the storied venue last Friday.

Simmons said he learned to play the piano simply by listening to music and mimicking the notes on the keys. 

"I listen to a lot of songs repetitively, over and over, and I guess by doing that, I developed an ear. I can play a lot of music by ear," he said. 

His mother said her son has never been inhibited by not having 10 fingers. She said he's been playing instruments at home, at church and at school. 

Now that Yiruma has advised Simmons to start working on his own music, "I'm really going to take what he said to heart and compose my own stuff," he told WFMJ. 

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<![CDATA[American Sentenced to 10 Years Hard Labor in North Korea]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:29:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16120159325277.jpg

North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.

Kim Dong Chul had been detained in the North on suspicion of engaging in spying and stealing state secrets. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labor after a brief trial in Pyongyang. North Korea's Supreme Court found Kim guilty of crimes and espionage and subversion of under Articles 60 and 64 of the North's criminal code.

Further details were not immediately available. When he was paraded before the media in Pyongyang last month, Kim said he had collaborated with and spied for South Korean intelligence authorities in a plot to bring down the North's leadership and had tried to spread religion among North Koreans before his arrest in the city of Rason last October.

South Korea's National Intelligence Service, the country's main spy agency, has said Kim's case wasn't related to the organization in any way.

Kim's sentencing comes on the heels of a 15-year sentence handed down on Otto Warmbier, an American university student who the North says was engaged in anti-state activities while visiting the country as a tourist earlier this year.

North Korea regularly accuses Washington and Seoul of sending spies to overthrow its government to enable the U.S.-backed South Korean government to control the entire Korean Peninsula. Some foreigners previously arrested have read statements of guilt they later said were coerced.

Most of those who are sentenced to long prison terms are released before serving their full time.

In the past, North Korea has held out until senior U.S. officials or statesmen came to personally bail out detainees, all the way up to former President Bill Clinton, whose visit in 2009 secured the freedom of American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling. Both had crossed North Korea's border from China illegally.

It took a visit in November 2014 by U.S. spy chief James Clapper to bring home Mathew Miller, also arrested after entering the country as a tourist, and Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, who had been incarcerated since November 2012.

Jeffrey Fowle, a U.S. tourist detained for six months at about the same time as Miller, was released just before that and sent home on a U.S. government plane. Fowle left a Bible in a local club hoping a North Korean would find it, which is considered a criminal offense in North Korea.

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<![CDATA[Rovi Buying TiVo in $1.1.B Cash-and-Stock Deal]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:42:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-51921649.jpg

Digital TV listing company Rovi is buying TiVo in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.1 billion.

Rovi Corp. said Friday that it will pay $10.70 in cash and stock for each TiVo Inc. share. Rovi will pay $2.75 per share in cash, or about $277 million. The rest, $7.95 per share, will be paid in stock.

Once the deal closes, the combined business will use the TiVo name. TiVo is a digital video recording company.

Rovi CEO Tom Carson will serve as CEO of the new company. The executive said in a written statement on Friday that the buyout will help to extend services across platforms and expand its customer base. The transaction will add more than 10 million TiVo-served households to Rovi's current customer base of about 18 million households using its guides globally.

The companies anticipate at least $100 million in annual cost savings. The transaction is expected to add to Rovi's adjusted earnings per share within the first year after closing.

Both companies' boards have approved the deal, which is targeted to close in the third quarter. It still needs approval from both companies' shareholders.

Shares of TiVo, based in San Jose, California, added 17 cents to $9.59 in premarket trading. Shares of Rovi, based in Santa Clara, California, surged $1.15, or 6.6 percent, to $18.50.

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<![CDATA[Belgium Residents to Get Iodine Pills in Case of Nuclear Accident]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:17:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/AP_363723961631.jpg

Belgium will soon begin distributing iodine pills to its 11 million residents as part of a revised nuclear emergency plan triggered, NBC News reported

The move, which has yet to be finalized by officials, was triggered by a review of emergency plans initiated in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan

It also comes months after it was discovered that ISIS-linked bombers spied on a top scientist at a Belgian center which produces a significant portion of the world's supply of radioisotopes and hoped to build a "dirty bomb."

Iodine helps to limit the effects of radiation on the body.

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<![CDATA[Shia LaBeouf Offers Soup to Victim]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 03:24:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/shia-splitscreen-0427.jpg

A Brooklyn man who was randomly punched at a Manhattan subway station by an attacker who told him it was "because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf" received a message of sympathy and an offer of soup from the actor, according to reports.

Mario Licato said that he had just gotten off a subway train Saturday afternoon at the Delancey Street-Essex Street subway station on the Lower East Side when he was clocked. 

"I didn’t even see the guy," he told Gothamist. "I just see his fist coming toward me. It knocked me, and while I was falling down the stairs, all I hear was, 'This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf!'"

Licato, who told Gothamist he has been approached "at least 10 times" by people who said he resembles the actor, tumbled down the stairs and lost consciousness. He said a couple rushed to help him and called 911.  

The next day, he received a call from the real LaBeouf on his work phone, Licato told Cosmopolitan.

He didn't notice the message until LaBeouf commented on one of his Instagram posts: "Hey, I left you a voicemail."

"This is Shia LaBeouf, the guy you got hit for looking like," the voicemail allegedly said.

In the message, LaBeouf "sounded bummed and genuinely really bad," Licato told Cosmopolitan, saying the actor apologized profusely. LaBeouf also allegedly said he wished he were in New York so he could bring him soup and "giggle over this."

He gave Licato his phone number and signed off with, "Keep your head up, G," the magazine reports.

Licato told Cosmopolitan the voicemail was about two minutes long and that he has listened to it about five times.

Although Licato hasn’t called LaBeouf yet, he told the magazine he will soon, likely over a glass of wine. He said he plans to ask why the guy who punched him hates LaBeouf so much.

"What did you do to some random bro in New York that he needed to punch me for it? Did you steal his girlfriend? Maybe he just really hated you sitting in the movie theater for three days straight watching your own movies?" he said.

The man who punched Licato has not been found.

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<![CDATA[250 Dogs Rescued From Meat Farm]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 03:58:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rescued+meat+farm+dogs.jpg

Until recently, Merle had never set a paw on solid ground, never felt the kind stroke of a human hand and never tasted a dog treat.

The mild-mannered mastiff mix was bred to become a South Korean dinner entree.

But he was spared that fate by the Humane Society International, which recently rescued Merle and more than 250 other canines from a dog-meat farm in Wonju. Merle was among the first to arrive at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey.

The center expects to receive about 120 of the rescued dogs, which will be available for adoption. 

"We've had huskies, golden retriever, spitz, a variety of dogs from this farm," said Heather Cammisa, president at St. Hubert's.

Cammisa cautions anyone wanting to adopt one of the rescued dogs to keep in mind that they have spent their entire lives in cages. They will require training, understanding and love, she said.

The dogs are being rescued 11 weeks before South Korea celebrates Bok Nai, when large quantities of dog-meat "boshintang" stew are consumed.

Most South Koreans don't eat dog meat on a regular basis and young Koreans are particularly turning away from the practice. However, dog stew is widely popular during Bok Nai and served at thousands of restaurants specializing in the recipe.

"In our experience, many dog-meat farmers are keen to leave this business behind them, and come under increasing pressure from their children to end dog breeding and killing," Humane Society campaign manager Andrew Plumbly said in a news release.

The Wonju farmer is one such individual. He contacted the Humane Society last year and asked for help to get out of the dog-meat business, Plumbly said.

The rescued dogs and puppies are being flown to shelters in the U.S. and Canada and will be available for adoption.

The Wonju farm is the fifth dog-meat farm that the international charity has helped close down.

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<![CDATA[Cub Reporter Broke 'Lucifer' Story]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:06:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/boehner-Ada_Throckmorton.jpg

Stanford Daily cub reporter Ada Statler-Throckmorton, 20, has spoken with big names and tackled weighty topics in the past.

The student from Prairie City, Kansas, has done a Q&A with Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey and covered the controversial fuel-free movement at the prestigious university in Palo Alto.

But she’s never broken a national news story like the one she did on Wednesday night at Stanford University’s CEMEX Auditorium. That’s where she was the first to report to the world that former House Speaker John Boehner called fellow Republican and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh."

As far as she knows, she was the only reporter covering the speech, other than internal Stanford media. And when Boehner said those words, she knew it was big. But she didn’t know just how big — so big that her mother heard about it while listening to NPR early Thursday morning.

Google News returned about 300 articles for a search of Boehner and "Lucifer in the flesh" Thursday afternoon, including all the major American political news sources, all of which cite Statler-Throckmorton's story. The Stanford Daily's original article has more than 1,000 comments and 8,000 shares on Facebook, amid what its managing editor told CNNMoney is record web traffic.

“I didn’t realize it would go this viral and this fast,” Statler-Throckmorton said, noting she isn't even a journalism student, but is majoring in Earth Systems and wants to go into environmental communications.

Boehner didn’t stop at comparing Cruz to the Devil, though, and Statler-Throckmorton wrote down what he said in a candid speech that was not broadcast or videotaped: “I have Democrat friends and Republican. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.” The Stanford Daily was able to capture some audio of the now-hyped up talk.

Later in the day — and all thanks to the scrappy Stanford sophomore — Cruz held court with reporters, taking aim at Boehner, saying the former speaker allowed his "inner Trump to come out." As for the "Lucifer" comment, Cruz said: "If John Boehner is calling me 'Lucifer,' he’s not directing that at me.  He’s directing that at you."

Statler-Throckmorton has been sought after from major news outlets ranging from Fox to CNN to NBC News, which is all the more curious to her because the headline of her campus newspaper  - “John Boehner talks election, time in office” - certainly does not sell the story the same way those outlets did. 

The Stanford Daily hadn’t promoted the story by the time the first news organization latched onto it, and Statler-Throckmorton doesn’t even have a Twitter account. She still doesn’t know who first picked up her story.

Victor Young Xu, the managing editor of news at the campus paper, told CNNMoney that on a typical day the entire site draws 11,000 to 13,000 page views. 

Xu told CNNMoney the Boehner story had already reached 169,220 page views as of 11:40 a.m. PT, which represented 94.5 percent of all visits to the site. To compare, the second most-viewed story published over the last year — a satirical piece on Stanford's admissions rate — drew a little over 40,000 views.

Relishing in her 15 minutes of fame, Statler-Throckmorton said she’s been trying to juggle all the media attention cast on her while paying attention to classes. 

As for her family’s own political leanings, Statler-Throckmorton said “we’re certainly not Republicans.” But she added she certainly kept an open mind to what the former speaker of the House had to say. 

“He was very interesting to listen to,” she said.

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<![CDATA[Car Pins Boy, 1, in Day Care Crash]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:38:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-04-28-18h25m46s247.jpg

A 1-year-old boy was pinned under a car that crashed into a day care center in Billerica, Massachusetts, Thursday, authorities said.

Billerica police say a 38-year-old woman from Billerica suffered a medical issue and crashed into multiple cars before slamming into A Brighter Rainbow, a day care on Boston Road, just before 5:30 p.m.

Witnesses described it going "airborne" on its way into the building.

There were four children inside the building at the time of the crash. A 1-year-old boy was struck and pinned under the Subaru Outback, police said.

At least three other children were outside the building at the time. Two of them were treated at the scene, according to police.

Witnesses said the little boy had gashes on his head, but was conscious and crying. Police noted he was alert when the ambulance arrived to take him to Lahey Hospital in Burlington.

The child is expected to survive.

The driver was taken to Lahey Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials say the building is not structurally sound after the crash.

Crews pulled the vehicle from the building shortly before 7 p.m. There was heavy damage to the front end.

Boston Road was temporarily closed in the area.

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<![CDATA[Do Celebrity Endorsements Help or Hurt?]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:48:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DAWSON_GettyImages-521061462.jpg

Celebrity surrogates have been ubiquitous on the campaign trail this season, frequently been driving the 2016 news cycle — and in some cases, forcing their preferred candidates off message.

In a crowded media marketplace, the prominence of a celebrity surrogate can make a difference — at least when it comes to media attention — but unlike most traditional political representatives, they are infamously difficult to control.

During an appearance on "Late Night with Stephen Colbert" Wednesday, actress Susan Sarandon, a passionate Bernie Sanders supporter, doubled down on her refusal to say whether or not she would support Hillary Clinton in a one-on-one race against Trump. And unscripted diatribes on Sanders' behalf from stars like Rosario Dawson, Killer Mike and Tim Robbins have begged the question: Are these kinds of endorsements really worth it?

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<![CDATA[Wild Turkey Tends Duck Eggs]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:17:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Talulah+nesting+2.jpg

Duck eggs are beginning to hatch at an Illinois suburban wildlife center after a wild turkey began sitting on the nest to take over for the mother, which was killed by a hawk. 

The eggs were brought to Fox Valley Wildlife Center earlier this year after a red-tailed hawk in Elgin swooped down and grabbed a mother duck off her nest outside the Advocate Sherman hospital Emergency Department, ultimately killing her. 

Nurses who witnessed the incident rushed to protect the nest outside the building and brought the orphaned eggs to the wildlife center. 

Talulah, a wild turkey, has been at the wildlife center for more than a year recovering from a severe wing injury. Officials said she has been laying eggs since November and refusing to leave her nest as she waits for them to hatch. The eggs never hatch, however, because they are not fertilized. 

After the eggs arrived at the center, Talulah adopted them and began sitting on the nest. On Thursday, officials said the hatching process, which takes about 12 hours, had begun. 

Employees are waiting to see if she will become a foster mom to the babies after they are born. 

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<![CDATA[ISIS-Linked Hackers Target 3,000 New Yorkers: Officials]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:24:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_31488411400.jpg

ISIS-linked hackers have targeted about 3,000 ordinary New Yorkers in a cyberattack, posting their personal information online and announcing, "We want them #Dead," NBC New York has learned.

One of the victims, an 88-year-old man named Art — whose last name is being withheld for privacy concerns — spoke with the I-Team exclusively Thursday, telling of how the FBI visited and told him that his name was on the list posted Sunday on the private channel of a pro-ISIS group called the United Cyber Caliphate.

The FBI told him to be cautious when he goes out in public and to call 911 immediately if he felt threatened.

"It sounds like psychological warfare," Art said. "Make 3,000 people in this city very upset."

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<![CDATA[4 Ga. Students Killed in Crash Identified]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:44:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/generic+caution+tape+vg.jpg

Four University of Georgia students killed in a car crash were honored at a vigil Thursday, NBC News reported.

The students were driving northbound on Georgia State Route 15 near Watkinsville Wednesday night, when their Camry veered into the southbound lane, directly into the path of a Chevy Cobalt, the Department of Public Safety said. 

The four students were identified as Kayla Canedo, 19; Brittany Feldman, 20; Christina Semeria, 19; and Halle Scott, 19. The Camry’s driver, Agnes Kim, 21, was still in hospital on Thursday. The university said she is in critical condition. The driver of the Cobalt, Abby Short, 27, was also injured. 

The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation. The Department of Public Safety said alcohol is not considered to be a factor.

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<![CDATA[Bridge-Running Dog Adopted]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:19:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BayBridgeDog.jpg

Ponch, the stray Chihuahua who captured hearts around the nation after he sprinted across the Bay Bridge early this month, has finally found a home. 

After being rescued by California Highway Patrol April 3, Ponch went to stay with a foster family connected to San Francisco County's animal services department. His caretakers waited several weeks to see if someone would come forward and claim ownership – Ponch had a collar with a skull dangling from it when he was captured – but no one stepped up.

Instead, offers from animal lovers all over the world came flooding in, asking if it would be possible to give the 10-pound Chihuahua a new home. Animal Care and Control conducted several interviews, according to the department, before settling on a suitable family for Ponch. He was scheduled to go home Thursday, after his rescuers have a chance to bid him farewell.

“Taking into consideration that Ponch is a nervous fellow who loves to run, his new home and family are perfectly suited to give him the happily-ever-after life,” Animal Care and Control said in a statement. The family adopting him wishes to remain anonymous.

Ponch’s story went viral following an early morning police chase that resulted in a short shutdown of the Bay Bridge. The pup, who was visibly frightened, was darting across lanes of traffic.

The California Highway Patrol officers involved in his rescue nicknamed the pup “Ponch,” after Erik Estrada’s character in the 1970s TV hit “CHIPS.”

“We’re happy that Ponch’s story has ended with a loving new home”, says Animal Care & Control Executive Director Virginia Donohue. “We’re grateful for all of the good will Ponch has generated for shelter dogs.”

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<![CDATA[Man Falsely Accused of Terrorism Wants Accusers Charged]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:17:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/211*120/GettyImages-141810855.jpg

A Sikh man who said he was racially profiled wants law enforcement agencies to file criminal charges against the people who allegedly falsely accused him of a terrorist bomb threat, NBC News reported.

Daljeet Singh, who wears a turban and beard as articles of his faith, was traveling on a Greyhound bus through Amarillo, Texas, on Feb. 21, 2016, according to The Sikh Coalition, which is representing him. He was speaking to another man in Punjabi, when a woman on the bus reported to police that the two men were “acting weird,” speaking Arabic and discussing a bomb. 

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Two other passengers detained the two men in their seats until police came and arrested them at gunpoint. Police removed Singh’s turban and detained him for more than 30 hours. He was interviewed by the FBI through an interpreter. Both men were cleared of any wrongdoing. 

"Whether it's a Sikh man on a Greyhound bus, or an Arabic speaker on a Southwest airplane, the xenophobic fear and bigotry in our country is out of control," Gurjot Kaur, senior staff attorney at The Sikh Coalition, told NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Boehner Calls Cruz 'Lucifer in the Flesh']]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:54:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/AP_140043121627.jpg

Former House Speaker John Boehner did not hold back when asked how he feels about presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday.

"Lucifer in the flesh," Boehner told an audience at Stanford University, according to the Stanford Daily. "I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life."

Boehner said he'd vote for his "texting buddy" Donald Trump, with whom Boehner has played golf with for "years," in a general election if he becomes the nominee. He would not vote for Cruz, he said. 

He described John Kasich, as a "friend" too, although he suggested the relationship takes "more effort" than others.

Cruz said Thursday he's "never worked with" Boehner and met him only two or three times. He said he reached out to Boehner during the government shutdown over Obamacare but that Boeher was not interested in speaking with him. 

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<![CDATA[USHCC Endorses Clinton, Kasich]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:46:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/split2-march15-kasich-clinton.jpg

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday it is endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John Kasich, in its first ever endorsement of any presidential candidate, NBC News reported.

"Secretary Clinton has stood with the USHCC and the Hispanic community at-large for decades," USHCC president and CEO Javier Palomarez said in a statement. "For more than 40 years, Secretary Clinton has fought to ensure that those who are willing to work hard in America have the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead." 

Palomarez added that Kasich “understands that sustainable economic growth is needed in order to allow the American people an opportunity to succeed, regardless of background. He also understands that the Hispanic community is not monolithic, and that the issues most important to all Americans are: jobs, the economy, health care, education, immigration and national security." 

The group, which advocates on behalf of the country's Latin-owned businesses, bypassed Ted Cruz — the only Latino left in the presidential race.

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<![CDATA[3 Arrested in San Bernardino Probe]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:15:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/499821756-san-bernardino-farook-suv.jpg

The brother of one of the San Bernardino terror attack shooters was among three people arrested Thursday morning after warrants were served in a Southern California marriage fraud investigation. 

All three of the individuals arrested Thursday in Ontario and Corona have family connections to gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, who died along with his wife in a shootout with police after the Dec. 2 mass shooting. The shooters killed 14 people at a holiday party earlier that day in San Bernardino. 

The warrants were served Wednesday in connection with a five-count indictment that charges the three with making false statements to obtain immigration benefits for one of the defendants.

The marriage fraud case stemmed from the terror attack investigation and led to the arrests of Mariya Chernykh, 26, of Ontario; her sister, 31-year-old Tatiana Farook, of Corona; and Syed Raheel Farook, the 31-year-old husband of Tatiana Farook and brother to Syed Rizwan Farook.

All three pleaded not guilty in court Thursday afternoon.

Syed Raheel Farook was released on a $25,000 bond. His wife Tatiana was released on a $35,000 bond. A $50,000 bond was expected to be posted for Chernykh. 

An immigration hold has been placed on Chernykh, so her release will not be immediate.

Outside court, their attorneys, Ron Cordova and Dyke Huish, were vocal about about separating the case from the terror attack.

Chernyhk is married to Enrique Marquez Jr., who is awaiting trial on charges of conspiring with Rizwan Farook in 2011 and 2012 to provide material support to terrorists. He has pleaded not guilty.

When he was indicted on those charges last year, Marquez also was charged with entering into a sham marriage with Chernykh in November 2014. He falsely signed an immigration form and falsely declared he was living with her so she could obtain legal residence status in the United States, according to authorities.

In one exchange of messages, Marquez and Chernykh discussed their anxiety about their upcoming immigration interview because of their lack of contact with each other, according to the most recent indictment. Marquez said he was worried about being imprisoned for fraud, the indictment says.

Tatiana Farook and Syed Raheel Farook are accused of taking staged family photos of Marquez and Chernykh, establishing a joint checking account for them and creating a back-dated lease to give the illusion that they shared a home.

Rizwan Farook, 28, and wife Tashfeen Malik, 27, opened fire Dec. 2 at a social services center in San Bernardino, killing 14 people and wounding more than 20 others. They fled the scene but died hours later in a shootout with police.

U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker released a statement Thursday applauding the arrests.

"This is the latest step in the comprehensive investigation into the horrific attacks in San Bernardino last year that took the lives of 14 innocent Americans and deeply affected so many more," said U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker. "As I have said previously, we owe the victims, and the entire community of San Bernardino, a thorough investigation that uncovers all criminal activity surrounding these events.

"Today's arrests open a new phase in the process of bringing to justice all individuals who allegedly committed crimes that were uncovered during our exhaustive investigation. The charges also reflect the importance we place on statements made to law enforcement officials during a terrorism investigation. Those who lie to or conceal material information from law enforcement officers investigating terrorist acts will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

The FBI conducted another search in February at a Corona home connected to Raheel Farook. Authorities did not confirm the property searched Thursday was the same location searched in February.

Late last month, federal authorities said they successfully used a mysterious technique without Apple Inc.'s help to hack into the iPhone used by a gunman in a mass shooting in California, effectively ending a pitched court battle between the Obama administration and one of the world's leading technology companies.

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