<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - National & International News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usWed, 28 Sep 2016 05:37:24 -0700Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:37:24 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[US 'Reviewing' Report Airstrike Killed 13 Civilians]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:03:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ACHIN_Screen-Shot-2016-09-28-at-6.38.41-AM.jpg

The U.S. military is reviewing claims that one of its airstrikes killed people after it hit a residential building in Afghanistan, NBC News reported.

A local lawmaker told The Associated Press that 13 civilians were killed. NBC News could not independently confirm that account.

American officials confirmed in an email to NBC News that one strike was carried out in the Achin district of Nangarhar province and that they were "aware of some claims of Afghan casualties."

Local lawmaker Esmatullah Shinwari told the AP that an airstrike in Achin had hit a residential building where a crowd had gathered to welcome home a tribal leader returning from the Hajj, an annual Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.



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<![CDATA[Highlights From the 2016 Campaign Trail]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:32:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-610704486.jpg The 2016 presidential race has been contentious and full of surprises. Check out scenes from the campaign trail.

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<![CDATA[Extreme California Wildfire Is 'New Norm,' Fire Official Says]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:45:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/loma-day2.jpg

Mandatory evacuations were ordered Tuesday for Santa Cruz Mountains residents living near the Loma Fire, which by the evening had charred at least 2,250 acres and was 10 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

The fire continued to churn through dry fuel in the mountainous terrain Tuesday, erupting at times as flames hit patches of thick vegetation. Evacuees were in a little more of a hurry Tuesday.

"It's burning pretty hot and pretty fast, and they're hitting it pretty hard with all the bombers here," one resident named Stephen said.

The new evacuations include all of Croy Road, which includes the Swedish community of Sveadal near Uvas Canyon County Park and Little Uvas Road. Cal Fire officials worried the fire was headed that way. Mandatory evacuation orders were previously ordered on Monday for the Loma Prieta ridgeline area including all tributary roads along Summit Road from Soquel San Jose Road to Ormsby Fire Station. This includes Uvas Canyon County Park, Loma Chiquita, Casa Loma, Loma Prieta Way, Highland Road and Mount Bache Road.

The Red Cross has set up three evacuation centers for those who needed food and shelter: the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave., Watsonville; the Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos; the Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church, 16970 DeWitt Ave, Morgan Hill. Soquel High School is no longer being used as an evacuation center.

Cal Fire officials said Tuesday that one home and six outbuildings had been destroyed, and 300 more structures remained threatened in the rugged terrain with little or no access roads.

Crews were making some headway on the west side of the flames, with bulldozers building fire walls, but the east side was still a concern, fire officials said.

This kind of "extreme" fire behavior is the "new norm," according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mike Mathiesen. "It's fall, we're coming off a four-day heat wave."

Loma Fire Information Officer Bill Murphy agreed.

"What's unique about what we're seeing, and we've seen this the last couple of years, is this fire is spreading very fast, very aggressively in almost the complete absence of wind," he said.

Murphy said later Tuesday that the fire is down at the bottom of the drainage and moving up toward the road. So now there are firefighters along the road to hold the fire there.

For some residents, the fire's steady and rapid spread meant no more waiting.

"I was here through the night, and the fire was getting real close to the house right now over here to the south," resident Eric Bischoff said. "So we bailed out early this morning after we got everything put away."

The blaze is in the area of Loma Prieta and Loma Chiquita roads in Santa Clara County, west of Morgan Hill, and is spreading in the southeast direction toward open space, Cal Fire said.

Fire officials do not know the cause of the fire. They expect the blaze to burn for a few days. It started on Monday about 3 p.m. By Tuesday afternoon, 500 firefighters were battling the blaze.

For the latest updates on the fire, visit the Cal Fire website or a dedicated groups.io page.



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<![CDATA[Top News Photos of the Week]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:41:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/AP_16271098029678-news.jpg View daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Elon Musk's Plans for Mars]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:44:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16271781854596-elon-musk-mars-spacex.jpg

It was a press conference with a little bit of everything — space travel, science, technology and the offer of a kiss.

Welcome to the world of Elon Musk.

Musk spoke at the International Astronautical Congress about SpaceX's plan to take us to Mars.

Spoiler alert: It's going to take some time, and there's no guarantee of a return trip.

Musk was honest about the speculative nature of it all; it will be very expensive (at least at first), and very time consuming.

Also, he was fairly honest about the fact that it's just not yet possible.

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He showed a "timeline," admitting (a nod to Tesla deliveries) that "I'm not very good at these."

He also addressed whether or not he himself would travel to space, saying that "I may die, so I'd want a succession plan in place."

A crewed mission to the Red Planet could come in 10 years "if things go super well," Musk said, as CNBC noted. The spaceship would have to fit around 100 people and come with everything needed to build a colony: "iron foundries, pizza joints, you name it."

During a surreal Q&A session, Musk was asked if Mars was like Burning Man (he's not sure), and if someone could come up to the stage and give him a "good luck kiss."

He demurred.

With NASA, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and others talking about space travel, Musk laid out more detail than we've heard before. You can see his whole talk here:

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Scott scans the skies on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Charlotte Girl Recounts Emotional Speech on Race]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:53:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/char160927-Zianna-Oliphant-MBE-758p.jpg

The 9-year-old Charlotte girl whose tearful testimony on racism and policing Monday captured attention around the world said her decision to address City Council was a last-minute one.

"I was a little nervous, so I decided to just go up there and tell them how I feel," Zianna Oliphant, told NBC News Tuesday.

"I was just feeling like what the police are doing to us, just because of our skin, is not right," the fourth-grader said.

Zianna and her brother, Marquis, both spoke at a City Council meeting in which members of the city's black community called for changes after police fatally shot an African-American man, Keith Lamont Scott, last week.

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<![CDATA[Battle for Aleppo: Syrian Troops Advance on City Center]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:32:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16271503391305-Aleppo-Air-Strike-Syria-War.jpg

The battle for the key Syrian city of Aleppo is intensifying after the collapse of a cease-fire brokered by the U.S. and Russia, NBC News reported, with government forces reportedly taking a central neighborhood from a rebel group.

The Syrian military's massive new offensive brought it control of the Farafra neighborhood, state television reported. The area was once bustling but has been reduced to ruins, with the World Health Organization saying hospitals are overflowing with the dead and dying.

The offensive on land and in air — which Russia allegedly played a part in — has sparked outrage in the West, but trapped rebels told NBC News the fight is far from over.

"We will stay here until we die or we win," activist Ali Abo Al-Jod said. "I lost my whole family, I have nothing else to lose. I will not leave. I will stay here until I die ... this is my city."



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<![CDATA[Wells Fargo CEO to Forfeit $41M Amid Review]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:52:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16260609890795-wells-fargo.jpg

Secretary of Labor Tom Perez on Tuesday said he would initiate a "top-to-bottom" review of labor practices at disgraced bank Wells Fargo, NBC News reported.

Perez was responding to a letter from eight Democratic senators who had requested a probe into whether Wells Fargo had violated wage and working hour laws by failing to pay overtime to tellers and sales representatives who stayed late to meet sales quotas.

"We take the concerns raised in your letter very seriously," Perez told the lawmakers, whose action was spearheaded by Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

"Given the serious nature of the allegations, I have directed enforcement agencies within the department to conduct a top-to-bottom review of cases, complaints or violations concerning Wells Fargo over the last several years," wrote Perez. 

Later Tuesday, Wells Fargo said CEO John Stumpf and the executive who ran the bank's consumer banking division will forfeit tens of millions of dollars in bonuses as it tries to stem a scandal over its sales practices.

The Associated Press reported that Stumpf will forfeit $41 million in stock awards, while former retail banking executive Carrie Tolstedt will forfeit $19 million of her stock awards, effective immediately. Both are also giving up any bonuses for 2016.  



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<![CDATA[Aetna to Subsidize Apple Watch]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:07:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16229419820877.jpg

Aetna announced that it will be making Apple Watches available for large employers and individual customers during open enrollment season.

The health care services company said the new initiative will revolutionize the customer's experience by, "combining the power of iOS apps and the unmatched user experience of Apple products including Apple Watch, iPhone and iPad with Aetna’s analytics-based wellness and care management programs."

Aetna said it will be the first major health care company to subsidize the cost of Apple Watches for customers by offering monthly payroll deductions. The Hartford-based company serves an estimated 45.3 million and will provide free Apple Watches to 50,000 of its employees. 

Apple will work with Aeton to create "deeply intergrated" health apps that will allow customers to manager their health, Aetna said.

“This is only the beginning - we look forward to using these tools to improve health outcomes and help more people achieve more healthy days,” said Mark Bertolini, Aetna Chairman and CEO.

Aetna's new health apps will offer features, such as:

  • Care management and wellness, to help guide consumers through health events like a new diagnosis or prescription medication with user-driven support from nurses and people with similar conditions.
  • Medication adherence, to help consumers remember to take their medications, easily order refills and connect with their doctor if they need a different treatment through their Apple Watch or iPhone.
  • Integration with Apple Wallet, allowing consumers to check their deductible and pay a bill.
  • Personalized health plan on-boarding, information, messaging and decision support to help Aetna members understand and make the most of their benefits.
The solutions will be available early 2017.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Remember Jose Fernandez in 1st Home Game Since Tragedy]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:09:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-610610562.jpg

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<![CDATA[Christie Aide: He Knew All About Bridge Closings]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:45:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/gwb+indictments.jpg

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about George Washington Bridge lane closings in Fort Lee as they were happening, longtime Christie aide David Wildstein testified publicly for the first time Tuesday.

Pictures of Christie, Wildstein and Bill Baroni were taken the morning of Sept. 11, 2013 at the World Trade Center memorial site. It was there that Wildstein claimed he and Baroni bragged to the governor about the traffic nightmare the lane closures caused - and their refusal to answer phone calls from Democratic Mayor Mark Sokolich, who declined to endorse Christie's reelection.

Wildstein, testifying at the criminal trial of Baroni and Christie aide Bridget Kelly, claims the governor also told his Port Authority appointees not to communicate with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop - who also refused to endorse the governor.

Wildstein has pleaded guilty in the scheme to tie up traffic at the bridge.

Baroni was Wildstein's boss at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that operates the bridges, airports and other facilities including the World Trade Center. Kelly was Christie's deputy chief of staff and headed an office responsible for outreach to county and municipal officials.

They are accused of reducing access lanes to the bridge and face fraud, conspiracy and civil rights charges. They have pleaded not guilty and have said the government has twisted federal law to turn their actions into crimes. They also have said other people with more power and influence were involved in the lane closures but aren't being prosecuted.

Christie has denied knowing about the bridge scheme until well after it was carried out, and a taxpayer-funded report he commissioned absolved him of wrongdoing. He hasn't been charged.



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<![CDATA[Carpool Lane Trip With Trump Cutout Leads to Ticket]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:19:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TrumpCarPassenger.jpg

A Washington state trooper ticketed a driver trying to get through the carpool lane with a giant cutout of Donald Trump's head Tuesday morning.

"You see a lot of things in your career, including mannequins, but this was something else," said Trooper Rick Johnson, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol.

He said the trooper stopped the car on State Route 167 near Auburn, told the driver, "This is just awesome" — and handed him a $136 citation for violating the HOV lane.

"He let him keep his Donald Trump cutout," Johnson said.



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<![CDATA[NASA: No, We Didn't Change the Zodiac Signs]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:08:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-106898541-sag.jpg

If the stars suddenly seem to be out of alignment, you don't need to consult a horoscope to find out what happened — there's a rumor going around that NASA changed the zodiac.

But while some news outlets are saying that NASA found a 13th constellation that shifts the dates of the 12 other signs, the space agency offered a fact check: it didn't change any zodiac signs, it was just doing math on how the ancient Babylonians measured the sky.

The article that shook the stars, which surfaced in The Washington Post, among many other places, was a blog post in January that resurfaced last week.

It said a girl who was born on August 4 was actually born "under the sign" of Cancer, not Leo, because the sun moves through 13 constellations — not 12 — and spends varying amounts of time lining up with each one. Cancer is overhead on August 4, not Leo, despite what you'd see in an astrology chart, which divides the sky up evenly.

The agency also noted that the Earth's axis doesn't point in the same direction as it did when the orignal constellations were drawn, shifting dates around.

But as NASA posted on its Tumblr page, "Here at NASA, we study astronomy, not astrology. We didn’t change any zodiac signs, we just did the math."

The findings don't mean people have different star signs now, NASA argues, it was just pointing out that the system that the Babylonians developed don't actually correspond with real constellations.

With perhaps a lack of sympathy for people who believe in astrology, and maybe a hint of Leo about them (it was founded on July 29, after all), NASA noted that astrology is not science, so their finding doesn't change anything at all: "No one has shown that astrology can be used to predict the future or describe what people are like based on their birth dates."



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<![CDATA[NYC Firefighter Dead, 12 Hurt When Suspected Drug Den Explodes]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:11:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/bronx-explosion-fahy-inset.jpg

An FDNY battalion chief was killed by falling debris when a suspected drug den exploded in the Bronx Tuesday, leveling a two-story home and injuring at least 12 other people.  

Battalion Chief Michael Fahy was a 17-year FDNY veteran who served through 9/11 and a father of three. A convoy of uniformed and non-uniformed firefighters stood outside the hospital to pay their respects as his body was taken to a funeral home.

"He was on the rise. He was a star," a visibly emotional FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters, adding that he knew Fahy's father - a former fire chief himself - personally.

"It's a sad day. Thankfully, this doesn't happen every day, but when it does, it doesn't make it any easier. We lost a hero today," Nigro said.

A person of interest in the case, a renter of the exploded home, was picked up by law enforcement in Cliffside Park, New Jersey Tuesday afternoon. 

Multiple police, civilians and Con Ed workers were injured following the 7:30 a.m. blast at the private home on West 234th Street near Tibbett Avenue in Kingsbridge. About an hour before the explosion, firefighters had responded to a report of a gas smell at the location and found the drug lab, police say. 

A law enforcement source tells NBC 4 New York officials believe the home was a marijuana growing operation. Flammable materials like propane are used to manufacture the drug, but the alleged pot growhouse would be the first such drug lab to blow up in the city, the law enforcement source said. 

The NYPD had an ongoing investigation on that block over the last two weeks, Police Commissioner James O'Neill said.

After the FDNY found the suspected lab, it called the NYPD in to investigate but the house exploded before officers could assess the location, according to police. Correspondence on emergency radio revealed immediate concern.

"We got men down ... with an explosion," a firefighter told a dispatcher, requesting multiple ambulances on a rush. "We got a man down ... firefighter down ... bad shape."

Streets were shut down in the area as utility crews, firefighters and police cordoned off the site. Video from the scene shows the home completely demolished, the roof in shambles, partially collapsed over one of the building's sides. Piles of debris rained onto the street, covering the road and nearby parked cars. 

The Department of Buildings was inspecting buildings in the area for structural stability. Full-vacate orders have been issued to buildings no. 300 and 304 on West 234th Street, and a partial-vacate order was issued for the side yard at 3251 Tibbett Ave., a spokesman said. 

One Instagram user said the blast "shook my whole neighborhood," adding it "felt like a bomb went off." Another neighbor said her windows shook. Still another said she felt as if there had been an earthquake.  

A photo taken from the 238th Street subway platform showed a plume of smoke rising into the air. 

The DEA was assisting the NYPD in the investigation. 

Fahy, who was promoted to chief in June 2012, had a doctorate from New York Law School. He got his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University in 1994 and his master's degree at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security's Naval Postgraduate School, according to education records.

He lived in Yonkers with his wife and 6- and 11-year-old sons and 8-year-old daughter. Fahy joined the FDNY in 1999 and rose to the rank of battalion cheif in 2012. 

Members of Fahy's FDNY firehouse -- Battalion 19, Engine Company 75, Ladder Company 33 -- will drape purple and black bunting in his honor Wednesday morning. A memorial was growing outside the firehouse by late Tuesday.

Mayor de Blasio ordered all flags on city buildings to be flown at half-staff each day from sunrise to sunset until Fahy is buried. 

"Our hearts go out to the Fahy family -- a family so devoted to this city," de Blasio said in a statement. "Michael's father -- a fire chief before him. A family that has given so much and today made the ultimate sacrifice to this city." 

The FDNY Foundation started a fund for Fahy's family. 


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<![CDATA[Fact-Checking the 1st General Election Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:26:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16271039934629.jpg



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<![CDATA[Wal-Mart Rejects 'Blue Lives Matter' Cake]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:10:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WalMart_Rejects_Blue_Lives_Matter_Cake_1200x675_774211651865.jpg A McDonough, Georgia, Walmart is facing a backlash after an employee refused to make a "Blue Lives Matter" cake for a retiring police officer, and the story is going viral. The officer's daughter says it was a cake for the officer's retirement party after serving for 25 years. After a friend posted about the incident on Facebook, a manager called her to apologize and make the cake. Walmart's corporate communications department also issued an apology.]]> <![CDATA[10-Year-Old Helps The Homeless]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:24:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_blanketboy0927_1920x1080.jpg A young boy with a heart of gold is doing his part to keep the homeless warm in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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<![CDATA[San Antonio Flooding Leaves Drivers Stranded]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:37:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_txwxrescues0927_1920x1080.jpg Dozens of drivers were rescued Monday when their vehicles were overtaken by flash flood waters in San Antonio, Texas.

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<![CDATA[Dozens of Cats Found with Dead Body]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:32:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_catlady0927_1920x1080.jpg More than 50 cats were removed from a home after a 91-year-old woman was found dead inside.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Tries Reframing Poor Debate Performance at Florida Rally]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:05:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610601852.jpg

Donald Trump spent all of Tuesday discussing Monday night's debate, asserting that he won against Hillary Clinton, NBC News reported.

"Last night was very exciting, and nearly every single poll had us winning against Hillary Clinton, big league," he said.

Later, veering off, Trump explained away a performance even Republicans said was reactive and lacking substance as a planned strategy of "holding back."

"I didn't want to do anything to embarass her," he said.

Trump also repeated a number of falsehoods from the debate, asking the crowd: "Does everybody believe me, I was against going to Iraq?" though his initial support is well-documented; and "I explained last night stop and frisk was constitutional," he said, though it was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2013.



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<![CDATA[Man Found at Sea Has Home Searched; Mom Presumed Dead]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:07:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/229*120/Nathan+Carman+Return.JPG

Investigators searched the Vermont home of a man who was rescued after more than a week lost at sea, removing on Tuesday an internet modem, a SIM card and a letter he wrote.

Nathan Carman, 22, of Vernon, Vermont, and his mother, 54-year-old Linda Carman of Middletown, Connecticut, set sail on a fishing boat on the weekend of Sept. 17. The boat sank, and Nathan Carman, authorities say, got onto a four-person inflatable raft, loading it up with food and water.

He was found alive by a Chinese freighter Sunday, about 100 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard. His mother, however, is still missing and presumed dead.

"Myself and my mom were fishing on Block Canyon and there was a funny noise in the engine compartment," Carman said to rescue crews in audio released by the Coast Guard. "I looked and saw a lot of water."

The Coast Guard asked what had happened to his mother.

"When I saw the life raft, I did not see my mom," Carman said. "We haven't been able to find her yet."

Tuesday, Carman was brought back to shore in Boston by the same freighter that rescued him. He did not speak as he stepped off the boat and was quickly taken to a waiting car; he underwent further questioning, authorities said.

Documents show that a search warrant was executed Monday night at Carman's Vernon home. An affidavit filed by Lt. Alfred E. Bucco from the South Kingstown Police Department in Rhode Island shows that authorities believe "evidence relating to the crime of RIGL 46-22-9.3 {Operating so as to endanger, resulting in death} will be located inside Nathan's residence."

Authorities seized Carman's modem and SIM card, as well as a letter he wrote, the nature of which was not made clear.

Back in December of 2013, Carman's maternal grandfather, real estate developer John Chakalos, was shot to death at his home in Windsor, Connecticut. His murder has not been solved.

A source close to the investigation told NBC Connecticut that Nathan Carman is being called a person of interest in the killing. At the time of the murder, he was living one town away in Bloomfield.



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<![CDATA[Taliban Watches Debate From Secret Afghanistan Location]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:58:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_743351664968.jpg

Taliban leaders were watching last night's debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from a secret location in Afghanistan, according to NBC News.

A spokesman for the group, Zabihullah Mujahid, told NBC that they were "very interested in watching," and they had hoped Afghanistan would have been a more prominent part of the debate.

He said that Trump is "non-serious," and said the candidate "[says] anything that comes to his tongue."

"There nothing of interest to us in the debate as both of them said little about Afghanistan and their future plans for the country," Mujahid added.



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<![CDATA[Mom Arrested in 2 Kids' Deaths]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:21:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pasztor+mug.jpg

Two children who were the subjects of an Indiana statewide Amber Alert Monday afternoon were found dead later that night, Elkhart police said.

Amber Pasztor, 29, of Fort Wayne, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder and is being held in Elkhart County Jail.

About 5:25 p.m. an officer walking out of the Elkhart Police Department on Marion Street, was stopped by Pasztor, the children's non-custodial mother, who was driving a vehicle matching the description of the one described in the Amber Alert, police said. Pasztor told the officer there were two dead children in the backseat of the car, police said.

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The statewide alert was issued for 7-year-old Liliana Hernandez and 6-year-old Rene Pasztor. 

The children were last seen at 6:21 a.m. ET in Fort Wayne and were believed to be "in extreme danger," police said. 

Fort Wayne is 125 miles north of Indianapolis. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Allen County Sheriff's office at (260) 449-7661. 



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<![CDATA['Toy Smuggler' Brings Smiles to Syria's Children]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:26:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/toysmuggler3-jgg-1.jpg

For children in war-torn Syria, Rami Adham is a welcome visitor. Since the beginning of the civil war, the Syrian native who lives in Finland has risked his life traveling to Syria more than two dozen times to deliver toys to children.

"I was very saddened by what was going on," Adham told NBC News. "As a Syrian, I wanted of course to do my part in helping people ... so I decided to go there myself."

According to Adham, his three-year-old daughter gave him toys before his first trip back to his homeland. From there, his charity, the Finland Syria Community Association, grew. It collects toys, sponsors orphans, and even builds schools for Syrian children.

Even with the growth of the charity, though, Adham still carries the toys himself.



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<![CDATA[Trump Didn't Talk Bill Clinton Because Chelsea in the Room]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:29:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610601852.jpg

Donald Trump told reporters after last night's debate that he held back from talking about former President Bill Clinton's private indiscretions because the former president's daughter Chelsea Clinton was present, NBC News reported.

"I'm very glad that I didn't mention, because Chelsea was in the room, indiscretions by, I didn't think would be appropriate to do even though she's taken all these ads. I thought we did very well," Trump said.

Trump's daughter Ivanka is friends with Chelsea Clinton. 

Trump's running mate Mike Pence said on the "Today" show Tuesday morning that the Republican presidential candidate showed great restraint during the debate after an "avalanche of insults" from Clinton.



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<![CDATA[Mosque, Conference Center Attacked in Germany ]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:22:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16271391188671.jpg

Two home-made bombs hit a mosque and a conference center in eastern Germany late Monday in what officials called a "xenophobic" attack, NBC News reported.

No one was injured by the blasts in Dresden, birthplace in 2014 of the anti-Islam PEGIDA movement, whose name is an acronym for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West.

The city's police chief said officials were "now in crisis mode."

"Even though there has been no claim of responsibility, we have to assume that there is a xenophobic motive," Dresden police chief Horst Kretzschmar said in a statement.

A recent government report warned that xenophobia was rising in ex-communist eastern Germany.



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<![CDATA[Clinton Wins Applause in NC for Debate Performance]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:29:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610636870.jpg

Hillary Clinton won applause from supporters in North Carolina for her performance in Monday night's debate. 

They greeted the Democratic presidential candidate with cheers on Tuesday after Clinton asked if they saw her first face-off with Republican rival Donald Trump. 

Clinton said she was happy to have the opportunity to lay out her vision for the United States. She said she has an "old-fashioned idea that if I'm asking for your vote, to actually tell you what I want to do."

Clinton also urged supporters to register to vote. She predicted record turnout in November.

Trump briefly addressed his first faceoff with Clinton during a Tuesday afternoon appearance near Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. The audience was largely Cuban-American.

Trump described the debate as "an interesting evening" and said more than 80 million people watched it. He said he tried not to think about the large television audience.

He said, "I think we did very well." He suggested he was the winner in virtually all post-debate polls. That's despite many Republican leaders and voter surveys suggesting that Clinton came out on top.

Trump called it, "a very big moment, a very important moment."



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<![CDATA[Marlins Wear No. 16 for Jose]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:31:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16270851118909.jpg

No one on the Miami Marlins will ever wear Jose Fernandez’s No. 16 again, owner Jeffrey Loria announced Monday, a day after the star pitcher was killed in a boating accident.

But that will only take effect after Monday night, when Marlins players honored Fernandez by each wearing his jersey number during their game against the Mets, in which he had been scheduled to start.

And second baseman Dee Gordon started the game with an almost unbelievable tribute to his teammate, slamming the third pitch out of the park for a lead-off home run. 

Gordon was overcome as he touched home, hugging his teammates as he walked back to the dugout.

Fernandez and two others were found dead on Sunday morning when the boat they were on, which authorities have said appeared to be traveling very fast, crashed on a jetty off Miami Beach.

That day, the Marlins held an emotional press conference where the players and coaching staff fought back tears remembering the 24-year-old ace. The team also painted his No. 16 on the pitcher's mound and placed flowers alongside the rubber.

Fernandez dazzled on the mound for Miami in his brief career and the team will recognize his achievements in Monday's game.

The Marlins canceled Sunday's game against the Braves following Fernandez's death. Barring a need for that contest in the playoff race, Miami will only play 161 games this season.

The Marlins' gesture to have every player don Fernandez's number is reminiscent of the league's annual remembrance of Jackie Robinson. Every season, every player on every team wears his No. 42 for one day in April.

Fernandez will likely go down in history as the last Marlins player to wear No. 16, besides the players wearing it in his memory. While the team has not announced the plan officially, Monday's gesture points in that direction.

The game Monday night also included a moment of silence.

It's the first time in Marlins history that an active player has died. It is a rare event in sports and one that has no playbook. Miami could opt to hold more tributes for Fernandez next season as well, including at the 2017 All-Star Game.



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