<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - National & International News]]> Copyright 2014 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 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:17:20 -0700 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:17:20 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Doc Cured of Ebola Thought He'd Die]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:50:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lauer+Brantly+Interview+090214.jpg

Dr. Kent Brantly, the American doctor who contracted Ebola while working with relief organization Samaritan's Purse in Liberia, told NBC in an exclusive interview that he felt like he was about to die when he was isolated in a Liberian hospital.

"I said to the nurse who was taking care of me, 'I'm sick. I have no reserve. And I don't know how long I can keep this up,'" the Fort Worth doctor told Matt Lauer in Asheville, North Carolina, where his family has been living in seclusion since he left an Atlanta hospital almost two weeks ago.

A portion of the interview, Brantly's first ever, was airing Tuesday on "Nightly News," and another portion will air Wednesday morning on the "Today" show. The full report will air in an hour-long NBC News primetime special on Friday.

"I said, 'I don't know how you're going to breathe for me when I quit breathing,'" Brantly recalled telling the nurse in Liberia. "'Cause that was the reality. I thought, 'I— I'm not gonna be able to continue breathing this way.' And they had no way to breathe for me if I had to quit breathing."

Brantly's wife Amber, who lived with her husband and children in Liberia, and the doctors who treated him at Emory University Hospital have also spoken with Lauer, and NBC News cameras had exclusive access to the isolation room where Brantly was treated.

Amber described to Lauer how scared she had felt when she found out her husband had contracted Ebola.

"I knew what was coming," she said. "I knew how it ends. I knew how everyone had ended up so far."

Brantly was flown out of Liberia a month ago after contracting Ebola in July. He was isolated and spent three weeks being treated at Emory University Hospital before he was declared cured and discharged on what he called "a miraculous day."

Aid worker Nancy Writebol, 59, was also flown to Emory Hospital for treatment in early August and was quietly released several days before Brantly, also cured of the potentially deadly disease.

On Tuesday, NBC News reported another American missionary doctor has tested positive for Ebola, the aid group SIM USA said. The doctor was treating obstetric patients at ELWA hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, though not in the hospital’s isolation unit, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Man, 74, Convicted of '80s Killings]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:14:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/samuellittlecourt011113.jpg

A 74-year-old man was convicted Tuesday of the serial murders of three women who were strangled to death and dumped in alleys in the Los Angeles area in the 1980s.

The third murder occurred almost exactly a quarter of a century ago today.

Samuel Little, who was in his late 40s when the crimes occurred, is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jurors deliberated for about two hours before reaching the verdict.

Semen and other DNA from the victims' clothing matched Little's DNA profile so closely that, for at least two pieces of evidence, the chance of a random match was one in 450 quintillion, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman told jurors, according to City News Service.

He was accused of murdering three women between 1987 and 1989, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

A jury of seven women and five men deliberated just two hours before finding Little guilty of the first-degree murders of Carol Alford, 41, on or about July 13, 1987; Audrey Nelson, 35, on or about Aug. 14, 1989; and Guadalupe Apodaca, 46, on or about Sept. 3, 1989.

In April 2012, LAPD detectives were notified that a DNA match was obtained identifying Little as the suspect in Nelson’s murder. DNA matches also came back on the other two victims tying Little to their murders. All three victims were strangled to death.

Little's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Michael Pentz, questioned the evidence, and challenged the prosecutor's insistence that DNA proved his client's guilt, according to CNS.

Pentz told jurors that the DNA results would show "that Mr. Little had nothing to do with the homicides."

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman said the victims were troubled and had lost their way. Drugs and prostitution made them vulnerable and easy targets for Little.

A grand jury indicted Little in April 2013 of the three murders with the special circumstance of multiple murders. Prosecutors chose not to seek the death penalty.

Little returns to court on Sept. 25 for sentencing.

<![CDATA[$1.4B Fine for Fatal 2010 Gas Blast]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:56:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/bruno5.jpg

PG&E was hit Tuesday with $1.4 billion in penalties by the California Public Utilities Commission  for safety violations related to the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno.

The new fines and penalties bring the total amount Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has been ordered to pay in the wake of the explosion -- which killed eight people and injured 66 others on Sept. 9, 2010 -- to more than $2 billion.

The CPUC said the figure reached by two administrative law judges over the San Bruno pipeline explosion reflected nearly 3,800 violations of state and federal law, regulations and standards by PG&E in the operation of its gas pipelines.

The penalty is meant to ``send a strong message to PG&E, and all other pipeline operators, that they must comply with mandated federal and state pipeline safety requirements, or face severe consequences,'' Timothy J. Sullivan, one of the two judges, wrote in the order.

The largest share -- $950 million -- of the penalty is a fine to be paid directly to the state. That amount drew objections from city officials in San Bruno, the utility and a private ratepayers-advocacy group that the overall penalty should be focused on spending for the safe operation of the aging pipeline network.

``We are accountable and fully accept that a penalty is appropriate,'' the utility said in a statement.

Asked whether PG&E would appeal, utility spokesman Greg Snapper said, ``We're reviewing the decision and believe that any penalty should go toward pipeline safety.''

The recommended penalty requires approval by members of the state utility board. PG&E and other parties in the case have 30 days to lodge an appeal.

The commission previously ordered PG&E to pay $635 million for pipeline modernization in the wake of the Sept. 9, 2010, blast in the suburb of San Francisco. The explosion destroyed more than three dozen homes and was California's deadliest utility disaster in decades.

The blast occurred when a 30-inch natural-gas transmission line installed in 1956 ruptured. At the time, survivors described the heat of the blast burning the back of their necks like a blowtorch as they ran away.

The $1.4 billion penalty also includes $400 million for pipeline improvements, and about $50 million to enhance pipeline safety. PG&E cannot recover any of the money from customers, including the earlier $635 million penalty, although a ratepayers' group called The Utility Reform Network maintained PG&E could raise rates in other rate cases to indirectly offset the penalty.

Sending $950 million to the state's general fund, with no strings attached, means it could be spent in any way the governor and Legislature see fit, said H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for the state Department of Finance.

The public utility commission staff recommended in July that the utility pay at least $300 million in fines.

San Bruno city officials were just beginning to study Tuesday's decision but on first read believed the overall judgment fell short of what was needed to ensure PG&E upgraded pipeline safety as much as necessary, city manager Connie Jackson said.

The penalty was historic in terms of financial charges levied against utilities on safety violations, said Britt Strottman, a lawyer for San Bruno. However, ``a lot of the utilities do not cause the same amount of devastation and destruction that was a result of the PG&E explosion in San Bruno,'' Strottman said.

A 2011 investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board concluded the rupture occurred in a weak weld in a pipeline that PG&E records had shown as being smooth and unwelded. Among other safety failings, PG&E let 95 minutes go by before shutting off the natural gas that was fueling the fire, the federal investigators said.

That same 2011 federal investigation also faulted what it called the California Public Utilities Commission's weak oversight of the utility, which serves customers in the northern two-thirds of California.

The San Bruno blast prompted congressional hearings on pipeline safety and recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board and other government bodies that utilities intensify their oversight of decades-old natural gas lines.

This year, federal prosecutors separately indicted PG&E on 27 counts alleging the utility violated pipeline safety requirements.

PG&E faces additional fines of more than $1 billion if convicted of the federal charges, which are separate from the state financial penalties. PG&E has pleaded not guilty to the counts.

Separately, PG&E was hit with about 160 lawsuits from people who lost family members, suffered injuries or had property damage.   


Bay City News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Spreading HIV Must Stay Off Grindr]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:04:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/thomas+guerra+0902.jpg

A man accused of knowingly spreading HIV has been ordered by a judge to stay off dating sites, specifically the gay dating app Grindr.

Thomas Guerra, 29, has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor health and safety violation. The Imperial Beach man is accused of giving HIV to an ex-boyfriend after assuring the man he was HIV-negative.

Guerra stood silently behind his attorney in court on Tuesday as prosecutors filed an amended complaint, naming the communicable disease Guerra is accused of transmitting as HIV. 

The judge denied prosecutors' request to increase bail from $2,500 to $50,000, citing he had seen no evidence of additional victims or current online dating activity. However, the judge agreed to bar Guerra from using all dating websites, including Grindr.

According to court documents, Guerra assured the victim he was HIV-negative when they started dating in April 2013.

Guerra said he didn’t know about his infection when his partner contracted the virus, but the victim said he found text messages, videos and emails that proved Guerra knew he had had HIV since 2007.

Another man who said he had been a former partner of Guerra’s told NBC 7 that Guerra would tell people he was HIV-negative, have sex with them and then brag about it.

Guerra faces a $1,000 fine and six months in jail if convicted. More charges could be filed against him as the investigation continues, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

Another readiness hearing is scheduled for Oct. 16. A jury trial is set to begin Nov. 13.

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<![CDATA[Judge Censured for Sex in Chambers]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:26:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/court-shutterstock_811910149.jpg

A Southern California judge has been censured for a string of improprieties, including sexual activity in his Orange County Superior Court chambers.

The report, issued by the Commission on Judicial Performance, also says Judge Scott Steiner contacted attorneys in the district attorney’s office about possible jobs for a woman with whom he was having an affair and that he failed to recuse himself from a case that involved a very close friend.

Steiner will remain on the bench despite the censure.

The state agency that oversees investigations into allegations of judicial misconduct found “engaging in sexual intercourse in the courthouse is the height of irresponsible and improper behavior by a judge. It reflects an utter disrespect for the dignity and decorum of the court, and is seriously at odds with a judge’s duty to avoid conduct that tarnishes the esteem of the judicial office in the public’s eye."

The commission said in a statement that while each of the improprietes alone would not be enough for a censure, together they form a serious enough breach that the punishment is appropriate.

Following 11 years as a deputy district attorney in Orange County, Steiner was appointed to the bench in 2010. Steiner is also a frequent guest lecturer at University of California, Irvine, according to the school website.

Steiner’s attorney, Paul S. Meyer, issued a written statement Tuesday after the report was issued.

“Judge Steiner cooperated fully in the investigation. He apologizes and appreciates the Commission’s thorough review and fair findings in this matter.”

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<![CDATA[Rabid Bobcat Attacks People, Dogs in Connecticut: Officials]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:00:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/9114+bobcat+Edited.jpg

A bobcat that state officials believe attacked several people and dogs in Connecticut over the weekend was rabid, officials said on Tuesday.

The animal was captured and euthanized shortly after a man fought back to protect his family during a weekend encounter. It was one of several attacks state environmental officials believe the animal was responsible for, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Summer and Tom Berube were out for a walk with their newborn daughter, Neeve, the area of Norwich Avenue and Waterman Road in Lebanon around 7 p.m. on Sunday when the bobcat approached Tom, who was carrying the baby in a sling, Summer Berube said.

“It started running toward me. It made like a hissing noise. I stomped my foot, but it didn't do anything," Tom Berube said.

Tom grabbed a mailbox from the side of the road swung at the bobcat when it jumped at him, hitting the animal in the head and knocking it to the ground, the couple recalled. It then "did a quick flip over on the ground, got back up, did another hiss," according to Tom Berube.

"I was just screaming at the top of my lungs for help," Summer Berube said.

The animal kept circling, so Summer flagged down the driver of a truck passing by and they called the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Environmental Conservation Police were already nearby because the bobcat had attacked a woman in Bozrah the day before.

EnCon police said she was feeding her chickens on Stanton Hill Road on Saturday when the bobcat scratched and bit her. The woman's husband and two sons hit the animal until it ran away, at which point the woman was taken to William W. Backus Hospital for treatment.

Soon after, police received the report of a third attack and found the bobcat stalking dogs nearby.

“Finally, they were able to make contact with the bobcat and had put it down with gunshot," said EnCon Officer Steve Stanko. 

The Berubes said they are shaken but thankful that the latest family walk was far less eventful.

"Going forward, if I ever see a bobcat, I'm waving down someone immediately to get in their car," said Summer Berube.

The DEEP has just received federal funding to better understand the state's bobcat population.

Anyone who sees an animal behaving unusually is asked to call the DEEP's 24-hour dispatch line at 860-424-3333.

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<![CDATA[Flight Diverted Over Seat Tiff]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:13:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Delta-Plane-Generic.jpg

A flight from LaGuardia International Airport to Palm Beach International Airport had to divert after a pair of passengers got into a fight over a reclining seat, according to published reports.

Delta airlines told NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach that Flight 2370 landed in Jacksonville, Florida, “due to safety reasons in regard to a passenger issue.”

A witness on the plane told WPTV that a woman who was knitting tried to recline her seat, angering a woman who was trying to sleep on the tray table.

The two argued, with the woman who was trying to sleep getting angry and cursing. A flight attendant came over, the witness said, and she demanded that the flight land at the nearest airport.

"She said something to the fact that 'I don't care about the consequences, put this plane down now,'" he said.

The passenger was escorted off the plane by police when it landed at Jacksonville International Airport, WPTV reports. The rest of the passengers then continued on to Palm Beach.

It's the third time recently that authorities said a flight was diverted because of an argument over reclining seats.

On Aug. 24, a flight from Newark was diverted when passengers got into an dispute after one passenger attached a clip to a tray table that prevented the person in front from reclining, officials have said.

Days later, a flight from Miami to Paris stopped in Boston after a man allegedly grabbed a flight crew member after becoming angry about the reclined seat in front of him.

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<![CDATA[CEO Accused of Abusing Dog Resigns]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:26:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/des+hague+dog+abuse.jpg

The CEO of Stamford-based catering company Centerplate has resigned after he was caught on surveillance video abusing a Doberman puppy in an elevator.

Canadian television network Global News obtained the video, which shows Desmond Hague, who was staying at a hotel in Vancouver, kicking the dog, then snapping its leash.

At one point, the video shoes him jerking so hard that he lifts the puppy off the ground by its neck. Then he leaves the elevator, dragging the dog behind him.

Hague has resigned from Centerplate, according to a statement from the company on Tuesday. 

Chris Verros has been appointed acting president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

“We want to reiterate that we do not condone nor would we ever overlook the abuse of animals,” Joe O’Donnell, chairman of the board of directors for Centerplate, said in a statement. “Following an extended review of the incident involving Mr. Hague, I’d like to apologize for the distress that this situation has caused to so many; but also thank our employees, clients and guests who expressed their feelings about this incident. Their voices helped us to frame our deliberations during this very unusual and unfortunate set of circumstances.”

Global News reports that the local SPCA got ahold of the video and is actively investigating. The officers reportedly found the dog in a crate surrounded by its own urine.

"I take full responsibility for my actions," Hague said in a statement to Global News. "This incident is completely and utterly out of character and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed."

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<![CDATA[7-Year-Old Boy Struck in Chest During Target Practice]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:49:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/edt-target.jpg

A 7-year-old boy from the Bay Area was flown to the hospital after he was injured while target practicing with a .22-caliber rifle as his father stood nearby.

But the San Mateo County boy was released from UC Davis on Sunday - the day after the injury - according to El Dorado County Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Felton, who spoke to NBC Bay Area by phone on Tuesday.

Felton declined to say what city the boy lived in, or release many other details, including exactly how the boy received his chest injury. "The detectives just got the case,'' he said. "We don't know if it was a bullet fragment, or a piece of the target, or anything else."

The boy was wounded Saturday while out shooting with his dad at the wooded family property on Bottle Hill Road in Georgetown, near Auburn. At some point, the sheriff's department said the boy began to complain of chest pain. When his dad went to check, he saw his son had a hole in his T-shirt, the sheriff's department said, and he was bleeding.

"The parents were watching," Lt. Tim Becker told NBC affiliate KCRA in Sacramento. "His dad was right there."

Becker did not state who fired the bullet that struck the boy. Sources told KCRA it seemed like pieces of a bullet apparently ricocheted into his chest, but Felton did not confirm that. He added it was possible the sharp object that pierced the boy's chest was something altogether.

The boy's injury comes a week after another high-profile shooting involving a young child. On Aug. 25, a 9-year-old girl at a shooting range outside Las Vegas accidentally killed her instructor when she lost control of the Uzi he was showing her how to use. The sheriff in that case said no citations would be issued and no charges would be filed  because the shooting range is a licensed, legal operation.

The girl's accidental shooting reignited a debate for some about how old people should be when they pick up a firearm.

There are laws on the books that already dictate that.

In California, minors are allowed to use handguns or live ammunition, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian and the child is "actively engaged in a lawful recreational sporting, ranching or hunting activity." The Attorney General's Office states it's even OK if the minor has written consent from an adult. Federal law states people can possess a handgun if they are younger than 18, as long as they are using the weapon for recreational shooting or target practice.

California, however, is one of 29 states that also has "child access prevention laws," where laws impose possible criminal liability on adults who give children unsupervised access to firearms, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 

There are 21 states, including Arizona, that have no laws restricting the access of guns to minors under 18, as long as there is adult supervision. And 14 states prohibit someone from "intentionally, knowingly, and/or recklessly providing some or all firearms to children," the center reports.

In both the Arizona and California, the children were supervised by either a guardian or a parent.

In El Dorado County, sheriff's deputies received a call from Cal-Fire that the boy had been injured while shooting targets at a range the family had constructed on their wooded property.

He and his dad were shooting targets positioned about 40 yards away, the sheriff's department said in a statement. Many relatives were watching father and son. The boy had a single shot .22 caliber bolt action youth rifle, and his father was shooting a "larger caliber rifle," the sheriff's statement said. There is no law that prohibits children from target practice, Felton said.

When the father saw his son bleeding from the chest, he immediately took his son to the Georgetown fire station, were he was picked up by a helicopter and transported to UC Davis Medical Center near Sacramento, the sheriff said.

Becker said that "preliminarily the deputies that went out there said that the guns weren't being pointed at anybody. There was plenty of supervision there. They had a pretty good range set up."

Still, Becker said that while it all looked "relatively safe, firearms are tools, just like any tools. People get hurt by tools and accidents happen."

NBC Bay Area's Shelby Hansen and Kinsey Kirakos contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Apple Investigating Hack: Reports]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:25:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tlmd_a_mal_vestidos_jennifer_lawrence_portada.jpg

Apple said it was “actively investigating” the violation of several of its iCloud accounts, in which revealing photos and videos of prominent Hollywood actresses were taken and posted online.

“We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris told Recode. A similar statement was given to Mashable and NBC News. An Apple spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment to NBC Bay Area on Monday, either by phone or email.

The FBI also told NBC News that the agency was "aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter."

On Sunday night, images of many high profile stars, some real, some said to be fakes, are said to have been taken from the iCloud accounts of several celebrities, such as actress Jennifer Lawrence and about a dozen others.

Someone then posted them to the Web image-sharing community 4Chan and have since spread across the Web, showing up on social media sites like Twitter, Reddit and elsewhere. The Independent reported that anonymous users on 4Chan claimed to have taken them from iCloud, which automatically stores photos, emails and contacts, allowing users to sync this data between devices.

Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice, who was another victim of the online hacking, tweeted that her nude photo was not real.

"These so called nudes of me are FAKE people," she tweeted. "Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*"

Apple has not revealed how the accounts were hacked into.

Some experts, such as Mandiant, who spoke to Recode said according to what they've seen, it appears to have been was a fairly straightforward attack. The Independent noted that while Apple’s encryption on the data itself is considered robust, access could have been gained by guessing users' passwords or simply resetting their accounts by finding their email address and then answering traditional ‘security questions’.

And while there’s no direct evidence tying the program to the attack, Recode notes the timing of the hacking coincides with a talk given by security researchers on the subject of security on iCloud. A program called iBrute was created by security researchers in Russia as a proof of concept and demonstrated as part of a talk a security conference in St. Petersburg earlier this month.

In 2005, Paris Hilton was the target of a hacking attack in which pictures and text messages from her Sidekick smart phone were pilfered from a cloud storage account. A group of young men were prosecuted over that incident and another attack against the database giant LexisNexis, and most of them served time in federal prison or juvenile detention.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA[Woman Arrested After Baby, Drugs Found in Hot Car: Cops]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:00:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mom+accused+child+hot+car.jpg

A Long Island woman was arrested after she was allegedly found sitting in a parked car half-conscious with several bags of heroin and a baby sweating profusely in the back seat.

Officers found the 28-year-old woman slumped over in a Dodge parked in a lot off the Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown at about 2:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

The infant was moving around in a seat in the back of the car, which police say was locked and had its windows rolled up.

Officers say they knocked on the window until the woman got out. She was then placed under arrest. Police say they found a hypodermic needle and three bags of heroin.

The infant was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion and was held overnight for observation.

The woman was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of reckless endangerment.

She also faces criminal contempt charges because she allegedly violated a court order barring her from being with the child alone or possessing drugs.

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<![CDATA[AA Flight From LA to DFW Lands Due to Cracked Windshield]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:25:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/AA2488+cracked+windshield.jpg

An American Airlines flight headed for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Monday immediately returned to Los Angeles International Airport after the cockpit windshield cracked.

Flight 2448 landed at LAX without incident and passengers boarded another plane for the trip to DFW.

The flight landed about 9:15 p.m., several hours later than originally planned.

"We were flying for about 20 minutes, and we just heard an announcement that the windshield cracked. The captain said in all his years of flying, he had never seen anything like it and that the safest thing to do was to turn around and go back to L.A.," said passenger Mark Denesuk.

A photo from passenger Glenn Kagan showed a series of cracks that covered the entire left side of the windshield in the cockpit of the Boeing 757.

"The captain and the crew were incredible. They were absolutely calm at all times. Never raised their voice. Never put fear in anybody. And the old adage is true, calm is contagious," said passenger Arthur Underman.

American Airlines spokesman Paul Flanagan said there were no injuries and the cause of the damage wasn't immediately known.

Photo Credit: Glenn Kagan]]>
<![CDATA[LA Mayor Reveals Min. Wage Hike]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:40:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/211*120/garcetti+immigration+web.PNG

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a proposal to raise the city's minimum wage to $13.25 an hour and "restore dignity for all Angelenos" when he attended a Labor Day rally Monday in South Los Angeles.

Garcetti has been shopping a plan to business groups to raise the  minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017. The wage would go up by $1.25 the first year,  and $1.50 each of the following two years, after which it would be pegged to  the cost of living.

The minimum hourly wage in California is $9 and set to go up to $10 in  2016.

Los Angeles would be joining cities like New York, Chicago, San  Francisco and Oakland where minimum wage increases are being considered,  according to the National Employment Law Project, a group that advocates for  minimum wage increases. Seattle recently approved a measure to increase the minimum hourly wage  to $15 by 2017, while San Diego approved a wage that would rise to $11.50 an  hour by 2017.

The $13.25 per hour minimum wage that is expected to be pushed by  Garcetti would be among the highest in the nation, the group said.

The anticipated $13.25 proposal would still be less than the $15 minimum  hourly wage that is on the November ballot in San Francisco. The business and  labor community there agreed to put the issue to the voters, the group said.

Los Angeles business leaders voiced concern last week over the plan, but two major business groups have not taken official stances on the issue. Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce  Association, said the group's board members will listen to Garcetti's proposal before taking a position.

Waldman said last week the proposal would hurt some businesses and could  result in job loss.

Gary Toebben, president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce,  said the feedback from members has "largely been one of concern about what  impact this will have on small businesses and nonprofits." Toebben said earlier that the recently instituted statewide hike of the  minimum wage to $9 and ultimately to $10 "will have less of an impact" than a  hike for an individual city.

The mayor's office would not confirm the specifics of the proposal, but  mayoral aide Jeff Millman issued a statement saying officials have been meeting  with business leaders, as well as "labor, community and faith leaders" to  talk about "ways to help L.A. families and our economy thrive."

<![CDATA[Stranger Tries to Strangle Great-Grandma on Stoop: NYPD]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:17:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/elderly+woman+attacked+hoodie.jpg

Police are investigating after a stranger allegedly approached an elderly woman sitting on the front stoop of her Brooklyn home, threw her to the ground and tried to strangle her with his sweatshirt, police say. 

The 88-year-old victim, Barije Mati, was sitting in a lawn chair in front of her Kensington home on Saturday afternoon when the suspect approached her and tried talking to her, her son Luftim Mati told reporters Monday. 

"She got up, she got scared. She grabs the chair and tried to take the chair home," Mati said. "Next thing, he grabs the chair from her and throws it on the floor." 

As the elderly woman went to go back into her building, the suspect pushed her up the steps and onto the landing leading to the apartments on the first floor, according to her son, who is also the building superintendent.

Once on the landing, the suspect allegedly grabbed the woman and pushed her back into her apartment, where the door was open.

Barije Mati's daughter-in-law heard her screaming from next door, rushed to the apartment and found the suspect on top of the woman, allegedly trying to choke her with a red hooded sweatshirt, her son and police said. 

"She screams, 'What are you doing?' and starts hitting him with the broomstick," said Mati, and the suspect took off.

Barije was treated for bruises and released from Maimonides Hospital. She said in her native Albanian that she's shocked and scared, and that she "can't stand still, she's so frightened," according to her son, who translated for her. 

"She didn't come out all day," said Mati, who sat with his mother in their lawn chairs in front of their home Monday evening. "Now she came out because she saw me."

The great-grandmother was in tears as she said to her son, "Why did it happen to me?"

The victim said that if her daughter-in-law did not come, "she would have been dead," said Mati.

Police said the woman did not know her alleged attacker. Nothing was stolen from her, and a motive remains unclear. 

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

-- Checkey Beckford contributed to this report 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

<![CDATA[Teen Collapses, Dies During Football Practice]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:49:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/miles+kirkland+staten+island+advance.jpg

A Staten Island teenager died after collapsing during varsity football practice Monday morning, officials say. 

Miles Kirkland, a 16-year-old junior at Curtis High School, collapsed during practice and was pronounced dead at Richmond University Medical Center, the FDNY said. 

Teammate Marcus Haskell said Kirkland was going for water and "he just collapsed."

Amad Anderson, another teammate, said, "We don't know what happened but he just fell. I think he was overheated, probably." 

The medical examiner's office will determine how he died.

In a statement, schools chancellor Carmen Farina said, "I am deeply saddened to learn of this tragic loss and my heart goes out to the family. We will be supporting the school community as we investigate the matter."

Curtis Athletic Director Eric Ritzer told the Staten Island Advance, "As you can imagine it was a very emotional scene. Most of the team, if not all of the team, was there. All of us are trying to fathom what just happened." 

Kirkland, who was 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 295 pounds, played as an offensive and defensive lineman, according to a scouting report for the upcoming season obtained by the newspaper.  

"He really loved the game," said Haskell. 

Kirkland's mother was "taking it very, very hard," according to the boy's grandmother Florence McNatt. "She has not stopped crying."

The Public School Athletic League requires all exercise to stop if the temperature reaches 85 degrees and the humidity reaches 80 percent, according to the Advance. It was about 78 degrees with 75 percent humidity at about 10 a.m. on Staten Island, the paper reported. 

In 2012, Staten Island teen Nicholas Dellaventura died after a voluntary football practice at his school St. Joseph-by-the-Sea. 

Anderson said players at Curtis High School get plenty of breaks and water. 

"We always have the hose running. Since there were past incidents with football players, we get a lot of water breaks now," he said. 

Grief counselors were on hand at the school Tuesday, which officially opens for the new academic year on Thursday. Classmates and friends set up a memorial with candles for Kirland.

"I've been crying all day, ever since I found out," said senior Shanice Sky. 

At Tuesday's meeting, the coach told the team to play in Kirkland's honor. 

"He said this season's gotta be for Miles, and we gotta work hard now," said Anderson. "He's watching above us and we gotta go to work." 

-- Rob Schmitt contributed to this report. 

Photo Credit: Staten Island Advance]]>
<![CDATA[Advocates to Monitor Arrest of 49er]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:26:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/221*120/MCDONALD_leaves_jail.jpg

Domestic violence advocates said they plan to closely watch how San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald's case plays out in court, and how the National Football League will respond if the player is found guilty to a charge of felony domestic violence.

McDonald, 29, was taken into custody early Sunday after officers responded to a domestic violence incident at a home in an upscale neighborhood at the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive, according to San Jose police. He faces a felony charge of domestic violence.

"I'm very disappointed, especially after two or three days ago the announcement from the NFL that this would not be tolerated," said Kathleen Krenek, a domestic violence advocate.

Krenek is the executive director of Next Door Solutions for Domestic Violence and has worked with victims of domestic violence for 30 years. She was shocked it took only three days for a player to be arrested on charges of domestic violence after the NFL rolled out stiffer punishments for the crime.

The change comes after outrage over the light punishment given to Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice, who was caught on tape beating his then-fiance. Rice received a two-game suspension from the league.

"They came out with a strong message a little bit late," Krenek said of the NFL. "But they did come out with a strong message. Now they need to follow it up."

NFL players will be subject to a six-week game suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second, according to the new rules.

"This is your opportunity to say this is not acceptable, we don't accept it, we don't condone it, and we are asking all men to think differently if they are hurting their partner," Krenek said.

Meanwhile, McDonald is out of custody after posting $25,000 bail.

So far, McDonald is not saying much about the incident.

"It's a crazy situation," McDonald said Sunday as he walked out of the jail less than 10 hours after his arrest.

McDonald's alleged victim may have been pregnant, sources told NBC Bay Area's Damian Trujillo.

He was apparently involved in an altercation with his fiancee, who had bruises on her arms and neck, according to the Sacramento Bee. 49ers teammates Vernon Davis and Demarcus Dobbs were also reportedly present, the Bee reported.

But McDonald maintained his innocence.

"The truth will come out," he said. "Everybody knows what kind of person I am."

McDonald is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 15.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA[OC Urged to Prepare for Disaster]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:38:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/emergency_preparedness.jpg

Orange County residents were urged to prepare for emergencies and disasters less than a week after Time magazine ranked the county as the second-most dangerous area in the United States when it comes to natural disasters.

September kicks off National Emergency Preparedness Month, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was calling on residents to be prepared since authorities wouldn’t be able to respond quickly to every emergency call.

“Getting to every person quickly following an emergency will simply not be possible -- especially if trees and power lines are down,” Lt. Jeff Hallock said in a statement. “The more people who are prepared for a disaster, the quicker the community will recover afterwards.”

The statement comes only a few days after Time magazine released “The Answers Issue,” which ranked more than 3,000 counties on safety from a natural disaster. Orange County was ranked No. 2 on the “Most Dangerous Counties” list.

Hallock said Monday that he was in the process of contacting the editor of the Time piece to discuss what he felt was "inaccurate methodology" used in the report's findings.

"I just think we have a responsibility to the people of Orange" to not give them a false sense of how dangerous the county is, Hallock said.

Time explains on their website how they came up with the ranking, using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as their source of information.

“We tallied up every event in the contiguous United States that has caused death, property damage, injuries or crop damage in each county. Then we created a metric, called the disaster index, that is based on the average of each county’s events plus the events of its neighboring counties.

“For example, California’s Orange County’s disaster index is the sum of its events (120) and all its neighbors events (754) divided by the count of neighboring counties plus one (5). This gives Orange County a safety index of 174.8,” according to the website.

Back in Orange County, residents were told to follow simple steps to be prepared in the event of a disaster, including making a kit and making an emergency plan.

<![CDATA[Drone Captures Apple's New Campus]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:28:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/apple8.jpg

It looks like Stonehenge. A doughnut. A giant sand castle.

Those were just some of the comments a new drone video taken with a GoPro camera of the futuristic Apple Campus 2 was garnering after the eight-minute raw piece was posted to YouTube.

As of Monday, the aerial image of the campus under construction in Cupertino on Tantau Avenue had more than 1.3 million views and 500 comments. "Wow, this looks huge," Dustin W. Stout wrote in the comments section of the video. "I've seen mockups previously of what the site is going to look like, but seeing it like this will all the homes in close proximity gives a perfect idea of just how massive the construction site is."

That's what Jason McMinn, co-founder of LocusLabs,  wanted to find out when he set off his GoPro camera attached to a drone on Aug. 24. The 43-year-old techie told NBC Bay Area on Monday that he loves "artsy stuff and architecture" and was curious to see how the campus was shaping up.

"I've been watching it all unfold since the beginning," McMinn said, noting that the late Steve Jobs introduced this campus plan in 2006. "I'm a huge Apple fan."

His DJI Phantom 2 drone captured clear images of the circular site in Cupertino, revealing the silver tops of roofs and dry, tan dirt. He said he was especially pleased, since an earlier video he made of Oracle headquarters in Redwood City was very windy when he set his camera up in the sky.

McMinn said his remotely controlled quadcopter remained under 400 feet, per Federal Aviation Administration regulations, and did not enter any airport no-fly zones. Although the site is private property, airspace above 83 feet is not, according to a 1946 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, NBC News noted. The FAA allows for hobbyists to fly drones no higher than 400 feet.

Since the Campus 2 construction site in Cupertino, one mile from the official Apple headquarters, is fenced off, it’s hard for anyone to get a ground-level peek of construction.

Still, images have been taken. Even by air.

NBC Bay Area's chopper flew over the Spaceship in May, as did a drone camera owned by Dana Diederich, who lives in Mountain View and was feeling "contrarian" because of all the extra traffic caused by the campus construction. He went around the "armed guards" on campus, he said, to "see what they were doing" from the sky.

Another set of aerial photos were posted in July.

Apple, which had no immediate comment on the drone video, has said construction is expected to be completed in 2016.

Campus 2 will be home to more than 12,000 employees and an environmentally friendly complex with 7,000 trees, drought tolerant plants and about 80 percent of open space.

Photo Credit: Screengrab from YouTube of Apple Campus 2 posted by jmcminn]]>
<![CDATA[Car into Bay Near SD Yacht Club]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:37:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Driver-Car-Yacht-Club.jpg

Moments after a car landed in the water near the San Diego Yacht Club, the driver walked away from the vehicle saying he “was going for a swim,” according to a witness.

Harbor Police and San Diego Fire-Rescue responded to Anchorage Lane near Shelter Island Drive around 3 a.m. Monday after someone reported a vehicle submerged in the water.

Skip Rickon was watching “Dateline” on his boat near the San Diego Yacht Club when he felt a big rumble and heard a big splash. He wasn’t prepared for what he saw next.

“That was shocking to watch a car go down like that,” Rickon said.

A vehicle he described as a Lexus SUV was in the water about 15 feet from the dock for only approximately 30 to 45 seconds.

“All of a sudden it just went down,” Rickon said.

Not knowing if there was a driver inside, he considered jumping in but was concerned about getting sucked under by the force of the vehicle being submerged.

“I had heard these things will suck you down if you get in the water next to it,” he explained.

While calling 911 for help, he and his girlfriend spotted the driver walking down the dock. That’s when they say the driver told them he “was going for a swim,” Rickon said.

No damage was done to the ramp or boats docked there.

“He did a good job driving in there without damaging anything,” Rickon said.

Divers went into the vehicle to check for any other victims and found no one inside.

Harbor Police say they are investigating how the car landed in the bay.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Man Killed in NYC Home Invasion]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:31:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/si+home+invasion.jpg

A 67-year-old man was stabbed to death and his wife was injured after the couple came upon a burglary at their Staten Island home, police say.

Authorities responded to a call of an assault in progress at a home in Woodrow Sunday night and discovered 67-year-old Peter Gialuisi with stab wounds to his face and hand and his 66-year-old wife with stab wounds to her head, neck and back.

The two were rushed to a nearby hospital, where Gialuisi was later pronounced dead. His wife is recovering and was listed in stable condition Monday, officials said.

Police said the couple was attacked after they returned home and discovered the burglar in the house.

Relatives told NBC 4 New York that Gialuisi and his wife Vincenza were at their son's house in New Jersey celebrating a birthday before coming home to find the burglar.

A 20-year-old suspect was arrested in the deadly attack Monday. Police said Dante Viggiano, of Staten Island, was charged with murder, attempted murder, burglary, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief. 

Viggiano was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Gialuisi's brother-in-law Angelo Gallo, who lives in the back unit of the couple's home, had returned with them from New Jersey and was still in the garage when he heard the screams. He said Tuesday Viggiano wasn't known to the family. 

"We never knew this guy," he said. "We don't deal with these people." 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

<![CDATA[Cousin Charged in Death of Girl, 5]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:46:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Angel-Lizandro-Sanches-Zenteno.jpg

Dallas police have arrested and charged a family member with capital murder in the killing of a young girl found dead inside a vacant apartment Sunday afternoon.

The body of 5-year-old Kathrine Alejandra Gonzalez was discovered inside an empty, ground-floor apartment at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sontera Palms Apartments in northeast Dallas, police said.

On Monday, police said Gonzalez's cousin, 17-year-old Angel Lizandro Sanches-Zenteno, has been arrested and charged with capital murder in connection with the girl's death.

Gonzalez had been playing outside of her aunt and uncles apartment with her sisters when she disappeared. She, along with her brothers and sisters, were being watched by their aunt and uncle while her parents were at work.

Police said as soon as neighbors in the community realized the girl was missing, many of them were quick to assist in the search for the missing girl — even before police were called at about 11:30 a.m.  After officers arrived, many of the residents allowed officers to search their homes and cars for the missing child.

When police arrived, maintenance workers informed them there were a large number of vacant apartments at Sontera Palms. After obtaining a key, officers began what they described as a systematic search of all vacant units.  Officers eventually discovered the girl’s body inside a unit at the back of the complex, next door to Sanches-Zenteno's apartment.

Police said Monday that the Dallas County medical examiner said preliminary results of the autopsy indicate the girl's cause of death was strangulation.

A witness told police that he saw the girl walking with a person at about noon and that he had seen them together before the girl disappeared. That person in question, along with a number of other people, were taken to Dallas Police Headquarters for questioning.

The investigation into the girl's death is ongoing. The Dallas Police Department asked for anyone with information on this offense to contact detectives at 214-275-1300.

Sanches-Zenteno is being held in the Dallas jail with no bond. Jail records did not list an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Gunmen Force Workers Into Fridge]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:49:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/red+lobster+kendall.jpg

A pair of masked gunmen stormed a Red Lobster in Kendall, Florida, and closed several employees in a restaurant refrigerator before taking off with $500 cash.

Workers at the Red Lobster at 11550 Kendall Drive were closing up the restaurant around just before midnight on Sunday when police say two armed men, their faces covered with either shirts or skullies, walked through the front door.

The men ordered the employees to surrender their cell phones, then pistol-whipped shift manager Edith Olivares, 52, and demanded she open the restaurant's safe, according to police.

The masked men also kicked 24-year-old bartender Leron Reid several times, then forced the employees into the store's refrigerator and made off with the cash, police said.

Once the coast was clear, employees were able to open the refrigerator door and call police.

While Olivares sustained several lacerations to the head, she will recover.

Red Lobster's general manager Neil Anderson said he and his employees are grateful no one was killed in the robbery and called the robbers "cowards."

"They're cowards. It's really cowardly to hit a 52-year-old lady with a pistol," he said. "She's a valued employee. A fantastic employee."

“Our thoughts are with the employees who were impacted by this terrible crime. Their recovery, the safety of our Kendall team and local guests is our No. 1 priority," a Red Lobster spokeswoman said in a statement. "We have taken steps to increase security presence at this location and we are actively partnering with the police on their investigation."

In the meantime, the Kendall Red Lobster is back open for business.

Now police need the public's help in identifying the armed robbers. They are described as one man with a thin build and another with a heavy build, both in their 30s, between 5 feet 8 inches and and 5 feet 10 inches tall.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS(8477).

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<![CDATA[Hiker Killed by Boulder in Md.]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:46:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/210*120/2014-09-01_1140.png

A hiker on Hermit Island in the Potomac River died Sunday after he was pinned under a large boulder, emergency officials said.

Rian Avarham Khalder, 25, had been hiking with his 14-year-old brother along the Potomac on the island near the Angler Inn boat ramp when he began to climb an area of rocks.

Some of the rocks gave way, Khalder fell and a large boulder came down on him, police said.

Montgomery County emergency services mounted a "technical rescue," including swift water boat teams. The rescue was made even more difficult as a line of severe storms moved through the area, forcing rescuers to shelter in place and wait for the storms to pass.

Khalder of Silver Spring, Maryland, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington for more on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Man Stabbed Mom to Death in NJ: PD]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:33:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ho+ho+kus+murder.jpg

Murder charges have been filed against a 24-year-old New Jersey man accused of stabbing and beating his mother to death.

Bail for Nicholas Piotti was set at $2 million. Prosecutors say he allegedly beat and stabbed his 63-year-old mother, Karen Piotti, killing her inside the home they shared in Ho-Ho-Kus. Her body was found early Monday.

Piotti was taken into police custody and was being evaluated at Bergen County Medical Center. Authorities say he had no "physical issues." 

Neighbors said the news has devastated those who knew the family.

"I only heard nice things about Nicholas," said Donna Cioffi. "I used to see him skateboarding up and down Powderhorn Road, like any other teenager would do. I never had any issues with him."

"It's just devastating to a hear a 24-year-old can take his mother's life," she said. "No matter what the situation or circumstance is, you have to believe there's something very wrong behind that. It's very, very unnerving."

Gerry Pearce said the death of Karen Piotti was incomprehensible.

"This neighborhood is unbelievably nice, quiet," he said. "You never hear anything like this happen here."  

<![CDATA[Market Basket CEO Visits Workers]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:21:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Arthur+T+Demoulas.jpg

Market Basket's newly reinstated CEO Arthur T. Demoulas told workers at a Chelsea, Massachusetts, supermarket that he is "forever grateful" Monday, days after he returned to helm the grocery chain following months of worker protests and boycotts triggered by his June ouster.

The man better known to supporters as Artie T. gave workers in Chelsea a lift as they restocked the store. He said the priority now, days after his $1.5 billion deal to buy the company, is to restore stores to customers' expectations, after months hampered by walkouts and empty shelves.

Demoulas reiterated his gratitude to the workers whose pressure helped return him to the helm, and said he is able to connect with his staff of 25,000 through hands-on experience and working together.

"We try to be good to one another and help each other out," Demoulas told workers. "We certainly saw that in the past six or seven weeks.

"I'll be forever grateful," he added.

Demoulas said his first order of business would be to say "thank you, millions of times over."

The turmoil that has roiled Market Basket all summer culminated late last week in Demoulas' deal to buy a majority stake in the company and in his return as CEO, to roars of support from the workers whose intense pressure, protests and walkouts had helped ensure it.

"I love you all," the told them Friday, just after the board controlled by a rival cousin accepted his $1.5 billion bid for a majority stake Thursday night.

Arthur T. had been ousted as CEO back in June by allies of his rival cousin Arthur S. Demoulas, sparking the two-month dispute, in which employee protests and customer boycotts left many stores and shelves empty.

When news broke that he had regained control of the company, hundreds of supporters gathered Friday at company headquarters in Tewksbury, where he spoke to them.

"I've always believed that we are born into this world at a certain time and a certain place to be with certain people for a reason and a purpose," he told the crowd there. "Everyone has a destiny, and because of you, I stand here with a renewed vigor and a sense of purpose."

The restoration of some Market Basket stores could take several weeks, Arthur T. told reporters Friday, but employees have been working around the clock since his reinstatement to restock empty shelves and reestablish ties with vendors.

Customers were found last week ready to shop once again.

“People are bringing in champagne bottles. Customers are bringing in balloons and donuts and food. It’s great. It's a great feeling,” Tewksbury store manager Mike Riley said.

"It's just a good feeling," said customer Cindy Stamp, whose son works in a Market Basket warehouse. "It's about food, but it's really not. It's about what he does for all our children and people that need jobs. I mean, that to me is the biggest. My son makes a living. Do you believe that? A living off of working in a warehouse. Who can say that?"

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<![CDATA[2 Killed in Small Plane Crash in NH]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:41:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/North+Hampton+Crash+4.jpg

Correction: In an earlier report, NECN stated that the FAA had confirmed the plane's tail number. This information actually came from NTSB.

A plane has crashed in North Hampton, New Hampshire, killing the pilot and his passenger.

Officials say the plane stopped only to refuel. It had taken off originally from a private airstrip in Kingston, New Hampshire.

Police in Kingston confirmed Monday that David Ingalls, 77, a resident of that town, was operating the plane when it crashed at Hampton Airfield around 10:50 a.m. Ingalls was an Air Force Veteran and retired TWA pilot who for 30 years was on the town of Kingston Conservation Commission.

The Cessna 180 is registered to Ingalls, according to the Federal Aviation Administration's online database.

Tuesday, North Hampton Police confirmed the identity of the passenger as 62-year-old Bruce Anderson.

"When I flew with Dave, he checked that little Cessna over as though it were a 747. He checked every screw on that plane before it went up and I felt very comfortable with him," said Evelyn Nathan, chair of the Kingston Conservation Commission.

Witnesses told officials that the plane was trying to take off. It appeared to be moving normally until the nose of the plane pitched upward. They say the aircraft lost speed and dropped from the sky.

"This was just a transient pilot that came in got gas came back out and had a really, really unfortunate accident. And everyone here is in an absolute state of shock and mourning," said witness and pilot Dana Thurston.

New Hampshire State Police responded to the crash.

The FAA is investigating, and the National Transportation Safety Board is working to determine the cause of the crash.

Officials say investigators will be looking at the pilot, the weather and the plane itself during the investigation.

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<![CDATA[Driver Shoots Person He Almost Hit]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:55:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pedestrian_shot_golden_gate_Sf.jpg

A man is in critical condition Sunday night after a shooting in San Francisco involving a pedestrian getting into an argument with a driver, police said.

The shooting happened just after 2 p.m. near the intersection of Golden Gate Avenue and Broderick. Police said a near-miss between the pedestrian and motorist sparked an argument that resulted in the motorist shooting the pedestrian.

The two involved parties did not know each other, police said.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with critical injuries.

The suspect drove away from the scene.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA["AK-47 Bandit" Suspected in Nebraska Bank Robbery]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:25:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/217*120/ak47bandit.jpg

Authorities say a man who used an assault rifle to rob a bank in Nebraska earlier this month matches the description of a prolific bank robber responsible for a slew of heists across the western United States.

The FBI says the Aug. 22 robbery of the First National Bank branch in southeast Nebraska may be the work of the so-called "AK-47 Bandit," who is suspected of shooting a Chino police officer during a heist in February 2012.

"He shot one of our officers. We're going to get him," said Chino Police Det. Carlos Dominguez.

The bandit went on to hit up banks in Northern California, Idaho and Washington. He was dubbed the "AK-47 Bandit" because of his penchant for carrying the assault rifle into his targeted banks.

The FBI has offered a $100,000 reward for tips leading to his arrest. Chino police have scheduled a news conference for Monday afternoon to discuss the case.

Investigators said he has told victims that he used to be an officer, and surveillance video shows him usually wearing tactical gear, a full-face ski mask and blue ballistic vest or green mesh vest marked "Sheriff."

The aggressive robber has been known to point the rifle at crying children.

Police came close to catching him in Chino, but he got away after shooting the officer, who was seriously hurt.

Chino police detectives have flown out to Nebraska to help in the investigation.

"We want to make everyone aware of how violent this man is," Dominguez said. "He is not afraid to pull the trigger, he has already shot a police officer. So anyone that gives him any resistance, he's not afraid to act."

After robbing the California Bank & Trust in Chino in 2012, the man is believed to have robbed a Vacaville Bank of the West on March 12, 2012. He may have also tried to rob a bank in Sacramento a few days earlier.

The “AK-47 Bandit” is described as a white male, 25 to 40 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds.

<![CDATA[2 Teens Hurt in Carnival Ride Fall]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:53:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/elpas-ride-michaela-roman.jpg

Two teens were sent to a hospital after falling off a carnival ride at a church festival in El Paso Sunday night.

The two teens fell more than 12 feet from the ride at the Bazaar at Saint Anthony's Seminary after it became stuck, officials said.

Responders had to rescue another person from the ride.

Check back here for updates.

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<![CDATA[Entire Car Slams Into Sandwich Shop]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:03:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/car+into+subway+1.jpg

A car plowed through a sandwich shop early Sunday morning, critically injuring the driver and causing major damage to the building.

A driver ran a red light and crashed into Subway in the 1700 block of Euclid Avenue around 1:10 a.m., according to officials.

Police and paramedics found a red Honda Civic completely inside the restaurant. The wall was blown out, and shattered glass covered the sidewalk.

An ambulance rushed the driver to Scripps Mercy Hospital. At last update, he was in critical condition. The restaurant was empty at the time of the accident, and no one else was injured.

Officials tell NBC 7 alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

There is no word on how much the damage will cost to repair.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

<![CDATA[2 Dead, 30 Wounded in Chicago]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:16:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Violence+8-31+edit.png

At least two people have been killed and 30 others wounded in Chicago amid a long Labor Day weekend.

The weekend's first homicide took place late Friday night in the city's Back of the Yards neighborhood.

A 36-year-old man was found on the sidewalk around 10:45 p.m. in the 5400 block of South Damen Avenue with gunshot wounds to the head and thigh. He was transported to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he was pronounced dead, according to authorities.

A 34-year-old man died less than five hours after he was shot on the city's South Side Saturday morning.

The man was shot in the abdomen in the 10900 block of South Racine Avenue and was transported to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office confirmed the man, identified as Darius Sept, was later pronounced dead at 5:41 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Several shootings occurred during barbecues and block parties throughout the city Saturday and Sunday as 21 people were wounded.

  • Around 3:15 p.m. Saturday, a 31-year-old man was shot in the 10000 block of South Perry Avenue. The man was sitting in a vehicle parked on the street when a man walked up and opened fire. The victim was shot in the head and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition.
  • Around 11:10 p.m., a 29-year-old man was shot at a block party in the 3600 block of West 56th Place in the West Elsdon neighborhood, police said. The man told police he was outside at the party when he "heard shots and felt pain." The man was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition with a gunshot wound to the leg.
  • About 30 minutes earlier, a 20-year-old man was shot during a physical altercation in the 5900 block of South Mozart Street in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. The man was fighting with another man when he was shot in the leg, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition. 
  • Just before 1 a.m. Sunday, police said a 34-year-old man was shot in the arm at outside of a house party in the 6800 block of South Loomis Boulevard. The man was approached by an armed offender who then opened fire, striking him in the arm, police said. The victim was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition.
  • Around 1:40 a.m., a 20-year-old man was shot in the chest during a robbery at a party in the 1000 block of North Monitor Avenue. Police said the man told officers he was at a party when someone walked up with a handgun and announced a robbery. When the victim fought the offender he was shot in the chest. The victim was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in serious condition.
  • Just before 2 a.m., two people were shot in the 6700 block of South Ada Street. A 20-year-old woman was shot in the foot and taken to Holy Cross Hospital in stable condition. A 21-year-old woman was shot in both legs and taken to Mercy Hospital where she was also listed in stable condition. Police said the victims were outside at a block party with a group of people when someone fired into the group.
  • A 26-year-old man was shot around 2:30 a.m. in the 100 block of North Wood Street in the West Town neighborhood, police said. The man was shot in the leg while exiting his vehicle and was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition, according to authorities.
  • A few minutes after 3 a.m., a 20-year-old man was shot in the 8800 block of South Burley Avenue. Police said the man was shot in the right arm and taken to Trinity Hospital in good condition, but details surrounding the shooting weren't immediately available.
  • Just after 4 a.m., police said two women were shot leaving a party with a group of people in the 11700 block of South La Salle Street in the West Pullman neighborhood. A 56-year-old woman and a 52-year-old woman were both shot in their legs and were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition. The pair told police they were standing outside a residence on the block after leaving a party with a group of people when someone walked up and opened fire.
  • Around 5:25 a.m., a 20-year-old man was shot when a man walked up to him and opened fire in the 7800 block of South Constance Avenue. The victim was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the upper back.
  • Just after 6 a.m., a 43-year-old man was shot in the arm, leg and lower back in the 8000 block of South Merrill Avenue and taken in serious condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Details surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.
  • Around 4:20 p.m., a 20-year-old woman was shot in the hand in the 800 block of West 95th Street while riding in a vehicle. Someone walked up and fired shots in the vehicle she was a passenger in, police said. The driver of the vehicle left the scene and the woman tried to to drive away but struck a CTA bus. The bus driver was taken with minor injuries to an unknown hospital. The 20-year-old was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in stable condition, police said.
  • Just after 5 p.m. Sunday, two people were shot in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood. A 28-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were shot in the 1300 block of West Morse Avenue. The pair were walking on the block when they said they heard shots and felt pain. The man was suffered a graze wound to the head and was in stable condition at St. Francis Hospital. The woman was shot in the chest and listed in critical condition also at St. Francis Hospital. It was not clear if they were the intended victims.
  • At about 8:20 p.m. a 54-year-old man was shot in the 5700 block of South Keeler. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition. Details surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.
  • Just before 9 p.m., two men were shot in the Rogers Park neighborhood, marking the second shooting in the neighborhood Sunday evening. The men, whose ages were not immediately known, were shot in the 7400 block of North Ridge Avenue. One man was shot in the leg and was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition. The other was shot in the abdomen, shoulder and leg and was taken to Saint Francis Hospital where his condition had been stabilized.
  • Around 9:15 p.m., two people were shot near 95th Street and Oglesby Avenue. Police could not immediately confirm details surrounding the shooting.

At least 9 others were wounded in shootings since Friday evening.

<![CDATA[6 Dead in Dallas Car Crash]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:00:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/crash-bonnie-view3.jpg

Police say a speeding car slammed into a tree after losing control along a Dallas roadway Sunday night, killing all six people inside.

Police spokeswoman Monica Cordova said a Chevrolet Impala was traveling southbound on Bonnie View Road when it crossed over Persimmon Road at a high speed at about 9:10 p.m.

Shortly after, the driver side rear tire of the vehicle hit the center median, police said. The 20-year-old driver lost control and the vehicle hit a tree in the median.

"I don't even know how to feel right now," a relative Marcelina Cantu said. "I don't know what to do. This is too much for me."

Police confirmed four people died at the scene, two teenage boys, two men and two women ranging in age from 15 to 23. Paramedics transported two people who survived the crash to the hospital, though they died a short time later.

Friends of the victims are stunned, many of them adding to makeshift memorial to them at the scene of the crash.

“It’s sad,” said Anjona McDonald. “They was young. They was young. All of them was young.”

Lynn Payne was driving right behind the car when the driver crashed.

“He was driving at a high rate of speed. I want to say he was doing at least 100 miles an hour,” Payne said. “I told my daughter, I said, 'Oh my god, if he don’t slow that car down something is going to happen.'”

Neighbors said drivers often speed down the winding road.

“It's all the time, every day,” said Willie Williams. “This might slow them up some, so I hope so.”

The Dallas Independent School District released the following statement Monday.

“Dallas ISD is deeply saddened to learn that three students at Justin F. Kimball High School have died as the result of a traffic accident on Aug. 30 [sic] in Oak Cliff. Grief counselors will be at Kimball and both T.W. Browne Middle School and Daniel Webster Elementary School, where siblings of the victims are enrolled, to help those school communities address this loss."

The names of the victims have not yet been released by the Dallas County medical examiner.

Cordova said speed was a factor in the crash, but not alcohol.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

<![CDATA[49ers' Ray McDonald Arrested]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:24:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/221*120/MCDONALD_leaves_jail.jpg

The San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested for domestic violence overnight, San Jose police confirmed.

San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol said the 29-year-old was taken into custody early Sunday after officers responded to a domestic violence incident at a home in an upscale neighborhood at the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive, SJPD said in a release.

McDonald was taken into custody without incident and booked into Santa Clara County Jail on felony domestic violence charges, according to the release. He has posted $25,000 bail and has been released from jail, police said.

So far, McDonald is not saying much about the incident.

"It's a crazy situation," said McDonald, as he walked out of the jail less than 10 hours after his arrest.

McDonald's alleged victim may have been pregnant, sources told NBC Bay Area's Damian Trujillo.

He was apparently involved in an altercation with his fiancee, who had bruises on her arms and neck, according to the Sacramento Bee. 49ers teammates Vernon Davis and Demarcus Dobbs were also reportedly present, the Bee reported.

But McDonald maintained his innocence.

"The truth will come out," he said. "Everybody knows what kind of person I am."

The 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said in a statement Sunday that the organization is "aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously. As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment.”

McDonald, who has been playing for the 49ers since 2007, was arrested on the same street where 49ers' outside linebacker Aldon Smith was busted for a DUI last September, sources told NBC Bay Area.

The NFL has suspended Smith on Friday for the first nine games of the 2014 season for violating the league's policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.

McDonald's arrest comes after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a tougher domestic abuse policy on Thursday. NFL players will be subject to a six-week game suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second, according to the new rules.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA[3 Hurt by Lightning at NYC Beach]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:45:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lightning+strike+orchard+beach+clothing+shredded.jpg

Three people are hospitalized in New York City with injuries from a lightning strike as heavy thunderstorms swept the tri-state, authorities say. 

The men were hurt at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx at about 5 p.m., and were being treated at Jacobi Medical Center, according to the FDNY. They did not appear to be seriously injured or physically burned. 

Telemundo identifies two of the victims as a father and son, 49 and 19 years old, who sought shelter under a tree during the storm. A friend of the family told the news station that the lightning hit the tree, then sent the men flying at least 10 feet. 

The friend showed the station photos of the victims' clothing that appeared to be shredded in parts from the lightning strike.

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Visitors at Orchard Beach said they weren't seriously concerned about the rain until they heard the thunder. 

"That crack of thunder and lightning came, and that's when everybody started to run away," said Cheryl Greenidge. 

Edgar Ayalla said he saw lightning hit either the beach or the water "like an explosion," and that debris was sent flying from that lightning strike. 

Elsewhere in the city, torrential rain, thunder and lightning interrupted Labor Day weekend celebrations, halted play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens and forced the early end to the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island. 

Traffic crawled on the Garden State Parkway in East Orange, where roads were flooded and emergency responders had to attend to a stranded driver, a traffic camera showed. 

Flooding on the Cross Bronx Expressway also caused long delays onto the George Washington Bridge. 

Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports all reported long delays as a result of the storm.

Another round of thunderstorms is expected in the area by Monday. Labor Day will be otherwise hot and humid. 

The last area thunderstorm broke records on Long Island, where the town of Islip saw more than 13 inches of rain fall in a matter of hours on Aug. 14. 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA[High School Retires Controversial Arab Mascot]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:47:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/arab-mascot-update.jpg

A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot that prompted objections from an anti-discrimination group last year.

Coachella Valley High School's mascot, which appears as a sneering man with a scraggly beard, hooked nose and a headscarf, has been retired, the Desert Sun reported. School officials said the old mascot will be replaced by a stoic, neatly groomed man

A belly-dancing genie that often appears with the mascot during football games was also retired, according to the report.

The controversy began last November when a community member of Coachella Valley High School in Coachella, Calif., located just east of Palm Springs, brought the mascot to the attention of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

After gathering opinions from the Arab-American community, many felt the mascot was demeaning and the group decided to act, said Abed A. Ayoub, the group's director of legal and policy affairs.

Ayoub wrote a letter to the district on Nov. 1 saying that cartoons, mugs and T-shirts of the mascot around the campus were examples of stereotyping, and should not be tolerated.

The committee said it approves of the new design, the Desert Sun reported.

A final resolution is expected to be announced publicly in the near future.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

<![CDATA[5-Year-Old Girl Murdered]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:51:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sontera-apts-scene-083114.jpg

Dallas police are investigating the murder of a 5-year-old girl whose body was found in a vacant apartment Sunday afternoon at the Sontera Palms Apartments at 9505 Royal Lane in northeast Dallas. 

Dallas police said Kathrine Alejandra Gonzalez turned 5 Aug. 24.  

Police discovered her body inside an empty, ground-floor apartment at 2:30 p.m. Sunday – several hours after the girl was reported missing.

Many neighbors said they worked to help find the little girl even before police were called at about 11:30 a.m.

When police arrived, maintenance workers informed them there were a large number of vacant apartments at Sontera Palms. After obtaining a key, officers began what they described as a systematic search of all vacant units – eventually discovering the girl’s body inside a unit at the back of the complex.

Witnesses said the girl’s relatives were visibly distraught after learning of the girl’s death.

Police said they took several people to Dallas Police Headquarters for questioning, but have not reported any arrests in the case. 

The Dallas Police Department asked the public for anyone with information on this offense to contact Detectives at 214-275-1300.

NBC 5's Frank Heinz contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Jocelyn Lockwood, NBC 5 News]]>