<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.pngNBC 7 San Diegohttp://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usThu, 22 Jun 2017 11:57:15 -0700Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:57:15 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Video: Aid Worker Braves ISIS Gunfire to Rescue Little Girl]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:39:39 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/armus-mosul-rescue.jpg

A little girl amid a pile of bodies was rescued by an American aid worker sprinting out from behind a tank in the besieged city of Mosul despite the threat of ISIS sniper fire this month. The moment, captured on video, shows the devastation of Iraq's struggle to end the ISIS insurgency.

The video shows veteran Dave Eubank rush through a cloud of smoke toward the corpses as two other men from his group provide covering fire from behind a tank. Seconds later, he reemerges with the girl scooped in his right arm and passes her off to another volunteer from his group, a Syrian refugee who speaks to the girl in Arabic.

"I just prayed to God and told her I'd knew we'd save her," Eubank said. "I told her in English, as we're running through the gunfire, 'If no one will have you, if there's nowhere out there for you, don't worry. I'll adopt you.'"

The footage captures the harrowing reality that civilians face amid the battle for Mosul, and it's been shared widely online. One tweet showing the incident has more than 16,000 retweets, and he's earned praise from Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., among others.

Street-by-street fighting has left much of Mosul in northern Iraq crumbling, and ISIS has increasingly been killing civilians as it struggles to maintain control, according to Eubank and the United Nations, whose human rights division found credible reports that it slaughtered at least 204 people over three days — including at the gutted Pepsi factory where Eubank's rescue took place.

On Tuesday in the city, ISIS destroyed the iconic mosque where it announced its caliphate in 2014 as Iraqi forces approached, according to the Iraqi government.

Eubank, who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and is from Southern California, told NBC that his rescue was part of a coordinated effort on June 2 to save the few people who survived a mass attack.

A crowd of 30 to 40 civilians had been gunned down outside the former Pepsi factory while trying to flee their neighborhood in the northwest part of the city.

"We see ISIS shooting people daily, but not in those numbers," he said. "They're just sweeping the highway with fire, killing anyone trying to flee, and there were a couple of living people among the dead."

Eubank and his aid organization, the Free Burma Rangers, had been called in by Iraqi forces the day before to provide medical aid to wounded civilians. After hearing from victims that there were still survivors, the group hatched a plan with the U.S. military to rescue them, including the young girl.

The video begins just after U.S. forces had dropped smoke canisters in order to conceal Eubank — who is wearing only a helmet and bulletproof vest — and a team of American and Iraqi soldiers conducting the rescue, he said.

Other videos from the rescue that he provided to NBC show Eubank and his team rescuing a young man from the same pile of bodies moments later, then carrying the pair to safety.

Eubank said he founded the Free Burma Rangers, which is currently embedded in the Iraqi army's 9th division, after leaving his army post in order to "serve God in a different way" and "help people, with the freedom to do it."

Besides medics and aid workers, every team includes a videographer to capture and spread news about the atrocities of the war zones where they work.

"We video everything: refugees getting fed, people having fun, people getting shot," Eubank said. "I've been doing this for 20 years, and many of the people I meet say, 'Please tell the Americans about us, please tell the Americans we need help.'"

He added, "We want people to know the Iraqis are wonderful people and worthy of being helped."

The little girl he rescued was taken to the hospital "terrified, devastated and dehydrated," Eubank said, and is now in the care of an Iraqi general. Though calls have been put out on social media in search of any surviving relatives, the general is filing adoption papers in the increasingly likely case that no one is found.

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<![CDATA[Disabled Health Care Protesters Dragged From Senate Hallway]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:22:05 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mcconnellprotesters.jpg

Capitol Police removed protesters, many of whom are disabled and use wheelchairs, from outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office after text of the GOP Senate health care bill was released Thursday. 

Protesters were organized by a group called ADAPT, which identifies itself as a nonprofit for people with disabilities.

Video of the protest shows the protesters being carried away by police officers as they chanted "no cuts to Medicaid." Empty wheelchairs remained in the hall after the arrests, the video shows. 

Just prior to the protest, Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law. 

The Senate bill would, beginning in 2020, phase out over four years extra money that Obamacare offered to the 32 states that expanded Medicaid coverage for low-income people, The Associated Press reported. It would also limit, beginning in 2020, the federal funds that states get each year for Medicaid. That money now covers all eligible recipients and procedures.   

President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget proposal for 2018 also includes $600 billion in decreases to Medicaid, apparently on top of health care bill cuts. Medicaid provides health care not only to the poor, but also to elderly and disabled Americans, who account for 60 percent of the cost.

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<![CDATA[Capitol Police Agent Injured in Shooting Throws First Pitch]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:16:17 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2017-06-22+at+8.15.35+AM.png

Crystal Griner, the Capitol Police Agent who was just during the shooting at a Congressional Republicans softball practice earlier this month, threw out the first pitch at a Congressional Women's Softball benefit game.

<![CDATA[Senate Releases Health Care Bill]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:45:07 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DIT+SENATE+HEALTHCARE+BILL+THUMB.jpg

Mitch McConnell released the Senate's Healthcare Bill Thursday. Dubbed the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017," the 142-page proposal includes massive cuts to Medicaid, cuts to hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes for the wealthy and defunding of Planned Parenthood for at least one year. The Congressional Budget Office has not had a chance to score the Senate's bill yet. Under the House bill, the CBO found found that 23 million Americans would lose their healthcare coverage by 2026.

<![CDATA[Pelosi Strikes Back: ‘I Think I’m Worth the Trouble’]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:41:26 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pelosi14.jpg

Longtime House leader Nancy Pelosi pushed back Thursday after a handful of Democratic party members called for her to step aside from her position following the party's loss in a Georgia special election, NBC News reported.

"I feel very confident about the support that I have in my caucus,” Pelosi said during a press conference. 

Republican Karen Handel, who defeated Jon Ossoff, ran an ad in Spanish attacking Pelosi, while an outside group aired another featuring San Franciscans thanking Ossoff for his campaign.

Critics say change is needed but Pelosi insisted she’s already done that by bringing younger members into leadership.

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<![CDATA[Road Rage: Motorcyclist Kicks Sedan, Sparks Fiery Crash]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:46:26 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/216*120/road-rage-newhall.PNG

A caught-on-camera road rage incident between a motorcyclist and a driver on a Southern California freeway led to a chain-reaction crash, sending an innocent person to the hospital Wednesday, authorities said.

The crash occurred before 6 a.m. on the southbound 14 Freeway near Newhall in Santa Clarita. The passenger who shot the video said he started recording when a gray sedan inadvertently cut off a passing motorcyclist.

"Words went back and forth," he told NBC4.

The motorcyclist zooms up to the driver's side of the sedan and kicks the side of the vehicle. The sedan veered left, pinching the biker to the center divider before it swerved and crashed into the wall, hitting and flipping a Chevy pickup truck over on its roof. The motorcyclist zooms past the collision.

The man in the truck was sent to the hospital and is expected to recover, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officials were looking for the biker and said they were investigating the crash as a road rage incident and a possible hit-and run.

"Obviously it was a road rage incident. He was kicking the vehicle. We have to get a statement, see what's going on," said CHP officer Josh Greengard.

The person who recorded the video immediately turned in the footage to the CHP.

"The old man who had nothing to do with it was the one that got hurt," he said. "Hopefully by doing this, it can help him out."

The southbound lanes of the 14 Freeway were reopened by 6:33 a.m.

<![CDATA[Mom Was 'Distracted by Facebook' When Infant Drowned: Police]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:23:21 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cheyenne-stuckey.jpg

Sheriff's deputies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area say a mother charged in the drowning of her infant daughter had been distracted by Facebook when she left the girl unattended in a bathtub.

In a news release, investigators said Cheyenne Summer Stuckey, 21, originally told deputies she had left her 6-month-old child alone in the bathtub "for only a couple minutes" inside her Reno, Texas, home on June 13.

The mother later returned to find her daughter, Zayla, unresponsive and floating face-down in the bathtub.

Stuckey told police she was uncertain whether she had placed a bathtub stopper in the drain. Investigators later found Stuckey had been on Facebook Messenger for at least 18 minutes while her child was in the tub, authorities said.

During her interview with police, Stuckey said she had implicated herself in the negligence of her daughter's death by saying she left the infant unsupervised and became "distracted" by another child, Facebook messenger and a loud TV.

Deputies said the mother tried to save her daughter, but "did not know how."

Stuckey was booked into the Parker County Jail and charged with injury to a child. No bond has been set, as of writing.

Deputies said other children in the home were placed into foster care.

NBC Dallas-Fort Worth has reached out to Stuckey's lawyer for comment on her behalf. 

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<![CDATA[Trump Versus the World: An Overview]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 04:03:08 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-654571120.jpg

Since taking office in January, President Donald Trump's administration has been associated with one foreign country in particular, Russia. U.S. intelligence officials say President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, to denigrate Hillary Clinton and then to help Trump's chances. Trump denies any wrongdoing, while the FBI and Congress investigate his administration's contacts with Russia.

Meanwhile Trump has flirted with upending U.S. foreign policy, threatening to declare China a currency manipulator and to pull out of NAFTA, for example, questioning the one-China policy under which the United States recognizes China and not Taiwan and backing off a U.S. commitment to the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. In the end, though, Trump has often reverted to traditional policies. His supporters say he is scrutinizing foreign agreements with the goal of benefitting Americans, but critics say the uncertainty is unsettling to allies and unproductive.

Here are some of the more significant interactions between the Trump administration and world leaders over international issues.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 13:02:14 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trumpthumb.jpgWhat Donald Trump's presidency will look like is unclear to many observers. He has not previously worked in politics, and has made contradictory statements on policy issues in several areas during his campaign. Despite the unknowns, Trump has an extensive public profile that, along with his real estate empire and the Trump brand, grew domestically and internationally over the last few decades. Here is a look at the president-elect's personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[Women Keep Dressing Like ‘Handmaids’ at Statehouses]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:02:43 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/handmaidslegislation_1200x675.jpg

Women across the country are using creative methods to get their message on reproductive rights to their local and state legislative bodies by channeling the characters from the dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale," NBC News reported.

Groups of women gather in legislative rooms and hold discussions dressed in long red robes and white bonnets, just like the characters in the Margaret Atwood novel and current Hulu series.

"The Handmaid’s Tale is based on what actually has happened to women throughout history, where women have been essentially narrowed down to their reproductive abilities," said Stephanie Craddock Sherwood, executive director of the Ohio abortion fund Women Have Options (WHO).

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<![CDATA[FBI Raids Fla. Business That Helps Russian Women Give Birth in US ]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:58:56 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/062117+hallandale+beach+fbi+raid+miami+mama.jpg

FBI agents raided a Hallandale Beach business Wednesday morning that specializes in providing pregnant mothers from foreign counties the option to have their babies born in America to obtain citizenship.

Agents were seen at the offices of Miami Mama LLC, located inside an office building at 1250 E. Hallandale Beach Boulevard, Wednesday morning. The FBI confirmed that they were conducting "law enforcement activity in the vicinity" of the Broward County building but gave no other information.

An NBC 6 viewer said members of the agency had the hallway blocked off leading into the company’s offices. Agents were seen coming out of the building with boxes of files and paperwork.

The company’s website says they have been operating in Miami since 2009 and are are the first in Miami for “Russian women who want to give birth to their child in the best climate and with the best quality of health care."

The company offers packages ranging from just under $20,000 to over $53,000 that include all the medicines and procedures that come along with childbirth. They charge more for those who get Cesarean sections, while assisting in finding housing, opening U.S. bank accounts and obtaining documents such as Social Security cards, birth certificates and other documents needed for the child, the website says.

NBC 6 has tried calling the number on the company's website as well as a previous owner but has been unable to get any official response on why the FBI was there Wednesday.

NBC 6 spoke to the office manager for a local doctor listed on Miami Mama's website. The office manager said the doctor delivered four to five babies for the company but hadn't done so in about a year, expressing concern shared by a Russian client about the company's reputation and high turnover rate of employees.

According to U.S. immigration law, anyone who lies about the purpose of their visit can be charged with visa fraud, but birth tourism is not technically illegal.

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<![CDATA[Trump Appointee Is Still a Saudi Government Lobbyist]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:18:36 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trumponsaudiarabiafeuerherd.jpg

One of President Donald Trump's newest appointees is a registered agent of Saudi Arabia who earns hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby on the kingdom's behalf, according to U.S. Department of Justice records reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity.

Longtime Republican lobbyist Richard Hohlt was appointed by Trump to the Commission on White House Fellowships, a part-time advisory body responsible for making final recommendations to the president of candidates for the prestigious White House fellowships.

Since January, the Saudi Arabian foreign ministry has paid Hohlt about $430,000 in exchange for "advice on legislative and public affairs strategies," according to The Center for Public Integrity.

Trump's decision to appoint a registered foreign agent clashes with the president's vow to clean up Washington and limit the influence of special interests, The Center for Public Integrity reports.

Trump singled out lobbyists for foreign governments for special criticism, saying they shouldn't be permitted to contribute to political campaigns. Hohlt is himself a Trump donor, though his contributions came before he registered to represent Saudi Arabia.

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<![CDATA[5 Key Issues to Look for in the Senate Health Care Bill]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:44:53 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mcconnell3.jpg

With Senate Republican leaders expected to release details of their health care bill in a 9:30 a.m. meeting Thursday, NBC News rounded up five big issues that are at the heart of the proposed legislation. 

Medicaid has been a major talking point in the health care debate. Republican leaders have been contemplating a slow winding-down of the program, making it less generous or creating carve-outs so certain groups don't lose coverage, such as children with chronic health problems.

Lawmakers are also looking at taxes. The Senate is trying to correct the House's version of the bill that gives tax credits based on age. But some lawmakers also want to repeal the taxes they believe increase the cost of premiums, including the tax on insurance companies, pharmaceuticals and more.

Opioid treatment could also lose funding, though some senators are weighing the option of creating a pool of money to be available for that purpose. And Planned Parenthood is facing strict opposition from Republicans, but moderates don't want the organization to lose funding.

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<![CDATA[Milwaukee Cop Found Not Guilty In Shooting That Sparked Riots]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:53:25 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DIT+MILWAUKEE+COP+THUMB.jpg

Jurors found former Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Heaggan-Brown fatally shot Sylville Smith after a traffic stop and a short pursuit. Smith was carrying a gun when Heaggan-Brown opened fire. Smith's family plans to sue Heaggan-Brown and the city of Milwaukee.

<![CDATA[Top News: Motorcyclist Rides Through Healthcare Activists]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:32:08 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-6994165721.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Video of 4-Year-Old Singing 'How Far I'll Go' Goes Viral ]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:43:12 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/viralmiamigirlsinging_1200x675.jpg

At a Pre-K graduation, classmates sang “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney's "Moana" to conclude their graduation ceremony earlier this month, 4-year-old Sophia from Miami kicked it up a notch.

Once the song started, Sophia bent her knees and threw her hands into the air, enthusiastically singing along. Her mom captured the entire performance and posted the video on Facebook, where as of Tuesday it has received 13 million views.

“When the last song of graduation is supposed to be mellow,” Sophia’s mom, Michelle Neshin said on Facebook, “::::and you didn’t get the memo.”

The rest of Sophia’s classmates similarly sang along and danced, with some swaying side-to-side. But from the outset, Sophia established her presence on the front of the stage. 

NBC 6 spoke with Neshin about her daughter's viral performance.

"She's always a spunky and fun kid, but we did not expect her to do that on stage," the mom said.

She added that when she first posted the video she never expected it would go viral.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 13:02:55 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dgaf-2.jpgTake a look at significant events from President Donald Trump's time in office, including the signing of the travel ban, Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court, the launch of 59 missiles at Syria's government-held Shayrat Airfiled and more.

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<![CDATA[Gianforte Gets Orange Jumpsuit in Mail on First Day as Rep.]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:03:25 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/687778708-Greg-Gianforte-Montana-Special-Election.jpg

Newly elected Rep. Greg Gianforte received a bright orange jumpsuit in the mail on his first day working on Capitol Hill Wednesday, NBC News reported.

The Montana Democratic Party sent the representative the package after Gianforte was arrested for assaulting a Guardian reporter the night before he was elected. Gianforte pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to community service and anger management training.

"As a convicted criminal, he will be hidden by his leadership and not given any position of influence in Washington,” Roy Lowenstein, spokesman for the Montana Democratic Party, told NBC News. "So, we got Mr. Gianforte a welcome gift to help his new colleagues identify him."

Lowenstein added that Montana Democrats sent the Jumpsuit to draw attention to the assault and the Congressman's attempt to blame the altercation on the victim.

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<![CDATA[Mich. Airport Officer Attacked in Possible Terror Incident]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:56:19 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/bishop-international-airport.jpg

An officer for Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, was stabbed Wednesday in what local, state and federal law enforcement authorities were investigating as a terrorist act, NBC News reported.

In a statement released by the FBI, officials said it is still too early to determine what motivated the attack, but that they were questioning the suspect.

The attacker allegedly shouted "Allahu akbar" before stabbing Lt. Jeff Neville, who was bleeding from the neck, sources and witnesses at Bishop International Airport said.

Neville, a father of two who has worked at the airport since approximately 2000, is a member of the airport's Department of Public Safety and a retired Genesee County Sheriff’s Department lieutenant.

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<![CDATA[Dos and Don'ts in Extreme Heat]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:13:16 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_EXTREME_HEAT_DOS_DONTS_062017_1-149798518809100001.jpg

When the temperatures begin to rise, it's important to know what you should and shouldn't do to keep you and your loved ones safe. Here are some tips.