<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - National & International News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.pngNBC 7 San Diegohttps://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usFri, 25 May 2018 11:44:59 -0700Fri, 25 May 2018 11:44:59 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Inside the Firm Accused of Trying to Undermine Iran Deal]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 10:17:25 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/blackcubenbcnews.jpg

After reports of an undercover campaign by a shadowy Israeli firm called Black Cube to discredit the Iran deal, internal Black Cube documents obtained by NBC News and interviews of sources with direct knowledge of Black Cube’s operations reveal a business intelligence company with government contracts and a special department for politically motivated work.

Black Cube worked to contact the family of former Obama administration officials. A source familiar with this specific outreach told NBC News it was part of an effort to discredit Obama administration officials who had worked on the Iran nuclear deal – and, by extension, the deal itself.

Black Cube sought evidence of nefarious behavior, such as financial or sexual impropriety, by the deal's architects. Operatives hoped to obtain such evidence by befriending their targets or their targets’ associates.

In a statement to NBC News, Black Cube said it has no relationship to the Iran nuclear deal. The firm added that it “always operates in full compliance of the law in every jurisdiction in which it conducts its work.”

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Beaches in the US for 2018 Revealed]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 05:51:25 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kapalua+1.jpgHawaii's the tops of Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches list in 2018, taking the number one spot and appearing twice on the list. Florida and North Carolina also had two entries on the annual list that ranks major public recreational beaches in the coastal U.S. states. But the "beautiful crescent-shaped, white sand beach" in Kapalua Bay on the Hawaiian island of Maui sits atop the list this year. ]]><![CDATA[What to Know About Reporting Workplace Harassment]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 10:32:47 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-746032153.jpg

Of the workers who say they've experienced sexual harassment on the job, 72 percent did not tell their employer about the incident, according to a CareerBuilder survey released early this year. Meanwhile, three-quarters of those who do report say the issue was resolved. Here's what to know about reporting harassment in the office, according to CNBC.

Know the law. According to the EEOC, sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, and you have the legal right to be protected from discrimination in the workplace if your company has 15 or more employees, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Check your company's anti-harassment policy, which could be on the website, in the employee handbook or with human resources. Follow the steps outlined, which should include options for filing a complaint. 

Be sure to document the harassment and list names of people who may have witnessed the incident. Provide your report to a supervisor, a manager or human resources. There is also the option to file a charge with the EEOC.

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<![CDATA['Hope to All Victims': Weinstein Accusers Hail His Surrender]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 09:30:00 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/argentomcgowanweinstein.jpg

As disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein surrendered to authorities and was arrested on rape and other sex abuse and misconduct charges Friday morning, a drove of women hailed his arrest as a step toward justice and a symbol of hope for all abuse survivors.

Some of Weinstein's most outspoken accusers, including actresses Rose McGowan and Asia Argento, took to social media as Weinstein made his way to a police precinct in lower Manhattan. In a powerful Instagram post, McGowan said she and other survivors "had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law."

"Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong," she wrote. "Today we are one step closer to justice. We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity. I stand with my fellow survivors. May his arrest give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths."

McGowan accused Weinstein of raping her in 1997 and has been disrupting what she described as the culture of complicity in Hollywood, saying many people knew of his behavior but did nothing. Through social media and her recent E! documentary "Citizen Rose," McGowan has told her story and offered support to other survivors.

McGowan later appeared on "Megyn Kelly Today" after Weinstein left the precinct in handcuffs and said she doesn't "ever want to see him again."

"I think the world could use that face being gone," she told Megyn Kelly. "Predators eat people. And he ate a lot of my life, and I want my life back."

McGowan admitted that while "his face is everywhere" since stories began circulating of the charges against Weinstein, "I haven't had a sigle nightmare for the first time."

When asked if she could ever forgive Weinstein, McGowan said, "I don't want to. ... It's a very complex issue. Maybe I'll get there someday. ... I can say this, the man who pinned me down had handcuffs on him today."

Argento tweeted when news broke of Weinstein's intent to surrender: "BOOM!"

She continued writing Friday morning as Weinstein walked out of his car and turned himself in, saying she was "glued to the screen" watching the "perp walk."

"Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell. We, the women, finally have real hope for justice," she tweeted.

Argento told The New Yorker in its October 2017 exposé on Weinstein that the producer raped her when she was 21 in 1997. She has since taken other powerful figures to task in helping to lead the #MeToo movement. On Saturday, Argento gave a searing speech at the Cannes Film Festival calling out Weinstein and others "who still have to be held accountable."

McGowan and Argento are just two of some 80 women who have publically accused Weinstein of assault or harassment. Weinstein has denied having nonconsensual sex, and his lawyer told reporters Friday that his client intends to plead not guilty.

"Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood. … Bad behavior is not on trial in this case," attorney Benjamin Brafman said.

Actress Natassia Malthe, who said Weinstein masturbated and then forced himself on her in a hotel in 2010, said she wondered "why it was taking so long" for Weinstein to face justice.

"I'm happy that he’s finally being held accountable," she said Friday on MSNBC. "I was afraid this day would never happen."

Malthe's attorney, Gloria Allred, who also represented women in the case that found Bill Cosby guilty on sexual assault charges, said, "This is only the first day."

"There is a process, he will get a fair trial," Allred said on MSNBC. "Will the victims also get a fair trial?"

Dominique Huett, an actress and model who said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in a hotel in 2010, said Weinstein's arrest "feels as if justice has begun to be served."

"This was a very systematic pattern of abuse which was rarely considered a crime by a culture in the entertainment business that continually perpetuated it," Huett said in a statement to NBC News. "I am sadly reminded of all of the women’s lives he destroyed and careers that were hindered from this abuse. I know a lot of women feel vindicated in regard to this arrest being held to standard as an illegal criminal act and the court process should reveal the verdict for the crimes of which he is accused in a court of law. This is a step in the right direction for abuse to be taken seriously and progress be made to abolish abuses of power.

Huett added that she feels for Weinstein's family and children that they are "having to face these consequences at last for his behavior, criminally."

Actress Mira Sorvino offered one simple word on Twitter: "#Justice."

Sorvino claimed that Weinstein harassed her and tried to pressure her into a physical relationship. She and other women say the producer subsequently blacklisted them in the film industry and hurt their careers.

After Weinstein was arraigned, Sorvino sent her "love" to "all my sisters today who stood up against a monster... so many emotions... I am proud of and grateful to you all."

"So much love right back at you sister!" Argento tweeted back.

Annabella Sciorra was a rising actress in the 1990s when, she said, Weinstein raped her and sexually harassed her before "destroying" her career.

As news spread that Weinstein would turn himself in, she tweeted, "Anyone know where I can get front row seats?!"

See how others reacted to Weinstein's arrest:

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<![CDATA[Yacht Hosting High School Prom Crashes Into Boat in NJ]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 05:11:17 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hudson+river+yachts+collide.jpg

Two yachts collided on the Hudson River in New Jersey Thursday evening, one of them hosting a high school senior prom, authorities say.

Weehawken High School officials say a yacht hosting its senior prom crashed into an empty boat docked at Pier 14 in Hoboken around 7:30 p.m. 

Video posted to social media shows the yacht, Cornucopia Destiny, rear-ending the smaller docked yacht, which then crashes into the pier. Photos from the scene show broken-out windows on the boat, and bent railings on the pier. Onlookers could be heard in the video gasping and reacting in shock as they watched the crash. 

Seventy-five students had just boarded the Cornucopia Destiny for the Weehawken High School senior prom, police said. They were not injured, but their prom was cut short and they had to board school buses shortly afterward to head to the Weehawken Elks, where they were allowed to stay until the midnight.

"Every effort will be made to hold another prom before graduation," Weehawken Schools Superintendent Robert R. Zywicki said. 

There was minor damage to the boat and pier. Police are investigating the cause of the collision. 

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<![CDATA[Justify Takes Aim at Triple Crown]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 11:01:10 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_02_11.Still003.jpg

After winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, Justify has just one more race between him and the sport’s most prestigious prize, the Triple Crown.

<![CDATA[Police Respond to Shooting at Indiana Middle School]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 08:52:24 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_26_10.Still004.jpg

Authorities say a suspect is in custody after a shooting at an Indiana middle school.

<![CDATA[Hot Cars and Kids: Parking in Shade Just as Dangerous, Study Finds]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 16:23:42 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hot+cars+B.jpg

It happens more quickly than you might think.

On a hot summer day, temperatures inside a car parked in the sun can reach 160 degrees in an hour, according to a new study.

And one hour is about how long it can take for a child inside that car to suffer a heat stroke or even die from hyperthermia, experts say, issuing a dire warning as summer approaches.

According to the National Safety Council, an average of 37 kids die in hot cars every year in the U.S. The agency says incidents tend to peak between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when between two to three kids die each week.

The study released Thursday by researchers at Arizona State University and the University of California San Diego examined how long it takes for different types of cars to heat up in various conditions of sunlight and shade.

Researchers tested six vehicles: two identical silver mid-size sedans, two identical silver economy cars, and two identical silver minivans. The vehicles were parked in different conditions over the course of three hot summer days in Arizona, with temperatures above 100 degrees.

Vehicles parked in the sun took just an hour to hit an interior temperature of 116 degrees, while seats heated up to 123 degrees and the dashboards hit a scorching 157 degrees.

In those conditions, a child's body temperature could reach 104 degrees in about an hour if the car is parked in direct sunlight.

Even parking in the shade can be lethal, the study found. For vehicles parked in the shade, interior temperatures reached an average of 100 degrees after one hour.

"We’ve all gone back to our cars on hot days and have been barely able to touch the steering wheel," Selover said. "But imagine what that would be like to a child trapped in a car seat. And once you introduce a person into these hot cars, they are exhaling humidity into the air. When there is more humidity in the air, a person can’t cool down by sweating because sweat won’t evaporate as quickly."

Gene Brewer, an ASU associate professor of psychology who studies memory, said it’s very easy to become distracted and warned that memory failures can occur when a routine is changed - such as an unexpected phone call on the way to work, or a different day care drop-off.

"These cognitive failures have nothing to do with the child," Brewer, who was not involved in the study, said. "The cognitive failure happens because someone’s mind has gone to a new place, and their routine has been disrupted. They are suddenly thinking about new things, and that leads to forgetfulness. Nobody in this world has an infallible memory."

<![CDATA[Echo Device Recorded Family, Sent Audio to Random Contact]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 15:17:12 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/alexa-commands.jpg

An Echo device in the home of a Portland family recorded a conversation, which it then sent to a random person on their contact list, CNBC reported.

A report from Seattle TV network KIRO7 said the family was alerted by a colleague in Seattle who had received the audio file of their conversation.

After confirming the audio file was indeed a recording of their private conversation, the family unplugged all of their Alexa-powered devices, the report said.

In a statement to CNBC, Amazon blamed the incident on Alexa misinterpreting background conversation as a set of commands.

"As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely," the company's statement says.

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<![CDATA[Weinstein Charged With Rape in Historic #MeToo Moment]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 08:10:59 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2018-05-25+at+8.09.45+AM.png

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein surrendered to police in a watershed moment for the #MeToo movement early Friday morning. Weinstein was charged with rape, criminal sex act and other sex crimes connected to cases involving two separate women.

<![CDATA[How to Update Privacy Settings Across Social Media]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 01:36:01 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/social-mediaGettyImages-957668860.jpg

With strict new European privacy regulation taking effect on Friday, several social media companies are reaching out to users with updated privacy policies, NBC News reported

Customers will have control of their data under the new regulations and companies will be held liable for misuse of data. 

Facebook's "Basic Privacy Setting & Tools" page tells users how to manage all of their privacy settings on the social networking site. On Twitter, users can delete location tags from their Tweets and decide whether to share their data with the company's business partners. 

Meanwhile Instagram has an explainer for users to learn how to set their accounts to private, and to opt out of being suggested to other users. And Google has a portal that gives users a look at how to control which data the company collects from them. 

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<![CDATA[China Is the Reason N. Korea Summit Crumbled, Experts Say]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 22:57:33 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/xi-jinping-AP_18124229790322.jpg

Foreign policy analysts say China is the hidden hand behind the derailment of the United States' summit with North Korea, NBC News reported.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has become increasingly anxious about the potential reunification of the Korean peninsula. After Kim Jong Un's recent meeting in China, there was a noticeable change in Pyongyang's public statements and private actions.

President Donald Trump called off the summit Thursday, telling reporters, "the dialogue was good until recently, and I think I understand why that happened." 

"Clearly China wants to position themselves to be a driver in this process," said retired U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis, a former supreme allied commander of NATO and currently the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. "They encouraged Kim Jong Un to step back from the summit."

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<![CDATA[Milwaukee Police Release Video of Sterling Brown Incident]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 17:05:50 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+STERLING+BROWN+ARREST+052318.00_05_04_06+THUMB.jpg

Video released by Milwaukee Police shows officers tasing and detaining Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown.

<![CDATA[You're Kitten Me? Cat Shocked By Pregnancy News]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 14:03:16 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/cat-ultrasound-pregnant-today-180523-tease_309fce480d4ce0687f1f91a472f89781.fit-560w.jpg

A cat's hilarious reaction to news that she's expecting kittens has gone viral.

Ulla, a 1-year-old tabby, was turned in to a shelter in Greenland after she was found on the street.

Shelter board member Tone Frank told "Today" that after a few weeks the staff noticed Ulla was getting a "little chubby," so they took her to the vet to get scanned. 

Side-by-side photos posted on the social media site show the cat first glancing at the sonogram and then turning to the camera with a look of complete shock on her face.

The picture, captioned "When you find out you're pregnant," was shared to Reddit this week. It was quickly up-voted more than 90,000 times.

Frank told "Today" Ulla's carrying four to five kittens, though the veterinarian said it could be hard to detect the number of heartbeats when she's so far along in her pregnancy.

Photo Credit: Tone Frank]]>
<![CDATA[Marine Reunites With Stray Dogs He Adopted From Iraq]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 14:33:45 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/marines+dog+adoptions.png

A U.S. Marine was reunited in San Diego Wednesday with three stray dogs he fell in love with while deployed in Iraq.

Once roaming the Iraqi desert scrounging for food and suffering abuse at the hands of some locals, Rooster, Hesko and Wendy are on their way to forever homes.

Captain Kyle Watkins said it’s been a months-long journey for the pups, bouncing around from place to place along their journey in the SPCA International's Operation Baghdad Pups.

Now he can’t wait to give them good meals, warm beds and seemingly endless property to roam on his farm. He adopted Hesko and Wendy, and another Marine claimed Rooster.

For Captain Watkins, who grew up around dogs and had several at home while he was deployed, Rooster, Hesko and Wendy were more than just a piece of home in a foreign land. Watkins said that in a way, the dogs served too, roaming the perimeter fence line and alerting him and his fellow Marines when anyone came near.

"I'd been telling my wife about these dogs and she finally said, ‘Fine. I know these dogs mean a lot to you. Bring as many home as you can.’ So, we did,” Watkins said.

Watkins and his team started exploring ways to get the dogs back to the states, and that’s when they learned about Operation Baghdad Pups.

An email to the project coordinator set the plan in motion. The Marines did some paperwork and the dogs were scooped up.

“It was really the SPCA that did most of the work,” Watkins said. “We just corralled them into an area and they loaded them into a truck and off they went to Baghdad.”

Watkins said he was proud of the fact that he was able to take as many as he could.

The dogs will have companions and a large area to play, which Watkins hopes will help with the socialization process and transition to a new life.

“They weren’t really treated well over there by the locals, so they’re not really big people dogs out there, but a few of them really warmed up to us and I think that’s because we were nice to them,” Watkins said.

<![CDATA[Trump Claims Ex-Intel Chief Admitted FBI Spied on His Campaign. That's False.]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 10:32:48 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/AP_37800338517.jpg

President Donald Trump repeated a claim Thursday that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted the FBI had spied on his presidential campaign.

But that mischaracterizes what Clapper said on "The View" this week, NBC News reported.

Responding to a direct question from one of the hosts, Joy Behar — "Was the FBI spying on Trump's campaign?" — Clapper said, "No, they were not." He went on to explain that the purpose of the FBI's reported use of an informant, which is different from a "spy," was to determine what the Russians were doing.

Trump has used Clapper's comments as part of an effort to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe. Trump has branded the FBI's use of an informant "spygate."

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<![CDATA[Scenes From Kilauea: Blue Flames, 'Laze,' Lava Rivers]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 06:46:14 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/volcano-thumb.jpgA Hawaii volcano that began to erupt earlier this month continues to spew lava and ash into the air. USGS photos show lava flowing from fissures to the ocean, creating a dense white "lava haze," and blue flames caused by methane.]]><![CDATA[Journalist Catches Runaway Horse in Dramatic Footage]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 13:13:39 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/presenter-stops-horse.gif

Hayley Moore might have to add "horse wrangler" to her resume after the field reporter was caught on cam catching runaway horse during an assignment on a track in Chepstow, Wales. Moore stopped an out-of-control Give Em A Clump as the three-year-old horse ran straight towards her.