<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.pngNBC 7 San Diegohttps://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usTue, 12 Dec 2017 00:52:43 -0800Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:52:43 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Trump Accusers Share Stories, Call for Congressional Probe]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:07:34 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Trump+Accusers+Megyn+Kelly.jpg

Three women who have publicly accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct shared their stories with NBC's Megyn Kelly Monday and spoke of the backlash they faced after coming forward with their claims. 

"It was heartbreaking last year. We're private citizens and for us to put ourselves out there to try and show America who this man is and how he views women, and for them to say 'eh, we don't care,' it hurt," said Samantha Holvey, who claims Trump walked into the contestants' dressing room during the Miss America pageant in 2006. She competed that year in the pageant.

Holvey, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks detailed their interactions with Trump, which they said ranged from groping to forcible kissing and making lewd propositions, in an exclusive interview on "Megyn Kelly Today.”  The interview came hours before a news conference where the three women demanded that Congress investigate their claims.

Holvey, the former Miss North Carolina, told Kelly she felt like "a piece of meat" as Trump inspected the women backstage in an area that was off limits to men. 

Kelly noted Trump once bragged during an interview on Howard Stern's radio show about being able to "get away with" seeing pageant contestants naked, saying, "I'm the owner of the pageant."

The White House said in a statement as NBC's interview aired that the "timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes," and reiterated that the American people "voiced their judgment" by electing Trump president.

"These false claims totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year’s campaign," the White House statement said. "And the American people voiced their judgment by delivering a decisive victory. The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them."

Crooks said she introduced herself to Trump in 2005 outside an elevator in Trump Tower in Manhattan, where she worked as a receptionist, and that he kissed her on the lips.

"He held onto my hand and he kept kissing me," Crooks said. "I was shocked. Devastated.”

Crooks said at the time she believed she would have lost her job if she said anything about the interaction to her company because “Trump was an important partner.”

"I wish I had been stronger then," she said.

She said the denials from the White House are "laughable" and "crazy."

"I can’t imagine anyone wanting to come into the spotlight about this," she said. "The things that happened to us spanned decades, states — all over — how could we have possibly colluded to come up with these tales that all sound eerily similar."

Leeds said she was on a flight in the the late 1970s when she claims that Trump, who was seated next to her, started groping her. 

“All of a sudden he was all over me kissing and groping,” she recounted to Kelly. "Nothing was said. It was just this silent groping going on. When his hands started going up my skirt, I managed to wiggle out, stand up and go to the back of the airplane.” 

Asked if coming forward with her story during the election was part of a politically motivated attempt to stop Trump from being elected, Leeds, a self-proclaimed Democrat, said, “I didn’t think I had that kind of power.” 

"I wanted people to know what kind of person he is. What a pervert he is,” she said.

Speaking at a press conference following the interview, the women called for a nonpartisan investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump. They said that since they can't sue Trump for sexual harassment because the statute of limitations has expired in their cases, "an investigation by Congress is the only thing we could ask for."

In the meantime, Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump's reality show "The Apprentice" in 2006, has filed a defamation lawsuit against the president after he dismissed as "fabricated and made-up charges" her claims that he made unwanted sexual contact with her at a Beverly Hills, California, hotel in 2007. Her lawsuit seeks an apology and at least $2,914.

More than a dozen women stepped forward during the 2016 elections to allege sexual misconduct by Trump in the wake of a recording where he boasted about grabbing women by their genitals and made other crude remarks. The women's allegations are featured in recently released documentary titled "16 Women and Donald Trump."

According to The New York Times, Trump has recently denied to some political allies that it was him in the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape, even though he directly confirmed the remarks and apologized for them a month before the presidential election last year. 

The women’s interview and press conference comes amid a torrent of sexual misconduct allegations that have toppled high-profile men in news, politics and entertainment, among them, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Louis C.K., Russell Simmons and Kevin Spacey.

Holvey said now that the environment surrounding sexual misconduct has changed, "let's try round two."

This past week alone three U.S. politicians announced their resignations over allegations of misconduct. 

Democratic Rep. John Conyers, of Michigan, a civil rights hero who'd been the House's longest-serving current member, resigned after facing sexual harassment allegations.

Republican Rep. Trent Franks, of Arizona, resigned as well, effective Jan. 3, after admitting he had asked two female staff aides about becoming a surrogate mother.

Senator Al Franken, a rising political star only weeks ago, reluctantly announced he's resigning from Congress, succumbing to a torrent of sexual harassment allegations and evaporating support from fellow Democrats. But he fired a defiant parting shot at Trump and other Republicans he said have survived much worse accusations.

Last week, Time Magazine named the "silence breakers" who spoke up about sexual misconduct as its Person of the Year for 2017.

On Tuesday, Alabama residents will vote in a U.S. Senate election in which the Republican candidate, Roy Moore, has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenagers decades ago when he was a county prosecutor. Moore has denied the allegations, and he has found support from President Trump in recent days.

"It’s horrifying and it’s confusing because you’d think that the good people of Alabama could see through this," Leeds said during Monday's press conference. "But we’ve gotten so polarized with the politics and they want to keep a Republican seat, even though it’s a pedophile."

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday broke the Trump administration line when she said 16 women who have accused Trump of sexual impropriety have the right to be heard.

"I know that he was elected," Haley said on CBS’ "Face the Nation." "But, you know, women should always feel comfortable coming forward. And we should all be willing to listen to them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Photo Credit: 'Megyn Kelly Today'
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<![CDATA[Officers Dove on NYC Bombing Suspect After Explosion: Union]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:08:01 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/papd-officers-1211.jpg

When the violent rumble of a crude explosive detonating sent hundreds of commuters running in a crowded tunnel near Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal, four officers did what they were trained to do: They headed to the source of the sound.

Port Authority Police Department officers Jack Collins, Anthony Manfredini, Drew Preston and Sean Gallagher were credited with saving dozens of lives after the blast in a tunnel between the Port Authority/42nd Street subway station and the Times Square/42nd Street stop on Monday morning by jumping on the suspect in the attack, Akayed Ullah, as he reached for his cellphone.

"These police officers are among the most highly trained police officers in the nation, as are all Port Authority police officers,” said Paul Nunziato, the president of the PAPD’s rank-and-file union. "I am so thankful there was no loss of life and I could not be prouder of our Port Authority police officers, their actions and dedication to their sworn duty."

Nunziato said that Manfredini first heard the commotion and made the call for help. Then, he rushed through waves of terrified straphangers and into the smoke left by the crude explosive’s blast alongside Collins, Preston and Gallagher.

Collins pulled out his service weapon and drew down on the man. Nunziato said when they saw the wires peeking from under his ripped shirt as the man reached for his phone and jumped -- literally -- into action.

"Whether he was trying to other people that could be involved in terrorism or trying to detonate the device, they jumped right on him," Nunziato said.

Nunziato said their split-second decision could have left them dead -- but it was one that potentially stopped the attack from progressing further.

"All four of those officers, if the rest of that device detonated, they would have all been dead," he said. "Along with anyone else who was just trying to get to work."

Two of the officers' neighbors on Monday night described the men as "great guys."

"I'm really not that surprised that he would be involved in saving others and helping others prevent an atrocity from happening in New York City," said Preston's neighbor, Juan Quezada, who added that the officer had a pregnant wife due in a couple months. 

Joe Caiati said that Manfriedini, meanwhile, had always wanted to be a cop.

"I think it's great he acted so quickly," he said. 

The officers aren’t the only ones who were credited with heroism in the face of what Mayor Bill de Blasio called an attempted act of terror.

MTA station cleaner Sean Monroe said he was just steps behind Ullah when the device went off. But rather than run for his life, he said he helped others get to safety.

"It was a very scary moment but MTA trained me they trained me to do stuff like that so I said, 'Let me help these people,'" he said.

Photo Credit: Provided by the Port Authority Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Children Sue Trump Administration Over Climate Change]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:38:48 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17345742071875.jpg

A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday on whether Donald Trump and his administration can be sued by a group of children over the president's environmental policy.

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<![CDATA[Commuters Evacuated From NY Blast]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:37:36 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Scenes_From_the_Ground_Explosion_PANY-151300264893800002.jpg

Pedestrians and early morning commuters were evacuated from the Port Authority Bus Terminal after a suspect detonated an IED in an underground passageway. The terminal is the world's busiest, according to its agency. 

<![CDATA[56 Dems Ask House to Investigate Trump Sexual Misconduct]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:12:36 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/demsGettyImages-874578160.jpg

Over 50 Democratic lawmakers on Monday asked the House oversight committee to investigate sexual misconduct allegations made against President Donald Trump.

In a letter to committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the Democratic Women’s Working Group wrote that the country deserves "a full inquiry into the truth of these allegations."

“At least 17 women have publicly accused the President of sexual misconduct,” the letter, which was signed by 56 lawmakers, said. “We cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come forward with accusations.”

The letter added that Trump should be allowed to present evidence in his own defense. 

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<![CDATA[President Trump on NYC Subway Bombing: 'End Chain Migration']]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:45:51 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NYC+explosion.jpg

President Donald Trump said in a statement that Monday's underground explosion near Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal "highlights the urgent need for Congress to enact legislative reforms" on immigration.

In the statement issued just before 5 p.m., the president said Congress needs to end what he called "chain migration" and increase immigration security after police said Akayed Ullah -- a 27-year-old man of Bangladeshi descent with a last known address in Brooklyn -- detonated a crude explosive device in the tunnel between the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Times Square/42nd Street subway station about 7:15 p.m. Monday. 

"First and foremost, as I have been saying since I first announced my candidacy for President, America must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people to access our country," Trump said in the statement.

Ullah is not a U.S. citizen but had attained permanent residency. He came to the country on Feb. 21, 2011 on a F43 family immigrant visa; A Department of Homeland Security spokesman said he benefited from "family chain migration."

"Today’s terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security," Trump said in the statement.

The president, who often takes to Twitter after terror attacks, has yet to tweet about Monday's explosion.

After Halloween's attack in Tribeca that left 8 people dead, the president likewise zeroed in on immigration, tweeting that he wanted to end the diversity visa lottery program that suspect Sayfullo Saipov used to enter the country.

Read the president's full statement below:

Today’s attempted mass murder attack in New York City—the second terror attack in New York in the last two months—once again highlights the urgent need for Congress to enact legislative reforms to protect the American people.

First and foremost, as I have been saying since I first announced my candidacy for President, America must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people to access our country. Today’s terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security. My Executive action to restrict the entry of certain nationals from eight countries, which the Supreme Court recently allowed to take effect, is just one step forward in securing our immigration system. Congress must end chain migration. Congress must also act on my Administration’s other proposals to enhance domestic security, including increasing the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, enhancing the arrest and detention authorities for immigration officers, and ending fraud and abuse in our immigration system. The terrible harm that this flawed system inflicts on America’s security and economy has long been clear. I am determined to improve our immigration system to put our country and our people first.

Second, those convicted of engaging in acts of terror deserve the strongest penalty allowed by law, including the death penalty in appropriate cases. America should always stand firm against terrorism and extremism, ensuring that our great institutions can address all evil acts of terror.

Photo Credit: AP/Andres Kudacki]]>
<![CDATA[Elf on a Shelf Has Surgery, Doing Fine]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:57:02 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/elfshelf.jpg

Staff members at a children's hospital in Florida performed "surgery" on an elf on a shelf after a dog ripped off one of its arms.

<![CDATA[Mueller Probing the 18 Days Up to Flynn's Firing: Sources]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:32:40 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/632934656-Donald-Trump-Michael-Flynn-White-House.jpg

Special counsel Robert Mueller is trying to piece together what transpired inside the White House over a critical 18-day period that began when senior officials were told that national security adviser Michael Flynn was susceptible to blackmail by Russia, multiple people familiar with the matter told NBC News.

The questions about what happened between Jan. 26 and Flynn's firing on Feb. 13 appear to relate to possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, say two people familiar with Mueller's investigation into Russia's election meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign.

Multiple sources say that during interviews, Mueller's investigators have asked witnesses, including White House counsel Don McGahn and others who have worked in the West Wing, to go through each day that Flynn remained as national security adviser and describe in detail what they knew was happening inside the White House as it related to Flynn.

Some of those interviewed by Mueller's team believe the goal is in part to determine if there was a deliberate effort by Trump or top officials in the West Wing to cover up the information about Flynn that Sally Yates, then the acting attorney general, conveyed to McGahn on Jan. 26. In addition to Flynn, McGahn is also expected to be critical to federal investigators trying to piece together a timeline of those 18 days.

Neither McGahn's lawyer nor the White House responded to requests for comment. A spokesman for the Special Counsel's office declined to comment.

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<![CDATA[White House Denies Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Trump]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:58:28 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SHS+Denies.jpg

Three women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct came together on Dec. 11 to share their stories. The White House denied the accusers’ claims.

<![CDATA[Timeline of Terror Attacks in NYC]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:09:12 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nyc-terror-incidents-th.jpg

A man allegedly rode the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday, Dec. 11, an improvised pipe bomb attached to his body with Velcro and zipties, and detonated it at the height of the morning commute in a highly trafficked underground passageway used by subway riders.

Authorities have declared it an apparent attempted terror attack, though the suspect appears to have been the only person seriously hurt. It's the latest in a string of recent attacks targeting New York City.

Dozens have been thwarted, but here's a timeline of attacks that have been carried out since the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

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<![CDATA['It Was a Freak Accident': Juror in SF Pier Shooting Trial Speaks Out]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:58:06 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kate_Steinle_Murder_Trial_Juror_Speaks_Out_on_Verdict.jpg

A member of the jury in the Kate Steinle murder trial said the prosecution failed to prove that Jose Ines Garcia Zarate intentionally killed the 32-year-old woman and believes the evidence showed that shooting was a "freak accident."

In an exclusive interview with NBC Bay Area, the juror, who did not wish to be identified, talked about the panel's decision to acquit the undocumented Mexican national.

He said the backlash from critics — including President Donald Trump — who have pointed to the case as evidence of the need for tougher immigration policies, propelled him to speak out.

"If I was not a juror on this trial, I would probably think the same way: 'Why did you let him go free?'" said the juror. "But again, the reason is, they could not prove to us that he intentionally killed her. And through all the evidence, I really think that it was a freak accident."

<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 04:45:00 -0800https://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 his personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[Trump Hails Civil Rights Heroes at Mississippi Museum]]>Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:54:13 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trump_Hails_Civil_Rights_Heroes_at_Mississippi_Museum_1200x675_1113172547555.jpg

President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy.

<![CDATA[In Photos: Total Devastation in Puerto Rico After Maria]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:19:36 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/AP_17271040483244.jpgThe island territory of more than 3 million U.S. citizens is reeling in the devastating wake of what Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello called "the most devastating storm in a century."

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Accuser: 'We Are Not Holding Our President Accountable']]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:59:33 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_TRUMP_ACCUSERS_121117-151301260074500002.jpg

Jessica Leeds discusses the fallout of her accusation of sexual misconduct by President Donald Trump.

<![CDATA[Watch: National Zoo Pandas Tumble and Play in the Snow]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:23:28 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/166*120/5372165463_c280e3e589_z.jpg

After a weekend filled with snowflakes, hibernating and binge-watching - it's back to the daily grind.

Getting some Monday motivation is never easy, but there's one thing that may get you into better spirits: Pandas.

The first snowfall of the season brought more than 2 inches to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Northwest D.C.

Giant panda Mei Xiang showed off her athletic abilities by tumbling down a snowy hill.

And on Sunday, the zoo posted this video of a red panda and giant panda Bei Bei.

Now, don't you feel better?

Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institution
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<![CDATA[In a Brush Fire, What Does 'Containment' Actually Mean?]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:01:44 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dangerous_Winds_Could_Hinder_Battle_Against_Lilac_Fire.jpg

If a fire is 75 percent contained, what does that actually mean?

When the Lilac Fire exploded across San Diego's inland North County Thursday images of uncontrollable flames matched a description of zero containment.

But one day later, as the flames and thick, black smoke had nearly disappeared, the fire was still at zero percent containment.

People wondered how the fire could still be zero percent contained. It turns out that the containment measure alone does not give a wholly accurate picture of firefighters’ progress.

Cal Fire Captain Jon Heggie says airdrops alone can't contain a fire. That requires bulldozers and hand crews, often made up of inmates, to get in along the outer edges of a fire in what's often described as the grunt work.

"If there's hot material, there's the opportunity for fire growth. So until we get all that hot material extinguished, that's when we feel comfortable calling it contained," he explained. “So we're going in there with hose lines and squirting water to ensure all those hotspots, 100 to 300 feet, are completely extinguished. Not only that — we've removed all the vegetation from the fire's edge all the way down to bare minimum soil, all the way down to four to five feet.”

Only when hot spots near the fire's perimeter are out and fire lines are dug all the way around it, can a fire be 100 percent contained.

Cal Fire often uses lakes, rivers, and roads as part of their containment lines. In the case of the Lilac Fire Interstate 15 became one of their first containment lines.

<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:51:41 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-872519720.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[Depression, Anxiety Crisis Deepening in America]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:49:18 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-548183493.jpg

Alex Crotty was just 11 when things started feeling wrong.

“I didn't feel unloved. I just felt numb to the world. Like, I was surrounded by great things, but just I couldn't be happy. And I didn't know why that was,” Alex, told NBC News.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports one in five American children, ages 3 through 17 — some 15 million — have a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder in a given year.

Recent research indicates serious depression is worsening in teens, especially girls and the suicide rate among girls reached a 40-year high in 2015, according to a CDC report released in August.

Teens are known for their moodiness, and adolescence — a particularly turbulent time of life — is actually one of the most vulnerable periods to develop anxiety and depression. Some 50 percent of cases of mental illness begin by age 14, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

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<![CDATA[Rush-Hour Explosion Near Major NYC Transit Hub ]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:00:14 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pany_gal_thumb.jpgAn explosion rocked early morning commuters during rush hour near the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The hub, just blocks away from Times Square, is one of several main transit hubs for the city. ]]><![CDATA[Trump Accusers 'Should Be Heard': Ambassador Nikki Haley]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 13:18:26 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17292554198491.jpg

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct have the right to speak up and be heard, NBC News reported.

Haley appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation and broke from the administration's line on the 16 sexual misconduct allegations against the president, with the White House saying that the women were lying and voters rejected their accusations when they elected Trump.

"I know that he was elected," Haley said, "but, you know, women should always feel comfortable coming forward. And we should all be willing to listen to them."

"They should be heard, and they should be dealt with," Haley said. "And I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up."

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File]]>