<![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-usMon, 20 Aug 2018 07:58:07 -0700Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:58:07 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Cruise Passenger Survives 10 Hours in Sea 60 Miles From Land]]>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 05:06:06 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Adriatic-Sea-Cruise-Rescue-2.jpg

A British woman survived nearly half a day in the Mediterranean Sea after falling off a cruise ship this weekend, NBC News reported.

The unidentified woman was sitting at the back of a Norwegian Cruise Line ship's deck when she fell, she told broadcaster HRT in Croatia, where she was taken after being rescued. She fell 60 miles from shore, according to The Associated Press.

"I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me," she said, adding, "I am very lucky to be alive."

A port authority captain in Pula, where she was hospitalized, said the Adriatic Sea's temperature is "very warm," and that gave her good chances for surviving.

Photo Credit: Croatian Ministry of Defense
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<![CDATA[Thousands of Pets Find New Homes During Clear The Shelters]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 14:01:48 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_36_21.Still003.jpg

Across the country thousands of animals are finding forever homes. Watch some of these lucky pets as they meet their new families for the very first time.

<![CDATA[Beer Truck Heroes Save Bridge Jumper]]>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:28:28 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_beerhero0820_1500x845.jpgWhile delivering beer, Kwame Anderson and Jason Gabel tapped into something unexpected. They used a case of beer to foil a suicide attempt.]]><![CDATA[Melania Trump Addresses Cyberbullying Conference]]>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:25:24 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_18232500017924-Melania-Trump-Cyberbullying.jpg

First lady Melania Trump is encouraging technology and social media companies to provide more opportunities for children to share ideas on how to be good citizens online.

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<![CDATA[Brennan Pushes Back On Security Clearance]]>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 06:52:00 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_trumpam0820_1500x845.jpgFormer CIA John Brennan says he's considering legal action after President Trump stripped him of security clearance.]]><![CDATA[Renowned Poet, Biographer Tom Clark Hit-Killed by Car in Berkeley]]>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 05:28:57 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tom+clark-0819.jpgWorld-renowned Berkeley poet and author Tom Clark died after being struck by a vehicle while walking Friday night, according to authorities. Clark "combined the diverse roles of poet, biographer, novelist, dramatist, reviewer and sportswriter during his writing career," according to a biography of him posted by the Poetry Foundation. He authored dozens of books of poetry, a book co-written with former baseball pitching star Mark Fidrych, and a history of the Oakland A's, according to the Poetry Foundation. Clark's interest in poetry blossomed at the University of Michigan, according to the biography, and he earned an advanced degree at the University of Cambridge, where he was strongly influenced by the work of literary legend Ezra Pound. While in England, he hitchhiked with Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. After being recommended to publisher George Plimpton by a former teacher, Clark served for 10 years as poetry editor of the prestigious Paris Review.
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<![CDATA[1 Dead, More Hurt in US Military Helicopter Crash in Iraq]]>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 05:07:48 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/helicopterGettyImages-615578968.jpg

One service member died and several others were injured when a U.S. military helicopter crashed in Iraq, the International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement Monday. 

The helicopter had been conducting a "partnered counterterrorism mission," according to the statement, which did not give the nationality of the sevice member who died. The incident is under investigation, but the organization said there are no indications the helicopter was brought down by hostile fire. 

"Our heartfelt condolence to the family of @CJTFOIR service member who died in a helicopter crash in #Iraq last night," Army Colonel Sean Ryan, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, wrote in a tweet Monday. "While the incident was not a result of enemy fire, it further demonstrates the sacrifices of #Coalition service members & and the danger they face everyday."

No other details were immediately available. 

Operation Inherent Resolve is a combined joint task force aimed at defeating the Islamic State.

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<![CDATA[Rudy Giuliani on Russia Probe: 'Truth Isn't Truth' ]]>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 12:57:19 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RGAP_18158549501606.jpg

A day after President Donald Trump claimed on Twitter his team is cooperating with the special counsel investigation out of "transparency," his lawyer Rudy Giuliani tamped down the idea of the president himself testifying for fear of being caught in a trap, saying that there is no truth, only "somebody's version" of it.

Giuliani appeared Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" and argued that he doesn't want his client to be "trapped into perjury."

"When you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, well that’s so silly because it’s somebody’s version of the truth, not the truth," he said.

When pressed by Chuck Todd, Giuliani doubled down, saying, "truth isn't truth." He referenced the accusations that Trump had discussed the investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, with then-FBI director James Comey, who was later fired by the president.

Giuliani continued: "Donald Trump says, 'I didn't talk about Flynn with Comey.' Comey says, 'You did talk about it.' So, tell me what the truth is?"

The former New York City mayor also spoke directly about the New York Times report Trump responded to in his tweets, and he accused special counsel Robert Mueller of leaking the details "illegally" to the Times. He called Mueller "desperate."

He brushed aside the notion that charges could be brought against the president anyway, specifically when it comes to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Trump campaign officials and a Russian government ally. Giuliani said the now-infamous meeting couldn't be used as evidence for collusion because damaging information on Hillary Clinton "was not pursued at all," despite the intention of that meeting being to receive damaging information.

"Any meeting in regards to getting information about your opponent is something any candidate's staff would take," Giuliani added. "The president of the United States wasn't at that meeting, he didn't know about that meeting, he found out about it after. By the time he found out about it, it was nothing. If this is their case for collusion, good luck Mueller."

Meanwhile, Trump continued his attacks on the special counsel investigation on Sunday, again tweeting that there was "no collusion and no obstruction." He said Mueller is "heavily conflicted" in the "Rigged and Disgusting Witch Hunt."

In response to the Times' report that his laywer Don McGahn has been cooperating extensively with the special counsel team, Trump insisted that McGahn isn't "a John Dean type 'RAT,'" making reference to the Watergate-era White House attorney who turned on Richard Nixon.

Trump's original legal team had encouraged McGahn and other White House officials to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, and McGahn spent hours in interviews. The Times reported that McGahn handed over information both potentially damaging and favorable to the president. However, the Times said, he told investigators that he never saw Trump go beyond his legal authority. The Times reported McGahn and his attorney were worried Trump was setting him up to take the blame for any possible illegal acts.

McGahn's attorney William Burck added in a statement: "President Trump, through counsel, declined to assert any privilege over Mr. McGahn's testimony, so Mr. McGahn answered the Special Counsel team's questions fulsomely and honestly, as any person interviewed by federal investigators must."

Dean was White House counsel for Nixon, a Republican, during the Watergate scandal. He ultimately cooperated with prosecutors and helped bring down the Nixon presidency, though he served a prison term for obstruction of justice.

Dean, a frequent critic of the president, tweeted Saturday night in response to the Times story that, "Trump, a total incompetent, is bungling and botching his handling of Russiagate. Fate is never kind to bunglers and/or botchers! Unlike Nixon, however, Trump won't leave willingly or graciously."

He added Sunday in response to Trump's tweets that he doubts the president has "ANY IDEA what McGahn has told Mueller. Also, Nixon knew I was meeting with prosecutors, b/c I told him. However, he didn't think I would tell them the truth!"

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Aretha Franklin's Life in Photos]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:37:24 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Aretha_Split.jpgEighteen-time Grammy Award winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Aretha Franklin was known for her powerful, gospel-honed vocals. She influenced countless artists across generations, earning her the top spot on Rolling Stone's "Greatest Singers of All Time" list and the undisputed title of "Queen of Soul." ]]><![CDATA[Animal Lovers Across the Country Help Clear the Shelters ]]>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:41:09 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pot+Pie+and+June+Bug.jpg

Jose and Tammy Vega arrived at the Camden County Animal Shelter in New Jersey early Saturday morning in search of a four-legged companion. The couple, who was first in line at the facility for its Clear the Shelters event, fell in love with a 7-year-old stray Chihuahua named Pot Pie.

"He was just really calm tempered, my wife looked over and saw him and we knew he was 'the one,'" Jose Vega told NBC Philadelphia's Jessica Boyington. 

Clear the Shelters, the fourth annual pet adoption drive sponsored by NBC- and Telemundo-owned television stations, culminated Saturday with more than 1,200 shelters participating in dozens of communities across the country.

More than 78,000 pets were adopted since this year's event was launched last month, over 22,000 on Saturday alone. To encourage families to find a new pet, many of the participating animal shelters and rescue organizations reduced or waived adoption fees.

At the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Westbrook, Maine, workers were hopeful that 13-year-old June Bug, a "sato" — feral dog in Puerto Rico — rescued after Hurricane Maria, would finally get the companion she deserved. June Bug had been at the shelter since the winter and on Saturday, she was adopted by woman "who came in specifically for her," said Jeana Roth, director of community engagement at the shelter. 

"We all cried," Roth added. 

Holly, another dog born on the streets of Puerto Rico, ended up going home with a Nothern California couple. Holly was originally sent to Miami to be adopted but due to the devastating Hurricane Irma she was transferred again, this time to Berkley, where she found her forever family on Saturday. 

"If I can give a shelter animal a good home, whether they're traumatized or not, I'm doing what I should be doing," said Erik Hesse, a UC Berkeley professor who adopted Holly.

Cleo, a Husky mix, was also in need of a good home. The 5-year-old dog was rescued on July 4 from a sweltering hoarder house in Selden, New York, with no food or water. Pat, from Queens Village, had adopted "the best cat ever" 20 years ago from Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation in Wantagh, and returned to the shelter on Saturday in search of a new furry companion. Pat set her heart on Cleo and the once abandoned Husky will now live his best life thanks to Pat. 

And it's not just dogs that are finding fur-ever homes during Clear the Shelters. Molly, an 11-year-old dark grey tabby cat, was adopted Saturday from the Camden County Animal Shelter. Molly's new mom, Jane DeNoto, had been thinking about getting a cat to replace her beloved Gretal who passes away eight months ago. 

"She's a little bit shy, quiet," DeNoto said of Molly. "When I saw her, I thought, 'She's another Gretel!'"

In Atlanta, Georgia, 6-year-old Cameron was thrilled to adopt her first pet ever, a kitten, from Lifeline Animal Project's Fulton County Animal Services. Lifeline spokeswoman Karen Hirsch told NBC its shelters in DeKalb and Fulton counties have been taking in up to 10 litters of kittens a day, "so every adopted kitten is a victory for us."

Another successful adoption on Saturday for Lifeline came for Stacy, a deaf cat that arrived at the DeKalb County Animal Services with a broken leg and hip, and had to have femoral head ostectomy surgery. In a sea of available kittens, people often passed over an older cat with a disability. But when Valery Kratovil arrived at the shelter on Aug. 18, she didn't see any of Stacy's limitations. Instead, she saw "the most beautiful cat in the room," and fell in love with him immediately. 

When Aces arrived at the Irving Animal Shelter in Texas he was very skittish and scared, and needed surgery to remove his right eye. The Shepard mix was surrendered to the shelter because his owner had too many pets.

"He’s a little broken, and I’m a vet, so I’m a little broken, so we’ll help each other,” said his new mom Olivia, who adopted Aces on Saturday. "And I just lost a dog in May so, I know he’s going to help.”

Even those covering the event couldn't help themselves. Telemundo 39 anchor Norma Garcia said she "couldn't say no" to an adorable puppy at the Irving shelter in North Texas on Saturday and decided to adopt him. 

In Illinois, Bethy found the perfect dog in Joey the Chihuaha. The Chicago resident lives in a senior citizens building and has been wanting a dog for a long time. "I'm so happy," she said.

Brothers Tito and Thomas, 3-month-old Chihuahua Terrier mixes, both found forever homes on Saturday during the Clear the Shelters event at the Humane Society of Greater Miami in Florida. Nicole Wade adopted Tito and friend Suzanne Hosang took home Thomas.

In California, when Kate Rivera first saw a beautiful Siberian Husky at the Irvine Animal Care Center the dog appeared emotionless and did not want to get up. But as soon as Rivera approached the pooch, the Husky jumped up and all the sudden had a bunch of energy and "was accepting of all the love."

"She's the one, she's gotta be the one," Rivera said.

The Husky was one of more than 13,700 pets adopted across the Greater Los Angeles region.  

And in Fredericksburg, Virginia, at least one facility cleared its shelter over the weekend. The Fredericksburg SPCA helped 93 animals find their forever homes on Saturday — leaving only two dogs behind at the end of the day. But on Sunday, Little and Ginger were also picked up and are now in loving homes. 

Still, the need remains great. The number of animals entering shelters each year is about 6.5 million, 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Though the number has declined from about 7.2 million in 2011, with the biggest drop in the number of dogs, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year.

On the happier side, about 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted annually and another 710,000 are returned to their owners.

Clear the Shelters began in North Texas in 2014 as a partnership among the NBC and Telemundo stations in Dallas-Fort Worth and dozens of North Texas animal shelters. More than 2,200 homeless animals were adopted that first year, the most in a single day in North Texas.

A year later that number jumped to nearly 20,000 as the adoption drive went national, with more than 400 shelters taking part across the country. Last year, as the event was extended over a month, more than 80,000 pets were adopted from over 900 shelters.

Photo Credit: Joe Kaczmarek/ARL
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<![CDATA[Hundreds of Protesters Face Off in Seattle Over Gun Reform]]>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 08:01:12 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_18230755444778.jpg

Right-wing demonstrators gathered Saturday in Seattle for a "Liberty or Death" rally that drew counter-protesters from the left while dozens of police kept the two sides separated, NBC News reported.

The right-wing groups Washington 3 Percenters and Patriot Prayer were holding the rally outside Seattle City Hall to protest an effort to launch a gun-control initiative that would raise the age in Washington state for people buying semi-automatic rifles.

The left-wing groups Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity, Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party were rallying at the same site. 

Hundreds of protesters on each side of the street were separated Saturday afternoon by metal barriers and police officers as the left-wing protesters yelled and used cowbells and sirens to try to drown out speeches from the right-wing side. Three men were arrested, all for misdemeanor assault, Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, a Seattle police spokesman, told the Seattle Times.

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<![CDATA[White House Reported to Be Cooperating with Mueller Probe]]>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 05:25:00 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/221*120/TrumpMuellerCoop.jpg

President Donald Trump on Saturday claimed that his administration has been "transparent" in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the election and possible obstruction of justice, after the New York Times reported that the White House counsel has been cooperating extensively in the matter.

The Times, citing a dozen current and former White House officials and others briefed on the matter, reported the White House Counsel Don McGahn has given at least three voluntary interviews with investigators totaling 30 hours over the past nine months.

Trump has made several moves which could be seen as trying to control or limit the investigation into Russian interference in the election, such as firing FBI Director James Comey, calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the Mueller investigation, and reportedly seeking to fire Mueller in the past.

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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Being Struck by Lightning on Long Island: Officials]]>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 13:58:27 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sunken_Meadow_State_Park.jpg

A 32-year-old man was struck by lightning and killed in a Long Island park, officials said.

Aneal Lall, who was from Richmond Hill in Queens, was standing under a tree adjacent to a boardwalk at Sunken Meadow State Park around 6:50 p.m. on Saturday when he was struck, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said. 

Emergency personnel responded immediately and performed CPR before taking Lall to St. Catherine’s Hospital in Smithtown, the spokesman said.

Lall was pronounced dead at the hospital, he added.


CORRECTION (Aug. 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m. ET): An earlier version of this story stated the wrong day the man was killed. He was killed on Saturday. 

<![CDATA[Scientists Can Now Say How Global Warming Worsens Weather]]>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 07:14:43 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_18217791787750.jpg

When the heat waves, droughts, wildfires and deluges come — as they seem to with increasing regularity these days — the question inevitably arises: Did climate change play a role?

The answer scientists gave for years was that greenhouse gases created by humans likely contributed to extreme weather, but it was hard to definitively tie the warming atmosphere to any single episode. But that cautious approach is changing, NBC News reported. Now, scientists say that they will increasingly be able to link extreme weather events to human-caused global warming.

So when a heat wave beset Northern Europe early this summer, bringing temperatures in Scandinavia into the 90s, researchers operating under the name World Weather Attribution whipped together a series of computer simulations. Within three days, the scientists issued a finding that the hot spell had been made at least twice as likely because of human-driven climate change.

In less frequent instances, scientists taking more time have reached even bolder conclusions — finding that some extreme events would not have happened at all in a pre-industrial era, when Earth's atmosphere had not been pumped full of carbon dioxide.


The trend promises to become even more pronounced in the coming years, because national weather agencies in countries like Germany and Australia, and the weather service for the European Union, expect to begin issuing regular findings on whether unusual weather events grew out of climate change.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested With Pregnant Wife Was Wanted for Murder: ICE]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 17:53:54 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ie+gas+station+ice+arrest+08182018.JPG

This article has been updated from its original version. 

After US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested an undocumented immigrant as he and his pregnant wife were on their way to the hospital for the birth of their child, ICE released a statement alleging that the person abruptly taken into custody was wanted for a serious violent crime in Mexico: homicide.

Surveillance video from the San Bernardino Arco station at Highland and Mountainview avenues provided visual evidence of ICE agents taking the murder suspect into custody.

María del Carmen Venegas said she and her husband, Joel Arrona-Lara, were headed to the hospital for a scheduled C-section when ICE agents took Arrona-Lara into custody as they stopped for fuel.

The agents, Venegas said, approached the couple and asked them for their IDs, but Arrona-Lara was not carrying his documents at the time of the stop. Venegas said she thought the agents were confused and that they initially promised it wouldn't take long and the couple could be on their way.

"I asked them why they separate good people, why they weren't arresting people who do bad things, and I asked them to let us go," Venegas said in Spanish. "They told me they were only doing their job."

The agents arrested Arrona, and Venegas was forced to get in the driver's seat and continue to the hospital to give birth without her husband present.

"I never thought that they would take him like that, handcuff him, and that they would leave me stranded at the gas station," Venegas said.

Below is the complete statement from ICE on the incident, where the agency says Arrona-Lara is a murder suspect:

Mr. Arrona-Lara, a citizen of Mexico illegally residing in the United States, was taken into custody Wednesday by ICE Fugitive Operations Team officers in San Bernardino, Calif. Mr. Arrona-Lara is currently in ICE custody pending removal proceedings with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).

Mr. Arrona-Lara was brought to ICE’s attention due to an outstanding warrant issued for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges.

ICE continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security. ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. However, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.

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<![CDATA[BSB Fans Injured as Structure Collapses Outside Show]]>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 13:02:30 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BSBGettyImages-986609674.jpg

Fourteen Backstreet Boys fans were injured outside a concert after severe weather caused a concrete structure to collapse on them outside WinStar World Casino and Resort Saturday night, a spokesperson said.

Around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the storm blew through Thackerville, Oklahoma with 70-80 mph winds and knocked over concrete entrance trusses, injuring the fans, said WinStar spokesperson Kym Koch Thompson.

Thompson said WinStar officials started to evacuate fans waiting to get into the outdoor concert venue around 5 p.m. after lightning got within four miles of the casino. All concertgoers were asked to move inside before the storm hit, but Thompson said about 150 people stayed in line for the show.

All 14 people who were injured were treated at the scene and then transported to area hospitals with minor injuries, Thompson said. All victims were later released.

The show was ultimately canceled, and WinStar said tickets will be honored when the concert is rescheduled.

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