<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - National & International News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Mon, 27 Apr 2015 01:39:23 -0400 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 01:39:23 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Who Were the Americans Killed in the Everest Avalanche?]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:39:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Americans-Died-Avalanche.jpg

As the first group of survivors from Saturday’s earthquake-triggered avalanche on Mount Everest were flown to Nepal's capital, the U.S. State Department confirmed that three Americans were among the 17 people killed in the disaster.

Filmmaker Tom Taplin, Google executive Dan Fredinburg, and camp doctor Marisa Eve Girawong all died in the avalanche. Here’s more about their lives:

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Google issued a statement Saturday confirming the death of executive Dan Fredinburg who was the head of privacy for innovation lab Google[x].

Fredinburg had been scaling the mountain for the past three weeks with three other Google employees through U.K.-based tour company Jagged Globe, according to NBC News. The three were found safe, according to Google.

"Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy," the statement read. "Dan Fredinburg a longtime member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly."

Actress Sophia Bush, who Fredinburg dated from 2013 and 2014, expressed her sadness over his passing on social media.

"Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards, I'll likely never find them all," the actress said in a statement on Twitter and Instagram. "He was one of my favorite human beings on Earth.”

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Marisa Eve Girawong, from Edison, N.J., was described as an emergency room physician assistant. A Seattle-based mountaineering company said she was serving as a camp doctor for its team on the mountain when she was killed in the avalanche.

She was an avid rock climber and mountaineer who was pursuing an advanced degree in mountain medicine, Madison Mountaineering said in a statement. She attended school in Chicago and had successfully reached the summits of Mt. Washington and Mt. Rainier.

"Our hearts are broken," the company said in a statement.

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Tom Taplin, 61, was a Denver-born filmmaker working on a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp at the time of the avalanche, NBC affiliate KUSA reported.

His wife, Cory Freyer, told NBC News he was a photographer, filmmaker and mountaineer, and had written a book about his experiences climbing South America's tallest peak, Aconcagua, in the early 1990s.

She also said that it was on that trip that Taplin broke his arm after falling into a crevasse. However, he was able to pull himself to a place where he was reached by other mountaineers, she added. He was able to successfully climbed the mountain the next year, she said.

"It sounds trite, but he died doing what he loved doing," Cory Freyer told NBC News.




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<![CDATA[Man Had 18 lbs of Pot at Airport]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:05:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/163*120/42615drugs.jpg

A leaky suitcase led to the arrest of a New York man who is accused of attempting to board a flight at New York's Laguardia Airport with several pounds of marijuana and a few ounces of crack cocaine in his baggage.

Airport screeners contacted Port Authority police at about 11 a.m. Saturday after noticing liquid leaking from a checked bag that emitted an odor of marijuana, investigators said Sunday.

After finding marijuana inside the bag, police traced it to Kelvin E. Smith, 55, of the Bronx, who was waiting for a flight at a US Airways gate, investigators said. Police learned that Smith had checked in an additional bag and found that it contained more marijuana wrapped in plastic and 2.8 ounces of crack cocaine.

Smith's two bags contained 18 pounds of marijuana, investigators said.

Smith was charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. It was unclear whether he had retained an attorney who could comment on the charges.

Court records indicate that Smith has 41 prior convictions for drug offenses, investigators said. 

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<![CDATA[How to Help Victims of the Nepal Earthquake]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:58:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Nepal-Earthquake-25-April-2015-2.jpg

Survivors of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal and neighboring countries were still picking up the pieces Sunday after the disaster that left more than 2,200 people dead. Those living in the Kathmandu area were also hit with major aftershock that registered an initial 6.7 magnitude.

World leaders and global charities offered emergency aid as hospitals in the poverty-stricken Himalayan nation were overflowing with injured people, NBC News reported. The United States is sending a disaster response team and $1 million to help the people of Nepal, The Associated Press reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said that the estimated damage from the quake could cost between $100 million and $10 billion.

As the world continues to learn the scope of the disaster, here are ways you can donate:

WORLD VISION

The humanitarian aid group had staff on the ground when the earthquake hit. Members of the organization said survivors need food, water and shelter, spokeswoman Laura Blank told NBC News.

“Infrastructure is down all over the city,” World Vision’s operations director in Kathmandu Philip Ewert also said. “Power is out with limited internet access. Walls and water tanks are damaged. We are also getting reports that people are trapped in temples and other public buildings as there was a large festival here Saturday.”

To make a donation to the organization to address these needs, you can visit their Nepal page or text NEPAL to 777444 to donate $10.

RED CROSS

Volunteers and staff at the Nepal Red Cross Society are providing aid, but they have limited stocks of emergency relief items available in the country, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said in a statement.

"We are extremely concerned about the fate of communities in towns and villages in rural areas closer to the epicenter," said Jagan Chapagain, the IFRC's Director for Asia Pacific. “We anticipate that there will be considerable destruction and loss of life.”

For information on how to donate, visit the IFRC website.

GLOBALGIVING

The organization hopes to raise 1 million dollars and has created a Nepal-specific page outlining specific issues they hope to address with the funds.

“Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter,” the organization said on its page. “Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted local organizations.”

GlobalGiving says it will provide updates about how the funds are being used. You can donate here.

AMERICARES

An emergency team from the AmeriCares India office is preparing shipments of medical aid and relief supplies for survivors. The organization stocks emergency medicine and relieft supplies in its warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in time of crisis, and launches comprehensive recovery programs.

"Our emergency response team is en route to Nepal and we are prepared to help any way that we can," AmeriCares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis said in a statement. "This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the families suffereing."

To donate to AmeriCares International Disaster Relief Fund, you can click here.

UNICEF

UNICEF is currently on the ground in Nepal providing critical emergency aid to children and families.

"UNICEF expects children, an estimated 40 percent of Nepal's poplulation, to be among the worst affected by the earthquake. The first priorities are lifesaving interventions—getting essential medicines, nutrition, and safe water to children and families in immediate need," the organization's website said.

To support the UNICEF relief efforts in Nepal, you can donate here.

MERCY CORPS

Mercy Corps' team is on the ground in Nepal working to get a better understanding of the conditions. The team is focused on delivering lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities. Mercy Corps will be helping communities immediately start to rebuild homes, schools, help people return to work and process the trauma.

To support Mercy Corps' earthquake response team, you can donate here.



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<![CDATA[Rescued Baby's 25-Year Reunion]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:55:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dumpster-robin-barton-dads.jpg

Twenty-five years ago a California policeman saved a baby's life. This week, the same Santa Ana officer gave him his parents back.

Robin Barton's adoptive family only recently told him his infamous origin story: that he was left to die in a Southern California dumpster as an infant until his rescuer discovered him and resuscitated him.

On the news in 1989 he was known as Baby "Adam," and he was barely breathing when officer Michael Buelna discovered him in Santa Ana. Buelna was investigating a stabbing in the area when neighbors waved him down, saying they'd heard a baby crying. He investigated, according to a contemporary LA Times report.

Barton, now 25, and Buelna reunited earlier this week. "When I first met him, it was slightly overwhelming. But it was just a wonderful moment," Barton said.

Barton said he and Santa Ana police officer Michael Buelna caught up on each other's lives when they reunited -- there must have been a lot to go over after 25 years.

In their meeting, Barton mentioned that he was looking for his birth mother, who served time in prison for abandoning her child and was eventually deported.

Barton wanted to get the message out by reuniting with the man who saved his life, hoping his mother might hear the story and find him. Instead, news reports caught the attention of Barton's birth father, Marcos Meza, who'd been looking for him for years.

On Sunday, they finally met, along with two of Barton's five newfound sisters. The reunion was thrilling, he told NBC4.

Barton felt much the same way: "Shock and awe, joy, happiness. I'm just overwhelmed." He was able to speak with his mother as well by phone, he said -- Santa Ana police said she was deported to Mexico after being released from prison.

Sunday morning, Barton was able to pose for pictures with both of his fathers -- all thanks to the police officer who stopped what he was doing when residents told them they'd heard a baby crying.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[9-Year-Old Attempts Aerial Record]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:42:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/182*120/042615+Guinness+Aerials+Record.JPG

A 9-year-old girl from Orange County, Califronia, was head over heels Saturday as she attempted to break a world record for most consecutive aerials.

Ollivia Nguyen completed 42 of the handless cartwheels on a mat in an Anaheim gym in front of a cheering crowd and a Guinness World Record camera, according to her mother.

"In the beginning it feels easy because I have a lot of oxygen but at the end my breathing kind of gets heavy," Nguyen said in a practice before the record attempt.

Nguyen practiced for over six months to accomplish the feat, said her current coach, Sarah Eshom.

"We've worked on different techniques," Eshom said, "and once we found the technique that best fit her we started building up the numbers. We went from 10 to 20 to 30 and then now she's doing 40 consecutive with no problem."

The current record for “Most Consecutive Aerials-Breakdance,” is six, Anthony Yodice, a spokesman for Guinness World Records North America Inc., told the OC Register.

The idea of Nguyen breaking the record came from a conversation her mother, Nicholle Aguilar, had with another of Nguyen's coaches.

"(He) said, 'You know I think that she can really do this,'" Aguilar said. "He kind of put this in her heart or the inspiration in her heart."

The attempt was recorded and sent to Guinness World Record officials to verify the two-and-a-half minute video, according to the OC Register. Two certified gymnast instructors and a notary were present at the event.

"I believe in her and I knew she could do it, so we pursued it," Aguilar said at the pre-record attempt practice.



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<![CDATA[Raw Video: Truck Goes Up in Flames]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:10:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bell-gardens-tanker-fire-710.gif

A huge ball of flames engulfed a gasoline tanker truck on a freeway outside of Los Angeles on Sunday, sending black plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles and causing a traffic nightmare.

The double-tanker truck was hauling 7,500 gallons of gas on the southbound 710 Freeway when it jackknifed near the Florence Avenue exit in Bell and exploded in flames, officials said.

Dozens of firefighters arrived just after 3:30 p.m. to battle the huge fire, which could be seen as far as downtown Los Angeles.

Crews managed to extinguish the flames about an hour later. No injuries were immediately reported.

The driver was able to escape the crash with minor bumps and bruises, fire officials said.

The 710 Freeway was closed in both directions. Southbound traffic was being diverted off at Bandini Boulevard, while northbound traffic was diverted off at Florence Avenue.

The closure was expected to last 8 hours, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[NY Daily News Truck Driver Dies]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:09:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/daily+news+driver+killed+crash.jpg

A 24-year-old driver for the Daily News was killed Sunday morning when his delivery truck collided with a green outer-borough taxi in Brooklyn, police said. 

The accident happened around 5:45 a.m. at the intersection of Nostrand and Flushing Avenues in Williamsburg.

Dash cam video taken from a car not involved in the accident shows the Daily News truck approach the intersection at a yellow light before it collides with the taxi.

The collision was so violent that it sent the Daily News truck toppling over.

When police arrived they found the driver, identified as Jonathan Long of Brooklyn, unconscious and suffering from traumatic injuries.

Long was taken to Woodhull Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

“The Daily News offers Mr. Long's family its deepest sympathies,” a company spokeswoman wrote in an email. 

A 58-year-old passenger in the truck was also taken to Woodhull Hospital. He is listed in stable condition.

Delivery truck drivers often don't wear seat belts and drive with their doors open, as they're continuously hopping in and out of their trucks.

The 26-year-old taxi driver was treated at the scene. His taxi license has been suspended just two weeks after he started driving a taxi, the Taxi and Limousine Commission said. 

Police are still investigating what caused the accident.

No arrests have been made.


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<![CDATA[College Network End Classes for 16K]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:06:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP726758529250.jpg

Roughly 16,000 students enrolled in a chain of troubled for-profit colleges are no longer able to take classes after the schools' parent company, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., announced Sunday it is ceasing all of its operations.

The Orange County-based school network has not yet made arrangements with other schools to find "continuing educational opportunities" at its 28 remaining campuses, which are closing effective Monday, the school said.

CCI added that it would rely on the help of regulatory agencies and partner institutions to place students enrolled at Heald College campuses in California, Hawaii and Oregon, as well as Everest and WyoTech schools in California, Arizona and New York.

“Now we're going have to make a mad dash to find another option. For some of us this was our last resort," said Krisa Mata, a student who said she took out loans to attend CCI's Everest College in Reseda.

"It's the first thing I saw on my phone when I woke up. I have no idea what I'm gonna do now," she said.

The announcement occurs less than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education said it was fining the institution $30 million over misrepresentation. The department contends that Corinthian has not addressed allegations of falsifying job placement data and altering grades and attendance records, The Associated Press reported.

The school was unable to sell off all its schools under a deal with the U.S. Department of Education, it said in a statement, though it has sold 56.

"Largely as a result of recent state and federal regulatory actions, we were unable to complete a sale, and our only option was to close our schools," CEO Jack Massimino wrote in a letter to students posted on the school's website. 

California Attorney General Kamala Harris sued Corinthian in 2013 for allegedly misrepresenting how many of its graduates were placed in jobs in actions she called “unconscionable” and “predatory." She also alleged that the chain advertised that it offered classes it did not.

It agreed the next year to sell 85 campuses and close a dozen more in an agreement with the Department of Education, which was closely monitoring school data, according to information submitted to a federal regulatory agency.

Corinthian was one of the country's largest for-profit educational institutions, according to the AP. It collapsed last summer amid a cash shortage and fraud allegations.
 



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<![CDATA[Firefighters Save Elderly Couple ]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:29:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/elderly+couple+crash+web.jpg

Firefighters cut the roof off of an elderly couple's car to get them out of their minivan after a hit-and-run near the Midway district in San Diego, officials said. 

A car hit the couple's vehicle near the intersection of Chatsworth Boulevard and Elliot Street Saturday night, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said.

The minivan crashed on its side, though the driver took off, leaving the elderly couple hanging from their seatbelts, police said.

Firefighters said they were able to extract them by cutting the roof of the car and removing them. 

The driver had been recovering from a recent surgery and was in a lot of pain, police said. 

Both the man and woman are expected to be okay, according to police.



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<![CDATA[Burning Car Contained Body: Police]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:30:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/enterprise+golf+course.jpg

A body was found inside a burning car early Sunday morning in Mitchellville, Maryland, according to police.

A Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department spokesman said police officers were called to investigate the report of a body inside a burning car at the Enterprise Golf Course in the 2800 block of Enterprise Road.

The Prince George’s County Police Department, the Prince George’s County Fire Department, and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department have launched a joint investigation into the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the person’s death. The person’s identity has not been released.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925.



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<![CDATA[San Diego Man Says Simple Surgery Led to Amputation]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:45:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-021.jpg

One Southern California man is suing a San Diego doctor's office after his simple orthopaedic surgery went wrong and resulted in an amputation. 

San Diego resident Mike Szabo said it all started with a throbbing pain he felt in his pinky finger after playing a game of hurling. 

Szabo said he initially ignored the pain, and by the time he went to see Dr. Drew Peterson at California Orthopaedic Institute, the doctor told him he would require a simple surgery.

"He said that it was dislocated and I small fracture in the joint and because it had been dislocated and because it had been dislocated for 8 weeks it would require a simple surgery,” Szabo said. 

Szabo had the surgery, but he said that soon after he got the feeling something wasn't right.

"I started having this throbbing, burning pain,” said Szabo. 

He called the doctor's office to complain, but said he didn't speak to the doctor but someone else who told him not to worry.

"I asked her should I remove the bandage because I feel like it's too tight and she said no don't remove the bandage because it could risk infection,” Szabo said. 

He said the pain persisted and even got worse. He called the office again and was told the same thing. It wasn't until nearly two weeks later at his post-operation appointment that he knew the pain was serious.

"They removed the bandage and my finger was just jet black, like a lump of charcoal,” Szabo said. "He didn't give me much advice or explanation of what was going on. He just said we'll monitor it.”

Szabo said he decided to get a second opinion and found his black finger was an infection.

"They said it was dry gangrene, so it basically had died from lack of blood supply,” said Szabo. He said he had to have his pinky finger amputated from the joint up.

Szabo has now filed suit against the Doctor's office and the doctor claiming negligence.

NBC 7 reached out to the doctor's office. The office's attorney, Kyle Cruse, said in a statement, “This case is a prime example of a frivolous lawsuit. All the medical professionals complied with the standard of care and treated the patient appropriately."

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<![CDATA[Newborn's Remains Found in Ca. Yard]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:41:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/150425-infant-remains-westmont.jpg

The remains of a newborn were found in a Westmont backyard Saturday, sheriff's deputies said.

A homeowner in the 1500 block of West 104th Street, an unincorporated area east of Inglewood, reported finding the remains just after 10 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said in a statement.

The 1- to 3-days-old baby was apparently dismembered, deputies said. "Significant portions" of the infant's body were missing.

Neighbors were asked to look in their yards and trash cans for "suspicious items that have been discarded," deputies said.

"Detectives would like to speak with any females who were recently pregnant, are no longer pregnant, and the baby is absent," deputies said.

Britany Placencia, 9, said she found a body part while playing with her dog in her backyard, then ran to tell her mother.

"The dog was sniffing the ball... so I was going to get the ball and I got it. I saw the leg," the girl said.

The girl's mother came out, saw the leg near a bicycle and called 911. Then she found a baby's head in her side yard.

"This was kind of shocking to me, when you hear anything about an infant," said neighbor Lawrence Alston.



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<![CDATA[HS Football Star Shot, Killed in Camden]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:01:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jameer-Bullard.jpg

Jesse Kato wore his son's varsity letter jacket as he asked the public to help find the person responsible for his death. 

"As a son he's a good person," Kato said. "Anybody, any help. If you know who did this to my son bring him to justice."

Kato's son, 18-year-old Ja'Meer Bullard, was a local high school football star who was shot and killed overnight in Camden, only a block away from his home. 

Bullard's family said he was walking to a nearby store with his younger cousin on Green and Mechanic streets shortly after midnight Saturday when a gunman suddenly opened fire. 

"I just opened the door for him," said Bullard's grandmother. "I opened the door for my grandson and I heard the gunshots."

Bullard was struck by the gunfire but managed to get his cousin to safety. He was taken to Cooper University Hospital where he died from his injuries at 1:11 a.m.

"He shouldn't have to die like that," his grandmother said. "He didn't do nothing to nobody. He always was a good kid. He was going places. They just took him out." 

Bullard was a Junior at Woodrow Wilson High School and a star running back and linebacker for the school's football team. He also received a recruitment offer from Temple University and was set to showcase his talent at a Nike invitational next week. 

"From the moment he touched the football, everyone knew he was going to be a special player some day," said Bullard's coach Preston Brown. 

Brown told NBC10 Bullard was excited to play college football and use his skills to get off the streets of Camden and start a new life. 

"Right now my heart is real heavy having lost Ja'Meer to senseless gun violence in the city of Camden," Brown said. 

No arrests have been made. Police continue to investigate.

If you have any information on the shooting, please call Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Anthony Roccia at (856) 365-3122 or Camden County Police Detective Mark Lee at (856) 757-7420.



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<![CDATA[New Jersey Woman Among Nepal Earthquake Victims]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:23:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/042615nepal.jpg

Marisa Eve Girawong, a physician's assistant from Edison, New Jersey, was among those killed in an avalanche at a Mount Everest base camp, according to a mountaineering company.

Seattle-based Madison Mountaineering's website described Girawong as an emergency room physician's assistant who was serving as the team's camp doctor. She was an avid rock climber and mountaineer who was pursuing an advanced degree in mountain medicine, the site said.

"She is loved by all of us in base camp and a great addition to our team and helped us tremendously," Garrett Madison said in a satellite phone dispatch from the mountain. "She will be missed greatly. We're very sorry for her loss."

East Orange General Hospital, where Girawong worked previously as a physician's assistant, issued a statement mourning her loss.

In New York City, members of the Nepali community were grieving for the thousands of people killed in their homeland.

Luna Ranjit, a staffer at the Adhikaar Nepali Center in Queens, said she felt somewhat at a loss.

"It's sort of a sense of helplessness to be so far away. I wish I could be there with my friends and family and do something about it," she said.

Ranjit said she hopes that even from so far away she can help connect people to resources and bring attention to the tragedy.

An estimated 40,000 Nepali immigrants live in the New York City area. Many were planning to gather for a prayer vigil Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Google Exec Dies in Nepal]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:54:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP03050618355.jpg

Google executive Dan Fredinburg was confirmed dead in an avalanche on Mount Everest which was triggered by a massive 7.8 earthquake in Nepal Saturday that claimed over 3,200 lives.

Fredinburg, 33, was a privacy director on the Google X team, and was involved in projects such as the driverless car. He was climbing Mt. Everest with three other Googlers during the avalanche when he received a major head injury and passed away, his sister Megan wrote in an Instagram post.

"We appreciate all of the love that has been sent our way thus far and know his soul and his spirit will live on in so many of us," his sister wrote. "All our love and thanks to those who shared this life with our favorite hilarious strong willed man. He was and is everything to us."

Fredinburg's boss, Google privacy director Lawrence You, wrote that the Google Crisis Response team has launched a "Person Finder" for Nepal, and is working to update satellite images to help with the recovery effort.

Google is also committing $1 million to the response effort and plans to have gift-matching efforts available for their employees soon. "Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal, and with Dan’s family and friends during this terrible time," You said. You added that the three other Googlers who were hiking Mt. Everest with Fredinburg are safe and Google is initiating efforts to bring them back to the U.S. safely.

Fredinburg's Instagram and Twitter page is filled with pictures and posts about his Everest trek. "I want everyone to think like Google [x] and have the heart of an adventurer," his Instagram page says. His last Twitter post is on April 24. "Day 22: Ice training with @michelebattelli means frequent stops for morning cappuccino," it says.

Actress Sophia Bush, who dated Fredinburg from 2013 to 2014, posted on instagram that the loss has left her with "no adequate words." "Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards, I'll likely never find them all," Bush wrote. "Today I, and so many of my loved ones, lost an incredible friend. Dan Fredinburg was one-of-a-kind. Fearless. Funny."

Bush described Fredinburg as a "a dancing robot who liked to ride dinosaurs and chase the sun and envision a better future for the world." "His brain knew how to build it. His heart was constantly evolving to push himself to make it so," she wrote.

Mike North, one of Friedenberg's closest friends, said that Friedenberg's passion was climate change. “He is the most incredible person I have ever met in my life,” North said. "His will to do anything is beyond anyone else’s I have ever seen."

North found out early Sunday that Fredinburg was killed in the avalanche triggered by the 7.8 earthquake. Fredinburg’s girlfriend broke the news. “It was pretty garbled but basically what I heard was that the avalanche had come to the camp," North said. "He seemed all right at first but then wasn’t and he ultimately passed away."

North said Fredinburg had "two Everests he had to climb on this trip." "The first Everest, which was the hardest, was getting Google to allow him to go climb Everest — the second, climbing Everest," he said.

Video footage shows Fredinburg zipping himself up in yellow North Face gear, as he gets ready for last year’s Mt. Everest trip. He can be heard saying: “This is how you get ready for Everest.” That trip was also a tragic one, because several of his sherpas died in the avalanche. “After that he went to an orphanage there — so this year he was planning to dedicate the climb to all the orphans," North said.

He also planned to plant a flag on top of Mount Everest with the word “NEAT” on it promoting his organization SaveTheIce.org, a goal he was not able to accomplish. "He was in his early 30s, so if you want to talk about lives affected, if he had been able to live a complete life, we could be talking about a billion lives that could be benefacted by this man,” North said.

Jagged Globe, the company that organized the Everest trek for Fredinburg and his team, issued a statement on the death of Fredinburg on their site.

The first of many private memorials for Fredinburg will be taking place Sunday.

 

Day 20: Saving ice on top of Kala Patthar. Everest Basecamp in the background is a climate change hotspot. #Savetheice

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<![CDATA[NY Officer Fatally Shoots Suspect]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:11:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/42515cops.jpg

A 24-year-old robbery suspect was fatally shot Saturday during a "violent physical struggle" with two detectives in a Manhattan apartment building, police said.

Authorities withheld the name of the suspect pending notification of his family.

As two detectives approached the sixth-floor apartment in the East Village, where the suspect was believed to be, the suspect bolted out a window and down a fire escape, said New York City Police Department Chief Jim O'Neill. The detectives caught up with him in a hallway and a "violent physical struggle" ensued, the chief said during a news conference.

During the struggle, the suspect grabbed a hand-held radio from one detective and struck him in the head with it, O'Neill said. The fight continued for about five minutes before one detective drew his weapon and fired a single shot, hitting the suspect in the torso, he said.

The suspect, who was wanted in connection with the robbery of a woman on Thursday, died at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital, O'Neill said.

The incident occurred at 1:45 p.m. at a halfway house at 538 E. Sixth St.

The two detectives, who were not identified, were taken to a hospital, where one was treated for injuries to the head and shoulder.

The suspect was accused of confronting a 21-year-old woman on Thursday as she was giving a presentation at City College, according to the NYPD. The two then argued in a hallway and the suspect repeatedly punched the woman and stole her purse, which contained her keys, cash, credit cards and identification, investigators said. He fled the scene and eluded a police search.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Obama Jokes at Correspondents' Dinner]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:09:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Obama-White-House-Correspondents-Dinner-1.jpg President Obama poked fun at politicians, government officials and himself at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner.

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<![CDATA[Caught on Cam: Store Owner Fights Violent Robber]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:23:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jewelry+store+owner+fights+back.jpg

A New Jersey jewelry store owner didn't back down when a robber brutally punched and beat him Tuesday night, instead fighting back in a fierce showdown captured on surveillance video.

Police said the suspect, Edgardo Cuevas, walked into Tony's Jewelers in Clifton pretending to be a customer and then when the 65-year-old owner, Tony Markar, turned his back, pounced. 

Cuevas is seen on surveillance video lunging over the counter to snatch expensive jewelry, and then repeatedly punching Markar. 

"He was intent on getting that jewelry one way or another at any expense," said Clifton Police Detective Sgt. Robert Bracken. 

"Obviously from the video, it's very graphic, violent, startling," he said. 

But Markar didn't back down, and he gave back as good as he got, the video shows.

"I think it was just a reaction," said Bracken. "He wasn't about to let anybody take anything from his store." 

The face-off was so violent the two shattered the counter's glass. As a last-ditch effort, the alleged robber jumped on top of the counter and appeared to put the owner into a headlock as he grabbed for more jewelry. 

The owner's wife, who had been Skyping with him, watched the terrifying scene play out from a computer screen in the back. 

"He was in the middle of speaking with her, she was in another store in another town and she watched the whole incident occur," said Bracken. 

The ordeal finally ended when the suspect ran from the store. Police were able to get a good enough look at the suspect and recognized an old mugshot of Cuevas from 2009. Cuevas was arrested in Clifton Thursday night. 

Attorney information for Cuevas wasn't immediately available. 

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<![CDATA[Famed NYC Deli Closes Doors]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:47:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/020609+Carnegie+Deli.jpg

Carnegie Deli has closed its doors to customers after Con Edison discovered what the utility is calling "theft of service conditions" at the iconic eatery.

A voice recording at the deli informed callers on Saturday that the locale was closed for "Con Edison repairs."

The utility discovered a gas leak at the midtown site earlier this week, said Bob McGee, a spokesman for Con Edison. When crews returned to the scene on Thursday, they discovered “theft of service conditions” due to a diverted service line, McGee said.

Authorities believe the explosion in the East Village on March 26 that killed two may have been caused by someone improperly tapping a gas line.

The city Department of Buildings didn't immediately return a call about the matter. There was no immediate response to an email to Carnegie Deli's press representative.

Carnegie Deli is frequented by tourists who indulge in their large pastrami sandwiches. It has also made numerous pop culture cameos. For instance, scenes in Woody Allen's "Broadway Danny Rose" were shot there.



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<![CDATA[Tsarnaev Family Moved From Hotel: Police]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:14:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tsa-AP567660334140.jpg

The relatives of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been moved from the Revere, Massachusetts, hotel they arrived at Thursday, Revere Police confirm.

A law enforcement source confirmed Tsarnaev's relatives arrived at Boston Logan Airport Thursday and were staying at the Hampton Inn in Revere.

The FBI declined to comment on the family's new location due to security concerns and the on-going trial. The arrival of his family coincides with the defense giving its opening statement in the penalty phase of Tsarnaev's trial on Monday.

Tsarnaev was convicted this month of all 30 charges against him. Three people were killed and more than 260 others were wounded when twin bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon April 15, 2013. An MIT police officer was also killed in a shootout three days after the bombings.

On Thursday, the government rested their case in the penalty phase of the trial. They will get a chance for rebuttal after the defense presents its case.

A jury must decide whether to sentence him to life in prison or to death. 



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<![CDATA[Thousands Lose Power in Tex. Storms]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 03:49:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/CDZ79QAUMAABKza.jpg

Strong thunderstorms packing powerful winds carved a trail of damage across North Texas Friday evening, causing widespread power outages and downing numerous trees down in southern Tarrant County.

Wind gusts of 70 to 90 mph were reported in the storms, with the most wind damage reported in Comanche, Erath, Johnson and Tarrant counties.

Oncor reported more than 25,000 customers without electricity early Saturday morning, down from their initial report of 52,000. Power companies across Texas reported that over 48,00 people across the state were without power.

Travelers huddled in a storm shelter at Dallas Love Field as severe storms flights grounded. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport also reported hundreds of flights delayed or canceled by the storms.

No tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service, but straight-line winds toppled trees and power lines in several communities.

A large, mature tree was no match for the winds that hit Lipscomb Street in Fort Worth.

Haven Zametz said she was inside her house when the storm's winds began to howl, and she said her house began to shake as if it was in an earthquake.

She didn't realize it was because the tree fell on top of her home until her neighbor called.

"My neighbor called and said, 'Are you OK?' And I said, 'Yeah, I'm fine.' And he said, 'No, a tree has fallen on your house!' So I walked out onto the porch and this is what I saw," said Zametz.

The tree smashed the roof of the front porch, but did not damage the home. No one was hurt.

Areas of flash flooding were also reported, with at least one water rescue from a vehicle in Irving.

The American Red Cross said the damage in the Metroplex appeared to be minor, and no shelters would be needed. Still, teams would remain on call to assist families in need.

The NBC 5 Weather Experts say Saturday will be sunny and warm, and a chance of thunderstorms returns to the forecast for Sunday afternoon and evening.

NBC 5's Bianca Castro contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Coyote Captured in Lower Manhattan After Chase]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:01:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/coyote+lower+manhattan.jpg

Police tranquilized and captured a coyote that was spotted wandering through lower Manhattan on Saturday morning, according to the NYPD.

An NBC 4 New York crew caught the animal on video as it trotted down Battery Park Place near Battery Park early Saturday.

"1 coyote in custody," the 1st Precinct said on Twitter, adding that the coyote was awake and unharmed.

The coyote was tranquilized at 375 S. End Ave. near the World Trade Center. The canine will be transported to the ASPCA for care.

First responders and other emergency personnel were in lower Manhattan earlier on Saturday trying to track the coyote down.

Saturday's incident was the latest in a string of coyote sightings this week. Police spent hours chasing a coyote in the Upper West Side on Wednesday. Then on Thursday night a coyote was pursued by police in Morningside Heights.

At least four different coyotes have been spotted in Manhattan so far this year, including in Chelsea, the Upper West Side and Stuyvesant Town, according to Sarah Aucoin, the director of the city's Urban Park Rangers program.

In March a coyote was spotted wandering on top of a bar in Queens.

Rabid coyotes have been turning up in New Jersey as well. A man walking his dog was attacked earlier this month in Bergen County by one of the canines. The man later tested positive for rabies.



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<![CDATA[Mattel Dumps "SeaWorld Trainer Barbie"]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:47:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mattell-Barbie.jpg

“SeaWorld Trainer Barbie” is going to need to freshen up her resume.

A Mattel spokesperson has confirmed that the company has ceased production of the doll and the rest of its SeaWorld-related merchandise.

"We're not making the doll anymore," Alex Clark told NBC News. "Consumers may find it on retail shelves but we are not shipping and not producing the doll."

Clark didn’t name a specific motivation behind the move.

"A number of factors go into a decision like that," he said. "Their licensing deal expired and we've elected not to renew it."

However, Mattel’s decision follows a growing backlash against the aquatic theme park over its treatment of orcas and the safety of its trainers.

In 2010, park guests witnessed a SeaWorld trainer get drowned by an orca. In 2013, a documentary called “Blackfish” also sparked public outcry over allegations that the captive whales were being mistreated.

Animal activist groups praised the move by Mattel.

"It is very fitting that Mattel would dump Sea World Trainer Barbie," PETA spokeswoman Stephanie Shaw said to NBC News. "She's now able to maintain her animal-friendly image."

Back in November, the company announced that attendance and revenue continued to decline in the fourth quarter of 2014.

“Clearly, 2014 has been a challenging year, but I am confident we are taking the necessary steps to address our near term challenges and position the company to deliver value over the long term,” SeaWorld CEO Jim Atchison said at the time in a statement on the park’s website.



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<![CDATA[Free Drinks During Starbucks Register Outage]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:53:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP584464016824.jpg

A nationwide outage of Starbucks' point-of-sale system got some customers a free jolt of espresso.

The coffee chain confirmed the outage to store staff around 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday via a tweet on the company's Twitter account for employees. Starbucks later said in a statement, "the outage was caused by a failure during a daily system refresh."

"We are aware of the point of sale register outage at company-operated Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada," the company said in the statement. "We are actively working to resolve the outage and our stores will remain open and continue to serve our customers."

News of the outage lit up social networks as some stores offered customers free drinks of their choosing.

 But not all locations were being as generous, customers shared.

Starbucks said in the statement the outage was also affecting their Evolution Fresh and Teavana stores.

UPDATE: Starbucks said it had resolved the outage in all U.S. and Canadian stores, according to press release posted on their website early Saturday morning. The company apologized to customers for the inconvenience and said it expected to open for business as usual on Saturday, April 25.



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<![CDATA[Cop in Deadly Wrong-Way Crash Had BAC 3 Times Legal Limit: Sources]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:13:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pedro-Abad-Wreck-Inset.jpg

The New Jersey police officer who hit a tractor-trailer head-on on a Staten Island highway last month, killing a fellow officer and a friend and critically injuring a third cop, had a blood alcohol content of .24 percent, three times the legal limit, law enforcement sources say. 

Authorities had obtained a warrant to test Pedro Abad Jr.'s blood-alcohol content following the March 20 wrong-way crash on the West Shore Expressway. 

The NYPD, who's investigating the crash, had no comment on the toxicology results. A message was left with the Linden police officers' union, and Abad's lawyer had no comment, saying only his client was in the process of hiring a new attorney. 

Abad, 27, was driving his fellow officers and friend on the wrong side of the expressway on the way back from a strip club when his vehicle slammed into the tractor-trailer, authorities said. 

Hours before the crash, Abad had posted a photo on his Instagram page of three shot glasses filled with what he identified as "Jack Daniels Fire on the house." Authorities said at the time it was "too premature" to speculate on what caused the accident. 

Public records show Abad has been involved in eight accidents since 2005 and has two arrests for drunken driving in the last four years.

Abad was hospitalized in critical condition following the crash, which killed fellow Linden officer Frank Viggiano and friend Joseph Rodriguez.

Patrik Kudlac, another Linden cop riding in Abad's Honda, was also hospitalized in critical condition after the crash. 

The Union County prosecutor's office has said it would hand off the probe into the driving record and employment history of Abad to avoid the perception of any conflicts of interest. The state attorney general's office said the investigation will be handled by the Middlesex County prosecutor's office.

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<![CDATA[Life Sentence for Men in Thrill Killing]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:34:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Galvez-Gomez-0424.jpg

Two men found guilty in the random 2011 thrill killing of a developmentally disabled man were sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday in a San Diego courtroom.

Humberto Galvez, 22, and Juan Ignacio Gomez, 24, were each convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of Jordan Hickey, 21.

At their sentencing, one defense attorney asked the judge for a new trial and to consider second-degree murder convictions for the defendants instead of first-degree. The judge denied both requests.

With Galvez and Gomez both in shackles facing toward the judge, Hickey’s family members spoke in court asking that the men be put behind bars forever.

A video was played in court before family members spoke. It was a photo montage of Hickey’s life set to the song “I’ll Be Missing You.”

The video included quotes of what Hickey may have been thinking in the moments leading up to his fatal shooting.

Those quotes read, in part: “Why me? I just want to go home! What do you want? Take my bike. Take my backpack. Take my necklace. Please don’t shoot!”

Hickey's cousin, Taylor, spoke first. At one point, she held an urn containing Hickey's ashes.

"This is what my cousin is. He is not a body. He is in an urn, burnt," said Taylor, overwhelmed with emotion.

Another cousin, Stephanie, then stepped forward, saying the decision Galvez and Gomez made was senseless.

“Both Gomez and Galvez went hunting for the thrill almost four years ago to the date – wanting to know how it felt to kill someone, to watch someone die. Jordan’s last moment on Earth was lying on cold concrete, in his blood, trying to stay alive until help could arrive,” she said.

She too held Hickey's ashes as she spoke.

"Did you get the thrill?" Stephanie asked, looking straight at Galvez and Gomez.

On April 29, 2011, the men fatally shot Hickey as he rode his bike home along Grove Street in the Lincoln Acres area near National City. Prosecutors argued the pair were driving around looking for someone to shoot and called the murder a thrill killing.

For nearly a year, no suspects were arrested in the murder as Hickey’s family members and detectives asked for the public’s help in solving the cold case. In March 2012, both Gomez and Galvez were arrested in Chula Vista in connection with the deadly shooting.

Galvez changed his plea to guilty on April 2. Gomez was found guilty of the murder on March 25. Their fates were decided almost exactly four years after the murder.

Hickey’s mother, Jeannine Hickey, spoke with NBC 7 after Gomez was convicted in March.

"They knew what the consequences were when they went out hunting, and that's what they did," said Jeannine. "They hunted and massacred my son for nothing. So yes, they deserve to stay where they are for the rest of their lives."

Jeannine said though he was 21 years old, Hickey – who was diagnosed with a developmental disability – could not handle the 4th of July because of the loud noises.

The mother said it pains her to think of how scared her son must have been during the shooting.

"He would scream if a balloon popped, so I can't even imagine the screams that came from my son when the gun was going off," she said.

Hickey's uncle, James, also made a statement in court Friday saying his family is constantly in pain knowing Hickey will never get to live out his life or his dreams.

“Jordan’s life was prematurely robbed from him. At the hands of two complete strangers for a reason I cannot and will never comprehend,” he said.



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<![CDATA[Senate Staffer Arrested]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:09:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Generic+DC+Police+Lights+Close+Up+Generic.jpg

An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home.

An office administrator for Cochran, Fred W. Pagan, 49, was arrested Thursday. Court documents say that Pagan allegedly said he planned to distribute the drugs "in exchange for sexual favors."

On April 9, a package from China addressed to Pagan's home in the 5700 block of Colorado Avenue NW was intercepted in Cincinnati with the controlled substance GBL, according to court documents.

GBL has similar effects to alcohol, but also can used in a compound commonly known as a date rape drug.

D.C. police and Homeland Security raided the home Thursday and found more than 180 grams of methamphetamine, according to police.

Pagan told authorities he ordered the GBL from China and knew it was illegal, according to court documents. He also said he received three prior shipments of GBL.

Pagan said he received the methamphetamine from California, according to court documents. He said he intended to exchange the GBL and methamphetamine for sexual favors.

Pagan was released on his own recognizance after an initial court appearance Friday.

“Senator Cochran is disturbed and deeply saddened by the arrest of his long-time aide Fred Pagan and is suspending him of all duties pending the outcome of this case,” a statement from the senator's office read.

The office is contacting Senate legal counsel.



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<![CDATA[Armenian Genocide March]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:51:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/armenian+genocide+america+los+angeles+march+justice.jpg

Tens of thousands of people attended Friday's "March for Justice" through Los Angeles on the anniversary of the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915.

The six-mile march was set to travel to the Turkish Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard from Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue, in Little Armenia. Los Angeles has America's largest Armenian population and the city's march was expected to be the largest in the western U.S.

Marchers hoped to bring awareness of the Armenian genocide, a term that's rejected by the Turkish government despite evidence of mass killings, which began with 300 Armenian leaders who were rounded up and deported or killed on April 24, 1915. About 5,000 poor Armenians were killed in and around Istanbul that day as well.

On the eve of the centennial, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted that his nation's ancestors never committed genocide, and the U.S. government has never recognized the massacres as a genocide.

But Los Angeles leaders spoke in support of referring to the massacres as a genocide.

"The mass extermination of Armenians was a genocide. We need to call it what it was," City Attorney Mike Feuer said Friday.

"Turkey is the only country where its own state-sponsored historians try to fight the truth, try to revise history, but there's no revising this dark chapter in the history of the world," U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff said.

Before the march stepped off, LA City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, joined by Feuer and other politicians, unveiled the Armenian Genocide Memorial Square, meant to "show that the city of Los Angeles recognizes the history of the Armenian Genocide, as well as the impact the event had on the Armenian community," O'Farrell said.

The Turkish Consulate in LA said in a statement that it commemorates and grieves the Armenians who died in the massacres but said using the term "genocide" is "historically wrong and politically misused."

Firing back at the call for recognition of a genocide by the Armenians, Dr. Metin Mangir, from the Committee of Turkish Americans, said, "That's a very big tragedy but Armenians also killed half a million non-Armenians prior to 1915, they never mention this.'

City News contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Man Kills Self Outside Courthouse]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:24:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/162*120/DSC_01692.JPG

A man awaiting a verdict in his sexual assault trial shot and killed himself outside the courthouse on Friday.

John Goodwin, 75, a longtime piano teacher from Atkinson, New Hampshire, went on trial this week for allegedly sexually assaulting a former student between 2002 and 2005. Prosecutors said the abuse began when the boy was 11 years old.

While jurors were deliberating around 11 a.m. in the Rockingham County Superior Court in Brentwood, Goodwin went outside and shot himself in the chest with a handgun.

Goodwin was critically injured and transported to a Massachusetts hospital. The sheriff's office was later notified that he had died.

"I felt bad for him, I felt bad for his wife," said Chris Neville, who works at the courthouse.

The jury in the case reached a mistrial later Friday afternoon, and did not know about the shooting.



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