<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - National & International News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usMon, 25 Jul 2016 10:01:27 -0400Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:01:27 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Clinton's Turn: Guide to the Democratic National Convention]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:31:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hillary-clinton7.jpg

It's Hillary Clinton's turn.

The Democratic National Convention opening Monday in Philadelphia is Clinton's chance to hit reset after a vigorous primary against Bernie Sanders and the unlikely movement that formed behind the Vermont senator. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, has endorsed Clinton, but many of his supporters have not. Some were dismayed by her choice of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as her running mate.

Democrats had expected a smoothly choreographed display of party unity that would contrast with last week's bumpy Republican National Convention in Cleveland. That gathering exposed deep, lingering reservations about Donald Trump from within his own party. But Democrat's hopes were dashed Sunday when DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned under pressure over hacked emails.

What to know about the week:

Both parties use their national conventions to formally nominate candidates for president and vice president. Party leaders showcase their nominees, and the prime-time speeches by the candidates and prominent politicians win some of the largest television audiences of the campaign. That makes the convention a critical opportunity for a party to introduce its candidates to the country.

Democrats also will adopt the party's platform, which lays out policy principles but has no binding effect.

The Wells Fargo Center, home to the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, is the convention site. The arena has been transformed with stages, platforms, cameras and lights. Democrats are hoping that city's historical role in the founding of American democracy will serve as a powerful backdrop for the themes they'll highlight.

More than 5,000 delegates are among the 50,000 people set to be in Philadelphia. They include alternates, lawmakers, special guests, journalists and protesters. Among the delegates, about 15 percent are superdelegates, mainly members of Congress and members of the Democratic National Committee. 

At the GOP convention, a striking number of prominent Republican lawmakers and party leaders were nowhere to be seen, including the party's previous two presidents and its two most recent presidential nominees. In contrast, bold-name Democrats have been eagerly vying for a chance to speak in Philadelphia. Most Democratic senators and House members are expected to attend.

The convention was rocked Sunday before it even began by fallout from 19,000 hacked Democratic National Committee emails published online, some suggesting the party favored Clinton over Sanders in the primary. Wasserman Schultz, long accused by Sanders of rigging the primary for his opponent, said she'll step down at the end of the convention. But first she'll formally open and close the convention, and address delegates.

Her abrupt ouster triggers a new race for leadership of the party that is likely to play out on the sidelines of the convention.

First lady Michelle Obama is set to speak Monday. That's also when Sanders will give his speech — a closely watched moment for signs of whether his loyal supporters will line up behind Clinton, as he's asked them to do.

Former President Bill Clinton, the candidate's husband, is the speech to watch Tuesday. A day later, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden come to Philadelphia.

On Thursday, the final night, Chelsea Clinton will introduce her mother for her speech accepting the Democratic nomination.

Kaine, who made his debut as Clinton's running mate at a joint appearance Saturday, will give a speech introducing himself to the country. Officials haven't yet said when, but the running mate typically speaks Wednesday.

Other scheduled speakers are Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. On the eve of the convention, the organizing committee announced that the Rev. Jesse Jackson and retired Gen. John Allen will also speak.

Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz and Cyndi Lauper will appear in Philadelphia during the convention. Fergie will perform at The Creative Coalition's gala.

States will get a chance to announce how their delegates are voting in the formal roll call Tuesday. It's a high point for Sanders delegates; they're pushing to have their votes fully tallied.

In 2008, Clinton halted the roll call midway through to call for then-Sen. Barack Obama's approval by acclamation, or unanimous vote. Sanders says he favors a state-by-state roll call, but he hasn't indicated exactly what he will do.

There's a total of 4,763 delegates. It takes 2,382 to win the Democratic nomination.

Clinton arrives in Philadelphia with 2,814 delegates to Sanders' 1,893, according to an Associated Press count. That includes the superdelegates, who can vote for any candidate they choose. This year, those superdelegates overwhelmingly backed Clinton. The remaining 4,051 are pledged delegates, won by the candidates based on the results of state primaries and caucuses.


If there are any fireworks in Philadelphia, expect them to come from Sanders supporters. They have said they plan to show up in full force. 

Philadelphia officials estimate between 35,000 and 50,000 people will demonstrate across the city each day. Activists have put the estimate higher, at roughly 100,000. 

Among the groups planning to demonstrate are gun control advocates, the group Occupy DNC Convention and Trump supporters from Pennsylvania.

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<![CDATA[Highlights From the 2016 Campaign Trail]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:55:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-579858050.jpg The 2016 presidential race has been contentious and full of surprises, with candidates fighting to the finish in superdelegate states. Check out scenes from the campaign trail and keep track of the candidates as they vie for a spot on the ballot on Nov. 8, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Two Women Mauled by Tigers at Bejing Wildlife Park]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:18:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tiger-maul-china-146945170356600001.jpg A tourist was killed and another injured after they were mauled by tigers while on a safari tour at a wildlife park in beijing over the weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Wildest Moments in Convention History]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:47:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Abe+Lincoln+1860-96943976.jpg Republicans and Democrats will crown their presumptive nominees at back-to-back conventions this month, hoping to unify their parties behind the candidates. These now made-for-television publicity events were once critical to choosing candidates. The Constitution’s framers did not envision a system of parties and did not include provisions for how primaries or conventions should be run. For much of the nation’s history, most of the American electorate was excluded from the nominating process and presidential candidates were picked by party elites at sometimes rowdy gatherings. As candidates sought the nomination amid intra-party disputes, heated political disagreements could turn violent.

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<![CDATA[Back To School Laptops: Top Picks]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:34:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TechTalker0722_MP4-146944855631300001.jpg Shopping for a new computer before school resumes? NBC's Mark Barger has some of your best options.]]> <![CDATA[Visualizing the Olympics: Medal Counts & More]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 08:53:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-149332217-edited.jpg Which countries have the most gold medals? And how much does it cost to host an Olympic Games? Get ready for the Rio Olympics – and the answers to those and many other Olympic-related questions – with this series of graphics. Click here for the visualization.
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<![CDATA[12 Injured, Bomber Killed Outside German Music Festival]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:06:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GERMANY_GettyImages-579698962.jpg

A Syrian man blew himself up in Ansbach, Germany, killing himself and injuring 12 others on Sunday during an outdoor festival, police confirmed to NBC News. 

The three-day open-air festival was taking place in Ansbach, a city of 40,000 people about 20 miles southwest of Nuremberg in Bavaria. The blast occurred just two days after a gunman killed nine people at a mall in Munich.

Joachim Herrmann, the interior minister in Bavaria, said at a news conference Monday morning that three of the wounded were in serious condition but that none of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening.

Herrmann said it remained to be determined whether the explosion was related to terrorism, but because the man wore a backpack carrying explosives and metal projectiles capable of hurting many people, "we must assume that it was not purely a suicide."

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<![CDATA[Parents Opt For Kids Clothes That Defy Gender Norms]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:59:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/US-WA-Gender-Neutral-Clothes-NR-146944824082900001.jpg A growing number of parents want to move away from dressing their kids in clothes that reflect gender stereotypes. Parents looking for gender neutral clothes have a small but growing number of options.]]> <![CDATA[Lightning Strikes Transit Station]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:00:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/blue+line+collapse+0724.jpg

Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line train service resumed Monday morning after crews worked through the night to repair the damage from a steel canopy that came crashing down during Sunday’s storms.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday, trains were halted after a massive canopy along a pedestrian ramp collapsed at the Illinois Medical District station located at 430 S. Damen Ave on Chicago's Near West Side.

The aluminum canopy fell on the tracks just a train was pulling into the station in a downpour that was captured on video by a driver on the Eisenhower Expressway:

Preliminary reports indicated the cause of the damage was a lightning strike, according to the Chicago Fire Department, but the investigation is ongoing.

Riders told NBC 5 the conductor stopped the train as soon as the canopy started coming down, which is when they saw it hit by lightning.

"The train stopped to let the people off and that's when we saw the sparks come flying," said Cynthia Rambert, who was a passenger at the time.

No injuries were reported, but a nearby train was evacuated.

A spokesperson for the CTA said that the concrete flooring of the ramp was still in place, but the pedestrian walkway canopy and railing that gets riders safely from Paulina down to the tracks is still missing, and will need to be replaced.

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<![CDATA[Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Resign as DNC Chair]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:03:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16148564916949-debbie-wasserman-schultz.jpg

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she will step down at the end of the party's convention in Philadelphia. DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile will serve as interim chair through the election.

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The announcement comes amid growing pressure for the Florida congresswoman to step down after email leaks suggested committee officials favored Hillary Clinton during the party's primary.

"I think she should resign, period, and I think we need a new chair who is going to lead us in a very different direction," Sanders said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

The Vermont senator also reiterated his calls for Wasserman Schultz to resign on "Meet the Press," after more than 19,000 emails leaked Friday by the website WikiLeaks revealed that some DNC officials internally showed favoritism towards the Clinton campaign while outwardly claiming impartiality.

"This really does not come as a shock to me or my supporters. There is no question but the DNC was on Secretary Clinton's side from day one," Sanders told NBC's Chuck Todd.

The Vermont senator says a new leader is needed to focus the DNC on defeating Donald Trump, attracting young voters and improving the economy.

The White House said President Barack Obama called Wasserman Schultz Sunday afternoon to let her know that he is grateful for her leadership of the DNC. Obama said Wasserman Schultz "had my back" and brought Democrats together to accomplish the party's shared goals for the country.

"Her critical role in supporting our economic recovery, our fights for social and civil justice and providing health care for all Americans will be a hallmark of her tenure as Party Chair," the statement read. "Michelle and I are grateful for her efforts, we know she will continue to serve our country as a member of Congress from Florida and she will always be our dear friend."

Trump and his team responded to the news of Wasserman Shultz's resignation.

In a tweet, the Republican candidate called her "neurotic," saying that she "is angry that, after stealing and cheating her way to a Crooked Hillary victory, she's out!"

Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, called on Clinton to drop out of the race in a statement issued Sunday, saying Wasserman Schultz failed to "secure the DNC's email servers and the rigged system she set up" with Clinton. 

"Now Hillary Clinton should follow Wasserman Schultz's lead and drop out over her failure to safeguard top secret, classified information both on her unauthorized home server and while traveling abroad," he said. "Wasserman Schultz's emails only put the Democratic Party at risk, but Hillary Clinton's emails put all of America at risk.

On the eve of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, party officials were holding discussions about whether Schultz should resign as chairwoman of the DNC, the Associated Press reported, citing a person familiar with the discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter publicly.

Earlier Sunday, party officials announced Wasserman Schultz will not preside over the Democratic convention, voting instead to have Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio act gavel each session to order and close beginning Monday.

Fudge said in a statement issued Sunday she is "happy to serve" as chair of the Democratic National Convention this week in Philadelphia, and thanked Clinton for recommending her to the position.

"I am looking to a great convention and our ongoing efforts as we work together for a strong party and a successful election," she added.

Sanders was critical of the Florida congresswoman throughout the primary, accusing the party of rigging the process in favor of Clinton.

Saturday, an official with the campaign of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said: "We are very proud of the campaign that we ran. Hillary Clinton has said a number of times publicly that Sen. Sanders ran an extraordinary, hard-fought-campaign based on a real vigorous, and contested primary. As far as Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Bernie Sanders, that's a question to ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz."

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<![CDATA[Trump Aide Dismisses Russian Link to DNC Email Leak]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:17:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PaulManafort-GettyImages-524993070.jpg

A top Donald Trump campaign adviser dismissed allegations that Russian hackers were behind the DNC email leak, NBC News reported. 

Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort said it showed how “desperate” Hillary Clinton’s campaign is after Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook made the suggestion to CNN on Sunday. 

"They're pretty desperate pretty quickly," Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort said at a press conference in Philadelphia on Sunday. "It's a far reach, obviously. To lead their convention with that tells me they really are trying to move away from what the issues are in this campaign." 

Manafort downplayed the possibility that Russia was involved with the leaks, saying “we don’t know who’s behind the leaks,” but tied them to Clinton’s use of a private email server, suggesting she created a bigger risk than the one created by the DNC leak. 

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<![CDATA[28 Hurt in Accident Involving Bus, Jeep and Tractor Trailer ]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tractor-Trailer-Bus-Collide.jpg

Over two dozen people were hurt during a crash involving a jeep, SEPTA bus and tractor trailer in Delaware County Sunday afternoon.

According to preliminary reports, the Route 113 bus was traveling southbound on Lansdowne Avenue when a Jeep Liberty pulled out of a driveway and onto the street. The jeep crashed into the bus which then collided with a tractor trailer that was stopped near the intersection, officials said.

A SEPTA spokesman told NBC10 that 26 passengers on the bus and two pedestrians were injured in the crash. The spokesman said he did not know the conditions of the victims but none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Yeadon Police and SEPTA are both investigating the accident.

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<![CDATA[Child Dies in Hot Car in Dallas]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:48:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/0721416+Hot+car.jpg

A 3-year old boy who was left in a car outside a church has died, a Dallas Police spokesman said.

Dallas Police spent several hours at Dallas Matu Christian Church, located on the 1100 block of Shiloh Road, questioning church members and analyzing a Honda Pilot in the parking lot.

Services were taking place at the church when the boy's father rushed outside.

"I think he wanted to call police but he doesn't speak English," said Reng Om.

The church is dominated with families from Burma, Om said. Despite a language barrier, church members were able to call 911.

"They are a perfect family. I'm very upset for him," Om said.

The child was taken to Baylor Medical Center White rock and later pronounced dead, Dallas Fire-Rescue said.

<![CDATA[Kaine Returns to Longtime Parish to Attend Mass]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:57:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TimKaine-AP_16194841924998.jpg

Sen. Tim Kaine returned to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday, a day after being introduced as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, according to NBC News. 

Kaine and his wife, Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton, were swarmed by reporters, photographer and network cameras.

The church made a few nods to Kaine and his wife during Sunday mass. The congregation offered a prayer of petition, "especially we pray for Tim Kaine and Anne Holton" and the couple participated in the presentation of the gifts. Kaine also sang with the church’s choir, something he occasionally does. 

The last time Kaine attended services at the church was two weeks ago.

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<![CDATA[Munich Gunman Planned Attack: Police]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:50:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Munich-AP_16206400473478.jpg

The 18-year-old gunman behind the shooting at the Munich shopping mall on Friday spent at least a year planning the attack, and visited the site of a 2009 school massacre, NBC News reported. 

The shooter, identified by local media as David S., also received two months of psychiatric treatment last year, according to a spokesman for the Munich prosecutor’s office. 

Evidence found at the shooter’s home showed he was an avid player of first-person games. Investigators also found a manifesto and a digital camera that showed he visited the site of a high school massacre in Winnenden, southern Germany.

Officials say the shooter likely obtained his weapon, a 9mm pistol, illegally through the dark web. It was unclear where he purchased the ammunition. 

The shooter killed nine people before shooting himself.

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<![CDATA[Millennials Less Likely to Support Gun Control: Poll]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:02:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GunControl-AP_16183685320961.jpg

Recent polling shows millennials are less likely than those over 30 to support strict gun laws, NBC News reported.

A Gallup poll from October 2015 found that 50 percent of 18-29-year-olds support stricter gun laws compared to 57 percent of those 30-49. People aged 30 and 49 support tougher gun laws at a rate of 56 percent, versus 55 percent among those 65 and older. 

This is in contrast to other social issues such as sex between unmarried people and LGBT issues, where younger people tend to skew far more liberal, according to Gallup Poll Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport. 

"Millennials are ... less interested in gun control than those who are older, so the data suggests it's unlike a number of other attitudes say like, gay marriage where young people are much more liberal," he said. "We did not see that in our data on guns."

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<![CDATA[Man Proposes at Comic-Con]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:36:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/7-24-16-Jodie+Twitter+Supernatural+Proposal+Hall+H+Comic-Con+2016.jpg

It was a "Supernatural" day indeed for one fan at the show's Hall H Comic-Con panel Sunday when her boyfriend got down on one knee in front of thousands to propose to her. 

"You are the sun that brightens my day and the moon of my life," he said in front of the thousands of people in the notoriously large Hall H, in a video posted to Twitter. "I can't think of anyone else I'd want by my side slaying zombies and killing vampires and killing demons and whatever else is out there." 

Cheers erupted from the audience as the man got down on one knee in front of the panel, full of the show's stars. 

"What I'm trying to ask you...Ashley...will you marry me?" he asked her.

Ashley nodded and hugged her new fiancé. 

The sweet moment prompted loud cheers and swoons from the audience. Hall H seats more than 6,000 people. 

Watch more video below.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Adventurous Dog Swims With Dolphin]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:06:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dog+Dolphin+Exumayachtclub.png While taking a dip in the Exuma Yacht Club marine off the coast of Great Exuma Bahamas, this aquatically-inclined dog got an unexpected visit from a dolphin. Capt. Adam Dreffin captured video of his mother's pooch playing with an unlikely friend. (Video Courtesy Eddie Irvine)

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<![CDATA[Bloomberg to Endorse Clinton at DNC]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:39:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-468907398.jpg

Michael Bloomberg is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton during his speech at the Democratic National Convention, an adviser for the former New York City mayor told NBC News.

Bloomberg is making the endorsement because of concerns about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. He also sees himself as a person with authority who can debunk Trump's claims about business and the economy, the former aide said.

Bloomberg has not been a member of the Democratic Party since 2000, according to The New York Times. He was elected the mayor of New York City as a Republican and later became an independent.

Bloomberg announced in March he wouldn't be running for president, saying: "When I look at the data, it's clear to me that if I entered the race, I could not win. I believe I could win a number of diverse states — but not enough to win the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win the presidency.”

He also said at the time Trump "has run the most divisive and demagogic presidential campaign I can remember, preying on people's prejudices and fears," citing Trump's proposal to ban most Muslims from entering the United States and deporting those here illegally.

In May, Bloomberg told CNBC, "Trump marches to his own drummer it would seem, and so far, that drummer has been playing the right tune to get him this far."

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<![CDATA[Syrian Migrant Kills Woman With Machete in Germany]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:20:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Syrian+Machete+Attacker+Germany.png

A Syrian man killed a woman with a machete and wounded two others outside a bus station in Germany Sunday before being arrested, NBC News reported.

The 21-year-old asylum seeker, who was known to police, was having an argument with the woman at the central Omnibus station in Reutlingen before attacking her at about 4:30 p.m. The suspect, whose name was not released, wounded another woman and a man as he fled, according to local police.

The woman died of her injuries at the scene, officials said.

The attack comes as Germany remains on edge following a rampage in Munich, where nine people were killed by an 18-year-old gunman at a city shopping center Friday. Days before, an Afghan teen attacked passengers on a train, severely injuring at least three people.

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<![CDATA[Fact Checking Clinton’s Greatest Hits]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:00:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HillaryClinton-AP_16140607364144.jpg

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<![CDATA[Mom of Slain NY Escort Found Dead]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:55:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sdfdsfsdfsdffffffffff.jpg

The mother of a New Jersey escort whose 2010 disappearance led to the discovery of 10 bodies on Long Island has been killed, and her other daughter has been charged in the slaying.

Mari Gilbert, 52, of Ellenville, New York, was killed at some point Saturday morning, the Ellenville Police Department said in a news release posted on Facebook. Her body was found around 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

Soon after the body was found, police located her daughter, Sarra Gilbert, 27, of Ellenville, and took her into custody.

Sarra Gilbert was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to police. It wasn't known if she had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

She is due to appear in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. Police are expected to release additional details about the slaying Monday. 

Mari Gilbert was the mother of Shannan Gilbert, a 24-year-old escort who vanished while on a call on Long Island in 2010, sparking a massive search that led to the discovery of 10 sets of human remains believed to be linked to at least one serial killer.

Shannan Gilbert was last seen screaming and running from a home in the Oak Beach complex, where she met her client. Before she disappeared, she called 911 from a client's home and told an operator someone was trying to kill her.

Gilbert's remains were found in December of 2011 on Gilgo Beach. The search for Gilbert led to the grim discovery of 10 sets of remains, nine of which belonged to prostitutes, authorities said. Another set of remains were found to be a baby girl. Five of them, including the infant, have not been identified.

Police have said that Gilbert's death isn't linked to the other bodies and that she drowned in the marsh where she was found. Her family, including her mother Mari Gilbert, has insisted otherwise. 

An autopsy report released in February shows Gilbert may have been strangled. Although the autopsy performed by famed forensic pathologist Michael Baden didn't conclude how she died, it did suggest that she had been the victim of some violence prior to her death.

No one has been charged or named as a suspect in any of the killings. 

"They say she's at rest now, but she's not" Mari Gilbert said at her daughter's funeral. "She'll never be at rest until I complete the fight and give her justice."

A Facebook page Mari Gilbert started dedicated to finding justice for Shannan Gilbert swelled with support for the mother and her mission Monday. 

"Mari Gilbert I will make sure your mission is met. Our hearts are broken. Rest in Peace, my love," one poster wrote. 

"I am so shocked and so upset and heartbroken. RIP Mari Gilbert you will be missed. We will continue to show support to all the Victims of the Serial Killer RIP," wrote another. 

Mari Gilbert last posted to the group page a week ago. 

In January, it was announced that two FBI agents would assist Suffolk County police in the five-year-old case.

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<![CDATA[45K Pets Find Homes Through Clear the Shelters]]> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:16:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/kids-cats-cts.jpg

Tilda the pug terrier mix, Charizard the iguana, Rose the Huskie and more than 20,000 other animals found new homes on Saturday as NBC’s pet adoption drive emptied shelters across the country.

More than 45,000 pets in all were adopted this month as part of the second annual Clear the Shelters campaign, after more than 40 local NBC and Telemundo television stations teamed up with more than 680 animal shelters in states across the country and in Puerto Rico. The shelters offered no-cost or reduced-fee adoptions, or they waived spaying and neutering fees to help families bring home dogs, cats and unusual animals like the iguana. 

Pet owners who mentioned the campaign during the adoption process were included in NBC's 2016 count, which was more than twice the number of animals given forever homes during last year's event. 

"Our entire division of NECN, Telemundo and NBC stations and our corporate staff are overwhelmed and thrilled with the extraordinary results of this year's Clear The Shelters event,” said Valari Staab, the president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. "We want to thank all of our shelters, NBC and Telemundo affiliates that joined us this year and our partners, including Petco and VIP Petcare. Together, we emptied at least 13 shelters and found more than 45,000 animals new loving homes."

The BARCS animal shelter in Baltimore was emptied of dogs in just six hours on Saturday, one of numerous shelters cleared as pet lovers came forward to take in homeless animals.

"Empty cages!" the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter wrote on Facebook in a post that showed shelter workers waving goodbye from the cages. "All of these doggies found homes today during Clear the Shelters."

Thirty-seven dogs went to new homes and another 35 adoptions are pending, the applications competed but the animals still needing to be spayed or neutered.

Eleven other shelters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas were also cleared, with 2,894 animals adopted on Saturday.

Within minutes of opening its doors Saturday morning, the Stonington Animal Rescue Project in Stonington, Connecticut, had found homes for all of its kittens.

Kittens are always popular but shelter officials were unprepared for the speed at which these 13 were adopted at the beginning of NBC's second annual Clear the Shelters drive.

"We were totally cleared by 10:10," said Brooke Russell, who is charge of social media for the shelter.

Still to find homes at the Stonington shelter: two guinea pigs, some roosters, barn cats and a few older cats, Russell said.

"We're an all-species rescue group," she said. "We rescue any animal in need of help."

In New York, a Huskie named Rose reached the end of a long journey that began a month and a half ago in Turkey. 

Rescued by a woman in Turkey, Rose and another dog, a Doberman, were flown to the Westchester County chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Briarcliff Manor.

The Doberman was adopted quickly but Rose is a bit unsteady on her feet, a result of a neurological syndrome that made her more difficult to place until Saturday, when a man who seemed a perfect fit came in and took her home to Connecticut.

"She’s going to fine for her life but it's just something to look out for and keep on top of," said the shelter’s executive director, Shannon Laukhuf. "When you see her walk, she's usually fine but every ten steps she might sway a little bit."

"She doesn’t let it stop her," Laukhuf added. "She's just the most playful dog. She loves other animals, she's great with kids."

Nearly 20,000 animals found new homes last August during Clear the Shelters, among them Roxie. An older pit bull, she was left in a backyard in Stockton, California, when the woman who owned her went to prison. She had been well cared but ended up at the city shelter, shivering, anxious and unable to walk.

Another dog thought to be her daughter was adopted but she languished until she was moved to the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco in time for NBC's nationwide pet adoption drive last year. And there she met Terry and Doug Burke.

They took her home and showered her with affection.

"Roxie is thriving," Doug Burke said. "She's loving her life."

At the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue on Saturday, Jennifer Gonzalez of Santa Cruz wanted a calm and mellow lap dog and she got just that, in Santana, an 11-year-old Yorkie mix. 

Beth Martin, who has already adopted three dogs and fostered 22 others, fell in love with Peggy Sue, a terrier mix stray from Sacramento with a broken leg. The two went home to Silicon Valley.

Ruben Echeverria Hernandez wanted another dog who needed attention and Ringo Starr fit the bill. He joins a home with two other dogs. Hernandez was diagnosed with AIDS and said the dogs keep him happy and busy.

And Sue and Sasha Smirensky brought home Tilda, a pug terrier mix, to join them and Pickle for their walks on Half Moon Bay every morning.

Natalie Morales, NBC News' West Coast anchor for the "Today" show, will host a 30-minute special on Friday, July 29 to recap the day. It will air on the NBC Owned Television Stations and on more than 120 NBC affiliated stations.

A similar show airing on the Telemundo stations will be co-hosted by Stephanie Himonidis, known as "Chiquibaby," and Elva Saray, hosts of the daily entertainment show "Acceso Total" on Telemundo 52 Los Angeles or KVEA.

The Muttville shelter had about 80 dogs available for adoption Saturday — of all types and sizes, from 3 to 110 pounds. They were strays or lost their homes when their owners moved, went into nursing homes, died or in some other way were no longer able to care for them. The one thing the mutts have in common is that they are all at least 7 years old.

"What you see is what you get," said Sherri Franklin, founder and executive director of the Muttville shelter. "Their personalities are already formed. A lot of our dogs have grown up in families so we sometimes are able to give that kind of background on the dog. They're trained, they're not going to chew up your shoes."

Last year's mood was festive, drawing in people who might have been putting off getting a dog, she said. At the end of the day, 19 dogs had new homes. 

Muttville is on what's known as "Rescue Row," which it shares with the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the San Francisco Animal Care and Control shelter and the Northern California Family Dog Rescue.

"If you're looking to adopt, you can find anything on Rescue Row," said Patty Stanton, who handles the shelter's public relations.

Roxie is the second dog the Burkes have adopted from Muttville — and their fourth rescue dog in all — and she has been playing with Doug Burke from the first day in their home.

"And she hasn’t stopped since," Terry Burke wrote in describing the adoption. "Except to eat and sleep, both of which she also enjoys tremendously. Along with giving little tiny kisses, which my friend told me from pit bulls are called 'pibbles.'"

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<![CDATA[Trump on Convention Speech: 'It Was Very Optimistic' ]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:07:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trump+on+RNC+Speech.png

Donald Trump pushed back against critics who called his speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night too pessimistic, telling NBC's Chuck Todd he offered an optimistic message because "we're going to solve the problems."

In an interview on "Meet The Press," the GOP nominee said he intended to portray only a choice between himself and Hillary Clinton.

Asked about his statement that "I alone can fix it" — a sentiment blasted by critics as a flirtation with totalitarianism — Trump said his ability to solve America's problems is a binary contrast with the Democratic nominee.

"I am running against Hillary. It's not like I'm running against the rest of the world. I know people that are very, very capable that could do a very good job, but they could never get elected," he said.

Trump called critics of his address "haters," saying that the latest round of violence in the Middle East justifies the grim view of world affairs he presented in his speech.

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<![CDATA[Ambassador Stevens' Mom to GOP: Stop Exploiting His Name]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:43:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543417512.jpg

The mother of the U.S. ambassador killed in the 2012 attack in Benghazi has asked that Donald Trump and the Republican Party to stop the "opportunistic and cynical" use of her son's name and death.

"As Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens's mother, I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican Party," Stevens' mother, Mary Commanday, wrote in a letter published in The New York Times online Saturday.

Trump, in a speech accepting his party's nomination Thursday, referred to the four victims of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, who he claimed were "left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers" by Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time, NBC News reported. 

"I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection. I hope that there will be an immediate and permanent stop to this opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign," she added.

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<![CDATA[DNC CFO Apologizes for Email Questioning Sanders' Religion]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:07:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bernie+sanders+anuncios+democrata.jpg

The chief financial officer of the Democratic National Committee apologized Saturday for the "insensitive" contents of an email leaked by the website WikiLeaks, which appears to refer to Bernie Sanders but does not name him directly.

The internal email, one of more than 19,000 emails released Friday, showed Brad Marshall questioning Sanders' Jewish faith, and suggested that painting the candidate as an atheist "could make several points difference" with his "Southern Baptist peeps [who] would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist."

In a Facebook post Saturday, Marshall said the emails were written in the heat of the moment.

"I deeply regret that my insensitive, emotional emails would cause embarrassment to the DNC, the chairwoman, and all of the staffers who worked hard to make the primary a fair and open process," Marshall said. "The comments expressed do not reflect my beliefs nor do they reflect the beliefs of the DNC and its employees. I apologize to those I offended."

NBC News reached out to the DNC Saturday but did not receive a response.

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<![CDATA[Man Completes Walk Across US]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:39:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Ben+Davis.jpg

A man who walked for five months from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean finished his trek Saturday in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ben Davis started his walk as a personal goal but along the way became an inspiration to people.

"I've gone through four pairs of shoes, this is my fifth," Davis said after arriving in Boston. "Boston streets, I've been going up and down, and up and down."

Davis left from Los Angeles, California, on February 27 with a budget of $40 a day and a stroller packed with supplies.

A real life Forrest Gump of sorts — his reasoning was simple. He could, so why not?

"When the only thing you do is wake up and walk for 12-13 hours, that becomes who you are," Davis said. "It defines my days, to think you know, 'what am I going to do tomorrow or the next day."

His biggest challenge came March 22 when he hit a dust storm in Arizona — it was the same day terrorists attacked the airport in Brussels.

"I'm so desensitized now to all the negativity I didn't give it a second thought," he said.

But a couple of months later — that would change.

"I got an email from a woman named Cameron and her husband was killed in the bombing," Davis recalled.

The woman told him that following his journey has helped her cope with her loss.

"My worst day was because I had dirt on me and it was kind of windy on the same day she lost her husband," Davis said. "And I made a promise to myself to give these things a little more than just a passing thought."

Like Forrest Gump, he gained other followers during his 3,100 mile journey. And when it was over, Davis ended his journey the same way it began, with a dip in the ocean, this time the Atlantic.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead After Car Crashes Into Home]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:23:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/2016-07-23_0902.png

One person was killed after a car crashed into a Virginia home Friday afternoon, Prince William County police said.

The driver crashed into a garage attached to a home in the 13200 block of Catharpin Valley Drive in Gainesville, officials said. Responding firefighters arrived to find the car and residence fully engulfed in flames.

The driver was found inside the vehicle in the garage and pronounced dead at the scene.

Prince William County police said the residents inside the home were able to escape without injury. A dog was also found dead inside the residence.

The victim has not been identified.

<![CDATA[Man Killed by Freight Elevator]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:12:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/204*120/72316crushed.jpg

A 43-year-old man was crushed to death by a freight elevator Saturday in Manhattan, police said.

The man apparently was loading merchandise into the elevator at about 5:45 p.m. when it started to ascend and pinned him to the ceiling, investigators said.

The accident occurred at the La Reguera Dominicana store on West 182 Street in Washington Heights, police said.

The identity of the man was withheld by police until his family could be notified.

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<![CDATA['Blue Lives Matter' Gains Traction Among Conservatives]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 05:39:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578666050.jpg

A new movement is emerging among Republican candidates and officeholders, contrasting the liberal-dominated Black Lives Matters movement, according to NBC News. 

'Blue Lives Matter' has already become a rallying cry for some conservatives. The recent shootings of police officers, particularly the in Dallas, have pushed conservatives to insist there is a war on police officers. 

The implication that Americans are overly hostile to law enforcement is the latest illustration of the debate over race, policing and criminal justice, as Trump’s popularity rises and the end of Barack Obama’s presidency comes to an end. 

A group of GOP House members say they will push for a so-called 'Blue Lives Matter' bill in September that would make the intentional shooting of a police officer a hate crime. Some liberal groups argue such a provision is unnecessary since many states impose additional penalties on those who kill police officers. 

According to a 2013 Gallup survey, 68 percent of Republicans viewed police officers as having “high” or “very high” standards of ethics, compared to just 44 percent of Democrats.

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