<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.pngNBC 10 Philadelphiahttp://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usTue, 27 Jun 2017 03:16:42 -0400Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:16:42 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Here’s What Happens if the GOP Health Care Bill Becomes Law]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:12:40 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/mcconnellhealthfeuerherd.jpg

The Senate Republican health care bill would insure 22 million fewer people after a decade than current law, according to an analysis Monday by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. 

The GOP bill, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would save $321 billion in the same period by spending $1 trillion less on health care and using the savings to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s taxes, which primarily benefit wealthy individuals and medical companies, NBC News reported.

In addition to increasing the number of uninsured Americans, the plan also would raise deductibles by large amounts and reduce Medicaid spending by 26 percent by 2026 versus current law.

On the other hand, it would achieve traditional conservative goals of spending less on social services, lowering tax rates on high earners and businesses, and reducing regulations on what kind of plans insurers must provide and on how much they’re allowed to profit off consumers.

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<![CDATA[WH Warns Syria Against Chemical Attack 'Preparations']]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:52:59 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TrumpAssad.jpg

The United States has spotted "potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack" by the Syrian government, the White House said in an unusual statement Monday night.

It warned that Syria would "pay a heavy price" if any such attack proceeds, NBC News reported.

In the brief statement, the White House gave no details of the purported preparations or of how they had been detected. It said only that "the activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017, chemical weapons attack."

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<![CDATA[Idaho's Largest Giant Sequoia Uprooted and Moved Overnight]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:08:30 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TreeMoved0626_MP4-149849284030700001.jpg

After more than 100 years in one spot, Idaho's largest giant sequoia is settling into its new home.

Because of the major campus expansion project at Boise's St. Luke's Medical Center, the nearly 100-foot tree had to be relocated about two blocks away to city-owned property at Fort Boise Park.

After months of prep work, the 105-year-old tree - which weighs 800,000 pounds - began its slow journey after midnight on Sunday. Workers used a complex conveyor system to tow the tree up a dirt ramp to the edge of Fort Street, then down the road.

While you can walk the route in just a couple minutes, the move took about hours, with the tree creeping along 10 to 12 feet at a time. 

<![CDATA[Who's Affected by the Supreme Court’s Travel Ban Ruling?]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:34:09 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17135611381402-Travel-Ban-Protest-Seattle-Court.jpg

The Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate parts of the Trump administration’s travel ban is potentially good news for many who want entry into the United States, but it may be a blow for refugees, experts told NBC News.

Uncertainty surrounded the impact of the high court's action. Several federal agencies must now decide how they will implement it, and advocates warned the confusion itself is harmful, given the delicacy of the refugee process.

While the court ruled the ban could partly take effect while it makes a final decision later this year, it said the ban could not apply at this time to anyone with "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." The picture is potentially very different for refugees, though it’s unclear at the moment.

"We know that people are going to be hurt by this, and there will be a lot of disruption and dislocation," said Lavinia Limón, president and chief executive of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

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<![CDATA[Rainbows Shine as Cities Across the US Celebrate Pride]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:49:01 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pridefeuerherdVI.jpgJune marks Pride Month in the U.S. Take a look at scenes from marches and rallies around the country that call for support of the LGBTQ community.

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<![CDATA[Baby Snow Monkey Makes Debut at Zoo]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:15:49 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-06-26-17h33m43s166.jpg

The Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls welcomed a new addition this season. The zoo announced that a baby snow monkey was born on May 16th to parents 9-year-old Isshi and 12-year old Kisho. The male baby is the sixth snow money born at the Great Plains Zoo in the past four years. Only 14 U.S. Zoos have snow monkeys.

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<![CDATA[College Cuts Ties With Professor After Warmbier Comments]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:35:05 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_343611369556.jpg

The University of Delaware will not rehire a professor who wrote controversial comments about Otto Warmbier on social media, the school announced on Sunday.

Anthropology professor Katherine Dettwyler wrote a since-deleted Facebook post that criticized Warmbier, who died last week after being detained in North Korea for over a year, NBC News reported.

Dettwyler described the 22-year-old University of Virginia student as “typical of a mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueless males who come into my classes.” 

After the comments prompted outrage on social media, the University of Delaware issued a statement condemning the comments and said it would not rehire Dettwyler in the future.

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<![CDATA[Man Found Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder in 'Baby Doe' Case]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:32:35 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Michael+McCarthy+Verdict+Bella+Bond.jpg

Jurors in Massachusetts found the Boston man accused of killing 2-year-old Bella Bond guilty of second-degree murder in her death after reaching a verdict following five days of deliberation and 15 days of testimony in the trial.

With the guilty verdict, Michael McCarthy faces a penalty of life in prison with parole possible after 15 years. He was originally charged with first-degree murder, but the judge also allowed the jury to decide if he was guilty of second-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter at the prosecution's request.

Monday's guilty verdict comes two years and one day after the little girl's body was discovered washed ashore on Deer Island in Winthrop.

Bella's mother, Rachelle Bond, pleaded guilty in February to helping dispose of her daughter's body. Under a plea deal, Bond testified for the prosecution, accusing McCarthy of killing her daughter in their Dorchester apartment and then dumping Bella's body in the water in South Boston.

During the trial, McCarthy's attorney painted Bond as Bella's real killer, calling her a "monster." But prosecutors argued that those claims were unfounded.

"It was clear to us that Rachelle Bond loved the little girl, but at the same time, she also let that little girl down terribly," Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said. "But that doesn't make her a murderer. Michael McCarthy was responsible for her death, and the jury spoke."

Bond testified that she saw McCarthy, who was described as being obsessed with the occult during the trial, beat Bella to death, telling her that her daughter "was a demon."

Both McCarthy and Bond were arrested in September 2015 after Bond told a friend that McCarthy killed Bella, the friend then calling investigators with the tip.

Jurors got the case last Tuesday after listening to 34 witnesses and seeing more than 160 pieces of evidence presented during 15 days of testimony.

McCarthy, 37, never took the stand in his defense. He will be sentenced on Wednesday.

Rachelle Bond is expected to be released from prison after McCarthy's trial in part to her plea deal with prosecutors.

"I could not be more thankful for the work done by the Suffolk District Attorney's Office and our State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County in holding Bella Bond's killer accountable," Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard McKeon said in a statement. "They spoke for Bella in so many ways. I am thankful, also, to the jury, who carefully examined the facts and evidence and came to the correct conclusion. This not a joyous day, but it is a necessary one. The verdict cannot bring Bella back, and cannot change the fact that she was failed – colossally and tragically – by the adults in her life. But the verdict is right, and justice has been rightly served upon the person who took this beautiful child’s life."

After Bella's body washed ashore on Deer Island in Winthrop in June 2015, she was only known as "Baby Doe" until three months later, when a tip led to the arrests McCarthy and Bond.

A small group gathered on Sunday to mark the two-year anniversary of the discovery of "Baby Doe." The search for her identity garnered worldwide attention.

Those who held vigil to remember Bella told reporters that they want justice for her young life, which was taken too soon.

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<![CDATA[Seniors Concerned Health Care Plan is 'Age Tax']]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:22:30 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/senior-health-care.jpg

A Senate Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act aims to reduce funding for Medicaid, the single largest source of health care coverage in the United States.

Organizations like AARP are concerned that the cuts unfairly target senior citizens.

AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond said in a statement that the Senate bill imposes an “age tax” on older adults.

“AARP is adamantly opposed to the Age Tax, which would allow insurance companies to charge older Americans five times more for coverage than everyone else while reducing tax credits that help make insurance more affordable,” LeaMond noted.

The advocacy organization notes on its website that the current law keeps insurers from charging older adults more than three times as much for premiums as they charge those who are younger for the same coverage. Both the Republican House and Senate legislation would "allow insurers to charge older adults five times as much, and states could receive waivers to remove even that limit."

Jerome Mosman agrees with the “age tax” characterization.

Mosman is the CEO of Sixty & Better, a nonprofit that provides nutrition and socialization services to senior citizens at 25 activity centers across Tarrant County in Texas.

“I think it is an Age Tax because there is a presumption that all older people are sicker, and this is not true,” Mosman said.

“To lose that [Medicaid] safety net is frightening. States are ultimately going to have to ration [their allotment] and say, ‘Well, we only get so much from Medicaid, therefore we cannot insure more disabled people, more elderly people.’ It is frightening for those on low income,” Mosman said.

At the age of 71, Anita Strange — a retired school teacher and lifelong Fort Worth resident — was dropped by her health insurance company, Aetna, which Strange believes was a direct result of her age.

Since then, Strange, now 74, has been enrolled in Medicare.

“I’m watching [the developments] but I’m just going to wait and see [before I pass judgment],” Strange said. “There’s got to be a better plan out there for us because we have to have insurance.”

Republicans have been said to be considering a vote this week, though the bill has a narrow path to victory with Democrats united against it and some moderates and conservatives calling for changes. 

A Congressional Budget Office analysis of the number of people likely to keep coverage under the bill is due out this week. Twenty-three million people would lose insurance under the House version of the legislation, the CBO said last month. 

"Republican Senators are working very hard to get there, with no help from the Democrats," Trump tweeted on Monday. "Not easy! Perhaps just let OCare crash & burn!"

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<![CDATA[Trump Versus the World: An Overview]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 07:03:08 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-654571120.jpg

Since taking office in January, President Donald Trump's administration has been associated with one foreign country in particular, Russia. U.S. intelligence officials say President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, to denigrate Hillary Clinton and then to help Trump's chances. Trump denies any wrongdoing, while the FBI and Congress investigate his administration's contacts with Russia.

Meanwhile Trump has flirted with upending U.S. foreign policy, threatening to declare China a currency manipulator and to pull out of NAFTA, for example, questioning the one-China policy under which the United States recognizes China and not Taiwan and backing off a U.S. commitment to the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. In the end, though, Trump has often reverted to traditional policies. His supporters say he is scrutinizing foreign agreements with the goal of benefitting Americans, but critics say the uncertainty is unsettling to allies and unproductive.

Here are some of the more significant interactions between the Trump administration and world leaders over international issues.

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<![CDATA[Mini Therapy Horses Lift Spirits of Critically Ill Children ]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:10:22 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/minihorse1.JPG

A miniature horse kicking a soccer ball or playing piano with its nose is a sight that could put a smile on anyone’s face.

But at the Ronald McDonald House in Hollywood, tiny horses mean much more than a good laugh. For the critically ill children who live there, playing with these petite creatures is therapeutic.

"I think it just takes everybody's mind off of whatever they're going through," said 14-year-old cancer patient Chloe Dollar.

Dollar has been living at the Ronald McDonald House with her mother for the past three months while she receives life-saving treatment. She has gone through six rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

"There were times where she didn’t know if she was going to make it through and wanted to keep fighting," said her mother, Tamara Dollar.

But she added that her daughter’s naturally positive attitude has helped her through tough times and spending time with the miniature horses has helped to lift her spirits.

Through the nonprofit Mini Therapy Horses, the horses visit more than 45,000 children and adults in crisis each year. 

"There's such a shift in what people are going through when they see the horse, it's like pulling the clutch in," said Mini Therapy Horses founder Victoria Nodiff-Netanel. "It takes them, a lot of times, out of the pain that they're feeling, out of their depression, despair."

In addition to the Ronald McDonald House, the horses also visit veteran’s hospitals and are certified first responders with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Crisis Response Team.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 16:02:14 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trumpthumb.jpgWhat Donald Trump's presidency will look like is unclear to many observers. He has not previously worked in politics, and has made contradictory statements on policy issues in several areas during his campaign. Despite the unknowns, Trump has an extensive public profile that, along with his real estate empire and the Trump brand, grew domestically and internationally over the last few decades. Here is a look at the president-elect's personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[Putin's Top Diplomat in US Set for Return to Russia]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:32:29 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/rusAP_17061132598018.jpg

Moscow's top diplomat in the United States, the central figure in suspicions about President Donald Trump connections with Russia, is returning to his country after almost a decade in the job, a former U.S. official confirmed Monday.

Sergey Kislyak, 66, will depart his position as Russian ambassador to the U.S. at the end of the summer as part of a long-planned rotation, two other U.S. officials told NBC News.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov — a hardliner who is under European Union sanctions for supporting the deployment of troops in Ukraine in his former capacity as deputy minister of defense — is being lined up as his replacement.

The move comes amid investigations by the FBI and Congress into Kislyak's contacts with Trump aides during the 2016 election campaign.

U.S. officials told NBC News that the decision on Kislyak's departure pre-dated the controversy, while Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday declined to confirm the switch.

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<![CDATA[Trooper Saves Adorable Baby Fawn After Pregnant Deer Hit by Car]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:29:49 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_fawn0626_1500x845.jpg

A baby fawn, whose birth was induced after its pregnant mother was hit by a car along highway 74 in Jackson County, North Carolina, was rescued by state trooper Rocky Deitz.

<![CDATA[Nintendo Announces Classic Edition of Old Video Game]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:51:51 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DDQlaDAVwAEleYg-nintendo.jpg

Add Nintendo to the list of companies capitalizing on ’90s nostalgia.

Nintendo announced a new standalone mini-console focused on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System on Monday, according to CNBC. The console follows the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System last year, which was a popular gift during the holiday season.

The latest classic edition will have the same appearance of the original console, which was released in 1990. The SNES Classic Edition will contain 21 games, including “Super Mario World” and “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.”

The SNES Classic Edition will be released Sept. 29 and is priced at $80.

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<![CDATA[14 Children Have Died in Hot Cars This Year]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:09:00 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_hotcar_1500x845.jpg

Fourteen children have died in hot cars in 2017. On average, 37 children die each year in hot cars - one child every nine days.

<![CDATA[Top News: Forest Fire Blazes Through Southern Spain]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:05:34 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-800653302.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[5-Year-Old Heart Transplant Recipient Learns He's Going Home]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:42:20 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/kidhospital.jpg

For the past 189 days, 5-year-old Ari Schultz from Stow, Massachusetts, has lived at Boston Children's Hospital, where he had 10 operations, including a heart transplant, and where he almost died when he went into cardiac arrest on March 22, reports Today.com.

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Last week his parents told Ari he would finally be able to go home — or, for now, to a rental home in Sudbury, Massachusetts, closer to the hospital where he will continue treatment. He was thrilled.

"Do you want to go home on Friday?" his dad asks him in a video that captured the moment. "Yeah!" Ari replies with hesitant enthusiasm, almost as if he can't believe his good fortune. "TWO DAYS!"

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<![CDATA[Captain Asks Passengers to Pray During Shaky Air Asia Flight]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:08:28 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/173164274.jpg

Passengers of a Sunday morning Air Asia flight said their captain asked them to pray — twice — as the plane experienced engine trouble and shook like a "washing machine," NBC News reported.

Damien Stevens, who was on the flight from Perth, Australia, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, told NBC News the plane shook after a “huge bang” about 75 minutes into the flight.

"The rattling started straight away," Stevens said. "It was like being in a washing machine... The pilot asked us to pray twice and said he was scared too."

The exact cause of the incident remains unclear, but Stevens said the airline told him the trouble stemmed from one of the engines and that the pilot had 44 years of experience. The plane landed safely back in Perth and there were no reported injuries.

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<![CDATA[Son of Ex-MLB Player on Life Support After Freak Accident]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:17:46 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lockhartkid.jpg

Former Atlanta Braves player Keith Lockhart is asking for prayers for his 15-year-old son, who is on life support after being hit in the face by a baseball during a tournament last week, reports Today.com.

Doctors initially thought Jason Lockhart only needed some stitches after he was struck in the face by a throw from the catcher during a game in South Carolina on June 17, his family said.

But the injury was much more serious. Two days later, the bleeding would not stop, and he was taken to an Atlanta hospital, where tests discovered a torn artery. Doctors have been working to control the bleeding.

His sister, Sydney, has been providing regular updates of his condition on Facebook, including one saying Jason was scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to replace the packing in his face and check for any areas of bleeding.

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<![CDATA[Behind the Keyboard: How New Emojis Are Chosen]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:48:06 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Emoji-5-1.jpg

Between wizards, rock climbers, and gender non-conforming people, many of the 137 new emojis coming soon to your phone's keyboard may have come from the minds of ordinary texters, NBC News reported. 

Like all four batches before it, the latest set of emojis was approved by the Unicode Consortium, an international organization that ensures all words and images are read the same way on devices everywhere. The newest release should appear in your next system update. 

Anyone can propose an emoji to the Unicode Consortium, which narrows down candidates based on factors like use and popularity in a lengthy process.

"It's not like the Supreme Court, they’re not going off into some star chamber in robes or anything. It’s not like that at all," consortium member Greg Welch told NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Man's Moving Technique Gains Him Attention on Social Media]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:50:02 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_scooter0623_1920x1080.jpg

Photos of a Lexington, North Carolina, man hauling his curbside treasure from one side of town to another are getting attention on social media.

Whittney Biggerstaff was caught on camera picking up a sofa from the side of the road yesterday and balancing it on his bike -- all the way from an area near Lexington BBQ to his home on Hartman Street, about two miles away.

<![CDATA[Mexican Art Exhibit Drives Museum Engagement with Latinos]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:23:58 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/armus-dallas-museum-art.jpg

An exhibit on modern Mexican masterpieces has drawn one of the largest and potentially most diverse crowds at the Dallas Museum of Art, NBC News reported.

More than half of guests who visited the traveling exhibition, entitled "Mexico 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde," since its opening in March were first-time museum visitors.

Corporate sponsorships allowed exhibit organizers to allow free entry on over a dozen "family days" and create the "Yo Soy DMA" campaign to promote the exhibit in heavily Latino areas, many of which have been disconnected from the museum in the past.

“I haven’t seen this many brown people in the museum before,” said José Villanueva, 28, a Dallas artist who volunteers as a docent with the “Yo Soy DMA” initiative.

The exhibit -- whose only U.S. stop ends in Dallas July 16 -- features bilingual information and over 200 pieces of modern art that mark the development of a national Mexican identity, like Kahlo's iconic "Las Dos Fridas" painting.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 16:02:55 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dgaf-2.jpgTake a look at significant events from President Donald Trump's time in office, including the signing of the travel ban, Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court, the launch of 59 missiles at Syria's government-held Shayrat Airfiled and more.

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<![CDATA[2 Marines from Texas Unit Burned in Blast at Calif. Base]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:43:17 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MCAS-Miramar-20170430_104742.jpg

Two U.S. Marines were critically injured Sunday in what military officials describe as a ground flash fire on U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego.

The blast occurred on base at 10:18 p.m. as the Marines were performing routine maintenance on an F/A 18 fighter jet, said Major Kurt Stahl, the director of public affairs for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Miramar.

"Technically, this was a 'ground flash fire' rather than an 'explosion,'" Stahl added. "The cause is under investigation."

The two injured Marines suffered severe burns and were transported to UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest.

They were identified as members of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112 (VMDA-112), a reserve unit based out of Fort Worth, Texas.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends these two Marines as they go through this difficult time. The Marine Corps stands ready to support them in every way we can," Major Andrew Aranda from Marine Corps Forces Reserve told NBC 7.

No other information was available.

The National Fire Protection Association defines a ground flash fire as one involving fuel in the air and an ignition source. The fires tend to last just seconds but can reach intensely high temperatures.

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