<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - National & International News]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:08:57 -0500 Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:08:57 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Two Planes Collide Mid-Air ]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:42:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/2-5-16-Plane_Crash.JPG

Two small planes collided midair and crashed into the ocean off San Pedro on Friday, officials said.

The U.S. Coast Guard and crews from various fire and police agencies converged on the spot off the San Pedro coast, near the Los Angeles Harbor, to search for any possible survivors and the plane wreckage, said Lt. Jonathan McCormick, of the U.S. Coast Guard.

A fisherman on a boat saw one of the planes crash into the water and called 911, officials said.

Dive teams planned to search the waters through the night.

The Coast Guard, meanwhile, closed the Los Angeles Harbor enterance to all vessel traffic while crews searched the debris field and the National Transportation Safety Board planned to investigate the crash.

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<![CDATA[Aid Cut Off to Thousands in Syria]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:43:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AleppoSyria-GettyImages-508601178.jpg

Humanitarian aid has been cut off to thousands of people as the city of Aleppo, Syria, has fallen under government siege, NBC News reported.

Russian airstrikes, which have increased in recent days, have also killed an estimated 150 civilians, according to U.S. officials on Friday.

The bombardment has also interrupted U.N.-led peace talks scheduled in Geneva this week. Officials said Russia and Syrian President Bashar Assad were not in compliance with a U.N. Security Council resolution that called for access for aid workers and to end bombing of civilians. 

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<![CDATA['Affluenza' Teen to Adult Jail]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:26:43 -0500

Right: Ethan Couch mugshot taken at the Tarrant County Corrections Center, Feb. 5, 2016.]]>

Right: Ethan Couch mugshot taken at the Tarrant County Corrections Center, Feb. 5, 2016.]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ethan-couch-composite.jpg

Ethan Couch, the Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving crash, was moved Friday afternoon from a juvenile detention center to the Tarrant County Correction Center in Downtown Fort Worth.

Couch, 19, is currently being held for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, pending a hearing Feb. 19 to determine whether his case will be moved from juvenile court to adult court.

Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said during a news conference Friday afternoon that a juvenile court judge signed a revised order of detention that allowed for Couch's housing change.

Anderson said the sheriff's department was notified of the housing change once Couch was under way Friday afternoon and that he arrived at the downtown corrections center at about 1:30 p.m.

Couch is still under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court and his case is still continuing under the original judge's order, Anderson said. The move to the adult jail doesn't change his juvenile standing.

A continuation hearing related to Friday's housing move will be held on Feb. 12, Anderson said.

Anderson added Couch is considered a high-profile inmate and is being held in a single cell, away from the general population, for his safety and not because he's considered a threat. Couch, Anderson said, has been soft-spoken, very respectful and has asked for no special treatment or accommodations.

Before the move Friday, Couch had been detained at the Tarrant County Juvenile Detention Center in North Fort Worth since he was extradited back to the U.S. last month. Couch had fled to Mexico, along with his mother Tonya Couch, after missing a meeting with his probation officer.

Authorities believe Couch and his mother fled Texas in her pickup truck after an online video appeared to show Ethan Couch at a party where people were drinking. Couch had been sentenced to 10 years' probation in juvenile court for the 2013 drunken-driving crash, and the terms prohibit him from drinking or leaving Tarrant County, Texas.

If Couch's case is transferred to the adult system and if he violates his probation again, he could face up to 10 years in prison for each person killed in the 2013 crash, a total of 40 years.

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<![CDATA[Poisoned Water: Flint's Contamination Crisis in Photos]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:53:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-506974772_master-flint.jpg

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<![CDATA[Motive Unclear in Family-of-6 Slay]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:08:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CROSSES+NIGHT.jpg

The deaths of six family members whose bodies were found inside a Southwest Side Chicago home Thursday have been declared homicides, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

The medical examiner's office has not officially released the identities of the bodies, but autopsy results showed the cause of death for the victims, all of which have been ruled a homicide.  

According to the autopsy report, the victims died of multiple sharp and blunt force injuries due to assault, except for a middle-aged female, who died of multiple gunshot wounds. 

Family members said the people who lived in the home were a couple, their son, their daughter, and their daughter's two children. 

They identified the deceased as Rosa Hernandez, Noe Martinez, Noe Martinez Jr., Herminia Martinez and her two children, Alexis and Leonardo. Crosses bearing each name were placed outside the home as a memorial Friday.

The two children were 10 and 13 years old, police said.

"They were a normal family. Everything was fine," Noemi Martinez, 29, said from Dallas during a phone interview in Spanish. She said her husband was a nephew and cousin of the home's residents.

Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Eugene Roy said Friday that all of the victims suffered blunt trauma.

Officers conducting a welfare check discovered the bodies of two women, two men and two children around 1:30 p.m. Thursday on the 5700 block of South California. A concerned co-worker called police after one of the men found in the home had not showed up to work for two days.

Investigators were working Friday to piece together what exactly happened inside the small brick home tucked away in a typically quiet neighborhood near 57th Street and California Avenue. Asked whether it could have been a murder-suicide, Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante told reporters it was "a possibility."

Police said in a Friday morning news conference there had been no sign of forced entry and all the doors had been locked when officers arrived.

"It's a rather complex scene," Roy said. 

Police have revealed few details on a potential motive in the case, but said there is no threat to the community.

Friends told NBC5 the victims were a "good family" from Mexico with no known problems.

Martinez said the father worked at a factory in Chicago and the mother was a housewife. They were originally from the Mexican state of Guanajuato and had lived in Chicago for about a decade, Martinez said.

"Right now, we just want to know who did this," she said. "They didn't deserve this. We don't understand what happened."

Azcucena Martinez, who goes by Susy and is the niece of the couple, created a GoFundMe page to help the family send the bodies back to Mexico. As of Friday, the page had received more than $9,290. 

"There was never any problems so we couldn't even think something happened to them," said neighbor Mayra Diego. "They were very nice quiet people."

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<![CDATA[What to Know: Zika Virus Spreads in Americas]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:11:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg The spreading of the Zika virus has caused worldwide concern. Health officials think Zika might be connected to the rise in birth defects in the Americas, though it has not yet been proven. WHO has declared the crisis a global emergency.

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<![CDATA[Couple Weds Amid NYC Crane Chaos]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:42:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/couple+marries+after+crane+collapse.jpg

An FDNY chaplain escorted a bride caught in the chaos that followed Friday morning's deadly crane collapse to a historic New York City courthouse, then performed an impromptu wedding ceremony for the woman and her husband-to-be.

The Rev. Ann Kansfield said in a Facebook post that she saw bride Nesh Pillay leave a salon wearing a white strapless dress while the firefighter was responding to the collapse at Worth and Church streets in Tribeca.

Pillay was planning on taking a cab up to Tweed Courthouse so she could marry longtime boyfriend Aaron Vanderhoff in what she tweeted was supposed to be a "secret" ceremony. But because of the collapse, she couldn't find a cab.

Kansfield said in the post she offered Pillay her coat when she saw her shivering as she was hit with sleet, then offered to walk her the six blocks to the courthouse so she could get married.

Pillay's planned officiant wasn't there when they arrived, Kansfield said, so she offered do the ceremony on the steps outside.

Video of the ceremony was posted to YouTube and shows Kansfield still wearing her fire hat and coat as she officiated the wedding. Before kicking things off, she referred to the weather and the tragedy just blocks away.

"Witnesses, do you promise to support Nesh and Aaron in their marriage?" Kansfield says, snow pelting the couple on the steps. "Through crane collapses and snowstorms? Through to sandy beaches and sunny days?" 

The witnesses all shout "Yes!" to the pastor's queries.

As Vanderhoff and Pillay exchange tearful vows, sirens can be heard in the background. Afterward, Kansfield pronounces them husband and wife, again touching on the unexpected events of the morning.

"By the power vested in me, on behalf of the church and the FDNY, I very joyfully now pronounce you married!"

The Daily News first reported on the wedding. Pillay told the newspaper that she felt lucky that Kansfield, who is also a pastor at a church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, was there.

"I feel so lucky she was there. There was a lot of fear over what was happening, and she was just incredible, leading us through everything. She made it seamless, even though it wasn't her job," Pillay told the newspaper.

Pillay didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC New York.

Vanderhoff, meanwhile, recounted being grateful his new wife wasn't hurt and how surprising it was to see her walk up the stairs wearing a firefighter's jacket.

"Sometimes you have the first look (at your bride) programmed, and you have it planned out. But this was totally unplanned with the FDNY jacket (over her dress), and it made it really special, though in the shadow of something so terrible," he told the News.

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<![CDATA[Twitter Locks Down 125,000 Accounts]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:04:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/twitterGettyImages-494325030.jpg

Twitter announced Friday it will shut down more than 125,000 accounts as part of an effort to crack down on extremist content.

In a news release, the company said it was committed to weeding out content that advocates for terrorism and violence. It said there is no "magic algorithm" for targeting such content, but it will continue to "engage with authorities and other relevant organizations to find solutions to this critical issue."

Since late last year, Twitter has been using "proprietary spam fighting tools" in order to identify accounts that violate their terms of service policy. It also has assigned a dedicated team to examine the accounts. 

The moves come as the White House has been putting more pressure on social media companies to proactively identify potentially dangerous accounts and content.

The Obama administration has sent high-level personnel including F.B.I Director James Comey to California to discuss how the tech giants and government can work together more effectively. 

Twitter said the nature of its product, which it called "an open forum for expression," makes it vulnerable to becoming a communications tool for social media savvy terrorist organizations like ISIS, as NBC News reported. 

Last month, a woman whose husband was killed in Jordan in a terrorist attack sued Twitter in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The suit claimed Twitter was partially responsible because the ISIS attack was coordinated via the social media platform.

The suit is not expected to get far, as Twitter is protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, but it does raise questions about the level of responsibility that social media companies should have regarding the content on their platforms.

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<![CDATA[Girl, 6, Dies After Being Hit by Falling Tree Limb: Family]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:07:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CafItn-UcAAnWx1.jpg

A 6-year-old girl has died after being pinned under a tree limb Friday afternoon in Canton, Massachusetts, the child's family tells necn.

Canton Police confirm the child was hit by the limb in the yard of her family's Indian Lane home.

Family members confirmed to necn around 7:30 p.m. that young Kaleigh Kenyon had passed away.

"It's a fluke situation for our lovely little girl, who was at the prime of her life," said the girl's aunt, Lauri Moore. "She loves snow and she loves playing in it, and it's just awful."

"She was like, 'Oh, Daddy, let's go make a snowman,'" her brother, Nicholas Kenyon, said. "The next thing I know, a tree broke, fell on her. Him and I just ran at it, trying to lift her out of there."

Police responded around 2 p.m. A neighbor had gotten the girl out from under the tree and administered CPR.

Kaleigh Kenyon was transported in critical condition to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton. She was later transported to Boston Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Her family describes her as a high-spirited little girl. Her brother says their father was shaken asshe was rushed to the hospital.

"The last thing he said to me was 'I'm sorry,'" Nicholas Kenyon said. "I was like, 'It's not your fault.'"

Fire officials said in a press conference that the weight of the snow caused the tree limb to fall from between 30 and 35 feet above the girl.

Police warned of collapsing trees and branches in Canton Friday. In the same community, a downed power line caused flames to burst out through the snow.

Stay with necn as this story develops.

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<![CDATA['Surprise! I'm Still Alive!' Contract Killing Doesn't Go as Planned]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:52:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/012209-Funeral-Service.jpg

"Kill her," he said. Those were the words that Noela Rukundo heard come through the speakerphone. The voice on the other end of the line was her de facto husband, the BBC reported

Rukundo's partner, Balenga Kalala, had allegedly paid a group of professionals to kill Rukundo after she attended the funeral of her stepmother in her native Burundi, according to the Australian Broadcasting Company. Kalala was back at their home in Melbourne, Australia.

But the would be killers, some of whom knew Rukundo's brother, didn't do their job. She was released 7,500 miles from her home.

"We give you 80 hours to leave this country," Rukundo recalled the gang told her, according to the BBC.  

She did. Getting assistance from both the Belgian and Kenyan embassies as well as a local pastor in Melbourne, Rukundo was able to get back just in time to surprise Kalala — at her own funeral. 

“Is it my eyes?” she recalled him saying after he had just finished speaking. “Is it a ghost?”

“Surprise! I’m still alive!” she replied, the BBC reported

During the interview with the BBC, Rukundo said that Kalala actually reached out to touch her shoulder for confirmation.

"I'm sorry for everything," he cried. That wasn't quite enough for Rukundo. She called the police, and Kalala will now serve nine years in prison for incitement to murder, according to the Australian Broadcasting Company.

The saga started almost a year ago, when Rukundo had flown from Melbourne to Burundi to attend her stepmother's funeral. Shortly after, she was blindfolded, shoved into a car, and eventually tied to a chair in a building near Bujumbura, according to the BBC.  After her release, she made her way back to Melbourne, and her husband. 

Kalala told the community in Melbourne that Rukundo was killed in a tragic accident, the BBC reported.  Her funeral was well attended, including, of course, one very special guest.

For more details on Rukundo's journey, click here. 

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<![CDATA[Top News Photos of the Week]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:49:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_274948826459-protest.jpg View weekly updates on the very best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Inmate's Escape From Courthouse Caught on Camera]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:46:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_inmateescape0205_1500x845.jpg Security cameras captured an inmate's brazen escape following a hearing inside a Kennewick, Washington courthouse.]]> <![CDATA[Boy Tried to Hold Up Store: Police]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:30:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/020516+8-year-old+west+palm+beach+armed+robber.jpg

An 8-year-old boy was detained after he was caught on video allegedly trying to rob a West Palm Beach store with a loaded gun, police said.

The incident happened Wednesday evening at the King Foods and Meat Bazaar and was caught on the store's surveillance camera, according to a report from WPTV.

Video showed the boy, who was wearing a motorcycle helmet, approach the cashier and point a gun hidden underneath a sweater. He allegedly told the cashier "give me the f---ing money," the report said.

The clerk was able to take the gun from the boy and hold him until officers responded. The boy was hospitalized for his own well being, WPTV reported.

Authorities said the boy stole the gun from his mother. The state decided not to press charges but the boy must attend a diversion program and was ordered to stay away from the store.

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<![CDATA[Las Vegas Newspaper Endorses Marco Rubio]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:38:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MarcoRubio-AP_480187241596.jpg

The Las Vegas Review-Journal endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio Friday, NBC News reported.

"Our reasons for endorsing Sen. Rubio are many. Notably, the Florida senator has deep personal connections to the state," the editorial board wrote, noting that he spent ages eight to 14 in Las Vegas.

The paper said it required the candidate needed to meet with its editorial board. The paper also insisted the owner, Sheldon Adelson — who has yet to personally endorse a candidate — played no part in its decision.

Republicans in Nevada caucus in two-and-a-half weeks on Tuesday, February 23.  

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<![CDATA[Clinton, Sanders Show Sharp Differences in New Hampshire Debate]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 04:49:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NH_DEBATE_AP_709409151846.jpg

Thursday's Democratic presidential debate on MSNBC offered the clearest, rawest, and most specific examination of two fundamentally different philosophies about the character and future of the Democratic Party voters have seen yet.

Not only was it the first one-on-one debate between front-runner Hillary Clinton and insurgent Bernie Sanders, but it came at time when the candidates are finally ready to hash out the core questions of what it means to be a Democrat.

Seven years of control of the White House has built up fundamental divisions within about who the party should represent and what it should do.

Clinton represents one view, calling for continuity and pragmatism, while Sanders represents the polar opposite, with his outspoken calls for "revolution."

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<![CDATA[President Obama Takes Victory Lap on Economy]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:28:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/President-Obama-AP_125147827636.jpg

Buoyed by wage-gains and record low unemployment, President Barack Obama underscored on Friday that his administration's efforts have helped usher in an economic recovery, NBC News reported.

"We should be proud of the progress we have made," Obama told reporters during an appearance at the White House press briefing. "We have recovered from the worst economic crisis since the 1930s."

U.S. employers added 151,000 jobs in January, a deceleration from recent months as companies shed education, transportation and temporary workers but hired others in manufacturing, retail and food services. The unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percent, its lowest level since early 2008.

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<![CDATA[Mother Opens Up About Son's Microcephaly]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:21:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Zika-Wisconsin.jpg The Zika virus is drawing worldwide attention to a devastating birth defect that until now has gotten little public notice. A Wisconsin mother is all too familiar with the condition; her infant son has microcephaly.]]> <![CDATA[Dramatic Rescue From Cliff Side]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:51:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_damrescue0205_1500x845.jpg A helicopter helps rescues a homeless man stranded on top of a Washington cliff for several days.]]> <![CDATA[#SB50 Ritual: 5 Guys Attend Every Super Bowl Together]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:50:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/5+guys+50+super+bowls+1.jpg

The gang of seniors also known as the "Super Bowl Five" will be in attendance at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California this Sunday when the Panthers take on the Broncos.

The longtime friends attended their very first Super Bowl at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1967. 

Sylvan Schefler, Lew Rappaport, Al Schragis, Larry McDonald and Harvey Rothenberg decided to fly to Los Angeles attend the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. The tickets were $10.

The Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 and the friends had so much fun they decided to return for the championship game the following year. Their football meetup has continued ever since. 

The comrades sat down with TODAY anchor Savannah Guthrie to reminisce about their camaraderie.

"Nothing is forever," Schefler said. "We all understand that. But we've been blessed to have had the opportunity to say this is 50 years."

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<![CDATA[Ex-Doc Gets 30-to-Life in ODs]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:02:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_120316045075.jpg

A former Rowland Heights doctor convicted last fall of second-degree murder for the drug overdose deaths of three of her patients was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in California prison.

Prosecutors asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli to hand down that sentence to Hsui-Ying "Lisa" Tseng for the deaths of Vu Nguyen, 28, of Lake Forest; Steven Ogle, 24, of Palm Desert; and Joseph Rovero III, a 21-year-old Arizona State University student from San Ramon, between March and December 2009.

Tseng's attorney, Tracy Green, asked the judge to sentence her 46-year-old client to the minimum 15-year-to-life term.

Tseng was convicted Oct. 30 of three counts of second-degree murder, 19 counts of unlawful controlled substance prescription and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. It marked the first time in California that a doctor was charged with murder for the deaths of patients given prescriptions for drugs.

In their sentencing papers, deputy district attorneys John Niedermann and Grace Rai wrote that, "While amassing a fortune of millions of dollars, and despite repeated warnings pertaining to the danger to her patients, the defendant's prescribing practices never changed and in some patients actually increased ... The defendant's concern was not for the well-being of her patients but rather the monetary benefits they provided her."

The prosecutors wrote that it was even more compelling that Tseng knew that three of her other patients had overdosed before Nguyen, Ogle and Rovero died and that she continued to prescribe controlled substances "in a reckless manner knowing the possible consequences of her actions."

Tseng's attorney said Thursday that her client had no prior criminal record and surrendered her license to practice osteopathic medicine before she was arrested.

"It's never going to happen again," Tseng's lawyer said.

At a hearing last December, Rovero's mother, April, said, "All of these tragedies were avoidable."

"I hope in time she will feel the remorse she should," she said.

Ogle's mother, Desiree Ogle-Spillman, spoke directly to Tseng.

"You froze time for all of us and the lives you so carelessly took," she said.

During Tseng's trial, prosecutor John Niedermann told jurors that she faked medical records to cover up her misdeeds. "She is warned again and again and again. They're dying, they're dying, they're dying," Niedermann told the jury. "She understands what she's doing, the harm of it, and she does it anyway."

Tseng had received calls from coroner's officials about deaths of some of the patients she had seen, along with fielding calls from family members who had told her not to prescribe to or see their loved ones, he said.

Tseng's attorney accused investigators of a "rush to judgment" and of singling Tseng out while failing to interview other doctors who may have treated the patients, who she said took "far in excess" of the dosages prescribed by Tseng.

The defense attorney contended that there was "no evidence" that her client was simply handing prescriptions to patients who asked for them, and that the doctor was trying to taper down the medication of some patients.

Tseng agreed in February 2012 to surrender her license to practice, just before being taken into custody in connection with the criminal charges. She has been behind bars in lieu of $3 million bail since her March 1, 2012, arrest.

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<![CDATA[Zika Scare Reopens Abortion Debate in Brazil]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:51:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BrazilPregnantZika-AP_757089715997.jpg

Fears over the Zika virus are reopening the debate over abortion in Brazil, where the procedure is illegal under most cases, NBC News reported.

Brazilian bishops opposed a petition seeking to expand abortion laws to cover women infected with Zika. In a statement, the bishops said the situation doesn’t advocate abortion “for cases of microcephaly.”

Groups that want to change the laws say advising women to avoid pregnancy is not enough. Activists want the government to provide pregnant women with Zika virus testing, and the option to choose whether they wish to continue with their pregnancy.

Abortion is legal in Brazil in cases of rape or incest, if it endangers the woman’s life of if the fetus is developing anencephaly — a rare condition where the baby is missing parts of its brain and skull.  

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<![CDATA[Time-Lapse: Watch the Demolition of Candlestick Park]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:24:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CANDLESTICK+GIF_18147279.gif

As the San Francisco 49ers’ new home, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, gets ready to host Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, the development company building a new mixed-used complex released time-lapse video of Candlestick Park being torn apart.

The video, provided on Thursday to NBC Bay Area by Lennar Urban and shot by OxBlue, shows about two minutes of the ‘Stick being taken down, seat by seat, and 19 seconds of what the future site should look like, including sweeping views of the San Francisco bay.

The eight-month demolition of Candlestick Park was finished in September to make way for a new urban mixed-use project at Candlestick Point in the southeast corner of San Francisco. More than 95 percent of the materials used to build Candlestick were recycled by the demolition firm, Silverado Contractors, according to Lennar Urban spokesman Dave Satterfield. The entire project should take 20 years and $8 billion to complete, thought the retail mall portion is expected to open in 2018, Satterfield said.

The complex, being built by Macerich Corp., will include an Africa diaspora-themed shopping marketplace, a hotel, movie theaters and 12,000 new homes at the site and nearby at the former naval shipyard of Hunter’s Point.

The 49ers left Candlestick Park after the 2013 season for a new $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara. The Super Bowl will be played there on Sunday between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.

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<![CDATA[Sea Lion Pup Found Sleeping in San Diego Restaurant Booth]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:10:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Seal-Pup-Marine-Room-8-Guillas.jpg

Tiny sea lion, party of one. A 20-pound sea lion pup was found sleeping in a booth at a popular seaside restaurant in San Diego, likely searching for a cozy nook and, fittingly, a bite to eat.

SeaWorld San Diego’s Rescue Team was called to The Marine Room restaurant on Spindrift Drive in La Jolla Thursday after staffers found the young sea lion curled up in a booth in the dining room, sleeping.

Somehow, the pup got into the dining hotspot and made his way into a booth with a scenic view of the beach below. Management wasn’t sure how the sea lion snuck in, but it appears he spent the night inside the restaurant.

The Marine Room's executive chef, Bernard Guillas, shared some photos of the whiskered patron on his Facebook page. In one of the images, also seen in the gallery below, the sea lion looks as if she's longingly staring at the sea below the restaurant.

As of Friday morning, Guillas' post had been shared more than 1,600 times on Facebook and had nearly 3,700 "likes."

SeaWorld rescuers were able to safely corral the 8-month-old California sea lion and take her to their Animal Rescue Center. There, caregivers determined the pup was extremely malnourished and dehydrated.

Jody Westberg, a SeaWorld Rescue Team member, said her team considers the sea lion a “micropup” due to her small size and low weight.

“She weighs 20 pounds, but should be about 40 to 50 pounds out in the wild,” Westberg explained.

She said SeaWorld San Diego has been handling many unusual sea lion rescues lately in part due to recent El Niño weather conditions.

“Southern California, and specifically San Diego County, has been having very high tides and very low tides, and also a lot of stormy weather. These pups are looking for high ground and warm areas for the night,” she said.
Westberg said the El Niño event also appears to be impacting food sources for some sea lions in California.

“Not only are they looking for high ground – they’re also searching for food,” she added.

She said an ongoing “unusual mortality event” is also heavily affecting the California sea lion population throughout the state. Because sea lions are having a hard time finding food sources, many wind up emaciated. The fish they typically eat in the wild keep the animals hydrated but without fish to eat, dehydration is common.

At SeaWorld San Diego’s Animal Rescue Center, the tiny pup was given fluids to rehydrate.
Animal experts were also keeping a close watch on the pup’s left eye, which remained shut and had some drainage coming out of it.

With proper care and nutrition, Westberg said the rescue team is “cautiously optimistic” the pup will be nursed back to health and eventually returned to the wild.

Over the past 52 years, SeaWorld San Diego has rescued more than 16,000 sea lions. So far in 2016, SeaWorld San Diego has rescued 47 marine mammals, including 40 sea lions, six harbor seals and one Guadalupe fur seal. In 2015, SeaWorld rescued a total of 990 California sea lions.

If you spot a sea lion or other animal that appears to be ill, injured or abandoned, you can call SeaWorld’s Rescue Hotline at (800) 541-SEAL.

On Jan. 21, another sea lion was rescued in La Jolla. That pup had climbed 145 steps to get inside The Cave Store, a shop that acts as the entrance to a manmade tunnel which delves down the cliffside and into the Sunny Jim Sea Cave.

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<![CDATA[Poll: Trump Holds Lead in N.H., Rubio Gains Ground]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:50:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Rubio-Trump-Split.jpg

Donald Trump continues to lead Tuesday's New Hampshire primary after his second-place finish in Iowa, but Marco Rubio has gained ground on him, according to a new NBC/WSJ/Marist poll conducted after the Iowa results.

Trump gets support from 30 percent of likely Republican primary followers — followed by Rubio at 17 percent, Ted Cruz at 15 percent, John Kasich at 10 percent, Jeb Bush at 9 percent and Chris Christie at 4 percent.

Last week — before the results in Iowa, where Cruz finished first and Rubio third — Trump was at 31 percent, Cruz 12 percent, Rubio 11 percent, Kasich 11 percent, Bush 8 percent and Christie 7 percent.

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<![CDATA['Get Me the Hell Out of Here': Tree Crushes Elderly Couple]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:45:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tree+on+House+Broomall1.jpg

An elderly woman was killed and her husband seriously hurt when a tree toppled onto the bedroom of their Delaware County home, trapping them for hours, fire officials said.

The tree crushed the back portion of the home along the 200 block of James Road in Broomall, Pennsylvania, early Friday.

Broomall Fire Dept. incident commander Carl Drake said neighbors heard a crash around 6 a.m., but no one realized the tree fell until a man leaving for work saw the aftermath and heard screams for help. He called 911.

The tree landed perpendicular onto the couple's bed, crushing them. The husband was awake and talking when firefighters arrived, Drake said. The wife was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Get me the hell out of here," Drake said the man told him when he first walked into the second floor bedroom.

A crane was brought in to lift the tree and firefighters used chainsaws to cut it apart. It took 70 minutes to free them.

"When we picked up the tree with the crane, we had a sigh of relief from the guy," Drake said.

Officials did not immediately identify the couple. The husband was taken by medical helicopter to Penn Presbyterian Trauma Center for treatment. 

It's not clear whether the weather played a factor in bringing the tree down.

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<![CDATA[Winter Storm to Dump Snow on Northeast, Snarl Traffic]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:32:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_9094692474.jpg

 A winter storm threatened to snarl the morning commute for millions of Americans from the Mid-Atlantic to New England Friday, dumping up to 8 inches of snow on parts of the Northeast.

Heavy, wet snow will lead to messy conditions on roads across the region during the morning, forecasters said.

Parts eastern Long Island could see as much as 8 inches of heavy, wet snow by mid-morning, NBC New York reported. Up to 5 inches could fall on Brooklyn, Queens and possibly Manhattan and the Bronx.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Molloy said the state's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) would be monitoring the impact of the storm. "We are monitoring this winter weather diligently," he said, according to NBC Connecticut.

The snow was expected to clear in coastal New England by Friday evening. 

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<![CDATA[Family of 6 Found Dead in Home]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:25:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gage+Park+Home.png

Investigators found no signs of forced entry inside a Gage Park house where six family members were found slain in the Southwest Side neighborhood, Chicago police announced Friday.

Chicago Police Chief of Detective Eugene Roy said Friday that all of the victims suffered blunt trauma.

Officers conducting a welfare check discovered the bodies of two women, two men and two children aged 10 and 13 around 1:30 p.m. Thursday on the 5700 block of South California. A concerned co-worker called police after after one of the men found in the home had not showed up to work for two days.

Investigators were working to piece together what exactly happened inside the small brick home tucked away in a typically quiet neighborhood near 57th Street and California Avenue. Asked whether it could have been a murder-suicide, Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante told reporters Friday it was "a possibility."

Police said in a Friday morning news conference there had been no sign of forced entry and all the doors had been locked when officers arrived.

Friends told NBC 5 the victims were a “good family” from Mexico with no known problems.

Police have revealed few details on a potential motive in the case, but said there is no threat to the community.

The victims' identities will be released after the Cook County medical examiner has performed autopsies Friday morning, Roy said. He said it appeared the victims were members of the same family.


Six people lived in the home — a couple, their son, their daughter and the daughter's two children — a relative said.


"They were a normal family. Everything was fine," Noemi Martinez, 29, said from Dallas during a phone interview in Spanish. She said her husband was a nephew and cousin of the home's residents.

Martinez said the father worked at a factory in Chicago and the mother was a housewife. They were originally from the Mexican state of Guanajuato and had lived in Chicago for about a decade, Martinez said.

"Right now, we just want to know who did this. They didn't deserve this. We don't understand what happened," she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Video Shows Crane Topple Over in Lower Manhattan]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:20:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CRANE_COLLAPSE_actual_collapse_no_audio_glenn_1280x720_616949827715.jpg Viewer video shows the moment the crane collapsed in Lower Manhattan Friday morning.]]> <![CDATA[Ship Larger Than Titanic Could Sail Again]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:58:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/AP_771404446428c2.jpg The SS United States, an ocean liner larger than the Titanic, may one day sail again but before it can be turned into a state-of-the-art commercial vessel, it must undergo a nine-month feasibility study.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Assists in Somali Airbus Investigation]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:00:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Somali+Plane.png


U.S. experts were expected in Somalia Friday to assist the investigation into an explosion that blew a hole in the side of a passenger plane as it took off from Mogadishu, the country's aviation chief said, NBS News reported. 


The blast occurred in the cabin of an Airbus A321, killing one and prompting an emergency landing of the craft.

The F.B.I. has been "invited" to assist the British-trained Somali officials in analyzing the explosion.

As of now, no terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the explosion, but Somalia has long had issues with al Shabob, an ally of al Qaeda.


<![CDATA[Brazil Sprays to Curb Zika as Fears Threaten Carnival]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:01:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/zika-GettyImages-506931512.jpg

Health department workers are spending the week spraying insecticide up and down the streets of Brazil's major cities, trying to kill as many mosquitoes as possible before Carnival. The giant festival of parades, music and dancing attracts millions of visitors from around the world.

As crowds pour into Recife airport, they're met with bands and warnings, according to NBC News. Staffers in mosquito-decorated T-shirts offer information about the Aedes aegypti mosquito that's spreading the virus across Latin America and the Caribbean.

"In a couple of days we will have about 1.5 million people on these streets during Carnival," said Jailson Correia, health secretary for the northeastern coastal metropolis. 

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