<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-storieshttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.pngNBC 10 Philadelphiahttp://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSat, 23 Jul 2016 17:13:23 -0400Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:13:23 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Charizard the Iguana and Other Unusual Pets Find Homes]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:07:20 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/2016-07-23_15011.jpg

Parrie Henderson-O'Keefe's son Peirman has a surprise waiting for him for his 16th birthday: an iguana named after a rare Pokemon character that he met at an animal shelter in Washington, D.C.

He took to the 2-year-old iguana, Charizard, as soon as he saw her at the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League on Thursday, scratching her neck as she shed an old layer of skin. She crawled onto his shoulder when he picked her up.

The shelter is one of more than 680 shelters participating on Saturday in Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive sponsored by NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo. Shelters are offering no-cost or reduced-fee adoptions or are waiving spaying and neutering fees.

Among the other more unusual animals adopted Saturday were chickens, a pigeon, two fire-bellied toads, ferrets, rabbits, parakeets, guinea pigs and mice.

Henderson-O'Keefe, who lives in Washington, D.C., learned about Clear the Shelters in an email from the shelter. She went early to look around with Peirman and his sister, 12-year-old Eldie. When they left, Peirman told Henderson-O'Keefe he wanted the iguana for his upcoming birthday.

Peirman, who hope to study amphibians and reptiles, then left for a camp in Ohio, and Henderson-O’Keefe and Eldie decided to adopt Charizard as a surprise.

"He's going to be thrilled. Ecstatic," said Henderson-O'Keefe, who planned to call her son to give him the news. "That’s all we've been talking about since he saw her."

"He's probably going to make us FaceTime the reptile," she added.

Charizard was at the animal shelter for three months before being adopted, Henderson-O'Keefe said. The iguana's previous owners trained her to be walked on a leash. The shelter did not know why she was given up, according to Henderson-O'Keefe.

Henderson-O'Keefe said she will keep Charizard in a cage on the balcony with her tortoises and feed the iguana food from her rooftop garden. Right now, she said, Charizard is calm and not moving much as she gets used to her new home. She will become more active as she gets settled, Henderson-O'Keefe said.

"She'll probably be very happy up there," Henderson-O'Keefe said, who played with the iguana outside and said Charizard seemed to like being around people.

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<![CDATA[35K Pets Find Homes Through Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:12:16 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/kids-cats-cts.jpg

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.

More than 35,000 animals have been adopted as part of Clear the Shelters this month. Pet owners who mentioned the Clear the Shelters campaign during the adoption process were included in NBC's count.

More than 40 local NBC and Telemundo television stations are teaming up with more than 680 animal shelters across the country and in Puerto Rico for the event. Animal shelters are offering no-cost or reduced-fee adoptions or will waive spaying and neutering fees.

"Clear the Shelters took the nation by storm last year and inspired thousands of families to open their hearts to animals in need," said Valari Staab, the president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. "I'm very excited that our stations are working with hundreds of local animal shelters once again to help save the lives of thousands of deserving animals."

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."

On the Muttville Senior 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.

At the Humane Society of Broward Country, Florida, 167 animals were adopted last year — mostly dogs and cats but also guinea pigs and rabbits. Between 25 and 50 animals are adopted on a typical Saturday, according to Cherie Wachter, the vice president of marketing.

The shelter is looking forward to similar success during this year. Wachter expects the shelter to be busy and said families will be asked to fill out an application and talk to a counselor to ensure a good match.

"Be patient and bring the whole family," she said. "What Dad picks out might not be what Mom likes. So it's best if it's a family decision."

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 will have 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. The goal for this year event is to double that number.

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[What If It's Not Working Out With Your Shelter Pet?]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:58:55 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/porter-east-bay-spca-rescue.jpg

Is the pet you picked up from the shelter having trouble adjusting at home?

Don't worry, you're not alone.

Take Tucker, for example. He had some behavioral issues after he was adopted from the East Bay SCPA in Oakland last year and his family didn't know how to handle them. They brought him back, just in time for Clear the Shelters in 2015, according to shelter spokeswoman Grace Reddy. Tucker ended up finding his forever home with a volunteer during the event.

Plenty of shelter pets don't take to their new surroundings for one reason or another. Ten percent of all the animals brought to the East Bay SPCA are returns, Reddy said.

"We don't mind that," she said. "If it's not a match, for whatever reason, we don't ask questions."

It turns out, there are many reasons why it might not work out with your shelter pet, and shelters are always happy to take animals back.

"The sooner they contact the shelter and have that dog back in foster or back in the shelter, the better," said Tufts University animal behaviorist Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil.

The reason Borns-Weil mentions contacting the shelter is because problems that seem insurmountable at first can be cleared up with a couple of tips from a shelter worker.

"No doubt they've heard it before," she noted.

Some issues shelters often see, according to Borns-Weil:

  • Separation anxiety
  • Not getting along with other animals in the home
  • Potty training
  • Crying at night

If it still can't be worked out, it's actually helpful to go through a shelter, so the unlucky dog or cat can get treated for what's wrong, Borns-Weil said.

Since you're reading this, we're guessing you aren't considering abandoning your dog — Borns-Weil said that still happens, but less often than it used to — but the best course of action is to go back to the organization where you got your pet.

There are alternatives that can work, like listing the pet on Craigslist or giving it to a friend, but Borns-Weil noted that shelters offer the best safety net for treating underlying problems.

"The pet can end up getting repeatedly rehomed without getting the kind of help that it needs," she said.

So if things still seem like they aren't working out, call the shelter where you picked up your pet and talk about the next steps. They'll be glad, and so will you.



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<![CDATA[Memorable Moments From #ClearTheShelters]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:16:02 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/baywatch_animal_rescue.jpg

It was her ears! 

Mandy Rickman fell in love with a 4-month-old puppy when she stopped by an animal shelter in rural Maryland during NBC's second annual Clear the Shelters drive on Saturday.

Rickman had just finished grocery shopping when she decided to stop by the Baywatch Animal Shelter to look for a playmate for her dog at home.

Just as Rickman walked in, a litter of puppies was let out. Right away, she noticed a brown pup named Maggie with big, floppy ears. Maggie and her siblings had traveled all night from a kill shelter in Florida before landing in Baywatch's care. 

Rickman knew she had to take Maggie home.

"She's just adorable. I've been home for 10 minutes and she's already taken over the house," said Rickman, who lives in East New Market, Maryland. "I had been looking for another dog. I just lost a dog a year ago. I knew she had to come home with me." 

Rickman, a Ravens fan, renamed the puppy Poe after the Baltimore team's mascot. Her first order of business when she got home was to give Poe a bath and a walk.

For Baywatch, Clear the Shelters has brought plenty of prospective pet parents through their front doors. 

"We are psyched," said Baywatch executive director Maureen Scott-Taylor. "Families can pick out the dog they think is going to be their forever friend."

Poe is one of more than 33,000 pets to be adopted as part of Clear the Shelters this month. Pet parents who mentioned Clear the Shelters during the adoption process were included in NBC's count.

Other new pet owners shared photos of their once-homeless animals on social media Saturday, including a kitten from New Hampshire named Storm.

The Hussey family fell in love with Storm when they walked into the New Hampshire SPCA. Two-year-old Braelynn Hussey greeted her new furry friend with a kiss.

See other Clear the Shelters memorable moments from across the country:



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<![CDATA[Extreme Heat Wave: Smashing Records This Week/end]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:12:17 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-81502754_ola+de+calor.jpg

THE REAL HEAT STARTS NOW  

We hit 94 in Philadelphia on Friday. 94 is a kind of been there, done that type of heat. We’ve gotten to 94 four times in the past ten days. However, Saturday’s high of 98 is a different story. We haven’t gotten to 98 since July of 2013.

It’s all thanks to a massive dome of heat prompted by a giant dome of high pressure bringing in wind from the West Southwest. If you’re wondering why we’re hitting 92 on the beach at the shore, it’s because of that wind (and yes, we’re hitting the 90s on the sand at the shore, sorry.) Needless to say, the burn time is an exceptionally quick 10 minutes, so sunscreen is a must, as is lots and lots of water.

Saturday is our Clear The Shelters day here at NBC10, so whether you’re adopting a pet or have had one for a while, we cannot stress the importance of not leaving your pet (or your kids) in a closed car, even with the windows cracked. It takes just 60 minutes for your closed up car to hit 140 degrees in our weather, which is the temperature you cook steak to, so make sure you pay extra attention to this.

Sunday will be slightly cooler, 97 in Philadelphia and 90 at the Shore. We’ll be within a degree of Philadelphia’s record on Sunday. The humidity will creep up a bit on Sunday, as well. That means the 97 will feel somewhere around 102-104.

The high 90s roll right through to Monday, when we top out at 99, a new record for the day and a feat we haven’t accomplished on any day in the calendar in over four years.

On top of that 99, it will be very humid, so that 99 will feel close to 110 degrees. A heat that high combined with bad air quality means you shouldn’t be doing any physical activity outside (we give you permission to take the day off) and you should stay indoors as much as possible. There are also some storms rolling through for Monday.

THE HEAT ROLLS ON

We’re looking at an eight day heat wave here, as temperatures head to the mid-90s for Tuesday and Wednesday and then the sweet, sweet relief of low-90s for Thursday and Friday (not sure 90 counts as relief, but hey…we’ll take what we can get.)



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<![CDATA[10,000 WiFi Hotspots Free During DNC]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:06:39 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Capture151.JPG

More than 10,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout Philadelphia will be free to the public during the Democratic National Convention, Comcast said Saturday.

"We hope the visiting delegates and residents of the region will use the hotspots and enjoy high speed access to stay connected on the go, book dining and entertainment reservations, get directions to tourist attractions, post to social media networks and more," a spokeswoman for Comcast said.

To access the Xfinity WiFi network using a mobile WiFi-enabled device, select the "xfinitywifi" network and follow the prompts to begin the session.

Xfinity Internet customers can log in using their Comcast user name and password, and non-customers can get online by clicking on the “Not a Customer” button and following the instructions provided.

To locate Xfinity hotspots throughout the region, download the Xfinity WiFi App or visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.

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<![CDATA[Man Robs Stores Wearing Trump Mask]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:18:44 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/242*120/trump+mask+buxton+robbery.png

Police in Maine are searching for a burglary suspect who wore a Donald Trump mask when he robbed two convenience stores in Buxton Wednesday.

According to necn affiliate WCSH, the suspect used a baseball bat to break the front glass door at the Lows' Variety and the Main Street Variety, both in Bar Mills.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Buxton Police Department.



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<![CDATA[At Least 80 Killed in Suicide Blasts at Kabul Protest]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:55:08 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/AP_16205468400202.jpg

Suicide bombings in the capital of Afghanistan Saturday killed at least 80 people and injured more than 230, many of whom were taking part in a political demonstration, authorities said.

The blasts occurred in Dehmazamg Square near the Kabul Zoo on the main road to Parliament, Health Ministry spokesperson Ismail Kawosi told NBC News.

Three suicide bombers worked in tandem in the attacks, according to the Ministry of the Interior. While one bomb was detonated, a second bomb exploded prematurely and a third bomber was shot dead by police.

The protesters, mostly ethnic minority Hazaras, were marching to demand that their impoverished home province be included in a major new electricity line, according to The Associated Press.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the bombings.



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<![CDATA[#ClearTheShelters: Sheena, Jessica Show Off Adoptable Cats]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:23:13 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Sheena+Parveen+Jessica+Boyington+Cats.JPGNBC10's Sheena Parveena and Jessica Boyington show off some of the adoptable felines available at Providence Animal Center in Media, Pennsylvania on NBC10's Clear the Shelters Day.

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<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sheena Parveen, Jessica Boyington Introduce Us to Adoptable Dogs]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:19:30 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016397360_1200x675_730938435956.jpgNBC10 meteorologist Sheena Parveen and First Alert Traffic reporter Jessica Boyington set aside their normal duties to help #ClearTheShelters at the Providence Animal Center in Media, Pennsylvania, one of nearly three dozen animal shelters clearing adoption fees Saturday.]]><![CDATA[Pennsylvania Man Heads to Olympics as Decathlon Coach]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:33:44 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Zach+Ziemek+Decathlete1.jpg

WINDBER, Pa. (AP)  Nate Davis fondly recalls the sign along Route 56 welcoming drivers to the home of Johnny Weissmuller, who was famous for his movie role as Tarzan and as an Olympic gold medal winning swimmer.

Davis, 39, and Weissmuller soon will have something else in common besides their Windber roots.

The University of Wisconsin assistant track and field coach will head to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as coach of Team USA decathlete Zach Ziemek, a recent Wisconsin graduate.

"My dad flew in last weekend and we were talking about Johnny Weissmuller," said Davis, a 1996 Windber graduate who participated in football, basketball and track. "You drive into Windber and see the sign with his name. When you're a kid growing up in Windber, you think the Olympics are a million miles away. Now I'll get a chance to go to the Olympics and coach a kid who might earn a medal. You think, `Man, this can't be happening to me.' It's unreal. It's surreal."

Davis is a combined-event coach at Wisconsin. He works with both men's and women's athletes in the decathlon and heptathlon.

"This is the crowning achievement of my professional career,'' Davis said of the Rio Olympics. ``It is so much work. To have somebody stay healthy all year long, you've got to be lucky. You got to have a kid with a lot of talent.''

The decathlon consists of competition in the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400-meter run on one day, and the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run on the second day.

Wisconsin's Ziemek earned a spot on Team USA by placing third in the decathlon with a personal-best score of 8,413 points during the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, on July 3.

His score was the fifth-best by a collegian and broke his own Big Ten Conference record of 8,300 points set when he was runner-up at the NCAA outdoor championships.

"He's an unbelievable athlete,'' Davis said. ``He's had probably the greatest season I could imagine somebody could have. He is just an awesome kid.''

Davis has been part of the Badgers staff for 10 seasons. He serves as a USA Track and Field Level II instructor for the combined events and is among a small group of coaches to have earned both USA Track and Field certified Level III accreditation and IAAF Elite Coach certification in the jumping events.

"It's kind of like home in the 1990s,'' Davis said of coaching in Madison, Wisconsin. ``There is tons of stuff to do, but you can be out of town in a few minutes to hunt and fish. Everything I grew up with in Johnstown is here. There is a hockey team. When Johnstown won Hockeyville last year it was so cool. My 9-year-old son plays hockey. I was telling everybody, `That's where I grew up.' "

Davis pointed to his time in Windber as pivotal in his development as a coach. Playing for former Ramblers football coach Phil DeMarco made a significant impact.

As a senior, Davis also was part of Windber's District 5 champion boys basketball team that won 23 straight games under former coach Mike Rodriquez, and he was a state qualifier in track for coach Tim Saylor.

"I did a lot of reflecting," Davis said. "Phil DeMarco was probably the most important person in my life outside of my father who taught me about coaching. Phil was the toughest guy that I ever played for in any sport. But you never, ever wondered if he cared about you.

"You played quarterback for Phil and the expectation was perfection,'' he added. ``You went into practice every day and you were yelled at up and down. But you never questioned if he cared for you. The lesson is you show up every day, you work, you care about the kids and you've got to let the kids know you care about them."



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<![CDATA['No Indications' Munich Shooting Was Linked to ISIS: Police]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:01:41 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Munich-Shooting-GettyImages-579198418.jpg

The 18-year-old gunman who killed 9 people and injured 27 others in the German city of Munich was obsessed with mass shootings, police said Saturday.

Investigators searched the unnamed man's home, which he shared with his parents and a brother, overnight and revealed he had "looked intensively" at the subject of "shooting rampages," NBC News reported.

A book titled "Rampage in Head: Why Students Kill" was found among the suspect's belongings, but "no indication" that he was linked to extremist groups such as ISIS. They believe he acted alone.

It also appeared that the attacker had hacked a young woman's Facebook account and posted a message to lure people to the mall for a free meal, police investigator Robert Heimberger told journalists.

Seven of the nine who were killed during the Friday evening rampage were themselves teens, officials announced. Three were female. 



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<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Senior Pets Need Homes Too]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:41:09 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016397359_1200x675_730935363860.jpgAs part of our Clear the Shelters event we want you to consider all animals no matter what age, sometimes adopting a senior dog or cat can be the perfect fit.]]><![CDATA[Movie Stars Headlining Climate-Change Movie Night in Philly]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:32:31 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/susan-sarandon-escote-cannes.jpg

Some of Hollywood's liberal movie stars are descending on Philly for the Democratic National Convention and the first event of the weeklong gathering is happening at a park in Germantown.

Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover and Shailene Woodley are among the headliners for a movie night and concert at Vernon Park, on Germantown Avenue near West Chelten Avenue, starting 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

A group called NextGen Climate, which advocates on environmental issues, organized the event called "The Climate Revolution is Up to Us."

Another host is Josh Fox, known well in Pennsylvania political circles for his anti-fracking documentary, "Gasland." It's most remembered for Pennsylvania homeowners who lit their faucet water on fire.

"This rally, the first of a series of rallies across the country, will address the intersectionality of climate, environmental, racial and economic justice issues," NextGen Climate said in a statement. "A dream team of organizers, celebrities, musicians, and environmental, economic and racial justice advocates, including Susan Sarandon​, Shailene Woodley,​Ben Jealous, Josh Fox, Nomiki Konst,​Kendrick Sampson ​are collaborating to inspire educate and mobilize the progressive movement towards greater climate action and political participation."



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<![CDATA[Where You Can Help #CleartheShelters Today]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:40:01 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Perkiomenville+SPCA+Sad+Dog+CTS.jpg
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<![CDATA[NBC10 Viewers Help #CleartheShelters]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:51:42 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/171*120/ACCT+LArry+Cat+CTS.JPGCats, dogs and other animals from nearly three dozen animal shelters in the Philadelphia region found new homes Saturday as part of NBC10's and Telemundo 62's effort to Clear the Shelters. Check out some of the cute pets needing and getting homes.

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<![CDATA[Thought It's Been Hot? Think Again]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:39:44 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016396634_1200x675_730907203751.jpgMeet the newest addition to the NBC10 family, meteorologist Krytsal Klei brought the heat with her all the way from Texas. Today we have issued a First Alert Weather due to extremely hot conditions but don't let that stop you from heading out to our clear the shelters events and picking up a new furry friend. The City of Philadelphia has mobilized additional homeless outreach teams to provide water, transport individuals to emergency housing shelters and contact EMS for those in distress. If you see people who are homeless and suffering from the heat, call our outreach team at (215) 232-1984. Seniors in distress or residents concerned about a senior, should call the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA)'s HeatLine (215) 765-9040.]]><![CDATA[Live at the DNC: NBC10 Journalists Inside and Outside the Wells Fargo Center All Week]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:52:59 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DNC+graphic.JPG

The Democratic National Convention kicks off Monday, the first time the Democratic Party has held its presidential convention in Philadelphia since 1936.

NBC10 and NBC10.com will provide comprehensive around-the-clock coverage of the weeklong event, which is widely expected to culminate Tuesday in the nomination of Hillary Clinton as the party's candidate in the Nov. general election.

NBC10 news broadcasts will be live from inside the Wells Fargo Center each day. Those broadcasts will be 4-7 a.m., 11 a.m., 4-6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Anchors Jim Rosenfield, Jacqueline London, Tracy Davidson, Vai Sikahema, Keith Jones and political reporter Lauren Mayk will be inside the arena and be part of live, hourlong specials at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Outside the convention, NBC10.com reporters Vince Lattanzio and Brian X. McCrone will be writing about the protests and activists, the places delegates go after hours, and how visitors and residents are mingling and making a buck off the political mega-gathering.

NBC10’s DNC team will be sharing new information and moments not only on TV and on NBC10.com, but also through social media. Keep an eye out for Facebook Live broadcasts on the NBC10 Philadelphia Facebook page and tweets from the @NBCPhiladelphia team with the latest updates about the race.

"Now more than ever people want to learn about the process: what actually happens at a convention.  We’ll be able to help our viewers understand how it works," Davidson said. "What's especially exciting is that we'll not only will we have on-air reports, but because of our around-the-clock team coverage you’ll be able to follow us on social media and never miss a thing."

Make sure to download the free NBC10 app to get the latest updates, stories and video from our team so you don’t miss a moment of the action.

Count on NBC10 to be your expert local source for political news this presidential election season.

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<![CDATA[#ClearTheShelters: Providence Animal Center]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 07:21:57 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Justine+Calgiano.JPGNBC10's Clear the Shelters event Saturday features animal shelters all around the region waiving adoption fees to hopefully give a lot of animals new homes. Justine Calgiano from Providence Animal Center in Media, Pennsylvania shows off an adorable puppy waiting for you.

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<![CDATA[What to Know Before You Adopt a Pet]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 07:04:18 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Shelter-Dog-GettyImages-538944900.jpg

Sharing a home with a four-legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys. But while pet ownership is rewarding, it's also a big decision. Dogs require lots of time, money and responsibility — 10 to 15 years' worth, in many cases.

Dr. Pia Salk, author and spokeswoman for the non-profit pet adoption website AdoptaPet.com, warns against taking home a pet on a whim or because you feel it's "love at first sight."

"Do your research and carefully consider all aspects and implications of owning a pet before you make a decision," Salks advised. "When you adopt, you need to make a real commitment to care for your pet for its entire life."

Here are few things shelters hope prospective pet parents will consider:

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Falling in love with a tail-wagging Maltese or adorable boxer is easy. But pets can't be ignored on those days when you're too tired or busy. Dogs require daily food, water, exercise and companionship. You'll have to account for your pet in making all kinds of decisions, including travel, social life and overtime at work.

If you work long hours or travel often, you'll need to arrange for someone to walk or dog-sit your pooch, according to Alberdina Schmidt, director of A Different Breed Animal Rescue in Dallas, Texas. Most cities have dog-walking and boarding services, as well as swanky day spas, if you can afford the investment.

COST OF PET CARE

As a pet parent, owners have an obligation to care for their furry friends in sickness and in health.

The first year of pet ownership will cost about $1,300 for a small dog and upwards of $1,800 for a larger one — not including emergency visits to the vet, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Those figures include initial one-time expenses like spaying, vaccinations, training and start-up supplies (such as a collar and leash), as well as the annual cost of food, treats, pet insurance, grooming and vet visits. Make sure you're prepared for emergency expenses if Buddy swallows his chew toy or your earrings.

Every subsequent year, dog owners should expect to spend about $700 on their four-legged friends. Owners of small mammals will spend closer to $300, while bird owners will spend $200. Fish are the least expensive, at just $35 a year, the ASPCA estimates.

If you're thinking of bringing a dog home and are concerned about the financial overhead, don't be discouraged. Dogs from shelters and rescues are usually neutered and up to date on shots, eliminating that expense from the first-year total. You can check out some other cost-saving tips here.

ENVIRONMENT

Is your living arrangement suitable for the animal you have in mind? If you live in a shoe-box apartment, a large dog may not be the best choice. Do you have a backyard? Make sure your fence is properly secured before bringing your new puppy home, especially if the dog is a smaller breed. Pet-proof your home to make sure toxic materials and valuables are out of reach. 

It is also important to know if and how you are limited by housing-related pet policies. Some landlords don't allow pets or have size restrictions.

Many rescue groups, such as A Different Breed, require renters to provide written permission from the property owner as part of the adoption application. Certain breeds are often excluded from homeowner insurance policies, so it's important to double check before bringing home your new best friend.

RESPONSIBILITY

If you're adopting a pet for your kids, understand the responsibility is ultimately yours. Jacque Lynn Schultzm, companion animal programs adviser for Petfinder.com, said children by nature often tire of things that were once new and exciting — and this includes pets. Expecting to impose the sole pet-care responsibility on a child is not fair to the child or dog, Schultsm said.  

Research different breeds and figure out what size, age and energy level is most appropriate for you and your family.

BASIC TRAINING

Whether you buy a puppy from a breeder or adopt an older dog from a shelter, your pooch is going to need some basic training. Pets need plenty of guidance when it comes to abiding by human rules.

Diane Summers, program manager at the Orange County Animal Services in Florida, urges pet owners to plan for a several-week adjustment period during which there will be challenges. Remember, bringing a new dog into your home is just as much an adjustment for the dog as it is for you.

Private training costs vary widely. An expert trainer in New York City, for example, can charge as much as $200 an hour. Nationwide pet retailers like Petco and PetSmart offer six-week training courses starting at about $109. 

According to angieslist.com, states don’t require that dog trainers be licensed, so make sure to ask about the trainer’s education, credentials and experience. You can also ask your local veterinarian for recommendations or, if professional training is out of your budget, for suggestions on a good how-to book.

SHELTER OR RESCUE?

So you've done your homework, reviewed your checklist and even brainstormed a few names. Now you're ready to bring home your new best friend. The last question to consider is: From where do you adopt?

Public animal shelters are run and funded by local governments. Also known as "the pound," these facilities house animals that have been seized by animal control for various reasons or picked up as strays, according to Jennifer Jacobsen, director of shelter programs at AdoptaPet.com.

Local municipalities also subsidize private shelters affiliated with the Humane Society or SPCA, Jacobsen said. Humane societies only take in animals when they have room, unlike animal control, which must house all strays.

There are two types of shelters: "kill" and "no kill." Pets in "kill" shelters are given a grace period for adoption, then humanely euthanized as the shelter runs out of room. "No kill" shelters have limited admission and usually don't accept animals over a certain age or with medical or behavioral issues. 

Animal rescue organizations, on the other hand, are funded mainly by private donations, staffed by volunteers and typically have limited admission, according to Adoptapet.com. Unlike shelters, which house pets on-site in kennels, rescue animals are fostered into temporary homes until they find a "forever home."

The biggest difference between shelters and rescue organizations is the adoption fee. Because animal rescues rely solely on public and private donations, a higher fee is used to offset some of the veterinary and pet-care expenses.

"When you adopt a pet, your new best friend is usually spayed or neutered and up to date on shots, etc., and the adoption fee is often a fraction of what was spent to do those things and care for a pet with food and supplies in the time leading up to adoption," explained Diana Puglisi of AdoptaPet.com. 

Whether you choose to adopt through a shelter or rescue, you'll be saving two lives — the one you take home and the space it opens up for a another dog to take over.



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<![CDATA[Last VCR Manufacturer to Stop Production]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:43:40 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/182*120/Electronics+Recycled1.jpg

The once-revolutionary videocassette recorder is headed for the technological cemetery, 40 years after it first hit markets.

Funai Electric, a Japanese consumer electronics company, released a statement Thursday that it will stop making VHS recorders at the end of the month, the Japanese Newspaper Nikkei reported.

The company, the only VCR manufacturer in the world, cited a lack of demand and difficulty acquiring parts.

While the company said it sold 15 million VCR units a year at its peak, only 750,000 were sold worldwide in 2015, the New York Times reported.

The VCR first awed the country in the 1950s, then costing around $50,000 each.

The recording device became increasingly popular in the 1980s, with VCRs in around 15 million homes by the end of 1984 and prices dropping to between $600 and $1,200.

However, the DVD quickly began to surpass videocassette sales after its introduction in 1995. Both hardware devices have increasingly declined since video streaming has taken hold.



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<![CDATA[Helping Your New Shelter Dog Adjust]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:42:52 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CTS-2015-AcclimatingYourDog-Fixed_1200x675_505037891838.jpg

The first thing you might want to do after you bring a new dog home from the shelter is also something you probably shouldn't do: invite all your friends over to meet the cute pup.

Instead, you should first make sure that your dog is comfortable with its new surroundings. Then, invite one friend over at a time to make sure you don't overwhelm the dog.

That's just one tip that can help your dog adjust to their new home. Watch the video above to learn more. 

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<![CDATA[Clinton Picks Kaine for VP]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:00:02 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16196751572126.jpg

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton's pick to become the next vice president of the United States, Clinton told supporters Friday evening.

Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said in a text message Friday evening she was "thrilled" to share that she has selected Kaine as her running mate. 

His guiding principle is "the belief that you can make a difference through public service," Clinton's Twitter account said.  

A steady Clinton surrogate in recent campaign appearances, Kaine was at a fundraiser in Newport, Rhode Island, Friday night when the announcement was made. He is honored to be Clinton's running mate, he tweeted soon after the news broke.

"Can’t wait to hit the trail tomorrow in Miami!" he said.

Republican nominee Donald Trump sought to incite rage among Bernie Sanders supporters over Clinton's pick, tweeting that Kaine represents the opposite of what the Vermont senator stood for, "Philly fight?"

In a series of tweets Saturday morning, Trump said Clinton didn't chose Sen. Elizabeth Warren because "she hates her," alleged Kaine is "owned by banks" and, citing the newly leaked DNC emails, said the party planned to "destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes, really vicious. RIGGED." 

The swing state's former governor, a current member of the Senate's Armed Services Committee, has the national security experience Clinton is said to have been seeking, observers said.

Pundits and Kaine supporters have said the senator's experience and moderate positions make him an ideal choice.

"Senator Kaine's judgment, experience and values make him an excellent complement to the Democratic ticket, and he will be a strong partner to President Hillary Clinton in the White House," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Friday evening. 

The former Virginia governor complements Clinton, Democratic donor Glen Fukushima told CNN.

"He has a business sense and international experience [and] speaks Spanish, which are both pluses," he said. "He also has experience as a governor, which could complement Hillary's background."

Kaine, 58, "has a lot going for him," Rep. Gerry Connolly told CNN.

"He's Catholic, from a swing state, successful governor, speaks fluent Spanish, has political chops, was the head of the [Democratic National Committee]," he told the television network. "He provides a lot of talent to the ticket and could step in and could certainly be an heir apparent." 

"I can say there is no one of higher integrity and trustworthiness," said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.

"His experience, intellect and dedication to making life better for people from all walks of life will make him an enormous asset to Secretary Clinton throughout the remainder of this campaign and as a leader in her administration over the next four years," Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said. "This is a proud day for every Virginian."

Republican Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates William J. Howell expressed for Kaine while taking the opportunity to attack Clinton. 

"His character makes it all the more surprising that he would sign up to defend Hillary Clinton for the next three-and-a-half months," he said in a statement. "However, Sen. Kaine's selection as the vice presidential nominee does not change that this election is ultimately a referendum on Secretary Clinton." 

Kaine touts his work to reduce unemployment among veterans, to block any Iran nuclear weapons program, to recognize American Indian tribes in Virginia, to preserve Civil War battlegrounds and to improve access to job-training programs.

Kaine, who attended University of Missouri and Harvard Law School, speaks Spanish fluently after taking a year off from attending Harvard to work at a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras, his Senate website says.

But critics have called Kaine a safe, even boring, running mate.

When asked by Charlie Rose of PBS on Monday whether Kaine was a boring choice, Clinton said, “I love that about him.” 

Kaine was even asked about being boring on NBC's "Meet the Press" in June, one of his highest-profile appearances in what was evidently his vetting process. Kaine brushed it off with a joke: "I am boring … but boring is the fastest-growing demographic in this country."

What Does Kaine Bring to the Table?
Kaine, who was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was first elected to office in 1994. He served as a city councilman and then was elected mayor of Richmond. He became lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2002, was inaugurated as governor in 2006 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. He serves on the aging, armed services, budget and Senate foreign relations committees. 

Newsweek previously called Kaine "the conventional wisdom pick" for Clinton's running mate and tied his chances of being selected with those of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

Kaine will not energize the party's progressive wing, however, Newsweek argued.

"Kaine ... voted to fast-track President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, a move that angered most of the left. And his views on abortion are to the right of many Democrats: he’s a practicing Catholic who supported parental consent and informed consent laws in his state. And, Sanders aside, old white guys just don't excite voters like they used to," the publication wrote.

Kaine is personally opposed to abortion but has said he is against overturning Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing the procedure. Beyond supporting requiring parental consent, he also was in favor of banning late-term abortions unless a woman’s life is at risk, and he has promoted abstinence-focused education to try to decrease the number of pregnancies that end in abortion. In the past, the state NARAL chapter refused to endorse him. 

Kaine was on President Barack Obama’s short-list for vice president, according to Politico.

He teamed up with Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona to introduce legislation to authorize military force against the Islamic State. 

What Has Kaine Said About Wanting to Be VP?
On Thursday in Virginia, Kaine had downplayed speculation he would be Clinton's pick. 

"I'm in a little, momentary bubble of attention. It will be normal again," he told NBC Washington's David Culver

In March, Kaine also demurred about whether he wanted to be vice president.

"Well, I'm a happy senator and I like my job, and I'm not looking for another one, but, look, my best use is helping Secretary Clinton -- especially win Virginia," he said March 10 to a group of Hispanic and African-American publishers at the National Press Club.

The senator echoed those comments on April 29, saying he would accompany Clinton at her inauguration as a senator, not as her vice president, Politico reported.

"You know, I really love my job. I really do," Kaine reportedly said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe. "And I have a great feeling that I'm going to be on that podium with Hillary Clinton when she's taking the oath of office, but I'm going to be sitting with the other senators."



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<![CDATA[#ClearTheShelters: Thousands of Pets Find Homes]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:03:09 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Providence+Animal+Shelter+Dogs.jpg

Thousands of pets around the Philadelphia region found new homes thanks to viewers flocking to animal shelters for NBC10's and Telemundo62's Clear the Shelters day.

By 5 p.m. more than 750 pets around the region had found homes Saturday alone. Including the pets adopted in the days leading up the event and the adoption total topped out at more than 3,300 animals. [[388015272, C]]

Since the campaign launched on July 2, more than 2,600 cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals had already found homes. A bearded dragon at EASEL Animal Rescue League in Ewing, New Jersey and a chinchilla at Gloucester County Animal Shelter even found loving homes. [[388013562, C]]

Send your #ClearTheShelters selfie with your new friend. 

But thousands of cats, dogs and other animals were available for adoption on July 23. Thirty-five shelters in the Philadelphia region agreed to waive all adoption fees for the one day.

At Providence Animal Center in Media, Pennsylvania, they exceeded their goal to adopt more than 100 cats and dogs. The Ocean County Animal Shelter in Jackson, New Jersey adopted out five cats in its first 10 minutes of being opened. Sixty-five pets found homes at the Camden County Animal Shelter and the Montgomery County SPCA in Conshohocken even adopted out a guinea pig. [[388017582, C]]

And, thanks to Clear the Shelters, Wet Nose Rescue in Northeast Philly adopted out its handful of dogs and for the first time won't have any animals in foster care, the shelter said.

Before you head out the door to adopt a pet, find out if your local shelter is participating in Clear the Shelters. [[388017032, C]]

#ClearTheShelters is a nationwide effort by NBC-owned and Telemundo stations to find pets new homes. More than 400 shelters in 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. The total amount of pets adopted this year already topped 30,000 by mid-afternoon Saturday -- well ahead of the 19,000 pets adopted in 2015. [[383833671, C]]



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<![CDATA[Lester Holt Talks Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:32:39 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lester-Holt-Dog.jpg

"There's nothing more loving than a rescue dog."

Those are the words of "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt, who sat down with Corey Price of the Irving Animal Shelter in North Texas ahead of the third annual Clear the Shelters adoption drive. The event started in North Texas in 2014 and expanded nationally in 2015.

"They come in a little scared and it's so great to see them go home adopted and loved," Price explained. "And their personalities really change once they go home."

Holt, who has had two rescue dogs himself, said it may not occur to many prospective pet owners to look in a shelter for their new furry friends.

"I think people, when they think about getting a pet, they don’t always know where to go," Price agreed. "So this campaign [Clear the Shelters] has done an amazing job of just raising awareness about all the animal shelters and that we have great animals."

The Irving Animal Shelter is one of hundreds around the country that will waive or discount adoption fees on Saturday, July 23 as part of the annual Clear the Shelters pet adoption drive sponsored by NBC Owned Stations and Telemundo.



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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton: Trump 'Talking Trash About America']]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:50:47 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-577289256.jpg

Hillary Clinton made no mention of her running mate during a rally in Tampa Friday evening, instead delivering a fiery rebuttal to Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

"The last thing we need is somebody running for president who talks trash about America," Clinton said of the Republican nominee's lengthy address in Cleveland.

Clinton accused Trump of offering a "dark and divisive vision" beyond what he's said in the past. "Last night's speech took it to a whole new level. He offered a lot of fear and anger. And resentment but no solutions about anything that he even talked about," she said.

Clinton also took issue with Trump's assertion that he speaks for most Americans, NBC News reported. She went on a long list of groups she doesn't believe he represents, including: small business owners, housekeepers, cooks, immigrants, people with disabilities, veterans and women.



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<![CDATA[16th District Police Host Community Fun Day]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:30:11 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016393011_1200x675_730832451897.jpgOfficers in Philadelphia's 16th Police District put together a fun fair for the neighborhood as a way to better connect with the community.]]><![CDATA[Road Closures in Effect, Crews Working Hard to Get Ready for DNC]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:55:51 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DNC+SEPTA+Parking+changes+11p+pkg+brandon+-+00000000_20310807.jpgThe fences are going up, the stage is being set and roads are being shut down as crews ready South Philadelphia for next week's Democratic National Convention.]]><![CDATA[Kaine a Safe Pick for Clinton, Observer Says]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:28:26 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TLMD-hillary-clinton-tim-kaine-GettyImages-547389894.jpgPresumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has chosen Virgina Sen. Tim Kaine to be her running mate. NBC10's Keith Jones spoke to a political strategist who calls him a safe pick for the ticket.]]><![CDATA[Residents Bearing the Heat for a Good Cause]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:24:27 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016391803_1200x675_730683459669.jpgPlayers of a soccer tournament in Quakertown are braving the extremely high temperatures, but say they are doing so for a good cause. NBC10's Deanna Durante has more on how the group is raising money for cancer.]]><![CDATA[SoCal Fire Scorches 11K Acres]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:32:10 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/santa+clarita+fire+1.JPG

An 11,000-acre wildfire in mountains just north of Los Angeles and its suburbs is a threat to 1,000 homes, fire officials said Saturday.

Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief says a wind shift is expected Saturday afternoon and communities have been put on alert. In the event of extreme fire behavior 45,000 homes could be threatened, largely in the San Fernando Valley, he said.

The blaze darkened skies with smoke that spread across the city and suburbs, and narrowing the sun to an orange disk.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District warned the air would, at times, reach unhealthy levels as the region was gripped by high heat and very low humidity.

No injuries were immediately reported as a result of the blaze, which broke out at 2:11 p.m. Friday near Sand Canyon Road along the 14 Freeway.

The blaze was 10 percent contained by 11 a.m. Saturday, the U.S. Forest Service said.

About 100 people were evacuated from the area of Capra Road off Soledad Canyon Road, county fire officials said. In the Little Tujunga area, residents in about between 200 to 300 homes were also under a mandatory evacuation order, according to the sheriff's department. 

An evacuation shelter for residents was established at Golden Valley High School at 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway in Santa Clarita and shelter for large animals was made available at Agua Dulce Airport, Wayside Jail in Castaic and Pierce College in Woodland Hills.

Late Friday night, horses and animals at a nearby wildlife sanctuary were being evacuated. The Wildlife Waystation, a non-profit organization, was in the process of evacuated more than 400 exotic animals, including lions and tigers. The animals were being taken to different locations, according to a spokesperson for Wildlife Waystation.

About 300 firefighters were battling the flames from the ground and air as of Friday night, Marron said. The Los Angeles Fire Department sent a water-dropping helicopter to join three from the county fire department. Two fixed-wing firefighting aircraft were also called in to attack the blaze. Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service were also assisting in the firefight.

The blaze, dubbed the Sand Fire, was fueled by triple-digit temperatures along with gusty winds and was burning eastward into the Angeles National Forest. Northbound lanes of the freeway were temporarily closed south of Soledad Canyon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. Metrolink reported that service on its Antelope Valley line was halted at the Via Princessa station for about an hour.

Smoke from the fire was moving southeast into the San Gabriel Valley "due to gusty northwest winds aloft," according to the National Weather Service. Smoke was also visible above downtown Los Angeles.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory for the following areas:

  • Portions of the Central Los Angeles Area
  • Portions of the west and east San Fernando Valley
  • Portions of the west and east San Gabriel Valley
  • Portions of Pomona/Walnut Valley
  • Portions of the Santa Clarita Valley
  • Portions of the San Gabriel Mountains

People with respiratory or heart disease, older adults, and children were advised to stay indoors.

Soledad Canyon Road was closed between the freeway and Agua Dulce Canyon Road, according to county fire department Capt. Keith Mora.

As of Saturday morning, roads were closed between Little Tujunga Canyon Road to Osborne Street, Sand Canyon Road to Placerita Cyn Road, Placerita Canyon Road to Crown Valley Road, Soledad Canyon Road to Agua Dulce Canyon Road, Soledad Canyon Road to the 14 freeway, and on Soledad Canyon Road from Agua Dulce Canyon Road to Shadow Pines Boulevard, according to the U.S. Forest Service. 



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<![CDATA[New Video of Possible Sex Worker Attacker]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:24:34 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Prostititutes+Attacked+NEW+VIDEO+VO+4PM++-+00-00-05-18_20309773.jpgPhiladelphia Police released new video Friday of a man who detectives believe may be targeting prostitutes in Kensington. Police believe the man strangled one woman until she was unconscious, and then beat another woman to death in the same area.]]><![CDATA[Manson Follower Denied Parole]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:55:16 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/mkt-AP_247374227510.jpg

Governor Jerry Brown on Friday denied parole for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted of the 1969 killings of grocers Leno and Rosemary La Bianca at their Los Feliz home.

The decision comes a month after Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey urged Brown to deny her parole.

"Despite overwhelming evidence of her involvement in these two horrible murders, inmate Van Houten has consistently minimized her conduct during current and past hearings," the county's top prosecutor wrote in a five-page letter to Gov. Jerry Brown that includes a photo of the victims with their daughter three years before they were killed.

"In reality, she clearly lacks insight, genuine remorse and an understanding of the magnitude of her crimes. The viciousness of the murders, the relationship of those murders to the effort to incite the "Helter Skelter" race war and Van Houten's attempts to minimize her criminal responsibility make her an unreasonable risk of danger to society,'' Lacey wrote in the letter dated June 24 and made public Tuesday.

A state parole board panel ruled on April 14 that Van Houten, now 66, was suitable for parole. She had previously been denied parole 19 times between 1979 and 2013. Van Houten was convicted of murder and conspiracy for participating with fellow Manson family members Charles "Tex" Watson and Patricia Krenwinkel in the Aug. 9, 1969, killings of Leno La Bianca, 44, and his 38-year-old wife, Rosemary, who were each stabbed multiple times.

Van Houten was sentenced to death, but re-sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1972 that the death penalty was unconstitutional. The former Monrovia High School cheerleader and homecoming princess did not participate in the Manson family's killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in a Benedict Canyon mansion the night before.

Manson and many of his other former followers have repeatedly been denied parole. In January, the governor rejected a state parole board panel's August 2015 finding that another former Manson follower, Bruce Davis, was suitable for release. Davis was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy for the July 25, 1969, stabbing death of musician Gary Hinsman in his Topanga Canyon home and the killing of Donald "Shorty" Shea, who was last seen alive on Aug. 27, 1969. Onetime Manson family member Susan Atkins died in September 2009, about three weeks after a state parole board panel rejected her plea for a "compassionate release" from prison because of brain cancer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[1 Dies, 6 Hurt, Including Kids, in S. Philly Hit & Run]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:49:43 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/S+Philly+Hit+Run+Minivan+Toyota+Door.jpg

A mother was killed and several others, including children, were hurt when a man crashed a stolen car along a South Philadelphia street Friday night, police said.

It was around 8:30 p.m. when the white Toyota Avalon came barreling westbound along Jackson Street near 21st and slammed into a minivan, carrying several adults and kids, at the intersection, police said.

The Toyota hit the minivan with such force that the car's driver's side door lodged onto the green van's fender, breaking away from the sedan.

The car then careened out of control, skidding along the sidewalk, before hitting a husband, wife and their 2-year-old son as they walked by, police said.

The car traveled another block to Snyder Avenue, where the driver jumped out and ran away. Witnesses led officers to the car and they were able to track down the male driver a short time later. The 36-year-old has been placed under arrest.

In all, seven people were hurt, police said.

The wife, a 40-year-old from the neighborhood, was left in extremely critical condition after the crash. She was rushed to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, but could not be saved, police said.

The husband and their son as well as three people from the minivan were also taken to Jefferson for treatment. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Philadelphia Police's Accident Investigation Division has opened a probe into the deadly crash.



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<![CDATA[DNC Road Closures: Where to Avoid]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:16:41 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DNC+ROAD+CLOSURES+USE.jpg

The first roads were shut down to traffic around the Sports Complex in South Philadelphia Friday night in preparation for the Democratic National Convention.

Construction crews used a portable crane to place concrete barriers on the ramps from Interstate 95 to Broad Street just before 9 p.m. Additional closures are coming early Saturday.

The convention begins on Monday and the closures last through Friday for some spots.

Permanent closures throughout the DNC:

  • Broad Street from Packer Avenue to the Navy Yard/Terminal Avenue
  • Pattison Avenue from 7th Street to the furthest east entrance to FDR Park
  • Terminal Avenue from Broad Street to 11th Street
  • 11th Street from Hartranft Street to Terminal Avenue
  • Authorized vehicles only:
  • Pattison Avenue from 20th Street to the furthest east entrance to FDR Park
  • Hartranft Street from Broad Street to Darien Street
  • Darien Street from Packer Avenue to Lurie Way
  • 10th Street south of Packer Avenue

The I-76 eastbound ramp at exit 350 (Packer Avenue) will be shut down each day from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29. The I-95 northbound exit 17 ramp (Broad Street) will shut down to midday Friday, July 29. The I-95 southbound exit 17 ramp (Broad Street) will also shut down for the majority of the week, allowing only special access to the Navy Yard at designated times.

I-95 will be open to passenger vehicles during the DNC, but the highway will be closed to commercial vehicles between exit 13 (I-76/Route 291/Valley Forge) and exit 22 (I-676) beginning at noon Saturday, July 23. The highway will reopen to normal midday on Friday, July 29, officials said.

Besides the road closures, the area "within 30 Nautical Miles of downtown Philadelphia, to include FDR Park" from Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 28, will be a "no drone zone," according to officials. There will also be waterway and airspace restrictions in place at the time. For more details, click here.



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<![CDATA[3 Fla. Men Wanted to Join ISIS: DoJ]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:35:09 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/072216+Dayne+Christian.jpg

Three South Florida men have been arrested in connection with a plan one of them made to travel overseas to join ISIS, authorities said.

Gregory Hubbard, aka Jibreel; Darren Arness Jackson, aka Daoud; and Dayne Atani Christian, aka Shakur, are accused of knowingly conspiring and attempting to provide material support to ISIS, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The men appeared in federal court in Miami Friday, officials said. It's unknown if they've hired attorneys.

Hubbard, 52, and Jackson, 50, are from West Palm Beach. Christian, 31, is from Lake Park.

Officials said the men had been under observation by the FBI and that Hubbard told a confidential FBI informant that he wanted to travel to Syria and join ISIS to engage in violent jihad.

Hubbard had bought an airline ticket to Germany and had planned to board a train to Turkey and head to Syria, authorities said.

He was arrested Thursday at Miami International Airport before he could begin the first leg of his trip, officials said.

Authorities said Christian and Jackson also expressed a desire to join ISIS and provided weapons and firearms training to Hubbard.

Jackson was arrested after driving Hubbard to the airport Thursday, officials said. Christian was arrested at work.

Officials said the men discussed trying to carry out attacks in the U.S. and had practiced at a shooting range, but decided against the attack.

"Individuals seeking to travel and take up arms with ISIL pose a threat to the United States and humanity across the globe,” U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said in a statement. "The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force continue to work proactively in order to stifle and disrupt any potential danger posed by the terrorist organizations and their supporters."

A criminal complaint alleges the suspects would regularly listen to online messages from ISIS, including praise for the Pulse nightclub attack that killed 49 people in Orlando.

"The nightclub was a soft target and regardless if they are gay or not, it was blood for blood and it was an added bonus that they were gay," Christian said, according to the complaint.

The three are scheduled to be arraigned next month.



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