<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usWed, 28 Sep 2016 03:07:44 -0400Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:07:44 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[World Pauses to Remember Shimon Peres, 'the Face of Israel']]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:37:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SHIMON_AP_16257691751112.jpg

Political and Jewish leaders around the world mourned the death Wednesday morning of Shimon Peres, who was present at the creation of the state of Israel and led the country through times both troubled and peaceful, NBC News reported.

Peres, who was twice prime minister of Israel and was president as late as 2014, died in Tel Aviv at the age of 93.

"There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves," U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement. "My friend Shimon was one of those people."

Peres will probably best be remembered for his negotiations, as foreign minister, of the historic Oslo Accords in 1993 between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, for which he shared the Nobel Peace Prize the following year with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.

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<![CDATA[Trump Tries Reframing Poor Debate Performance at Florida Rally]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:05:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610601852.jpg

Donald Trump spent all of Tuesday discussing Monday night's debate, asserting that he won against Hillary Clinton, NBC News reported.

"Last night was very exciting, and nearly every single poll had us winning against Hillary Clinton, big league," he said.

Later, veering off, Trump explained away a performance even Republicans said was reactive and lacking substance as a planned strategy of "holding back."

"I didn't want to do anything to embarass her," he said.

Trump also repeated a number of falsehoods from the debate, asking the crowd: "Does everybody believe me, I was against going to Iraq?" though his initial support is well-documented; and "I explained last night stop and frisk was constitutional," he said, though it was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2013.

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<![CDATA[Ride the Shoulder? Wait, What? Yes, It's a Solution for I-76]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:41:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Schuylkill+Expressway+Traffic+Generic1.JPG

A $125 million, multi-pronged solution to perpetual traffic problems on what is (ironically?) called the Schuylkill Expressway between Philadelphia and King of Prussia was announced by state transportation officials Tuesday.

The plan, which received the most media attention for its potential to allow drivers onto shoulders for some stretches, includes improvements to Interstate 76 and surrounding roads, mass transit enhancements and even, potentially, trail enhancements in adjacent towns.

“This corridor-wide strategy consists of several elements to improve travel whether you’re driving on the expressway, riding SEPTA’s regional rail, or bicycling along the Schuylkill River Trail,” state Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards said.

Construction on actual road improvements is expected to begin in mid-2017 and be completed in 2018. Improved service along SEPTA train lines in the region to the west of Center City, Philadelphia, is expected to improve ridership.

In addition to the well-publicized shoulder-riding proposal, the Department of Transportation announced these components to the traffic-easing plan

• Ramp Metering: Red and green traffic signals to control the frequency with which vehicles enter the flow of traffic from entrance ramps to increase vehicle throughput during peak hours and increase expressway speeds;  

• Junction Control: The use of overhead electronic signs over travel lanes to regulate or close lanes at merge areas to improve traffic flow at high volume interchanges, including U.S. 202/U.S. 422, I-476 and U.S. 1 north and south. It establishes lane priority at interchanges and makes shoulders available for use. This strategy can change based on the relative demand on the mainline and ramps during different hours of the day;

• Dynamic Lane Assignments: Overhead electronic signs provide information for each travel lane on the expressway to identify open lanes and alert drivers of upcoming lane closures due to crashes or disabled vehicles;

• Multi-Modal Enhancements: Utilize various modes of travel (automobile, public transit, bicycle, walking) and take advantage of viable transportation options along the I-76 corridor, including the Schuylkill River Trail and other nearby trails. PennDOT will work to convene a Schuylkill River Trail Master Plan Summit with our partners at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Montgomery County, Philadelphia, the Bicycle Coalition, and the local municipalities to identify the needs and priorities of the heavily used trail which is used for both recreation as well as commuting.

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<![CDATA[Deals to Get Caffeinated on National Coffee Day]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:43:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Coffee+Generic.PNG

Coffee lovers, deals on caffeine are coming your way. Thursday, Sept. 29, marks National Coffee Day, and there’s plenty of ways celebrate in our area.

Whether you’re squeezing in the last few iced coffees before it gets too cold or looking for your daily hot coffee in the morning, here are some local deals any coffee fan will love.


No free coffee here, but Starbucks will be donating a coffee tree for “every brewed cup of Mexico Chiapas coffee” bought on Thursday, according to their website.

Dunkin’ Donuts 

Get your change out! Dunkin’ is not only celebrating National Coffee Day, but also celebrating 66 years! Enjoy a medium hot coffee for 66 cents on Thursday.


Saxby’s is celebrating a little differently. On Thursday, all day, send your Instagram pictures to Saxby’s for a chance to win a week of free coffee. You can find the details here.

Krispy Kreme 

Krispy Kreme will be spoiling their customers on Thursday, not only offering free coffee but also offering a free glazed donut. Because, you know, what goes together better than coffee and donuts?


If you find yourself in Fishtown or Kensington, stop by ReAnimator anytime this week to get 25% off your order with the code "origin". 

<![CDATA[Battle for Aleppo: Syrian Troops Advance on City Center]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:32:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16271503391305-Aleppo-Air-Strike-Syria-War.jpg

The battle for the key Syrian city of Aleppo is intensifying after the collapse of a cease-fire brokered by the U.S. and Russia, NBC News reported, with government forces reportedly taking a central neighborhood from a rebel group.

The Syrian military's massive new offensive brought it control of the Farafra neighborhood, state television reported. The area was once bustling but has been reduced to ruins, with the World Health Organization saying hospitals are overflowing with the dead and dying.

The offensive on land and in air — which Russia allegedly played a part in — has sparked outrage in the West, but trapped rebels told NBC News the fight is far from over.

"We will stay here until we die or we win," activist Ali Abo Al-Jod said. "I lost my whole family, I have nothing else to lose. I will not leave. I will stay here until I die ... this is my city."

Photo Credit: Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP
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<![CDATA[PA Attorney General Candidates Raise Almost $3M Combined]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:39:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Rafferty+Shapiro+1200.jpg

If you don't yet know Pennsylvania's two candidates for attorney general, John Rafferty and Josh Shapiro, you soon will.

The two raised a combined nearly $3 million since the primary in May in the race to succeed disgraced former Attorney General Kathleen Kane, according to campaign finance records filed with the state Tuesday.

Of that total, Shapiro raised $1.8 million, which his campaign described as the most ever for an attorney general candidate during the period between the primary and the sixth Tuesday before the general election.

"We're confident going into the final stretch that we'll have the resources to beat our opponent's desperate attacks and the outside special interest groups looking to prop up his campaign," Shapiro campaign manager Joe Radosevich said Tuesday afternoon.

In raising almost $1.1 million, Rafferty's campaign said it showed that the Republican candidate gained momentum over the summer and has more than enough money on hand to hit the airwaves with advertising leading up to the Nov. 8 election.

"We feel very confident. We're on the air. We have a lot of events scheduled. Sen. Rafferty is raising money every night," campaign spokesman Michael Barley said.

He said some of the campaign's focus in the weeks ahead will be on Rafferty's experience as a former deputy attorney general and Shapiro's connection as a Democrat to Kane, who was convicted last month of perjury and other crimes in connection to a grand jury investigation. She resigned the office Aug. 17, two days after her conviction.

Both Rafferty and Shapiro are lawyers and have deep roots in Montgomery County. Rafferty, 63, of Lower Providence, is a four-term state senator representing the 44th district, which is made up of Montgomery, Berks, and Chester counties. Shapiro, 43, of Abington, is chairman of the Montgomery County board of commissioners, the first Democrat to hold that position in 150 years. He previously served four terms in the state House of Representatives.

By comparison, Democrat Kane and her Republican opponent David Freed in 2012 raised a combined $2.34 million during the same campaign filing period, according to finance records.

<![CDATA[Wal-Mart Rejects 'Blue Lives Matter' Cake]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:10:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WalMart_Rejects_Blue_Lives_Matter_Cake_1200x675_774211651865.jpg A McDonough, Georgia, Walmart is facing a backlash after an employee refused to make a "Blue Lives Matter" cake for a retiring police officer, and the story is going viral. The officer's daughter says it was a cake for the officer's retirement party after serving for 25 years. After a friend posted about the incident on Facebook, a manager called her to apologize and make the cake. Walmart's corporate communications department also issued an apology.]]> <![CDATA[Where Pa. Lottery Fund Money Really Goes]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:31:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Investigators+Lottery+Pic.jpg

The Pennsylvania Lottery advertises it “benefits older Pennsylvanians, every day.” 

But in the last decade, billions of lottery dollars have been diverted, an NBC10 investigation found.

According to the state lottery, 27 cents of every dollar spent on lottery tickets goes into the state lottery fund. The rest pays prizes and lottery administration costs. 

“The point of the lottery program is to have people age at home and maintain their independence,” Renee Cunningham of Philadelphia’s Center in the Park Senior Center said.

By law, other than prize payouts and operation expenses, the lottery fund is only supposed to be used for programs benefiting older Pennsylvanians - including prescription drug assistance, in-home care, transportation, and home maintenance.

Waiting lists for those programs are 4,000 seniors deep, according to senior advocates in Harrisburg.

“Those waiting lists could be eliminated,” Ray Landis of AARP Pennsylvania said.  “Let’s have a true picture of what the lottery is paying for.”

Wolf’s administration, including Budget Secretary Randy Albright, said some lottery fund money is used to pay the state’s Medicaid bill.  The NBC10 Investigators analysis of state Medicaid recipients found one third are seniors.

“We’re forced to rely on using some of those resources,” Albright said. 

According to state budget records, in the last fiscal year the Wolf administration used $309 million from the lottery fund to pay for Medicaid’s longterm medical assistance programs. However, state healthcare records show fewer than 1 percent of seniors on Medicaid receive longterm care.

“I think that right now we have no alternative,” Albright said.  “We need that money to balance the budget.”

Wolf’s staff provided documentation showing more than 45,000 residents over 60 did receive care from lottery funds. The Wolf administration is not the first to use lottery money to balance the budget. Since 2006, at least $3.9 billion has been taken from the lottery fund for that purpose.

<![CDATA[10-Year-Old Helps The Homeless]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:24:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_blanketboy0927_1920x1080.jpg A young boy with a heart of gold is doing his part to keep the homeless warm in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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<![CDATA[San Antonio Flooding Leaves Drivers Stranded]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:37:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_txwxrescues0927_1920x1080.jpg Dozens of drivers were rescued Monday when their vehicles were overtaken by flash flood waters in San Antonio, Texas.

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<![CDATA[Largest Loggerhead Sea Turtle Washes Up on Jersey Shore]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:58:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MMSC+Loggerhead+Sea+Turtle.jpg

A giant turtle being cared for at a South Jersey marine stranding center is making quite the impact.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center called the 280-pound female Loggerhead sea turtle that washed up Monday evening along Avalon’s 10th Street beach the largest ever cared for at the center.

There were no signs of injury to the large reptile but it appeared to be lethargic, said the Brigantine-based center.

Blood samples and a veterinarian exam would hopefully help shine light on what caused the turtle to become caught in the surf, said officials.

In the meantime, MMSC kept the turtle from fellow Loggerheads at the center. Loggerheads, the most abundant sea turtle in United states waters can live 50 or more years, according to National Geographic. [[377016841, C]]

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<![CDATA['Toy Smuggler' Brings Smiles to Syria's Children]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:26:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/toysmuggler3-jgg-1.jpg

For children in war-torn Syria, Rami Adham is a welcome visitor. Since the beginning of the civil war, the Syrian native who lives in Finland has risked his life traveling to Syria more than two dozen times to deliver toys to children.

"I was very saddened by what was going on," Adham told NBC News. "As a Syrian, I wanted of course to do my part in helping people ... so I decided to go there myself."

According to Adham, his three-year-old daughter gave him toys before his first trip back to his homeland. From there, his charity, the Finland Syria Community Association, grew. It collects toys, sponsors orphans, and even builds schools for Syrian children.

Even with the growth of the charity, though, Adham still carries the toys himself.

Photo Credit: Ziad Jaber]]>
<![CDATA[Christie Aide: He Knew All About Bridge Closings]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:45:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/gwb+indictments.jpg

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about George Washington Bridge lane closings in Fort Lee as they were happening, longtime Christie aide David Wildstein testified publicly for the first time Tuesday.

Pictures of Christie, Wildstein and Bill Baroni were taken the morning of Sept. 11, 2013 at the World Trade Center memorial site. It was there that Wildstein claimed he and Baroni bragged to the governor about the traffic nightmare the lane closures caused - and their refusal to answer phone calls from Democratic Mayor Mark Sokolich, who declined to endorse Christie's reelection.

Wildstein, testifying at the criminal trial of Baroni and Christie aide Bridget Kelly, claims the governor also told his Port Authority appointees not to communicate with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop - who also refused to endorse the governor.

Wildstein has pleaded guilty in the scheme to tie up traffic at the bridge.

Baroni was Wildstein's boss at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that operates the bridges, airports and other facilities including the World Trade Center. Kelly was Christie's deputy chief of staff and headed an office responsible for outreach to county and municipal officials.

They are accused of reducing access lanes to the bridge and face fraud, conspiracy and civil rights charges. They have pleaded not guilty and have said the government has twisted federal law to turn their actions into crimes. They also have said other people with more power and influence were involved in the lane closures but aren't being prosecuted.

Christie has denied knowing about the bridge scheme until well after it was carried out, and a taxpayer-funded report he commissioned absolved him of wrongdoing. He hasn't been charged.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Wins Applause in NC for Debate Performance]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:29:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610636870.jpg

Hillary Clinton won applause from supporters in North Carolina for her performance in Monday night's debate. 

They greeted the Democratic presidential candidate with cheers on Tuesday after Clinton asked if they saw her first face-off with Republican rival Donald Trump. 

Clinton said she was happy to have the opportunity to lay out her vision for the United States. She said she has an "old-fashioned idea that if I'm asking for your vote, to actually tell you what I want to do."

Clinton also urged supporters to register to vote. She predicted record turnout in November.

Trump briefly addressed his first faceoff with Clinton during a Tuesday afternoon appearance near Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. The audience was largely Cuban-American.

Trump described the debate as "an interesting evening" and said more than 80 million people watched it. He said he tried not to think about the large television audience.

He said, "I think we did very well." He suggested he was the winner in virtually all post-debate polls. That's despite many Republican leaders and voter surveys suggesting that Clinton came out on top.

Trump called it, "a very big moment, a very important moment."

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<![CDATA[Isn't She Lovely: Philly Zoo Needs Help Naming Baby Gorilla]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:36:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philadelphia+Zoo+Gorilla+Baby.jpg

It’s a girl!

The Philadelphia Zoo announced the gender of its baby gorilla Tuesday and now they need your help naming her.

Honi, 22, gave birth to the western lowland gorilla on Aug. 26 and now the zoo needs your help with her name. For just $1, people can choose between Amani, Isangi, Mapendo and Muyisa – the names of gorillas orphaned by poachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo by the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE).

“We are thrilled to partner with Philadelphia Zoo on this naming campaign and thank them for supporting our efforts with Grauer’s gorillas in DRC,” said GRACE Executive Director Dr. Sonya Kahlenberg. “Over the past 20 years, Grauer’s gorillas have experienced a catastrophic decline of nearly 80 percent, and if nothing is done, they could be the first great ape to become extinct in the wild. The Zoo’s support will help us give orphan gorillas a second chance and will boost our work with local communities on conservation education and other programs critical for safeguarding wild gorillas and their habitat.”

Due to poaching and habitat destruction, both Grauer and western lowland gorillas are listed a critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), said the zoo.

Voting opened Tuesday morning and runs through Thursday at 4 p.m. Each voter must donate at least $1 to GRACE with the zoo matching all donations up to $10,000.

“We are pleased to support and partner with GRACE,” said zoo VP for conservation and education Kim Lengel. “The long-term survival of gorillas in the wild will require the on-grounds efforts of organizations like GRACE as well as awareness, support and engagement of ‘local action/ global consequences’ on issues like climate change and deforestation-free palm oil, both of which impact gorillas in parts of their native habitat. We hope that naming Honi’s new baby after an orphaned gorilla at GRACE, and inviting our global community to select the name, will help make that connection and engage many in the efforts to save gorillas and other wildlife.”

Photo Credit: Philadelphia Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[NYC Firefighter Dead, 12 Hurt When Suspected Drug Den Explodes]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:42:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bronx-explosion-fahy-inset.jpg

An FDNY battalion chief was killed by falling debris when a suspected drug den exploded in the Bronx Tuesday, leveling a two-story home and injuring at least 12 other people.  

Battalion Chief Michael Fahy was a 17-year FDNY veteran who served through 9/11 and a father of three. A convoy of uniformed and non-uniformed firefighters stood outside the hospital to pay their respects as his body was taken to a funeral home.

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"He was on the rise. He was a star," a visibly emotional FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters, adding that he knew Fahy's father - a former fire chief himself - personally.

"It's a sad day. Thankfully, this doesn't happen every day, but when it does, it doesn't make it any easier. We lost a hero today," Nigro said.

A person of interest in the case, a renter of the exploded home, was picked up by law enforcement in Cliffside Park, New Jersey Tuesday afternoon. 

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Multiple police, civilians and Con Ed workers were injured following the 7:30 a.m. blast at the private home on West 234th Street near Tibbett Avenue in Kingsbridge. About an hour before the explosion, firefighters had responded to a report of a gas smell at the location and found the drug lab, police say. 

A law enforcement source tells NBC 4 New York officials believe the home was a marijuana growing operation. Flammable materials like propane are used to manufacture the drug, but the alleged pot growhouse would be the first such drug lab to blow up in the city, the law enforcement source said. 

The NYPD had an ongoing investigation on that block over the last two weeks, Police Commissioner James O'Neill said.

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After the FDNY found the suspected lab, it called the NYPD in to investigate but the house exploded before officers could assess the location, according to police. Correspondence on emergency radio revealed immediate concern.

"We got men down ... with an explosion," a firefighter told a dispatcher, requesting multiple ambulances on a rush. "We got a man down ... firefighter down ... bad shape."

Streets were shut down in the area as utility crews, firefighters and police cordoned off the site. Video from the scene shows the home completely demolished, the roof in shambles, partially collapsed over one of the building's sides. Piles of debris rained onto the street, covering the road and nearby parked cars. 

The Department of Buildings was inspecting buildings in the area for structural stability. Full-vacate orders have been issued to buildings no. 300 and 304 on West 234th Street, and a partial-vacate order was issued for the side yard at 3251 Tibbett Ave., a spokesman said. 

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One Instagram user said the blast "shook my whole neighborhood," adding it "felt like a bomb went off." Another neighbor said her windows shook. Still another said she felt as if there had been an earthquake.  

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A photo taken from the 238th Street subway platform showed a plume of smoke rising into the air. 

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The DEA was assisting the NYPD in the investigation. 

Fahy, who was promoted to chief in June 2012, had a doctorate from New York Law School. He got his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University in 1994 and his master's degree at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security's Naval Postgraduate School, according to education records.

He lived in Yonkers with his wife and 6- and 11-year-old sons and 8-year-old daughter. Fahy joined the FDNY in 1999 and rose to the rank of battalion cheif in 2012. 

Members of Fahy's FDNY firehouse -- Battalion 19, Engine Company 75, Ladder Company 33 -- will drape purple and black bunting in his honor Wednesday morning. A memorial was growing outside the firehouse by late Tuesday.

Mayor de Blasio ordered all flags on city buildings to be flown at half-staff each day from sunrise to sunset until Fahy is buried. 

"Our hearts go out to the Fahy family -- a family so devoted to this city," de Blasio said in a statement. "Michael's father -- a fire chief before him. A family that has given so much and today made the ultimate sacrifice to this city." 

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<![CDATA[Where Pa. Lottery Funds Really Go]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:33:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Investigators+Lottery+Pic.jpg The Pennsylvania Lottery advertises it “benefits older Pennsylvanians, every day.” But in the last decade billions of lottery dollars have been diverted an NBC 10 investigation found.]]> <![CDATA[Sparks Fly as Presidential Candidates Faceoff]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:34:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clinton-and-trump.jpg Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump spoke on many issues Monday night including jobs and the economy.

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<![CDATA[Mom Arrested in 2 Kids' Deaths]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:21:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pasztor+mug.jpg

Two children who were the subjects of an Indiana statewide Amber Alert Monday afternoon were found dead later that night, Elkhart police said.

Amber Pasztor, 29, of Fort Wayne, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder and is being held in Elkhart County Jail.

About 5:25 p.m. an officer walking out of the Elkhart Police Department on Marion Street, was stopped by Pasztor, the children's non-custodial mother, who was driving a vehicle matching the description of the one described in the Amber Alert, police said. Pasztor told the officer there were two dead children in the backseat of the car, police said.

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The statewide alert was issued for 7-year-old Liliana Hernandez and 6-year-old Rene Pasztor. 

The children were last seen at 6:21 a.m. ET in Fort Wayne and were believed to be "in extreme danger," police said. 

Fort Wayne is 125 miles north of Indianapolis. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Allen County Sheriff's office at (260) 449-7661. 

Photo Credit: Elkhart Police Department
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<![CDATA[Calif. Wildfire in Santa Cruz Mountains Forces Mandatory Evacuations ]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:45:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/loma-day2.jpg

Mandatory evacuations were ordered Tuesday for Santa Cruz Mountains residents living near the Loma Fire, which by the evening had charred at least 2,250 acres and was 10 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

The fire continued to churn through dry fuel in the mountainous terrain Tuesday, erupting at times as flames hit patches of thick vegetation. Evacuees were in a little more of a hurry Tuesday.

"It's burning pretty hot and pretty fast, and they're hitting it pretty hard with all the bombers here," one resident named Stephen said.

The new evacuations include all of Croy Road, which includes the Swedish community of Sveadal near Uvas Canyon County Park and Little Uvas Road. Cal Fire officials worried the fire was headed that way. Mandatory evacuation orders were previously ordered on Monday for the Loma Prieta ridgeline area including all tributary roads along Summit Road from Soquel San Jose Road to Ormsby Fire Station. This includes Uvas Canyon County Park, Loma Chiquita, Casa Loma, Loma Prieta Way, Highland Road and Mount Bache Road.

The Red Cross has set up three evacuation centers for those who needed food and shelter: the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave., Watsonville; the Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos; the Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church, 16970 DeWitt Ave, Morgan Hill. Soquel High School is no longer being used as an evacuation center.

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Cal Fire officials said Tuesday that one home and six outbuildings had been destroyed, and 300 more structures remained threatened in the rugged terrain with little or no access roads.

Crews were making some headway on the west side of the flames, with bulldozers building fire walls, but the east side was still a concern, fire officials said.

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Loma Fire Information Officer Bill Murphy agreed.

"What's unique about what we're seeing, and we've seen this the last couple of years, is this fire is spreading very fast, very aggressively in almost the complete absence of wind," he said.

Murphy said later Tuesday that the fire is down at the bottom of the drainage and moving up toward the road. So now there are firefighters along the road to hold the fire there.

For some residents, the fire's steady and rapid spread meant no more waiting.

"I was here through the night, and the fire was getting real close to the house right now over here to the south," resident Eric Bischoff said. "So we bailed out early this morning after we got everything put away."

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The blaze is in the area of Loma Prieta and Loma Chiquita roads in Santa Clara County, west of Morgan Hill, and is spreading in the southeast direction toward open space, Cal Fire said.

Fire officials do not know the cause of the fire. They expect the blaze to burn for a few days. It started on Monday about 3 p.m. By Tuesday afternoon, 500 firefighters were battling the blaze.

For the latest updates on the fire, visit the Cal Fire website or a dedicated groups.io page.

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PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL]]> <![CDATA[Comcast Joins YMCA in $15M Partnership]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:43:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/comcastYMCA.PNG

Comcast announced Monday it's embarking on a $15 million partnership with the national YMCA organization to promote the nonprofit's work in tandem with the Philadelphia-based company's low-cost internet adoption program.

The announcement comes in the midst of the broadcast giant's national tour to promote Internet Essentials, Comcast's initiative to provide low-income individuals high-speed internet. Senior Executive Vice President David L. Cohen and Internet Essentials' new spokeswoman, Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee, attended events in the city Monday to promote Internet Essentials and the new YMCA partnership.

To kick off the partnership, Comcast announced it's donating $50,000 to five regional YMCAs including in the Philadelphia area, central Maryland, Memphis and the mid-south, Greater Houston and Greater Indianapolis, to fund digital literacy and academic achievement programs.

To read the full article, click here.

For more business news, visit Philadelphia Business Journal. 

Comcast is the parent company of NBC10.

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<![CDATA[Chuck Todd Weighs in on 1st Preidential Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:16:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TLA_NC_EXTRA_CHUCK_TODD_061916_FINAL_1_1200x675_709177923663.jpg NBC News political director Chuck Todd joins Tracy Davidson to weigh in on the first Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.]]> <![CDATA[Man Found at Sea Has Home Searched; Mom Presumed Dead]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:07:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/229*120/Nathan+Carman+Return.JPG

Investigators searched the Vermont home of a man who was rescued after more than a week lost at sea, removing on Tuesday an internet modem, a SIM card and a letter he wrote.

Nathan Carman, 22, of Vernon, Vermont, and his mother, 54-year-old Linda Carman of Middletown, Connecticut, set sail on a fishing boat on the weekend of Sept. 17. The boat sank, and Nathan Carman, authorities say, got onto a four-person inflatable raft, loading it up with food and water.

He was found alive by a Chinese freighter Sunday, about 100 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard. His mother, however, is still missing and presumed dead.

"Myself and my mom were fishing on Block Canyon and there was a funny noise in the engine compartment," Carman said to rescue crews in audio released by the Coast Guard. "I looked and saw a lot of water."

The Coast Guard asked what had happened to his mother.

"When I saw the life raft, I did not see my mom," Carman said. "We haven't been able to find her yet."

Tuesday, Carman was brought back to shore in Boston by the same freighter that rescued him. He did not speak as he stepped off the boat and was quickly taken to a waiting car; he underwent further questioning, authorities said.

Documents show that a search warrant was executed Monday night at Carman's Vernon home. An affidavit filed by Lt. Alfred E. Bucco from the South Kingstown Police Department in Rhode Island shows that authorities believe "evidence relating to the crime of RIGL 46-22-9.3 {Operating so as to endanger, resulting in death} will be located inside Nathan's residence."

Authorities seized Carman's modem and SIM card, as well as a letter he wrote, the nature of which was not made clear.

Back in December of 2013, Carman's maternal grandfather, real estate developer John Chakalos, was shot to death at his home in Windsor, Connecticut. His murder has not been solved.

A source close to the investigation told NBC Connecticut that Nathan Carman is being called a person of interest in the killing. At the time of the murder, he was living one town away in Bloomfield.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Remember Jose Fernandez in 1st Home Game Since Tragedy]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:09:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-610610562.jpg

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<![CDATA[Most Memorable Moments From 1st General Election Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:51:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PL05Ma_1200x675_773938755547.jpg Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in the first presidential debate on Monday night. The candidates traded barbs and accusations throughout the often-tense 90 minute event at New York's Hofstra University; Clinton accused Trump of "a long record of engaging in racist behavior," referencing a justice department lawsuit accusing him of not renting apartments to African Americans. Trump mocked Clinton for her absence from the campaign trail in recent days, to which Clinton shot back that she did indeed prepare for the debate just as she has prepared to be president.]]> <![CDATA[Taliban Watches Debate From Secret Afghanistan Location]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:58:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_743351664968.jpg

Taliban leaders were watching last night's debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from a secret location in Afghanistan, according to NBC News.

A spokesman for the group, Zabihullah Mujahid, told NBC that they were "very interested in watching," and they had hoped Afghanistan would have been a more prominent part of the debate.

He said that Trump is "non-serious," and said the candidate "[says] anything that comes to his tongue."

"There nothing of interest to us in the debate as both of them said little about Afghanistan and their future plans for the country," Mujahid added.

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<![CDATA[Trump Didn't Talk Bill Clinton Because Chelsea in the Room]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:29:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610601852.jpg

Donald Trump told reporters after last night's debate that he held back from talking about former President Bill Clinton's private indiscretions because the former president's daughter Chelsea Clinton was present, NBC News reported.

"I'm very glad that I didn't mention, because Chelsea was in the room, indiscretions by, I didn't think would be appropriate to do even though she's taken all these ads. I thought we did very well," Trump said.

Trump's daughter Ivanka is friends with Chelsea Clinton. 

Trump's running mate Mike Pence said on the "Today" show Tuesday morning that the Republican presidential candidate showed great restraint during the debate after an "avalanche of insults" from Clinton.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Girlfriend of Philadelphia DA Due in Court]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:16:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Seth-Williams-Stacey-Cummin.jpg Stacey Cummings, the ex-girlfriend of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, is expected in court Tuesday to face charges in a tire-slashing case.]]>