<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:58:12 -0500 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:58:12 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Arrest in Chicago Boy's Killing]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:14:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tyshawn+lee2.jpg

Chicago police say an arrest has been made in the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee.

Corey Morgan, who was questioned as a "person of interest" in the case last week, was arrested and in police custody, according to authorities. No charges had been filed as of early Friday morning, but more details were expected to be released later in the morning.

Police believe Tyshawn was lured into an alley near his grandmother’s house in the 8000 block of South Damen on Nov. 13. The grade-schooler was shot multiple times at close range with a .40-caliber weapon in what authorities have said was a gang-related incident.

Police say the fourth-grader was targeted in retribution for the killing of Morgan’s brother, Tracey Morgan, who was gunned down three weeks before Tyshawn was killed. Morgan’s mother was shot in the arm during the attack.

Morgan, 27, was also arrested last week on an unrelated weapons charge, but was free on bail after meeting the $1 million bond requirements.

Police are running tests on two .40-caliber pistols they found when they searched a car in which Corey Morgan and Dwight Boone-Doty were driving last week in Evergreen Park.

Morgan has been barred from owning a firearm after he was convicted of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Boone-Doty is on parole for a drug and weapons case from Downstate Sangamon County.

Check back for details on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Kids Fighting Cancer and Disability With Martial Arts in Allentown]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:04:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012910987_1200x675_575091779669.jpg In Allentown, kids with illness and special needs are taking karate classes to gain confidence and coordination. NBC10's Matt DeLucia gives us a deeper look on how martial arts instills self- confidence and helps the students.]]> <![CDATA[Online Sales Surge, but Thousands Lining Up for Black Friday]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:28:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BlackFridayMacys-AP_931186516506.jpg

Thousands of shoppers are still choosing to line up in the stores to make sure they got the best deals. The tradition of getting there early was still going strong, according to NBC News.

Hundreds lined nine levels of escalators at Macy's flagship store in New York City to get Black Friday deals on Thursday.

Many more consumers opted to stay home and shop online, according to NBC News.

Online sales increased 24 percent through 11 a.m. ET Thursday, compared to the same 12-hour period on Thanksgiving last year, according to Adobe Digital Index, which tracks real-time data for retailers.

Online shops are also reporting greater sales volumes - as much as 50 percent from midnight to noon, including 31 percent at Amazon.com, online retail data aggregator, Channel Advisor, said.

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<![CDATA[Shoppers Line up Early on Black Friday]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:29:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012909474_1200x675_575056963537.jpg Die-hard shoppers lined up for hours outside of Cabela’s at Christiana Mall. The doors opened at 5:00 a.m. for exclusive deals and prizes. NBC 10's Matt DeLucia has all your Black Friday details and news.]]> <![CDATA[For One Philly Family, a Special Thanksgiving]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:56:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012907446_1200x675_575008835918.jpg Several Northeast Philly family members were all together to celebrate Thanksgiving for the first time in a long time. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal caught up with them.]]> <![CDATA[Man, 24, Dies in Accidental Shooting in Roxborough]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:44:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012907485_1200x675_575007811914.jpg An accidental shooting left a man dead in Philadelphia's Roxborough section Thanksgiving night. Police are investigating.]]> <![CDATA[Pope Presses Case for Dignified Housing in Visit to Nairobi Slum]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:36:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PopeNairobi-AP_120869002272.jpg

Pope Francis visited a slum in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday, calling for adequate and dignified housing for society’s most marginal, The Associated Press reported.

Kangemi is one of 11 slums in Nairobi and has about 50,000 residents living without basic sanitation.

The pope referred to the problem of urban shanties when speaking to the African U.N. headquarters on Thursday, saying everyone has the right to “dignified living conditions,” and that local residents’ views must be taken into account when new constructions are designed.

Francis is due to arrive in the Central African Republic on the next leg of his trip, where there is ongoing conflicts between Christians and Muslims.

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<![CDATA[Ben Carson to Visit Syrian Refugees in Jordan]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:18:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Carson-AP_843823648598.jpg

Ben Carson will visit Syrian refugees in Jordan on Friday, campaign officials said Thursday.

Officials confirmed the trip on Thursday night, after the New York Times first reported that the Republican presidential candidate plans to visit a refugee camp in northern Jordan.

"I find when you have firsthand knowledge of things as opposed to secondhand, it makes a much stronger impression," Carson told the Times before his departure.

A recent poll shows support for Carson in Iowa has dropped 10 points since October, when he stood in first place.

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<![CDATA[Thieves Strip, Hide in Pool: PD]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:51:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SAN+LEANDRO+VERIZON+ROBBERY+VSV+%28WED%29+-+00000418.jpg

San Leandro police arrested two men on suspicious of stealing iPads and then jumping into a popular Oakland, California, recreational pool - in only their boxers - to try to avoid capture.

But residents nearby and swimmers all thought the scene was pretty odd, and helped lead police to their arrest.

“It’s very, very rare,” Lt. Robert McManus said. “It’s the first of its kind with somebody stripping down into their boxing shorts trying to blend in the crowd in a swimming pool. They were the only two adult males in the crowd. The rest were teenagers.”

Detectives now believe that the men are responsible for similar thefts throughout the East Bay, including one at a San Leandro Radio Shack store on Monday afternoon, McManus said. He did not identify them or release their photos to allow other Bay Area agencies to investigate their cases.

On Wednesday about 1:30 p.m., a plain clothes detective was in the parking lot at the Westgate Shopping Center on Davis Street when he saw a white Cadillac El Dorado driving through the parking lot with three men inside, who appeared to be acting suspiciously.

McManus said the detective watched as the Cadillac, registered to an address on the Peninsula, backed into a parking stall and stopped. The driver and front passenger got out of the car and walked towards the Verizon store, out of the detective’s view, leaving the third passenger in the car.

Minutes later, the detective saw the driver and passenger sprinting back to the Cadillac as they were being chased by a Verizon employee, police said. They got into the car and fled through the parking lot, smashing into an Enterprise box truck, before driving over cement medians.

The detective radioed to other officers and began to follow the Cadillac as it sped out of the parking lot, running through two red lights heading north on Interstate 880 at Davis Street, McManus said. More police arrived. Eventually they found the empty Cadillac on Clara Street, near Edes Avenue in Oakland, a few blocks north of 98th Avenue.

Neighbors told police they saw the suspects running toward the Brookfield Recreation Center in the 9100 block of Edes Ave. Others directed the officers into the building, which had teens and seniors inside. There, they found the men had tried to pose as swimmers: They took off their clothes and slipped into the pool wearing only boxer shorts.

The detectives recognized the two men from surveillance footage from a similar burglary that occurred at the Radio Shack store located at 1359 Washington Ave. on Monday afternoon, where more high-end electronic items were stolen, police said.

Police searched the area and found the stolen iPads, iPhones believed to have been stolen in other thefts, the keys to the Cadillac and some of the clothing worn by the men, underneath a parked car, near the recreation center.

Police have arrested both men on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, and other related crimes. The third man, who remained in the car during the theft, fled and has not been found, McManus said.

The pair are expected to appear be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[First Alert Weather: Near-Record Highs, Weekend Showers]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:53:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012907504_1200x675_575010371748.jpg Black Friday will bring near-record highs in the 60s, and the weekend will bring some showers. NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Sheena Parveen has the full forecast.]]> <![CDATA[Niger Says Boko Haram Gunmen Kill 18 in Border Village]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:24:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Niger+map.png

Boko Haram militants killed 18 people in an attack on a village in the Niger's southern border area of Diffa on the Nigerian border on Thursday, the country’s government said.

The gunmen arrived in the village of Gogone near the shores of Lake Chad on foot and fired on residents and attacked their homes, security sources said. They also fired rockets in the attack, according to the sources.

Niger has suffered numerous cross-border attacks by Boko Haram, which has a stronghold in northeast Nigeria.

A state of emergency has been declared there in a bid to boost security, according to NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Black Friday Starts Early for Many Shoppers]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:40:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012907417_1200x675_575008835917.jpg Some stores opened Thanksgiving night for shoppers to get a jump on their Black Friday shopping -- but others bucked the trend. NBC10's Aundrea Cline-Thomas reports.]]> <![CDATA[Black Friday March Scheduled]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:27:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chicago-protests-sm.jpg

Protesters are expected to descend on Michigan Avenue on Black Friday, with marchers scheduled to walk up the major shopping strip in Chicago in response to the release of the dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer.

The demonstration, organized by Rev. Jesse Jackson and several community activists and church leaders, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday. It will begin at Michigan and Wacker and proceed up to Water Tower Place.

The purpose of the Black Friday protest is to bring the attention of the world to Chicago and to call for change via "mass demonstrations" and voter registration, Jackson said. 

"It's not enough to focus on what brought us here today, the execution of this young man (Laquan McDonald)," Jackson said. "That takes the scab off a deeper sore, a deeper cancer. So we want mass demonstrations, mass voter registration."

The Chicago Teachers Union on Thursday endorsed the march and CTU President Karen Lewis encouraged all member to "express their outrage and dignity" by participating in the demonstration.

"While we're talking a lot of money, toys, and clothes and consumer items, we ought to start thinking about where we need to really spend our money," Lewis said. 

Jackson said 450 shootings have taken place in Chicago this year, which he believes should have gained the same media attention as the terror attacks in Paris and Beirut and on the Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt.

Jackson headed a press conference Wednesday, a day after Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder for shooting McDonald to death. The video tape showing the incident was also released to the public the same day. During the conference, Jackson asked for an investigation into the video and the timing of its release.

"We want a firm investigation on the suppression of the tapes," Jackson said. "The suppression of the tapes was manipulated for someone's advantage at the expense of others."

Footage from the dash-cam video was released more than a year after the October 2014 shooting. Several officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, faced harsh criticism for the timing of the video's release, and some residents and activists called for the resignation of all three of them this week. Jackson also called for a new police superintendent and a "new infrastructure." 

Alvarez defended herself and Emanuel on Tuesday after first-degree murder charges were filed against Van Dyke, saying the mayor's plea last week to keep the video away from the public eye "was in the best interest of the investigation." Alvarez added that the reason it took 13 months to charge Van Dyke is because investigations into police shootings and misconduct are "massive and labor intensive." 

Minutes before the video was released, Emanuel said he hadn't seen it yet and was waiting until the rest of the city could see it, too. He added that he hoped the release of the video would help "build bridges of understanding" in the city instead of inciting unrest.

"I believe this is a moment that can build bridges of understanding rather than become a barrier of misunderstanding," Emanuel said. "I understand that people will be upset and want to protest when they see this video. But I would like to echo the comments of the McDonald family. They asked for calm and that those who choose to speak out do it peacefully."

Several politicians joined Jackson at the press conference to pledge their support for Friday's demonstration, including Rep. Bobby Rush and Rep. Danny Davis, who both called on the citizens of Chicago to join together to make a change.

"The Magnificent Mile will be magnificent when those seeking justice are the citizens of the city of Chicago," Rush said.

Earlier this week, protesters took to downtown city streets in protest, resulting in several arrests. A group of protesters were also seen tearing the lights from the Christmas treet standing in Millennium Park. Still, officials say the protests have been largely peaceful. 

The Magnificent Mile Association said in a statement that it respects the right to assemble but hopes the demonstrations remain peaceful.

"The Magnificent Mile Association represents the interests of employees and businesses in the famous North Michigan Avenue District of Chicago," the statement read. "We respect the American freedom to assemble and the process in the pursuit of social justice. We hope that any assembly on Friday will continue to be peaceful."

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<![CDATA[West Point Bans Cadet Pillow Fights After 30 Injured]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:05:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WestPoint-AP_161758363204.jpg

Pillow fights involving cadets will now be banned at West Point, U.S. Military Academy officials said.

The move comes after a bloody fight left 30 injured this summer. On Aug. 20, the fight escalated into a free-for-all, with plebes being hit from behind and knocked to the ground. Injuries ranged from a broken nose, a fractured cheek and 24 concussions.

Actions are being pursued against many of those involved, according to The Associated Press. 

The annual pillow fight is organized by first-year students, known as “plebes,” to build camaraderie after a grueling summer of training.

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<![CDATA[Germany to Support Campaign Against ISIS After French Appeal]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:29:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MerkelHollande-AP_993382740121.jpg

Germany will deploy military personnel and hardware in the fight against ISIS militants in Syria, according to Reuters.

The country agreed after a direct appeal from France to do more in the fight against militancy. Germany expects to commit four to six Tornado jets, satellite support, refueling planes and a frigate to help protect a French aircraft carrier.

It’s a shift for Germany, which has resisted direct involvement in the conflict. Germany will not, however, join France, Russia and the U.S. in airstrikes in Syria.

Chancellor Angela Merkel promised the support, which has yet to be approved by parliament.

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<![CDATA[Ice Storm, Flooding Risk Threatens Holiday Weekend]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:29:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Weather-AP_487424761544.jpg

A blast of cold air was threatening to whip up a Black Friday ice storm across the center of the country, forecasters said.

Ice-storm warnings and other watches and advisories covered a 900-mile stretch from New Mexico and western Texas to Missouri and the Iowa border. Heavy rain is also expected further east, NBC News reported.

The National Weather Service announced that Dallas-Fort Worth broke its all-time yearly rainfall total at 12:14 a.m. local time (1:14 a.m. ET) on Friday, recording 53.56 inches over 2015. The area was also under a flash-flood warning.

Forecasters said the blast of wintery weather could "wreak havoc on the roadways" as millions of people prepare to be traveling over the holiday weekend.

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<![CDATA[Mali Arrests Two Suspects Linked to Hotel Attack: Ministry]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:24:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MaliAttacks-AP_457868932560.jpg

Two people suspected of links to an attack on a hotel in Mali’s capital that killed 20 people were arrested, the country’s security ministry said on Thursday.

The two have not yet been identified. Three Islamist groups have claimed the strike, Reuters reported.

At least two armed men attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on Friday in a raid. Six Russians, three Chinese and an American were killed in the worst jihadist strike in the country in years.

The siege ended when commandos stormed the hotel and freed 170 hostages. Two attackers were killed.

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<![CDATA[Tip Leads to Person of Interest in State Trooper's Shooting]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:42:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pa+state+trooper+casey+leaves+hospital+shooting.JPG

Police on Thanksgiving tracked down the last person of interest they were searching for in connection with the shooting earlier this week of a Pennsylvania State Trooper.

They had been searching for Kaymer Lewis, who they said was not considered a suspect in the shooting, since Tuesday, after Trooper Patrick Casey was shot in the shoulder, allegedly by 17-year-old Giovanni Cotto, on I-676 in Center City after a car chase and crash.

Lewis, police said, was believed to have been in the car with Cotto at the time of the shooting. They said they wanted to find him to talk with him as a witness. On Thursday, State Police said that Philadelphia Police had tracked down Lewis in a store in North Philadelphia after receiving a tip about his whereabouts.

Police said Lewis was arrested on an outstanding probation warrant and taken to the 18th District in West Philadelphia. They said he was cooperative when State Police interviewed him about the shooting.

Casey, 31, the wounded trooper, was released from Hahnemann University Hospital on Wednesday with a bullet still lodged in his shoulder. He was in good spirits as he left the hospital.

"I'm feeling all right. I just want to thank everybody for all the prayers and support," Casey told reporters outside. "Happy to be going home for Thanksgiving, and let's go Eagles."

Cotto, meanwhile, was arraigned Wednesday morning and being held on $3 million bail.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Clouds and Rain Coming]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:38:34 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012905568_1200x675_574910019870.jpg There were record high temperatures for the Thanksgiving holiday, but rain is on its way into the region. NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Sheena Parveen has the full forecast.]]> <![CDATA[In Embattled NJ Community, a Healing Holiday]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:36:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012905560_1200x675_574910531951.jpg After a tumultuous year kicked off by a controversial deadly police shooting, Bridgeton, New Jersey residents are hoping that giving back will help to bring healing to and unite their community. NBC10's George Spencer has the details.]]> <![CDATA[Watch Your Money this Holiday Shopping Season]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:33:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012905543_1200x675_574909507828.jpg NBC10's Mitch Blacher has the details on some good measures to take to protect your money and identity from thieves as you shop this holiday season.]]> <![CDATA[Spirit of Thanksgiving Shows Around Region]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:30:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012905536_1200x675_574908995652.jpg Families and friends gathered throughout the region to celebrate Thanksgiving -- and, in many cases, give back. NBC10's Drew Smith reports on some celebrations of the holiday. ]]> <![CDATA[Gunman Loose After Slaying South Jersey Store Clerk]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:33:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Willingboro+Shooter+CROP.jpg

A man was caught on surveillance camera just before police say he shot a South Jersey convenience store clerk dead on Wednesday night, and investigators are seeking the public's help to track him down.

Police said the suspected gunman was caught on camera walking into the Quick N Go convenience store, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Marshal Lane in Willingboro, Burlington County, just before 8:20 p.m.

Investigators said they believe that the suspect walked into the store, where the victim, identified as 32-year-old Matthew Mwinsori, was working. The two men then walked out into the parking lot of the store, where police say the gunman shot Mwinsori before fleeing.

Officers were called to the store at 8:20 p.m. and found Mwinsori lying in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds, police said. He was taken to Lourdes Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

Police on Thursday released surveillance captures showing the suspected shooter.

"We are asking the public to take a good look at these photos and share them on social media," Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi implored in a statement. "This person took someone's life. Somebody out there knows his identity. Please assist us with bringing him to justice."

Tipsters should contact Willingboro Township Police at 609-877-6958 or the Burlington County officials at 609-267-8300.

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<![CDATA[Shooting Wounds Man Outside Philly Strip Club]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:42:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/Shooting+outside+purple+orchid.JPG

A man was found suffering from gunshot wounds inside bullet-riddled car outside a Southwest Philadelphia strip club on Thanksgiving afternoon.

The red car with bullet holes through its windshield sat in the parking lot of the Purple Orchid Gentlemen's Club, on 61st Street near Passyunk Avenue, as police investigated the shooting. The strip club was closed at the time of the shooting.

Immediate details of the shooting, and information on the victim's condition, were not immediately available.

This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.

Photo Credit: NBC10 - Augie Conte]]>
<![CDATA[Top Philly Chef Cooks Thanksgiving Feast for Those in Need]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:23:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Alex+Boonphaya+Circles+Thai.JPG

Alex Boonphaya, owner of Circles Thai restaurants in Philadelphia, spent all night before Thanksgiving cooking 10 turkeys and all the festive fixings.

But even though he was running on little sleep by late Thanksgiving morning, Boonphaya, a top Philly chef, still had a smile on his face. At his Circles outpost on South Street near 5th, Boonphaya on Thursday hosted his restaurant's first-ever free Thanksgiving meal for people in need.

"I felt great doing. We've been up all night doing this, and the food's really good, so I'm happy," Boonphaya, whose restaurants won Philadelphia magazine "Best of Philly" honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013. "Being a chef, making good food makes you happy. It doesn't matter if it's a customer or anybody that needs food, it feels good."

Boonphaya and his team cooked up turkeys for the inaugural Thanksgiving giveaway, plus stuffing, cranberry sauce, mac and cheese and mashed potatoes.

At least 20 families were served meals during the event, which ran from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Boonphaya said he planned to donate any leftover food to local shelters.

The chef said he plans on holding the Thanksgiving event every year.

"I think it's going to be an annual thing for our company," Boonphaya told NBC10. "I'm really happy to do it."

Photo Credit: NBC10 - Augie Conte]]>
<![CDATA[Hollande Calls for 'Grand Coalition' Against ISIS]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:47:34 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_967237575586.jpg

Speaking in Russia on Thursday, French President Francois Hollande called for world powers to create a "grand coalition" to defeat ISIS militants who control swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, Reuters reported. 

Hollande is on a diplomatic offensive to build a common front against ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 that killed 130 people and for the bombing of the Russian jet that killed 224 people over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

Russia's Vladimir Putin said Moscow was ready to unite with Paris against a "mutual enemy." Russia and France have stepped up their aerial bombing campaigns in Syria but they have different objectives.

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<![CDATA[4 New Dash-Cam Videos Released of Laquan McDonald Shooting]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:33:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Laquan+McDonald+New+Dash+Cam.jpg

***WARNING: Videos in this story are graphic and may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.***

The City of Chicago released four new police dash-cam videos Wednesday showing the moments before the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

The videos were released in response to a request by NBC 5 under the Freedom of Information Act and come a day after the city met a judge's order to release 2014 dash-cam video of a Chicago officer shooting McDonald 16 times.

In the newly released videos, McDonald appears to be running in front of the police vehicle of Officer Jason Van Dyke, the officer charged with McDonald’s murder, 30 seconds before the fatal shooting.

As the video continues, officers pursue McDonald until the shooting, which takes place out of the frame of this dash cam.The video goes on to show officers arriving on the scene after the shots were fired.

At 9:58 p.m., just after the shooting, another police vehicle arrives on the scene. The video released from that vehicle shows McDonald's body on the street.

Another dash-cam video from a separate police vehicle that was first to respond to the call doesn’t start recording until almost five minutes after the shooting takes place.

Police told one of the attorneys representing the McDonald family that five police cruisers equipped with cameras responded to the crime scene that night. However, three vehicles were not recording video.

Van Dyke turned himself in to authorities Tuesday morning and was later ordered held without bail in connection with the fatal shooting. Van Dyke is scheduled to appear in court again Monday as Judge Donald Panarese said he wants to see video of the shooting.

Prosecutors said in court Tuesday that the shooting happened within 15 seconds, but for 13 of those seconds McDonald was on the ground. They added the video "clearly does not show McDonald advancing toward [Van Dyke]."Police said the shooting was in self-defense and that McDonald lunged at the officer with a knife while authorities were investigating car break-ins in a trucking yard.

"I’ve been a prosecutor for nearly 30 years," Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said in Tuesday press conference. "I have personally investigated and prosecuted numerous cases of police misconduct and public corruption, I’ve been involved in hundreds of murder investigations and trials, and I’ve seen some of the most violent and graphic evidence and crime scene photos that you can only imagine. To watch a 17-year-old young man die in such a violent manner is simply disturbing and I have absolutely no doubt that this video will tear at the hearts of all Chicagoans."

Attorney Dan Herbert has argued the video alone is not enough to determine if Van Dyke "acted inappropriately" when he fatally shot McDonald, though he has described the footage as "graphic and violent" and "difficult to watch." He said outside the courtroom Tuesday that the case needs to be tried in a courtroom, "not in the streets or in the media."

Alvarez revealed that Van Dyke was one of eight officers who responded to the scene on Oct. 20, 2014 after a caller reported a man was breaking into cars and stealing from them on the city's Southwest Side.

It was later discovered that the suspect was armed with a knife. Alvarez said Van Dyke was at the scene for less than 30 seconds before he started shooting, and opened fire six seconds after he got out of the car.

Van Dyke was the only one of the eight officers at the scene to open fire, she said. McDonald suffered wounds to the scalp, neck, left chest, right chest, left elbow, left forearm, right upper arm, right upper arm, right hand, right upper leg, left upper back and right lower back.

An autopsy confirmed he was shot a total of 16 times and had PCP in his system.

***WARNING: Videos in this story are graphic and may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.***

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<![CDATA[Evesham Officers Give Back to The Community]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:01:31 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Evesham+Township+Police.jpg

On this Thanksgiving Day, officers from a South Jersey police department took time to give back to those in need.

Officers with Evesham Township Police Department delivered 45 Thanksgiving meals to families in need.

In total, 300 meals were given out to less-fortunate families in the Township. Volunteers also participated in the generous gesture.

The officers teamed up with the Marlton Business Association and Carrabba's Italian Grill.

Photo Credit: Evesham Township Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Slammed After He Appears to Mock Disabled Reporter]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:59:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_608044254548.jpg

Donald Trump has come under fire again. The New York Times has slammed the Republican presidential candidate after he appeared to mock a reporter with a congenital joint condition that limits movement in his arms, NBC News reported. 

Addressing a rally in South Carolina on Tuesday, Trump defended his widely discredited claim that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered as the World Trade Center came down on Sept. 11, 2001. He then appeared to impersonate reporter Serge Kovaleski, one of the authors of a 2001 article in The Washington Post that Trump has used to support his claim.

"Now, the poor guy — you ought to see the guy: 'Uh, I don't know what I said. I don't remember,'" Trump said, as he appeared to imitate Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis.

Kovaleski told MSNBC on Monday that he did "not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating." 

"We think it's outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters," a spokesman for The Times told NBC News. Kovaleski is currently an investigative reporter for The Times.

Trump's presidential campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Struck by Car in Bucks County]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:26:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/204*120/Bensalem+Ax.JPG

A man is in critical condition after he was struck by a suspected drunk driver in Bucks County early Thursday morning.

The incident happened about 2 a.m. at the intersection of Forrest and Brown Avenues in Bensalem.

According to the Bensalem Police Department, a 21-year-old pedestrian was struck by a car and suffered a severe head injury.

He was taken to Aria Health Torresdale Hospital in critical condition. His identity was not immediately released.

The driver stayed at the scene. He was taken to the Bensalem Police headquarters for suspicion of DUI as alcohol appears to have been a factor.

So far, no charges have been filed.

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<![CDATA[Baby Kissed by Pope Sees Brain Tumor Shrink: Family]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:29:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pope16.jpg

Gianna had undergone eight surgeries and numerous chemotherapy treatments on her brain tumor at Philadelphia Children's Hospital in her 15 months of life before she met Pope Francis in September. Doctors had told her parents, Masciantonio and Kristen, that she would likely not survive.

With the help of their friend Donny Asper — an FBI agent who was assigned to guard the pope's route in Philadelphia — the family made it the location on Market Street where the pope was due to pass. 

Masciantonio says he held out Gianna and when the pope drove by, his security head spotted Masciantonio hoisting Gianna and grabbed her. The pontiff kissed Gianna on the head and granted her his blessing.

The euphoria of the moment would not last long, however. Gianna still had two pending chemotherapy treatments and an MRI that would show if they were working. Last week, six weeks after her encounter with the Pope, Gianna's MRI results came back, showing the tumor had shrunk significantly, Masciantonio said.

"It [tumor] was basically just a blush on the screen," he said. "It was virtually invisible."

Doctors told them that, although the tumor had not been completely eradicated, the prognosis was life-changing: Gianna would likely survive.

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<![CDATA[Homeless Vet Dies Months After Gas Station Attack]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:32:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Olney+Gas+Station+Beating.jpg

A homeless veteran has died months after a brutal attack outside a Philadelphia gas station that left him in a coma.

Robert Barnes, 51, died Wednesday.

Barnes was attacked by a group of six people on April 7 outside the Sunoco gas station at 5th Street and Somerville Avenue in the city’s Olney section.

The attack involved a hammer, a piece of wood and mace. The entire attack was caught on surveillance camera.

The video shows a group jump from a minivan and rush towards Barnes as he stood outside the gas station. They then punch him, stomp on him and strike him with a hammer.

After attacking Barnes, the group jumped back into the minivan and sped off.

Three adults -- Aleathea Gillard, 34, Shareena Joachim, 23, and Kaisha Duggins, 24 – are charged in the case. Gillard, Joachim and Duggins all rejected plea deals and will stand trial in January. The charges are expected to be upgraded following Barnes' death.

Police say one of Gillard’s children falsely accused Barnes, a homeless veteran, of hitting him, which prompted the attack.

Three teens, a 14-year-old boy, 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy ,all pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy and were remanded to juvenile detention centers.

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<![CDATA[Caught on Cam: Brawl at Skating Rink in Delaware]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:27:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Christiana+Skating+Center.jpg

A melee involving females and punches erupted inside a skating center in Delaware and it was all caught on camera.

The chaos went down about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday inside the Christiana Skating Center along Christiana Road in Newark.

Cell phone video, that was later posted on social media, shows several females, who appear to be in their teens, throwing punches. One of the females can be seen kicking another girl in the head, who was on the ground.

Delaware State Police said there were reports of gunfire, but no one was struck.

There were several injuries, although the extent was not immediately known.

The motive behind the brawl remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Drive-by Shooting Kills Man in Port Richmond]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:03:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Port+Richmond+Shooting1.JPG

Police are searching for the gunman who shot and killed a man during a drive-by shooting in Philadelphia Thursday morning.

The shooting happened about 4:50 a.m. along E. Venango Street and Almond Street in the city’s Port Richmond section.

According to investigators, a 21-year-old man was walking to his home when a white SUV pulled up beside him and a suspect opened fire.

The victim was struck once in the left side and collapsed. He was rushed by police to Temple University Hospital where he later died.

The mother of the victim told police after the suspect shot her son, he stopped in front of her house and pointed the gun at her before driving away.

Investigators believe the family may know the gunman.

The deadly shooting remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Sex Offender Got Past TSA With Woman's Boarding Pass: Police]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:33:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/151126-michael-reith-salata-reithjpo-623a_68b8db40842c95990b737234790812b7.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

A registered sex offender passed through a TSA checkpoint earlier this month using a boarding pass that he stole from a female passenger, officials said.

Michael Reith Salata, 61, was arrested at Salt Lake International Airport on Nov. 5 after attempting to get on a plane, according to the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Salata had checked in to Southwest Airlines Flight 1760, which was headed for Oakland, California, NBC station KSL reported. The woman who the ticket belonged to had misplaced her boarding pass shortly after printing it out at a kiosk, police told KSL.

Salata was arrested on suspicion of fraudulent handling of a recordable writing, a third-degree felony, the station reported.

Records show that Salata, who is homeless, was convicted of lewdness involving a child in Utah in 2012.

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<![CDATA[Yazidi Refugees Grateful for Escaping ISIS]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:02:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/151125-lincoln-nebraska-jsw-01-1002a-1.jpg

Many Yazidi exiles now living in the U.S. will be giving thanks this Thanksgiving for their deliverance from ISIS and their new life in America.

"It's horrible. A lot of the girls from my mother's side got captured by ISIS and I don't think we will ever see them again," Hasan Khalil, who migrated to Lincoln, Nebraska, which is home of the largest concentration of Yazidis in the U.S., told NBC News. "So on Thanksgiving I am thankful that we are alive and that we made it here. We will thank God for giving us a better life in America."

The Yazidis, an Iraqi minority with a unique religion that predates Judaism, Christianity and Islam, has been targeted by the ISIS as part of its campaign to "purify" Iraq and neighboring countries of non-Islamic influences.

Khalil, 30, said he understands the plight of Syrian refugees who have also been forced to flee their homeland and who now are being treated like pariahs by many U.S. politicians. 

"I disagree with those who want to close the door on refugees," said Khalil. "For refugees, coming to America is a dream and we appreciate it."


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<![CDATA[Penn State Could Face Claims From More Alleged Sandusky Victims]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 03:00:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sanduksy-AP_874373053477.jpg

Penn State could face more claims from six or more alleged victims of Jerry Sandusky, according to documents published by the university.

The university has previously disclosed in legal filings that it rejected the claims of six other alleged victims when it concluded the 2013 settlement, NBC News reported.

"Additional claims could be paid in the future," the statement said.

In its audited financial statement for fiscal year 2015, the university reported this week that it has paid or set aside a total of $92.8 million for 32 claims — including $33.2 million on top of the previously reported settlement payouts.

The school has paid more than $92 million in the last two years on settlements and related costs. Sandusky has maintained his innocence.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed in Nicetown House Fire]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 06:33:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/House+Fire7.JPG

A house fire claimed the life of a man in Philadelphia early Thursday morning.

The fire started about 12:30 a.m. inside a home in the 1900 block of Brunner Street in the city’s Nicetown section.

When firefighters arrived, they were able to place the fire under control quickly.

When they entered the home, they found the victim on the first floor. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fire officials said there were no working smoke detectors inside the home.

“They key point here is that you have to have working smoke alarms and you have to have a home escape plan,” Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer explained.

Sawyer believes if a working smoke detector was inside the home, the situation would have been much different.

“We do know that if this person had a working smoke alarm that they should have been able to get out,” Sawyer said.

The victim’s name was not immediately released.

The cause remains under investigation.

This is the 13th fire-related fatality this year compared to 35 at this time last year.

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<![CDATA[No Charges in Manger Baby Case]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:46:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/church+baby+woman+1.JPG

Authorities have located the mother of a newborn baby who was left in a Christmas manger inside a Queens, New York, church two days ago and determined no criminal prosecution is warranted. 

"The mother followed the spirit of New York's 'Safe Haven' law," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement after investigators spoke to the mother, whose wailing, hours-old baby was found with his umbilical cord still attached inside a nativity scene at Holy Child Jesus Catholic Church in Richmond Hill.

"It appears that the mother, in this case, felt her newborn child would be found safely in the church and chose to place the baby in the manger because it was the warmest place in the church, and further she returned the following morning to make certain that the baby had been found," Brown said. 

Police said earlier Wednesday they were looking to speak with the mother of the baby to determine if she was OK. 

The state's Safe Haven law allows a parent to leave a baby up to 30 days old with an appropriate person or in a suitable location where the parent promptly notifies an appropriate person. It wasn't clear if the mother in this case would face charges because the baby was left alone, and it didn't appear she immediately alerted anyone about the child. 

Video obtained by NBC 4 New York offers a clearer picture of what happened moments before the child was left in the church. It shows the mother walking briskly up 113th Street with the newborn baby in her arms, then turning onto Jamaica Avenue and stepping into a 99-cent store. Still clutching the child, the woman moves to the linen aisle and grabs several purple towels. She pays and leaves without saying a single word to the cashier. 

Minutes later and less than a half-mile away, the newborn was found swaddled in the same purple towels inside the manger of an unfinished nativity scene inside Holy Child Jesus Catholic Church.

Jose Moran, the church custodian who found him when he heard the baby's cries, told NBC 4 New York in Spanish that he's happy he was able to help save the baby. But he said his heart breaks for the child who was left alone on the wooden floor of the unfinished nativity scene with purple towels covering his face. 

The Rev. Christopher Heanue recounted to NBC 4 New York Tuesday how he learned of the baby in the manger. 

"The secretary burst in and said, 'Father, there's an emergency in the church, you have to come,'" Heanue said.

Bishop Octavio Cisnero, also there, couldn't believe his eyes.

"There was a baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes, in a towel," said Cisnero. "The umbilical cord was still hanging from the baby." 

EMTs checked out the baby, and he appeared to be healthy. 

Heanue said surveillance video from his church -- not released -- captured a woman entering the church about 20 minutes before the baby was found.

"A woman did come into the church with some bag, left the church and the bag was sort of dangling in the wind," he said. 

Heanue said the parish has taken a special interest in the baby and some members have expressed an interest in adopting.

"This child, we believe, is a gift, almost, to this parish," said Heanue. 

"God works in mysterious ways," he added. 

The child is currently in protective custody. 

There is a Safe Haven hotline in New York where a parent who wishes to leave their baby can call and have child care workers pick up the child: 1-877-796-HOPE. It's most important the baby is left with a person, not in an undisclosed location, authorities say. 

<![CDATA[Obama 'Deeply Disturbed' by Video of McDonald's Shooting]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:07:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/obama-GettyImages-498084268.jpg

President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he was “deeply disturbed” by footage of the fatal shooting of a Chicago teen, whose death has made national headlines and sparked protests throughout the city.

“Like many Americans, I was deeply disturbed by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. This Thanksgiving, I ask everybody to keep those who’ve suffered tragic loss in our thoughts and prayers, and to be thankful for the overwhelming majority of men and women in uniform who protect our communities with honor,” Obama wrote in a Facebook post. “And I’m personally grateful to the people of my hometown for keeping protests peaceful.”

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with murder in the October 2014 shooting. Video of the incident shows, McDonald, who police say was armed with a knife, walking away from police officers at the scene before being shot 16 times.

Dash-cam footage of the shooting was released Tuesday.

Hundreds of protesters flocked to Chicago streets following the video’s release. The majority of them have remained peaceful.

On Wednesday, more protesters marched in Chicago, blocking several major intersections during rush hour. Additional demonstrations are planned in Chicago’s shopping district for Black Friday.

Demonstrators, community leaders and residents have called for the firing of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy since the video was made public. Others have called for an investigation into the Chicago Police Department and into the Independent Police Review Authority.

Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders also preached messages of reform and accountability Wednesday.

"The family of Laquan McDonald and the people of Chicago deserve justice and accountability," Clinton said in her statement. "As criminal charges proceed in this case, we also have to grapple as a country with broader questions about ensuring that all our citizens and communities are protected and respected. The mothers I met recently in Chicago are right: we cannot go on like this. All over America, there are police officers honorably doing their duty, demonstrating how to protect the public without resorting to unnecessary force. We need to learn from and build on those examples. The loss of so many young African Americans taken too soon should reaffirm our commitment to press forward for progress."

Sanders called for "fundamental reform" in the criminal justice system and asked activists to take action beyond chanting "Black Lives Matter."

"All Americans should be sickened by the video of Laquan McDonald's murder," Sanders said in his statement. "As a nation we must do more than just echo the phrase Black Lives Matter. We must put actions behind these words. Actions that will bring about the fundamental reform that is needed in the face of this crisis. Criminal justice reform must be the civil rights issue of the 21st century and the first piece must be putting an end to the killing of African Americans by police officers."

Dan Herbert, Van Dyke's attorney, has argued the video alone is not enough to determine if Van Dyke "acted inappropriately" when he fatally shot McDonald, though he has described the footage as "graphic and violent" and "difficult to watch." He said outside the courtroom Tuesday that the case needs to be tried in a courtroom, "not in the streets or in the media."

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<![CDATA[Here's How Astronauts Spend Thanksgiving]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:20:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SpaceThanksgiving-GettyImages-493963640.jpg

NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren gave their thanks and previewed their “traditional” Thanksgiving meal in a video from the International Space Station, NBC News reported.

The two astronauts discussed what they’re thankful for, while grabbing a few bites from their zero-gravity feast.

"We just wanted to wish you a very warm and happy Thanksgiving," Lindgren said in the video greeting.

Kelly added his own thanks, as well: "Being on the space station here and looking down at our incredibly beautiful planet gives us a different perspective on what it means to be citizens of planet Earth," he said.

The two have the day off and will share their meal with the four others aboard the space station.

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<![CDATA[Burglar Crawls into Family's Room]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 04:42:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/creepy+burglar1.JPG

A burglar quietly crawled his way into a Queens, New York, bedroom where a man and his wife and kids were sleeping and managed to pick up a smartphone from the dresser before the victim awoke, prompting the thief to run away, surveillance video from inside the home shows. 

The NYPD has released the nanny-cam video of the home invasion in Flushing, Queens just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The clear video shows the suspect going into the house in the area of Union Street and 33rd Avenue, and then crawling into the bedroom of the 42-year-old victim. 

The suspect lifts a Samsung S6 cellphone from the top of the dresser, but the victim awoke, police said, prompting the suspect to run away.

The victim's wife told NBC 4 New York the couple's three children, all between 3 to 6 years old, were sleeping in the other bed shown in the video. The wife, who asked to remain anonymous, said video shows the burglar was going from room to room for 40 minutes, and the item seen in his mouth was a knife.

The wife said when she first sensed someone creeping around the floor, she thought it may have been one of her young children. 

The suspect is described as being about 6 feet 2 inches and 200 pounds. He was wearing all black clothing and a black snow hat with the word "diamond" in red and white lettering. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.