<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.pngNBC 10 Philadelphiahttps://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usMon, 11 Dec 2017 16:22:31 -0500Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:22:31 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Trump Accusers Share Stories, Call for Congressional Probe]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:07:34 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Trump+Accusers+Megyn+Kelly.jpg

Three women who have publicly accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct shared their stories with NBC's Megyn Kelly Monday and spoke of the backlash they faced after coming forward with their claims. 

"It was heartbreaking last year. We're private citizens and for us to put ourselves out there to try and show America who this man is and how he views women, and for them to say 'eh, we don't care,' it hurt," said Samantha Holvey, who claims Trump walked into the contestants' dressing room during the Miss America pageant in 2006. She competed that year in the pageant.

Holvey, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks detailed their interactions with Trump, which they said ranged from groping to forcible kissing and making lewd propositions, in an exclusive interview on "Megyn Kelly Today.”  The interview came hours before a news conference where the three women demanded that Congress investigate their claims.

Holvey, the former Miss North Carolina, told Kelly she felt like "a piece of meat" as Trump inspected the women backstage in an area that was off limits to men. 

Kelly noted Trump once bragged during an interview on Howard Stern's radio show about being able to "get away with" seeing pageant contestants naked, saying, "I'm the owner of the pageant."

The White House said in a statement as NBC's interview aired that the "timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes," and reiterated that the American people "voiced their judgment" by electing Trump president.

"These false claims totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year’s campaign," the White House statement said. "And the American people voiced their judgment by delivering a decisive victory. The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them."

Crooks said she introduced herself to Trump in 2005 outside an elevator in Trump Tower in Manhattan, where she worked as a receptionist, and that he kissed her on the lips.

"He held onto my hand and he kept kissing me," Crooks said. "I was shocked. Devastated.”

Crooks said at the time she believed she would have lost her job if she said anything about the interaction to her company because “Trump was an important partner.”

"I wish I had been stronger then," she said.

She said the denials from the White House are "laughable" and "crazy."

"I can’t imagine anyone wanting to come into the spotlight about this," she said. "The things that happened to us spanned decades, states — all over — how could we have possibly colluded to come up with these tales that all sound eerily similar."

Leeds said she was on a flight in the the late 1970s when she claims that Trump, who was seated next to her, started groping her. 

“All of a sudden he was all over me kissing and groping,” she recounted to Kelly. "Nothing was said. It was just this silent groping going on. When his hands started going up my skirt, I managed to wiggle out, stand up and go to the back of the airplane.” 

Asked if coming forward with her story during the election was part of a politically motivated attempt to stop Trump from being elected, Leeds, a self-proclaimed Democrat, said, “I didn’t think I had that kind of power.” 

"I wanted people to know what kind of person he is. What a pervert he is,” she said.

Speaking at a press conference following the interview, the women called for a nonpartisan investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump. They said that since they can't sue Trump for sexual harassment because the statute of limitations has expired in their cases, "an investigation by Congress is the only thing we could ask for."

In the meantime, Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump's reality show "The Apprentice" in 2006, has filed a defamation lawsuit against the president after he dismissed as "fabricated and made-up charges" her claims that he made unwanted sexual contact with her at a Beverly Hills, California, hotel in 2007. Her lawsuit seeks an apology and at least $2,914.

More than a dozen women stepped forward during the 2016 elections to allege sexual misconduct by Trump in the wake of a recording where he boasted about grabbing women by their genitals and made other crude remarks. The women's allegations are featured in recently released documentary titled "16 Women and Donald Trump."

According to The New York Times, Trump has recently denied to some political allies that it was him in the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape, even though he directly confirmed the remarks and apologized for them a month before the presidential election last year. 

The women’s interview and press conference comes amid a torrent of sexual misconduct allegations that have toppled high-profile men in news, politics and entertainment, among them, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Louis C.K., Russell Simmons and Kevin Spacey.

Holvey said now that the environment surrounding sexual misconduct has changed, "let's try round two."

This past week alone three U.S. politicians announced their resignations over allegations of misconduct. 

Democratic Rep. John Conyers, of Michigan, a civil rights hero who'd been the House's longest-serving current member, resigned after facing sexual harassment allegations.

Republican Rep. Trent Franks, of Arizona, resigned as well, effective Jan. 3, after admitting he had asked two female staff aides about becoming a surrogate mother.

Senator Al Franken, a rising political star only weeks ago, reluctantly announced he's resigning from Congress, succumbing to a torrent of sexual harassment allegations and evaporating support from fellow Democrats. But he fired a defiant parting shot at Trump and other Republicans he said have survived much worse accusations.

Last week, Time Magazine named the "silence breakers" who spoke up about sexual misconduct as its Person of the Year for 2017.

On Tuesday, Alabama residents will vote in a U.S. Senate election in which the Republican candidate, Roy Moore, has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenagers decades ago when he was a county prosecutor. Moore has denied the allegations, and he has found support from President Trump in recent days.

"It’s horrifying and it’s confusing because you’d think that the good people of Alabama could see through this," Leeds said during Monday's press conference. "But we’ve gotten so polarized with the politics and they want to keep a Republican seat, even though it’s a pedophile."

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday broke the Trump administration line when she said 16 women who have accused Trump of sexual impropriety have the right to be heard.

"I know that he was elected," Haley said on CBS’ "Face the Nation." "But, you know, women should always feel comfortable coming forward. And we should all be willing to listen to them.”

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<![CDATA[Mueller Probing the 18 Days Up to Flynn's Firing: Sources]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:32:40 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/632934656-Donald-Trump-Michael-Flynn-White-House.jpg

Special counsel Robert Mueller is trying to piece together what transpired inside the White House over a critical 18-day period that began when senior officials were told that national security adviser Michael Flynn was susceptible to blackmail by Russia, multiple people familiar with the matter told NBC News.

The questions about what happened between Jan. 26 and Flynn's firing on Feb. 13 appear to relate to possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, say two people familiar with Mueller's investigation into Russia's election meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign.

Multiple sources say that during interviews, Mueller's investigators have asked witnesses, including White House counsel Don McGahn and others who have worked in the West Wing, to go through each day that Flynn remained as national security adviser and describe in detail what they knew was happening inside the White House as it related to Flynn.

Some of those interviewed by Mueller's team believe the goal is in part to determine if there was a deliberate effort by Trump or top officials in the West Wing to cover up the information about Flynn that Sally Yates, then the acting attorney general, conveyed to McGahn on Jan. 26. In addition to Flynn, McGahn is also expected to be critical to federal investigators trying to piece together a timeline of those 18 days.

Neither McGahn's lawyer nor the White House responded to requests for comment. A spokesman for the Special Counsel's office declined to comment.

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<![CDATA[Commuters Evacuated From NY Blast]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:37:36 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Scenes_From_the_Ground_Explosion_PANY-151300264893800002.jpg

Pedestrians and early morning commuters were evacuated from the Port Authority Bus Terminal after a suspect detonated an IED in an underground passageway. The terminal is the world's busiest, according to its agency. 

<![CDATA[White House Denies Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Trump]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:58:28 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SHS+Denies.jpg

Three women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct came together on Dec. 11 to share their stories. The White House denied the accusers’ claims.

<![CDATA[Timeline of Terror Attacks in NYC]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:09:12 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/nyc-terror-incidents-th.jpg

A man allegedly rode the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday, Dec. 11, an improvised pipe bomb attached to his body with Velcro and zipties, and detonated it at the height of the morning commute in a highly trafficked underground passageway used by subway riders.

Authorities have declared it an apparent attempted terror attack, though the suspect appears to have been the only person seriously hurt. It's the latest in a string of recent attacks targeting New York City.

Dozens have been thwarted, but here's a timeline of attacks that have been carried out since the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

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<![CDATA['It Was a Freak Accident': Juror in SF Pier Shooting Trial Speaks Out]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:58:06 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kate_Steinle_Murder_Trial_Juror_Speaks_Out_on_Verdict.jpg

A member of the jury in the Kate Steinle murder trial said the prosecution failed to prove that Jose Ines Garcia Zarate intentionally killed the 32-year-old woman and believes the evidence showed that shooting was a "freak accident."

In an exclusive interview with NBC Bay Area, the juror, who did not wish to be identified, talked about the panel's decision to acquit the undocumented Mexican national.

He said the backlash from critics — including President Donald Trump — who have pointed to the case as evidence of the need for tougher immigration policies, propelled him to speak out.

"If I was not a juror on this trial, I would probably think the same way: 'Why did you let him go free?'" said the juror. "But again, the reason is, they could not prove to us that he intentionally killed her. And through all the evidence, I really think that it was a freak accident."

<![CDATA[Trump Hails Civil Rights Heroes at Mississippi Museum]]>Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:54:13 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trump_Hails_Civil_Rights_Heroes_at_Mississippi_Museum_1200x675_1113172547555.jpg

President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy.

<![CDATA[Trump Accuser: 'We Are Not Holding Our President Accountable']]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:59:33 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_TRUMP_ACCUSERS_121117-151301260074500002.jpg

Jessica Leeds discusses the fallout of her accusation of sexual misconduct by President Donald Trump.

<![CDATA[Watch: National Zoo Pandas Tumble and Play in the Snow]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:23:28 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/166*120/5372165463_c280e3e589_z.jpg

After a weekend filled with snowflakes, hibernating and binge-watching - it's back to the daily grind.

Getting some Monday motivation is never easy, but there's one thing that may get you into better spirits: Pandas.

The first snowfall of the season brought more than 2 inches to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Northwest D.C.

Giant panda Mei Xiang showed off her athletic abilities by tumbling down a snowy hill.

And on Sunday, the zoo posted this video of a red panda and giant panda Bei Bei.

Now, don't you feel better?

Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institution
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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:45:00 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trumpthumb.jpgWhat Donald Trump's presidency will look like is unclear to many observers. He has not previously worked in politics, and has made contradictory statements on policy issues in several areas during his campaign. Despite the unknowns, Trump has an extensive public profile that, along with his real estate empire and the Trump brand, grew domestically and internationally over the last few decades. Here is a look at his personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[In a Brush Fire, What Does 'Containment' Actually Mean?]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:01:44 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dangerous_Winds_Could_Hinder_Battle_Against_Lilac_Fire.jpg

If a fire is 75 percent contained, what does that actually mean?

When the Lilac Fire exploded across San Diego's inland North County Thursday images of uncontrollable flames matched a description of zero containment.

But one day later, as the flames and thick, black smoke had nearly disappeared, the fire was still at zero percent containment.

People wondered how the fire could still be zero percent contained. It turns out that the containment measure alone does not give a wholly accurate picture of firefighters’ progress.

Cal Fire Captain Jon Heggie says airdrops alone can't contain a fire. That requires bulldozers and hand crews, often made up of inmates, to get in along the outer edges of a fire in what's often described as the grunt work.

"If there's hot material, there's the opportunity for fire growth. So until we get all that hot material extinguished, that's when we feel comfortable calling it contained," he explained. “So we're going in there with hose lines and squirting water to ensure all those hotspots, 100 to 300 feet, are completely extinguished. Not only that — we've removed all the vegetation from the fire's edge all the way down to bare minimum soil, all the way down to four to five feet.”

Only when hot spots near the fire's perimeter are out and fire lines are dug all the way around it, can a fire be 100 percent contained.

Cal Fire often uses lakes, rivers, and roads as part of their containment lines. In the case of the Lilac Fire Interstate 15 became one of their first containment lines.

<![CDATA[In Photos: Total Devastation in Puerto Rico After Maria]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:19:36 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/AP_17271040483244.jpgThe island territory of more than 3 million U.S. citizens is reeling in the devastating wake of what Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello called "the most devastating storm in a century."

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<![CDATA[Depression, Anxiety Crisis Deepening in America]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:49:18 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-548183493.jpg

Alex Crotty was just 11 when things started feeling wrong.

“I didn't feel unloved. I just felt numb to the world. Like, I was surrounded by great things, but just I couldn't be happy. And I didn't know why that was,” Alex, told NBC News.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports one in five American children, ages 3 through 17 — some 15 million — have a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder in a given year.

Recent research indicates serious depression is worsening in teens, especially girls and the suicide rate among girls reached a 40-year high in 2015, according to a CDC report released in August.

Teens are known for their moodiness, and adolescence — a particularly turbulent time of life — is actually one of the most vulnerable periods to develop anxiety and depression. Some 50 percent of cases of mental illness begin by age 14, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

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<![CDATA[Rush-Hour Explosion Near Major NYC Transit Hub ]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:14 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pany_gal_thumb.jpgAn explosion rocked early morning commuters during rush hour near the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The hub, just blocks away from Times Square, is one of several main transit hubs for the city. ]]><![CDATA[Trump Accusers 'Should Be Heard': Ambassador Nikki Haley]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:18:26 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17292554198491.jpg

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct have the right to speak up and be heard, NBC News reported.

Haley appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation and broke from the administration's line on the 16 sexual misconduct allegations against the president, with the White House saying that the women were lying and voters rejected their accusations when they elected Trump.

"I know that he was elected," Haley said, "but, you know, women should always feel comfortable coming forward. And we should all be willing to listen to them."

"They should be heard, and they should be dealt with," Haley said. "And I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up."

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<![CDATA[Student Helps Dallas Marathon Winner Cross Finish Line After She Collapsed]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:55:32 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/new-dallas-marathon.jpg

The 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon had an unexpected ending in the women's division with the winner struggling to reach the finish.

Chandler Self won the women's division of the marathon with an unofficial time of 2:53:58, but not without help.

Self collapsed a few times as she approached the finish line of the race. 17-year-old Ariana Luterman, from Greenhill Academy, was running for the elite high school relay alongside Self and helped her cross the finish line.

"Right when I caught up with her at the [relay team's] 2.5-mile mark, I told her: 'Just so you know, the high school relay is out here to compete with you guys. I'm going to be your pacer. We're going to get you that win,'" Luterman said in recalling the the moments before Self started to lose her strength to the Dallas Morning News.

"I just couldn't help but think she worked so many months. You can be training years for a marathon," Luterman said in an interview after the race.

"As soon as we got to the finish line, I pushed her out in front of me so she could cross the tape before I did."

Self ended the race grasping for the finish line and was immediately taken by marathon staff for treatment. Self was treated and came back moments later to give post-race interviews. 

Self recalled Luterman telling her, "You can do it. You got it, come on girl. The finish line's right there we can see it."

"She was so encouraging," Self said. "I knew she was right, and I wanted it so bad and this was just a dream for me." 

When asked about the heroic finish, Luterman said she's sure Self would've made it across without her. Still, she said she felt lucky that she was placed in the right place at the right time.

“More than anything, I think I showed people there are opportunities everywhere. There are opportunities to help everyone everywhere," Luterman said. 

Helping others has been a driving force in Luterman's life for several years. 

After competing in her first triathlon at age seven and her first adult triathlon at age 10, Luterman found a way to use her platform as a young elite athlete to benefit others. 

At just 12, she started Team Ariana to raise money for Vogel Alcove. The Dallas based organization provides free child development services for homeless children. In five years, Team Ariana has raised more than $150,000 for Vogel Alcove and helped several other local charities. 

Meanwhile, the men's winner is a familiar name, Keith Pierce, who won the 2016 marathon. Pierce is a cross country and track coach at McKinney Boyd High School.

He defended his title running the 2017 marathon in an unofficial time of 2:27:17.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:51:41 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-872519720.jpgTake a look at significant events from President Donald Trump's time in office, including the signing of the travel ban, Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court, the launch of 59 missiles at Syria's government-held Shayrat Airfiled and more.

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<![CDATA[Tech Companies Hire Models to Attend Holiday Parties: Report]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:57:22 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/184*120/GettyImages-511604371.jpg

A report of Bay Area tech companies hiring models to act as guests at lavish holiday parties is raising concerns.

The Bloomberg report suggests that some Silicon Valley companies are hiring models from agencies like Cre8 Talent to act as guests. They’re paid up to $200 an hour to attend, and they'd have to sign non-disclosure agreements, the report said.

Some question if the trend is sending the wrong message, especially amid a national debate about sexual misconduct in the workplace that has brought to light the alleged abuse by men in positions of power in Hollywood, politics, businesses, news and elsewhere.

Female and male models are hired to liven up parties and help break the ice and encourage attendees out of their shells, according to a Cre8 Talent spokesperson. They aren’t paid to flirt, Cre8 told NBC Bay Area.

Cre8 Agency sent 25 women and 5 men, all good-looking, to hang out with "pretty much all men" who work for a large gaming company in San Francisco on Dec. 8, Cre8 President Farnaz Kermaani told Bloodberg.

Los Angeles-based Models in Tech, a company that allows people to hand select who they’d like to hire, usually get inquiries for hosts or presenters, CEO Olya Ischukova told NBC Bay Area.

Ischukova says her agency typically focuses on trade shows, including The International Consumer Electronics Show, where booths feature a type of brand ambassador and help with “check in, giveaways, raffles or some games.”

Models in her employ are not hired simply as guests at parties, but occasionally, Ischukova says the company receives some unusual requests.

"They required models to wear Pink Panther leather suits, so … we have to deny this request,” she said. "Because I politely explained this is not what we do."

Kym McNicholas, a journalist who has covered tech culture for 20 years, says she doesn’t think that hiring models for a party is anything new, but she believes it demonstrates impropriety.

"I know I shouldn't be shocked, but I am shocked simply because we've come a really long way this year in terms of really bringing to the forefront … the issues we have with diversity, acceptance and even sexual harassment," McNicholas said.

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<![CDATA[Republican Party ID Drops After Trump Election: Gallup]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:20:23 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17235842496326.jpg

Since the last presidential election in November 2016, there has been a 5-point drop in the number of people who call themselves Republicans, NBC News reported.

From November 2016 to November 2017, the number of people who calls themselves Republicans fell from 42 percent to 37 percent, according to Gallup. In that same time, the number of people identifying as Democrats stayed flat at 44 percent.

Among 18- to 34-year-olds, there was a 4-point drop in people identifying as Republicans. With 35- to 55-year-olds the drop was 4 points. And among those older than 55, the drop was 5 points.

College graduates saw a 4-point decline in Republican ID and those without a bachelor’s degree saw a 5-point dip.

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<![CDATA[Jerusalem Protests Break Out Around the Globe]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:59:50 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/_thumb_GettyImages-888369860_master.jpg

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