<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - National & International News]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Mon, 02 May 2016 22:14:04 -0500 Mon, 02 May 2016 22:14:04 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Biggest Loser' Study Shows How Your Body Fights Against Weight Loss]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 16:17:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DannyCahill-138373183.jpg

Your body doesn't want you to lose all that weight. 

A study that followed 14 of the 16 contestants from Season 8 of "The Biggest Loser" six years after the season ended has detailed just how the body fights against efforts to keep off the pounds. 

"The key point is that you can be on TV, you can lose enormous amounts of weight, you can go on for six years, but you can't get away from a basic biological reality," Michael Schwartz, an obesity and diabetes researcher, explained to The New York Times. "As long as you are below your initial weight, your body is going to try and get you back."

The study, published by the medical research journal "Obesity," focused on resting metabolic rate (RMR), which slows with weight loss, and whether or not slowing of RMR persisted over long periods of time.

The study hypothesized that the degree of that metabolic adaptation would be correlated with weight gain. Virtually all of the contestants put significant weight back on in the last six years, but the troubling part for the researchers was that their RMR remained quite low, not returning to their pre-"Biggest Loser" levels.

Danny Cahill, who won Season 8, dropped from 430 pounds down to 191 pounds during the show. He is now back up to 295. But his metabolism now burns 800 fewer calories per day than would be typical for a man of his size, making it more difficult to maintain or reduce weight.

Dina Mercado had a similar experience. She was 248 pounds before "The Biggest Loser" and 173.5 pounds at the finale. She is now back up to 205, but is, like Cahill, burning calories at a reduced rate relative to her size. She should be able to metabolize an additional 437.9 per day.

The study concluded that "long term weight loss requires vigilant combat against persistent metabolic adaptation that acts to proportionally counter ongoing efforts to reduce body weight."

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<![CDATA[People With Insomnia Should Try Therapy: Study]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:22:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-483106863.jpg

People with insomnia should try counseling before they turn to pills, which often carry dangerous side effects, a doctors' group advised Monday.

Specialized counseling can and does work, even if people don't like doing it and doctors often don't know how to do it, the American College of Physicians said in new guidelines on insomnia.

"The evidence is quite strong that cognitive behavioral therapy is effective. It works. It's long-lasting and it has the potential to decrease cost to the health care system," Dr. Wayne Riley, president of the American College of Physicians, told NBC News.

One study found that drugs including Ambien and Restoril may double someone's risk of a car crash. The Food and Drug Administration says the drugs remain in the bloodstream at levels high enough to interfere with morning driving, which increases the risk of car accidents. It required makers to lower recommended doses.

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<![CDATA[Obama Hasn't Read Secret 28 Pages of 9/11 Report]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:55:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CIA-Director-John-Brennan-GettyImages-527272118.jpg

President Barack Obama hasn't seen the secret chapter of Congress' joint 2002 report on Sept. 11 attacks, the White House revealed on Monday. Press secretary Josh Earnest previously hasn't answered when asked whether Obama had read the pages in question.

But pressure is growing on the administration to declassify the chapter, which makes up 28 of the report's 838 pages, in light of claims made in a lawsuit that blames Saudi Arabia for the 2001 attacks, NBC News reported.

"The president obviously reads a lot of material on a day-to-day basis," Earnest said at the daily briefing for the media Monday. "I'm not sure that he felt that it was necessary for him to read those 28 pages."

CIA Director John Brennan said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that information in the classified pages was preliminary and uncorroborated, and he said it was likely to be "very, very inaccurate" in discussing Saudi Arabia.

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<![CDATA[What Makes a Triple Crown-Winning Horse?]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 10:06:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480966886.jpg

"The 37-year wait is over! American Pharaoh is finally the one! American Pharoah has won the Triple Crown!"

Those words from famed horse racing announcer Larry Collmus at last year's Belmont Stakes marked the end of a nearly four-decade drought, and thrust horse racing into the national spotlight.

American Pharaoh's gallop into the history books has left many wondering if there could be another Triple Crown winner this year. It's certainly possible, but experts say it will take a horse with the right combination of pedigree, training and versatility - and a little luck wouldn't hurt.

The Triple Crown of horse racing — winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes — is the pinnacle for 3-year-old thoroughbreds.

A mere 12 colts have achieved the feat since Sir Barton swept the series in 1919, and only once in all of American racing history has the trifecta occurred in consecutive years.

Of course, there have been some near-misses.

Between 1979 — after Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978 — and 2015, 13 horses managed to clinch the Derby and Preakness races, only to be stopped on their quest at the Belmont Stakes.

At 1 and 1/2 miles (12 furlong), the third jewel of the Triple Crown is the longest race track in the United States. Richard Migliore, a former jockey and racing analyst for the New York Racing Association, notes race horses that compete at Belmont “probably have never, and will never, run that distance again."

"Thoroughbreds today are bred for speed, not stamina, so they are too fatigued to keep up the pace required to win the Belmont," Migliore said, adding that many of the contenders at Belmont don't compete in the previous two races and are well-rested.

Over the years, many have called on a change in the racing schedule, while others, including the owner of California Chrome, said the pool for the three races should be limited to the horses that enter the Kentucky Derby.

"Because it had been so long since Affirmed won the Triple Crown, most people thought that this was getting close to impossible to do, it was too much to ask a horse to do," said NBC horse racing reporter Kenny Rice.

The Triple Crown schedule is grueling. It is difficult for a horse shipped around the country to endure the rigor of the journey after a strenuous race and not become ornery.

But then came American Pharoah. As Collmus so aptly put it in the final yards of the Belmont on June 6, he was "finally the one" – the one who could indeed win three races, at three tracks, in three different states, at three different distances, in the span of five weeks.

"That's why it separates the great ones. I think that's why I like the Triple Crown as is, because when you win it, you're a great horse," Rice says. "You may have a little bit of racing luck along the way, but it's not a fluke. That's why I think all the horses that have won the triple crown are special horses."

There are many factors, tangible and intangible, that combine in the making of a great racehorse, and experts have varying opinions on what those attributes are.

Some point to pedigree. Many champion horses carry elite genes.

American Pharaoh, for example, carries the bloodlines of three Triple Crown champions: Count Fleet, War Admiral and Secretariat. On the other hand, Affirmed came from modest genes that didn't trace back to a Triple Crown winner. Its sire didn't produce anything of exceptional merit after Affirmed, and his 1978 Triple Crown rival Alydar was considered a superior breeding source, according to BloodHorse's Avalyn Hunter.

"When Affirmed went to stud in 1980, he was competing with fellow Triple Crown winners Secretariat and Seattle Slew, but many horsemen considered his rival Alydar much likelier to make a top sire given his deep female family," Hunter said.

Others attribute a race horse's success to premiere training. Owners seek elite stakes-winning trainers to get their 2-year-old thoroughbreds in peak 3-year-old Derby shape.

Much like March Madness, each stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby will determine who will earn enough points and prove worthy of a spot in the starting gate at Churchill Downs. Purse leaders like trainers Todd Pletcher, Steve Asmussen, Kiaran McLaughlin, Doug O'Neill and Bob Baffert have a track record of starting horses at the Derby.

But whether it's genes, quality training, mental constitution or just pure luck, one characteristic they all seem to agree upon is versatility.

"All the triple crown winners standout because they rose above any obstacles, avoided anything in their way — in this case other horses — and that's what we saw last year. That's how good American Pharaoh was. He could run at the front, he could run near the front. He had different gears that, when he needed to shift, he could. I think that's what the next horse that wins the Triple Crown is going to have to do."

There are no certainties in horse racing, but Migliore believes at least one horse competing in the 142nd Kentucky Derby is showing that ability.

"Nyquist has shown he is not a one dimensional horse. As a 2-year-old and in his Derby prep races, he's been forced ridiculously wide and has demonstrated that he can shift and win," Migliore said.

The champion thoroughbred will enter the starting gate at Churchill on May 7 as a favorite with an undefeated record. Rice says Nyquist's Florida Derby victory over rival Mohaymen was "the most impressive of the Triple Crown prep races."

Another front-runner, ranking second on the Associated Press' Run for the Roses Top 10 list, is Gun Runner. The colt, trained by Steve Asmussem, is an odds favorite having established a points lead over the field.

Santa Anita Derby winner Exxagerator is also a top contender. Exaggerator was one of the most accomplished 2-year-olds in 2015 and a close runner-up to champion Nyquist in the San Vicente S. at Santa Anita in his seasonal debut. He won the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby race by a widening 6 1/4 lengths, placing himself squarely in the middle of the Kentucky Derby picture. 

The final lineup of the 20 Kenutcky Derby contenders has yet to be announced and only time will tell if a Triple Crown winner is among them. 

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<![CDATA[Selfie Stick Stops Disney Ride]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 21:48:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/california-screamin-selfie.JPG

Riders were stuck on the California Screamin' ride Monday at California Adventure, the sister park to Disneyland, after someone took out a selfie stick and the ride was halted, officials said.

The riders were escorted off the ride by 6 p.m. after waiting for 20 minutes, a Disneyland spokesperson said.

Disneyland officials said someone whipped out a selfie stick, which is banned from the park and rides. 

Disneyland officials said the ride is stopped any time a selfie stick is taken out as it poses a safety risk.

The ride was to resume shortly after evacuating riders. 

Selfie sticks were banned from Disneyland and California Adventure in 2015.

In a similar incident in June, California Screamin' was stopped because a rider pulled out a selfie stick.

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<![CDATA[Visualizing the Olympics: Medal Counts & More]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:05:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-149332217-edited.jpg

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<![CDATA[Clinton Apologizes to Coal Country Over Comments]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 21:53:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hillary-Clinton-Coal-Country-Apology-AP_16123854930697.jpg

Hillary Clinton, in a rare candid moment on the trail, apologized to a man who confronted her over comments made earlier this year about putting coal miners "out of business."

Bo Copley, a West Virginian who recently lost his job at a coal company, teared up as he told the former secretary of state that he didn't know how to explain his situation or her comments to his young children. Seated beside his wife, Copley slid over a photo of his kids to Clinton, who was seated a just few feet from him at the community round-table discussion, NBC News reported.

He questioned how she could say what she said at a CNN forum in March — "We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business" — and then "come in here and tell us how you're going to be our friend."

Clinton then engaged in a very frank conversation about her comments, apologizing repeatedly and calling her comments a "misstatement."

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<![CDATA[Cop Adopts Kitten Dumped in Case]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 21:41:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cop+adopts+rescued+kitten.jpg

An NYPD officer who helped rescue several kittens found in a suitcase dumped near the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn has adopted one of the felines after animal care workers spent weeks getting the litter ready for adoption. 

Officer Nicole Piridis of the 90th Precinct has been reunited with Dmitry, one of the gray kittens she and other officers discovered in a suitcase tossed over a fence at a lot on Wythe Avenue in March, the ASPCA said in a press release. 

Piridis "fell in love" with Dmitry — whom she's renamed Apollo — and was finally able to pick up the 3-month-old kitten from the shelter Saturday, the ASPCA said. He will be the officer's only pet. 

Piridis' close friend adopted another of the rescued kittens, and a third male kitten also was adopted Sunday. 

Two additional female kittens are still receiving care at the ASPCA Animal Hospital and are not yet ready for adoption. 

Authorities are still investigating the animal cruelty case and are asking anyone with information to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

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<![CDATA[Ex-49er Raped Disabled Woman: DA]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 22:09:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/0502-2016-DanaStubblefield.jpg

Former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield was charged Monday with the rape of a disabled woman after an investigation that lasted over a year, according to Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Stubblefield, 45, faces five felony counts related to the alleged assault, according to the DA’s office. The April 2015 incident occurred at Stubblefield’s home in Morgan Hill, where the woman, who is developmentally disabled, had been asked to interview for a babysitter job, prosecutors said.

The woman, who was 31 at the time, immediately went to the Morgan Hill Police Department to report she was raped, according to prosecutors. Stubblefield contacted her through babysitter-website Sittercity.com, and the incident allegedly occured April 9, 2015.

“This was a crime of violence against a vulnerable victim,” Deputy District Attorney Tim McInerny said. “She was looking for a job and she was unconscionably assaulted.”

Stubblefield's attorney, Kenneth Rosenfield, said the rape charge against his client is "a false and completely untrue allegation."

"This is nothing but a money grab, and an attempt to get money and take advantage of his celebrity status," Rosenfield said.

Sitterycity Senior Vice President Jeremy Gottschalk released the following statement Monday:

“We were shocked and horrified to learn today about the charges against former NFL football player Dana Stubblefield. As an online network where care providers and families connect, safety is paramount. Upon learning of this incident, we immediately reached out to the Morgan Hill police department to offer our assistance in the investigation involving Mr. Stubblefield. Our hearts go out to the victim and her family.”

Stubblefield was booked into jail on Monday after an investigation that lasted nearly 13 months. He was out of late Monday after posting bail, which was set at $250,000. The date of his arraignment at the South County Courthouse in Morgan Hill will be set within 24 hours, according to the DA’s office.

In 2010, a federal judge sentenced the former 49ers star to 90 days in jail for stealing his former girlfriend's mail. Also that year, Stubblefield admitted submitting a change of address form so his former girlfriend's mail, including her unemployment checks, would be delivered to his residence.

Stubblefield was placed on probation in 2009 after pleading guilty to lying to investigators about his steroid use during his playing days.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and '02, before finishing his career with the Oakland Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers' in 1993, recorded 10.5 sacks and was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.

He was also an assistant coach at San Jose's Valley Christian High School.

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<![CDATA[No Charges For Police in Va. Tasing Death]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 19:52:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/151111-linwood-lambert-police-yh-0329p_2001b4f1ace2df21b928ab33664d5474.nbcnews-ux-320-320.jpg

Prosecutors have decided not to charge police officers in the death of Linwood Lambert, a Virginia man who died in police custody after repeated tasings in May 2013, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the investigation.

Virginia prosecutors briefed Lambert's family about the decision on Monday, two days before the third anniversary of the incident in South Boston, Va.

"We waited three years to get back to the same place, where these officers are not going to be held accountable for their actions," said Gwendolyn Smalls, Lambert's sister, after leaving the meeting Monday evening, NBC News reported.

The prosecutors are expected to release a report of their findings on Tuesday.

The three officers discharged their tasers 20 times during the incident, including while Lambert had his hands and feet bound — a violation of police rules.

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<![CDATA[Target Transgender Bathroom Arrest]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 19:47:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sky5+target.png

A man protesting Target's transgender bathroom policy at a store in Bourbonnais was arrested Monday, authorities said.

Michael Merichko was charged with disorderly conduct following a disturbance inside a Target store at 1615 N. State Route 50 in Bourbonnais, about 55 miles southwest of Chicago, according to the Bradley Police Department.

Merichko was allegedly protesting Target Corporation's newly announced policy on letting transgender people use the bathroom that conforms to their identity. Police said his actions caused "panic among store employees and customers." 

Just after 1 p.m., multiple police agencies responded to the Target after receiving a 911 call about an active shooter inside the store, according to authorities.

Nearby stores in the shopping complex were placed on lockdown, and police secured the area.

Bradley police Lt. Mike Johnston said investigators later determined Merichko made no threats of shooting anyone in the store.

"We are still looking into how the call came out as an active shooter," Johnston said in a news release. 

It was not immediately clear if Merichko had an attorney.

Johnston said a preliminary investigation indicated no shots had been fired and no weapon was recovered at the scene. "A subject was confronted outside the store and taken into custody without incident."

Laura Neveau, who works at a nearby salon, said police were stationed at the entrance of the shopping complex on Route 50 and the road leading into the parking lot, turning people away.

No injuries were reported to employees or customers at the store, police said.

Last month, Target encouraged store employees and customers to use the restrooms and fitting rooms that align with their gender identities.

"We believe that everyone—every team member, every guest, and every community—deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally," Target said in a news release dated April 19. 

"Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity," the company said.

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<![CDATA[Woman Meets Rescuer]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 18:39:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/baby+mary+grace.png

It was just two years ago that 20-year-old Morgan Hill learned she had been the subject of major news headlines across Chicago as an infant.

In October 1995, Hill, who was a newborn, was left for dead by her mother in a dumpster in suburban Hoffman Estates. She was rescued by a construction worker who was dropping off garbage. 

“He was dropping off the last load of trash from the construction area he was working on,” Hill said. “Before he dropped it in, he heard a whimper. He found a white kitchen bag that was double knotted.” 

Hill was taken to a nearby hospital, where nurses named her Mary Grace. She was later adopted and became Morgan Hill.

After learning the story of how she was saved, Hill set out to find the construction worker who saved her. 

“I have known I was adopted my entire life,” she said. “But two years ago I found the full story, and I have been trying to find that construction worker ever since.” 

NBC affiliate KHSB tracked down the construction worker, Gerald Rocky Hyatt, and on April 20 Hill was reunited with the man she now calls her “guardian angel.”

“I broke into tears and the first thing I said was, ‘Thank you,’” Hill said. “He said to me, ‘Baby girl, you are so loved.’" 

Then he gave Hill an angel pin he has had for more than 20 years.

"I've worn it every day since," Hill said. 

Hill’s adoptive mother, Sandi Hill, has kept many of the clippings about baby Mary Grace in a binder. This month, she added a picture given to her by the construction worker, whom she credits with giving her the daughter she always wanted.

“Rocky said God brought us together and he was so right,” she said. 

Morgan Hill said she’s not only grateful to Hyatt for saving her life, but she hopes her story will help save others. 

“I could not thank him enough,” Hill said. “He gave me a chance to live a second life. Because if he didn't find me, I would not be here to help others and show soon-to-be mothers that there are so many options out there and you don't have to throw your baby away.”

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<![CDATA[Detroit Running Out of Money to Pay Teachers]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 13:32:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Detroit-Teachers-Protest-May-AP_16123644010646.jpg

A year and a half after the city emerged from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Detroit 2.0 is still beset by crippling bugs in the system.

Amid a bribery scandal that has led to corruption charges against 14 employees, the school system is running out of money and will have to stop paying teachers and staff on June 30, according to a school system memo obtained by the teachers union, NBC News reported.

The Detroit Federation of Teachers, which called an emergency meeting Sunday afternoon after local NBC affiliate WDIV reported details of the memo, urged a district-wide teacher "sickout" on Monday. The station reported that 87 of the district's roughly 100 schools were closed Monday.

The school system confirmed the dire straits in a statement Saturday night, saying there will be "no funds available for the district to conduct summer school or provide the year-round special education services that a number of our students rely on."

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<![CDATA[Ted Cruz Says Young Heckler Deserves a Spanking]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 12:34:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ted-cruz1.jpg

Ted Cruz responded to a young heckler who yelled out "you suck" during a campaign event in Indiana by telling the child that such an outburst would land him a spanking in the Cruz household.

The heckler, described by an NBC reporter as a boy who appeared to be 10 years old, interrupted Cruz as he was speaking in La Porte on Sunday.

"Apparently there is a young man who is having some problems," Cruz said.

The person could then be heard yelling, "You suck!"

"Thank you son. You know I appreciate you sharing your views," Cruz responded. "You know, one of the things that hopefully someone has told you is that children should actually speak with respect."

The audience roared its approval as Cruz, a father of two, continued to riff on his parenting views.

"Imagine what a different world it would be if someone had told Donald Trump that years ago," he said. "You know, in my household, when a child behaved that way, they’d get a spanking."

Cruz faces a key vote in Tuesday's key Indiana primary against front-runner Trump, who has a 15-point lead in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.

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<![CDATA['Trump' of Philippines Runs on Rape Jokes]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 15:26:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rogrigo-Duterte-Philippines-.jpg

Rodrigo Duterte, who has been likened to Donald Trump for his brash manner, is running ahead of his four opponents in the Philippines in spite of a slew of outrageous comments. Voters in America's important ally in the Pacific will go to the polls on May 9, NBC News reported.

The 71-year-old longtime mayor of Davao City in the south of the Philippines has declared that if he were elected president he would pardon himself for mass murder and kill any of his children if they were involved with drugs.

This trademark tough-guy statements — he revels in the nicknames "The Punisher" and "Dirty Harry" — followed a remark that he would have liked to have been the first to rape a 36-year-old Australian missionary who was later killed in a 1989 prison riot.

And when his comments prompted protests from the Australian and American ambassadors to the Philippines, Duterte responded by telling them to "shut your mouth" and threatened to sever ties with their countries if elected.

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<![CDATA['Nanny Spies' Gather Evidence on Caregivers]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 10:53:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6228-000541.jpg

More than 5.6 million American families leave children under age 6 in someone else's care while they go to work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There's no data on how many nannies work in the U.S, but nannying has gained more legitimacy, leading to higher salaries.

While most nannies are responsible, some are not, giving rise to nanny spies, a booming cottage industry, according to NBC News. Most of the nanny spying is conducted by professional investigators, many of them former police or military officers.

Tom Ruskin, a 21-year NYPD veteran who also offers nanny spying through his firm, CMP Protective and Investigative Group, said his firm will do a comprehensive background check on a potential nanny for $1,250. For $2,500 and up, it will assign a pair of investigators to do surveillance on a nanny who's already on the job. He said the company gets requests from all over the country.

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<![CDATA[Video Captures Large Crash at NYC Bike Race]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 12:47:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bike+crash+feuerherd.jpg

A stalled motorcycle caused a large pile-up near the start of the last event of the Red Hook Criterium bike race in Brooklyn Saturday night, according to video of the crash.

The video shows a pacer motorcycle stall in the path of the race soon after the bikers took off. The motorcyclist looks back, but does not dismount from his bike while cyclists swerve to avoid him.

One of the racers then hits the motorcyclist, crashing to the ground and causing what appears to be dozens of cyclists to hit the pavement.

According to Gothamist, seven riders were taken to an area hospital after the crash. The worst injury was reportedly a broken arm. 

The Red Hook Criterium has been raced in Brooklyn since 2008. Bikers in the race pedal fixed-gear bikes around a brakeless track, according to the race's website. 

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<![CDATA[Sports Authority to Auction Assets on May 16]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 16:26:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sportsauthorityGettyImages-513327988.jpg

National retail chain Sports Authority's future looks pretty bleak. 

The company announced in early March that it planned to close 140 of its 463 stores and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware, using the store closings to attempt to save its finances.

But just last week, Sports Authority indicated it's giving up on that plan and choosing to auction itself off, according to Fortune. Despite media reports over the weekend, the company has not said whether it will shutter its entire fleet of stores, Fortune reported. 

Sports Authority told NBC in a statement Monday, "we are no longer pursuing the standalone Plan of Reorganization track because we could not get our lenders to agree on the terms of such a Plan."

The company added that it's "focusing solely" on the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) track and "pursuing a sale of some or all of the business."

The company said a number potential buyers have expressed interest in the sale. 

Sports Authority also said it will be moving forward with the plan to close about 140 stores and that the "outcome of the M&A process will determine whether any additional store closings will be required."

A court-supervised auction for the company's assets will be held on May 16, Fortune reported. The retail chain holds more than $1.1 billion in debt, and may be using the sale to help save its remaining stores.

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<![CDATA[Bodies of Elite Climber, Cameraman Found in Glacier ]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 05:47:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/203*120/lowe_climb.jpg

The bodies of Alex Lowe, considered the top mountain climber in the world during the 1990s, and his cameraman have been found in a melting glacier in Tibet 16 years after they were buried in an avalanche, NBC New reported. 

Lowe, 40, and cameraman David Bridges, 29, were part of an expedition that set out to film a documentary series for NBC Sports when they were buried under cascades of snow on the 26,335-foot-tall Shishapangma mountain — the 14th-highest in the world — on Oct. 5, 1999.

The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation said their remains were found last week by German climber David Göttler and Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who were acclimatizing for their own ascent on the mountain's south face.

Lowe and other climbers were seeking to become the first Americans to ski down from the summit of Shishapangma for an episode of an NBC Sports documentary series called "The North Face Expeditions," hosted by the musician Sting.

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<![CDATA[Barbie Unveils Misty Copeland Doll]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 16:41:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MistyCopelandBarbie_3_361778.jpg

Misty Copeland, the first black female principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, now has her very own Barbie doll.

The doll is a part of the Barbie "Sheroes" program, which creates dolls in the likeness of women "who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere," according to Barbie manufacturer Mattel.

Copeland, who joined ABT in 2001 and was promoted to principal dancer in 2015, was intimately involved with the design of the doll.

"I always dreamed of becoming an ABT ballerina and through Barbie I was able to play out those dreams early on," Copeland said in a statement. "It's an honor to be able to inspire the next generation of kids with my very own Barbie doll."

The fashions for the doll were inspired by Copeland's Firebird costume from her first ABT principal role. She will be reprising that role on May 18 and 19 as part of the company's spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House.

"Misty Copeland is at the center of a cultural conversation around how women continue to break boundaries," said Lisa McKnight, general manager and senior vice president at Barbie. "As a brand, we want to honor women, like Misty, who are inspiring women to live out their dreams."

Copeland joins other Barbie "Sheroes" like Ava DuVernay, Emmy Rossum, Eva Chen, and Trisha Yearwood, among others.

"The Accidental Feminist" author M.G. Lord has said the Barbie doll was "the most potent icon of American popular culture in the late twentieth century."

The dolls have gone through constant adjustments and iterations to keep up with contemporary views.

The Copeland doll will join an expanded Barbie offering that now includes tall, curvy and petite body types, 22 different eye colors and seven different skin tones. There are also versions of Barbie as an entrepreneur, reflecting the growing number of women in that role.

Mattel said the Copeland Barbie will retail for $29.95 and is available for purchase now.

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<![CDATA[Student Killed During Robbery at NJ Fraternity House: Police]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:58:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TKE-Shooting-Inset-0502.jpg

A New Jersey Institute of Technology student was fatally shot at his Newark fraternity house during a robbery early Monday morning, police say.

Shots were fired in a robbery attempt at about 3:30 a.m. at the Tau Kappa Epsilon house on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, police said.

The victim, 23-year-old Joseph Micalizzi, was taken to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Micalizzi studied mechanical engineering and graduated from Freehold Township High School in 2011. 

His best friend from high school, Tyler Gdovian, said that last time he talked to Micalizzi he mentioned not feeling safe at the frat house. Micalizzi told his friend he had been robbed twice that semester.

"No one wants to hear this news," Gdovian said.

NJIT said that it was "saddened" by the death and that the school is extending thoughts and prayers to Micalizzi's family and friends. The national organization that oversees the TKE chapter at NJIT likewise said it was saddened by the shooting. 

Streets surrounding the fraternity house were cordoned off Monday morning as police investigated.

Students said they woke up Monday to an email alert about the killing. One, junior Asad Ahmed, said he's now worried about his safety.

"I can't even walk around the block," he said. "That's how scary this is now."

It's the second fatal shooting in Newark involving a college student in the last month.

On April 10, Rutgers University - Newark student Shani Patel was shot and killed at his off-campus apartment. Marcus Feliz, 25, was arrested in the Toms River 21-year-old's death. 

Authorities and the college are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in Micalizzi's death. 

Anyone with information should call the Essex County Prosecutor's Office at 1-877-TIPS-4-EC.

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<![CDATA[Woman Followed Into Restroom By Man, Gender Questioned]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 23:01:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bathroom-perceived-gender.jpg

A North Texas woman said she was followed into a public restroom at a hospital by a man who didn't believe she was female.

Jessica Rush said it happened last Thursday while she was being treated for an injured arm at Baylor Medical Center in Frisco. Rush, who is from The Colony, said she was about to enter a stall when she noticed a man following her into the restroom.

"It scared me at first," said Rush. "My first thought was I'm about to be attacked because I am a 5 foot, 3 [inch tall] female."

Rush then flipped on her smart phone and recorded a quick conversation with the man:

MAN: "You didn't look like a girl when I saw you enter, I thought it was..."
RUSH: "A boy?"
MAN: "Yeah."

Rush said she wore athletic clothing and a baseball cap. She said the incident angered Rush and her wife.

"I understand one thing if you're a cop of the Dallas Police Department but some random guy coming in I think is absolutely absurd and inappropriate," said Rush.

NBC DFW reached out to Baylor Medical Center's Media Relations Department. A spokesperson said they could not verify if the incident happened at one of their facilities and had no other comments.

The encounter comes as the intersection of bathrooms and gender has become a flashpoint across the country since North Carolina passed a law that requires people use bathrooms that correspond to their genders at birth.

Several state legislatures are considering similar bills, according The Associated Press.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has said he would support legislation for a so-called "bathroom bill" in Texas.

Equality Texas, the state's largest LGBT lobbying organization, has said such policing is akin to "searching for a problem" and transgender people are more likely to be victims of assault than perpetrators.

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<![CDATA[Trump in Indiana Says China Is 'Raping' America]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 05:57:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TRUMP_AP_16122772500150.jpg

Speaking about trade policy at a rally in Indiana, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took his rhetoric about China to a new level Sunday. 

"We can't continue to allow China to rape our country," Trump told a crowd in Fort Wayne. "That's what they're doing. It's the greatest theft in the history of the world." 

Trump previously has come under fire for using offensive or degrading language. 

At the same Indiana rally, Trump questioned whether Democratic contender Hillary Clinton has the "strength or energy" to make America "great" again — a line that has drawn allegations of sexism in the past.

His speech was one of several in Indiana over the weekend ahead of the state's critical primary.

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<![CDATA[Zika Birth Defects May Be 'Tip of the Iceberg': Experts]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 06:20:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg

The explosion of cases of birth defects caused by Zika virus may be the "tip of the iceberg," experts said Sunday.

Many cases have probably been missed because babies looked normal when they were born, NBC News reported. But hidden birth defects are almost certain to turn up as the babies grow.

"The microcephaly and other birth defects we have been seeing could be the tip of the iceberg," Dr. Sonja Rasmussen of the CDC said at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Baltimore. Brazil has confirmed 2,844 cases of Zika in pregnant women.

But there is some good news coming out of the early observations of the yearlong epidemic in Brazil: Children are rarely infected with Zika.

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<![CDATA[5 Years After Bin Laden's Death: What's Changed?]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 05:50:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/OBAMA_GettyImages-113463608.jpg

President Barack Obama announced Osama bin Laden's death shortly before midnight on May 1, 2011 during a televised appearance in the East Room of the White House.

"The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al Qaeda," Obama said. 

Yet five years later, militant Islamic extremism has hardly receded, according to NBC News' analysis. There have been three important developments since bin Laden's death.

ISIS has surged onto the international stage two years ago with a series of mass executions, beheadings and enslavement. Al Qaeda's core may have lost significant ground in Pakistan, but experts worry that the group's affiliates in Yemen and Syria are poised for a comeback. Obama meanwhile, is still trying to close the prison facility at the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba since before Bin Laden's death, arguing that it's "one of the key magnets for jihadi recruitment."

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<![CDATA[Forklift Moved His SUV, Owner Says]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 10:19:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/190*120/5116forklift.jpg

A Brooklyn man was surprised to find that his parked SUV had been moved and even more stunned when shown a video of how it was relocated: with a forklift.

Henry Nahrwold says the unauthorized forklift ride, which occurred two weeks ago, caused about $2,600 in damage to his small SUV.

"I felt violated," he said. "You just can't touch someone else's property."

His vehicle was moved from a parking spot on South 3rd Street in Williamsburg and placed on the sidewalk next to a tree. Nahrwold said he had received no request to move his vehicle.

A neighbor showed him a video of the forklift picking the SUV about two feet off the ground and moving it to the sidewalk.

A company working on the redevelopment of the former Domino Sugar refinery site blames a subcontractor for damaging Nahrwold's SUV and told NBC 4 New York that Nahrwold will be compensated.

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<![CDATA[Massive Fire at Manhattan Cathedral]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:58:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/firegif.gif

A historic Manhattan cathedral was gutted in a blaze hours after its Serbian Orthodox parishioners celebrated Easter on Sunday

The fire started Sunday evening and quickly engulfed the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava in the Flatiron District, the FDNY said.

More than 700 parishioners had celebrated Easter earlier in the day and enjoyed a luncheon, but the cathedral was empty when the fire started.

A building caretaker attempted to rush inside when he noticed the fire, but was turned back by the flames, fire officials said. He suffered from minor smoke inhalation. 

Five other people, including four firefighters, also had minor injuries, according to fire officials. 

Onlookers watched in horror as flames shot from stained glass windows.

"It was apocalyptic. Very frightening. And it's a shame," said tourist Herman Tulp. 

Members of the Serbian community that worships at the church called the blaze heartbreaking. 

"It means the world to me and to see it [...] I was just here four hours ago for Easter," parishioner Jovana Djurdjevic said as she cried. 

"This loss is epic. An epic tragedy," another parishioner said. 

A church priest, the Rev. Djokan Majstorovic, told The Associated Press that he felt like he was "in a nightmare" as he tried to get to the fire scene that was blocked off by firefighters.

"This church brought everyone together, because although there are Serbian churches in New Jersey, this is like the only one in New York," Djurdjevic. "This is absolutely horrible. Absolutely horrible. My heart is completely broken." 

Fire officials said portions of the roof had collapsed and the structure was unstable and in danger of falling down. 

The fire continued to burn overnight and crews were still dousing hot spots throughout Monday morning. The blaze was fully extinguished by about 2 p.m.

Investigators say the cause is still under investigation, but fire marshals are looking into whether candles might have been to blame. 

Three other Orthodox cathedrals burned the exact same day around the world -- one in Russia, two in Australia -- but police said there's no evidence they are linked. The fire is not thought to be suspicious in nature.

"I just hope it was a candle left out, forgotten somehow," said parishioner Luka Vojdodich. "It was a very old church, it had a lot of wooden pews and carpet, very dry, so it probably went up in flames very quick." 

The cathedral, formerly known as Trinity Chapel, was designed in 1850 by architect Richard M. Upjohn in the Gothic Revival style.

The chapel was an Episcopal Church for several decades until 1915, when the area became more commercial and parishioners decided to relocate.

The Serbian Orthodox Church purchased the structure from the Episcopal Diocese in New York in 1943.

The church, on West 25th Street was designated a New York City landmark in 1968.

And despite the destruction, Vojdodich couldn't help notice Monday the flags out front remained intact. 

"The flag is still standing, which I think is pretty incredible," Vojdodich said. "I don't even know how that's even possible with all the blaze... That's the meaning I would like to give it." 

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<![CDATA[A Look at Clinton's Promise of a Cabinet Full of Women]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 16:42:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16122673573195-hillary-clinton-campaign-trail.jpg

Hillary Clinton last week pledged that, if elected, she would appoint a presidential cabinet in which at least half of the members are women, a move that would profoundly shift the look of the people who govern America, according to NBC News.

Clinton, in an interview on Monday with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, said, "I am going to have a cabinet that looks like America, and 50 percent of America is women, right?" 

Only 30 women have ever held Cabinet posts. Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama appointed a number of women to key posts, but women held just four of the 16 official Cabinet posts during most of their tenures. Clinton is pledging to double that number.

"No hint of quotas or numeric targets — other than 'more than my predecessor' — has ever been part of cabinet head discussions before," said Heather Hurlburt, who served as a senior adviser at the State Department and National Security Council from 1995-2001. "So it's an enormous deal."

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<![CDATA[Boy Dies After Long Cancer Battle]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 10:01:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lucas+Bear.png

The young Chicago boy battling incurable cancer, whose request for birthday cards was shared around the world, passed away Sunday, according to his family. 

Lucas "Bear" Cervone would have turned 6 in just under a week, and hundreds of people joined in the effort to fulfill his request for cards for his birthday on May 7. 

In a Facebook post Sunday, the Cervone family asked for privacy, writing, "At 506pm CST, Lucas BEAR took his last breath. He is cancer free and no longer in pain."

The family gave Lucas one last birthday party in his final days.

Lucas was first diagnosed with pediatric leukemia in August 2012. 

"He fought through three very long years and very intensive years of treatment and he won, he beat it," said Lucas' father, Anthony Cervone, in an interview this week.

But a short time later, he was diagnosed with another form of cancer, this one incurable. After a stem cell transplant in November 2015 and months in the hospital overcoming viruses, Lucas returned home to celebrate Christmas with his older brother, Franco, in February.

Then, just a few weeks ago, the Cervone family received the news it had been dreading: doctors found an incurable tumor near Lucas' heart.

"It has been decided that there are no further curative options," the family wrote April 25 on a Facebook page set up to support Lucas. "In simplest terms, there is nothing more we can do to fight this. We have started palliative chemo to attempt to slow the growth of the tumor. The tumor is wrapped around the pulmonary artery and is pressing on Lucas' heart."

The Cervone family then focused on making Lucas' remaining days his happiest. 

"I want him to have the best quality of life I can give him until the end," his father said at the time

Lucas loved to read cards and received 500 letters from well-wishers for Christmas. His family reached out to supporters to try and surpass that number of his birthday. 

That call was heard around the world, with hundreds of people, including 'Modern Family' star Ariel Winter, joining in to send cards to Lucas. 

"He's my hero," said his mother, Rina Cervone. "I don't think I could ever be as strong as him."

"What we want to show him is his family will be here with him, as well as everyone else," Anthony Cervone added.

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<![CDATA[Sanders Insists He Can Still Win the Dem. Nomination]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 21:32:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/526912210-bernie-sanders-contested-convention.jpg

Facing a large delegate deficit, tough odds and just 10 remaining state contests, Senator Bernie Sanders made it clear Sunday that he intends to fight on to become the Democratic presidential nominee, NBC News reports.

Sanders' stated path relies on primary opponent Hillary Clinton not reaching a majority of pledged delegates and on superdelegates' switching their allegiances.

"It is virtually impossible for Secretary Clinton to reach a majority of convention delegates by June 14 with pledged delegates alone," Sanders, a senator from Vermont, said at a news conference at the National Press Club, indicating he would fight to persuade superdelegates to flip their support.

"In other words, the convention will be a contested contest," he said of the Democratic National Convention to take place in Philadelphia in July.

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