<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.pngNBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worthhttp://www.nbcdfw.comen-usThu, 25 May 2017 15:49:57 -0500Thu, 25 May 2017 15:49:57 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[What Is Red Nose Day?]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 06:20:02 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+RED+NOSE+DAY+THUMB.jpg

May 25th is Red Nose Day, which helps children living in poverty, and has attracted some big names to the cause. This year, the charity is debuting a long-awaited sequel to a beloved movie to help raise money. Go to www.rednoseday.org to learn how you can help.

<![CDATA[Federal Prosecutor Found Dead on Florida Beach]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 15:35:17 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052517+Beranton+James+Whisenant+hollywood+beach.jpg

Authorities are investigating after a body found at Hollywood Beach earlier this week was identified as a federal prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami.

Hollywood Police confirmed that the body of Beranton J. Whisenant Jr., 37, was found Wednesday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed Thursday that Whisenant was a federal prosecutor in their office.

"The U.S. Attorney's Office family is deeply saddened by his death. He was a wonderful lawyer and great colleague," the office said in a statement. "We will miss him deeply. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family."

Police said they're investigating the cause of death. A source told NBC 6 that he may have suffered trauma.

The body was found in the water near Magnolia Terrace early Wednesday by residents in the area.

"When the tide came in he obviously was caught in the surf and tumbling, about a 35-year-old African-American man, very well dressed wearing a sort of a casual business shirt, black pants, and all of his personal effects were on him and that's what we found unusual," resident Bill Renick said.

Whisenant's LinkedIn profile said he has been an assistant U.S. attorney since January 2017. He received his law degree from the University of Florida in 2004 and had been a partner at Foley & Mansfield, PLLP before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Whisenant was also an adjunct instructor at the University of Miami Paralegal Program.

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<![CDATA[Five Viral Moments From Trump's Trip Abroad]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 15:18:38 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_TRUMP_FIVE_VIRAL_ON_TRIP4_052517-149574274104300001.jpg

President Donald Trump's first trip abroad since taking office has been filled with viral moments. Here are five that had people talking and tweeting.

<![CDATA[8 Grocery Chains With Some of the Best Prices in America]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 11:09:59 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-456335138+%281%29.jpgEverybody loves a good deal, right? And shopping for groceries is no exception.

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<![CDATA[Montana GOP House Candidate Bodyslams Reporter]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 14:40:28 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/US-Montana-Candidate-NR-149573624109400001.jpg

Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat, was charged with misdemeanor assault on May 24, 2017, for allegedly body-slamming a reporter. The reporter, Ben Jacobs of the Guardian, released an audio recording of the confrontation with Gianforte.

<![CDATA[Queen Victoria Visits Survivors of Manchester Bombing]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 13:42:28 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Queen_Victoria_Visits_Survivors_of_Manchester_Bombing-149573500590200001.jpg

Queen Victoria of England visited young survivors of the Manchester bombing on Thursday, four days after 22-year-old Salman Abedi killed 22 people and injured 59 others with a bomb at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

<![CDATA[Trump's First International Trip as President: Belgium]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 15:31:57 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/162*120/AP_17144556085766.jpgPresident Donald Trump made his first international trip since taking office at the end of May 2017. The trip includes visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican in Italy and Belgium. Take a look at the trip's highlights.

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<![CDATA[Nurse Was Raped, Beaten During Hostage Standoff at Ill. Hospital: Suit]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 13:24:17 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hospital+bed+delnor.JPG

Editor's Note: Details in this story may be disturbing for some readers

An Illinois nurse taken hostage at a suburban Chicago hospital was raped and tortured at gunpoint before she saved staff from the gunman, attorneys and a new lawsuit claim.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of two nurses taken hostage May 13 at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, blames the incident on alleged violations by an officer guarding an inmate whose elaborate escape attempt turned into a deadly barricade situation. The suit also names Kane County and APEX3 Security as defendants, claiming they failed to properly monitor and secure the inmate.

The suit claims Tywon Salters, of Chicago, was left unshackled after a visit to the bathroom because he told a Kane County Sheriff’s officer he may need to use the restroom again.

That’s when attorneys say Salters managed to gain control of the officer’s gun and begin his attempt at an escape.

“Following the taking of his gun, the sheriff ran from the room, down the hall, into another patient’s room and hid,” the lawsuit claims. “The sheriff then took no action to attempt to regain control of his gun or protect hospital employees walking the floor.”

Salters, 21, of Chicago, was taken from the Kane County Jail by ambulance on May 8 to Delnor Hospital after eating part of his plastic, jail-issued sandal, the Kane County State’s Attorney said. After undergoing surgery to remove the plastic from his stomach, Salters was recovering while awaiting a court appearance set for May 17 at the Kane County Judicial Center. He had been charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

After grabbing the officer’s gun, a naked Salters allegedly entered a nursing office and took a nurse hostage before demanding she take off her clothes so he could put them on.

Salters “forced her to remove her clothes, threatened her, physically abused her, verbally abused her,” the lawsuit states.

When another nurse entered the office, Salters let the first nurse leave while taking the second nurse hostage, eventually moving her to a “decontamination room” where they would stay for the more than three hours.

“During which time he repeatedly beat her, forced her to remove her clothes, violently raped her, threatened her life, verbally abused her and held her at gunpoint,” the suit states.

“It’s been said that the nurses were not injured - when in fact one of the nurses was repeatedly beaten, she was tortured and she was raped," said attorney Sean Murray.

At one point, the nurse convinced Salters to allow her to make a phone call, one she used to alert other employees to escape, attorneys said. She led Salters through an area of the hospital “she knew would be evacuated and contain no hospital staff,” according to attorneys.

“The quick thinking by this nurse likely saved other hospital staff from being harmed,” attorneys said in a statement.

Negotiations were ongoing through the incident, officials said, but ultimately failed.

A SWAT team entered the area where Salters held his hostage and one of the officers shot him, the state’s attorney’s office said. One of the SWAT officers was also shot in the vest but was uninjured, officials said.

The suit offers the first account of what happened inside the hospital that day. Little information has been released by officials, with the state’s attorney earlier saying “there are many questions to be answered about this incident.”

The state's attorney's office declined to comment on the suit "pending the ongoing investigation and litigation."

"We really don't know what happened in the room," Kane County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler told the Aurora Beacon-News last week.

Both the SWAT officer who fired the shot that killed Salters and the corrections officer who was disarmed were placed on paid administrative leave, per protocol.

Gengler told the Beacon-News the corrections officer’s placement was a formality.

"The officer had his weapon taken and that weapon was used (to hold someone) hostage," he told the newspaper. "To expect that person to come back to work is completely unrealistic."

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a review of its policies, procedures and protocol involving the transport of detainees and how they are guarded when outside the jail.

“We are [filing suit] so this type of thing doesn’t happen to anyone else, and so that hospital staff can feel safe returning to work,” Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman LLC said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Joe Lieberman Withdraws Name From FBI Director Search]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 12:05:24 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/53089455.jpg

Former Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman has withdrawn his name from the running for FBI director.

The confirmation comes after reports that President Donald Trump is expected to retain Marc Kasowitz as a private attorney on matters related to the Russia investigation. 

Lieberman and Kasowitz are senior partners at the same firm and Lieberman's letter to President Donald Trump, which NBC Connecticut obtained, says he thinks it would be best to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

News of Trump's plan to retain Kasowitz came after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election between Trump and Hillary Clinton, and any possible collusion with members of the Trump campaign. Congressional committees in the House and Senate are also leading separate investigations. 

"With your selection of Marc Kasowitz to represent you in the various investigations that have begun, I do believe it would be best to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, given my role as senior counsel in the law firm of which Marc is the senior partner,” Lieberman wrote.

“Once again, I am grateful for your consideration, and I wish you the very best in identifying the right person to lead this most important law enforcement agency in the future,” Lieberman’s letter says.

Lieberman was Trump's top pick to be the next FBI director to replace James Comey, who Trump fired earlier this month. 

The other three candidates include the current acting director, Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and Richard McFeeley, a former executive assistant director in the FBI.

Lieberman served 24 years as a Connecticut senator before retiring in 2013 after his fourth term.

He was the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, running with Al Gore in 2000. The pair lost the election to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in a result that needed to be decided by the Supreme Court.

Lieberman also served as Connecticut's attorney general and spent 10 years as a state senator.

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<![CDATA[Trump Versus the World: An Overview]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 06:03:08 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-654571120.jpg

Since taking office in January, President Donald Trump's administration has been associated with one foreign country in particular, Russia. U.S. intelligence officials say President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, to denigrate Hillary Clinton and then to help Trump's chances. Trump denies any wrongdoing, while the FBI and Congress investigate his administration's contacts with Russia.

Meanwhile Trump has flirted with upending U.S. foreign policy, threatening to declare China a currency manipulator and to pull out of NAFTA, for example, questioning the one-China policy under which the United States recognizes China and not Taiwan and backing off a U.S. commitment to the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. In the end, though, Trump has often reverted to traditional policies. His supporters say he is scrutinizing foreign agreements with the goal of benefitting Americans, but critics say the uncertainty is unsettling to allies and unproductive.

Here are some of the more significant interactions between the Trump administration and world leaders over international issues.

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<![CDATA[How the GOP Bill Could Affect 'Essential Health Benefits']]>Thu, 25 May 2017 11:42:06 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Congressional-Budget-Office-HR-1628.jpg

If the Republican health reform plan becomes law, states trying to save money on health insurance are likely to seek cuts on services like maternity care, mental health and dentist visits for kids, the Congressional Budget Office found Wednesday.

NBC News reports that health care advocates find the lack of an "essential health benefits" coverage requirement in the bill, passed by the House before the CBO score was released, will leave many patients without adequate coverage.

"Women and their families will pay higher costs and receive less coverage, especially for maternity care, under the American Health Care Act," said Stacey Stewart, president of the March of Dimes, which funds research to prevent birth defects.

Essential benefits requirements from "Obamacare" are very popular with American voters. The CBO predicted that some states will opt out of them, so they can seek lower premiums, leaving some people living there likely priced out of the market.

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<![CDATA[Police Chase Man in RV With Kids Inside After Shooting]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 15:44:16 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rv-chase-fire1.gif

Police said a man is dead after leading authorities on a chase through four North Texas counties in a recreational vehicle with two children inside after shooting a woman early Thursday.

Arlington police said Hunt County Sheriff’s deputies received a 911 text from a 33-year-old woman who said she was inside the RV and had been shot. She added that she had been kidnapped and that her two children were inside, as well.

A Caddo Mills police officer spotted the RV near the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 1903 and Interstate 30 just before 3 a.m., according to police. Authorities said the woman jumped out of the RV, which was traveling nearly 90 mph, when she saw the police car.

The woman was transported to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas for treatment for gunshot wounds. Hunt County Sheriff's deputies said she is out of surgery and remains in critical condition.

The RV continued west on I-30 through Rockwall and Dallas counties during the next 30 minutes as multiple police departments joined the pursuit. Police said they used spike strips, damaging the RV's tires and slowing the pursuit to about 20 mph as the driver, identified as Tony Kelly, Sr., approached Tarrant County.

The pursuit continued on westbound I-30 into Arlington until Kelly stopped near Cooper Street at about 4:40 a.m. Police said officers approached the RV, opened the door and let out two children described as a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old.

As officers grabbed the children, police said they reported hearing a single gunshot. The vehicle then caught fire.

Arlington Police Department spokesman Lt. Chris Cook confirmed Kelly was found deceased in the RV.

Officers were seen escorting the children to an ambulance and transported to Arlington Memorial Hospital. Their conditions were not released.

Hunt County Sheriff’s Office and Rockwall police are investigating the shooting of the woman, according to authorities. Arlington police are investigating Kelly death.

All westbound lanes of I-30 were closed until about 10 a.m. Various eastbound lanes of the interstate were closed until about 7 a.m. 

Karen Sinwald told NBC DFW she was driving from Greenville to her workplace in West Fort Worth when she caught up with the chase.

"I've been driving this route for 16 years and I've seen it all," she said. "I'm scared for the kids, not knowing what they went through at the beginning and to the end. They must've been terrified."

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 15:02:14 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.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 the president-elect's personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[Investigation Launched Into Miss Black Texas Arrest]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 15:44:47 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/carmen-ponder-cuffs.jpg

The winner of Miss Black Texas 2016 says she was harassed and berated by a North Texas police chief who called her a "black b----," and then was unlawfully detained and arrested. 


Carmen Ponder recounted her alleged interaction with Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews in a Twitter post Tuesday. She is calling for police accountability and wants charges filed against Crews.

The City of Commerce says statements about the incident do not align with statements from Crews and the responding officer. The city manager says Crews has been placed on leave during the investigation into the matter.

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In her account, Ponder wrote that she was driving to a Wal-Mart in Commerce Saturday when a black truck cut in front of her car and began driving erratically, braking and accelerating. Ponder said she turned on her blinker, pulled around to pass the truck and then drove into the Wal-Mart parking lot.

According to Ponder, the black truck followed her and pulled up next to her car. She said the passenger, later identified as Crews, exited the truck and yelled that he was teaching his 14-year-old daughter how to drive and that she should not have passed his truck. 

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Ponder said she ignored the man at first but eventually told him that that was illegal before she walked into the store.

"He continued yelling and cussing me out and I finally turned around and said 'It's illegal,' when he kept saying that it was a 14 year old driving," Ponder wrote. "That's when he screamed 'oh whatever, you black b----!"

After making a purchase at the store, Ponder said when she walked out of the store she was charged by several other officers in plain clothes.

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“One of them shoved his badge in her face, told her that she ‘Better apologize to the police chief,’ but my client declined to do so,” Ponder's attorney Lee Merritt said. “One of the officers grabbed her, pulled her back into Wal-Mart, and told her she was being detained. When other officers arrived she walked back to her car to explain what happened. An officer grabbed her and demanded she be arrested for resisting arrest. She has bruises on her arms from where she was grabbed.”


Ponder was handcuffed, booked into jail and charged with evading arrest. She spent 24 hours in jail.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, authorities said Crews was placed on administrative leave while an outside organization hired by the City of Commerce conducts an investigation:

"On May 20, 2017, the Commerce Police Department responded to a call about a dispute between two motorists entering the Walmart parking lot. Though not on duty and present only as a customer, Police Chief Kerry Crews became engaged in the incident after being approached by one of the parties. Chief Crews made contact with the other party, but she failed to comply with his requests. As a result, she was arrested for evading arrest or detention with the responding officer arrived. She was then taken to the Hunt County Jail.

Since the incident there have been a number of statements made about the details of the incident, and many of these details do not align with the statements provided by Chief Crews and the responding officer. As such, the City is engaging an outside entity to conduct an investigation into the incident to objectively review and determine the facts.

For the benefit of the investigation, and in keeping with common practice, Chief Crews will be placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation. This is in no way an admission of any wrongdoing and should not be perceived as a disciplinary action. The work of the Commerce Police Department is essential to the community, and it is beneficial to both Chief Crews, the officers, and the City to allow him to serve without the distraction of an investigation clouding his day-to-day management of the department. Disciplinary action, if warranted, cannot be taken until after the investigation has concluded.

At this time, the City of Commerce will hold all additional comments until the investigation has progressed."

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Crews declined to comment on the allegations, telling NBC 5 his attorneys advised him not to speak at this time.

Ponder is calling for police accountability and has launched a crowdfunding page to raise money for attorney's fees to fight the charges. She writes in her youcaring.com post that she refuses to take a plea deal and is "more than willing" to go to trial. 

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"My only crime...the color of my skin," she said.

Ponder is the former Miss Black Texas U.S. Ambassador. She is also a Dean’s List student at Texas A&M University-Commerce and an intern with the Hunt County District Attorney, according to her You Caring page.

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<![CDATA[Meet Isis, the Bomb-Sniffing Dog Protecting You]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 11:30:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/052417+isis+the+bomb+sniffing+dog.jpg

ISIS was raised in prison, but she wasn't doing hard time. The bombing-sniffing pooch was trained by female inmates at Florida prison to become a service dog as part of a program called Puppies Behind Bars. NBC 6’s Julia Bagg reports.

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<![CDATA[Top News: Militants Attack City in the Philippines]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 09:42:11 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/AP_17145255816760-news.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Manchester Mourns Victims in Attack at Ariana Grande Concert]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 06:56:55 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-687580780-ag.jpgAt least 22 people including children were killed and 119 injured in a suspected suicide bombing at Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017, British police said.

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<![CDATA[Trump Pushes Aside a Prime Minister]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 14:03:48 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trumppsuhaside.jpg

President Trump appears to push aside the prime minister of Montenegro while touring the new NATO headquarters building in Brussels, Belgium on May 25, 2017.

<![CDATA[Top 10 Beaches in the US for 2017 Revealed]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 09:39:51 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/74170556_11.jpgFlorida’s Siesta Beach, “with some of the finest, whitest sand in the world,” has been selected as the number one beach in America on “Dr. Beach's” 27th annual Top 10 Beach List. Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, uses about 50 criteria to assess and rank beaches across the country. In recent years, he has given extra points to beaches that prohibit smoking, saying cigarette butts are not only environmentally damaging, but can ruin the experience for beach-goers. Safety and environmental management are other major factors, he said. The Sunshine State snagged three spots on the coveted list. Beaches in New York, Massachusetts, California and the Carolinas also earned slots. See the full list.

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<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Pippa Middleton's Wedding]]>Sun, 21 May 2017 07:43:07 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/168*120/AP_17140463869244.jpgA look through the years at the royal family.

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<![CDATA[Dramatic Images: Europe's Migrant Crisis]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 07:23:52 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-687841536.jpgMigrants fleeing war in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, among other countries, have encountered resistance at European borders, where many face danger and an uncertain future. The number of people attempting the dangerous central Mediterranean crossing from Libya to Italy has risen since the same time last year, with more than 43,000 people recorded so far in 2017, as of the end of May.

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<![CDATA[Top Sports: Manchester United Celebrates Major Win]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 07:42:18 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-687870734-sm.jpgClick to see dramatic game action photos from professional football, hockey, basketball, baseball and more.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 15:02:55 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dgaf-2.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[Amid Grief, Manchester Gets to Cheer Soccer Triumph]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 07:09:31 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/687806566-Manchester-United-Against-Terrorism.jpg

Sports may be trivial compared to the loss of 22 lives outside a concert Monday, but a triumph on the field for one of Manchester's most beloved sports teams gave the mourning city an emotional release, NBC News reported.

Manchester United beat Dutch soccer giants Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm Wednesday night, winning Europe's second most prestigious trophy.

"We won for Manchester, we worked for them, for the country," midfield star Paul Pogba said after the game. "We play for England, for Manchester and the people who died."

At a pub in the city's home, chants of "Manchester, Manchester, Manchester" rang out for the team and the wounded city.

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<![CDATA[Caught on Video: Officer Saves Deer From Storm Drain]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 06:55:38 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Officer_Saves_Deer_From_Storm_Drain_1200x675_952713283600.jpg

A New Jersey police officer is credited with rescuing three deer in the past year. He is now affectionately known as "The Deer Whisperer," and his latest rescue was caught on camera. The cute baby deer was trapped in a storm drain. Officer Timothy Majek, a 22 year veteran of the Woodbridge Police Department, quickly came to the rescue. Majek, a self-professed animal lover, jumped into the drain and lifted the fawn to safety. 

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<![CDATA[Ben Carson Calls Poverty 'State of Mind']]>Thu, 25 May 2017 06:07:34 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/631548198-Ben-Carson-Senate-Hearing-Housing.jpg

Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development, is facing criticism after calling poverty a "state of mind," NBC News reported.

Carson was asked in a SiriusXM radio interview with Armstrong Williams that aired Wednesday what can be done to reduce the number of people living in poverty, he credited his own success story to his headstrong mother.

But then Carson delved deeper, saying, "I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind." He added that people — no matter what they have — need to have "the right mindset."

Carson spoke frequently about his rise from abject poverty and his approach to social progress while running for president during the 2016 primaries.

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