<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - National & International News]]> Copyright 2015 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 Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:45:37 -0500 Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:45:37 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Person of Interest in Custody in Fatal Memphis Officer Shooting]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 14:23:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

A person of interest in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer was in custody on Sunday afternoon, police told NBC News.

Authorities did not immediately identify the person in custody.

The slain officer, 33-year-old Sean Bolton, was shot multiple times during a traffic stop in southeast Memphis on Saturday evening, officials said. Police have said that a civilian used an officer's radio to report the shooting.

The five-year veteran of the force was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, and later died from his wounds, according to police.

Bolton was wearing a bullet-proof vest but not a body camera, Memphis Police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph told NBC News on Sunday. Authorities were asking for potential witnesses to come forward with any information they might have about the deadly incident.

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<![CDATA[Will Joe Biden Challenge Hillary Clinton?]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 15:35:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/tlmd_joebidenenbroward.jpg

Vice President Biden has not ruled out a presidential run, according to NBC News sources — but it is far from clear whether he will enter the 2016 campaign, with much of the Democratic Party already behind Hillary Clinton.

These sources confirmed a New York Times report published Saturday that suggested Biden could still enter the presidential race, and that Biden allies have talked to party activists about the viability of a campaign.

The Times account suggested Biden's late son, Beau, had pushed his father to wage a third campaign for the White House.

In a statement, Biden's press secretary Kendra Barkoff did not rule out a Biden campaign, instead sidestepping the issue.

"As the Biden family continues to go through this difficult time, the Vice President is focused on his family and immersed in his work," Barkoff said. "In recent weeks, the Vice President has worked on the nuclear deal with Iran, traveled across the country to highlight the administration's economic priorities and more."



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<![CDATA[Special Olympic Athlete Missing]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 14:08:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/186*120/Missing+Athlete.JPG

A Special Olympic athlete from Albania has gone missing, and police are asking for the public’s help to find him.

Andi Gusmari, 44, was last seen Saturday night around 8:30 p.m. near the USC campus.

Gusmari does not speak English and has a speech impediment, but will respond to his name, LAPD Officer Jack Richter said.

Richter said Gusmari was at a festival at USC with his delegation Saturday and got separated from his group when he went to the restroom. He wasn't identified as missing until coaches realized he was not back at bed check.

The Albanian team was scheduled to fly out of the U.S. at 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

He is not on any medication and is able to care for himself, LAPD officers said.

Gusmari is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 190 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a red polo shirt, black pants and black shoes.

Anyone who sees Gusmari is asked to try and keep him with them and call the Special Olympics command post at 323-441.1180.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Debate Plan: 'I Want to Be Me']]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 12:08:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-481942616.jpg

Donald Trump said Sunday in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" that his strategy for Thursday night's GOP debate boils down to a simple idea: "I want to be me."

"I don't want to be unreal. I want to be me. I have to be me," Trump said. "We have enough of that in Washington with pollsters telling everybody what to say."

Trump also continued to downplay his debate experience, explain that he plans to "counterpunch" only if he's attacked by the nine competitors will join him on the debate stage.

"I think that frankly I'd like to discuss the issues. I'm not looking to take anybody out or be nasty to anybody," said Trump, who leads the GOP field in a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll out Sunday. 



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<![CDATA[Israeli Teen Who Was Stabbed at Gay Pride Parade Dies]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 11:10:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ss-150730-jerusalem-gay-pride-stabbing-mn-01.nbcnews-ux-1024-900.jpg

A teenage girl who was stabbed in a gruesome attack at a Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem last week died on Sunday, hospital officials said.

Shira Banki, a 16-year-old high school student, was one of six people wounded in the assault.

The suspect, an ultra-Orthodox man, was arrested at the scene. He was remanded for 12 days by a Jerusalem court on Friday. He had recently completed a 10-year jail term after carrying out a similar attack at the same gay pride parade a decade ago, police said.

"We won't permit the terrible murderer to challenge the basic values on which Israeli society is built." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement after sending his condolences to the family.

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<![CDATA[Coast Guard Chopper Lands on Staten Island Golf Course]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 12:21:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/8215chopper.jpg

A Coast Guard helicopter pilot found a suitable clearing to make an emergency landing Sunday: a fairway on a Staten Island golf course.

The chopper was flying into New York air space from a Coast Guard station in Atlantic City to monitor an oil spill near Bayonne, N.J., when smoke and fumes started to fill the cockpit.

"Our flight mechanic smelled something," said pilot Elise Roberts. "We were setting up for a precautionary landing when we started losing equipment and decided we needed to land immediately."

The aircraft landed safely at about 10:30 a.m. on a fairway at the Richmond Country Club.

Four crew members were aboard the helicopter. No one was injured. 

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<![CDATA[Pilot Dies After Helicopter Crash at Russian Air Show]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 16:37:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_126278952922.jpg

One pilot is dead and another injured after a fiery helicopter crash at a Russian air show on Sunday.

An Mil MI-28 helicopter went into a flat spin during aerobatics at the event before crashed and burst into flames. Reuters footage showed a figure emerging from the fiery wreckage. 

"The crashed helicopter belongs to Berkut aerobatic team. The MI-28 attack helicopter's control system failed during training," head of the Russian Air Forces, Colonel General Viktor Bondarev said. "It's alarm system immediately sounded a warning. The pilots did their best to guarantee a safe flight."


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<![CDATA[U.S.-Egyptian Relations Returning to 'Stronger Base': Kerry]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:43:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_518912472098.jpg

During the first strategic dialogue the United States and Egypt has had since 2009, Secretary of State John Kerry said the relationship between the two countries is returning to a "stronger base," despite concerns over human rights and democratic reform.. 

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said that he and Kerry had no major disagreements with the United Stats but that there was "differences in points of views over some issues, which is natural."

After Egypt's fifth president, Mohammed Morsi of the Freedom and Justice Party, was removed from power in 2013 during protests, tensions between the United States and the country has lightened up. 

Egypt remains one of the United States' closet security allies in the Middle East, an area increasingly affected by turmoil in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. 


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<![CDATA[1 Dead After Tent Collapses]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:30:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wood+dale+tent+scene.jpg

One person has died and several others were injured after a tent collapsed in Illinois during Sunday's severe weather.

The incident happened at Wood Dale Prairie Fest, which took place near Wood Dale Junior High.

The victim who died was identified by the DuPage County coroner as an adult male.

In addition to the fatality, three people were seriously injured and 17 to 20 were taken to area hospitals, according to Mike Rivas with the Wood Dale Police Department. All of the victims were between the ages of 20 and 60.

Wood Dale Prairie Fest is a four-day festival organized "to encourage community involvement and togetherness." The festival was held July 30 to Aug. 2.



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<![CDATA[Conn. Man Dies in Crash With Escaped Bull: Police]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 12:05:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-187564059.jpg

A Connecticut man died Friday when he struck an escaped bull with his vehicle, according to Vermont State Police.

Vermont State Police troopers responded to the scene of a single-vehicle crash in the town of Killington around 10:22 p.m.

The vehicle was traveling west on U.S. Route 4 when it struck a large Scottish Highlander bull that had escaped from its pasture. Investigation revealed that after hitting the bull, the vehicle continued to travel westbound and went down a small grassy hill before colliding with a tree and coming to a rest.

The motorist, 64-year-old Jon M. Bellis of Woodbridge, Connecticut, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The passenger, 60-year-old Kathryn Barry, also of Woodbridge, was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for treatment of her right wrist.

Vermont State Police are investigating. 



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<![CDATA[Despite Latino Pope, U.S. Hispanics Drawn to Evangelicalism]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:34:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lamb22.jpg

Despite growing up in the Catholic Church and attending parochial school, Gladys Verdejo said that for years her faith didn't extend much beyond attending Sunday Mass.

But an invitation to a worship service at the Lamb's Church of Nazarene in New York City seven years ago changed that. 

"I fell in love," said Verdejo, who was born in Puerto Rico, of her experience visiting an evangelical church. 

On a recent Sunday at the Lamb’s Church, Verdejo was among a large number of Latino congregants worshipping to gospel songs in Spanish. When the Rev. Gabriel Salguero took to the pulpit, he began his sermon with a fiery message: “Education is power! Ignorance is slavery!”

According to Verdejo, it was this message of empowerment and a direct connection to the gospel she felt she was lacking in the Catholic Church. “I feel more comfortable and at home here. I have a lot to learn still, but it's great,” she said.

Shifting Denomination

As millions of Catholics throughout the country await Pope Francis’s first U.S. visit this September, the steady movement of Hispanics, like Gladys Verdejo, away from the Catholic Church underscores a dilemma for the church: Despite efforts to attract and retain U.S. Latinos through expansion of lay ministry positions and support for immigration reform, many Hispanics continue to convert to an evangelical church or abandon their faith altogether.

The pope is expected to speak about immigrant rights at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia later this fall. In a nod to U.S. Hispanic Catholics — who comprise 17 percent of the population and 38 percent of U.S. Catholics — the pope will also offer a historic canonization Mass in Spanish for the Junipero Serra, a Franciscan missionary who established mission churches in California. 

Addressing Latinos in Spanish “will be an unquestioned acknowledgment of the importance of Latino communities and Latino Catholics in the United States,” said Professor Luis Fraga, director of the Institute for Latino Studies and professor of Transformative Latino Leadership at the University of Notre Dame.

After the pope's 2013 inauguration, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, presumed the evangelical church's success in drawing in U.S. Latinos would diminish.  

“We [Latino Evangelicals] expected Pope Francis to, in a very measurable manner, slow down the exodus from Catholicism to Evangelicals in Latin America and here in America. But guess what? He’s not slowing down the exodus,” he said.

In fact, Pew Research Center polling from last year notes that among Latinos between 30 to 49, “the net movement has been away from Catholicism and toward both evangelical Protestantism and no religious affiliation.”

"I Experienced the Presence of God"

After the service at the Lamb’s Church of Nazarene in Manhattan, Katira Castro de Lopez, 34, of Queens, New York, chatted with parishioners as her two children played.

Born in Puerto Rico and baptized in the Catholic Church, Castro de Lopez said she was a teenager when she first visited an evangelical church.

“I experienced the presence of God. It was tangible. I’ve never experienced that feeling in my life ever before,” she said.

The Catholic Church has experienced a net loss of members for decades, and evangelical Protestantism has woven its way into Latino immigrant communities since the 1940s. While the greater part of Latinos in the U.S. still belong to the Catholic Church, the Pew data show that this majority continues to shrink as evangelical Protestant and unaffiliated groups rise among U.S. Latinos. According to the research, nearly one-quarter of U.S. Latinos are now former Catholics.

Evangelical Community-Building

Rodriguez’s Sacramento-based organization, which encompasses over 40,000 member-churches representing millions of Latino Evangelicals, is the largest Latino Christian organization in the country. Rodriguez said intense community-building efforts continue to draw Hispanics to the evangelical church.

“You’re Salvadoran; we prepare your food and we sing your songs. You’re Mexican; we sing your music at church. You don’t have to abandon your culture when you come to our parish,” Rodriguez said.

The church isn’t just offering cultural affirmation. Rodriguez said it’s a message of personal and spiritual empowerment, including a message of financial prosperity, that’s attracting an increasing number of Latino immigrants who have experienced poverty.

“We validate the American dream. The Catholic Church is very ambiguous — almost silent, if not antagonistic — to the idea that America does represent social economic vertical mobility,” Rodriguez said.

Penance and Power

Rodriguez said the evangelical church’s inclusion of spiritual, social, and financial empowerment in gospel teachings resonates with Latino churchgoers.

Among the ways the evangelical church empowers, said Rodriguez, is by mobilizing congregants around social and political movements, and by using its leverage to persuade Congress on immigration reform.

For its part, the Catholic Church has worked to empower U.S. Latinos for decades, Luis Fraga said. One successful way, he said, is the Church continues to affirm its Latino base is by expanding the appointment of Latino deacons.

“There is an explicit attempt to appoint individuals who have language knowledge, cultural capital, life experience directly related to Latino communities, and give them very important roles in ministering to Hispanic communities,” he said.

Fraga added that Catholic social charities, local parishes and organizations like the Catholic Campaign for Human Development — the Church’s domestic anti-poverty program which works to address immigration reform and assist low-income communities — have been highly responsive to the needs of immigrant communities. Initiatives by Latino dioceses across the U.S. are anchoring the Catholic Church, according to Fraga.

“The growth in the Catholic Church — at least the slowing of the decline — of strong Catholic congregants is directly related to the increased presence of Latino immigrant communities,” he said.

Mar Muñoz-Visoso, executive director of Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, describes the Catholic Church’s efforts to minister to Hispanic communities as all-embracing.

“We have close to 5,000 parishes in the United States that do have some kind of ministry for Hispanic immigrants,” she said.

Muñoz-Visoso also said that 47 percent of lay ministry positions in the U.S., including youth ministers, parish managers, and religious educators, are filled by Latinos.

“[T]here is something very impressive there because it really means that we’re preparing the next generation of Latinos for the Church,” she said.

On Immigration

As trends in American Christianity continue to indicate a decline in membership, both Catholic and evangelical church leaders agree the future of Catholic and evangelical churches alike are intimately linked to Latinos in the U.S.

Rodriguez said for the better part of a decade he has been putting pressure on conservatives in Congress as well as assuaging the concerns that he said many white Evangelicals have about comprehensive immigration reform. “You need to support immigration reform because if not, you’re actually deporting the very future of your church,” he said.

Echoing the official views of the Catholic church, Muñoz-Visoso describes the Catholic church’s approach to immigration reform as comprehensive. “There has to be a grassroots movement to make sure that human dignity is respected, that due process is respected, and to understand the root causes of immigration,” she said.

Pope Francis has been vocal about the plight of immigrants worldwide. In a message for the 2014 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, he addressed the need for thorough reform. “Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more,” he wrote.

Pope Francis is expected to address immigration in a speech in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families. The event's theme is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”


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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Surges in New NBC News/WSJ Poll]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 11:40:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_295422491985.jpg

Days before the first Republican debate, Donald Trump has surged into the national lead in the GOP primary race, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush following, a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll shows.

Trump is the first choice of 19 percent of GOP primary voters, while 15 percent back Walker and 14 percent back Bush. Ten percent support retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. All other Republican candidates earn single digit backing.

Only the top 10 candidates -- calculated by an average of the last five major national polls -- will be eligible to participate in Thursday's FOX News debate in primetime, according to the network's rules. Incorporating the new NBC/WSJ numbers, NBC estimates that the top ten candidates at this time are: 

  • Trump - 19.8 percent
  • Walker - 13.2 percent
  • Bush - 13 percent
  • Paul - 6.4 percent
  • Carson - 6.4 percent
  • Rubio - 6.2 percent
  • Huckabee - 5.8 percent
  • Cruz - 5.8 percent
  • Christie - 3.2 percent
  • Kasich - 3.2 percent

It has been a rapid ascent for Trump, who declared his presidential run just over six weeks ago. In early June, just one percent of GOP primary voters called Trump their first choice for the GOP nod.



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<![CDATA[Kraft Recalls 36,000 Cases of Singles Cheese]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 10:20:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-155703752.jpg

Kraft is voluntarily recalling 36,000 cases of individually-wrapped cheese singles due to a potential choking hazard. 

The recall covers 3-lb. and 4-lb. sizes of Kraft Singles American and White American products with a "best when used by" date that falls between December 29, 2015, and January 4, 2016, followed by the manufacturing code "S54" or "S55."

A strip of the film used to package the product may remain adhered to the slice after the wrapper has been removed, potentially causing a choking hazard for consumers, the company said.

Kraft has received 10 consumer complaints about the packaging, including three reports of consumers choking, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

Those who purchased the product are encouraged to return it to the store where they bought it for an exchange or full refund. They can also call Kraft Heinz Consumer Relations for a full refund at 1-800-432-3101.

“The safety and quality of our products is our highest priority,” Kraft said in a statement. “We work every day to exceed your expectations and we sincerely apologize for this situation.”

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<![CDATA["Free the Nipple" Supporters Coming to New Hampshire]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 11:03:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-475740032.jpg

A nationwide movement encouraging women to "go topless" is making its way to New Hampshire.

Two women are organizing an event called "Free the Nipple New Hampshire" and plan to go topless on Hampton Beach.

"We are just having a beach day and exercising our rights," said organizer Kia Sinclair of Danbury, New Hampshire.

Sinclair and her neighbor Heidi Lilley are joining the national "Free the Nipple" movement to change what they say is a longstanding double standard.

"The woman's breast is no different than a man's breast," said Lilley.

"The nipple on a female is so criminalized and sexualized that, yeah she can't even feed her own child, and she can't tan on a beach topless," Sinclair said.

But the new mother says it's about much more than topless sunbathing. Sinclair says she's fed up with feeling isolated when she breastfeeds her son.

"I just want to be able to feed my child anywhere and not have people look at me or say anything rude," she explained.

The topless sit in is almost a month away, but people are already talking about it at Hampton Beach.

"I hate double standards and I think if men can go topless, then women should, too," said beachgoer Denisse Tejeda.

"Everyone has the same nipples, the same breasts," said Joel Rojas of Lawrence, Massachusetts, at Hampton Friday with his buddies.

But not everyone agrees with the event.

"There's too many kids running around," said Chelsea Kamuene of North Andover.

"In my mind it is not okay," said Sarah Allen who was visiting the beach with her 5-year-old daughter Sophia.

Sinclair and Lilley say those who find this movement offensive are the people they're trying to reach.

"We want children to see this," Lilley said. "My child is going to be there, her child is going to be there."

Sinclair agreed, saying, "Breasts were designed for children so they are family friendly."

The national "Free the Nipple" Facebook page has more than 52,000 likes.

Sinclair and Lilley expect upwards of 100 supporters for the August 23 topless sit in at Hampton Beach.

Police say it's technically legal and they are well aware of the planned event.



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<![CDATA[Climate Change Could Be Culprit in Rise of Legionnaires' Cases]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:08:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP11081819071.jpg

The number of reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease is on the rise in the United States and researchers say the increase could be partly a result of climate change.

More than three times as many cases of legionellosis, of which Legionnaires’ disease is one form, were reported in 2009 than 2000 — 3,522 up from 1,110, according to a 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New York City, where an outbreak in Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx has killed two people and sickened 46 since July 10, has seen a similar rise. The incidence of cases increased 230 percent from 2002 to 2009, with the greatest number in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to an October study in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The recent outbreak in the Bronx, where residents already have high rates of asthma, is the second in the borough this year. Twelve cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in December and January and were traced to an apartment complex cooling tower. On Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that two rooftop cooling towers in the area had been found to be contaminated, including one at Lincoln Hospital. Both are now being disinfected, he and the New York City Health Commissioner, Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, said.

"We’re aggressively investigating and testing all possible sources," de Blasio said.

Legionnaires’ disease, identified after 34 deaths among American Legionnaires returning from a 1976 convention in Philadelphia, is a sometimes deadly pneumonia that is spread through the environment, rather than person to person, often in a mist of contaminated water from cooling towers, hot tubs, showers or faucets. It is not contagious.

Dr. David N. Fisman, a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, said in an email that he doubted the increase was the result solely of improved testing. The rise is linear and across all regions of the United States, he said.

It is difficult to be certain that climate change is a factor but it seems plausible, he said. The bacteria is more infectious in warm temperatures and some studies, including one he and others did in 2005, have shown that wet, humid weather predicts an upsurge in the risk of contracting the disease over the following week or two. That finding was not replicated in Toronto, he said, but there the disease peaks later in October in that area.

“Give that we know climate change is going to make for hotter, stormier summers (and already is doing so) it doesn’t seem like a huge leap to suggest that the ongoing rise in legionellosis in the US could be at least partly due to climate change,” he wrote.

Why humidity would increase the risk of legionellosis is not known. Increased air conditioning use, with the bacteria potentially in the dripping water, could be a factor, or it might be that the true culprit is summertime rainfall, he said.

A commentary in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization on March 27 argued for adding it to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's list of important climate-sensitive health issues.

The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of Aug. 19, 2011, from Dr. Lauri Hicks and others, noted that the incidence rates increased nearly threefold from 2000 to 2009. The totals likely underestimate the actual cases, because the tracking system depended on health-care providers and laboratories to report cases. The rise underscores the need to test adults for Legionnaires' disease and to report cases, they wrote.

The New York study, which reviewed cases through 2011, also found disparities among race and ethnicity, with the highest incidents among non-Hispanic black residents, and greater risk among certain occupations, including janitors and cleaners. 

Legionnaires' disease usually appears two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms include shortness of breath, high fever, chills and chest pains. People with Legionnaires' disease also experience appetite loss, confusion, fatigue and muscle aches.

Those at highest risk are the elderly, cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung or immune system disease and those receiving immunosuppressive drugs. Most cases can be treated successfully with antibiotics — which is why those who have symptoms should seek immediate medical care.

Dr. Ruth Berkelman, a professor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, reported on the increased incidence of legionellosis from 1990 until 2005, particularly in the eastern United States and more recently on the need for national public health authorities to review prevention policies.

“Legionellosis deserves a higher public health priority for research and policy development,” she and her co-authors wrote in the Journal of Public Health Management Practices in September.
 



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<![CDATA[9 Shot at Brooklyn Party: NYPD]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:20:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/221*120/8215shooting.jpg

Nine people were wounded overnight when gunshots erupted at a party in Brooklyn, witnesses and police said Sunday.

All of those shot were expected to survive their wounds, investigators said. The victims range in age from 19 to 38.

The shooting occurred just after 2 a.m. Sunday in East New York at an all-day party at a house near the intersection of Stanley Avenue and Crescent Street.

At least 13 people were taken to area hospitals, according to a spokesperson at the Fired Department of New York. Those who weren't shot were being treated for cuts and bruises.

Police are still investigating at the scene. There was no information about a motive for the shootings.

At approximately the same time, police responded to a report of a shooting in the Fort Greene neighborhood and found the body of a 46-year-old man in a courtyard across from the Walt Whitman Houses on North Oxford Walk.

The victim, whose identity wasn't disclosed by police, had sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

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<![CDATA[Animals Light up Empire State Bldg.]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 11:24:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_304150445524.jpg

The landmark Empire State Building, known for its stunning light displays, shined brightly with digital light projections of the world’s endangered species Saturday evening. The show was billed as a first-of-its-kind live video projection and aimed to raise awareness about animals at risk of being lost forever.

The display, a project conceived by “The Cove” filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, showed a looping reel of endangered animals over a 33-floor span of the southern face of the Empire State Building. In all, 160 species were shown, including a snow leopard, golden lion tamarin, birds, snakes, manta rays, and various mammals and sea creatures.

"We're set to lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century," Psihoyos said at the event.

At one point an image of Cecil -- a beloved lion in Zimbabwe that was shot and killed by a U.S. dentist during an allegedly illegal hunt in July -- was shown on the building. The killing sparked off a social media firestorm and led to calls for the hunter's extradition. Coincidentally, the uproar gained international attention just days before the light show.

"There's only 3,500 wild male lions out there. The gun lobby keeps them from being on the list but they are endangered," Psihoyos said. "Cecil -- I mean what a -- at least there are other lions left. I've photographed some species where it's the last male of a species, like the Rabbs' Fringe-limbed tree frog."

The song "One Candle" played as the projections glowed on the iconic midtown building.

"What bigger candle could you light up?" Psihoyos said. "Look at it -- it looks like a candle." 

The images were displayed using 40 20,000-lumen projectors stacked on the roof of a building on West 31st Street.

The projections, which started at 9 p.m., were set to last for three hours. They were clearly visible to anyone within 20 blocks downtown of the Empire State Building. Below 14th Street, they were visible, but not as clearly. 

Psihoyos’s Oceanic Preservation Society, in collaboration with Travis Threlkel’s Obscura Digital, have been producing the elaborate light shows for four years to draw attention to the rapid rate at which species are dying out.

Saturday's display was also intended to publicize the filmmaker's documentary, "Racing Extinction," which is scheduled to air on Dec. 2 on the Discovery Channel.



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<![CDATA[L.A.-Area Limo Crash Leaves 11 Injured]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 10:44:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/150801-santa-clarita-limo-crash-4.jpg

Eleven adults were injured, five critically, when a stretch limousine crashed with two others cars in northern Los Angeles County on Saturday night, officials said.

The crash happened about 9 p.m. in Santa Clarita near the 5 Freeway and Newhall Ranch Road, just north of Six Flags Magic Mountain, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The white Chrysler limo, carrying nine people, was exiting the 5 Freeway when it crashed with a Kia and a Honda, deputies said. Aerial footage captured by NewsChopper4 showed front-end damage to the limo.

The limo's destination was not immediately known.

The cause of the crash was being investigated.

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<![CDATA[How Obama Is Reinventing the Bully Pulpit in 'Blue America']]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 04:16:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_747650885573.jpg

With almost no input from Republicans, President Barack Obama has advanced much of his domestic policy agenda in "Blue America," getting liberal-leaning cities and states to take up ideas that can't be adopted nationally because of opposition on Capitol Hill.

The president and his aides have aggressively used the bully pulpit to push cites, states and corporations to adopt proposals that have not caught on with Congress, often with little support or funding from Washington, according to NBC News.

More than 50 cities have set up programs to help young black and Hispanic males as part of Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, 14 states and a number of large cities like Los Angeles have raised their minimum wage, corporations like McDonald's and Microsoft and cities like Atlanta have expanded paid sick and family leave programs for their workers.



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<![CDATA[Thousands in Israel Rally After Gay Pride Parade Stabbing]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 23:12:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ss-150730-jerusalem-gay-pride-stabbing-mn-01.nbcnews-ux-1024-900-%281%29.jpg

Thousands of Israelis attended demonstrations across the country on Saturday, two days after an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man allegedly stabbed six people at Jerusalem's gay pride parade, leaving one teenager in critical condition.

Large rallies were held in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and other smaller events elsewhere throughout the country where numerous speakers warned of dire consequences for Israeli society unless authorities take firmer action to root out homophobia.

In a pre-recorded video address intended for the demonstrators, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the attack was aimed "at all our children."



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<![CDATA[Obama Tweets to NASA Astronaut if He Ever 'Freaks Out']]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 23:00:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_830814691512.jpg

The last person astronaut Scott Kelly expected to get a message from while spending a year in the International Space Station is the president of the United States. 

"Hey @stationCDRKelly, loving the photos. Do you ever look out the window and just freak out?," the president tweeted from his personal Twitter account, @POTUS.

Kelly started the one-year science experiment in March, where he is studying the effects of long-duration spaceflight. While Kelly's 342-day stint doesn't break the record of Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov, who spent 438 days on the Mir space station, it is the longest an American has spent in space. 

It also marks the first time that scientists will compare an astronaut's health while space-traveling compared to his identical twin, Mark Kelly, on Earth over the course of the next year, according to NBC News. The Kelly brothers are the first siblings to have both traveled to in space, a NASA bio read. 

Kelly responded to the president's tweet:

"I don't freak out about anything, Mr. President. Except getting a Twitter question from you."

The astronaut has been frequently tweeting about his experience in space by answering questions from people on Twitter, posting photos of sunsets along with selfies and providing updates from the station. 


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<![CDATA[Advocates Want More Done to Curb Hot Car Deaths ]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:20:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/babybackseat.jpg

Child deaths in hot cars are down this year, but that isn’t stopping parents and advocates from looking for long-term solutions to an all-too-familiar tragic situation.

On the eve of National Heatstroke Prevention and Awareness Day, concerned parents from across the nation submitted an open letter to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, asking to end their delay on finding technical solutions that could save lives. 

"This will never bring our children back, but we are committed to helping keep other families complete so they do not have to live with the grief and guilt our families deal with on a daily basis," the letter read.

Eleven children have died after being left in hot cars for too long this year, down from 21 deaths that happened before August 1 of last year, according to NoHeatStroke.org. There were a total of 31 hot car deaths in 2014.

While deaths are down year over year, officials warn that families are not in the clear, with a few warm months still to come.

“We’re going into a very hot month and we don’t know what’s going to happen in August, or September or October,” Kate Carr, president of SAFEKIDS Worldwide said in an interview with NBC Owned Television Stations. “This is important all the time. You have to remain vigilant about this every single month.”

There have been close calls with hot cars recently. The latest to make headlines happened Thursday in a New Jersey parking lot, where a young girl was saved by police after bystanders noticed she had been left in the car while her mother shopped inside.

While some high-tech efforts to prevent the deaths have been introduced, such as a car seat that sounds an alarm when the car is shut off to remind parents of their child sitting in the back seat, activists say they want more from the government officials.

“Look at technology; we’ve heard thousands of ideas, we have an eight inch pile of different patents and at this point we need to get the government on board as well,” said Janette Fennell, founder of KidsandCars.org.

In 2012, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act was passed. But some little has been done in the three years since the creation of the law, which promised car safety research.

"During that period of time, we lost our beautiful little boy, Ben. I can't help but imagine that he would still be alive today if the Department of Transportation had sprung into action when they first learned about this risk over a decade ago," one parent, Lindsey Rogers-Seitz, said in the letter.

Officials recommend keeping a shoe, purse, or other important item in the back seat of the car, or keeping a stuffed animal in the front seat as ways to remember children in the vehicle. They add it’s important to remember this can happen to everyone, and take the necessary precautions.

“As hard as we educate and they educate, they say 'It’s not going to happen to me,'” Fennell said. “Ninety percent of the time it happens to the best parents. It’s not bad people.”  



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<![CDATA[Officer Indicted for Fatal Traffic Stop Seen in Heated 2014 Exchange]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 18:43:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_795920167579.jpg

A video shows the University of Cincinnati cop charged with fatally shooting Samuel Dubose, an unarmed black driver, involved in another contentious exchange during a 2014 traffic stop.

 Office Ray Tensing, who was indicted for murder Wednesday, appears to be in a video captured by a passenger in a car pulled over by campus officials, said a university spokeswoman.

Since the video does not belong to the university, the spokeswoman could not definitely confirm that one of the officers was Tensing. 

The passenger, Demetrius Pace, 27, told NBC News that he filmed the heated May 2014 stop after they were pulled over for the car's dragging bumper.


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<![CDATA[Joe Biden Considering 2016 Presidential Run: Reports]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:21:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_552811691356.jpg

Vice President Joe Biden, inspired in part by his late son, has been holding meetings at his Washington home to discuss challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Biden has said publicly he would make a decision at the end of the summer but the Times said the vice president and his associates were actively exploring getting in the race.

The Times, citing several people who have spoken with him and his advisers, said the Biden camp was contacting Democratic leaders and donors who have not firmly committed to Clinton, the clear leader among the five Democrats who have entered the race, or might be concerned about her prospects. 

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<![CDATA[4th Death in Legionnaires' Outbreak in NYC: Officials]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 21:28:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CLWVTqMUYAA0ffw.jpg

A fourth person has died in what the New York City Health Department is describing as an "unusual" spike in Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx, officials said Saturday. The news comes as two more Bronx buildings tested positive for the legionella bacteria.

A Verizon office building at 117 E. 167th St. is the fourth location to test positive, according to Verizon spokesman John Bonomo. Streamline Plastic Co. at 2590 Park Ave. is the fifth location to test positive. Remediation is complete at the Verizon location and has begun at the plastic company, officials said. Verizon said that it is performing checks on all cooling systems at all its facilities in the Bronx.

Sixty-five cases of the disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the south Bronx since July 10, city officials said. That's eight new cases since Friday, when 57 cases were announced. The four patients who died had underlying health conditions, authorities said.  

The cases have been reported primarily in High Bridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point and Mott Haven since July 10, the Health Department said.

Legionnaires' disease is caused by exposure to the bacteria Legionella; in most cases, people are exposed to the bacteria by inhaling contaminated aerosols from cooling towers, hot tubs, showers and faucets or drinking water.

Twenty-two buildings have been visited as "disease detectives" hunt for the source of the outbreak, the city said Friday. Seventeen of those buildings have cooling towers -- three of those tested positive for Legionella, including one at Lincoln Hospital; one at Concourse Plaza, a shopping plaza; and one at the Opera House Hotel.

"Whatever's in the atmosphere gets pulled into the cooling tower, so there's a lot more dirt and debris and areas that organisms can grow in," Pete Stempkowski, of Clarity Water Technologies, said.

Lincoln Hospital was decontaminated this week; decontamination efforts at Concourse Plaza are ongoing; and the city said disinfection efforts began at the Opera House Hotel Friday. None of the 57 reported Legionnaires' patients stayed at the Opera House Hotel as guests.

"We're taking all the necessary steps to make sure the hotel is safe, that the hotel is still a safe place to stay and make sure that no one gets sick from this bacteria," the hotel's manager, Julio Vargas, said.

Mayor de Blasio and Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said at a briefing Thursday there was no evidence of contamination within Lincoln Hospital, and though the hospital confirmed it is treating patients with the disease, Bassett said no one -- neither patients nor employees -- contracted it at the facility.

Since the cases are widely dispersed — as in they're not clustered in one or two buildings —authorities do not believe the outbreak is connected to any contaminated drinking water, Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said at a news briefing Thursday.

"The water supply in the south Bronx remains entirely safe. We don't know the source of this outbreak, but in recent months we have seen outbreaks associated with cooling towers and that's why we're focusing on them," Bassett said. "We're testing every cooling tower we can find in the area."

Authorities are awaiting the results for six of the 17 cooling towers tested.

Both de Blasio and Bassett stressed there was no concern for alarm.

"People have to understand that this is a disease that can be treated -- and can be treated well if caught early," de Blasio said Thursday. "The exception can be with folks who are already unfortunately suffering from health challenges, particularly immune system challenges. But for the vast majority of New Yorkers, if they were even exposed, this can be addressed very well and very quickly so long as they seek medical treatment."

Legionnaires' disease usually sets in two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria and has symptoms similar to pneumonia, including shortness of breath, high fever, chills and chest pains. People with Legionnaires' also experience appetite loss, confusion, fatigue and muscle aches.

It cannot be spread person-to-person and those at highest risk for contracting the illness include the elderly, cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung or immune system disease and those receiving immunosuppressive drugs. Most cases can be treated successfully with antibiotics.

The Health Department urges anyone with symptoms to seek immediate medical attention.

An outbreak last hit the Bronx in December. Between then and January, 12 people in Co-op City contracted the potentially deadly disease. Officials said a contaminated cooling tower was likely linked to at least 75 percent of those cases. No one died in that outbreak.

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<![CDATA[Conservation Group Fears Cecil the Lion's 'Brother' Killed]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 15:48:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/150801-jericho-cecil-lion-brother-02-0316p-%281%29.jpg

The brother of a famed lion that was killed by an American dentist in early July was feared dead after a conservation group said it had been fatally shot.

"It is with huge disgust and sadness that we have just been informed that Jericho, Cecil's brother has been killed" at 4 p.m. (10 a.m. ET), the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said in a statement on Facebook.

But there was a conflicting report from another local wildlife organization that said that Jericho did not appear to be killed. Brent Stapelkamp, with the SATIB Conservation Trust's Hwange Lion Research, said that the creature's GPS was sending a signal and the lion appeared to be alive, according to Reuters.

Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Unit, which studied Cecil, said it was trying to get information about Jericho.

"We are seeking to clarify conflicting reports," an Oxford spokeswoman told NBC News via email.

NBC News has not independently confirmed the killing or that the lions were brothers. The Associated Press previously said that Cecil "befriended" Jericho, and the two lions cared for two prides together.

The announcement follows an international outcry stemming from an American hunter's killing of Cecil, a lion that was allegedly lured out of a national park.

Zimbabwean authorities say the hunt was illegal and are seeking the extradition of Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer.



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<![CDATA[Lollapalooza Attendees in Hospital]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 20:12:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-02.jpg

At least 27 people were sent to hospitals on Day One of Lollapalooza due to alcohol- and heat-related causes.

Rush University Medical Center reported nine hospitalizations of festival-goers. All patients have been treated and released.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center reports 18 patients from Lollapalooza. Sixteen of them have been treated and released, and two were admitted.

Hospital officials say the patients were suffering from illnesses related to alcohol consumption and heat.

Additionally, 85 people have been treated by EMS workers, according to a spokesperson at the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

Seven people have been arrested and 35 citations have been issued so far, authorities said.



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<![CDATA[Man Drowns After Bar Fight ]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 18:11:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bridgeport+Chubbys+drowning+1200.jpg

A man drowned in the creek behind a restaurant on the Bridgeport/Fairfield line after a fight broke out early morning on Saturday, police and a spokesperson for the city said.

The Bridgeport fire department recovered one of two people who fell in Ash Creek behind Chubby's Bar & Grill after they were involved in an altercation there. Police have not released his name. The other person who fell in fled the scene.

Bridgeport police and fire and American Medical Response were called to the scene at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday. Police received a call about a fight at the restaurant.

Two people fell in the water behind the bar and grill during the course of their fight and one has not been located, Brett Broesder, spokesperson for the city of Bridgeport, said.

The Gathering of the Vibes concert is being held this weekend in Bridgeport, but the bar fight and drowning are not connected, Broesder said. 

Police don't believe any weapons were involved in the fight.

The incident remains under investigation. Police ask anyone with information to call the Bridgeport department at 203-576-1311.



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<![CDATA[Man Documents His Weight Loss]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 12:02:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kenneth+yoder+transformation.JPG

When Chicago documentary-maker Kenneth Yoder first began his fitness transformation on the cusp of his 40th birthday, he weighed 175 pounds with 24 percent body fat.

"I was rocking a pretty solid 'S' curve. That's belly, you know what I mean?" Yoder said.

Now, just four months later, he weights 160 pounds with 10 percent body fat. Yoder lost a total of 15 pounds, but he added a whopping 10 pounds of solid muscle.

Yoder embarked on this journey as part of a documentary project about what it takes to transform into a fitness model. The upcoming documentary stars Yoder himself as the main character.

"If I was going to invest all this time making a film, I didn't want to just do it with someone I didn't know, so I was like, 'it's gotta be me,'" Yoder said.

The end goal for Yoder, besides the documentary itself, was to compete in the World Beauty Fitness and Fashion Inc. bodybuilding competition July 18 at the Harris Theater, which he did with sound success.

But how did Yoder make such a striking transformation in so short a time?

Over the course of the four-month challenge, Yoder ate six carefully planned, protein-packed meals each day as well as took part in boot camps on how to pose properly and workouts that left him in agony.

Chicago trainer Dusten Nelson oversaw Yoder's grueling diet and workout plans, and he made him stick to it throughout the transformation period. But despite the support of a trainer, Yoder experienced several low points along the way, including ending up on his knees in the bathroom in the middle of workouts.

After all the hard work, however, Yoder said he feels like he added years to his life.

"I'm going to live longer. I feel that way!" he said.

Yoder said the key to overcoming all of the struggles along the way was support from his wife, from Nelson and from the other Chicagoans who were training for the bodybuilding competition, too.

Now that the competition is over, Yoder said he will keep some of the habits he developed during the training period, such as packing nutritious meals to-go instead of buying unhealthy food.

"There's so many things you learn that you just kind of can't unlearn about how to eat and how to approach challenges with positivity," Yoder said.

From here, Yoder's plan is to tell the story of his journey in an in-depth documentary called "Poser."

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<![CDATA[Suitcase Found on Reunion Island to Be DNA Tested]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:34:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_156629859433.jpg

Technicians will look for DNA on a suitcase fragment found on Reunion Island, the French territory where plane debris possibly connected to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 washed up, officials say.

The National Gendarmerie Press office confirmed to NBC News that the suitcase piece was sent to the Criminal Research Institute of the National Gendarmerie in Pointoise, northwest of Paris, where technicians will attempt to extract DNA to see if it matches any samples collected from the families of passengers who disappeared on MH370.

The suitcase remnants were found Thursday, one day after a piece of aircraft was recovered on the shoreline of Reunion, which lies about 560 miles east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

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<![CDATA[Islanders Flock to 'Special' Beach After Debris Find]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:24:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/150801-plage-de-colosse-0827a_cd2cd41245c8888c3962725a19e1bf69.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

The rocky shoreline where the first possible debris from Flight MH370 was found has captured the imagination of local residents, some of whom wandered in search of more pieces Saturday, NBC News reported.

Bottles and plastic waste are a common feature of the stony Plage de Colosse, which lies on the east coast of this island paradise, facing the currents of the Indian Ocean.

"It's incredible," said Jean-Renee Lativel, a realtor who turned beachcomber for the day in the hope of finding something from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. "This is could be such an important and special place now, especially for all those families. It could be the denouement of this long drama."

The airplane part arrived in France on Saturday, but investigators in France are not expected to begin examining the debris until Wednesday. However, there are already many here that are convinced that their coastline has finally unlocked the mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane — and the whereabouts of the 239 people on board.



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<![CDATA[Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Indicted, Sources Say]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 22:36:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ken_Paxton.jpg

A grand jury in Colin County has indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on two charges of first-degree securities fraud and one count of third-degree failure to register, two people close to the case told NBC 5 on Saturday.

The indictments were issued on Tuesday and immediately sealed, the sources said, adding they are set to be unsealed on Monday in Collin County.

A Tarrant County judge has been appointed to hear the case, the sources said.

Anthony Holm, a spokesman for Paxton, could not immediately be reached for comment.

With help from the Texas Rangers, the grand jury and two special prosecutors -- both defense attorneys from Houston -- have been investigating whether Paxton committed a securities crime by acting as a broker without being licensed.

Paxton admitted to the Texas securities board last year that he was not registered when he solicited clients for a friend, investment broker Frederick "Fritz" Mowery, who paid Paxton a fee.

Paxton paid a $1,000 fine to the Texas State Securities Board. He has said he thought that the fine ended the matter.

Paxton's relationship with a McKinney computer company called Servergy, has also come under scrutiny. Servergy, which claims to make an energy-efficient computer server, is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for possible fraud, according to court records.

Servergy and its founder, Bill Mapp, have not returned calls seeking comment.

The New York Times reported Saturday that Paxton is accused of encouraging people to invest more than $600,000 in Servergy without disclosing that he was paid a commission. Paxton faces two charges of first-degree securities fraud and one count of third-degree failure to register, the newspaper reported.

The Times attributed the information to special prosecutor Kent Schaffer.

Late Saturday, Schaffer and his co-special prosecutor in the case, Brian Wice, issued a statement that only hinted at the indictment. The defense attorneys said they had dedicated their careers to ensuring anyone accused of a crime was guaranteed a presumption of innocence and a fair trial.

"Because our statutory mandate as special prosecutors is not to convict, but to see that justice is done, our commitment to these bedrock principles remains inviolate," they said.

Rep. Matt Krause, a Republican from Fort Worth and a longtime Paxton supporter, issued a statement standing by the attorney general.

"Unfortunately, Texans have seen indictments used as political weapons," he said. "As recently as last week, an indictment was thrown out against former Governor Rick Perry. It's easy to envision the same thing happening here. And that is why I think you will continue to see Texans support General Paxton just as they did last November with his overwhelming victory."

Democrats called on Paxton to step down.

"Ken Paxton is going to be spending the next many months trying desperately to stay out of jail," said Matt Angle, founder of the Lone Star Project, a Democratic political action committee. "Paxton has been indicted for swindling other Texans out of their hard-earned money. He's forfeited any benefit of doubt."

Rep. Chris Turner, a Democrat who serves Arlington and Grand Prairie, also was critical.

"Three felony charges, resulting from a Texas Rangers investigation, are an extremely serious matter," he said in a statement. "As the top law enforcement official in Texas, AG Paxton owes the public a full, candid explanation for these charges, as well as an explanation of how he can continue to do his job as he deals with three felony indictments."

The cloud of a criminal investigation has shadowed Paxton while he emerged as a national Republican figure during his first six months as Texas' attorney general.

"It is time for Paxton to face the consequences. This is yet another example of the corrupt culture that fester with one-party, unchecked Republican power," Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Manny Garcia said.

A tea party star in Texas, Paxton recently advised county clerks they could refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the unions nationwide.

NBC 5's Julie Fine and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Sues Celebrity Chef]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 06:37:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-481233084TheDonald72115.jpg

The group developing Donald Trump's grand renovation of Washington's Old Post Office Pavilion has sued chef Jose Andres for $10 million, claiming Andres breached his contract to build a flagship restaurant in the hotel after Trump said Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime.

Andres had a 10-year deal to open an almost 10,000-square-foot restaurant in the $200 million Trump International Hotel.

But Andres cut ties with the business magnate July 8, after Trump's comments June 16. The comments led to protests outside the planned D.C. hotel.

Andres told the Washington Post it would be "impossible" for him to open a restaurant in that location.

Trump's developer alleges he has suffered millions of dollars in damages, including legal fees, the cost of hiring a new tenant and more. And the suit dryly says that Andres should have known Trump was going to say something that would raise hackles.

"Mr. Andres' offense is curious in light of the fact that Mr. Trump's publicly shared views on immigration have remained consistent for many years, and Mr. Trump's willingness to frankly share his opinions is widely known," reads the suit, filed in federal court Friday.

Andres had praised Trump for his "business acumen," when the agreement was announced in January, and said in a press release, "I have long respected Donald Trump for his business acumen and am proud to partner with him to create a truly remarkable, fine dining restaurant in the city I have called home for many years."

The suit also notes that Andres left the deal more than a week after he was expected to present documents showing construction progress.

Trump sent a notice to Andres on July 17, giving him 10 days to produce the documents. The same day, Andres sent Trump a notice, alleging that Trump's speech had breached the sublease.

Andres also "demanded that Trump's personal opinions not be "repeated, restated, or further disseminated," according to the lawsuit.

Trump's developer claims there are no provisions in the sublease that grant Andres the right to terminate the sublease based on offended feelings.



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