<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - National & International News]]>Copyright 2016http://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.comen-usMon, 30 May 2016 02:06:32 -0500Mon, 30 May 2016 02:06:32 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Flooding in Texas, Kansas as Wild Weather Hits Carolinas]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 17:25:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NCFlooding.jpg

Five people were killed and at least three others were reported missing after heavy rain hammered the Plains states, triggering flooding over the holiday weekend, NBC News reported. 

Four bodies were discovered in Washington County, Texas, and another was found Saturday in Travis County, according to emergency services officials. Officials were still searching for three missing people, including a 10-year-old boy who was pulled into the swollen Brazos River. 

An 11-year-old Kansas boy was swept away after falling into the fast-moving Gypsum Creek in Wichita. 

Other parts of the country were also dealing with wild weather. Tropical Storm Bonnie weakened to a tropical depression, bringing winds up to 35 mph and high surf to the Carolinas and Georgia through Monday.

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<![CDATA[Why Not Use Streaming Technology for Aircraft Data? ]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 16:27:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/VoiceRecorderAircraft-GettyImages-461475586%281%29.jpg

The use of black boxes to record critical flight data is striking many experts as antiquated, even though technology exists to stream information from an aircraft to a ground computer, according to NBC News. 

The system doesn’t continuously send data to ground-based computers, but activates in the event of an abnormal occurrence, sending data to the airline to analyze. The airline can then apply corrective action. 

The streaming devices are similar to the hardware used in black boxes on aircraft for decades. In the event of a plane crash, the data transmitted can help searchers pinpoint a specific search location. 

The technology hasn’t been widely adopted, mainly because of the cost. FLYHT Aerospace Solutions, a Canadian company, provides an on-demand black box at about $100,000 per plane.

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<![CDATA[Sanders Doesn't Say No to Hypothetical Clinton VP Slot]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 18:13:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BernieSandersMTP.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he won’t rule out the possibility of being Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

"Here we are in California, I'm knocking my brains out to win the Democratic nomination," Sanders said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. "What happens afterwards, we will see. But right now, my focus is on winning the nomination." 

Sanders said California is important to win more pledged delegates than Clinton, but also said he will “do everything I can” to ensure Donald Trump is defeated. The onus, he said, was on Clinton to convince his supporters why they should back her.

"If Secretary Clinton is the nominee, it is her job to reach out to millions of people and make the case as to why she is going to defend working families and the middle [class], provide healthcare for all people, take on Wall Street, deal aggressively with climate change. That is the candidate's job to do."

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<![CDATA[6 BBQ Tips for a Safe Memorial Day Weekend]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 06:25:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/BBQ-Template-6.jpg BBQ and picnic season is just beginning. Here are a few tips to make sure you kick off the season with a safe Memorial Day weekend.

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<![CDATA[ Libertarian Party Chairman Hopeful Strips on Stage, Live TV]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 21:46:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LibertarianConvention-AP_428138676168.jpg

A candidate for chairman for the Libertarian Party stripped his clothes on live TV before dropping out of the race on Sunday, NBC News reported. 

James Weeks was supporting the vice presidential campaign of Derrick Grayson when he took off his suit, shirt and tie and danced around, according to video of the convention broadcast by C-SPAN.

He then said, "I'm sorry; that was a dare," and said he was abandoning his own campaign for party chairman. 

The convention, which was contested, had to go to a second ballot before the Libertarians nominated former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld as its presidential ticket.

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<![CDATA[Poss. Shark Attack Closes Shoreline]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 19:38:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/corona-del-mar-shark-052916.JPG

A three-mile stretch of the shoreline at Corona del Mar State Beach was closed after a swimmer was the victim of an apparent shark attack late Sunday afternoon, Newport Beach lifeguards confirmed.

Newport Beach police said they received reports that a woman swimming in the water was bitten at Corona del Mar State Beach around 5 p.m.

Lifeguards found the woman in distress in the water about 150 yards off shore, and when they pulled her out, she had large bites on her upper torso and shoulder, Newport Beach City Police spokeswoman Tara Finnigan said.

She was conscious and breathing when she was taken to a nearby hospital. Police could not comment on the extent of the her injuries.

NBC4 has learned that the victim's injuries and bites appear to be from a shark.

A three-mile stretch of the sand from Newport Pier to Corona del Mar beach was closed after the attack.

Beaches from Newport Pier to Cameo Shores were to remain closed until Monday morning when officials would reevaluate. They said they were hoping to reduce the closure to 1.5 miles from Balboa Pier to Corona del Mar State Beach for the holiday.

Officials said they could not immediately determine whether it was a shark that bit her as they could not find a shark in the water when the attack happened. Rob Williams, lifeguard with Newport Beach Fire, at one point said it could not be ruled out that the animal bite may have come from a sea lion.

The woman was described as an experienced swimmer.

The water was evacuated, and the stretch of the beach was to remain closed for 24 hours, Newport Beach Lifeguard Captain John Moora said. 

As NewsChopper4 flew overhead the beach, the shoreline was packed with Memorial Day weekend beach-goers. They expressed how disppointed they were with the closure during the holiday.

Corona del Mar State Beach is a popular place for swimmers, according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. 

A shark sighting in October of 2015 shut down a stretch of the beach near Newport Pier. In that sighting, an 8-foot shark was spotted along the coast. Newport Beach Pier is about 5 miles north of Corona del Mar State Beach.

A month prior in September 2015, a hammerhead was caught on camera acting aggressively toward a kayaker.

The warm weather may draw more sharks to the Southern California coast, experts said in a previous report.

NBC4's Marin Austin contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Jeb Corliss Flies Through Target on China's Great Wall]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 20:44:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JebCorliss-GettyImages-501529908.jpg

Daredevil Jeb Corliss ripped through a target on China’s Great Wall on Sunday, NBC News reported. 

The 40-year old's stunt included skydiving from a helicopter dressed in a wingsuit. 

Corliss said he wanted to do something “safer" and was done with “death defying” stunts after flying through a 25-foot wide crevice between two cliff faces in his last feat. 

"I'm not about doing death defying stuff anymore," told NBC News. "That's not the point. What I'd much rather do is things that are safe, repeatable, but more difficult."

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<![CDATA[Gorilla Seemed to Protect Boy Who Fell Into Enclosure: Witness]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 17:42:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cincinnati-Gorilla-.jpg

A visitor who recorded the moments after a 3-year-old boy fell into a gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo said the ape appeared to be protecting the child before being shot, NBC News reported. 

"I don't know if the screaming did it or too many people hanging on the edge, if he thought we were coming in, but then he pulled the boy down away further from the big group," Kim O'Connor, who shot the video, told NBC station WLWT. 

According to the video, Harambe, a Western lowland silverback gorilla, nudged the boy toward him before tugging on the back of his pants. In another video, the gorilla stands over the boy on all fours as onlookers shout in the background.

Cincinnati Fire Chief Marc Monahan said Saturday that first responders saw the gorilla "dragging and throwing the child." 

Harambe was fatally shot during the rescue. The boy, whose age was misreported as 4 by authorities, was in the enclosure for more than 10 minutes before he was rescued and was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

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<![CDATA[SoCal Veterans' Mural Defaced]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 12:18:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/mural-vets-ruined.jpg

A mural in Venice, California, honoring Vietnam veterans was destroyed ahead of Memorial Day, leaving residents outraged.

"The wall represents a significant part of our history," Stewart Oscars, a Venice resident who has driven by the mural every day for 20 years, said.

Cleanup was planned Sunday after extensive graffiti, with a thick sheen of silver paint, covered the mural that stood in the same place untouched since 1992 on Pacific Avenue near Sunset Court

"The more I think about it, why did this happen right at Memorial Day weekend?" Oscars lamented.

Dozens of volunteers showed up Sunday morning to help remove the thick layers of paint, which covered most of the 2,273 names. Each one is a missing Vietnam veteran.

"They're angry. They're idiots. They're criminals," Oscars said. "I don't know what the motivation is."

City Council Member Mike Bonin said he wanted the mural restored as soon as possible, adding "vandalizing a monument to brave men and women who served our country in a time of war is a disgusting act."

LA County Sheriff's Department investigators showed up Saturday night to assess the wall and take pictures.

They noted the restoration would not be easy, and trying to "blast" it off the wall may remove key parts of the mural.

"This is a big deal for our country, community," Louie Abeyta, a Los Angeles County Firefighter, said. "Everyone will see it. We gotta do something about it."

This mural is on MTA property, and officials are taking steps to professionally restore the artwork.

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<![CDATA[Pelicans Guard Shot Dead After Breaking Into Apartment: DPD]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 04:41:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052816+Bryce+Dejean+Jones.jpg

Bryce Dejean-Jones, a guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, was fatally shot after he kicked down the door of a Dallas apartment early Saturday morning, police said.

According to police, officers were called to the Camden Belmont apartment complex on the 2500 block of Bennett Avenue at 3:20 a.m. regarding a shooting.

The resident of the apartment, whose identity was not released, was sleeping when he heard a man, identified as 23-year-old Bryce Dejean-Jones, breaking down the front door, police said.

The resident, armed with a handgun, called out and heard no response. As Dejean-Jones kicked open the bedroom door, the resident fired his gun, police said.

Dejean-Jones left the apartment and collapsed. He was later brought to a hospital and pronounced dead from a gunshot wound, according to the police statement.

Agent Scott W. Nichols said Dejean-Jones was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"Bryce was visiting his girlfriend in Dallas for his daughter’s 1st birthday. This was the first time Bryce visited her new apartment," Nichols said in a statement. "Later that night, Bryce came back to the apartment. Incidentally he went to the wrong apartment on the third floor just below his girlfriends fourth-floor apartment. He was attempting to enter the apartment which led to him ultimately being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bryce was then shot and killed."

The New Orleans Pelicans, in a press release, said the team is "devastated" over the loss of Dejean-Jones.

“It is with deep sadness that the Pelicans organization acknowledges the sudden passing of Bryce Dejean-Jones. We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life who had such a promising future ahead of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family during this difficult time.”

Dejean-Jones signed a three-year contract with the Pelicans in February after joining the team in January on consecutive 10-day contracts.

In Dejean-Jones' only NBA season, which ended in February because of a broken right wrist, the 6-foot-6 guard started 11 of 14 games and averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds.

Nichols said Dejean-Jones had nearly completed his rehab and was set to begin shooting with his right hand again next week.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called it a "tragic loss."

"Bryce inspired countless people with his hard work and perseverance on his journey to the NBA, and he had a bright future in our league," Silver said in a statement issued Saturday.

National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts, who had posted a link to the story of Dejean-Jones' death on Twitter and wrote that it was "The news I pray every day I never have to hear," said "Bryce's dedication and hard work on his journey to the NBA will forever serve as an inspiration to us all."

Dejean-Jones was a part of the 2014-15 Iowa State team that went 25-9, captured a Big 12 title and made a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. He was fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 10.5 points in 33 games. He shot a career-best 47.6 percent in his lone season as a Cyclone.

"This is a very, very sad and tragic day for everyone that's a part of the Cyclone basketball family," Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said.

Former Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg, now the coach of the NBA's Chicago Bulls, added in a statement that Dejean-Jones was a "passionate and talented player that lived out his dream of playing in the NBA through hard work and perseverance."

He also played college ball at the University of Southern California and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Dejean-Jones was suspended late in the 2013-14 season from UNLV for conduct detrimental to the team, and announced that he was leaving USC midway through the 2010-11 season.

Several NBA players reacted to news of Dejean-Jones' death on Twitter Saturday.

"Crazy how life is man," wrote Brooklyn Nets guard Shane Larkin. "Prayers out to Bryce Dejean Jones and his family."

Quincy Pondexter, one of Dejean-Jones' teammates with the Pelicans, said "This Can't be real life... Rest easy lil bro."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[NASA Inflates New Space Station Room]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 08:20:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NASA-Expandable-Room-AP_16149758851532.jpg

NASA has inflated the first-ever expandable room for astronauts on the International Space Station, a round module that made occasional popcorn-like popping sounds as it reached its full size, NBC News reported.

It took NASA astronaut Jeff Williams more than seven hours to inflate the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) Saturday. Its inflation went at a glacial pace as a safety precaution since BEAM is the first of its kind.

Williams reported that he heard popping noises with almost every short burst of air he fed into the module through a manual valve.  

The fully inflated BEAM module is 13 feet (4 meters) long and 10.5 feet (3.2 m) wide, and contains 565 cubic feet (16 cubic m) of living space. Expandable habitats take up less room in a payload fairing than rigid, metal habitats, and are also lighter, which lowers the cost of sending them to space.

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<![CDATA[Officer's Post Sparks Controversy]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 02:40:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/instagram1.PNG

A San Diego police officer is in hot water after she posted a controversial picture on Instagram of herself dressed in riot gear.

The image was captioned with: "Waiting waiting waiting!! Just riot already people!!! #waitingsucks."

The unnamed officer was policing Friday during Donald Trump's rally at the San Diego convention center.

Some San Diego residents and Trump protesters are upset about the photo and the message they think it conveys from the police.

“It sends a really bad image for the San Diego Police Department and we want answers,” Trump protester Michaela Glover said.

NBC 7 has decided not to use the officer's name as a matter of safety.

“It looks like they were taking that as a joke, and our lives are not a joke. Our safety is not a joke," exclaimed Glover.

“They post ‘come on riot already so we can use this equipment against you,’” said Cathy Mendonca of United Against Police Terror. “That’s pretty much what the message was."

A San Diego Police spokesman said the department will investigate the incident "immediately," adding they are thankful "for bringing the private social media post of one of our officers to our attention."

Glover said she was one of the thousands of people outside the convention center protesting, which she witnessed take a violent turn.

Though NBC 7 hasn't been able to confirm what time the pictures were posted Glover said they went online around 2 p.m., before Trump spoke and before the crowd turned violent.

“It’s unprofessional for you to be on duty or start your shift and think it’s okay to post what you posted,” she said.

Kevin LaChapelle, a criminal justice professor and former police officer, shared his thoughts on officers using social media during the rally.

“I think officers should not be tweeting,” he told NBC 7. “I think that can be provocative to protesters, for example, so I don't think that's a good idea. So I think that's probably not the best use of a police officer's time to be Tweeting out like that.”

Though the officer has taken her account down her critics say the damage is done and are calling for her suspension.

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<![CDATA[SoCal Schools Probe Animal Abuse]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 14:43:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Goat+Pomona+05.28.16.JPG

Officials are investigating two incidents of possible animal cruelty at Southern California high schools, and at least one of them may have been part of a senior prank, authorities said.

Baby, a 5-year-old goat, went missing May 19 after its owner says a group of teens from Ganesha High School in Pomona broke into her property and took her.

"They came in the middle of the night and stole her from our property and took her to the school and painted on her and who knows what else they've done to her," the owner, who asked not to be identified, said.

Baby was found with a broken leg on school campus the next day, a Ganesha High School student told NBC4. "It's one thing to do a prank and one thing to do this, hurt and animal," the student said.

Its owner says her face was swollen and her body, painted in the school's colors, was half shaven.

"If they can do this to an animal what can they do to a human?" the owner said.

Baby died Thursday following surgery, her owner said. The Inland Valley Humane Society was investigating the incident.

Pomona Unified School District issued a statement, saying the "safety of our students, staff and campus facilities, as well as superlative respect to our local community" is a priority.

"As a high school ranked in the top 4th percentile in CA by U.S. News & World Report, we take our role as a model academic high school very seriously and we do not condone injustices toward people or animals," the statement said, highlight their "zero-tolerance policy for deviations to academic and safety standards."

In a separate incident, two rabbits were found dead Friday morning at Riverside Polytechnic High School, according to the Riverside Unified School District.

District officials said staff arrived on campus around 5:30 a.m. and found three dead rabbits as well as toilet paper, trash, graffiti with inappropriate language and symbols and broken windows.

The Riverside School District initially said the incident was an apparent senior prank, adding it was "disheartened at this unfortunate news."

However, Michael Roe, principal at Polytechnic High School later said that these incidents were not part of a senior prank but rather "a coordinated effort to vandalize our school," and called the acts "unnerving." 

"To carry out this kind of act on a high school campus - or anywhere in the community for that matter - is cause for concern and proportionate action," Roe said in a statement. "I am incredibly proud of the response from the Poly community - the district, RPD, parents, wealth of students and staff who have denounced these cowardice acts."

Officials also said the district was working the Riverside Police Department to comb through multiple angles of video footage from the incident, and will be interviewing students who may have been involved.

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<![CDATA[Sanders Warns Clinton on Running Mate Pick ]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 09:40:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/split2-clinton-sanders.jpg

Vermont Bernie Sanders warned democratic rival Hillary Clinton that her pick for running mate will be critical to winning over his supporters going into the general election.

During an interview to air Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sanders said told Chuck Todd that Clinton needs "a candidate who can excite working families, excite young people, bring them into the political process and create a large voter turnout."

Asked whether Virginia senator Tim Kaine, who's rumored to be on Clinton's short list, is the kind of running mate he's recommending, Sanders said, "I really like him very much," but declined any further speculation.

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<![CDATA[Tropical Storm Forms Near Carolinas, 4 Dead in Texas Downpours]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 03:19:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Flooding+2.jpg

A tropical depression strengthened into a tropical storm Saturday off the Carolinas, the latest wild weather expected to hit the country over the holiday weekend, NBC News reported. 

Tropical Storm Bonnie was about 130 miles southeast of Beaufort, South Carolina, and was forecast to drench the Carolinas with up to 3 inches of rain, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters said high winds and dangerous waves could also hit the two states, as well as Georgia and Florida. 

No evacuations were ordered as of Saturday afternoon.

In Texas, at least four people were killed and two others missing after downpours, with the state expecting more rain through Memorial Day. 

The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency ahead of heavy rains Saturday. Since Tuesday, storms in the state have caused high winds, heavy rains and flash flooding — with more rain predicted into the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Plane Crashes in Orchard, 2 Dead]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 15:22:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/222*120/ventura-plane-down.jpg

Two people were killed when a homebuilt aircraft crashed in a lemon orchard in unincorporated Santa Paula, California, on Saturday, Ventura County Fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to the 1600 block of Aliso Canyon Road at 3:17 p.m. to a report of an aircraft going down.

When they arrived, firefighters found the "experimental" aircraft fully engulfed in flames in an orchard north of Ventura city. The Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft was a single-engine homebuilt VariEze. 

Two people were aboard, the FAA said.

Officials said the engine was cutting in and out as the craft made its way down when it caught on power lines, as observed by nearby ranchers. 

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating.

The California Highway Patrol closed Aliso Canyon Road at Foothill Road due to the crash.

Pilots assemble VariEze aicrafts at home, and they must be inspected by an FAA official before flying. 

NBC4's Marin Austin contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Man Runs 50 Marathons in 50 States]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 15:59:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/marathon+dad+0528.jpg

A west suburban Chicago man has completed a lofty goal of running a marathon in all 50 states. 

On Saturday, Kevin Ely of Geneva, Illinois, ran the 34th annual Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City, Michigan, the final state in his quest.

Ely initially set the goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states as a personal milestone. He had already checked 13 states off the list when he attended an expo in California, where he learned about the Free Wheelchair Mission, a nonprofit that offers cost-effective wheelchairs to people with disabilities. 

"I thought, 'I need to turn this from being a selfish thing for me and what I could accomplish for myself,'" he said. "At the end, nobody would have really cared. It was a realization that I needed to do something to make an impact." 

As the father of a 7-year-old with cerebral palsy, his understanding of the importance of mobility, the cost to provide methods of movement, and the fact that millions of people around the world don't have access to those methods eventually led him to a fundraising mission: Marathons for Mobility. 

Ely originally set a fundraising goal of $42,000 to be donated to the Free Wheelchair Mission. But by Saturday, he had exceeded that goal, raising $45,461, which will provide 583 wheelchairs.

Since setting the summer 2016 completion date more than two years ago, Ely has averaged one marathon every three or four weeks, and he plans to hang up his running shoes and never run again after Saturday's race. 

"I've lost quite a few weekends with my family. It's one of the things I want to get back when I stop running," Ely said. "As patient and supportive as they've been, it's time to give my time and support back to them."

As for his time? Ely said he ran his final marathon in 3:57:29. 

Photo Credit: Kevin Ely
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<![CDATA[Frisco Man Pays Speeding Ticket With Buckets of Pennies]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 01:12:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052716+Penny.jpg

A Texas man paid a traffic fine with thousands of pennies in "protest" of a speeding ticket.

Brett Sanders believes he did nothing wrong when he was ticketed for driving nine miles per hour over the speed limit in his Frisco neighborhood.

"I didn't hurt anybody. I didn't endanger anybody's life," he said.

Sanders tried to fight the ticket in court, taking the case to trial where he eventually lost.

"When my fine came due, I just decided I may as well pay with pennies and we'll make a big spectacle of it," Sanders said.

He hammered $220 worth of pennies from their rolls and shoveled them into five-gallon buckets.

Sanders then drove to the Frisco Municipal Court and dumped the coins – all 22,000 – on the counter.

"It felt great. It really felt great," Sanders said.

Sanders recorded the incident and posted a video on YouTube. It has been viewed nearly 40,000 times.

The court's clerks gathered all the pennies and took them to Coinstar locations around town. They said it took about three hours to count them.

Sanders is now owed money by the city because he overpaid by $7.81.

"I’m just going to go ahead and let them keep that,” he said.

City staff told NBC5 it's not against the rules to pay using pennies, but they wouldn't encourage it. In fact, they say this is the second time in memory someone has paid with pennies.

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<![CDATA[Good Samaritan Gets Hit by Car]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 13:26:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_112668584.jpg

Two people were injured early Saturday morning after an apparent suicide attempt evolved into an attack on three good Samaritans, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

D.C. police were called to Pennsylvania Avenue and Anacostia Freeway around 6 a.m. over a report of an assault "with a dangerous weapon." When the first officer arrived, he found one man on the ground with serious injuries and a woman who apparently attempted suicide by jumping from a bridge.

According to the police report, a witness told the officer that he saw the woman fall from the Anacostia Freeway bridge. The witness said he and two other men ran to help her on the ground below.

The witness said when they tried to help the woman, another man attempted to fight them off, telling the three men “to get away from his girl and she was going with him,” according to the report.

The man then pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and the three good Samaritans pounced on him to seize the firearm. During the struggle, one of the witnesses was able to grab the gun and hit the man with it, causing a shot to fire. No one was struck by the gunshot.

The report said the man got in his car and drove off. Moments later, he returned and struck one of the good Samaritans with his car, seriously injuring him, and fled the scene.

The woman and the man hit by the car were taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center. The report does not list any names for the woman, the good Samaritans or the man who fled the scene.

<![CDATA[Six Numbers That Show Why Clinton Is Still the Favorite in 2016]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 11:04:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CLINTON_AP_485476905075.jpg

The 2016 general election race is now a virtual tie. The most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows the Democratic front-runner clinging to a narrow lead in a head-to-head match up with the Republican nominee.

But an analysis of data from the poll shows that Clinton is still the more likely candidate to emerge as the winner when the voting's all over on Nov. 8, 2016.

The advantage for a generic Democratic candidate over a generic Republican is 4 percentage points. And though both parties are unpopular, the Democratic Party is nearly breaking even on favorability, while the GOP is under water.

The poll also shows President Barack Obama's approval rating is at 51 percent, meaning he'll be a powerful surrogate for Clinton after the primary.

Meanwhile, Trump is under-performing with white women by 10 points and showing a nine-point drop in the suburbs, according to the poll. Clinton has a 10-point advantage on the commander-in-chief test.

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<![CDATA['Baby Boom' for World's Rarest Leopard in Russia]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 12:29:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Persian+Leopard.jpg

The endangered Persian leopard is being reintroduced to Sochi, Russia, nearly a century after they were hunted to the brink of extinction, NBC News reported.

Today, there are fewer than 400 Persian leopards in the wild, with the only sustainable wild populations in Iran and Turkmenistan.

The Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Center in Sochi, created in 2012, has helped the population make a modest recovery in recent years. The project is bankrolled by the Russian government.

Conservationists will release two 3-year-old animals within the next few weeks, followed by another pair later this year. Officials hope a leopard colony will again take root in the southeastern corner of Europe and spread eastward. But vital migration routes the animal needs to thrive are under threat from expanding ski resorts.

Photo Credit: Natural Resources and Ecology Ministry of Russia
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<![CDATA[WWII Plane Crashes in NY River]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 20:06:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/AP_16149568884659_edited-1.jpg

A salvage team has recovered a small vintage World War II fighter plane that crashed into the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey Friday evening, killing the pilot onboard.

The Army Corps of Engineers lifted the aircraft out of the river Saturday. The plane was taken to the Downtown Manhattan Heliport near Wall Street.

The P-47 Thunderbolt, a single-seat propeller plane, was on a flight to shoot promotional material for the Bethpage Air Show in Jones Beach when it went down in the water about two miles south of the George Washington Bridge at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, according to officials.

Police, fire and Coast Guard boats and helicopters swarmed the area as they searched for the pilot, later identified as William Gordon of Key West, Florida.

Scuba divers recovered the 56-year-old pilot’s body about three hours after the crash, according to NYPD Det. Michael Debonis.

The plane suffered some sort of mechanical problem and the pilot tried to ditch in the Hudson, said Gari Lewi, a spokesman for the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport on Long Island, which owns the plane. It's not clear what the source of the problem was.

Diners at Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen, New Jersey, told NBC 4 New York they saw the small vintage plane appear to start landing, then suddenly plunge into the water nose first.

Other witnesses say they saw the smoke hit the water and at first thought it was an air show for Fleet Week, which draws thousands of people to the nearby Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum for events including live demonstrations.

Bethpage Air Show organizers said in a statement posted online they will proceed with the event "with heavy hearts."

"The pilot was a friend to us all and we send our deepest sympathy to his family and our friends at the American Air Power Museum," the statement read.

Gordon was a veteran air show pilot and had more than 25 years of experience, the AP reported, citing promotional material on a website for a Key West air show last month. Gordon was an "aerobatic competency evaluator" who certified pilots to perform low-level aerobatics, according to the site.

The P47-Thunderbolt was the heaviest single-engine fighter plane used by Allied forces in World War II. The aircraft first went into service in 1942 with the 56th Fighter Group based on Long Island.

Lewi said the museum was going to honor the plane’s 75th anniversary of coming into service this weekend at the air show. The plane that crashed was supposed to fly in this weekend’s airshow.

It has flown periodically, including to other air shows, Lewi said.

The site where the plane crashed Friday, near the Edgewater Marina, is less than five miles upriver from where U.S. Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing in the river in 2009 in what is now commonly referred to as “The Miracle on the Hudson”

Jonathan Dienst and Michael Gargiulo contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: AP, Facebook
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<![CDATA[Doctors' Last-Minute Diagnosis Saves Dog's Life]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 09:18:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ollie-tick-today-show.jpg

A veterinary intern and student worked together to save the life of a fluffy sheltie after they realized he didn't need to be euthanized just moments before the procedure was to take place, the "Today" Show reported.

The 10-year-old pup, Ollie, was experiencing a temporary paralysis due to a paralyzing tick behind his ear, but his owner, Falline Fate Meteney, had no way of knowing that. Instead, Meteney assumed that Ollie, who could not stand, walk, or control his bladder, needed to be put to sleep.

Meteney dropped off Ollie at the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon, where luckily veterinary student Neena Golden and intern Dr. Adam Stone took care of the pup. The doctors discovered a tick behind Ollie's ear, despite the fact that he had been wearing a tick collar.

Instead of prepping Ollie to be put down, the doctors prepared to remove the tick and hoped that it would stop the paralysis. And luckily it did.

Photo Credit: Courtesy DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital]]>