<![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-usFri, 01 Jul 2016 00:17:51 -0500Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:17:51 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Istanbul Victim Was Trying to Save Son From ISIS]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:04:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fathi-Bayoudh-istanbul-attack.jpg

One of the dozens of people killed in an attack on an Istanbul airport Tuesday was a doctor on a mission to save his son from the terror group ISIS, officials and friends said.

Fathi Bayoudh, a Tunisian military doctor and head of a pediatrics unit at a hospital in the country's capital, had traveled to Turkey about two months ago to retrieve his son, Anouar, from Syria, a family friend confirmed to NBC News.

Anouar, who was in his late 20s, left to join the terror group ISIS and traveled first to Iraq and then to Syria, the friend said.

Bayoudh was working with the Tunisian Embassy in Ankara to get his son from Syria, a friend of the son said. Bayoudh called his wife, who is also a doctor, to Turkey and went to the airport to pick her up when the attack occurred, according to reports.



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<![CDATA[House to Vote on Terror Suspect Gun Measures: Source ]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:35:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PaulRyan-AP_16161559614348.jpg

The House will move next week on an anti-terrorism package that will have a provision to stop suspected terrorists from buying guns, a source who participated in a House GOP conference call on Thursday morning told NBC News.

The specifics of the legislation are unclear, but the package will likely include measures to help prevent radicalization and recruitment of potential terrorists and a provision to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns.

The full House also will take up Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Tim Murphy's bill seeking to prevent gun violence by providing improved care for mental illness, the source said.

Republican leadership is looking to move pre-emptively to block House Democrats from holding another floor protest. Last week, civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis led House Democrats in a 26-hour sit-in over gun policy reform in the Capitol.  



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<![CDATA[Thief Steals Coin Given by Obama]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:45:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/betty-unsquished.jpg

A thief broke into the home of the nation's oldest full-time park ranger, punched her and stole a special coin given to her by President Barack Obama when she was honored before Christmas in Washington, D.C., according to police in Richmond, California.

But it seems the president will soon send her a replacement coin, according to Betty Reid Soskin's boss at the National Park Service.

An unknown assailant broke into the 94-year-old's second-floor apartment about midnight on Monday, punched her several times and dragged her out of her bedroom into the hallway, according to police Lt. Felix Tan. He asked that anyone with information about the attack call detectives.

"This is a vicious, heinous crime," Tan said. "This is vicious enough for anyone at any age."

Tan said Soskin received medical attention for the bruises on her face and is recovering at her Hilltop-area home. She has not returned to work at the Rosie the Riveter WWII National Home Front National Historical Park, where she gves tours five days a week.

Obama honored Soskin for her life's work on Dec. 4 at the White House Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The two hugged, and she said at the time that "nothing else tops this." 

On the night of the attack, Soskin was awakened by the intruder, who wrestled her cellphone away from her when she tried to reach for it, Tan said. He then punched Soskin several times in the face. She fell. Then he dragged her out of the bedroom and into the hallway, where he punched her again and again.

Soskin was able to crawl into the bathroom and lock herself inside until the suspect left, Tan said. When she finally came out, she discovered that her cellphone, iPad, laptop, camera, jewelry and the special commemorative coin were missing. She called police for help about 1:45 a.m.

The only suspect information immediately available is that the thief was a thin man in his 20s.

Soskin was not immediately available for comment on Thursday. She is an active blogger but mentioned nothing about the home invasion on her site. Her son declined to be interviewed.

Soskin's neighbor doesn't believe it was a random attack.

"Whoever did it had to know something," said Kenneth Moody. "What, I don't know, and I can't tell you."

Her boss, Park Supt. Tom Leatherman, told NBC Bay Area on Thursday that he was one of the first people that Soskin called after the attack. Since then, he’s been over to see her every day.

“She’s part of our park service family. We’re all pretty emotional,” he said. “We go from disbelief to figuring out what we can to do help.”

In addition to setting up a fund to help Soskin replace her belongings, Leatherman said he got an email this week from Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, saying that Obama would replace the coin. “There’s a lot of people looking out for her,” Leatherman said.

White House and Department of the Interior representatives did not have a comment for this story. 

Soskin works full-time, explaining her slice of history to student groups and adults 40 hours a week. During World War II, Soskin worked as a clerk for the all-black Boilermakers A-36.

She's been known as a "Rosie the Riveter," though in the true sense of the word, that title is typically given to female wartime shipyard workers.

Soskin didn't start working for the park service until she was 85, she explained in a YouTube video, and was a stay-at-home mom, raising four children, until she was 50. 

In 1995, Soskin was named “Woman of the Year” by the California State Legislature. In 2005, she was named one of the nation’s 10 outstanding women, “Builders of communities and dreams,” by the National Women’s History Project.

Soskin also made headlines in 2013 when she publicly urged Congress to get its act together and end the furloughs many of nation's federal workers were undergoing. She said she didn’t want to waste any time sitting around at home at her age.

Before becoming a ranger, Soskin had been a social activist and, with her late husband, owned a record store in Berkeley.

As for when she’ll return to work, Leatherman expected it might be a couple of weeks: “She has some bruising on her face, and she wants to wait for that to heal first.”

The specific fund to help Soskin has not yet been created, but it will soon be on the Rosie the Riveter Trust site. Anyone with information should call Richmond Police Detective Florencio Rivera at 510-621-1755. 

NBC Bay Area's Shawn Murphy contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Deadly Blasts Rock Istanbul Airport, Turkey Mourns]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:58:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543783340-ataturk.jpg Dozens of people were killed and scores were injured in explosions at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey on June 28, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Style Guide]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:44:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/michellstyleguide-GettyImages-543618108.jpg The first lady proves she's first in fashion.

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<![CDATA[Visualizing the Olympics: Medal Counts & More]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 07:53:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-149332217-edited.jpg Which countries have the most gold medals? And how much does it cost to host an Olympic Games? Get ready for the Rio Olympics – and the answers to those and many other Olympic-related questions – with this series of graphics. Click here for the visualization.
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<![CDATA[Turkey Arrests 13 as Death Toll Climbs to 44: State Media]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:09:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ISTANBUL_GettyImages-543751396.jpg

Police in Turkey arrested 13 for a possible connection to the attack on Istanbul's airport as the death toll as the death toll climbed to 44 on Thursday and funerals continued for the victims, NBC News reported.

Along with the dead, more than 200 were injured when assailants with guns and explosives hit the airport on Tuesday.

Officials have said the coordinated assault on Ataturk airport bore the hallmarks of ISIS, but there has been no official claim of responsibility. Turkish officials have not publicly identified the attackers. Police sources told NBC News that assailants were Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz.

Police carried out 16 raids targeting ISIS suspects in Istanbul overnight. The state-run Anadolu Agency said 13 people were taken into custody — including three foreign nationals.



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<![CDATA[RNC Rule Proposal Aims to Thwart 'Stop Trump' Forces]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:39:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump-AP_16165715343393.jpg

In an attempt to block the "Stop Trump" movement that aimed to upend the Republican National Convention, delegates began circulating a draft rule that would effectively lock-in Donald Trump as the GOP nominee.

Anti-Trump forces have talked up rules that could let delegates vote against Trump, regardless of the primary results. But the first proposed rule for this year's convention in Cleveland, obtained by MSNBC, proposes to freeze 2012 rules so that no new amendments can take effect until after this year's convention.

If the proposal passes, it guarantees that if amendments designed to stop Trump, such as a "conscience clause" that would function as a delegate escape hatch, are also passed, they would only go into effect at "the 2020 National Convention."

That sentiment could be a compelling argument for delegates heading to Cleveland. Even Trump's detractors within the RNC have said it would be unfair to change the rules in the middle of the game.



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<![CDATA[Apple Patents Device to Prevent Recording Live Shows ]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:48:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/184*120/apple-09-GettyImages-532736694_master.jpg

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved Apple's patent for a technology that could prevent iPhone cameras from recording or photographing live shows.

According to the patent, which was filed in 2009 and granted earlier this week, an infrared device could be set up on stage at live events.

"An Infrared emitter can be located in areas where picture or video capture is prohibited, and the emitter can generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes commands to disable the recording functions of devices." the patent says.

While the technology might frustrate fans who wish to preserve the live experiences, it's likely a welcome possibility for performers frustrated by staring into crowds of glowing phones.

In May, NBC's Today reported, Adele admonished a fan filming her concert in Italy.

"Can you stop filming me with a video camera, because I'm really here in real life?" Adele said, "You can enjoy it in real life, rather than through your camera."

Though that fan was filming with a professional camera, another fan captured a video of the incident using a smart phone.



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<![CDATA[Man Shoves Feces Bag Down Woman's Pants in NYC: Police]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:57:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/feces+attack+manhattan.jpg

A man was captured on video violently shoving a bag of feces down the pants of a woman walking on Manhattan's Upper East Side Monday, and police believe he attacked another person in a similar manner hours later. 

In the first incident, a 27-year-old woman was walking on East 74th Street near First Avenue at about 6 p.m. when the man approached her from behind, grabbed her waist and shoved a bag of feces down her pants, police said.

He grabbed her buttocks, then ran away. 

Surveillance video released by police Wednesday shows the suspect catching up to the victim as she walks while on her cellphone. He quickly grabs her from behind, and the startled victim tries to yank herself out of his grasp and pivots away from him. 

After a brief struggle, the suspect chucks off a pair of latex gloves, then flees, the video shows. 

Police said the attack was random and the woman did not know the suspect. 

Hours later, the man attacked someone else on East 91st Street between Park and Madison avenues, this time smearing the feces on the victim, according to police. 

Investigators believe the man is homeless. 

Neighbors on the Upper East Side say vagrants have become common.

"Every day you see people lying out, I see people urinating on buildings and there's nothing that happens," said Robert Feiner. 

"Police need to take action and come to the park and get them out of there," said Carole Kaplan. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio has acknowledged the city has a growing homelessness problem. He's stepped up street outreach and pledged a $2.6 billion investment in supportive housing units for the homeless. 

The suspect is described as about 40 years old, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 



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<![CDATA[New Zika Studies Reveal Invisible Damage to Babies]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:32:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BabyZika-AP_698041135257.jpg

Zika virus causes different types of brain damage in babies, not just microcephaly, according to two new reports.

Brazilian researchers found as many as one in five babies born with brain damage caused by Zika had normal-sized heads, NBC News reports. That means babies who may seem normal may in fact suffer from serious conditions that parents and doctors may not notice until they get older.

Worse, one study confirms that many of the pregnant women whose babies were affected didn't have the obvious symptoms of Zika, such as a rash. The virus is known to cause invisible infections in most people who catch it — usually good news, but that's bad news for pregnant women who may not know anything is amiss until their babies start showing symptoms as they grow.

And the study also found that even late in pregnancy, babies can suffer brain damage caused by Zika. In other words, there's no stage of pregnancy that's safe.



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<![CDATA[US Contractor Charged With Okinawa Murder]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:51:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Okinawa-US-Base-Protest-AP_16171313374474.jpg

An American contractor at a military base on Okinawa was charged Thursday with murdering a local woman — a case that has inflamed anti-American anger on the Japanese island, NBC News reported.

Kenneth Shinzato is accused of stabbing the 20-year-old victim multiple times in the neck in April, according to indictment documents seen by Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.

Local reports, quoting anonymous sources, said the retired marine was working as a contractor in IT services before the alleged crime, the Associate Press reported.

The incident has sparked fresh anger and mass protests by locals, flared in the past over a high crime rate linked to American troops. Okinawa has been home to U.S. military bases since the end of World War II.



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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Possible Phoenix Serial Killer]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:44:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-834333591.jpg

Police are investigating whether a serial killer is on the loose in Phoenix after five people were murdered in the Maryvale neighborhood since April, NBC News reported.

All the victims were shot dead outside their homes, near their cars, on weekend evenings in the working-class neighborhood.

Those details and the lack of obvious motive in each case led investigators to link the slayings, but multiple law enforcement sources confirmed there is also physical evidence tying them together.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Jon Howard told NBC News that investigators can't say for sure if it's a single killer or a group working together. There are no known links between the victims, so police have not determined how the shooter chooses the targets.

Victims include Horacio de Jesus Pena, 32, Diego Verdugo-Sanchez, 21, Manuel Castro Garcia, 19, Angela Linner, 31, Maleah Russell, 12.



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<![CDATA[All-Clear at Joint Base Andrews]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:41:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/202*120/2016-06-30_1014.png

Joint Base Andrews was locked down for nearly three hours Thursday after someone mistook a security exercise for an actual threat, officials said.

The Maryland Home of Air Force One was evacuated just after 9 a.m. because of a report of an active shooter. Personnel exited the building with their hands up, video shows. 

Officials later determined there was no threat and declared an "all clear."

Officials said first responders received reports of an "real-world active shooter situation" about the same time the base was conducting a "no-notice" active shooter exercise. Officials said the drill was set to occur on the east side of the base. The mistaken threat was spotted on the other side of the base, in the medical center. 

Someone on the third floor of the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility saw two people walking across the base with long guns, law enforcement officials told NBC News' Pete Williams. That person did not know a drill had been planned and reported that there was an active shooter in the building.

Reports of a real-world active shooter situation at the medical facility were "miscommunicated" before the drill began, Joint Base Andrews posted to Twitter after the incident.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ryan Freeland was shut out of the medical center building during the miscommunication. He said he was worried.

"Just praying for my colleagues who are in there barricaded behind locked doors," he said.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said personnel need to take mistaken threats seriously but avoid calling in false alarms.

"I think it's important to have a reasonable level of awareness of the possibility of this kind of event and what to do. And I thought the response was strong and solid," he said. "So that's the good news. The bad news is it appears to have been a mistake, and we'd like to reduce the number of mistakes made in this way."

Col. Brad Hoagland, 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews commander, praised first responders for their quick reaction.

"We take all threats seriously and reacted to ensure the security of those on the base," Hoagland said.

The lockdown was lifted and the investigation at the medical center continued. Rodney Smith, a patient advocate at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility, told The Associated Press the situation unfolded at the newer of two buildings. Smith was in the older building.

Joint Base Andrews, in Prince George's County, Maryland, is the home of Air Force One and to other emergency reaction units for the area around the nation's capital.

Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to fly out of the base Thursday morning for an event in Ohio, his office said. Biden was being held at the Naval Observatory during the lockdown. 

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson addressed the investigation during his testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. At the time, he called it an "unfolding situation" and said he would "take a break from this session" if need be.

Some military installations in the D.C. area increased their security in response to the investigation.

Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia, said it increased its "security posture," and the Washington Navy Yard in Southwest Washington ordered "100 percent ID check" and "long guns at entrance gates." Security was also heightened at the Naval Observatory in Northwest Washington and the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division in Montgomery County, Maryland. 

Prince George's County — which would normally assist Joint Base Andrews during a security incident — said it did not assist with any emergency response.

Last month, Joint Base Andrews was placed on lockdown after a woman walked onto the base and claimed she had a bomb. An Explosive Ordinance Disposal team found the woman had no explosives, and she was apprehended. 

The base has a long, storied history. The first prisoners of war back from Vietnam in 1973 arrived at Andrews Air Force Base as did the U.S. hostages from Iran in 1981.

Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev was the first foreign head of state to fly into Andrews in 1959.

Construction on a military airfield there began in 1942 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was named Andrews Field in 1945 in honor of one of the founders of the Air Force, Lt. Gen. Frank M. Andrews. He had died in an airplane crash on May 3, 1943, the day the base opened.

The base's name was changed to Andrews Air Force Base in 1947, shortly after the Air Force became a separate service in 1947. It combined with the Naval Air Facility Washington to become Joint Base Andrews in 2009.



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<![CDATA[Faces You Won't See in Rio]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:01:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/skipping_rio_header.jpg Some athletes are opting out of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, citing injuries or concern about the Zika virus, among other reasons.

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<![CDATA[Amazon Brings Back Prime Day Shopping Blitz]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:47:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_93380942358.jpg

Amazon announced it will host its second annual summer shopping event, known as Prime Day, on Tuesday, July 12.

The e-commerce giant debuted Prime Day last year on July 15 to celebrate Amazon's 20th anniversary. The one-day sale is exclusive for members of the online retailer's Prime subscription shopping service, which costs $99 a year for unlimited two-day shipping among other perks. The sale is opened to new and existing members in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Belgium, and Austria.

This year's Prime Day will kick off at midnight PT (3 a.m. ET) and Amazon says it will launch new deals as often as every five minutes over the 24 hours of the sale. Overall, there will be more than 100,000 deals worldwide.

Additionally, there will be "countdown deals" in the run-up to Prime Day starting on July 5. U.S. Prime members will have access to "summer entertainment deals," including a 32-inch TV bundle with a Fire TV Stick for $120.

Amazon faced a backlash on social media during last year's Prime Day event — with the hashtag #PrimeDayFail trending — after many members complained about a lack of in-demand deals and items selling out too quickly.

In response, Amazon Prime Vice President Greg Greeley said the company has "dramatically increased the inventory behind many deals," for this years event and has nearly double the number of TV units in the U.S. "compared to Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined."

Amazon has also created a number of new tools for shoppers to find and track deals. Newly-enhanced deal shopping will help customers sort deals by category. Shoppers will be able to track specific deals and be notified when a deal is about to go live, a feature originally launched for Cyber Monday last year. Owners of an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap will benefit from "Alexa Specials." Amazon did not provide any further information on what those rewards may be.

CEO Jeff Bezos said in the company's annual letter to shareholders this year that he wants to make Amazon Prime indispensable.

"We want Prime to be such a good value, you’d be irresponsible not to be a member," Bezos wrote.



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<![CDATA[Parents Punish Teen by Making Him Live in Tent ]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:06:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_tent0629_1920x1080.jpg Two New Mexico parents are punishing their teenage son for bad grades and breaking house rules by having him live in a tent. His father called the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department to ask if he and his wife could punish their son by putting him outside.

"And they said — nothing," according to mother Angela Boggus. "'You are not depriving him of anything,' and we're not, except for maybe air conditioning." She said he can come inside to get water, use the restroom, eat and shower. But he has to get permission.

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<![CDATA[Philippines President Eyes Closer China Ties]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:21:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RodrigoDuterte-AP_16129422375104.jpg

Rodrigo Duterte, a firebrand who has drawn comparisons to Donald Trump for his coarse defiance of the traditional ruling class, was sworn in as president of the Philippines on Thursday.

The 71-year-old said the U.S. ally "will not be dependent on America," while signaling his readiness to expand economic ties with Beijing, citing a Chinese offer to build a railway project in the Philippines.

Duterte wants to bring back the country's death penalty and said he would pardon himself for mass murder and kill any of his children if they were involved with drugs. He also jokingly threatened to cut off the penises of men who don't use birth control.

He has been likened to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, although he detests the comparison and says the American billionaire is a bigot and he's not.



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<![CDATA[200 Vehicles Destroyed in Airstrike on Alleged ISIS Convoy]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:07:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FallujahIraqISIS-GettyImages-533409572.jpg

Iraqi warplanes and helicopters destroyed around 200 vehicles believed to be transporting ISIS fighters fleeing one of their former strongholds, a senior official told NBC News on Thursday.

Brig. Yahya Rasool, a spokesman for Iraq's Joint Operation Command, said the convoy was targeted on a road about 12 miles south of Fallujah on Wednesday. 

"All ISIS militants traveling in these vehicles were killed," he said without providing a number of people who died. 

The Iraqi military released video of the airstrikes. The Pentagon said Wednesday that it did not have details about the airstrikes. 



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<![CDATA[Hershey's Board Rejects Bid From Mondelez]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:45:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/choco-94621201.jpg

Hershey's board of directors said Thursday it has unanimously rejected a bid by Mondelez to aquire the chocolate-giant in what would have united two of the world's largest candy-makers.

The company said in a statement that it turned down the offer from Mondelez, the maker of Oreo cookies and Cadbury chocolate bars, after determining "that it provided no basis for further discussion between Mondelez and the company."

Hershey's stock hit a 52-week high intraday amid reports of the takeover bid.

People familiar with the matter say talks between two companies have been on-going. But, any deal would need to be approved by the trust that controls Hershey's through a special class of stock.

Although the Hershey Trust only owns 8.4 percent of the company's common stock, it controls 81 percent of its voting power.



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<![CDATA[Trump Won't Release Proof He Forgave Campaign Loans]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:05:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542736078-trump.jpg

Donald Trump said last Thursday he was forgiving over $45 million in personal loans made to his campaign, an announcement that drew plenty of coverage.

But a week later, NBC News has learned the FEC has posted no record of Trump converting his loans to donations.

Trump's campaign has also declined requests to share the legal paperwork required to carry out the transaction, though they have suggest it has been submitted.

Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said last week the presumptive Republican nominee was submitting formal paperwork on Thursday, according to the Wall Street Journal. But when asked by NBC News, Hicks said it "will be filed with the next regularly scheduled FEC report.

In his most recent FEC filing, posted June 20, Trump treated all his spending on the campaign as loans. Until Trump formally forgives the loans, he maintains the legal option to use new donations to reimburse himself.



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<![CDATA[Trump Wants Consequences for GOP Rivals Not Endorsing Him]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:03:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TRUMP_GettyImages-543431030.jpg

Donald Trump is once again taking on former Republican rivals and traditionally conservative allies, NBC News reported.

The GOP presumptive nominee, less than three weeks from the party's convention, told a crowd on Wednesday that he isn't happy that some of his former rivals aren't endorsing, saying him there should be consequences.

Without naming specific politicians, Trump called those 2016 candidates who have yet to endorse him in accordance with the RNC pledge "sore losers" who "should never be allowed to run for public office again." Among those names yet to officially endorse Trump are Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Names that could, come next election cycle, be back in play once again.

For his part, Trump says he "would have honored the pledge" if the roles were reversed. "I wouldn't have gone crazy, I wouldn't have had 'Let's yell it from the loudest building,' but you know what, I would have honored the pledge."



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<![CDATA[Cult Pepsi Crystal Returns]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:45:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pepsi+crystal.jpg

A short-lived cult soda from the '90s returns this summer.

PepsiCo announced the comeback of Crystal Pepsi this week. The Purchase, New York-based soda company said the translucent soda will be available in the U.S. and Canada later this summer.

Crystal Pepsi will be available for a limited time, beginning July 11 in Canada and Aug. 8 in the U.S. It will be sold in 20-ounce bottles at major retailers.

The soda was sold for a brief time — from 1992 to 1994 — before it was pulled from store shelves because of lagging sales. But it ultimately developed a cult following over the years, with a #BringBackCrystalPepsi movement gaining steam online.

After months of speculation, Pepsi brought the crystal-clear soda back late last year as part of a contest for members of its brand loyalty program. Thirteen-thousand six-packs of the soda were awarded to 13,000 winners. Many ended up on eBay, where some are still selling for well over $100. An original 16-ounce bottle was listed at $149.

"We've always had a special place in our heart for Crystal Pepsi, and there has been a huge groundswell of support to bring it back," marketing director Stacy Taffet said in a statement this week.

The return of Crystal Pepsi comes as Pepsi's sales are lagging behind Coca-Cola. Just this week, PepsiCo said it will reintroduce aspartame to some of its beverages less than a year after pulling the artificial sweetener as part of a marketing move. It was met with backlash from fans who said the new soda didn’t have the same flavor.

To seal the deal with the '90s nostalgia crowd, Pepsi said it's kicking off the "Summer of Crystal Pepsi" with the release of "The Crystal Pepsi Trail" online, a take on the popular '90s computer game "The Oregon Trail."

"What better way to celebrate this iconic 90s cola than to introduce a new take on one of the most beloved games of the decade. Totally rad!" Taffet said. 

In a well-timed coincidence, Hi-C Ecto Cooler is returning to store shelves this week. The bygone Ghostbusters-themed beverage was introduced in 1987 and eventually pulled from store shelves in 2001. Like Crystal Pepsi, the neon-green drink also developed a cult following over the years. It’s marketed by Coca-Cola.



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