<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.pngNBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worthhttp://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSat, 23 Sep 2017 11:47:50 -0500Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:47:50 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Photos: Mexico Hit by Powerful Quake for 2nd Time in 2 Weeks]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:57:31 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17265518544614.jpgMexico City was hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake for the second time in two weeks, killing many people. The earthquake took place during an earthquake drill and on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that killed over 10,000 people.

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<![CDATA[Photos: What to Keep in Your Disaster Emergency Kit]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:24:28 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Earthquake+Kit+19.jpgThe American Red Cross provided NBC Los Angeles with a list of things that every household should keep in a backpack in the event of a natural disaster. Whether it's an earthquake, flood or wildfire, these items can help families be prepared for the worst. The items below can be kept in a disaster preparedness kit.

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<![CDATA[Dramatic Photos: Hurricane Maria Slams Puerto Rico]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:27:28 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17264782715256.jpgHurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico early Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane, after hitting the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, just crippled by Irma, on September 19 with devastating winds and rain. Martinique, a French island south of Dominica, suffered power outages but avoided major damage. See the photos.

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<![CDATA[Demonstrators Interrupt Comey's Howard U. Convocation Speech]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:03:36 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Howard_Disrupters.png

Former FBI Director James Comey took the stage to give the keynote address at Howard University's convocation Friday but was immediately interrupted by a group of demonstrators from the back of the auditorium.

The convocation began at 11 a.m. ET.  As Comey took the podium, a group of people rose, singing "We shall not be moved" and chanted statements like "We are here to reclaim this space" and "No justice, no peace."

Comey stood quietly for much of it, then asked the group to hear him out as well. But the group continued. Another group could later be heard chanting, "Let him speak."

After about 15 minutes, Comey began speaking over the demonstrators, saying he appreciated their enthusiasm but wanted to have a respectful conversation.

"I am here at Howard to try to get smarter, to try to be useful, to try and have healthy conversations," Comey said.

Students at the convocation ceremony said on Twitter that a fact sheet about Comey and the FBI was distributed among students. The flyer says Comey argued racism is not a serious issue within policing, that the FBI under his leadership surveilled Black Lives Matter activists and that he popularized the controversial term "the Ferguson effect."

Comey said Howard is a place where people listen with the expectation of learning from others' viewpoints, unlike most the rest of the world, where people "try to figure out what rebuttal they're going to offer when you're done speaking," Comey said. "Sometimes they will pause briefly before telling you you're an idiot."

The school announced last month that Comey would be giving the speech and taking on a special lecturing position at Howard. It's one of Comey's first public appearances since he was fired from the FBI by President Donald Trump in May, which sparked the appointment of a special counsel to take on the FBI's investigation into Russian election meddling.

In his role at Howard, Comey will give five lectures on several topics, officials have said. The topics have not yet been announced. Comey will donate his $100,000 compensation to a scholarship fund that helps Howard students who come from foster homes.

"Howard has a longstanding history of being a vibrant academic community and the perfect place to have rich dialogue on many of the most pressing issues we face today," Comey said in a statement in August. "I look forward to contributing to this remarkable institution and engaging students and faculty alike."

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<![CDATA[How to Help Victims of Hurricane Maria]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:08:51 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hurricane-maria-wed-am.jpg

Puerto Ricans and residents of other Caribbean islands had just started to recover after Hurricane Irma when another massive storm, Hurricane Maria, surged through the area.

Puerto Rico, home to about 3.3 million people, could face months without electricity in the wake of the storm's landfall at Category 4, officials say. Major flooding has devastated the U.S. territory, including the capital, San Juan.

"The San Juan that we knew yesterday is no longer there," San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz told MSNBC. "We're looking at four to six months without electricity."

Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Russell urged citizens to maintain order so authorities can do their work.

Maria hit two other Caribbean islands especially hard, killing at least seven people on Dominica and one on Guadeloupe.

The following organizations are asking for help in their relief efforts for hurricane victims. 

American Red Cross: The American humanitarian organization is sending supplies and volunteers to help out in Puerto Rico. Apply to be a volunteer here. The Red Cross is also urging people to download its free mobile apps for important information such as first aid tips (for humans and pets), weather alerts and other safety tips. The apps are available in English and Spanish.

Catholic Charities USA: The official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, Catholic Charities USA, is asking people to support their Maria relief efforts by donating online, by phone at +1 (800) 919-9338 or by texting CCUSADISASTER to 71777. 100 percent of donated funds go directly toward disaster efforts, according to the website.

CONPRmetidos: This Puerto Rican non-profit is raising funds to support hurricane victims. “We anticipate the funds will be used first for immediate needs of food, shelter and water and then transition to long term recovery efforts,” the organization says, having set a fundraising goal of $150,000. Donate here.

Dominica American Relief & Development Association, Inc.: This association, which was organized in 1979 as a way for people from the island of Dominica living in the New York area to help their homeland after Hurricane David, has started a GoFundMe page for victims of the hurricane on the island. 

Global Giving: This crowdfunding network has a fundraising goal of $2 million. “This fund will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild,” the group says. Donate here.

Save the Children: Another organization dedicated to helping children in particular is asking for donations here.

Team Rubicon: Team Rubicon is looking for military veterans and “kickass civilians” such as first responders and medical professionals to join recovery efforts. Volunteers should be prepared to "get dirty, from chainsaw operations to muck-outs," the groups says on its website. Apply to be a volunteer here.

UNICEF USA: The United Nations Children’s Fund has sent staff and humanitarian supplies such as water purification tablets, tents and hygiene kits to Caribbean islands. The program is asking for donations, saying on its website, “Children are literally in the eye of the storm. The Hurricane season has forced the most vulnerable children in the Caribbean into even more danger.”

United for Puerto Rico: The First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, is asking for donations to her initiative, United for Puerto Rico.

<![CDATA[Lee Park Renamed, Task Force Recommends Same for Streets]]>Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:56:30 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Robert+E+Lee+Park.jpg

Dallas' Robert E. Lee Park has a new name Friday and soon so may several city streets named for Confederate generals.

During a special session Friday morning, the City of Dallas Park and Recreation board unanimously voted to temporarily rename the park, which bore the name of the Confederate general for 81 years, to Oak Lawn Park until a permanent name can be approved.

The Lee statue was removed from the park last week and placed in storage.

Park Board President Bobby Abtahi supported the decision to rename the park in the interest of uniting, and not dividing, the city.

“The last place in the city, almost, where everyone is equal is a park,” Abtahi said. “And I take it very seriously when certain folks in our city don't feel welcome in a park, or don't feel that a park name does not make them proud or does not make them feel like they should be there.”

Until a new permanent name can be chosen, signage that said Lee Park will be covered up, according to the Director of the Park Department.

During a meeting of the Mayor's Task Force on Confederate Monuments Friday afternoon, it was recommended that several streets in the city named for Confederate generals also be renamed.

Those streets, Lee, Gano, Stonewall, Beauregard and Cabell, will all be changed at a future date if the city council decides to follow through with the recommendations.

The task force voted Friday to leave Fair Park artwork with Confederate reference in place and will add context.

"How powerful would it be to have a museum space dedicated to telling the history of the lost cause right here in in the city of Dallas?" asked task force member Michael Waters.

The task force also recommended removal of the Confederate War Memorial at Pioneer Park.

"We will never be a world-class city, a city of the future, if we allow Confederate monuments that are racist propaganda to continue to sit on city property," said task force member Sara Mokuria.

The task force said the Confederate Memorial should be treated the same as the Robert E. Lee statue, taken down and put in a place that can display them in their proper context. 

"We must move forward," task force member Norma Minnis declared. "And this constant reminder of Robert E. Lee, he needs to be put to rest is what needs to happen to him."

The Mayor's Task Force on Confederate Monuments will present its recommendations on Oct. 4. The Dallas City Council has the final say on any changes.

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<![CDATA[13-Year-Old Accused in Kidnapping, Rape Plot]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:39:43 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_rapeplot0922_1920x1080.jpg

Authorities in Frederick, Maryland, have charged two young men with kidnapping and raping a classmate. Police said a third suspect remains at large.

Police said the victim was grabbed by three young men while she was walking home on Sept. 2.

"All three males took her into a car at knifepoint and took her to another apartment in the area, at which point, two of the males allegedly raped her," Frederick police Detective Sgt. Andrew Alcorn said.

Police said the victim identified two of the suspects as classmates, Edgar Natanal Chicas-Hernandez, 17, and Victor Antonio Gonzalez-Gutierres, 19. Police said the victim wasn't able to identify the third suspect, who had his face covered.

Police learned through the investigation that a 13-year-old female acquaintance of the victim might have orchestrated the incident.

"We believe that the younger acquaintance did know that this was going to occur," Alcorn said.

According to charging documents, the acquaintance contacted the victim's boyfriend on social media a few days before the attack, saying she had someone who was going to rape and extort money from the victim. The girl asked if he wanted to be part of her plan because "it will be fun."

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<![CDATA[Who's Who in the Trump-Russia Investigation]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:29:15 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/russiathumb2.jpg

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<![CDATA[Key Moments From President Trump’s Alabama Rally]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:30:14 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_TRUMP_RALLY_092217-150613334176900002.jpg

President Donald Trump held a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, Friday night to endorse Sen. Luther Strange. Here are some key moments from his speech.

<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:29:28 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trumpthumb.jpgWhat Donald Trump's presidency will look like is unclear to many observers. He has not previously worked in politics, and has made contradictory statements on policy issues in several areas during his campaign. Despite the unknowns, Trump has an extensive public profile that, along with his real estate empire and the Trump brand, grew domestically and internationally over the last few decades. Here is a look at his personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[11th Victim Dies After Hollywood Nursing Home Tragedy]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:32:17 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/HollywoodNursingHome.jpg

An eleventh resident of a Hollywood nursing home that had to be evacuated after a power outage has died, the medical examiner's office confirmed Friday.

Alice Thomas, 94, is the latest patient of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills to die after a power outage caused by Hurricane Irma.

The cause of death has yet to be determined. Two other patients died earlier this week. "The Hollywood Police Department is treating all deaths from this facility as part of the criminal investigation," the city said in a statement Friday afternoon.

Earlier Friday, Secretary of Agency for Health Care Administration Justin Senior said the state will "aggressively" enforce new rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators. Senior explained to nursing home officials about an emergency rule that will require the facilities to have backup power that can last up to four days.

The latest death comes as officials continue their investigation into what took place inside the facility. The nursing home reported it lost power and air conditioning when the storm struck on Sept. 10, calling an emergency hotline the next day.

After disturbing details of the incident came to light, the Hollywood Hills nursing home is facing legal action.

The Colson Hicks Eidson law firm on Friday filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit on behalf of Margarita Navarro, the daugther of Miguel Antonio Franco, 93, who died after of the power outage, and Cecilia Franco, 90, who was hospitalized.

Elderly residents at the nursing home suffered under "extreme heat and deplorable conditions" and nearly a dozen died as a result of the nursing home's "negligence and failure to prepare adequately for Hurricane Irma," the lawsuit alleges.

“Some tragedies are unavoidable, but this tragedy was entirely avoidable,” lawyer Curtis Miner said in a statement. “With this lawsuit, we hope both to cast a light on the egregious treatment suffered by elderly and vulnerable members of our community at the Rehab Center and to prod regulatory changes to prevent this from recurring in the future.”

A criminal investigation continues while the nursing home — which has had its license suspended — has filed a lawsuit to be allowed to reopen, saying it used items like coolers, fans, ice and other methods to keep patients comfortable.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement set up a new hotline for anyone with information about the deaths or the nursing home between the dates of Sept. 9 to Sept. 12. The number is 866-452-3461.

<![CDATA[DC Child Confuses Pet Store With Power Company, Gets Hamster Anyway]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:13:51 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/092217+pepco+hamster+and+girl.jpg

A little girl in D.C. thought she was writing the pet supply store Petco a letter asking for a hamster. She accidentally sent her request to Pepco, the D.C. utility company -- but Pepco gave her a hamster anyway. 

Pepco surprised the 8-year-old girl, named Serenity, with a hamster in downtown D.C. on Friday. Photos show her smiling with her new pet and her family. 

She recently wrote Pepco with a "firm, straightforward request," the company said. She wanted a hamster. 

"If I reseive a hamester, I will do better in school, make more friends, and become responsible," the second-grader scrawled. 

Lest her point be missed, at the bottom of the letter, she drew a bucktoothed hamster that took up half the page. 

Pepco doesn't usually give away pets, but they decided to make an exception for Serenity. 

She got her very own hamster late Friday afternoon at Pepco's headquarters on Ninth Street NW. She named it Brick Hamster. 

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<![CDATA[Teen Organ Recipients Going to Homecoming Together]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:32:21 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/092117+transplant+kids.jpg

Two teenagers who met 13 years ago as children, when they both had rare organ transplants, are set to go to a homecoming dance together in the Washington, D.C., area.

There was a time when Jakob “J.J.” Jasin's and Grace Haddad's parents feared they might not live to see kindergarten. Now, they're headed to Jasin's homecoming dance together.

Jasin and Haddad first met when they were toddlers. They were some of the first people in the world to get liver transplants to cure a life-threatening disorder, their families say.

Over the years they saw each other at summer camp, but their relationship deepened at this year's camp. Jasin said it was easy to fall for someone who understood what he went through as a child. 

"She's really the one person I know who's gone through the exact same things I have," he said.

Haddad echoed the sentiment. She described Jasin as a source of support. 

"We just kind of complain about things we don't like about the transplant, but then we also remind each other that you're grateful," she said. 

They both cope with medication, getting their blood drawn regularly and the fear that their bodies could reject the organs. 

They were both battling maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), a rare genetic disorder that prevents the liver from producing protein. Left untreated, MSUD leads to severe brain damage. Their parents lived in constant fear of dire complications.

"It was brain damage. It was death," Jasin's mother, Susan Pacin said.

The solution came at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UMPC. Jasin was one of the first people in the world to undergo a liver transplant to treat MSUD, his family said. Three weeks later, Haddad had the same transplant. 

Over the years, their families stayed in touch. The children saw each other at a summer camp for kids who had had transplants. 

This summer, romance blossomed. They went to the camp dance together. 

"Over the years [we've] gotten closer and closer, but this year I guess it's significantly closer," Haddad said.

"It was kind of subtly there and then it kind of grew over time, and I was like, 'OK, yeah, there's something there,'" Jasin said.

Haddad has her dress ready for homecoming, and her mom will drive her from their home in Montgomery County, Maryland, to the dance at Jasin's school, Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia. 

"I mean, before, we thought kindergarten wouldn't even be possible, and now here I am as a senior going to homecoming, and I'm going to enjoy myself," Jasin said.

For information on organ, eye or tissue donation, visit BeADonor.org.

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<![CDATA['Family Matters' House Set to Be Demolished]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:31:51 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/urkel_family_matters_house_-_00003524_29011830_960.jpg

Steve Urkel made himself at home there, but now, the building made famous by "Family Matters" is going to be torn down.

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<![CDATA[Could You Get a Visa Under Trump's Immigration Overhaul?]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:59:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trumpandcottonfeuerherd.jpg

A wall along the Mexico border isn’t President Donald Trump’s only proposal to curtail immigration into the United States. 

Trump also wants to limit legal immigration into the U.S. by, among other revisions, making it more difficult for immigrants to qualify for a visa. The proposed changes to current immigration law are outlined in a bill called the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, which was first introduced by Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue in February. 

Under the proposed bill, qualifying for a visa would move to what’s called a points-based system. An applicant would earn points for achievements in six separate areas, including age, English-speaking proficiency and whether or not he or she has a lucrative job offer in the United States.

English proficiency is measured by a score an applicant receives on a pre-approved language test. The higher the test score, the more points earned toward the visa. Similarly, the more lucrative a job offer an applicant has, the more points he or she will receive. The job-offer points are measured in relation to the median household income of the state where the job is being offered. Applicants who have a job that is three times the state's median income, for example, will earn the most points toward the visa application. 

Take this quiz to see if you'd be able to apply for a visa if the RAISE Act was signed into law. A total of 30 points are needed to apply.

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<![CDATA[French to Skip 2018 Olympics If N. Korea Tensions Continue]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:11:05 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Un-ano-Winter-Olympic-Games-Juegos-Olimpicos-de-Invierno-Pyeongchang-Corea-del-Sur.jpg

France has become the first nation participating in the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to express doubts about going, given the ongoing tensions with North Korea, Reuters reported.

If the nuclear crisis deepens and "our security cannot be assured, the French Olympics team will stay at home," French Sports Minister Laura Flessel said Thursday on French radio. But "we're not there yet," she added.

The games are being held in February just 50 miles from the heavily armed demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, currently trading threats — also involving the United States — after the north's recent nuclear and missile tests.

"Safety and security is one of the most important aspects of Games preparations," a spokesman for the organizing committee told Reuters in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:38:46 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trumpunfeuerherdIBIBI.jpgTake a look at significant events from President Donald Trump's time in office, including the signing of the travel ban, Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court, the launch of 59 missiles at Syria's government-held Shayrat Airfiled and more.

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<![CDATA[Mexico's Earthquake Recovery Efforts Stretch Into Fourth Day]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:03:33 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mexico_Recovery_Efforts_Fourth_Day-150608763067600002.jpg

Recovery efforts to find survivors of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake stretched into the fourth day as families and loved ones wait for news of the missing. The death toll rose to 273 by Thursday night, according to President Enrique Pena Nieto's office.