<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usFri, 21 Oct 2016 21:31:06 -0500Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:31:06 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Plano Man Fights Off Bobcat During Dog Walk]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:55:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bcat-attack.jpg

Bobcat sightings are not uncommon in North Texas. Viewers send in a few photos to NBC 5 every week.

However, we rarely hear about a person being attacked by a bobcat.

A Plano man says he had to fight off a bobcat while he was walking his dog at Hoblitzelle Park near Alma and Legacy drives.

“I guess right after is when I sat back and was like 'okay, I just fought a bobcat. That was interesting,'” said Logan Ortolf.

Ortolf says his 10-month-old Blue Heeler mix named Harley was off the leash at the park when the encounter happened.

The pair was walking along a creek at about 8:30 Monday night when Harley started barking uncontrollably at what turned out to be a bobcat in the bushes.

“It was about as big as her,” Ortolf said.

Worried Harley would become the bobcat's next meal, Ortorf says he stepped between the two animals.

“It jumped on her and I grabbed it by the back of the neck and tried to throw it into the woods, but it kind of latched onto my arm,” he said.

The entire encounter, Ortolf says, lasted five seconds.

“I had her by the neck and I kind of grabbed her by the back of the tail and flung it into a tree and then it ran off,” he said.

Photos show Ortolf's bloody forearm covered in claw marks. The injuries landed him in the emergency room.

“They gave me a bunch of shots as a precaution. I got 30 plus rabies sticks,” he said.

The wounds aren't stopping the pair from exploring their favorite park.

But Ortolf says Harley's days of playing off the leash are over.

“She'll stay on the leash from now on for sure or anywhere other than the dog park,” he said.

Animal experts say bobcat attacks are extremely rare.

Keeping your pet on a leash is the key to avoiding a bobcat encounter, according to Marcus Stephens with 911 Wildlife, a Plano-based company specializing in humane animal removal.

Stephens answers questions on the minds of many pet owners here.

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<![CDATA[Who Shut Down Much of the US Internet Friday?]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:37:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16295768471512-Dyn-Cyberattack-Internet-Outage.jpg

It is too early to determine who was responsible for the digital attacks that darkened much of the internet in the United States Friday, cyber experts and intelligence officials told NBC News.

Some said evidence points to Russia, others proposed it was "internet vandalism." One clue could be a similar attack mounted against the Republic of Georgia eight years ago by Russian cybercriminals enlisted by a Russian intelligence agency.

Twitter, Amazon, PayPal, Spotify and Reddit are some of the sites that were knocked out in the three "denial of service," or DDoS, attacks at about 7 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

The attacks came largely via "smart" household appliances linked to the web, hit websites with more than 150,000 requests for information per second and were largely aimed at one company's internet infrastructure rather than specific websites.

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<![CDATA[Eight Arrested in Rockwall Online Child Solicitation Sting]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:51:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rockwall+sting+1021.jpg

Eight men are charged with online solicitation of a minor after an undercover sting by the Texas Attorney General's Child Exploitation Unit and Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Rockwall County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators posed as children online, and each of the men allegedly traveled to a predetermined location in Rockwall County, where they expected to engage in sexual conduct with a child, the attorney general's office said.

Online solicitation of a minor is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison.

The men arrested include:

  •       Ashvin Ranpariya, 34
  •       Cody Elvis Wayne Summers, 27
  •       Justin Reis Mayer, 33
  •       Ryan Dale Trahan, 21
  •       Terry Allen Ford, 51
  •       Jonathan Rangel Salazar, 21
  •       Ryan Scott Magby, 27
  •       Jeffrey Scott Miller, 52

The attorney general's office has more information about cyber safety and how to protect your children while online: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cj/cyber-safety.

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<![CDATA[One Person Shot in Southeast Dallas Neighborhood]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:57:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic-Dallas-Police-car.jpg

Police are investigating a shooting in far southeast Dallas.

It happened at about 6:15 p.m. Friday in the 3000 block of Morgan Drive.

Officers say one person was shot and was transported to a nearby hospital.

The victim's condition is not known.

Police have not released further information.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change.

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<![CDATA[Parkland Hospital Garage Sale Thrills Customers]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:56:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Parkland.jpg

Dallas County’s Parkland Hospital is staging a garage sale this weekend to sell surplus equipment and furnishings from the old hospital after moving into a new one nine months ago.

The sale is underway until 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 2420 Butler Street in a Parkland Hospital warehouse.

From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, a special sale of commercial kitchen equipment will be held in the old hospital kitchen with access through the old emergency room entrance off Southwestern Medical Avenue.

More than 6,000 items are up for sale including TVs, chairs, tables, bookcases, ice machines, refrigerators, storage equipment and 500 iPhones.

Sale prices are marked on all items but unlike some garage sales, there is no haggling over price. Customers must pay with cash and be prepared to carry large items.

Customer John Ortega paid $500 each for two refrigerator display cases that he said would have cost thousands elsewhere.

“The deal of a life-time,” he said. “Don Corleone would have bought them.”

Customer Myra Hernandez paid $265 for a truck load of tables and chairs to host her family parties.

“This is a blessing. It’s a lot cheaper, a lot cheaper,” she said.

Parkland officials said the county’s hospital and clinics could no longer make use of the items.

“We’ve had a lot of looks by all the department heads to see what we’re doing as far as what could be refurbished, reused,” said Jerry Nickerson, Parkland Vice-President of Engineering and Program Control.

Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell said Parkland has been watching money carefully as it faces budget cuts this year.

“They squeezed it good,” Cantrell said. “They’re looking at a somewhat small deficit over at Parkland, so they’re squeezing every dime they can get out of everything. And this money they get off the sale will go back into the budget.”

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<![CDATA[Church Thefts Caught on Camera]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:54:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/church+safety.jpg

Church leaders are on alert after a series of break-ins. The criminals are going for the high price-tag items like televisions and sound equipment.

The latest was caught on camera where police believe the same suspect hit the same congregation three times in the last five weeks.

Police say that it's happening all over North Texas from southwest Dallas to over on the southeast side where NBC 5 has obtained new surveillance video of the possible repeat church thief.

In the video, the criminal is seen smashing the front door glass of Tiemplo de Dios with a large object, reaching through the widow and helping himself to the house of worship.

It's hard to believe, but this is the second time surveillance cameras inside the church caught him taking soundboard equipment from the entrance.

"He tried to steal this equipment but his time ran out and he left everything," said Juan Hernandez, the caretaker of the property.

Hernandez in also a member of the congregation and says he's sickened with the crimes.

He says it's not about the property, it's about the safety and security that members of a congregation are supposed to feel.

"It's not right we pray to the Lord here and we use this equipment to praise lord, it's not right they come and steal things you know," he said.

Police say his place of peace is not the only one and that criminals are targeting other churches looking for expensive equipment used for worship services. Things like television monitors, computers, audio consoles and speaker systems have been stolen.

Hernandez helped install surveillance cameras on the property and says all churches should do the same.

As for the criminals, he has a message.

"He needs to repent and come and bring the equipment that he stole from here."

The Catholic Diocese in Dallas says in late September, Blessed Sacrament on north Marsalis Ave. was targeted.

Surveillance video captured burglar taking a lawnmower, weed eater, drills and electronics.

Police are reviewing surveillance video of that crime and ask the community to remain vigilant.

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<![CDATA[Kaufman County Athletes Tested For Heart Health]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:56:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ecg+heart+test.jpg

A life-saving service is being offered for free to student athletes in Kaufman County.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 1,300 high school and college aged students die from heart problems each year and there's a push to get every high school student screened, starting in Kaufman County.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman raised money to purchase a portable ECG device.

The funds used to purchase the equipment came from Texas Health Kaufman’s Black Tie Ball, an annual community fundraiser, focused on improving cardiovascular health in Kaufman and the surrounding areas.

It's a five minute procedure that can tell doctors if a student has any risk of sudden cardiac death.

Doctors say it provides results more reliable than the standard EKG for teens ages 14 to 18.

They're providing the screening for free.

"It doesn't happen often, but when a young child dies, it's just devastating for everyone, physicians included. So, we want to try and find better ways to pick them out of the basket and identify them and help them live a normal life," said Dr. Paul Guttuso, physician at Texas Health Kaufman.

If doctors find an issue with a student's ECG reading, the student would go to a cardiologist for a follow-up.

That visit is also free if a family can't afford it.

"We are trying to get that knowledge and that application to the small communities around here people that would not otherwise have that available to them," said Guttuso.

Clacie Terry, a tenth-grader at Kaufman High, received a normal reading, but says she's happy to have the peace of mind.

"I like that they can bring it to all the different towns so every one can be sure that they're safe," said Terry.

Bringing this kind of access to heart health technology to the rural towns in Kaufman County was a priority for the health team, said officials at Texas Health Resources.

They report that the number of heart disease-related deaths is about 247 for 100,000 people, twice the national average.

“We believe part of the reason that Kaufman County experiences a higher incidence of cardiovascular complexities comes from the feedback that we received in our recent Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The responses accumulated from the community on their own health behaviors and needs show that Kaufman and the surrounding communities have lower indicators of healthy behaviors, such as exercise and regular screenings," said Ajith Pai, PharmD, MBA, RPh, Professional & Support Services Officer/Director of Pharmacy.

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<![CDATA[UNT Police Issue Warning After 2 Students Robbed]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:23:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UNT+Campus+carry.jpg

Police in Denton issued a warning to University of North Texas students after two people were robbed near campus early Thursday morning.

UNT police said a male student was riding a bike in the 1600 block of West Hickory Street at 12:30 a.m. when a male and female approached him from behind, took his cell phone and ran to a red four-door vehicle driven by a third person.

Thirty minutes later, another male student was walking near the intersection of Beatty Street and Eagle Drive when he was also approached from behind by a male and female. Denton police said the man and woman took the student's cell phone and backpack and ran to a red four-door driven by a third person.

No weapons were displayed or violent threats made during either incident.

No serious injuries were reported.

UNT sent an alert to students reminding them to always walk in numbers, stay in well-lit areas and keep car doors locked. They also asked the public to report suspicious activity by calling 911, their Criminal Investigations Division at 940-565-3006 or Crime Stoppers at 940-369-8477 (TIPS).

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Student One of 10 in the World to Ace AP Exam ]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:48:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/COLLEGE-BOARD-AP-EXAM.jpg

A Fort Worth high school senior is one of ten students in the world to make a perfect score on a very difficult exam.

Miguel Padilla, a senior at the Harmony School of Innovation in Fort Worth, aced his AP Computer Science test along with only nine others in the world.

Padilla said in a press release that he credits his success to his computer science teacher Angela Garcia. He framed a copy of his perfect score and gave it to Garcia as a gift to thank her for challenging him.

“I couldn’t let you down, not even one point,” Padilla wrote on his results letter to Garcia.

The AP, or Advanced Placement tests, allow high school students to earn college credit if they make a certain score. They’re administered by College Board, a non-profit educational institute, the press release said.

Padilla, who’s been attending Harmony since fourth grade, said he always had an interest in computer science. He said his goal is to attend the Massachusettes Institute of Technology and one day work for Google.

Nearly 60,000 students took the test worldwide, but only 10 aced the exam.

“I am just so proud and thrilled for him,” Garcia said.

<![CDATA[Dallas Museum of Art’s Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:52:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dr.AnneBromberg_DivineFelinesCatsofAncientEgypt_CourtesyofDallasMuseumofArt.2.jpg

Dallas Museum of Art’s current exhibition, Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt organized by the Brooklyn Museum features 80 objects depicting Ancient Egyptians’ admiration for cats and the ancient society’s ties to nature in general.

“The Nile made Egypt a rich and prosperous land. Because their life was built on their relationship with animals, Egyptians saw the natural world as divine,” Dr. Anne R. Bromberg, The Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art at the Dallas Museum of Art explained.

The Egyptian gods and goddess were not felines, but they were given feline features to express their powers. Ancient Egyptians identified strength, power, and vitality with the lions they observed in nature and sphinxes still guard ancient temples.

In the exhibition, that power is represented by bronze statues and a limestone stela with the Egyptian gods Bes and Tutu.

Ancient Egyptians also appreciated the sensual side of cats. “Some goddesses are represented with lovely female bodies with feline heads. We think of cats as lovely and cuddly, but these goddesses are powerful and sexy,” Bromberg said.

Goddesses Sakhemet and Bastet seem to embody this graceful sensuality, fertility and authority. Bromberg favors a statue of the goddess Wadjet because of its superb modeling and bronze casting that combines female and feline beauty and strength.

Ancient Egyptians also valued cats’ company. There are plenty depictions of ancient domesticated cats lounging with their wealthy owners, similar to their modern-day counterparts finding their way onto social media.

One tiny but exquisitely rendered bronze shows an intimate portrait of a mother cat nursing her litter of kittens. This exhibition also includes furniture and everyday items decorated with feline portrayals.

Never has a society been so concerned with death and the afterlife as Ancient Egypt and many of the pieces in the exhibition reflect this priority. Craftsmen created cat coffins and objects and funerary stelas depicting beloved cats and other pets are often found in tombs.

Bromberg points outs that the artisans who created these objects were highly valued. “There were no starving artists in Ancient Egypt. There was an entire class of people who were artisans because they made things the wealthy felt they wanted and needed in the afterlife. No other society devoted so many resources to the business of making things for tombs,” Bromberg said.

Bromberg’s affinity for cats is only matched for her affinity for the history and art that has shaped her more than 50-year career at the Dallas Museum of Art. Her work at the Dallas Museum of Art began in 1962 when she began giving lectures while the museum was still at Fair Park.

After earning her Ph. D. in Classical Art and Archeology from Harvard University, she moved to Dallas with her husband with the intention to teach. Her teaching resume includes work at Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Arlington and she taught theater history at the Dallas Theater Center.

She admits she became a curator almost accidentally. After lecturing on some major Greek and Roman sculptures that are the basis of The Cecil and Ida Green Collection, Bromberg was invited to create an education department.

When the museum moved to its current location in downtown Dallas, a new museum director wanted to use her skills for curating. “Early on, there were only two or three curators at most. Now we have a tremendous art collection from all over the world. Different directors have had different interests and that has expanded the collection. We have grown from a small provincial museum to a large multi-cultural institution,” Bromberg said.

Bromberg also notes the proliferation of the museum’s public programs and the increased traffic at the museum due to free admission. The Dallas Museum of Art now employs ten curators, supported by interns and administrative assistants. Bromberg contributes to the museum’s publications and she is amazed how a small group of a few pieces has the potential to flourish and become prominent collections.

Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt is on display through January 8, 2017.


Kimberly Richard is a North Texan with a passion for the arts. She’s worked with Theatre Three, Inc. and interned for the English National Opera and Royal Shakespeare Company. She graduated from Austin College and currently lives in Garland with her very pampered cocker spaniel, Tessa.

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<![CDATA[A Taste of India Finds a Home in Plano]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:38:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fabindia+india+clothing.jpg

India is thousands of miles from Plano but explosive growth in North Texas is bringing very distinct cultures together. The proof is at the corner of Coit Road and Spring Creek Parkway.

What looks like an average strip mall is anything but When NBC 5 visited, a new Ford Mustang was parked along the curb between a fitness center and an Indian grocery store. The car was receiving a Hindu blessing from the leader of the Shirdi Sai Temple.

"Once we get a car we come to the temple, bring the car to the temple and seek blessings from God," said the car's owner, Akshat Sherma.

Sherma is from India and moved to Plano recently for work.

"It's been a couple of months since I moved here, and yeah until now, everything has been very good. Very welcoming people," Sherma said.

The temple's leader says that welcoming attitude plus opportunity is what is drawing record numbers of people from India.

"For the last five years we never think this many people are moving here," explained Akkala Veera Swami.

Steps from the temple many of the symbolic colors of India line the rack at Fabindia. The retail giant has 370 stores and recently chose Plano for its first American location.

"And we thought there can't be a better place than Plano/Frisco, because a lot of Indian communities are here as well and it's not only Indian – a lot of Americans are well versed with Fabindia," explained Jeshma Ganaphy, with Fabindia.

"It has been an awesome place. I don't have to go to downtown or uptown any time. Everything you have is around here. Anything and everything I just find it here in Plano," Ganaphy said.

Plano City Planner Steve Sims agrees that culture has arrived in Plano. He tracks population change and says the Asian population, of which Indian nationals are a part, is now greater than the Hispanic population.

"Since the 2000 Census the Indian population has more than doubled, and they've taken over that role of being the largest segment of our Asian population," said Sims.

In 1990 the Asian population was 3.9 percent in Plano. In 2014 is was 18.1 percent.

That's great news for Fabindia, which hopes to draw more than loyal Indian shoppers.

"It's beautiful clothing actually. Anybody can relate to it whether it's Indian, or American or African-American or anyone," Ganaphy said.

And a bonus of having a diverse population: Plano is becoming a go-to city for some of the best international cuisine in North Texas.

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<![CDATA[Police Say Masked Robber Stole Money From a Plano Bank]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:01:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/Money_generic.jpg

Plano police said they’re searching for a masked robber who pulled out a firearm and demanded money from a bank.

Police said the robbery took place at around 10:45 a.m. Friday on the 2900 block of Legacy Drive. They added that after stealing an undisclosed amount of money from the bank, the man left on foot.

They said the man has a middle-eastern accent and is roughly 6 feet 2 inches tall with a thin build.

He wore a dark gray long-sleeved shirt, black pants, and a mask. Police said they are still investigating.

<![CDATA[Early Voting Begins Monday, Locations Listed Here]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:52:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Florida-registro-de-votantes-elecciones-presidenciales-2016.jpg

Early voting in Texas begins Monday for the November General Election.

County specific information can be found below. A map of early voting locations for Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties, including days and times voting is available, can be found below.

Due to an appeals court decision in July that Texas' voter ID law discriminated against minorities and the poor, the state was forced to change the law ahead of the November election. Instead of requiring voters to show one of seven forms of suitable ID -- a list that included concealed handgun permits, but not college IDs -- the state will now let those without such an ID to sign an affidavit. That will allow them to cast a regular full ballot, and their vote will be counted.

Dallas County

Tarrant County

Collin County

Denton County

Johnson County

Ellis County

Kaufman County

Rockwall County

Hunt County

Parker County

Other North Texas Counties

Anderson County Elections
Cooke County Elections
Bosque County Elections
Comanche County Elections (No known web page)
Delta County Elections
Erath County Elections
Fannin County Elections
Freestone County Elections
Hamilton County Elections
Henderson County Elections
Hill County Elections
Hopkins County Elections
Jack County Elections (page is outdated)
Lamar County Elections
Montague County Elections
Navarro County Elections
Palo Pinto County Elections
Rains County Elections
Van Zandt County Elections
Wise County Elections

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<![CDATA[October's Wingstop Scholar Athlete - Zackary Smothermon]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:10:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Zackary-Smothermon.jpg NBC 5's David Watkins presents October's Wingstop Scholar Athlete Zackary Smothermon with a $1,000 check.

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<![CDATA[Time Warner Jumps on Report It Could Sell to AT&T]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:41:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/timeGettyImages-616058134.jpg

AT&T is in advanced talks to acquire Time Warner in a deal that could be announced shortly, CNBC reported Friday, citing sources. 

An announcement could come as soon as Monday before the opening bell, as the boards are expected to meet over the weekend, CNBC has learned.

Time Warner could be seeking more than $100 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported. That's about in line with $110 a share, according to Bloomberg.

Sources also told CNBC that AT&T could pay well north of $90 a share for Time Warner, and speculated it could be up to $110 a share. Alan Gould, an analyst at Brean Capital, wrote in a research note that such a deal could hit the $110 to $125 a share range.

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<![CDATA[Pediatrics Group Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:32:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-135280995.jpg

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new screen media guidelines for parents with infants and young children, amending its previous recommendation that outright banned screens for children under the age of two.

In its policy statement released Friday, the AAP says it’s OK for children under the age of 18 months to Skype or Face Time with grandma and grandpa, and for older children and teens to do some of their socializing, learning and playing online – as long as they put down their devices long enough to sleep, exercise, eat, and engage in rich offline lives. 

The nation's leading group of pediatricians recommends children under 18 months, with the exception of video chatting, should avoid screens. Children between 18 months and 24 months should only be introduced to digital media that is high-quality and parents should watch it with their children in order to help them process what they’re seeing.

For children ages 2-5, digital media use should be limited to one hour a day. The guidelines again recommend high-quality, education media suited for children, such as Sesame Street and PBS.

Overall, parents should avoid using media to calm a child or replace physical activity. Parents are also recommended by the AAP to have media-free time with their children and media-free zones in the house. Parents should also have conversations with children about online safety and respecting people both on and offline.

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<![CDATA[Pentagon IDs US Sailor Killed by Roadside Bomb in Iraq]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:15:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jason+Finan+1021.jpg

A sailor with the U.S. Navy based in Coronado, California, was the American service member killed in Iraq Thursday, Defense Department officials confirmed Friday.

Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan, 34, died Thursday from injuries suffered by an "improvised explosive device," or roadside bomb, officials said.

Finan was from Anaheim, California, and was serving in Iraq with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3 in an advisory capacity, according to the Pentagon. 

"The entire Navy Expeditionary Combat Command family offers our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and loved ones of the Sailor we lost," said Rear Adm. Brian Brakke, commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command/NECC Pacific, in a news release.

Finan was the first U.S. service member to die in combat since the launch of a massive operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul earlier this week.

More than 100 U.S. special operations forces are embedded with Iraqi units, and hundreds more are playing a supporting role in staging bases.

As of early this month, there were 4,565 U.S. troops in Iraq, according to the Pentagon. That doesn't include another 1,500 troops considered there "on temporary duty," whose number changes daily, according to the U.S. officials.

Three other service members have died in Iraq since the U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes against IS in August 2014.

<![CDATA[With Women as Key Planners, Events at Trump Venues Are Down]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:27:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/marGettyImages-515752270.jpg

There is growing evidence that Donald Trump's mud-slinging is tarnishing his gold-plated name, and industry observers say the Republican presidential nominee risks doing permanent damage to his brand.

"There are certainly groups and event planners shying away [from Trump-related venues] just because they don't want to offend anybody," said David Loeb, managing director and senior real estate research analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co.

Already, the Susan G. Komen Foundation is considering relocating an annual fundraiser held at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, NBC News reported. In addition, the PGA announced this summer that it was moving the WGC-Cadillac Championship from the Trump National Doral in Florida to Mexico City next year.

"The majority of the meeting planning community is female, and when you have a candidate who's been very polarizing… it just kind of makes sense that might impact their decision-making," said Kevin Iwamoto, a senior consultant at GoldSpring Consulting. "Planners and buyers are going to vote with their dollars." 

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<![CDATA[Democratic Strategist Refutes Trump's Claims of Paid Protests]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:13:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DONALD6.jpg

A longtime Democratic activist said that contrary to Donald Trump’s allegations at Wednesday's debate, he had no role in any secret plan to instigate violence at Trump rallies.

Robert Creamer told NBC5 Investigates, “Aside from the fact that we didn’t want to--why would we provoke the crowd? Donald Trump did it from his own podium.”

At issue: rowdy confrontations between pro-and-anti-Trump forces outside his campaign events, including a notable rally at the UIC Pavilion last March which became so raucous that the candidate canceled his appearance. Conservative activist James O’Keefe claims in a new video to have secretly recorded Creamer and his associates discussing the plants they supposedly placed in the crowds to goad Trump supporters into violence.

“We have mentally ill people that we pay … make no mistake,” activist Scott Foval is heard boasting on the tape. “If you’re there and you’re protesting and you do these actions, you will be attacked at Trump rallies. That’s what we want.”

“I was wondering what happened with my rally in Chicago and other rallies where we had such violence,” Trump declared during Wednesday evening’s debate as he pointed across the stage at his Democratic opponent. “She’s the one, and Obama, that caused the violence.”

On the tape, Foval appears to brag of his association with Creamer, a longtime Democratic strategist who is married to Illinois congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.

“Bob Creamer is diabolical and I love him for it,” he says. “There’s a script of engagement. Sometimes the crazies bite, and sometimes the crazies don’t bite.”

But Creamer, chief of the firm Democracy Partners, adamantly disavows Foval’s claims.

“He was not a contractor at the time he made the statements in April,” he told NBC5. “The things he described were contrary to the policies of Democracy Partners---never happened.”

He would not speculate about why Foval made the claims he did, in conversations which he was not aware were being recorded.  Creamer accused the Trump forces of committing dirty tricks of their own.

“James O’Keefe, the discredited individual behind this well-orchestrated spying scheme directed at our firm, uses methods that would make Richard Nixon and the Watergate burglars proud,” he said in a statement. “O’Keefe executed a plot that involved the use of trained operatives using false identification, disguises, and elaborate false covers to infiltrate our firm and other consulting firms, in order to steal campaign plans, and goad unsuspecting individuals into making careless statements on hidden cameras."

The Associated Press reported that O'Keefe and Project Veritas often target Democratic groups with hidden cameras and false identities. O'Keefe filmed hidden camera footage at an office of community organizing group ACORN, portraying workers there as engaging in criminal activity, which led to the end of the group.

His 2010 scheme to film illegally at the office of Mary Landrieu, then a Democratic U.S. senator for Louisiana, resulted in O'Keefe being convicted, according to the AP.

In excerpts on the edited video that Project Veritas recently released, Foval seems to boast of the ease with which campaign events can be disrupted.

“It’s a matter of showing up, to want to get into the rally with a Planned Parenthood t-shirt,” he said. “Or Trump is a Nazi, you know? You can message to draw them out, and draw them to punch you.”

Two police officers were injured and five protesters arrested at the Chicago event, with the taxpayers shelling out over $100,000 in police overtime. As a result of the fallout from the video, Creamer severed his relationship with Foval, and announced he was “stepping back” from his responsibilities working with the Clinton campaign.

“Because I did not want to be a distraction from this campaign in the last two and a half weeks,” he told NBC5. “I did not want to be a lightning rod.”

Creamer made news of his own 10 years ago, when he was convicted of fundraising irregularities surrounding his former consumer group, Illinois Public Action. He was sentenced to five months in prison for bank fraud and an associated tax charge. He is a longtime Democratic consultant, working on the campaigns of, among others, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and now congressman Mike Quigley.

The news website DNA Info reported Thursday that Twitter was bursting with anti-Trump posters who facetiously wondered where their paychecks might be.

“Trump, Chicago didn’t need to be paid to express our dislike for you,” Christopher Mikell said in a tweet posted Wednesday night. “We just ain’t got none.”

Activist Jedidiah Brown put it even more succinctly.

“I need Donald Trump to please tell me where I can get my $1,500 for standing against him at the Chicago rally.”

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<![CDATA[Officer Injured During Disturbance Call: Dallas Police]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:33:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/West_Dallas_Police_Generic_Shooting.png

Dallas police said an officer was struck by a man reportedly causing a disturbance at a business Friday morning.

Police said they responded to the disturbance call at a business in the 2000 block of Market Center Boulevard at about 5 a.m.

When officers tried to escort the man out of the business, police said he became aggressive and refused to follow commands. When officers tried to restrain the man, he became combative and struck one of them.

Officers then arrested the man and took him to Lew Sterrett Jail, according to authorities.

The officer suffered minor injuries during the altercation.

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<![CDATA[Amarillo Man Rides to DFW on Horseback for Homeless]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:07:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/horseback-homeless.jpg

At any given day there will be 80,000 people homeless in the Dallas area.

The problem is also wide spread throughout the state of Texas and Kitt Rudd is making it his goal to raise awareness for the homeless.

Rudd is traveling 350 miles from his hometown of Amarillo to North Texas on horseback. His mission is to help the homeless in any way he can and focus on their needs for shelter. He's also raising funds and bringing supplies for the homeless.

Rudd is vice president of Yellow City Community Outreach in Amarillo. One of the main goals of the organization is to raise money to build tiny homes for the homeless.

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<![CDATA[Victim Finds Pictures Taken With Stolen Phones: Arlington PD]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:21:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington-cell-robbery.jpg

Arlington police said they need the public's help finding a cell phone thief who went on a selfie spree.

Police said the victim reported that three phones were stolen from a vehicle. Several pictures taken with the phones appeared on the victim's computer after the theft.

Further details about the theft were not released.

The man was described as in his early- to late-30s with short black hair and light facial hair.

Anyone with information about this incident was asked to call Det. David Frias at 817-459-6482.

Police said that they received several tips within hours of posting the images on their Facebook page that helped them identify the people in the images.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Again Discusses Possible Rail Line to Love Field]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:04:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DART+generic.jpg

The City of Dallas is revisiting the feasibility of bringing light rail directly to Dallas Love Field.

At a city council meeting this week, Dallas Aviation Director Mark Duebner told council members they should expect a briefing in the coming months about a plan to run an extension from Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s existing Bachman station.

As first reported by The Dallas Morning News, the light rail line would reach Love Field by way of a proposed north entrance to the airport. The north entrance and exit become possible in 2017 when a former runway near Denton Drive is fully closed to air traffic, according to Duebner.

“The city has been actively looking for a way to connect Love Field with a DART Light Rail station for many years,” Duebner told NBCDFW.

Duebner said that money for a potential rail line through Love Field was set aside more than a decade ago, but the project quickly became too expensive.

The millions once earmarked for a possible DART station at Love Field were eventually spent on the new street car project that connects Downtown Dallas to Oak Cliff, according to The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Montana Judge Criticized for 60-Day Sentence for Incest]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:29:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/generictrial.jpg

Thousands are calling for the impeachment of a Montana judge for what they argue was a too lenient sentence given to a father who admitted to committing incest with his 12-year-old daughter, NBC News reported.

The judge, John McKeon, sentenced the man to 60 days in prison when the sentence could’ve been as long as 25 years. NBC News is not identifying the father in order to protect the identity of his daughter.

A Change.org petition has accumulated more than 62,000 signatures of people demanding the judge’s impeachment.

McKeon defended his decision, stating that the psychosexual evaluation during the trial revealed the man could be safely treated and supervised.

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<![CDATA[Poll: 45 Percent of GOP Might Not Accept Election Results]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:14:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/DONALD-TRUMP11.jpg

Among Republican and Republican-leaning likely voters, 45 percent said they might not accept the election as legitimate if their candidate doesn't win, including 18 percent who said they would definitely not accept the outcome, according to the NBC NewsSurveyMonkey Third Debate Reaction Poll conducted on Thursday, Oct. 20. A majority of Republicans—53 percent—said they would accept the results of the election if their candidate loses, NBC News reported.

Voters polled also said Hillary Clinton won the third and final debate of the 2016 Presidential Election cycle by a 9-point margin over Donald Trump. A 46 percent plurality said Clinton won the debate, while 37 percent said Trump won. Another 17 percent said that neither candidate won the debate. Clinton's final victory over the Republican nominee marks a decisive sweep of all three debates.

The debate was most notable for Trump's refusal to say he would accept the outcome of the election—with some GOP leaders joining a backlash.

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<![CDATA[Preimplantation Genetic Testing May Help Some Couples Struggling with Infertility]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:53:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC-Fertility-Testing.jpg Preimplantation genetic testing before in-vitro fertilization virtually eliminates multiple births and helps patients struggling with infertility achieve pregnancy more quickly.

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<![CDATA[New Advice: Parents Should Share Screentime with Kids]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:46:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_mediakids1020_1920x1080.jpg Instead of playing a constant game of keep-away, parents are now encouraged to join the fun. Updated guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics on kids' media usage represents a shift to making moms and dads "media mentors." Previously the influential group of pediatricians suggested no media before age 2. Now they say there's evidence toddlers as young as 18 months could learn and benefit from some forms of technology, as long as parents are there to guide them and the technology is not overly stimulating.

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<![CDATA[After Major Outages, 3rd Cyberattack 'Has Been Resolved']]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:53:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/map-outage.jpg

A third wave of denial-of-service attacks on a key piece of internet plumbing was resolved by late Friday, said the company that was targeted.

Internet infrastructure company Dyn Inc. told CNBC earlier in the day that the third wave was underway, causing more disruptions after dozens of the world's most popular websites were taken largely offline Friday morning. 

The White House said it was aware of the situation and that the Department of Homeland Security was looking into it; a senior law enforcement official told NBC News that the FBI has been investigating as well. U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News Friday afternoon that they did not know who was responsible for the attacks, though one source said involvement by North Korea had been ruled out.

Dyn, which runs domain name servers, said on its website that it was subject to a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack. Domain name servers translate website names to the numeric Internet Protocol addresses behind them. Dyn, headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, is one of the larger companies in that business. 

Major internet services including Spotify, Twitter, Paypal, Reddit, the PlayStation Network, Netflix, SoundCloud and a number of media websites were difficult or impossible to reach early Friday.

DownDetector.com, a popular website for checking internet outages, showed a sharp and simultaneous spike in users reporting sites being inaccessible just after 7 a.m. ET and again around noon. 

Service providers including Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable and AT&T were also affected. 

Dyn told CNBC that it was being hit by "tens of millions of IP addresses" Friday afternoon, around 4:15 p.m. ET. They said one of the sources of the attack is devices like DVRs, printers, and other appliances that are connected to the internet, collectively known as the "Internet of Things."

Dyn said normal service was restored just over two hours later. But on its website it reported a new attack as of 11:52 a.m. ET that was still underway a half hour later.

"(We) have begun monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue," the company said on its status update page. 

Later Friday, Dyn released a statement saying the third attack "has been resolved."

The extent of the effect was not clear as the attacks unfolded — Twitter experienced partial outages throughout the day. 

"The earlier issues have resurfaced & some people may still be having trouble accessing Twitter," the company wrote on its support account at 12:55 p.m. ET. "We’re working on it!"

After four and a half hours of problems, Twitter reported that Dyn had mitigated the attacks and that Twitter was once again available to all its users. 

Dyn said it was "still investigating and mitigating the attacks on our infrastructure," though a monitoring issue was resolved, it tweeted shortly after 3 p.m. ET.

On social media, people reported renewed difficulty accessing Spotify in Europe, as well as problems with photos and video on Twitter. DownDetector showed fresh spikes in outage reports for sites including PayPal, Netflix and Pinterest. 

The attacks immediately renewed fears about the security of the Internet's core infrastructure, particularly with the presidential election - already the subject of hacking concerns - less than three weeks away.

(Comcast is the owner of NBC parent NBCUniversal.)

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<![CDATA[Model Katie May's Death Caused By Chiropractic Procedure]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:30:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/katiemayfeuerherd.jpg

Former "Playboy" model Katie May's death in February was caused by a chiropractic procedure to her neck, the Los Angeles County coroner's office told NBC News.

May died on Feb. 4 due to a "manipulation of the neck," the coroner's office said. Her death was ruled an accident.

On Friday, the American Chiropractic Association offered condolences to May's family, but defended chiropractic neck procedures.

"Our sympathy goes out to the family of Katie May," they wrote in a statement. "With respect to the safety of neck manipulation, it’s important to understand there are risks and benefits to all treatments; however, the best available evidence indicates there is no causal relationship between neck manipulation and stroke."

"Millions of neck manipulations are performed safely in the U.S. every year, providing patients relief from common forms of neck pain and headache, and helping them to get back to their normal activities," the statement continued.

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