<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://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-usSat, 21 Jan 2017 17:49:40 -0600Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:49:40 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Forecast: Warm Today, Windy & Cooler Tomorrow]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:11:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/012117+3day+4cast.jpg After a wonderfully warm day yesterday, we will carry the some of that warm weather over to the first half of the weekend. Sunday will be cooler with howling northwest winds.]]> <![CDATA[Five Arrests Reported in Dallas Anti-Trump Protests]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:33:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dalprotest012017.jpg

Dallas police reported five arrests Friday as protesters marched hours after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

About 40-50 people were part of one demonstration that began at Lake Cliff Park and moved toward Jefferson Boulevard in Oak Cliff. Along the way, they began completely blocking traffic, at which point police moved in to make two arrests.

The crowd then quickly retreated to the sidewalk.

A third person who was across the street at the time was arrested when she failed to comply with an officer's orders.

Two other arrests were also reported among the march, police said. Each of the five people will be charged with obstructing the road.

Following that confrontation the atmosphere mellowed and protesters made their way back to Lake Cliff Park.

Among the marchers was Dan Gardner, a former enlisted Marine, who said he was protesting because he sees Trump as a threat to the country.

"I'm just an average guy. I can't take away what he's going to do, but I can make sure to inspire enough people, so in 10 years we have people that we do want to see in office," Gardner said.

Meanwhile, a group called North Texas Resistance held a rally in Dealey Plaza and a march through a portion of downtown Dallas that drew more than 100 participants. The event went off without any incident.

<![CDATA[White House Slams Coverage of Inaugural Crowd Size]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:38:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/182*120/spicer-slams-size-inauguration.jpg

The new White House press secretary used his first press briefing to launch a furious tirade against media coverage of President Donald Trump's inauguration, calling it "shameful and wrong" for focusing on the fact that it was noticeably smaller than Barack Obama's in 2009.

Sean Spicer harangued the media for not taking the administration's point of view on how to cover Trump's inauguration, and claimed that the National Mall was full during the president's oath of office when photographs from multiple vantage points showed that it wasn't. 

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe," Spicer said. "These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong."

Spicer took no questions at the briefing, which came hours after Trump told CIA officials in Langley that the media was inventing a feud between him and the intelligence community, despite suggesting the intel community leaked information to the press and comparing it to something that would be done in Nazi Germany.

It's the latest bump in a rocky relationship between the Trump team and the national press corps, but the first to take place in the White House. And it came as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators filled the streets in Washington and many cities both in America and abroad, all aimed at showing Trump that they will not be silent during his time in office. 

Spicer did not comment on the march other than to stipulate there are no official estimates about crowd sizes at the rallies. 

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<![CDATA['American Justice': El Chapo Taken Before Federal Judge After Decades of Drugs, Bloodshed]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:39:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/el+chapo+ready+court+police.jpeg

It was a long time coming, but notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman finally walked into an American courtroom Friday, to face charges that he was the murderous architect of a 3-decade-long web of violence, corruption and drug addiction in the United States.

As he was taken before a federal judge, prosecutors announced they were seeking a $14 billion forfeiture from Guzman, who arrived overnight after the sudden decision by Mexican authorities to grant his extradition to the United States.

"Today marks a milestone in our pursuit of Chapo Guzman,'' said Robert Capers, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn. "He's a man known for a life of crime, violence, death and destruction, and now he'll have to answer for that.''

As boss of the Sinaloa cartel, Guzman presided over a syndicate that shipped tons of heroin and cocaine to the U.S., using tanker trucks, planes with secret landing strips, container ships, speedboats and even submarines, prosecutors said. Perhaps most famously, Guzman's cartel built elaborate tunnels under the U.S. border to transport drugs, said Wifredo Ferrer, the U.S. attorney in Miami.

The cartel made billions of dollars in profits -- hence prosecutors' bid for a $14 billion forfeiture -- and employed hit men who carried out murders, kidnappings and acts of torture, according to prosecutors. The Sinaloa smugglers also helped fuel an epidemic of drug abuse in the U.S. in the 1980s and `90s, the prosecutors said.

Guzman was recaptured a year ago in Mexico after escaping from a maximum-security prison for a second time. The episode was highly embarrassing for President Enrique Pena Nieto's government, and Mexican officials were seen as eager to hand him off to the U.S.

By finally bringing their case in the Eastern District of New York, prosecutors chose that city over Chicago and other jurisdictions, who have long hoped to put Guzman on trial.

“After the tunneling into a maximum security prison which had to have the involvement of government officials, that was a huge embarrassment for the government of Mexico,” said Thomas Shakeshaft, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago. “There was still a chance that he was running the cartel behind bars, but this is a symbolic victory both for the government of Mexico, and the United States.”

The Chicago case did carry a big plus, or perhaps more accurately, two of them. Two brothers, Pedro and Margarito Flores, who had been the prime distributors for Guzman’s Sinoloa cartel in Chicago had agreed to cooperate with authorities and would have been the chief witnesses in a Chicago trial. It isn’t clear if the two will still be called in the New York case.

“It took ten years to get Osama Bin Laden,” notes Shakeshaft, who spent years developing the Chicago prosecution. “It took more than that to get to Chapo, but ultimately we did!”

The Drug Enforcement Administration flew Guzman to New York from the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday, hours before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who has criticized Mexico for sending the U.S. "criminals and rapists'' and vowed to build a wall at the Mexican border.

When Guzman got off the plane, "as you looked into his eyes, you could see the surprise, you could see the shock, and to a certain extent, you could see the fear, as the realization kicked in that he's about to face American justice,'' said Angel Melendez, who leads U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's homeland security investigations in New York.

The U.S. has been trying to obtain custody of Guzman since he was first indicted in California in the early 1990s. Now in his late 50s, he faces the possibility of life in a U.S. prison. Prosecutors had to agree to not seek the death penalty as a condition of the extradition. While he faces federal charges in several U.S. states, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn won the jockeying to get the case. The U.S. attorney's office there has substantial experience prosecuting international drug cartel cases and was once led by outgoing U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

After breaking out of prison the first time in 2001, Guzman spent more than a decade at large, becoming something of a folk legend among some Mexicans for his defiance of authorities. He was immortalized in ballads known as ``narco-corridos.''

Captured in 2014, Guzman then made an even more audacious escape, coolly stepping into a hole in the floor of his prison cell shower and whizzing to freedom on a motorcycle modified to run on tracks laid the length of the tunnel.

While on the run, he secretly met with actors Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo in a fall 2015 encounter that Penn later chronicled in Rolling Stone magazine.

In Penn's article, Guzman was unapologetic about his criminal activities, saying he had turned to drug trafficking at age 15 because it was "the only way to have money to buy food, to survive.''

The piece was published shortly after Mexican marines rearrested Guzman in a January 2016 shootout that killed five of his associates and wounded one marine.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Flood Chicago Streets for Women's March]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:23:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000021722262_1200x675_859804227770.jpg An estimated 250,000 people descended on the city for the Women's March on Chicago Saturday. Sky5 caught the view from above of the massive crowd at the rally. ]]> <![CDATA[From Antarctica to Europe: Women's Marches Around the World]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:01:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/London_England_1_March1.jpg From Antarctica to the Netherlands, global marches and rallies for women's right were held around the world in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the Women's March in Washington, as well as the 600 "sister marches" held across the United States, on Jan. 21, 2017. See the photos.

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<![CDATA[Women's March Mosaic: Social Posts from Washington, DC]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:16:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dc-social-mosaic.jpg

The day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in rallies and marches across the globe in support of women's rights. The largest such march was in Washington, D.C., where authorities estimated 500,000 gathered. The above mosaic shows social posts from people at the march, overlaid on a photo of the crowd itself. Were you there tweeting? Use the 'Find Yourself' tool to find your post or click on the faces to see posts by others. 

<![CDATA[Update: Former Pres. & First Lady Bush's Health Improves]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:24:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1943442.jpg

A spokesperson for George H.W. Bush said the health of the former president and former first lady Barbara Bush is improving.

In a statement, Jim McGrath said the President will remain in the Intensive Care Unit of Houston Methodist Hospital for a few more days. However, he no longer requires mechanical assistance for breathing.

"His spirits are high, and he is looking forward to getting back to a regular schedule.  In fact, he called his office last night at 6:30 p.m. to check on his staff.," said the statement from McGrath.

Even better news for former First Lady Barbara Bush. She may be discharged from the hospital tomorrow.

The two became hospitalized earlier this week, missing the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

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<![CDATA['We Shall Over-Comb': The Best Signs of the Women's March]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:55:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/overcombfeuerherd.jpg

Protesters attitudes toward President Trump were on display on handmade signs at women's marches around the globe Saturday. 

Many of the signs were playful and whimsical, but conveyed a protest message. 

One of them showed recently-deceased actress Carrie Fisher dressed as her Star Wars character Princess Leia with the title, "RESISTER." 

Another Instagram photo captioned with #womensmarch showed a sign that poked fun at Trump's speech. "Trump has the best misogyny, it's very big misogyny. Sad!" the sign reads.  

In Washington, where crowds are expected to reach 500,000 people, one marcher held a sign that read, "we shall over-comb," with a drawing of Trump's notorious hairstyle. 

A girl at the march held a sign that read, "girl's just want to have fundamental human rights." 

Photo Credit: Riya Bhattacharjee
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<![CDATA[Watch Women's Marches From Across the Country]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:49:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/marches-streams-th.jpg
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<![CDATA[UN Human Rights Office Ready to Take on Trump: Report]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:26:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/United-Nations-Human-Rights-AP.jpg

U.N. human rights officials, whose boss famously likened U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to ISIS, are reported to be gearing up for a four- or even eight-year battle with the new administration over Trump's "ghastly campaign pledges," NBC News reported.

With Trump now elected president, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, has spread the word to the U.N. human rights office that it will have to lead international opposition to the United States, U.N. officials told the respected journal Foreign Policy.

"We are going to speak up," Foreign Policy quoted one of the officials as saying in an article published Tuesday. "It'll be rough, but if [Trump] puts any of those ghastly campaign pledges into action, we will condemn."

This is not the first time Ra'ad al-Hussein spoke out against Trump. "If Donald Trump is elected, on the basis of what he has said already, and unless that changes, I think it's without any doubt that he would be dangerous from an international point of view," he said in October.

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<![CDATA[Weekend Picks for Jan. 21-22]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:47:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sarah_picks_1200x675_859772995913.jpg Sarah Blaskovich with The Dallas Morning News and GuideLive.com talks with NBC 5's Johnny Archer about things you can do this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Thousands Take Part in Dallas Women's March]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:17:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/012117+Dallas+Womens+March.jpg

One day after Donald J. Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America, women across the country will marching "for women's rights, social justice and equality for all communities."

The Women’s March in Washington, D.C., which is estimated to draw about half a million supporters Saturday, has prompted leaders in every state, and more than 50 countries, to carry the torch in their own cities.

In Dallas, thousands of people gathered Saturday on the west side of Dallas City Hall and marched toward Deep Ellum.

Demonstrators from all walks of life participated.

“I care because this is human rights not just women’s rights,” said Dallas resident Larry Baron.

"It just seems like the people that were elected don't care about those rights. They're ready to get rid of htem at any second," said Tai Marion.

A rally and a phone bank followed the march.

For more details, click here. For more information regarding the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., click here.

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<![CDATA[Dallas County Republicans Cheer the New President]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:02:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+gop+trump+party.jpg

Dallas County Republicans gathered at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving to watch President Donald Trump take the oath of office Friday.

At the front of the room cheering for the change of leaders was Keenan Williams, an African-American Republican.

"Donald Trump, I believe, is going to make a great president. And the reason I believe that, because he's smart enough to surround himself with the right people," Williams said.

Some of Trump's supporters were overcome with emotion as they saw him sworn in after the tough presidential election campaign.

Republican Party Precinct Chair Elena Blake could not hide tears.

"I am so gloriously happy," she said. "We can do this together and build this economy and make America great again. I'm just so happy."

The crowd of Republican supporters was bound to like anything Donald Trump would say in his inaugural speech.

"He's not politically correct, we know that. But we're very hopeful about the things he's going to do and not thing things he's going to say, necessarily," said Republican Party Precinct Chair Teresa Brown.

She and others at the watch party said they were pleased with Trump's tone about unity and common goals like infrastructure and building the economy.

"I think Donald Trump is going to be Donald Trump, but hearing the words today is a very good start," said State Rep. Rodney Anderson, R-Irving.

The supporters were also pleased to hear Trump restate campaign promises, like putting America first.

Supporter Margaret Ann Lopez wore a Trump hat and waved a flag through the speech.

"Everybody, from every country, is welcome here, as long as they do it legally. We've got laws," she said.

The group included many Hispanic supporters and about half of the crowd were women.

"There's no doubt that women are doing better than ever, and the Republican Party is a strong supporter of women's rights and women's opportunity," said Trump supporter Tina Alives.

Supporter Mary Jaime said she believes Trump critics will come around when they see results.

"It gave me a lot of hope to see somebody that's going to stick up for all of us," she said.

Many top Dallas County Republicans who might otherwise have attended the Irving watch party were in Washington, D.C., to see it in person, organizers of the watch party said.

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<![CDATA[Protester Punches White Nationalist Richard Spencer]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:39:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/richardspencerfeuerherdIBIB.jpg

White nationalist Richard Spencer was punched in the face during an on-camera interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation News not far from President Trump's inauguration, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA['In God We Trust': World Newspapers React to Trump]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:29:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP17021357654857_opt.jpg

Newspapers around the world led with the news Saturday of Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States and his bold declaration that "from this moment on it's going to be America first."

His vow made headlines from Denver and Dallas to the United Kingdom where it was featured on the front pages of both the Scotsman and the Guardian, which declared in a separate headline that "in pledging to put 'America first', Trump holds the world at his mercy."

"The president's inaugural address put the rest of the planet on notice on Friday that it would, from now on, have to deal with a United States that is far less willing to do things for other countries, buy their products or protect their borders," the article said.

Germany's Der Spiegel perhaps went further, declaring on its cover, "a New World Order." Featuring a billiards table that shows the United States as the cue ball about to break things up, the weekly magazine went with the headline "Trump's Game."

The Times of London also described Trump's presidency as a "new era," while the Sydney Morning Herald said that the new president would now "unleash his shock and awe agenda."

China's official Global Times newspaper said in a commentary that Trump had made a number of "lofty promises" but offered few details on how he intended to carry them out, The Associated Press reported. 

Other governments that have had strained relationships with the Obama administration welcomed the change in Washington, including Turkey. The country's pro-government Daily Sabah went with a straightforward headline for Saturday's cover that said: "Turkey sees Trump as a force to correct US’s misguided policy in fight against [ISIS]."

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<![CDATA[Italy Bus Crash Kills 16 People Returning From School Trip]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:07:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP17021296752918_opt.jpg

Sixteen people were killed when a bus crashed and caught fire in Italy while carrying Hungarian teenagers home from a school trip, authorities said Saturday.

Police commander Geralomo Lacquanita said the bus crashed and burst into flames just before midnight on the A4 highway near Verona as it returned from France, NBC News reported.

The bus was returning to Budapest with boys aged 15 to 17 along with parents and teachers.

Police say 16 badly burned bodies have been pulled from the wreckage.

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<![CDATA[Designer Gives High Marks to First Lady Melania Trump]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:58:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Michael+Faircloth.jpg

When first lady Melania Trump stepped out for Friday's inauguration in a powder blue Ralph Lauren dress, Dallas fashion designer Michael Faircloth said she got it right. He should know. Faircloth designed countless dresses for former first lady Laura Bush.

"What was wonderful about Mrs. Bush was she was always very conscientious about not wanting clothes to speak loudly," Faircloth said. "She has so many things she felt were more important."

Faircloth said Trump made a good first impression.

"The color was very refreshing," he said of Trump's powder blue dress. "Immediately what you see is the clothing, color, design, cut, and for her to be monochromatic head-to-toe just makes her look more confident."

From Jacqueline Kennedy's pill box hats, to Michelle Obama's tones and bare arms, first ladies have helped set fashion trends over the years.

"I think she is going to have a very large influence," Faircloth said about the new first lady. "I think she knows clothes, she understands clothes and knows how to wear them beautifully."

Faircloth has worked with Bush for more than 20 years. His favorite design is the red dress she wore on inauguration night in 2001, but he has sentimental favorites, too.

"Things that I would design for her that she would wear repeatedly makes me happier," Faircloth said. "Because it's a stronger attachment to the dress."

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<![CDATA[FW Police Say Child Found Safe After Reported Missing]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:35:55 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/darlene+rugira.jpg

Fort Worth police say a child who was reported missing Friday after she was last seen leaving school has been found safe Friday evening.[[411391395,R]]

Police thanked the public for their help in locating 12-year-old Darlene Rugira.

Rugira was reported missing after leaving McLean Middle School, on the 3800 block of Stadium Drive, at 4:30 p.m., police said.

In an update at 11:25 p.m. police said she was being returned home.

No further information was provided by police.

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<![CDATA[Best Moments of the Presidential Inaugural Balls ]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:19:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632249496.jpg See some of the best moments at the presidential inaugural balls held in honor of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Journalism Students Attend Inauguration]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:11:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/journalism+student.jpg Some North Texas journalism students are in Washington, D.C., to attend the inauguration.

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<![CDATA[Colleyville Couple Attends Fourth Inauguration]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:01:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mitchells+at+inauguration.jpg

It’s the fourth inauguration for the Mitchells of Colleyville.

They attended President George H.W, Bush’s inauguration, and both of President George W. Bush’s inaugurations.

Tom Mitchell put on his "Make America Great Again" hat Thursday morning.

“I think it’s time to complete my outfit for the occasion,” said Tom Mitchell.

While in town, they went to Texas Inaugural Ball, "Black Tie and Boots" Thursday night before Friday’s events.

“It is a great time to celebrate America, and it feels like a Texas party,” he added.

Today, they hopped on the metro with friends from Fort Worth to watch the inauguration at the Newseum.

It is on the parade route, so they were able to get their pictures in the street before the parade rolled down Pennsylvania Avenue.

“It is extremely exciting no matter what side of the aisle you are on. It is powerful, it is patriotic, it is wonderful. It is a celebration and we love coming. It has been really exciting,” said Maryanne Mitchell.

The party goes on for them, long after the parade ends.

“Tonight there are a lot of festivities, the Freedom Ball, the other balls. We will keep on going,” she added.

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<![CDATA[Argyle School District Employees Hit with Data Breach]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:25:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17010694953288.jpg

The Argyle Independent School District is warning it's employees of a data breach.

District leaders said Wednesday an employee got a "phishing" email that appeared to be from the district superintendent.

That email asked for the 2016 W-2 information for all employees of the district. The employee complied with the email, attaching and emailing all W-2 information. 

The Argyle ISD is in contact with the FBI, IRS and local police departments. So far, they are not sure who sent the email.

"Phishing" emails are designed to gather personal information and can appear to be from a legitimate organization or known individual.

Argyle ISD said it deeply regrets the incident and will contact all current and former employees about the breach. The district is also offering one year of free credit monitoring for the employees affected by the data breach. 

The IRS said they are now monitoring the tax returns of the affected employees for any fraudulent returns.

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<![CDATA[Arrest Made in Fort Worth Church Vandalism]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:13:25 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/britton-mugshot-inset.jpg

A homeless man was arrested Friday in the vandalism of a Fort Worth church that did as much as $500,000 in damage.

Thomas Britton, 54, is charged with criminal mischief in connection with the vandalism of St. Stephens Church on Jan. 8.

Detectives identified Britton after receiving tips from people who saw surveillance video in news reports, police said.

Britton was jailed on $25,000 bond.

Someone broke numerous windows at the church, vandalized classrooms and tried to set some items on fire.

The church is located in the 2700 block of McPherson Avenue near Texas Christian University.

In announcing Britton’s arrest, police also said they had cleared another suspect, 21-year-old Jonthan Jimenez, who was questioned in connection with the crime.

Jimenez showed up at the church recently to tell the pastor he didn’t do it. The pastor said he believed him and invited him to Sunday services.

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<![CDATA[Inauguration is Two-Fold for Fort Worth Couple]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:07:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/182*120/couple19.JPG

It's the third inauguration for the Anne and Hank Paup of Fort Worth. 

But for Hank Paup, this time, he had two reasons to be in Washington, D.C.

"It was kind of a last minute, spur of the moment thing," said Hank. "One of the reasons we wanted to be here is to support Rick Perry. Rick and I were in college together. We went to his confirmation hearing yesterday, which was very exciting for all of us."

Former Governor Rick Perry has been nominated for Secretary of Defense. 

Besides attending the hearing, the Paups also attended the Texas inaugural ball, "Black Tie and Boots." They watched the inaugural parade from the Newseum.

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<![CDATA[Could Trump Shut Down an Investigation if He Wanted?]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:27:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17013713721598-Trump-head.jpg

The FBI is conducting a counterintelligence investigation into Russia's efforts to manipulate public opinion in the United States presidential election, examining how the operation was paid for and whether any Americans were involved, current and former U.S. officials told NBC News.

Former intelligence officials told NBC News that President Donald Trump would technically have the authority to order an end to the investigation — which the CIA, NSA and Treasury Department are also participating in — given that the intelligence agencies report directly to him.

Officials have not said whether the investigation has unearthed any evidence of wrongdoing by Trump aides or any other Americans. Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said on the "Today" show that the president would let the investigation go wherever it leads. And it would be politically disastrous for Trump to end the probe, the former intelligence officials said.

"I remember the last president who ordered a stop to an investigation and it cost him his presidency," said Raymond Batvinis, a former FBI counter intelligence agent who teaches national security at George Washington University, speaking of Richard Nixon and Watergate.

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<![CDATA[Argyle ISD Employees at Risk for ID Theft After Data Breach]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:15:35 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/argyle+isd+flag.jpg

Hundreds of employees in the Argyle ISD are at risk of having their identities stolen. This, after a scammer sent an email posing as the schools' superintendent and asking for personal information.

Nearly 500 current and past employees are affected, including everyone who worked for the district in any way in 2016. That includes substitutes and anyone else who would have a W-2 from the district.

On Wednesday, a scammer sent a targeted "spear phishing" email to an Argyle ISD employee that was "carefully designed" to look like it was sent by the schools' superintendent.

The email requested W-2 information, including names, addresses, social security numbers and earnings information.

Thinking the email was legitimate, the employee responded and attached all 2016 W-2 forms, including that personal information for anyone who worked for the district last year.

Argyle ISD has now notified the FBI, the IRS and police to try to track down the scammers. The IRS will be monitoring affected employees' tax returns to prevent fraud.

Argyle ISD is also offering one-year of identity protection service for any employee who wants it.

Workers NBC 5 spoke with on Friday were stunned, but said they do not blame the district.

"Scammers are clever, they trick people, so somebody got tricked," said one Argyle ISD bus driver and mechanic Kim Swan. "Hopefully they can find out who it was and stop it, before it gets more serious."

In a statement, the district said they "deeply regret this incident" and apologized to all their employees.

The NBC 5 Responds team did some digging and offers these tips to protect yourself.

If you get a call or email asking for something confidential, take a minute and think about what they're asking you to provide. If you’re asked for financial or other personal information, don’t give it out.

It doesn't matter if the company’s logo is on the email you receive, it could easily be faked.

Also, don't update your information to someone who contacts you on the phone or via internet and you should never send a wire transfer to anyone for any reason related to an account.

Another tip to keep in mind, ask yourself if you're feeling pressured.

Scammers will try to scare you by saying they'll disable your account, or even have you fined or arrested.

It's just not true, no government agency does that.

If anyone seems to be rushing you to give them payment now, it's usually a red flag.

Sometimes legitimate companies may contact you for money, but always ask 'can I call you back?'

Don’t give personal information to someone who calls or emails you first. Make sure you’re certain it’s really the company they claim.

Call them back, but don't use numbers they give you. Look it up yourself or find one on your bill.

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<![CDATA[Denton's Politically Charged Cheer, Protest Inauguration]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:15:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Denton+Innauguration.jpg

With thunderous applause and some tears of joy, Denton County's Republican faithful gathered at the county's Republican headquarters Friday to watch the moment many of them have waited years for: their party's return to the White House.

Many in the standing-room only room said they were hopeful as Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th president of the United States.

"Trump is going to put America first and patriotism is back," said Trump supporter Jennifer Winmill.

Several of the attendees at the watch party said that despite the decisiveness of the election they're confident President Trump will be able to unite the country and stay tethered in his new role.

But you didn't have to look far Friday to find disagreement.

Less than five minutes up the road at the University of North Texas, students gathered on the Library Mall in protest of Trump's inauguration.

Many held signs and flags supporting immigrants and the LGBTQ community whom some fear will be at risk under the new administration after comments by the president during the election.

"Any bigotry, any hate, any form of it at all is not going to be tolerated what-so-ever," said recent graduate Stephanie Plancarte.

The president's inauguration was met with protests across the country, some that turned violent Friday.

Like the Denton County GOP, though, many others nationwide looked at the ceremony as the beginning of a new chapter.

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<![CDATA[Inaugural Words: America, Country, People, Carnage]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:32:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump-inaug-speech-wordcloud.gif

America. Country. People. These were the most commonly used words by President Donald Trump in his inaugural address on Friday. 

Trump used either "America" or "American" 33 times in his speech, in which he spoke of the problems that have plagued the country in recent years, and promised to fix them. He said "country" 11 times and "people" 10 times. 

Those three words have been used in nearly every inaugural speech in the country's history, according to a database of the speeches compiled by the Washington Post. But Trump also had at least one unusual word choice: "Carnage." 

"But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential," he said.

"This American carnage stops right here and stops right now," Trump added.

According to the Post, this was the first time "carnage" was used in an inaugural address.

<![CDATA[Collin County Democrats Protest During Inauguration ]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:17:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/collin+co+proterst.jpg

Republican roots run deep in Collin County.

But on Friday, a group of Democrats protested in McKinney.

While millions watched as President Donald Trump take the oath of office, about 100 people marched at the Collin County Courthouse.

They held signs and chanted messages they hope are heard all the way in Washington, D.C.

“The fact of the matter is neither one of them won the popular vote. We want them to consider our issues like preserving social security, Medicare, the environment, protecting voter rights and all the other progress that we've made over the last 100 years,” said Mike Rawlings, Chairman of the Collin Co. Democratic Party.

Collin County is overwhelmingly Republican.

Trump received 56 percent of the votes in the November election. Republicans also swept every race on the ballot.

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<![CDATA[Driver Injured as Semi Drives Off Overpass in Fort Worth]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:13:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/fw+tractor+trailer+012017.JPG

The driver of a tractor-trailer was injured when the big rig veered off an overpass during evening rush hour Friday in Fort Worth.

Police say the tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound on Northeast Loop 820 at about 4:45 p.m. when the driver struck the guardrail, then hit a three-foot cement retaining wall before plunging off the overpass and landing on North Main Street below.

North Main Street and the on-ramp to I-820 were closed while police investigated and crews worked to repair the guardrail.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Compare the Crowds: Obama and Trump Inaugurations]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:41:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/182*120/inaug-aerial-th.jpg

President Donald Trump promised an “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout” for his inauguration, but it appears he fell short of a record.

Photos taken from the same vantage point at roughly the same time during the inaugurations of Trump and Barack Obama show far fewer people on the National Mall on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Subway ridership figures released Friday also show a drop between 2009 and 2017.

Various groups involved with the planning of Friday’s ceremonies — the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Activities, the D.C. Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the U.S. Armed Forces Joint Task Force-National Capital Region — predicted 700,000 to 900,000 would attend Trump’s swearing-in and parade.

His predecessor drew what was originally estimated to be a record 1.8 million people to the National Mall for his inauguration in 2009. That estimate was provided by Washington D.C. officials, though The Washington Post later questioned whether it was too high.

On Friday, ridership numbers from the Washington D.C. Metro showed a drop from the 2009 inaugural. As of 11 a.m. on Friday, it recorded 193,000 rides, compared to 513,000 at that time in 2009.

Meanwhile, an expert told The New York Times the crowd on the National Mall on Friday was about one-third the size of the crowd for Obama in 2009. 

The Joint Congressional Committee for Inaugural Ceremonies distributed about 250,000 tickets for Trump’s inauguration on Friday, 1,600 on platforms and 1,000 on bleachers, which it said was on par for previous ceremonies. But most people attending the festival watch from elsewhere.

Photo Credit: AP/Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
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<![CDATA[Girl Scouts Seeking Some More S'mores, Cookie Hard to Find]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:04:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/207*120/smores-cookie.jpg A run on S'mores, the latest Girl Scout cookie to hit the U.S. market, has depleted warehouse inventories in the Girl Scouts of the USA's Northeast Texas region, with some troops padding their cookie coffers and others grumbling after missing out on the chance to buy more.

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<![CDATA[RAW: Limo Engulfed in Flames Near Inauguration Parade]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:52:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017480688_1200x675_859360836000.jpg A limousine at 13th and K streets NW became engulfed in flames as demonstrators protested in the area near President Trump's inauguration parade.]]> <![CDATA[Two Men Wanted in Fort Worth Robberies]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:49:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fwpd-video-robbery.jpg

Police are searching for two men wanted in connection with multiple aggravated robberies. 

According to police, two men, one armed with a handgun, entered the M&K Food Mart on Crowley Road in Fort Worth on Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. and demanded money.

The armed man was blackand was wearing a blue, hooded sweatshirt with a distinct white circular graphic design on the chest. Police estimate he is between 16- and 19-years-old and is estimated to be between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 150 pounds.

He is also wanted in connection with the robbery of a Subway restaurant where police said he produced a two-tone handgun and threatened to shoot an employee if they did not comply with his demands.

Law enforcement is looking for any information on person and ask anyone with information to call police at 817-392-4377.

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<![CDATA[Protests Worldwide as Trump Takes Office]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:14:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Berlin_Germany.jpg Protests broke out in countries around the world as Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017.

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