<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:21:49 -0500 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:21:49 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cleburne Pharmacy Thieves Caught on Camera]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:13:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cleburne_Pharmacy_Thieves.jpg

Police in Cleburne are searching for a group of men after they were seen breaking into a pharmacy early Saturday morning.

According to the owners of the Cleburne Drug Store, a man was seen throwing a large rock through the glass front door at about 3 a.m. The store is located on 501 North Ridgeway Drive.

The group left a trail of damage as they searched the store for medications, said Kelly Summey, police spokesperson. The men got away with a "substantial amount" of drugs, Summey said.

Addictive and expensive drugs were locked in a safe, according to Summey.

The entire robbery lasted less than one minute, according to a police report.

The men were not immediately identified.

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<![CDATA[Woman Killed in Head-On Collision with Tanker ]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 15:30:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Johnson_Co_Crash.jpg

Police say a woman was killed in a head-on collision with a tanker truck in rural Johnson County Sunday afternoon.

According to police, the crash happened at 12:53 p.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 67 near County Road 1120, southwest of Cleburne.

An SUV traveling eastbound on Highway 67 crossed the median and struck a tanker truck traveling westbound, according to Dub Gillum, DPS Trooper.

The tanker careened across the median into the eastbound lanes of Highway 67, striking a pickup with a man and a woman inside. The driver of the tanker, as well as the passengers of the pickup truck were not seriously wounded.

The driver of the SUV was found dead at the scene, Gillum said. Her identity was not immediately released, but she appeared to be in her late teens or early twenties, according to Gillum.

Westbound lanes of Highway 67 were closed to traffic as investigators cleared the scene.

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<![CDATA[Poll: Trump's Lead Narrows as Fiorina, Carson Close In]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:42:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fiorina-Trump-Carson.jpg

Donald Trump remains ahead in the early Republican nominating contests of Iowa and New Hampshire, but his lead has shrunk from a month ago, according to new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls of these two states.

In New Hampshire, Trump holds a five-point advantage over Carly Fiorina among GOP primary voters, 21 percent to 16 percent. But a month ago Trump's lead over the nearest competition in the Granite State (John Kasich) was 16 points, 28 percent to 12 percent.

Trump is ahead of Carson by five points among potential GOP caucus-goers in Iowa, 24 percent to 19 percent - with Fiorina in third at 8 percent. Trump's lead over Carson in the same poll a month ago was seven points.

Meanwhile, in the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton maintains her lead in Iowa with 47 percent support of caucus voters, and Bernie Sanders is still ahead in New Hampshire, leading the former secretary of state by nine points, 48 percent to 39 percent.  

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<![CDATA[Crash Kills Fmr. Fort Worth Councilwoman Cathy Hirt]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 22:26:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1hirt_722x406_1907528594.jpg

Former Fort Worth Councilwoman Cathy Hirt was killed alongside her husband, Darrell, in a car crash Friday night while vacationing in Europe, former Councilman Joel Burns confirmed Saturday.

In a statement, Burns remembered Hirt's leadership:

"I can't imagine the sense of loss felt by Cathy and Darrell's family, but I do feel the very real loss all of us in Fort Worth know in the loss of Cathy's civic leadership, I've spoken with both my predecessor Wendy Davis and successor Ann Zadeh tonight and we are honored to have shared a legacy with Cathy of representing Fort Worth and District 9 and to have followed in her example of leadership. Fort Worth has lost so much this week and our hearts go out to Cathy and Darrell's many family and friends and those touched by her work."

 Hirt oversaw District 9 before leading an aggressive campaign to be Mayor of Fort Worth.

According to Burns, Hirt and her husband were killed in a taxi accident while traveling in Hungary.

<![CDATA[Dallas Police Locate Missing Man]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:18:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/Francisco+fix.PNG

On Sunday afternoon, the Dallas Police Department confirmed Francisco Ramirez.

He was last seen Sunday morning walking along the 400 block of South Clinton Avenue.

Ramirez was also considered a danger to himself.

Police said he was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

<![CDATA[Pedestrian Struck, Killed in Oak Cliff]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:10:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-police-car-generic-08.jpg

Dallas police say a pedestrian died after being struck by a car in Oak Cliff Saturday afternoon.

Police were called to the intersection of Hartsdale Drive and Fort Worth Avenue at 4:43 p.m.

According to police, first responders found a pedestrian dead on arrival. The driver involved was at the scene to speak with officers, police said.

No charges were immediately filed.

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<![CDATA[Trump Talks Syria on "Meet the Press"]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 11:22:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trump+Meet+the+Press+1.png

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, when asked if he believes the Middle East would be better today if Moammar Gadhafi of Libya and Saddam Hussein of Iraq were still in power, responded, "It's not even a contest."

"You can make the case, if you look at Libya, look at what we did there — it's a mess — if you look at Saddam Hussein with Iraq, look what we did there — it's a mess," the real-estate mogul said in an interview with Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press."

Trump related the situations in both countries with what is currently happening in Syria and seemed to endorse a stronger President Bashar Assad, while admitting that he is "probably a bad guy." 

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<![CDATA[Irving Store Sells Winning Lottery Ticket]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 11:20:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Lottery+winning+sign.jpg

An Irving convenience store sold a winning lottery ticket from last night's drawing for $32.25 million.

The Texas Lottery twitter page announced it on Sunday morning.

The convenience store that sold the ticket was a Qwik Trac located at 8600 MacArthur Boulevard.

It is unknown who the lucky winner is yet.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Preparing for a Raucous Superdome]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 15:41:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/20131110-Dallas-Cowboys-New-Orleans-Saints.jpg

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome isn’t quite the scary road test it once was, not too long ago--they're actually winless in their last six games at home--but the Cowboys are preparing for it to get loud on Sunday night.

According to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas, the Cowboys have been pumping loud music into their practices this week, something that he notes isn’t at all unusual for the team. But this week it becomes a potentially more important element, with the team set to face an 0-3 Saints team desperate for a win and a homecrowd in New Orleans desperate for something to cheer about.

“It’s hard to simulate it,” said quarterback Brandon Weeden. “From what I hear it gets pretty loud there. Just got to rely on the assignment, rely on the communication and got to be on point with the communication. That’s first and foremost. And if you’re changing plays, whatever it may be, you better be clear.”

Cowboys center Travis Frederick doesn’t see the noise being an issue.

“The only time I really think about the noise is when I run out for the first time and you hear it,” Frederick said. “But after that you’re so focused on the game that it really has nothing to do with what you’re doing. You just have to figure out how to work around it. You do it all week in practice and then it becomes second nature during the game.”

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<![CDATA[Officials: Oregon College Shooter Died of Apparent Suicide]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 15:34:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_51415249853.jpg

The man armed with several guns who walked into a Thursday morning writing class at a rural Oregon community college and fatally shot nine people, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, speaking at a news conference Saturday, said the medical examiner's office has determined the cause of death as suicide.

Officials initially said the shooter, identified as 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer, was killed during a shoot out with officers responding to the Umpqua Community College campus. The worst mass shooting in Oregon history also injured nine people.

Hanlin also revealed an additional gun was found at the apartment Harper-Mercer shared with his mother, bringing the total number of weapons seized to 14. 

Harper-Mercer was armed with a 9mm Glock pistol and .40-caliber Smith & Wesson, according to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives incident report obtained by The Associated Press.

Mercer also had a .40-caliber Taurus pistol traced to someone in Portland and a .556-caliber Del-Ton.

ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Celine Nunez announced Friday at a news conference that six weapons were recovered at the college campus and an additional seven were found at the shooter's home.

Nunez said the firearms were purchased legally by the shooter or a family member in the last three years. Officials did not say whether the latest gun found at Harper-Mercer's home was purchased legally. 

Investigators also found a flak jacket next to a rifle at the school, which contained steel plates, Nunez said.

Officials conducting searches at the school, shooter's residence and vehicle have also seized documents and digital media, Hanlin said.

"The Oregon State Police Crime Lab as well as the ATF and FBI Laboratories are all engaged in the effort to move forward with processing this evidence," he added.

Douglas County District Attorney Rick Wesenberg said the Oregon State Police's investigation into the officer-involved shooting is "nearing conclusion."

"I expect to be presented with the case early next week. Once I receive the case, I will do a thorough review and make a determination on whether the use of force was justified," he said.

In a statement, Harper-Mercer's family expressed their grief and offered prayers to the families of the victims.

"We are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific events that unfolded on Thursday, October 1. Our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers go out to all of the families of those who died and were injured," the statement read.

Law enforcement officials told NBC News that Mercer left behind a multi-page document at the shooting scene espousing what one of them called "a philosophy of hate."

Two officials familiar with the contents say he wrote that he would be "welcomed in Hell and embraced by the devil."

The officials said he lamented the fact that he had no girlfriend. "He said he had no life," another official said, adding, "He felt the world was against him."

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<![CDATA[Texas A&M Capitalizes on Mississippi State Mistakes]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 10:31:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/487058234.jpg

Turnovers doomed No. 21 Mississippi State in a loss to 14th-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday night.

"I think we stopped ourselves," Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott said. "Nothing they were doing was stopping us or making it hard for us to move the ball. We just made ... mistakes."
Kyle Allen threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns to help Texas A&M remain undefeated with the 30-17 win.
The Aggies (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) led by 14 at halftime. They didn't score a touchdown in the second half, but added two field goals and forced two turnovers to secure the victory.
Prescott capped a 68-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run that got Mississippi State (3-2, 1-2) within 27-17 with about 12 1/2 minutes remaining.
A 30-yard field goal by Taylor Bertolet pushed the lead to 30-17 midway through the fourth quarter.
Allen threw touchdown passes of 1 and 29 yards in the first quarter and Tra Carson ran for a score in the second to help A&M to the win.
Prescott threw for 210 yards and ran for 96 more.
"All the little things you have to do to win a game we didn't do them tonight and you're not going to win that way," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. "It's just not going to happen."
Myles Garrett had seven tackles, two tackles for losses, including a sack, forced a fumble and batted down a pass to lead A&M's defense. He has 7 1/2 sacks this season.
Daeshon Hall added a sack for the Aggies to give him five this season when he shed a blocker and took down Prescott for a five-yard loss in the second quarter.
"We had too many third and longs and now you're in a drop back game against the two best pass-rushing d-ends in America," Mullen said. "That's not going to work out for you."
Allen had to work for more than half of the game without starting receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, who was ejected for targeting midway through the second quarter.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Seals-Jones leveled 5-11 safety Brandon Bryant with a hit to the head on a passing play by A&M. As he left the field, Seals-Jones jumped around in front of the crowd waving his arms and received a loud ovation.
Seals-Jones took to Twitter late in the game, retweeting a tweet that questioned the call on his hit and included a video of it.
Prescott extended his streak of passes without an interception to 225. The nation's longest such streak almost came to an end early in the fourth quarter when Garrett tipped one of his passes at the line and Brandon Williams came just short of grabbing it.
Fred Ross had 11 receptions for 103 yards for his third career 100-yard receiving game for Mississippi State.
De'Runnya Wilson caught a 17-yard pass on third down on the first drive of the second half. But Donovan Wilson stripped the ball and recovered it for the Aggies.
Texas A&M's offense stalled on the ensuing drive and the Aggies settled for a 24-yard field goal that made it 27-10.
The Bulldogs were driving again on their next possession when Garrett tackled Aeris Williams, causing a fumble which A&M recovered on its own 3.
Malik Dear scored on a 52-yard run to cut the lead to 17-10 about 12 minutes before halftime. Dear went untouched at the line and simply pushed away Armani Watts when he tried to tackle him near the 5 yard line on the run.
The 1-yard touchdown run by Carson extended Texas A&M's lead to 24-10 just before halftime.

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<![CDATA[Man in Critical Condition After Overnight Crash]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:51:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Accident+Commerce+Wreck.jpg

A man had to be cut out of a car and rescued after an overnight crash in Dallas.

This happened on Commerce Street, right where it passes under Stemmons Freeway.

The man was trapped for about 45 minutes, then was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

A woman was also in the car, but not pinned.

Paramedics took her to the hospital.

No word on her condition. No other vehicles were involved.

Police are still investigating.

<![CDATA[Israel Restricts Palestinian Access to Jerusalem's Old City]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:55:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_610256804884.jpg

In an unprecedented measure, Israeli police barred Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday in response to stabbing attacks that killed two Israelis and wounded three others, as Israel's prime minister vowed a "harsh offensive" to counter rising violence.

Tensions have flared in recent weeks over an Old City holy site sacred to Muslims and Jews, a series of so-called "lone wolf" attacks on Israelis and a security clampdown, which on Sunday saw Israeli troops launch a bloody arrest raid in the West Bank.

The latest spike in violence comes at a time when many Palestinians no longer believe statehood through negotiations with Israel is possible. Israeli commentators raised the possibility of a third uprising, though Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has so far prevented major outbreaks of violence despite his growing friction with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In response to the recent violence, Israeli police said they would prevent Palestinian residents of Jerusalem from entering the Old City for two days during a Jewish holiday. Palestinians who live, work and study within the Old City, as well as Israelis and tourists, will be allowed in.

"This is a drastic measure that's being taken in order to make sure there are no further attacks during the Jewish festival where you can see thousands of people visiting the Old City," Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Israel captured the Old City and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war, and later annexed the areas. Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their hoped-for state.

Some 300,000 Palestinians live in Jerusalem, making up about a third of the city's population. They live in the predominantly Arab eastern district and have residency status in the city, but do not hold Israeli citizenship.

They are usually free to enter the Old City in east Jerusalem, where major Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy sites are located. Jerusalem expert Danny Seidemann said it is the first time since Israel captured the Old City in 1967 that it has prevented Jerusalem's Palestinians from entering.

In the latest attack, Israeli police say a Palestinian teenager stabbed and moderately wounded a 15-year-old Israeli early Sunday morning in Jerusalem before being shot dead by Israeli police.

Israeli TV showed footage of the alleged assailant walking along the city's light rail tracks as bystanders screamed, "Shoot him!" In the video, a police car arrives on the scene, multiple gunshots are heard, and the attacker is then seen lying on the ground.

The attack came hours after a Palestinian teen fatally stabbed two Israelis in the Old City and wounded the wife and toddler of one of the slain men, before the attacker was shot dead by an Israeli police officer. Israeli officials identified the victims of Saturday's attack as Aharon Banita, a 21-year-old soldier, and Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, a father of seven who was a rabbi at a seminary in the Old City's Muslim Quarter.

Tensions have soared in recent weeks over a major holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israeli police and Palestinian demonstrators have clashed repeatedly there in recent weeks.

The unrest has spread to the West Bank, where at least 18 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli troops Sunday during an Israeli arrest raid. On Friday, an Israeli couple was killed in a Palestinian drive-by shooting in the West Bank.

Netanyahu said he would meet with security officials Sunday to decide on a "harsh offensive on Palestinian Islamic terror," according to a statement on his Facebook page. "We are in an all-out war against terror," Netanyahu wrote.

Israel's leading newspaper commentator, Nahum Barnea, called the recent violence the "Third Intifada," referring to Palestinian uprisings in the 1980s and the early 2000s. "Not calling it by name allows the political and military establishment to evade, repress, shirk responsibility," he wrote in the Yediot Ahronot newspaper.

But Hani al-Masri, a Palestinian political analyst, said it was not likely the start of a new Intifada. "Intifada needs a leadership and the Palestinian political leadership is against it," he said.

Relatives of the teen behind Sunday's attack identified him as Fadi Alloun, 19, from traditionally Arab east Jerusalem. On Saturday, he wrote on his Facebook page: "Either martyrdom or victory."

Muhannad Halabi, the 19-year-old Palestinian behind the deadly stabbing attack on Saturday, also wrote a post on Facebook before the attack: "What's happening to our holy places? What's happening to our mothers and sisters in the Al-Aqsa mosque? We are not the people who accept humiliation. Our people will revolt."

The sacred hilltop compound is a frequent flashpoint and its fate is at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is known to Jews as the Temple Mount, site of the two biblical Jewish temples. Muslims revere it as the Noble Sanctuary, where they believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven in a night journey.

Non-Muslim visitors are only allowed to enter the site at specific hours and are banned by police from praying there. Many Muslims view Jewish visits as a provocation and accuse Jewish extremists of plotting to take over the site. Israel has promised to ensure the delicate arrangement at the site and insists it will not allow the status quo there to be changed.

In the West Bank, Israeli troops shot and wounded at least 26 Palestinians in an arrest raid in the Jenin refugee camp, a Palestinian hospital director said. The refugee camp was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting of the second Palestinian intifada.

Monther Irshaid, director of the Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin, said the Palestinians were shot in the legs with live bullets and two suffered serious leg injuries.

The clashes broke out as troops surrounded the home of a Palestinian suspect. Witnesses said Israeli troops fired a "small missile" at the house to force the suspect out. The Israeli military said a few dozen Palestinians attacked troops with pipe bombs and that troops responded with "riot dispersal means."

Troops arrested two Palestinians suspected of "terror activity," the army said. One armed suspect barricaded himself inside a building and a fire broke out during the arrest, the army said without elaborating. The army said troops found explosive devices inside.

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<![CDATA[Pope: Marriage Is an 'Indissoluble Bond']]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:41:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PopeFrancisFamilyMeeting.jpg

Pope Francis opened a divisive meeting of the world's bishops on family issues Sunday by forcefully asserting that marriage is an indissoluble bond between man and woman. But he said the church doesn't judge and must "seek out and care for hurting couples with the balm of acceptance and mercy."

Francis dove head-on into the most pressing issue confronting the meeting of 270 bishops during a solemn Mass in St. Peter's Basilica: How to better minister to Catholic families experiencing separation, divorce and other problems when the church's teaching holds that marriage is forever.

He insisted that the church cannot be "swayed by passing fads or popular opinion." But in an acknowledgment that marriages fail, he said the church is also a mother, who doesn't point fingers or judge her children.

"The church must search out these persons, welcome and accompany them, for a church with closed doors betrays herself and her mission and instead of being a bridge, becomes a roadblock," he said.

One of the major debates at the synod is whether divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion.

Francis launched the synod process two years ago by sending out a 39-point questionnaire to bishops, parishes and ordinary Catholic families around the world asking about their understanding of and adherence to church teaching on family matters. Their responses showed a widespread rift between official Catholic teaching and practice, particularly on sex, marriage and homosexuality.

A first meeting of bishops ended last October with no consensus on how to better welcome gays and divorced and civilly remarried Catholics in the church. Conservatives insisted that Catholic doctrine is clear and unchanging. Progressives acknowledged the doctrine but sought wiggle room in pastoral practice.

In the ensuing 12 months, both sides have dug in and sparks are expected to fly in Round 2. In fact, few Vatican meetings have enjoyed as controversial a run-up as this one. There have been allegations of manipulation and coercion; secret caucuses to plot strategy; de-facto laws passed to take the wind out of the debate.

And on the eve of the synod, a Vatican monsignor outed himself as gay and denounced widespread homophobia in the church.

"We are happy if there is turbulence," said Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Italian running the synod. "We are in the sea, and so there has to be some turbulence."

Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's finance manager who is firmly in the conservative camp, predicted little more than a reaffirmation of the status quo would emerge in Round 2, albeit with perhaps better explanation as to why the status quo exists.

"It's quite impossible for there to be any change in the church's teaching on Communion for the divorced and remarried," Pell said on the sidelines of a conference last week about helping gays overcome their homosexual tendencies.

The conference was one of many initiatives launched by conservatives in the run-up to the synod aimed at reasserting traditional Catholic teaching on homosexuality, which holds that gays are to be respected but that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered."

In a clear challenge to that teaching, a mid-level official in the Vatican's orthodoxy office, Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, announced Saturday that that he was a proud gay priest (with a boyfriend), called for the synod to take up the plight of gays, and denounced homophobia throughout the church.

The Vatican summarily fired him.

Gay rights activists, who were in Rome to try to influence the synod from the sidelines, came to his defense and urged the synod fathers to assert that there is no place for homophobia in the church.

Former Irish President Mary McAleese, a practicing Catholic with a gay son, said she hoped that more transparency would help "kill for once and all this terrible lie" that everyone was born heterosexual.

But there is little sense the synod will show any new great opening to gays after the first round pulled back on a ground-breaking welcome initiated mid-way through. In that mid-way report, the bishops said gay unions could provide "precious" support for partners.

In a new book "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod?" author Edward Pentin asserts that the mid-way report was essentially manipulated by the Vatican's synod organizers, using heavy-handed, coercive tactics that didn't reflect the synod membership.

More movement may emerge on the other hot-button issue, whether divorced and civilly-remarried Catholics can receive Communion.

Catholics who divorce and want to remarry in the church must first obtain an annulment, a ruling from a church tribunal that their first marriage was invalid. Without the annulment, these civilly remarried Catholics are considered to be living in sin and cannot receive Communion, a condition that has lead generations of Catholics to feel shunned by their church.

Francis has sought a more merciful approach, insisting that these remarried Catholics be fully part of the life of the church. Progressive prelates led by German Cardinal Walter Kasper have called for a process by which a bishop could accompany these remarried Catholics on a path of penance that, over time and on a case-by-case basis, could lead to them receiving the sacraments.

Earlier this year, a handful of progressive German, Swiss and French bishops met in secret at Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University to plot strategy ahead of the synod, allowing in only a handful of friendly progressive media in behind closed doors.

In the meantime, Francis pulled the rug out from under the debate to some degree by radically reforming the annulment process to make the decrees easier to obtain. Canon lawyers and conservatives have balked at the new law, asserting that it amounts to "Catholic divorce" — a charge Francis has vigorously denied.

Like it or not, however, the new law will make it easier for Catholics to get annulments, which may lessen the urgency of coming up with a definitive solution for the divorce/remarried issue at the synod.

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<![CDATA[Meet Architect Phil Freelon, the Visionary Behind the Newest Smithsonian]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:28:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Phil-Freelon-Museum-DC.jpg

You may not know his name, but you probably know his work.

He designed the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which opened with much fanfare in Atlanta in June of 2014. His portfolio also includes the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, Emancipation Park in Houston, multiple library projects for the Washington D.C. Public Library System and the Durham County Human Services Complex in North Carolina.

Phil Freelon is widely considered one of the country's most talented architects.

A President Obama appointee to the National Commission of Fine Arts, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and a recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, the proud Philly native who now calls Durham, North Carolina home, also happens to be African American. 

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<![CDATA[Texas Thunder Truck Tracks #DFWFlooding]]> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:59:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+THunder+Truck+New+Image+Storms.jpg

Watch video from NBC 5's Texas Thunder Truck, in the player above.

If you do not see video in the player above, the truck is not currently streaming live video.

Follow @TXThunderTruck on Twitter for the latest on location.

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<![CDATA[Doctors Without Borders Leaves Afghan City After Deadly Airstrikes]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 06:38:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MSF+Hospital+Bombing+1.JPG

The International medical charity Doctors Without Borders said on Sunday it had withdrawn from the northern Afghan city of Kunduz after a deadly airstrike destroyed its hospital and killed 19 people, including 12 MSF staffers, NBC News reported.

"MSF hospital in Kunduz is not functional anymore," Kate Stegeman, a Kabul-based spokesperson for the charity also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), announced in a tweet on Sunday.

The group blames the U.S. for the airstrike. Afghan officials said helicopter gunships returned fire from Taliban fighters who were hiding in the facility.

Investigations are continuing into Saturday's bombing of the hospital.

<![CDATA[U.S. Airmen Killed in Afghan Plane Crash ID'd]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 06:37:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Helicopter-US-Afghanistan.jpg

The six U.S. airmen killed Friday when their C-130 transport plane crashed during takeoff in Afghanistan have been identified, NBC News reported.

On Saturday, the Department of Defense named the dead Americans as Capt. Jonathan J. Golden, 33, of Camarillo, California; Capt. Jordan B. Pierson, 28, of Abilene, Texas; Staff Sgt. Ryan D. Hammond, 26, of Moundsville, West Virginia; Senior Airman Quinn L. Johnson-Harris, 21, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Senior Airman Nathan C. Sartain, 29, of Pensacola, Florida; and Airman 1st Class Kcey E. Ruiz, 21, of McDonough, Georgia.

The four-engine turboprop aircraft plummeted shortly after midnight local time (3:19 p.m. ET) at Jalalabad airfield, coalition spokesman U.S. Army Col. Brian Tribus said. In total, 13 people were killed.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Campaign Courts Latino Voters]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:48:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/HilaryClinton-HumanRightsFoundation.jpg

Capitalizing on her still positive polling numbers with Latinos, Democrat Hillary Clinton is making the most of Hispanic Heritage Month to bolster her backing in the community and overall nationally, NBC News reported.

The campaign said Thursday it is launching "Latinos for Hillary" with several events that it will roll out over the next several weeks.

Clinton, the frontrunner early in the 2016 election, has seen her positive ratings drop among all voters and the wide lead over closest rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders, shrink or disappear in New Hampshire and Iowa.

The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released this week shows Clinton with a negative popularity rating, 39 percent to 47 percent (-8) favorable/unfavorable among all voters. 

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<![CDATA[Hundreds Missing and at Least 73 Dead in Guatemala Mudslide]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:01:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GuatemalaMudslide.jpg

Hopes faded of finding any remaining survivors of a massive landslide in Guatemala that killed at least 73 people, even as families scrabbled through rubble hoping to find the bodies of loved-ones, with hundreds of others still missing, NBC News reported.

Distraught relatives of the victims shoveled alongside diggers through the mounds of earth that destroyed homes in Santa Catarina Pinula on the southeastern flank of Guatemala City after the collapse of a hillside on Thursday night. 

Every fresh batch of earth turned up by the diggers held more personal belongings, from mattresses and books to toys and Christmas decorations, reminders of around 350 people who authorities said were still unaccounted for.

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<![CDATA[2 Adults, Child Injured in Crashes on Loop 820]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 17:26:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FWPD_Azle_Ave_Ax_100315.jpg

Three people were sent to the hospital after dual car crashes on Interstate 820 in Fort Worth Saturday afternoon.

According to firefighters, One adult and one child were in a Jeep Cherokee when it crashed into a pillar near the intersection of Loop 820 and Azle Avenue.

Both were rushed to hospitals in critical condition, according to paramedics.

Soon after, a second crash happened when a driver struck two cars, sending them into a ditch. One person was taken by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital Hospital in Fort Worth.

Nine people were treated and released at the scene, according to a MedStar spokesman.

Westbound lanes of Loop 820 were closed as crews cleared the scenes of both wrecks.

Photo Credit: Fort Worth PD]]>
<![CDATA[ER Nurse Treats Dying Brother]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:09:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/Andy+2.jpg

A suspect was arrested in the fatal hit-and-run crash of Cesar Andres Medina, authorities said Saturday. 

Andrew Christopher Michaels, 19, of Laguna Niguel was arrested in connection with the crash, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

An emergency room nurse, Jennifer Medina, was trying to cope with the heartbreak after she discovered that the patient she was treating while working the night shift at a Southern California hospital was her dying brother, Cesar.

Medina, known to friends as Andy, was transported to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in San Juan Capistrano Friday night.

His sister, Jennifer Medina, was working a busy shift at the hospital when her 23-year-old brother was brought in unresponsive and not breathing.

As doctors worked frantically to save Medina, Jennifer Medina and her coworker looked for his identification. "I recognized the wallet ... And she opened it up and it was my brother's face right there," said Jennifer Medina in tears. "Everything just collapsed I just couldn't hold it together."

The collision was reported around 10:10 p.m. on Del Obispo Street and Paseo Carolina, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Witness accounts and evidence shows Medina was struck in the crosswalk as he crossed from the south to the north side of Del Obispo, OCSD said. Witnesses also said Cesar Andres Medina had the right of way while crossing on a green light.

"Please. I'm begging the guy that killed my nephew to go to the police," said Mary Floyd, the victim's aunt.

"I just knew I wanted to say my last goodbyes to Andy after they cleaned him up," said Jennifer Medina. "And tell him how much I love him."

A GoFundMe page has been set up in Cesar Andres Medina's memory.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators said deputies located a truck matching the description of the vehicle believed to be involved in the hit-and-run.

The Dodge Ram truck was parked in the driveway of a home.

Michaels contacted the sheriff's department and after authorities interviewed him, he was arrested on felony hit-and-run.

He was set to be booked in Orange County Jail.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or who witnessed this collision is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Department's Traffic Bureau at (714) 647-7000 or (949) 425-1860.

Corey Arvin contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Mom Makes Whataburger Inspired Birthday Cake]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 22:56:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/whataburgercake.jpg A Texas mother celebrated her son's birthday by combining two foods he loves - whataburger and cake!]]> <![CDATA[SF More Expensive During Gold Rush]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 17:43:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GoldPanningGeneric_0608.jpg

San Francisco’s tech boom may be the cause of rising rents in the city, but, apparently, it’s nothing compared to the cost of living in California during the Gold Rush.

In 1849, as men flocked to the San Francisco area in hopes of hitting gold, local retailers took advantage of the situation by charging exorbitant prices for commodities, The Smithsonian reports. Back then, a dozen eggs could cost the equivalent of $90 today.

The Smithsonian cites the writings of Bayard Taylor, a reporter who wrote about the Gold Rush for the now-defunct New York Tribune. According to Taylor’s articles, some individual hotel rooms cost upwards of $10,000 a month – the equivalent of about $300,000 today.

But that’s not all.

Coffee could cost the equivalent of $1,200 per pound while a pair of shoes would run about $3,000.

While researchers have made various estimates for commodity pricing during the Gold Rush – some have priced coffee at around $100 per pound -- most of them agree: it was a very expensive, if not the most expensive time to live in the city.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[12 Doctors, 7 Patients Killed From U.S. Airstrike]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:10:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_698247290605.jpg

 Twelve Doctors Without Borders staff along with seven patients, including three children, were killed after an apparent U.S. airstrike hit the international charity's hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz.

Another 37 others were injured in the strike: 19 staff members, including five in critical condition, and 18 patients and caretakers, according to Jason Cone, the executive director for Doctors Without Borders in the U.S. The organization didn't comment on the identities of the victims, but said all international staffers were alive and accounted for.

Coalition spokesman Col. Brian Tribus confirmed that a U.S. airstrike conducted at around 2:15 a.m. local time on Saturday (5:45 p.m. ET Friday) "may have caused collateral damage to a nearby health facility." The incident was being investigated, he added.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[2015 Fort Worth, Texas Magazine Dream Home Tour]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 13:46:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FTWTX+Dream+Home+Tour+2015.jpg

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The Dream Home is available for tours Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m.  This year's home is a 5,999 square foot, five bedroom, five and a half bath beautiful stucco located at 1100 Lake Carillon Lane in Southlake.
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<![CDATA[Coast Guard Finds Life Ring in Hunt for Missing Cargo Ship]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:15:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/EL_FARO.jpg

The U.S. Coast Guard has found a life ring from a cargo ship that went missing during Hurricane Joaquin, searchers announced Saturday.

The Coast Guard said in a tweet that they have confirmed the life ring is from the El Faro, a 790-foot container ship that went missing Thursday with 33 people aboard — including 28 Americans. 

The El Faro was last heard from Thursday around 7:20 a.m. when it sent a distress call indicating it had lost power and was taking on water. It left for San Juan in Puerto Rico Tuesday from Jacksonville, Florida.

Joaquin was a topical storm when the ship departed, but the storm quickly grew in intensity and became a Category 4 hurricane when it lashed the Bahamas on Thursday.

Photo Credit: Capt. William Hoey]]>
<![CDATA[Priest Points Gun at 8-Year-Old Boy]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 19:24:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/priest+kevin+carter+arrested.jpg

A New Jersey church priest pointed a musket at an 8-year-old child inside his church and threatened him with it over an apparent sports rivalry, prosecutors say. 

The 54-year-old priest at St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church in Little Ferry was arrested Friday on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated assault by pointing a firearm, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office said. 

The priest allegedly approached the boy before Mass services at the church on Sunday, Sept. 13, and asked to see him in one of the rectory rooms, according to prosecutors. 

Once they were in the room, the priest allegedly had the boy stand against the wall, then retrieved a musket and pointed it at him, prosecutors said, citing several witnesses.

"As he raised his weapon and pointed it at the boy, he said, 'I'm going to shoot you,'" Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli told NBC 4 New York Friday. 

The boy was not hurt, Molinelli said.

One of the parishioners who witnessed the incident contacted Newark Archdiocese officials on Sept. 25, and the Archdiocese in turn contacted the prosecutor's office on Sept. 28. 

The prosecutor's office began investigating along with Little Ferry police, and on Friday, interviewed the priest at the rectory. A search of the room turned up the weapon that was allegedly used -- a functioning Civil War-style musket -- as well as gunpowder, ammunition and other associated items for the gun, authorities said. 

Prosecutors said the priest, a Giants fan, was apparently unhappy because the boy planned to root for the Cowboys in a game against the Giants later that day. 

"The young boy was apparently a fan of a particular football team, the priest was not. So perhaps we have indication it started out as that," said Molinelli. 

"There's no such thing as joking around with a weapon when you're dealing with an 8-year-old kid," he added. 

The Giants lost to the Cowboys 26-27 on Sept. 13. 

The priest, Kevin Carter, was jailed on $15,000 bail. He was still in custody at Little Ferry Police headquarters Friday night and could not be reached; it wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney. 

The Archdiocese did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The prosecutor's office says Carter was ordained in Newark in November 1986 and has since worked at various Roman Catholic churches across the Archdiocese. He has been at St. Margaret of Cortona since February 2013. 

<![CDATA[CT Dunkin Donuts Wouldn't Serve Cop]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 10:57:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/West+Hartford+Dunkin+Donuts+1200.jpg

A Dunkin' Donuts employee is apologizing after telling a police officer waiting to buy coffee that a Connecticut location doesn't serve cops, police said.

A West Hartford police officer was waiting at the back of the line in the Dunkin' Donuts at 1234 Farmington Ave. to buy a cup of coffee at the coffee franchise when one of the employees said loudly before a room of several customers, "He didn't get the message. We don't serve cops here," police said.

The officer immediately left without another word from any workers. On his way to his cruiser, the franchise manager brought the employee outside to apologize to the officer for the comment. The employee told the policeman the statement was a joke, according to the police report.

The officer told the employee to apologize to the customers who appeared offended instead of to him, so the employee went inside with him and did so. The worker offered the officer a free cup of coffee to make up for it, but he declined and said he would get one elsewhere, police reported.

The manager apologized for her employee's behavior and notified the regional manager, telling the officer she would handle the situation. Dunkin' Donuts corporate office was also notified.

"We are aware of the situation at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 1234 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford," Michelle King, senior director of global public relations for Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. said in a statement released to NBC Connecticut. "The crew member exhibited poor judgment and apologized immediately to the police officer. The franchise owner, a long-time supporter of local police, has also reached out to apologize on behalf of the restaurant. Dunkin’ Donuts and our franchisees share a commitment to the well-being and fair treatment of all guests."

<![CDATA[14-Year-Old Charged in 15 Robberies]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 06:30:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Teen-Armed-Robbery-Suspect.jpg

A 14-year-old boy was arrested and charged in connection to 15 robberies near Drexel University in Philadelphia in August and September. 

During an incident on Sept. 29, a woman and another victim had just gotten into her car around 11:15 p.m on the 3900 block of Baring Street. The woman told police she tried several times to close her car door but believed it was stuck. She then heard the other victim repeatedly yell, “Mom,” police said. The woman told investigators she then looked up and saw the teen boy holding a gun. 

The boy then allegedly told her, “Get out of the car you f****** b****,” several times. The woman and second victim then fled into a nearby home while the boy entered their car, police said. After a few moments, the teen exited the car and fled in another direction.

While the boy didn’t take anything during that incident, during  other robberies the teen stole cellphones, cash, credit cards, house keys, and medication, police said. He also allegedly pistol whipped a victim during an incident on Sept. 18 on the 500 block of North 34th Street and punched a woman twice in the face during an incident on Sept. 30 on the 400 block of N. Preston Street.

On Sept. 30, detectives interviewed the victim of a robbery on the 400 block of N. Preston Street. Investigators told the woman, who is a student at Drexel, to log into her Discover Credit Card account to cancel her stolen card. While she was logging in the woman received an email stating that a suspicious transaction occurred at a business on the 700 block of N. 38th street around 7:24 a.m. that day, police said.

An investigator went to the business and recovered surveillance video of the teen suspect using the woman’s credit card at the ATM machine inside the store, according to police. Investigators then retrieved still images of the suspect.

On Friday police officers spotted the suspect riding a purple bicycle on 37th Street and Fairmount Avenue, investigators said. The officers noticed the teen looked like the suspect in the surveillance video and that he was riding a purple bicycle that was described in some of the previous robberies. The teen was taken in for questioning and officials obtained a search warrant for his home.

As they searched they found clothing he wore in previous robberies as well as other bicycles he used, police said.

The teen was arrested and charged with 15 counts of robbery and other related offenses. Police believe he used a BB gun during the robberies.

The robberies occurred at the following times at the following locations:

  • Sept. 30, 400 block of N. Preston Street
  • Sept. 29, 3900 block of Baring Street
  • Sept. 27, 400 block of N. 41st Street
  • Sept. 21, Preston Street and Powelton Avenue
  • Sept. 21, 4400 block of Sansom Street
  • Sept. 18, 32nd Street and Haverford Avenue
  • Sept. 18, 3100 block of Hamilton Street
  • Sept. 18, 500 block of N. 34th Street
  • Sept. 18, 600 block of N. 34th Street
  • Sept. 17, 600 block of N. 32nd Street
  • Sept. 10, 4000 block of Baring Street
  • Sept. 5, 4000 block of Spring Garden Street
  • Sept. 5, 34th Street and Mantua Avenue
  • Sept. 5, 3500 block of Hamilton Street
  • Aug. 30, 400 block of N. 35th Street

Photo Credit: Philadelphia Police ]]>
<![CDATA[Clerk Charged for Shooting Man in Face]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 22:51:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Dallas-Shot-Face.jpg

Dallas Police say a man is in critical condition after he was shot in the face while escaping an angry group of people.

The altercation took place at a gas station in the 11111 Walnut Hill Lane at about 11:30 Friday night.

According to police, a family had been filling up their moving truck when they accidentally locked their keys in the truck, disabling it. Frustrated with how the vehicles were blocking his gas pumps, an employee of the convenience store demanded the man and his wife to move the vehicles, police said.

After not complying with the employee to move either vehicle, at least two bystanders started beating on the windows of the man’s car, according to police.

Leaving the moving truck and trailer behind, the man, his wife, and their three children got into their SUV in an attempt to escape, police said. In the process of driving away, the man struck other vehicles in the lot while nearly running over bystanders, according to a police statement.

The convenience store employee saw what was going on outside the store and fired into the car, according to investigators.

The driver, Michael Rodgers, was shot in the face. He was in critical condition when paramedics rushed him to the hospital.

The employee was identified as 50-year-old Zafar Ali Raza.

Raza was taken into police custody and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is currently in jail.

<![CDATA[NY Explosion Kills 1, Injures 3]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 22:25:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pots-n-watts1.jpg

A gas stove is the suspected source of an explosion Saturday that killed a woman, injured three passersby and devastated a three-story building in Brooklyn, New York. 

The 1 p.m. blast tore the facade from the front of a building on 42nd Street and 13th Avenue in Borough Park, fire officials said.

The explosion might have been sparked while a high-end stove was being disconnected from a gas line, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said during a news conference with Mayor de Blasio. Investigators believe the blast occurred on the second floor, he said.

The woman who died was found in a stairwell near the second floor, the commissioner said. Her identity wasn't disclosed. Firefighters believe she was the only person in the building.

A 33-year-old man and his 10-year-old son and a 27-year-old man were injured by bricks and other debris blown onto the sidewalk as they walked past the front of the building, Nigro said. They are expected to survive their injuries but were taken to area hospitals.

Approximately 200 firefighters responded to the fire, which was quickly brought under control. Five firefighters sustained minor injuries, Nigro said.

It appears that the building is home to housewares store and several apartments. The building was severely damaged and could collapse, fire officials said.

"We will be doing a full investigation," said de Blasio.

The incident prompted Gov. Cuomo to direct the state Department of Public Service to investigate the cause of the explosion.

"This explosion is the latest in a disturbing trend of incidents that occurred in Harlem and the East Village," he said. "On behalf of all New Yorkers, my thoughts and prayers are with those who have been impacted by today's explosion, especially the friends and family of those lost or injured."

On March 26, a gas line exploded at a Sushi restaurant in the East Village. Two men were killed and 25 others were injured. Evidence indicated that someone had tampered with the gas lines or meters, investigators said at the time.

The East Village incident occurred one year after a similar blast killed eight people in an East Harlem building. Federal investigators released a a report a few months ago that blamed the explosion on poorly crafted pipe-joint and an old sewer line that cause a gas line to break.