<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - National & International News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.pngNBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worthhttps://www.nbcdfw.comen-usWed, 23 May 2018 17:42:59 -0500Wed, 23 May 2018 17:42:59 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Trump Weaponizes 'Deep State' on His Investigators: Analysis]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 12:51:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/961723072-Trump-White-House.jpg

President Donald Trump, who has long complained the Russia investigation is a  "witch hunt," is now weaponizing the agencies he's cast as enemies to argue he is the victim of misconduct at the highest level of law enforcement, NBC News reported.

Trump put pressure on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray to ask the Justice Department inspector general to expand its look at the investigation into the Trump campaign. They also agreed to sharing classified information with congressional Republicans and other national security officials.

Experts on the Constitution say the president's latest moves may be legal, but they are outside the normal behavior of a president after the Watergate scandal. And they said the attacks on federal institutions and players could amount to obstruction of justice.

"The problem is that things that are normally respected are disrespected in this administration, such as the distance the president should have from the Justice Department," said Richard Ben-Veniste, an an assistant special prosecutor in charge of the Watergate Task Force.

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<![CDATA[See the Best Moments of Harry and Meghan's Royal Wedding]]>Sat, 19 May 2018 09:25:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/20180519_kiss_SOCIAL.gif

Royal entrances, the exchanging of vows and an emotional tear. These are the best moments from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

<![CDATA[DeVos Incorrectly Says Schools Can Call ICE on Students]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 16:22:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/devos2.jpg

Civil rights groups and educators lambasted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after she said schools can decide whether to report undocumented students and their families to immigration authorities.

DeVos made the comments on Tuesday during testimony before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in response to a question on whether principals and teachers should report undocumented students or families to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, NBC News reported.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), who asked the question, immediately slammed DeVos' comments, saying that it's not up to local schools to define immigration policy. “Let me just remind madam chair that immigration law is federal law. It's not local law," said Espaillat.

After the hearing, educators and advocates also sharply disputed DeVos’ comments and noted a 1982 Supreme Court decision that states cannot deny students free public education based on their immigration status.

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<![CDATA[First American Woman in Space Gets Forever Stamp]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 17:16:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sally-Ride-stamp.jpg

The first American woman to go to space was immortalized on the Forever stamp in a dedication ceremony Wednesday, the United States Postal Service announced.

The Sally Ride Forever stamp was dedicated at the University of California, San Diego, where Ride was a physics professor after her time with NASA.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King, a friend of Ride's, spoke at the ceremony, along with Ride's long-time partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy.

The celebrated astronaut launched for the first time on June 18, 1983, aboard the space shuttle Challenger. During the mission, she helped launched communication satellites and became the first woman to operate the shuttle's robotic arm.

Ride, who died in 2012, continued breaking records during her career. She also becoming the first American woman to travel to space twice when she launched on another Challenger mission in October 1984.

“Sally Ride’s history-making journey has made it easier for young girls to dream of one day being an astronaut, an engineer, a physicist or a mathematician," U.S. Postal Service Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President Kristin Seaver said. "Today, girls don’t just dream. Because of trailblazers like Sally Ride, they have been empowered to do.”

Ride was also the only person to serve on the accident investigation boards for both the Challenger and Columbia disasters. And in 2009, she participated in the committee that helped define NASA's spaceflight goals.

In addition to her involvement with the space program, she wrote several science-related books, some co-authored with O’Shaughnessy. Ride and O’Shaughnessy went on to found the education company Sally Ride Science, which aims to narrow the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. O’Shaughnessy now serves as the organization's executive director.

A Forever stamp will always be in equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

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<![CDATA[Sunscreen Pills Are Fake Medicine: FDA]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 16:39:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sunbathe.jpg

So-called sunscreen pills are fakes and people should not fall for the scam, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday, NBC News reported.

“There’s no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen,” FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

The agency specifically called out the companies that make Advanced Skin Brightening Formula, Sunsafe Rx, Solaricare and Sunergetic, saying they should stop claiming people are protected from the sun's rays.

None of the companies contacted by NBC News for comment responded immediately.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Lava From Hawaii Volcano Meets Ocean, Creates Haze]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 08:31:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fissure-ocean3.jpgA Hawaii volcano that began to erupt earlier this month continues to spew lava and ash into the air. USGS photos show lava flowing from fissures to the ocean, creating a dense white "lava haze."

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<![CDATA[Pompeo, Democratic Congressman Involved in Fiery Exchange Over Past Clinton Comments]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 13:31:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pompeo3.jpg

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got into a heated exchange with Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., about Pompeo’s treatment of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when Pompeo was a congressman.

<![CDATA[ICE Arrested Man During a Green Card Interview in January. His Husband Is Still Fighting for His Release]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 09:03:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Ivan+Martinez+Paul+Frame.JPG

Jose Ivan Nunez Martinez and his American husband, Paul Frame, thought they were walking into a routine green card interview in January. Instead, the 37-year-old Nunez Martinez, who was born in Michoacan, Mexico, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Nearly four months later, the pair is still fighting for Nunez Martinez's release. 

He has been detained at York County Prison without a bond hearing since Jan. 31. On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia law firm DLA Piper LLP filed a legal complaint on behalf of the couple, calling for an end to Nunez Martinez’s detention.

“I am very worried for his well-being,” Frame said. “The level of anxiety and sadness that I feel when I think about him at the detention center or when I visit him is unreal.”

The couple first met in August 2014. Nunez Martinez had already been living in the United States for more than a decade working as a mechanic and janitor. Two years after meeting, Frame and Nunez Martinez got married. The freedom to do so was one of the driving factors behind his decision to emigrate from Mexico.

Nunez Martinez’s friend, also a gay man, was killed in 2001. That same year, Nunez Martinez fled to the border and only traveled back once in 2010 when his mother became ill. When he attempted to return, Nunez Martinez received an expedited removal order and was sent back to Mexico. He re-entered a few months later and ICE reinstated his prior order of expedited removal.

Nunez Martinez was apprehended during a mandatory interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency responsible for processing immigration and naturalization applications. Frame had already submitted a petition to make his husband a legal citizen, a fairly routine procedure that thousands of couples undergo after a foreign national marries an American citizen.

But before Nunez Martinez’s case was heard, ICE arrested him.

“When an individual has been ordered removed and is encountered by ICE, ICE reactivates the prior order,” Audrey Allen, one of the lawyers working on the case, told NBC News in February. 

Allen added that the only relief available to him would be a Withholding of Removal claim, which is similar to an asylum claim.

The couple believes they have a valid claim to keep Nunez Martinez in the U.S. Not only are they already married, but Nunez Martinez fears for his life if he were to return to Mexico.

“He thought he would be safer here in the U.S.,” Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, said. “His detention is cruel and unjust, and it discourages people who have a legal path to staying here from pursuing it.”

Meanwhile, 49 foreign nationals were arrested in Philadelphia area in the past week, according to ICE. They include people from Jamaica, Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. 

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<![CDATA[Rage, Fear as Mystery of NYC Cabbie's Disappearance Deepens]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 11:25:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CHANDLER+MISSING+CABBIE+PRESSER+MN+PKG+6P+-+00003401_WNBC_00000.jpg

New York City's yellow taxi drivers were once fiercely competitive with each other, but these days, they have Uber, Lyft and other competition to worry about — competition, they say, that has pushed many cabbies to the brink of financial ruin, with their expensive medallions now hardly worth anything. 

Some fear that desperation is the reason one of their fellow drivers is missing. Kenny Chow has been gone 11 days as of Tuesday, and his brother Richard Chow has been posting fliers near where Kenny's abandoned taxi was found, near the corner of 86th Street and East End Avenue.

"I was looking around the park. He never showed," said Richard Chow. "I'm very, very worried about my brother." 

Richard said his brother owed $700,000 on the loan for his medallion, working 14-hour shifts without a partner. The missing man's wife was also recently diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. 

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance organized a rally on the Upper East Side in the wake of Kenny Chow's disappearance, and the anger of the roughly two dozen drivers was palpable. Asked to raise a hand if they were in financial trouble, everyone's hands went up. 

Then, fear and frustration spilled out. 

"No one really seems to give a damn," one driver said. "I invest in this city."

Nicolae Hent, who immigrated from Romania in 1988, angrily disparaged Uber, Lyft and Juno — the ride share companies are only loosely regulated in New York City, compared to yellow taxi drivers — saying, "I may speak with an accent, but I'm not stupid."

Hent's best friend was one of four cab drivers to recently die by suicide. He believes app-based services like Uber are driving taxi drivers into desperation. Taxi medallions were worth over $1 million in 2014; now, they sell for as little as $175,000, according to The New York Times. Once a guaranteed livelihood and retirement fund, especially for new immigrants, the value of the medallion has nosedived amid the rise in ride-sharing apps. 

Kenny Chow himself purchased a medallion in 2010, after turning to driving as a profession in 2008, according to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. He'd been a jeweler for 20 years before that, but had to change professions when his employer closed shop. The "devoted" father and husband worked hard to rebuild his life with the hope of having stable work "but instability of the past five years caused him increasing anxiety," Hent said. 

Hent said "nothing's being done to help," adding that he believes it's because of "pressure from up above."

He points to Mayor Bill de Blasio's failed 2015 proposal to cap new permits, something that current City Council Speaker Corey Johnson conceded on WNYC Radio was a mistake not to support. 

"I’ll give myself some demerits for not understanding the depth of this and grasping the issues that we would come to face over three years ago. I was skeptical at the time. I didn’t sign on as a sponsor of that bill," Johnson said. 

He now tells News 4 the Council is looking at several bills to regulate the for-hire industry.

"The City Council understands that the taxi industry is going through a seismic shift right now, one that has caused a lot of pain for drivers who are worried about their livelihoods," he said in a statement. "The Council is looking at several bills to regulate the for-hire vehicle industry, both to protect drivers and to cut down on congestion, as they go through the legislative process."

But that might be too late for a driver like Janna Stroe. The 60-year-old still owes $500,000 on her medallion.

"I have to live another life to pay this loan," she said, adding that losing her husband to cancer piled onto her debt. 

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance says bills to regulate ride-sharing app companies notwithstanding, the group's main economic concerns remain unaddressed — like regulating one minimum fare rate across the industry so that no one company can go lower.

A spokesman for Mayor de Blasio recently told The New York Times that new regulations on for-hire vehicles were being discussed again: "The mayor has been clear about the need to re-evaluate our options in the face of explosive growth we're seeing in the industry," spokesman Austin Finan said. 

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<![CDATA[Consumers Say Their Bank Accounts Were Hacked Through Zelle]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 10:17:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AM+PKG+N5R+-+Zelle+Fraud_2018-05-23-04-34-49.jpg

Zelle is an app that is supposed to make it easy and safe for you to send money to friends or relatives. But some consumers who never signed up for Zelle said strangers are using the service to steal money in a matter of seconds.

Zelle is said to be the new fast, safe and easy way to send money from one bank account to another in a matter of minutes.

But consumers like Brad Miller say they've been robbed in a matter of seconds.

Miller said he's banked with Wells Fargo for more than 29 years. He said everything was fine until recently, when he got an alert on his phone saying his Wells Fargo password had been changed.

"I immediately hop on my computer and try to log in and of course I'm locked out," he said.

Moments later, he received another email saying he added Lori Miller as a new Zelle recipient and can now send her money.

The McKinney, Texas, man said he doesn't know a Lori Miller, so he called his wife.

"She says, 'No. I have no idea what you're talking about,'" he explained.

Not long after, he received a third email informing him he sent Lori $2,500 through Zelle.

"I'm watching all this stuff getting changed in my account. I'm watching money go out of the account and there's nothing I can do about it," Miller said.

He said he's never used Zelle before, but he has seen the commercials.

Tommy Green noticed two withdrawals from his account totaling almost $4,000, so he called Bank of America.

"She said, 'We can't stop it.' And I'm like, lady, I'm telling you that this isn't me. Somebody's stealing my money," he said. "That's a whole month's of Social Security."

Green and his wife filed a report with the Rockwall Police Department in Texas.

A detective looked into his case and confirmed someone transferred money from his account, using Zelle.

"Somebody had opened up a Zelle account, transferred the money and then closed the Zelle account," Green said. "I don't know how this could happen."

Cybersecurity expert Keith Barthold said hackers are using consumers' email addresses and cell phone numbers to tap into their bank accounts and send money to a Zelle user.

Zelle has partnered with 60 financial institutions, including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase, Capital One and USAA.

Even if you haven't enrolled with Zelle through your bank, Barthold said hackers can still enroll for you, at your expense.

"It's directly tied to your bank account, and if someone is in it, they're able to very quickly and irreversibly transfer money from your account to another," said Barthold.

Zelle tells NBC 5 Responds it requires financial institutions to verify that the customer has control of the email address or mobile phone number, most commonly through verification codes.

But Miller and Green tell us they didn't receive any verification code whatsoever.

In a statement, Early Warning Services, the network operator behind Zelle tells us, "We are listening to, and acting on feedback, working closely with our financial institution partners to resolve issues quickly, or addressing situations directly when the Zelle app is used to originate a transaction.... We and our partner financial institutions each apply multiple layers of protection across both the Zelle app and the mobile banking apps, respectively, alongside 24/7 fraud monitoring at the network level."

But Miller and Green said they're holding their banks accountable. They're both demanding refunds and answers.

"I got my mortgage attached to this account. Where's my money going to come from?" Miller said. "If there's a hole in the boat, how long are you going to wait to patch that hole?"

Wells Fargo did refund Miller the $2,500 about a week after it was taken.

"While threats continue to change and evolve, we continue to evolve our multi-layers of controls to further help our customers avoid becoming victims of fraud," the bank said.

But Green said it took Bank of America months to refund his money.

Bank of America said: "We do apologize for the delay in resolving their claims as internet fraud can be complicated to uncover and these cases required additional investigation before the fraud was confirmed…We are cooperating with law enforcement."

If you see fraudulent charges on your bank account, here are Samantha Chatman's Solutions: 

<![CDATA[Obama Center in Chicago Gets Green Light From City Council]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 11:49:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/obama+presidential+center+thumb.png

The Chicago City Council voted Wednesday to approve plans to build the Obama Presidential Center on the city's South Side.

The council signed off on construction of the project in Chicago's Jackson Park by a vote of 47 to 1 after public comment and a spirited discussion among aldermen, days after the plan earned approval from the Chicago Plan Commission. 

The Plan Commission moved forward with the center on Thursday amid demonstrations both in favor and against the construction - an outpouring of public comment and debate that once again took place in front of the full Council at City Hall on Wednesday. 

"I can’t understand why we as the city of Chicago does not want the Obama library here," 8th Ward Ald. Michelle Harris questioned, adding, "I’m really passionate about it."

Ald. James Cappleman of the 46th Ward quoted former President Barack Obama himself in discussing the plans, saying, "true democracy involves compromise."

The project calls for three buildings, including a museum that's more than 200 feet high, surpassing all other presidential libraries in scale and magnitude.

The center carries a $500 million price tag though it's unclear where all the funding will come from.

Funding was a concern raised Wednesday by 17th Ward Ald. David Moore, the only "no" vote who said the price tag "disturbs him," particularly when it comes to asking taxpayers to foot the bill over other projects. 

Proponents say the grandiose plans for the library, civic center, museum and more will attract more tourists, with 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke predicting the center "will also become a dramatic investment for this great city" and that it is "destined to become a destination." 

"It’s important not only to this generation but future generations," Burke continued, urging his fellow Council members to support the plan. 

However, critics of the project argue it will compromise a treasured, historic site.

Area residents have repeatedly asked that plans be put on hold, seeking a city ordinance to guarantee that 30 percent of new and rehabilitated housing in the area be designated for low-income tenants, as well as a freeze on property taxes for longtime residents.

Ald. Pat Dowell of the 3rd Ward raised that issue Wednesday, saying her "one concern" is housing, asking for a promise to "ensure those who live adjacent live out their lives not in fear of this project."

Neighbors also want a promise that local workers would be hired for the new presidential center.

The City Zoning Committee has already approved a necessary land transfer to make the project happen.

Wednesday's vote was seen as more of a procedural approval, a rubber-stamped green light - but that doesn't mean it's a done deal.

The project still needs federal approval as Jackson Park is on the national register of historic places.

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<![CDATA[Trump on Campaign Spying Claim: ‘I Want Total Transparency’]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 12:12:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_TRUMP_ON_SPYING_052318-152709515953700002.jpg

President Donald Trump said he wants “total transparency” from the Department of Justice on whether the FBI spied on his campaign for political reasons.

<![CDATA[Obama, Trump Presidencies Contrasted in Photo Book 'Shade']]>Wed, 23 May 2018 11:53:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/obama_trump_souza.jpg

Former Obama White House photographer Pete Souza took to Instagram Wednesday to announce he has a new book coming out called "SHADE: A Tale of Two Presidents."

Publisher Little, Brown and Company wrote about the book on their website: "When Souza left the White House in 2017, he didn't know what it meant to 'throw shade' — but soon learned he was doing it, by posting photographs on Instagram from the Obama years along with captions that vividly define the contrast between the Obama and Trump administrations."

The picture book is slated for release in October. Souza's first book, "Obama: An Intimate Portrait," was a New York Times bestseller.

To contrast the social media posts by President Donald Trump after he took office, Souza began subtly commenting on the Trump administration and offering a dissenting view of Trump via his Instagram posts. His images and captions represent the President Barack Obama years in the White House. Using the word "citizen" to describe himself in his Instagram bio, Souza's Instagram following ballooned to nearly two million followers since he began his social photo commentary.  

"I have worked for two presidents in my life–one Republican (Reagan) and one Democrat (Obama)," Souza wrote on Instagram. "I spent almost every day with President Obama during his two terms, watching how hard he worked on behalf of all Americans. He was–and still is–someone who respected people from all walks of life. He made decisions based on facts. He respected democracy and the rule of law. Unlike his successor, he respected the office of the presidency."

He went on to say: "My commentary on Instagram has been subtle, sometimes humorous, and certainly more respectful than his (Trump's) commentary on Twitter. Through my photographs and commentary, SHADE will vividly show where we are as a country contrasted with where we were."

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<![CDATA[Cohen Business Partner to Cooperate With Government: Source]]>Tue, 22 May 2018 18:50:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cohen-cab.jpg

A business partner of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen known as the Taxi King has agreed to cooperate with the government as part of a plea deal, a person with direct knowledge of the proceedings told NBC News.

Evgeny Freidman, 47, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a low-level felony in New York state court for stealing nearly $5 million in state taxes and has agreed to cooperate in state or federal investigations. The deal, in which he will pay the state $5 million but avoid jail time, was originally reported by The New York Times.

For years, Freidman, a Russian immigrant, has managed Cohen's taxi medallions, which give owners the right to operate New York City yellow cabs. Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, referred an ongoing investigation of Michael Cohen to federal prosecutors in New York.

Freidman's plea deal means he could potentially testify in any criminal case related to Cohen. Cohen has long served as a personal attorney to President Donald Trump.

The New York attorney general's office, U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan and an attorney for Freidman declined to comment.

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<![CDATA[Trump Said He Attacks Press to 'Discredit' Journos: Stahl]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 09:58:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stahltrump.jpg

"60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl said that President Trump made a revealing admission to her while campaigning in 2016, that his continuous attacks against the press, which he derides as "fake news," are intended to "discredit" journalists so the general public wouldn't believe negative stories written about him, according to CBS News.

Stahl made the revelation while speaking to a group of journalists at the Deadline Club Awards Dinner in New York City this week. She said the admission came during an informal off-camera sit-down in July 2016 as she pressed Trump to explain his non-stop barrage aimed at journalists.

"I said, 'You know, that is getting tired. Why are you doing this? You're doing it over and over. It's boring and it's time to end that,'" she told the assembled journalists. 

"He said, 'You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.' He said that," Stahl told the audience, adding, "So, put that in your head for a minute."

Stahl continued, "That's always going to be a tug-and-pull for him, and I felt him grappling with it right there and then with me in the room," she said. "And he wants to blame the press for everything… believe me, he showed no combativeness, no bitterness toward anybody but the media."

A request for response from the White House was not returned. 

<![CDATA[Caught on Video: Man Smashes SUV, Attacks Passenger With Sledgehammer in Philadelphia]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 12:11:32 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/sledgehammer-gif1.gif

Surveillance video captured a driver using a sledgehammer to smash another vehicle and attack a passenger in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia Tuesday.

The incident occurred in the parking lot of a business on Luzerne Street around 1:30 p.m. Surveillance video obtained by NBC10 shows an SUV pull up into the parking lot followed by a red pickup truck.

A man wearing shorts and a bright shirt then gets out of the pickup truck while holding a sledgehammer. He smashes the driver’s side window of the SUV before striking the vehicle three more times.

As the SUV drives off, a man falls out of the passenger side of the vehicle. The SUV stops as the passenger limps toward it. The man armed with the sledgehammer then strikes the passenger as well as the SUV once more.

After the passenger gets back into the SUV, the vehicle drives off and the man armed with the sledgehammer goes back into his pickup truck and drives away.

The owner of the business called police who responded to the scene. When police arrived however everyone had already left.

On Wednesday, Philadelphia police renewed their appeal for those involved or who recognize the parties involved to reach out to investigators. Police can’t investigate it any further until a person involved in the incident comes forward.

The owner told NBC10 they were unable to file a police report because they were only a third party to the incident. He also said no one at the business knew any of the people involved.

One witness, who did not want to be identified, told NBC10 he heard the attacker yell out, “You’re cheating with my girlfriend.”

The witness also said that the pickup truck driver tried to chase after the SUV with his vehicle after leaving the parking lot. This was not captured on surveillance video however.

Video also failed to capture a license plate for either vehicle, police said.

Those with information on the incident are asked to contact Philadelphia police.

<![CDATA[Texas Mom Died Protecting Son, 3, From Teen Burglars: Family]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 08:17:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texasmotherkilled.jpg

Chicago-area relatives of a 31-year-old mother fatally shot inside her Texas apartment say Yesenia Gutierrez died trying to protect her 3-year-old son from armed burglars.

Emotionally overcome, Lorena Gutierrez told NBC 5 Tuesday her family in Blue Island is still in shock over the killing of her older sister Yesenia. Two boys, ages 13 and 14, have been arrested in connection with the slaying. 

“She was kind, helpful," Gutierrez said of her sister. "She put her kids before anything."

Police say at around midday Friday the two teenagers had been passing by Yesenia Gutierrez’s Fort Worth apartment when they peered inside and saw a video game console. One of the teens told police they thought the robbery would be an "easy lick." 

The other teen, who told police he is a member of the Crips street gang, said he kicked down the door to Gutierrez's apartment and demanded her cell phone. He said the mother willingly handed over her iPhone. As she tried to keep the armed teens from entering the room where her toddler was sleeping, she was fatally shot in the back of the head, Fort Worth police said.

Gutierrez’s husband raced home and found his wife's lifeless body on the kitchen floor. Their 3-year-old son was unharmed.

"Each night when I close my eyes, the image of how I found my wife haunts me," he said.

Gutierez's family in the Chicago area has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds to bring her remains back to Illinois for funeral services.

"She was our hero," Lorena said of her older sister. "I would always look up to her."

The boys were arrested following a traffic stop in which police linked them to the shooting. Investigators discovered a 9mm pistol during the stop that was later forensically linked to the shell casings discovered in Gutierrez's apartment. Each faces one count of capital murder.

The boys’ names were not released because they are juveniles.

“We just want justice for our sister," Lorena said. "She didn’t deserve this."

Photo Credit: Yesenia Gutierrez ]]>
<![CDATA[Tallest Office Building on the West Coast Opens to Fanfare]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 17:42:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/189*120/0056.jpg

The Salesforce Tower in San Francisco opened for business back in January, but the skyline-altering skyscraper was christened with an official grand opening ceremony Tuesday morning.

Stretching into the sky at 1,070 feet, Salesforce Tower is now the tallest building in San Francisco and the tallest office building in California. It is currently the second tallest building on the West Coast, behind the Beverly Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles, which opened last year.

The company celebrated the event by having a dancer from the famous San Francisco musical "Beach Blanket Babylon" sing with a hat showing off the City by the Bay's famous landmarks — which now includes Salesforce Tower. There was also a Michael Jackson cover band.

San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell, former Mayor Willie Brown and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff spoke during the ribbon-cutting ceremony about the project's success. But Benioff also addressed the city's economic divide and the thousands of homeless people who are living on its streets every day.

“We see a city undergoing great change, but also facing urgent challenges. Great progress — neighborhoods and businesses that are booming — but also communities and people that feel forgotten. We see extraordinary wealth, a community with over 70 billionaires, but also grinding poverty in the shadow of this building,” he said. “We see companies unleashing incredible innovations, but also families in deep distress, struggling to survive another day."

"Our unemployment in San Francisco stands at 2.1 percent ... the lowest in our city's history," Benioff said, before adding that "there are children and families sleeping in cars, couch surfing, sleeping in the streets some nights and hotels other nights."

Benioff said that San Francisco’s streets need to be as stunning as its skyline: “It’s going to take a lot of time and money, but this is a solvable problem.”

He stressed that technology companies have to take responsibility for their community. "We are part of the city’s fabric, how can we look away from it,” he said. "Every technology company has the ability to participate ... either through volunteering, to give employees time off to participate in the community ... also money, the ability to give money."

Benioff said the company would use some of its profits to help the homeless community, adding that that Salesforce was donating $1.5 million to Hamilton Families’ Heading Home Initiative. He promised to help raise $200 million more to help provide services for the homeless.

"I want them to remember there's people that are thinking about them," he said.

At one point, a few people in the crowd yelled: "Benioff for mayor."

On Tuesday night, the light installation on top of the tower — the nation's tallest public art − will turn on permanently.

Designed by San Francisco artist Jim Campbell, the artwork will be located at the crown of the tower where the building rises 150 feet beyond the highest occupied floor.

"I’m less stressed about it now and more excited because we’ve seen what it looks like with imagery up there," Campbell told NBC Bay Area in an interview. "I’m very happy with the visual results."

Campbell is installing cameras at Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park and along the Embarcadero. Each day’s images will create that evening’s projection — sort of like a daily civic diary. Campbell’s mind is already flying to other possibilities. One idea is to project the age of the building each night. Another: post a camera in an unusual location to capture daily life.

"I’m looking at putting one up at the dump because there’s a great shot of birds flying there and that’s kind of an indicator of how much garbage the city is generating," Campbell said.

After four years of development, Campbell spent the last month honing the installation on-site with unannounced tests that sent Twitter and Facebook into a tizzy as users posted pictures and videos of the illuminated tower.

The test images have included video of crowds walking along Market Street, a soccer game and ocean waves. For the first year of the project, Campbell will be involved coordinating the images daily. But as prominent as the installation is, Campbell said it’s intended to fade into the skyline.

"I’m not designing something for people to go look at," Campbell said, "I’m designing something for people to notice when they happen to glance over at it."

Some fast facts about the Salesforce Tower:

  • It’s 7 feet taller than the Eiffel Tower
  • It’s as tall as 3.5 Statues of Liberty stacked on top of each other
  • 5 million pounds of rebar were used to construct the building, which weighs 368 million pounds
  • The building’s foundation is socketed into bedrock more than 318 feet in the ground
  • The foundation is as thick as a double-decker bus
  • The Tower surpasses San Francisco's famous Transamerica building by more than 200 feet
  • On a clear day, you can see the Farallon Islands 27 miles away from the top

Photo Credit: Jim Campbell
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<![CDATA[Hiker Dies After Falling From Yosemite's Half Dome Trail]]>Tue, 22 May 2018 23:46:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/halfdome-722.jpg

A hiker died after falling from the Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park Monday afternoon.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was hiking with another person in stormy weather conditions when he slipped and fell off the cables around 4:30 p.m.

Park Rangers were notified and assisted the second hiker who made it down safely.

National Park Service said the two hikers were scaling the steepest part of the trail where rangers recently installed cables to help hikers get to the top of the 8,800-foot rock face.

The cables are installed each summer to assist the climbs of thousands of hikers who make the popular 14-mile round trip.

This is the first fatality in the Half Dome cables since 2010 and the first visitor fatality in 2018, officials say.

The victim's body was recovered Tuesday and the incident remains under investigation.

Associated Press contributed to this article.

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<![CDATA[Amazon Reportedly Bans People Who Return Too Much. It Shouldn't: Opinion]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 05:35:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/amazon-car.jpg

Amazon bans some customers who return too many products they buy, according to a new Wall Street Journal report, with some people describing being banned for returning products from clothing to cellphones.

CNBC commenter Todd Haselton argues that the appeal of Amazon is that consumers can use it to buy what they like, see if it fits and return it if it doesn't fit.

"If it is going to ding us, then it should give us proper terms so we know when we're at risk of violating its unspoken policies," he wrote.

An Amazon representative didn't explain to him how it flags accounts but said "there are rare occasions where someone abuses our service over an extended period of time" and encouraged people who believe Amazon made an error to contact them directly.

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<![CDATA[Bus Driver, 77, in Deadly Crash Had 14 License Suspensions]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 16:43:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NJ+Bus+Accident+5+USE+THIS.png

UPDATE: New Jersey Schools Superintendent 'Shocked, Saddened, Angry' After Learning of Lengthy Record of Driver in Deadly School Bus Crash

The 77-year-old school bus driver from the deadly May 17 highway crash in New Jersey had a lengthy history of license suspensions and moving violations, a spokeswoman for the Motor Vehicle Commission told News 4.

Investigators are still probing the cause of the crash, which killed a 10-year-old student and a teacher after the full-size school bus collided with a dump truck on Route 80 near exit 25 in Mount Olive Township. Video from a Department of Transportation camera shows the school bus filled with fifth-graders making a sudden U-turn in a median, sources have told News 4.

The bus, which was carrying 38 students and seven adults from East Brook Middle School in Paramus, was heading to a class field trip to Waterloo Village, a historic site in Stanhope.

The driver, identified as Hudy Mulrow Sr. first got his license in 1975. He had a total of 14 license suspensions, eight speeding tickets, a careless driving ticket and a ticket for an improper turn in 2010, the MVC spokeswoman said Tuesday. 

Mulrow remains in the hospital and was unavailable for comment. 

The most recent suspension was from Dec. 20 of last year to Jan. 3 of this year for unpaid parking tickets. It was not clear if Paramus officials knew of that suspension; the district was not immediately available for comment. 

The driver had a commercial driver's license issued in 2012 and got the school bus endorsement on his commercial driver's license in 2013, the MVC said. 

The lawyer representing the family of 10-year-old Miranda Vargas, who was laid to rest Monday, sent a notice of tort claim to the Borough of Paramus and the Paramus school board Tuesday, indicating the family plans to sue. The lawyer is questioning whether the Paramus Board of Education did proper diligence in hiring a driver with his record. 

Funeral services for the teacher killed in the crash, Jennifer Williamson-Kennedy, will be held Thursday morning. 

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<![CDATA[Apology on Accounts Linked to Lawyer in Viral Rant: 'I'm Not Racist']]>Tue, 22 May 2018 23:09:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/aaron+schlossberg+2.jpg

A full-paragraph apology has been posted to Twitter and LinkedIn accounts linked to the Manhattan lawyer whose racist rant in a midtown cafe became viral international fodder last week, though it couldn't immediately be verified if he was the one who posted the messages.

The statement, which began simply, "To the people I insulted, I apologize," landed on @ASchlossbergLaw's Twitter feed at 12:01 p.m. Tuesday. The same statement was also posted to his LinkedIn page at that time. 

The lawyer, Aaron Schlossberg, has been excoriated in the court of public opinion since a cafe patron captured video of him threatening to call immigration enforcement on workers when he heard them speaking in Spanish.

The statement said the online backlash has "opened my eyes -- the manner in which I expressed myself is unacceptable and is not the person I am. I see my words and actions hurt people, and for that I am deeply sorry."

"While people should be able to express themselves freely, they should do so calmly and respectfully," the statement continued. "What the video did not convey is the real me. I am not racist." 

The Twitter account is not verified, but does show a history of posts about Schlossberg's legal work, many of which link directly to his LinkedIn page, where the apology was listed at the top of "Aaron's Articles & Activity." 

Schlossberg's rant was recorded last Tuesday at sandwich shop Fresh Kitchen on Madison Avenue between 39th and 40th. Emily Serrano said she was speaking with her server — who speaks both Spanish and English — in Spanish, when she heard a man yelling next to her. 

"He's screaming at the guy serving him, 'Give me my f------ sandwich, you shouldn't be speaking Spanish, I feel disrespected, go back to your country,'" Serrano said. NBC 4 cannot independently verify what happened before or after the video Serrano shot. 

"Your staff are speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English... every person I listen to... this is America!" he says in the video.

Schlossberg was kicked out of his midtown office as backlash brewed -- and he even tried to flee the controversy on foot, running from an NBC News reporter who confronted him near his apartment building on the street last week. The reporter asked him at the time if he wanted to apologize; he said nothing. 

Schlossberg's rant, caught on video by a fellow customer, had more than 5 million views online in two days, and fallout for the lawyer hasn't stopped.

The midtown building where Schlossberg had a part-time office evicted him, citing his "offensive" comments. Congressman Adriano Espaillat and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. have sent a letter to the disciplinary committee that oversees lawyers in New York state to file a formal complaint against Schlossberg. 

There's also a Change.org petition to have him disbarred, an action the discipline committee of the New York State Unified Court System will not likely take. According to Jessica A. Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School and president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission, Schlossberg can't be stripped of his license to practice law in New York for the disparaging remarks because he did not invoke his law firm in order to intimidate the employees and did not engage in racism within his practice. His diatribe alone likely does not violate ethics rules, Levinson noted. 

Fury against Schlossberg manifested online in classically snarky ways, too: his law office was inundated with one-star reviews on Yelp, forcing the site to suspend reviews for the business; a Google listing for his business briefly turned up a sly one-line description reading "Spanish restaurant"; and a GoFundMe page was set up to send a mariachi band to Schlossberg's office ("We are requesting the band to sing the famous, endearing and warm Spanish children's song La Cucaracha," declared the organizer of the fundraiser, called Mariachis for Aaron; it raised $1,000 of its $500 goal in less than a day). 

Schlossberg appears to have a documented history of xenophobic and racist behavior. At a May 2017 protest of Linda Sarsour — an American Muslim political activist who was speaking at a CUNY graduation ceremony — Schlossberg can be heard screaming "Fake Jews" and "You are not a Jew" at counterprotesters who were Haredi Jews, according to witness Isaac Saul. 

In October 2016, New York City tech consultant and video blogger Willie Morris posted a YouTube video recounting a disturbing run-in with Schlossberg. Morris said Schlossberg, a complete stranger, beelined straight into him on the sidewalk and started yelling at him: "What country are you from? I'm going to call the police. You don't run into me. I'm a citizen here, you're not. You're an ugly f------ foreigner. F--- you." 

Another video from a Latinos for Trump rally in New York City -- of which the date is unclear -- shows Schlossberg taunting counterprotesters. And VICE News obtained video showing him outside Trump Tower wearing a MAGA hat and unleashing profanities at people protesting Trump.

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<![CDATA[Sinkhole Opens on White House Lawn, Spawns Twitter Parody]]>Tue, 22 May 2018 21:23:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052218+north+side+of+white+house.jpg

A sinkhole has opened up on the White House grounds and is "growing larger by the day," according to reporters who first spotted the sunken turf.

The sinkhole was found Sunday on the North Lawn of the White House, near the entrance to the press briefing room, a National Park Service spokeswoman said Tuesday evening.

Photos from reporters who first spotted the sinkhole show that it's no more than a few feet wide. But White House reporter Steve Herman, of Voice of America, tweeted that it had grown since he first spotted it over the weekend, and another sinkhole has opened next to it. 

Sinkholes are common in the D.C. area after heavy rain, as the area has had in the past week, NPS spokeswoman Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles said. The National Park Service, which oversees the White House grounds, said it is monitoring the sinkhole and evaluating how to respond.

"We do not believe it poses any risk to the White House or is representative of a larger problem," Anzelmo-Sarles said.

Known to swallow cars and homes, sinkholes are generally formed when water erodes the earth's surface layer.

One year ago, a sinkhole also opened up in front of President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Palm Beach officials said a water main caused that sinkhole.

The coincidence set social media alight with wisecracks about what the sinkhole means and by Tuesday afternoon the sinkhole had a parody Twitter account.

"Can neither confirm nor deny I am the hole dug from China #sinkhole #WhiteHouse #whitehousesinkhole," The White House Sinkhole wrote in a tweet.


Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images, File
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