<![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-usSun, 19 Aug 2018 20:45:04 -0500Sun, 19 Aug 2018 20:45:04 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Rudy Giuliani on Russia Probe: 'Truth Isn't Truth' ]]>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 14:57:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RGAP_18158549501606.jpg

A day after President Donald Trump claimed on Twitter his team is cooperating with the special counsel investigation out of "transparency," his lawyer Rudy Giuliani tamped down the idea of the president himself testifying for fear of being caught in a trap, saying that there is no truth, only "somebody's version" of it.

Giuliani appeared Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" and argued that he doesn't want his client to be "trapped into perjury."

"When you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, well that’s so silly because it’s somebody’s version of the truth, not the truth," he said.

When pressed by Chuck Todd, Giuliani doubled down, saying, "truth isn't truth." He referenced the accusations that Trump had discussed the investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, with then-FBI director James Comey, who was later fired by the president.

Giuliani continued: "Donald Trump says, 'I didn't talk about Flynn with Comey.' Comey says, 'You did talk about it.' So, tell me what the truth is?"

The former New York City mayor also spoke directly about the New York Times report Trump responded to in his tweets, and he accused special counsel Robert Mueller of leaking the details "illegally" to the Times. He called Mueller "desperate."

He brushed aside the notion that charges could be brought against the president anyway, specifically when it comes to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Trump campaign officials and a Russian government ally. Giuliani said the now-infamous meeting couldn't be used as evidence for collusion because damaging information on Hillary Clinton "was not pursued at all," despite the intention of that meeting being to receive damaging information.

"Any meeting in regards to getting information about your opponent is something any candidate's staff would take," Giuliani added. "The president of the United States wasn't at that meeting, he didn't know about that meeting, he found out about it after. By the time he found out about it, it was nothing. If this is their case for collusion, good luck Mueller."

Meanwhile, Trump continued his attacks on the special counsel investigation on Sunday, again tweeting that there was "no collusion and no obstruction." He said Mueller is "heavily conflicted" in the "Rigged and Disgusting Witch Hunt."

In response to the Times' report that his laywer Don McGahn has been cooperating extensively with the special counsel team, Trump insisted that McGahn isn't "a John Dean type 'RAT,'" making reference to the Watergate-era White House attorney who turned on Richard Nixon.

Trump's original legal team had encouraged McGahn and other White House officials to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, and McGahn spent hours in interviews. The Times reported that McGahn handed over information both potentially damaging and favorable to the president. However, the Times said, he told investigators that he never saw Trump go beyond his legal authority. The Times reported McGahn and his attorney were worried Trump was setting him up to take the blame for any possible illegal acts.

McGahn's attorney William Burck added in a statement: "President Trump, through counsel, declined to assert any privilege over Mr. McGahn's testimony, so Mr. McGahn answered the Special Counsel team's questions fulsomely and honestly, as any person interviewed by federal investigators must."

Dean was White House counsel for Nixon, a Republican, during the Watergate scandal. He ultimately cooperated with prosecutors and helped bring down the Nixon presidency, though he served a prison term for obstruction of justice.

Dean, a frequent critic of the president, tweeted Saturday night in response to the Times story that, "Trump, a total incompetent, is bungling and botching his handling of Russiagate. Fate is never kind to bunglers and/or botchers! Unlike Nixon, however, Trump won't leave willingly or graciously."

He added Sunday in response to Trump's tweets that he doubts the president has "ANY IDEA what McGahn has told Mueller. Also, Nixon knew I was meeting with prosecutors, b/c I told him. However, he didn't think I would tell them the truth!"

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[White House Reported to Be Cooperating with Mueller Probe]]>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 07:25:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/221*120/TrumpMuellerCoop.jpg

President Donald Trump on Saturday claimed that his administration has been "transparent" in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the election and possible obstruction of justice, after the New York Times reported that the White House counsel has been cooperating extensively in the matter.

The Times, citing a dozen current and former White House officials and others briefed on the matter, reported the White House Counsel Don McGahn has given at least three voluntary interviews with investigators totaling 30 hours over the past nine months.

Trump has made several moves which could be seen as trying to control or limit the investigation into Russian interference in the election, such as firing FBI Director James Comey, calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the Mueller investigation, and reportedly seeking to fire Mueller in the past.



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<![CDATA[Animal Lovers Across the Country Help Clear the Shelters ]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 21:32:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pot+Pie+and+June+Bug.jpg

Jose and Tammy Vega arrived at the Camden County Animal Shelter in New Jersey early Saturday morning in search of a four-legged companion. The couple, who was first in line for today's Clear the Shelters event, fell in love with a 7-year-old stray Chihuahua named Pot Pie.

"He was just really calm tempered, my wife looked over and saw him and we knew he was 'the one,'" Jose Vega told NBC Philadelphia's Jessica Boyington. 

Clear the Shelters, the fourth annual pet adoption drive sponsored by NBC- and Telemundo-owned television stations, culminated Saturday with more than 1,200 shelters participating in dozens of communities across the country.

Since this year’s event was launched on July 28, more than 76,000 pets have already been taken, 26,810 on Saturday alone. To encourage families to find a new pet, whether puppies, older cats, rabbits or iguanas, many of the participating animal shelters and rescue organizations are reducing or waiving adoption fees.

At the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Westbrook, Maine, workers were hopeful that 13-year-old June Bug, a "sato" — feral dog in Puerto Rico — rescued after Hurricane Maria, would finally get the companion she deserved. June Bug had been at the shelter since the winter and on Saturday, she was adopted by woman "who came in specifically for her," said Jeana Roth, director of community engagement at the shelter. 

"We all cried," Roth added. 

Holly, another dog born on the streets of Puerto Rico, ended up going home with a Berkeley couple. Holly was originally sent to Miami to be adopted but due to the devastating Hurricane Irma, she had to move again. 

"If I can give a shelter animal a good home, whether they're traumatized or not, I'm doing what I should be doing," said Holly's new family, Erik Hesse, a UC Berkeley professor.

And it's not just dogs that are finding fur-ever homes during Clear the Shelters. Molly, an 11-year-old dark grey tabby cat, was adopted Saturday from the Camden County Animal Shelter. Molly's new mom, Jane DeNoto, had been thinking about getting a cat to replace her beloved Gretal who passes away eight months ago. 

"She's a little bit shy, quiet," DeNoto said of Molly. "When I saw her, I thought, 'She's another Gretel!'"

In Atlanta, Georgia, 6-year-old Cameron was thrilled to adopt her first pet ever, a kitten, from Lifeline Animal Project's Fulton County Animal Services. The organization said its shelters in DeKalb and Fulton counties have been taking in up to 10 litters of kittens a day, "so every adopted kitten is a victory for us."

When Aces arrived at the Irving Animal Shelter in Texas he was very skittish and scared, and needed surgery to remove his right eye. The Shepard mix was surrendered to the shelter because his owner had too many pets.

"He’s a little broken, and I’m a vet, so I’m a little broken, so we’ll help each other,” said his new mom Olivia, who adopted Aces on Saturday. "And I just lost a dog in May so, I know he’s going to help.”

Even those covering the event can't help themselves. Telemundo 39 anchor Norma Garcia "couldn't say no" to an adorable puppy at the Irving shelter in North Texas on Saturday and decided to adopt him. A number of NBC4 reporters and anchors also found their fur-ever friends through pet adoption.

In Illinois, Bethy found the perfect dog in Joey the Chihuaha. The Chicago resident lives in a senior citizens building and has been wanting a dog for a long time. "I'm so happy," she said.

Brothers Tito and Thomas, 3-month-old Chihuaha Terrier mixes, both found forever homes on Saturday during the Clear the Shelters event at the Humane Society of Greater Miami in Florida. Friends Nicole Wade adopted Tito and Suzanne Hosang took home Thomas.

The need remains great. The number of animals entering shelters each year is about 6.5 million, 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Though the number has declined from about 7.2 million in 2011, with the biggest drop in the number of dogs, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year.

On the happier side, about 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted annually and another 710,000 are returned to their owners.

Clear the Shelters began in North Texas in 2014 as a partnership among the NBC and Telemundo stations in Dallas-Fort Worth and dozens of North Texas animal shelters. More than 2,200 homeless animals were adopted that first year, the most in a single day in North Texas.

A year later that number jumped to nearly 20,000 as the adoption drive went national, with more than 400 shelters taking part across the country. Last year, as the event was extended over a month, more than 80,000 pets were adopted from over 900 shelters.



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<![CDATA[Aretha Franklin's Life in Photos]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:37:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Aretha_Split.jpgEighteen-time Grammy Award winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Aretha Franklin was known for her powerful, gospel-honed vocals. She influenced countless artists across generations, earning her the top spot on Rolling Stone's "Greatest Singers of All Time" list and the undisputed title of "Queen of Soul." ]]><![CDATA[Hundreds of Protesters Face Off in Seattle Over Gun Reform]]>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 10:01:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_18230755444778.jpg

Right-wing demonstrators gathered Saturday in Seattle for a "Liberty or Death" rally that drew counter-protesters from the left while dozens of police kept the two sides separated, NBC News reported.

The right-wing groups Washington 3 Percenters and Patriot Prayer were holding the rally outside Seattle City Hall to protest an effort to launch a gun-control initiative that would raise the age in Washington state for people buying semi-automatic rifles.

The left-wing groups Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity, Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party were rallying at the same site. 

Hundreds of protesters on each side of the street were separated Saturday afternoon by metal barriers and police officers as the left-wing protesters yelled and used cowbells and sirens to try to drown out speeches from the right-wing side. Three men were arrested, all for misdemeanor assault, Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, a Seattle police spokesman, told the Seattle Times.



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<![CDATA[Scientists Can Now Say How Global Warming Worsens Weather]]>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 09:14:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_18217791787750.jpg

When the heat waves, droughts, wildfires and deluges come — as they seem to with increasing regularity these days — the question inevitably arises: Did climate change play a role?

The answer scientists gave for years was that greenhouse gases created by humans likely contributed to extreme weather, but it was hard to definitively tie the warming atmosphere to any single episode. But that cautious approach is changing, NBC News reported. Now, scientists say that they will increasingly be able to link extreme weather events to human-caused global warming.

So when a heat wave beset Northern Europe early this summer, bringing temperatures in Scandinavia into the 90s, researchers operating under the name World Weather Attribution whipped together a series of computer simulations. Within three days, the scientists issued a finding that the hot spell had been made at least twice as likely because of human-driven climate change.

In less frequent instances, scientists taking more time have reached even bolder conclusions — finding that some extreme events would not have happened at all in a pre-industrial era, when Earth's atmosphere had not been pumped full of carbon dioxide.

 

The trend promises to become even more pronounced in the coming years, because national weather agencies in countries like Germany and Australia, and the weather service for the European Union, expect to begin issuing regular findings on whether unusual weather events grew out of climate change.



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<![CDATA[Man Arrested With Pregnant Wife Was Wanted for Murder: ICE]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 19:53:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ie+gas+station+ice+arrest+08182018.JPG

This article has been updated from its original version. 

After US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested an undocumented immigrant as he and his pregnant wife were on their way to the hospital for the birth of their child, ICE released a statement alleging that the person abruptly taken into custody was wanted for a serious violent crime in Mexico: homicide.

Surveillance video from the San Bernardino Arco station at Highland and Mountainview avenues provided visual evidence of ICE agents taking the murder suspect into custody.

María del Carmen Venegas said she and her husband, Joel Arrona-Lara, were headed to the hospital for a scheduled C-section when ICE agents took Arrona-Lara into custody as they stopped for fuel.

The agents, Venegas said, approached the couple and asked them for their IDs, but Arrona-Lara was not carrying his documents at the time of the stop. Venegas said she thought the agents were confused and that they initially promised it wouldn't take long and the couple could be on their way.

"I asked them why they separate good people, why they weren't arresting people who do bad things, and I asked them to let us go," Venegas said in Spanish. "They told me they were only doing their job."

The agents arrested Arrona, and Venegas was forced to get in the driver's seat and continue to the hospital to give birth without her husband present.

"I never thought that they would take him like that, handcuff him, and that they would leave me stranded at the gas station," Venegas said.

Below is the complete statement from ICE on the incident, where the agency says Arrona-Lara is a murder suspect:

Mr. Arrona-Lara, a citizen of Mexico illegally residing in the United States, was taken into custody Wednesday by ICE Fugitive Operations Team officers in San Bernardino, Calif. Mr. Arrona-Lara is currently in ICE custody pending removal proceedings with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).

Mr. Arrona-Lara was brought to ICE’s attention due to an outstanding warrant issued for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges.

ICE continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security. ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. However, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.



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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Being Struck by Lightning on Long Island: Officials]]>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:58:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sunken_Meadow_State_Park.jpg

A 32-year-old man was struck by lightning and killed in a Long Island park, officials said.

Aneal Lall, who was from Richmond Hill in Queens, was standing under a tree adjacent to a boardwalk at Sunken Meadow State Park around 6:50 p.m. on Saturday when he was struck, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said. 

Emergency personnel responded immediately and performed CPR before taking Lall to St. Catherine’s Hospital in Smithtown, the spokesman said.

Lall was pronounced dead at the hospital, he added.

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CORRECTION (Aug. 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m. ET): An earlier version of this story stated the wrong day the man was killed. He was killed on Saturday. 

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<![CDATA[Fans Injured in Severe Weather Outside Backstreet Boys Show]]>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:02:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BSBGettyImages-986609674.jpg

Fourteen Backstreet Boys fans were injured outside a concert after severe weather caused a concrete structure to collapse on them outside WinStar World Casino and Resort Saturday night, a spokesperson said.

Around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the storm blew through Thackerville, Oklahoma with 70-80 mph winds and knocked over concrete entrance trusses, injuring the fans, said WinStar spokesperson Kym Koch Thompson.

Thompson said WinStar officials started to evacuate fans waiting to get into the outdoor concert venue around 5 p.m. after lightning got within four miles of the casino. All concertgoers were asked to move inside before the storm hit, but Thompson said about 150 people stayed in line for the show.

All 14 people who were injured were treated at the scene and then transported to area hospitals with minor injuries, Thompson said. All victims were later released.

The show was ultimately canceled, and WinStar said tickets will be honored when the concert is rescheduled.



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<![CDATA[Retired NYPD Officer Hailed as Hero For Saving Girl in Aruba]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:47:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Whelan+Jednniely.jpg

A retired NYPD officer is being hailed as a hero after saving the life of a little girl who suffered an accident while traveling in an off-road vehicle during a family vacation in Aruba.

The family of 7-year-old Jednniely Perez Rivas had requested help to bring the child to Puerto Rico in an air ambulance following the accident she suffered Wednesday after another vehicle crashed into the off-road vehicle she was traveling in.

Jednniely's aunt, Yaritza Perez, informed Telemundo PR that an American man, identified as Sean Whelan, not only performed CPR on the girl at the scene, but offered to pay $15,000 for the expenses to transport the child to Puerto Rico.

She arrived at a hospital in Puerto Rico on Friday. Whelan accompanied the girl on the air ambulance.

"We are very grateful, both with the man who offered to pay, and with the people who have helped us," Perez said.

Money raised will go to the medical treatment of the little girl, who lost a foot and is in an induced coma.

Luis Rivas, Jednniely’s grandfather, called Whelan an "angel."

“I’m grateful towards him. He’s been a guardian angel to my girl. There are no words to thank him,” he told Telemundo PR.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of Health of Puerto Rico, Rafael Rodiguez Mercado, reported that he mobilized specialists of the Pediatric Hospital, which is prepared to receive the girl.

"Everything is ready to receive the girl in the pediatric hospital. The first thing we have to do is stabilize her and as soon as we know what her condition she’ll receive the appropriate treatment," Rodriguez Mercado explained.

"At this moment a bed is ready in intensive care and she’ll be received by the Director of the Intensive Care Unit, Dr. Ricardo Garcia, we’ll have specialists from the Department of Neurosurgery, pediatric orthopedics and pediatric surgery to meet the needs of the girl,” Rodriguez Mercado added.



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<![CDATA[Thousands of Pets Find New Homes During Clear The Shelters]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 16:01:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_36_21.Still003.jpg

Across the country thousands of animals are finding forever homes. Watch some of these lucky pets as they meet their new families for the very first time.

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<![CDATA[Weed Killer in Your Cereal? Maybe, But Don't Panic]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:13:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cereal2.jpg

Social media feeds have been swamped by news that the advocacy organization Environmental Working Group found traces of the pesticide glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, in certain popular breakfast cereals like Cheerios. While the headlines have alarmed parents, there are several reasons not to panic, NBC News reported.

Research by the EWG, which actively campaigns against glyphosate, was not published in a peer-reviewed journal, the amounts found were far below the allowable limits, and most experts in the field say there’s very little evidence that glyphosate causes cancer or any other health problems.

Glyphosate also made headlines because a California jury ordered Roundup maker Monsanto to pay $290 million in damages to a groundskeeper with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Still, American juries do not necessarily rule based on scientific evidence, and they are not required to.

Click here for the full story on NBCNews.com



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<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Allegedly Towing Car With Child Inside, Abandoning Him]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 12:02:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/10PM+-+DISABLED+CHILD+TOWED+-+HUSH+-+NICKOLS+-+21561101_33299482.jpg

An Illinois tow truck driver has been charged with child endangerment after he allegedly towed a car with a child inside and then abandoned him at a nearby business.

Authorities arrested 52-year-old Brian T. Clark and charged him with Child Endangerment and Reckless Conduct. He allegedly discovered the child, 11-year-old Faraz Ramzan, in the backseat of a car he was towing in Glendale Heights, outside of Chicago, and then let him out at another location before driving away.

"When I opened the door and came outside, I saw my car wasn't there," the boy's father John Ramzan said. "People told me he took my son and the car." 

Ramzan said that he was inside of a nearby mosque delivering a pizza when the incident took place on Friday night and that he was only inside for three minutes. 

The boy's family says that he is disabled, and bystanders tried to get the tow truck driver to stop when he left the scene with the boy in the backseat. 

"I banged the window," Iqbal Ahmad said. "I yelled there was a kid in the car, (but he didn't stop)." 

Ramzan's car was parked in a nearby shopping center, and signs are posted warning that unattended cars can be towed, but he says that it was clear that his son was inside. 

Once officers arrived on the scene, they determined that the tow truck driver had discovered the child inside, let him out, and then left him at another location. 

A citizen saw the unattended child and transported him back to the mosque where the vehicle was towed from, police said. 

"He cannot talk," John Ramzan said. "He was crying. He was in the car and he cannot say what happened." 

Officers then scanned the area and located a tow truck in the parking lot of a local business with the vehicle attached, according to a press release.

Clark was released on bond, and a court date has yet to be set. The towing company Clark works for has not responded to NBC5's request for comment, and it was not immediately clear if Clark had an attorney.

"I don't understand how he didn't see my brother inside," Faraz Ramzan's sister Keiran said. "It makes no sense." 

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<![CDATA[Officials Worry Trump May Back Plan to Privatize Afghan War]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:34:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/erik-prince.jpg

President Donald Trump is showing renewed interest in a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize the war, current and former senior administration officials told NBC News.

The idea envisions replacing troops with private military contractors who would work for a special U.S. envoy for the war who would report directly to the president.

It has raised ethical and security concerns among senior military officials, key lawmakers and members of Trump's national security team.

But a year after Trump approved boosting the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan, his advisers are worried his impatience with the Afghanistan conflict will cause him to seriously consider proposals like Prince's or abruptly order a complete U.S. withdrawal, officials said.

Prince, a staunch Trump supporter whose sister is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, said he hasn't spoken directly to Trump about the plan, but told NBC News he plans to launch an aggressive media "air campaign" in coming days to try to get the president to embrace it.



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