<![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-usTue, 20 Feb 2018 07:58:24 -0600Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:58:24 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[By the Numbers: Canadian Figure Skaters Make Olympic History]]>Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:10:34 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/virtue-moir-ap18051158859359-1024.jpg

Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated into Olympic history, the "Shib Sibs" added to their medal count and Team USA advanced in men's hockey. Here are the Pyeongchang Games by the numbers:

206.07 — Canadian Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir became the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history Tuesday (Monday night in the U.S.) when they won their third gold in the ice dance. Their dazzling, dramatic skate to music from “Moulin Rouge” earned them a final score of 206.07, a record high. Their fifth Olympic medal broke the tie with Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko and Sweden’s Gillis Grafstorm for most medals in figure skating. They tie the record for most gold medals with Grafstorm, Norway’s Sonja Henie and Soviet Union’s Irina Rodnina.

5-1 — The United States’ men’s hockey team steamrolled Slovakia5-1, to advance in the elimination round. They move on to face the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. With National Hockey League players absent in the Olympics, Team USA is comprised of mostly college kids who failed to make it into the professional league. 


2 — Alex and Maia Shibutani have won a medal at the U.S. Championships for 13 straight years. In Pyeongchang, the siblings helped Team USA take bronze in the team event. The Shib Sibs' sharply choreographed ice dance program to Coldplay was nearly perfect until a shaky lift late in the skate. They finished with their second bronze medal of the games. 

25 — Canadian Cassie Sharpe won her first Olympic gold medal in the women’s halfpipe freeski on Tuesday (Monday night in the U.S.), knocking off Team USA’s defending champion, Maddie Bowman. The 25-year-old scored a 95.80 on her second run. France's Marie Martinod, who won a silver four years ago in Sochi, t secured the same second-place spot on the podium in Pyeongchang, leaving American Brita Sigourney with the bronze medal. Sharpe draws inspiration from a United States Olympian: 17-year-old Chloe Kim.


3 — In the women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe final, defending Sochi champion Maddie Bowman fell on all three of her runs. She finished in 11th place with her highest score a 27. Bowman was attempting back-to-back 900s toward the end of her runs, but collapsed on the landing of the second 900 each time. Canada’s Cassie Sharpe won gold with a 95.80.


20Exactly 20 years ago, Feb. 20, 1998, American Tara Lipinski beat teammate Michelle Kwan for gold in women’s figure skating. Lipinski became the youngest gold medalist ever to medal in an individual event at the Winter Games at 15 years and 255 days old. She still holds that title.

28 — Norway extended its lead in the Pyeongchang Games medal count, adding its 28th with a gold in the ski jumping team event led by mustachioed Robert Johansson. Norway is moving closer to the all-time record for medals at a single Winter Games, 37. The country already holds the records for overall most gold, silver and bronze medals at Winter Olympics. 

3 — Biathlete Martin Fourcade helped France deliver a come-from-behind gold medal win in the mixed relay. Fourcade has now won three gold medals in Pyeongchang, the first Olympian to do so. 

—Daniel Macht contributed to this story

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<![CDATA[Parkland Shooting Survivor Calls 'BS' on Politicians' Gun Stance]]>Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:09:47 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+Emma+Gonzale+THUMB.jpg

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High senior Emma Gonzalez had a message for president Donald Trump and for other politicians on their failure to enact sensible gun laws: "BS." Gonzalez was one of several survivors to speak at a rally held outside the Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to speak out against the gun lobby.

<![CDATA[White House: Trump Moves to Improved Gun Background Checks]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:40:29 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/913126606-President-Donald-Trump.jpg

The White House has shown support Monday towards efforts to improve background checks for gun purchases since the gun debate was sparked after the deadly Florida high school shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead, NBC News reported.  

In a statement press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump was open to bipartisan legislation on background checks. 

"The President spoke to Senator Cornyn on Friday about the bipartisan bill he and Sen. Murphy introduced to improve Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check Legislation. While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system," Sanders said in a statement.

A senior administration official told NBC News over the weekend that while Trump supports the concept of improving the background check system, the language may end up needing to be tweaked.

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<![CDATA[These US Athletes Won Medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:28:53 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-919707048a.jpgSee which members of Team USA are bringing home gold, silver or bronze in their categories.

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<![CDATA[How to Help the Victims of the Florida High School Shooting]]>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:12:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/918647882-Broward-County-School-Superintendent-Robert-Runcie.jpg

Officials are asking that anyone who wants to donate to the victims of Wednesday's deadly school at a South Florida high school use an official account.

The Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund, named for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was created Thursday to "provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting," according to the GoFundMe page.

It had received just over $250,000 by 2 p.m. ET, about four hours after it was created, with a goal of $350,000.

It was created to be a credible place to donate money in an attempt to prevent, Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said.

"Please keep our babies, our families and this entire community in your prayers as we go through this healing process. It's going to take quite a while," he said at a news conference, where he announced the fund had been created.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said she talked to officials at GoFundMe to ensure it is safe to give there.

"They're pulling bad websites off constantly. They're monitoring everything," she said.

Bondi also said that Florida will pay for the victims' funeral expenses.

For those in the Parkland area, another way to help the victims is by donating blood, especially the universal donor type O negative.

A Parkland family also has launched a site selling t-shirts with different slogans, including Douglas Strong and Parkland Strong, for $20 with all profits going to families and victims affected. To purchase a shirt, click on this link.

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<![CDATA[Marjory Stoneman Douglas Hopes to Resume Classes Feb. 27]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:18:18 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nikolas-cruz-pasado-017.jpg

Authorities in Florida say Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the scene of last week's deadly shooting rampage, will remain closed Tuesday and Wednesday. 

The statement released by Broward County Public Schools said Monday it hopes to resume classes at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 27 following a devastating shooting.

Staff members will return to the school on Friday with the day "dedicated to meeting staff members’ needs, with a variety of support services."

On Sunday, the school will hold a voluntary campus orientation for all students and their parents or guardians from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. – where support services will also be available.

“Our hearts remain with the victims and families impacted by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy,” BCPS said in a previous statement. “Across our community, the difficult and emotional recovery process continues, as we struggle to understand this senseless act of violence and find a way to move forward.”

BCPS said it hopes to open the school on a modified schedule Feb. 27.

Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie described the shooting as a "nightmare."

“It is the worst nightmare you can ever have. It’s one of those things you pray you never live to see and experience. And something of this magnitude it’s really hard to put into words. Some days I wake up and hope I can reverse time…is this really happening?” Runcie said.

Runcie said he "loves" the movement started by students to push for gun reform.

"I love it. It seems like we’ve been preparing our kids for some day really stepping up and taking charge," Runcie added. “I’m not in favor of arming teachers with guns, I’m not in favor of arming teachers with guns. The answers can’t be that we are going to introduce more guns in society. We have more guns in this society than we have people.”

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<![CDATA[Bones Found Off Cape Cod May Belong to Legendary Pirate Black Sam Bellamy]]>Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:46:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Human_Remains_Could_Belong_to_Famous_Pirate.jpg

An investigative team conducting DNA analysis on recently-discovered human remains believes they could belong to a legendary pirate captain.

The bones were found aboard the historic Whydah Gally, a pirate ship that wrecked in 1717 off the coast of Cape Cod.

Monday, the remains were presented publicly for the first time, and investigators discussed the new effort to determine whether they belong to Captain Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy, listed by Forbes Magazine as the most successful pirate in history.

The team removed a femur from the large concretion and presented it to a forensics team from the Henry Lee College at the University of New Haven.

The Whydah Gally is loaded with the treasures from 54 seized ships, sank during a nor'easter off Wellfleet, Massachusetts, in April 1717, killing Bellamy and members of his crew. The wreck was discovered in 1984 by famed explorer Barry Clifford and his diving crew, which included John F. Kennedy Jr.

Clifford has recovered millions of dollars worth of gold and silver. There is estimated $120 million in buried treasure, along with 60 cannons and thousands of rare artifacts from the site.

Bellamy was an English pirate who operated in the early 18th century. Though his known career as a pirate captain lasted little more than a year, he and his crew captured at least 53 ships under his command – making him the wealthiest pirate in recorded history before his death at age 28.

Called "Black Sam" in Cape Cod folklore because he eschewed the fashionable powdered wig in favor of tying back his long black hair with a simple band, Bellamy became known for his mercy and generosity toward those he captured on his raids. This reputation earned him another nickname, the "Prince of Pirates." He likened himself to Robin Hood, with his crew calling themselves "Robin Hood's Men."

Forensic scientists will test the bone's DNA against that of the DNA of a distant relative of Bellamy's who lives in England. They will know the results in about a month.

They believe there are hundreds more treasures in the concretion. They estimate it will take about a year to extract them all.

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<![CDATA[Black Travel Guide Was Powerful Tool for Women Entrepreneurs]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:55:00 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/motorist+green+book+albertas+sister+12.jpg

Alberta Ellis ran a hotel in the 1950s that served African Americans who had nowhere else to go. 

She knew what it was like to be turned away because of the color of your skin. It happened to her own family as they drove more than 1,400 miles from Missouri to California.

"They would usually say there was no vacancy, even though their sign would be in neon lights saying vacancy," Ellis' granddaughter, Elizabeth Calvin, remembered. 

Ellis reported the hotels' actions but that did little to change anything, her granddaughter said. 

Determined to provide a safe space for African-American travelers, Ellis put together $10,000 in cash and bought an old hospital in Springfield, Missouri, at a city auction. She opened a small business she called Alberta's Hotel.

Calvin believes her grandmother purchased the hotel around 1954. That year, one of the first ads for the business appeared in "The Negro Motorist Green Book." 

The book, created in 1936 by Victor H. Green, helped black travelers across the country avoid "difficulties and embarrassment" while on the road. From 1936 until 1967, the "Green Book" listed hotels, restaurants and other establishments across the country that welcomed black customers.

The "Green Book" was more than a revolutionary way for African Americans to travel in this country; it was an economic engine for burgeoning entrepreneurs, particularly black women. 

In Washington, D.C., black women were also running successful businesses, and many of them were advertised in the "Green Book." 

"This is a time when there's very little ways for a black woman to move forward economically and professionally outside of domestic work," said Jennifer Reut, an architectural and landscape historian who runs a blog that maps "Green Book" sites.

'You Couldn’t Go to a Regular Hotel'

Ellis was already the owner of one successful business when she opened "Alberta's Hotel." 

But she was inspired to open the hotel because African Americans driving along Route 66 didn't have many options if they stopped in her city. 

"She built an empire, really, a tiny empire from this extremely skilled ability to look at the whole market and see what the need was," Reut said. 

"You couldn’t go to a regular hotel, so she probably saw it as a good business opportunity, as well as hospitality," Calvin added. 

The hotel was located along the business route for Route 66, an easy stop for travelers who were headed west. To get the word out, Ellis placed an ad in the "Green Book." 

Calvin said her grandmother was an avid traveler and likely knew about the "Green Book" before she advertised in it.

Soon, Alberta's Hotel was popular with travelers who passed through Springfield, including singer Nat King Cole and Harlem Globetrotter Reece "Goose" Tatum. 

Running a successful black-owned business in the 1950s didn't come without complications. Sometimes police officers brought prostitutes to the hotel to try and give it a bad name, Calvin said. 

"My brother remembers when white men would come to the hotel late at night with women, and my grandfather and grandmother would send them away," Calvin said. 

"This is not that kind of establishment. Don’t come in here looking for that," Calvin said her grandparents told them.

A land dispute also kept Ellis in court for much of the time she owned the hotel. 

"There was a wealthy man in town who was slated to get that hospital. But when she showed up to the auction with cash, they had to sell it to her," Calvin said. 

After about 10 years, Ellis lost the hotel to eminent domain. 

She didn't live much longer after losing the hotel. 

"Once that case was settled, she got sick," Calvin said. "She passed in 1966. She was only 56 years old."

'That Was Like the Black Downtown'

In Annapolis, Maryland, Florence Carr Sparrow and her sister, Elizabeth Carr Smith, ran two successful beach resorts. For nearly 50 years, Carr's Beach and Sparrow's Beach were safe havens for African-American families looking for a summer escape. 

Though they were already popular on their own, both beaches were listed in the "Green Book." 

In Washington, D.C., African-American travelers flocked to the Northwest quadrant for food, fun and somewhere to stay. 

"That was the main black area that had the most amenities. Theatres, clubs, florists. That was like the black downtown," said author and historian Patsy Fletcher. 

In the 1930s, Jean Clore opened the Old Rose Social Club on the corner of 7th and T streets NW. A few blocks away, she opened Hotel Clore.

Clore was young, attractive and had a knack for business, a 1938 article published in The Baltimore Afro-American said. 

"Ordinarily it takes the average club operator several years to build up such a business ... but Miss Clore has made her local reputation only since 1936," the article said.  

The hotel became a home for both travelers and celebrities performing at the nearby Howard Theatre. 

Clore was active in the National Council of Negro Women and other organizations. 

"She deserves recognition ... She was quite impressive," Fletcher said. 

Near Logan Circle, Myrtle Williams ran the Cadillac Hotel. The hotel on the 1500 block of Vermont Avenue NW opened in 1941.

But like Alberta's in Missouri, a cloud hung over the Cadillac Hotel and other black-owned businesses in D.C. 

Williams ran the Cadillac Hotel as a decent, respectable business, Fletcher said, but she was repeatedly accused of supporting prostitution. Like Ellis in Missouri, Williams discovered that undercover police officers brought prostitutes into her business and then arrested her guests if they solicited one of the women.

In 1977, Williams and a group of African-American residents in D.C.'s Logan Circle neighborhood organized to fight attempts to push them out of the area. 

People who wanted to buy the Cadillac Hotel's building repeatedly challenged the business' operating license so they could force the hotel out and later sell the building to middle-class whites, Fletcher, the historian, said. 

"Many urban renewal projects in the '60s targeted black neighborhoods," Reut, the architectural historian, said. "Lots and lots of 'Green Book' sites ended up disappearing because of this."

The passage of the Civil Rights Act also hurt some black-owned businesses.

As African Americans began going to places where they had been previously denied, some businesses were not able to bring in the revenue they needed.

The owners of many black-owned businesses were prepared, Reut said. 

"Everyone understood that when segregation was happening, these instruments were needed. But that when the time came -- and they were always pushing for this -- they won't need these things anymore. People understood that this was going to be the end of their business," Reut said.

Today, many businesses that were listed in the "Green Book" are gone and replaced with parking lots and shopping centers.

In D.C., some of the buildings that housed these businesses still stand. 

"The ones that tend to still be around are the ones that are in thriving business districts like Washington and the U Street Corridor," Reut said. "They haven't knocked these down yet."

The former home of Hotel Clore, located at 614 S Street NW, is now a multi-denominational church. The former home of the Cadillac Hotel, in Logan Circle, is now a luxury condominium complex. 

While many of these businesses no longer exist, the entrepreneurial spirit of these women lives on. Decades after Ellis' hotel shut down, her granddaughter moved back to Missouri and is following in her footsteps. 

"I bought an old horse stable and turned it into five units, and we rent out some of them as a B&B," Calvin said. "I learned from my grandmother."

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 06:45:00 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trumpthumb.jpgWhat Donald Trump's presidency will look like is unclear to many observers. He has not previously worked in politics, and has made contradictory statements on policy issues in several areas during his campaign. Despite the unknowns, Trump has an extensive public profile that, along with his real estate empire and the Trump brand, grew domestically and internationally over the last few decades. Here is a look at his personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[Teen Hero Shot 5 Times at Fla. School Gets Visit From Sheriff]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:46:47 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/021918+anthony+borges+broward+sheriff+scott+israel.jpg

A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who was shot multiple times while trying to save his classmates during last week's mass shooting was visited in the hospital by Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.

Israel said he was "honored" to visit with 15-year-old Anthony Borges Sunday, just days after the shooting at the Parkland school that claimed 17 lives.

"His family shared that Anthony was shot five times in Wednesday's school attack," BSO tweeted, along with a picture of Israel and Borges. "Fortunately, he is recovering -- but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed. Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all the other victims of this horrific criminal act."

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Borges is being hailed a hero for his efforts to save other students during the shooting. A GoFundMe page set up for his family said Borges saved about 20 other students as he attempted to close and lock a classroom door.

He ended up shot in both legs, had his upper left thigh bone shattered, and had a bullet go through his back.

"He has a long road of recovery ahead of him but he is alive and stable," the post says.

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The GoFundMe has already raised more than $110,000 of its original goal of $5,000 in just three days.

Officials with Broward Health said that four patients remained hospitalized as of Sunday night, with all in fair condition.

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<![CDATA[Pyeongchang by the Numbers: #NipSlip, Rippon's About-Face]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:12:22 -0600placed second for the night despite Papadakis' ward robe malfunction that almost undid their program. ]]>placed second for the night despite Papadakis' ward robe malfunction that almost undid their program. ]]>https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-920295538_master.jpg

An embarrassing wardrobe malfunction for French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis, a ticket sale milestone, and figure skater Adam Rippon's change of heart. Here are the Pyeongchang Games by the numbers:

81.93 French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron were awarded a score of 81.93 points for their short program despite a wardrobe malfunction that left Papadakis’ breast exposed on live television. After the neck clasp of her dress unfastened, she struggled to keep her top from falling down. Despite the distraction, the pair took second place behind Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who broke their own world record with 83.67 points. The pairs skate again for the second part of the competition on Tuesday (Monday night in the United States). Twitter took note of what Papadakis called her “worst nightmare happening at the Olympics”  with the hashtag #nipslip. The song they skated to? Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”

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0 The number of appearances Olympics breakout star Adam Rippon will make as an NBC correspondent for the duration of the Pyeonhchang Games. After agreeing to join the network, Rippon changed his mind telling NBCSN that while he was flattered by the offer “if I took this opportunity, I would have to leave the Olympic team and I would have to leave the (Olympic) Village.” The figure skater said his friends on the Olympic team had been there for him during his events and he wanted to return the favor.

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10-4 The U.S. women’s curling team’s semifinal hopes are very much alive after a 10-4 win over China. The victory leaves the American team with a 4-3 record in round robin play.The United States returns to action against South Korea on Tuesday at 12:05 a.m. ET and concludes round-robin play against first-place Sweden on Wednesday.

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3:16.86 Canada’s Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz pulled dead even with Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis to share the gold medal with a time of 3 minutes, 16.86 seconds in the two-man bobsled race. Americans Justin Olsen and Olympic rookie Evan Weinstock were the top U.S. sled, finishing 14th.

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1 Million More than 1 million tickets have been sold to the Pyeongchang Games. Local organizing committee spokesman Sung Baik-you said the 1 million mark exceeded expectations — 692,443 people attended games venues from Feb. 9 to Feb. 17, and there's still about a week remaining. Sung said, "Our target was 1,068,000, so we don't have many tickets remaining.

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90 American Jamie Anderson’s score on her second run in the women’s snowboard big air qualifying after scoring a disappointing 30 on her first run because of a fall. Anderson’s score of 90 on her second attempt was enough to propel her through the qualifying round.

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5-0 The U.S women’s hockey team  shut out Finland in the semifinals to earn a shot at the Olympic gold medal that has eluded the United States for two decades. They will play Canada, which defeated the Olympic Athletes from Russia 5-0 to clinch a spot in the gold medal game. The U.S. women won the first gold medal in women’s ice hockey when the sport made its debut at the 1998 Nagano Games. 

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10 The women's hockey tournament will increase from eight to 10 teams for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel confirmed the change at a news conference Monday. Fasel said the Beijing organizing committee requested the addition of two teams, a move that will help allow China to have a team in the tournament. Federation council chairwoman Zsuzsanna Kolbenheyer said the quality of women's hockey around the world was good enough for the step. Signs of progress? Japan beating Sweden on Sunday and no team scoring more than eight goals in a game, she said.

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<![CDATA['Monster Living Under Our Roof': Family Speaks About Alleged Gunman]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:19:53 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/190*120/nikolas-cruz-pasado-007.jpg

The family that took in suspected Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass murderer Nikolas Cruz is sounding off about the tragedy – as details begin to emerge about his background and what officials may have known.

In an interview with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Kimberly and James Snead, who opened their home to the 19-year-old after his mother died, were quoted as saying “we had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know...we didn’t see this side of him.”

“What James and Kimberly told me was they have taken in stray animals they have taken in people that they thought had hit hard times and Nick, as they called him, was one of those people,” said reporter Paula McMahon. “They thought they were doing a good deed they wanted to get him back on track.”

The article published Saturday talked about how the defendant was friendly with the Snead’s son, who asked them to house the suspect that was depressed, they say, after he lost his mother to pneumonia.

James Snead said “everything everybody seems to know, we didn’t know… It’s as simple as that” on reports Cruz was a loner, exhibited odd behavior and had violent tendencies.

“They just struck me as if they were still in shock,” McMahon said. “They said that they just haven’t really processed it yet, that they have very, very mixed emotions. They’re having a hard time coming to terms with the person they thought they knew and the person who did this tragic terrible act.”

A report from the Department of Children and Families says Nikolas Cruz’s adoptive mother said he suffers from Autism and ADD. The document also noted an investigation on him closed on Nov. 12, 2016.

The report said Cruz was on Snapchat cutting both of his arms. One counselor noted she was “concerned” about Cruz wanting to purchase a gun and “feeling depressed.”

A second counselor observed how his mother, who died in November, has always been an “attentive mom and followed through with care needs” while noting a counselor’s concern to ensure that a psychiatric assessment of the defendant was not premature.

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<![CDATA[Feb. 20 Olympics Photos: Shibutani Siblings Win Bronze]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:05:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-921059050.jpgFebruary 20 competition highlights from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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<![CDATA[We Won't Be Forgotten: Read Shooting Survivor's Open Letter]]>Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:45:03 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hospitalizados-pacientes-victiomas-tiroteo-parkland.jpg

Anna Crean, a freshman who survived Wednesday's shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, penned an emotional open letter about the tragedy that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida. Read it in full below.

Editor's Note: The following letter has not been altered or edited to preserve and ensure authenticity. 

Text version:

"hello. i’m anna crean and i’m in 9th grade. i was in the freshman building during the marjory stoneman douglas shooting. here are my thoughts...

i am sick and i am tired of the thoughts and prayers. people around the world are thinking and are praying for my city and my school but how is that going to change anything? you aren’t going to bring my friends back from the dead and you aren’t going to change what i saw on wednesday. after the cameras leave, and the senators go home and we go back to school we are going to be forgotten. marjory stoneman douglas is going to be forgotten.

my school is going to become another statistic and my friends are going to be added to a growing list of unmemorable names that have been shot and killed for no reason except that they went to school to get an education. this needs to end. i saw too much that day. what person in there right mind thinks that owning a gun THE SAME GUN that shot my friends, my classmates and my teachers should be acceptable. i saw the gun myself. it was on the third floor stair case that i ran down and it was HUGE!! for anyone who believes that owning guns like that is okay, i would like YOUR own children to walk down a hallway, crying with their hands up and seeing their friends dead around them. this shouldn’t be a damn debate at this point. how many of america’s OWN children need to die before this ends. but no. send us your thoughts and prayers for the next week and move on. because the news companies have gotten their pay checks and the government has said their condolences and the people will move on to the next news story. this is going to happen again. next time in new hampshire or in tennessee or in washington. and you can send your little pity thoughts and prayers to them too, for a week. and then it’ll happen again and again and again after that. i saw my own friend dead on the floor. i went to my 14 year old friends funeral and when i came home, the fbi came to question me. did i see the gunman? did he shoot anyone in my classroom? what did you hear? what did you smell? i’m 15! i bet a lot of your sons and daughters can’t say that can they? but no, by all means, stand up for your damn rights and go shoot another dear with your machine gun and let another person come into another school with the same gun and shoot your child. do any of you know how loud a gun is? because it’s pretty loud. it’s louder than the screams of my classmates as we run back into our classrooms just barely a missing bullet in our backs. it’s louder than my classmates crying in my classroom as he shoots through the window on my door it’s louder than the glass shattering and falling all along the tile that we walk on everyday to learn and laugh and to make memories. this needs to change. these students, my classmates, we have a voice. and dc? you’ve got something coming for you because for once, we aren’t going to be silenced and we arent going to be forgotten. we are here and we are loud and we will not stop until we get justice for schools that had to endure this tragedy in the passed and with those to come."

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<![CDATA['Get Smart America': Trump Says Russia's Laughing at US]]>Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:46:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/tru50AP_18024761678595.jpg

President Donald Trump continued his defensive commentary on Friday's indictments of Russians in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, saying Russia "succeeded beyond their wildest dreams" in dividing America and is now laughing at the U.S.

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Thirteen Russians and three Russian organizations were indicted Friday for allegedly interfering in the U.S. 2016 presidential elections with the intention of promoting Trump’s candidacy. Charges listed in the 37-page document include conspiracy, wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, and they are the most direct allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election that put Trump in the White House.

Trump also asserted that he "never said Russia did not meddle in the election" and harkened back to a comment he made at a 2016 debate that the meddling "could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?"

He insisted that the "Russian 'hoax'" he repeatedly refers to "was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia - it never did!"

The president has repeatedly expressed skepticism over the Russian election meddling. In November, he said he believed the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that there had been meddling but also said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin is sincere when he says Russia didn't interfere.

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In his rapid-fire series of tweets Sunday, Trump also thanked — and attacked — Rep. Adam Schiff, who said the Obama administration should have created a "more forceful deterrent" against adversaries wanting to launch cyber attacks on the U.S.

The House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat pointed to the Obama administration's muted response to the 2014 Sony hacking, telling NBC Friday that "others around the world watched that and determined that cyber is a cost-free intervention."

Schiff argued the Obama administration, therefore, shares some responsibility for what happened with Russia, adding, "We should have called them out much earlier."

Former President Barack Obama in late 2016 defended his administration's response to the Russian meddling, also saying he had confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin that September, telling him to "cut it out." And former Vice President Joe Biden recently said Obama didn't want to politicize the threat and that the full scope of the meddling wasn't known until after the 2016 election.

Trump analyzed Schiff's comments, tweeting Sunday, "Finally, Liddle’ Adam Schiff, the leakin’ monster of no control, is now blaming the Obama Administration for Russian meddling in the 2016 Election. He is finally right about something. Obama was President, knew of the threat, and did nothing. Thank you Adam!"

He added: "Now that Adam Schiff is starting to blame President Obama for Russian meddling in the election, he is probably doing so as yet another excuse that the Democrats, lead by their fearless leader, Crooked Hillary Clinton, lost the 2016 election. But wasn’t I a great candidate?"

Trump's response to the indictments has largely focused on himself and his election victory, which he has continued to argue was fairly achieved without the help of Russia. He has quoted political commentators — and a Facebook official — who he says also believe there is no evidence of collusion or swaying of the election.

The White House doubled down on the president's assertions, writing in all caps in a Friday statement that there was "NO COLLUSION."

Though the president and White House are correct in that collusion was not proven in the indictment Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the probe, had carefully chosen his words Friday when he said, "There is no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant in the alleged unlawful activity."

Aside from encouraging Americans to "come together" and "stop the outlandish partisan attacks," Trump has refrained from suggesting any kind of retribution for a foreign adversary infiltrating America's electoral processes. However, a top administration official took a more direct route.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said in Germany Saturday that the evidence of Moscow's meddling is "incontrovertible," adding that "the United States will expose and act against those who use cyberspace, social media and other means to advance campaigns of disinformation, subversion and espionage."

Trump clapped back Saturday at McMaster's forceful language, once again bringing the conversation back to his 2016 win and pointing the finger at his political opponents.

"General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems. Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company!" the president tweeted.

Turning to a different topic Sunday, but continuing to criticize his opponents, Trump railed against law enforcement over an Obama-era payment to Iran, tweeting that he has "never gotten over the fact that Obama was able to send $1.7 Billion Dollars in CASH to Iran and nobody in Congress, the FBI or Justice called for an investigation!"

The Obama administration transferred the money to Iran in 2016, using non-U.S. currency. The administration said it was the settlement of a decades-old arbitration claim between the countries. An initial payment was delivered the same day Tehran agreed to release four American prisoners.

The Obama administration eventually acknowledged the cash was used as leverage until the Americans were allowed to leave Iran. Congressional Republicans decried the payment as ransom, which the Obama administration denied.

By late Sunday night, Trump shifted his wide-ranging Twitter critique to Oprah Winfrey, who has played down suggestions she should run for president in 2020. Trump said her appearance as an interviewer on "60 Minutes" was "biased" and "slanted." ''Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!" Trump tweeted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Union Puts Up AR-15 for Auction at Fundraiser]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:56:19 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ar_auction_0218_1779628.JPG

A firefighters union in a Sacramento, California suburb was under fire Sunday after placing an assault rifle up for auction at a fundraising event Saturday night.

Some attendees walked out of the Cameron Park Firefighters Association crab feed when they saw an AR-15, similar to the one used in a mass shooting at a Florida high school just days ago, sitting on the auction table.

"These are our first responders responding to these types of events, these shootings, and they should be concerned with putting one of those types of weapons out in our community," attendee Allison Merrill said. "And instead, it was being given out as a prize."

Another woman who walked out in protest, Nancy Lugo, said the timing of it couldn't have been worse.

The Cameron Park Fire Department is under contract with Cal Fire.

"This was a fundraising effort that has taken place since 2002," Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean said. "I understand the concerns, by all means. No harm was intended."

The union refunded the woman's money for the crab feed.

"The money wasn't really an issue," Merrill said. "I just wanted him to know we were leaving in protest, that it was totally tone deaf of them to have that, especially given the timing."

Firefighters said the auction was planned before the rampage in Florida, and the winning bidder will still have to pass a background check before taking ownership of the weapon.

Cameron Park is located about 32 miles east of Sacramento in El Dorado County.

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