<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.pngNBC Chicagohttp://www.nbcchicago.comen-usFri, 23 Jun 2017 05:33:28 -0500Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:33:28 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Disabled Health Care Protesters Dragged From Senate Hallway]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:07:07 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mcconnellprotesters.jpg

Capitol Police removed protesters, many of whom are disabled and use wheelchairs, from outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office after text of the GOP Senate health care bill was released Thursday. 

Police made a total of 43 arrests at the demonstrations, the Capitol Police said. They were charged with crowding, obstructing, or incommoding, authorities said.

The Protesters were organized by a group called ADAPT, which identifies itself as a nonprofit for people with disabilities.

Video of the protest showed the protesters being carried away by police officers as they chanted "no cuts to Medicaid." Empty wheelchairs remained in the hall after the arrests, the video shows. 

Just prior to the protest, Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law. 

The Senate bill would, beginning in 2020, phase out over four years extra money that Obamacare offered to the 32 states that expanded Medicaid coverage for low-income people, The Associated Press reported. It would also limit, beginning in 2020, the federal funds that states get each year for Medicaid. That money now covers all eligible recipients and procedures.   

President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget proposal for 2018 also includes $600 billion in decreases to Medicaid, apparently on top of health care bill cuts. Medicaid provides health care not only to the poor, but also to elderly and disabled Americans, who account for 60 percent of the cost.



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<![CDATA[Country Fair Keeps Pig Wrestling Despite Protests]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:45:07 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_pigwrestling0622_1500x845.jpg

Pig wrestling will remain an event for Indiana's Harrison County Fair, despite protests from animal rights activists. Protestors say pig wrestling is torture or torment of an animal, an illegal act under Harrison County Animal Control ordinances. 

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<![CDATA[Podesta to Answer Congressional Questions in Russia Probe]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:33:56 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-621866370.jpg

John Podesta will answer questions next week in a closed session from the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating the Russian meddling in last year's election, NBC News reported.

Podesta was Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign manager. The committee will likely focus on the emails from his Gmail account published by WikiLeaks during the closing months of the campaign. 

That time period is a key part of the hacking attack that U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded was carried out by Russians.



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<![CDATA[Home Health Care Aide, on His to Join ISIS, Arrested at NY Airport: Feds]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:10:05 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jfk8.jpg

A Bronx home health aide was arrested at Kennedy Airport Wednesday night as he prepared to board a flight to Turkey in an apparent attempt to join ISIS, federal prosecutors say.

Saddam "Adam" Mohamed Raishani, 30, was allegedly planning to leave his family and life in New York City to support the deadly terrorist organization in Syria, Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim alleges. He was planning to get into the country through Turkey. 

Raishani has been charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and was set to face a judge in federal court later Thursday. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney. 

The FBI and NYPD began investigating Raishani in January when he contacted a confidential source working with law enforcement to tell him he wanted to join ISIS, authorities said. He told the source he'd already helped another person get from New York to the Middle East to join ISIS and regretted not having gone with him.

Raishani told the source he wanted to wage jihad and that he believed that the Quran could be read to justify the violence, including beheadings, used by ISIS.

That source introduced Raishani to an undercover officer who pretended he also wanted to travel abroad to fight for ISIS.

Whenever the three of them met, Raishani would talk about being in touch with other ISIS supporters and show videos that appeared to depict ISIS terrorists killing civilians in Yemen, prosecutors alleged. 

Also during those meetings, Raishani advised the other two to avoid detection by law enforcement by covering their computer's cameras and turning off the microphones when watching pro-ISIS videos online, according to prosecutors. He told them he even put on gloves while watching such videos. 

He also said if the two went abroad, he could pose as a nurse and the undercover officer could pose as a refugee aid worker in order to cross international borders without being stopped and questioned by authorities, the criminal complaint stated. 

By April, Raishani was actively planning to travel abroad to join ISIS, and he contacted a second undercover officer, an FBI employee, to figure out how to travel overseas to join ISIS before the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that runs from about May 26 through June 24 this year.

He told the undercover FBI officer he'd contact the officer about travel arrangements and said he didn't care if he was arrested, "because Allah would know that he tried," according to prosecutors.

Then in June, Raishani told the initial confidential source he was getting ready to leave, including paying off his remaining debts; the two men bought clothing they intended to wear for their training in ISIS, the criminal complaint alleges. Raishani then told the undercover FBI officer he was planning to meet an ISIS member in Turkey in the next few days, who would then help him join ISIS in Syria.

Raishani bought a plane ticket for a flight scheduled to leave JFK Airport on June 21 for Istanbul, via Lisbon, Portugal, according to federal authorities. He was arrested by the FBI after he tried to board that flight to Lisbon.

Raishani faces up to 20 years in prison if he's convicted. 



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<![CDATA[Trump’s Approval Remains Low But Steady]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:38:12 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trumponsaudiarabiafeuerherd.jpg

Between the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump has managed to maintain a historically low but stable approval rating, according to a new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.

NBC News reports that 55 percent of those surveyed disapproved of the president, while 40 percent approved. While the approval rating is low for a new president, the numbers have remained steady since polls from May and April.

Support from Republicans has kept the president afloat, with 82 percent of the party approving of the president. Of those Republicans, 80 percent believe that Trump’s failings can be attributed to "the establishment in D.C." that opposes the president.



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<![CDATA[Glider Pilot Aims for the Edge of Space]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:29:35 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+AIRGLIDER+THUMB.jpg

A research company is hoping to break several aviation world records and be the first to have an air glider reach the edge of space without a jet engine or rockets. Known as the 'Perlan Project 2,' the air glider will try to reach an altitude of 90,000 feet, which would put it 17 miles above the Earth. The aircraft will be towed up to 10,000 feet and will then try to catch a "mountain wave" off the Andes mountains in Argentina that will give it a burst skyward. Researchers hope to use data collected during the flight to study the Earth's atmosphere and ozone layer. 

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<![CDATA[Intel Director Says Trump Seemed Obsessed With Russia Probe]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:30:54 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17143501331059.jpg

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats told House investigators Thursday that President Donald Trump seemed obsessed with the Russia probe and repeatedly asked him to publicly assert there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. 

Coats’ account is not an entirely new revelation, as NBC News and other outlets have previously reported similar accounts of this interaction. This is according to a U.S. official familiar with the conversation who spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump’s requests of both Coats and National Security Adviser Mike Rogers as part of an investigation into whether the president obstructed justice.



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<![CDATA[Former Government Employee Accused of Espionage]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:13:43 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kevin+Mallory+Courtroom+Sketch+062217.jpg

A former government contractor sold top secret and secret documents to China, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.

Kevin Mallory, 60, of Leesburg, Virginia, sold the documents to Chinese intelligence officials for $25,000, according to the indictment. He used a special device to communicate and transmit documents to Chinese operatives. "Your object is to gain information, and my object is to be paid for," he wrote in one message.

Investigators found a handwritten index of eight documents on the device, four of which also were stored on the device, according to the Department of Justice. Three of those four contained classified information.

Mallory, who speaks fluent Mandarin, had top secret clearance when he worked for various government agencies and defense contractors. When he left in October 2012, he allegedly took documents with secret and top secret classifications on an electronic device, according to the indictment.

He traveled to Shanghai in March and April, according to the indictment. Upon his return in April, he failed to report he was carrying more than $10,000, and customs officials found $16,000 in his carry-on bags.

Federal agents swarmed Mallory's neighborhood Thursday morning with K-9 teams and the regional bomb squad command center. Agents' cars lined Mallory's street.

He lived there with his wife and three children, neighbors told News4.

Mallory faces charges that could send him to prison for and possibly carry the death penalty if certain allegations are proven.

Mallory is in jail Thursday night. A detention hearing is scheduled for Friday.



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<![CDATA[Prosecutors: 'Dirty Old Santa' Arranged Sex Tryst With Child]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:32:18 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Dirty+Old+Santa+2.jpg

A Philadelphia man has been arrested after posing as “dirty old Santa” to try and lure a teenager for sex.

William McKinlay faces multiple felony charges after he attempted to lure what he thought was a 14-year-old girl – who turned out to be an undercover police officer – for sex.

Officer Tim Kearney of the Ridley Township Police Department spearheaded the operation, posing as a 14-year-old named “Stephanie” in response to an ad posted online.

Police say that McKinlay, who lives in Philadelphia, started having sexual conversations with the undercover officer, sending graphic texts, pictures and referring to himself as “dirty old Santa.”

McKinlay set up a time to meet “Stephanie” at an ice cream store in Ridley Township Wednesday. McKinlay said he wanted to teach her about sex and instructed her exactly what to wear for the meeting. Instead, McKinlay was greeted by members of the Ridley Township Police Department and taken into custody without any incident.

As part of the investigation, it was found that McKinlay was a seasonal employee at the Macy’s in Philadelphia, but his exact position has not been confirmed.

McKinlay faces charges of criminal use of a communications facility and attempted statutory sexual assault and solicitation, and remained in custody after failing to post bond. His preliminary hearing has been set for July 10.

It was not immediately clear if McKinlay had an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Deadly Elephant Tranquilizer Adds New Twist to Opioid Crisis]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:35:15 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/carfentanil-ct-state-police.jpg

The opioid crisis appears to be accelerating with the addition of a noxious alternative to heroin and fentanyl: carfentanil.

Most commonly sold as a powder, it is about 10,000 times stronger than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. It is used commercially to sedate elephants and other large animals, and mixed with heroin by drug dealers looking to boost their product.

Despite its lethal nature, carfentanil is quickly gaining popularity throughout the country. Local officials suspect the deadly drug was behind a fatal overdose in West Philadelphia earlier this month, the Philadelphia Department of Health tells NBC10. It is also believed to have claimed the lives of a 36-year-old Spirit Airlines pilot and his 34-year-old wife in Ohio.

Last year, also in Ohio, a law enforcement officer overdosed on carfentanil during a drug bust. He did not knowingly ingest the substance, but merely came into contact with it while recovering narcotics from a car. It took three doses of Narcan, an overdose antidote, to revive him.

Because the drug is so dangerous, the Philadelphia Police Department has been advised to take extra precautions when responding to an overdose, police spokesman Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said. Officers are asked to wear gloves and masks, and have a minimum of two people present during field tests in case one goes into distress.

“None of us are Supermen or Superwomen,” Kinebrew said. “The same thing can happen to us.”

The public is also advised to take extra precaution if a loved one overdoses. Kinebrew suggests calling 911 immediately, describing the scene in detail and maintaining a safe distance.

“Imagine you stumble into a loved one’s bedroom ... and you breathe something in,” he said.

Symptoms of exposure to carfentanil include respiratory distress, drowsiness, disorientation, sedation, pinpoint pupils and clammy skin, according to the DEA. These telltale signs usually appear within minutes, but Kinebrew said he knows of instances where an overdose happened hours after taking the drug.

Carfentanil is so powerful that zoo veterinarians typically wear a face shield, gloves and other protective gear — "just a little bit short of a hazmat suit" — when preparing the medicine to sedate animals because even one drop splattered into a person's eye or nose could be fatal, said Dr. Rob Hilsenroth, executive director of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

A loaded syringe of a reversal drug is kept on hand just in case, and the extremely limited carfentanil supply regulators allow for such facilities is kept locked away and subject to auditing, Hilsenroth said.

Carfentanil is also being mixed with other drugs to create a deadly substance called Gray Death. The mixture includes heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and a synthetic opioid known as Pink or U4. It has been linked to deaths in the Gulf Coast and Ohio and Georgia.

The Drug Enforcement Admninistration in Philadelphia says while the drug is dangerous and has been seen in Philadelphia, it has not infultrated the region in the same ways as Ohio and other parts of the country.



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<![CDATA[Trump Versus the World: An Overview]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 06:03:08 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-654571120.jpg

Since taking office in January, President Donald Trump's administration has been associated with one foreign country in particular, Russia. U.S. intelligence officials say President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, to denigrate Hillary Clinton and then to help Trump's chances. Trump denies any wrongdoing, while the FBI and Congress investigate his administration's contacts with Russia.

Meanwhile Trump has flirted with upending U.S. foreign policy, threatening to declare China a currency manipulator and to pull out of NAFTA, for example, questioning the one-China policy under which the United States recognizes China and not Taiwan and backing off a U.S. commitment to the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. In the end, though, Trump has often reverted to traditional policies. His supporters say he is scrutinizing foreign agreements with the goal of benefitting Americans, but critics say the uncertainty is unsettling to allies and unproductive.

Here are some of the more significant interactions between the Trump administration and world leaders over international issues.



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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 15:02:14 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.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 the president-elect's personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[Video: Aid Worker Braves ISIS Gunfire to Rescue Little Girl]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:39:39 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/armus-mosul-rescue.jpg

A little girl amid a pile of bodies was rescued by an American aid worker sprinting out from behind a tank in the besieged city of Mosul despite the threat of ISIS sniper fire this month. The moment, captured on video, shows the devastation of Iraq's struggle to end the ISIS insurgency.

The video shows veteran Dave Eubank rush through a cloud of smoke toward the corpses as two other men from his group provide covering fire from behind a tank. Seconds later, he reemerges with the girl scooped in his right arm and passes her off to another volunteer from his group, a Syrian refugee who speaks to the girl in Arabic.

"I just prayed to God and told her I'd knew we'd save her," Eubank said. "I told her in English, as we're running through the gunfire, 'If no one will have you, if there's nowhere out there for you, don't worry. I'll adopt you.'"

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The footage captures the harrowing reality that civilians face amid the battle for Mosul, and it's been shared widely online. One tweet showing the incident has more than 16,000 retweets, and he's earned praise from Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., among others.

Street-by-street fighting has left much of Mosul in northern Iraq crumbling, and ISIS has increasingly been killing civilians as it struggles to maintain control, according to Eubank and the United Nations, whose human rights division found credible reports that it slaughtered at least 204 people over three days — including at the gutted Pepsi factory where Eubank's rescue took place.

On Tuesday in the city, ISIS destroyed the iconic mosque where it announced its caliphate in 2014 as Iraqi forces approached, according to the Iraqi government.

Eubank, who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and is from Southern California, told NBC that his rescue was part of a coordinated effort on June 2 to save the few people who survived a mass attack.

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A crowd of 30 to 40 civilians had been gunned down outside the former Pepsi factory while trying to flee their neighborhood in the northwest part of the city.

"We see ISIS shooting people daily, but not in those numbers," he said. "They're just sweeping the highway with fire, killing anyone trying to flee, and there were a couple of living people among the dead."

Eubank and his aid organization, the Free Burma Rangers, had been called in by Iraqi forces the day before to provide medical aid to wounded civilians. After hearing from victims that there were still survivors, the group hatched a plan with the U.S. military to rescue them, including the young girl.

The video begins just after U.S. forces had dropped smoke canisters in order to conceal Eubank — who is wearing only a helmet and bulletproof vest — and a team of American and Iraqi soldiers conducting the rescue, he said.

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Other videos from the rescue that he provided to NBC show Eubank and his team rescuing a young man from the same pile of bodies moments later, then carrying the pair to safety.

Eubank said he founded the Free Burma Rangers, which is currently embedded in the Iraqi army's 9th division, after leaving his army post in order to "serve God in a different way" and "help people, with the freedom to do it."

Besides medics and aid workers, every team includes a videographer to capture and spread news about the atrocities of the war zones where they work.

"We video everything: refugees getting fed, people having fun, people getting shot," Eubank said. "I've been doing this for 20 years, and many of the people I meet say, 'Please tell the Americans about us, please tell the Americans we need help.'"

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He added, "We want people to know the Iraqis are wonderful people and worthy of being helped."

The little girl he rescued was taken to the hospital "terrified, devastated and dehydrated," Eubank said, and is now in the care of an Iraqi general. Though calls have been put out on social media in search of any surviving relatives, the general is filing adoption papers in the increasingly likely case that no one is found.



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<![CDATA[Cosby Panel Was Concerned About 'Politics' of Case: Juror ]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:30:52 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jury_Continues_to_Deliberate_in_Bill_Cosby_Trial.jpg

A juror in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial said Thursday that some jurors were concerned that prosecutors waited 10 years to charge him, expressing suspicion that politics had played a role in the case.

The juror told The Associated Press that the panel was almost evenly split in its deliberations, with a similar number of jurors wanting to convict the 79-year-old entertainer as acquit him on charges he drugged and molested a woman at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004.

He was the second juror to speak out after the jury deadlocked in the case. A mistrial was declared Saturday after 52 hours of deliberations. Prosecutors plan to put Cosby on trial again.

The juror who spoke to the AP questioned the long delay in bringing charges against the TV star, suggesting that "no new evidence from '05 to now has showed up, no stained clothing, no smoking gun, nothing."

In reality, prosecutors reopened the investigation in 2015 after the public release of a deposition that Cosby gave in 2005 and 2006 as part of accuser Andrea Constand's lawsuit against him — testimony that hadn't yet been offered when another district attorney passed on the case in early 2005. Prosecutors used Cosby's deposition as evidence at the criminal trial.

The juror spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the sensitive deliberations.

Constand told jurors Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay paralyzed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop. Cosby has said his encounter with Constand was consensual.

Constand, now 44, initially went to police about a year after she said Cosby assaulted her, but a prosecutor declared her case too weak to bring charges.

A decade later, another district attorney revived the probe after excerpts from Cosby's lurid deposition about drugs and sex became public, and dozens of women came forward also alleging him of sexual assault. Cosby was charged shortly before the statute of limitations was set to expire.

The juror who spoke to the AP said other jurors expressed the view in the deliberating room that "politics was involved."

"I think they created this whole thing, a case that was settled in '05, and we had to bring it up again in '17 with no new evidence," the juror said.

The juror declined to reveal whether he wanted to convict or acquit Cosby but left little doubt about how he felt.

He said he was suspicious of Constand's story, questioning why she waited to tell authorities about the alleged assault and suggesting the clothing she wore to Cosby's house had influenced his view of their encounter.

"When you ask for help on your resume, on your resignation letter, which she did, and he, Mr. Cosby, invites her to his home and she arrives in a bare midriff with incense and bath salts, that's a question," said the juror, appearing to lump several meetings between Cosby and Constand into one.

Cosby, he said, seemed more truthful in his deposition, in which he acknowledged giving pills to Constand before their sexual encounter. The comedian also described how, in the 1970s, he obtained prescriptions for the powerful sedative quaaludes for the purpose of offering them to women he wanted to have sex with.

"He openly admitted that what he gave 'em, he gave 'em pills. He almost incriminated himself. It was very, very honest from his side. You could believe from his testimony what he did, but not from her," the juror said.

The juror characterized the deliberations as tense.

"Crying by men and by women and more than one. And the tears came towards the end, it was so tense," he said.

The same juror, in an interview with NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh, described it as a "true deadlock" case with votes split 7-5 or 5-7 as jurors deliberated.

Another juror told ABC News on Wednesday that jurors had voted 10-2 to convict Cosby on two of three counts. The juror who spoke to the AP confirmed that vote but said three people then changed their minds. He said the panel was typically more "evenly split" and "up the middle."

"It was hopeless," he said of the prospect of a unanimous verdict.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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<![CDATA[Big Banks Survive Stress Tests]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:16:26 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-82842797.jpg

U.S. banks passed the first round of stress tests issued by the Federal Reserve to determine whether the banks could survive potential recessions, according to CNBC.

The results released Thursday showed that all 34 of the largest banks in the U.S. could keep lending to households and businesses in the event of two severe economic scenarios.

The tests are part of the Dodd-Frank reforms put in place after the recession to protect against another crisis. The measures signal economic health but are only the first in a two-step process.  



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<![CDATA[Deputies Open Fire on Dog, Stray Round Fatally Strikes Teen]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:41:09 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/06-22-2017-LASD-shooting-palmdale.jpg

Deputies opened fire on a charging pit bull early Thursday at a Palmdale home, but a round apparently skipped off the ground before fatally striking a 17-year-boy who had tried to restrain the dog, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies initially responded to the residence after receiving a complaint about a party. The dog charged at deputies outside the apartment complex in the 38000 block of 10th Street East in the high desert community north of Los Angeles, authorities said. 

After the 65-pound dog bit a deputy on the knee, the boy took him behind the carport area. As the deputy was waiting for medical treatment, the dog returned and charged at deputies, two of whom opened fire, the sheriff's department said.

The dog retreated to the rear of the complex, where deputies found the boy suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. An initial investigation indicated the bullet was likely a "skip round."

The dog was about 5 to 8 feet from deputies when they fired, according to the sheriff's department.

"This is an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident," said LASD Lt. Christopher Bergner. "The bullet hit the apron of the driveway, traveled about 30 to 40 feet back, and potentially hit this individual who was coming around the corner."

The boy died at a hospital, according to the sheriff's department. He was identified by relatives as Armando Garcia.

Community action groups and family members gathered for a memorial Thursday night, still comprehending his death and seeking answers about the shooting.

"Mando is a good kid," said his mother, Roberta Alcantar. "He did not deserve to die the way he died. I'm going to get to the bottom of it and it's going to get handled."

The dog was transported to animal control. Relatives of Garcia said he did not own the dog, but was trying to remove him from the scene. The dog will likely be euthanized, according to the sheriff's department. 

One deputy was hospitalized with a bite wound to the left knee and a stray bullet wound to his right knee. He was expected to recover.

Deputies have responded to the location at least four times for loud music and gang activity in the past two months, the department said.

NBC4's Lolita Lopez and Ted Chen contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Top News: Guatemala City's 'Day of the Disappeared' Ceremony]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:14:37 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17173007462283.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Capitol Police Agent Injured in Shooting Throws First Pitch]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:27:43 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2017-06-22+at+8.15.35+AM.png

Crystal Griner, the Capitol Police agent who was wounded during the shooting at a Congressional Republicans softball practice earlier this month, threw out the first pitch at a Congressional Women's Softball benefit game.

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<![CDATA[Senate GOP's Health Care Plan Would Bring 'Pain': Obama]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:10:49 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-672311826.jpg

Former President Barack Obama on Thursday posted a long statement on Facebook condemning the Senate Republicans' health care overhaul plan and urging Americans to work to prevent its passage.

"I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did," he wrote.

"We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course."

The Republican proposal would dismantle much of Obama's health care law, cut Medicaid and erase tax boosts that helped Obama finance his expansion of coverage.


The bill would provide less-generous tax credits to help people buy insurance and let states get waivers to ignore some coverage standards that "Obamacare" requires of insurers. And it would end the tax penalties under Obama's law on people who don't buy insurance — the so-called individual mandate — and on larger companies that don't offer coverage to their employees.

In his post, Obama spells out some of the parts of the plan he opposes, and writes that "to put the American people through that pain – while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return – that’s tough to fathom. But it’s what’s at stake right now. So it remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need."

"The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else,” he wrote.

He said Americans can make a difference, "If you’re willing to call your members of Congress. If you are willing to visit their offices. If you are willing to speak out, let them and the country know, in very real terms, what this means for you and your family. After all, this debate has always been about something bigger than politics. It’s about the character of our country – who we are, and who we aspire to be. And that’s always worth fighting for."




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<![CDATA[Road Rage: Motorcyclist Kicks Sedan, Sparks Chain-Reaction Crash]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:51:19 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-06-22-at-9.05.02-PM.jpg

A caught-on-camera road rage incident between a motorcyclist and a driver on a Southern California freeway led to a chain-reaction crash, sending an innocent person to the hospital Wednesday, authorities said.

The crash occurred before 6 a.m. on the southbound 14 Freeway near Newhall in Santa Clarita. The passenger who shot the video said he started recording when a gray sedan inadvertently cut off a passing motorcyclist.

"Words went back and forth," he told NBC4.

The motorcyclist zooms up to the driver's side of the sedan and kicks the side of the vehicle. The sedan veered left, pinching the biker to the center divider before it swerved and crashed into the wall, hitting and flipping a Chevy pickup truck over on its roof. The motorcyclist zooms past the collision.

The man in the truck was sent to the hospital and is expected to recover, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officials were looking for the biker and said they were investigating the crash as a road rage incident and a possible hit-and run.

"Obviously it was a road rage incident. He was kicking the vehicle. We have to get a statement, see what's going on," said CHP officer Josh Greengard.

The person who recorded the video immediately turned in the footage to the CHP.

"The old man who had nothing to do with it was the one that got hurt," he said. "Hopefully by doing this, it can help him out."

The southbound lanes of the 14 Freeway were reopened by 6:33 a.m.



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<![CDATA[Video Shows Attempted Robbery by 'Shushing Bandit']]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:18:54 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Shushing+Robbery.jpg

Police say a masked man who attempted to rob a South Philadelphia grocery store last month shushed the frightened owner when he became unnerved by her screams.

Newly released surveillance video shows the unidentified man police are calling the "shushing bandit" entering the Chuen Hing grocery store around 12:15 p.m. on May 20.   

The man, wearing a black-hooded shirt and Halloween mask, pulls out a handgun from under his shirt as he approaches the register and begins to demand money from the woman behind the register.

Police say when owner Hing Pun began to scream, the man put his finger up to his lips and shushed the woman. Video shows the robber pulling out a gun on Pun's husband when he tried to intervene.

When others in the store also began screaming, the suspect tried to shush them as well. After trying to unsuccessfully quiet them, the suspect ran away empty handed. 

The suspect is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing an aqua-colored backpack that police hope someone would recognize.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the South Philadelphia Detective Division at 215-686-3013.




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<![CDATA[Senate Releases Health Care Bill]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:09:54 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+SENATE+HEALTHCARE+BILL+THUMB.jpg

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell released the GOP's health care overhaul on Thursday. The 142-page proposal includes massive cuts to Medicaid, cuts in taxes for the wealthy and defunding of Planned Parenthood for at least one year. The Congressional Budget Office has not had a chance to score the Senate's bill yet. Under the House bill, the CBO found found that 23 million Americans would lose their   coverage by 2026.

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<![CDATA[Pelosi Strikes Back: ‘I Think I’m Worth the Trouble’]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:41:26 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pelosi14.jpg

Longtime House leader Nancy Pelosi pushed back Thursday after a handful of Democratic party members called for her to step aside from her position following the party's loss in a Georgia special election, NBC News reported.

"I feel very confident about the support that I have in my caucus,” Pelosi said during a press conference. 

Republican Karen Handel, who defeated Jon Ossoff, ran an ad in Spanish attacking Pelosi, while an outside group aired another featuring San Franciscans thanking Ossoff for his campaign.

Critics say change is needed but Pelosi insisted she’s already done that by bringing younger members into leadership.



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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 15:02:55 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dgaf-2.jpgTake a look at significant events from President Donald Trump's time in office, including the signing of the travel ban, Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court, the launch of 59 missiles at Syria's government-held Shayrat Airfiled and more.

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<![CDATA[Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose House Health Plan: Poll]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:07:27 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-688363060-ryan.jpg

Americans disapprove of the House plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by a 3-to-1 margin, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that comes as the Senate reveals its plan to replace Obamacare. 

NBC News reports that 16 percent of adults believe that the American Health Care Act, supported by President Donald Trump and passed by House Republicans last month, is a good idea. Forty-eight percent say the plan is a bad idea. The poll surveyed 900 adults between June 17-20.

Obamacare continues to be viewed in a more positive light, with 41 percent supporting the 2010 Affordable Care Act, versus 38 percent who say it’s a bad idea.



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