<![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-usWed, 23 Aug 2017 22:19:58 -0500Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:19:58 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Hurricane Andrew: A Look Back 25 Years Later]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:28:50 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/HurricaneAndrew1.jpgRemembering the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Andrew 25 years later.

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<![CDATA[US State Dept. Expands Travel Warning for Mexico]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:07:46 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/AP_17018082066642-news.jpg

The U.S. Department of State issued an updated travel advisory for citizens traveling to Mexico, expanding a Dec. 8 warning to include the state of Quintana Roo, home to several resorts popular with American tourists. 

The advisory issued Tuesday hits at the heart of Mexico's tourism industry. Quintana Roo, which includes resort towns of Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum, has seen a rise in homicide rates, according to the State Department.

"While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred," the advisory warned.

In a state-by-state assessment, the department reiterated the dangers of traveling in the northern state of Baja California, which includes Cabo San Lucas, Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada, Tecate and Mexicali, and advised citizens to exercise caution.

"Criminal activity and violence, including homicide, remain an issue throughout the state," according to the State Department. Homicides rates this year have increased compared to the same period in 2016, according to the Secretary of Public Security for the State of Baja Calif.

The State Department noted there is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted U.S. citizens based on their nationality. However, shooting incidents involving criminal organization assassinations and turf battles between criminal groups, have occurred during daylight hours in areas frequented by U.S. citizens. 

Innocent bystanders have been injured in the ongoing public acts of violence between rival criminal organizations, officials said. 

Mexico City, Hidalgo, Guanajuato (includes San Miguel de Allende and Leon), Campeche, Puebla, Queretaro, Tabasco (includes Villahermosa), Tlaxcala and Yucatan (includes Merida and Chichen Itza) do not have advisories in effect.

U.S. citizens can contact the nearest U.S. embassy or Consulate in Mexico at +52-55-5080- 2000 x4440, (5080-2000 for calls in Mexico City, 01-55-5080-2000 for long distance calls in Mexico) Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT. In case of an emergency, the after-hours number for U.S. citizens is +52-55-5080-2000.

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<![CDATA[White Nationalist Accused of UVa. Attack Turns Self in]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:15:39 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/christopher-cantwell-charlottesville.jpg

Christopher Cantwell, the white nationalist wanted on three felony charges for allegedly committing violent acts during protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month, has turned himself in to the Lynchburg, Virginia, police.

A statement from the University of Virginia Police Department said the university was notified late Wednesday afternoon that Cantwell had surrendered to authorities. Cantwell, of Keene, New Hampshire, was being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg pending transport to Charlottesville.

This is a developing story. Please check back for details.

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<![CDATA[New Report on Hate Crimes Released]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:14:20 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT_HATE_CRIMES_082317_1-150354083564500001.jpg

The Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism has released a report detailing hate crimes across the country for 2016. Here are some key takeaways.

<![CDATA[Exxon Mobil Misled Public on Climate Change: Study ]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:05:55 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-81556983.jpg

Exxon Mobil misled the public about climate change for years even as its research echoed the growing scientific consensus that global warming is real and caused by human activity, a new study finds.

The conclusion is based on a study by two Harvard University researchers, who used social science methods to compare what Exxon Mobil said in nearly 200 scientific publications and internal communications on climate change with what they presented in three dozen advertisements over 15 years, CNBC reported.

The researchers' takeaway is that the more publicly available advertisements sowed doubt that climate change is real and caused by humans, while the scientific studies and private exchanges more openly acknowledged that scientific fact.

"We conclude that Exxon Mobil contributed to advancing climate science — by way of its scientists' academic publications — but promoted doubt about it in advertorials. Given this discrepancy, we conclude that Exxon Mobil misled the public," the researchers wrote.

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<![CDATA[Trump Science Envoy Steps Down With Acrostic 'Impeach' Letter]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:19:29 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kamman.jpg

University of California, Berkeley professor Dan Kammen officially resigned from the state department's science envoy Wednesday morning, lambasting the president for "enabling racism," "sexism" and "harm[ing] the country and the planet." 

He announced the news via Twitter and attached a picture of his acrostic resignation letter addressed to Donald Trump. The first letter of each paragraph spells out the word "impeach," as many Twitter users were quick to point out. 

"My decision to resign is in your response to attacks on core values of the United States," the letter reads. "Your failure to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis has domestic and international ramifications." 

He also criticized Trump for his denial of climate change and for pulling out of the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, both positions that Kammen said were "not acceptable." He closed the letter by writing that continuing to serve under the Trump administration would be "inconsistent with the United States Oath of Allegiance."

Science envoys with the state department often work to establish energy programs in various countries. According to his website, Kammen's work focused on the development of renewable energy in North Africa and the Middle East. It is unclear if, or when, the Trump administration will replace Kammen. 

In an email to NBC Bay Area, Kammen said that he feared the administration was "not living up to our global obligations and the opportunities that come with that leadership," and that the president's response to Charlottesville and denial of climate science were the "key drivers" in his resignation.

Trump has weathered extreme criticism following his remarks regarding the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which one peaceful protester was allegedly killed by a Trump supporter attending a white nationalist rally. 

In his initial response, Trump was reticent to issue a blanket condemnation of all white hate groups, instead saying that there were "very fine people" on both sides and that "many sides" were responsible for the chaos and violence. He had similar hesitations during the election when he was slow to disavow former KKK leader David Duke. 

Following Trump's statements about Charlottesville, there was a mass exodus of business leaders and artists from the administration's advisory councils; Kammen, who is a professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, is the latest.

The professor had worked for branches of the federal government — including the Environmental Protection Agency, and energy and state departments — since 1996. In 2010, he was awarded the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas fellowship by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a C.V. posted on UC Berkeley's website. 

NBC Bay Area has reached out to the U.S. State Department for comment.

Check back for updates. 

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<![CDATA[Dad Warns Parents About App After Disturbing Encounter]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:02:56 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dad+fb+post.jpg

Warning: Details in this story may be disturbing for some users

A suburban Chicago dad has issued a now-viral warning to parents after he made a disturbing discovery on a popular app being used by his 7-year-old daughter.

Brad Summer, of Batavia, said he and his wife allowed their daughter to use the app Musical.ly on their phones while under supervision by an adult.

“She used this app to connect with her cousins and make goofy duets of songs together,” he wrote on Facebook.

But what he said was a fun, family-friendly game, quickly made him “furious.”

Summer said someone pretending to be 9 years old had messaged his daughter via the app and his daughter alerted him to the disturbing exchange.

“First I want to say how proud of our daughter I am and want this to be a warning to your families,” he wrote.

In screenshots posted by Summer, the messages show someone identified only as “Jessy” asking the young girl how old she is. The person then asks the girl to send a photo of herself.

When the girl sends a selfie, the person says “looking nice” and “send me your pics without t-shirt.”

“I like to see your body without t-shirt,” one message read.

The girl tells the person she can’t, but they continue to press for photos, saying “don’t tell to anyone” and “it’s secret between us only.”

Then, the young girl’s father chimes in.

“I am her father and I am a police officer,” the message reads. “We have documented your ip address and location. I recommend that you refrain from any other contact.”

Summer said he called police and handed the phone over so they could pull information in hopes of tracking the person down.

He said he knows some might criticize his parenting but said “we never thought like predators and I guess we were naïve in thinking our daughter safe on what we thought to be a kid friendly app.”

“We live and learn and I continue to do so everyday as a parent,” he wrote. “This post is meant as a warning call to others that let their children use this app. This post wasn't meant for people telling me how to raise my child. My child came and told me and it didn't get any further luckily. She followed what I taught her. I'm sure that others families aren't so lucky. The world we live in needs focus on these types of things, say what you will.”

Summer’s post has been shared more than 80,000 times and liked more than 18,000 times.

Musical.ly did not respond to NBC Chicago’s request for comment, but the app’s rules prohibit anyone under the age of 13 from using it.

The app’s website also provides resources for parents on internet safety and cyberbullying and details how to change message settings so only approved followers can message an account.

“If you’d like to make sure that only approved followers can send messages via direct.ly, we recommend enabling the ‘only friends can direct.ly me’ on the settings page,” the website reads. “With these private settings enabled, only approved followers can view your teen’s videos and send them messages.”

Summer said since his posting, he’s received support from parents across the world.

“This story has spread through almost every continent and the replies have been overwhelmingly touching,” he wrote. “From those who comment, to those of you who send me a PM, I read each and every one. I have been given advice, other sites to look out for and most appreciated, the encouragement to keep fighting.”

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<![CDATA[Inmates Take Down Guards With a Pencil, Go on the Run]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:19:52 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_okescape0823_1500x845.jpg

Officials in Major County, Oklahoma, are searching for two inmates on the run from Fairview after they escaped from a private van transporting them early Tuesday. Officials say the two inmates were able to take down their guards with just a pencil. 

<![CDATA[Fla. Man Engages in Sexual Activity While Stealing a Trailer: Officials]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:09:44 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/161*120/082317+man+steals+trailer.jpg

A man was getting busy in more ways than one when he stole a trailer from a pool company in Cooper City worth at least $1,200, authorities say.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s office, the suspect was caught on camera backing a truck into a parking lot at Twin Lakes Pool and BBQ, located at the 9900 block of Griffin Road.

The incident happened July 27 around 9:15 p.m.

Officials said when the suspect arrived on the scene, he dove into some sexual activity with a companion.

About five minutes later, he left his partner, freed the trailer from the fence to which it was chained, hitched the trailer to his pickup truck and drove off.

BSO officials said the crook wore a baseball cap and a long sleeve shirt. He was driving a silver two-door pickup truck with a retractable bed cover.

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can remain anonymous.

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<![CDATA[Who's Who in the Trump-Russia Investigation]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:29:15 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/russiathumb2.jpg

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<![CDATA[Meet 'Pepper' the Robot Priest]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:35:45 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_ROBOT_PREIST_082317_1-150352176110200001.jpg

Japanese telecommunications company Softbank has built a robot programmed to fulfill religious duties. The robot, named "Pepper," is on display at a funeral and cemetery expo in Tokyo.

<![CDATA[Toddler Dies in Makeshift Cage]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:50:22 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_childsmothered0823_1500x845.jpg

A Pennsylvania couple has been charged in the death of their 2-year-old son. Authorities say Justin Dwyer and Courtney Stash of Myerstown face a number of charges including involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children in connection with the death of their young son, Owen, in April.

<![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[Ex-FBI Director James Comey to Lecture at Howard University]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:35:09 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17159558651027.jpg

Former FBI director James Comey’s next job will be at Howard University, where he will deliver the keynote back-to-school address and take on a special lecturing position.

In this role, he will "lead and conduct" five lectures touching on several topics, Howard announced. The topics have not yet been announced.

Comey will donate his $100,000 compensation to a scholarship fund that helps Howard students who come from foster homes, according to school officials.

Howard University’s newest class of students will be welcomed Sept. 22 at an annual opening convocation ceremony with a speech delivered by Comey.

Comey was appointed to the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy for the 2017-2018 term, the historically black university announced Wednesday.

"I am honored to hold the King Chair this school year. Howard has a longstanding history of being a vibrant academic community and the perfect place to have rich dialogue on many of the most pressing issues we face today," Comey said. “I look forward to contributing to this remarkable institution and engaging students and faculty alike."

The chair was established by Gwendolyn and Colbert King with the goal of connecting Howard students with prominent public leaders.

"Colby and I are delighted that a highly distinguished public official such as Jim Comey will become the holder of the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy for the coming academic year," Gwendolyn King said.

Comey was appointed FBI director by President Obama, but his term was cut short when President Trump fired him in May. Comey was an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond Law School and served a fellowship at Columbia University Law School.

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<![CDATA[Samsung Unveils New Galaxy Note 8, Successor to Note 7]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:44:19 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_SAMSUNG_NOTE_082317_1-150351962828700001.jpg

Samsung announced its newest smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8, on Aug. 23. The new phone is the successor to the Galaxy Note 7, which was recalled when dozens caught fire because of a battery problem.

<![CDATA[Top News Photos: Demonstrators Rally for Kaepernick]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:37:26 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-838053364.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[UK Firefighters Get to Eat the Pigs They Once Rescued]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:19:19 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Puglet+Snout+Pig+Snout+Pig+Generic.jpg

English firefighters got a hearty reward for saving more than a dozen piglets from a fire: sausages made from the pigs themselves, Reuters reported.

The thank you from farmers in Milton Lilbourne, 70 miles west of London, has drawn a spot of criticism after a Facebook post showed the sausages, enough for the fire service to tell NBC News, "We recognize that this story has caused offense to some — we apologize for this and such have removed the post."

Eighteen piglets and two sows were rescued from a hay fire sparked by an electrical fault.

Farmer Rachel Rivers told the BBC she wanted to thank the firefighters for their work. "I'm sure vegetarians will hate this," she noted.

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<![CDATA[Cambodian Woman Becomes US Citizens at 103 Years Old]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:09:30 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/200*120/103+year+old+woman+becomes+citizen.jpg

After a six-year stay in the United States, 103-year-old Hong Inh fulfilled her lifelong goal of becoming a U.S. citizen on Tuesday.

Four generations of Inh's family gathered to celebrate her citizenship as Inh held an American flag in her hand and a bright smile on her face in downtown Los Angeles.

"It's amazing," Inh's great-granddaughter Melissa Tea said. "I'm so excited. She's so excited. My family's excited."

Inh emigrated to the U.S. from Cambodia nearly six years ago, but said it has always been a dream of hers to become a citizen. She came to the United States to join other family members who have lived here for several decades.

"It has always been her dream to become a citizen and come to America because after the war, she didn't want to live in Cambodia because of the living conditions," Tea said. "She always wanted to come here because of the rights and she hears so many things about this place."

Inh was one of the more than 10,000 people who took the citizenship oath Tuesday, with more than 120 nationalities represented.

"It's just really exciting to see those types of cases come to fruition and see that dream become a reality for them," said Donna Campagnolo, district director for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

At 103, Inh is the oldest newest citizen in Los Angeles.

Now that she is an American, the great-grandmother said she's most looking forward to voting.

"She feels so happy today," a granddaughter said, translating for Inh.

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<![CDATA[Key Moments From President Trump's Phoenix Rally]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:03:41 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+TRUMP+PHOENIXTHUMB.jpg

President Donald Trump spoke to the crowd at his campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona, for over an hour Tuesday night. Here are the key moments from his speech.

<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:15:22 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-837680328.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[Eclipse From Space: See the Moon's Shadow Race Across Earth]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:52:57 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/iss052e056222.jpg

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<![CDATA[More US Troops in Afghanistan Than Pentagon Admits: Officals]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:03:40 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ustroopsinafghan_1200x675.jpg

There are several thousand more American troops serving in Afghanistan, on average, than the Pentagon officially acknowledges, three U.S. defense officials told NBC News.

The official Pentagon count puts 8,400 troops on the ground in Afghanistan — the maximum number of service members authorized to be there is 8,448 — but the officials said that the number actually hovers between 11,000 and 12,000.

That's because of people in-country on temporary duty shorter than 120 days and overlap between units as service members transition in and out.

President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan strategy involves expanded authority for American armed forces to operate in the nation, but neither he nor Defense Secretary James Mattis have said how many additional troops will be sent there. Pentagon plans from June called for 3,900 more troops to go to Afghanistan, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday.

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