<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - National & International News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usThu, 05 May 2016 20:51:45 -0500Thu, 05 May 2016 20:51:45 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[No, Cinco de Mayo Is Not Mexico's Independence Day]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 13:50:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/472092370_Dancers.jpg

Thursday marks the 154th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo, a holiday synonymous with margaritas and cervezas (beer) that many would be surprised to learn is a bigger deal in the U.S. than in Mexico.

The holiday commemorates Mexico’s victory against the French during the Battle of Puebla in 1862, not Mexico's Independence Day, which is marked on Sept. 16. In fact, it isn’t a Mexican holiday at all but rather an American one created by Latinos in California during the Civil War, according to UCLA professor David Hayes-Bautista.

"Recent Mexican immigrants are often surprised at what a huge thing Cinco de Mayo has become here," Professor Margarita Sánchez of Wagner College told NBC News. "They do celebrate the holiday in Mexico, but it is only a big deal in Puebla."

General Ignacio Zaragosa, the hero of the Battle of Peubla, was born near what is now Goliad, Texas. The fact that a Tejano (or "Tex-Mex") has a link to Cinco de Mayo reflects the reality that Mexican history is part of American history, says Raul Ramos of the University of Houston.

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<![CDATA[Highlights From the 2016 Campaign Trail]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 19:40:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/2016-AP_16125796454108.jpg The 2016 presidential race has been contentious and full of surprises, with candidates fighting to the finish in superdelegate states. Check out scenes from the campaign trail and keep track of the candidates as they vie for a spot on the ballot on Nov. 8, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Bush Presidents Won't Be Endorsing Trump]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 12:40:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/167503236.jpg

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush will refrain from endorsing or commenting on Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

The senior Bush has enthusiastically endorsed the party's nominee in the past five election cycles. But the 91-year-old's spokesman confirmed to NBC News that President Bush will not endorse Trump and "is retired from politics."

George W. Bush is also staying out of politics this year and "does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign," his personal aide, Freddy Ford, told The Texas Tribune.

Trump repeatedly attacked Bush 43's administration on the campaign trail, saying it failed to prevent the 9/11 attacks and lied to get the U.S. involved in the Iraq War.

Neither Bush attended the 2012 or 2008 Republican conventions.

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<![CDATA[Visualizing the Olympics: Medal Counts & More]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 14:54:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-149332217-edited.jpg

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<![CDATA[Rio Olympic Torch Travels Around the World]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 08:07:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-528410208-torch.jpg The Rio 2016 Olympic Torch relay began its three-month journey on May 2, 2016, in Brazil. The torch will travel around the world before arriving in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5, to light the cauldron.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Aides Interviewed in Email Investigation: Officials]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 19:51:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/HillaryClinton-AP_894627747166.jpg

Sources familiar with the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server told NBC News some of her top aides during her time as Secretary of State have been interviewed by the FBI “within the past few months.” 

Among them was Huma Abedin, who will be deposed in a separate Freedom of Information case against the State Department. 

Officials say the interviews were planned ahead of time and officials say the investigation is far from over. 

So far, no conclusions have been reached about whether any laws were violated in setting up or using the system, officials say. 

The Clinton campaign continues to say the Democratic front-runner “has offered to answer any questions that would help the Justice Department complete its review,” and that the campaign is “confident the review will conclude that nothing inappropriate took place.”

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<![CDATA[Conversation on Child Mental Health]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 19:48:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/20150505+ReidEwing.jpg

Caring for children's mental health takes a team approach: Family members, health care professionals and educators.

When that happens, a young person's life can blossom.

That's the goal behind National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, culminating in a town-hall event Thursday hosted at George Washington University and streamed live across the country.

Parents can tune in to the conversation that started at 7 p.m. -- and use social media to ask their own questions of the panel. (Tweet questions with the hashtag #HeroesOfHope.)

The event, organized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is called “Finding Help, Finding Hope.” It's aimed at families of young people who experience mental or substance use disorders.

The panel kicked off with a funny, honest reflection from Reid Ewing, the actor who plays Dylan on "Modern Family." He was recognized by the group for sharing his stories of battling body dismorphic disorder and other challenges.

"I didn't have many friends, and I didn't really have the ability to make friends," Ewing said. "When you are depressed it doesn't really work that way."

But, he said, support of family, therapy and medication helped him learn "how live as a happy person."

Others on the panel include youth, family leaders, educators, law enforcement officials and behavioral health professionals. Among them will be SAMHSA Principal Deputy Administrator Kana Enomoto, Center for Mental Health Services Director Paolo del Vecchio and National Council of Behavioral Health President and CEO Linda Rosenberg.

News4’s Aaron Gilchrist is moderating the event.

Meanwhile, communities around the nation are assembling watch parties and other events for Thursday night's event. Click here to find a watch party near you.

And don't worry if you miss the livestream -- the discussion will be available on demand, too.

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<![CDATA[Officer Who Survived Ambush Honored]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 18:59:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Officer-Hartnett-One-on-One.jpg

A Philadelphia Police officer who chased down a gunman after being shot during an ambush attack earlier this year was honored by law enforcement officials from around the world Wednesday night.

Officer Jesse Hartnett received the “Man of the Year” award during the annual National Police Defense Foundation (NPDF) Awards Dinner in Howard Beach, New York. Hartnett spoke to NBC10 about the honor during his first on-camera interview since the shooting.

“It’s a big deal and it’s nice to be recognized,” Hartnett told NBC10’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas in an exclusive interview. “Especially after something tragic like that.”

On January 7, Hartnett, 33, was shot by a gunman in an ambush attack while he was sitting inside his patrol car. Despite being struck in the arm and bleeding heavily, he chased after the suspect and returned fire. The gunman, whom police identified as 30-year-old Edward Archer, was captured a few blocks away. 

During Wednesday’s award ceremony, attendees praised Hartnett for his heroic actions that night.

“In 40 years of police work this is the first time I’ve ever seen such an incident that turned out good,” said Joseph Occhipinti, of the National Police Defense Fund.

Hartnett couldn’t discuss the details of the shooting while speaking with NBC10 due to the pending court case. He did say, however, that his military and police academy training ultimately saved his life.

“I’m sitting here speaking to you,” he said. “So did it keep me alive? I would say, yes. It definitely kept me alive.”

Hartnett also addressed what he believed to be the unfair depiction of police officers involved in shootings.

“A lot of the media coverage you see a lot of bad, negativity of police when you see different shootings and different cases,” he said. “Everything is obviously a different scenario but you have split seconds to react to something where lawyers can just attack it for months, sometimes years.”

Archer faces multiple charges in connection with the shooting. He allegedly told police after his arrest that he was acting in the name of Islam, though Archer's defense attorney has said he may have mental problems.

Hartnett suffered extensive nerve damage and has limited use of his left arm after undergoing eight surgeries. He just started physical therapy and continues to recover. 

“I really look forward to getting my hand back,” Hartnett said. “It’s difficult. You don’t really realize what you have. It’s a real eye-opener when you lose something. But I’m working with really good people at Penn Hospital and everything is going really well.”

Hartnett says he’s spoken to police recruits about his experience and plans to do more volunteering in the future.

“I think it helps to focus their minds and let them realize what they’re getting into,” he said. “It’s not just you, it’s your family involved, so many other people and yourself. It’s a huge decision that they’re making. I think it’s an eye-opener, me sharing my story.”

Watch the full interview in the video embedded above.

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<![CDATA[Experts Urge Password Changes After Massive Cyber Attack]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 18:36:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/computer+generic2.JPG

Cybersecurity professionals are warning anyone with a personal email account to change their passwords after stolen user names and passwords were being offered up for sale on the Internet, NBC News reported. 

Some 272.3 million accounts were stolen - and involve some of the biggest email providers, including Google, Yahoo, Hotmail and Microsoft, according to Alex Holden of Hold Security. 

"We know he's a young man in central Russia who collected this information from multiple sources," Holden told NBC News. "We don't know the way he did it or the reason why he did it."

The user names and passwords were all being sold on the so-called “dark web,” where hackers hock their goods. Hackers use the stolen information to lure users into giving away more information, including credit card numbers and bank account access.

Experts say people should change their passwords regularly. Use abstract combinations of letters, numbers and characters that a criminal's computer program couldn't easily guess.

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<![CDATA[Proposed Rule May Allow Class-Action Suits Against Banks]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 17:14:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gavel-generic-stock.jpg

A rule proposed Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may ban mandatory arbitration clauses that prevent consumers from filing class-action lawsuits against their banks and credit card companies, NBC News reported. 

The proposed rule would prohibit financial services companies from including mandatory arbitration clauses that forbid class-action lawsuits. 

Supporters of the proposal say it will help keep companies honest, while opponents argue banks typically resolve disputes quickly and amicably. 

Arbitration clauses are generally embedded in the fine print of many financial institutions’ contracts, which many advocates say deny people the right to their day in court.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead in Md. High School Shooting]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 19:19:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/HighPointShooting.jpg

A woman was killed and a man injured after a gunman opened fire on them at the High Point High School parking lot in Beltsville, Maryland, police say.

Prince George's County police said they are searching for the suspect; it is not an active shooter situation.

A woman was in the school parking lot to pick up her children about 4:40 p.m. when a man confronted her and they got into a verbal altercation, police believe.

A man who witnessed the altercation tried to intervene, Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said at a news conference.

The man arguing with the woman fired at the bystander and injured him. The suspect then turned the weapon on the woman and shot her several times, killing her, Stawinski said.

The injured man was taken to a hospital and is in good condition with injuries that are non-life threatening, police said.

The shooting appears to be a domestic incident and police believe the woman and suspect had a previous relationship, Stawinski said. Police also believe they have identified the suspect.

No students were directly involved or harmed. Some may have witnessed the shooting, police said.

The school had been dismissed for more than an hour when the shooting occurred.

One student said it was her friend's mother who was killed my the gunman.

Another student said she was just about to start playing in a softball game at the school when she heard the shots.

"Everyone was just crying, like we didn't know what to do. We were just crying," she said. "We have a crate where we put all of our equipment. They rushed us in there and after about half an hour they moved us to a locker room and they kept us in the gym after that."

Prince George's County Public Schools said students were secured inside the school after the shots were fired and were later being released to their parents.

Many parents gathered across the street from the school waiting to hear what had happened, News4's Tracee Wilkins reports.

"When situations unfold like this it takes some time even for us to know what's happening," said Kevin Maxwell, CEO of Prince George's County Public Schools.

Maxwell said a crisis team will be at the school on Friday morning to support students and staff.

Police said school security cameras captured video of the shooting.

There is a large police presence at the scene and officers could be seen taping off an area outside the school.

Powder Mill Road between Evans Trail and Cherry Hill Road is shut down due to to the police investigation.

News4's Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) is at the scene. Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com as we continue to update this story.

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<![CDATA[Trump Tweets Taco Bowl]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 19:26:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TRUMP_AP_16125071253980.jpg

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a huge taco bowl in New York City.

Trump posted a photo of himself, posing with the dish in his office at Trump Tower, to Twitter and Facebook Thursday afternoon. 

"Happy Cinco de Mayo!" the candidate wrote in the caption. "The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill."

"I love Hispanics!" he added.

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The photo had garnered more than 44,000 shares and was liked more than 134,000 times in under an hour after being posted to Facebook. Thousands commented on the photo as well.

"I'm a trump supporter and I thought this was funny," said Facebook commenter Alex Earney.

It also went viral on Twitter, where some users lambasted the photo.

"C'mon man, even your Mexican food has a wall," tweeted Danny O'Dwyer, referring to Trump's promise to build a wall between Mexico and the United States.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was also quick to criticize Trump on social media, posting a video of him telling "NBC Nightly News" host Lester Holt this week that he still plans to deport all undocumented immigrants from the country if he's elected president.

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<![CDATA[Trump Reverses Stances on Taxes, Minimum Wage]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 16:11:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-527324320-trump.jpg

Donald Trump has already indicated he may abandon his positions on two major policy issues: a minimum wage increase and tax cuts for the rich, NBC News reported.

Trump told CNBC on Thursday he backed away from his original tax plan and that he is “more into the middle class.” Trump put out a tax plan last year with major cuts to income, estate and business taxes for the ultra-wealthy, with far less generous cuts for the middle class. 

On Wednesday, Trump was asked on CNN whether the $7.25 minimum wage should be increased.

"I am open to doing something with it, because I don't like that," Trump told CNN on Wednesday after being asked if he thought the $7.25 minimum wage should be increased.

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<![CDATA[180,000 Pacifiers Recalled Over Choking Hazard]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 15:21:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/munchkin-pacifier-recall.jpg

Munchkin is recalling some 180,000 pacifiers sold with clip covers that can detach and pose a choking hazard, according to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission.

The pacifiers were sold from March 2014 through March 2016 at major retailers, including Babies R Us, Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon. The Latch Lightweight Pacifier and Clip was available in five styles and several colors.

Munchkin Inc., based in California, has received 10 reports of the clip cover detaching from the pacifier clip, although no injuries have been reported, according to the CPSC.

Anyone who has purchased a recalled pacifier should take the clip away from children and contact Munchkin at 877-242-3134 or online for a full refund or replacement.

More information about the recall is available on the CPSC website.

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<![CDATA[Wal-Mart Welcomes Back Its Greeters]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 14:01:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/4416Walmart.jpg

Wal-Mart is bringing back its store greeters this summer after eliminating the position from its 5,000-plus U.S. stores four years ago, NBC News reported.

The Arkansas-based retail giant said a pilot program that returned its goodwill ambassadors to the front door earned positive customer feedback. The company announced this week it will be stationing 9,000 people at its store entrances.

The company said two-thirds of the new positions will be the traditional greeters — often senior citizens. The remainder will be "customer hosts," specially trained younger employees, who will be responsible for checking receipts, processing returns, handling security, and protecting against theft. 

Wal-Mart's founder Sam Walton implemented "people greeters" in the 1980s after a store associate suggested a familiar face at the entrance would give shoppers the impression of a friendly, neighborhood business.

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<![CDATA[Ariz. Teen Not Charged for Exposing Himself in Yearbook Photo]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 12:23:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/160503-hunter-osborn-jsw-1030a_d323e352d121399c9391e456abf99c10.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

An Arizona teenager who flashed his genitals for his high school team’s yearbook photo won’t be charged, NBC News reports.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said Wednesday it would not pursue a felony charge.

Hunter Osborn was arrested Saturday and was charged as an adult with 69 counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure — one count for every “victim” who appeared in the photo with him, police said.

Mesa police said no one in the photo wanted to press charges. Osborn pulled the prank on a dare, but later said he was “disgusted” by his actions, according to police.

School officials recalled the yearbook in order to alter the offending image.

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<![CDATA[Voters Could Pick London's First Muslim Mayor]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 11:41:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sadiq-khan.jpg

London could make history as the first major Western city to elect a Muslim mayor, with Labour Party candidate Sadiq Khan on top of opinion polls, according to NBC News.

Khan, the son of a bus driver from Pakistan, became a human rights attorney before entering politics, and supports gay marriage. His opposition, Zac Goldsmith of the Conservative Party, is the son of a Jewish billionaire and was elected to the House of Commons in 2010.

Goldsmith has criticized Khan for appearances alongside radical Muslim speakers and Khan has accused Goldsmith of running a "nasty, dog-whistling campaign."

The tense election is being likened to the 2016 presidential election, which has drawn global attention for the fighting and inflammatory remarks among candidates, namely from presumptive Republican Party nominee Donald Trump. 

"The campaign has degenerated in a profoundly depressing way," London reporter and blogger for The Guardian, Dave Hill, told NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Homemade Bomb Blast at School]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 17:57:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/San-Pasqual-Academy.jpg

A homemade bomb exploded on the campus of a Southern California school for foster youths Thursday morning, authorities said, but no one was hurt.

Deputies with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO), as well as CAL Fire officials, responded to San Pasqual Academy in Escondido around 9:15 a.m. after getting word of a reported threat to the school.

San Diego County Director of Communications Michael Workman told NBC 7 a student made some sort of bomb and the contraption exploded at the school. No one was injured, officials said.

He said the school was on lockdown for a period of time Thursday morning while officials swept the campus for any other potential threats.

Ultimately, the school was deemed safe. As of 10:50 a.m., students were in the auditorium being briefed on the situation, Workman said.

The incident remains under investigation. Officials said a 15-year-old male student at the school was detained on campus for allegedly making the device. He was booked into Juvenile Hall for possession of a destructive device.

Workman said that after an initial investigation, the homemade bomb appeared to be made out of bathroom products, including toilet bowl cleaner and some sort of aluminum foil. SDSO Sgt. Tom Vrable said the device was placed within a plastic soda bottle.

Deputies said this type of homemade device is more commonly known as a "pressure" or "acid bomb."

SDSO officials said a staff member at the school spotted the device and picked it up in front of the teenage student accused of making it. The teen suspect warned the staff member to get rid of it, as it would explode.

Vrable said the staff member quickly tossed the bottle into nearby bushes and a few minutes later, the bomb exploded.

Although no one was injured, SDSO bomb arson investigators said the bottle bomb was dangerous and someone could've gotten hurt if the school staffer hadn't thrown the device into the bushes.

One official told NBC 7 the detonation times on these kind of homemade devices vary "anywhere from 10 or 15 seconds all the way to five minutes."

"They are very unpredictable; very dangerous," the officials added.

San Pasqual Academy is a residential education campus for foster youths located on more than 200 acres in Escondido at 17701 San Pasqual Valley Rd.

Students are 12 to 18 years old and need stable, long-term placement and guidance, according to the school's website. The Academy opened in October 2001 and has a capacity to serve 184 youths. 

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<![CDATA[Alvarez Requests Special Prosecutor in McDonald Case]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 14:43:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Anita-Alvarez-AP_958161656519.jpg

The embattled state's attorney of Cook County, Illinois, has asked to recuse herself from the murder prosecution of Officer Jason Van Dyke, the white Chicago police officer who shot a black teen 16 times.

Anita Alvarez requested that the court appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case. Van Dyke is accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014. He was charged with first-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty.

"My primary goal in bringing a charge of First Degree Murder in this case is and always has been about seeking justice for Laquan McDonald," Alvarez said in a written statement in court Thursday. "Today I believe that I am fulfilling this obligation by requesting that the court turn this case over to a special prosecutor."

Alvarez has faced mounting criticism over her handling of the case, with many questioning why it took more than a year to bring charges against the officer involved in McDonald's killing. 

Activists and civil rights attorneys previously asked Judge Vincent Gaughan to appoint a special prosecutor, alleging Alvarez was "disqualified from representing the people."

Alvarez has defended her handling of the case, but has since lost her campaign for re-election. 

"More than anything else, our role as prosecutors is to seek justice and do all that we can to promote confidence in our criminal justice system," Alvarez said Thursday. "It is my greatest hope that the citizens of Chicago who have been shocked and polarized by this crime and this tragedy will understand and welcome this decision and respectfully support the efforts of all elements of the criminal justice system as the prosecution of Jason Van Dyke moves forward.”

Gaughan said Thursday he plans to make a decision about the request for a special prosecutor June 2. 

Van Dyke is accused of shooting McDonald 16 times while the teen was walking away from police in October 2014. Dashcam footage showing the shooting was released to the public in November 2015, sparking protests and outrage nationwide.

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<![CDATA[US Companies Vow to Hire 110K Vets by 2021]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 14:59:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-470854480.jpg

On Thursday, 40 companies, including Amazon, Boeing, BAE Systems, AT&T and Tesla, pledged to hire more than 110,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years in support of the Joining Forces initiative, the White House announced.

Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces in 2011. The nationwide initiative calls all Americans to rally around service members, veterans and their families by supporting them through education and employment opportunities.

At the time, the unemployment rate for veterans of the 9/11 generation was more than 12 percent, according to the White House Office of the First Lady.

Obama and Dr. Biden challenged the private sector in August 2011 to hire 100,000 veterans and military spouses. Since then, more than 1.2 million veterans and spouses have been hired or trained by the private sector and the unemployment rate among veterans is now lower than the national average, the White House said.

In addition to creating employment opportunities, 15 companies and organizations have committed to lead training programs, sponsor scholarships and support certification courses for nearly 60,000 veterans and their spouses.

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal Thursday, Obama and Dr. Biden said the U.S. military has been "largely overlooked" by American companies looking to hire top technology talent.

"Whether they were establishing wireless networks in Baghdad, repairing communications equipment in the mountains of Afghanistan, or maintaining data-storage units on 100,000-ton aircraft carriers in the South China Sea, these military personnel have often done their jobs in conditions that most people can’t even begin to imagine," the op-ed said.

Obama and Biden noted these experiences demonstrate America's men and women in uniform "can handle whatever comes their way in an office building in Silicon Valley."

"Despite that remarkable achievement, there is plenty left to be done: 200,000 service members are returning to civilian life every year, and as far as we’re concerned, one unemployed veteran is one too many," Obama and Dr. Biden wrote.

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<![CDATA[Border Agents Report Spike in Chinese Detainees]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 14:50:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/US-Mexico-Border-AP_484258622204.jpg

U.S. Border Patrol agents are seeing a spike in non-Mexican immigrants crossing the U.S.- Mexico border, particularly among Chinese immigrants, they told NBC 7 San Diego.

"Anytime we see an increase it's a concern to us. We want to make sure we apprehend people as they're coming across the border," Jose Hernandez with U.S. Border Patrol San Diego sector said Wednesday.

In 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees apprehended more than 2,000 immigrants not from Mexico crossing the border illegally. In just the first four months of 2016 there were more than 2,500 such immigrants apprehended. Hernandez says they've seen a 225 percent jump compared to this time last year.

"It takes a little longer to process someone who is other than Mexican simply because of the paper work that's involved in it, but that's part of the job," Hernandez said.

In April, a passerby spotted a group of young men walking along State Route 94 near Potrero. Agents responded and detained seven Chinese nationals.

Those seven are just a handful of more than 660 apprehended Chinese immigrants to cross the Tijuana-California border this year. It's a jump from fewer than 50 Chinese immigrants apprehended in 2015 and just five apprehended the year before.

"All the people we are apprehending are circumventing the port of entry," Hernandez said. "So they're coming across in the mountains or through the deserts."

Hernandez said agents have had to shift personnel and adjust the way they operate a bit in order to cover those areas where more non-Mexican immigrants are crossing the border.

"Pretty much everybody who comes across the border is assisted in some way, shape or form with the transnational criminal organizations along the border," Hernandez said.

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<![CDATA[Student Overcomes Critical Injury]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 10:33:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/rachel-hall-temple.jpg

While it may have been a preview of her ultimate goal, Wednesday marked a significant moment for Temple University student Rachel Hall.

The 23-year-old lacrosse player walked across the stage during her school’s athletics ceremony over a year after she was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash. Hall, who once had a 20 percent chance of survival, is now set to walk during her graduation ceremony Friday.

"It feels great to finally be with my friends for graduation and go through all the ceremony and all the excitement that I missed," Hall told NBC10. "So I’m really happy to be back."

Few people gave Hall a chance to ever walk again — let alone survive — in the days after the hit-and-run last year. The star lacrosse goalie was riding her bicycle near Temple’s campus on April 29, 2015 when she was struck by a 2012 Mitsubishi Gallant.

The driver, later identified as 19-year-old Rashan Roberts, fled the scene. He was arrested and sentenced to 11 ½ to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to the hit-and-run. Police said he only had his learner’s permit at the time of the crash.

Hall suffered severe head trauma and a badly broken leg. Determined to overcome her injuries, she endured grueling rehab and therapy. She still attends therapy sessions five days a week, according to her mother.

"It’s a miracle that she’s where she is now," said Kathy Hall. "I never expected it. All of this is from her. It’s her work."

Rachel Hall, who dreams of becoming a police officer, said she always knew she’d achieve her goal of overcoming life-threatening injuries and walking again.

"I always had a very positive personality even before this," she said. "I knew there was no reason to be negative about it because it won’t help me at all."

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<![CDATA[Search Continues for Convicted Killer Who Escaped NJ Prison]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 18:01:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Arthur-Buckel-New.jpg

Officials in New Jersey said that the inmate who busted out of a minimum security prison in New Jersey earlier this week has likely left the town where he was spotted Wednesday.

Barnegat police spent the day Thursday through Ocean County for 38-year-old Arthur Buckel, an inmate at Bayside State Prison who was missing when guards performed a prisoner count at a satellite unit at Ancora Hospital in Hammonton Tuesday morning. 

Buckel, who previously served time for the 1996 death of a 10-month-old girl before his latest stint behind bars, was spotted walking into a CVS in the town on Wednesday, prompting school lockdowns.

But late Thursday, officials in the town said that Corrections Department officials developed leads that Buckel had left the Ocean County town. It's not clear where he went.

Barnegat officials said there would still be additional police posted at schools to help abate fears about the escapee. 

"This is not normal for Barnegat," said Mayor John J. Novak. 

Buckel, whose last known address was in Clifton and had been serving a sentence for aggravated assault, was caught on surveillance cameras at the CVS Wednesday morning wearing construction boots, khakis, a T-shirt and yellow safety jacket.

Barnegat police said that when they responded to the pharmacy they found a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado stolen from Hammonton, about 40 miles from Barnegat. Authorities said that they think Buckel was getting around in the pickup truck.

Buckel was serving a sentence for crimes including aggravated assault, burglary and receiving stolen property. He was set to be eligible for parole on May 21.

A Corrections Department spokesman said Buckel could face an addition 3 to 5 years in prison for escaping once he's recaptured.

Buckel was also convicted of aggravated manslaughter in the death of a 10-month-old girl in 1996, according to NJ.com. Buckel, who was 18 at the time, admitted to slapping the girl, who died from skull fractures.

Corrections Department records show that he was in prison from 1996 to 2010 for the killing, NJ.com reports.

It's the second such escape from Bayside State Prison's Ancora unit in six months. In October, NBC10 in Philadelphia reported that Panagioti Souris busted out of the prison and traveled to Philadelphia.

He surrendered to authorities without a struggle in the Old City district and was returned to the prison. 

Anyone who sees Buckel is asked to call 911 and to avoid making direct contact with him.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Defends Against Sanders & Trump ]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 05:45:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CLINTON_AP_367442082209.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will now be defending her campaign from two flanks as Bernie Sanders' campaign continues and the sudden departure of Donald Trump's rivals have made him the presumptive GOP nominee, NBC News reported.

"I'm still trying to come to terms with the fact that any Republican, let alone Donald Trump, was able to solidify the nomination before she was," said Patrick Murray, the polling director at Monmouth University. "This makes it really tough for her. There's no feasible way for Bernie Sanders to win the nomination, yet his decision to fight on in anything more than just a token way means she's got to continue to expend resources in places that she wouldn't bother."

Clinton and her campaign have adopted a posture of benign indifference to Sanders, largely ignoring him and declining to engage his attacks. Meanwhile, they've pulled resources away from the primary to devote to the general election, and have already been engaging consistently with Trump.

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<![CDATA[Apple Says Service Back After App Store Problem]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 14:46:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-128349521.jpg

Apple said Thursday morning that "all users" were affected by a problem on its App Store that lasted from about 5 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., CNBC reported.

The service had not been "working as expected," Apple had said on its system status page. It appeared the store's search function was not working as it should.

For example, the first seven results of a search for "Google" did not show apps from the tech giant, CNBC reported.

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<![CDATA[Grateful Dead Bassist Selling Calif. Mansion for $10.3M]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 13:09:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/PHIL+LESH+HOUSE10.jpg Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is selling his 2-acre, seven-bedroom estate in Ross, California, for $10.35 million. Lesh has played with the band since 1965 and was diagnosed with bladder cancer last year. He's expected to make a full recovery.

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<![CDATA[Sailor Rescued After 2 Months Adrift Ate Seagulls to Survive]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 07:59:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-05-05-at-7.04.38-AM.jpg

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a Colombian sailor who spent two months adrift in the Pacific Ocean and survived by eating seagulls, NBC News reported.

During his time at sea, the sailor witnessed the death of three fellow shipmates. He was picked up some 3,500 miles from home, far out in a desolate stretch of the Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The sailor — a 29-year-old Colombian — told the Coast Guard his group of four set out more than two months ago and found themselves adrift after the engine of the group's 23-foot skiff failed.

Officials did not name the sailor but said he was taken ashore on Honolulu.

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<![CDATA[Texas Murder-Suicide IDs Released]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 07:42:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/knight-transportation-houston.jpg

Officials have identified the man who shot and killed a former co-worker before turning the gun on himself two weeks after he was fired from a transportation center in Harris County, Texas.

Marion Guy Williams, 65, returned to Knight Transportation's Katy Service Center on Wednesday morning, where he shot and killed 35-year-old employee Mike Dawid, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Officials said the shooter was armed with two guns — and shotgun and a pistol — and burst through the door shouting that his life had been ruined. He fired a "warning shot" and moved through the building as if looking for someone, authorities said.

Police have not released the employees' job titles or described their relationship, but in a press conference after the shooting, Sheriff Ron Hickman surmised the victim may have been a supervisor.

A spokesperson for Knight Transprotation confirmed an employee was killed in the shooting, saying: "Our deepest sympathies are with the family during this difficult time."

At least one other employee injured by shrapnel was treated at the scene. An officer fell to his knee while entering the building and was taken to the hospital.

The Phoenix-based company, which provides nationwide truckload transportation services, said all work would be suspended at the facility while police investigate.

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<![CDATA[#RapedAtSpelman Tweets Spark Gang-Rape Probe]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 07:25:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482158506.jpg

An anonymous Twitter account claiming to detail a gang rape has prompted an investigation at two elite Atlanta Universities, NBC News reported.

The owner of the @RapedAtSpelman account posted the first tweet on May 2, alleging to be a freshman at Spelman who was gang-raped by a group of Morehouse College students at a party.

Subsequent tweets allege reporting the attack to campus security and speaking with school officials, who took a month to get back to her.

The president of Atlanta's Spelman University urged the voice behind the @RapedAtSpelman account to come forward "so that I may offer you my full support and assistance."

The president of Morehouse said the school's Office of Campus Safety has been "activated" to fully investigate the claims, noting the information shared on Twitter was "our very first indication of this incident."

Atlanta police tell NBC Affiliate 11Alive there is no police report or investigation into the alleged Spelman rape because no one has come forward to report a crime.

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