<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - National & International News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usMon, 24 Oct 2016 00:41:25 -0500Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:41:25 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[13 Killed, 31 Injured in Tour Bus Crash in California]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:46:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tour-bus-crash-102319.PNG

In a horrific early morning crash, a tour bus slammed into the back of a truck on Interstate 10 north of Palm Springs before sunrise Sunday, killing 13 and injuring 31, authorities said.

The Riverside County Coroner's office confirmed 13 people aboard the bus were killed, including the driver, in the disastrous crash that shut down the entire westbound 10 Freeway west of Indian Canyon Road. Traffic was being diverted off the freeway at the Indian Avenue offramp. The freeway reopened around 4:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Rescuers continued to search the wreckage for more victims in the early stages of the crash. The first images from the scene showed firefighters using ladders to get into the passenger compartment of the bus, which had been peeled back from the vehicle's undercarriage about one third of its length. 

The front of the bus was demolished as the back of the semi was shredded from the monstrous force of the crash.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the collision, but the tour bus was traveling much faster than the semi, CHP Chief Jim Abele said at a news conference.

The trailer of the semi was lodged 15 feet into the front of the bus, Abele said.

The bus, owned by LA-based USA Holliday Bus, had departed the Red Earth Casino in Salton City and was en route to a location in Los Angeles when the crash was reported to CHP at 5:17 a.m.

The CHP said there was no indication that the bus slammed on the brakes before plowing into the back of the semi-truck, leading investigators to believe fatigue may have been a factor. They were not ruling out some type of medical emergency on the driver's behalf, such as a heart attack.

The driver, along with the deceased passengers, were not yet identified to the public.

It appeared that all passengers aboard had been asleep at the time of impact. While they had likely all been seated properly, many ended up in the front end of the bus due to the force of impact, Abele said.

Abele said it was not likely that the bus had seat belts.

"In almost 35 years, I've never been to a crash where there's been 13 confirmed fatal accidents," Abele said. "It's tough for all of us," he added. 

CHP reported that 31 people had been injured. Desert Regional Medical Center, Eisenhower Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital all received and treated patients from the crash, ranging from five critical patients to others with minor injuries.

A trauma surgeon said the injuries included facial trauma but few broken bones, which is unusual for a high-speed vehicle wreck.

Dr. Ricard Townsend of Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs told reporters Sunday that the bus struck the collapsible trailer of a semi-truck, sending many of the likely unrestrained passengers flying through the air.

He called the widespread facial injuries a hallmark of those not wearing seat belts. He says the injuries indicate the bus was slowing down at the point of impact.

Crews used tow trucks to pry the bus from the back of the semi-truck before clearing the bus from the area. 

The semi-truck driver also suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

He told CHP he wasn't sure at first what had happened, and that he felt a "thump" in the back of the trailer, which was hauling food products. 

The bus had been inspected as recently as April 2016, in addition to being inspected in 2014 and 2015, and did not have mechanical issues, CHP said.

Because the investigation was still in its early stages, not all of the victims had been identified. CHP encouraged family members to reach out if they had not heard from their loved ones. 

Family members were directed to the Riverside County Fire Department facility at 800 S. Redlands Ave. in Perris, or to call (951) 443-2300. The fire department was setting up a crisis response center there.

NBC4's I-Team has investigated tour bus companies in 2014, and Hollywood tour bus companies in 2016. 

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<![CDATA[History Made! Cubs Advance to the World Series]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 01:05:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/fb+GettyImages-617306036.png

For the first time since 1945, the Chicago Cubs are headed to the World Series as they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

Kyle Hendricks allowed a lead-off single to Andrew Toles to start the game, but he was quickly erased on another stellar defensive play by Javier Baez. Corey Seager hit a soft grounder to the Cubs' second baseman, and he started a 4-3 double play to get the Cubs out of trouble.

The Cubs' offense immediately took advantage in the bottom of the first as they got back-to-back hits off of Clayton Kershaw. Dexter Fowler hit a ground rule double down the right field line, and he was chased home by a Kris Bryant RBI single to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead.

After an error by Toles allowed runners to get to second and third, Ben Zobrist lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Bryant and putting the Cubs ahead by a 2-0 margin.

Outside Wrigley Field, the City of Chicago's Office Emergency Management & Communications announced just before 8 p.m. that because of the crowd size, no additional pedestrians would be allowed on Clark Street between Newport and Addison.

Back inside the ballpark, the Cubs extended their lead in the bottom of the second inning. Addison Russell socked a double into left field, and he later scored on an RBI single by Fowler to make it a three run game.

After a 1-2-3 inning by Hendricks, the Cubs had another chance to score in the third inning but couldn't convert. Rizzo socked a double into the gap, but he was stranded as Zobrist flew out and Baez struck out to end the frame and keep the Dodgers within shouting distance.

Willson Contreras made his presence felt in a big way in the fourth inning, cracking a solo home run over the left field wall to give the Cubs a 4-0 lead.

Hendricks' domination continued with another perfect inning in the fifth, and he was picked up again by his offense in the bottom of the inning. This time it was Rizzo doing the honors, blasting a home run to the right field bleachers to make it a 5-0 game.

Hendricks continued to cruise into the eighth inning when he gave up a one-out single to Josh Reddick. Joe Maddon pulled him in favor of Aroldis Chapman, and the decision paid off as Joc Pederson grounded into a double play to end the inning with the Cubs ahead.

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<![CDATA[Highlights From the 2016 Campaign Trail]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:24:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-615943454.jpg The 2016 presidential race has been contentious and full of surprises. Check out scenes from the campaign trail.

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<![CDATA[Abortion Becomes Debate Flashpoint With 'Late-Term' Question]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:34:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16294052406753.jpg

Abortion became a topic in the debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the first time Wednesday night when moderator Chris Wallace focused on access to what he called "late-term, partial-birth" procedures.

"Well, I think it’s terrible," Trump said. "If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.

"And, honestly, nobody has business doing what I just said, doing that, as late as one or two or three or four days prior to birth," he said. "Nobody has that."

Abortion is one of the most polarizing social issues in America. A May 2016 Gallup poll showed that 29 percent of respondents believed it should be legal under any circumstances, 50 percent only under certain circumstances, and 19 percent illegal in all circumstances. Only 2 percent of those surveyed had no opinion.

"Late-term abortion" is a non-medical term that varies in definition. Most laws agree that it encompasses abortions near the end of the second trimester, when viability -- the fetus' ability to exist independently of the mother -- comes into question. There are three methods used in "late-term" abortion: dilation and evacuation, where the contents of the uterus are surgically removed after dilating the cervix; early labor induction; and intact dilation and extraction, in which the fetus is taken out as it appeared in the womb and which is widely prohibited.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of reproductive rights, only 1.2 percent of abortions in the United States occur after 21 weeks gestation. Despite their infrequency, Columbia University professor Rachel Adams said that "late-term" abortions have been a hot topic in the political sphere and have served as a means for conservatives to promote an anti-abortion agenda.

"It allows you to make a more viable argument that you're talking about a baby and not a fetus, which I think is a more dividing ethical line," said Adams, who specializes in gender and sexuality studies.

Americans' attitudes toward late-term abortion seem to be changing as a result of microcephaly, the birth defect that can be caused by the Zika virus. A July poll from Harvard University and STAT, the Boston Globe's publication about health and medicine, found that 61 percent did not think a woman should be able get an abortion after 24 weeks, while 23 percent did. But if the respondents were told that there was a serious possibility that the fetus had microcephaly caused by Zika, the numbers flipped: 59 percent favored allowing a woman to get an abortion and 28 percent disapproved.

Adams criticized Trump's incendiary language of "rip(ping) the baby out of the womb" for its violence toward women and the use of the charged word "baby" for an unborn fetus.

Others took exception to Wallace referring to "partial-birth abortion" in his question.

"Partial-birth abortion is a political term, it's not a medical term," said Laura Ciolkowski, the associate director at Columbia’s Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. "The language that we use to talk about abortion really matters."

Terminology aside, Trump's comments revealed a lack of knowledge of gynecological medical practice, according to experts.

"First of all, there’s no such thing as ninth-month abortions," Ciolkowski said. "We call that Cesarean sections."

Lisa Perriera, a staff physician at Philadelphia Women's Center and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University, called Trump's comments at the debate "completely medically inaccurate."

"Abortion procedures are usually performed until viability, which is nowhere near complete nine-months of pregnancy," she said.

Daniel Grossman, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, has also told Politifact that if there was a risk to a mother's life on her due date "the treatment for that is delivery, and the baby survives.”

In Pennsylvania, "viability" is legally defined as 23 weeks and six days, but almost all of Perriera's patients have abortions within the first trimester. Among those who don't, it's usually due to a problem with access to healthcare. Because many are on government-issued Medicaid, their procedures aren't covered by insurance and they have to save to be able to afford an abortion, which takes time.

In the rare event of an abortion after 23 weeks and six days, it's often a situation when "the baby is incredibly sick," and the mother finds out late in the pregnancy, Perriera said.

In the debate, Trump said that if his nominees were appointed to the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade would be reversed "automatically" and issues of abortion would be legislated by the states.

Overturning Roe v. Wade would just make abortion unsafe, according to Perriera.

"It will have really dramatic health outcomes for women," she said. "You will see more women try to self-induce abortion and possibly have an increase in deaths from unsafe abortion."

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, said Donald Trump would block access to Planned Parenthood, attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade, and believed women should be punished for having an abortion.

The comment was a reference a March 30 town hall event when Trump told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that women who had abortions should receive "some form of punishment." He walked back those remarks the same day to say that women should not be punished.

"Make no mistake, Donald Trump would ban abortion in this country," Richards told NBC. "And that's why women will be the reason he's not elected this November."

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the moment the candidate mentioned reversing the 1973 Supreme Court case "was literally when Donald Trump support bottomed out with independents... His willingness to say that puts him on the wrong side of the vast majority of Americans."

After pushing hard for moderators to ask candidates about abortion access since the primary debates, NARAL activists were thrilled to see Wallace highlight the issue.

"The voters were able to hear a pretty stark contrast in the two candidates," Hogue said.

Some conservatives were annoyed Trump did not directly answer the question of whether he wanted Roe v. Wade overturned.

Evan McMullin, the independent presidential candidate, tweeted: "Why can't @RealDonaldTrump actually say the words 'I want Roe v Wade overturned?' I'm the only pro-life candidate in the race."

Others denounced Clinton’s position.

"Hillary is an extremist on abortion and admitted last night that she is part of a very small, extreme minority of Americans who believe there should be zero restrictions on abortion throughout all nine (months) of pregnancy for any reason," Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, wrote to NBC, emphasizing that she was commenting in a personal, and not official, capacity as a Christian and mother of four.

"While demanding that crimes against children in war torn countries must stop and touting her pro-toddler agenda, she clearly stated that she thinks everyone is worthy of life except children still in their mothers' womb," Hawkins wrote. "You can't claim you are for all rights of women while simultaneously demanding the right to kill pre-born children, half of which are female."

Matt Batzel, national executive director at American Majority Action, tweeted, "Trump: Ripping the baby out the womb, may be okay with Hillary, but is NOT OKAY WITH ME #debatenight #prolife #neverhillary."

However, few pro-life organizations have directly addressed Trump's comments during the debate.

Clinton has taken a position that abortions should be "safe, legal, and rare." In the debate, she emphasized that abortion policy has to take into account the life and health of the woman, especially during "late-term" procedures.

"You should meet with some of the women that I have met with, women I have known over the course of my life," Clinton said on Wednesday night. "This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make. And I do not believe the government should be making it."

Many abortion-rights supporters were cheered by Clinton's performance.

"Hillary did a wonderful job of bringing it back to the real crisis of access in this country," said Hogue with NARAL Pro-Choice America. "We have now a presidential candidate in Hillary Clinton --partly because she's a woman, partly because she's an excellent leader -- (who) has chosen to listen to real stories of women."

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<![CDATA[Michelle's Style Shines Through 8 Years of State Dinners]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:28:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/01shmobama20.jpg First Lady Michelle Obama has been a fashionista for the eight years she’s been in the spotlight. Here are some of her iconic looks during various state dinners that the Obamas have hosted.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump To Accept Election Result 'If It's Fair': Son]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:17:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Trump+Kids_Ivanka_Eric_Donald.jpg

As the presidential election heads into the final two weeks, Donald Trump's son Eric Trump clarified his father's position on the forthcoming election results and allegations of sexual assault by more than a dozen women. 

"I think what my father is saying is 'I want a fair election,'" Trump told ABC's "This Week," reiterating his belief that the election could be "rigged." "If it's a fair outcome he will absolutely accept it, there's no question about it."

Eric Trump also said he believes that the women who have accused his father of sexual misconduct are part of a coordinated attack by Democrats.

"The day the Hillary WikiLeaks comes out, all of a sudden people start coming forward. I think you have to be really naïve to think that one and the other weren't coordinated together," Trump said.

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Chicago Cubs Fans Celebrate Historic Win]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:58:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-492529998.jpg

Bob Newhart, a native Chicagoan and infamous Cubs fan, may have forgotten his "W" flag at home, but that didn't stop him or his grandkids from taking a DIY approach to properly celebrate their team's historic NLCS win Saturday night.

"I'm in Seattle with my grandkids," Newhart tweeted. "I forgot my W flag, so my grandkids made me one. Isn't it beautiful! #GoCubsGo #FlyTheW."

Newhart was one of multiple famous, die-hard Cubs fans who took to Twitter after the win.

Actor John Cusack simply tweeted, "It's. Done."

He followed up with a photo of himself and Kerry Wood "moments before it happened- and IT happened."

“New Girl” actor and Evanston native Jake Johnson tweeted, "They did it!!!!! #FlyTheW @Cubs."

Actor Joe Mantegna and Fall Out Boy and Wilmette native Pete Wentz were succinct in their tweets. "CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!," Mantegna wrote. "Yessss!!!!! CUBS!!!!" Wentz said.

Then there was the moment Hillary Clinton found out the Cubs won.

Clinton's press secretary Nick Merrill tweeted a photo of the Democratic presidential candidate looking at her phone totally shocked when she learned the Cubs were headed to the World Series.

"That look when you cap off a day on the trail by watching the @Cubs cement their trip to the #WorldSeries. #FlyTheW."

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<![CDATA[President Obama Congratulates Cubs on Making World Series]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:49:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama+sox+GettyImages-102211309.png

Chicago Cubs fans are still in a state of gleeful delirium after the team advanced to the World Series on Saturday night, and even some Chicago White Sox fans were willing to offer congratulations to their North Side rivals.

Perhaps the most famous White Sox fan in America was one of those that congratulated the Cubs on getting to the World Series, as President Barack Obama offered his congratulations on Twitter Sunday morning: [[398107811, C]]

President Obama isn’t the only famous White Sox fan to lend his support, as others like Chance the Rapper have also been adamant about supporting the Cubs during their current playoff run, which will continue on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians. [[397855571, C]]

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<![CDATA[A Quick and Dirty Guide to Polls for the 2016 Election]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:15:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/split2-template-new-trump-clinton.jpg

This election, polls have been center stage and often come under fire.

Donald Trump has mentioned online polls, for example, only to have them be contested as falsified, irrelevant, unethical, or out-of-context. But even more respected polls have been all over the map, with most showing a Clinton lead but by vastly different margins.

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What explains this variation? How are polls conducted, and what makes for a trustworthy survey? Here's a look into polling during the 2016 election season. 

But first, an introduction.

How Are Polls Conducted?
In 2016, most polls are done either online or over the phone. Pollsters use a sample size — a group meant to represent the larger population — to project how American citizens will vote in November. They come up with unique definitions of their populations: some survey registered voters, others likely voters, and others the adult population. "Likely voters" is an especially tricky category, as pollsters have to define what that means by measuring the enthusiasm of their respondents. 

And low response rates make it difficult for pollsters to get a truly random sample, experts said. 

"No poll is perfect," said Andrew Gelman, political science and statistics professor at Columbia University. "Response rates are typically less than 10 percent. So every poll needs to adjust the sample to match the population in some way."

Because the polls aren’t random, biases based on the sample taint the data.

Polls often differ because their samples vary.

"Who responds to a poll changes from one day to a next," Gelman said. "Different people are home. Different people are likely to respond."

When one of the parties is especially mobilized, its candidate will often experience a bump in the polls that doesn’t necessarily represent a change in public opinion. For example, after the Republican National Convention, Trump saw a perceived increase in support, and Hillary’s lead jumped immediately after the DNC. 

Polling can also prove a self-determining process because if a candidate is thought to be winning, more of his or her followers will take the time to answer a survey, which changes the polling summary.

"Recently, there’s been a big shift towards Hillary Clinton in the polls, and I think that does represent a real shift in public opinion, and I think there are people who have changed their vote intention," Gelman said. "But also, now that the news is looking better for Clinton, I think more Clinton supporters are likely to respond to polls. And now that the news is not looking so good for Trump, I think Trump supporters are less likely to respond." 

Gelman said this year's elections have proved different than those from the past. With Trump’s leaked 2005 video footage about sexual assault and subsequent Republican fall-out, things are becoming increasingly unclear.

"It’s really very hard for me as a political scientist to try to identify how important things like a split of the Republican party would be because historically, when we’ve had these kinds of splits, it’s typically been when the economy was going so strongly that basically everybody wanted to stay with the incumbent," Gelman said. "All sorts of things could happen. Presumably the most likely thing is that Clinton will win by a little bit more than 4 percent, but not a landslide. But it’s just hard to know because this is not something that we’ve really seen before."

And now, a deeper look at 2016 polling data, broken into three types: aggregated predictions, statistically relevant polls and unscientific surveys.


1. Aggregated Predictions 
Aggregated predictions are not polls, but analysis of available polling data to predict who is most likely to win the election.

Example: FiveThirtyEight
How It's Done: Nate Silver aggregates polling data to predict the outcome of the elections based on a model set months before. He forecasts the probability that each candidate will win in November and offers three options to interpret his predictions.

"It’s one way of us telling readers, 'Hey, we don’t have all the answers on this. Here’s a couple of different ways you can do it,'" said Micah Cohen, politics editor at FiveThirtyEight.

As of Oct. 14, all three of FiveThirtyEight's models give Hillary Clinton more than an 80 percent chance of winning the election.

The three forecasts are based on all polling data that the FiveThirtyEight team considers legitimate. They've banned a few pollsters because of "really compelling evidence that they’re faking polls or that they’re doing something else really shady," according to Cohen.

But FiveThirtyEight doesn't treat all polls equally. Silver has rated each poll, and those with higher grades are weighted more in the model. Cohen explained that grades are based on "how accurate… the pollster (has) been in the past" and "how methodologically sound" the pollster is. Silver relies more heavily on state polls because historically they've been right more often. 

The model makes predictions based on likely voters, a category Silver lets the pollsters define for themselves.

Strengths: According to Cohen, "The most basic strength is it does in a systematic and unbiased way what everyone is doing anyway."

Decades before FiveThirtyEight was conceived in 2008, politically active citizens were still trying to combine and decipher polls to predict who would win elections. Silver’s model is impartial, and so it should be more on point than subjective interpretations.

Silver was one of the most accurate pollsters during the 2012 elections, predicting every state in the union correctly.

Weaknesses: Statistical models improve with more data. Because presidential elections only happen every four years, FiveThirtyEight doesn’t have a ton of historical data to determine its model.

"We don’t know that much about how presidential elections work, and so we’re kind of limited by the sample size," Cohen said.

And then there’s the fact that, like many analysts, Silver was blindsided by a Trump Republican nomination. As Gelman said, this isn’t your typical election, and the polling data might not play by the same rules that led to correct FiveThirtyEight predictions in 2008 and 2012. 

Similar resources: The Upshot by The New York Times

2. Statistically Relevant Polls 
The most common polls during election season are conducted by polling organizations, often with a media partner, to predict the outcome of a race. The polls have a stastical basis, and pollsters typically release details on methodology and an expected margin of error. 

Example: Marist Institute for Public Opinion Poll
How It’s Done: Marist conducts both state and national polls, with live callers phoning both mobile phones and land lines. Lee M. Miringoff, the institute’s director, said that his team is in the field nearly every day.

Used by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, the Marist poll earned an "A" on FiveThirtyEight’s pollster rankings, correctly predicting 88 percent of the 146 polls Silver’s team analyzed.

A new poll released on Oct. 10 had Clinton up by 14 points in a two-party race and leading Trump by 11 points when third and fourth party candidates were introduced.

Each poll starts with a sample size of approximately 1,100 adults 18 and older. For national polls, Miringoff determines how many voters to call in each state from the state’s population and relative weight in the election. His probability model is based on likely voters, so first he must find out if the person on the line is registered to vote. Then, he asks a series of questions to gauge how likely they are to cast a ballot. Even if someone is unlikely to vote, they’re included in the model — their vote just weighs less. 

"In polling, not all opinions are created equally," Miringoff said. "The ones who are going to vote are the ones you are most interested in finding out about."

Miringoff can ensure that his data is fitting with the U.S.’ demography by comparing census calculations with his own. He emphasized that the polls represent how the American people feel in the moment. A poll before and after one of the debates might not look the same.

"It’s all about timing. When you’re dealing with an election, it’s a moving target," he said. "This campaign has been one of ups and downs at different times, usually after an important event."

Strengths: By using two different methods — landlines and cellphones — Miringoff offsets bias from both (though not bias from only using calling). Younger people are more likely to pick up their iPhones, whereas older voters might still have a landline, so Marist’s polling takes into account different demographics based on the media they use. The team is also able to take note of how many people own cell phones versus landlines in each state and distribute polling to reflect that — one state may be 80 percent cells and 20 percent landlines, while another is 60 percent and 40 percent.

Weaknesses: The model takes time and costs money. A post-debate poll, for example, might last four days. Meanwhile, some pollsters are releasing data the night of the debate. Miringoff said that those polls will be skewed, as most responses will come from those impassioned to weigh in after 10:30 p.m. on the East Coast. But they’re fast.

Also, refusal rate (which includes people who aren’t home or whose numbers don’t work) is pretty high. These days, it’s hard to get someone to agree to take a survey over the phone. “Clearly it’s become a more difficult process,” Miringoff said.

Similar resources: Quinnipiac University, Gallup, CBS News/New York Times 

Example: UPI/CVoter Poll
How It’s Done: The UPI/CVoter poll is one of two mainstream polls that has often predicted a Trump victory or shown a nearly tied election (the other is the University of Southern California/ Los Angeles Times poll). Both polls use last vote recall, where pollsters ask respondents who they voted for in the last presidential election to gauge how many voters are switching parties or won’t vote at all after participating in the last election. According to Yashwant Deshmukh of CVoter, last vote recall accounts for the Trump lead in his past predictions. However, UPI’s latest data shows Clinton with a comfortable lead

CVoter has a "C+" on Silver’s pollster ratings. 

After using a phone model in 2012, CVoter has moved online for 2016, experimenting with multiple platforms (like SurveyMonkey, Google, etc.) to garner about 250 responses per day. Internet users are incentivized to answer. Boosters focus on specific demographics — for example, one survey is in Spanish, exclusively targeting Latino voters. 

CVoter measures likely voters by simply asking, "How likely are you to vote?" Its cut-off model removes unlikely and undecided voters from the equation. Like Marist, CVoter polls nationally based on population per state. 

Strengths: It’s fast. UPI can update predictions with the data from 250 responses every day.

Weaknesses: Because the poll is online and compensated in some way, it’s tainted with participation bias — tendencies that skew the data.

"It is not a random probability sample," Deshmukh said. "Nobody claims that."

Deshmukh conceded that he’s "not a big fan of online samples," and if possible, he would have chosen a calling model with both landlines and mobiles. However, using automated dialers to call cells is illegal in the United States, and hand-dialing each number would make the process too expensive, he said. 

Also, there’s a reason why most pollsters don’t use last vote recall — it relies on people remembering actions from four years ago, and respondents may misreport.

Deshmukh did not directly address his company's "C+" rating on FiveThirtyEight.

Similar resources: YouGov, Reuters/Ipsos, Google Consumer Surveys

3. Unscientific Surveys
Unscientific surveys are Internet-based polls that ask the user - anyone who comes to the site - to indicate their preference. They can quickly get feedback on a real-time event, such as a debate or a political convention. 

Example: The First Debate

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The day after the first 2016 presidential debate, Trump tweeted out that his "movement" had won the night before. He included an image with 10 polls all showing him as the victor. However, national polls conducted during the week following the debate implied a bump in Clinton's overall popularity. 

So why did 10 polls indicate that she had lost the debate?

Websites like Drudge Report and CNBC launched surveys to try to monitor how each candidate performed. They were unscientific, in that they didn't use any controls. Forget categories like "likely" or "registered" voters -- anyone from around the world could respond, and if someone used proxies, the user could get into the survey multiple times. Also, as Miringoff noted, the East Coast respondents would only be those who were fired up and and would not be representative of national opinion. 

Strengths: Unscientific polls yield nearly immediate results. As Gelman said, “People want to click every day, so you have to have something new."

Weaknesses: There is absolutely no evidence that they're believable.  

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What It All Means
According to Cohen, data from the last 15 presidential campaigns indicate that polls don't move much between October and Election Day. So based on current polls, the U.S. is is more likely to elect its first female president on Nov. 8. 

But the final tally will probably be close, Gelman said. In the end, what matters is which "likely voters" turn up to the voting booths. 

“There is evidence that there’s higher turnout in close elections," Gelman said.

And polls are subject to human error and can be wrong, as Cohen pointed out. 

“These are tools built by very fallible people,” he said. 

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<![CDATA[ISIS Working to Establish Afghanistan Caliphate: U.S. Gen.]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:29:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/217*120/AP_817556148506.jpg

ISIS is trying to establish a caliphate inside Afghanistan, the country's top U.S. commander said. 

"Right now we see them very focused on trying to establish their caliphate, the Khorasan caliphate, inside Afghanistan," General John Nicholson said in an exclusive interview with NBC News. 

The push is "principally a non-Afghan movement," Nicholson said. 

According to Nicholson, the U.S. has seen foreign fighters, particularly Uzbeks from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, joining the Islamic State Khorasan, or IS-K. The U.S. also sees many Pakistani Pashtun from the Pakistani Taliban who joined IS-K moving into Afghanistan to fight, he said.

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<![CDATA[11th Woman Accuses Trump of Inappropriate Sexual Conduct]]> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:59:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jessica-drake-and-allred.jpg

An adult film performer came forward Saturday alleging Donald Trump kissed her without permission 10 years ago and offered her money and the use of his private jet, becoming the 11th woman to accuse the Republican presidential candidate of inappropriate sexual behavior since the leaked footage of Trump making inappropriate comments. 

Jessica Drake appeared with prominent attorney Gloria Allred, who warned Trump at the start of a press conference that if he sued all of the accusers as he pledged hours earlier, the women involved would have the option to file cross complaints. 

"Be careful what you wish for, Mr. Trump," Allred said. "If you sue the accusers, the lawyers who represent these woman will have the opportunity to depose you." 

Drake who worked for Wicked Pictures as an adult performer and director, accused Trump of grabbing her and kissing her without permission in a California hotel room in 2006. She showed a photo of herself with Trump at the time they met.

"I understand I may be called a liar or an opportunist but I will risk that in order to stand in solidarity with women who share similar accounts that span many, many years," Drake said. 

She said she met Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe and alleged that he flirted with her, asked her for her number and invited her to his penthouse suite. She said she "didn't feel right going alone" so she took two colleagues with her. 

Trump grabbed all of the women "tightly in a hug" and kissed them without their permission when they entered the room, she said. 

Drake said after she left, several invitations that night to meet with Trump followed that she declined. First a man called her then the businessman did, she said.  

"Donald then asked me, 'What do you want? How much?'" Drake said of a phone conversation. 

After that, Drake claims another call came from "either Donald" or someone on Trump's behalf offering her $10,000 which she also declined. 

She also claimed that Trump even offered her the use of his private jet so she could return to work in Los Angeles afterward. 

Drake said she told some friends afterward what happened and that she might be a "tiny grain of sand but clearly this is an enormous beach." 

"I am choosing to share my personal exchange in light of the recently released tapes in order to lend my voice, my strength and my support to the other women who are coming forward," Drake said. 

Trump, who has has denied all past claims of sexual misconduct, said Drake's story "is totally false and ridiculous."

"The picture is one of thousands taken out of respect for people asking to have their picture taken with Mr. Trump," Trump's campaign said in a statement. "Mr. Trump does not know this person, does not remember this person and would have no interest in ever knowing her. This is just another attempt by the Clinton campaign to defame a candidate who just today is number one in three different polls."

The statement went on to reference Trump's claims that Hillary Clinton was allegedly involved in paying people to cause fights at a Trump rallies. An Associated Press fact check found that a selectively edited video released by conservative activist James O'Keefe showed a Democratic operative appearing to boast about provoking a violent reaction. But the activist was not directly employed by the Clinton campaign or Democratic National Committee and both have denounced the comments.

"Anyone who would pay thugs to incite violence at a rally against American citizens, as was released on video, will stop at nothing," Trump's statement said. "Just another example of the Clinton campaign trying to rig the election."

Allred, who previously held news conferences with two other Trump accusers, served as an elected delegate during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia for Clinton in July. 

A Trump campaign representative last week alleged a "coordinated" attack between Allred and the Clinton campaign, which Allred denies. 

Earlier on Saturday, Trump threatened legal action against every woman who has accused him of sexual misconduct. 

"All of these liars will be sued once the election is over," Trump vowed during a speech in in Gettysburg, adding, "I look so forward to doing that." 

Allred in return vowed an "army of lawyers" would come forward to defend the women should he file a lawsuit and predicted members of the public would fund a campaign on the women's behalf.

Clinton, speaking on her campaign plane on Saturday, called it "not accurate" that her campaign or Democrats were encouraging women to come forward with accusations, The Associated Press reported. 

"I saw where our opponent Donald Trump went to Gettysburg, one of the most extraordinary places in American history, and basically said if he's president he'll spend his time suing women who have made charges against him based on his behavior," Clinton said.

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<![CDATA[Missing N.H. Teen May Have Been Swept Into Drain by Storm]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:46:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/190*120/Jacob+Goulet+Nashua+NH+PD.jpg

Nashua Police believe the body of a young man found in the Merrimack River is a missing 16-year-old Nashua boy who may have been swept into a storm drain during heavy rains over the weekend.

The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing spotted a body in the Merrimack River in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Sunday morning. The Nashua Police Department's Dive Team and Tyngsborough Fire Rescue recovered the body from the river Sunday at around 12:20 p.m.

The body has not been positively identified; however, based upon the clothing description and body condition, it is believed to be Jacob Goulet.

Jacob was reported missing Saturday morning by his father, and Nashua police say officers responded to a call late Friday evening for a report of a person who may have fallen down a storm drain on the north side of Water Street. When officers went to the scene Friday evening, they found personal items that didn't have any personal information.

When his father reported him missing the next day, he reportedly told police this behavior wasn't normal for his son, and police connected some of the items found near the storm drain to Jacob based on his parents' description.

Police searched parts of the Nashua and Merrimack rivers and the entire storm drain system nort of Water Street and south to Sawmill Drive.

Jacob, currently a student at Nashua North High School, is described as about 5-feet 8-inches tall, about 200 pounds, with a black mowhawk and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a denim vest with medal studs on it, a gray t-shirt, black shorts and black Converse All-Star sneakers.

Meanwhile, video surveillance viewed by Nashua police confirmed Jacob was on foot in the area during the storm Friday evening.

Anyone with information about Jacob's whereabouts is asked to call Nashua police at 603-594-3500.

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<![CDATA[Mega-Merger: AT&T to Buy Time Warner in $85.4B Deal]]> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:33:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Time+Warner+ATT.jpg

It's official. AT&T will acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion and form a new company, in a blockbuster deal that carries with it the potential to reshape the media industry.

AT&T will pay $107.50 a share per Time Warner share in cash and stock, the company said in a formal announcement. 

The deal means AT&T will acquire HBO, Turner Broadcasting System and Warner Bros., which would give the telecom company ownership of television channels, publications and websites. The properties include Cinemax, The CW, Cartoon Network, CNN, TNT and TBS, which has deals to carry MLB and NBA games, DC Comics, Bleacher Report, SI.com and NASCAR.com.

AT&T's purchase of Time Warner includes small $500 million reverse break-up fee, in a sign of confidence it will pass anti-trust review, NBC News reported.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Saturday that under a potential GOP White House, his administration would not approve the deal. 

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Congratulate Cubs With Touching Message]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:45:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-617305340.jpg

The Los Angeles Dodgers took to Twitter following their loss to the Chicago Cubs Saturday night in Game 6 of the NLCS with a touching show of regard and congratulations.

"Until the next time, @Cubs. #Respect," the team wrote along with a photo of Cubs manager Joe Maddon and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts embracing after the game.

The Chicago Cubs responded with something equally honorable.

"@Dodgers Thank you! Hats off to you for an amazing series!" the team said with a gif of Maddon tipping his hat.

The Cubs are headed to the World Series for the first time since 1945 after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kyle Hendricks allowed a lead-off single to Andrew Toles to start the game, but he was quickly erased on another stellar defensive play by Javier Baez. Corey Seager hit a soft grounder to the Cubs' second baseman, and he started a 4-3 double play to get the Cubs out of trouble.

The Cubs' offense immediately took advantage in the bottom of the first as they got back-to-back hits off of Clayton Kershaw. Dexter Fowler hit a ground rule double down the right field line, and he was chased home by a Kris Bryant RBI single to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead.

After an error by Toles allowed runners to get to second and third, Ben Zobrist lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Bryant and putting the Cubs ahead by a 2-0 margin.

Outside Wrigley Field, the City of Chicago's Office Emergency Management & Communications announced just before 8 p.m. that because of the crowd size, no additional pedestrians would be allowed on Clark Street between Newport and Addison.

Back inside the ballpark, the Cubs extended their lead in the bottom of the second inning. Addison Russell socked a double into left field, and he later scored on an RBI single by Fowler to make it a three run game.

After a 1-2-3 inning by Hendricks, the Cubs had another chance to score in the third inning but couldn't convert. Rizzo socked a double into the gap, but he was stranded as Zobrist flew out and Baez struck out to end the frame and keep the Dodgers within shouting distance.

Willson Contreras made his presence felt in a big way in the fourth inning, cracking a solo home run over the left field wall to give the Cubs a 4-0 lead.

Hendricks' domination continued with another perfect inning in the fifth, and he was picked up again by his offense in the bottom of the inning. This time it was Rizzo doing the honors, blasting a home run to the right field bleachers to make it a 5-0 game.

Hendricks continued to cruise into the eighth inning when he gave up a one-out single to Josh Reddick. Joe Maddon pulled him in favor of Aroldis Chapman, and the decision paid off as Joc Pederson grounded into a double play to end the inning with the Cubs ahead.

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<![CDATA[Adorable Zoo Babies: Baby Gorilla in San Diego]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:03:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/SD+Zoo+Gorilla+born+7.jpg See all the newest arrivals at zoos around the world. Baby lions, tigers and bears step into the spotlight.

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<![CDATA[Toxic Fire Sickens More Than 1,000 in Iraq; ISIS Suspected ]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:09:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16296510236705_IRAQ-fumes.jpg

Nearly 1,000 people south of the Iraqi city of Mosul have been treated for breathing problems after a sulfur plant caught fire earlier this week, Reuters reports.

ISIS militants are suspected to have started the fire earlier this week as Iraqi forces moved in on ISIS fighters lodged in the area of Mishraq, according to U.S. military officials.

The Iraqi government is currently working on extinguishing the fires, along with oil well fires also set earlier in the week. Officials estimate it could take up to three days.

No deaths have been reported in connection with the toxic fumes, say sources at a hospital in the town of Qayyara, which is south of Mosul. Iraqi troops are in the midst of moving in on the ISIS-held city to reclaim it from the violent radical extremist group.

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<![CDATA[Make-A-Wish Builds 'Fantasy Fenway' in 10-Year-Old Fan's Yard]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:15:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Fenway-Park-replica.jpg

Hundreds of people came together to grant the wish of a 10-year-old baseball fan in Connecticut.

When Make-a-Wish approached Thomas Hastings, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Thomas knew he wanted a ball park in his backyard. What he didn’t know was that hundreds of people in his Windsor community would come together to create a scale replica of Fenway Park in the Hastings family’s backyard.

"At first when I wished for the baseball field I didn’t expect to get a mini-Fenway park. I just thought I was just gonna get a little flattened area and some bases and not Fenway grass, I didn’t expect that was going to happen," Thomas Hastings said.

Thomas created artwork and wrote down aspects of Fenway Park he wanted included in the field, and the community did the rest. It took 34 days to transform Thomas’s hilly backyard into a mini-Fenway Park, complete with all the bells and whistles including a wheelchair-accessible Green Monster.

On Saturday, dozens of people turned out for opening ceremonies at the park. Thomas’s parents say the community support has been overwhelming.

"So many people donating their time, you know, more important than writing a check, showing Thomas that people really do care and people want to do something to make him have a great experience," Thomas’s mother Mary Hastings said.

"It started off as Thomas’s wish for a baseball field in the town, in his backyard, and the town of Windsor came together, local contractors, everybody, and just made it so much more," said father Brad Hastings.

Thomas visits Fenway often and has even thrown out the first pitch at a game. But now he has a place all his own to play baseball with friends and family anytime he wants.

"Thomas faces many challenges," Brad Hastings said. "He’s had 14 surgeries. Dealing with the muscular dystrophy can be tough. Here it all disappears. Here’s Fenway Park in his backyard, where the magic is. Where he can forget about everything."

On Saturday, they celebrated with the community over Wiffle ball and refreshments. Thomas threw the first pitch to Keith Herzig, chairman of the board for Make-a-Wish Connecticut.

Make-A-Wish spokesman Michael Dominick said Thomas’s wish exceeded all expectations.

"We dream big at Make-a-Wish, this is a bigger than even we had dreamed," Dominick said.

Dominick said Thomas is an inspiration because he never lets his condition slow him down.

"He doesn’t let it confine him or define him at all," Dominick said.

Pam Keough, the president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Connecticut, described Saturday as one of the most exciting days she’s had as part of the organization.

"We do a lot of things for the community and for folks out there but nothing like Thomas’s wish I’ve ever seen since I’ve been a part of this," Keough said.

Thomas said he looks forward to having his friends over to play ball, including his teammates on the University of Hartford Hawks baseball team.

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<![CDATA[Brother and Sister Killed During Georgia Home Invasion]]> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:53:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/generic+caution+tape+vg.jpg

Two children were killed Saturday during an apparent home invasion in Clayton County, Georgia, while their parents were out, police said. No suspects were caught.

Authorities received a call from someone inside the home at about 5 a.m. ET who said an intruder had broken in and was shooting, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury told NBC News.

Officers arrived to find signs of a forced entry and two siblings — 15-year-old Daveon Coates and his 11-year-old sister, Tatiyana Coates — shot to death. They were "shot at least once," Marbury said.

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<![CDATA[Mexican Model Vanishes After Leaving Brooklyn Apartment: NYPD]]> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:23:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/geraldine+mendez+missing+model.jpg

A model from Mexico last seen leaving her Brooklyn apartment has been missing since Sunday, sparking a desperate search by family and friends in New York City. 

Geraldine Mendez, 20, arrived in New York City in August to do some fashion shows, according to her father, who flew in from Mexico to help find her. She was last seen leaving her Bushwick apartment Sunday morning. 

"I don't think there could be greater pain than knowing your daughter is in a city alone, in a fragile situation," Hugo Mendez told NBC 4 New York in Spanish. 

Geraldine's social media show pictures and videos of her traveling the world and discovering New York. There has been no update since she disappeared. 

"Geraldine is what I call a happy hippie," said friend Kris Kemp. "She's creative like most of the people here, so she was just kind of hanging out with different people here." 

Friends and family were knocking on doors through the neighborhood, seeking any leads.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police. 

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<![CDATA[Baby Survives 'Second Birth' After Emergency Surgery]]> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:31:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/baby1021.png

A baby in Texas with a rare birth defect who was removed from the womb at 23 weeks to undergo surgery and then put back in her mother's uterus is nothing short of a miracle.

Early in her pregnancy, Margaret Boemer got some scary news about her baby.

"At 16 weeks, being pregnant I found out that our baby had Sacrococcygeal Teratoma," Boehmer recalled.

Surgeon Darrell Cass at Texas Children's Hospital says when babies are born with SCT it is almost always fixable, but when they see it on a fetus there are far fewer successes. So when Boemer's checkup revealed baby Lynlee was going into heart failure, she had no option but to try fetal surgery.

"We knew that if we didn't choose the option of emergency surgery that night, that within a day or so she would pass."

During the surgery, a tumor was taken off Lynlee's spine and she was then put back into her mother's womb. From there, blood flow from mom to baby encouraged growth, healing and mom gave a healthy delivery at 36 weeks.

"It was her second birth basically. It was a relief to finally see her and to see that she had made it through after the open fetal surgery her heart had time to heal while I was still pregnant with her so she has no heart issues now and is just doing amazing," beamed Boemer.

Lynlee is now 4 months old.

<![CDATA[Who Shut Down Much of the US Internet Friday?]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:37:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16295768471512-Dyn-Cyberattack-Internet-Outage.jpg

It is too early to determine who was responsible for the digital attacks that darkened much of the internet in the United States Friday, cyber experts and intelligence officials told NBC News.

Some said evidence points to Russia, others proposed it was "internet vandalism." One clue could be a similar attack mounted against the Republic of Georgia eight years ago by Russian cybercriminals enlisted by a Russian intelligence agency.

Twitter, Amazon, PayPal, Spotify and Reddit are some of the sites that were knocked out in the three "denial of service," or DDoS, attacks at about 7 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

The attacks came largely via "smart" household appliances linked to the web, hit websites with more than 150,000 requests for information per second and were largely aimed at one company's internet infrastructure rather than specific websites.

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<![CDATA[Tyson Gay Says Daughter's Death Should Not Be 'Senseless']]> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:51:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_76335556271-Tyson-Gay-daughter-memorial.jpg

In the wake of the fatal shooting of his 15-year-old daughter Trinity, Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay pledged Friday to help mentor youth in Lexington, Kentucky. Trinity Gay was caught in crossfire last Sunday between two vehicles in a restaurant parking lot in Lexington. The high school student and sprinter was shot in the neck and killed.

“The death of my daughter as an innocent bystander is devastating,” Tyson Gay said in a statement, “but I am determined that it not be senseless.”

The Olympian asked for support from the community in his efforts to give young people “the tools they need to resolve their conflicts and lead successful lives — the kind that Trinity was well on her way to living.”

“In the coming weeks we will be exploring ways to help mentor and support the youth of Lexington over the long term,” he said, “so that the spirit of Trinity will sprint on long after we say goodbye to her this weekend.”

Four men have been arrested in connection with the shooting. Trinity Gay was a sprinter at Lafayette High School in Lexington, where her father still holds the state record in the 100-meter event. The funeral for Trinity Gay is scheduled for Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Drunk Home Invader Cooks, Plays With Family Dog]]> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:08:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Michigan+Home+Invader.png Michigan police said a half-naked woman wandered into a Trenton home, played with the family's dog and started cooking. "Some random person is in my house trying to steal my dog," the homeowner's 10-year-old son, who was hiding under the bed holding a BB gun, told the 911 operator.

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<![CDATA[Halloween Mask Robber Kills Calif. Jack in the Box Worker]]> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:25:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/jackinthebox-shooting-102216.PNG

A Jack in the Box employee died after he was shot Friday night by a masked man who attempted to rob the fast-food restaurant in El Monte, California.

The attempted robbery and shooting occurred at about 7:30 p.m. in the 9200 block of Flair Drive, said Lt. Mike Rosson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

A man wearing a Halloween mask -- it was unclear what kind -- entered the restaurant, jumped the counter and shot a male employee before he ran off empty handed and fled in a car.

It was unknown how many times the robber fired his gun. Employees and patrons ran away when he started shooting.

The employee was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identity was withheld pending family notification.

Detailed descriptions of the shooter and his vehicle were not immediately available.

Authorities plan to look through surveillance video, Rosson said.

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